Friday, January 1, 2016

Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016.

It's raining, and I'm cosy in bed..

Tonight's a quiet night, just me and my thoughts. My favourite cup of hot Dilmah Earl Grey Tea, and a bottle of Paris Baguette's Original Milk Pudding, Christmas carols on repeat..

Here's a recap:
Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015.
Goodbye 2013, Hello 2014.


This year is a year filled with so much, yet like many other years flew by so quickly.

On the career front, I've had quite a couple of highlights, making this year more than satisfying at work. First would be the transfer of teams. With help from so many people I genuinely am grateful for, this year saw me progressing from a single product team to a multi product team, and into a team of my choice. I can't help but feel extremely lucky and blessed, but I also have to acknowledge the many conversations back and forth behind the scenes, and for the people who stood up for me and fought for me, Thank You is never gonna be enough.

The third quarter of this year saw my numbers hit the roof with July August September's averages coming out top in the entire department, both single and multi product teams combined. That was indeed insane, and until today the thought hasn't exactly settled. I can't quite wrap my head around it. I guess statuses and recognition aside, what made it meaningful was the difference it made from the first and second quarter of the year.

Well you see, this year also saw me hit all time low. It was a year filled with extreme fluctuations and many times I leave work, or the week, completely exhausted mentally. Consistency was a word far beyond my reach. Each month was either a ridiculous high or low. Drastic, unpredictable, emotionally draining. So when a good third quarter came around, it was more so a peace at heart, a feeling I haven't had in too long, that was more substantial than the monetary rewards or recognition.

To this I owe so much to that few people who has always walked with me during my time here. People who believed in me in good times and bad. People who went the extra mile and are more often than not on my side regardless. People who made me feel like it's worth staying for, worth fighting for. Again, Thank You can never be enough. But for what it's worth, I am who I am because of you guys. I've learnt the things that I can because of you guys. And what a difference my career would have been without you guys, this I am so sure. I am so blessed, I don't think I deserve all of this.

On my personal life though, this year hasn't been much. I've been who I'm happy being, alone, exploring the opportunities of friendships, work and life in general. Alone is not lonely. Alone is not depressing. Alone is not a bad thing. Some people might believe in relationships, but from the way I see it, before we can be any good in one, we need to first be awesome alone. I feel that alone is the best way to find yourself. To get to know yourself. To journey yourself to being a better person before going into a relationship and offering what you can on a plate. If alone you're not happy, or fulfilled, then you'll be nothing but a burden in a relationship. So this year, I am alone. And I'm loving it!


On the resolution aspect, I've failed so miserably! Then again, resolutions are never meant to be achieved! >.< * Self-denial *

One. Drink more water.
Two. Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.
Three. Get on an exercise regime.
Four. Stop binge drinking.
Five. Sleep more.

The focus this coming 2016 will be on my physical self.

Lets go Twenty Sixteen.

Bring it on.


Thursday, December 31, 2015

Blogmas Day 31: Wink

Ending the year with the bunch of people I cannot live without.

12 years of friendship and counting.

We're still pretty much the same. Goofy, weird, nerdy. 12 years later, we're in fields of work we wanted to be in, some of us enjoying single-hood, some of us attached, and some of us getting hitched. Deep down inside though, we click like good old times, no matter how little we meet. There's never an awkward moment, and nothing too insensitive to say. I love this bunch, we let each other be who we are, not a single judgement. Just lots of love.

2016 and more years to come! :)


Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Blogmas Day 30: Hyde & Co.

Hyde & Co.
785 North Bridge Road
Singapore 198753

Tea like the English people do.

This place captured my heart with all the white furnitures and walls. Clean, simple, and weirdly, freezing. Brings me to a place far from the busy local streets outside every time. It's easy to get lost. It's easy to forget you're in hot sunny Singapore. And that's what I adore. It's like a small break from reality. I always feel too reluctant to leave. I must say, it's easy to drift away into your own little space, with a good book in hand, set aside any pending responsibilities.

The Big Apple
The NY Lox

Smoked Salmon, Crispy Capers, Pickled Onions, Fresh Dill Cream Cheese, on a Toasted Artisanal Bagel.

Anyone who knows me knows my love for smoked salmon, cream cheese, and bagel. This combination brings me back to London, my favourite city in the world. I remember it was cold outside, Harrods was not yet opened, and my girls and I settled across the street for breakfast. Inside this little breakfast place, was where I first had this sandwich. I fell in love with it, it was comforting. Since then, every time I sink my teeth into a bagel packed with smoked salmon and cream cheese spread, it reminds me of London. And I love it.

Here's sharing with you one of my favourite little hideout, not a secret I believe with this place, but a gem nevertheless.