Saturday, September 29, 2007

busy bee during Ramadan

since our return from our recent trip, reality made quite a solid thump on me. i've become extremely preoccupied with work as soon as i set foot in the office.

i was back to work the day before the onset of the holy month of Ramadan. most of my team mates were away - either on business trip or on a much-awaited holiday. i was literally manning the fort with all of my might, and juggling all the work like a mad scientist. although work was cut off from 8am-5pm to 9am-3pm, it only made me feel a lot more stressed. i know i'm supposed to be rejoicing about the change of timings, but it totally made things difficult for me. now that work time has been reduced, it became pretty much difficult to squeeze everything i needed to do in 6 hours. i always end up extending for another hour, not to mention popping in earlier than usual just so i can prep myself for the day's proceedings. and lastly, summer had just ended so most clients are now back in their offices from their holidays. gee, they're all on our backs after almost 3 months of being abyss!

to add to my busy state, i literally dash for coffee every 2 hours in our little pantry, which is most of the time filled with staff wanting to take quick gulps of water or ingest caffeine in their bodies as quickly as they can. and there is no lunch break either, so that makes my hunger less of a priority. imagine li'l me with my hurried pace sneaking in to get something to waken my nerves and fulfill my urge to have something on my lips, thereafer hide like a child avoiding to be caught with my hand in the cookie jar. well, this is Ramadan for you folks - no food, no liquids (not even water!) or anything edible that you can intake in front of your Muslim brothers and sisters as a sign of respect as they are fasting.

the only thing i am happy about is that i get to come home earlier than usual because traffic is much lighter after 4pm. i get to see more of my hubby and we find time to nap together before having dinner. talk about the perfect way to relax after a long day.

but then, the same busy workday happens the following day all over again :( well, thank God for weekends, otherwise, i'd totally go insane!!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

our new toy

last year, hubby and i bought our first camera – a Canon S3IS - during the Gitex promotional period. it was a well-thought of investment as the money we used to purchase the camera was from the “advance” monetary gifts we received for our wedding from my colleagues. it’s not a DSLR type, but good enough to capture beautiful photographs compared to other point and shoot cameras in the market.

eventually, i realized, what good does a spiffy camera do without a competent laptop to keep and tweak the digital photos saved from all the occasions and trips we had over the year? as soon as my new post was made official a month ago, we, err, i decided to splurge a bit and bought a much coveted
Mac Book Pro 15" as a treat to myself (goodness, splurge a bit?!! it’s a $2,500 laptop - come on, who am i kidding?) but Virgin Megastore had a very tempting offer which i couldn’t resist, so what the heck!!!


anyway, this dazzling thingamajig, which i named “Amanda” (as in Amanda Bynes of Nickelodeon & She’s The Man), is worth every penny spent. with my big bro’s influence, little by little i fell in love with the piece. and hubby couldn’t be more happier. we’ve never seen any machine like it before. it’s Aperture program is just astounding...editing pictures has never been so easy! in a snap of a finger, a lousy, overexposed pic can appear so perfect right in front of your eyes.

of course, this beauty is not only gonna be used as a photo dump. it will also be our notebook where we will store everything important to us and relevant to our journey as husband and wife. besides, our home badly needs a “his” and “hers” communication station, and having such will help make our home a lot less strained from the squabbling over one PC….LOL!

i just hope i'll have time to learn how to run this baby like a pro! :)

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

back to reality

back from my trip...sun-kissed and happy!

more kwento and pictures soon.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

sickly me :(

i’m flying off this weekend to another business trip, but my body is just in a completely bad shape. i feel terrible for falling ill because the upcoming trip is a much-awaited one, albeit short. Ryan will be joining me for the first time, and it’s gonna be in the international capital for the world of luxury: Monaco.

just last week, after celebrating our anniversary, i came home with a horrible toothache. through my friend at work Hazel’s referral, we managed to schedule a trip to the dentist last Saturday for check-up and cleaning. ironically, when i was sitting at the dental chair with my teeth being examined, the pain disappeared. maybe my painful tooth got intimidated by the presence of the dentist! however, the ever-kulit me did not easily fall for my tooth’s drama, so i persisted with the dentist to re-check. and when the dentist gave a sudden nudge to the supposedly painful area, that’s when the sting started to come back. after another x-ray, the dentist gave my tooth the verdict – it’s due for RCT. i was alarmed and i immediately transformed into my panic mode! RCT?? but i have a business trip in a few days and i can’t afford to have the treatment before flying, knowing that my tooth’s filling is just temporary. what if the pain reoccurs while i’m thousands of miles away?? yikes!

thankfully, the dentist agreed to do the RCT upon my return, provided that i will be under medication for the throbbing and swelling. but silly me, because i wasn’t feeling much pain then, i went home without the prescription. now that was definitely a bad idea! in the evening, the ache began coming back again. at 3:10 am on Sunday, i woke up writhing in pain. and because i really, really needed to be at work that day, i still showed up with my swollen tooth and a lump on my left cheek. at noontime, i frantically called my dentist who prescribed me with antibiotics to fight off the infection. and the medicines did work because the pain had gone away since. but RCT is still on on the 13th September to make the pain go away permanently.

now that the toothache has subsided, here comes the dreaded sore throat paired with headache from my clogged sinuses. i think i’m catching a flu! it’s pretty much common these days with the changing of the weather so i’m part of a large percentage of the population, or at least here in the office. it sucks though because my nose now resembles that of Rudolph’s, and my dry cough resonates like the barking of a dog. and what’s worse, people are wary of me because of the virus i carry. huhuhu…alienated me!

with just a few more days left before i board the plane, i am taking extra vitamin C’s, conscientiously taking my medications on time, and gulping more liquids than ever. and no coffee in the meantime…just Twining’s Peppermint tea with a squirt of lemon for a soothing feel. i fervently hope in no time i’ll feel better. i’d hate to sit on a plane for 8 hours with this condition, and attend our cocktail reception in Monte Carlo looking like ghastly. of course, i also don’t want hubby to tag along on this trip and end up baby sitting a sick wife like me. *sigh!*