Weekend With The Family…


This past weekend was filled with activities for the family and with the family. It’s definitely a far cry from what we used to do when we were still swinging singles (Not that we were party animals anyway). Now whatever things we do, we have to think and incorporate our spouse and kids in the mix. We’ve waited quite some time for this to happen anyway, so it was nice to finally kick things off at the start of the first weekend of 2008.

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I’ve always wanted to introduce my daughter to the swimming pool as she has always enjoyed bathing in her mini bath tub at home. We thought it would be nice if she could enjoy the little pleasures in life while she can, when she is younger, cos I don’t expect her to be wearing bikinis or one-piece swimsuits when she grows up. And so we had planned with cousins Ezaad and Julie as well as my sister-in-law’s family, to go to Yio Chu Kang Swimming Complex last Saturday for a dip at the children’s pool. This pool is quite big and has slides right smack in the middle of the pool, like an island.

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My sister-in-law, Kak Rashida, had gone off earlier to get a few extra hours in the pool for her kids but to her dismay, the pool was closed to public. So after some brainstorming with Julie, we decided to go to Wild Wild Wet at Downtown East instead since we all could get some discount via the NTUC Card. It’s been a long time since I’ve been there anyway, if I’m not wrong, when I was still a bachelor.

The kids had a great time, and so did the fathers who became kids all over again :p. Syahindah was kinda afraid of the water, a combination of it being cold and the rainy weather perhaps dampening her spirits. She was practically shivering and was quite clingy unto me. I think she’s not yet ready, unlike Eshaan who enjoyed crawling in the baby pool. But I guess this is normal for first-timers like her. I’m sure she’ll enjoy herself when she gets older. As a result of the rainy weather and throwing myself unto the slides, I’m aching all over and suffering from influenza. The fitness regime that I had planned to start this week has taken a backseat somewhat. Bummer…

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On Sunday, Aida and I attended sis Hazrina‘s (also known as Elista in the bloggersphere) wedding to Hiddy at Ayer Rajah CC, sans Syahindah. We had left the little one at my in-laws’ on Saturday night as she had gone to sleep the moment we reached home from Wild Wild Wet. Initially she was supposed to follow us to the wedding, but she fell asleep when we were leaving home to fetch her from my in-laws’.

The wedding venue reminded me of the 80s and for its design in that era, it looked quite futuristic. I was more fascinated looking at the long ramp that was constructed in front of the stage. I did not notice it at first, till the groom and his entourage came and walked on it to get to the wedding dais. It was certainly something unique from what I’ve seen in most weddings done at community clubs. We were also treated to a dance performance by the Sriwana dancers who accompanied the groom.

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It was nice to have met a few people from the bloggers community, notably Ayu who is well known for her cupcakes, and also happens to be a childhood friend of Aida and my sister-in-law. We managed to take photographs with the bride and groom and wished them all the best in their new roles as husband and wife. They looked good in their outfits and really looked the part of being made for each other…

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Later on in the evening, we attended the first birthday of little Sharleez Nadya at Aloha Loyang. It was a yellow-themed party and most of the guests were dressed in shades of the colour. Aida and I do not have a single yellow outfit in our wardrobe so we kinda felt as though we disrespected the event and the hosts (Many apologies Diah!!!). But at least Syahindah was togged in yellow from head to toe.

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I must say this party was well-planned and executed. I heard from cousin Julie (who is Diah‘s colleague and was also invited to the event), that some of the stuff were ordered from overseas. I was particularly impressed by the bouncing playpen (which I affectionately call the “Wrestling Cage“) and all the Winnie The Pooh stuff that were used to decorate the place. I’m sure all the little kids enjoyed themselves and the adults enjoyed the great company. Till now I still can’t forget the chicken drumlets and fishballs, which seemed to be a hit with some of my fellow bloggers who were also invited to the event.

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The “Wrestling Cage“. I was treated to a 2-On-1 match between “Randy Orton” and the “Hardy Boyz“…

We missed out on Hady Mirza‘s presence as we had already left when he came. Not that it mattered much to me anyway as I’m not really a big fan of his, but it would have been good to at least congratulate him for doing the country proud, no matter how flawed his achievement was according to some quarters. It was also great to have met two of my ex-polymates, who had booked a unit next to where the party was held. The last I met them was at my wedding so you can imagine how long ago that was…

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Thank you to Diah and family for inviting us and the kind hospitality rendered!!!

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Even though this could be stale news by now, I’d just like to welcome sis Nona Kirana to the RIA 89.7FM family. When I first heard that she was coming over from Warna 94.2FM, I was instantly reminded of a conversation I once had with her not too long ago. I remembered mentioning something along the lines of why wasn’t she in RIA or something to that effect. She said perhaps her mature voice made her suitable for the Warna audience. But deep down I just felt her rightful place is at RIA and I’m quite elated by the crossover. Listening to her is like listening to Isadhora Mohd, whom I loved listening to when she was with the station.

Now that Nona is helming the 6-10pm slot on Tuesdays and Thursdays, my loyalty will be split between listening to her and Linda Onn at ERA. I normally listen to ERA as I drive home from work. Now I have to put on an earpiece and listen to RIA with the other ear. Sounds incredible having to listen to two stations at the same time huh??? Anyway, here’s wishing Nona all the best in her new role at her new place. Now I’m just hoping she co-hosts Bistro with Hafeez. It’ll be quite a riot I’m sure…



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