12 hours in Universal Studios Singapore (Part 2)

In Part 1 yesterday, I talked about our adventures in Hollywood, Sci-Fi City, Ancient Egypt and Far Far Away.

Before I continue with Part 2, here are some photos I missed out. Sacha just posted a whole load of photos on Facebook so I’m stealing some for today’s post! =)

She managed to get a nice photo of my hair flying as we got spun around in our Accelerator:

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Sacha and Isaiah love going on theme park rides and they collect theme park ride official photos. Nice hobby! =) I hope to see their collection one day.

So, anyway, they bought the photo of our Revenge of the Mummy ride (the one that greatly traumatised me) and kindly scanned it to share with us. Hee.

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Here’s a closeup!

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So, everyone didn’t believe me when I said I was terrified the whole time during the ride because, in the photo, I was the only person calmly smiling at the camera.


In the middle of the ride, I recall Unker Kell and the Goonfather joking about how our car got caught by the speed camera.

At that time, I didn’t even notice a camera flash going off, so I thought maybe they were commenting on how fast our car was going, fast enough to be fined for speeding or something like that.

I was that traumatised. All that was going on in my mind was, “Please let this ride end NOW.”



The others claim that it’s because I’m so trained in photo-taking that I have a natural instinct to smile for the camera even when I don’t know a camera is there.


My explanation is that, while I was traumatised, I was at the same time trying very hard not to get too paranoid, so in between screaming my lungs out, I kept telling myself that I was enjoying the ride. It’s a psychological trick, right? Your brain tends to believe what you tell it, so you can psycho yourself out of fearful situations.

So, between screams when the car was going too fast, I was actually forcing myself to smile and repeating in my head, “I’m having fun, this is fun, whee, I love this.”

The look in the photo must have been one of the moments. You can see how strained the smile is if you look closely. I don’t think my psychological trick worked very well, though. I was still terrified despite chanting those magic words.

The whole place was dark and we kept getting scared by scarabs and mummies and evil pharoahs jumping out at us. And there were rooms with fire and you can really feel the heat. It’s really well done, I must admit.

After the ride, I could hardly walk straight. My whole body was jelly. I couldn’t even hold my camera still to take a photo. Haha.

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Okay, on with the day!

2:40 pm. Far Far Away

Far Far Away has possibly the best show in Universal Studios Singapore. If you have a chance to visit USS, don’t miss it!

It’s the Shrek 4D adventure!

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4D combines 3D films with physical effects like moving seats and water sprays (and more), so you feel like part of the story.

It’s a short story about Shrek rescuing Princess Fiona but I didn’t pay much attention to the story because the effects were so cool and sometimes surprising that I kept getting distracted. Haha. It’s my first time experiencing 4D lah, so a bit suaku okay?

I won’t tell you much more because I don’t want to spoil it for you. Go try it. It’s really worth it!

I think this show has the longest queue in the whole theme park and I’m not surprised. But it’s bearable because we get to queue up in a pretty castle with nice decor and a very nice theme song from Shrek which I love.

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Here’s a photo of a cute signage. Maybe it’s for the Magic Potion Spin for kids. Or maybe it’s a fake sign. I don’t remember, but it’s cute.

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Hmm, okay, I don’t think it’s for Magic Potion Spin, because that one is indoors, inside the Far Far Away Shop. It’s a mini ferris wheel for kids. It looks so cool!

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3:30 pm. Madagascar

Our group got split up for a while here because half of us wanted to queue up to take photos with the lion while the other half ran off to play on the merry-go-rounds.

My friends are such kids! Heh.

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The merry-go-round. Nanny Wen is hiding in this photo below. Can you spot her?

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I think Madagascar is mostly for kids. Besides the merry-go-round, there’s some kind of a tame, scenic boat ride. We didn’t have time to queue up for it because we wanted to catch the WaterWorld Show at 5 pm.

There’s an ogre outhouse in Madagascar which looked cute, so I dragged Nanny Wen with me to explore it.

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We ran up the steps and I tried to open the door but it wouldn’t budge. Boo. Maybe the ogre is inside doing his business. Haha. I was half-expecting something to fly out at me and eat me up!

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Nanny Wen bought me a potion bottle! Yay! Love her!

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The potion bottle costs S$11.90 and comes with a drink, but the great thing about it is that you can use it to buy more drinks at S$2 per refill. (Usual price of a drink is 3-4 bucks or something.)

I brought the bottle home and washed it so I can reuse it every time I go to USS. =D In fact, I will use it at home, too, cos I love drinking from it. It looks exactly like a mana or heal potion bottle in RPGs. Well, except for Puss in Boot’s picture in front, but I can ignore that.

But then… I wanted to buy a heart-shaped lollipop but she wouldn’t allow me to!! Huh! She said big lollipops are a waste of money cos nobody finishes them.


Every time I picked one up, she’d snatch it out of my hands and put it back.


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She’d only allow me to take a photo with it.


5 pm. WaterWorld (in Lost World)

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I love WaterWorld! The show is awesome! Maybe as awesome as Shrek 4D.

It’s a live performance based on the movie and it’s very exciting, with water splashing all over the place, death-defying stunts and awesome pyrotechnics and explosions!

In the giant theatre, the seats are separated into three categories: Soak Zone, Splash Zone and Safe Zone.

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Sit in the Soak Zone (blue seats) if you want to get soaked. Sit in the Splash Zone (green seats) if you only want to get splashed. And go far away to the Safe Zone (red seats) if you’re a scaredy cat.

Expectedly, our group split into two again. LOL.

Before the show started proper, the actors entertained the audience by talking to us and throwing buckets of water at us. SERIOUSLY.

There were lots of useless people in the audience who chose to sit in the Soak Zone but then opened umbrellas every time the actors got out a bucket of water ready to throw.

I don’t know what their problem is. Don’t want to get wet then go sit in the Safe Zone lah.

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The actors also invited people from the audience to have Super Soaker competitions. So, they got this guy out and gave him a gun and every one got into positions. And they were supposed to all start shooting at the count of three, right?

At the count of three, the guy realised that he had been given an empty gun. Hahahahahaha. Kena tricked! He got soaked good and proper!

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I want to be that guy next time!! =D

Not everyone who sits in the Soak Zone will get wet. I think it mostly only affects people in the dead centre. The Goonfather was very disappointed that he didn’t even get splashed. LOL.

There was some splashing action during the show when the actors rode jet skis and tried to make sure the audience got a bit of the action.

Maybe it’ll be different every time, depending on how close they ride the jets to the edge.

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All the actors are male except for one pretty, sexy actress. She’s a real eye candy! ;)

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The stage:

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I was sitting to the side. Not a very good position cos I got blocked by this huge structure, although some of the scenes were done on it. It’s better to sit right in the middle, so it’ll be a good idea to get to the show before showtime in order to get better seats.

We were there at 5 pm and the middle was already all taken.

But never mind. I’m going back again!

With my potion bottle!

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6 pm. Lost World

After WaterWorld, because the Goonfather was disappointed at not getting soaked, he wanted to go back to do the Rapids Adventure in Jurassic Park. In that river ride, there’s a steep slope where your 9-seater round raft slides down and plunges to the bottom violently, causing water to splash all over the participants.

Ponchos are available for rent for this adventure.

Remember, the brave people in our group had gone there during the day while I had cowardly begged off because I needed to recover from the Mummy ride. I was afraid the Rapids would have more roller-coaster action.

But the Goonfather assured me that there was only that one slope at the end. I felt that I could handle one slope, so I decided to join them for their second round.

Six of us went. I was the only newbie. They had all worn ponchos in their first round, except the Goonfather, who got terribly drenched. He smartly made a pact with everyone saying, “Next round, NO PONCHOS ALL.”

Apparently, some of them (Nanny Wen) got pinky tricked into signing up for the pact.

So, I was the only poncho-wearing coward in this ride.

It was fun!!

In each ride, we all sat in a circular formation, and the boat would spin round and round depending on the current. At the last splash, usually only half the people would get soaked while the other half would get splashed, depending on which end the boat lands.

After the first round, we all decided to go again to test our theory that the Goonfather’s side will always be the one who gets soaked because he’s the heaviest.

Everyone persuaded me to remove my poncho this time. I was already half wet, anyway, because the poncho was a gimpy thin plastic sheet, not a real poncho. So I took it off and received a lot of cheering. =)

Our theory was wrong. The Goonfather didn’t get soaked the second round (his third). It was our fellow passengers, an ang moh family with their little girl, who were really friendly and fun people. They stayed with us for both rounds.

After our ride:

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My front didn’t get wet so much because I always instinctively bent over when we landed so the water would splash on my back instead of front.

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It was great! Haha… Next time I’ll wear the right clothes and slippers instead of shoes so I won’t have to be so scared of the water. :P

Lost World is cool. I think it has the most rides. There’s also Canopy Flyer (a fast-moving ride in a sky-lift type of carriage), which I didn’t dare take. I’m afraid of heights. It’s so annoying, all these stupid phobias I can’t get rid of!!!

And Dino-Saurin, a merry-go-round in pterodactyl-ships.

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Erm… it’s supposedly for kids but they let adults in, too. This one I dare to take. Haha. You can pilot your ship up and down using a button while the thing is going round and round the figurative mulberry bush.

Unker Kell and Wang Wang behind us!

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There’s also Amber Rock Climb. This one has a separate charge of S$10, so we didn’t do it.

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And random dino eggs! LOL @ the Goonfather. He looks so contented in his egg.

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7 pm. Hollywood.

Back to Hollywood for dinner!

We ate at Mel’s Drive-In. Nice cheeseburgers!

Then we stopped by Superstar Candies to buy sweets.

By this time, my camera had run out of batteries. Actually, it had run out earlier but I was using my phones to take photos. But by 7 pm, I was tired of taking photos. I mean, I was literally tired.

I just got this one lousy shot of the night scene:

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After Hours at Universal Studios Singapore starts at 7 pm. You can enter the park for only S$5 and enjoy the sights and have dinner there. All the rides and shows are closed, though, which is why it’s so cheap.

But on Fridays and Saturdays, there’s a pyrotechnics and fireworks show in Hollywood at 9:30 pm and it’s definitely worth the S$5!

We hung around there until after the fireworks, then went to upgrade our day passes to annual passes.

Annual passes cost S$318. You can upgrade a S$72 day pass on the same day by just paying the difference. So, it’s like, try before you pay the full sum!

The Goonfather, Wang Wang, Unker Kell and I decided we wanted to visit USS many more times (there are still some rides and shows we haven’t tried, and we want to eat turkey leg again), so the four of us got annual passes.

For S$318, you can enjoy unlimited entries to the park all year round (minus 53 block-out days which are public holidays and long weekends). You also get a $25 gift voucher for stores in the park, a 5% discount in the stores, a ticket to Voyage De La Vie and two USS pins. Oh, and sneak previews of new rides and attractions! I look forward to that!

I wish I could have the Superstar Pass, though. That’s costs S$1,098 but there are no block-out dates and you get priority queues to all the attractions. And a S$100 gift voucher!

Too expensive for me. Boo.

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But I’m happy with my normal Fun Pass. I can’t wait to go back again! Oh, I think we’re going this Saturday because we need to use our free Voyage De La Vie ticket by Sep 30, so we’ll drop by USS to eat a turkey leg. Heh.

10 pm. Bye!

We finished everything at 10 pm. Just nice, that’s the time the park closes.

Our carpark charge was S$26!!! But that works out to be about S$2 an hour, so I suppose it’s reasonable. We were there the entire day, from opening time to closing time.

I’m so happy that Universal Studios came to Singapore!

12 hours in Universal Studios Singapore (Part 1)

10 pm. Sep 4. Universal Studios Singapore.

Exhaustion. But happiness. I happily shelled out S$246 more to upgrade my S$72 day pass to an annual pass. My friends and I had decided after a long day of fun that we wanted to go back to Universal Studios Singapore again. And again. And again.

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(12 hours earlier…)

10 am. Hollywood.

Bright and early at 10 am (well, it’s bright and early for me; I hadn’t quite woken up yet), we took our first photo with the popcorn car at the entrance of USS.

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We were a group of 10 that day but only five of us were there on time, so we lounged around and got some breakfast at Celebrity Cafe & Bakery while waiting for the rest.

I had the Best Actress meal. It was a chicken and avocado foccacia with some weird noodle soup and a soft drink. I doubt that Hollywood best actresses actually eat these things. I think they eat celery sticks and whole grains, and drink sparkling spring water.

Isaiah and Sacha turned up in couple wear. Too cute lah, they all.

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12 pm. Hollywood.

We sure took our time at breakfast. It was high noon by the time we got off our asses to explore the park seriously.

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As I was taking random photos of the street, Nanny Wen said, “Stop taking random photos of the street!”

“Why?” I asked.

“Because it’s a boring photo if no one I know is in it!”

Is that a valid argument?

Anyway, I decided to humour her. I ran ahead in front of her and took a photo of her waving her cap around pretending to be a tour guide.

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I decided to get some group photos while the group was still a group and not lost souls scattered all over the island.

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We caught the Monster Rock Musical at the Pantages Hollywood Theatre but I felt it was only so-so. It was just a bunch of famous movie monsters singing and dancing and not much of a story. I hope they change the show soon.

1 pm. Sci-Fi City.

There was this scary-looking extremely-tall girl in Sci-Fi City. I don’t know who she’s supposed to be.

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Our first ride of the day was the Accelerator! It’s like the Disneyland Tea Cups. You know how you can steer inside the cup so that the cup spins madly counter to the spinning platform, right? So, like, the harder you turn the steering wheel, the more crazily your cup spins.

Queueing up for the ride.

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I didn’t dare sit with the Goonfather because he had an evil glint in his eye. I decided to sit with Kerr and Minou because I deem them safer people.

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Unfortunately, each cup can hold five people, so we needed to have two more with us and they turned out to be Isaiah and Sacha.

Isaiah is as evil as the Goonfather when it comes to rides.

See! Proof!

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It was mad slidage all over the cup!!

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Isaiah was exhausted by the end of the ride. Haha. He was the one who did most of the work, with just a bit of help from Kerr.

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In the Goonfather’s cup…

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There were only four because Elyxia refused to play. Lucky for her, because ALL FOUR OF THEM ARE NUTS.

All of them spun their cup violently from start to end. From the outside, Elyxia said she could see that their cup was the fastest spinning one and it was so fast she got dizzy looking at them.

Even when the platform and all the cups came to a stop at the end of the ride, their cup was still spinning madly!!

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That was fun, though. I want to go on it again!

1:30 pm. Ancient Egypt.

There were these tall statues at the entrance, right. I got all the girls to climb up and take a photo at the feet of one of them.

As I was happily getting into position and smiling for the camera, Nanny Wen suddenly gasped and shrieked at me, “QY!!!!!!!”

“Huh?” I said.

“Behind you!!!” she yelled.

I looked behind me and got the shock of my life!

This scary Egyptian fella had crept up beside me to pose for pictures with us!!!

It was hilarious after the initial shock.

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Kell managed to capture the very moment when Nanny Wen was alerting me to our surprise visitor. Great job! I actually didn’t know he was there until I turned around!

What a funny guy! We saw him much later posing for photos (officially this time) with tourists. Good guy! Heheh.

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The Goonfather seemed to like Ancient Egypt a lot. He actually volunteered to pose for pictures (a rare occurence for him).

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When we walked past a fire hydrant, he went, “OMG OMG I WANT A PHOTO WITH THIS!!”

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Everyone was puzzled until he said, “Hey, it’s cool okay! It’s an ancient Egyptian fire hydrant leh!!”


The Revenge of the Mummy ride was awesome. Except that it was too exciting for me. I don’t like roller coaster rides. My stomach cannot take plunges through space.

The ride description: “A high-speed psychological thrill ride through sharp turns, full rotation and fast reverse, you’ll be fighting against fiery fireballs, flesh-eating scarab beetles and an army of merciless warrior mummies — all in total darkness.”

It’s really very good. Scary and quite realistic in terms of atmosphere, story and the physical motions. I wish I could enjoy it, really, but I was so scared the whole ride I wanted to puke. Haha.

The thrill-seekers in our group went for another go of the ride later in the day.

2 pm. Far Far Away.

At this point of time, our group split up. The thrill-seekers wanted to do more crazy rides in The Lost World. I needed to recover from the Mummy ride so, me, Minou and Kerr went off to the safer land of Far Far Away and watched the Donkey LIVE show.

The holding area before we’re ushered into the cosy theatre:

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(Photo-taking isn’t allowed in all the shows and some rides. Which is a good thing, I suppose. Otherwise, this entry will end up having 200 photos.)

I thought Donkey LIVE was gonna be a kiddy thing but it was surprisingly good. It’s an animated thing where Donkey appears on the screen as an animation, like in Shrek.

But the amazing thing is that he interacts with the audience, asking them questions and stuff. I got volunteered and had the opportunity to chat with donkey about the merlion and boyfriends, lol. There’s a real actor voicing donkey backstage. I don’t know how they make the animation match whatever the actor is saying.

After this, we had lunch at Friar’s Good Food while waiting for the rest to finish up in The Lost World.

We had smoked turkey leg for lunch (available at a street stall outside Friar’s). IT WAS GREAT. Nanny Wen and I shared one leg. It’s really huge. I don’t think I can finish it alone! It’s quite salty, though, so prepare a big drink or get some carbo stuff to eat it with if you can’t handle too-salty stuff.

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We sighted Puss in Boots in Far Far Away! Yay! He’s such a handsome cat!

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Okay, sorry for the anti-climax. I’m gonna have to continue this tomorrow because time’s up. Haha. Got an appointment to run off to. I think this is plenty for one day, anyway!

Come back tomorrow! =)

To be continued…

The Goonfather’s con job

The Goonfather executed the con job of the year last night.

It’s all my fault for making him hooked to Liar Game (a Japanese manga that got made into a drama serial and movie). He must be constantly thinking of how to con people now.

Liar Game

We had dinner at Marché. You know how we each have our own cards to rack up our purchases on? So, towards the end of the evening, after the Goonfather had charged pver $80 on his card, he suddenly threw out a proposal.

“Hey!” he said, “I think it’ll be so funny if we mix up all our cards and redistribute them so no one knows how much he has to pay. Imagine the expression of the person who gets my card! Hahaha!”

Everyone started laughing about the nervousness during the qeueing up to pay, and the hilarity during the moment of truth.

All the excitement of Russian Roulette without the death.


Well, okay, not everyone. Only eight out of 11 took part. The biggest spender of course happily bought in. He had $97 on his card.

Biggest spender Edwin

Mostly, it was the guys who had between $40 and $100 on their cards. The girls were all in the $20s.

Us girls are just sporting like that.

But I’m still amazed that the Goonfather managed to come up with such a crazy plan and actually have people go along with it.

After everyone surrendered their cards, he mixed them up and got us to pick one each. Since he was the broker, he didn’t get to pick and simply retained the last card remaining.

Then we spent the next hour speculating whose card was the most costly and who had gotten whose card. The big spenders threw out clues, like, “Mine has dog ears,” or “Mine has a split,” which only served to increase the suspense.

And then, the moment of truth.

We all trooped to the cashier. The Goonfather bullied Wang Wang into going first.

Wang Wang's moment of truth


She got the $97 card.


There was much laughter and hooting and wailing and gnashing of teeth. Still, she managed to pay the bill with a big smile. Even victims can’t help being caught up in the fun.

A happy victim

Big spender Edwin paid next. He got the Goonfather’s card of $83, which was unlucky but still profitable for him.

I paid $41 although I’d only spent $22.

The Goonfather got a $30 card, which means he made about $50.

It wasn’t even a fair gamble to begin with but it was definitely fun.

Still, I think I should tax the Goonfather to cover my loss. Must come up with a better con to get him back. :P

I need your drill

So, the other day, Nanny Wen invited Unker Kell to bring his drill to her new place.

She needed one, she said, to make holes in her wall for her wall shelf or something.

The Goonfather and I tagged along to witness the making of holes. What we witnessed from the first was a half-mantled Ikea wardrobe (“mantled” being the opposite of “dismantled”, which I feel is the right word to use here even if it’s theoretically wrong) in her bedroom, lying on its side.

(Here’s Unker Kell attempting to save the wardrobe from being mishandled:)

On top of the budding wardrobe we saw a tool box the size of a mobile phone. WHEN IT’S OPEN.

Hey, baby

Presumably, Wen had been trying to make furniture using screwdrivers smaller than her pinkie.

Hey, baby

The guys made a big show of groaning at the outrage, after which Unker Kell set to work putting things right while the Goonfather found a new use for the baby tools — fixing his watch.

Watch repairman

All was good until Unker Kell finished up with the wardrobe and was going to start on the drilling.

The Goonfather decided then that it was a good time to come to the rescue. He had a leveling tool he just downloaded on his iPhone called iHandy Level. It’s supposde to help you make, like, your wall paintings or whatever straight.

iHandy Level

Excitedly, because this was the first time he was using the app, the Goonfather measured two spots on the wall for Unker Kell to mark. Once marked, the drilling started.

All this time, I was outside, working on blogs. And, suddenly, I heard Wen call out to me, “QY COME HERE!!!”

I went inside. Wen pointed at her newly erected shelf and said, “Does this look straight to you?”

It was an obvious no. It was slanted like 10cm off. The boys were giggling. Or, rather, trying very hard not to giggle.


The Goonfather said, “But the tool can’t lie. It must be straight.”

Wen said, “It is obviously not straight!!”

The Goonfather said, “Then must be your floor is not straight!”


Anyway, he later realised that iHandy Level has to be calibrated once before use. Fortunately, the slant was so pronounced that there was actually enough space for Unker Kell to drill another hole above the wrong one, so the shelf was put to rights without much incident thereafter.

It’s so good to have guys around to do all this man stuff for us, no?

I’m surrounded by nutcases

After reading my blog about mutton tulang yesterday, Nanny Wen tweeted: “MY FAVOURITE FOOD in guangzhou!!!! it’s the best ever *salivates*”

I was, like: “So nice meh?”

She went: “Maybe yours wasnt that great but my soup was super tasty n fantastic.”

I said: “I also don’t like the tulang at Lagoon which TGF always eat…”

She said: “Lagoon got tulang ?? Where???! Let’s eat tonight!!”

So, there and then, at 4:30pm, we decided to meet for dinner.

I SMSed the Goonfather and Unker Kell to book them for dinner. They replied OK. I told our maid not to cook dinner for us.

Half an hour later, Nanny Wen BBMed me (paraphrased): “Oh shit I forgot I already have movie plans tonight.”

So, that’s how the Goonfather, Unker Kell and I went to Lagoon to eat tulang on behalf of Nanny Wen.

Mutton tulang

Actually, only the Goonfather ate it. I don’t like it and Unker Kell only likes the sauce. The dish comes with a plate of bread for dipping.

I ate BBQ chicken wings.

Unker Kell ate Roti John while making some lame joke about depriving John of his bread.

After dinner, he belched contentedly and said smugly with a cheesy grin, “John, you hear that?”

Kell is a nutcase.