|L to R: Sarah, Simon, Jeff, Catherine, Jacqueline, Emma, Evelyn|
Catherine and Emma decided on the menu, the invitations were emailed and everything was set. Emma and I planned to meet Jacquie at her hotel and we would make our way to the dinner venue from there. As with most plans, they never go according to plan. The one BIG hiccup was that I walked to the hotel and it took longer than I expected. Do most Friday-evening pedestrians not understand the meaning of "Excuse me, please?" If that's the case, I'll just bark "Move it!" the next time someone is in my way.
By the time I got to the hotel, Emma and Jacquie were already in line for a taxi and that was great because we didn't have to wait too long to get one and then we were off to Jumbo Seafood, where Catherine, Jeff and Simon were already waiting.
Now, why do restaurants take reservations when they can't give you a table on time? If you haven't realised it already, I'm not the most patient of people.
Our fearless SCBWI leader, who's out of town, sent a message inquiring about the evening's proceedings. The ever efficient Kenneth Quek wanted to know if everything was going well. I was about to reply but my phone ran out of batteries. So he was kept in suspense for the remainder of the evening.
When the food arrived, we had a hard time understanding what our waitress was saying as English was not her first language. She looked a tad annoyed with me when I asked her something repeatedly and later in the evening she kept rolled her eyes when I asked to look at the menu! Jumbo Seafood, your food's good but your customer service is much to be desired.
|Chilli crab and Mantou buns|
|Deep fried baby squid|
Now I would fill you in on our dinner conversation but you can't really do that justice on a blog post, can you? But what I will say is that it was great fun catching up with Jacquie and we can't wait to do it again. Catherine, Emma, start planning! :) Thanks everyone for making it a fun evening.
Here's a link to Jacqueline's website: http://jacquelineharvey.com.au