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I’m back!

In Musings, singapore on February 23, 2016 at 15:20

It has been yet another hiatus from writing for me… Almost 2 years since my last post, if you can believe it.

Much has happened to keep me from writing but it’s water under the bridge now.

But well guess what? I’m back!

Stay tuned cos I’ve got updates from London, Hanoi, Chengdu, Hong-Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Laos and more

Can’t believe how time flies…

In Musings, singapore on June 24, 2014 at 12:44

It has been more than a year since I last updated, but I must say it was the best yet worst year.

Had to undergo a major life changing surgery that took me out of action for more than six months.

Found out who were the ones who are there for me in good times and bad and bid farewell to people whom I thought were my friends but had proven to be fairweather folks.

Felt the love of my friends and family, my nearest and my dearest.

Now I’m much better and I’m ready to take on the world 🌍 again… Abet with some limits from the docs…

I hope we all get to see the rainbow after the rain!!! Enjoy the rainbow 🌈 marbled cake that I baked over the weekend .

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Happy Birthday Blog

In Musings on April 5, 2012 at 01:16

Wow I just realized that it has been 2 years since I started this blog. 731 days and 200 blogs later, so much has happened and changed  in my life but my love for food and travel remains just as strong. With work being as busy as it is, I hope that I will still find the time and the energy to continue blogging. Here’s to 2 good years and many more to come.

On the Road to Recovery

In Musings on February 8, 2012 at 11:52

Having a positive mindset is really important. It has been more than 7 weeks since I was 1st hospitalized in a pretty critical condition and the road to recovery hasn’t been all that easy but I’m extremely thankful for the love, care, support and blessings that I have received from my dearest family, friends and colleagues.

The weeks flew by in a blur with a wonky body-clock and extreme tiredness that hits anytime. I was bored, totally going out of my mind. You have no idea how it is like for someone like me to be quarantined at home. The lack of freedom to come and go as I please really did bring about cabin fever and even taking the car to the petrol station for petrol felt like a treat. I really really miss having supper with friends and just the freedom to go out of the gate(and out of the house).

The diet was another kind of hell but well anything to beat that stupid @#$%^&*($%^&*^&* bug. The effects of the meds were not fun but the bloating up due to the steroids was totally crappy to say the least.

Finally, received the go ahead from the doctors to start working from home and I’ve never been happier to get back to work!!! Time to work on my goals, plans and KPIs for 2012. Still a long way from full recovery but every bit of progress counts. Can’t wait to get back in the air!!!

Work is not everything but I guess a better work-life balance should be place for the coming year. With more time for my dearest and nearest and not forgetting “me” time!

Side benefit of being sick: Time for Retrospection

In Musings on January 13, 2012 at 13:35

Well rather than taking all this lying down and not doing anything, have decided to work with the team of specialists who are monitoring my case. Working on fight back hard and winning this war against this pesky little microorganism bug.

One little thing actually, being sick and trapped at home forces me to spend time with me, yes me. Had always been talking about taking a break from the rat race in order to know the person that I have grown to be. Since it has been forever since I had time type of time on my hands but it had always been just talk with no action. This episode gave me plenty of food for thought and really made me reevaluate my values, my directions and indeed my priorities in life. To really know who and what are good to have and what is really important in my life.

The lack of balance in my life in the the crazy pursuit of the rat race, to do better, climb higher and just be that much better at work has usurped much of my personal time and looking back, had I had taken more time out to smell the roses and enjoy the little detours that life had given me would I have enjoyed the journey more and focused less on the final destination? This time I promise myself that I will work towards a better work-life balance and I know it is possible to have it all. It just has to be managed better. More time to spend with friends, families and love ones. Less focus on the next rung on the ladder of success, I’m not going to stop climbing here and now but I’m just going to enjoy the journey more and take an easier pace. Looking back, I don’t know why I feel that I have not done well enough in my career but in reality I’m actually doing pretty okay for someone my age, I have a wonderful job that fulfills my need for wanderlust and that I love, a great team to work with and a loads of management support, what more could I ask for? Time to count my blessings gal!

If I need to totally change how I live, I’m going to do that. You are not going to get the best of me!!! I’m going to end up in better health that I’ve been in my life by the time I’m done with you. Working with the dietien and the renal specialist on meal planning and a whole battle plan with regards to meds/steroids/drug therapy, it is not going to be easy but I’m ready to take you on!

Once we get you under control, I will work on regaining my health! :p May lose a few battles along the way but I’m sure the war is mine to win. (Well at least, me and my team of specialists!!!) In your case pesky little microorganism bug, its the final destination that counts!!!

Bitten by a bad bad bug, sadly not the traveling kind …

In Musings on January 9, 2012 at 15:15

Got hit by a really bad viral bug in mid dec 2011 and it unfortunately was caught during one of my duty trips. Didn’t really expect it to hit me so hard. It got me in and out of the hospital, had 15 bottles of drips, bottles of steroids dripped into me, countless tests and even keyhole surgery. The bad news is that the infection hit my kidneys really hard and the doctors are hoping that most of the damage is not permanent but it’s early days yet and we probably won’t know for sure till more comprehensive test results are out in a few more weeks.

This episode has not just served as a reminder of sorts to me that I shouldn’t have taken good health for granted. It has thrown a spanner to my plans and has made me change the way I lead my life. With quite a few lifestyle changes that were enforced by the doctors that are pretty much for my own good.

Aside from that have also been grounded from flying for at least the next 2 mths. Will be on a medically restrictive diet for the foreseeable future, hope I will still be able to find some healthy yet yummy food so I guess that this blog probably will be heading towards a new direction! Ps do share your healthy recipes with me cos I really do need them. Ps its low low protein, no soya, very limited meats, no seafood aside from fish and a long list of fruits that I can’t eat sobs since you probably know I’m pretty much had always been a meat-eater.

Shall end this post with a more positive note as its times like these that really shows me how much I have been blessed in my life with wonderful family, great friends and a fabulous bunch of colleagues who have been praying, visiting, being super supportive and helping me fill my quota of work and duty trips. I thank you for being in my life!

Has it been a month since I last posted?

In Musings on November 9, 2011 at 19:43

Has it been a full month since I last posted … Geez .. its a wonder how quickly time flies when you are busy and caught up with loads of duty travel and work.

Been trapped with the good ole room service from the crew hotels which doesn’t really make for good writing. Coupled with the lack of interest to look now that I have moved home. Having a dead camera doesn’t help too, next on my list a new camera!!! It’s gonna be tough but I guess I will still have to try harder to keep this blog going

Hello from Waterside – London

In Musings on June 28, 2011 at 18:10

Sorry about the lack of posts last week. Has been yet another crazy week at work with me traveling to Hong Kong and later on to London. Yupz I’m still in london and not having much time to blog given the time that training ends and then the endless rounds of meeting.

Duty travel these days ain’t the same and I haven’t really had to time to go out for nice meals or head out for a night out. But have been blessed with wonderful weather in london, a really hot weekend with highs of 34 degrees doesn’t this remind you of hong kong or singapore but thankfully the weather is much better now with the temps in the high teens.

Loads of sandwiches and fish and chips coming my way!

Got a few blog posts coming up in the coming weeks on the meals I have had in Hong Kong and London. Till I post again!!!

Might not be able to post pictures till I get home cos I left my card reader @ home … silly me!!!

My take on the Singapore’s General Election 2011

In Musings on May 6, 2011 at 11:37

This is an article that I can agree with. http://www.facebook.com/notes/neo-swee-lin/good-speech/10150180473764206 . How many of us have experienced the sky-high medical costs when one of our loved ones falls ill? Many would really agree that in Singapore you can afford to die but you can’t agree to fall sick unless you have money. Aside from medical costs, how many of us cannot afford our own HDB without mom and dad chipping in to help??? With so many of us working such long hours, who can blame us for the declining birth-rate of Singapore? How many of our peers have given up and decided to move on from here as the quality of life we have here is not justified by the long hours put in at work?

Times they are a-changing, this is the tipping point guys. This is about How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference. As much we need to be thankful to the ruling party for what they have done for Singapore in the past 50 years, it is time for us to have some credible opposition so that alternative views can be heard enough of resting on our laurels and living in past glories. We are grateful and have been grateful but it’s time to move on and they need to continue to prove themselves if they want to stay. For I heard this quote from a friend’s father and in a way I feel that they should also be subjected to the same expectations, “When your cost increase, my expectations also increase.” So by being the amongst the best paid in the world, it ain’t wrong if I expect more from you.

We need to have an opposition to act as a check and balance as a start, we really don’t need opposition MPs to be there to be opposing for the sake of opposing. We must not go into such extreme, it will not do our the country any good. We need talented individuals of high caliber to be in public service. For the public service is supposed to serve the public and it takes more than just money they need to know that they can make the difference and serve the public with a passion to make things better for the common man like you and me.

I’m hearten to see the improvement in the quality of candidates fielded by several of the parties contesting this GE. They have limited resources but are driven by conviction, passion and a desire to do what is right for Singaporeans. They fought the best fight they could with what little resources they had to give us a chance to bring about change in Singapore. This shows that maybe for once we are have matured as a nation and is finally ready to have alternative voices in parliament. Then policy debates and the decisions, will truly represent the various voices of the people. And ideally, no one voice will monopolise, but with accommodation and tolerance that will mature our nation.

I will vote for any representative, regardless of whether they are in the dominant or opposing group, as long as they have the heart to serve my countrymen and provide good ideas for the betterment of our lives. I will vote for representatives with policies that promote life, happiness and health of my countrymen, not the sole and relentless pursuit of GDP growth and money. I will vote for a future where the next generation of Singaporeans will have a better Singapore, not one where my countrymen want to migrate because they feel that Singapore is turning into a place that does not feel like home. With all this being said, we must admit that there are good candidates on both sides of the fence and that may the best man/woman win!

Home again …

In Musings on May 1, 2011 at 05:57

Heading back home in 3 days … Having mixed feelings about heading home. As much as I would like to be back I dunno if I still love the place as much … let”s see where life takes me next …