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:D~ long time no write..


Firstly, thanks to those who'd smsed/email well-wishes for my first day of work and those others who were worried since I haven't been online for a while..Yes, I'm fine..Just really swamped with lotsa stuff to do and catching up on my zzs.

Man..I've been neglecting my journal.I didn't expect that it was gonna be that tough to manage my 'free time' once I started working....

First week of work was so-so.. 3 days of boring orientation and finally getting down to understanding some of the work processes and starting to do some 'real work'..and attended a media launch party for agencies on Friday evening.. I probably have to go back to work either today or tomorrow to finish up a presentation I was preparing coz it's supposed to be done early morning on Monday. Had problem emailing the file back home coz of it's size and i didn't have time to convert the images in the file into gif so bopienz..

What I'm still not used to is having to wake up so early every morning. Now I realise that being able to wake up late is such a luxury!! After my lunch, my whole brain starts shutting down and I found it so tough to keep awake. And no longer am I that insomniac lady who's able to stay up till 3 am every morning..By about 10pm, I find myself craving for some zzs..I thought I could wake up late today but Aidan has gotten into the habit of waking up early too so this morning at 6.30 am, I found myself woken up by the li' one *yawn*.

I'm quite satisfied with the new maid, Nenita. Initially, Aidan 'rejected' her, refusing to be fed by her and would run away whenever she tried to carry him. But as the week passes, he seems to be more accepting..He started off with accepting fruits and deserts from her and then yesterday, he finally agreed to let her feed him his meal. And now, when he leaves for playschool in the morning, he'll shake her hand (very formal hor) first. Workwise, she's pretty good. Even mom-in-law was quite impressed. My apartment has never been so neat and dust-free before. When I asked her whether she's able to cope with the workload (which I thought was quite abit), she smiled and said one her previous employer had 4 young daughters and they stayed in a large penthouse unit with a huge balcony with a mini-garden. The 4 daughters were apparently quite fussy with food so she has to cook at least 5 dishes in every meal. She said the place was really big so cleaning was really quite tough because after she's done with a room, the daughters would have messed up another and she had to tend to the plants too. She'd stayed with them for abt 4-5 years. The employer before I took her on was an indian family and because they were vegetarian, she could only cook vegetarian meals for them so in that one year she was there, she only had veg and rice for her meals. She said she'd lost a lot of weight while she was working with them. But this employer of her had given her a glowing reference and had nothing but positive stuff to say abt her. He had to let her go because the family was migrating to Australia.

She told me what she's doing here was really not tough and easy to manage..She said that she could handle more stuff. Without me asking her to do so, she'd opened up the kitchen cabinets and wiped all the drawers clean and repacked everything so that it's much neater. She actually found 50 bucks in one of the drawers (I think I'd left it there to pay my part-time maid ages ago) and gave it to me when I came back from work. I like that she has initiative (so far) and doesnt just stick to doing the tasks which I'd drawn up for her. Oh..and her cooking's not bad. Well, it's not restaurant cooking of coz but she's able to handle the usual home-cooked food like steam fish, soya sauce chicken and tasty soups. She said that she knows how to cook chilli crab too. *shioks* Would let her cook it during one of the weekends. It's quite a nice feeling coming home to a clean house and dinner all laid on the table. Not very good for my waist-line though...

I know Aidan's missing me quite abit. When I come back from work, Aidan will run towards me with his hands outstretched..And after that, he'll be stuck to my hips for while, refusing to let go of me. He was never a clingy child before but now, he's like a koala but I understand why. He'll even sit down on the dining table chair next to me and watch me have my dinner, not wanting to leave my side.. Therefore, I'll usually spend the rest of the evening playing with him. And by the time we read him his bedtime story and put him to bed, I'll be so tired that I'll sleep quite soon after that. Not much time to surf the net or watch tv.. Haven't had much time to read my friends' LJ too so I'll take the weekends to catch up on them.

Another thing..I'm so sorry that I haven't had time to consolidate the spree buys. The week before I started work was so hectic coz we had to clear some furnitures in the house coz we had new ones coming in..and I cleared out almost half my wardrobe as I've gave up hopes of ever becoming S size again.. Plus I was busy trying out the playgroups for Aidan. I hope to do it by this weekend. Pls don't kill me okay!

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Not surprisingly, I haven't been taking much pics of Aidan either..
Here's some pics though the quality's not too great..
Durians~~



This was how Aidan kept cool during the blackout..



Aidan during one of the trials for the playgroup :)

Eating breakfast with his new friend Javier..


Aidan enjoying the reading session..


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Asking this on behalf of my sis. She is looking for a graphic designer who can do communications design. She needs someone to come up with a good logo design first.

The kind of designer someone who can translate ideas, refine them and add his/her own inputs and come up with something quite innovative and strong. She has a tight budget it should preferably be someone who is looking to do something new and interesting but who is willing to quote very reasonable prices for a long term business partnership. i.e. do posters, menus, brochures, etc. Person is required to show previous works and portfolio..

Any of u guys who know of anyone who is able to help her out, please refer them to me. She prefers the designer to be someone based in Singapore though.


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sereneng
Jul. 9th, 2004 02:37 pm (UTC)
hi, i just joined this group recently. i really enjoy seeing aidan's pics and the videos of him eating! he eats with such gusto! i think u r really lucky to find a good maid. is she filipino? does she have a day off? can i ask which agency did u go to? i'm not happy with my current one ...
angeliatay
Jul. 9th, 2004 03:01 pm (UTC)
Hi Serene..will add u :)

Yeah..he does have a hearty appetitie :) Just yesterday, the playschool teacher told my mil that for lunch, he ate 3 bowls of porridge whereas his schoolmates all had one..

Well, what I wanted was a transfer maid becuz I didn't have the time to train one who has never worked before. So what I did was to go to Bukit Timah SC where they had loads of maids agency and requested only to interview transfer maids. We got Nenita at Pathway.. although I won't really recommend the agency. The lady i/c was really disorganised and we had to go down there to sign documents several times becuz she kept forgetting to pass them to us when we were there.

Yes, she's a filipino..but it's only the first week actually so I'm not sure it's too early to judge that she stay this way but so far so good :) I do give her a day off every month.

Is ur maid new or u had her a while already? GOod luck in getting a replacement!
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jas21
Jul. 9th, 2004 02:38 pm (UTC)
I'm interested in the designer thing. am a multimedia designer myself and also doing freelance. :)

can be contactable via jasmine [at] estrella.com.sg :)
angeliatay
Jul. 10th, 2004 03:23 am (UTC)
will get my sis to contact u soon. As what i've written, she'll prob want u to show her some of ur previous work :)
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(Anonymous)
Jul. 9th, 2004 03:12 pm (UTC)
Had been an avid reader of your journal though I'm not on livejournal. Aidan is really such an adorable kid, and I really enjoy looking at his photos and videos. Do keep posting them up when you have time, and "jia you" where your work is concerned! =)

As for the graphic designer you are looking for, my friend who had been a freelancer for quite many years just got her design studio thingy going, and seems to fit many of your requirements. Charges the same rates as freelancers, coz they are more interested in adding to their portfolio. Can check out their webbie at www.studio05.com
angeliatay
Jul. 10th, 2004 03:24 am (UTC)
do u have a blog of ur own too? and a kid?

Thanks for the headsup. Will get my sis to check out the site and to contact them. Anyone in particular for my sis to ask for?
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angeliatay
Jul. 10th, 2004 03:27 am (UTC)
Yeah..it's not easy to find really good maids. Even those from the more reputable agencies doesnt guarantee that the maids are good.

Actually, there's not really much that Aidan doesnt like to do ..he loves to eat and play n sleep n read..probably just is slow in talking but that's nothin that the maid can do abt it. Actually, im asking her to play with him more so that he'll be more comfy with her. She knows that when im back, my time will be spent playing with him :)
todo_nuevo
Jul. 9th, 2004 03:51 pm (UTC)
Glad to know you are still 'alive'!! Remember to relax too ya! Im sure Aidan misses you, he is so used to have mummy around and now he too has to get used to 'not having' you around. Sigh.. good good! With the maid at least you won't have to worry that much anymore.

YA I hate waking up so early! Even during my short attachment I had to be at work by 830. And now with sch? there is not much difference I start at 9. Sheesh..

Hope to see more pics!!! ;)
angeliatay
Jul. 10th, 2004 03:28 am (UTC)
thanks :) will try to relax more..guess i jus gotta get used to it.

Yeah..having to wake up early sucks. Not being able to stay awake oso sucks..I used to have such great energy when i was so much younger..now *sigh*..really old liao. At least u r still youthful and energetic..
cottontimer
Jul. 9th, 2004 04:26 pm (UTC)
Sounds like everything's going well! YAY!! See you on the 17th. :)
angeliatay
Jul. 10th, 2004 03:28 am (UTC)
cant wait to catch up with you too!!! :)
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burbur
Jul. 9th, 2004 04:54 pm (UTC)
and when she gets down to cooking chili crabs, do remember to invite your mahjong friends around for afew quick sessions and a yummy dinner after that :D
angeliatay
Jul. 10th, 2004 03:29 am (UTC)
heh u mean no crabs no mj ah *sob*..
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neurosis
Jul. 9th, 2004 06:17 pm (UTC)
Oh, hey, what a coincidence, I'm a graphic designer. Heh. Maybe you can tell me more about the work your sis wants done. neurosis at asia dot com.
angeliatay
Jul. 10th, 2004 03:31 am (UTC)
I think she's looking for someone to do some logo design first..then if she's pleased, she'll prob be giving more work..eg. menu,papermats etc..Will get her to contact u. U'll need to show her ur portfolio/past work tho..
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angeliatay
Jul. 10th, 2004 03:31 am (UTC)
heh easier said than done. Already so tough for me to wake up..imagine having to exercise before work *siong*
I'll just watch my diet for a while and try to do the threadmills when i have time. hehe
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valsoderberg
Jul. 9th, 2004 10:17 pm (UTC)
Enjoying working again eh? oooh yes, I remember those media launch parties fondly...I was on the agency side.
angeliatay
Jul. 10th, 2004 03:32 am (UTC)
heh agency pple have it good. They just need to attend n have the media guys 'serve' them :P..
sonday
Jul. 10th, 2004 01:34 am (UTC)
Glad that everything is working out well for you after all the stress! It's a shame we are staying so near and yet we still haven't 'met' in person to catch up and have to resort to catching up in lj ya ...
angeliatay
Jul. 10th, 2004 03:33 am (UTC)
we'll be meetin on the 17th right :)

Oh..do feel free to pop by my place even tho im not there. I know Aidan tends to nap almost immediately after his lunch so a safe time would be abt 4-5 pm. He'll be happy to have Ryan to play with.
daynema
Jul. 10th, 2004 03:29 am (UTC)
thought so too that u must have been busy...but know that you defiietely can cope well cos you have not lost your"connection" with the world..;)
So is Aidan joining the playgroup?
angeliatay
Jul. 10th, 2004 03:35 am (UTC)
Yup..he's already joined the playgroup. So far so good. Teacher said he seems to be enjoying himself and doesnt feel that lost even when we arent ard..i guess out of sight out of mind..Oh..and he's eating alot there..more than the other kids. I wonder whether the school will charge me more money next mth :P

cya on the 17th!
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oiseauxbleu
Jul. 10th, 2004 04:51 am (UTC)
Ahahaha... you should have taken a plate of durian from last night's event for Aidan! So cute...
angeliatay
Jul. 10th, 2004 09:20 pm (UTC)
hee..dun think that french restaurant will fancy having the durians stinkin up their place :P
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alisonrae
Jul. 10th, 2004 05:35 am (UTC)
Finally she writes! Now you know why I can't find any time to write in my journal anymore. :P

Glad to hear things are going well on all fronts. Emily and Nenita should meet up to exchange recipes...Em can't cook chili crabs!
angeliatay
Jul. 10th, 2004 09:20 pm (UTC)
yeah..now i REALLY do understand how tough it is to update the journal..Work really sap up most of my energy i tell ya..old liao lah!

heh...lemme try her chilli crabs first and i'll let u know whether it's worth teaching Emily :)
mamemo
Jul. 10th, 2004 05:54 am (UTC)
Glad to read your entry :D

Aidan at the story telling so cute. stand up right in front so to avoid being blocked...

angeliatay
Jul. 10th, 2004 09:18 pm (UTC)
actually..it was quite funny. Aidan was initially playing at the corner of the room and when the teacher started reading Barney to the kids, he ran all the way to the front and pushed the other kids back and plonked himself right in front..I think it was coz he was familiar with the book..Very cute i tell ya :)
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