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On Tues, Zubair's Indonesian Chinese Musician old friend called him saying that he has a job for him at FoodFare, Tekka Mall.

I was really feeling divided at the good opportunity / fortune and wanting his company to go thru that first polyclinic check up. So much so i threw a tantrum. Poor Z. Fortunately, he managed to negotiate with that person that he can go over to meet with him after the appointment ends.

I already fantasized that he can work at this Tekka Mall in the day and go to TOFA at night. that would help. A lot.

It was 4pm when we got home. and Z called this guy again to have an idea what is the job about before actually venturing all the way out.

Turned out that this friend of Z found out about an Food & Beverage Training course offered by Singapore Human Resource Management which guarantee a job placement after completion of course. Hmmm sounds familiar... where have i heard about it before? Oh yes! My Bro in Law went to such a course that guaranteed a job... BS! There was just a precious few positions offered.

At least, the one BIL went to was heavily subsidised, i think. This one? Registration is already $65 and the whole course is $650!!!!

I appreciate that this friend thought of us. But when we explained our financial situation, he just couldn't accept it. He told us to go and take some loan or something. Like its a GOLDEN opportunity that we're missing. So much so that he said if we dont accept this, he would never help us again. And registration was to close that same day at 7pm. *faint*

But being mature in age, shouldn't he know that certain things are just too good to be true? Or that be careful while in the blind pursuit of one thing lest u would lose the one u already have?

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Old Wives' Tales on Pregnancy

Ok so i dont know anything about this as i've never bothered to before.

I only knew one should avoid taking pineapples if you're pregnant. And this is from a Chinese Drama from yesteryears where Zoe Tay's character was pregnant out of wedlock and was anxiously trying to abort it the "natural way"

I just gotta know a few days ago... from Sue's blog was it? that a pregnant mom should also avoid watching animal programmes. Likewise, our Night Safari's outing has been cancelled.

Also.. Mulut jangan Celupar. As in take care what you say and dont comment on stuffs unthinkingly. Eg: OMG So black this person. Lest ur child would be dark too even tho the parents are as bright as day.

Can you guys help me to think to anything else?

Or suggest what type of food is best to take when pregnant Eg: Milk (i dont really drink milk but can take strawberry or choc milk haha...)

And what food i should avoid. Eg: Pineapple and my lovely FAST FOODS!!!

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3 min of Boxercise

The 5min exercise break in the office is happening again.

I was supposed to be with the rest of the rec club going floor by floor with the trainer. But i excused myself for the obvious reason. Although it may not be obvious to the rest of the company just yet. (I havent even told my colleagues in the same dept of my preggie state. Only told my HR cum Rec Club buddy) But early days yet.

Anyways, i promised that when they come to my floor, i will participate and i did. It was just a 3 min bouncing on the spot thing with some hand punching movements.

And now im panting. Maybe its just the Mutton Briyani i just had for lunch... I sure hope Belly dancing would be easier though.

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Maternity Packages: Raffles VS Polyclinic

I dont know whether im the dumb one or is it the CPF board's website that is not clear enough or is the Raffles Medical staff still clinging to old information?



I have been dying to know how much can we claim for Pre-delivery check ups under MediSave. For overseas friends, MediSave is sort of like a govt medical scheme where u and ur employer contribute a certain % of ur monthly salary to a pension fund that is divided into 3 categories, one of them being this MediSave.



So Anyway, yesterday i visited Raffles Women Centre at Causeway Point to ask what is their package like. its in the range of between $2,000 - $2,600. At that time, i had no benchmark to compare it with. But these are why i like their services:




  1. SUPER NEAR and convenient

  2. professional

  3. one doctor at CW and 9 others at the hospital

  4. i'd give birth at Raffles Hospital!! SUPER SHIOK (Great/nice) ok

  5. the package includes supplements like Folic acids, Calcium and multi vitamins that i would certainly need

  6. Also included are urine tests and 3 ultrasounds.

A call to CPF hotline says that i can claim up to $900 is its a normal delivery ie not C-sect. This conclusion was only reached after 10min on the phone! GRRR Even then Viloh or whatever her name was couldn't advise me what actually Medisave Maternity Package. I asked whether its the packages i can find at clinics or should i sign up with CPF themselves? Either im too thick to get her explaination right or she wasnt clear about it herself because she kept putting me on hold to check with her colleagues.

To verify the information as i perceived it, i called Raffles Womens Center. And SHE said that i could only claim up to $450. Now why is that so? ok The table from CPF website here did indicate its $450 but under the Package is $900. So which is which now???

Arghhh i just hope that they will announce a better, confusion-free package next month!

Now is the time to explore other alternatives. Sidek Clinic at Simei is offering a $450 package. Just nice to claim the medisave. But of course they:

1. are very far

2. dont include blood tests, medicine, CTG (whatever that is).

In any case, i wont be comfortable with a Muslim MALE Doctor as i imagine they have just the one.

A check with another friend said that Thomson Medical has a $350 package! Ok and im just researching now. Their hospital looks nice on the inside and they offer lotsa maternity lessons. It is also convenient to go from work or to get home from there. Hmmm should ask more in detail for this one lah.

But ultimately, yesterday, as planned, Zubair and i went to the polyclinic nearby to get myself checked.

To cut the story short, after 2hours + 1hr lunch of waiting, we are certified 6 weeks pregnant. i know i use the term WE. LOL. Of course the father should be as involved as the mother. I hafta add that me and Z had a lovely laughable time. We actually talked and teased each other. haha

The total bill for this first visit is just.............. $13.50!!!

Consultation $9 (that's $1 more than usual)

Folic Acid 1 month's supply @ $1.50!!!! (From Guardian Pharmacy like $10+)

Lab test @ $3

Zubair did the sweetest thing. He paid for the bill! He said, "I dont feel good lah if even for baby you hafta pay. I'm the father what." I can tell you i was melting then. Funny how u can still melt even when u've been married for sometime.

So that was what made me to decide i shall continue going to the Polyclinic.

PROS:

1. CHEAP

2. Pay as u visit and not lump sum as other clinics would have u do.

CONS:

1. No Air Con, just Fan. But at least since the renovation, the Fan is SUPER POWERFUL. So kinda make it up for it, really

2. Doctor rushed thru ur appt.

Really. All she did was ordered a urine test to be done. Asked my first day of last period and calculated that its 6 weeks. Granted, she said that its still much too early to do any other check up or even to see my abdomen... but she could have given me some advices, no? I had to do the questionings which im glad to anyways. But what if i didnt know WHAT to ask since im so blur about this topic? It doesnt help that she seemed very young and inexperienced, although very nice and gentle.

Polyclinic is actually ideal for subsequent babies and you're already an experienced mum. But its ok most of my ex colleague went to poly even for their first ones, so i can go thru it too.

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Musician or not?

I find it difficult to call Zubair a musician nowadays.


Esp after the many times he dismissed the songs i was listening to as TRASH, CRAP and most insultingly NOISE!


Hey i wasnt even listening to any black metal stuffs ok. Instead i was dancing to the likes of Mariah Carey's E=MC2, Duffy's Mercy, Hannah Montana and my latest craze Jordin Sparks!!


In my point of view, a musician should be able to appreciate all kinds of music genres. But he. He only likes of course his Hindi / Pakistani pop rock songs and oldies like Cliff Richards and Carpenters. Me i love ALL Hindi, oldies, jazz, rock, anything lah. But as long as i can sing along with it.


So there!

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3mth Old Nintendo DS Lite Pink for Sale



Bought it from Best Denki End of Apr 08.


Price: $300 w Warranty Card unfilled


Including accesories:
1. Ez Flash (to enable more games to be played. Bought at $120)
2. 1GB Storage Card ($15)
3. Pink Bag
4. 2 Original Games: Spider Man 3 and Shrek the Third.
5. Of course the stylus
6. Protective screen from Day 1 ($15)


Reasons for selling:
1. Raising money for baby
2. Dont really know how to play the free games
3. Dont know how to figure out the Ez Flash


I havent got around to snap the actual picture. But it is still in perfect condition! eMail me

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What Lunch?

Yesterday was the first time in my 2yrs career at this current employment that i get to go to a client's office.

Me and S were listening to PM's presentation on our online ceritificate system.

We reached High Street at about 10:45am and it lasted till 12:20pm.

I rejoiced. It's Lunch time!!! Think about ALL the places you can go to eat at City Hall! McDonalds, KFC, Sakura, LJS, and of course, KOMALAS!!!!!

But can you believe it? The rest of the gang wanted to go back to the damned office!!! OMG! I totally can't believe it tau. What the hell do they wanna go back to office for?? It's lunch time for god's sake! It's totally boring to be restricted to eat the food 1km radius from ur office. Gosh i really dont understand!

I voiced out my intention of going to have lunch at City Hall like twice. But they all like turn a deaf ear on me! And then i remembered i dont have my book with me and that if i were to lunch on my own would be oh so boring!

But i ended up bored anyway with 1 sausage roll and 4 small pieces of jemput2 (banana balls) for lunch in the office.

IM BAWLING MY EYES OUT!!! My poor Batthura is missing me... and I it.

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So How Do I Feel ... ?

Actually it's a bit too early to be writing this... but so far this is how i feel...


SILLY!


Bcos... i keep rubbing my belly... and im more conscious when i walk. Like walking the Pregnant Lady Walk, if there is ever such a thing as that. But really i can already feel something there inside. a Bit crampy but always comes like for 30sec and then gone... Scary lah Sooo scared!!!


Other facts and figures:

1. There is now TWO pregnant ladies in our dept alone!

2. This is how i told my mother, "Mummy, Do you think polyclinic is open tmrw?" It was a Sat and i am fully aware polyclinics do not open on Sun. She said No, for what? I said to do check up. and gave a weird sheepish facial expression and she asked how late was i and i said 8 days. Her reaction, "Only 8 days"

3. My MIL's reaction? If its a son, to name him Ghulam Ali.

I started to object to Zubair cos we agreed that our first son will be called Tufeil after his maternal grandfather. But he GLARED at me for daring to deny my MIL's request =( I feel we can still discuss this issue.

4. I just told my boss. said that if i really am pregnant, high chance it is a Sentosa Baby. Then he fielded his eyes and said, "Dont Tell me!" But later he said, "Must name the baby Sentosa." And afterwards when i was leaving his office, instead of the usual congratulations, he said, "Well Done!" OMG my boss! *faint* I could feel my cheeks burning!

5. Im wondering if its wise for me to go to Pak in my pregnant state. N if we could afford it at all with the impending medical bills! However, that is so much better than after delivery cos surely i hafta bring baby along and i hafta pay 70% of an adult fare for an infant who wont appreciate the journey at all!! Ok ok the Pak family WOULD love to see B.

See! see! I think too much. MerepeQ sey.

6. The news just this morning said that the Govt will be announcing a new improved maternity package of sorts in the National Day Rally next month. I'm already imagining another 1 more month off to make it 4months PLUS 1 mth of Paternity leave. hahaha

7. Does this mean i cant go for my belly dancing classes which will start in 2 weeks' time and will go on for 6 weeks? Sheesh. Such a wasted opportunity. To think i've endured all those silly Afro-Latin cardio classes in the hope that belly dancing would come soon. oh God!


Ya Allah. I am grateful for all the blessings you have showered us. I am shameful to ask for a smooth pregnancy and delivery as well as supportive family and friends. But to whom shall i ask if not Thee the Merciful, The Rich, The Generous One?

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YOU DONT GO AWAY YOU!

It has been a long emotional drama in my dreams that Sat night...

But one of my sisters storming into my bedroom commenting and criticizing this and that was the last straw. As Icing on the Cake, My bedroom was an utter mess.

I looked desperately or rather, angrily at Zubair as i was trying to clear the room. Then he just smiled and attempted to leave the room.

That's when i screamed, "YOU DON'T GO AWAY YOU!!!"

And i then surfaced to reality. Oh my God. It's been a long time since i sleep talked. And now its all accumulated to become a sleep SHOUT! Zubair tried to calm me down. Again overwhelmed by emotions i cried and cried and cried.... i didnt care if anybody else in the house heard me and thought it was for real instead of just a nightmare... i cried and cried...

Softly Zubair said to me, "Hey... please dont get so stressed ok... Not good for the baby." I smiled for a while ... in my head... but continued to cry and cry and cry....

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The Suspense Was Killing Me

Over the last week, i was contemplating two things:

1. To do a home pregnancy test kit or
2. Go to a GP to check for FREE

Of course OPtion No 1 is the most common and easiest to do. Option No 2 is slightly risky cos i dont think my company covers for such check ups unless i approach the GP with normal symptoms like Tummy ache or headache....but what if the doctor insistsits not covered and i hafta end up paying DOUBLE the DIY test kit.

I think too much. I know. And i thought being described as analytical by in my principal in my school leaving cert is a compliment! LOL. Granted, not applicable in all situations lah.

And then Friday came and i lunched with a blog reader. She gave me a book! What to Expect When You're Expecting. I read thru the possible / probable and positive signs of pregnancy some of which are rather confusing. Bcos a late period may just be a delayed one. Cramps and tender breasts are signs for BOTH impending menstruation as well as pregnancy.

By then i was already 7 days late, which is unusual for me but not unheard of. I wanted to wait for the 10th day. But didnt think i could wait any longer!! I bought the kit from Guardian Pharmacy on the way home from work.

I agonised myself by waiting for Zubair to come home before doing the test. The Game i was playing helped to distract me a lot.

It was 9:30pm when he reached home. Read the box and instructions. Complicated set with tube. I psychoed myself and Zubair for the worse. Though i dont know which is, just that i said i might NOT be pregnant. Dont be disappointed.


He accompanied me all the while in the bathroom. Collected the sample and drop 3 into the Testing Well.


The instruction was to wait for 3 - 5 min and not to read after more than 10min.


Within a few seconds we could see the liquid going up rather hastiliy to the Results area... Thru the T and C.....

The first line MUST be there. otherwise it would be invalid....

And then, tanpa segan silunya (without much hesitation), a second line appeared.

I snatched the instruction paper from Zubair. OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!!! Two lines = positive!

We looked at each other weirdly... wanted to smile and cry at the same time and then hugged.

A few tears were shed. Mine. Suddenly i was overwhelmed by the feeling of FEAR. I DID want to get pregnant cos Zubair and MIL are always after asking what is the progress... but ... but.... i dont know... it still feels tooo.... soon! Like im still not ready... and then terrifying moments flashed in front of me... losing sleep, losing time, gaining weight... labour pains... oh no oh no!!! This is soooooo scary and i hugged Z tighter. STOP THINKING TOO MUCH lah Julissa.

But wait! What if the kit is wrong? Surely i hafta get it verified by the doctor. Zubair got a paternal instinct though. He is quite determined to think i AM indeed pregnant... after all i HAVE missed my period for a whole week.

So what's next?

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I Miss You...

You have been gone for 2 days now and i feel sooo lonely without you...

Why do you hafta go to Bangkok?

Just remember to buy me those t shirts ok?

Dont forget, you'll always be my.....
.
.
.
.
KAK LONG! hehehe
(First sis)

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Oops$ I Did It Again$

Just yesterday i went to an Assertiveness course and i still got talked into buying something i dont really NEED.

Last Dec I bought a $140 pedicure package. for 6 sessions. and i had my 5th Session just now.

Sales: Your sessions are finishing. You want to buy another package not?

Me: Er...

Sales: Bcos you dont need to paint your nails right... so i can give you 2 free making a total of 7 sessions for $140

Me: Maybe wait for Dec lah

Sales: Our prices are changing soon lah.

Me: OH I dont know

Sales: (some more gibberish)

Me: Oh alright.



and *poof!* $140 gone from my NETS card. Sighhh

To think that i put off buying 6 boxes of lenses for $220 bcos i tot i should save money. Suddenly i spent 2/3 of that on something that was totally unnecessary. I had regretted buying the package last year. And i still hadnt learnt my lessons!

I like to go to the pedicurist bcos i have super hard heels sometimes which i like to peel a lot (just like my lips) and then it will hurt to walk. But i've bought the File and the scrub and the cream to be able to do it at home. I even intend to buy the tool that looks like a potato peeler. LOL. that i saw at mustafa.

Aiyah i ramble here also no point. I wasted the money already.

That's it I'm gonna sell my never-been-used Nintendo DS. Watch this space.

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Fruit Loops

A conversation with my cousin yesterday.

Nur: So what did u have for lunch?

Me: Fruit Loops

Nur: Wahhh just fruit loops?

Me: Dont get the wrong idea, Fruit loops is my DESSERT

Nur: HAH?? Dessert? Then what did u actually have for lunch?

Me: Kway Teow Goreng (Fried noodle)

Nur: OMG! Parah! (terrible) So all your lunch time gym / exercises are gone to waste?

Me: But isnt it better that i exercise then if i dont AT ALL and STILL EAT this much?

Nur: But still! Parah!


LOL

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My Husband stood me up!

UPDATE
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I was writing in such a hurry yesterday (cos i was on course actually) that i missed out a few points:

That Zubair had his huge keyboard with him so of cos it made sense for him to take that car ride albeit just to Clementi.

*********************



After my evening dance class, i went to Bugis. I told him we can meet later when he finishes.



At 7:30pm i called him saying i finished class already and tired lah. He said its ok just go home.



Of course i still wanna go to Bugis to get some stuffs and if not tonight, when else?



at 8:15pm i smsed him saying i just reached Bugis and that i'll be there for about an hour maybe we could meet at the mrt or something. I anticipated him to finish between 9 to 9.15pm.



So while having dinner at McDonalds, it was now 9.30pm and i was tired from the shopping. I smsed him that i was still in Bugis and to call me when he was done. Guess what he replied? "one of my friendssend me to Clementi MRT. he has car. u come home sayang :)"



I straight away called him. and demanded to know why he never checked with me before going off with his friend? He said sorry i was soo busy julissa, u dont know. He was already at Clementi and i was still in freaking Bugis stupidly waiting for him to come!



I cldnt take it. I cried in front of all pple. I dont care they dont know me what. I felt so disappointed. I had been trying my best to accomodate my schedule to him and this is what he do to me? I hung up.



Grudgingly finished my meal, which to make it worse was of super low quality. The large fries was only filled half, even then it tasted as though its been fried a bit too long and stayed in the whatever container they have there a bit too long. The cap to the cup of coke didnt fit. the waiter was not concentrating on serving me, instead was eyeing and chatting up a girl. OH MY GOD!



I decided to take the cab then. It's really not fair. I've been out the whole day and HE got to reach home first. I'M the tired one out here!



Things got worse and worse as i waited one freaking hour for a stupid cab! At first i saw a group of makcik2 (malay aunties) and i heard they were heading to Woodlands and asked if i could join their cab. Save time to look for 2 cabs right? Wrong. Bcos at first she said ok, then suddenly she said, "No we would be fined if 5 pple got into the cab" huh? Why didnt u tell me clearly earlier??



I wasted about 15min there. There were a lot of empty cabs actually but they were all heading to Bugis Junction to the taxi stand. But i dont wanna join the queue bcos its too damn long. So i walked to one junction BEFORE Bugis Junction but the cab wont stop for me either. They gestured for me to walk up to the taxi stand there.



I decided to call SMART cab. I said i was waiting at the bust stop opp Raffles Hospital. Suddenly I realised that i might have confused the cab driver as i was actually on the same side of Raffles Hospital not the opp one and indeed as i saw a SMART cab drove by on the opp side of the road. I called back the company and they said that the driver wasnt picking up but that they would despatch for another driver and call me back to update the situation,



By then it was 10:15pm and i decided to call Comfort Taxis and got a cab. then SMART called me to say they got me a driver but i frankly told him i got another from Comfort and that i will just see which one comes first and he said ok.



Later, SmART driver called me to ascertain my lcoation. He got to the opp side of the road too! and said he had to make two u turns before he could reach me. i asked, "But are you coming?" He said yeah yeah im coming. Ok then ill wait.



Just after i put off the phone, a Comfort cab of my booking came. I felt guilty to cancel the SMART as i've already spoken to the driver and he sounded Malay to me. So i cancelled Comfort's although he was ALREADY THERE!!!



SMART came about 3min later. it was 10.30pm. i reached home 30min after that. 30min of fear of death from car accident bcos the driver kept on smsing on his hp. Worse was he had to put on reading glasses to compose his msgs!! *faint* I cldnt help imagining he was having an affair. I mean which cab driver's wife would sms her husband so profusely knowing that it would his and the passengers' lives in danger?



What a night!

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Zubair's Got a Job!!! ... I think.

Yesterday, out of the blue, Zubair decided to visit this place called Temple of Fine Arts located at Chinatown Point.


He dropped his resume and as usual the person told him they will get back to him. But that he's welcome to come by for their performance the next evening at 8pm.


Since he was nearby, i asked him to wait for me to knock off from work then we can go home together. By the time he reached my office, he told me that he had to go back there at 7pm bcos the principal or whatis wants to see him.


I hesitated about accompanying him for the interview firstly bcos i was tired, secondly i was sooooo looking forward to get to my home pc. And right decision too. Cos he didnt reach home till 10:30pm. When i called he said he's practising with the rest of them. So i asked, "What? They hired you already?" He said, "Yeah sort of... i tell you later."


As it turned out... they are having a performance at RAFFLES HOTEL on 31st Aug 08 and was in need of a keyboardist and then miraculously, fate got Zubair visiting their office. Of course they love him! And told him to keep practising with them everyday 7.30 - 9.30pm and that they will apply for him work permit. Also not to worry even if they couldnt get him a work permit, they will despatch him somewhere that he CAN. And that if after a while and they are comfortable and pleased with Zubair, then they might just offer Z a teaching position.


As i mellow over the alarmingly familiar catch phrase, i suddenly remembered a few options to get the work permit approved! We can approach the MP! I remember the officer saying, "Once you have an employer willing to give your husband a job, but somehow MOM dont approve the work permit, that's when we can come in and help you."


Otherwise, i hope we can also approach Uncle Pyara's contact to help make the application go thru. However, its still a waiting game for us.

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Ikonz's Video - Raastey


video

I must say this video is SUPERBly professionally done! The kid is Shumaim, their youngest bro. The vocalist is Shaji . And i GUARANTEE you will SWOON when you see Shumail (eldest) at his guitar. Not good for your health to fall head over heels for him though. He's a heartbreaker but super kind and appropriate to guests.

The 3rd guitarist is Giant. Behind the drums is Asad, their cousin.

Zubair cldn't sleep after seeing this music video for sheer ... regret? of not being in it after a lot of hardwork he's put in for the song itself. He WAS being called to come to Pak to film this video but of cos it was toooooooooo expensive for us.



I suppose i can understand his pain. But im all too relieved actually that he's not in it. Who knows what some pathetic girls will do to my husband upon seeing it? Already there's one who just can't stop clinging to him. and its not me.

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Kismat Konnection



So we went to watch this at Jade on Sat 10:30pm!!





The moment Zubair saw me at the arranged venue, he said, "Before we start our date, i want you to promise not to argue with me for the whole of tonight. We always end up arguing when we go to Jade."




The movie? It was ok i guess... but nothing, nothing can beat Khuda Ke Liye in my eye.

At first i thought Shahid Kapoor is such a looker... But at times, he looked so.... ordinary... So my infatuation didnt actually set in.

Now this new lady actress is rather cute in a very simple, clean way. I despise those who wear short skirts and display their top half playing their sexual cards to get to the top, but not this girl. At least, not in this movie. Her short hair is also something i find refreshing.

Movie finished at 1:30am. I groaned at the thought of walking all the way to Orchard. AGAIN! So i suggested, "Hey! Wanna eat satay at Lau Pa Sat?" And Boy was he game for it! But a tiny bit of regret for suggesting it cos it also took some 20 - 25min walk. and then after dinner, we walked another 10min to Clarke Quay to take our bus. Oh God. Just as well that we had satay. All the fats are burnt up!

Nope no arguments at all. Alhamdulillah.

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What a Waste!

Friday. I wanted to bring Zubair out for chappati cos he had been crying all week to eat his beloved staple food.


I asked him to choose between Lau Pa Sat and Sakunthala, he enthusiastically chose the latter.


When we got, we realised that we had forgotten that the branch that we went to the first time has relocated. so Z suggested we go to the another one right in front of Mustafa.


We BOTH thought that place is a disappointment after such a first good impression at their other outlet. The place was too crowded, messy, disorganised. even the tables and chairs were askew and damn uncomfortable. They tried to create a fast food chain ambience but failed miserably.


Z, upon seeing that the chapatti was priced at $1.40 each quickly changed his order to mutton briyani. While i appreciate him trying NOT to increase expenditure, i felt like the whole purpose of the journey all the way to Little India was unfulfilled. I tried to stop him ordering biryani and said its ok but he insisted so i said but dont bug me for chappati for the next 7 days ok. OMG im mean!


Im thinking of taking him to Lau Pa Sat tmrw after class for his chappati. But he swore at the shop saying that their dishes are crap. I thought it was just fine actually. Shldnt it have been great just getting to eat ur own kinda food after missing it for so long?? i know i know i dont blame him for missing his mum's cooking....

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What's the Progress of Zubair's JOb Search?

UPDATE
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Oh yeah i forgot to mention about Uncle Pyara. He's the one who owns that Malaccan resort hotel and wanted to hire Z to play his hindi music there on weekends. Well he said he didnt want Z to stay there in Malaysia the whole month but just working on weekends with nothing to do on weekdays. but i suspect its bcos he cant get the right pass for him even in M'sia!.


Anyways, he asked Zubair to go and apply for Employment Pass on his own cos he's a PROFESSIONAL in "music" so he could come over on weekends to play. OMG does he not know what are the criterias to be apply to do that??? Of cos the silent criteria is u must have a degree... other than that u must be able to prove that you earn AT LEAST S$30,000 a year. Now how he's gonna do that by working in MALAYSIA????


On the other hand, he also said that he's son in law is looking into giving Z a job in his wedding catering business. Hmmm.......

********************


The most recent actions of job search did not bear fruit.


The employment agency (the one that is this Indonesian musician's contact) that charged him one whole month's salary said they would get back to him in 1 week's time. Its been like 3 weeks but they havent got any offer for Z yet.


Since then he has approached yet another employment agency. But this one is owned by a fellow Pakistani. Al Baraka or something. That man guaranteed Z a music job at Sitara Cafe or something in Little India or a place in Mustafa. His charges? $2,000!!!


Then my Carpet Pakistani uncle has a colleague who works or used to work i dont know at Mustafa as a Supervisor. This guy said that he could secure Zubair a position in Mustafa. He only wanted to know if he really can take it cos 3 pple left the employment bcos a) tired to stand all day b) can't smoke c) god knows what.


My uncle even asked me if i would mind Z working there. Did i hear you correctly? Do i MIND?! OMG that is just i WANT if you ask me. Or rather... anything lah... Please...


The guy said he will come back to us in 3 days. Let time tell the story.


Ya Allah Ya Ar-Razzaq. Please offer Zubair a good halal job very soon. It is not for MY benefit... lekin sirf unke gharwale ke liye (??? - asal main hembus ajer) but just for his family back home in Pakistan.

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I (no longer) Secretly Love Being Praised

That time French guy wrote, "You are a Star!" when i helped him finish analyzing a spreadsheet.

Then the English guy replied, "Excellent" when i composed that How to Increase our Trade SEctor email to the Class manager. He even followed up with some verbal astonishments as to how well i've grasped the concept.



But nothing can beat the feeling i had yesterday when my dance instructor picked me and 3 others to lead the dance bcos we showed the most potential, retro-ing, ago-going, bellying, hip hopping like we dont have a care in the world! LOL. The best part is that the other 3 had already performed a number in the previous D&D so by right they shouldn't be shy.







Before that, She had even told me to show the rest of the class how to shake and walk. When the rest of the class starting Wahhh-ing, i faltered, laughed and stopped at 3rd step. LOL but carol said most encouragingly, "You got it! You got it!" Weeeee :D




Lord, did i blush! Thankfully the two professional dancer colleagues were not there last week to make me feel inadequate.

The other best part is that when i told Zubair what my dance instructor said, he totally agreed! Bcos a few nights ago he caught me groocing to Jordin Sparks' ONe Step at a Time.

Ok now you can all go to the toilet and puke. I finished recalling all the praises already. haha

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I want a Samsung Omnia


I'm sorry SE W960i. A year ago, i was hyperventilating when i read review about you. But now the Omnia has surpassed your specifications.
The features i like in this Omnia that W960i doesnt have are:
  1. 5MP Camera
  2. Windows Mobile platform 6.1 Professional
  3. WI FI!!
  4. GPS
  5. Motion something something to auto change to Landscape view

I read the nice comprehensive review at hardwarezone, and the only thing that upset me is the lack of a stylus. Which im so ready to compromise given all the other features packed in this babe. or should i say dude? haha My sister's Samsung 3MP camera is already SO NICE! I can't imagine how 5MP will be like.

I am sooo happy to know that this model is already out in the market already!! Retail price is tagged at $1,098. Starhub (my one and only mobile service provider) is retailing the 16GB internal memory version at $598 for mid range line contract (that's mine) or $298 for highest tier plan between $85 - $100/mth!

Firstly I'm hoping the 8Gb version will at least be $100 less. Then i will trade in my K800i for another $100. Then i will pester Starhub to give me $100 voucher if they havent already when my contract expires in Sept. So that would amount to... $298!!

YES! can't wait can't wait!!

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What a Disaster!

I was on urgent leave yesterday.

In the midst of my urgent situation, i got an sms @ 5.15pm from the boss who is in UK saying, "Jus, were you able to organise the transport for tomorrow? Thanks, Boss."

OMG What is he talking about? I hadnt receive a single email from him since he left for holiday last week. Maybe he emailed me this morning? Gosh out of all days! I replied, "Sorry i had to take urgent leave today. Let me see if P can help."

Unfortunately P is on afternoon half day!! The other ladies must have also gone home already... I had to resort to calling the French. I asked him to check my email and see what Boss asked me specifically. and told him to forward to my personal email and ill work from home.



When i eventually got home, i went to the Changi Airport website and go to the list of transportation to and from the airport.

1. I clicked on Limousine Taxi. The bugger who picked up says we dont take booking, hafta approach the counter. If you want you can call ComfortDelgro. When asked for the no, we dont have the telephone number at the moment. I was like, HUH?? Can't you check it for me? What poor service!!

But surely there are such pick up services from the airport!!

He had said bcos his wife has done a LOT of shopping, he didnt think all the luggages could fit into one taxi so could i arrange for a mini bus to pick them up instead. but what exactly does he mean by mini bus?? a 7 seater car? a van? Are there more than just the 3 of them??

I decided that 7 seater car would suffice to collect even if 5 pax with lotsa luggages and proceeded to call taxi companies.

2. From COMFORT, i first called the number for Limousine Taxi but nobody picked up. so i called the main booking line and was told they couldn't process it for me bcos i want the 7 seater and bcos its from the airport. I should call the earlier no. I thought oh forget it

3. i tried SMRT. their website has a feature to book an Airport Transfer online. But the form is SOOO OUtdated. Appallingly, they didnt have the option of "arriving from TERMINAL 3" yet. PLUS they only have a 4 or 5 seater car. BODOH

4. time to test SMART taxi then. I straight away called the hotline and got the RUDEST reply, "Oh No no we cant book from airport. There are a lot of taxis there what, just join the queue" and she hung up without even saying goodbye!


This time, i got a bit smarter and googled for "Airport Transfer" instead. and got this company, Merzcab. For booking, i just had to call this certain hp no. Hmmm after the heartbreaking ordeal i just went thru, i was a bit skeptical about the ease of getting a car to pick my boss up. But yeah he said no problem. Just text some info to the said hp no and a driver will wait for my boss at the arrival with a signage bearing his name. Wow. i cldn't believe my luck then.


Time to rush to class now.

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This morning, my hp alarm rang as usual at 6:34am and i clicked snooze. Wait. How come i could hear a distant male voice saying, "hello? hello?" I looked at the no. Seems familiar.... the my groggy mind woke up. SHIT! its the Merzcab company!


My boss' flight was supposed to have arrived Singapore 6.05am. Surely the driver cant be that impatient. Its only been 30min. He called again and said, "Your boss is nowhere to be seen."


OMG, sounds scary!


I hafta call my boss. Only to find if the dialtone is Singapore's. Using my private room line, i dialled. Normal tone. i hung up.

I called the cab company and told them to wait for awhile more cos my boss didnt pick up.

I smsed boss, "Have you touched down yet?"

The answer is as much as i had feared, "its not until tomorrow i am still in england in bed!"


Damn! I should have known! But it sooo didnt cross my mind when booking yesterday. It will be complicated to explain my train of thoughts. Suffice to say im an inept secretary!

Thank god the company said its ok, no cancellation fee but they will collect him tmrw morning.


To look at it in a more positive way, At least its a day earlier, than a day LATEr! LOL

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The Magic of Marian Keyes

It was as though she had lived thru all the catastrophes that beset on her characters.




A snippet from Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married:




Looking after the two of us seemed an awful lot harder than looking after
just me. a lot more than twice as hard.



And a lot more than twice as expensive.



Before long, money became a real worry. in the past, i THOUGHT it was a
problem, i never felt as though i had enough to buy essentials like new shoes
and clothes. but now i was horrified to find i was afraid that i wouldn't have
enought to cover essentials like FEEDING the two of us.



I couldn't figure out where it was all going. For the first time in my
life, i was afraid of losing my job. I mean, REALLY afraid.



Everything had changed, now that i had a dependent. I suddenly understood
why they say in marriage ceremonies, "till debt do us part."



Except, of course, that i wasn't married to Dad.



It was easy to be generous with money when i had plenty of it. I had never
imagined that i would begrudge my father anything. That i wouldn't have given
him the cut-off lycra shirt off my back.



But it wasn't true. as money got tighter, i resented having to give him
any. i resented him saying to me every morning before i dragged myself off to
work, "Lucy, love, could you leave some money on the table? A tenner if you can
manage it."



I resented the worry. i resented having to ask for an overdraft. i resented
having no money for myself.



An di hated what it did to me - the pettiness, the watching of every bite
that went into his mouth, the wathing of every bite that DIDN"T go into his
mouth. If i go to the trouble of buying food for him and cooking it for him, the
lease he could do is eat it, i thought angrily.



Dad got dole money every two weeks, but i wasn't sure what he did with it.
I rant the househol on my salary alone.



"Couldn't he even buy a pint of milk?" I sometimes thought, in impotent
rage.



i felt increasingly isolated. Apart from the people at work, the only
person i ever saw was Dad.



I never went out with any of the people i used to see. I didn't have time,
because it was important to get home immediately after work.

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I Wish Life is More.....

Black & White with no greys in between.

Where it is all obvious what is real what is a fantasy.

No doubt on what is wrong and what is right.

What is the truth and what is a lie.

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Zubair & Chicken Korma

Zubair is awesome.


On a whim, he decided to use our 1kg of Chicken Breast Meat (bought 1 month ago to make Shami Kebab) to make a main dish instead.


He browsed thru that Pakistani cookbook but found nothing interesting and decided to just cook his campak2 (literally means throw throw) way to make a Chicken Korma.



I left him to it (trying to sound liberal and non-hitler) peeking only once in a while to help bring down the hung laundry, wash the dishes and do some tasting.

To be honest, initially i was so scared to take a lick. Cos it was too... ghee-ish. I cldnt even see the actual gravy. but it had the potential taste. I commented, "Its too watery. What are we missing? What can we add to make it thicker?"

Z at first said, "No no its ok..." But i still insist its watery. Then he remembered, "Oh yah must add yoghurt!" Of cos we dont have Yoghurt at home. At first he said, "Nevermind lah, its ok." But 5 min later, he came to me to say he's going to pop down to Lai Lai the provision shop to grab some.




And this is the result!!

We started cooking at 7pm, then paused for prayer and stuffs and finished at 8:40pm. Somewhere in between, he asked me if i can make for him chappati and i groaned. (yes im so mean) i told him, "Should have said earlier so can prepare the dough first. Need to let it rest for 30min you know!" But i still went about to get the mixing bowl but Z stopped me saying no no its ok we'll just eat with the normal bread.

But not 5min after he finally finished cooking, he said he wanted to go to Marsiling to get some chappatis. Then i remembered that my parents are there doing some grocery shopping so got them to buy 10pcs! (at $1.oo a piece!)

So Zubair's tummy slept soundly last night.

And guess what? I LOVE IT! Kak Lily and Ayah too. Apart from their comments that its a bit too oily and salty. I LOVE salty haha. But really. I didnt even mind that its chicken BREAST as phobic as i am to it.

It still left astonished. Im soooo amazed at how he can decided to cook at a snap of a finger and then pull off with such ease, with no recipe to follow! In great contrary, i planned a week in advance to cook on a certain date, had to go shopping to buy the ingredients, mostly the spices, then hafta follow the recipe in minute detail! But he!! He!!.... *lost for words*..

I told him this and he said, "Yeah well.. after years of looking at my mum cooking in the kitchen while talking with her... And you must have interest, baby. But this is really my first time cooking such a grand meal."

My hats off to you, darling.

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French National Day

14th July's the Day


After much thinking, we decided to have some French Language Lessons as a RecClub Activity. I even suggested to have voice clips added on the slide to be sent out to everybody this Mon.



Ahhh.... it feels so good to be praised. Haha... although its nothing miraculous that i've done lah.

Anyways, if you wanna hear how to pronounce it properly, email me to get a copy of the powerpoint~

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UnGraceFul...

Last thursday was our last Pilates / Dance Conditioning class. (Left 2 sessions of Groove Blast Dance class).






I find that i really cannot do the Table Top Stretch, Where u get to the above position, that lift up one leg without shifting your weight to the other side, then raise your opp hand as well. Not so much because im getting fatter... rather bcos of my hand injury.



However, im glad that i've stuck thru all the classes thus far, except once when i forgot, not out of laziness. Well $30 (the cost for the 12 lesson class) IS precious to me so can't be wasting it.



I've been religious going thru that obnoxious Afro Latin Cardio class... tiring as it is... only looking forward to the dinner treat w Zubair afterwards. Ha ha But after having gone for the 3rd time last Tues, im getting the hang of it. I think i might even miss it when its over!


But still... my left hand feels so... STIFF! While my right palm can twist and flick and whatever nonsense... my left looks .......



Anyways, i found out at the normal rate for a 12week Hip Hop lessons is $450!!! And they have 4 levels! I swear when i have money to spare i will do just that man!

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Click to read

How nice that i got my reply about Night Rider's feedback in the local's free daily newspaper, TODAY.



But its not nice that they are saying that they wont be looking at increasing frequencies not extend to PH nor Sun nights. Yeah yeah blame it all on the oil!

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Pre-School.. Nursery.. and the likes



A long time ago, from the window of my office, i saw little kids playing at the playground on the roof of the opp building.


(Random picture)




And i thought, "Oh cool! There's a nursery in the middle of CBD (Central Business District) so u can drop off ur children then go to work. How convenient!"


A few months later, on the way to work, i saw a woman striding along the underpass from the MRT carrying a child's bag and hurrying / dragging her 4yr old or so son behind her. and i thought, "Poor child hafta wake up so early in the morning." but never thought about it until....




Yesterday, on the way home from work ie around 6pm, i saw a little girl in sch uniform crying and trying to grab hold of her mother's hand but the mother shooed it away twice. and then i thought, "Poor child.. hafta stay at the playschool centre the whole day?!?!??! Must be real tiring for them. Sure they can get a nap, be fed and what nots.. but surely a home is a home."


Then i started to wonder... How would it be like for me when Zubair and i have children?

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Praying at the staircase

I dont normally like to write nor show that im doing some kind of ibadah, be it the 5 daily prayers or reading Qur'an etc...




That's why i have put off writing about this for 2yrs... But i think i can't take it anymore.. i need to express it!




For the first month of so of starting work at this current company, I had my lunch at the nearby mosque 5 mins walk away, prayed and napped there.




I brought and lost 2 of my mother's foldable straw prayer/lounging mat. Which i used to pray at the dusty staircase. But its been lost for quite sometime....




Until one day, my time coincided with a lady cleaner praying just above me! My was i delighted! She used a few pieces of table spread - the PVC kind. I was soo happy to have found a... praying partner that i asked if i could have just ONE of her pieces of mat. its not enough to cover me so i hafta stand barefooted but forehead to the mat. BUT I WAS SO THRILLED! It means i have a more convenient place to pray.... peacefully... cos nobody ever pass thru.




Occasionally a security guard would walk down the stairs.. but most of the time, THEY are the one who apologised. Of course i cldnt be the one to say sorry in the first place since i was in the middle of prayer. But in any case, most of them are Malay / Muslims, so they understood.




about 3 months ago, toilets were being renovated on the 2 floors below and above me. so they had to come to our floor to use the toilet. Sometimes they use stairwell A, sometimes they pass thru the one that i used for prayer. But it was infrequent enough for me to care that much. Im NOT gonna give up my place. Besides, it was temporary measure only.




HOWEVER.. Now.. the 8th floor company has also occupied the 10th Floor office space and now hordes of them use the staircase to go up and down between their offices. Again, most of the time, THEY said Sorry. But i couldnt help thinking if they got scared looking at my various praying position

I suppose it helps than i dont wear the ghostly white traditional gear called the Telekung:

I cant help feeling guilty and misusing the staircase.

Im afraid if one of them would complain sooner or later and we all would be banned from praying there.

I entertained a fantasy that the guards would offer an alternative, more proper place to pray.. but FAT CHANCE!

I dont know.. But somehow i felt my spirits a bit elated when i read Laila's Thoughts & Tips about how she prayed at her sch's Computer Lab

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GROUP PHOTO


I cant resist uploading this picture from Sentosa. Everyone looked so... HAPPY!
And of course bcos, against all laws of nature, i looked kinda slim (KHAKHAKHA) and cant see my panda eyes despite no make up on!
Click to see a bigger picture.

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Watching Movies Online....

... is frustrating!!

My sister subscribes to Singnet Broadband prolly the 1gb Plan one. But after being shared by 3... or sometimes even 4 computers, the download rate nosedives to 10MBps? How is that possible?

I have long since gave up on trying to watch Malcolm in the Middle in sequence cos there would always be a missing episode and i lothe that. So i've switched to movies instead.

I find that its always better to watch the older movies that you've missed, rather than the new ones that's not even out yet. The former almost always have a better quality.

The claim that Firefox is better than IE is... only 20% true. It didnt load Drillbit Taylor much faster that IE would have.

Or is it bcos youkou.com is lousy and tudou.com is better?

I used to frequent alluc.org to search for something to watch... But i find that its very messy and ugly looking. I much prefer xoxomovies.com now.

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Zubair Plays Kya Yahi Pyar Hai



Zubair entertained me while in the hotel.

This time, i know the title of the song! I even know what it means! "Is this love?"

Kya = what / question
Yeh / yahi = this
Pyar = love
Hai = is

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The Sentosa Resort & Spa Day 3

Sat, 5th July 08


So the initial plan was to wake up at 7am, eat our breakfast then go back to sleep till 12 and check out at 1pm then go to underwater world.


Of course we were too tired to wake up and finally scrambled to eat at 9:30am and Breakfast ends at 10:30am! Today, the breakfast was disappointing yet again. In place of hashbrowns were baked potato, and of mushrooms, tomatoes!


There were also fried noodle and fried rice... but i need something... that's NOT VEGE!! Alas, a check with the Muslim waiter, revealed that the chicken in siew mai and sausages are NOT halal cos they come in supermarket packets kind, as opposed to kitchen cooked item like the Indian meals. All the things that i liked from the previous day's breakfast were not there. Not even the sugary cinnamon roll!


Zubair just had a glass of milk, 1/2 a waffle + scrambled eggs and cereal with milk. I kept urging him to take some more cos its a god damn buffet! Such a waste if u dont eat! But he insisted he was full. Which always mean that he doesnt like the food. Again, i felt guilty for Z that he didnt get a good Breakfast spread.


We hung around the swimming pool. Z wanted to swim. I had even packed our swimming attires but felt too shy to do so.


Look at how big and open the pool is!

No intimacy like Amara's at all! Fri night was ideal time to swim but was afraid will get chased out by the staff. Besides! Only 1/5 of the pool is below 1.4m and both of us are not qualified swimmers.


At the lobby while waiting for the Yellow Line to come

To my bewilderment, i was asked to foot the bill for the room service as well as mini bar items which amounts to a whopping $92.99! I almost fainted. I tried to negotiate with them that Mike already agreed to cover these expenses but her argument is that, he wasnt there to verify the purchase. Thank god my CitiBank card got thru, otherwise we would be washing dishes instead of sight seeing!

The plan was to park our luggage at the hotel first before going to Underwater World. But now that i have 90% maxed the credit card, i dont think it can take another $22 x 2 for the entrance fee! But i do have some money in the bank. Enough to take the cable car ($10.90 x 2) and cab ($19) home (and still be able to last for another week).

So because we're going home straight, we hafta lug the bags with us: 1 trolley, 1 keyboard, 1 paper bag filled with projector, and my big side bag. Worse, we had to change bus from Yellow to the Red / Blue Line to go to the Cable Car station. I felt so embarassed with all the bags. Macam Makcik dgn pakcik balik pasar.

There was no queue at all for the way back. I got paranoid that our car was lopsided, heavy on one side with all the bags but Z told me not to worry. And i stopped worrying. I suppose there heavier pple who are seated on just one side of the car before and it turned out alright.

I love this picture! Zubair, on his own initiative, put it up on desktop. *HUGS*



Zubair said, "From below, it looked so far but when you're in it, so fast reached the end of the journey." I replied, "Good. I kinda prayed that it wont last long." Though i dont have a phobia of heights but i get paranoid. Its not like there's never been an accident before.


It was a nice feeling that when we came home, it was only Saturday. Like the clock got rewound (past tense of rewind??). We caught up on sleep then......


Again, i felt guilty for not fulfilling my hyped up promise to him to visit The Underwater World.


My darling, i hope u had enjoyed Sentosa even though the food was terrible, u were alone most of the time (w restricted funds) and we didnt really sight see much. I hope u won't regret coming with me. I suppose it IS much better than having to stay at home, na?


But something soothed my ear that will echo forever and ever. That is when he said in sheer excitement, "Dont quit this company ok?" after Mike said we could order anything.


Phew! I didnt think i could finish writing about it today! Now concentrate on work!

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The Sentosa Resort & Spa Day 2

Fri, 4th July 08


Surprisingly, i woke up earlier than i would normally on a typical work day. albeit by just 15min. Sheer bliss it was, getting ready with the toilet just a step away. No need to cover my head for fear of being seen by the BIL.


By 7:40am i was at the Breakfast Room. The first one too! Although i know Zubair wont miss the bfast as he was happily snoozing away, i still felt guilty indulging myself with the buffet spread. oh yeah he didnt go for breakfast becos its not included with the night's stay!! So bcos Families are only officially invited for Fri night, only Sat morning's breakfast is paid for them.


I was delighted that when i came, the friendly staff quickly told me what was not visibly non-halal. ie the dumpling is laced with some porky or lardy thing. And i went a step further in asking her what else is NOT halal. And got treated very nicely.


my 3rd dish of the day.

I totally LOVE the hashbrown and the Button mushrooms w herb, i had two servings of them!

Bcos 3 of the guys went to a leaving do of this surveyor and got roaring drunk and came back late (at midnight just as me and Z were going out), we started the actual Convention / Seminar a bit late.

That's me boss showing us a slide from His top level convention in Paris.

Remember about the presentation that me and my colleague hafta do until he bailed himself out? Thank god my boss was sympathetic on my situation and said he will guide me lah should i need his help. But i delivered what i needed. He even complimented on those 2 ideas (my own original thoughts!). However, he also added something that we didnt think possible. so 2 : 1 score.

Tea was FABULOUS! Imagine 18 different items! Alas... cant take the sandwiches. Its either with Ham or something or just tomato and cheese!

But there were nice Prawn balls on Sugar cane (looks like Old Chang Kee's Crab Claw) whichi gobbled 3. and the most heavenly LYCHEEssssssssssssss.... we even took 5 pkts each of Quaker's Cookies and Cream muesli bar. HA HA HAaaaaaaa


Peacocks set up their nests in the hotel. I counted 6 + 1 baby peacock. Alas that also meant that sandflies / fruitflies or some kind of insects are also in abundance.

Lunch? Such a disappointment, After the record breaking Breakfast. I wasnt alone in that thought. But i think i got most of the brunt of it... cos not many seafood item was available, not wanting to take the dubious chicken and others. Salad also very sad. They had about 6 different kinds of leaves and 3 diff kinds of croutons and biscuits and even anchovies but no chick peas!

I only had a plate of salad with some sides of fish + prawn noodle. Which, considering this is a hotel, is a very... SAD AFFAIR!

We finished our seminar at 3:30pm. Since our GameMaster was not there, we were left hanging what to do for the afternoon outdoor activity. Boss suggested The Luge... AGAIN. last yr we already played that and many weren't keen, favouring the pool instead. Boss said that he was prepared to approve any other activities as long as its done in a group of 3 or more. I should have suggested Underwater World or something but it just didnt cross my mind!

So me and Z just lounged around in the room. Cos i was so tired having slept at 2am. Thank God there was a good movie on StarMovies, Raise Your Voice starring Hillary Duff. Zubair LOVES this kind of artist / musician movie.

So finally, the family dinner dawned at 6:30pm.

A view of our room from the main walkway.



The walkway. The hotel is generous with grass, trees and ponds.



So on we got to the bar for cocktails (soft drinks for us). I met Amos' family for the first time. I think we sat at the wrong table and i could tell Z was EXTREMELY uncomfortable. Guilty again. But thank god Boss decided to move on to the dinner venue just as we finished our drinks.



We walked all the way to Palawan beach to... BORA BORA Beach Cafe. A short look at the menu and we ordered exactly the same like last year! fish & chips x 2 + 1 seafood platter. And just like last year, Perlin & husband sat with us as we're the only couple not accompanied by children!



Because i overheard the staff talking in Malay, i decided to ask, "Is the chicken halal?" and the Pakcik (malay uncle) said, "Dont worry, here all Halal." That is except for the beers. Oh i didnt know they serve halal food! So i asked Z if he wants to change to a chicken item instead of fish (again!) and we got to bickering a bit. Perlin must be thinking, "a year could really change a couple. Honeymoon period's over, pple. Last yr they were such a lovey dovey couple. This yr, they argue at every little thing! Even about going to toilet." Haha



A French wife came to our table and asked Z about his job hunt. She even went to the extent of relating how she saw this one children's entertainer (aka Clown) who looked like Zubair! She was very friendly lah... But when she started hiccuping, we wondered whether its bcos she's slightly drunk (only 1 glass of $50 champagne) or she naturally IS talkative.



But nothing much after dinner. Just walked back to our respective rooms. Then at midnight (again!), Zubair got hungry and we called for Room service!

The beautifully set Dinner Trolley complete with Flowers.

And you can see my banana split there already.


Zubair's meal is hidden or kept hot in the "oven"! Genius! The trolley also has a semi-circle extension to be called a real Dinner table! God, im such a Country Bumpkin!



That's Naan and Murgh Makhni. Zubair was delighted to no end having to finally eat REAL TASTY INDIAN / PAKI meal!

Didnt even finish the Seafood Platter leftovers that we brought back from dinner.

Slept at 2am AGAIN!!

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The Sentosa Resort & Spa Day 1

Thurs, 3rd July 08
I settled into the room about 5:15pm? While waiting for Zubair to arrive, and for 6:30pm to meet at the bar, i took photos!

Dont be swayed by all those pillows. They are the kind that will sink with weight.


Hmmm bathroom is very small.

6pm i was at the ready to receive Z at the drop off point cos it may seem like he wont have enough cash with him. I waited 15min!! Turned out the driver didnt know where The Sentosa (which is previously known as Beaufort) is and brought him to Rasa Sentosa instead!

Apparently, when i spoke to the hotel's doorman, this happens FREQUENTLY. Rasa Sentosa (used to be Shangri-La) guests were also sent to The Sentosa. Why confuse your patrons just so you can get the name Sentosa for your hotel? Bodoh nak mampos!

Anyways.. when the cab finally arrived... its $37.00!!! i nearly fainted. The driver said he's NEVER been INSIDE sentosa before! It's bad enough that most Singaporeans only go to Sentosa every 5 to 10yrs... but to have NEVER been there?! Pity...

I think Z was the only family member that arrived as early as he did. So i sent him off to get his own dinner while i go to the hotel's bar for pre-dinner drinks. Afterwards, we got on the Yellow Line Bus to go to Siloso Beach for dinner and ... soo funny... Z was in the bus too!! HAHAHHA

Dinner was at Cafe Del Mar. This picture is actually a moving light from above so i prided myself to have captured it beautifully. haha



Inside was a cozy set up. But our table was al fresco....


But not relaxed enough to be sitting on the actual beach.

Prolly you guys have been here but i was totally astounded by the concept of a pool in a restaurant! (and not just in a hotel nor was it a pool with a restaurant) You can even swim up to the bar (ok ive seen this before on TV). The best part was its just right up the beach. Any closer and the restaurant will be drowned when the high tide comes in. Or maybe the BEST part is that you get to lounge, dine, suntan on the sand (that's the part after the pool) but you're actually IN the restaurant. ok ok enough.


I had a little trouble when it came to ordering food though. Looking at the menu, i almost plunged into despair when i saw the main menu doesnt have seafood... only lamb chop, Ribeye steak and King Prawn (which i think i wont be full with) and grilled Salmon (not a fish lover). Besides, they all seem to be cooked in wine, when i read the description.

So i had to look for Pasta & Rice. I was afraid to order seafood pasta cos i dont take mussels nor oysters and the like... so i ended up with something Paella: Saffron rice with prawn, scallop and of course, squid.

I was the only one who ordered this. 3 others ordered lamb chop and another 3 ordered prawn. and they all practically cooed when they saw my plate! Why not when it comes in a pot! i cant tell you how enticing it looks!

Oh yes. a good thing i confirmed with the waiter again, "No wine in this food right?" He replied, "Actually there is, but you can request for it to be cooked without..." As an after thought he added, "So i suppose u wanna order drinks also as i dont think you'll take the red & white wine?" I felt happy that he's.. you know concerned about my dietary restriction.

Fortunately or unfortunately, the 3 various servings of Tapas (esp the PRawn on toast) earlier, made me full already and cldnt even finish up the last 2 spoonfuls of my rice. but i totally enjoyed them. So enjoyable that i felt guilty. What is Zubair having for dinner, i wondered.

He was already in the room when i reached at 9:30pm. Z complained that the INdian food stall is not nice. Again, a pang of guilt hit me.

After watching some television and rested my eyes for like 30min, Z announced, at midnight, that he wants to go to the 7-11. Of course i felt obliged to follow, despite having an early start the next day. Firstly because i dont wanna be left alone in the room, secondly, i wanna go jalan2 (sight seeing) with him also.

We discovered the stairs down to the beach. and walked for another 15min leisurely to reach the next beach, Palawan Beach. I spent like $16 at 7-11 on 2 cartons of milk, 1 big bag of chips, 1 sandwich and 1 pkt of Curry Chicken w Rice (which is also not nice), a bar of Hershey's Cookies and cream and 1 small cup of Apple Slurpee.


It being a Thursday night, nothing happening was going on. I heard music banging from on secluded hut / bar. and saw only one couple at the bench. But about 4 other pple came to the 7-11 but dont know where they disappeared to.

The walk back seems shorter. But the 132-steps ascend was.... out of body (or rather, leg) experience! haha

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Checking In from The Sentosa Resort

It is now 10min to midnight. ANd we're at the e-Corner where they have two desktops with free internet access 24 hours!!

I just found out about it this morning when i passed by it to go to the conference room. Otherwise, i would have told Z about it much earlier so he can spend time with his 2nd LOVE, the Internet. haha

ANyways, for now i hafta say that i sooooo much prefer AMARA Sanctuary that we went last year. OUr room was bigger and it was very near to the palawan beach! Over here in Sentosa Resort, the room is small, toilet is made of... TILES?? (you know very bathroom-y type) and Tanjong Beach has nothing interesting and we hafta walk a good 15min to get to 7-11 at Palawan Beach. Not to mention having to climb up 132 steps back to the hotel.


BUt the again, i think ALL of my colleagues much prefer it here at The Sentosa Resort, A Beaufort hotel. THEY said the rooms are much bigger here!!! (we were like... HUH??) and because some of them had bad "Casper" experience, if you get my gist, over at the Amara. Me and Z didnt notice anything.

What else is good at the Sentosa? Breakfast was great but lunch was a total disappointment. But staff are fabulous. THe moment i stepped in the BReakfast room, unprompted, one of them quickly advised me which things are hiddenly pork-ish.

And being an older hotel, they have 3 or maybe even more restaurants.. and we were just back from listening to the 3-piece band or is it 2 piece + Singer arrangement. We even requested for Love Me Tender to be sung.

Oh the best thing is that, Boss said, "Julissa. If you're hungry in the middle of the night, then just order anything that you like from Room Service."

ANd i said, "Yeah, on you."

Boss " OH yes yes no prob. Just order anything. No need to go all the way to Palawan Beach like you did last night."

Me: Or even rummage thru the fridge

Boss : Yes feel free to do that too

Me in my thoughts: OH thank god you say that. So i dont hafta pay for those 2 tins of pringles and a bar of mars that we ate yesterday!! Haha V, too bad u didnt take those snacks in the room bar cos u were too afraid you'd hafta pay.

Me stopping myself from saying out loud : Yeah just dont forget you told me all these when you come back to office cos you are slightly drunk already.

Well i suspect that he feels guilty splurging on the alcohol on the rest of the team but we didnt get any so that's why he went all the way to assure us anything WE order will be covered by him. Or rather the company.

Ok going back to the room now. Will update with more stories on... Mon?

Love,
Jus

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Chaotic Chaotic Day!!

Tonight we will be checking in to The Sentosa Resort & Spa (previously known as the Beaufort) for our annual Asian Marine Seminar (which is just a good excuse for a retreat).

I had a bit of heart attack trying to arrange how Zubair would meet me. First Ayah said that he is going to the mosque tonight but if Z needs a lift, he can meet him at Novena at 9pm. So i decided to bring the luggage to the office cos i dont wanna wait till past 10pm then i can wash up.

Then i realised that i need a car pass coupon to let my parents enter Sentosa for Free. Its a hard copy coupon and i cant email it thru. Neither do i have no way to pass it to him also. Heart pumping faster now.


So its a relief when i heard that we can claim taxi fare, i decided Z should just come thru cab and Ayah can continue with his program.


Then, i got a panic attack. I havent finished doing a presentation for the seminar! Albeit a 5min one, still i wanna give a good impression lah.


Me and a colleague, an underwriter (the person who assesses risks and decide to insure them at what rate), have been assigned to churn up ideas on how to grow the business within the newly arranged trade sectors, and we got the Remover Trade Sector.

Then He, my colleague, had gone unexpectedly on leave yesterday and asked ME to do up the powerpoint presentation. That's absolutely fine by me.... IF there is any material! Ok there are points already that we come up with but i cant seem to integrate it to HIS presentation template.

Now guess what? He's done a runner on me! He came in this morning. Thank god i've caught him by the neck and ran thru what to put down for the presentation. After lunch, he smsed the mgr saying he's sick and got 2 days of MC, sorry he can't go to the seminar in Sentosa!! So that means i hafta do it all on my own!


He's on ROD mood, you see. (He's moving back for the UK office end of this month!) No wonder he replied, "Excellent" to my suggestion email to the Class Manager for his opinion on our ideas. He was gearing me up to do the presentation on my own!


Lunch was another hectic affair. First i had to rush to my dance class. which was horrible bcos the usual instructor lost her voice and got replaced by a guy and he was god damn cheeky! I wish he was gay instead. GRRRRRR But most of us felt disappointed that we didnt get to do any routine steps. Instead he was guiding us SUPER SLOWLY to LA Walk, UPbeat downbeat (to add to the groove to simple side steps) bla bla bla...


Next i dashed all the way to International Plaza for my pedicure appointment. I reached there 15min earlier than my 1.30pm appointment in the hope that they could finish up with me pronto so i could get back to the office before the cut off time 2pm. (My does this sound like Amazing Race or what) But did they start any earlier? No. My feet got soaked up for the good part of 12min and she started trimming my nails at 1.33pm. I know its only 3min off the stipulated time, but im so pressed not to be late. Thank god she's very experienced and finished it by 2:08pm.


I almost smsed my boss to say that i'd be a bit late. Thank god i didnt cos it turned out i wasnt VERY late. Just 15min. and as i anticipated, he's gone for a lunch meeting and was back even later than me. And my mgr already headed down to the hotel to "settle stuff".


In the midst of these rush, settling into my desk... helping my HK colleagues who are here for the seminar with the computer... I was suddenly called in to the office, "Can we have our review now?"

MOUTH WIDE OPEN!! HAH NOW?!?!? But its so chaotic now... aloud i said, "Er... can i go to the loo first?"

MORE STORIES OF MY APPRAISAL TO BE CONTINUED! BECAUSE BOSS JUST TOLD US WE CAN LEAVE WHENEVER WE'RE READY AND WE ARE SOOOOO GOING NOW!!!

HANG IN THERE BABES. and dudes.

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Dont Talk to me about GSS

GSS = Great Singapore Sale that happens for 2 months between June and July.

I think im getting the hang of hanging out. The only downside is that the GSS is happening right now and instead of making me feel excited, it is making me feel downright DEPRESSED! There are so many lovely things out there that are on huge discounts but i cant afford to buy a single one! I feel so useless!
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Sunday, we woke up at 12noon. Me giddy with over sleep. LOL. On a whim, we decided to go out. It was 3pm. Initially wanted to go to IMM but becomes i DIE DIE want to eat my Qi Ji Popiah, i went to the website and got Z to choose which outlet he wants to go to. He picked Marina.


So off we went to the Marina Food Loft. He had the nicest BBQ Chicken Rice and i got 2 pieces of Popiah (Not enough!! Should have bought 4! LOL). After that we just window shopped.


We went to Robinsons at Raffles City Shopping Centre. Zubair straight away tried out the various Chanel's Men's perfume. (He left my wedding gift to him of Lacoste perfume back in PAK!!!! Now he's using Adidas which is not bad.) And then we proceeded to hunt for his dress shoes / smart shoes. His current one is not only light brown in colour but also a bit hm.... weathered.


OMG the ordeal of finding The One! He is EXTREMELY choosy in the design of a shoe. Definitely NO LACES for him which i can understand cos its troublesome when the knot comes undone. He wanted a pointy one with some sort of buckle. When he's got the right design, the price is too high. When the price is right, the size is not.


Ok, probably we were looking at the wrong kinda places. I mean Robinsons and Metro aren't really suitable for my kind of budget. Which is $50 top of the tops. But No... the cheapest available at Robinsons was $59.90 and i was thinking, ok just $10 i can manage but nothing look snice in Z's eyes.



He thinks this type of shoes with those little little dots of pattern is VILLAGE looking. Ok maybe the one i showed him was with the dots and a REAL POINTY front. But that's sooo... classic... Like something Rhett Butler from Gone with the Winds would wear! (I couldn't get the right picture) not suitable for daily wear but i wouldnt go as far as calling it VILLAGE! Furthermore, the price tag was like.... $100??? *shrug*



What do YOU think about this style?


But oklah... last night, we just happened to walk past Bata at Causeway Point and like FINALLY! They have something sensible that Zubair likes and in his size. PLUS we got it for just $39.90! Yayyyy!! I tried to push my luck to get Z to put on the $30 one but nope he doesnt like.


But what a relief that we finally got Z a new pair of shoes. I can't stand looking at brown shoes (even mine).

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The Next Big Thing

We heard that the hotel wanted a different kinda music being played right. But they just wanted a different genre like Jazz or whatever but Hindi music is out of the question. They still wanted English. Nothing surprising there.

In a way, i was a bit relieved (Dont Tell Z now! LOL). Cos he was after calling his friends in Pak asking them to bring over a girl who can sing and MOST IMPORTANTLY must be PRETTY. Not that im insecure or anything but you know ... hahah Besides, if he work nights and i work days, how to make babies??

Anyways, that Indonesian Chinese guy (he's in his 60s BTW) said that he knows somebody in an employment agency that she can help Z get a job.

And so he went to their office earlier today.

Side track a bit: He called me at 1:30pm wanting to meet me for lunch. and i felt so sorry bcos i didnt think he would walk all the way to see me from Tan Boo Liat building 4km off from Outram? But he was too late, i already ate and cldnt come out now could i since i started my lunch at 12:30.

Oh how my heart breaks for him. If only he had told me earlier. But good thing that i didnt engineer the whole lunch date thing cos it would irritated him no end when i bug him to wake up and pester him what time he'll finish and come to my office. Haha i so know him. OK end of side track.

Zubair reported that the lady said she would forward his resume to employers and she would get back to him within a week. She also said not to worry she'll find a job for him. Their service fee? 1 whole full month's salary.

I nearly fainted for a bit there. I was expecting something like 10 or 20% for the first 2 or 3 months like that. Maybe they're afraid their clients won't last long in the new employment! Wait... what if there's a conspiracy with the employer and they would sack their newly recruited employee within the month and recruited a new one from the same agency and charge 1 full month's salary... ok getting nonsensical here.


Then Zubair asked me a question, does the agency just forward my resume to potential employers and hafta go for interviews again or would they ensure i get a job or how?

After much thought... i suppose it depends on what kind of agency they're running. The way i see it Recruitment Agencies work for the Employers, getting pple to fill up their vacancies. They would forward a few selected pple whom they think would do well for that position and the employer will do another round of interview with them. In this case, the Employers will be charged a fee and not the job seeker.

But that an Employment Agency, especially now that we know they charge a full month's salary, would ensure that the Job Seeker will get a job placement.


Whatever it is, I hope that Z will get a good Halal job 9 - 5 if possible. That would be most ideal.

Ameen.

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Baby

Saturday went past just like that because we slept super late... we woke up DUPER late.

I was nice lazing around in bed till 3pm.

and then we NAPPED some more!! 7:30 to 11:30pm!

One thing touched my heart that day. Zubair was talking to Ammi. And then later said to me, "Give me baby lah!! I'm old already (coming to 28 this Oct)... Men my age already got 3 yr old baby"

Me growing up reading fictions from the west, am used to the idealogy that guys in general are afraid of commitment and are baby-phobic.

But that is not the case for Z. He's the one who can't wait for a baby or rather babies. He suggested to go see a doctor for it but i told him, "Let's wait till Jan 2009"

Why? Because i only got off the pill last Dec. And it might take up to 6 months for the condition to normalise. Then i reckon it will take another 6 months to beat the odds of 50-50 to conceive(since most of my friends got hitched at 3rd month). So there.

In a way i regretted taking those pills. But in many ways i am grateful that i did. Well, If i had gotten pregnant a year ago, i think i'll be dead with the stress since one year later, Z still hasnt got a job. Imagine being pregnant and the sole breadwinner! No no no.. im strong but NOT that strong.

But really, i am afraid of the challenges that will accompany the arrival of our own baby. Mainly, im concern about the finances. Hoping against hope that Z will already get a job then, we will still be struggling cos then we need our own house. Cos my parents already told me that my mum can't take care of another baby, which is just as well cos i want to call Ammi ji to look after the baby. But of course we need to house Ammi properly. ie need to buy our own house. With that, not only do we hafta think about the baby expenses, also the new house purchase and household expenditure. ARGHHHH

Sometimes i think, its better not to think.

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My Weekends Seem Longer now,

That i have postponed restarting my Saturday classes.



Fri night. My initial plan was to let Zubair watch Madu Tiga (A Malay B&W film by the legandary P Ramlee) since National Museum was having a free outdoor screening.



But first thing first. Dinner at Sakura. It was nice how, unplanned, we met with Colour coordinated clothes. Ok not that it was hard because we both were wearing all black but still! like ESP! And it was even Nicer when he came up to me (i was first to reach the restaurant) and said, "Wah. so Beautiful today." I suppose it HAD been quite some time since i wore make up. My heart LEAPT giant leaps at that. :D



By the time we finished eating, we seemed to have so many errands. I wanted to get my POpiah from Qi Ji at Bugis first and Zubair wants to get his tea from ToastBox also at Bugis.



So we walked there. On the way, We passed by the Central Library and stopped to pick up 2 books. And then i insisted on finishing the last 10+ pages of the current book i'm reading so i could return the book and reduce the weight of my bag. Z suggested i finish reading while he's having tea.



And then suddenly i felt overwhelmed by the so many things we wanted to do and felt couldn't make it to the 8pm show at the National Museum which was a good 10min walk away. So i cancelled that plan and ended up watching Thora Magic Thora Pyar instead at, none other than Jade Cinema.



Disappointment No 1 for that night: Qi Ji was closed! I dont know why! I was there like 8:45pm!



Bought the tickets and walked back to the library to drop the book before they close and walked back just in time for the movie to start.



MOVIE REVIEW: Very nice, heartwarming family-genre movie. Of course the ending is quite predictable but its nice anyway. Though Z thought that the songs suck, I found them otherwise. And Lazy Lamhe kept resounding in my mind for the rest of the night.





I dont know what's wrong with me, but i really thought NR2 serves the bus stop directly in front of Shaw Towers. When i looked again that night, there's no indication on the sign.


On we walked to Orchard like that night. Same route all the way. Of course, we being us, our walk was peppered with argument. But the good part is, he was quick to console me. Indeed he had to cos i was only joking and he took things seriously! However, i also got his point. That HE also wanted to be consoled by ME when i saw that he got offended by my joke.


Disappointment Part 3: We had to stand all the way home from Orchard in the bus. But that's not all. There was a SUPER LONG traffic jam leading towards the Causeway (the bridge between Singapore and Malaysia) that prolonged till like 1km of the expressway! We were inching so slowly forward and journey time doubled to 1 freaking hour!

I had a mind to tell these 2 White guys sitting down, "Would you like to offer your seat to me? I'm 3 months pregnant (not true)" knowing that they are gentleman enough to give in. But i resisted and stood all the way.

Reached home 2am.

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