Thursday, 8 October 2009


How time flies and this time I am not referring to my kids growing up. I am actually talking about being married for 10 whole years!!

19th Sept 2009 marked the 10th year that the Mrs and I exchanged our vows at The Lawn at Raffles Hotel which by the way is no longer there. That’s one thing that our love has outlasted.

We marked the occasion by shopping and getting drunk in Hong Kong. This trip was not planned for this occasion actually. If we were to plan then surely we would have headed to a country further away to mark this little milestone. This Hong Kong trip was actually postponed twice. It was meant to be a little getaway last year but just before we were to depart we found out that we were pregnant with the twins. Hence we postponed it till a few months later as Dr N was not comfortable with us flying so early into the pregnancy. Not sure if you read or remembered but the Mrs had this major bleeding issue and had to be hospitalized? Well, this happened to be around the time that we were supposed to head to Hong Kong after our initial postponement. I was at a lost then with everything that was going on hence dates were really the last thing on my mind. However I was told by the airline that I have to give them a date there and then in order to activate the postponement so the Mrs just asked me to postpone it to a year later.

We were the only ones going initially but in the end my bro, Mike and his wife decided to come along. For them it was a last minute thing too and they had no idea that we will be spending our anniversary there. The Mrs doesn’t like attention hence she insisted that we just spend it like any normal day.

The last time I was in Hong Kong must have been at least 2 years ago and I noticed that they have really done well in the language department. With the influx of Chinese tourists they have brushed up their Mandarin really well. Not only do we hear the service staff speak Mandarin in retail shops, we also heard the waiters try in the eateries normally patronized by the locals. Their command of English has also improved by leaps and bounds. This, I believed is all down to practice and a funny encounter at their airport highlights this. This guy, presumably the Manager at the Popeyes Chicken & Biscuit stall insisted on replying to me in English even though I spoke to him in Cantonese. After a few exchanges I gave up and spoke to him in English. Looking back now I should have stuck to Cantonese and it would have made a very interesting conversation for those behind me.

For those of you who noticed, yes I caved! After having 3 days of nothing but Chinese food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, I really craved for other variety so when we were at the airport having our dinner, the choice was really obvious! We came back at different time and airline so imagine my surprise when I learned that Mike had the same thing too at the airport.

Although the trip was only for 4 days but it was already rather long for us. The Mrs really dislikes inconveniencing others so to leave our 3 kids with my parents was really uncomfortable for her. Especially when they are all babies and this being the first time, no one knows how they will react. Naturally phone calls were made to check on things on a daily basis (twice a day).

When we found out that all 3 babies did not sleep well the first night they were at their grandparents place, it sort of ruin the trip for the Mrs. She felt so apologetic towards my parents and Ani for they did not get much sleep at all. Thankfully they got better with the second and third nights.

The first night for us was rather interesting for upon touching down we met up with them and headed to Macau, a promise to Mike. We were there from about midnight and did not return to our hotel till about 6 the next morning. We were about S$200 poorer while my bro won around S$1,500.

The rest of the time we were just behaving like the commercial for visiting Hong Kong because we were really shopping and eating the entire trip. Every once in a while us guys will normally asked to stop and sit down for a cuppa or some light snacks or desserts.

We went to Lan Kwai Fong for some drinks on our last night. Within the 3 hours we were there my bro and I had the following:

1) 1 x Jello shot

2) A huge glass of Hoegaarden beer

3) 1 x Tequila Sunrise cocktail

4) 1 x Sex on the beach cocktail

5) 2 x Tequila Sunrise shot

6) 1 x Sex on the beach shot

7) 1 x Kamikazes shot

8) 1 x Zombie shot

9) 1 x Bourbon Coke

It had been a very long time since I had this much alcohol and thankfully I did not “merlion” and had no hangover the next morning. We managed to meet up bright and early for breakfast and then continued with our shopping before parting.

From this little experience I learned something interesting. Before departing we were just wondering which kid we will miss most and I thought I will miss Isaac the most since he is the most interactive one now. I am happy to announce that at the end of the trip we miss all 3 kids equal for their various reasons. The Mrs was watching their videos on her iPhone on the way to the airport and on the plane.

I believe it will be a few more years before we will embark on another trip without the kids. Then again it might be even longer for us to go on holiday with the kids due to the cost involved. Hahahaha


missmoon said...

Well-deserved trip too!! Glad to know you both had fun despite missing the kids :-) I'm heading up there two weeks from now, and bringing Ethan to Disney. Really, really hoping he'll enjoy it, and enjoy HK overall. Hah.

Wow, no hangover!! Seriously!

Lobang Mummy said...

I look forward to the day I can bring Cate along on a holiday. Hoping to target at something next year. Nearby first 'cos not sure how she'd do on flights...

I am still beaming having Fat call me Gugu. :D

notions in play said...

congrats on reaching the double digits! Sounds like you had fun on your anniversary. =)

Unknown said...

Excellent trip, bro!! It was legen.....wait for it......DARY!!!

Lobang Mummy said...

I was just thinking that for dinners, it already is a HUGE event for the family. Do you think we'd manage with a family trip one of these days?!? Hmmmm...

A Husband's Voice said...

Hi Cynthia,

Ya, it was a long awaited trip although it is only a short one.

I'm sure Ethan will enjoy Disneyland tremendously. Then again I think you too will enjoy it.

Have lots of fun!!

Nope no hangover! I'm just as surprised!

A Husband's Voice said...

Hi Jes,

Thanks! We seem so old now that we have been married for double digits.

We certainly had fun in Hong Kong!

A Husband's Voice said...


I think when you try bringing Cate next year it will not be too much trouble already cause she is older and most probably better behaved.

Lengsze is already planning on going to Taiwan with Dad and Mum whenever they are going.

A Husband's Voice said...

Yo bro,

You said it! It was indeed LEGENDARY!

BTW I'm heading to BKK for a couple of days sometime next month. How?

Aces Family said...

hi Dylan,

a very Happy 10th Anniversary!! I am in my 10th year too..hee : )

Glad that you guys enjoyed the short break and HK is definitely a good place to shop & eat..& drink : )

Wishing more,more 10 years celebrations.


A Husband's Voice said...

Hi Astee,


So you're into your 10th year too huh but look at the age gap between your kids and mine! Hahaha

Ya more 10 years celebrations for you and your husband too!


PositiveSpunky/ Mrs T said...

Congrats and Happy 10th Anniversary, Dylan and the Mrs!

A Husband's Voice said...

Thank you so much Mrs T!!