Last Days In London
London, despite my best efforts, would not fit into my suitcase.
Stayed up til 6.30am packing for the plane trip.
On the hour I left, I went to say goodbye to Nemo Stealer, who scrawled a deeply embarrassing message on my arm that refused to wash off for days. Took the taxi to the airport with risax, and was treated to a face-fault inducing speculation (courtesy of her hall-mate) on the aspects of my extremely private life involving Serry Next Door and Nemo Stealer. I deny all allegations. Christmas decorations very pretty, especially since London has real Christmas trees.
Paid a shocking amount of money for excess baggage. I place all the blame on my law books and the cases I dragged home with me.
Bought bottle of Absolut Vanilla for kannazuki. Wrapped it in coat to shield it on journey home. Wondered whether coat would smell of vodka when I got home. Also wondered what parents would say. Decided that would blame it on hall-mates, who are the reason my hair smells of weed and cigarettes in the Hall anyway.
The Flight Home
Had as pleasant a flight home as possible, considering that I was not in the aisle seat I'd asked for, was in front of a deeply hyperactive child who adored kicking the back of my chair, behind a man who can best be categorized as Massive and who enjoyed leaning his chair back as soon as possible, and with a flight entertainment system whose most recent movie was "S.W.A.T.". Did I mention that I do not "get" the whole Colin Farrell craze?
Watched four movies. "The Swimming Pool", "Turn Left Turn Right", "Uptown Girls", and parts of "Spy Kids 3". Praise be to the fast-forward key. I regret to inform anyone who's made it this far that "Turn Left Turn Right" was the best movie by far. Also, Takeshi Kaneshiro in that movie = Pirates of the Caribbean's Will Turner.
At the Airport
Happily wandered off for far too long, and appeared at the extreme left of the viewing gallery when my family was looking off to the extreme right.
homura and clinquant were at the airport! homura presented me with the most squeeful Weaving Legolas Orlando Smith, who is a totally l33t kungfu-fighting, all-singing, all-dancing hamster. Wuv him lots. *cuddles*
First Night Home
"Can we go watch a movie?" I demanded of the parents.
Their reaction: 0_0
Went online. Was very bad idea.
The First (Less Than) Week Back
Sunday, 14th December
Went out for lunch at Sakae Sushi with family. Adore prices where I'm not multiplying everything by three.
Met up with risax and homura. Went wild over the LOTR trailers in Gramaphone and were the loudest Gramaphone, but did not care. Made much of the slash, which was disturbingly obvious. Too much fun.
Tuesday, 16th December
Met up with Sway and Alexis. Alexis and I met with much happy shock on the bus, and proceeded to spend an hour being lost on the way to Sway's. Made lunch, and discovered that spaghetti-making skills have not rusted from three months of disuse. Watched the FOTR EE for the 29th time, and then fell asleep half an hour into TTT.
Then went out to meet Ice Angel for dinner. Coffee Club in Takashimaya one of the loveliest places in Orchard Road to be.
Then went off to check out the new wing of Paragon (which I almost spelled as Paragorn), which to my dismay was almost completely designer wares. Then walked down Orchard Road to check out the Christmas displays, which we both agreed were better than anything the shopping districts of London or Melbourne could offer. We spent some fifteen minutes outside the Centerpoint display, figuring out what all the Nursery Rhyme characters were and what they did. Spent some ten minutes waiting to see if the giant robin/chick up on the display would go all the way into the tree trunk (affirmative). As she very wisely put it, "Overseas education, and here we are in Orchard Road staring at nursery rhyme displays."
Walked home with her and discovered why she doesn't like walking home alone. More light, Streets of Hougang.
Wednesday, 17th December
*HUGS kannazuki* Sena, who I could not be happier being married to, made us these exquisite Leaves of Lorien brooches. Threaded mine on a necklace and wore it that way. ^_^ Also Sena is utterly, amazingly, breathtakingly all awake at 8am in the morning. *is very impressed* Also kannazuki thinks Elrond rocks. SO GO SENA!!! *WILD CHEERING*
Also we agree on the elven smiths.
(Please may I make an Elrond - No? : (((( )
Got to see ranchelle again! I was unbelievably happy.
Finally put a face to kyonkichi! Who made an utterly charming hobbit, and whom I'm afraid I traumatised with all my Smeagol/Frodo allegations. (It was so THERE in the TTT EE...) But we agree on Gandalf's wild Sam/Frodo matchmaking skills! *impish grin*
I cannot remember who I sat next to for RotK *sobs* But she made the best comments ever. *hearts the unknown person who sat next to me* If anyone can tell me who she is, I would be extremely grateful.
Also: RotK Spoiler [Highlight to read]
MARRY HIM, LEGOLAS!
The cherry blossom confetti (I know, I KNOW what it really was, but a girl can dream, can't she?), the whole sparkle of the occasion, the tiara...
ARAGORN, SAY YES!!!
Thursday, 18th December
Cousins came over to visit! *delight* But they brought Aragorn and Legolas the guinea-pigs home!
Totally Unnecessary Pet Information
Aragorn is much thinner. And very wary.
Legolas is a total affection whore. Sibling #1 found a way to tickle the underside of his chin so that he would look up and allow himself to be tickled.
When I tried it with him he licked me.
When I demanded that Sibling #1 try it, said elven guinea-pig licked him and then bit him.
Went to watch RotK again. *falls in love with allofus*
Came dressed in Arwen costume. anyasy demanded to know where the horse I'd stolen from Glorfindel was.
homura and I saw the Gandalf/Pippin.
Spoiler Ahead: Highlight to read
Aragorn & Legolas scene came on, anyasy, homura and I burst out laughing uncontrollably.
"SO GAY!!!!!!" we shrieked, and then our entire row began to laugh.
Legolas has most useless lines in entire film.
"The horses are restless."
Aragorn: "Draw Sauron's forces out. Draw his attention away from Frodo and Sam."
Legolas: *a dim bulb brightens* "A diversion!"
Headed off to anyasy's house for much XD. Played homura's LOTR Monopoly. Do not understand why Barad-dur and Mount Doom were the most expensive properties. Also Gimli ended up owning them. *glances at anyasy* Legolas ( *bows to everyone most poncily* ) ended up the most unpropertied elf in Middle-Earth. Much 0_0 resulted when my Legolas token kept following homura's Aragorn token about the board, for the early half of the game.
And a certain dwarf commented on Gandalf being Legolas' first paying customer. As regard property.
Attempts to offer certain other services in place of Middle-Earth currency on Legolas' part were not accepted.
kannazuki rent my heart with her appeal, and so I went to Orchard and met Sena as Legolas, who said that with me as Arwen, we could fight over the Aragorn cutout in front of Atomix Comix. XDDDD
Sena made a very pretty Legolas. *giggles and flees*
Rest of night spent with ranchelle, who puts me to shame with writing talent, makeup ability, and... *just smiles* ranchelle, next time, you get a (hopefully) more conscious me, and I'M TREATING YOU TO DESSERT.
Friday, 19th December
Delightful track record of watching RotK twice in 36 hours utterly marred by fact that had to leave country in the morning,
The Malaysian Adventure
Hadn't been back in Singapore a week before parents decided to take a spur of the moment trip up to Malaysia. Got to spend a +5 hour car trip up with my brothers. It reminds me of how much I love them.
Sibling, when we were walking in Malaysia:
Him: "I feel... so tall."
*looks at me*
Him: "You feel... so small."
The Largest Covered Aviary in the World: Koi look like swimming parrots. Saw the most number of peacocks I've ever seen in any place before. Met a cat-calling mynah, who (yes, who. Not which) was really very good.
Kuala Lumpur's museum has a small Natural History museum within it. Interested me. Discovered that firebacks are birds, that moon rats exist, and that there are fishes named climbing perches. All animals quite preserved.
Found wonderful dress in which I will dress up for la_muerta. I will be Love Actually's Mia/Mi to her Professor. Come-hither look entirely optional.
Sibling #1: "Apple shrimp."
Sibling #2: "Shrimp with apple."
Me: "Orange shrimp."
Sibling #2: "Shrimp with orange."
I can be so silly with them, it's ridiculous.
Back in Singapore
Tuesday, 23rd December
Met up with flagitiosus and her friend S, who gave me, to my stunned delight, the most gorgeous artwork of a Clow Card ever. I'd no idea Clow Cards could be so beautiful! Came thisclose to squeeing Wisma's Macdonald's down when I discovered that flagitiosus and I support the same RK pairing. *HUGS WILDLY* Not easy when just about everyone I know goes in the Saitou/Sano direction. ><
And due to deep admiration for flagitiosus's literary daring, all she has to do is ask, and I will write her yuri fic.
Had to leave for a medical appointment, but came right back after missing an hour of RotK.
Never knew what I was missing, not watching movies with slashers. Squee was made to be shared. As are Aragorn/Legolas moments.
Also I fear I may be falling in love with Gimli for: (Spoiler, highlight to read)
"BUT STILL ONLY COUNTS AS ONE!"
Met up with homura. Am afraid I induced much 0_0 in her. *comforthugs*
Met up with Sway and Alexis for dinner. After being kicked out of Sakae Sushi (which was closing) we went on to the movie merchandise shop in Suntec. Which *waves at anyasy and homura is closing! : ( The owner's going to England on the third week of January, and the lease on the shop's expiring. Write your names down in his contact book if you want to be notified when and where the shop reopens. He thinks he'll be back in March, so I'll hope ^_^
Headed off to Cafe Cartel because evil Starbucks was full. Discovered that the Vanilla Nuts Cocoa is the most brilliant drink on earth next to Coffee Bean's Hot Vanilla. (Well, for me.) [I know it is wrong to put a full-stop there, but I want to because it looks right to me.] Went off to get vanilla ice-cream for Alexis's soda (which came without the ice cream >< ). Laughed till I hurt. Discovered that when I try to draw Yoda, he looks like Miffy. Even when I use green pen. *smirks evilly*
Ran into ex-secondary school classmate on the bus on the way home. That's how we keep informed on how our classmates are doing ; ) It's the two of us running into each other, or ex-classmates seeing each other in university. *beams*