It’s been a hectic two months… I was so busy at work. New colleague came in on 25th May and I had been spending entire days teaching her from scratch.
Finally managed to finish teaching all the basic stuff yesterday. Finally had time to take a breather.
Well in the meantime while all these were happening, I have booked yet another trip (?!) to Japan this coming November. Haha! Initially it was supposed to be just a last-minute-planned short Hong Kong trip, but as I was looking through the airticket and hotel bookings and overall costs, I realise with just bit more money thrown in, I could go for a simple Tokyo trip! So after a quick discussion with Bruno (he was also willing to save and splurge a bit more for Japan!), we decided to switch our year end short holiday break from Hong Kong to Japan (Tokyo – Asakusa only, to be precise).
Airtickets were becoming expensive and the promo fares that SQ/ANA were offering were long snapped up with others. What’s left are regular airfares which are really too expensive. Thankfully JAL still has reasonably-priced airtickets, so I managed to get them! Also, we picked Red Planet hotel to stay as the trip will be in my birthday month and Red Planet offers a whopping 45% discount off their prices to members during birthday month. So I managed to save quite a bit despite choosing to stay in a pretty popular area.
The itinerary that I’ve drawn up isn’t too ambitious. I wanted it to be more relaxed but somehow one thing led to another and we ended up having a pretty packed itinerary! Not that we will be rushing to and fro like headless chickens though, but I have wished it could have been more relaxing… can’t be helped though, there’s really too many things to do/see, and too little time!
So now, what’s left is just the waiting….. 5 more agonizing months to the trip. Ohhhh it’s time to start that countdown timer widget at the bottom too.
It’s been so tiring and exhausting lately, ever since the change in job scope at work. Still trying to settle in to this role of having to talk (email) to random strangers, colleagues at work etc. This is just not me. I felt so drained at the end of the day – everyday. Sigh.
I desperately need a vacation – but I can’t. I can’t really afford it when I do not know when my Dad will have to be hospitalized again, and whether we will be slapped with another 3k bill again. My mom has all the money but she refused to pay a single cent.
All these have been affecting my sleep lately… I could be sleepless one night, only to be extremely tired the other day and finally managed to sleep properly. It’s just a vicious cycle at this point. I’m just so tired mentally…
So yup, as what I mentioned in my previous blog post, there had been a change in my job scope this year. Instead of processing invoices, now invoice processing has been delegated to my supervisor, while Benson and I took over HER responsibilities. Reason being she wasn’t able to produce the work that my boss expected from her… She was supposed to do suppliers reconciliation every year (every month, in fact), but she refused to do it, citing time restriction/limitation as the reason. So now, that particular duty falls to us. On top of that, I have to also create ledger cards and maintain the counterparty system, which was something she had been doing all along as well.
So in other words, we are kio-ing her sai, yes.
But honestly, now that I don’t need to do daily invoice processing, my time has been freed up tremendously. I have days where I literally has nothing to do. Meh. I’ll see how it goes after CNY. I have absolutely no mood to learn anything new now anyway.
My dad was warded again. Apparently he had another silent heart attack….and this time his symptoms were worse than back in August. I’m not sure what or how to feel about it. I think… 随缘吧。
I’ve been singing a lot at those M-Bar individual KTV booths! A little expensive but it’s so flexible. No need for prior booking, no need for a 2hr / 3hr block session etc.
Oh, and I’ve been playing this Travel Frog game Tabikaeru. I love the froggy so much that I installed it on both my phones! LOL. The froggy is so cute! <3
Yeah the points are a little all over the place in this post… but I don’t really give a damn. Not really in a mood to write much.
Happy Chinese New Year to all in advance, I guess…?
On a side note, I have updated the Taipei trip in my travel blog. Feel free to read.
My new phone is my first Huawei phone. So far it’s quite all right. I bought it for it’s OIS feature in its camera. It was difficult to search for its accessories though… but otherwise the phone seems pretty decent. Here’s an obligatory shot:
Not bad eh? At least it doesn’t have that irritating blue tint that my Samsung Note 4 used to have when talking photos from this tinted glass at my office.
I’ve got a new job scope – and…. I don’t feel like talking about it right now because it reminded me that I have many things yet to be done and I should be doing them now. So… I’ll elaborate about it at some point. For now, I’m just busy as hell….
This will be the first year where NO TRIPS are being planned beforehand. Bruno needs to find a new job and save some money. This is also a year where there’ll be much changes at work. I’m trying not to feel too stressed about it though.
I was thinking of perhaps going on a solo short trip to Helsinki this year end for a white Christmas, but then the airticket price is REALLY rather off-putting. Geez. S$1,270 for a return trip. I can get a 2 pax return airticket to Japan at that price! Yes I know Finland is halfway across the world.. but meh, spending over a thousand dollars for less than a week’s trip sounds really not-that-worth… Meh, we’ll see.
Went for a movie “marathon” last Saturday, at the spanking new GV Paya Lebar, with “nation’s first laser projectors”. Yes, the images were really sharper than other cinemas, but to be honest, once you are immersed in the movie, you really don’t go and take note if the images are “sharper” or not. At least I don’t focus on the sharpness when I was watching the films…
We caught Geostorm (I won’t ever miss any natural disasters movies!) and Mary and The Witch’s Flower. Geostorm wasn’t as bad as what most reviews said it was. I quite enjoy the movie actually. Of course, as with all movies, just leave your brains at home and stop questioning if it’s scientific or logical or what-not. Despite all the disaster scenes to be purely CG (obviously), the state of CG really takes my breath away every time I watch such scenes.
Mary and The Witch’s Flower is very Ghibli-ish (after all the studio’s under Hayao Miyazaki’s favourite student), but the story telling direction is quite different from Ghibli. I like the colours, I like the art – there are only very few parts where the animation/expression doesn’t really fit (Ghibli really does them better), but otherwise I enjoyed the animation too.
I realise I’m easy to please – especially when it comes to movies. LOL.
We met again on Tuesday, because I had to clear my ethnic half day leave since I didn’t take it on Chinese New Year this year. So off we went for lunch at the newly opened Ramen Nagi at Suntec, and that was a bad decision. Despite only 2 hours into operation for that day, they told us they “ran out of eggs”. So um, okay. Ramen with no egg. As if that’s not bad enough, their soup is laden with MSG. I was so damn thirsty for the entire day, geez. Never again.
After lunch, Bruno accompanied me to TCM where the doc helped me adjust the medication a bit because the TCM medicine she gave me was giving me insomnia and heat flushes again. After that, we had to go down to SGH to collect extra medication for my that. A 60 tab box of medication cost me S$134.40! Geez… heart medication is freaking expensive.
After that we lingered around Chinatown for a bit, before we head to Ming San for dinner. We were celebrating our friendniversary in advance, so we were more generous in terms of the dishes we order, and honestly all their dishes taste so good!
The Aburi Salmon Maki ($11.00) is just so good! Aburi Salmon is usually partly torched (top), and bottom half is raw. I honestly have no idea how to describe the taste and texture of it, but I swear to you, it felt like I went to heaven and back whenever I put a piece of that in my mouth. That’s HOW GOOD it is.
Next, we ordered the Unagi Tamago Yaki (S$18.00). It’s grilled unagi, with some mayo, wrapped in warm half cooked omelette (almost like scrambled eggs), topped with more mayo, terayaki sauce, dried Japanese shrimps and pieces of fried fish skin. End result? A harmonious blend of tastes exploding in your mouth – allowing you to taste the unagi, the egg, the mayo, and a bit of saltiness and crunch from the dried shrimps and fish skin. I was half worried that things will fall apart when I picked up a piece with my chopsticks, but even though it looked that way, nothing dropped / fell apart while my chopsticks move it from the plate to my mouth. The chef is just so amazing at putting things (not just the tastes) together!
We were kinda worried that the above two dishes will not be enough to fill our tummies, so we ordered a grilled Ika (S$8.00). This dish, compared to the above two, is a lot more plain. Nothing much to shout about, but it’s fresh and perfectly grilled, all the way to the tip of its tentacles.
Last but not least, we ordered a garlic fried rice (S$13.00) after eating all three dishes above, because we felt that we were still a tad hungry. I really couldn’t see any pieces of garlic in it, but oh boy, the garlic taste simply exploded in your mouth with each mouthful. It’s so amazing. And the best part is there’s no garlic after taste at all! What sorcery is this?!
The total bill adds up to S$55.00 (with two drinks, not in pictures), a price which we feel is totally justifiable, considering how good ALL the dishes are. We’ll definitely be back for the Aburi Salmon Maki and Unagi Tamago Maki! =D