Friday, January 29, 2010

Has It Already Been One Month?

Omg. We're already a month into 2010. How fast time flies! (I keep saying this, but it's true. Lol.)

Work has been piling up and the pace in the office has picked up quite considerably. It's all good though, the projects and campaigns that I've been working on are really interesting and the people that I've been working with have mostly been quite fun.

Anyway, I did a spot of spring cleaning in the office this week and my desk is so much cleaner and neater now. It doesn't seem to last very long though. Heehee.

Now to work on the mess in my bedroom. *groan*

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Lessons From The Wise

Ki was accusing me of keeping all the valuable lessons that my colleague shared with me, and hoarding all the wisdom he imparted. Lol. Well, most of the stuff he told me was very specific to my work, but here are some general things he said that's worth thinking about.

1. Office politics. No matter how much you avoid it, as long as there are people, there will *always* be politics. You can't hide from it.

2. It's nice to be helpful and all, but one must *always* weigh the pros and cons of doing so. Don't help someone out if it means giving less attention to something you ought to be focusing on. Help only when you really have extra time / resources to spare.

3. Make sure that you cover your ass in everything you do.

4. Always do the best you can in whatever job that's been given to you so that people know that you're giving it your all. Even if you make a mistake or weren't the best person ever employed to do it, you can't fault someone who is doing their best and wanting to learn how to do it better.

I'm sure there are more but I'm gonna nap. Heehee.

Two Too Many

Had to be in the office really early yesterday and decided to have not one, but two cups of coffee to wake me up.

Happily slurped up my caffeine laden beverage but somehow it didn't seem to work and I was feeling lehargic and sleepy the whole day.

Well, the timing is certainly off, but guess what's kicking in now and who's wide awake? Argh.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Please Do Not Lean Against The Door, Thank You

I'm on my way to work and not feeling as pumped about it as I think I should. Well, not like how I felt when I wrote the previous blog entry, at least.

Perhaps it's cos I'm headed to the office more than an hour earlier than I usually do, perhaps it's cos I've not had anything to do, or perhaps it's cos my body is still recovering from a recent bout of flu. Who knows.

Had an interesting chat with a colleague yesterday about work and office politics. He was giving me advice about how to protect myself at the workplace and how I seemed to be rather naive about certain things. He had a very different perspective, coming from a different department, and really gave me a lot to think about.

Finished up yesterday at 7pm and even though it was 'late' by my office standards, I couldn't help but be thankful that I left the office while it was still light. I've had far too many late night OTs and that just made me appreciate how lucky I am now.

Anyway, on the way to the office and for some reason there is an announcement at every station not to lean against the train door. Lol.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Peak Period Is Here!

After half a year of ambling along and not having to rush for deadlines, my peak period is finally here. Suddenly I'm always out for (real) meetings, rushing from place to place, going for photoshoots, video filming, proof reading brochures, checking colour proofs, approving ads, giving presentations, taking part in career fairs and organising mock seminars. My email inbox has a constant stream of new messages and my phone is ringing off the hook.

It's fun though and that's what I like about my job. I have a balance of lull and peak period, putting in my long hours now and traveling in the second half of the year. I enjoy what I do and the people I work with, and it's no wonder that we have such a large number of long service awards recipients in the company.

As I rush (haha ok, not really. I'm only going as fast as the mrt can take me) to the office and think about the upcoming days, I can't help but be thankful for the entire string of events that have led me to where I am today.

I'm in a good mood and I like it.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Tick Tock Tick Tock

Went to visit Shiny and her 2 week old baby (aka Baby lol) last night after work.

And like all babies, Baby was so tiny and cute. All he had to do was lie there asleep and my heart started melting and biological clock start ticking. Tick tick tick tick tick.

Went back home and was chatting to LGG. Told her about the ticking and she told me what Junie said to her when her clock started ticking too- got baby how to go Tibet?


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Making Resolutions

Hmm ok I know I said that I didn't make any resolutions for the new year, and that I was happy and content to just wish every well. I lied. About the not making resolutions bit, I mean.

So I sort of made 2 resolutions this year. One was to cut down on my drinking. The idea was to allow myself to have one drinking session a week on weekdays, and weekends were free for all (hello, champagne brunch!).

I've been able to keep to this resolution so far. The only boozing I've done so far since coming back from my holiday (heehee yes, I'm conveniently not counting that absinthe filled evening) was the champagne brunch and fake meeting at Harry's. Then again, I'm pretty sure the only reason my drinking has cut down is because LGG hasn't been in town. Hmm. Lol.

Anyway, the second resolution was to go to bed by 11pm every night (Fridays and Saturdays not included) in a bid to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep at night.

Unfortunately with the difference in time zone between here and where the grasshopper is, it's been a little tough keeping to the bedtime curfew of 11pm. Plus we've now got video-chat (skype = love) and our conversations have been getting longer and longer. Eeks!

Had supper on Sunday night at Jalan Kayu with my brother and sister, so by the time we got back and I went to bed it was already 1ish. Then I can't remember what was up on Monday night but I eventually went to bed at 2ish. Chatted with the grasshopper till 1ish but was reading till almost half 3.

So much for sleeping at 11pm huh. Yikes.

Anyway, LGG has been complaining that she's been boozing even more heavily than usual ever since she resolved to cut down on the drink. And I've been going to bed later than normal as well. Hmm maybe it's a sign that we aren't meant to make (and keep) resolutions? Lol.

Ah well. 2010 is going to be an awesome year, no matter what. At the end of the day, that's all that matters, whether we stumble into bed drunk at 3am or not. Hee.

Thursday, January 14, 2010


So I'm a little late jumping on the Skype bandwagon, but better late than never. First tried video-chatting when I was in India and got connected with LGG, and then chatted a couple of times with the Ki and Carol.

The grasshopper bought a webcam today and since my macbook already comes with one, we were all set to chat. He installed the necessary software and suddenly we could see each other on the screen.

It was nice to be able to talk to each other and see each other's expressions, although I think we need to work out the timing a little better. We ended up chatting for 3 hours this evening. *grin*

Anyway it's almost 2am so I better hit the sack. Have a huge smile on my face now. Hehehe.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Getting Back In The Groove

I rejoined the gym sometime in October last year and have been trying to make an effort to go regularly. Obviously, it's not as easy as said to be disciplined, but I guess we should never stop trying.

Went to the gym once when I was in Bangalore. There was a Fitness First at Eva Mall, and I made the grasshopper drive me there so I could get a workout. If it was convenient, I'd try to go more regularly (hire an auto to send me and pick me up). Of course, after that one session at the gym where I was overenthusiastic with the weights, I was aching so much that I gave up going again. Lol.

Fast forward to this year and this is my (ooh) second time to the gym this year. I went once last week before meeting the cousins for dinner at the Handburger and once again this evening.

It's hard to get into the groove though. I've never been a fan of jogging and my willpower to clock in the clicks (haha) just isn't there. I'd be happy if I can do 3km now without giving up.

Of course there are always classes to attend, which is the main reason I decided to fork out moolah every month for a membership, but the schedule doesn't really seem to fit mine very well. The classes I'm interested in are either too early or too late. Sigh.

But anyways, I'm not here to whine. I need to buck up and be more focused and hit the gym more regularly. After all, the grasshopper and I have a 6 month 'plan' to look good by the time we meet again and it also coincides with my sister's wedding.

Wish me luck!

Note From The Universe

Thanks, Bona, for every single time you ever fell in love.

Whether or not it was obvious. Whether or not it lasted. And whether or not you were loved back.

It changed everything.

You changer,
    The Universe

Happy Monday

I've mentioned this before (I think) that one way to not have the Monday blues is to go out on Sunday, get drunk, hang out with friends, eat a bomb and basically behave like it was an extended Friday night. Then you'd feel like Monday was a Saturday, except that instead of being able to sleep in you have to wake up and go to work.

Oh oops, now I get why there are Monday blues. Cos you can't sleep in. Lol. My bad. Ignore this post then. Hahahaha.

Why Today Was Such An Awesome Day

Slept in.
Met LGG at the Mandarin Oriental for champagne brunch.
Got drunk before 1pm by drinking on an empty stomach.
Free flow of booze.
Yummy buffet.
Received a wrongly-sent birthday greeting for KT on my phone from an Uncle S in London and proceeded to tell him how I (pretending to be KT) had a sex dream about him and how I (pretending to be KT) thought he was so hot.
Drunk called the grasshopper. Four times.
Drunk SMSed the grasshopper. Many times.
Convinced the grasshopper to declare that he missed me on FB.
Got back home and hung out with Mark.
Went for dinner with Mark, my sis, mom, nanny and SF.
Ate too much.
Went for ice cream after, despite eating too much.

Booze. Good food. Good company. That's all you really need to make it an awesome day, eh?

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Happy New Year!

Almost a week into 2010 and I haven't written any new year resolutions. Well, that's because I haven't any this year. Heehee.

The past year flew by in such a flash. So many changes happened in such a short span of time. Heh, I know I said I wouldn't talk about it anymore but, I'm summarising the year lah. Some of the highlights of 2009:

- my divorce was finalised
- travelled a helluvalot (malacca, kota kinabalu, danang, bangalore (x5 lol), calcutta, bombay, delhi, jakarta, goa)
- met the grasshopper
- celebrated one year at my current job
- made plenty of new friends
- started boozin' again
- started going to the gym again

All in all, I have to say it was a good year despite the change in marital status. The last year ended on an awesome note with me counting down to the new year in a club in Goa, while looking at a sky lit with fireworks.

2010 started off fabulously and it seems to bode well for the rest of the year. Cheers to that. :)