day 2211 – uc crew reunion

underconstruction crew reunion was long overdue. though i last visited hong kong in november and saw one, it’s not the same as having the complete four all together. the visiting uc craved tacos, so that’s where we took our dear friend. we met up at la taqueria for some happy hour nachos and tacos. it’s great to see these faces again and catch up with each other’s lives. not much has changed, but so much has changed. we’re already planning our next gathering and changing our upcoming secret santa rules

day 1941 – wanchai

one wishlist item on my hong kong trip is to ride the old school tram. i did just that today heading to wanchai from central. this district is crazy packed on any given night, let alone a saturday night. i stopped by my friend’s family burger shop but decided not to bother his dad seeing the already jam packed restaurant. instead, we ate at a small noodle house and walked around some famous strip including a school converted shopping mall

day 1613 – underconstruction tradition 


the tradition of our annual secret santa exchange continues during one of our parties. the friendship we share is something special when we don’t need to see each other frequently, but still have the same affection for each other. after friendly hellos, shots start firing in all cylinders and the love hate relationship is revealed. when i’m with this crew, i’m as immature as i’ve always been like hamber days because some things just don’t change. we’re still missing chu in the picture but the plan is she’ll be physically in it next time

day 1241 – christmas underconstruction

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once again doing our annual underconstruction crew christmas party with secret santa gift exchange. it’s not a complete crew until we get chu back and hopefully that happens next year. it’s never a dull moment with playing board games while listening to carols. i wasn’t keen on the penalties chosen but never want to be the party pooper. an awesome evening updating each other, chilling. the friendly fire and competition heated up once the games started, especially exploding kittens

30 share it [twenty two]

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stepping foot in tong’s kitchen to prepare for tomorrow’s party. this is not a familiar territory for me since i only cook the primary things to fuel my body, but i might turn out to be an iron chef after this holiday season. the requirement for this recipe is we must create our dish from scratch; darn i can’t have my fruit platter. although i haven’t taste tested until party time, my deviled eggs look really yummy

day 1239 – mail bundle

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came home to this bundle delivered to my front door which could only mean it came from the lone member that currently lives in hong kong. this is our fourth year of secret santa with the long standing underconstruction. i’m very excited but i’m threatened i mustn’t open it until i have witnesses in attendance. i can’t wait to open my gift during our christmas party and only wish next year the whole crew can be together in vancouver

day 1044 – reunion tour

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bringing back the full underconstruction crew where all of us are in the same timezone. nothing like an evening spent digging up past memories, laughing at our glorious days and relinquishing our dominance as a team. it’s amazing we rarely realize how far back we go and how long our friendship has lasted. we’re a rowdy bunch when the four are put together; reminiscence of the good old days. never underestimate the value of true friendship; we will always have each other’s back no matter which continent we are on

solo series [day three]

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first thing is first, i have to be a good granddaughter and do my due diligence. that means i am having morning dimsum with my grandma on dad’s side, then having lunch dimsum with my grandma on mom’s side

after taking care of family business, i was free to do as i wished. before my meeting with a good friend, i took the opportunity to train out and explore on my own. i was prepared to get lost as i wandered the streets, but that’s totally fine because i’m more than capable of finding my way back

evening was spent hanging out with one of the four underconstruction crew. we met up to have happy hour drinks at knutsford, shopped in mall, and later went for noodles at tsim sha tsui. she took me around to a famous noodle shop that i’m sure mo would approve of as it’s specifically known for their spices

i was up at 4am and couldn’t fall asleep again, but that worked in my favour because i was able to have our first overseas video chat. it’s been a long day for me travelling across the city and back. i am hoping to shop more tomorrow morning before meeting up with my “si hing” for some miscellaneous activities to be determined

day 1023 – knutsford happy hour

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after a morning and afternoon of family time visiting both grandmas on opposite side of the city, i was off on my own schedule. representing fifty percent of the underconstruction crew in knutsford – a version of lan kwai fong. we had happy hour drinks and potato wedges. i kept my promise and stayed away from alcoholic drinks and ordered a mango passion fruit mocktail instead. our post shopping meal was at a noodles shop called tam jai sam jor. i really can’t afford to get any fatter on this asia trip

day 994 – three championships

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from handball, to volleyball, to basketball to dodgeball, we’ve been to many finals through the past decade. thinking of all the things we say to each other, the endless pain we inflict on each other, but in the end, the amount of crap we take to play together. this is the love hate relationship we have created; i can’t imagine playing on any of these teams being as much fun without you. we’ve won three dodgeball championships together, this is by far the most memorable and satisfying one because it was so hard earned against our teammates. let’s keep it going