Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
From under my bed?
But I sleep on a mattress
The big white moon followed us after the cinema
Walking with you felt like a dream
But what if I wake up?
I wonder why you dream so much while you're lying beside me?
I try to toss and turn like you
But after I met you I dream no more
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
So mom and I went for a sauna at the club for a detox session.
From Wikipedia: "Steambaths and saunas induce perspiring to provide a comprehensive cleansing of the skin and sweat glands. Skin is the largest organ in the body. 30% of body wastes are passed through the skin. Profuse sweating enhances the detoxifying capacity of the skin by opening pores and flushing impurities from the body."
I spent 5 minutes in the hot jacuzzi, then stepped into the sauna. I poured a bucket of water on the hot stones and watched the steam sizzle out. Mom came in, and we chatted for a while. After 5 mins, I told her I couldn't really take the heat anymore so I stepped out and went into the steam room for another 5 mins, then stepped out to take a shower. Then I saw stars and felt my head throbbing with pain. I quickly grabbed a towel and rushed to the rest area to lie down. This is the second time I almost fainted in the shower. The first time, I really fainted and mom had to help me out and wrap me in a towel then rest me on a bench.
From Wikipedia: "Saunas can be dangerous. Heat prostration or the even more serious hyperthermia (heat stroke) can result. A cool shower or plunge afterwards always results in a great increase in blood pressure, so careful moderation is advised for those with a history of stroke or hypertension (high blood pressure). A good practice is to take a few moments after exiting a sauna before entering a cold plunge, and to enter a cold plunge by stepping into it gradually, rather than immediately immersing fully."
I don't know why I'm so prone to fainting after a sauna. I don't have hypertension and I do exercise every week. Mom says it might be because I'm supposed to take a cold shower but I took a hot one. Anyways, she's really worried that I've got all these fainting spells so she gave me many many fruits and a box of Eu Yan Sang's Chicken Essence to bring back to Penang.
But after the detox session I really felt my face clear up and glow again. Now, if only I could continue exercising and eating healthily for the rest of this week...
Bin, dad and me :)
Monday, May 21, 2007
On Sunday night, KK had already been the first to kickstart my birthday celebrations by buying me a lovely Baskin Robbins heart-shaped ice-cream cake. This is the second time since my childhood birthday that I have eaten a B.R. ice-cream cake! I cut it to share with all my other colleagues... Although the cake was cold and the weather was chilly, I felt warm deep down inside because I felt very touched to have a best friend that's willing to spend so much from her salary to buy me such a lovely cake. Thanks again, KK, for buying me and Leonard lunch and dinner while we were at Genting! ;)
My best friend KK and I during lunch at Hainan Place, Genting Highlands
Two weeks back, I was still in a blur trying to settle all my workmail flying to and fro when Kelly asked me whether I was free on Tuesday.
Kelly: "JK, me and Hong would like to invite you for dinner on us on Tuesday."
Xwei: "But I'm very busy recently. Maybe I'll have to work late on Tuesday."
Kelly: "But it's for you-know-what..."
Kelly: "You-know-what lorr..."
Xwei: "What?? Tell me..."
Kelly: "This will be the last you-know-what celebration for you before I go off to Japan..."
Xwei: "Ohhhhhhhhhh... *blur*"
So we chilled at Bagan on Tuesday night. I bought them mocktails, and they bought me two pieces of cake. I had a Pussy Foot to drink, and Belgian Truffle and Almond Chocolate Cake. The night was fantastic, the environment trendy to bits and the absolutely soulful singer there chose to sing me a jazz number "Happy Days" for my birthday when the clock stroke midnight. Thanks to Kelly and Hong's cameras... I managed to record a video clip of the song, which I'll play whenever I feel down to remind me of those happy days.
Happy days are here again
The skies above are clear again
Let us sing a song of cheer again
Happy days are here again!
And though the settings were entirely different, I couldn't help but feel that the four of us were transported back to our Alpha Days sitting and chatting in the mamak stall. Wish we'll do more of this in the future...!
Just the four of us: JK, Kelly, me & Hong
Almond Chocolate Cake
This is my very first birthday present this year from Kelly who has nice taste in makeup! A KATE by Kanebo velvet/blue eyeshadow pallette... Finally, I can have purple eyes! \:D/
There's yet another present lying on my table nicely wrapped in a little box. It's a blue lightning hairclip from Pik Lay and Soek Junn! How these people know what I want beats me!!! The "Kungfu" lollipop next to it was given to me by PL. Thanks for the encouragement and birthday wishes from both of you... ^_^
At midday, my lovely buddy Pik Lay took the time and trouble to organize a nice birthday luncheon for me at Ichyo, I-Avenue. One sad/(happy!) event was that it was also Chin Leong's farewell that day. I wished him blue skies and an even better future ahead in his new company! I'm sure my wish will come true since it was my birthday :D
Angel with a halo
My birthday cake!
Colleagues @ Ichyo Birthday + Farewell Gathering
When I came back to my cube after a full lunch, I was surprised to see a note on my whiteboard saying that my batch of GTs would be having another round of celebrations down at the cafeteria during tea time. Another cake!!! Hahaha... This was fabulous chocolate cheese cake. Thanks a bunch to Shin Huey for buying the cake and for giving me the largest piece with strawberry on top, to Huey Fen for calling me down, to Sze Hui for her camera and to all the other guys who sang "Xiao Wei" at the cafe!
At TGIF, there was this obnoxious waiter who kept on prancing around in front of me to gain my attention while I was trying to eat and charm my guy at the same time. After a while,
Leonard: "Didn't you notice something special about that waiter?"
Xwei: "Err... nope." *Continues munching on the buffalo wings*
Leonard: "Really didn't notice anything special?"
Xwei: *Rolls eyes... cracks head*
Xwei: "Yeah... he's got braces on..."
The fact was, he actually went to S&J to find a complete set of badges to form "HAPPY BDAY XWEI" and asked the TGIF waiter to wear on his vest! The moment I saw it, I felt so sweet...! The waiter said next time he would use this on his girlfriend cos no one had ever thought of it before *Sweet*
*LOVE* *LOVE* *LOVE*
And if you think that's all of it, just yesterday I got this through my mail... from SpiderBerry, my sweet ex-roomie! Hope SpiderBerry gets over her insect bites soon... ^__^
As a result of my 3 cakes + 3 pieces of cake and food binging throughout my birthday week, I added on 2 kg...! :((~~~
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Full post later... in short, a BIG THANK YOU to all my friends and loved ones who celebrated my birthday and made it all the more meaningful to me...
Here's to many many years of FRIENDSHIPS to come...!
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Conan: "Look at how they number their cubicles! I thought this was only found in parking garages...?"
Yes, in Intel, and I think in many other technology design companies too, we do work in these little spaces called cubicles (Yes I know it sounds like we're working in the toilet) with high walls with numbered poles to mark the divisions of our seats, like parking garages. High walls because I think they wanna protect the designers' Intellectual Property from other colleagues' prying eyes?
Conan saw a bunch of school children on a trip to Intel too.
Still poking fun at the cubicles:
But it seems less confined and more open-space here at my workplace than it seemed in Santa Clara. From the video, the cubicle walls in Santa Clara are higher. I guess the cubicles are built according to height - Asians are shorter, hence lower cubicles. So I guess it's not at all that bad.
Talking about IP protection, we're also supposed to lock our screens whenever we leave our workstations unattended. That day I was in a hurry to get to the toilet, and in my rush, forgot to lock the screen. When I came back, someone had opened an untitled notepad on my desktop and typed "I will remember to ctrl+alt+del" 100 times in it.
Thinking back to when I first joined Intel, I thought it was pretty cool walking into work, with everybody dressed they're going to college in their logo-tees and jeans and colourful backpacks. However in less than a few weeks, I suddenly realised that everyone was just trudging to work like robots in a movie, going thru the scan gate (think Minority Report, think airport security), and blindlessly bonded to company safety rules and regulations like driving like in driving school, buckling on seatbelts inside the company van (backseat!) and holding on for dear life onto railings as you walk down the stairs. I mean, seriously, even as a prefect in high school I had not seen myself follow the rules so religiously then. During orientation, we even had the company CEO extend his welcome message via video. It felt so Robocop.
The first thing that got me damn confused in my first few months of learning was the many thousands of acronyms used here. Seriously they are able to think up an acronym for everything. So much that they even have an Intel acronyms library to store all those acronyms.
In my job, we basically use UNIX a lot to execute our stuff. When I ask my boyfriend, "How's your run this morning?", I mean his project run. Not his morning-jog. And he says we're always using violent language everyday "killing our jobs".
There's also this command in UNIX where you can "finger someone
Back to Conan, at the last part of his video he asked one kid to pretend he was an Intel employee calling home to tell his wife he'll be back late from work.
"Honey, I'll be home late from work."
Friday, May 11, 2007
Yesterday I cooked dinner for my beloved one. Though not a great feat, but I thought to myself on Wednesday night as I was massaging the chicken at midnight, "Hey, this is the first time I've actually chopped and marinated a chicken." Hahaha...
So it is true when they say a girl will learn to cook for her loved one... hahaha... but due to my unhoned culinary skills I specifically asked my mom for the easiest and yet impressive way to cook mushroom chicken. Oh yeah, I wanted to cook mushroom chicken cos he loves mushroom. All kinds of mushroom. He's Mario!
Felt utterly contented when I heard him keep on saying "perfect, perfect, perfect" at the dinner table (other 2 friends were rolling their eyes... haha) and "我觉得很幸福..." afterwards.
Menu (He forgot to take pics):