I have not been blogging of late. Very sorry. You know, it’s the usual excuses: work, life, play. They all get in the way. And funnily enough, I haven’t felt like there’s been a lack of channels for me to vent out pent up anger, stress and what not. It must mean that instead I’ve been verbally discussing my life with real live people, as opposed to the online kind. Not that you’re not real, but I’m sure there are thousands of bots out there making my stats look really high when in fact my only readership consists only of:
1. My parents (how sad);
2. Nicole; and
3. a handful of loyal blogger friends (thank you !).
Really do apologise (I find it funny that still after all these years since writing a journal at age six, I still write like I have an audience). I promise I have good reasons.
1. Started a new business with Thom — more on this later.
2. Finished up with the graduate program (so sad)
3. Christmas/new year/holiday obligations.
For now, all I have for you is this rather ridiculous (I am ridiculous on camera, I’ve been told !) video on hair and perming. You may think this may be a little narcissistic but I swear people ask me about it so I thought this might be useful / interesting. Please note that I don’t particularly like being on video, which is why there is a lot of awkward hand gestures and “umming” and “ahhhing”.
1. What an array is and how you can use it in a sentence
Meaning: A collection of items (according to Excel Help)
“Richard, look at all the array on your table !”
2. A query isn’t a question
3. How to “drag and dump”
4. LANA is ‘loans approved not advanced’, not a person
The difference between Vten, Vload, V- etc.
6. How to pronounce “Zvakanaka”
7. The perils of unsupported tools
8. Lots of of Excel shortcuts (e.g. f4 to get rid of the dollar signs)
9. John drinks about 2 or more cans of coke a day, Richard drinks 3 cups of black tea
10. There is a secret stash of food somewhere kept by Internal Audit (Richard knows where it is)
11. John’s highlight of his career is hiring Richard
12. If someone talks about haircuts, it’s not about going to the salon
Overall, I had a very enjoyable rotation at work. I learned lots and now it’s time to move on to something else. Here’s what else has been happening besides work:
Nicole said I should post something. So for her entertainment, I am. I haven’t really felt like blogging much over the past couple of weeks. For those of you who don’t know (probably a lot of you, because I never really told anyone), the love of my life, my baby, best friend and dog Sayang died on the 15th of June. I think Bel & I will forever be sorry that we weren’t there with her when it happened but I suppose we have to try and hang on to the good memories, the ones that truly reflect the kind of dog she was rather than one I have engrained. The one where I walk out in the garden and uncover the blankets and she’s lying in eternal sleep in a cardboard box ready to be carried out into her grave. The story of how we ended up getting Sayang in the first place is quite an amusing one. Mum bought Sayang on a whim, without any consultation with my dad and I remember him being very cross about it, but she said that while she and her best friend were in the pet store, Sayang had kept staring at her with those “take me home” eyes so that she just had to get her. And I remember the power of her convicting eyes (can eyes be convicting ?). In fact she had a profound impact on each and everyone of us, even my (typical cold hard exterior, never sheds a tear, Asian) dad. And while Bel & I were at a friend’s house, she came home to pick us up with Sayang in her arms and my friend had thought it was for her ! I feel so blessed to have had such an amazing companion while growing up. In many ways, she is the epitome my childhood. I will forever remember and love her.
To end this sad post, I thought I should post something a bit ‘lighter’ cause’ not everyone likes talking or hearing about death. This is a chocolate cake made using Hershey’s cocoa with a Nutella filling (good call Bel). Bel & I have been baking a lot (pizzas, cakes, roulades), which is maybe our way of dealing with things. It’s been yummy. (Recipe to follow in possible next post)
I spent a lovely weekend in Perth to escape the horribly, rainy Melbourne weather. Oh, and also to pop in to visit a friend in Perth for his birthday. I honestly didn’t have any high expectations of what Perth was going to be like but turns out it’s such a beautiful place. Warm, cloud-less days (according to Tian, only one out of every ten weekends it’s miserable), sparse clean spaces, and pristine beaches. That would sum up my Perth experience. Plus kareoke and angry birds (it was mating season for the seagulls) ! Now I’m getting closer to crossing off my goal to visit all the states in Australia. All I have left is Tasmania & NT ! Photo overload ahead –>
shanghai dumplings (xiao long bao)
I love you’s & “that’s nice”
Playing Clair de Lune on grand pianos
Season 2 Game of Thrones
Anzac biscuit competition
Hack & throw away broken pieces of glass
Clunes & Yarra Valley
Family trip — London 2013 !
My favourite Malaysian restaurant had been closed for ages due to renovations & rebranding. Finally on Monday, PappaRich opened to the public and yummy asam laksa was mine once more. If you haven’t ever tried it, I insist that you must at least once in your life time ! I’m going there again tonight with Nicole making it the third time this week !
Last night we went to PM24 where mum attempted to speak French to the waitress ~ “l’addition s’il vous plaît !!“. It was really cute. We were there with his parents & mine to celebrate Thomas’s 25th anniversary of his existence into the world (although it’s not till Sunday — apparently, according to his parents, he has always made a big deal of his birthday and so here begins his birthday week !). And I will be flying off to Brisbane for work for a couple of days on the 18th so that explains all the manga reading material for the plane :-) I’ve always been so great at packing light.