Karaoking With The Girls / Couple Glasses / Mel’s Awesome Sketch-A-Sketch

Sometime Back In December 2009

Welcome back to the time traveling blog!

Being impressionable 12 year olds in the late 90s, karaoke sessions meant a lot to us girls.  Whenever we had the chance, we’d go “Oi tonight cheong k” and in half an hour we’d be belting out to emo boyband songs or dancing on the chairs to Ricky Martin’s Living La Vida Loca. Sometimes slutting it up to any Britney song, past or present.

Min Dee and Mun Teng! Min Dee handles all the Japanese songs and Mun Teng is seriously an artiste waiting to be discovered.

It was the December holidays where everyone was around, even Esther’s darling Shawn came up from Singapore. This is him being shy.

Myself and Mel yang layan. Karaoking is not her cup of tea but she was nice enough to keep the rest of us company.

Min Dee and Sush!

Mel must have been rolling her eyes at Esther and Shawn’s PDA. Not much what…:)

Chee Kiang came straight from Singapore right after his internship hence the working clothes. I like it when he has on his long shirt and slacks. Purrrrrr.

The December holidays was very laid back for me as you can see. For the first time in a long time, I spent the entire span of my holiday just chilling in Subang. I know lah as if I’m some jet setter but what to do!! Holidays are so few and far in between and so they have to be made use for awesome traveling plans. Speaking of traveling, I’m going to Bangkok AGAIN in three weeks. Can’t wait!! I’m actually more excited about my hotel room than the shopping. This means that the hotel room is SO friggin’ awesome that it can top shopping. Very impossible kan? But you will see the beautiful photos later. Cheap and beautiful, that’s my motto.

Oh that picture with Chee Kiang? That’s us sitting on the bench in his garden. Just trying to capture more pictures together because I realize that we’re both growing old, so better record more of ourselves age 22 and 23 before we sag into our mid 20s.

Also to showcase my new glasses (which I now hate). He had thicker black glasses before too and we look like we have couple glasses.

Haih suits him more right?

One without!


Ahhh!! Perhaps my favouritest part of the holiday! Mel and her Sketch-a-Sketch! She made Dennis buy it for her when they were in Toys R Us (don’t ask) for Christmas. We also want leh Dennis. Tak aci.

She thinks it’s damn useful because she can just put it at her office table and scribble to whoever who talks to her without needing to say anything. This is her sad face.

Shawn was our chi mui for that few days. Just like how Chee Kiang sometimes is. It’s just a nice title for them because us girlfriends would like them to come and spend some quality time with our best friends.

Sush’s awesome red velvet cupcakes. She makes it with cheese icing. So so so delicious! I love you Sush!

The baking goddess.

Mun Teng and her busy phone.

Must have been another one of my moments where I piss Sush off.

Esther’s WOW face.

Using Malay words on Shawn because he is Singaporean and doesn’t know better.

Trying to understand the malay word.

Esther may be a lil dylexic because she wanted Shawn to hold the sign pointing to her, calling herself bodoh, but she kept drawing the arrow to Shawn, so Shawn one upped her and put his arm around her and the arrow was right again. That’s Esther being shy at her blurness.

Another genius way to use the Sketch-a-Sketch!

If a guy is grinding up behind you on the dance floor, your girls from across the room can tell you whether the guy is hot or not. So this is the “NO NO GET OUT OF THERE HE IS MOLESTING YOU!!” sign.

This is the “By all means, molest him back!! He hot!! Psst!!” sign. AIr liur meleleh, ada fahamkah lukisan saya?

Esther with a kiss to her cheek.

One of Esther’s favourite sayings.

Can’t remember why already but isn’t it such a nice picture?:)

I draw what I eat.

The famous “Such Is Life” quip with the correct facial expression.

Not getting it right..

Oooh ooh Mun Teng’s turn to draw.


Mel’s puzzled look.

I drew a picture of Mel but she doesn’t think it looks like her. I think I’m quite the artist, don’t you think so?

This is her “Ya sure Jo” look.

The photo which doesn’t have much meaning.

I drew something really rude.


I think we were talking about the number of facebook friends we had. Ahem ahem ahem ahem cough cough cough hackkkkk.

One of them must have pissed me off. Mel loved it, she’s gonna draw it the next time someone cuts into her lane on the road.

To show you that I am not that crude but am actually angelic when I want to be.

Talking about the following day’s clubbing session.

Sush and her ear pulling.

Mel and her multicoloured balls.. ahhahahahahh got inside joke..ahhh i wish i could share it..lolololololol.

Bang balls. Bang balls, for those who don’t know, means sit around doing nothing.

Chow Chee Bye!

None of them understood it. Okay see, shit is smelly and chow is smelly in cantonese. The half a love means half of my love which means half of Chee Kiang which just means CHEE. Then there’s the hand waving which is Bye.

So you get Chow Chee Bye. If your chinese vulgarities suck, it means smelly vagina.

Mun Teng sapuing the rest of the watermelon.

Esther’s drawings all damn innocent one la.

HAHAHA i drew that cone shaped thing, nothing dirty don’t worry, supposed to be the Roti Tisu dripping in condense milk that we usually eat at our favourite mamak place in SS19. Shawn’s like, “What’s that?”

Mun Teng raises our hopes up.

But to draw a flasher, this is the way.

HAHA Mel’s version of a black face.

But better give the original black face to hold. This girl used to come in to school every morning in form3 slamming her books on the table. We did not dare talk to her until she had something to eat during recess and was in a better mood.

I don’t know what they meant, I pose only.

So Mel. 🙂

There’s still the photos from the Christmas Party at my house, New Year’s eve… and oh god Chinese New Year. Another day, another day.

UK Trip Day 4 – Worthing, A Port South of London

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Sometime back in August 2009

By the time I’m done with the UK Trip blog posts, I may have gotten married and migrated there on something.

So Day 4! Wow! (I stayed for a month T_T)

My Uncle Terry and his best friend Uncle Steve took the family to a port south of London called Worthing. It was a cloudy day as you can see from the pictures with the wind blowing our hair into a frenzy. It was one of the coldest day for me in England although it was summer! I still want to see winter in the UK though. To see the entire place blanketed in snow would be amazing!

All bundled up with Mum and grandma.

A few hotels line the beach with quaint coffee houses.

Grandma and her wind blown hair.

I know sport shoes don’t go so well with leggings but a girl shouldn’t suffer in the cold.

Just me trying to be artsy fartsy as a person cycles by.

So apparently that sea stretches out to America. Or something.

Mum having her karaoke video moment.

The wind made mum’s hair look like Diana Ross’ and I thought it was a really cool look!

The grandmas got along really well! They keep forgetting each other’s names though.

As you can see, my dad and his DSLR were practically inseparable throughout the trip. Though he did cool off a little towards the end of the month.

What a lovely day to bring the laptop out to the beach!

The seagull wonders if his loot will be good today with the choppy waters.

Clearly ecstatic to be in the UK!

I totally loved what the wind did with my hair and the many opportunities it gave me.

Dad and his models.

An out of place cottage-y place.

It was a common thing over there. Every other park I went to had benches with plaques on them.

Some of the benches are used to commemorate loved ones.

I think I already mentioned this but the dandelions in the UK are so big and puffy! Almost possible to apply blusher with it.

See the floating pollen near my forehead. Like Avatar!


Awwwwww <3

Hello I am Medusa.

Instead of sand the entire stretch is covered in pebbles. Thought this rusty old chain looked gorgeous against the acres and acres of pebbles.

Right.. What’s with the dates? Something to do with summer time?

This crafty looking signboard caught my eye!

Worthing must be a lovely neighbourhood with a quiet little arts and craft centre for families to spend the afternoon.


He looks like he was about to go into Dog Detective mode.

Somemore stand so straight!

Check out the hair now! The wind was getting mad.


Oh no I look like I have udders.


Not a decoration, but a real bird.

Dad’s karaoke moment.

Grandma Doris saw me taking a photo with the ice cream cone and hurried over to join me. So this totally eliminated all provocative poses with my tongue licking the tip of the ice-cream.

Ice cream for a cold summer day!

Crossing the road over to the shops.

Strictly for princesses.

After strolling through the shops in Worthing, we had lunch at Macari’s!

It was my first time having real fish and chips in England!

Ice-cream toppings above the ice-cream bar.

Even the coloured rice is different in the UK! All pastel and soft.

Marshmallows on your ice-cream?

Long time no see real fish and chips!! The last time I had authentic fish and chip was when I was like, 7 years old in Perth! Not a fan of chunky fries though but I finished every last piece. Not proud of myself at all.

A dish that Uncle Terry and Uncle Steve seem to love a lot – mashed peas. Nice meh?

Group photo!

One of the many signboards at any given intersection.

I like how they decorate the store fronts in the UK. Even the simplest type of store puts so much effort into drawing the customers to have a closer look.

See what I mean? This is just a tiny convenience store.

CANDIES! I went crazy looking at all the colours in the candy store!

So many sweets..how to choose?

A scene taken right out of one of my many childhood story books.

These are Worthing rocks!

Uncle Steve bought a whole stack for us. Rock candies are canes with a design in it that spans the entire length. You chop it into tiny pieces to suck on. When I went for the Nuffnang Blog Awards, rock candies were served in a tiny glass jar. Delicious but rock candies can cut your tongue and make you bleed so be very careful when you suck on it. The sharp bits of the inner design can really hurt you after sucking for a bit.

An example of a design on a rock candy.

Designed like liquorice candy.

More colours which are not actually sweets.

Cookies and a hot cashier girl! That’s Uncle Steve paying for the Worthing Rocks.

Popo looks on in fascination at all the candies!

AHHHH!! I bought some liquorice candy having seen them in my story books for a better part of my childhood but never had the chance to have any. Tasted one, hated it all.

Snapping a photo of some hot brit boys while pretending to take a photo of the beautiful bush.

Dad in the streets of Worthing.

I love the architecture! All narrow and different from each other.

SO LOVE!! If this design was used to bling a handphone, girls would go mad!

Like me!

Mum takes time out to touch up her gloss.

I hardly went to any malls in the UK as most of the shops are located on streets.

Grandma Doris has a word with her son.

I went into Claire’s! The colours, as usual, caught my eye. I didn’t get myself anything as I couldn’t bear to spend on what I would later on consider to be junk. But the colours! OMG!


Hairbands in every colour and texture imaginable.

Every shop is so specific! This is a greeting cards store.

Wanted to get a picture of the wrapping paper up close but was afraid to aggravate the shop keeper.

Strangely, the streets leading back to the car was devoid of people.

Some charity shops.

Found this at the charity shop! Little clothes for dolls! Aw!

If only it was big enough for a life sized baby!

Some of the houses in the area. Loving the brick walls!

After coming back from the UK (for a very short span of time right after my trip), I was inspired to have my wooden door in my own home painted a bright solid colour!

Saw a police lady in action. Apparently a burglar was on the loose within the area.

That’s how the police in the Uk do their job.

Fresh products – my grandma’s version of a candy store.

I think these were some apartments in the area.

Hardly a sky scraper in the distance.

Saw some beautiful white trees along the highway.

After we got back, my ever so healthy Kooma took us for an evening stroll around the neighbourhood. So yeap, we were treated to plenty more flora.

We walked over to the bigger houses where there was more to see.

A pebbled church.

Kooma playing tour guide as she took us around her neighbourhood.

Lavendar smells SO heavenly. I plucked one and sniffed it the entire way.

A big fat toadstool! I expect the fairies to come out at night and have parties under it.

The family was refurbishing their home on their own.

I don’t know if these are poppy, I think I mentioned it before in a previous UK post. But it is so pretty right??

Little bumblebee is attracted to the lavendar plant as well!

We were really spoilt rotten during our trip there. Kooma made us some sort of sausage for dinner. Oh wait, I remember now. She called it Bangers and Mash!

The sausages were grilled and some onions were browned and sprinkled on top. A serving of mash potato and some boiled veggie. So very delicious! I came home (again) inspired to boil my vegetables. I did, once. Overboiled my brocolli and had yellow soggy mushy broccoli for dinner that one time. 🙁

The sausage has a thin crispy skin with a cushiony inside. Just the right amount of saltiness too! My mouth is watering at the memory of that dish.

My Kooma and Uncle Terry (Koo Cheong) are both awesome cooks. What they can make in the kitchen will cost me an arm and a leg at any fancy restaurant here at home. Can’t wait for the both of them to come back to pass on some skillz to me.