Saturday, January 10, 2009 ;
MZ's hse gathering for the NIE best friends.
Once upon a time (ok, not that long ago), 4 young and fresh-faced girls met at the lush, historical campus at Bt Timah where the first university of Singapore had been. Under the old and huge rain trees, beside the arches of the Eu Tong Sen, Manasseh Meyer, Oei Tiong Ham and Block B buildings, the 4 girls spent many hours together, talking, laughing, crying and rushing to and fro lectures and tutorials. They spent 4-5 yrs there. That is a very long time indeed.
These 4 girls found their sweethearts, 2 of them from the same campus too. They got married around the same time, and had kids one after another from 2003 to 2008. More are coming in 2009!
We still met once in a while, even though we were all teaching in different schools. When I moved to Utah, it was a little difficult for all of us to meet, but the 3 of them still did.
When I came back for summer in 2008, we all met, with the kids and all, in a VIP room in Sushi Tei. How lovely.
And now, we managed to meet again in MZ's hse, on New Year's Eve.
These are S's 2 princesses. So sweetly swinging together.
ds1 and his either future wife or sister in law, Ch, strumming on the guitars, belting out some song.
While the girls were happily playing playdoh, making food together, the boys decided to fight it out. They were so thrilled that there were not 1 but 2 light sabres! This below is ds1.
ds1 and ds2, discovering the various sounds and modes of the sabres.
Then both the boys and girls played Hotwheels together, having a fun time setting up all the tracks too. The girl with the beautiful smile is Mz's eldest daughter.
YL, who used to be one of us sisters, but has since gotten married to MZ (thus exiting from the sisterhood), hosting a game of Twister. He's good at playing with the kids, so that was his main role throughout our gathering. The 4 of us could chat and catch up freely, while the kids were well-entertained. See how well the kids are balancing themselves. The one right in front is MZ's 2nd son.
Then S's daughters cleverly took over the hosting. I was impressed with how they could organise the game. ds1 and Mz's ds2 were still very entertained by the girls.
The 4 of us, with a still-nursing baby. From left, MZ (still teaching - Biology, Chemistry), M (on paid!! 4mths maternity leave), S (still teaching- Physics at NUS High, preggy with triplets!!) and me (on no-pay 4yrs childcare leave).
Finally, after a yummy meal of macaroni soup prepared by MZ, pizza and wings, we sang a birthday song for MZ's nephew, and reluctantly left.
We will definitely meet up again, and next time, the number of kids will be even larger! We look forward to S lugging 5 kids along... :-)
rainbows every day, do not worry for the morrow