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Four Birthdays Together on a Private Yacht

Four Birthdays Together on a Private Yacht
Yes, it's our birthday! (L to R): Mark, me, Rachel and my sister, Xinyi

Yes, it’s our birthday! (L to R): Mark, me, Rachel and my sister, Xinyi

Today is 26 October 2010. I have finally hit the big 3-0. My best buddy, Mark, turned 30 yesterday on 25 October 2010. My wife, Rachel, turned 28 today while my sister, Xinyi, turned 27 today.

Mark and I did not choose to know each other since Primary 1 because of our birth dates. Rachel and I did not choose to date each other and eventually get married because of our common birthday either. My sister…. I do not think my parents were able to time our birth dates so precisely.

Yes, it’s a string of coincidences. For some strange reason, people close to me tend to share very similar birth dates.

That’s why Mark and I decided to celebrate our turning 30 together as a big family last Sunday (24 Oct). Both of us chipped in and rented a private yacht, Kingdom from Neo Yacht, for half a day and treated our loved ones to a little sea adventure. 🙂

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Mark came with his wife, Meiyen; his brother, Darren and his girlfriend; his parents, parent-in-laws and grandmothers.

I brought Rachel, my parents, my sister; my aunt Catherine, her husband and their son/my cousin, Jun Jie.

Rachel and I in our beach outfit, ready to set off

Rachel and I in our beach outfit, ready to set off

We had the yacht from 2pm to 6pm. After parking our cars at ONE°15 Marina Club, Sentosa Cove, we proceed to board the yacht.

Rachel and i at ONE°15 Marina Club

Rachel and i at ONE°15 Marina Club

Rachel talking to our food caterer

Rachel talking to our food caterer

Kingdom, the yacht that we will be boarding

Kingdom, the yacht that we will be boarding

My loving aunt and uncle

My loving aunt and uncle

Rachel and I, just as loving

Rachel and I, just as loving

The food was loaded and ready for consumption when we hopped on Our skipper, Yudas, promptly briefed us on the route details and we were off to the big blue sea in a jiffy.

Our crew of 18

Our crew of 18

Another group picture

Another group picture

Our lunch at sea

Our lunch at sea

We brought two bottles of champagne

We brought two bottles of champagne

We were impressed by the yacht’s cleanliness and the facilities available. There were a total of four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a KTV room. Best of all, part of the area are all air-conditioned.

Spanking white yacht

Spanking white yacht

The rear deck

The rear deck

Rachel and I on the deck. It was drizzling slightly when we set off.

Rachel and I on the deck. It was drizzling slightly when we set off.

Inside the KTV room

Inside the KTV room

Jun Jie and my uncle lazing in the KTV room

Jun Jie and my uncle lazing in the KTV room

Rachel and I singing

Rachel and I singing

Darren and his girlfriend on the KTV

Darren and his girlfriend on the KTV

Ornamental Buddha and wine glasses

Ornamental Buddha and wine glasses

Two of the cabins were located on the left and right flank of the KTV room

Two of the cabins were located on the left and right flank of the KTV room

One of the sleeping cabins

One of the sleeping cabins

Rachel and I in one of the cabins

Rachel and I in one of the cabins

Clean bathroom

Clean bathroom

Mark and Meiyen at the control room

Mark and Meiyen at the control room

Mark and Meiyen pretending to steer the yacht

Mark and Meiyen pretending to steer the yacht

My dad, the real McCoy?

My dad, the real McCoy?

The real skippers - Alvin and Rachel?

The real skippers – Alvin and Rachel?

The real skipper, Yudas

The real skipper, Yudas

It was drizzling slightly when we set off, hence we kept mostly in the enclosed area. Luckily by around 2.30pm, the rain stopped and the sky cleared. It was the perfect weather to be out at sea then. The sun was not scorching hot, due to the partial cloud cover. The breeze was blowing gently and the sea was a nice blue-green hue. Life is great. 🙂

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We sailed off to Lazarus Island first, a small island beside Kusu Island where a famous Chinese temple is located.

While the yacht was sailing, we enjoyed our catered buffet lunch from Orange Clove. Rachel and I also brought along two bottles of exquisite champagnes we got during our wedding in June, but never found the right occasion to pop. This was the special day for us to pop both.

Yummy food from Orange Clove

Yummy food from Orange Clove

Our lunch menu

Our lunch menu

Lunch time

Lunch time

My parents enjoying their food

My parents enjoying their food

Rachel and I brought our food to the top deck to eat

Rachel and I brought our food to the top deck to eat

Rachel and I popping the first champagne

Rachel and I popping the first champagne

Drinking to the very last drop

Drinking to the very last drop

Mark and Meiyen enjoying their champagne

Mark and Meiyen enjoying their champagne

My uncle and aunt enjoying the champagne

My uncle and aunt enjoying the champagne

Aunt Catherine, her husband and my cousin, Jun Jie

Aunt Catherine, her husband and my cousin, Jun Jie

My cousin, Jun Jie and my aunt Catherine

My cousin, Jun Jie and my aunt Catherine

My aunt's family

My aunt’s family

Rachel with my mom

Rachel with my mom

I knew this goon for 23 years already! More than 2 decades!

I knew this goon for 23 years already! More than 2 decades!

Alvinlogy's happy family

Alvinlogy’s happy family

Just Rachel and I

Just Rachel and I

My entourage

My entourage

My family

My family

Mark's family

Mark’s family

Mark's entourage, minus the two grandmothers

Mark’s entourage, minus the two grandmothers

Meiyen's family

Meiyen’s family

Loving couple, Mark and Meiyen

Loving couple, Mark and Meiyen

Me with my sister and Rachel - the three of us share the same birthday

Me with my sister and Rachel – the three of us share the same birthday

Rachel, grinning wide

Rachel, grinning wide

The yacht docked itself nearby to Lazarus Island. Yudas and the other skipper then launched a small deck for us to dip our feet into the sea as well as to dive in. A two-person kayak was also available for rowing.

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Rachel and I had a go at both kayaking and swimming in the sea. It felt really refreshing and tranquil – the beautiful weather and the sparse surrounding.

Rachel and I, before we dip into the sea

Rachel and I, before we dip into the sea

Our skipper Yudas, unloading the kayak

Our skipper Yudas, unloading the kayak

Even when kayaking, Rachel will yak on and on like a Chihuahua

Even when kayaking, Rachel will yak on and on like a Chihuahua

We got the hang of it

We got the hang of it

Rachel and I, swimming in the sea

Rachel and I, swimming in the sea

I think it is quite obvious who the stronger swimmer is

I think it is quite obvious who the stronger swimmer is

Mark went for a swim too while the rest looked on

Mark went for a swim too while the rest looked on

There were a few other yachts in the vicinity

There were a few other yachts in the vicinity

Ready to pop the second champagne after our swim

Ready to pop the second champagne after our swim

Champagne by the sea

Champagne by the sea

Meiyen's parent got on the kayak too

Meiyen’s parent got on the kayak too

My cousin enjoying his champagne

My cousin enjoying his champagne

My sister and my cousin getting onto the kayak

My sister and my cousin getting onto the kayak

My sister and my cousin kayaking

My sister and my cousin kayaking

Headed for Lazarus Island

Headed for Lazarus Island

Some light snack after a swim

Some light snack after a swim

Me enjoying music on my iPhone on the deck

Me enjoying music on my iPhone on the deck

Ah... this is the life :)

Ah… this is the life 🙂

Enjoying life

Enjoying life

My dad and my uncle sun busking

My dad and my uncle sun busking

Lazarus Island ahead

Lazarus Island ahead

Rachel and I dipping our feet into the sea

Rachel and I dipping our feet into the sea

Sipping champagne by the sea

Sipping champagne by the sea

Me sipping my glass of champagne

Me sipping my glass of champagne

Rachel getting drunk

Rachel getting drunk

Rachel is happy

Rachel is happy

Mango mousse cake

Mango mousse cake

With the birthday cake

With the birthday cake

Two old men

Two old men

Rachel and I in the room, Mark cutting his cake

Rachel and I in the room, Mark cutting his cake

At around 5pm, the yacht made it way back to Sentosa Cove, passing by St. John’s Island along the way for us to get a quick view.

Heading home

Heading home

Cruising off against the setting sun

Cruising off against the setting sun

Sky was turning dark

Sky was turning dark

Nearing Sentosa Cove

Nearing Sentosa Cove

Closer look at the expensive condominium

Closer look at the expensive condominium

So many private yachts

So many private yachts

Setting sun

Setting sun

There's still a lot of construciton going on at Sentosa Cove

There’s still a lot of construciton going on at Sentosa Cove

Everyone enjoying the breeze on our way back to Sentosa Cove

Everyone enjoying the breeze on our way back to Sentosa Cove

Rachel is drunk with happiness

Rachel is drunk with happiness

Rachel and I in front of Kingdom

Rachel and I in front of Kingdom

Rachel enjoying her music with Lazarus Island behind

Rachel enjoying her music with Lazarus Island behind

Parting shot with Kingdom

Parting shot with Kingdom

Before we realised it, our little yacht adventure was over. Everyone was happy and went home with a smile on our faces. Mark decided he will buy a yacht next time when he makes enough dough. He should get there faster than me as both his wife and him work at banks where salaries are generally inflated. For Rachel and I, rental will do fine. :p

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Alvin is a marketer by day and blogger by night. He is a 100% geek who spends too much time surfing the web.

2 Comments

  1. Charles

    Did they charge you for more than 12 pax ?

    Reply
  2. alvinology

    Yes they did. More details are available on the Neo Yacht website. 🙂

    Reply

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