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My son woke up in the middle of the night and said, "妈妈, 我不要像鳄鱼一样没有牙齿! 我会好好刷牙!!"
Heh. Funny little munchkin.

I just bought last lunch of the year 🙂
It's been fun. I hope we have more fun in the new year.

You guys can really tell my age by the games I used to play huh?

Since when has getting a pedicure become a social activity?
All I want is to sit in a chair and be alone and quiet and have someone file and paint my toenails so that I don't have to do it myself. But it was not to be. An entire family of seven women trooped in and sat AROUND me chattering. I couldn't read! I couldn't hear myself think!!
In the end I had to fall asleep to get away from it.

My sweet ending.
May we all be better people in the new year.

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I stood behind someone who looked like one of my ex-boyfriends from behind in the train going back to the office from lunch today and remembered how a year after he bitterly broke my young and foolish heart, I ran into him on New Year’s Eve [being my name saint day!] at the unlikeliest of places.

I was with two friends I’ve known since childhood, both of whom at that time I thought were my BFFs till the end. We were celebrating New Year’s together. Jeffrey was the only one of the four of us who was attached at that time and being the responsible boyfriend, he had begged off spending New Year’s with us in favour of his then girlfriend.

So we were walking around Heeren and we ran into this dude, who didn’t see us at first.

It being New Year’s Eve and all, and it being a year after the heartbreak, I decided to go up to him, say hello and wish him Happy New Year. The plan was that the two friends would come with me and say hello as well since we all knew each other from way back when and they really shouldn’t be tainted by the breakup. Anyway, it would be a socially awkward moment which I thought then would be less awkward if the other two friends came along. It would just be like primary school friends running into each other and no big deal.

I walked slightly ahead, approached the dude and said hello. He looked uneasy and wouldn’t look at me straight in the eye. I turned slightly and realized that the two friends did not follow behind me as planned and was nowhere to be seen. I was slightly thrown off.

I took about a small moment to re-group, then went through with the random pleasantries and wishing him a Happy New Year [complete with limp handshake from him], then walked back to look for the two friends, who were found hiding behind a wall.

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From the incident, I learnt two very important lessons in life:

1. People who cannot stand by you while you seek closure to an emotionally complicated situation are not really your friends.

2. People who hide behind walls and watch you self-destruct are not worth your time and effort.

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In celebration of my name saint day this year, I am having dinner with Rebecca: the friend who, after drinking lots of Margaritas with me to work out my angst, did not stand by to watch me self destruct by running away to Egypt after rainbows in the dessert.

She introduced The Other Half to me. I went to the money changer, sold all the USD I had and married him the following year.

Heh.

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Album of the year for me would be Fun.'s Some Nights.
I'm still listening to it almost everyday and the kids love it as well. The songs speak to me. I am in love with Nate Ruess' s voice.

Maybe you should re-think your conscience in the new year.

Stupidest late back from lunch excuse to date:
I ordered a Vietnamese drip coffee for lunch and it took too. damn. long to drip…

I just bought a shredder from Muji during lunch.
I've shredded everything that can be shredded on my desk. I am now moving onto T's cubicle.
This is making me insanely happy!

Now you can get a better shredder 🙂

Sometimes I really want to kick The Overlord.

In relation to my impending visit to the dentist –
S: 妈妈, 我的老师读故事给我听。鳄鱼痛痛要去看牙医。
A: 是不是鳄鱼的名字叫痛痛?
My daughter is such a troll.

Okay. I take it back. Your pain threshold is quite high.

He: I think you should think about taking your top two wisdom teeth out.
Me: Huh? Why?
He: …Actually, you can keep them if you like. It's good that you have enough space for them. But you must floss them…It's so hard to clean!!

I think he accidentally said that out loud.

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10.20am
I just made a whole bunch of Jelly sweets from the leftover cherry juice from Peanut's birthday cake and the orange syrup from the candied oranges yesterday.

I'm either spending too much time with your mother or as you grow older, your tolerance for filth is far lower.

Spot the cats.

The march of the Gummies!!

I walk into the bedroom.
S: Mummy, we were just playing a game. We pretend that the animals are family. We did not jump on the bed.
Me: This is sounding quite suspicious. Did you jump on the bed?
A: No! We were just playing a game. Everyone is at a picnic and a walkaround. We did not jump on the bed.
Me: Did the animals jump on the bed?
S: No!! We just walk around! No jumping!
Hmmm…suspicious much…

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Alone at home with kiddies while The Other Half's gone off to the driving range.
Kids are playing some game which involves them calling each other Daddy and Mummy. This is confusing much.

11.13am
Second attempt at making candied orange this morning.
*crosses fingers*

12pm
Candied Oranges are all warm and toasty in the oven. Success!!

Candied Oranges complete! Phew!

Whenever I use my microplane grater, I'll sigh and say, "Oh! How I've suffered in the years before you came along. I love you so. May we never be parted."

I wonder how Cammy and Joie works out their time share arrangement of that little spot on the ottoman where the sun comes in.
They were fighting over it this morning, then Cammy won and Joie went off to hang out somewhere else.
Cammy was there till about 3pm. Then she gets up and walks off and Joie has been on that spot since.
Cat politics are as unfathomable as the deep blue sea.

An inversion a day keeps the doctor away!

Chocolate Orange Marquise complete!

Is it a once-a-day ability?

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Rebecca came over to meet me for lunch on Tuesday and I was a little late because I had to give a ra-ra talk to my staff before the holiday season. During lunch, she told me about how her friend got a bad staff review and I had replied, “Well, now I don’t get reviewed. I hand out reviews haha.”

That was when I realized that in this one year, I have gone from just doing the work to being an employer, being responsible not just for my own work but for the work of at least 4 to 6 other people.

I am therefore past the “up and leave” stage: I can no longer up and leave because I am responsible for all of these other people and their jobs.

It’s scary. I make these decisions, sometimes on a whim, and it affects all of these other people. Like the day I decided to re-draft all my templates for standard letters, or change work flow. I swear when I sent it out I could hear everyone outside wanting to kill me.

But I have also grown to love these guys and girls. We have each others’ backs. After all of my staffing misadventures, I appear to have finally found a bunch of people I enjoy working with. There are more of us in this shithole together and somehow that makes it more bearable. There are less down days and more up days.

So my hope for the New Year, work-wise, would be that we are able to maintain what we have and get better and better at what we are doing.

And I really should stop buying ink. I probably have enough to last the rest of my life and then some.

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Some China Man just called me and said something which sounded like "Hello can I speak to Thor?"
I politely told him he had the wrong number. Then I kicked myself for all the snarky replies I did not give.

Always remind yourself that two years from now, you WILL laugh at this.

6.15pm Power Class
Nice stretch after a long while.
It's a new teacher. I like her. She doesn't make it feel like secondary school PE class.

She: It's going to be the new year. What are you going to do with your life in the new year?
He: I've been asking myself that question for many years.
She: Then I think you should just hang around and not rush the decision.

Your pain threshold really isn't that high.

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