Saturday, March 31, 2018

Baby Showers and Farewell at Work

The last 3 weeks at work I thought I would just slip quietly, like I always want to do. I decided to just finish up to March instead of working up to 2nd or 3rd week of April. I later on realised that this was rather very ambitious considering that I find it very difficult to walk now and my fish brain could hardly concentrate. So I concentrated my efforts to work up to the last day.


It feels as if I didn't contribute much to my new team. I just transferred officially during the last week of December. Fortunately, I was able to finish all of my cases before I left except for the new ones given to me. The last day was busiest, issuing assessments, turning over files, informing clients and keeping my desk tidy before I go. It was both a sad and exciting day for me. I'm gonna miss a lot of people and in one year's time I don't know what changes are going to happen. Yet I am excited too because I could now concentrate on my family.

Slipping quietly was not a success but I am not complaining. It was just that my friends at work were very thoughtful and insisted on lunch outs, gifts, baby showers and farewells. I am eternally thankful to everyone who had been very nice to me. Unexpected friends who were very thoughtful when I am not even deserving. It was all so heartwarming to receive gifts, well wishes, goodbye hugs and sincere concern to keep in touch. You have all made my last days at work not only bearable but even memorable so thank you and may God bless you in return.


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

International Women’s Day 2018


Photo: Revenue NSW
Last 8th of March 2018 was my very first time to attend the International Women’s Day event held in my office. Apparently, they have it every year, I just didn’t pay attention to the invitations sent the past years. The purpose of the event was to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This year’s theme was #Pressforprogress.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Sunday Sound Trip: See You Again

Lately, KZ Tandingan has been making a name internationally from when she performed Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" in Singer 2018 and owned it. It didn't even look like she was competing but rather performing in her very own concert. Her voice, her moves, and when she rapped, oh my gosh it was swag! While I was watching her peform, I was possessed by her stage presence. Just like the rest of the audience I guess, who were fun to watch as well because their reactions were just indescribable hahaha. To watch and see the "halimaw on stage" performance, click here.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Where My Demons Hide

To My Dearest Self...


I would like to scold you now for being stupid enough to let other people step on you but what can I say? You've always been like that. Besides, I know right now you are hurting... well, not as difficult like the past ones. But still. Nursing a bruised ego is not easy. So I will let it easy on you right now. Still I can't help it. I am shaking my head at you. If you have thought about yourself before anyone else, your ego would still be intact. If you have not cared enough not to hurt other's feelings, then you shouldn't have undergone what you just did. Yet I understand you. You did what you have to do and despite losing, I still think you can win this one in time. Ego is nothing after all. You are still whole and that's what's important. 


Monday, March 19, 2018

Book Review: My Sister’s Keeper

I chanced upon this book in August 2017. While I and some colleagues were waiting for our turns to donate blood, I found this book on the shelves and gave it a try. Naturally, I didn’t get to finish the book, let alone read through chapter 1, although I didn’t get to donate blood either because I left all my IDs in the office. But I couldn’t forget about the book and here praises go to Jodi Picoult for starting the book with some really thought provoking ideas.

Fast forward to 6 months after, I finally secured myself a copy of the book. For the past few years in my life since I started my CPA, I have lost my passion for reading books. Even after I took a break from studying, I found myself struggling to get back into the passion. In fact, before My Sister’s Keeper, I have attempted reading a number of books but haven’t got close to finishing a chapter before I give up altogether. My Sister’s Keeper kind of triggered the passion. In less than 2 weeks I was able to finish the book. Actually, correct that. It was technically 4 days (2 weekends), because I couldn’t really touch it on weekdays due to a busy schedule. Mind you, I was dying to read it though. It is one of those books that are very hard to put down.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Daisy's Funny Remarks

This morning while I and the girls were walking to school, we saw crested pigeons on the footpath when Daisy made one of her really funny remarks. She asked if anyone actually put gel on the birds' "hair" which made it stuck up like the one in the photo. That was quite an imagination which I find really cute and funny.

Monday, March 5, 2018

20-Year-Old-Letters

First time I heard about the term “nesting” was when my friend in church told me about her experience when she was pregnant. She said that as she was approaching her due date, she had this urge to clean up the house. Funny, I never remembered experiencing this with my 1st and 2nd pregnancy. Probably because I was living with my mom and with her nurturing disposition, she always presented to do the chores herself. That, or I was just lazy.

However, this weekend, I came to understand and experience first-hand this so called "nesting." It's like an unknown force feeding me the urge to clean and organise the house despite the fact that I can barely move about already. On top of that, I also wasn't feeling well because of this viral illness that struck me.