Saturday, October 30, 2010

The past few weeks have been crazy. Crazy good, crazy bad. I think it's safe to say that I've reached a milestone in my career. And the hubby has reached a milestone his career. It is exciting and frustrating at the same time and it also means we have bigger shoes to fill in now. But at the end of the day, it's the sense of achievement.

There will be no more choo-choo train posts over here (cos the choo-choo train has found her own blog to scribble on).

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

little cho cho train

The little cho cho train struggles to go faster and faster and faster.

The little cho cho train sees the big trains speeding pass her and thinks "Waaaaaahhhh".

The little cho cho train needs to upgrade to a better engine to keep up.

But hor, the little cho cho train still waiting for news about the $$.

No $$, how to upgrade engine ah?

;)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

:)

The little tired cho-cho train smiles today.

The little tired cho-cho train almost cried realizing it all paid off.

The little tired cho-cho train is glad the other little tired cho-cho train made it as well.

But the little cho-cho train knows there is a long way to go.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Sometimes the world seems so big
And I feel so small

and alone

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Actually, it's not that short la

Nah, due to the requests I've uploaded the photo.



BTW, I'm not a vain pot who uploads photos of myself for no reason. I'm shy.


Sunday, October 10, 2010

1010101010

Mr. Looi called me at 10th October 2010 at 10.10am to tell me it's 10/10/10 10:10am.

So what am I doing at 10/10/10 10:10am? Sigh... don't want to say... Mr. Looi says I'm pathetic. And I have to agree with Mr. Looi.

:)

P/S - my hair is short now. Please don't scream when you see me (particularly traumatized when I cut my hair short 10 years ago and Mun literally screamed when she saw it. Because of her, it took me 10 years before I had to guts to cut my hair short again.)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The apong maker

The hubby and I were talking about how busy we are at work. Both of us have similar roles right now and we both share lots of stories on how we deal with work.

And the hubby told me this,

A manager has a very similar job to an apong (pancake) maker.

Seriously.

You know how they make apong right? There are like 15 apong pans and the apong maker will start filling one. Before one is cooked he covers it and then goes on to make the next one. He moves to the next and to the next and constantly goes back to the first to add more ingredients. And soon you'll see the apong maker frantically opening and closing the covers of 15 different pans at super speed.



That is exactly what a manager goes through. We are all frantically opening and checking all our many half cooked apongs before they all burn, at such speed that you'll forget which apong is which. One apong comes and talk to you and you have trouble remembering which apong he is.

Someone told me after you've crossed the level of insanity dealing with so many issues, you'll reach a point where you are strangely calm.

"This is a critical issue for a platinum customer!!!"
Sure.... no problem... take a queue ticket and line up buster...

"It has to be done ASAP, it's gating our deadline"
*GAsp* Oh really? You don't say. Oh wow, that's so incredible that I have to spend some time pondering on this.

"I need you to update this by today"
Of course... the last time I check, I'm quite positive I have one brain and two hands. Of course they can handle it

"When will this be done?"
Truth or lie, you pick

"We are going to have to support this! Oh, we don't have to anymore. Oh wait, we still have to support it"
Que sera sera, whatever will be, will be. The future's not ours to see.

"What's the update on this?"
Silence... currently listening to Lady Gaga...

"We need your team to help with this"
Let's see... which strategy should I use to tell the engineer without getting eaten up alive...


"Mindy, we need more resources"
Okay... let's hold hands and pray together...


It's fun being an apong maker. And it's fun being strangely calm. I wonder how long it will last..... :)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The land of A Famosa

We reached Melacca in the morning. When you think of Melacca, you think of A Famosa. So of course we went to A Famosa first. By lunch time, I sent the hubby a sms saying that I don't wanna go back to Melacca again. I guess I'm just not into sweating under the sun to look at a small stony old building. If I wanna sweat and look at old buildings, I can do it in Penang.

Found a cool little resort by the beach, checked in, chilled out by the beach with little Nook. Then it was time to go to Jonker Walk.

By late afternoon I sent the hubby another sms. This time I told him that he has got to come down to Melacca because I've just tasted the most AMAZING cendol ever!!! The cendol was so good, we went back the next day again.



Oh Jonker cendol, after tasting you, how do you expect me to settle for Penang road cendol? It just won't do it for me anymore.



The nonya laksa was seriously good as well. So so so so yummy......

I found Melacca very pretty. I enjoyed the boat ride and the pretty buildings along the river. I wish Penang had rivers that don't accidentally get mistaken as giant drains. And I love Jonker walk and all the wonderful things to see there. Reminds me a lot of Kuta in Bali.

I was eating non-stop because there were just so many different food stalls to try out. Kept getting distracted and stopping at each stall. I just get so excited when I see food. If I had a little tail like Sparkle, my butt would be wagging the whole time in excitement.

And as usual, it was great to have a little holiday with 3 other awesome girls.


Oh, and I'm almost sure that the state government of Melacca secretly belongs to Mamee (you know, the Mamee monster brand). They rule Melacca, you know. If you have been to Melacca, you'll understand. :)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

chillax

Just me and my Nook and the sound of the waves. :)

Friday, October 1, 2010

The sister and the goodies are back in Penang

I've got so many things to blog about but couldn't find the time. But I have to blog before I go off to KL later. My blogging fingers are itchy. And I'm so glad I'm going to KL later. I can't wait to see you girls!!!!!

Picked up my sister from the airport. The boyfriend immediately went over to give her a hug but was intercepted by Uncle Ninian. The boy didn't get the chop of approval yet, so no holding hands yet.

The baby sister looked babier than usual. And if not babyish enough, she gets a boyfriend who looks like a baby as well. They looked look two little kids giggling in puppy love.

Ai..... I feel old. And if I feel old, Uncle Ninian feels ancient.

There was of course the dreaded interview. For all the big talk that the hubby was saying before, he was very very quiet during the interview over dinner. He didn't ask the boy any questions. I think the hubby was just sitting there thanking God, his lucky stars, and his fairy god mother that it wasn't him being interviewed.

I had a super fun time during dinner watching the two baby lovebirds squirm at each question Uncle Ninian shot them. And hard questions they were (e.g. what's the difference between being in love with a person and loving a person?). :P

The baby sister surprised me by buying a Nook for me. I love my Nook. I've being showing it of to everybody. I bring my Nook everywhere I go now. Now I'm tempted to get an iPad after seeing the one my sister got for Uncle Ninian (Dear hubby, somebody's birthday is coming).

She bought me a Coach bag as well. I like the bag though I probably won't appreciate the brand as much as others would. I only heard of the brand Coach when I was in the U.S. and my Penang colleague dragged me to the Coach outlet shop screaming, "Coach!!!!:"

And of course there's the Roomba. Everybody wants to hear about the Roomba after months of me blogging about it. Yes, baby Roomba is back at home. The dogs were terrified of the strange moving object and every time baby Roomba went near them, they would run away. I was absolutely fascinated by it. It was some kind of magical device sent from the heavens above to clean my dirty floors.


Anyway, baby Roomba ran out of battery and needed to eat. I happily plugged in the adapter and a second later.... bang!!!!.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I killed my Roomba's source of energy.

I didn't realized I had to get a voltage converter and I fried the adapter. So Roomba's dead right now. (I told this to my boss just now during an interview session and he was doing all he could not to burst into laughter in front of the interviewee)


The sister's boy is going to fix it for me. If he brings Roomba back to life, he's going to get lots of bonus bonus points from me. I'm so Roomba depressed right now. :(


Oh, and it's super strange to have my sister bring her boy back to Bayswater. They hung around the living room for a while, went into her bedroom and the door was almost closed. I'm the super cool big sister who is opened minded about everything.... but a teeny weeny bit of me was thinking, what is my baby sister doing in the room with her boy?

I wonder whether they have kissed yet... been so busy that I haven't asked this question for a while. :P