Monday, April 18, 2016

No. 160

My father was a carpenter; therefore, I basically grew up in a small wooden house cum workshop. The house number is 160.

For all these years that I lived in that house, the sound of machine and the hammering, with the smell of wood dust was essentially still inside part of me; it is a life-long memory.

So much of my life has happened there; and my heart aches whenever I think about to never being in the house again. After today, this old house is getting a new ownership.

The place just holds so many feelings. Every time my parents and siblings talked about No. 160, it has evoked all kind of nostalgia and reminiscent in our heart; it is a wonderful place we called home.

Goodbye 160. I bid you farewell.

Barbeque gathering, the one last hurrah for our old house.


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Amazing Bangkok 2015

During the year end holiday of 2015, we brought Sarah to a short trip to Bangkok. Unlike Singapore, there is no theme park and no “bestie” this time, yet she’s going to find out why our neighbor up north is still one of the most culture-rich and exciting place to go.

The flight was pleasant, and Sarah had her first in-flight meal. By noon, we’ve landed safe and sound in our hotel room.

After a good rest we headed straight to the famous, crazy shopping district - Pratunam Market; it’s just a short ride away from our hotel and we’ve bought most of the souvenirs there.

At night we settled down for dinner at the nearby Baiyoke Sky Hotel; the restaurant which located at 78th floor offers decent buffet spread and the panoramic view of Bangkok skyline. One drawback is the building looked aged and the entrance is a bit…jaded.

The second day at Bangkok was the highlight of our trip. We’ve booked a join tour to the legendary Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and the elephant village.

It took about two hours ride from Bangkok. We stopped at a local pier and embarked on a long-tailed boat to have a glimpse of the local life on the way to the place.

And before long, we’ve reach the traditional floating market. It is just like the scene coming out from postcard, unmistakable; it is so amazing and breathtaking to see…I love the rustic and unique feel as we were browsing around the little stores on a rowing boat.

But yes, the marketplace is now influx with tourist; and yes, their coconut ice cream is still fantastic.

We proceeded to the elephant village before noon. At first we thought it was fun to ride an elephant, until we saw their face, it looked sad; after the ride, we were consumed by guilt, and we know it will be our first and last ride on this animal.

At evening, we treated ourselves with a best attraction at Asiatique Riverfront – the Calypso Cabaret show!

Mesmerizing. Extravaganza. The show lasts 80 minutes and it essentially consists of costume changes and some outrageous dance move; it might not be the most polished show, but all the Ladyboy did stand out.

Watching it together with Sarah, we feel like she has grown up overnight (LOL).

We flown back on the third day; and before that, (for Sarah) what is hotel stay without dipping into their pool?

Our short getaway to Bangkok is, well, too short; we even miss out the Grand Palace and all the wonderful temples. On the other hand, it might just give us a perfect excuse to come back in the future.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

School Life Summary – 2015

For our own records, below are the highlights of Sarah’s school life in year 2015…

Sport Day
Just like the year before, Sarah again took part in a Sports Day event; although she had no luck in winning any individual accolade, but she cheered hard for the team. At the end, her team (Yellow) won!


English Story-telling and Chinese Poem Recitation Competition

She was selected once again for the English story-telling contest; as for Chinese poem recitation competition, it was her first.

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Computer Coding Competition
It was a pleasant surprise that Sarah able to represent her school to participate in a computer coding competition. She won the state level but get defeated at the national level.

Nevertheless it is also one kind of exposure for her.

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Prize Presentation Day
For Sarah’s school, prize giving is part of their annual event; and I am delighted to attend the ceremony.

In total Sarah was awarded with four prizes, which are English story-telling competition (silver), Chinese poem recitation competition (fourth place), computer coding competition (excellence award) and…ahem, the “Polite Angel” award.


Charity Dinner
Sarah’s school held a charity dinner to raise fund in 2015. Most of the children were involved in the performances, Sarah too.

She was looking forward for the big day; the make up and the costume have made her raring to go on the stage.