Sunday, December 27

2009 Recap (Jan-Mar)

To all my faithful readers out there (I know there are still a handful), here's a recap of all the major/interesting events of my life from January-March 2009 (with minimal talk about NS; see previous post):


1. Woke up to a brand new year and made some resolutions.

9. MES Family Night @ Pit Stop Building (camp function). Here's a photo of us fooling around:

10. SOMA Open House 2009 - Dropped by the School of Music & the Arts' (SOMA) Open House to check out their facilities. Also attended a beginner songwriting workshop to gauge their teaching methodology (already completed a year-long Songwriting module in my Diploma).

20. Obama's inauguration! YES WE CAN!

24. TPS reunion potluck gathering @ East Coast Park. Hadn't seen some of my primary school classmates for years...

25. Scene: Reunion dinner at my eldest uncle's place. My cousin-in-law passed me several slices of sour Mandarin oranges; upon chewing them, the area under my tongue started to constrict uncomfortably, and my salivary glands became swollen. I started medication to reduce the swelling, to no avail. Half a month later (mid-Feb.), I was due for an Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) specialist appointment at Singapore General Hospital - but it was just that morning when a small salivary stone emerged into my mouth via a blocked duct (after much tongue-prodding the past few days as well). So it was just that stone causing all that eating discomfort!


7 & 8. Went on the Singapore Flyer once on each day (Saturday night and Sunday afternoon). The rides were FREE as SAFRA was having a promotion then. We even got free oranges (Chinese New Year season) upon flashing our SAFRA cards.

13. My camp unit's Teambuilding Day @ SAFRA Yishun. We were divided into teams for outdoor adventure games; I overcame my acrophobia today (for once) by climbing to the top of an outdoor rock wall!

20-22. The largest event I've ever organized by myself so far in life: A smashing triple-bill of 21st birthday celebration BBQs at Costa Sands (Downtown East). Over 100 of my friends from my various "social circles/groups" arrived on 3 separate nights. Even though my parents were unsupportive of me blowing almost SG$1,200 on the whole celebration (that's my ONE-month army allowance in ONE night!), what can I say... it was the best 3 nights of my life this year...

Here's my gift list; thanks to the following for their presence and presents!


Police watch - NS Comms guys

Solar-powered toy - Pius

Converse duffel bag - TICE camp friends

Hush Puppies polo tee - Rochelle

Audio Technica portable headphones - (then) Hazeto band members (currently Child's Play)

Candy Empire chocolate & jellybeans - Bing Hao

"Boy naughty" lamp - Idayat

The first night of my 21st birthday bash kicked off with a big bang - food, friends & FUN!

Social groups present: NS comrades, TICE Eco Camp 2008 camp-mates & Child's Play band members

*Attendance: 22 guests

**Catering by BBQ Wholesale Centre Birthday cake (Premium Mango) from emicakes Cookies (2 dozen) from Subway

FUN FACT: The 3-night event was conceptualized and planned barely a fortnight before it took place. I realized that I wanted to plan a BIG, unforgettable event for my 21st to thank and catch up with as many friends as I could. (All the way back even to primary school!) Having a BBQ every night for 3 consecutive evenings gave my guests the flexibility to choose a convenient timing to come.


Topman shirt - Bastian & Song Hua

Scotch whisky - Yuanlong

Adidas cap - Alastair & Dyna

Angbao - Simone & Gerald

External hard drive - Bruce & GAMBIT friends

Converse bag - Kok Song & Soon Seng

Aldo cuff links - Bryna

Pinata - Emily

"I Owe" metal plate - Wee Siong

Toblerone chocolate - Filzah

CK fragrance - Natasha

The second night of my 21st birthday bash was actually a TRIPLE BONANZA celebration with my friends Emily and Wilson celebrating their 22nd birthdays too!

Social groups present: SP Musical superstars, SP "An Inspector Calls"/Theatre Compass peeps & Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab associates, among other friends

*Attendance: 39 guests (excluding Emily and Wilson's friends)

**Catering by BBQ Wholesale Centre Birthday cake (Pure Addiction) from emicakes

FUN FACT: The proposed budget included the chalet rental, BBQ catering for 3 nights, 3 birthday cakes, and 5 dozen Subway cookies! The total expenditure hit a 4-figure mark!


Taboo game - SP Theatre Compass friends

m&m's Premiums Triple Chocolate candy - Alex & Aimran

Designer coaster - Rain

Ferrero Rocher & angbao - Geoffrey Low

graniph purple tee - Siew Ting & Swee Fuan

Watch - Belinda

Amazing Cube (time/alarm/date/temperature) - Cara

Keyboard cover - Nicholas Yong

McKal earphone - Yao Guang

Pop Urban case with Adidas body spray & hand sanitizer - Ginny, Joanne, Mel P, Zhen Hong

Nike water bottle with Handy Power mobile charger - Mabel & Kevin

Mickey designer cup - Abel, Regina & Rex

Jumbo Kungfu Lolly - Vivian

2007 Cabernet Sauvignon - Xiu Ru

Picard wallet - DMAT girls: Joyce, Meijun, Winnie, Tian Hwee, Lydia, Jasmine, Kaiwen, Yanxi

Hugo Boss "Energize" cologne - Cheryl, Xin Yi, Serene, Teck Hui

The Body Shop "Of a Man" Eau de Toilette - Hock Leng & Shawn

Buffalo David Bitton jeans - Gildon

Jazz charts - Michelle

*belated gift:

Nike water bottle - Kelly EB

Shot via webcam on 21 February 2009 at the combined birthday chalet of Wilson, Emily, and I @ Costa Sands (Downtown East). Featuring the Superstars from Singapore Polytechnic's first musical, "Superstar: the Pop Musical". Video courtesy of YQ.

24. MES Safety & Innovation Seminar @ Jurong Camp I - *yawns.

27. Camp unit's anniversary celebrations - Free movie ("Valkyrie") at West Mall, then banquet dinner at Civil Service Club (Bukit Batok)


1. Zhen Hong's birthday celebration and games at VivoCity

6. Visited Career & Education 2009 Fair @ Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre. Also went in free to Wild Wild Wet (promotional voucher)!

7. Attended NOISE Singapore workshop: "Making Music Professionally" by Shirlyn Tan; followed by DMAT Alumni Reunion @ Singapore Polytechnic cum farewell for our lecturer Mr Jimmy Ye. Ended off the night with board games at Mind Cafe (Boat Quay) with diploma classmates.

13. Woon Han & Benji's joint 21st birthday chalet/BBQ at Costa Sands (Downtown East) - *nostalgia...

14. Crammed into the tin of human sardines at IT Show 2009.

19. Wild Wild Wet for FREE again! (yes, promotional vouchers from previous bookings of the adjacent Costa Sands chalet)

21. NOISE Workshop: "Getting Yourself Heard" by Daniel Ong Thereafter, went over to CDANS (Bukit Batok) for Kelly's 21st birthday BBQ. 24. "Live 'n' Loaded" filming @ MediaCorp Studios - role: audience calefare; task: get high and crazy for the camera! Thanks for the ticket, Lloyd!

27. Watched "Zuo Jun Violin Recital" at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music.

28. Attended "Breathe: Youth Speak", a health symposium at Singapore Management University, followed by a DMAT dinner gathering hosted by our lecturer Mr Jimmy Ye.

29. Angela's 21st birthday chalet/BBQ @ NSRCC

Stay tuned for the next recap: April-June 2009!


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