Saturday, December 26, 2009 ;
8th year of marriage
My parents were in Msia for a week-long vacation, even though my mom earlier agreed to babysit. But my dad only had this week free, so they decided to go to Pangkor Island and relax for the week.
So my mil kindly helped us babysit the boys, even though they tend to be a handful especially with grandparents. They know they are able to test the limits and push them further and further, so they usually behave out of boundaries with them. So we're thankful we even get to go out for dinner alone.
Dh had dined at Dozo with his friends before, twice in fact, and I hadn't tried the food there. Dh really enjoyed the experience because you get to taste and sample a lot of delicacies but a little of each, so you don't feel too stuffed and yet every course or dish leaves you wanting even more.
So he made reservations and we went to Valley Point where Dozo is (River Valley area). It is supposed to be a Japanese restaurant but is more like fusion cuisine.
There were 7 courses and other snacks. Like there was a welcome drink that's some kind of juice, very refreshing. Then I loved the cheese sticks.
Then came the 1st course, which is called Chef's Selection (Starter).
Then the cold dish, where I chose King Crab Claw salad drizzled with sesame vinaigrette. This is the pic.
Dh chose smoked duck breast with cranberry vanetta.
3rd course: I chose chawanmushi with black truffle slice. (It was extra creamy and rich because they added foie gras in it. I am not a fan of foie gras but I love chawanmushi. And it actually tasted good. Hmm, but I still haven't changed my mind about foie gras.)
Dh had escargots. No pics here.
I chose an infusion of Cepes mushroom with truffle and Dh tried the crab bisque cappucino style (where he had to drink it down like coffee, no spoons involved).
5th: The Main course
I chose Baked Atlantic Cod fillet. It was delicious. And I thought of all the goodness it would give to the baby and felt good about it. haha.
Dh chose a platter of sushi. All very exquisitely arranged. The service was wonderful.
I chose warm chocolate cake with ice cream. Yum yum! Dh chose Espresso creme brulee.
But they surprised us first by bringing us to a secluded corner. There were no other patrons there. It was a quiet area by the bar with an Xmas tree. They said it was more romantic there. Indeed there was dimmer lighting and they lit a candle for us.
Then they served up a surprise dessert on the house. This is a pic of the complimentary cake. And they took several pics for us. Unfortunately I just look extremely overweight in all the pics. Hmph.
The last course was drinks. A whole list to choose from. I chose Iced Fruity refresher, while Dh chose Iced Mallow Apple Melody.
They came in a pot, with fruits in it. Too much actually. I was so full by then, which is surprising because every course was so tiny in serving. I guess this is healthier, to eat everything in moderate amounts, than a huge buffet.
But of course, at the price of $59, we can't have this too frequently. :-)
They offered to take a few more pics for us to remember this anniversary by. Sweet of them.
The food was lovely, the company without the kids was precious, and the romantic ambience was perfect for the occasion. We enjoyed ourselves tremendously.
What about presents? I got Dh a Sony digital photo frame and Dh bought me a pair of shoes (from Bata, but I chose it myself), and of course the dinner treat.
We still can't believe 8 years have passed so quickly. However, 8 years under our belt do give us more confidence. Somehow we feel certain that after going through so much together, the rest of our lives seem not that difficult to walk through together.
We know exactly what each other feels about certain issues, we can preempt what each other is going to say, we know the likes and dislikes and various habits, weird or not, and our beliefs and stand on how to raise the kids... and so on. Sure, we are past the dizzy courtship stage so maybe it's not as exciting as before, but it is a very comfortable co-existence and companionship.
To many more blissful years ahead!
rainbows every day, do not worry for the morrow