This morning I tendered my resignation to my biggest boss M. Before I entered his office, I thought that I could coolly pass the letter to him and then just walk out. Turns out, I couldn’t…… I started tearing the moment I sat down. 顿时百感交集: relief, joy, sadness and a multitude of emotions washed over me. It was exactly like a phrase I had once used in my primary school Chinese compos: ‘打翻五味瓶’……
My letter was a simple announcement of my resignation, and the rationale I gave was: “As a female teacher from Henan, China, recently wrote in her resignation note of just ten words: ‘世界那么大，我想去看看’!” My boss accepted the document, and finally the deed was done.
PS I wonder why resigning is also known as ‘throwing letter’ in local parlance, which strikes me as being rather negative. Is it because it is nearly always carried out in unhappiness, when the employee is at the end of their tether?
Published Wednesday, 22 April, 2015
musings , nine-to-five , unorthodoxies
And I think…… my next adventure has quite possibly…… found me……
Published Saturday, 18 April, 2015
musings , nine-to-five , unorthodoxies
MRTed all the way to Westgate, at the other end of the island, this morning. Had arranged to meet a certain someone over coffee. I had an interesting time. Perhaps I could call it…… a life-changing experience……
Published Thursday, 5 March, 2015
amusings , gastronomy , la famiglia , unorthodoxies
Today’s Yuanxiao Festival, which marks the 15th and last day of the Chinese New Year (CNY) celebration period. It is a tradition to eat tangyuan on this day, I popped into the nearby Mr Bean outlet on my way home, and bought three bowls of tangyuan (only those with peanut filling were left) in soya bean milk home for the family. Everyone enjoyed the dessert tremendously! As did I! But most of all, I can’t believe CNY is over! Definitely need to find some other New Years to make a big fuss of!!! :D
Published Sunday, 4 May, 2014
linguistics , nine-to-five , unorthodoxies
Eastern Health Alliance – now that’s a name straight out of a martial arts novel (translated into English, of course)!
Incidentally, they are called 东部医疗联盟 in Chinese, which (in my opinion) sounds a little way too modern to be a term that could be possibly used in a wuxia story…… :P
Published Tuesday, 29 April, 2014
c'est la vie , nine-to-five , unorthodoxies
It’s 11.44 am, I’m sitting at my table, and there is a humongous storm going on. I can hear the rain pouring, wind howling and thunder rumbling. It’s an absolute adventure out there! Too bad I’m stuck at work!
Published Tuesday, 16 July, 2013
gastronomy , unorthodoxies
My birthday cake, a Mont Blanc cake from Patisserie Glace in Republic Plaza……
‘Z’ because it’s the 26th letter in the English alphabet…… :)
My brother asked if I’ll have ‘1’ on my cake next year as numbers come after letters…… well, probably not, but I’ll have a whole year to think about what to write……
And yes, it was rich and creamy and delicious too…… :D
Published Saturday, 23 March, 2013
linguistics , science , unorthodoxies
image from here
Why do moles grow hair?
A few days ago, I was on the train home when I noticed this uncle standing a few metres away from me. On one of his forearms was a large, okay gigantic, black mole, which had sprouted a bunch of thick black hair. (HAHA don’t even ask me why I notice such things! :X)
Continue reading ‘you learn something new every day’
Published Monday, 25 February, 2013
all dressed up , digital life , unorthodoxies
I realized some of my friends actually research phones whenever it’s time to get new ones. As for me, I’ve never done that ever.
I just use and use and use my phones for years. (Got my first phone in upper secondary – it was a Panasonic GD75 and shared with my sister. Since then I’ve had a Sony Ericsson K700 and a Nokia 5320 XpressMusic, and I’m currently using a Samsung Galaxy Ace GT-S5830. (What were the phones you’ve had?) That works out to be approximately one phone every 2.5 years, which does seem like an eternity in this fast-paced age.) When they’ve become really cui, it’s time to change phones!
Without doing any prior research, I just go to the SingTel store, change my plan and see which phones I can get for the least amount of money, or better still, free! Then I choose the nicest one. LOL. Clearly, I’m not a techie person!
But I suppose this method works for me as I’m not fussy about phones. As long as they have all the essential basic functions, I’m good to go!
Published Tuesday, 25 December, 2012
gastronomy , les amis , linguistics , unorthodoxies
Attended my technically first ever Christmas party with friends (since previous years were usually extended family get-togethers) today! It was a modest affair held at Daphne’s place. Other than Daphne’s family and me, the other guests were Sze Yong, and Daphne’s friends Conny and Patrick (a married couple in the photography business, how interesting)!
We enjoyed a simple spread of bee hoon, stir fried broccoli, curry chicken with french bread and neatly sliced store-bought roasted leg of lamb (wondered where the bone was until Daphne showed me that it was in the fridge, haha). I loved the fried chicken and ate six drumlets and one wing! :D
After Connie and Patrick left early, we watched a rerun of the 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards, and entertained ourselves by commenting on every single details. Anyway, the big winner of the awards event was undeniably Psy.
Halfway through the show, we cut the one kg plus cake that I had lugged all the way there. It was a blackforest cake from Four Leaves! (Did not consider buying a log cake as I find such cakes very ‘chop carrot’ (ie, a ripoff)!)
In line with my vow made in July 2008 that every cake that I buy will always carry a quirky message, this cake did too! :D
Keep Calm and Christmas On!!!
Continue reading ‘christmas again’
Published Monday, 10 December, 2012
amusings , c'est la vie , gastronomy , unorthodoxies
Had a strange massive craving for a green tea latte today, but managed to suppress it while working. After work, took the train home, and then rushed to the nearby malls for my green tea fix.
First I tried the McCafe in the nearer mall, but they didn’t sell green tea lattes.
So I went to Starbucks, at the other end of the same mall, but the queue was horribly long so I gave up.
Finally I decided to walk all the way to Coffee Bean, located in the other mall. There was only a couple of people ahead of me. Finally, when it was my turn, I asked for a green tea latte. To my shock and horror, the staff told me that all the Coffee Bean outlets in Singapore had run out of green tea and new stocks would only be arriving the next day. WHAT!!!!!! How could that even be possible?! She offered to take down my name and number so she could call me when the green tea came in, but I declined, because I wouldn’t have a craving for it by then.
But since I had already made the trip there, I decided to get a caramel latte ($6.40). It was nice and cold, but it was not a green tea latte. I walked home feeling gastronomically unsatisfied. :(
This morning, Daphne told me via MSN: ‘eh i was looking a a youtube abt a girl showing how to force cleavage’, and I replied that she didn’t need it, haha!
Which reminded me that ‘太平公主‘ is used as a euphemism to describe females who are flat. And I realized that there isn’t an equivalent term for the bustier ones, so I quickly did a bit of googling and came up with…… *drum roll* ‘升平公主‘!!!
Obviously a 太平公主 can become a 升平公主, but those who are forever flat can then call themselves ‘长平公主‘! HAHAHA. :P
Published Wednesday, 10 October, 2012
amusings , c'est la vie , photography , unorthodoxies
I passed this three-legged stool abandoned in a corner of a neighbouring block on my way to the MRT station, and couldn’t help but wonder, how did it come to be?