Hi all, I am Aunty Scroogey, a guest columnist for The Peonies. Whether is buying stocks or socks, Aunty Scroogey (also known as The Aunty) likes to buy into value, not prices…. thus The Aunty will be writing on issues relating to buying values and being thrifty. For the record, Aunty Scroogey works in the market and is a scrooge because she has 3 kids to bring up single-handedly.
1. She does about 1,913 kind of sports (including golf, yoga, badminton, ski-ing, rafting, diving, rappelling, jumping off cliffs and etc.)
2. She has been to 393 countries
3. She is domestically challenged
4. She suffers from middle child syndrome (MCS)
5. She drinks about 2 coffees, 5 tea’s and 7 coke-light’s on an average day
6. When she is challenged, she gets a MCS attack and gets another coffee
7. When she is asked the meaning of an english word or abbreviation, she rolls her eyes before explaining it to you condescendingly
8. When she is asked the answer of a maths sum (usually from me), she rolls her eyes before telling it to you condescendingly
9. She is belligerent and unapologetic about it (do NOT ask her how to spell ‘belligerent’)
10. She loves meatballs from Lucky Plaza
11. She always says “I love you” to her mum before putting down the phone. Even if mum called 15 times in the past hour
12. She wears a scuba mask to swim in her lap pool
13. She wears lilac color flip flops with little ribbons for hiking
14. She has a fake big toe nail
15. She loves & spoils her dog to bits (we hate her dog & Tommy wants to chop it up to bits)
16. She killed her school rabbit
17. She is in her office’s gardening club
18. She is in her office’s gardening club because they did not know that she killed her school rabbit
19. She hated the gardening club
20. She is totally one of the brightest but diligently learns all the Singlish words by heart cos she would rather die than be called a nerd
21. Her famous last words to everyone in the company: “You’re missing the point!”
22. She packs one hour before the flight departure time and strolls into the boarding gate 3 seconds before it closes
23. She is scared of no one and nothing. Except long queues and photo-taking. Oh and being called a nerd
24. She loves to sit in front of the speedboat and will gladly pretend to be Kate Winslet in Titanic when you ask her to. (but no you can’t take a photo)
25. She doesn’t smile. She smirks and sometimes pretend it’s a smile.
26. She has 28 pairs of shoes but wears only 2 of them
27. She is I.T savvy. She is on Facebook, Twitter, Friendster, Skype, MSN, Blogspot and any social networking / messager program you have heard about and beyond. In fact she’s already a member of the social networking program which will be launched in 2013.
28. She loves junk food
29. She has 23,569 freckles
30. She takes the taxi 3 times a year but always manages to gets the whackiest cabbies (like one who gave her a lecture on his life story on the way to the airport)
31. She once invited her friends to her place for a dumpling party. Only to panic a day before the party because she realised she can’t make dumplings
32. She rocks and we love her
Happy Birthday A-gal!
If you told me 10 years ago and I will one day love Muay Thai, I would have rolled on the floor laughing, and after having caught my breathe, called the asylum to get you locked up. Today, I sat in a stuffy, spicy 800 square feet room with roughly 90 other men, watching boys and men knocking the air out of each other with smiles on their sweat-drenched faces.
Was trying to find a certain file and somehow came across these photos that were buried deep in storage. Fishing out the memories, Siem Reap was a fascinating, enchanting and yet emotional city for me in more ways than one.
Many of my friends and I are born in the “middle ages” between the Generation X and Y era. The shocking news of Michael Jackson’s death today had a lot of us talking about the good ol’ days. I remembered in our rock ‘n roll era of pagers, CD’s and A&W root beers, heavenly pop stars like Michael Jackson and Madonna are deemed invincible and will live forever. Death was a concept so unfathomable none of us ever gives a second thought about it.
Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night, disturbed because I felt something heavy trotting all over me, or because I felt as if someone had left a radiator on my pillow. I open my tired, blackened eyes and finds this.
The recent culling of dogs in Hanzhong, China has shocked many animal activist and rights groups on an international level. So far more than 32,000 dogs have been killed in the cold-blooded mass massacre after an outbreak of rabies . Petitions, pledges and letters have been going around the Internet and I hope you have also sent in your pledge.
One of my girlies and I were talking about the subject of work-life balance and we came across the topic of having a “meaningful” job. What defines “meaning” and exactly how do we justify “meaning”.
For all you closet popcorn lovers who secretly emailed me to ask for the recipe:
1/3 cup raw corn
100ml cooking oil (I use veggie oil but you can use whatever oil that floats your boat)
2 tablespoons butter
For sweet popcorn, prepare:
1/3 cup sugar (I like brown)
Large mixing bowl
He was a sailor, a fireman, a bookshop owner, a bus driver, and even used help make cakes at my grandaunt’s bakery. He loves to eat, travel, and is not rich but extremely generous to his family and friends. He looked ferocious but is as kind as a beetle. He taught me to always pursue the things that matters and never to live life with regrets, to love with no fear and to cry without holding back.