What I learned this Xmas

  • That Ondine is a fiend when it comes to playing chua dai dee (local card game where the object is to get rid of all your cards, somewhat adapted from poker).
  • That Wahj's body is as flexible as a teenage Russian gymnast's.
  • That Terz can whip up a tasty pineapple sauce but won't eat it 'cause he doesn't eat pineapple.
  • That sio bak (Chinese roasted fatty pork) can be the perfect complement to an otherwise fairly traditional Xmas lunch spread of turkey, ham and roast beef.
  • That the boys will bring laptops and play Medal of Honor anywhere, even on Xmas night.
  • That you really can't keep red wine for five years in Singapore room temperature and not have it turn to vinegar --- even if it's your wedding wine.
  • That Royce chocolates, for all the accompanying Japlish packaging, are melt-in-your-mouth perfect.
  • That Boxing Day shopping crowds in Orchard Road are nowhere as bad as their Xmas Eve counterparts --- though it could also be that Singapore stores don't have as spectacular post-Xmas sales as they do in the US.
  • That acts of god don't take Xmas off.


At 12/27/2004 9:58 pm , Blogger NARDAC said...

Oh god... Singapore is the wackiest place for food. Fusion cooking doesn't exist there because it's all one big hodge podge!!! Still, am dreadfully jealous of your teochew porridge night (NOT!) hahahaha

btw, keeping a bottle of wine that you buy in a store, for more than a two weeks, is NEVER a good idea. Sorry if that bums you out.

What was the earthquake like in Singapore? Did you feel it?

At 12/30/2004 3:47 pm , Blogger Tym said...

No, I slept through any tremors there might've been.

Ai, where to begin talking about the earthquake and its aftermath? Can only give money, try to help and fight not to be depressed by the unfathomable, yet grossly escalating death toll...


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