8 fun things we did for our Christmas Eve celebrations!

Christmas Photo 2014

It’s Christmas Eve today! We actually celebrated this year’s Christmas dinner earlier since the kids have tuition and other Christmas party commitments later in the week. Here’s 8 things we did this festive season:

1. Christmas crackers

Pulling Christmas Cracker

This was the first order of the night! We each had a Christmas cracker (the kids had two) and everyone pulled theirs with a partner.

Christmas Cracker Toys

I got a mini basketball game but the bigger one was looking at it with more than a little bit of envy. Haha. I could see it in her eyes but she was too polite to ask me for it so I exchanged mine with hers (a small deck of Mystery Calculator cards – the least popular one).

Christmas Crackers Kids

The smallest one got a purple hairband and a really cute pair of badminton rackets (complete with shuttlecock) which you can actually play with. The party favor my better half got was a pirate eyepiece. The biggest one also got a deck of cards – tiny ones but a complete 52 card deck. There were also selfie props in the box, which we used for our family Christmas photo.

2. Turkey dinner

Christmas Eve Turkey

I had roasted a turkey with cornbread stuffing and demi-glace earlier in the day and we all ate till we were fit to burst. It’s such a huge bird that I think I’ll be eating leftovers for at least a week!

Turkey Demi Glace

It’s all good though and the demi-glace was delicious!

3. Chocolate Monopoly

Chocolate Monopoly Kids

Dinner done, the kids couldn’t wait to break open the Chocolate Monopoly set so we all played a complete round. You’re actually supposed to eat the chocolates in the middle if you land on a particular color which is already taken but the kids unanimously decided to “keep the chocolate Monopoly pieces forever” so they can play with them next time.

Playing Chocolate Monopoly

I thought that was funny and adorable so that’s the way we played it. No one has ate even a single piece of the Chocolate Monopoly up to now. smirk

4. Eggnog

Borden Eggnog

I bought a quart of Borden Eggnog and doled it out while we were finishing the Chocolate Monopoly game. The bigger one liked it but no one else did except me – I *loved* it. Borden makes a really good eggnog – if you like *ultra thick* custard-like consistency. It’s like drinking crème caramel without the caramel.

It’s so thick you can hear the “glug glug glug” as it attempts to pour out:

The eggnog is more custard than liquid and spiced nicely with cinnamon too and it’s delicious when mixed with a little cognac (none for the kids, of course). Lovely stuff that you see on the shelves once a year.

5. Pandoro


We ate a lot of panettone last year and this year and we decided to get a 1 kg pandoro for Christmas Eve dinner instead. Pandoro is the speciality Christmas cake for Verona (it’s also popular in Venice) and tastes completely different from panettone (which is from Milan). There are actually six (!!!) different regional Christmas cakes in Italy.

Pandoro Classico

I thought I wanted to expose the kids to different foods and since we already ate panettone, it was pandoro for the after-dinner dessert. Pandoro is also a sweet leavened product that’s dusted with sugar and shaped like a frustum. I love pandoro, you can scoop out the middle and add gelato inside and it’s meant to look like an 8-sided snow mountain.

6. Christmas tree

Christmas Tree

I wanted to get a large real Christmas tree (it’s about RM 600) but my better half forbade it. The trees actually shed a lot of needles every day so it can be a chore to clean up after it. We settled for a fake miniature Christmas tree instead.

7. LEGO time


This was the part which the kids were most looking forward to. They have been huge fans of LEGO since the LEGO movie came out and we encouraged their creativity – it’s good for them. The collection that we’re getting for the kids is the LEGO CITY range and I bought them a large set with a large police set-up with boats.

Building LEGO

It basically involves a generic LEGO bad guy escaping with pilfered cash and jewels in a boat while the police goes after him. The amazing thing is that the boats actually float in water! We each assembled a section and I finished up the most difficult part where a thread had to be tied into a hook to attach to the LEGO police boat – it actually has working parts that moves to winch the boat up!

LEGO Floating Boats

We had a lot of quality time together with the kids on this one – various scenarios were enacted and played out. I role-played the lazy LEGO police who would not move out with the truck containing the boat until the kids got the police lingo right. Haha.

LEGO Working Winch

We actually have a new site dedicated to LEGO minis now, it’s primarily done by my awesome better half, who takes amazing posed photos with our growing collection of LEGO minifigures – the site is called tumblingminis.com

8. Family photo

Christmas Photo

This is our Christmas 2014 family photo! It was taken with the selfie props from the Christmas crackers and I thought it made for a nice photo. It serves as a digital Christmas card too – I sent it to my dad and my sister and they both loved it to bits.

Here’s wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us! May the festive season bring you joy, peace and love. 🙂

There is only one purple Christmas tree…

Behold! I am one! I tricked you all.

It’s so obvious that we (meaning me and veritas) should be beheaded
for even mistaking it. There were never two or three trees. There was
only meant to be one. If you squint a little (though squinting isn’t
really necessary once you’ve seen the light) you can see that the
coniferous objects starts to become smaller in circumference, and
together with the unfinished top (which AlCee
[tripod.com] pointed out), it might be obvious to someone of a superior
intellect and/or observational skills that the 3 trees were meant to be
stacked on top of each other to form one gigantic, disturbingly pointy
and phallic looking Christmas tree.

AlCee, it has both a top with the Suria KLCC decor…

and a bottom. With performers to boot.

However, that still doesn’t change the fact that Suria KLCC
duped me into believing there were three trees in the first place. I
just realized yesterday (Friday) on the way back. My whole belief
system has been shattered. 🙁 Thus, I am going to stop patronizing the
place in protest! Well, except for the necessary passing through during
my daily commute that is. *cough* It’s like if one day I go “Hey guys,
sorry for misleading you all, but there never was a veritas in the
first place…”. You’ll be going wtf and “That’s it, I’m out of here.”
and all that too. 😉

Anyway, enough nonsense…just got back from Bukit Bintang, will
post up photos of that event in front of Low Yat just now later. I
won’t be going anywhere tonight, I have heaps of things on my “To Do”
list, starting with writing my long due The Weblog Review review and
ending with a through cleansing of my wallet (which I’ve decided to
bring over). I’ll be flying to Melbourne on Friday! 🙂

Oh and btw, there’s this question for anyone who has the experience
before. I’ve only had experience with Melbourne -> Malaysia, not the
other way, so just to be sure. Anyway, I have a Schedule 4 (Australia)
prescription which I have to bring over. It’s 100% legitimate, I’ve
explained the situation to the doctor and he says to get customs to
call him if there are any problems. It’s a go right? A few concerns:

1. He doesn’t work Saturdays (which is when I’ll be arriving in Melbourne).
2. The prescription does not have the name of the substance, only “morning” and “night”.
3. I have to declare it and I’ll have to say what it is and the tablets
are generics (one local and one popular recognizable generic brand).

I mean, it should be okay, since it’s just Schedule IV and it’s
legit after all. No problems right? I just don’t want to be given the
third degree and have sniffer dogs all over me, ya know. I probably
won’t through, I’ve brought flunitrazepam (Schedule 8) and clobazam
(Schedule 4) back to Malaysia before, no one even blinked or showed any
interest, but this is going the other way.

Disclaimer: The flunitrazepam was disposed of in-flight since it’s illegal in Malaysia.

I’m not going to state my prescription here since a lot of people I
know in real life read my blog, the schedule should be enough
information and not bringing it over is not an option since…well,
don’t ask, it just has to go with me that’s all. Thoughts? No problems

Go forth and multiply!


Well slap my ass and call me Sally! The stork cometh for the purple
Christmas trees at Suria KLCC! There was only two Christmas trees in
KLCC yesterday. However, as I steppeth, er…sorry, I mean as I stepped
into the central court today, I beheld the sight of three purple Christmas trees!

It must have happened sometime last night or earlier today. For the Lord sayeth:

“Be fruitful and multiply!”

and damn it, those faithful Christmas trees went forth and multiplied! Now, that’s showing initiative!

Well, actually, Genesis goes “As for you, be fruitful and increase
in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it.” but let’s not
go into semantics.


It looks like these things aren’t just for show. 😉

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