You know you have been travelling too much when...
How many of you have dreamt of opening a cafe, breathing in coffee aroma, calling out orders of "skinny flat white, no sugar", and making pretty latte art? I am sure if I ask my co-workers, there will be at least a few who confess.
After an absence of six years to this city of contrasts, I flew in for a two-day trip and recounted the things that make Tokyo so seriously cool.
It's been seven months since I relocated back to Singapore after being away for four years. As with anywhere in the world, there are pros and cons. But today, we're talking about the good things.
I know many people who hoard. The things they hoard range from university lecture notes religiously written in their own brand of shorthand, to disposable plastic containers from take-away meals to expired foodstuffs hidden away in the bowels of the freezer.
Three months have gone by since I have re-entered the corporate world and discarded the mantle of a lady of leisure.
Call it desperation or necessity (I prefer to think of it as my usual efficiency, though it did shell-shock The Boy), but I bought a flat on day 10 of my relocation back from Sydney to Singapore. And now I have some tips on to how to speed buy, if needed.
I sit here pondering over how quickly four years have gone by, when I packed my bags and came Down Under, lived in a shoebox for ages, balancing grad school and a part-time corporate job in financial services.
When my last day of gainful employment was looming large, the Boy pronounced that people who are not working tend to spend more money than people who are employed. They have more free time on their hands and have to occupy themselves, and in turn, spend more money doing that.
The market is picking up. That's the common refrain I've been hearing from recruiters for the last four months or so. Well, I, for one, do not think it is really picking up because it hasn't translated into more interviews, let alone job offers, for me.
I am finally counting down my last two weeks of the last 12 years of my life in the financial services. Being on an extended six-month notice period has its pros and cons.
Three weeks of feasting on delicious (read: fattening, carb-laden, coconut milk-based) food in Singapore and Penang contributed two kilos of excess body baggage upon my return. This is not a surprise, nor is it unexpected.