Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Black ninja, stupid shite and team work.

Sometimes I wonder if the Black Ninja (previously known as Semi Overlord) knows what exactly is he talking about when he opens his mouth.

-- On his way out of the office.

Or when he texts me when I was in a meeting.

"Who is on the later shift today? Are you in the office? The phone is ringing non stop. Where is Joseph? There's someone looking for him."

Fucker.

As a Semi Overlord, the least he can do is to KNOW which shifts his team is working. If 1 is around after 3pm, that's the guy doing the later shift. So logically and mathematically speaking (since there are only 2 of us), that makes the other person on the early shift since there are only 2 poor souls on rotation.

How hard is it to decipher that?

-- Ugliest pie chart known to man.

If 1 is A, the other must be B.

And I'm not a sheepdog rounding up the entire office, keeping track of who's around and who's not. Plus, he could jolly well message Joseph. I don't have a GPS tracker strapped on each guy's ankle. I don't know where everyone is.

-- My office.. full of ninjas in training!

When I went back to the office at 5pm after my meeting (note that I was working overtime and I am NOT paid for this), he approached me and repeated the same message,

"Where's everyone? The phone was ringing nonstop and it's very irritating you know. Why are people calling the team? They can email, right? We are not helpdesk you know. You should tell them to stop calling and just drop us an email."
"Well I was at a meeting. I just got back. By the way, I don't know who is calling the team, I don't know what they are calling for. I'm sure they will email us. I am going home now."

I mean, how the fuck would I know who's calling IF I WAS NOT THERE? It's not as if we have caller ID or I can tell people to stop fucking crank calling us. And for god's sake, answer the damn phone if you are around and stop bitching about how irritating the ringing is.

WHAT THE FISH!?


-- Baked, not fried.

I don't want to go all ballistic at the Black Ninja. But for someone who considers covering up for his absence at work 3 out of 5 days a week the very essence of TEAM WORK, he should go f*ck himself and f*ck off.


p.s. Why Black Ninja you ask? Well he has the ability to show up for work at 11am, and then disappear within 15 minutes without ANYONE noticing. No smoke bomb as smokescreen as well. And not fired yet. Amazing.


Saturday, July 28, 2007

I need my digital camera.

I feel so handicapped without my digital camera.

I have new shopping I wanted to show J, and the heavy fog this morning that blocked out all the buildings outside, the cut on my hand, my Harry Potter book, how my apartment looks like a slum because all my washing are inside since it's pouring like crazy outside.

But I have no camera to take photos of all these.

sigh.

p.s. If I'm desperate enough, I may just buy a new one. Blah!

Friday, July 27, 2007

Random insights into my life.

I have a headache that has lasted for 4 days. It feels like someone has whacked me on the back of my head and it is driving me craaaaaaazy.

4 ulcers in my mouth. I bit myself twice. Now I eat and talk funny.

I bought 2 copies of Harry Potter 7. There are 3 copies of Harry Potter 7 in my household.

I am at page 87. Tell me the plot/story/anything from the book and you may just see your life flash before your eyes.

I may be drinking waaaay too much tea (and/or) coffee and my teeth are actually aching to make me stop.

It is raining everyday and my washing just won't dry. Give me another 5 days and I will officially run out of clothes.

I miss my boyfriend so much, it may be the reason why my head will not stop hurting. I can't think of another reason why.

The Simpsons Movie is out but I have no time to catch it yet.

Homer J Simpson may just be the greatest hero in my life.


Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Travelog: Gold Coast - Whale watching.

To mark my 700th post, this cannot get any better.

I have always wanted to go whale watching. Ever since my uni days in Sydney, I have always wanted to witness the magnificent migration of the whales. The best laid plans often go awry, so I didn't get to see any of that while I was in Sydney.

J knew about my whale watching craze, since I am STILL going on and on about how we should go to Alaska one day (before we get old of course, since I doubt we can stand the bitter bone-piercing cold when we are 60) to look at glaciers, whales and Northern Lights.




It would be fantastic to go to Alaska and experience this. It's up there on my "Things to do before I die" list.

We definitely have to go there before we get all old and uncool to ride this next to glaciers. Plus, we have to get there before all these melt thanks to global warming.


The irony of riding a gas-powered vehicle around to see melting ice caps, only to contribute to its destruction by going round and round in vehicles that emit greenhouse gases.

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Anyhoo I went whale watching with J!!!!

Again, his family knew the company well so they gave us a huge discount (we paid only $30 per pax). We took Elle, J's littlest sister, with us. Great day, bright morning and the flat sea. No crashing waves or crazy winds. How perfect was that for our whale watching treat?

We boarded the boat at Marina Mirage at about 9am, and left the Southport Spit towards the great ocean beyond.


The smell of the sea and gasoline was such a treat for me. I miss yachting so much. Sigh....

Check out the sandbars.

-- Took this photo when I was on the ferris wheel at Sea World.

"Oh my god that's a whale!!!"



-- I think that's a fin.

The stampede that ensued was downright scary. Fellow whale-watchers rushed to the bow to catch the whales in action. Lots of photos being taken. I think the group of whale watchers probably took hundred of shots of just that tiny fin out of water.

"There she blows!"


The whale was blowing and you can see the column of mist, even from a distance.



I don't know about you, but I was very excited to see a whale do its thing. Splashing and swimming...

"I think it's waving at me..."


There's more than 1 whale in the pod. See the light colored ones beneath the water? That's a whale.

"Is it coming over? GOOD LORD THERE'S ONE NEXT TO THE BOAT!!!"



"HI FISHY!!! Are you waving at me?? I LOVE YOU!!!"



The whales are extremely friendly, curious and playful creatures. They came close to the boat to check out the ruckus, peering their big eyes at us.


We saw the whales breaching and slapping the water, showing off for a good hour and more.

Then I think Mummy Whale, aka Queen of the Pod, gave the orders to continue the migration and stop fooling around with lowly human beings.


It was swimming away!!!!

And we never saw them again.


[Well, we did spot them after they swam a good distance away from the boat.]

You could almost hear a collective sigh when the whales submerged and swam away from their friendly human voyeurs. We almost couldn't believe they would go, after all that breaching and playing. It felt like they were trained to perform and they would never leave.

Whale watching = Highly recommended!


Sunday, July 22, 2007

Travelog: Gold Coast - Family.

I flew to Brisbane to visit J and his family about 3 weeks ago. It was a well-earned vacation.

I had the honor of meeting the entire clan (!) when they popped over on Sunday evening. I was prepared for J's 2 little sisters to swing by because they forgot the keys, only to be greeted with hugs, kisses and flowers by the entire family. Including Nanna who stays in another apartment block next to ours. She walked over just to meet this strange girl. Wow.

-- Pretty lilies!

J's family has been incredibly nice to me. I was all stressed out because crashing a family dinner is not exactly my forte. It turned out well after all. Nanna even cooked us the family's traditional oxtail pasta one evening.

And I didn't even bring a bottle of wine. Faux pas 1, me the freeloader 0.

I guess it's ok, since I'm apparently the adopted sister now. If that is not enough to set me panicking, I don't know what will.

[Actually lots of things send me panicking so... let's not get into the technical details.]


We stay near everything. Beach, food, shopping, Boost juice, family, family's workplaces/schools.

[The paragraph is in present tense. J STILL stays next to everything. I hope I get to stay there more often so I will keep it in present tense to further fuel my enthusiasm.]

This is J's place.


J doing his own thing at home. I was watching tv and just lazing around the house. Woohoo!
-- Check out the flowers I got!


That's all my shopping. All done in a day at Pacific Fair.


Those are our shoes for just 1 week. Just the 2 of us. Guess the old and new.


Just how many pairs of shoes do you need when you live next to the beach in winter? For just one week? It is a bit insane, since I bought more flip flops than shown in the photo. Yikes.

I have 2 feet, so sometimes I totally wonder why I need to buy that many pair of shoes. Unless I sprout a few more pairs of feet, I should stop investing in footwear.

Surfers Paradise is touristy, but very beautiful. It is not a big city, so there isn't that much traffic unless you head towards Brisbane on the M1 during peak hours. It is the kind of place where you just want to kick back and unwind. It makes you think, what's the rush anyway, since it will be done eventually.

When you have something so beautiful, you subconsciously stop to smell the roses.

Clear blue skies.


Beach adjacent.


We have Red Rooster, right next to Wendy's and Maccas.

-- An Aussie institution.

I miss the blue skies the most. You don't get sky as clear as this in Singapore. It is so breathtakingly beautiful that it never fails to fill me with awe and cheer me up.

That, and the beautiful beach that stretches as far as the eye can see.

Honestly, how can anyone be NOT happy living in paradise (on earth)?



Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Horoscope and character.

[If everything is written in the stars, does that make a person predictable?]


The Scorpion is one intense little creature, with enough poison in its own tail to disable or kill a much larger opponent. But the problem with this kind of built-in biological weaponry is that it must be mastered in order to be used most effectively. You Scorpios can use your "stinger" for self-defense, using your powerful emotional awareness to render your opponent harmless. But there is a sexual component of poisonous tail also, and until Scorpio learns to control those strong urges, Scorpio may find yourself in uncomfortable situations.

Scorpio is the only sign that has three animal totems. First, there is the well-known Scorpion with its active tail. Second, as the Scorpio learns to master its passion and hold its instincts at bay, it changes into the Eagle. The Eagle has more perspective, for it flies high above the surface of circumstances, swooping down with its power only to kill prey for food. In its third form, the Scorpion becomes the always-peaceful dove. The real meaning of Scorpio is thus shown. Scorpio is about metamorphosis. Scorpios transform the painful poisons of possessive passion into a higher consciousness based on universal love.

The Scorpio motto might be "What is hidden is more interesting than what is obvious." You are the detectives of the zodiac. Your magnetic personality draws others to you. But you can also be secretive yourself, for you learn early on that when you express everything, others may be scared by the power of your feelings. You desperately want to have someone to merge with your feelings, but can become cold and withdrawn when hurt in love. You have the magic to light up the dark, but sometimes you would benefit by looking at the positive side of things rather than going into the darkness at all.

Element: Water
Astrologically, the water element symbolizes emotion. Water runs deep; it seeks its own level and will flow until it has found it. The cycle of water is endless with the snows falling in the mountains and melting. The mountain streams join to make the great rivers that run to the sea. The tides and currents churn the oceans. Similarly, our feelings are flowing as they connect the present with past experiences. Sometimes the waters are so deep that we cannot put words to our feelings.

The water of Scorpio is fixed and frozen, but it is a mistake to think that ice doesn't flow. It does flow -- and with great power. Think of a glacier, moving so very slowly, yet with enough power to flatten a forest or even a mountain.

Eighth House: Transformation
Since the Second House is the House of Possessions, the Eighth House opposite it, is about what other people have. This can include sexual issues, for they usually involve another person. It is also about the ultimate transformation -- death -- but not necessarily your own. It could be said that the Eighth House is what we don't know and what we cannot understand. It is surely a House of Hidden Power.

Key Planet: Pluto
Pluto is the Lord of the Underworld. If this sounds scary, it demands a bit more explanation, for Pluto symbolizes everything that is beneath our consciousness. This isn't about the Hell where we are punished. Rather, it is the Hell that William Blake describes as a place "so beautiful that it would torment an angel to insanity." As the key planet for Scorpio, Pluto is intense and powerful, representing those things that we don't or can't understand. And it is from these hidden Plutonic spaces that magical transformations arise.

Scorpio Greatest Strength: Your passion about your feelings

Scorpio Possible Weakness: Need for secrecy can be isolating


Saturday, July 14, 2007

Borne, over-swooning, Asian market and dumbing down.

To sidetrack on my travelog project (I'm still working on it), I heard one of the catchiest songs on my flights to/back from Brisbane.

[And since the "radio" onboard was on loop, I heard the song no less than 10 times since I spent what, 15 hours on the friggin' plane.]

Borne - The Guide



I know the lyrics are cheesy but a rock band, cute lead singer with Victoria Beckham-inspired choppy hairdo, sappy lyrics and guitar ALWAYS get you the girl my attention.

"You are my angel.
You are my diamond.
You are my guiding light"


Swoon.

This is one of my "I would faint from over-swooning if J sings this to me" songs.

[Maybe I SHOULD just innocently hum the song when it comes on the radio and THEN he will not feel shy to chime along. I would still swoon because he is technically singing it to me.. hmmmmmmmm

I mean it worked when I started the Scissor Sisters thing. So did it when City of Blinding Lights came on. There is no reason why it won't work, right? I am going to look into this. ]

Borne is a band from Melbourne and I don't think the song is on the local airwaves yet. I hope they bring it here. Missy Higgins is great, and I still wonder why local stations do not play her songs. Is it because they have not broken into the Asian market yet?

Dear Australian record companies,

Please promote your musicians/singers/performing artists in Asia. I know you come from another region, namely Australia but if our North American counterpart can invade the pop stations worldwide with crap like the Backside Boys, I am pretty sure talented folks like Thirsty Merc, Silverchair, Missy and Borne will be very successful in carving up the lucrative pie that is the music industry in Asia.

We speak English too. And listen to English pop as well. It's the only thing I listen to. Please save us from the travesty that is the Pussycat Dolls.

With all my hope in humanity and your compassion to save us all,
Me
xoxo



I miss so many things about Australia.


On another note, this is my 697th post!



3 more posts and I shall hit 700. What have I been writing about in all those entries? I feel like I have dumbed down my writing a lot. No more argument, debate or watching obscure movies and writing cynical (and somewhat self-righteous) societal commentary on the state of our community. Now, I'm waxing lyrical about shopping, my boyfriend and 'oh I've written 697 entries'.

You guys don't mind, right?



Friday, July 13, 2007

Post vacation blues, retail therapy, sale and wishlist.

I think coming back to work is getting me down. Is this always the case for people who just came back from an awesome vacation? I would think so.

I embrace retail therapy. But my finances is kinda screwed up at the minute since I've blown a huge sum for this holiday. Damn the loyalty programmes I signed up. Because I have received 5 sale promotions from my favourite stores that are accessible to me on my mobile and in my inbox.

Do you know how hard it is to look away from 40% Pedder Red shoe discounts, 10% Maxstudio, 70% A/X, Banana Republic and FCUK sale?????



I am trying hard not to weep. I so need trousers and tops now. T_T

I am bored with my Balenciaga-ish bag from Sportsgirl which I have gotten in 2005(?). It is roomy but if I can be identified by my bag, it is time to get a new one to rotate with.

A Chanel bag should NOT be even considered. I shouldn't even waste my time.



But gawd it is so pretty.

And I chipped my watch, so it is always an excuse for me to look around. Again, just something to rotate the current one with.

Guess what I set my eyes on?



I should just forget it.


Thursday, July 12, 2007

Travelog: Gold Coast - Sea World.

Since Channy was working at Sea World for her holiday job, she scored discounted tickets for J and I. We got it at AUD$25 a piece, and to me that was an amazing deal.

It is winter in Australia at the minute, so business at theme parks is a little slow. Sea World was not as crowded compared to summer, so we were able to walk around and explore the park as idyllically as we wanted. Just the way we like it. Channy said there were about 4000 visitors that day, and in summer, it could go up to 50,000!

Imagine queueing for just a bottle of Coke with 50,000 other thirsty people. Ergh..

Anyway Sea World is a fantastic place to visit!




I have to admit, I always had the misconception that Sea World was just another giant aquarium with very little to see. Boy, was I wrong.

Granted, I did not take pictures of every attraction in the park, but I do advise you guys to go there early if you don't want to miss out on all the performances around the park.

I visited Shark Bay. There are 2 lagoons at Shark Bay, Reef Lagoon and Shark Lagoon. Reef Lagoon is the reef-themed lagoon that is home to smaller sharks and a large variety of fishies including Nemo and Dory.

[3 lagoons actually. Another 1 is a shallow one where you can pet and grab the fishies.]

We have the fugu, or pufferfish.


Never fails to remind me of Homer and his experience with fugu.

Check out this guy.



I think this is a Nervous Shark. No, I'm not naming it, that's honestly its name. If I identified it correctly.


What is this fish? Any takers?



It is a Shovelnose Ray. All that time while staring at it through the thick glass that separated it from me, I thought it was just a funky shark. Who knew ray looks like this?

Now check out this magnificent maneater.



Sea World actually has a few packages at Shark Bay that visitors can sign up for. You can touch starfish and other tiny harmless fishies that won't bite off your hand at Touch Pools. And starfish feels hard and rough to the touch! I thought they would be mushy, like Play-doh or something.

I would actually love to go scuba diving or snorkelling at the Reef Lagoon. It will be awesome to swim along schools of fish. You may be mistaken as food but that's a risk I'm willing to consider.

Another package actually puts you in a plastic cage and lets you feed the shark. All that stands between you and a very hungry shark that will tear your limb/head/body off is plastic. Wow.

-- You = Shark Bait.

Sea World has a Dolphin Nursery, and recently they just welcomed 2 baby dolphins! Mom and baby stay together in the nursery, and I wonder why they can't be with the rest of the dolphins. Are dolphins territorial and new additions threatened?

Aerial view of the Dolphin Nursery.

-- You can see the difference between the big ones and the little one!

I was standing by the Nursery, trying to spot the baby when the big one swam next to me!

-- Yes, you beautiful fearless creature.

As if it wasn't amazing enough, another of its dolphin buddies came over.

-- Mom and Dad dolphins?

Wow.


[If I figure out how to upload videos, I will post one up of the dolphin. I know they look like plastic toys but they are not! ]

We went out pirate ships, rollercoasters, cable car, ferris wheel and log rides that plunge down and splash water all over you while you look ridiculous in the photos they took of you while you scream. Typical theme park rides but it was a first for J and I. We had never been to a theme park together and we had heaps of fun.

Shark Bay looks beautiful from the cable car.

-- Click on the photo to spot the fishies!


Beautiful overview of the park.

-- Front bit of Sea World.

From top to bottom:
Visitor center, lagoon where the waterski show is, seal show at the pirate ship, dolphin nursery, and the blue buildings are where the shops, restaurants and children's rides are.

The back bit of Sea World where the resort, water theme park and Dolphin Lagoon (the one with the white canopy on the right) where the dolphin show is at.



We saw polar bears, sea lions, jumping dolphins doing tricks, seals, pelicans, waterski show and lots more interesting things at Sea World. Definitely made me feel like a child again. I swore I was grabbing J around the park, map in another hand and pointing at lots of things like a very excited child.

I know this entire post feels like a Sea World sponsored promo post but it is not. I wish they have a killer whale, like Shamu at SeaWorld San Diego (or is it Orlando?). It will be very cool to see a whale up close. <-- Major hint!

[I just realised Sea World Gold Coast, and SeaWorld USA are not the same! I assumed they were affiliated, like Disneyland HK and Disneyland Anaheim.]

A fantastic place to spend the day. Sea World rocks my socks!



Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Promotion, joy, work and update.

I know I know... I promise to come up with a travel post. Honestly I am working on it!

My baby is a captain!!!! Captain J, terror of the high seas!!

It is a happy day for us. Big smiles all around. =)

J will be going away for work today so it is going to be another 6 weeks of communication-less one-sided crazy emailing long distance relationship. Yeah. It feels weird that he's not here, since I really got used to being around him during my 1 week vacation.

Hey, anyone can get used to freshly brewed tea and homecooked breakfast every morning. =) I'm so lucky.

Ok I have to get back to work in order to earn a living to fuel my extremely expensive jetsetting ways.

Update soon and keep checking!

Love,
Rach
xoxo


Monday, July 09, 2007

I am back!

Hello my fellow Earthlings!

I am back from Surfers Paradise and to be honest, I was (am?) sad to leave. It has been a great 1 week vacation. Much needed rest and relax. Everyone remarked on how happy and refreshed I was when I stepped into the office.

Plus I got a little tan from lying on the beach. In winter. While I was flu-ey.

Coolio.

Travel post will come up ONCE I am settled back nicely into mundane life.

Lotsa love,
Me
xoxo


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