Sunday, August 31, 2008

Happy Merdeka (Independence) Day!

I've been so busy lately that I've totally neglected my blog and to a certain extent going out for a little fun! So yesterday, ont he eve of Independence Day we got up late and had a heavy brunch of thosai and coffee at our old haunt and then headed to the park. Our little one...well she's not that little anymore but she'll always be little to you know what I mean!!

We haven't taken he to the park in ages and she loves going there so we made it a point to go. When we got there we hear a lot of music and loud goings on! It was a pre-Independence Day Celebration organized by the city council. We didn't really want to get involved because we thought it was for invited guests only at first so we headed to the slides and swings for some action. We had fun, when I say we, I mean my daughter had most of the fun sliding down while Mummy and Daddy had the honor of carrying here up for her next bit of fun. The apparatus were a little too high for her so to make things easy that's what we did! Liek I said, we had FUN!! LOL

Anyway, we heard that there was an art competition and a sand art competition too. Since the little one loves sand art we decided to mosey on there for a look see. There were a whole lot of kids there and they were happily drawing and "sand-arting" away. So we got Ellie one of the thingys to get going. With a little help from Mummy to remove the stickers, she happily colored her sheet. By the time it was completed it looked pretty nice and we went back to the booth to get the cover . The attendents there asked us to join in the competition and we said okay since they were going to announce the winners in a little while and we stil had some swinging and sliding to do. So we submitted her little "masterpiece" and she was the last entry or at least thats what the attendents said because it was supposed to close at 11.30 and it was 11.35 then.

So we went back to the swings and slides and continued with the fun. It was getting pretty late and after a while we decided to head back. So we went to retrieve the sand art from the judges table and gave her name. They said not to go back because she had won something. We were elated because it was totally unexpected. So we headed to the tent and waited a few minutes more for the announcements and soon heard her name being called up for the kindergarten category. The announcer called her name first and said that she had won a consolation prize, she also said that she was the youngest competitor. We were happy and a little excited since it was her first "official" competition and all. So Mummy helped ehr up stage amidst the clapping and cheering since the crowd saw that she was so little and encouraged her. Proud parent moment!!
After that we headed for home since it was getting late and we had a group assignement to work on that afternoon in college. So we made a quick stop to get her her favourite "Hor Fun noodles" at her favourite restaurant "Old Town White Coffee". She just loves the place and doesn't wanna go anywhere else and we give in because she is a fussy eater. We got home and after a quick rest it was time to go to school.

When we got back from group we decided to take her out for dinner. Wifey wanted to try somethign new and we decided to go to "Bubba Gump" at the Curve. We almost regretted the decision because they had blocked several roads leading to the place to facilitate a performanc ethat was being held there in conjunction with Independence Day. Somehow we hmanaged to take the right turnings and ended up at the mall without too much hassle. We headed to Bubba Gump and found that it was a nice place. A litttle like being on a boat, especially upstairs where it was all woody and well decorated. The place ws packed and many had made reservations but being first timers we had left it to chance and I guess we had to make do with whatever seats were available, which were upstairs. Fortunately a booth opened up and we went back downstairs and made our orders. It was there that we saw the staff "perform" for someone birthday! I won't reveal too much but it was very entertaining!!
For the little one we got her some linguini that came served in a little paper boat which she was delighted with. Also instead of fries we got to substitute it with fruit, a healtier option. Me loves shrimp... so we ordered "shrimp heaven" which came with four baskets of shrimp and some sauces...the most unique being the marmalade and mustard I think...Me like. We also ordered the "Pulled Beef" Sandwich which turned out to be pretty tasty and might be high on my favourites list. We were getting prety full but we just had to order some dessert. The ice cream and chocolate chip cookie....oh mama...that was so nice...Ellie and Mummy finished most of the ice cream and I got most of the cookie which was pretty darn came in a small pan which was a BIG COOKIE!!. We didn't finish the sandwich and the cookie so it was all packed up and brought home. Fortunately the trip home was less stressful and we didn't have a jam to contend with.

A rather fulfilling day don't you think. We got back pretty tired and played with the boat which we had to bring back if you get my drift. Soon we were all tired and went to was twelve by then and we heard the sound of fireworks in the distance as we drifted of to sleep. What a day...

Today I'm looking forward to the rest of the pulled beef sanwich and that chocolate chip cookie. Ah the little one just wok about timing...I'm gonna get her to hold up the sand-art for me to take picture of...
Happy Merdeka to all!


Nick Phillips said...

Happy Merdeka day to you buddy. Hope things pick up for the better in this country soon, eh?

J@n!ce said...

Looks like a fun day for your family. Cheers :)

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Mariuca said...

Alakazam!! I've missed seeing lil Ellie's cute pics here, thanks for posting this GK! Looks like a wonderful day for u and family! :D

Oh I've tried Bubba too!!! We had the cajun shrimp (special it seems) for appetizer, but it was a tad too salty if u ask me! I loved my drink though, can't remember what it was called but it was something pina coladaish ! ;)

Jean Chia aka Ms.Yummy~licious said...

hi adrian! i enjoyed reading yr fun-filled day. Ellie is still looking so cute & pretty. :) Hugs for her. :))

I havent been to bubba and it looks interesting with the boat and woody deco. :) ahh.. your food is getting me hungry. I better cook for dinner now. :) see ya! :)

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Mariuca said...

I'm here today GK! How was ur weekend? :D

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Shinade said...

Oh my GK, just look at how much she has grown up.

Was it just yesterday that we were looking at toddler pictures? Oh she is just a doll.

I hope you had a grand day and holiday. And that the week ahead will be just as grand!!:-)))

Adrian said...

Thanks Buddy! Sorry for the late reply to all! What to do? Now only free mah! :)

Adrian said...

Thanks was fun to go out and have a little quality time together! :)

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Hi annoymous...thanks but no thanks! :)

Adrian said...

GP! Thanks...she is growing up as we speak...soon she won't want me...wait that's already happening sometimes LOL

Bubba is nice...might go there today...for salty shrimp you shoud try tony roma's....very salty...almost uneatable...not nice at all! :)

And thanks for the award.... haven't gone to pick it up yet! :)

Hey that comment on blognet was the truth...hope you win....hugz and all to you too GP!!

Adrian said...

Jackie! She is growing up real fast! Everyday is something new. Sometimes wifey and me just look at each other and shake our heads in disbelief! My regret is having to take this course that takes so much time away from her...thats why I hardly blog anymore...every free moment I try to dedicate to her and yet I know that sometimes that is not enough....

Good thing is we're halfway through! Bads news is now it's gonna get toughher!


Adrian said...

Jean!! Almost missed you....she's really growing up so fast....and good thing she looks like her mummy :)

You must try bubba's....the pulled beef was really good...I wanna try someting else today...but not sure what...but must leave space for some of their wonderful desserts! :)


PS I stopped by for my interrogation hehe

Adrian said...

Hi anh...thanks for th evisit...I'm not much for surveys and all....hope you have a nice day!

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