Before you know it, it arrives. I quietly made the plans, picking up the flowers (which I had to lug all the way from the shop because the wife was on leave from the office, so I could not get them delivered), and booking the restaurant.
I decided to try Megumi's at Siglap, since she likes Japanese food. Mom saw me in a shirt in the morning and said, "Where are you going ah? Wear so nice."
"Meeting lah," I mumbled, and added, "And taking her out for dinner lor, today is our anniversary, the tenth one."
Later I find out the wife had forgotten and only remembered when mom told her she saw me in a shirt. I knew she forgot, because she looked oblivious in the morning. I smiled a sneaky smile. I knew she had forgotten, because she looked oblivious in the morning. In fact we even had a small argument over some financial decision in mid-afternoon. But that's how it is, when you have been together so long (we were dating almost as long as we've been married), you get comfortable or caught up with kids and home and work, and forget these things. And it's all okay, because it does not mean your relationship is any weaker.
I went to 77 East Coast Road, at first, but it was 77 UPPER East Coast Road. We found the restaurant after walking around and getting lost (the lady on the phone didn't give very clear instructions). I had to call Tym for help (she was also the one who recommended the place).
By the time we sat down, it was 8.30pm and gosh, we were hungry. On the server's recommendation, we ordered Saikoro steak cubes, the Kami Nabe (tofu soup), a plate of sashimi, the grilled lobster with roe, and some ebi tempura. All of it good!
Our sashimi consisted of sea urchin, Maguro (Tuna), Hirame (Seasonal Flounder), Shake (Salmon), Hamachi (Yellowtail), Hotategai (Scallop) and Mekajiki (Swordfish). Very very good and fresh stuff. I was told the fish is airflown. The flounder usually costs $30 an order, so its addition to the sashimi plate was well worth it.
We finished dinner at Gelato's with some ice cream and waffles. It was a quiet night out, just talking about her day with the kids and stuff. By the time we got home, the kids were all asleep.
And so our tenth year ended thus — two of us falling asleep on the couch in the living room, watching some boring movie about dragons played on the Tvix player.