Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Hugs and Wishes and Merry Wishes!

The last few days in the office was spent wrapping Christmas presents. I’ve gotten a few paper cuts (marshmallow marshmallow marsmallow!!!!) but have finally wrapped every single present and given them out. So the stress of Christmas is over and I can now enjoy the joy and festivities!

The company secretary was also kind enough the buy a macadamia cheese cake, cookies and a few bottles of wine for us today before we all go on leave which was great but it lacked something …… entertainment!

We screamed at, cajoled, cheered and threatened (with a bad evaluation to his college professor) one of the interns to take off his shirt and do star jumps. The poor boy was so shy that he was clutching his t-shirt tightly and hid in a corner in case we ripped it off him. But as the cheers and support grew louder and more people walked into the room to see what the fuss was all about, he probably thought he should bite the bullet and do it before the his audience become 2 fold. So the boy actually did it in front of about 15 people. Respect.

Now the other intern needs to do the same. It’s only fair. And again, he’s been threatened by a bad evaluation. We’re so evil. But it’s all in the name of fun.

Now I wonder if anyone captured the intern and his 6 pack on camera……..

I’m leaving the office now for dinner with Paul and Jon. Then Paul and I are off down South to spend one week in Singapore for Christmas.

Merry Christmas everyone!

May you have love, joy, hope and many presents from Santa!

Hugs & Kisses and Merry Wishes!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Holidays In The Next 3 Months

The work days are finally getting easier. I’m not working as late and the days are not as intense, nor as stressful as usual. This is how the month of December should be. It will be too much to ask for snow but easy, relaxing, festive weeks leading up to Christmas would make me happy too.

Paul and I will be spending Christmas in Singapore and will be there for one whole week. There will be a bit of Boxing Day shopping since friends tell me that the sales are totally crazy and worth it. It’s been a decade since I used to make yearly pilgrimages to Singapore for shopping so I’m totally out of touch. And there will be lots of catching up with friends and a little bit of eating since generally food in Singapore cannot match up to the overall taste of Malaysian food. Unless you’re talking gourmet….then, they’ll beat us hands down.

We’ll be back in KL to celebrate New Year Eve in KL with friends in the Fragrant Garden in Paul’s condo. It’s going to be a BBQ among a small group of friends with good food, good company and of course plenty of booze. I’d now much rather this than to be stuck in a club with far too many people….. or stuck in a traffic jam trying to head from one New Year Eve party to another and end up doing the countdown in the car.

Then in mid January, Paul and I are off to Bali for one week to celebrate our 1 year anniversary. We’ve booked 2 lovely private villas with pools and I can’t wait to enjoy the tranquility of our own villa as well as tanning and surfing on the beach. Fairy who just came back Bali also recommended swimming with dolphins and that’s something else I want to check out.

And after one week of being back after Bali, I’m off to Krabi on a company trip. Last year, I lost the fight to a Group Account Director who chose to go to Chiang Mai since he’s into mountainous jungle terrain. So this year, way before anyone even asked about a company trip, I did the research, pitched it to the CEO and sealed the deal. I believe more of us would want the beach and fun in the sun rather than being up in a mountain yet again. Well, I know I do anyway. The more beach holidays, the better!

Then CNY will be upon us. More holiday and good food.

And in mid March 2008, Paul & I will be in Chiang Mai with his family.

I’m loving the next 3 months!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

A Day Off in a Usual Work Week

What a glorious day was yesterday. Being a public holiday for the state of Selangor only, it’s great to have a day off when everyone else is working.

After watching 8 episodes of Desperate Housewives Season 3 the night before, I woke up about noon yesterday upon being woken by Michelle Who Stays on the Seashore. We headed to La Bodega Lounge and met Sin Cyn for lunch. Ashley joined us for coffee then the girls trooped over to a new massage place on Telawi 3. The masseuses were from China and they used some kind of pressure point technique. Sin Cyn and I got the head and foot massage and it felt gooood.

Once done, I went to Starbuck Plaza Mont Kiara to meet Diver Master Jon.

What an enjoyable & stress free day. If only all days could be like this.

On second thoughts, maybe not.

It’s nice to be a tai-tai once in a while especially when you get a whole day to yourself in the middle of a work week. However, if I were to do this every day of every week, I’ll be bored mindless.

I don’t understand how tai-tais do it. What do they do if they don’t work? Lots of them go shopping. But I don’t like shopping. And once I buy stuff, they just pile up at home and create clutter. And spas? I love spas but you can’t be doing scrubs and rubs every single day right? And morning coffees and hi-teas with other tai-tais I guess. I could do that but can see it getting boring after a few weeks of the same thing. And I’d feel incredible unproductive.

Days off like these are nice when you value it enough. And you can’t appreciate a day off if you get one everyday.

That said, I do wish a weekend was either 3 days long. Or we were given a day of per week whenever we choose. Now that, would be perfect.