Road Trip and Post X’mas Family Gathering

We met up with the usual gang – Chews, Laus, Tohs and Tans – on the Saturday after Christmas at about 12.30pm to drive to Senai for Korean food.. Johnson had been telling us about this Korean restaurant that he had tried and recommended that we make a trip there..

We checked the traffic camera before we decided to take the 2nd link as the traffic seemed light.. Sigh.. we were so wrong! We cleared the Singapore customs fairly quickly but were stuck for about 2 hours over at the Malaysia customs.. It was a long and tiring wait.. The kids didn’t want to take a nap and were making lots of noise along the way..

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By the time we reached the restaurant, it was after 3pm! The kids didn’t complain though, probably because their friends were with them.. The restaurant only had 3 customers when we arrived so we pretty much had the whole place to ourselves.. We served the kids their food before we started eating and chatting.. The kids took one table and the ladies sat together while the gentlemen occupied another table.. haha.. I’m so glad the restaurant was quite empty.. It could be due to the location of the restaurant or that we were there way past the lunch hour.. haha..

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After lunch, the kids treated themselves to an ice cream cone each although some had a second helping.. haha.. We split the cost and each family had to pay about $50..

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After that, we had to make our way back to my sister’s place for our post Christmas gathering with our relatives.. The traffic was equally bad at the Malaysia customs but my man “accidentally took the left-most lane which was meant for lorries and “overtook” many cars by “cutting the queue”. Even then, we took about an hour and 45min to clear the customs.. by the time we reached Emily’s place, it was close to 8pm…

We ate again and the kids were blessed with more gifts from their cousins, aunts and uncles.. We celebrated the birthday of Zach (my nephew) with a log cake and before everyone left, we lined the gifts behind each kid and allowed them to unwrap their gifts… The kids were of course very happy to receive so many gifts!

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We had 2 big bags of gifts to lug back and I warned them not to sleep in the car or we would throw away their gifts since we would not be able to carry them and their gifts.. It was a very successful warning as both tried hard to keep themselves awake until we reached home.. haha..

Oh yes, we also took a wefie with everyone present that night! Love my family!!

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X’mas Gathering

We opened our house for a X’mas mahjong session on X’mas day as Abbie had a dinner appointment on X’mas eve.. The Laus and Tans came over at about 1pm for lunch.. The Chews didn’t join us as they wanted to spend X’mas at USS as their annual pass would expire on X’mas day itself.. Pauline had a lunch appointment and could only join us after that..

I prepared some simple fare like chicken rice, eggs and steamed vegetables for my guests and was glad they didn’t complain about my mediocre or should I say barely-can-make-it culinary skills.. Haha.. Of coz they won’t complain since they are such accommodating people.. Hee.. We chatted over nuts and beer after lunch while the kids had lunch at their own table..

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The kids had great fun playing with one another while we chitchatted and snacked.. We also let the kids watch Maleficent and Frozen (yes, again!) while we ladies played mahjong.. Hee..

The men then went to get dinner while we played on.. It was a long game.. Haha.. By the time they came back, we still haven’t completed 南!We took a break after the South round so we could have dinner..

After dinner, we had some fruits and look at these 2 darlings enjoying the strawberries and grapes!

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Then the kids continued to play.. The girls were of cos princess wannabes while the boys were superheroes! Haha..

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After dinner, Harold and Johnson took over Abbie and Soot Mei and I continued with the mahjong game.. Shum prefers rummy and Dennis was not here so I continued playing..

Once in a while, the kids would come and disturb us.. Haha..

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The kids had a great time messing up the kiddos room but they were also good at clearing up as the room was returned to its original state before they left at about 11 plus..

We always had a good time with this bunch of people! May we have more play dates in 2015!!

Christmas Eve Movie Date and Parties!

We had a busy day this Christmas eve!

First, we sent the kids to the ccc for their Christmas party.. They had a gift exchange just before we picked them up at about 12.30pm.. Jovan got 2 Mega bubble sticks from Caleb Lim and Jocelle got a pair of Tigger slippers from Aaria..

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After we picked the kids from the ccc, we met up with the Chew, Tan and Lau family for lunch before our movie date.. The kids were stuck at the play court for a while before we managed to move them to Food Republic for lunch..

It’s difficult to ‘herd’ the 8 kids as they were all very excited to play with each other and they were also distracted by almost everything! When we got to the cinema, the kids were running around like they had just been released from captivity! Haha.. It’s also a challenge to take a proper group photo of them!

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The show Wreck-it Ralph was so so only and some of the adults, including me, actually dozed off during the show.. Haha.. Jocelle was very restless throughout the show.. After the show, we let the kids play at the play court again while hubby went to collect a log cake..

We then proceeded to my parents’ place for a Christmas party.. We had a great time feasting and chatting and the kids were showered with many gifts!

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On behalf of the kids, we would like to thank all the cousins, uncles and aunties for the lovely gifts! Merry Christmas!!

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