Snippets from the week that was

I was going to go home and rest after a long week, but after fortifying myself with a late dinner at Mai and helping to put away the prints from the Glimpses of Light exhibition, everyone was going out and my old friend peer pressure decided to call in a favour. The next thing I knew, we were at Rouge, wading in the dregs of some Singapore Fashion Festival event. As the models made their exit, the men followed and by midnight, we had a clear view all the way to the dance floor. The place was smaller than I thought.

The plan: go running at East Coast Park with Ondine, then reward ourselves with dinner at the Lagoon hawker centre after. The wrench in the works: the park lights along the jogging and cycling paths from Coasta Sands Resort down to the Tennis Centre were out, and cyclists were avidly ringing their bells so that they didn't run into each other in the dark. So we skipped the run and went straight to dinner, although we felt like real wannabe athletes --- all geared up, but with no whiff of perspiration about us. Cheh!

I parked myself at Starbucks for seven hours to grade essays. 'Nuff said.

So it's possible to go from well to hell in half a day or less. I thought the sneezing was just from the Arctic conditions at my workstation, but by late afternoon it was clearly a full-blown cold and Terz made me skip my usual fitness class. Which was just as well since it was confirmed that he was Nias-bound the next day and we had to go shopping for last-minute supplies.

Tea with the mater and the aunts, part trois (parts one and two here). I shamelessly use Fifth Aunt's sojourns in Singapore as an excuse for these confabs (she lives overseas) and I was supposed to orchestrate someplace charming like Toast, but failed completedly due to my complete lack of free time. Nevertheless, coffee/tea and cakes were had, and family gossip (the whole point of these exercises) was exchanged. The good thing about showing up sick was that First Aunt bestowed upon me throat lozenges and Fifth Aunt some fruit, and at the same time, no one harangued me about how devouring half the chunky chocolate brownie would probably worsen my sore throat. (Perhaps First Aunt trusted in the power of her throat lozenges, because my throat cleared right up immediately after just one lozenge. Sore throat sufferers, run to your local Guardian pharmacy now and invest in Dequaline lozenges!)

For the first time at this job, I missed lunch because I really had no time for it. My mother would disapprove. On the other hand, I was going to indulge in Burger King tonight anyway, so I went ahead and had a whole Whopper at 6:15 pm. Mmmmmm ... flame-broiled burger ...


At 4/06/2005 10:18 pm , Blogger Abigael said...

Nutella muffins? Have never been to Toast but since they serve that bite-sized sin ... you can be sure I'll be hanging out there soon enough. Wanna kopi/teh/milo some time?

Went to the "famous" Nutella cupcake joint at The Marmalade Pantry and was duly disappointed. Could have been my own Betty Crocker and smeared nutty on top.

At 4/07/2005 6:35 am , Blogger Tym said...

As someone who doesn't bake (all my pathetic attempts at cheesecake during university notwithstanding), I hope that I haven't overhyped Toast's nutella muffins to those who have more cultivated tastebuds.

Anyway, let's go one day, Abi! Though they don't serve Milo ... I'll SMS you.

At 4/08/2005 8:50 am , Blogger stellou said...

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At 4/08/2005 8:53 am , Blogger stellou said...

(sorry, i missed a comma in the first go-round.)

there is NO OVERHYPING those nutella cupcakes. (CUPCAKES, people!!!) oh my word, those nutella cupcakes... it is difficult to eat one, i don't mean because it is so good you want to eat six, i mean it is difficult to eat one because i suspect it might result in that gelak feeling at the end. dunno lah, i've never actually done it. oh, no, wait, i think i remember now that i only had maybe half a cupcake (or, crap, maybe just a third, 'cause there were three of us) not because of rationality and control, (i think you know i mean... ren), but because it came just hours before, and hence was surrounded by, nervous quasi-excitement about, can we just quietly say, what turned out to be a non-date with a married dude. CHEH!! i should have eaten the whole thing.

still, for half a cupcake, it is good times. the other half a cupcake might be the lemon one, i think that is a good choice. yah!, bring more people. more people means more cupcakes. um, may i also say that i am more people. hngh!

At 4/11/2005 2:21 am , Blogger Tym said...

Hurry up and come back to Singapore, and we will go and eat cupcakes already!


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