the workmate

i forgot how much fun i had with the workmate during our last trip overseas. i’m not particularly close to her at work. she’s quiet, and keeps to herself (and her team) most of the time. i’ve always found her pleasant, and when we were in yangon together, i did find myself very comfortable and easy with her.

it’s even better during this trip. the conversations and banter has been easy and not forced. i don’t think she’s sick of me just yet, and i’m definitely not sick of having to spend mealtimes with her. it’s been fun.

in fact, we’re talking about deeper issues that are relevant to both of us and to the workplace. she’s always been the kind to not bitch about work or complain, while you know i’m the total opposite. and she still doesn’t, but the conversation just feels richer, more honest and more real. you know?

i’m glad we’re on this trip again. i need to remind myself that its really important to get to know people you don’t already know better, rather than, keep hanging with the same crowd. you know?

the workmate

i forgot how much fun i had with the workmate during our last trip overseas. i’m not particularly close to her at work. she’s quiet, and keeps to herself (and her team) most of the time. i’ve always found her pleasant, and when we were in yangon together, i did find myself very comfortable and easy with her.

it’s even better during this trip. the conversations and banter has been easy and not forced. i don’t think she’s sick of me just yet, and i’m definitely not sick of having to spend mealtimes with her. it’s been fun.

in fact, we’re talking about deeper issues that are relevant to both of us and to the workplace. she’s always been the kind to not bitch about work or complain, while you know i’m the total opposite. and she still doesn’t, but the conversation just feels richer, more honest and more real. you know?

i’m glad we’re on this trip again. i need to remind myself that its really important to get to know people you don’t already know better, rather than, keep hanging with the same crowd. you know?

the food

(i don’t have my camera with me on this trip. which sucks! though it wouldn’t be so bad if i were travelling with my macbook as most of the places i’ve been to during this trip, i’ve been and i’ve snapped a million pics of. ALL of which are on my macbook but i obviously don’t have my macbook. i have the work laptop instead.)

it’s the work-mate’s first time in Vientiane, so i’m happy to show her around and plan our evening itineraries (although we always need to be back before 9pm, so that i can do some prep work for the next day’s prog).
we decided early on, since the food options in Vientiane were 1,000,000 times better than that of Yangon (during our last trip together) that we should strive never to eat at the same place twice.

we’ve done a pretty good job. we had traditional lao food on day 1.

we had a simple dish of rice and chicken and basil leaves on day 2.

yesterday (day 3), we walked to china town and had some nice korean food ( i had a vege bean stew which was just nice-level of saltyness). in fact the korean chef was so amused when i exclaimed ‘Dobokkgi!’ when i saw him hand over a plate of the rice cakes in a sauce of chilli to his daughter, that he gave us a plate complimentary, and also fried us an ommellette roll on the house. he was a little disappointed when i failed to give him the korean name for the ommelette roll, but i couldn’t care less cos my chopsticks had jumped right in, and i was too busy devouring the omellette which was really very good!

and today, we walked over to the mekong river to finally sample the french food at Cote’d Azure. I’ve been wanting to try the restaurant, which came higly recommended, for awhile now, but it just never happened.

i have no pics. BUT the tomato and basil soup was fresh and refreshing, while the thin-crust Quattro Formaggio Pizza was light without being too cheesy, with a subtle not overpowering hint of blue-cheese.

(i was also wondering how come a french restaurant served pizza which seems very italian, but who cares, it was good!)

Now…i’ll go to bed dreaming about what’s on the menu tom night!

the food

(i don’t have my camera with me on this trip. which sucks! though it wouldn’t be so bad if i were travelling with my macbook as most of the places i’ve been to during this trip, i’ve been and i’ve snapped a million pics of. ALL of which are on my macbook but i obviously don’t have my macbook. i have the work laptop instead.)

it’s the work-mate’s first time in Vientiane, so i’m happy to show her around and plan our evening itineraries (although we always need to be back before 9pm, so that i can do some prep work for the next day’s prog).
we decided early on, since the food options in Vientiane were 1,000,000 times better than that of Yangon (during our last trip together) that we should strive never to eat at the same place twice.

we’ve done a pretty good job. we had traditional lao food on day 1.

we had a simple dish of rice and chicken and basil leaves on day 2.

yesterday (day 3), we walked to china town and had some nice korean food ( i had a vege bean stew which was just nice-level of saltyness). in fact the korean chef was so amused when i exclaimed ‘Dobokkgi!’ when i saw him hand over a plate of the rice cakes in a sauce of chilli to his daughter, that he gave us a plate complimentary, and also fried us an ommellette roll on the house. he was a little disappointed when i failed to give him the korean name for the ommelette roll, but i couldn’t care less cos my chopsticks had jumped right in, and i was too busy devouring the omellette which was really very good!

and today, we walked over to the mekong river to finally sample the french food at Cote’d Azure. I’ve been wanting to try the restaurant, which came higly recommended, for awhile now, but it just never happened.

i have no pics. BUT the tomato and basil soup was fresh and refreshing, while the thin-crust Quattro Formaggio Pizza was light without being too cheesy, with a subtle not overpowering hint of blue-cheese.

(i was also wondering how come a french restaurant served pizza which seems very italian, but who cares, it was good!)

Now…i’ll go to bed dreaming about what’s on the menu tom night!

it must be the nerves

i’m in Vientiane for a week. i’m conducting training for some people here. it’s part of my job, a part that i’m beginning to enjoy very much. though i must admit the training i’ve been doing for work, has really been self-engineered. i see an opportunity and i jump at it.

i think i’m a better trainer and a better facilitator now. i’ve had the pleasure of facilitating with many fabulous and more experienced colleagues, and i always find something new to learn, something to improve.

tonight, the stomach is in knots again. it’s stress. it’s nerves. it’s like this always, i always get terribly nervous. i do hope things turn out all ok for the week.

*fingers crossed*

it must be the nerves

i’m in Vientiane for a week. i’m conducting training for some people here. it’s part of my job, a part that i’m beginning to enjoy very much. though i must admit the training i’ve been doing for work, has really been self-engineered. i see an opportunity and i jump at it.

i think i’m a better trainer and a better facilitator now. i’ve had the pleasure of facilitating with many fabulous and more experienced colleagues, and i always find something new to learn, something to improve.

tonight, the stomach is in knots again. it’s stress. it’s nerves. it’s like this always, i always get terribly nervous. i do hope things turn out all ok for the week.

*fingers crossed*

a swim at the 57th floor

i had the pleasure of sampling the 57th floor of the newly opened Marina Bay Sands.

photo courtesy of imp (who had the better camera!)

The sky park is quite awesome, what with the stunning infinity pool with what is definitely the best view on our little island. too bad it was just filled with many many guests, most who weren’t even in their swimwear. in fact the crowd was really unstylish and i even spotted a woman in a t-shirt in a pool. come on? go to a public pool why don’t you? what can you do? it is opening week, and the hotel is at full occupancy.

can’t wait for things to settle, and i return for an early morning swim. dying to lap up the  to die for view!

a swim at the 57th floor

i had the pleasure of sampling the 57th floor of the newly opened Marina Bay Sands.

photo courtesy of imp (who had the better camera!)

The sky park is quite awesome, what with the stunning infinity pool with what is definitely the best view on our little island. too bad it was just filled with many many guests, most who weren’t even in their swimwear. in fact the crowd was really unstylish and i even spotted a woman in a t-shirt in a pool. come on? go to a public pool why don’t you? what can you do? it is opening week, and the hotel is at full occupancy.

can’t wait for things to settle, and i return for an early morning swim. dying to lap up the  to die for view!

it couldn’t get any worse than this. could it?

what a month. it seems like it gets worse and worse.

we just received official news about a management change that the grapevine had already alerted to me some weeks ago. it was easier then, when it was largely unconfirmed and unofficial to sweep it under the carpet and pretend that it wasn’t really going to happen. but boy oh boy, the news has hit home!

it won’t affect me too much directly as plans to move me has already been underway for awhile. but to manage the horror of the rest of team is emotionally draining for me. i understand that people will move if they’re not happy with the change. i would too. i’ve always made it very clear that i will only be able to work for people i respect. and if i didn’t. i would move.

but. to think about losing all the great people i’ve worked years with. people who have helped me grow and who have been so much a part of my life, as my own family has been- is nothing short of devastating.

it couldn’t get any worse than this. could it?

what a month. it seems like it gets worse and worse.

we just received official news about a management change that the grapevine had already alerted to me some weeks ago. it was easier then, when it was largely unconfirmed and unofficial to sweep it under the carpet and pretend that it wasn’t really going to happen. but boy oh boy, the news has hit home!

it won’t affect me too much directly as plans to move me has already been underway for awhile. but to manage the horror of the rest of team is emotionally draining for me. i understand that people will move if they’re not happy with the change. i would too. i’ve always made it very clear that i will only be able to work for people i respect. and if i didn’t. i would move.

but. to think about losing all the great people i’ve worked years with. people who have helped me grow and who have been so much a part of my life, as my own family has been- is nothing short of devastating.