Happy Birthday Maria @ Cigalon, Chancery Lane

The reason I am posting this is because I really like my team. Not sure how many people can say that, but I can πŸ™‚ It might be due to the fact that most of us are not from the UK (South African, Irish, Pakistani, Malaysian) hence we are more tightly knit and occasionally hang out outside work. Now that I think of it, I know their partners too. So we are team mates and friends, which is great!

Surprise lunch for the birthday girl at Cigalon! It was a very quaint and cozy new French restaurant very close to Aldwych. The service was superb, we even got our own private room! Had warm bread with sardine for starter, pork belly and veg cooked in butter for mains, and creme brulee for dessert. A very sinful but satisfying meal.

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Back to the team.

I like how we are all relatively young. There is just so much energy, new thoughts and random ideas going around- I learn something new everyday. Everyone has their own strong traits. There is also lots of banter in the team- it’s funny how you show someone your “affection” by “insulting” them. This is something I have learnt to get used to (receiving, not at the initiating state yet).

In contrast, the culture was so different in the IB- where work is work and I’m running the hell outta here (and from you) after work. Even now, it is so difficult to schedule something with their half-hearted attempt to actually meet up.

Anyway, I am really thankful to be in a team where people care and engage with each other on a non-work basis as well. If I were to be a manager in the future, I’d like the dynamics of my team to be something like this! πŸ™‚

 

 

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Girl’s Brunch @ The Montagu, Hyatt Regency

Although we live together, we hardly get time to properly catch up due to work, study and bf. Hence, my housemates and I decided to go for a nice lunch together. It was a good sharing session πŸ™‚

Food wise..

The bread there was pretty good. They served a small loaf with raisins in it, which tasted pretty homemade but I asked for another plain one so that I can have my usual butter combo. The crust was slightly crispy, and it was soft and a bit chewy on the inside, super yums with butter! I think I’m the only one who is so crazy over bread and butter, so forgive me!

My starter (scallop mousse and prawn) looks fancy, but it was alright. I had lamb chop for mains (they came in 2 small pieces and were okay- not as good as the lamb shank I had the first time). Hui Ying had chicken while Suki had hake; we all have different tastes!

The dessert certainly saved the day- I had the strawberry tart in fresh cream with ice cream! It was light and refreshing, perfect to finish the meal!

In general, I was very happy with the toptable deal (3 courses + half a bottle of wine for 21 pounds), service was good and polite. I liked the atmosphere as it was pretty chilled.

Some pictures! You can see that I have turned quite red very quickly from the wine.

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After lunch, went shopping for a few hours before heading to Maria’s pre-bd session at Guanabara. It’s been ages since I have been there and the place was super lively!

One thing I have noticed today (disclaimer: this is not from our lunch session), is that everyone has their own problems. You might not see or know about it, but it’s there, and it exist in various shapes and forms. So if you ever feel down/ think that your life sucks due to x problems and issues, just know that the rest of the world is with you on this! πŸ™‚

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I fully agree with the above quote! I predict that sometime in the near future, girls with some abs and muscles will be more appealing in general.

And why do I say that? It’s all in social perception. For example, way back in China, plump ladies are deemed attractive because it signifies wealth and prosperity as they have more than enough food to go by while the other 90% of the population live in hunger. In the western world back in the 60’s, an attractive lady would need to have curves: big boobs and butt, noticeable hips and small waist.

Fast-forward to 2000, social media has morphed the image of a perfect woman to have long, slim arms and legs with a flat tummy. Obviously boobs and butt are added advantages, more so the former.

However, people are more health conscious now. People are more aware of the fact that with all the stress, pollution, sedentary lifestyle and food additives that we are exposed to, we need to counterbalance these negatives by exercising, doing yoga, having a balanced diet etc. There are so many gym outlets popping up, and they are always full!

So the way I see it, a few more years into the future, I foresee a trend of people yearning to be more healthy hence the fit appeal. In with the firm, out with the flabs!

But what do I know? Maybe I just somewhat biased because:

i) I am not skinny
ii) I am more fit than skinny

Teehee πŸ˜‰

When Fit Is The New Skinny

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When I Eat More Than My BF

He’s like:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And I’m like:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So hilarious!! Unfortunately I think I will always fall under this category πŸ˜€

 

PS: This is not my work. Original post here.

PPS: The title might be a bit misleading, not with anyone now, all the boys ran away when they see me eat πŸ™‚

GG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How true is this?! Always remember, it takes work to make a relationship last. When either party gives up, it’s game over.

Anyways, with regards to the title of this post, I am truly screwed as it’s April now and less than 8 weeks away from the CFA exams. Anxiety kicks in as I have not been studying for the past 5 days, and the week before that.

I will work doubly hard tomorrow. I need to.

Aren’t They Beautiful?

The weather has been so good this week, reaching up to 23 degrees on Wed according to BBC. It is the perfect weather where it’s not too hot, and it’s warm enough to go out in a tshirt. Imagine that! If London has this weather all year round, I definitely will not leave this place! πŸ™‚

I was tempted to stay out as it is still bright after work, hence what’s better than jogging outdoor- I get to enjoy the heat/sun while doing a bit of exercise.

Some pictures I’d like to share from St James Park near Trafalgar Square. Definitely brought back memories from first year as I lived a stone’s throw away.

Can’t wait till it’s summer!

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It Rains When You’re Here, and It Rains When You’re Gone

Skiing at Chamonix, Mont Blanc

I just came back from an awesome 4 day ski trip in Chamonix. It was great, magnificent and all the positive adjectives you can think of. We headed to Geneva airport on Wednesday night and came back to London Sunday night, so we had 3 full days and 1 half day of skiing worth. Now my whole body is aching, from my biceps to triceps to back to gluts to butt to shins to feet. Skiing is intense πŸ™‚

Some pictures with captions below, enjoy!

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A few thoughts from my trip:

1) Skiing is a risky sport.
I have had quite a few epic falls (as epic as the mountain views) which involves falling down non stop through half a black slope on Day 1 and falling off a platter lift off a steep slope on Day 2. It was so epic that someone even recognized me later that day and said with my fall I could have been onΒ  TV. Sounds funny when I recall it now, but the falls were at least 150m, so it was definitely scary when you can’t stop the fall.

2) Have faith and it will all turn out fine.
I felt that I had some bad luck at the beginning of the trip, misplacing my wallet containing cash, ID, train tickets etc (but not my passport hence I could still fly out of UK) + all the crazy falls. In the end, I just became more careful when skiing. And some kind soul passed my wallet to the Lost and Found counter, so I am very thankful that I am safe, and that I found my stuff.

3) I know nice people.
Friends who would help you when you need it are friends you should appreciate and keep.

4) It is fun to do something out of the norm.
I learnt some dance moves from the UCPA crew, spoke to some people from the UK, France, Belgium, Italy.. It’s definitely an eye opener speaking to different people from various countries!

 

For those interested in skiing: We went with UCPA, its the place to go if you want an all-inclusive, no hassle and simple trip. The package at about 280 pounds includes 3 meals per day, accomodation, ski equipments and ski pass to Le Tour, Les Grande Montets and Brevant (perfect for 3/4 days). So total trip inclusive of flight, transfers etc would be 500-550 pounds.. It’s definitely more worth it if you go for a 1 week long ski trip which should amount to 700 pounds inclusive of classes as well!

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KONY 2012- Do We Believe In Everything We See?

I saw many videos being shared on Facebook about KONY 2012. It didn’t really attract me, but curiosity got to the better of me and I clicked “Play” on the Youtube video yesterday.

First impression: Kudos to this selfless man/oganization who is fighting for peace and justice , I want to donate as well!

I have learnt about Joseph Kony- who he is, the crimes he committed, but what truly awed me about the video was how itΒ fully leveraged on social media marketing (twitter/fb etc) and how it reached out to the public. Firstly, Jason (narrator of video and co-founder of Invisible Children) started telling the story through his son, knowing that people are usually more open and sympathetic when it comes to children. The Q&A with his son was brilliantly played. Secondly, he identified 20 culturemakers and 12 policymakers who has the power to make the different through their influence. Well, if these influencial people are involved and mentioned (which I then realize is totally different from them actively advocating it), that must mean that this is a sincere effort..

Isn’t it?

Then I did some research, and my verdict on KONY 2012: Not sold. Sounds like an Illuminati experience to me!

I thought the Guardian did a very good overall coverage on KONY 2012 which included some criticism, eg the current situation in Uganda (apparently in a much better situation than what was displayed in the video), the total force of LRA (said to be hundreds instead of thousands) etc.

***Read it here***

To get to my point:

This video was shared and viewed over 71 million times on Youtube, but before sharing, how many actually did a background check and researched about the facts presented in the video? It sounds like a noble cause. It certainly look very professional and factual, which made the video somewhat more trustworthy. On second thought, it just seemed so.. made up. I don’t mean to say that Joseph Kony/ children kidnapping doesn’t exist or that Invisible Children Inc is not fighting for a right cause, but there is just something’s fishy about this charity organization.

I have to admit I have not done any extensive research to conclude that this is really a scam (or not), but from what I have read, I’m just not convinced.

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Feelings & Music Aligned

How do you express your feelings? When you are happy, excited, sad, disappointed- do you let the whole world see it all, or would you keep it to yourself?

Whatever it is you are feeling, there are all types of music to match your mood and what you’d like to express. Say you want to shake your booty in a club, or declare your love to someone, or when you need some motivation, or maybe something to exercise to in the gym..

We might be complaining that the quality of songs produced have been deteriorating by the years, but one should never undermine the role that music plays in our life. It is one of the main channels of our emotions. Hence my little music appreciation post πŸ™‚


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