Sunday, January 13, 2008

An Afternoon at Sembawang

Rohaizad and I went to Sembawang Park for a picnic this afternoon. Where else but Singapore can you take a bus clear across the nation to spend the day at a park?

Rohaizad made some nasi goreng (fried rice) and quesadillas and we brought along some other snacks and drinks.

On our way to the park, Rohaizad texted some family members to tell them we were going on a picnic. When we had been there for about an hour, Rohaizad's parents and an aunt showed up to join us. The sky was looking threatening, so we moved to a small pavilion. Here's the view from the pavilion.

Soon we had one of those storms that only happen in the tropics. The clouds are pitch black and seem to hover twenty feet above your head. The rain seems to be attacking the ground instead of simply falling and the thunder and lightning were all magnified.

Along with the storm, a slew of relatives arrived. Aunts, uncles, cousins and cousins' children... Here is one of the cousin's children.

We huddled inside the pavilion - about 16 of us - talking and eating, eating, eating until dark. I entertained the crowd for a while on the Pianica. Here's the happy mob.


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