10 January 2015

Up Up and Away



It's been two years since I've been on a holiday.  I have accrued so much annual leave I was forced to take time off.  I hadn't turned into a workaholic and surely I hadn't forgotten how much I love to travel.  I blame it on how much dental and orthodontic work costs in this country even with private health insurance.  I know the removal of four teeth and braces will be worth it in the run long but it sure doesn't come cheap.   

It was time for a holiday, time to recuperate, relax while sipping on cocktails lying next to the pool and sunbake. Going sightseeing, eat great food and discover myself while shoe shopping are definite priorities.

It was arranged as a 'girls holiday' with my sister Jess and my cousin Radha.  We leaving tomorrow to go to Langwaki in Malaysia than we are off to Singapore and lastly staying a night in Kuala Lumpa. As all three of us haven't been to Singapore or Malaysia, our friends have been telling us places to eat, shop and visit - which has only built up the excitement since we booked in last November. 

Jess is a Virgin member and I'm an Emirates member, so we both wanted to fly with our preferred airline.  One afternoon Gigi sent me a text about a sale Air Asia were having and I told Jess about it. It worked out to be a lot cheaper than Virgin and had the dates we wanted which Emirates didn't so, we decided to go with Air Asia.  We haven't flown Air Asia before.      

Than a month or so after booking the flights the tragic Air Asia flight went missing.  Radha has a fear of flying, I've never been afraid of flying which is one of the very few things I'm not afraid. I know how much flying is a fear for so many people, more so when tragic events like this happen. I have to admit even though I know I have more chances of dying going to the airport than I do on the plane, I am a bit worried.  I do believe whatever is in your destiny is going to happen and you can't predict it nor control it.

Nancy who does my nails told me her friend had booked her whole family to go to Malaysia flying Air Asia. She cancelled it and lost her money because she's too scared once hearing about the recent Air Asia tragedy.

Readers, would you cancel your trip if you were flying Air Asia? Would you fly Air Asia? What is your scariest flying experience?

5 January 2015

Back To Work - NOOOOOO




I don't like Mondays, I especially don't like Mondays when it's the first day back to work after being on holidays.  I know I'm not the only one and thousands of people will be commuting to work this morning with two things on their mind, coffee and home time. 

I shouldn't really even be complaining because I have two weeks off after this week so, I have taken it upon myself to do the whinging on behalf of everyone. I hope I do you all proud! On a positive note (because there is always positives) we only have to work five days before we get two days off YAY! 
For all the people who haven't had any time off you're probably hating me right now and that's understandable. I would be hating me too , complaining about how I have to go back to work after having a week off.

My most favourite thing about being on holidays is not waking up to an alarm at 5:50 am.  Each morning when my alarm goes off, I turn it off ,close my eyes and think if only I had one more hour I wouldn't feel so tired.  Not only do I get to sleep in when I'm on holidays but when I wake up and I feel tired I get to go back to sleep for another hour!  It really is the small things in life that make you happy.

My plan of attack to get through today is simple; sugar, caffeine and upbeat music.
  

Now I want to hear from you, yes you! What's your favourite thing about being on holidays? Do you like Monday's? 

2 January 2015

What The Year 2014 Meant For Me


It was this time last year I was with Heba reading the 2014 horoscope for Aquarius and to sum it up, it said that the first half of my year wasn't going to be any fun with no rewards - it was going to be all about work...work and more work. Things would get a bit better after July. Nothing that I read was hopeful nor exciting to make me look forward to 2014 and that's when I said to Heba " I'm going to prove the horoscope wrong, I'm going to have a great year ".  

It turned out I didn't really need to try that hard after all because the good times just kept coming. Every week I had some fun event on, I got to meet great people, make new friends, I stuffed my face, put on weight and let my hair out, more than I probably should have. I didn't worry about much like I normally do, I was all smiles and laughs. I enjoyed the ride because I knew the ride would eventually come to an end just like all good things. My ride lasted for ten months, I enjoyed every second and always reminded myself not to take any moment for granted. It was turning out to be one of the best years I've had in quite some time. 

In November the ride ended. I did something which I have wanted to do for years but have always been too scared...I finally got braces! It was one of my New Year's resolutions. It was awful, I felt every second of every minute for the first ten days but I am proud of myself for going through with it. 2014 had gone by so quickly till the day I got my braces. It was so rewarding and memorable to see my teeth move within the first week of having them.

At the same time my Grandma and Nana had been admitted into two different hospitals for different reasons.  It's a coincidence you just don't ever hope for. My parents were away on holiday at the time which only added to the stress.  

I thought I hated hospitals but I realised after my Nana got moved to a nursing home (for rehabilitation for her broken leg) that I hated nursing homes more. My Grandma unfortunately didn't improve even though I was positive she would. She sadly passed away twelve days before Christmas and less than twenty-four hours from my Grandfather's anniversary.  I discovered during this period that I come from a long line of strong women.  My Grandma made us laugh until her final days - she was always a character.  




            
One day I overheard a group conversation on the train about Christmas. One of the ladies said her Dad told her Christmas is fun when you're a kid and when you have kids, in between it's just ordinary. I think I have reached the ordinary period. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the abundance of food and catching up with people but the excitement I use to have has been lost. I did receive though enough chocolate to get me through 2015 and beyond :)

Our family had Christmas lunch at my Grandma's house for the last time. Her house felt empty and was silent. There was not a noise in the kitchen and the table that always had food on it was now empty. After lunch I was off to the nursing home to visit my Nana.

By the end of December I couldn't wait for the New Year to come. 2014 has been fun it wasn't all bad but I needed a new start, a fresh canvas to think about all the possibilities 2015 could bring.  

To the people who have been there for me, you know who you are and hopefully you're reading this I say thank you. I get by with a little help from my friends and I'm grateful for the amazing friends I have.   

2015 I'm ready for you ... BRING IT!





22 October 2014

Two Words ... 'Love Rat'


The Bachelor, the show is the perfect example of rubbish reality TV at it's best and of course I got myself addicted to it.  It puzzles me as to 'why would any woman want to date a man that's dating 30 other women at the same time'?  Call me crazy but that doesn't sound like a fun time to me. 


One of the things that I find entertaining is how when one of the bachelorette's come home from their date with the bachelor, all the other bachelorettes are SO excited to find out how the date went.  They ask all these questions about - what they did on their date? Did they kiss? Do you have a connection with him?  The  bachelorette whose been on the date then gloats about how AMAZING it was, how she's NEVER felt like this about anyone before, No ONE has ever treated her so well before - if dating a man that is dating 30 other women is classified as being treated well then, women must be drinking a lot of cocktails at these weekly cocktail parties!  After the bachelorettes hear how AMAZING the date went they all get jealous, upset and this seems to happen on a weekly basis like they'll never learn to ... just stop asking in the first place!! So I'm sure if you couldn't see why I was addicted before, you can now.
This year's bachelor Blake, had a hard time choosing just one lady - he liked them all!  It must be like when I go to Yum Cha and the trolleys of food go around and I just can't get myself to choose one dish, I have to try them all!!!
At the finale, Blake finally chooses just one lady, the lovely beautiful Sam.  He proposes to her and she says YES!!! I just want to put this out there, does anyone else find it irrational of him to propose to someone he's been on like five dates with? While he was dating 29 other women?   
 
Sam is thinking she is the luckiest girl in the world, she has won the heart of Blake.  The smooth talking, handsome, tall Blake.......BEEP WRONG! Turns out Lisa the runner up is the lucky one because our Blake is actually a love rat! O.M.G WTF who would have ever thought the man sweet talking 30 women is a love rat!!!!!!!
He dumped Sam shortly after the show stopped airing, he said that once they both got back home they realized they both wanted different things.  SAY WHAT??!!!  You're telling me Blake that in the five short dates you had with Sam, you didn't know her well enough to realize you both wanted different things even though you proposed to her???? 
I'm in such a state of shock that I think I need a whole block of chocolate.
So of course Blake goes running to Lisa (the runner up) and asks her if she still has feelings for him?  Of course she doesn't you idiot! You made her believe that you were going to choose her and then dumped her on national TV.  
Who's left? Louise the young blonde from QLD, the third last girl standing.  He wrote her a love letter because the ONLY reason he dumped her was because he didn't want to hurt her feelings......dumping a girl because you want to protect them sounds very logical to me.  He takes her on a cheap exotic holiday to Thailand after two weeks of intimate phone conversations because as we know, Blake doesn't waste time he proposes after five dates.
I don't know what spell the love rat put on Louise but now they are together even though everyone is telling Louise bad things about him.  My advice Louise, RUNNNNNNNN