Jon and I went to the Night Market with our parents. Helen and Joe spotted us on the ten-minute walk from Ikea when they were leaving with their kids, so we said hi. We overtook our parents, so Jon called Jen [after hanging up with Harmony] to see where she / Nathan / Christon / Jeremy were. As he told Raymond when he met us later, it was a LONG story as to how we came to meet everyone else at the Magic Bra shop! I'm glad Raymond came out at MY invitation, since it was nice to have him around! Christon, Jen, Nathan, Jon, Jeremy, and I spent a good ten minutes being juvenile at the Magic Bra shop - I'm sure Raymond wondered what the heck was going on when he saw us all practically doubled over laughing about stuff! ("I'm glad to have Jen and Leslie along, so I don't feel like so much of a pervert!" "Thanks, Nate... the A size will do, since there isn't anything smaller!" "Yeah... he IS a pretty skinny guy! ... NATHAN! You've seen him shirtless?! Do we REALLY wanna know?!" "This is a FREE Bra... wait, but this is a COOL Bra!" "We're laughing too much - I think they suspect our motives aren't PURE!" *singing to the tune of CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT?* "Can you wear the bra tonight?") Let's just say the BBQ on Friday will be VERY interesting... :D
We wandered over to the food section, which was NOT wall-to-wall people like in years past. (yay for long weekends, and people not being in town! :P) Selected bubble tea: I got lychee, Jeremy got something with sago later on, Jon got a grape smoothie, and Jen got something else. While waiting for $1 hour to hit, we had various things like super spicy curry fish balls ("where did you get a $50 bill?!") and waffle eggs. [Corey had left me a message to say that I should have octopus balls since they were practically free and all over the place in Taiwan - this is NOT Taiwan, buddy!] The menu at one place looked VERY FAMILIAR to me and Jon, since we'd seen the exact same thing at the Taiwanese Cultural Festival earlier this afternoon! (sticky rice balls, chow mein, shrimp dumplings - all at the same prices with the same placards!) At one point, I discovered that Raymond was the right height to say stuff in my ear without having to bend over and look ridiculous! I was the only one who knew where he'd gone, so I volunteered that info when Jon asked where he was. (yay for being the only person who knows!) Also heard some dodgy Canto-pop version of an Usher song: something about a club and such. The only reason I knew the original was by Usher is that I've heard the song before!
We heard some SPECTACULARLY BAD singing from the stage; we all cringed / winced at the off-key / out-of-tune "music." Actually, we thought it was a girl, so figured that she'd better not leading Singspiration OR a church choir if she were religious! Christon went to do something; when he got back, he reported that it was a KID like Michael Jackson! TRIPLE WINCE! Jon said that he'd come partly to hear the bad singing, while poor Nathan didn't know there was a SECOND VERSE to the song. He was reading the instructions for the Magic Bra to me and Jen (yes, we bought one for gag gift purposes) when the bad singer started up again. "Lift up the str... OUCH! MY EARS ARE BLEEDING!" We went to the stage later to watch some excellent hip-hop dancers: placing fifth out of 200+ groups? They did seem pretty good, and not like the Filipino hip-hop music we heard earlier. ("Let's welcome your honorable MP, Raymond Chan!")
Christon spotted PANTIES ON HOOPS, so we all made a beeline over there. Jon took a picture of them, and promptly made it his new screensaver on his phone - HAHAHA. Nathan unsuccessfully tried to get the people at the booth to throw in a hoop if we purchased some panties. "I'm not paying $25 for one of those! Maybe I should make my own, since the only other hoop-like objects are steering wheel covers! Hey Jen, do you have any extra wire I could use?" Jon: "Um, I think I just discovered more about Nathan than I ever wanted to know!" Jen was looking at a particularly interesting piece, so my brother joked that she wanted to buy it - not really, despite later joking at the DISCOUNT FACTORY about lingerie and special circumstances precluding comfort!
We spotted MP3 / MP4 players, plus a sign offering a professional mod for extra money. Nathan and Christon explained it to Jen, while Jeremy and I laughed over how the police were cracking down on that sort of stuff a few years ago at the Night Market... yet here's a sign openly advertising it! Haha, guess the people don't care, or just want the extra business! Lots of trinkets, fashion, low-priced clothing, iPhone accessories, earrings, and interesting things like INCREDIBLY PUNGENT solid scented bath stones / crystals! (lemongrass, lavender, ocean, strawberry, etc.) Noticed THE RONIN - Christon asked Nathan whether he REALLY needed more knives and swords in his house! Raymond had spotted it earlier, and figured that Tony would REALLY LIKE the booth, haha. Jeremy told us about butterfly knives being illegal, and how he'd have to get them from the country of origin if he ever wanted one! He also figured that he'd have NO TROUBLE chopping vegetables with a particularly hefty sword, hehe!
When Nathan spotted the "Vietnamese CD / DVD / Karaoke" booths, Jeremy remarked that the music from there definitely conflicted with the stuff on stage at that point! We all were transfixed by the movie scenes showing on the TV screen! (Jon said that we'd spent at least 30-45 minutes at this place last year because they were advertising seven for $20 [or four?] - true, and that had made it REALLY easy for Eric to find us!) One of them was pretty gruesome - lots of blood, murder, and such! Another movie showed these two guys fighting, and Jon could identify wrestling moves such as the camel clutch / sleeper hold. I noticed Jeremy and Jon laughing over something inside the booth, so went in to see what was up. Jon handed me a DVD, and told me to read the first two sentences. "[character introduction] Raping and pillaging are out of the question, since they don't want to intentionally hurt anyone!" I laughed so hard over it that Raymond came in to see what was going on! Outside the tent, we saw some DVD from the 2008 Olympic Games - Raymond spotted a typo on it: the P in "Olympic" was an O instead!
We looked for people selling food really cheap, and were amused when this one customer yelled to everyone within an aisle: "HEY, EVERYONE! THESE PEOPLE ARE SELLING THINGS FOR $1! BEST PRICE IN THE MARKET NOW!" However, we were less amused when these two guys tried to muscle in on OUR "10 skewers for $10" deal, almost literally! Got to watch the market shutting down, and we all retreated inside a tent (it looked like one that our church has!) for protection from the cars and vans coming in to grab stuff: Nathan took various pictures of us posing with spicy skewers! We divvied up rides, and our car talked about how Jon showed anger / annoyance. When Jen went in the townhouse to use the bathroom, I stayed in the car with Nathan: no, I didn't get Chinese Eric's video yet! Yahoo is a spam repository now, so Jon had to forward me Ben and Erin's engagement announcement too! I'll send Nate an email tomorrow... GOOD TIMES!MONTHLY BUBBLE TEA TALLY, AUGUST 2008 (4)
passion fruit @ Tri-Ty (Friday, August 1) [FREE, thanks to Eric]
blueberry @ Big Orange (Saturday, August 2) [FREE since I used up ten stamps on the bubble tea stamp card... two BBT in less than 24 hours!]
tangerine @ Hon's (Thursday, August 14)
lychee @ Richmond Night Market (Sunday, August 31)
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