Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Life ♥

Life is for deep kisses, strange adventures, midnight swims and rambling conversations. ♥

Work, Write.

My goodness! Finally! A proper chance to write! Or shall I rephrase it, a proper chance to actually sit down here at my desk at home to browse and gather my thoughts to compose a sentence without yawning or getting slightly intoxicated.

Not that I make it a habit to drink every night. Hey, in my defense, it's part of work!

So yeah. I have officially started my new job since last Thursday, and it's been a challenge. In a good way, I hope? Everything is new and different, and I'm still adjusting. But I'm doing my best, one thing at a time. Wish me luck, kay?

So I guess to continue where we left off, I shall put on some pictures on the farewell lunch I had with my colleagues from the (old) company. Wow, I'm still in daze that I actually went ahead and changed jobs. It's funny when I tendered my resignation, I went back to my desk and I was talking to a friend of mine online.

"Hey, I finally did it!" I said. And he replied, "OMG! Here I was, just sitting here doing nothing, wasting my life away while you were just resigning from your company and making a huge move in your life!"

I don't know how I'm supposed to feel about that. Comforted? Not exactly.

I'm just so glad to have met these people in my previous company. I wish we can still meet up often! I really miss them. Especially now that I'm a newbie!

Anyway, I felt genuinely sad on my last day, having to say goodbye to everyone. Geez, I am emotional.

Alright, alright, I just want to share something good here! It's about the piece I wrote for the educational magazine in Indonesia. It's finally out! It's my first official freelancing experience. Ha!

I don't know if you can see it clearly. But you're supposed to be able to see my name! Yes, the first person to spot my name shall win a personalized dining set! Hahaha. Lame-O!

So I know I didn't write a full-page article. You probably think it's not even a big deal?

Yeah, I only wrote a book review. Hey! I actually went and bought the book, alright! (Although I returned it after I finished reading it. Well, isn't that the whole point of refund policy?) And the deadline was so tight, I think I only had like, three days to write the review? And I was working full-time so it limited my time to read it properly from cover to cover. But I managed to capture the gist of it, and I'm happy!

Yeah, I'm a dork. I better go to bed soon. Like I said, today is the first time since I started the new job that I was able to go back on time! Good night and I love you long time. ;p

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Busy, busy ;(

My new job has been extremely busy and challenging! I am coping, though. Doing my best, one step at a time. Sorry I haven't been writing very much. Once everything settles down, I'll get back to routine. :)

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

From Juno. ♥

In my opinion the best thing you can you do is find a person who loves you for exacly what you are. Good mood, bad mood, ugly, pretty, handsome what have you, the right person will still think the sun shines out of your ass. That's the kind of person that's worth sticking with.♥

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Karaoke with Colleagues.

So my colleagues and I had a great karaoke session yesterday after work. We try to squeeze in precious gathering time like this because we simply don't have enough! Especially now that some of us have left the company, we try to catch up regularly to hang out and have fun. (read: talk about so-and-so.)

When I first joined the company, these were the people that greeted me and made me feel welcomed, and we've been good friends ever since. (especially during lunch time.) And we've been through a lot together! Now that most of them have moved on, the company is left with lots of new people that I can't really connect with. I don't really know why, but it just makes me feel even more grateful that I met these people here.

We used to joke and gossip during office hour and lunch time, and now we can only do it after work. Anyway, yesterday we worked half day and the four of us went out from office to meet our other two ex-colleagues for lunch and serious singing business. We all love karaoke!

I haven't been out to karaoke for a while now, and even until 4 hours of singing, I wasn't that much satisfied! At home, I told my sisters we ought to have our karaoke session soon!

Me with Seraph and Rachel.

Rachel is like an affectionate, really loving and kind big sister. To me, at least. Although I'm sure we're probably at the same age. My favorite moment with her was, well, it's hard to pick one. The most memorable one, I think, was when I had a really bad day at work, and I came back to my desk feeling dejected and angry. Everyone else has gone back home at this point, and I still stayed to finish up some stuffs. Rachel was just about to make her way out, and she popped by in my room (which was already empty) to make sure I was okay. I was feeling down, yeah, but until that point, I was fine, you know? I mean, everyone's bound to have a bad day occasionally, right?

I said, yes, I'm fine. And she just looked at me with this real concern on her face, and she told me that everything's gonna be okay, that she understood how I felt, and that we were in this together so I always had someone if I ever felt too sad. And this is still a mystery to me, but I just started sobbing uncontrollably. And Rachel started panicking, and giving me tissues and I just cried even more. "Don't be sad! Don't worry about work, don't be too stressed out," she said, thinking I cried because I felt really pressurized about work. I chuckled (in between sobs) and said, "No! I was fine. I cried because of you! Because you're just so kind!"

I feel very embarrassed every time I remember that time, because bleh. I let everything get to me, and I hate crying in front of other people. Have you felt that, though? Have you ever just felt so touched and started crying because of human's kindness? Yes, sure, I have, but I don't think I've ever experienced such emotions when the kindness is directed to me, you know? I don't know. Maybe I'm just all over the place that day. Anyway, that's Rachel. She's extremely caring and kind.

With my current colleagues.

Seraph and Miu have been there ever since I joined the company, and they're still there. Erika is our newbie, who just came in our little group since last month. She clicks really well with us too! And I got another Indonesian, at last. It's about time, don't you think? (Yeah, about time I have different facial expression than the usual dumb-clueless-oblivious-stoned-look I used to adapt in the middle of Chinese conversation)

While Rachel is like my big sister, Seraph is more like a friend to me, in the sense that we are more or less the same that we talk really well. Even in the company, we have the same roles, she's the writer for the Chinese section, and I'm the English writer. So we help each other a lot, and we can understand each other's stories and complaints. It's like, we have each other's backs. That's one way to put it. I know! I'm lucky!

Goofing around while we let Miu hold the mic. Haha.

And more.

WTF were we doing? Some inside joke here.

Eileen on the right, is probably the wisest, most mature and fun person to be with! She is the big sister for all of us because, I don't know. I guess all of us just feel comfortable talking to her about anything. She's a good listener and adviser, yet at the same time, she is as crazy and creative as anyone! Because she's Singaporean, her English is better than the rest, which makes it easier for me to talk to her too.

She introduced me to the spicy chicken wings cafe in the middle of nowhere (which I loved!), and gave me the recipe for blueberry cheesecake. (which I tried, but failed in making.) She just knows loads of things, so we know where to go when we're unsure about anything!

It's such a fun evening! I enjoyed spending time with them, and I hope we'll get to do this again soon with the rest of the people that couldn't make it yesterday! We have a colleague from Myanmar who used to be in a band! How bad-ass is that! I already told him he should join us for the next singing session! Anyway, thanks guys and I love you all! ;)

Speaking of songs, here are my favorite tunes this week:
1. Old City - Saltwater Room
2. Snow Patrol - Crack The Shutters
3. Ben Folds ft Regina Spektor - You Don't Know Me
4. Glee Cast - True Colors
5. Morcheeba - Enjoy The Ride

Good day, everyone!

About Books.

She stopped typing. If she'd been using pen and paper, she would have screwed the paper up in disgust, but there wasn't a satisfying equivalent with email. Seeing that everything was designed to stop you making a mistake. She needed a fuck-it key, something that made a satisfying ka-boom noise when you thumped it.

If one were to imagine, for the sake of argument, that jigsaw pieces had thoughts and feelings, then it was possible to imagine them saying to themselves, 'I'm going to stay here. Where else would I go?' And if another jigsaw piece came along, offering its tabs and blanks enticingly in an attempt to lure one of the pieces away, it would be easy to resist temptation. 'Look,' the object of the seducer's admiration would say, 'you're a piece of a phone booth, and I'm the face of Mary, Queen of Scots. We just wouldn't look right together.' And that would be that.

I just finished reading Nick Horbny's "Juliet, Naked" and I loved it. Reading Nick Hornby is like reading into someone's head, understanding the character's perspective, rationale and thoughts, that are both believable and endearing in their own ways although they are not always likeable. The topics he covers are not at all groundbreaking, but they are dramatic in a way that each of us think that our own problems are dramatic. It's day-to-day life in all its simplicity yet extreme, because the main character is always a bit neurotic.

I'm going to visit the library tomorrow to look at some more books to borrow. I've enjoyed reading Tom Perrotta and Curtis Sittenfeld too, so maybe I'll check out their other books. Has anyone read David Mitchell?

Oh, by the way, those were two of my favorite quotes from "Juliet, Naked". There are many more, I'm sure. Sometimes I wonder, how do good authors get to come up with beautiful sentences like that? We are given the same words, yet some of us just have the talent to impeccably string them together 'til we hardly know where it came from.

Saturday, 19 June 2010

The News and Being Real.

I guess by now most of you have known that I finally made the decision to resign from my current company. There’s a reason why I’ve been tight-lipped about the whole thing for a while because I feel that it’s unethical to blog about work. Up to now, I’ve never written in great details about what I do, because I’m afraid that someone might read. Which is silly, right? I have the motion in my head that only my friends read whatever I’m writing here, but once in a while someone I hardly expect to come across this blog, does.

But I’m not going to write off my current company because truth be told, I owe a lot to it. I mean, this is my first job, and I understand the trouble it has gone through just to get my working visa approved. It was a long and difficult process, and I would be grateful for everything it has done to help me.

Yes, it’s true. I simply got a better offer that I couldn’t refuse. You know that good opportunities don’t come by often, and I think I would regret not taking it if I ever look back. It pays better, the job scope is interesting, the nature of the business is something that I can more relate to, and even a small thing like, the close proximity of it to my house, eventually contributed into making up my mind. But aside from all that, if I’m truly happy with my current job, I would probably have to think twice about accepting the other offer.

Well, so now I guess I’m just gonna say it as it is. I haven’t been enjoying what I do for a while now, and I hate myself for it. I whine and moan an awful lot. I’m grumpy and easily irritable. My sisters and my friends who have seen me and heard yet another stories about my bad day kept telling me to do something. I keep telling myself that too, because I don’t want to spend 80% of my day, every day, being unhappy. And that’s what it is, really. Work has made up such a big portion of our day, and you just come to a point where you should know, enough is enough.

I can’t even be objective anymore, in a way that I refuse to listen to criticisms because when you receive so many mean criticisms in a day, it’s hard to tell the constructive ones from the rest and you just end up muting everything else. I don’t even know whether some of the mistakes I made were because of my own lack of knowledge and attention, or simply just lack of examples?

I’m just not suitable for it. At times I feel out of place because of the language barrier. And some people are just setting bad examples with their language choices. Instead of being supporting and encouraging, some are condescending and embarrassing.

But from the beginning I’ve told myself that when it comes to work, you’re bound to come across people that are more difficult. And I don’t want to just be someone that comes to work for a few months, and leave at the first exit. To be honest, I had my good moments here too. I met great people that I work with that I can truly call friends; I gain more experience and confidence in talking and interviewing people. And it’s always great being able to write.

But there’s surely something more than just being able to bring some money home every month? What about a sense of accomplishment and happiness in day-to-day life? What about meeting friends and being able to truly say that you enjoy what you do, that you don’t feel like you’re dreading the next day of work?

Ah. Perhaps you may call me cliché.

And then I met a friend of mine who once offered me a position and found out that she indeed, was still looking. And so I tried, and it came through seamlessly. All my family members and my friends were encouraging me to take it, but I even ended up defending my current job, perhaps because I was scared to make such a big move. It’s easier to just stay, right?

But ultimately, you’ve got to do what’s right for you. And I finally made the decision. I am really glad that after talking to my boss, she was surprisingly cool about it. And once again, I’m not diminishing the value of what the company has done for me, and for that, I’m really grateful and appreciative.

Nah, I’m still going to work here in my current company until next week, so don’t start asking me “how’s your new job?” yet, it’s a little premature. Haha. But yeah. I’m excited for the new start! I am positive and ever-so-ready for the change, and I believe I can learn an even whole lot and be better. I guess it’s fair to say that it will be a huge next step in my life. And I intend to enjoy the ride this time around.

Friday, 18 June 2010

Beerfest Asia 2010! (Day 53)

Alright, so I know I've been lagging with this whole daily blog thing. But hey people! I have life! And job! And shits to do! Places to be! Kids to feed! So, mind the delay.

Last Wednesday my sisters and I and a couple of our friends showed up to check out this year's Beerfest! Last year a friend of mine went to the event and I had intended to come along too. But I think there were some issues with the tickets, because a friend of my friend was the one ordering the tickets online, and I think I let him know a little too last minute for his friend to make some more added bookings. That's why I was so excited to be able to come this year and see what it's all about. My colleague mentioned she's been there a few times over the years and thoroughly enjoyed it, so my sisters and I invited some of our friends to tag along.

The whole gang minus Cous and one of my sis' colleague.

Alright, to sum up the event. Obviously there were lots of beer. Lots and lots of beer. Those that I haven't even heard the names of, those that was milked out of some statue of a cow, those that were displayed by scantily-clad girls (well, actually, most of them were), and well, wasn't that the whole point of a Beerfest?


The place was huge! It consisted of many parts: one being the main area where all the beers were displayed and sold. There were outdoor areas with seats and benches for people to sit down and eat and drink. There were smoking areas with couches, displays of F1 cars on the side, those that we couldn't really admire since we had to pass a grass side (which was wet due to the rain.) On the outdoor parts of the place, there were stands selling sausages, pork knuckles, meat, rojak and other unhealthy things you can think of.

With Sophia and WZ. So glad they could join me!

Chilling out. There was a World Cup match being screened between Chile and what's the name, I can't remember. Too bad it wasn't that interesting!

Anyway, we didn't take that many pictures that night. To be honest, although the event was fun, it wasn't exactly like what I had expected. Still, I'm glad I went. As we made our way back, I was so sleepy! I had like, 4 or 5 glasses of beer altogether, I think. It made me feel slightly stuffy inside, and as much as I love beer, I just dislike the after-taste of it!

Alright! I gotta sleep 'cos I have work tomorrow. More on that later. I have big news to share in the next post! Good night.

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Cous' birthday at Kiseki! (Day 52)

Let me start this entry by officially wishing a big happy birthday to Cous! He's 28 now! It's crazy! I almost couldn't believe it when Sis mentioned that the next day would be his birthday, because it felt not too long ago that we celebrated his 27th birthday and surprised him with a birthday cake. I remember it vividly in my head still, and it's amazing how a year has passed since.

Last year I also wrote this on the whiteboard in his room just to get a chuckle outta him. And man! It was indeed a year ago. Holy moly!

This time around though, we wanted to do something a little bit more special, so Sis arranged us to have a birthday dinner at Kiseki Japanese Buffet Restaurant over at The Heeren. It was at the spot where Shokudo used to be, but I think they are still under the same management, because the whole feel of the place and even the food tasted somewhat similar with Shokudo.

Alright, so to rate the food, well, it was good. I got to have as many salmon sashimi I wanted! (Woooo!)The variety of dishes were quite diverse and yummy. There's special snow crab for the dinner-goers and the dessert section was satisfying too! In short, it was great!

During dinner, we somehow got into some serious conversation about the World Cup, politics, and world peace. There's something comforting about the randomness of it all, though. There's only a few people in my life that I can actually talk to just about anything and everything.

Some pictures from the night:

In front of the restaurant. (Do I look dorky? I'm wearing my Aladdin-like pants)

With the birthday boy. He still looks 25 to me, actually.

Posing with the big, giant Sumo. Supposedly this is the logo of the restaurant?

My sis is so cute. When she saw this picture, she grinned at me sheepishly and said, "I like this photo! I look skinny because I'm standing next to a really fat person." Haha!

It was late after we're done with the dinner, so we dragged ourselves to catch the bus home. It was a good night! Happy birthday again, Cous!

Quote of the Day

There's a hundred million different ways of writing, and it takes you a long time to sort through that stuff. And I think it takes anyone a long time to find a voice.

Dinner at Nando's. (Day 51)

So this week is exciting! On Monday, I met Meli after work for shopping spree in Bugis Street and awesome dinner at Nando's! For some reason the whole day I started craving the peri-peri chicken and the last time I had it was when I went to KL with Sis. Just recently it opened a branch here in Singapore, so since we were going Bugis anyway, it would be a good time to let Meli try that too. Speaking of the shopping, we got some pretty good deals.

I bought a maxi dress, a top for Meli, and a black Aladdin-like pants. Seriously, it looked better on the mannequin (I'm simply not tall enough), but it was only 10 bucks! Might as well. I wore that to work the next day and everyone was saying it looked cute, but I have a feeling it's just a nicer way of saying I looked dorky. I felt dorky. It's just like, every time I come across a baby of a friend or someone I know, the automatic default reaction would be "so cute!" although this may not necessarily be true. Trust me, I've seen some ugly babies. But you can't say that, can you? I mean, yeah, babies are cute in their own unique ways bla bla bla, we're not talking about that, alright?

But I'm not gonna turn this into some "I Dislike Children" campaign, and it's not even about that, okay? How could I go from wearing my Aladdin pants into anti-children discussion? Beats me.

Anyway, I had so much fun on the shopping spree, and it was already 8 plus by the time we were done. So we headed out to Nando's, which was obviously packed and we had to queue for another 15-20 minutes before we got seats.

Yum! Finally, my craving was about to be satisfied!

I ordered the signature 1/2 chicken with peri-peri chips and I tried some spiced rice for the side dish.

Actually this was the picture from the last time I was in Nando's KL. Silly me! I think I was way too hungry at that time that I simply forgot to snap a picture! But you know, it looked something like that, 'cos I think I ordered the same thing then too. The half chicken is definitely bigger than in the picture, though! My little sis and I were sharing it, and we asked the waiter whether 1/4 chicken will be enough for the two of us. And looking shocked as if we just asked him how he felt about uncircumcised men, he replied quickly, "Oh no!! It definitely won't be enough!"

Oooooo-kay. So we got the half chicken and I almost couldn't move after the meal! I was so full! Sometimes it is better to finish your meal and still feel like you can have dessert, rather than being completely stuffed and unable to move, don't you think?

I bought the same portion for my sis and cous at home, and we headed back with our stomach stuffed, shopping bags full, and my wallet empty. Sounds like a good day!

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Loungey music

I am loving Lush 99.5 FM these days! Not a huge radio listener, but for these past few days, thanks to my friend who always puts this radio channel in her car, I've been really enjoying listening to this whenever I'm commuting.

Contrary to the normal, more trendy radio show that always plays hip hop and techno and rock, you know, the kind of music that numbs your ear and gets you pumping for the day, Lush is more chilled-back and totally loungey. That's the word I would use to describe the music: loungey. Unfortunately, there is no such word. So, what about sexy, sensual and smooth?

This is so perfect to listen to as you make your way back from work. Allowing yourself to relax and indulge in loungey music!

Right now I'm chilling to this song:
Morcheeba - Enjoy the Ride

Take a listen and you'll know what I mean. ;) Good night!

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Movie Day Sunday & Happiness Project - Day 49-50

Sunday is really a day to relax and unwind. And today I had the most awesome movie marathon with some DVDs I rented from the video store. In the afternoon, I saw "Everybody's Fine" starring Robert DeNiro, Kate Beckinsale and Drew Barrymore. Let me just say first that I love drama, especially those about family. "Meet The Parents", "The Family Stone", and "Click" are just some on-top-of-my-head examples of the family movies I enjoyed tremendously. I mean, I guess it's something that we can really relate to, 'cos everyone has a family, right? It's also always just very heartwarming and makes you feel either really good, or really sad.

You can't go wrong with a cast like this, really. Robert DeNiro, just like Dustin Hoffman, I think, always make great father figures in movies. They are very believable and all the while the movie was playing, I couldn't help thinking of my own dad and how much the character reminded me of him. The movie had some really sad and heartfelt scenes, and at the risk of sounding like a crybaby, I did sob my eyeballs out a few times.

It's about a father with four grown-up children who lives at different parts of the US. He recently lost his wife, so he lives alone now and at one weekend, he's trying to gather all four of his kids to his house for a meal. But they all cancelled at the last minute, so he decided to pay each one a surprise visit despite his health condition. Along the way, he discovered that his children aren't as happy as he thought they are, in terms of marriage or career. Everyone keeps acting as if everything is fine because they don't want to worry or disappoint him. But all he wants is just for his kids to be honest with him, and for them to be able to talk to him like they did with their mother. In the end, something terrible happened that brought them together as a family.

You know, I'm not a story teller for a reason. I'm crappy at explaining things! I can't do it enough justice, so go ahead and see it for yourself. To me, it's really good.

In the evening, I saw "Fantastic Mr. Fox". Wow, I'm really impressed with the quirky and unusual animation, and it's a really funny and entertaining movie. When it showed in the cinema, I wasn't that much interested to see it because, I don't know, I've seen the trailer and it didn't really show me anything interesting, except for the animation. I had no idea what the story was all about. I guess it's the same as "Up", though? You can't tell a single thing from the trailer but the movie turns out to be so brilliant.

I probably shouldn't judge a book by its cover from now on! Speaking of George Clooney, I have yet to see "Up in the Air", and I really, really want to see that! Did you guys see any good movies this weekend? I wanna hear about it.

Alright, it's almost 11 pm now and I'm gonna read "Juliet, Naked" for a bit before going to bed. Another week of work ahead!

If you are still breathing maybe it is not such a bad day after all.

Saturday, 12 June 2010

Missing Venice =)

Nobody's out of place in Venice.


I have to say, I'm quite digging this new template look. Nice job at guys at Blogger. It's about time you guys have something new to offer. :) Anyway, just a few updates as we're enjoying our exciting weekend!

The World Cup fever is here! I'm not much of a football junkie, but it's really one occasion that brings the whole world together, and the buzz is just infectious! Yesterday we saw the first match between South Africa and Mexico, and I can't wait to see more! Go England!

My other cousin came today with a great surprise. He brought us Playstation 3! It's supposed to his, but he has finished playing his Final Fantasy XIII and he generously decided to lend us the shweet device to our possession! As I'm writing this, the gang is excitedly trying it out and playing the game outside! My cousin set our TV to HD too as we gloriously saw the awesomely good video quality in amazement! I have the feeling we're gonna stay home more now. I have to say I'm the least of a gamer in the family though, compared to my sisters. They're loving it!

Oh, another thing. I'm sure I have mentioned it before weeks ago, but I got a gig doing some writings for an educational magazine in Jakarta. It's a freelance thing, so I can easily do it from here. I went for the interview when I was back in Jakarta and the editor offered me this amazing opportunity. For my first assignment, I wrote two books review. They were motivational books, so it was a little bit outside my normal read, but I thoroughly enjoyed the process of writing the review! And finally, the magazine is out! I can't wait to see it, but it's gonna take some time to have it delivered from home. My dad already got it, and he sent me a picture of the review page, but he mega-zoomed it and the picture turned out to be blurry. Haha, bless him! He's not exactly the most talented 'picture-snapper'. Alright, the pay is nothing, but I'm so glad to have this opportunity and I'm looking forward to have my next assignment for the upcoming issue.

I got a new book for my next read! It's "Juliet, Naked" by one of my favorite authors, Nick Hornby. I've always loved his books, and I'm so excited for this one. Yeay for good books! Speaking of good book, I also just bought one through for the first time! Because I couldn't seem to find Jason Mulgrew's "Everything is Wrong with Me", I had to purchase it online! Happy though!

Alright, I just came back from late lunch at Ajisen Ramen, and I'm so full right now. We've done a little bit of grocery shopping earlier too, and I'm gonna cook soup for dinner tonight. Contrary to popular belief, I love cooking for other people. I've been thinking of inviting friends for BBQ at the apartment, but things have just been a little busy so haven't had time to plan it yet. We'll see! Hope you guys enjoy the weekend! Ole, ole, ole!

Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice.

Quotes ~ Happiness Project - Day 46-48

I think happiness is what makes people pretty. Period. Beautiful people are happy people. :)

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Ranting again.

How I miss going on and on and on about nothing in particular! I've been so wrapped up with things, I'm losing all my artistic/creative cells (if I even had any to begin with.) Usually, every time I read my older blog posts, I would cringe to myself, be ashamed of the dorkiness and randomness I have conjured, but lately, I just smile pleasantly reading all the good things I wrote, which was meant to turn myself into a more positive person! Which, I guess is good! But, I'm missing all the drama!

I miss being me! (gosh, how narcissistic does that sound?) I miss whining and complaining about the whole world being against me and all self-centered things like that. (in case you haven't known, the universe does revolve around me. Yeah, if you're in looney-land.)

The thing is, I can't entirely blame my happiness project for turning me into a one-dimensional happy person. If anything, I should blame my own lack of social skills and activities nowadays. My day consists of getting up, going to work, knocking off work, and going home. The vicious cycle continues. And you blame me for having nothing interesting to say?

I guess I can write about how sparkling my computer screen is today, or about how the clouds look magnificently white as I gaze outside the window. But that hardly makes for an engaging read, doesn't it?

My definition of social activities are just gossiping with my colleagues during lunch time. And I'm only showing my ridiculously charming personality through the phone when I'm making phone calls for work. Geez. Other than that, you have better chance in having fun talking to a wall.

My sisters are no help either. They are so much fun to be around that I always make plans with them, and thus, not going out with friends. Like yesterday, for instance. Initially I was thinking of having dinner with a friend of mine after work. But then a text from my sister came. "Sis! Go home straight after work! I've bought Padang food for dinner!" C'mon, how could you say no to that? The thing with having my sisters around, not only are they awesome, they know me the best. The day before, they lured me to dinner by using salmon as a bait. Bless them. I wasn't complaining!

And if I asked you, hey, what's my current favorite song? You wouldn't be able to answer, but ask my little sister, and she wouldn't bat an eyelid and say, "Eenie Meenie"! Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it's official. I'm shameless. Justin Bieber is my guilty pleasure. On the way back from dinner a few days ago, my little sister and I watched the music video of that song in repeat and imitated the dance moves aka hand gestures of Sean Kingston and Justin Bieber.

You would probably be scarred to life had you been there. Even my cousin has given up when it comes to my crazy antics. I would dance randomly at home, and sing along to "Baby" without warning which he's secretly afraid of but wouldn't admit.

So work has taken over my social life, so what? I still find time to hang out with the people that I care about. I do miss partying days, but I know I'll have plenty of that in the future! I'm making the most of work life (and the money that comes along with it.) ;)

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Happiness Project - Day 45


1. Bumped into an ex-classmate of mine whom I haven't seen in more than a year! It was 8.45 in the morning, I was buying bubble tea, my early kick of sugar and I felt a poke on my shoulder and she was probably the least person I would expect to see! That was a pleasant surprise.
2. Had a nice day at work. Had lunch with my favorite colleagues.
3. Boss wasn't around *ahem*
4. Knocked off the office on time and went back with my colleague and we blasted Eenie Meenie in the car throughout the journey! Haha..
5. Sis bought this amazing Padang food for dinner. And man, was it good. We ate while watching telly. Bliss!
6. Seeing these pictures from our last dinner with the colleagues ;)

These are the people that make my working days great everyday! ;)

Happiness Project - Day 44

Monday, 7 June 2010

1. Busy morning at work, but time passed faster that way. Before I knew it, it was knock-off time!
2. Oh, and the new media person just came in today, which means I could breathe a little bit from now on 'cos I don't need to do two persons' job anymore!
3. Met my sisters and cousin for sushi dinner. Yes, sushi! Which equals to lots and lots of salmon and a happy Tina!
4. Wandered around the shopping mall and bought some products from Watson because I'm greedy and extravagant. ;p

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Happiness Project - Day 41-43

Friday, 4 June 2010

1. My colleagues, who make my working days oh so fun and enjoyable!
2. Met up with sisters and cousin for dinner at Swensens. Food was great! And ordered my favorite chocolate blondie dessert. The bill came up to nearly a hundred dollars! Funny thing is, we weren't even that full...
3. Watched more Arrested Development season 3. Michael Cera is soooo adorable! (Yeah, I've probably said it a hundred times, but what's one more time?)

Saturday, 5 June 2010

1. Working on a Saturday is not fun, but I blasted Uncle Kracker's 'Smile' on my way to work, and it cheered me up.
2. It wasn't a bad day. Had a pleasant website meeting, and managed to go back on time.
3. Met up with my little sister for some chinese food for lunch.
4. We went to see Prince of Persia, which was pretty good.

Sunday, 6 June 2010

1. Had a long good rest! Woke up at noon!
2. Pampered myself with some manicure and pedicure with sis.
3. Saw Sex and The City 2! It was so much fun and entertaining! Love every minute of it. ;)

Take a chance. Because you never know how absolutely perfect something could turn out to be.

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Happiness Project - Day 39 & 40

Whirlwind Wednesday

1. Busy day at work, which is a good thing. All things considered, I think I'm doing a good job filling in the media role. My colleague just left the company, so I'm filling in her role temporarily. It's such a headache, but I can still manage.
2. Met my long-time friend who may be the strongest person I knew.
3. In the same opportunity, I also met another good friend of mine whom I haven't seen in a while due to our busy working schedule. It was nice seeing her again.

Pleasant Thursday

1. Received the long-awaited good news.
2. Watched more Glee during dinner at home.
3. Thinking of you.

Wednesday, 2 June 2010


And when I met you, I never would have imagined that I would have such strong feelings for you. I never would have thought that I would have dreams about you, or miss being by your side, or get butterflies in my stomach when someone mentions your name. When I first met you, I never would've thought I would love you.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Happiness Project - Day 38

Gangs of Tuesday

1. Productive day at work! Was rushing off an ad that was really, really last minute. Scrambling and putting things piece by piece until it's all finally done!
2. Favorite prawn noodles for lunch.
3. Had a great, great time hanging out with colleagues after work and catching up with ex-colleagues for dinner and chitchat. Pictures coming up later!
4. Realized once again that I got the best colleagues ever! :)

"So honey let me sing you a song,
And listen to my words as they come out wrong, but don't
Run away, run away, this time.
And honey let me look in your eyes
You can open them one at a time, but don't
Look away, look away, this time.