morning dalliances

I’m glad that Friday is here! But it’s a tiring morning, especially when the last few days saw long days packed with stuff. Lessons on Monday and Tuesday, concert on Wednesday and beer-drinking + music last night! Today is going to be another day but at least there is no work tomorrow.

The only two pictures I managed with the dying phone on Wednesday night. This was the before picture, slightly past 8pm, when it was still rather empty. The stage set-up was really weird actually, because they have 2 huge speakers at both sides of the stage that if you were sitting in the blocks of seats right next to the stage, you can see nothing because they obscure your view of the stage totally.

People started trickling in later, and before the lights went off, the standing area was pretty much filled up. There were some people who were sitting near where I was who came in late, at about 930pm. Why they would be so late and why they still bothered, I don’t know. C’mon, if you are attending a concert that is supposed to start at 8pm, even factoring in all the delays and whatever, 930pm is seriously a bit too ridiculous?

Last Christmas during the C&E members’ sale, I bought a huge tub of pomegranate-flavoured body lotion that I adored. It smelled really good without being overpoweringly sweet, and the texture was rich enough to moisturise in cold and dry weather yet doesn’t leave a sticky residue after application. It lasted me for a few trips, when I went to Tokyo in February then Hong Kong in April and most recently in Mexico. I never really use moisturisers in Singapore because there really isn’t a need to when I don’t sleep in airconditioned rooms, and I’m just too lazy to do it. But I can’t afford to be lazy when I’m abroad because I don’t like to see my skin flaking. 

So I got a nice surprise on Wednesday too  when I was presented with this!

I haven’t tried it yet but at first whiff it smells like something I would like, lightweight and fresh. Many thanks to my dear pal!

And… I recently discovered that a small hint of civilisation landed near the workplace. It isn’t the best but if we make do, it’s still not too bad.

Yay to takeaway local coffee/tea! I don’t think we will ever see the day when chains like Starbucks, Spinelli or Segafredo pop up around here but we can always wish can’t we? Yesteday during lunch we were talking about those mobile food operators that we saw around for a really short while many years back but somehow were discontinued. I think they are a great idea, like what we always see in other countries in the region especially Japan; provides more options during meal times for deprived folks like us!

moving along slowly

I probably rank as one of the high priestesses of procrastination, since I don’t think it right to crown myself the Queen of the big P. Anyway, I was due to re-register my identity card last year (so you know how old I am now, but that’s no secret), but being the usual me I put off doing it due to various reasons, including not being able to find a photo that I liked since this is going to be one photo that will be stuck with me for an expected long time, and also the dread of the collection queue when it’s done.

Somehow or another, I managed to make myself collate the necessary items, a digital photograph conforming to the ICA’s requirements and coloured scanned copies of the front and back of your existing identity card, made the payment online, and complete the registration online. The process took a matter of minutes, and I read that it should be ready for collection within 3 business days. I registered on Friday morning, and was surprised to get a notification email on Friday night that I could collect my new identity card on Tuesday! Talk about efficiency! Well, technically speaking it shouldn’t take long since it’s just a matter of fitting the new photograph in and printing it onto the card, but you know with all these agencies…

So I thought I would try to beat the queue by making an appointment for this morning, since I was told by someone and as stated on the collection notice that it would be faster as opposed to just turning up at the collection centre. I reached the ICA this morning at 8:10am, and went straight to the counter that read “Collection of Identity Card” (Counter 2) but was told to go get a queue number outside at the main counter, even if I have made an appointment. So I went to join this short queue of about 3 persons to get the number, and was relieved to note the virtual emptiness of the waiting area where I was supposed to go to. I got number E001, yay! So I went straight to a different counter where my thumb prints were taken, digitally and physically (so I had that black ink stain, but thankfully which I had managed to wash off), and I was asked to sign on a form to confirm the accuracy of the details and also the collection. I was good to go before 8:25am! So I was quite happy with their service, although when I was on the way down, I saw that the waiting hall for passports was a totally different story. I had waited for more than an hour 4 years ago when I went to collect my (now-not-so) new biometric passport, and that was just collection because I already did the registration online. I hope that the next time my passport is due for renewal, which should happen sometime next year, I won’t have to endure the same type of queue as before.

That aside, the teh-c kosong that I bought from Wang Cafe at the basement of 313 these couple of days taste quite awful. It’s probably due to a change in the person making the drinks, so if I see the same person tomorrow manning the drinks counter, I should go somewhere else for the morning teh-c fix.

i just can’t sit still on a friday

The short break I just came back from was for work, but perhaps as it didn’t exactly equate to work in the typical sense of sitting in front a laptop wrecking my brain trying to comprehend something that is essentially incomprehensible, I cannot seem to focus. Plus the fact that I was nursing a dripping nose yesterday made matters worse. I have more or less recovered, I presume, since the nose has stopped leaking as of this morning that is why I thought I should just head to the office in my frail attempt to finish more of the outstanding things that need to be done.

We were fooling around with my friend’s phone the other night at Red Dot when we had our beloved potatoes, and ended up with them fries bathed in various sorts of lighting. We stopped after a while as our friend appeared to feel embarrassed with our actions, and frankly I think the food would have turned cold if we continued with our antics. I thought the greenish fries matched the green beer that I had but has this clinical feel about it. I think natural lighting is the best.

Out of habit that I hope is not turning into an addiction, I have been drinking tea and coffee on a daily basis especially when it is a work day. On a typical day, I take 2 cups, once in the morning when I get to the office, and once after lunch. I try to alternate between coffee and tea, and sometimes what I buy is out of convenience, depending on where I am at. Apart from Starbucks, Coffee Bean or Spinellis coffee that if I were to drink them on a twice-daily basis will burn a huge hole right down to the depths of my pockets, I am getting the hang of drinking locally-made coffee and tea. I prefer tea though, because it isn’t as strong as the kopi-c that I order, and sometimes we do need a change in taste. Out of the 3 places that I have bought my tea from, I came to the conclusion that Coffee & Toast is the cheapest! Yakun sells a normal cup of teh-c for $1.50, Wang Cafe sells it for $1.30 and Coffee & Toast at $1.20 has even the biggest cup amongst the 3. Taste-wise, it is rather subjective because Yakun’s standard of tea fluctuates based on the person making the drinks, and as for the other 2 I probably have not tried them often enough to give a fair verdict. As long as it isn’t too awful I think I am quite happy paying less for my daily teh-c!