Monday, December 20, 2010

X'mas gathering

Had a early X'mas gathering at Plaza Singapura with my friends. we were supposed to meet at 1330h but at 1430h there were only 3 of us out of 6 people who were expected to be there. zZZ and they only arrived at 1445h. Not the 1st time being more than an hour late! The next time must inform them of the timing an hour earlier ahead of the scheduled time. While waiting we were choosing the dining place and normally I had no specific preferences and since two of them had babies, one of the Mama wanted a more spacious seating area with some cushion seatin or something. Well I actually just had dinner at Manhattan Fish Market the day before so I didnt really want to go there again but Mama No. 1 just ignored my choice! Argh.. Total disregard of my choice, irritating! Same as the other time when Mama No.1 was pregnant, we went to eat and I didnt want to eat Seoul Garden but she insisted on it. Well that time she was pregnant so I gave in to her but now again! So no more third time!

Enough of ranting, after we ordered our food for a long time, and I had platter for 2 with my friend again zZZ, the other 3 then slowly strode in. Mama No. 2 also came with her baby in a pram. It was the first time we went out with them with their babies. Baby 1 was 7 months old and Baby 2 was 9 months old, both boys. Quite troublesome with a baby alone I would say. You have to feed the baby or take care of him or her while you try to eat or pacify the baby when the baby cries suddenly, so if without the husband or anyone else around it would be quite a hassle to try to handle everything alone. Mama No.2's sister was getting married soon in Jan and she was there to distribute her wedding invitation cards. I guess our age is really the marriage age especially for gals. Stirs back unhappy memories again. Mama No.1 looks succummbed to her orderly life which I find she chose to pursue. things were moving systematically and progressively. Mama No.2 was all excited about being Mama and cant wait to have another one again and she revealed to us that she already foudn out she was pregnant when she met us last year September but didnt tell us.

For a moment the topics were on marriage, partners and babies which I didnt really wana engage in. Overall it was a pretty fun gathering except actions of one, Ms Naive which kinda spoiled the overall experience. There wasnt really as much conversations I guess due to her. She has this naive thinking about alot of things in life, in marriage and others. I just find that she is viewing the world through her little window and thinks how perfect things are and dreams of the ideal life to come. Probably she really hopes her Prince Charming will ride on a white steed with a carriage and marry her to live happily ever after. Her speeches of how Mama No.2's husband helped to look after the baby and take care of the baby and mentioned something like she thinks that I would probably fail in this kind of roles and such. But she speaks too softly and I cant really make out her conversations and I was kinda cant really be bothered with her comments. Changing a baby's diapers makes a good husband? No I dont think so. There are just so many aspects to it which she overlooks. Marriage is also a lifelong process which is hard to say even 10 or 20 years down the road. Too many people I feel do not have the right idea of marriage and jump into it without serious considerations of the many facets of marriage resulting in the high divorce rates nowadays, but well..

Well before we called it a day, we had our gift exchange. I think its always quite interesting to see what people got for one another and the element of surprise of what one will get. I got this bottle of wine lol which was quite appropriate for me I guess.

Erm the most shocking was this gift given by Mama No.1 which was this Porcupine coin back which had a back or body shaped like a durian! lol.. Most of us were lost for words and stunned for a moment especially when the 1st layer of wrapping was unwrapped, the 2nd layer was wrapped in those paper which contained 1 rim photocopying paper lol. Mama No. 2 even mentioned "Wa this is epic! Must take a photo of it!" And the 'durian' went to Mama No.1's best friend lol. After we called it a day, Mama No.1's best friend was heading to Downtown East for a BBQ so we left together. We went around shopping for a gift for her niece for some time before finally deciding on a furry bagpack. Along the way she complained of the 'durian' and wondered what she was going to do with it and I really had a good laugh. Guess Mama No.1 didnt expect her best friend to get it. And we came to a conclusion, Ms Naive has got to be left out of the gathering next time. She does not seem to be appreciative of the effort put into organising such gathering and event blatantly commented that if we left her out next time its ok. It was really hard to even contact her which she did not reply sms or calls. So happened I bumped into her exactly a week ago and I asked if she wanted to join us which she agreed to and she didnt reply any calls or sms till the day itself saying she will be late. Overall the atmosphere would have been better I suppose? So sorry mate, you are out of the circle of trust. Well the next time round the Mamas suggested going their place instead which probably would not have been a bad idea. I wanted to suggest it but didnt know if they would mind but since they proposed why not? Next gathering then I guess, hopefully 2 more others will be able to turn up.

Gotten my 1st X'mas card this year from my dear friend who never fails to give us a card everytime. Ha she was complaining to me about Ms Naive getting her exchange present which she specially prepared for us, hoping that one of us will get it as most of us were borned in the year of the Rat, but sadly ended up with Ms Naive who was 1 year younger than us. On a sidenote, my friend's handwriting I realised is pretty good lol. Thanks for a card..
Pictures of some purchases before I try to upload older ones..
Picked up Ban Presto Memories of Merry Vol 2's Going Merry, a recolour version of Vol 1
Capcom's Monster Hunter Rathalos Really huge box..
Overdued POP Strong World Chopper
Along with POP Strong World Franky, really love this one for his stomach being able to open and put Cola bottles in lol..Big box n big figure as well..Cant imagine Jinge and White Beard.. Picked up these after Alvin got them too as it looks quite nicely done with pretty good details and articulation. More worth than Star Wars 3.75" I would say..

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