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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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Clos Maggiore.. and of Lousy Snogging Spots

Had a lovely dinner at Clos Maggiore, which was voted as the most romantic restaurant in London by Harden’s 2012. Our friendship is anything but romantic, though that didn’t stop Robert and I from marveling at the internal decor. I went here once late last year, but did not manage to get a seat in the conservatory room. We managed to reserve it today, and it is beautifully decorated with flowers all over and dimly lit with warm, yellow lights.

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We had a starter and main each, with one dessert and half a bottle of red wine. The bill came up to about 20 pounds each, very value for money, but only if you dine before 6pm weekdays!

Starter: Pressed smoked salmon
Main: Lasagna withΒ  marinated mushrooms (R) Roasted pork neck (Y)
Dessert: Creme Brulee

The menu is definitely more sophisticated than what I have simply described. That said, the food was good (though not like oh-my-gosh-great) but the atmosphere is totally the deal maker! Definitely one of the restaurants in London to visit! πŸ™‚


On a totally unrelated note, is it just me, or do couples make out at the weirdest places in London? It’s an affair which makes me go “Whyyyy?” everytime I see it. I am totally fine with PDA (Public Display of Affection), but next time just pick a better place, and not places like…

Awkward Snogging Place #1: Near to or at the entrance of a tube station
I get it, his place is up North, hers is West and it’s time to say goodbye. BUT PLEASE: a tube station is where typical Londoners like us rush in and out like a mad person, and you hogging that spot there isn’t going to make our journey easier. Also, if you can’t get enough of each other, just head home together and voila, an extra 10 hours of kissing etc for you.

Uncomfortable Snogging Place #2: On the bridge, during winter
I get this too, the bridge can be pretty romantic as you are overlooking the Thames River and possibly Big Ben etc. BUT PLEASE: even during fwinter? It is fzero degrees, the cold is biting into your face, the wind is howling (especially so on the bridge) and your hands are freezing despite the gloves. Normal people would quicken their pace so that they can reach their destination asap and be out of the cold, but you stand still with your loved one being all loved up. When it gets so cold, I just lose whatever lust and passion in me, desiring only warmth for my body. And won’t your lips be cold and clammy anyway? Okay going to stop right here.

Gross Snogging Place #3: At the stairs
Not just any stairs, but dirty, wet and dark ones. I guess a dark/hidden area is ideal, BUT PLEASE: this is a place where drunkards piss all over, the walls are dirty and there are gums/ cigarette butts on the floor. I feel turned off just thinking about it.

This feels like a rant now. I guess everyone has their own right and reason to kiss wherever they please, and I will respect that. So yes, I’m not sure about you, but you definitely won’t spot me kissing at these places.

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When one journey ends, another continues..

Hello all!

9 years ago, I started my first blog. And then I created my second blog in high school through college. They were both meant to share details of my life and consist mainly of social outings and the ups and downs of my relationship.

A few years down the road, a new journey awaits. I have completed high school, graduated from university and started my first job at a financial institution. Now I realized that my priorities have changed, my interests have multiplied and my lifestyle has been tamed down massively. I’m young, I’m ambitious, but I think I lose focus easily due to all these crazy ideas that I have.

Hence, this blog has been set up to be my source of focus; it will be divided into 4 sections: Food, Investment, Pole and Life.

Let the fun begin!

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