My favourite artists in the late 1990s

I remember I was introduced to listening to the radio when I was 16 (that was a decade ago). Yea, my antenna was THAT short back when I was still an innocent secondary-school girl *grins* A group of us girls were sitting in class one day and were chatting about music. Boy bands. Girl bands. The Top 10 charts. And because I was such a “late-boomer”, one of my best friends, Joey, recommended that I tuned in to Mix FM because according to her, Mix FM plays “contemporary but not hard rock music”.

I believed her, and so that was how I was hooked to the radio for the next 5 years or so. I took an interest on the Weekly Top 10 charts, who sang what, who released what albums and what-nots. The “obsession” kind of spread to my sister because she even bought some Backstreet Boys and Spice Girls albums!

Some of my favourite artists in the late 1990s include:

My, this is nostalgic! It feels like it was just a while ago that their songs topped the charts and I got to listen to them on the radio over and over again! Thank God for portable music players *smiles*

The Chinese version of Valentine’s Day

It’s the 15th day of the Lunar New Year, which is traditionally known as “Chap Goh Mei” and also commercially known as the Chinese’ Valentine’s Day. Yup, today is THE day single girls throw mandarin oranges into the river and bachelors will fish them out somewhere downstream.

Mandarin oranges

Well, I don’t quite like the idea (or tradition, as you’d put it) because I see it as a waste of food. Edible food. Either way, I hope you had a wonderful Chinese New Year and may the Year of the Boar brings you more luck, prosperity, good health and success!

Speaking of which, I missed MY Prosperity Burger!

The God of Prosperity visited me

Today is the 14th day of the Lunar New Year, which means that there’s ONLY one more day left to collect whatever angpows you’re intending to collect *winks*

Really, it means that after tomorrow, the Chinese will keep their CNY decorations – the red cloth hung over the main door of the house, the “mei hua” tree and all the dangling decors and normal lives resume. All edible food – Ngan Yin groundnuts, mandarin oranges, junk foods, packet drinks, Shandys, pineapple tarts, peanut cookies – will either be finished or kept in the kitchen cabinet. Married adults will empty all the extra angpows and kids are expected to save all their angpow money in the piggy bank.

So typical and predictable, huh?

So yea, yesterday J, his housemate and I played mahjong. It’s been quite a long time since I laid my hands on those tiles and the “Gambling Queen” (yea, that’s ME, hahahha) even forgot some of the basic rules. But it wasn’t quite a problem because we were quite flexible and we kind of created some new rules as we played along because, heck, we were only playing for the sake of it. Not that we’re going to win millions and build a bungalow!

But I still won! Thanks to the God of Prosperity, muahahah… I was the sole winner of the night, and won a pathetic amount of 14 bucks over a few hours – really, now when I think back, it was quite a waste of my time youth.. But it was fun :) So yea, we’re probably playing mahjong again tonight :)