Last Friday, we went to Kuching, Sarawak to celebrate my granny’s birthday. It’s a 3 days and 2 nights trip and we stayed in an apartment @ Merdeka Palace.
This is the first time after many many many years where all my relatives from my maternal side gather together. It’s very difficult to have all of them back, cos my grandmother has 9 CHILDREN, especially two of my aunts who one of them are staying in US and the other in Australia.
We’ve already booked out tickets 3 months ago, once the date & location were confirmed. I’m glad it was held in Kuching, cos it’s we can take a direct flight from Singapore.
We took Tiger Air. The flight was not so full, hence Joel had his own seat… :) This little boy was very excited to see plane… Coming to 18th month, Joel starts to understand and being curious about everything around him, so, this trip was more meaningful to him. He kept pointing the plane and swung his hands as if he’s flying.
We were staying @ Merdeka Palace in Kuching. My uncle booked an apartment with 3 bedrooms for us. It’s so spacious!
My dad drove from Sibu to Kuching on the same day we arrived. Being in Kuching several time, my dad became our ‘tour-guide’ for a morning… LOL!!! This is my first time after 20 years to re-visit Kuching. and I really had no idea how the city looks like. There’s a lot of development going on. Hence, the town was a bit ‘messy’… Hehehehe… I believe another 3 years, it will look very different!
Saturday was the dinner. Joel never attend any 9 course dinner before. Initially, my DH and I were worried whether he’ll be frightened or cranky… So, we forced him to take a nap at 5 plus and then we got ready our weapons; biscuits, waters, cakes and etc…. to distract him during the dinner.
Surprisingly this little monster was very well-behaved! He was in 110% good mood… Smiling and waving at everyone! All my relatives were praising him being friendly… I’m very proud of him!
The dinner started with Longevity noodle, supposed to be mee-sua, but the hotel doesn’t have mee sua. Instead of using mee sua, they replaced it with KOLO-MEE!!! Weird, but YUMMY!!!!
After three dishes, my 3rd uncle came to stage to give a speech about my grandmother… It was so touching and almost everyone was in tear… Truly, my grandmother is a great woman who gave birth to 9 children and brought up single-handedly. During then, my grandfather was very busy working to provide for the family. Household was all taken care by my grandmother. It’s not easy at all, after being a mom myself.
Photo session was a challenge… It’s quite chaotic… LOL!!
Then later, all the grandchildren, from youngest to oldest (that’s me), lined up to take red-packet from my grandmother. Joel was her first great grand son! This little boy, walked toward her on his own to receive the red packet and followed by a hug…
What a memorable night… :) I really miss all of them and I’m looking forward to another gathering like this in future. It’s so good to catch up with my aunts, uncles and cousins…
Then on Sunday, we took Tiger Air back to Singapore. I’m sure Joel miss his young uncles and aunties greatly!! He had so much fun with them. The youngest was Uncle Bryan, he’s 5 this year! Then there’s Aunt Megan, she’s 7 and Uncle Jared, he’s 10, I think… And lastly, my youngest brother, whom Joel loves to disturb.