This is possibly my second gathering with my fellow Singaporean bloggers – Dayna, Cherlynn and Ivy. (Actually, I’ve met Dayna and Ivy last year at a phone launch but that wasn’t a “gathering” gathering, so it ain’t counted, eh? (;)
The day started off with Ivy arriving at Relax Bistro (located at level 2, 313 Somerset) at 1.10 p.m. to find none of us around … even though we were all supposed to meet at 1 p.m. Oops. We eventually had a full crowd only at 2ish.
The food there was awesome. Pretty reasonably priced too. They also have some mad awesome drinks and desserts. (Think drinkable tiramisu and dark chocolate. Mmmm.)
Bewildered Dayna flanked by Ivy’s mushroom soup (left) and my dark chocolate drink.
It so happened that I discovered the happening of a flea market in the near vicinity earlier in the day, and everyone was in agreement about spending the afternoon there. Gee, I hadn’t done any proper shopping in weeks and a flea market is the best way to begin if you don’t want to burn a hole in your pocket, aye?
The selection of stalls at the flea market was decent, but the crowd management was pretty bad. Tables and chairs were scattered everywhere and it was hard to make out a distinct ‘path’ through the stalls. Cherlynn and I were separated from Dayna and Ivy at one point, and we had a hard time re-locating one another. Calls were missed due to the booming music (hoo, boy!) and it was hard to make one another out in the huge sea of faces. (People were starting to look like one another – that’s how badly the crowd boggled the mind.)
The above picture was taken at a slightly quieter section of the flea market which we spent the most time at. Of course, shopping loot was aplenty … but you can’t see them in the picture. That’s what carrying big bags are for. (;
Dayna then suggested we head to Takashimaya, where there was a showcase of Sakura (Japanese Cherry Blossoms). With the recent spring fever and the anticipation of more photo-taking opportunities, we made our way there merrily with high expectations of mock-landscapes with Sakura.
Unfortunately, we were left disappointed. The following video says it all.
Spokesperson – Cherlynn, with video-editing done by yours’ truly.
So, we spent the rest of the day lurking around within Takashimaya – checking out craft and scrapbooking stores, oogling at novelty toy-stores at the top floor (today’s kids have it good!) which eventually culminated with dinner at Crystal Jade Kitchen.
Us, mid-shopping. (And me, mid-handphone usage.)
Dayna was pretty much comatose by then (apparently, she can’t survive the day without having a cuppa’ Earl Grey tea in the mornings), and so she listened most of the time as Cherlynn, Ivy and I yammered on non-stop about almost everything under the sun.
We decided to continue with even more window shopping post-dinner in an attempt to settle our extremely full stomachs. There were quite a number of sales everywhere – I think Ivy bought the most among us all – and we were basically drawn into almost all the shops that had that big, welcoming red sign. The funniest event of the day occurred at Fox.
(Cherlynn – after trying on a grey tank top screenprinted with the Superman logo – asking for our opinions at the fitting rooms.)
Cherlynn – “How does this look?”
Dayna/Ivy/Me – “It’s cute!/It looks good!/You should get it!”
Cherlynn – “Really? Are you sure I don’t look like a hooker?”
(Song, titled ‘Hooker’ by Pink was playing in the background, and a particularly poignant phrase decided to ring out at that point in time.)
“YOU AIN’T NOTHING BUT A HOOKER!”
Dayna/Ivy/Me – “…”
Dayna/Ivy/Me – “HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!”
Boy, talk about bad timing. Hahahahaha. But no worries, Cherlynn. It’s a perfectly innocent-looking top and you don’t have to worry about anything wearing it. Besides, Superman is awesome!
It’s been a long, tiring day and I ought to get my weary self into bed. A coupla’ heart-flutter attacks happened in the late afternoon/evening and I was largely trying to ignore them. But they’re taking their toll now, and I really should sleep.
Methinks Dayna, Cherlynn and Ivy would be telling their sides of the story for today’s events later on. And I wouldn’t be surprised if any one of them decides to write about how I fell smack on my bottom (resulting in a bruised bum and dignity) after taking the following photo.
Heh. Let’s meet up again, guys! It was really a really awesome day – with much conversation and laughter – and we should definitely do this more often!