It's been a while since the sec sch pals had a gathering. Our last one was on the Vesak Day public holiday, when we had steamboat at Bugis
Seeing how everyone is so busy nowadays, we had already set aside a date on that day for our next meet-up! Haha. Just imagine, planning a gathering for July... in MAY! I wonder how much worse it'll be when everyone starts working in the near future.
So anyway, it was decided that we would meet again on 12th July for our annual steamboat dinner / Mond's birthday celebration at the birthday boy's place. We did it in 2006 for his 21st birthday
(it wasn't steamboat then...but we were at his place too!), and in 2007
If you compare the group photos from both entries (okay, I just realised that I didn't post up the group pics from 2006... coz' I lost them when the hard disk on my previous laptop crashed!!! Gahhhh must remember to get them from Mond next time), you'll see that our group seems to be dwindling... from a large group in 2006, to a slightly smaller one in 2007. This year, there were even lesser people (all of whom are dearly missed too)! But that doesn't mean we had less fun. Read on ;)12 July 2008 (Sat): Mond's 23rd birthday celebration & steamboat dinner
Met up with bestie Zhen in the late afternoon to satisfy her shopping urge. Hurhur. We spent a couple of hours in Bugis, before heading over to Suntec to pick up Ron & Ling Yang. Then, off we went to IMM to meet bestie Justina, Mond, and everyone else!
We had lotsa fun shopping and picking out the food we wanted (though we had to keep reminding ourselves that IT WAS NOT A CHALET. Haha we have the tendency to over-buy), and Gordie darl even joined us for a while coz' he happened to be at IMM too! Couldn't join us though, coz' he has duty today and needed ample rest. That's why I'm so boliao
now, blogging away on a Sunday afternoon. :(
Didn't take long for us to buy the food, since we have lots of experience with our years of bbQing and steamboating together. Hurhur. Left IMM at 6plus with the grocery bags and people divided into two cars.
As usual, the guys got down to doing the dirty work upon reaching Mond's place... as they always do. (Refer to July 2007 entry linked above, or the CNY reunion dinner we had in Feb'07
, also at his house!) These brothers
of ours are just the sweetest lah!
We girls will usually sit around and try to help out in small ways... but somehow, we always end up camwhoring.
Starting with moi.
With xiao mei
With da jie
Justina... and her can of orange juice.
The guys hard at work... Our inhouse-genius Chee Teck is forever camera-ready lah!!! Hahahahaha
Part of our yummy spread...
We finally got down to eating... all of us were squashed around the table - Me, Zhen, Justina, Taoli, Mond, LY, Ron, Bok, Guanwei, John, CT
- but it was nice to be having dinner together as a family. =)
The laughter, the chatter, the horrid jokes (courtesy of CT, who has the WILDEST imagination!!!), the reminiscing... That's what happens when you put a bunch of old friends together right?
Three hours later, our tummies were filled and we were ready to move on to our next activity. But first, da jie
Justina and I had the task of waking up our dearest xiao mei.
She actually fell asleep after eating! Haha. I guess she wasn't feeling well...
When we couldn't rouse her from her deep sleep, we decided to show the camera and mirror some loving! :P
Once we got the girl outta the room, it was time for...
Happy birthday Mond!!!
Blow wind blow!
And that's when the craziness REALLY started. Wahaha. I always love this part of our gatherings - when we take all sorts of silly group pics together!
A proper group shot first, with the help of my camera's self-timer.
You can already spot a wee bit of insanity there, with Bok and GW on the chair...
Take 2: Out come the chopsticks, ala Kungfu Panda! We were trying to snatch Mond's cake! HAHAHA.
Take 3: The mayhem continues.
Take 4: Need I say more?!?!?!? We finally get to have our own cake and eat it too. :P
Then, the guys take a shot together.
This was supposed to be all prim and proper, but look carefully and you'll see someone trying to play afool in the background... Teehee. Spot the head?
Not satisfied, the guys demand another photo. All the better for the girls to start their nonsense!!!
Girls' turn! And of course, the guys just HAD TO get their revenge. Heehee. They really hen3 ai4 yan3 lor.
Another one... They're darn good posers lah! Haha
And that's not all!!!
We then decided to take different group shots based on different groupings. First up, of course, was...The Jurong Primary School (JPS) Primary 1-3 gang:
Me, Mond, Ron (SEE THE EXTRA AT THE SIDE? Hahaha)
Yup, I also can't believe that I've known the two dudes for SIXTEEN YEARS already!!! Gosh. Since Primary One leh... and we actually had the fate to end up in the same sec sch and still remain as buddies up till now. -sheds a tear-The JPS Primary 4 pair:
Ling Yang and Mond. The JPS gang!
Next up, we shifted to the secondary school groupings.The Shuqun Secondary School (SQS) Secondary 1C gang:
Chee Teck, Mond, Taoli
The Sec 1C guys take a serious shot... while Taoli goes all xiao nu ren
The rest of us were from the 1D class, with the exception of Ron & Bok (1B) and Zhen (she's our junior so not counted! Ha). Sigh it brings back soooo many memories of our days together...The SQS Secondary 3C-4C gang:
Chee Teck, Guanwei, Ling Yang, Taoli, Me, Mond, Justina
Not done yet! We even ventured into the CCA groupings... ROFL.The Brigades gang:
Zhen (Girls' Brigade), Mond, Ron & Bok (Boys' Brigade). See the extra at the side again?!The Uniformed Groups gang:
CT (Red Cross), Zhen (GB), Mond, Ron, Bok (BB), GW and LY (Scouts). Notice their different ways of saluting? So cute!
Not to be outdone, Justina, Taoli and I forced Mond to take a photo with us too... though he was never in a Performing Arts CCA. Heheh.The Performing Arts gang:
Justina and Eve (choir), Taoli (Chinese Orchestra). Their poses never fail to crack me up!
With that, we were done. Well, we could have gone on and on with the groupings, but the cake wasn't holding up well already. Haha.
We were finally able to savour the cake, but guys being guys, they'll always get up to some cheeky fun.
"DON'T!!! Wait my face got pimple how?"
Forcing the knife on Mond.
At half-past-ten, we decided to make a move for karaoke. GW, Bok and CT didn't join us, so the rest of us headed over to Clementi's Kbox. But the charges turned out to be way too exorbitant ($32 per person... which was just too crazy for the guys to accept).
We ended up watching Hellboy 2 at Jurong Point. Hee. Well, it was worth catching, in my opinion.
It was 3am by the time I got home, shagged out from the full day of activities. But I really do love spending time with my sec sch pals. They are an irreplaceable part of my life, and I'm so thankful that we're still able to remain relatively close despite it being over 6 years since we left secondary school! Many of the best moments of my life consist of them, and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Now, I'm looking forward to our National Day gathering on 2nd August (am getting tickets from Mum so the whole bunch of us can watch the parade together! Everyone's so excited about it!), our annual bbQ in mid-August, and our Taiwan trip in November! =)