Celebrating Phung’s Birthday at Work

Phung cutting the cake

colleagues having cake

group photo

Phung’s birthday fell on Saturday, 24 August, so on Friday we celebrated it by sharing a cheesecake from Corica. Birthdays are perfect excuses to take a break from work and have cake, though who needs any?

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Flora in Perth

When it comes to friendship, I’m sincere and loyal to a fault, but I’m really bad at keeping in touch. That’s why the friends I keep are the kind who, after months or years of absence, can connect with me like no time had passed at all. Last week Flora was in Perth for work, and even though we hadn’t talked for half a year, she’s still the same sweet and kind girl I remember. It was her first trip to Perth, but she only had one weekend day to spend here before she had to fly to Brisbane, so V and I took her to Kings Park in the morning, Jamie’s Italian for lunch, Fremantle in the afternoon, San Churros for their signature churros and hot chocolate drinks, Cottesloe beach at sunset, South Perth to see the cityscape and lights from the other side of the river, and Victoria Park for dinner. The weather wasn’t in its best behavior that Saturday, but Flora had a good glimpse of what Perth had to offer, we had a great time, and caught each other up on what had been happening in our lives. The next time I see her will be when I’m back in Singapore at the end of August, but I’m sure it will not make a difference.

me and Flora at Kings Park

short walk at Kings Park

Flora

deciding what to order at Jamie's

in front of City Farmers

at Fremantle

at the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour

exploring Fremantle

overlooking the beach

windy beach

Fremantle Round House

great spot for a wedding photo

at San Churros

Adi and Anita’s Wedding, 22 September 2012

Although I’m not sure I believe in institutionalised marriage these days, I’m always happy for my friends when they decide to tie the knot. Anit’s wedding was no exception. I was part of the wedding choir, which in the newly renovated church of St. Bernadette meant we stood on a balcony and saw nothing of the ceremony except the back of the bride and groom’s heads.

We heard days after that we sang a glorious John Rutter’s “For the Beauty of the Earth”. Someone in the audience even recorded it and posted it on Facebook!

The reception was held at the church’s canteen, which was a bit on the small side, but we ate, we drank, and we sure were merry.

Keti and Oggy were there and they brought Jann along. Jann must be the most well-behaved baby I’ve known! He did not make any noise throughout the ceremony and lunch reception that followed, although I would prefer less drooling to go with the silence too. I guess at his age that was one of the few things he could be expected to do. The whole child-caring thing still struck me as being too much work!

Wasn’t it a nice Saturday to remember?

A Dinner Invite

A colleague of mine at work sent an invite for a crab dinner next week. The invite goes like this:

When: 27 July 2012 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM (GMT+08:00) Kuala Lumpur, Singapore
Where: Eng Seng Restuarant

Event: Eat Crap Festival
Venue: Eng Seng Restuarant
Time: must eat and finish before 8:30pm

Reservation per person is required.
Who join without reservation, please don’t touch crab 😉

Please note: Don’t count this as Team Dinner (since no sponsor).

I will take this opportunity to personally thank LL (name not provided to protect the individual) for all his contribution to WSP.
So LL, this’s only your change to eat free crab. Don’t miss it 😉

Her English skills aside, she’s really something, isn’t she?

Introducing Piedad, My Colombian Friend

I had a wonderful Sunday today spent with V and Piedad. Piedad is a sweet, cheerful, and beautiful Colombian girl who came to Singapore to work with us on Integration testing for a month. She’s a joy to have in the office; smart, reliable, and cooperative, and personally, she’s one of the kindest and most honest friend I’ve known.

Because she’s a fellow Catholic, she joined me and V for a mass this morning at St. Mary of the Angels. We had lunch at a new Japanese joint in West Mall, then went to get a pedicure. Naturally, V opted out, but he picked us girls up with a pair of flip-flops for Piedad because she forgot to wear open toe shoes or sandals.

Piedad and I chatted quite a fair bit: about ourselves, our family, love for learning and travel, food. When we were done with the pedicure, I invited Piedad home, where she got to taste durian and V’s homemade avocado smoothie. She hated the former, loved the latter. We also ended up decorating Piedad’s nails with magnetic nail polish. Such a girly thing to enjoy, I know, but we had a really nice time.

Her stay in Singapore is coming to an end next week, unfortunately, but I hope I’ll get to meet her again one day. I would love to visit Colombia!