Anyway, I had to wake up early and head to rehearsals for my piece There is a Painted Bus that was going to be performed by the Singapore Lyric Opera Childrens' Choir. I hitched a ride with Uncle Mak, who was sending Kelionel (my cousin) to class in the same area.
The rehearsal went really well, and I got to listen to the other commissioned works too. There is something about a child's voice that is just so innocent and almost impossible to mimic, which is probably why I enjoy the boys' choir moments in Bach's St Matthew's Passion.
We returned back to the chalet and had lunch of char siew rice and chwee kueh before all the aunties and uncles came and we started the preparation for food for Grandpa's birthday party that night. From here on, the pictures are self-explanatory.
L-R: Me, Jas, Grandpa, Grandma, Mom, Dad, Grandma, Aunty May and Uncle Mike
Shermin (Ivan's girlfriend), Jiahui (Alfred's girlfriend) and I doing some grillwork
Mom and the food
kids playing games
garlic herb portabello mushrooms for the grill (my contribution to the bbq)
squid, for bbq
prawns, for bbq
cheese hot dogs, for bbq
fish, for bbq
bacon-wrapped asparagus and enoki mushrooms, for bbq
otah (banana leaf wrapped fish paste), for bbq
grandma's famous pork, for bbq
beef satay, already bbqed
chicken satay, already bbqed
nori-wrapped chicken and fish nuggets
ngo hiam (Chinese meatballs)
claypot mixed veggies
nasi briyani (Indian tumeric rice)
mutton rendang (Indian curry)
a lot of stir-fried noodles
braised beancurd rolls
Indian potato curry
Chinese-style chicken curry
salmon sashimi (one of three plates of these, and yes, my family loves sashimi)
I know this is a lot of food, but trust me, I didn't even get to photographing every single dish that was out. There's so much more I missed. Yes, food is a big thing in my family. Food is also a huge thing in Singapore.
people start attacking the food!
more food - potato salad and coleslaw (a ton of it!)
guests enjoying their food
the indoor buffet line
the bbq buffet line
Jiahui, Alfred, Dad, Uncle Mike and Jas
Grandpa, Terence, Melvin, Aunty May, Aunty Ping and Uncle Shaowei
Grandpa Birthday Boy and Grandma
All grandchildren (my cousins) [and SOs]
All children (my parents' generation) and spouses
lighting grandpa's birthday cake
Birthday Boy is cutting cake!
I'm so glad my grandpa's birthday is in the summer. It'd be terrible if I miss the biggest party of the year every year because I'm overseas. Its also great to have the family together and tons of food. Till next year!