Thursday, December 10, 2009
Normally, we would all sleep for the most part of the journey. But not this trip – not for Tasha and me anyway.
So, while Franco slept, Tasha played hangman and I resorted to the movie channel. 13 hours of flight and I managed to watch a record breaking of 5 movies in a row:
a) Julie and Julia
c) The Weather Girl
d) The taking of Pelham 123
e) 500 days of Summer
On the other side of the world, mom was tasked to perform Qurban on my behalf. My sister sent me an MMS of the photo with the caption “Lembu Kak” (translation: sis, your cow) just before I boarded! I figured by the time I reached London, the meat would have been distributed to the poor and I would feel a hell lot better to roam the streets of London in search of worldly bliss.
Date: 1st December 2009
Mom: It must be so boring to be the Queen. She cannot go out and choose her own Haagen Daaz ice cream, can’t go anywhere without the paparazzi following her, she probably doesn’t even know that you now can do eye lash extensions since she doesn’t go out to the spa to get her beauty stuff done! Hmm…I wonder what the Queen does everyday to fill her time?
Tasha: Well, if she doesn’t have to do any of those things, she will have a lot of time for Facebook! And that must be fun!
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
The incentive for the Consultant was a fee of 10% for every dollar spent if we hit the USD 7.5m mark. It was not just about strategies, operationalising the plan, it was a race against time since, by year end, if we hit below the mark, even by a penny, we will get nothing.
We achieved the magic number in the month of November.
That was just a prelude to what was to follow:
Barry, our Client's rep needed to provide a short article of our key achievement for 2009. His e-mail to Sheldon, our Programme Director, read:
Sheldon in turn forwarded to us Barry's e-mail:
What do you think? Are we able to help out? I think I have all the HSSE material. I have the latest VI as well. Not sure if there are further cost reduction information.
Lini: I haven’t really done anything else apart from VI this year! So, nothing from me.
Sheldon: Slack ass! Playing golf all year have we?
Lini: Yeah...tough to juggle VI in between my golf and tennis. Imagine how much more VI we can get if I had done it on a full time basis!
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
“Why did we bother with all the distractions we did? Back home, the O.J. Simpson trial was in full swing, and there were people who surrendered their entire lunch hours watching it, then taped the rest so they could watch more at night. They didn’t know O.J. Simpson. They didn’t know anyone in the case. Yet they gave up days and weeks of their lives, addicted to someone else’s drama.”
I shared the above excerpt from Tuesdays with Morrie with Tasha this morning and the first thing she said was “…. but I love watching Kimora Lee Simmons” to which I replied, “I know but the question is, “why do you bother with her life – she doesn’t even know you and worse, you don’t mean anything to her, and yet you spend so much time on her!”
I left her to ponder the “meaning of life question” for my morning tennis session with Coach Din and hurried to work for 9.30 a.m. meeting.
After the meeting, I went through my Things To Do list and asked Sree to send an invite to all interested to join the Mount Kinabalu climb, the date of which has been set in May next year. Within seconds, Sree came to my room to inform me that Franco has accepted the invitation with a message saying “I will come as long as I can still watch E!News.”
Sree looked puzzled but with that message I know Tasha has also been posing some hard questions to her dad this very morning.
Friday, October 30, 2009
Tasha: Start counting Papa..
5. Kota Bharu (Papa: Kelantan lah girl...)
Franco: OK, Stop...Why do you think Tioman is another state?
Tasha: Because we have to take a plane to get there. Like Sabah and Sarawak.
Franco: Tioman is part of Pahang. How you get there is irrelevant. Mom and I had driven to Phuket, it does not make it part of Malaysia. Understand?
Tasha: Yes, dad.
Tasha: Because Auntie Sue is from there?!?!?<@
MOM: Tasha, are you sure you have had enough?
TASHA: Yes mom, I think I will be all right. I just have to make sure I get a lot of sleep today!
And off she went to bed after Subuh while I got ready to go for my Saturday am tennis session with the ladies. At 9.30 a.m. as soon as I got home from tennis:
MOM: Tasha, wake up. You have to go for ballet soon.
TASHA: Thanks mom, I plan to sleep till 10.00 so that I only have to be awake for fasting for 9.5 hours. You have officially prolonged my fasting time by 30 minutes!
Tasha: 70 out of 80 for comprehension and grammar.
Mom thought that was quite good considering Tasha didn't put any effort at all, but dad thought otherwise.
Papa: Tasha, that's 87.5%. I expect your English to be in the 90s. You speak English all the time - at home, at school and you speak it EXCEPTIONALLY well.
Tasha: Ya lor....
Monday, July 13, 2009
The score for this hole:
Lini - Par (3)
Tasha - Boogey (4)
Franco - Double Boogey (5)
Has Papa once again emerged as an underdog, and this time not just against mom but also against his 9 year old daughter?
Thursday, July 9, 2009
10 years ago, when watching Harry Met Sally, the crowd burst into laughter when Sally placed her order. I was amongst the crowd and I was one of those who thought, how can a person be so fussy. That behaviour is just so intolerable, customer right or not. That was then.Today at Marmalade, the conversation went:
"Good afternoon mam," the waitress greeted me sweetly.
"Good afternoon," I replied. "Stay and take my order, I am ready now."Although I have not opened the menu I know the salad menu by heart."Sound of Havana salad with dressing on the side, banana boat shake with no honey and low fat yoghurt. And, oh...can you please serve the shake in a take away cup?" I whispered, while looking around me to make sure nobody had heard my tall order.
Monday, June 29, 2009
"The tortoise therefore is the underdog. The one who is least likely to win any competition is the underdog." Franco answered.
So, you will always be an underdog when you play against Mom, right? Tasha confirmed.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Tatee called me up a few days ago and invited the whole family for bowling. Since I have not bowled for years, I thought it would be fun for all of us to join her and a few other ex-TKC friends whom I have not seen for years. Plus, it would be a nice diversion from our usual Saturday evening routine.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Suci....the only person you need to know in the whole complex.
She arranged for everything to our satisfaction.
My favourite par 3.
If you are a nature lover,
If you love good food,
If you have kids and need great baby sitting service,
If you love spacious villa with jacuzzi and outdoor shower,
If you love massages that do not cost you an arm and a leg,
If you would like to experience playing at Wimbledon,
(well...this would probably be the closest we would ever get to)
If you love friendly staff who attends to you ever so politely,
If you are looking to relax in a serene environment,
Look no further.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
The shower at Mandarin Fitness Club reminded me of the shower at Westin Hotel in LA - oh so heavenly! After three hours of workout, it was so nice to just stand under the shower which massaged your back and hit some pressure points. I made a note to get one for the home for the next renovation.
Starving we picked Sylvia up from her place and headed to Chicco for some antipasti and pizza. Rudy, the owner wasn't even aware of the Earth Hour. As it turned out no restaurant on Changkat Raja Chulan observed it. Pretty sad, really.
Anyway, the highlight of the evening was seeing the Blues Gang perform at Havana. The last time I saw them live was probably 10 years ago (or maybe more) at Chilli's in PJ Hilton. They still have the same raspy voice (or raspier, probably from the incessant smoking) and man....they are darn good.
Franco and I were the first one to leave at 11.00 p.m. Blues Gang was great but our priority still remained - To be fresh and fit for a round of golf that awaited us at KGSAAS. You just don't compromise on your golf game! Nobody else could understand that, until we met our flight mate, Yon the next day who commended us for being a true golfer....
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Franco spent Monday and Tuesday with her while I sneaked out for half a day on Wednesday and took a day off on Thursday for a lot of fun in the sun!
Friday, March 20, 2009
The Clients were being anal and I decided to tell them as is!
They laughed thinking it was a joke, but they didn't hear me laughing.
The laugh stopped and there was a moment of silent.
Time for digestion and the moment of truth.
I didn't lose my job for I am your Pendekar who has learnt how to survive in the sea full of sharks.
Thank you for the invaluable experience.
The first day ended with dinner with the Client where Barry got a bit drunk and wouldn't let go of his potent cocktail.
After the the invigorating talks on Procurement Strategies, Cost Management and Value Improvements, Trails of Asia organised an event ala "The Amazing Race" to add some spice to the trip.
The highlight of the event was when we had to choose 3 bravest team members to take up a challenge that we know would disgust most people. I stepped in only because there was no volunteer and LOSING WAS NOT AN OPTION. How did I do it? All I know was that when the cover of the tray was open, and I was just about to back off, my team leader John turned to me and said those very same words and with that I started digging into the tray.
After traversing Menam Chao Phraya in striking pink life jackets and hustling the Bangkok traffic in the tuk tuk, we arrived at Wat Po for our next challenge.
We were required to build a bridge using straws and transport a vehicle carrying an egg using remote control on the bridge. I was expecting the bunch of enginners I was with to find the task easy, but engineers will always be engineers. They were so focused on optimising the design that they lost sight of the very essence of the bridge being able to support the load i.e. the remote controlled vehicle. So, our bridge collapsed as soon as the vehicle hit the ramp!
While we were laughing our heads off, the Clients were also there to witness the falling bridge and they were not amused.....
Sunday, March 1, 2009
But the time to play remains the same
Thought about leaving work early
Colleagues will be furious but I will be happy
Hate to do it
But I did it any way
Boss wasn't too happy
Questioning me of my priority
Everything but work
Was all I said
That left him in daze
But that's the truth, I'm afraid.