Month: August 2011

Day 39: Rum, Mango Juice and my 3rd official website launch!

Finally, after 6 long months, another website is born. www.theromanticholiday.com * For all you loved up folk out there, you should check this place out. Rendezvous is a boutique, couples-only resort located in St Lucia. I had the privilege of living/working nearby and on-site for a while earlier this year. The staff are lovely =) And the view (as you can see on the website) is amazing. * Well done team. Another one for the books =) * Special thanks to Paul Hilder who spent a significant amount of time working on this site. Paul, that extra glass of rum and mango juice was for you! 😉 We missed you today!

Day 38: Dirty Chai's, my desk at work, Chase & Status and annual leave – approved!

I loooove the new 101010 mural on the wall.  I officially have the best seat in the house. =D Ah, think of all the proposals that will come out of this inspired space… Bouncing along to this Chase & Status song… Sipping on my overpriced but oh so delicious Chai Tea Latte & single shot of espresso cocktail… (the key ingredients of a so-called ‘Dirty Chai’) =P Thanks, Graham, for getting this organised over the long weekend. And Paul Kemp for the artwork. * Thanks, Louis, for approving my days of leave this year and next =) * Now I actually have to get my yoga interview scheduled! AND Ahora, tengo que revisar mi espanol!  AND Now my visa really needs to get sorted quickly ’cause, baby, I can hear Africa calling! =)

Day 37: Second Sundays, wearing my PJs until 2PM, finishing 'Eat, Pray, Love' and the return of the Stricklands…

Gotta love Bank Holiday Monday’s, sleeping in past alarm clocks and lounging around in your pyjamas all day. Sometimes, you need the speed bumps to break up the usual rush of life. A moment to pause and just chill the f*ck out. Relish the silence. Today was one of those days. * Book: ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ by Elizabeth Gilbert Status: Complete Book: ‘Brave New World’ by Aldous Huxley Status: Awaiting my descent. * Welcome back Uncle Mark, Donna, Ali, Grace and, of course, Louis! Looking forward to this last week at home before I officially move out (again!) =)

Day 36: Notting Hill Carnival, Rob, Calix and a little bit of serendipity…

Serendipity:  The occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way. * Fact: London has a population of approximately 7.8 billion people. Fact:  Over this bank holiday weekend, 5.5 million people were expected to commute over rail alone despite part-closures and planned engineering works. That’s 5.5 million people moving and shaking around the country over this bank holiday weekend. Fact: Every year, the Notting Hill Carnival attracts about 1 million people to join in the Caribbean-inspired, street party festivities. Fact: The Notting Hill Carnival is spread across a 20-mile hodgepodge of Caribbean-inspired street party festivities; floats; costumes; jerk-chicken stalls; and 40 distinct districts of calypso, soca, reggae, house, dub, funk, steel pan, pop and jazz music. Fact: There are 2 main lost and found stations within the 4.5 square miles of party. One near Ladbroke Grove and the other by Kensal Road. Fact: When you are in a setting like this, on a weekend like this, surrounded by music, dancing and infinite distractions like this, the last thing you expect to happen …

Day 35: Freshly tumble-dried clothes, The Raj Tandoori, Lobster Reef Pinot Noir & Miro…

– Cabeza de Campesino Catalan 2, Joan Miro – The Miro exhibit at the Tate is, in a word: mesmerizing. This was one of my favourite’s. Thanks, Sue, for the head’s up. And Kavesh/Jason for the free corporate pass. What a wonderful way to spend the afternoon =) * On a bone-chilling, crisp morning you gotta love the feel of a toasty, warm sweater wrapped around your goosepimply skin. And after another late train ride home, with tired forms and hungry stomachs, you gotta give thanks to the chatty storekeeper that recommends a good bottle of Pinot Noir. Conclusion? Lobster Reef Pinot Noir is, despite it’s cheap appearances, actually very good. Not as dark-chocolatey-rich or full-bodied as other Pinot’s I’m used to. But extremely palatable and easy to drink. A bit too easy in fact!) As Master Sommelier Madeline Triffon quite rightly puts it: a good Pinot Noir is “like sex in a glass”. Cheers to that! Special thanks to the Raj Tandoori restaurant down the road for whipping up a last minute order before closing. In …

Day 34: Italian meatballs, Susie Q & Snog…

Thank you, Susie Q, for a great start to the long weekend. Italian meatballs? Yum. Frozen Yoghurt? DOUBLE Yum. I am so glad your Singaporean accent traveled across the Journalism corridor in first year. And that I was homesick enough to say hello! Apart from my First Class Honours degree and a little bit more intelligence (lol), your friendship is probably the next best thing I got out of uni. So thanks =) Looking forward to Morocco – flights are cheap 😉

Day 33: Account Management 101, a company of GIANTS and Me-Time…

It’s been great being an Account Manager and having a team to take care of, but sometimes… even managers need to take a back seat and be schooled. As the famous David Ogilvy once said: “If each of us hires people who are smaller than we are, we shall become a company of dwarfs. But if each of us hires people who are bigger than we are, we shall become a company of giants.” I suppose we are, all, giants in the making. Thanks Louis =) * On a separate note, it has been a very long and ridiculously jam-packed couple of weeks. Am actually looking forward to some down time with me, myself and I. Thank you, self, for being such great company. You caught that fall pretty well. =) P.S. How do you like THEM apples! =p

Day 32: Rioja, Wagamama & the closing scene of Good Will Hunting…

Nothing like a bottle of red, oversized portions of Ramen and a bit of Matt Damon-Ben Affleck bro-mance to end the day and kickstart the night. “No. No, no no no. Fuck you, you don’t owe it to yourself man, you owe it to me. Cuz tomorrow I’m gonna wake up and I’ll be 50, and I’ll still be doin’ this shit. And that’s all right. That’s fine. I mean, you’re sittin’ on a winnin’ lottery ticket. And you’re too much of a pussy to cash it in, and that’s bullshit. ‘Cause I’d do fuckin’ anything to have what you got. So would any of these fuckin’ guys. It’d be an insult to us if you’re still here in 20 years. Hangin’ around here is a fuckin’ waste of your time.”  – Chuckie. Moral of the story? If you’ve got a winning lottery ticket, take it and run. The hardest part? Realizing you’re a winner first! =)

Day 31: Farting Yogees, Underfloor heating on trains & Zero Expectations…

Not that I particularly like the smell of them, but you gotta admit it’s quite funny when someone keeps farting in class! And loudly, too!! * It’s getting colder these days, and the days – shorter. Had to wait 30-40 minutes on the platform tonight until my train arrived. So yes, I am extremely grateful for underfloor heating and stepping into a piping hot carriage. * 2 cents for the day (or more like my mantra for the last few days): “When you expect nothing, you only have everything to gain.” Try it. You’ll find every day becomes a pleasant surprise =)

Day 30: Nutella & Ham sandwiches, Third Eye Blind and my 2nd official website launch.

Well done, team. =) Rendezvous website next! * Country mention for today: Thank god for Amsterdam. Were it not for you, I may not have ever discovered the delicacy that is a ham and nutella sandwich. What am I gonna do when I go veg?? (Thank god for tofu!) Music mention for today: Thank you, Third Eye Blind, for one of my most favourite songs ever. Narcolepsy.