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Wedding Anniversary #2

Imagine being greeted by this sight after a long and insanely crappy day at work!

It’s immature and so very silly, and it brought the biggest smile to my face. I couldn’t help but chuckle at the bizarre image of a ragged teddy bear and a tiny dog with a ridiculous bow, playing Texas Poker on the iPhone. Kinda like Toy Story come to life!

Today is our second wedding anniversary. I am so thankful for my husband, who makes me laugh all the time, especially when I’m having a bad day. I neither need nor want flowers or expensive presents or declarations of unending love which are, in my opinion, frivolous and meaningless. I much prefer the hearty laughs and the sweet little gestures that never fail to brighten up my day.

A wise friend once told me, “Marriage is really, really hard work, but it’s the best thing ever!“, and she’s spot on. I constantly remind myself not to take him for granted, and to remember just how incredibly lucky I am that he’s in my life. I feel so blessed, and I know that whatever life throws at us, we will face it together.

 

xoxo

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Where has the time gone! The past few months have just whizzed by in a flash. Work and life, in general, has been a bitch… yada yada yada. I won’t get into it as too much whingeing is unbecoming of a lady. Besides, I refuse to start the weekend with a pity party!

It’s a sign from above that I need to get back to blogging again. The first post I saw, when I logged in after months of inactivity, was this giveaway by Abbamart.

One of my favourite companies, the customer service here is superb. I highly recommend their Toray products and if finances allowed it, I’d buy over the company and make it my very own… MUAHAHAHHA *evil laughter*

Oh well, one can only dream. Good luck for the giveaway! 🙂

 

xoxo

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Birthday Week

After having to work a full day during my birthday, I’m finally going on vacation. Be back in a week!

 

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I’ve just returned from a short vacation, where I had no access to the internet whatsoever. I felt like I had been completely isolated from the modern (and virtual) world, which is both a good and bad thing. I wasn’t even able to access the wifi in Starbucks; I guess the place was too secluded!

Anyway, after checking my email when I got back, I received some bad news from Abbamart:

Abbamart had to make some hard decisions, and we are not shipping to Singapore at this time.

WHATTTTTTT! Was this even announced anywhere? There is nothing on the info page or Facebook about this. I don’t understand the reason at all, and I am not happy about this. Singapore isn’t some third world country where packages get lost all the time. Besides, WE are the ones paying for shipping, not them – it is well within their right to retract the free international shipping offer.

I’m not sure if I ought to bother trying to get my American friends to help me with future Abbamart purchases. This is one very upset ex-customer here. 😦

 

[Edited 17 May 2012: Abbamart has contacted me to apologise, and they explained that shipping had to be suspended due to cases of fraud originating from Singapore.]

 

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I’ve been rather down lately. I haven’t worn nail polish in a month, which kinda speaks volumes about my mood.

Those who know me would be familiar with the amount of crap I have to put up with at work every day. I have been very unhappy for a long time, and had to put my professional troubles on the back-burner in order to deal with other priorities in my personal life, namely the health issues my hubby and I are facing, and medical expenses that come along with them.

I suppose it is due to all the media hype over The Hunger Games movie, but I have finally gotten around to reading the books. For days, I immersed myself in the trilogy and was swept along with Katniss and her mental and physical battles.  When I finished the books, it suddenly hit me that the organisation I’m working for is just like the Capitol!

I don’t know how to articulate this in a way that will make sense to outsiders, but on a very small scale, various aspects in the books mirror what’s happening at work (death and destruction aside, naturally). While I cannot and will not claim to possess even a fraction of the amazing qualities Katniss has, I feel like I am the Katniss of my workplace, if The Hunger Games were to be written as The Office Games instead. Am I making any sense whatsoever?

In order to do the jobs we are paid to do, there are times when we have to go against our moral values and principles. It seems Ethics and Integrity no longer have a place in today’s dog-eat-dog world, where getting ahead of the competition is more important than anything else. Every day, the internal conflict rages on inside me as I see or am asked to do things that I completely disagree with or know is wrong. I can almost hear my ethics professor quoting Socrates and Aristotle in my head.

In the corporate arena where we employees are mere pawns in the games our big bosses play, the only thing we can control – the one thing we have that nobody, however high up they may be, can take away from us – is the right to tender our resignation.

For various reasons I will not go into in the interest of anonymity, I will soon be on the hunt for a new job. I no longer want to be associated with a company that I’m not proud to be in, whose values I don’t agree with, and whose actions I don’t want to be a part of. I have reached my limit; enough is enough.

It’s a bittersweet feeling, and I don’t know what is in store for my professional future. The unknown scares me, but it is time for me to do what’s best for me.

 

Note: Lest I come across as someone on her morally upright high horse, I ought to mention that I’m not exactly the beacon of moral standing here. I freely admit to bringing home office stationery like pens and highlighters, and I’m pretty sure that amounts to stealing in some countries.

 

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Me vs URTI

I’m back! Well, I was back from our vacation awhile ago. It was our first trip to Hong Kong and we had such a great time. The food and shopping there is incredible! I can’t wait to go back again, it really is a foodie and shopaholic haven.

When I came back though, I was immediately down with Upper Respiratory Tract Infection, and I was in bed for 2 whole weeks! My fever had reached 38.5°C, the highest I’ve ever experienced. I couldn’t breathe because my nose was alternating between blocked and runny, and I couldn’t speak or swallow because my throat was coughed raw. Simple things like eating and drinking water were torturous, and to be honest I was scared stiff for awhile there because my fever simple wouldn’t subside. Just when I felt like things couldn’t get any worse, I was on 2 courses of antibiotics (when the first course didn’t work, the doctor switched to a stronger one), both of which caused diarrhea and had me running to the toilet more than five times a day, every single day (I am NOT exaggerating)!

After my fever started subsiding, my poor husband became really ill. I guess his immune system was continually being attacked by my germs and had finally lost the war. He started having high fever and it was my turn to take care of him, however sick I was. Looking back, I wonder how we would have coped if we were BOTH really ill at the same time!

Enough of TMI stuff. I’m finally back at work, still coughing and sniffing, but slowly recovering. HELLO AIR, I CAN BREATHE YOU PROPERLY AGAIN! The little things we take for granted. My lovely friends on MMF have given me plenty of tips and they’ve also recommended a neti pot, so I’m looking to buy that soon. I am so thankful for the MMF ladies, for I wouldn’t have recovered so quickly if not for their help. What a wealth of information and experiences these women have!

Work is extremely insane, with me clocking 8.30am to 11pm some days. After sitting at a computer all day, the last thing I want to do when I get home is to turn on my computer! I have been too tired to even watch TV, much less blog. So, no promises.

Take care, and stay healthy!

 

xoxo

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My Husband, The Macho He-Man

I have done absolutely nothing this weekend, except play nurse to my husband, who is down with high fever for the past 2 days.

Men are such whiny babies when they are sick! The Macho He-Man has refused to let me take his temperature, so I don’t know how high the fever has gone up to. I am trying to monitor it but he is making it so difficult.

All the eye-rolling aside, I am worried. He is constantly dozing off but is unable to sleep for long periods of time, waking up whenever his body switches between hot and cold. One minute, he would be shivering under the many layers of comforter, and the next minute, he would kick them all off and complain that the bedsheets were too hot.

Did I mention The Macho He-Man is also adamant about not seeing a doctor? *face palm* I am up at weird hours of the night, replacing his cold compress. In the day, I’m busy with other wifely duties – reminding him to eat his medicine, making sure he has plenty of cold water by the bedside, buying food for him, airing out the bedding, ensuring his feet are covered to warm up his icicle toes, remembering to laugh at his lame, unfunny jokes…

I am exhausted! I may pout and feel sorry for myself (a lot!) when I’m sick, but I’ve never been such a pain to look after (I think)… 😛 If his fever still persists tomorrow, I will have to drag him, kicking and screaming, to the doctor. That’ll be fun, I’m sure.

I hope everyone had a better weekend than I did!

 

xoxo

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