I should have blog this long time ago. On my birthday itself. The day came with a surprise. Not from anyone else but Jonathan. Due to his job, we have not celebrated my birthdays together for years. But every year, he would suprise me with something.
In the year, 2008, Jonathan was in Singapore and we got to celebrated my birthday in the hospital. Kaiden was diagnosed with Bronchitics and thus had to stay in hospital for about a week. Jonathan bought my favourite Joo Chiat Bak Chok Noodles into the room. Staying in a 2-bedded room with another young boy, he was aroused by Jonathan’s footsteps and woke up. The poor boy who smelt the aroma of the bak chok noodles told his mum, “Mummy…. uncle eating what… smells so nice….” And the irony was, the boy was suffering from food poisoning thus could only have simple porridge the whole day. We then felt so bad about bringing in the food but the only thing we could do was to quickly finish up the noodles and hoped that the smell will not linger in the room for long. That’s how I celebrated my birthday in 2008.
In 2009, I went to work and I was surprised by a nice bronze Gucci bag on my workstation. Thinking that someone could have left the bag on the wrong station, I ignored it. As my workstation was right beside the door… the bag actually drew much attention to my colleagues who walked in and out of the room. Everyone started asking me about the Gucci paper bag and was really interested to know what was inside. And because of that eye catching bag, birthday wishes from my colleagues also started coming in. I was wondering who could be the nice colleague to have gotten me such an exquisite gift. When I opened the bag and peered into, I saw a card with Jonathan’s name on it. Inside the giftbox was a brown card holder. He actually managed to get a little elf, Angie, to run the errand for him. They liaised together via msn and then Angie took the trip down to Gucci, chose the present… and tada… on my table. I was really touched and indeed a memorable birthday gift from him.
This year, I celebrated my birthday without him again. Must be I was overwhelmed by the suprise last year that he did it once again. This time round, he got my sister, Anne, to be the elf. That day, I came home after picking Kaitlyn from piano. Went to the study room to take my stuff and saw this nice little wrapped up present on the study table in front of my comp. The first thought that came into my mind was Jonathan was back? and started searching the whole house for him. Then I took a second look at the present and noticed that the handwritten note could not be his handwritting. Then I went up to my mum place and told Anne about it. She kept laughing and then did I know that she was that little elf that Jonathan employed this year. It was a dress from my favourite blogshop, Bonitochico.
Wanna see how I look in it?
The dress when launched did not catch my eyes at all. But after I wore and taken a picture of it, I must admit that Jonathan does have some sense of fashion. LOL !!! The dress was real comfy. Nothing to worry about especially the tummy, the armpit fats. Great dress for causal days.
Korea Day 4
Wow, it was after so many posts that I found out how to change the font sizes. So silly of me. Anyway I shall continue my post for Korea.
Day 4 was a total disaster in the morning. Wonder how we actually heard that the meet up was at 8.30pm. Morning call was at 6.30am… lazed for about 15mins then got up to get ready. When we were about to leave the room for breakfast at 7.30am, Victor came in and told us that we are leaving at 7.30am instead of 8.30am. Oh dear, no breakfast for the kids and us. When we reached the bus, the tour guide was really nice to present us with packed breakfast. Just the thought already warmed our cold morning.
Managed to snatch some time to camwhore while family entertained the children.
The day started with a shopping trip at the Doota, a shopping mall at Dongdaemun. Only given like 2 hours, we could only browse through the fashion. Managed to get the cute little post it for Anne cos she kept raving to me about Yina’s purchases from Cotton Candy. With only 20 mins left, Jamie, Xueli and I took a walk to the underground stalls while the others were left behind to take care of the kids. The 1000 won attracted Xueli’s attention. The whole rack of earrings costing 1000 won. So it’s only like $1.30 for each earrings? The next moment, each of us were holding on to a basket and putting earrings into it. Jonathan also took the opportunity to meddle with his camera.
Before we knew, it was lunch time. We had Bibimbap, hot pot rice. The rice was really nice with their special chilli sauce. Not forgetting the usual steamboat pot.
After the lunch, we then proceeded to the Kimpo Domestic Airport for a flight to Jeju, widely known as the “Honeymoon Island” for its romantic tropical settings.
When we reached Jeju, we were taken to a road with the most amazing view. Cherry blossom welcomed us on both sides of the road. Pictures tell a thousand words.
Jamie’s pictures with the children. Especially love the one she took with Kaitlyn. Just so lovely.
More pictures of myself.
Shopping time again… We were then ferried to TopDong Street for a short shopping spree. We went into another accessories store. Overwhelmed by their accessories. Now I know why Korean accessories are so raved for. There were so many varieties. I bought a few earrings for myself again. Kaitlyn could not help herself and started picking stuff to put into the little basket. I told her that she could only buy two items. This little imp grabbed two items, put into my basket… and then secretly put the rest into Jamie’s basket. Without knowing, Jamie paid for all her items including Kaitlyn. Seems like Kaitlyn has the last laugh.
What were the guys doing? Loitering outside and somehow managed to find food for the ladies. Good job guys.
Eating never seemed to end when we were brought to a restaurant for dinner. We changed our strategy in feeding the children. Usually, we would fill the children’s stomach first then ours. However, Jonathan and I found that we have to always rush to finish the food and worst, sometimes not even have enough time to finish. For this meal, we actually ate together with the children as in feeding them at the same time. Somehow this strategy worked and meal time seemed to be more at ease.
After dinner, we watched a muscial? a show? whatever, was called ‘Nanta’. It was a non verbal perfomance based on the rhythms of samullori (traditional Korean percussion). The whole performance was an eye opener. I think the show actually was staged in Singapore some time ago
The show was about 4 cooks trying to prepare a banquet for a wedding dinner before 6 o’clock. The cooks would do acrobats, use their knives to create rhythms and of course some comical scenes to lighten our night. There were a lot of audience and performers interaction. The scene that left the deepest impression was the party time. The performers used water drums and with the lighting effect and music, really made my adrenaline pumping. Watch the sneak preview of the promotion video for the show below. The whole stuff really amazed me and heard that this show is designated as one of the ten things to see in Korea.
The day ended with the show. The children totally knocked out on the bus and was glad that they slept through the night as Jonathan and I were really tired too.
Shall end the post with some reflections. Though it was just halfway through our Korean 8 days tour, I have found out that guys actually can perform a very good job as a caregiver. Pictures will tell you why. They took care of the children while the gals could not succumb to the pleasures of shopping. They entertained the children when the gals wanted to spend more time in a beauty shop. The trip was definitely more enjoyable with their help.
Thank you so much to Jonathan (Daddy), Victor (Gu Zhong) and Gerald (Susu) for making this trip a very lighthearted one for me.
Hmmm you guys want to join us for another trip? LOL