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Hub was exceptionally nice to me during the weekend that had just passed. To be fair, he's always been good to me but as he won't be in town on my birthday which falls on the 23rd, he said he would like to celebrate it earlier. Our good pal Trevor's birthday also falls on July (his birthday is today. Happy Bday Trev!!) so his wife, Bibi and hub decided to make it a joint-birthday celebration. He picked Graze at Rochester as the restaurant of choice. I'd told him a while back that I would love to check out the joint after reading some glowing reviews of the place on some of the blogs. He remembered :)

The really delicious oyster shooters (pic taken from chubbyhubby)

What I had ..the hand-rolled pork hock!

Generally, the reviews for Graze were mixed. There were many who waxed lyrical about the food & service yet there are just as many who found it over-rated. I loved the place! The restaurant was lovely..wonderful atmosphere & ambience especially the al fresco area.I can't do food review for nuts so I won't write much abt the cuisine but I have to say that I really enjoyed my meal. We started with the very yummy ginger & vodka oyster shooters and the clams in white wine! The waitress strongly recommended their signature hand-rolled pork hock so I went with that and I wasn't disappointed! It was crispy on the outside and wonderfully tender on the inside. But Corrina's fish dish was rather dry and hub said his lobster tortellini was only so-so. And I have to add that the service staff was great especially our waiter, Phil who'd attended to the kids table.

Oh yes, the kids came. All of 5 of them. Yah,very noisy and messy! They sat at a separate table next to ours with the helpers. I pitied the couple who sat next to their table although they were probably thankful that they had already finished their main course when we arrived.They quicky scoffed down their dessert and chaboked..to a much quieter place I'm sure. Phil, the waiter was really patient with the kids. When the kids starting eyeing the strawberries in the icewater decanter, he took out the strawberries and placed the fruit into the children's water cups! His food recommendation for the kids was great ..making sure that the food was just enough and not too spicy! After the kids were done with their food, he and another waitress actually volunteered to bring them to the bar area upstairs (which was unoccupied) so that they could run around and play and the adults could eat in peace.

Would definitely go back again..probably for brunch!

Thanks to hub for the wonderful dinner..
Had a great time with family and great pals! :)♥♥♥

alamak, see how co-operative our kids are..

the girls & their mommies..

my 2 favourite boys!

Sharing the birthday cake with Trevor who turns 37 today!

Li' Lianne with Chloe & Aidan

That's Phil,the waiter playing with Aidan

Achieving the impossible..group pic!

More pics here

Added more bags to my collection! Woke up early on Saturday morning..not for work but for the Be-A-Fashionista Bag Bash at Swissotel. It was their 2nd bag fash and I must say that the collection this time round was much better!

Prada Napa Gauffre Antik Hobo in Noce & Balenciaga "City" in white

I ended up getting 2 bags. Hub has generously 'sponsored' the bags since he was still at a loss of what to get me for my birthday! He said that i'd already gotten most of the stuff I wanted, which is somewhat true. So I told him not to bother getting me anything.. Mong said to ask for jewelry but I'm not really a bling person. But as you know, one can never have enough bags :P Weee~~ I think he's doing it out of guilt as he can't be around during my birthday. But since he offered....

Am really happy to have gotten the Prada! Was actually tail-gating this lady who had like 6 bags attached to her arm..I was guessing that she was still undecided about which bags to get. The minute she'd placed the prada back on the table, I pounced on it. Yah, damn kiasu I know but that was the bag I've been wanting to get since I saw it online. But the Prada Nappa Gauffre line was sold out the minute it hit the stores in Singapore and there isn't even a waitlist for it! About 5 other ladies approached me after that asking me whether I was really going to purchase the bag. Oh man, I sound sooo superficial here! Am definitely turning into an aunty!

Rushed down to the Subaru Hub after I purchased the bags to help out my colleague with the New Face auditions! The initial opinion was that this year's girls aren't that strong although there were some obvious frontrunners. But when I was perusing thru the pics I took of the girls, I changed my mind. This year's girls are quite tall with majority of them over 1.68m and some of them are quite stunning looking. But there were a few girls, whom I thought shouldn't have made it to the top 24 but I'm no beauty pageant judge :P

What do you think?

The most recognisable girl is probably Natalie (front left) who is suitcase 3 from Deal or No Deal and she's also in the current Mastercard ad campaign. My personal fave is the girl who's next to Natalie. She's really pretty!

with 2 of last year's New Face girls,Emileen, Peggy, Wee Teck & Daniel Boey!

More pics here

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Jul. 16th, 2007 03:06 pm (UTC)
love the one of you and your hubs! and i must say you 2 are looking more alike!!
Jul. 16th, 2007 03:11 pm (UTC)
heh coz both of us got fleshy nose :D
(no subject) - tiffanyx - Jul. 16th, 2007 04:24 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 16th, 2007 03:12 pm (UTC)
bag bash? meaning they clear off their bags?
Jul. 16th, 2007 03:18 pm (UTC)
yup..they had a sale on their bags..mostly brand new and some'gently used' (but most look really new) handbags! mostly from the spring season collection!

(no subject) - pishako - Jul. 17th, 2007 01:08 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - angeliatay - Jul. 17th, 2007 01:27 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 16th, 2007 03:21 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday to you in advance!

Pssst in the group, all I see if your sexy legs!!! :)~~~~~~

WOW, you are adding bags fast & furious to your already gorgeous collection.
Jul. 16th, 2007 03:24 pm (UTC)
I also say! Check out those legs!!
(no subject) - angeliatay - Jul. 16th, 2007 03:25 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - farahdean - Jul. 16th, 2007 06:32 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 16th, 2007 03:21 pm (UTC)
wah.. bag shopping spree! you must have spent a lot! pity couldn't go... was working as usual. :( intended to go un-suaku myself, but hack.

looks like you really had a fun time the entire weekend. and the kids! and the photo of you and your hubs, must agree with tiffanyx that both of you look alike. haa... i think we all have that trend after living with each other for a long time. :P

hmm... don't have much to comment abt the gals for "New Face". not very into such thingees... even though i should be. but i have to agree with you that the gal next to Natalie is very pretty indeed.
Jul. 16th, 2007 03:32 pm (UTC)
heh, okay lah...hub helped pay for most of it!

yeah, most pple say that couples do end up looking more like each other as the years pass. i think it is usually because couples becomes more 'prosperous' (aka fatter) :P
(no subject) - tumbletot - Jul. 17th, 2007 03:27 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 16th, 2007 03:23 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday, Angelia. The restaurant looks classy and you looked so loving and happy! What a wonderful celebration amongst friends. :) Oh and isn't wonderful to score the bag that you want?! :):)
Jul. 16th, 2007 03:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks :)

Yes, it is really classy looking yet it has a casual, laidback atmosphere!

oh yeah..felt damn good after getting the bags esp the prada since i've searched high and low for it! was so frustrating when the sa at the boutiques kept saying that there werent any stock coming in and the bags were still displayed there for all to see! (can see, cant buy :P) i think only a fella bag lover will understand how i feel hehe
Jul. 16th, 2007 03:26 pm (UTC)
your hubby is such a sweetie! =) Great haul! It pays to be kiasu at such a sale, kekeke, at least it'll get you what you've always wanted!
Jul. 16th, 2007 03:33 pm (UTC)
yah agree. i thought I was quite relaxed already..reaching there abt 10+am (the sale started at 930am). The place was quite packed already so most of the nice items were taken already.
Jul. 16th, 2007 05:46 pm (UTC)
Aiyeee I was at their bag sale too! Bought a prada dinner clutch for myself and a prada wallet for my sister. I was holding the chloe paddington west for the longest time, contemplated like mad (not lucky enough like you to have a sponsor teehee and I even have to sponsor my little sister bahhhh) but it was a bit too dear at 1.8k (plus the condition wasnt fantastic - they said it was distressed leather so I dropped it)!! I saw your balenciaga white too - again, I was also contemplating for the longest time but too expensive for the small size! The prada gauffre you got is really GORGEOUS :) What time were you there? 'Cos you must have been there really early to get the prada. I was there at 930 but I didnt see ya? But I must say that the prices are not that competitive though... I seem to recall other such bag sales with better prices.. But it was fun though! Teehee

And I think I saw your hubby either on Wed/Thurs last week walking out of the Raffles Place MRT at 7ish whilst I was going home. I didnt dare say hi in case (i) he was not who I think he is and (ii) he later think I siao. Hahaha.
Jul. 16th, 2007 11:54 pm (UTC)
was there abt 10+am..! I think the lady i stalked was probably there much earlier as she was holding on to so many bags including the prada. thankfully she finally let go of it so i managed to get it :)
I didn't mind getting both bags at those prices because the condition was really gd (the balenciaga was brand new!). thought the pricing wasnt bad especially if u were to compare it to the pricing at club 21.

Jul. 16th, 2007 06:42 pm (UTC)
nyahhh i miss new face!
and the one we spotted that night at clarke quay was chosen! yay!
Jul. 16th, 2007 11:55 pm (UTC)
yah, that's what hj told me too! the girl with the very light brown hair right?!
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Jul. 17th, 2007 10:23 am (UTC)
heh no leh. din put on weight. just got flabbier i guess :P never exercise lah~

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Jul. 17th, 2007 03:28 am (UTC)
The bags!! *faint*
Jul. 17th, 2007 10:24 am (UTC)
heh, my weakness lah :P
Jul. 17th, 2007 03:37 am (UTC)
happy birthday! i missed the sales bash too bad, but nice prada bag :)
Jul. 17th, 2007 10:25 am (UTC)
thanks :D.. am sure they will have another sale when they need to clear stocks!
Jul. 17th, 2007 04:16 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday in advance! Our Birthdays are 3 days apart :D You, your hubby & Aidan are all looking good together! Love your killer tanned gams & your new bags! Great haul!
Jul. 17th, 2007 10:51 am (UTC)
thanks!! when's ur bday? many ljers with bdays in july!
Jul. 17th, 2007 06:27 am (UTC)
nice restaurant and the good looks great!! tempting....

quite pretty leh the girls, some of them, esp. Natalie whom you mentioned really 'wow'...
Jul. 17th, 2007 01:25 pm (UTC)
can ask ming to bring u there for romantic dinner *grin*
(no subject) - jinsiew - Jul. 17th, 2007 02:19 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 17th, 2007 08:07 am (UTC)
Happy birthday in advance!
I love your white balenciaga. it looks so versatile. :D
Jul. 17th, 2007 01:20 pm (UTC)
i love it too..it goes well with jeans!
Jul. 17th, 2007 10:01 am (UTC)
hey angelia
hey angelia i was so happy to see u that...haaa oh well hope that we can meet up real soon with peggy and emileen haa just so concidence because we are all from the same modelling agency..haa oh and ur son is so DAMN CUTEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE =)
Jul. 17th, 2007 01:23 pm (UTC)
Re: hey angelia
Emelind? yeah, am glad you made it that day. sorry if id sounded abrupt when i asked why u didnt let down ur hair. i've always felt u look much better with ur hair down as it showcase ur features more!
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