Christmas celebrations have more or less begun. We took June's parents to Equinox for high tea, literally. 70 stories high and the view was quite stunning, especially as the sky was quite clear and we could see right across the sea. So odd to be looking down on buildings that usually block out the sun from the sidewalk, but from this elevated persepective, the whole cityscape appears so sim-city like.
High tea was basic: local standard tidbits like spring rolls, lotus pau and siew mai, but they also had a passable laksa as well. There was a section for sushi and also a section for scones with Devonshire cream and strawberry jelly which was a nice touch. Our 2 nephews enjoyed the chocolate fondue fountain the most and had to be physically restrained by their grandparents from picking up more marshmallows and strawberries to pour chocolate over.
We did a little shopping at the toy fair in the atrium of Raffles City before taking the Wongs home. In exchange, M-i-L gave us a number of her "ownself-make" fruitcakes. Those we intend as Christmas gifts she decorated with a layer of icing and created a little winter diorama on top of each using figurines she bought from Phoon Huat. Ours she left undecorated 'cos it's going straight into our stomachs.
Anthony and Wendy were the first recipients of M-i-L's fruitcake this year. We met them at Samara for cold beverages in the evening.
Other purchases today: Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway" and Eminem's "Curtain Call" CDs. We happened to be in Chinatown for a while in the afternoon.
1 more day till Christmas...