Nina took delivery of her brand new Toyota Yaris early this
month. With Deej, Gen & baby Skyla home for Christmas this year, a very
merry family Christmas was celebrated at Lyndon's & Caro's (Gen's brother
& his wife) home. I was designated to bring along a pavlova for the
occasion but being full of holiday spirits, I also made a cheesecake as a
surprise. Wayne & I stayed home on New Year's Eve so we could babysit Skyla
for the night. I was in my element minding my little cutie pie as she is such a
joy to have around.
New Year's Day was spent in the kitchen with Gen baking a pink balloon-shaped
cake to celebrate Skyla's first birthday. 40C temperature was predicted for Jan
2nd so the planned birthday party at Elwood Sailing Club was postponed to Feb
4th. Instead of which we had an impromptu family birthday party at Lyndon's
& Caro's air-conditioned home.
I played a supervisory role for a couple of days in the kitchen while Gen tried
her hand at baking, icing and decorating 3 balloon-shaped cakes for Skyla's
belated birthday party. Flushed with success, she went on to make a few dozen
vol-au-vents as well which very quickly disappeared during the party. Deej and
Gen left for Cambodia the day after Valentine's Day and to cheer me up, Wayne
immediately took me on a roadtrip to Canberra to snap up some birdie photos at
the Canberra Walk In Aviary.
'12: Early in this month, we decided to take our motor-home
for an outing to South Australia. With no particular plan in mind, we made
spontaneous stops along the way. We wet our lines in the Glenelg River and
caught a few fish, did a spot of bird-watching and took in the sights as we
made our way to Port MacDonnell for a feed of freshly cooked lobster. Then
onwards to Beachport for more lobster dinners before coming home with a fridge
full of the delicious crustaceans. Yum! I spent the rest of this month
daydreaming of an upcoming holiday with Nina and had my bags packed a good week
before the departure date.
Nina and I enjoyed a wonderful overseas holiday during the school Easter break.
We spent a couple of days in Singapore before flying up to Phnom Penh to spend
a week with Deej & his family in Kampot. While in Kampot, we were invited
to a traditional Khmer wedding so we decided to dress up Khmer-style for the
occasion. We also did the touristy thing at Sihanoukville, indulging in
beachside massages, manicures, pedicures, etc., while sipping our cocktails...
a most relaxing holiday indeed! Then it was back to Singapore for another few
days of eating and shopping before coming home broke but happy.
Had a rather tame Mother's Day this year without Deej, Gen & Skyla at the table
at Dicaprio's Restaurant. I had to be content with a lovely card, massage and
facial gift vouchers and a video chat with them later that evening.
Jun '12: This month
was spent doing mundane chores around the house while holding the post of a
receiving clerk for wedding-related items that Sharon had purchased for her
Jul '12: Deej, Gen
& Skyla arrived in Melbourne on Wayne's 66th birthday which was celebrated
with a family dinner at Dicaprio Restaurant. The reason for their unexpected
trip home was to visit Gen's gravely ill 101yo Grandma Ena who sadly passed
away just before they got to the hospital. Deej, Gen & Skyla stayed with us
for 3 weeks so I got to cuddle and spoil Skyla during that time. They left
later this month for a 2-week holiday in Singapore, Bangkok & KL before
returning to Kampot.
This was a quiet month for me as I underwent 4 sessions of traction therapy to
ease the discomfort of a tingly left arm.
Wayne & I landed in Singapore on Sep 8th to begin a three-week holiday
covering Singapore and Cambodia and topped it off with 4 glorious days at the
Saigon Phu Quoc Resort & Spa on Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam, to celebrate
Deej's 39th birthday. Wayne bought me a stunning black pearl and diamonds
pendant from a pearl farm on Phu Quoc Island as a souvenir from this trip. We
thoroughly enjoyed the time spent with our loved ones & their friends - a
holiday filled with great food, great company and fun times. Upon our return,
before I could catch my breath, I was sweet-talked into going to the Royal
Melbourne Show with Sharon, Mike & Nate so we could part company with a
pocketful of money buying lunch, drinks and show-bags.
Oct '12: The
Rock Lobster season in South Australia started on the 1st of this month... a
week later we jumped into our Peugeot for a quick trip to Port MacDonnell,
Australia's Southern Rock Lobster Capital, (460km away) to buy a few. Alas, it
was all in vain as bad weather had prevented many of the trawlers from going
out to sea. No doubt we will make another trip before the season closes at the
end of May.
'12: This turned out to be the busiest month
of this year, kicking off with Mikey's 16th birthday celebration on the 5th. I
prepared and fried 4.5kg of my homestyle popcorn chicken for the occasion. This
was followed by making satays for Sharon's Hen's party, superbly organized by
her bridesmaid, Andrea - complete with a topless waiter and later on in the
evening, a male stripper. The party carried on till 2am at an Irish pub in
Essendon. I had a low-key birthday celebration with a family dinner at a new
Japanese Restaurant not too far from home. As usual, I wasn't short on presents
- flowers from the boys at Wayne's workplace, an ultrabook, a watch, Mahjong
game set, cash, etc... I LIKE BIRTHDAYS! After my birthday, I got busy with
lace, sequins, beads, needle and thread to tone down the eye-popping cleavage
on the dress that Sharon will be wearing on her
Wedding day (Dec 8th). This month came to a close with a Christmas
function during the night races at Moonee Valley Racecourse with all you can
eat seafood buffet as well as the traditional roasts and oh-so-yummy desserts.
I hope this has been as good a year for you as it has been for me. Before I bid
farewell to 2012, I would like to take this opportunity to wish one and all a
very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Peaceful 2013.
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Mona, Wayne & Tribe
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