After 3 Years

I was on MSN with my cousin the other day when she wished my husband and I a “Happy Anniversary”.Ā  Yes, May 12, 2010, my husband and I celebrated our 3rd anniversary šŸ™‚ And when I told my cousin that, she reckoned that it feels like we’ve been married way longer than that :pĀ  In truth, it does šŸ™‚Ā  That’s because we’ve been together for 8 years and had lived together for 7, give and take a couple of months … so it’s more like our 8th anniversary :p

So last Wednesday, we took off for the day and headed to Pulau Ubin, which meant I didn’t have to go to work too šŸ™‚ Double joy *happy dance*Ā  We packed a lunch, some apples and water and headed towards Changi Village.Ā  For $2.50 per person, you get on a little boat and about 10 or so minutes later you’re on Pula Ubin.

The thing about Pulau Ubin that I really like is how instantaneous it feels like I’ve jumped on a time machine and am taken back in time.Ā  Literally, on the island I feel all of 4 years old and wandering around my Great Grandfather’s kampung home.Ā  The memories are vague, to say the least but when I’m on Pulau Ubin, they squeeze out of the cervices of my mind and make themselves clearer.

So we rented our bikes and headed towards Chek Jawa.Ā  Here’s a word of advice for all those who have been uninitiated into the ways of renting a bike on the island, please check that your bike changes gear properly before heading off too far.Ā  Yes, my dinky little bike was stuck at gear 6.Ā  Gear 6!!Ā  The island is full of slopes going up and down and my bike was stuck at gear 6!!Ā  It felt like I was paddling but the bike wasn’t even moving … so needless to say I had one hell of a work out :pĀ  I was so glad to arrive at Chek Jawa where we could get off our bikes, walk around and encountered some wildlife šŸ™‚

Before we did anything else, we stopped and had our lunch, where Pulau Ubin ants showed me a thing or two about teamwork.Ā  Here’s a stalk of my spinach that fell out of my sandwich.Ā  It was awesome to have the time to watch ants lift the stalk and carry it a whole 2meters away and to think I was all so excited with ants.Ā  After lunch, we were just sitting and talking … I was still exhausted from peddling … in fact, I had fallen asleep for a bit too … when out of nowhere a wild boar appears!!

I’ve lived in Singapore ALL my life and never seen one just wandering around.Ā  I was very excited and so was my husband who has only been living in Singapore for the last 7 years or so.Ā  This was just the tip of the iceberg on Chek Jawa.Ā  On the walk we saw birds … definitely heard some that sang beautifully, schools of fish that seem to move like one body, crabs that seem to be connected together by an invisible string, a monitor lizard wandering in the low tide.Ā  It was a lovely day to be out in nature.Ā  We were worried about the rain but not one drop fell šŸ™‚Ā  We even made some German friends, Lufthansa stewardesses in town for a couple of days.

Then we headed back to catch the evening ferry for an early dinner at our favourite organic Chinatown place.Ā  And yes, I was completely knackered from the insane non-moving bike I had, that I was happy to be sitting on the ferry and just chilling.

Till next time, Pulau Ubin, thanks for a wonderful anniversary.Ā  We enjoyed ourselves so much that we can’t wait to be back.Ā  Next time, with stronger bug spray and a better bike šŸ™‚

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My Other Niece, My Goddaughter

Tomorrow my baby niece aka goddaughter, Rachael turns 9months old šŸ™‚Ā  She’s turning out to be such a sweetie.Ā  I can’t wait for her to be walking around and so she can hang out with her brother, her sister and me.Ā  Meanwhile, here’s me trying to take a nice picture of her and me.

And when I don’t look at the camera … she kinda does …

Isn’t she such a cutie?Ā  My favourite thing about her is her smell.Ā  Don’t you love the smell of babies?Ā  They should seriously bottle it .. then again if it wasn’t coming from a tiny human being, I don’t think it’d have quite the same effect šŸ˜‰Ā  For now, I’ll take what I can from my baby goddaughter!!

Bad Boys

What about bad boys that intrigues us, girls so much?Ā  I know a bad boy who said this to me recently, “Why do girls like bad boys? And when I go out with them and am the bad boy that I am, they are all surprise about it?”Ā  So what is he talking about?Ā  About a booty call that turned into an episode of fatal attraction … I’m just glad he has no pets O_oĀ  And honestly, he is right, what do girls expect when we date bad boys?

Which brings me to the heart of this post, I have a friend who is currently dating one and she knows it too.Ā  Being a matured 30something, she’s honest about it and knows that the day will come when she will have her heart broken … why take the risk, I ask?Ā  Aren’t we a little too old for all this?

Hope.

That’s pretty much why we do anything we do at all.Ā  There’s a risk in everything we do, so there’s the hope that he just might turn good for her … just about the same chance as my job turning out to be the best career choice I’ve ever made.Ā  We’ll see … like they say, it ain’t over till the fat lady sings.

So to hope and a wonderful week ahead šŸ™‚