The Story of Nuri and Emily

WHILE MY FIRST friends were those I made when I first attended school at seven years old, one of Emily’s first friends came along BEFORE she was even born.

Nuri and Emily were born three weeks apart but were destined to meet.

Nuri comes from a lovely and “da-rling” family – his full name is Danuri, sisters Danita and Danina, parents David and Daravan.

Nuri is named after Typhoon Nuri that battered Hong Kong one day in August of 2008. His parents had driven through Signal 9 to get to the hospital for his safe delivery on 23rd August.

(No. 9 signal is issued by the HK Observatory when “gale, or storm-force winds are increasing or expected to increase significantly in strength.” That was the first No. 9 signal in five years.)

For Nuri’s sake, I was secretly thankful it wasn’t Typhoon Wanda (1st Sepember 1962) that came that day, else I might not be calling him Nuri today! Typhoon York (16th September 1999) or even Typhoon Victor (2nd August 1997) would not have been so bad.

As Nuri lay safe and snug in his mother’s arms, “more than 400 flights were reportedly delayed or cancelled. Typhoon Nuri had wrecked 180 fish hatcheries in Tai Po and forced the Olympic horses out of Hong Kong.” (South China Morning Post, 23 August 2008)

When Daravan and I first met in October 2008, we bonded instantly over our babies. And Moscow – we were there at different points of our lives. Whenever we met over lunches or dinners, we’d exchange stories of Nuri and Emily, and I’d practise my Paruski with Daravan, master of six languages, including Russian and French.

The babies finally met one day in April.

Making friends; Emily captured the special moment; Nuri is surrounded by the girls. (4 April 2010)

WAIT! That’s not the end of the story. The next day they came for a visit, without Nuri, though. (5 April 2010)

So we arranged a playdate at AMC where Emily clearly enjoyed Nuri’s company. (5 September 2010)

"Just the two of us at the Adventure Zone... till our sisters barged in; as did our parents!"

“Just the two of us at the Adventure Zone… till our sisters barged in; as did our parents!”

"We enjoyed dinner and even shared a birthday cake."

“We enjoyed dinner and even shared a birthday cake.”

“Another lunch date – just the two of us – this time at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel…” (12 September 2010)

Along came Mickey, Goofy and Pluto…

Along came Mickey, Goofy and Pluto…

"... and the sisters, and the THE WHOLE JINGBANG AGAIN!"

“… and the sisters, and the THE WHOLE JINGBANG AGAIN!”

"We celebrated our birthdays again and had a cake each, rested after a full lunch."

“We celebrated our birthdays again and had a cake each, rested after a full lunch.”

Emily suggested to Nuri, “Let’s go for a walk over there”; and so they went for a stroll in the garden; except that Nuri appeared distracted. Perhaps he was thinking, “Wouldn’t it be nice to walk through the heart-shaped arch?”

Emily suggested to Nuri, “Let’s go for a walk over there”; and so they went for a stroll in the garden; except that Nuri appeared distracted. Perhaps he was thinking, “Wouldn’t it be nice to walk through the heart-shaped arch?”

Our second last meeting. (4 October 2010)

Our final meeting, all smiles for a group photo outside Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, the tears came soon after 😦 Incidentally this huge “crying structure” was at the harbour front! (5 October 2010)

Я помню, пить много воды… Я скучаю по тебе моя дарагая.

May we meet again one day in future 🙂

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The Best of PESS

IN ONE’S LIFETIME, we meet many people and establish acquaintances and friendships along the way – friends from school, university, work place, and those we made during our travels. Some last briefly, others longer. Some just fade away, and if one is lucky, a few will last a lifetime.

Today I am looking back – way way back – to my school days.

My first friends were those I made when in Standard One at seven years old (since I never attended pre-school prior to attending primary school). Today, more than three decades later, I still keep in touch with a dozen of them.

At this stage where 30 years represent three quarter of my lifetime, I dare say I have found some lifelong friends.

Together we went through 11 years of primary and secondary education, during which we’d studied together, participated in sports and year-end concerts; visited each other during festive holidays; attended a teacher’s wedding; got together to celebrate birthdays; went on class trips and wrote to each other during the long school holidays.

After school, we went on our own paths, a few of us went to university and graduated together; we were happy for each other as each built a career for herself; we were there for their weddings (two of them chose 11th October the same year to hold their dinner receptions, and being the good friends that we are, we made it to both, attended one and rushed to the other on the same night) and they came to mine; farewells (though a sad occasion) also bring us together, as recent as three months ago.

Our friendships have indeed endured the tests of time and distance, as a few have ventured abroad. Together, we have laughed and we have cried, through it all – good times and bad – we have kept in touch, though at times sparingly. After all, sometimes no words are necessary between good friends.

A picture may paint a thousand words, but words itself say it best, like this card from a Std One classmate reminded me how we first met.

A picture may paint a thousand words, but words itself say it best, like this card from a Std One classmate reminded me how we first met.

Many of us were classmates for most part of our school lives; some of us were together in the Prefectorial Boards, from primary school through secondary into Form Six.

Prefects in Standard Six.

Prefects in Standard Six.

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As Junior Prefects (Form Two) we pledged loyalty to the school under the watchful eyes of Mrs. Ong, and we pledged to remain friends for life… okay, I made up that last bit!

Prefects in Form Five (as well as the year before and the year before that).

And the year after that, prefects in Form Six.

The day we sang and “planted rice” together in Standard One (the song went “planting rice is never fun, from the morn till the set of sun, cannot bend and cannot sit, cannot rest for a little bit”…) fond memories were created and friendships sealed since then.

Planting rice might not be fun, but the school memories were :-)

Planting rice might not be fun, but the school memories were 🙂

From primary throughout secondary, we sang, danced and performed in school concerts.

Primary school concerts, we even performed the "Emperor and the Nightingale" on national TV (bottom pix, right).

Primary school concerts, we even performed the “Emperor and the Nightingale” on national TV (bottom pix, right).

Speech Day 8 Nov 1985.

Speech Day 8 Nov 1985.

Together, we marched and competed on sports day. (L) SMPP Sports Day 1986; (R) SMPP 68th Sports Day 1982 (winning the gold for Corner Spry) .

Together, we marched and competed on sports day. (L) SMPP Sports Day 1986; (R) SMPP 68th Sports Day 1982 (winning the gold for Corner Spry) .

Some of us were in the same sports house… (L) Foss House 1985; (R) Rumah Temenggong, Champ in 1988.

Some of us were in the same sports house… (L) Foss House 1985; (R) Rumah Temenggong, Champ in 1988.

Some of us joined the same clubs – Librarians and Swimming.

Some of us joined the same clubs – Librarians and Swimming.

Re-visited our alma mater 14 years after we left the school, and met two of our former teachers, Mrs Chong and Mrs Tan. (18 Sep 1995).

Re-visited our alma mater 14 years after we left the school, and met two of our former teachers, Mrs Chong and Mrs Tan. (18 Sep 1995).

 We graduated together in the company of friends.

We graduated together in the company of friends.

I attended their wedding/registration (Oct 1997 and Feb 2005).

They came to mine and were also my “chee muis”.

Over the years, we’ve gotten together for reunions and farewells…

(L) Farewell for ST and I on 17 Sep 1995 at my home before the former left for Spore and I for UK; (R) Our get-together on 27 Feb 2005 at Shangri-La Putrajaya before I left for Moscow that April.

Reunions in April 1997 (L) and on 8 Jun 2011 in Leisure Mall, Cheras (R).

They visited when I was home… (L) 30 Dec 2002; (R) 2 Sep 2003.

They visited when I was home in Putrajaya… (L) 30 Dec 2002; (R) 2 Sep 2003.

They visited when I was abroad in HK… (Top, L-R) 21 Dec 2008; 5 May 2009; 6 Jun 2009; (Bottom, L-R) 12 Oct 2009; 19 Dec 2009.

They visited when I was abroad in HK… (Top, L-R) 21 Dec 2008; 5 May 2009; 6 Jun 2009; (Bottom, L-R) 12 Oct 2009; 19 Dec 2009.

Our friendships have indeed come a long way…

Other than in school, we spent time at their homes celebrating their birthdays (in 1976 and 1983).

Other than in school, we spent time at their homes celebrating their birthdays (in 1976 and 1983).

WK and I in a span of 35 years in 1976, 1981 and 2011.

WK and I in a span of 35 years in 1976, 1981 and 2011.

Friends for more than three decades… WK, SQ and I together in school in 1981 and in HK in 2009.

When the left photo was taken in 1981, we never imagined we would be sitting together for another pix 28 years later in 2009 in Hong Kong.

Greek poet Euripides said: “It is a good thing to be rich, and a good thing to be strong, but it is a better thing to be beloved of many friends.” Over the years I certainly felt loved by my friends. I have stacks of birthday and greeting cards and letters from this special group of schoolmates received over the years, to attest to that.

I have moved and lived abroad in four countries in the last 16 years. The fact that I still have them in my possession speaks volumes of how much I treasure those cards and our friendships.

These are a few of the many that I had laboriously scanned and preserved digitally.

Being a January kid and always the eldest AND oldest at the start of every new school term and having been a prefect a huge part of my school life, I’ve been called names …besides Captain, I was also “big sister”…

Being a January kid and always the eldest AND oldest at the start of every new school term and having been a prefect a huge part of my school life, I’ve been called names …besides Captain, I was also “big sister”…

… and “a very dear person”...

… and “a very dear person”…

“A wonderful friend” and even “Boss”?

“A wonderful friend” and even “Boss”?

They might as well call me “Grandma” too, giving me this card for my 21st birthday!

They might as well call me “Grandma” too, giving me this card for my 21st birthday!

Sometime during our schooldays we became related… I was “A very very dear niece” and “grand-daughtie dear”…

Sometime during our schooldays we became related… I was “A very very dear niece” and “grand-daughtie dear”…

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More treasured cards…

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This CNY card from Friend J says: At New Year time, remember: To give angpows is tradition… and to ask for them is human!!”

This CNY card from Friend J says: At New Year time, remember: To give angpows is tradition… and to ask for them is human!!”

Friend O specially chose this card for its wordings that said it all: “You’re more than a friend for today – you’re a friend for life, and that’s why I’m wishing you a birthday filled with a lifetime of special moments and happy memories.”

Friend O specially chose this card for its wordings that said it all: “You’re more than a friend for today – you’re a friend for life, and that’s why I’m wishing you a birthday filled with a lifetime of special moments and happy memories.”

Friend S summed it up best when she wrote in this card: “Though there are many things that we did not get to go through together in this later stage of our lives, happy moments in the past still linger in my mind. I guess it’s that sincere friendship we developed initially that has made this special bond. I don’t think I should write any flattery words about you cos we understand each other that we don’t need them lest we become proud and self-righteous.”

Friend S summed it up best when she wrote in this card: “Though there are many things that we did not get to go through together in this later stage of our lives, happy moments in the past still linger in my mind. I guess it’s that sincere friendship we developed initially that has made this special bond. I don’t think I should write any flattery words about you cos we understand each other that we don’t need them lest we become proud and self-righteous.”

Just how much do I treasure our friendships? Here’s the ultimate prove. Friend Q gave me this back in the early 80s with a message: “Hope you’ll put it in your TREASURE BOX & not in the Dustbin! (Humph)” (Bet you don’t even remember this, eh? Well, as you can see, it was in my treasure box all these years!)

Confession time… I finally had to discard them recently. It almost killed me, yes, it was very painful to part with these treasures which have been with me for more than half my life, but staying up on nights at end just to scan them was also exhausting! It’s both heartbreaking and backbreaking. No I’m not complaining, in fact it’s the least I could do, considering these cards had been carefully chosen and written with messages from the heart.

This page will hopefully keep part of the memories alive, while the rest stored on my PC will travel with me wherever I end up in future 🙂

To end, I quote American president Thomas Jefferson in describing our friendships: “It is like wine, raw when new, ripen with age”.

CHEERS to many more years of friendship ahead!

Lovely Days in London, 2007

FIVE YEARS AGO in November we went to London.

On that early cold November morning, we were happy to leave Moscow and its temperature of  -6C, for London with an average temperature of about 10C. The Aeroflot flight took about four hours.

Since it was Michelle’s first trip to London (the fourth for me since 1993, and countless for hubby), we did all the touristy stuff like first time visitors. For a week (except a day when Michelle was down with vomit spells), we saw Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Tower Bridge, London Eye, Chinatown, Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, Hyde Park, etc.

Visiting Buckingham Palace was a priority; catching the Changing of the Guards was a bonus.

Visiting Buckingham Palace was a priority; catching the Changing of the Guards was a bonus.

I was here before when my mom and sister visited me in the summer of 1996 while I was doing my postgraduate studies.

I was here before when my mom and sister visited me in the summer of 1996 while I was doing my postgraduate studies.

On the same palace grounds, where I went on my own in the spring of 1996.

On the same palace grounds, where I went on my own in the spring of 1996.

At the St Paul's Cathedral with family; being an avid admirer of the late Princess Diana, St Paul’s Cathedral was a must-see for me back in 1996, as it was the venue of her wedding to Prince Charles in 1981.

At the St Paul’s Cathedral with family; being an avid admirer of the late Princess Diana, St Paul’s Cathedral was a must-see for me back in 1996, as it was the venue of her wedding to Prince Charles in 1981.

 (L-R) Trafalgar Square; No. 10 Downing Street, the official residence and office of the British Prime Minister; a monument dedicated to “The Women of World War II” located in Whitehall.

(L-R) Trafalgar Square; No. 10 Downing Street, the official residence and office of the British Prime Minister; a monument dedicated to “The Women of World War II” located in Whitehall.

(L-R) Big Ben and Palace of Westminster (the British Parliament); Westminster Abbey, where the then-Princess (now Queen) Elizabeth married Prince Philip in November 1947.

(L-R) Big Ben and Palace of Westminster (the British Parliament); Westminster Abbey, where the then-Princess (now Queen) Elizabeth married Prince Philip in November 1947.

St James’s Palace, one of the oldest palaces in London, home to many Kings and Queens of England, today is the private residence and working office of the Royal Court, and more recently the venue where Prince William and Kate Middleton had an official royal photocall after the announcement of their engagement in November 2010.

St James’s Palace, one of the oldest palaces in London, home to many Kings and Queens of England, today is the private residence and working office of the Royal Court, and more recently the venue where Prince William and Kate Middleton had an official royal photocall after the announcement of their engagement in November 2010.

Feeding birds and squirrels in St James’s Park, the oldest royal park on London.

Feeding birds and squirrels in St James’s Park, the oldest royal park on London.

Went on the 30-minute ride on the London Eye (adult £15; child £7.50); views from the top.

Went on the 30-minute ride on the London Eye (adult £15; child £7.50); views from the top.

The Tower Bridge as the backdrop… hubby and MK; Michelle and I; at the same spot during my first trip to London in 1993.

The Tower Bridge as the backdrop… hubby and MK; Michelle and I; at the same spot during my first trip to London in 1993.

We managed to catch the West End musical Lion King at Lyceum Theatre. When the show was about to start, Michelle whispered to me that she was very excited and even felt “butterflies in her stomach”. Just our luck that we got to snap photos with two of the main characters – Scar and Pumbaa – after the performance.

It’s a jungle out there… a lion named Scar, Pumbaa a warthog, another lion; and another, and  a bear.

It’s a jungle out there… a lion named Scar, Pumbaa a warthog, another lion; and another, and a bear.

Hi-fiving Colin Firth whom Michelle enjoyed watching as Cedric Brown in Nanny McPhee.

Hi-fiving Colin Firth whom Michelle enjoyed watching as Cedric Brown in Nanny McPhee.

We also visited two museums, the Natural History Museum and the British Museum. On both occasions, we ended up spending more time than initially planned.

At the former, Michelle enjoyed the interactive section of “The Body” and the Dinosaur exhibition. At the British Museum we caught the “The First Emperor – China’s Terracotta Army” special display. Michelle was fascinated with the Egyptian mummies in the Ancient Egypt gallery. She had just learnt about Egyptian civilisation in school that term and could relate to many of the exhibits. That day, I learnt from her about “canopic jar”. She had asked me “Do you even know what a canopic jar is”? Honestly, I didn’t then, now I do.

(L-R) At the entrance of the Natural History Museum; hubby ready to feed M to the dinosaur; M happy to be alive :-)

(L-R) At the entrance of the Natural History Museum; hubby ready to feed M to the dinosaur; M happy to be alive 🙂

  (L-R) At the entrance of the British Museum; walk like the Egyptians; Michelle next to a mummified Cleopatra.

(L-R) At the entrance of the British Museum; walk like the Egyptians; Michelle next to a mummified Cleopatra.

Winter Wonderland at the Hyde Park, just launched earlier in the day and was officially open the following day.

Winter Wonderland at the Hyde Park, just launched earlier in the day and was officially open the following day.

The London trip was an opportunity to meet up with old friends, and we made new ones as well. Though far from home, we had a taste of Malaysian hospitality on numerous occasions.

Hubby’s childhood friend and former schoolmate MK was on hand to welcome us. He kindly took us in, and also took a day off from work to accompany us around town.

(L-R) At the tube station; had dim sum in Chinatown; hubby and childhood friend MK.

(L-R) At the tube station; had dim sum in Chinatown; hubby and childhood friend MK.

One night, we were invited to the home of hubby’s colleague Nad (we were all varsity mates before, and Nad and I were 7th collegians). We also met her children whom M met before in 2002, and interestingly ten years later today found themselves as schoolmates.

(Top) Hubby and two of his colleagues; the kids in 2007; (Bottom) The kids first met in 2002 and ended up as schoolmates in 2010 (pix taken in 2012).

Then there is Chit Moey and her family. CM, MK and hubby were all schoolmates in Form Six. With them, we enjoyed dinner at Two Brothers Fish & Chips Restaurant, thanks to CM’s hubby Joseph who had so kindly went earlier to ensure we got a table, as the place was packed especially on a Friday being a typical English Fish & Chips dinner night.

Though it was my first time meeting CM and Joseph, I was instantly comfortable with them as they were both very warm and hospitable, and made us felt right at home. Michelle and their 4-year old daughter Rachel also took an instant liking to each other. They invited us home the following day for breakfast and even dinner!

(Top) Former school pals converged over the wok; Chit Moey cooking up a storm while we watched (her fried kuey teow was heavens, you could tell from the smoke generated from the sufficient hot fire!); (Bottom) MK happy to serve the little ones; the girls found a new friend in each other.

(Top) Former school pals converged over the wok; Chit Moey cooking up a storm while we watched (her fried kuey teow was heavens, you could tell from the smoke generated from the sufficient hot fire!); (Bottom) MK happy to serve the little ones; the girls found a new friend in each other.

As we left London for Moscow that night, we even had freshly baked pineapple tarts to bring home, thanks to CM who is also a talented pastry chef besides an excellent cook 🙂

A Windermere Weekend

Lobby_1OUR TRIP TO Windermere in the Lake District was five years ago today. Despite being a cloudy weekend, we had a wonderful time. It was just about our second family holiday after a long while, and it was also special because we had the company of hubby’s childhood buddy, MK.

The four of us boarded the 8:05am train from London to Windermere that took about four hours. We checked into Beech Hill Hotel past noon. The centerpiece and center of attraction at the hotel lobby – an eye-catching Venetian Murano chandelier and a pair of crystal deer – and the log fire were welcoming indeed.

Lake view from the room with overcast gray skies (left) and around the hotel.

Lake view from the room with overcast gray skies (left) and around the hotel.

As the weather wasn’t too good, we stayed in. Just as well, because hubby and MK had so much to catch up on while we enjoyed the warmth of the roaring log fire.

(Top) Old buddies catching up over drinks, while we enjoyed the warmth of the fire (bottom).

(Top) Old buddies catching up over drinks, while we enjoyed the warmth of the fire (bottom).

Deer oh deer, the hotel is fully deer-corated, with crystal, bronze and lighted ones; deer on the table, on the ground and even mounted on the wall.

Deer oh deer, the hotel is fully deer-corated, with crystal, bronze and lighted ones; deer on the table, on the ground and even mounted on the wall.

We woke up the next day to another cloudy day, had a full English breakfast and headed to town to take a 30-min boat cruise to Ambleside up north (£7.70 for adult; £4.10 for child).

Boat Cruise

We spent a few hours there enjoying the scenic lakeside views, the countryside and quaint English cottages.

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Bridge House, a relatively tiny stone building, yet said to be the most photographed building in the Lake District!

Bridge House, a relatively tiny stone building, yet said to be the most photographed building in the Lake District!

We took the boat back to Windermere, explored the village and came across the World of Beatrix Potter Museum.

The plaque (on the right) says “The Enchanting World of Beatrix Potter” … A Sculpture by Anthony Bennett… Unveiled with Renee Zellweger and cast members of “Miss Potter” 23rd April 2006.

The plaque (on the right) says “The Enchanting World of Beatrix Potter” … A Sculpture by Anthony Bennett… Unveiled with Renee Zellweger and cast members of “Miss Potter” 23rd April 2006.

On our final day there, we took a morning stroll along Lake Windermere by the hotel – soaking in the fresh countryside air and the idyllic lakeside views – picture perfect! And a perfect end to a wonderful weekend.

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Friends at the Fast Track

AS I LOOK back to this date three years ago, I am reminded of the companionship I enjoyed while in Macau for the 56th Macau Grand Prix in 2009 to watch fast cars speed down the race tracks.

Together with a group of colleagues in Hong Kong, we took the ferry from Shun Tak to Macau Ferry Terminal. We checked into MGM Grand Macau where we stayed that weekend.

MGM Grand Macau - the lobby, reception area and its interior.

MGM Grand Macau – the lobby, reception area and its interior.

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Luis CamõesAfter lunch that Saturday afternoon, we proceeded to a city tour.  Our first stop was Camões Garden and Grotto – the oldest and largest park in Macau, a former Portuguese colony – named after Portugal’s national poet Luis Camões.

The garden was the home of a Portuguese merchant who loved raising pigeons.  After his death, his residence was donated to the government. A bust of Camões sits in the centre of the park.

Today, the garden is a tourist attraction while locals continue to flock there to exercise, for a stroll or simply to relax.

(Top) View from atop the grotto which serves as a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of the city; (Bottom, L-R) Many also find relaxation in a game of Chinese chequers in Camões Garden; Others are attracted to the “Sonnet to Macao” inscribed onto solid slabs on display at the park.

(Top) View from atop the grotto which serves as a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of the city; (Bottom, L-R) Many also find relaxation in a game of Chinese chequers in Camões Garden; Others are attracted to the “Sonnet to Macao” inscribed onto solid slabs on display at the park.

No Macau tour is complete without going to the historic Ruins of St Paul’s (iconic to Macau, just as St Basil’s Cathedral is to Moscow, or the Washington Monument is to Washington DC). And so we went again. Despite the numerous times we had been there, I still went “trigger-happy” clicking away on my camera.

There is a little Buddhist temple just behind the Ruins which often gets overlooked compared to the Ruins’ grand staircase and façade. The Na Tcha Temple, said to be built in 1888, became “one of the designated sites of the Historic Centre of Macau enlisted on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2005 (Wikipedia). 

A reflection of Macau’s multicultural identity… the Catholics’ Ruins of St Paul’s and the Buddhist Na Tcha Temple built in the same vicinity.

A reflection of Macau’s multicultural identity… the Catholics’ Ruins of St Paul’s and the Buddhist Na Tcha Temple built in the same vicinity.

From there we headed to Macau Tower in the city. At 338 m tall – the 8th tallest free-standing building in Asia – it is visible from many corners of Macau. Similarly once you are up there on its observation deck at 223m above ground, its panoramic city view spreads before your eyes. For the extreme sports enthusiasts (which I am not), Macau Tower also offers the highest bungee jumping point in the world and Skywalk X, a thrilling walking tour around the outer rim.

The Grand Lisboa as seen from Macau Tower.

The Grand Lisboa as seen from Macau Tower.

That evening, we joined members of the Consular Corps to a dinner held in honour of the Chief Executive of Macau at the MGM Grand Hotel.

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The highlight of the 56th Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix was the finals on Sunday afternoon beginning 2:45pm. (The practice and qualifying races were held days prior to the weekend). That Sunday morning golfers had a chance to play at the Macao Golf & Country Club, while non-players were free – to sleep in, sight-see or shop, or head out to the tracks ahead of the finals.

Four Musketeers decided to head to Senado Square and did our fair bit of shopping, before returning to join the rest for lunch at Wynn Macao.

    The MGM Grand Macau’s golden panda points me the way to my fortune… FRIENDS!; The four Musketeers back from their swashbuckling... eerrr shopping spree for lunch.

The MGM Grand Macau’s golden panda points me the way to my fortune… FRIENDS!; The four Musketeers back from their swashbuckling… eerrr shopping spree for lunch.

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Around Wynn Macao.

There were obviously a lot of excitement and noise going to the racing circuit, said to be “one of the most demanding circuits in the world”. This is where motor sports enthusiasts gather to see national F3 champions and drivers from around the world; while for the F3 drivers, this is a stepping stone to advance to GP2 and F1 races, or so I read.

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For the uninitiated like yours truly, I went for the experience and company. I went, I heard, and I saw – the flag-off, Petronas, and Macau’s Chief Executive in attendance. I was just happy my hearing was still intact when all the lapses were completed.

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While the roar of the engines have fizzled into a distant memory, the friendship bonds among friends continue to flourish till this day.