Friday Favorites

Work is still crazy and I have a lingering cold so that means I’m intentionally hoarding things that I love and enjoy. Little treats and moments of gratitude have helped me through these past weeks.

Cadbury Caramel Eggs – I love caramel. You all know that!

Milk Tea – made with PG Tips tea bags, full fat milk powder and raw honey. The best comfort drink.

Playing sea otters with Sagan – we have been enjoying videos of this baby sea otter and his momma, floating in the sea so he has been laying on my belly while we pretend to be sea otters.

Penelope Dullaghan’s Instagram posts of her work – love the recent pieces with blues and whites.

This book – Owls: Our Most Charming Bird – lovely illustrations. Sagan loves owls, but we never got a reference-style book and when I saw this, I knew this would be it.

Sheet Masks – finally, my face has stopped peeling and is playing nice with my foundation/makeup. My mum bought me a whole bunch of them from Etude House when she went back to Singapore, they have all worked equally well.

What the *?!

I can tell when I’m stressed. I usually have a doppio espresso con panna. I wish I could say that it was a typical dessert for me on any given day but it’s not. These doppios were with me at a very difficult time in my life and today I ordered one because I needed to be reminded that I have overcome tough times before.

My Monday hasn’t been terrible – it’s just that my only real friend at work is leaving. She’s the only one who’s kept me grounded and made me feel like work isn’t so bad. I hate that she has been “forced” out due to job changes. Before she came, I never for a second felt welcomed here. Can you tell that I highly dislike this job that I have? And as if it’s not enough, today, the same annoying upper management person comes with more stupidity. So I have to say that at 33 and a 1/2, I’m starting to plan my retirement. Retirement from the corporate world. Folks from another generation might think me spoilt but what ever happened to satisfaction from work? Life is too short to throw away to a job that never thanks you.

I don’t want to complain about my work here but I feel that this is an important point in my life to document.

“Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.”James M. Barrie


ratbert the consultant

If humour can’t save me now, I don’t know what can. So laugh with me!

Lunch with the bosses

Today, the bosses brought me out for lunch here and we ate at this place. I had a pot of tea (an herbal blend called Star Spangled tea) that was really good and a vegetarian sandwich on foccacia. The pasta del giorno was angel hair with prawns but I decided that pasta would make me too sleepy this pm.

I had a good time, we chatted about tea (my tea swap), kids, San Francisco and museums. Which reminds me, we have to see the Van G*ogh-Mon*drian exhibit soon. Thursdays are when the museums open later into the night.

First Day done

My first day at work is over. *deep breath*

It went alright, better than I expected. I always have these heavy expectations on myself, driving myself nuts on the way. I think it’s because this is a job that I wanted so bad and would hate to disappoint with my performance. It was ok at my previous place to not perform – yes, I did excel but yet, I often feel unsure of myself. Maybe it’s just me. Not so much the place.

[If you look at previous work posts, I probably said the same thing about joining AFL*AC 🙂 ]

C’est la vie!


It was that time when I laid down to bed, I can’t remember falling asleep. I only remember his kisses and it was off to lala-land.

I am going in to work for a couple of hours in the pm to wrap up for the week. After a week of training away from them, I have to face long crazy hours like that. Anyhow, no more negativity from me. I’m off to end my week.

Thank y’all for the kind words. You should know me enough by now that I wouldn’t let my weekend be ruined by narrow-minded dumba$$e$.

– & +

Tonight, we’re having another late day at work. It’s past 5 and the weather outside is kinda nasty. What we spent 6 hours waiting to test on Monday is going for another round again today and all fingers are crossed.

Lunch was some good instant beef noodles but I think I am starting to feel hungry already. I just want some steaming hot Thai Panang curry and rice. It would make me so happy.

Thank you for those of you who say mom looks beautiful, she must be tinkled pink from those comments. Thank you also to those of you who have been trying to cheer me up about working late. I did get a day off yesterday so I didn’t complain.

Anyhow, I thought some positivity was a good way to end the negative start to this post.

[Update: Time is 12:11 past midnight, still at work. Zonked. Hope to leave in the next 15 minutes. Won’t be coming in at 8:00 for sure. Thursday evening would be Thai food with Hannah & James, also, I do have Friday off and I have a date. *wink*]

[Update #2: Time is 4:31 and I have not slept a wink. More zonked now. Obviously we didn’t leave around 12-ish. I’m so staying home.]

Late at work

I can’t believe that I am blogging from work at about 10.30pm at night. I know one should never complain about work but I have to gripe. I don’t understand why these so-called professionals are so adamant on slamming in a release when they have missed the deadline a million times before and knew ahead of time what problems exist.


On another note, my dinner of ribs, cabbage and now-soggy fries are in the oven, trying to stay warm for me. [Thank you hunny!]

Working Saturday

I spent the entire day working today. All I wanted to do was to spend the day preparing for Christmas, cleaning the house with Mike (who so wonderfully cleaned up for me/us) and get our tree. The good news is that our project has ended and the system is now live. Monday will be the real test. We shall see.

The evening turned out much better, we went shopping for tree decorations, more presents and some odds and ends for the house. My Christmas cards really need to be worked on. I can’t believe I’ve procrastinated this much.

Hope everyone else is having a great weekend. Tomorrow, I do absolutely nothing except for fun, creative things. No more thinking about work till Monday.