Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
The gifts have been given, the cards handed out and the presents unwrapped. Colorful wrapping paper and ribbons are strewn about, with the leftover food packed neatly into little plastic containers and a half-finished bottle of sparkling juice residing on the dining room table. The festivities have ended, the party over; and the bony, wrinkled finger of a work-week now beckons in a sadistic curl-like motion.
I look back longingly on the days which have gone by with a strange emotional blend of happiness, fondness and tad-bit of sadness. Happiness because Christmas was never meant to be spent alone, and I thank God that He has blessed me with so many family members and friends with which to celebrate this joyous occasion....
Fondness for all the good memories which this season has bestowed upon me, from the hectic rehearsals for the Christmas Musical, to the Christmas Reunion, Countdown, Dinner and so much more....
And sadness because like almost all good things, it has to come to an end.
Christmas might have come and gone in a blink of an eye, but the memories it left will last a lifetime.
A Wondrous Gift
We were practicing for weeks for this Christmas musical. Dance steps had to be rehearsed, lines had to be remembered and scene transitions ironed out. As with most rehearsals, there were loads of fun to be had, along with the odd moment of stress here and there. In the end, on those 2 special nights, everything was made worthwhile. Lives were touched, people were ministered to, and souls were saved! Of course, there were mistakes here and there, especially the one involving the basketball...hahaha, but all in all it was truly amazing.....
(above: The cast of all-greens)
(above: These 2 people were trying in vain to land a part in the new Zoolander movie.....)
(above: ...I say 'in vain' because the part was finally landed by Norman, with his superb constipated-model look)
(above: Yi-Ki & Liang acting as Mary & Joseph. Btw, did you know that Joseph in the bible was a hip-hop luvin, Fubu wearing Homie? Well...in our musical at least)
(above: A word of caution, if you ever feel the urge to flash your undies......)
(above: ...You will suffer the consequences!)
(above: Dan the Man thought that he was supposed to play the part of an Ashen Zombie in the Christmas musical, thankfully someone showed him the correct script minutes before the play)
(above: Just to show that I'm alive and well)
(above: Yikes!! The Ashen Zombie is trying to rip Joseph's face off!)
(above: Give a bunch of guys make-up to play with and, well...this is what will happen. Scary *shudder*)
Christmas Eve Countdown
It's becoming something of a tradition. Every year on December 24th, my group of friends and I will gather at Chi Yen's house for a time of makan, bonding and gay-ing (this was only included this year due to the presence of a few 'disturbed' individuals...hahah).
(above: From left to right, Chi Yen, Janice, Hazel, Yi Yin & Sit Fong)
(above: From left to right, Angie, Alvin, Cindy and Chern Yuan)
(above: Ah yes, girls are always happy to see me *cough cough*)
(above: Jon Koo on the left may look like he is smiling, but in actual fact I think he just released some gas)
(above: Here are the aforementioned 'disturbed individuals')
I starved myself silly before this dinner. The reason was because it was a buffett you see, and as all kiasu asians know, you can't go to a buffet on a full stomach. In fact, a true blue asian would literally have to be wheeled into the buffet hall on a stretcher due to grastro-intestinal pains brought about by starvation just so that he will get his money' worth (hey, are we descricing Singaporeans here?...hahah).
My friends and I had this dinner to commemorate Christmas. Around 16 of us got dressed up and headed over to LemonGrass in Shangri-La for a night of 'whining' and dining (Nope, it's not a typo. Some of my friends ended up whining coz they overstuffed themselves). After we were done eating, we all headed over to Q.Bar at West Inn for a night of salsa dancing. Thankfully, no toes were broken or limbs dislocated, and everyone managed to have a smashing time :)
(above: Dan the Man as his manly self as always. Janice in the foreground)
(above: The girls tried to pose for a 'mentally insane' picture. They look better here than in their normal photos IMO...hahah)
(above: Yegads! The disturbed individuals are at it again!)
(above: Smiles are out. Smirks are in for 2006)
(above: Norman doesn't look this weird all the time. Honest)