It is Sunday night and due to unforeseen circumstances, we didn't do our usual dinner at my in-laws'. So I gathered the brood and we trooped to the kopitiam downstairs to have dinner.
As head of the household, my default job is to go ahead of the party to chope a table. You need to do this when you have eight mouths to feed (wife, three kids, helper, Mom, Mom's sister and yourself).
And to ensure the speedy arrival of food because Mom has Qigong at 8pm, I ordered the food in advance (four chicken chops, four fish and chips from the "Western" food stall, because the zhichar stall looked busy).
When the gang arrived fifteen minutes after me, the food arrived too. We are a high-efficiency family, do things must chop-chop.
Then over dinner, Isaac asked me a burning question, "Papa, in your olden days, did you have TMNT?"
"Yes, I read Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics & oi, what 'olden days'? I not that old, ok?"
I also noticed Joy wearing cleaning gloves.
"Why are you wearing cloth cleaning gloves? Frozen ah?"
"Ya! I'm Queen Elsa!" she replied.
"Not Queen Susah ah?"
The whole family erupts with laughter at the kopitiam table, and my Mom laughed the loudest. Joy feigned annoyance but laughed too. Good girl. Kids must learn to laugh at themselves.
After dinner, Mom went to her Qigong and we dabao-ed the leftover fish and chips home. The wife and I double-checked if the kids had any homework left to do and I asked if the school bags were packed. No and Yes were the answers.
That done, I declared that bedtime of 9pm shall be adhered to, left the kids in the care of our helper, and whisked the wife away for a quick date, just a beer with some friends.
I got a little lost on the KPE to the Suntec area and entered what Miyagi calls The Wormhole.
You know you are lost when you drive and drive and go from the KPE to the MCE and when you exit, you see a giant cruise ship at a cruise ship terminal you didn't even know existed. And in the distance, the Singapore Flyer and CBD skyline looks so small.
A merry go round later, we finally get to Millenia Walk for a beer beneath the stars.
The night was 23°C and windy. Nippy and nice. We didn't even need to turn on the aircon later that night at home.
Rowdy family dinner, conversation with good friends, awesome weather: One cannot ask for a better way to end a Sunday evening.
Well played, The Tuckshop, for your beer special in "honour" of Anton Casey, the British national and private wealth manager in Singapore who referred to public transport commuters as "poor people" who contribute to the "stench of public transport".
Anton, who is a Senior Wealth Manager with Crossinvest Asia, has since apologized through his PR agency.
I couldn't stand it anymore and posted this status update on Facebook:
You know, Viralnova, Upworthy and other such "viral" sites, not every bloody post:
1. changes my life
2. changes the way I feel about (fill in the blank)
3. changes absolutely everything
4. shocks me
5. surprises me
6. blows me away
7. blows my mind
8. makes me cry
9. makes me weep
10. makes me curl up on the floor in a slobbering mess.
Special thanks to Daryl for his funny comment that has become this blog post's title.
And to Yinjie for this comment:
"I Thought I Was Just Reading A Status Update. By The Time I Reached The End, Tears Rolled Down My Eyes."
With an old school chum in town (he lives in the US now), the family and I took him to the National Museum, to spend a lovely Sunday afternoon there. I wish we had more time to walk Fort Canning Park too, but just seeing the museum was already good fun for the kids.
We didn't spend as much time at the 50 Years of Television exhibit (which seemed to me more like a milestone to signify the last days of Singapore TV: so long, and thanks for all the fish), but we did enjoy the rest of the exhibitions, like the Singapore art, photos and food one.
There was a couple taking wedding photos there, which attracted some attention from the gawking public, but it was mostly a quiet and relaxed group of visitors enjoying the ambiance of the hallowed halls.
After taking the photo above, it also occurred to me how fast my firstborn has grown. Faith is going to be taller than Mommy really soon. In fact, I think she is already wearing some of my wife's clothes.
Education Minister Heng Swee Kiat: "On my children’s first days at school, when I saw all their new schoolmates, chattering with excitement, I felt a strong sense of promise. I thought, they will learn many new things, they will discover their strengths and passions, and they can reach for their dreams."
Me on my son's first day of school: "Don't poopoo in your pants, ok?"
You won't lag behind, because you'll have the speed.
You'll pass the whole gang and you'll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you'll be the best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.
Except when you don't
Because, sometimes, you won't.
Nothing better than spending a quiet afternoon with the family at the best botanic gardens in the world, on the first day of the year.
Special thanks to Rachel, Leah and friends, young ladies who were at the Botanic Gardens on their own group outing, for helping us fly our cheapo kite, and for letting my kids fly their huge awesome ladybird kite soaring high up in the sky (they took an hour to get their ladybird kite up in the air, with lots of running).