Five years ago, just before we left for Frankfurt, a picture taken of Brian and Lesley-Anne, daughter of my friend and neighbour, writer-extraordinaire Monica.
And today, with the same elephant soft toy, and also in Monica's house, this time in the living room, not bedroom (!). The bunny that L-A was holding on to in the earlier picture is in storage so it's been replaced by a giraffe in this picture.
We've been back in Singapore for about 5 days and it's been hectic, to say the least. But before the REAL hectic starts when school reopens on Monday, Monica and I resolved to have the kids meet and just play for the entire afternoon.
The last time Brian and Lesley-Anne met was probably more than 2 years ago, so we expected that there would be some awkwardness. This crusty old hamster helped break the ice when we first came to the house. Here's Andre gently placing the probably terrified hamster on Sean's palms.
H-H-H-HELLO Seannn, please don't squash me....
Brian's turn with the hamster.
Monica claims to be a lousy cook but she's obviously being terribly modest. Her baked pasta was eaten with gusto by all of us, especially me. We also had fishballs and curry puffs from Old Chang Kee, and really sweet grapes and not-so-sweet strawberries for dessert.
The biggest surprise for me was this batch of banana chocolate muffins. I wasn't too keen at first but after I took the first bite, I was hooked! The cupcake/muffin was at the exact right density, moistness and just amazingly delicious. Again, I ate the most. If I wasn't watching my expanding (or more accurately, expanded) waistline, I would have walloped more than the 2.5 that I ate. Yes, they were that good.
The kids played Cadoo, Cranium and while a little shy at first, the two friends soon warmed up as they teamed up to prevent Sean from causing disaster in the room. Here are the two older ones and Andre playing Monopoly.
Sean got tired of annoying the older kids and spent the rest of the time reading Calvin and Hobbes by himself.
One last picture of 3 happy campers and a grouchy kid.
Thanks Mon, it was so good to catch up again and to see the kids rekindle their friendship and have such a fun time together before the crazy PSLE prep begins. I so don't want to be in their shoes in the months ahead! All the best kiddos, fun's over, work starts now :P