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Wishing You Happy Holidays & Happy New Year – I Love You

Filed Under (Australia, Cuisines, Europe, Singapore, Travelling, Vietnam, World Souvenirs) by Janet on 30-12-2008


Hello my dear friends, may I ask how did you spend your Christmas Eve & Day?! Well, I sure hope you all had as much fun & joy as I had on my Christmas Eve & Day.

My hubby Dear & I had a very wonderful Christmas Eve spent at our home with my long-time very close buddy of 24 years since School days – Cheryl, or “Ah Sian” as we always call, having a simple meal of home-cooked Pasta, with Lychee & Longan Fruits Dessert.

Here’s a picture of Ah Sian, taken while she was travelling in Israel. And guess what, the wool Sweater she’s wearing caught me by SURPRISE cos that’s the same Sweater which I bought in Geelong, Victoria Australia, & often wore it there during my uni days, 11 long years ago!!

My Buddy Cheryl Holidaying in Israel

Well, Ah Sian has just come back from her travelling in Israel & she was really nice to have got me some beautiful gifts for Christmas - here below is a pretty Turquoise colored Flower Ring :

Turquoise Colored Flower Ring from Israel

And 2 beautiful Souvenir Magnets from Israel – adding to my World Souvenir Magnets Collection :

Souvenir Magnets from Israel & Jerusalem

Holly Land of the Bible Souvenir Magnet from Israel :

Land of the Bible Souvenir Magnet from Israel

3-D Poly Resin Jerusalem Castles, Mosques & Temples Souvenir Magnet :

Jerusalem Souvenir Magnet from Israel

Ah Sian also brought me Souvenir Magnets which her Mom got me while travelling in Vietnam recently with her Dad - A very brightly Hot Pink colored Pair of Vietnamese Doll Couple Souvenir Magnets, though the picture I took of them below doesn’t quite show their exact beautiful striking Hot Pink color :

Vietnamese Doll Couple Souvenir Magnets from Vietnam

Another pretty Vietnamese Souvenir Magnet with 2 local Vietnamese Ladies – & I was telling Ah Sian they’re actually SHE & ME heheh :

Vietnamese Souvenir Magnet

Dear & I spent the night of Christmas Eve dining & chatting with Ah Sian & we all had a great time together – & how very blessed I feel to have such an amazing close lifelong friend like Ah Sian in my world, besides of course having my dearest hubby Dear by my side to share my life with!

And on Christmas Day, it was Dear & my Date day, as usual as almost all every weekends or public holidays even since after we got married.

Most Special Christmas Tree Card for My Hubby Dear

And before we left home, I gave Dear the following most special glittering full of Bears with Wings & Presents, Stars & Hearts & Balloons & dangling colored round beads Christmas Tree Card which I got from Chiang Mai last Dec - isn’t it so sweet so sweet :

Most Special Christmas Tree Card for My Hubby Dear

And cos there isn’t any space for wordings on the Christmas Tree Card, I made Dear the below Heart-shaped Card on which I wrote – the color so as to match the above Tree Card heheh :

Handmade Heart-shaped Christmas Card for My Hubby Dear

And off we later went on our Dating – first having lunch & shopping then watching the comedy & love story Movie “YES Man’ starring Jim Carrey – here’re our Golden Village Movie Tickets :

YES MAN Movie Tickets

“YES Man” is a movie based on the True Story of Carl Allen (Jim Carrey) always saying “NO” to everything in his dull life & as a worker at a Bank. One day, Carl met an old friend & was challenged to say “YES” to everything that came his way in life……..till a string of events Funny & Good & Bad started happening to him to the extent that he learned that he had to say “YES” only if he really meant to, from his heart.

And well, I’ve never really liked Jim Carrey much except in his past Movie “Bruce Almighty”, but he’s always been Dear’s favourite actor as Dear loves Comedies & very naturally, Comedians. But this latest Movie “YES Man” of Jim Carey is a good one which I enjoyed cos it showed the more charming, sensitive & sensible sides of him, & with the love storylines in-between, I’ll say it was a pretty beautiful Movie for Christmas Day :

YES MAN Movie starring Jim Carrey

It was then time for Dinner straight after our Movie – & Dear & I decided to try out the pretty new Eatery – “Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe” in Plaza Singapura, Singapore :

 Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe in Plaza Singapura Singapore

The Menu of Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe :

Menu of Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe in Plaza Singapura Singapore

Desserts Menu :

Menu of Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe in Plaza Singapura Singapore

Dim Sums Menu :

Menu of Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe in Plaza Singapura Singapore

Soups, Sandwiches, Burgers & Snacks Menu :

Menu of Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe in Plaza Singapura Singapore

Vegetables & Dishes Menu :

Menu of Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe in Plaza Singapura Singapore

Pasta & Western Hong Kong Style Menu :

Menu of Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe in Plaza Singapura Singapore

Drinks Menu :

Menu of Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe in Plaza Singapura Singapore

We’ve now ordered our food & here’re Xin Wang Serviettes & traditioal Rooster-designed plastic Plates :

Serviettes & Plate from Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe in Plaza Singapura SingaporeTraditional Rooster Designed Plastic Plate from Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe in Plaza Singapura Singapore

Our food came pretty soon afterwards & here’s our steaming hot Special Shrimp Har Gao in Bamboo Container – very fresh & yummy!

Special Shrimp Har Gao from Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe in Plaza Singapura Singapore

And here’s our very fragrant & tasty Sticky Rice in Lotus Leaf contained in Bamboo Container too – lots of diced Chicken & Muchrooms wrapped within the Rice & they were very well prepared, steaming hot & delicious!!

Sticky Rice in Lotus Leaf from Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe in Plaza Singapura Singapore

Next came our French Toast in Hong Kong Style topped with a pretty thick slice of Butter with Sweet Honey spread – it was very freshly toasted – crispy on the outside yet soft inside & full of fragrance – simply superb!!

French Toast - Hong Kong Style from Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe in Plaza Singapura Singapore

Then came our Lychee Ice Blend with Lychee Fruits - cool & very refreshing!! 

Lychee Ice Blend from Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe in Plaza Singapura Singapore

And here’s our very crispily deep-fried Prawn Paste Chicken which were really tasty!!

Prawn Paste Chicken from Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe in Plaza Singapura Singapore

Now, here’s ME with our plate of Pork Chop with French Fries – Hong Kong Style, with Egg, Baked Beans, Tomato & Cucumber :

Me with Pork Chop with French Fries in Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe in Plaza Singapura Singapore

Look at the thickness of the Pork Chops – they were very juicy & tender in the inside & they were very very good believe ME!!

Pork Chop with French Fries from Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe in Plaza Singapura Singapore

Heheh now see ME smiling blissfully with our in-house Specialty Dessert - the huge tall Mango Snow Ice piled high up & topped with a big scoop of Mango Ice Cream……..hmm………….

Me with Mango Snow Ice in Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe in Plaza Singapura Singapore

The Mango Snow Ice was fine & very chilling, the Ice Cream really nice, even the tiny Yellow colored cubed Jellies & diced Mangoes were very yummy this was Dear’s most favourite part of our dining haha!!

Mango Snow Ice from Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe in Plaza Singapura Singapore

Well, did you notice the Pendant I was wearing above? Here’re close-up views of it, though my photos do not really portray very good images of the real beauty of the White Gold Diamonds Christmas Bell - it’s got 2 big & 3 very much smaller plus 13 tiny Diamonds, & they’re supposed to be much more shinier & glittering & beautiful :

White Gold Diamond Christmas Bell Pendant

This’s probably my most precious White Gold Diamonds Pendant which was one of my Wedding Gifts from my eldest Sister back in 2002. This Pendant has been with my eldest Sister for many years, & it was all my Sisters & my favourite piece. And when my eldest Sister decided to give it to me on my Wedding day cos I was the youngest among all of us, & guess she dotes on me the most, all my other 3 Sisters were so mad & jealous haha!! And well, this Christmas Bell Pendant’s become my most beloved piece, & I’ve never failed to put it on every Christmas ever since :

White Gold Diamond Christmas Bell Pendant

Well, when we were home from our Christmas Date, Dear gave me yet another surprise – a loveliest PINKY Christmas Card with Pink Flowers with Pink shining Beads - HO HO Dear knows I love PINK & specially chose this pretty Card for me - he’s forever so sweet so sweet!!! 

Loveliest Christmas Card from My Hubby Dear

And being ME just being ME who loves Cards & has a huge Collection todate, I gave Dear another really cool Christmas Card :

Very Cool Christmas Tree Card for My Hubby Dear Very Cool Christmas Tree Card for My Hubby Dear

And to Dear’s utmost surprise, as usual cos I always give him surprises, I topped the above Christmas Card with an extra following most unique & amusing Christmas Chocolate Calendar, specially for him for Supper!!

Most Unique & Amusing Christmas Chocolate Calendar for DearMost Unique & Amusing Christmas Chocolate Calendar for Dear

This made-in Germany Christmas Chocolate Calendar comes with 26 Numbers & each No consists of a piece of Chocolate underneath it :

Most Unique & Amusing Christmas Chocolate Calendar for Dear

And it was a piece of Car-shaped Chocolate under No 1 as Dear flipped open the Calendar :

Most Unique & Amusing Christmas Chocolate Calendar for Dear

And a piece of face-shaped wearing Christmas Hat Chocolate under No 2 :

Most Unique & Amusing Christmas Chocolate Calendar for Dear

And a piece of Bell-shaped Chocolate under No 3 - Ho Ho Dear & I had so much fun opening the Numbers & guessing what laid underneath them haha!! And trust me the German Chocolates were pretty yummy too!!

Most Unique & Amusing Christmas Chocolate Calendar for Dear

Now, I’ve more Christmas gifts than I ever asked for this year - Souvenir Magnets all the way from Western Australia which Mom got me in her recent Aussie Trip with Dad & my 4th Sister & her family – Mom knows I love Souvenir Magnets & never fail to bring some home for me to add onto my already large World Souvenir Magnets Collection!!

Beautiful Souvenir Magnets from Perth

T-shirt with Thermometer Souvenir Magnet from Perth :

T-shirt with Thermometer Souvenir Magnet from Perth

Haha what a great scenery on this T-shirt Souvenir Magnet, as I love Kangaroos & the Beach & Seashells!! And there’s even an Aussie Flag which I love cos I love anything Austalian!!

T-shirt with Thermometer Souvenir Magnet from Perth

Here’s a colorful Birubi Aboriginal Souvenir Magnet – Birubi is an Aboriginal word meaning “Southern Cross” which is a constellation of stars, & culturally important to all Australians :

Birubi Aboriginal Souvenir Magnet from Perth

This Aboriginal Souvenir Magnet shows its traditional & contemporary Aboriginal Artwork depicting the Culture & Dreamings of the Aboriginal people over the last 40000 years, each Story & Dreaming featuring numerous Artwork styles influenced by geographical Tribal location & Aboriginal beliefs passed down by Elders over many Generations : 

Birubi Aboriginal Souvenir Magnet from Perth

The following is yet another cool Augusta Whale Souvenir Magnet – from Augusta (in Western Australia) which is popular for Whale-watching :

Augusta Whale Souvenir Magnet from Western Australia

And here’s a Handmade Kangaroo Wildflower Souvenir Magnet from Perth :

Handmade Kangaroo Wildflower Souvenir Magnet from Perth

Such a unique & pretty Aussie Souvenir Magnet – something so special which I’ve never seen while travelling in Australia :

Handmade Kangaroo Wildflower Souvenir Magnet from Perth

And here’s another amazing Handmade Koala Wildflower Souvenir Magnet :

Handmade Koala Wildflower Souvenir Magnet from Perth

Heheh Mom knows I like Kangaroo & Koala so she got me the lovely pair, besides I love flowers too!! Thank You Thank You Mom I love you so very much!!

Handmade Koala Wildflower Souvenir Magnet from Perth

And here’s an amazingly beautiful Western Australian Aboriginal Tote Bag with Artwork prints of the Australian Map, Emu, Kangaroos, Koala, Fish, Dolphin, Lizard, Turtle & Boomerangs for me from Mom too!! I absolutely adore it!!!

Australian Aboriginal Tote Bag from Western Australia

And below’s another Christmas gift of mine from 4th Sister who brought Mom & Dad on this recent Western Australia Trip – Sweet Pea & Honeysuckle Luxury Bath Time Gift Set from Heathcote & Ivory, Perth :

Sweet Pea & Honeysuckle Luxury Bath Time Gift Set from Heathcote & Ivory, Perth

The Luxury Bath Time Gift Set consists of a Sweet Pea & Honeysuckle Hand Soup, Shower Cream & Bath Fizz, & they were filled with sweet & romantic fragrances – most beautiful & lovely, & in my favourite PINK color too as Sis still remembers!!

Sweet Pea & Honeysuckle Luxury Hand Soup, Shower Cream & Bath Fizz from Heathcote & Ivory, Perth

And adding on my happiness for the festive season, I received yet another 2 more Souvenir Magnets from Dear’s father who recently went on a 2-week solo tour to Germany - a retirement gift from his Boss – how cool!!

Here’s my very extraordinary & precious Berlin Wall Stone Souvenir Magnet – dated 13/09/1961 to 9/11/1989 :

Berlin Wall Stone Souvenir Magnet

And a most exquisite German Beer Stein Souvenir Magnet from Berlin too :

German Beer Stein Souvenir Magnet from Berlin

And I’ve hereby included a Slideshow containing all my above photos specially for you :

Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed this post-Christmas story update of mine & taking this opportunity, I’d like to thank all of you out there who’ve been reading & supporting my Blog since I started it 7 months ago.

Thank you so much my dear friends & family – And whatever you may be doing on New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day, here’s wishing all of you a Very very Jolly Happy New Year filled with all kinds of Goodness & Sweetness all year round!!

CHEERS to the whole new world – HAPPY Holidays & HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! I love you!!

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