Tonight was a rare Saturday night in December without a gig, an indication of either the recession is stil looming, OR, I'm just getting lesser engagements.
Whatever the reason, I chose not to sit around and brood, but instead, spent the time bonding with family. First, I took mum & dad to grocery shopping and then a simple yet yummy dinner at amoy hawker centre. Since dad's discharge from the hospital, he is forbidden (by us) to drive and he had been having real poor appetitite. So i became chauffeur for the evening and took them to a supermarket so then they can stock up supplies. I know dad has been craving for slice fish mee fan, the kind cooked with milk, instead of choosing a fancy restaurant, I took them to Quan Ji at Amoy street, which serves one of the best fish head mee fan. Dad, being a frugal dad will enjoy his food more knowing we did not pay a fortune for it. True enough, he heartily gobbled down the mee fan and soup and kept raving about how value-for-money it had been.
Then I drove them briefly passed crowded Orchard to enjoy the lights, and stopped by at "Ji De Chi" at Liang Seah Street to purchase 7 bowls of durian puree with pomelo for sis's family & us.
Then it was a slow drive to sis's place to eat the dessert. And dad, although did not tuck at the dessert, clearly enjoyed the company of his grand children.
It was a heartwarming Saturday evening. I want to do more of this. I've come to realise that dad and mum are not young anymore, they need us, they want to be around their children and loved one. I want to take more time out from my busy schedule to be with them, I don't want to regret not seeing them enough. I hope I can do it, I want to do it.