Thursday, December 30, 2004

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Monday, December 27, 2004

Merry Christmas!!!

Had a big Christmas feast on Silent night. See the Christmas Cake and tarts!


Then on Boxing Day, we unwrapped our presents.


See the 2 watches at the bottom....they cost me my 1 month salary!

This is what I got:


A tiny fridge from Ellen


A sweater from my sister and cuff links from my father


A collection of Coke from my mother

Friday, December 24, 2004

Merry Christmas!!!

Today afternoon, I spent all I have earned in 30 days in 30 minutes on Christmas presents....hope my parents like them!

Harbour City

Davy - Mr. Nice Guy

Got an unexpected call from Davy tonite. It was wonderful to receive his call. We haven't spoken on phone since he left for Newcastle 1.5 years ago. Davy made the brave decision to resign and further his studies in Newcastle alone -a place where he knew no one when he arrived.

Davy is really one of the nicest guy I have ever known - the kind of friendly, loyal, down-to-earth, sincere, funny and honest type. And he is SINGLE! So if any girl is interested, please leave your name and number.....

Thank you...

I have to thank all of you who have been so supportive to me over the past few years. I am so lucky to have you guys around!

More photos...


Connie (also known as Li Tie) and me


One of the nicest girls you will ever meet - Karin


My good neighbour for my last 12 months at D


The good girls of P&A

Thursday, December 23, 2004

Photos showing the nice people at D

I have taken a lot of photographs with many nice people over the last few days. I will try to upload as many of them as possible here. Stay tuned for updates. I am planning to write something to recapture my memories of my 4+ years adventure at D, but it is getting late tonite. I'll leave it to tomorrow....


Our team minus the leader, PK


6 girls, me and the transsexual


The new F4


1 King 5 Queens

Mixed feelings

Getting the offer from M.E. is definitely the perfect Christmas present for me. I was so delighted when I got told the news. Life at D has become rather stale for me (to put it mildly), and this is the time for me to move on. I miss my colleagues, the banters outside my room, the tea breaks...etc. I hate to say it, but it was not a difficult decision to make.

It is very nice to have a bunch of nice colleagues doing farewell lunch with me, and I have received so many emails after the announcement of my departure. All these are very touching. Sometimes you do not realise you have so many friends until you leave the place. To be frank, I have never thought that so many people will attend my farewell lunches. Thank you again to all of you!

Some emails I received are quite funny / revealing / touching, examples are:

I am so sorry to hear that you're leaving. Come to think of it, I will need you to sign the Witness Statement and perhaps attend the trial in March!!!!!!!! Oh noooooooooooooooooo...............

Another one:

Are you sure you have enough egg tart for everybody?


This one really strikes me:

I'll see you at lunch tomorrow but all the best in your new job. I'm really happy for you and I'm glad you found a firm that appreciates your expertise. We'll miss you.
Someone may follow my steps soon....
A bit shock to hear this news. Hope that I have a chance to send the same email as yours in the near future. Wish u every success in your new job and enjoy your long vacation!

Lastly, this is from a junior staff of a client who I bumped into during lunch. I took her to court for a watching brief once before:

Just know that today is your last day in Deacons, wanna say thank you for your teaching and sharing, and hope you every success in the future. Let's come out to gather if you have time! Keep touching!


Yeah...

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

How things can change in a week!

I was complaining and moaning about work on 16 Dec. Then on.....

17 Dec, 11:30 - received call from agent who told me I got an offer from M.E.
17 Dec, 11:30 - 12:00 - locked myself in room and considered my options
17 Dec, 12:05 - 12:20 - began to speak to some friends, listened to their advice and made up my mind to leave
17 Dec, 12:30 - 12:40 - called PK on phone and told him my decision. PK fully understood my reasons for leaving.
17 Dec, 12:45 - 14:10 - talked to 2 close friends through lunch, and had the first peak of the offer.
17 Dec, 14:30 - 15:00 - typed out my resignation letter. (I forgot to date the letter....gosh!)
17 Dec, 15:00 - 15:15 - told DK about it. Thanks for understanding.
17 Dec, 15:20 - 15:30 - handed in my resignation letter to AL. He was half-expecting it and asked me not to worry.
17 Dec, 15:35 - 17:50 - began to spread the news. I was too excited.
17 Dec, 18:25 - 18:45 - spoke to Mr. P. This time, he was pretending to be a fatherly figure. Said that my decision was a natural one, how much I have improved and how he was impressed...blah blah blah...all bullshit for the whole of 20 mins.

20 Dec, 09:00 - 09:45 - signed my contract.
20 Dec, 13:00 - 14:00 - my 1st farewell lunch

21 Dec, 13:00 - 14:00 - my 2nd farewell lunch
21 Dec, 14:30 - 18:00 - shocked some people by emailing all my colleagues about my departure. Calmed them down by the nice egg tarts

22 Dec, 12:45 - 12:55 - received the cheque, signed some papers and returned my door access card etc.
22 Dec, 13:00 - 14:10 - my 3rd farewell lunch
22 Dec, 14:15 - 14:45 - did my final "lap of honour" on 29/F.

That's it. End of my 4 years 3 months' association with D.

Thursday, December 16, 2004

A game of waiting

I vividly remember that there was an advertisement of online movie ticketing system (is it the cityline?) which shows images of people spending time in waiting for this and that. The producer might just wish to place a hidden camera in my room in the office which will surely achieve the same effect.

I have been very busy and have been kept until very late hours recently. But around 50% of my time was spent in waiting. I know I have moaned about it before, but this is really driving me nuts! Take last night as an example, I spent my last 3 hours in office waiting for Mr. P. Doing absolutely nothing, Mr. P rang me and said "Everthing's ok, you may leave". I was in the lift 3 seconds later...

The waiting game is repeating itself days after days. What a torture.

You know, I am waiting for an important phone call. Just a call and my life will change I tell you. Please, don't keep me waiting.

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Ellen, me, mini-me and the birthday cake


Seems that I am going to kill mini-me

My Birthday Lunch

at Heaven on Earth. Thanks guys!


From left to right: Me, Ellen, Christy, Cyrus, Christie, Jo and Rudy

My Birthday Present


The mud-made mini-me in Spurs kit! I love it soooooooo much! Thank you Ellen!

Monday, December 13, 2004

2am on Sunday night (Monday morning)

So I am still in the office. Sunday night (or rather Monday morning) at 2am! I just don't know what's going on here. Although I have been in office since 1pm on Sunday afternoon (over 13 hours), only 5 -6 hours were really productive. The rest of the time was spent on waiting for Mr. Pretender. I call it POOR TIME MANAGEMENT AND EVEN POORER MAN MANAGEMENT.

In Mr. Pretender's sphere, the others (including me) are just objects that evolved around his world. He can use them anytime he wants, without realising that the objects do have their own lives. He just didn't give enough respect or consideration to them. This is what I hate Mr. Pretender more than 2 years ago, and I still hate him for this reason now.

Honestly, I am really on the brink of quitting. Not that I could not stand long hours or hard work, but to spend the time like this is just absolutely unreasonable and unjustifiable. The kind of long days is not limited to today or yesterday. It also includes the past 2 weeks and I consider this as the worst working experience in my 4 year plus career. I know it is still more to come for the coming month but I hope I can call it a day before then. I have to.

Sunday, December 12, 2004

Winning Eleven 5 Paul Smith 0

A 9:00 kick off this morning. Woke up at 7:45 and decided to lie on the bed for another 5 minutes. The "5 minutes" became "50 minutes" (as always), and I opened my eyes to see that it was already 8:50!

A crazy rush of getting changed, brushing my teeth and driving made sure that I arrived at the ground at 9:05 (a miracle in itself) and the match hadn't even begun! But my lateness dropped me on the subs bench with 3 others.

With only 10 players from Paul Smith, we dominated the match from start to finish. And there were some really nice goals too. We established a 2-0 lead by half time thanks to some great team movement and passing. Kenward headed in the 1st goal after Alwin cushioned the cross from Po Tak Pong to his perfect path, and Derek scored the 2nd after Kelvin chested the ball down from a high cross into the area.

In the 2nd half, I scored with a direct 20 yard free kick to the left of the penalty box. It curls into the top corner of the net ala Hassler style. I am well pleased with this goal! Few minutes later, Kevin was infringed in the area, and the ref pointed to the spot despite strong protests from the other side. To be fair, I would not have called for the penalty if I was the ref. Anyway, I placed the ball on the spot and the keeper tried to play some psychological game on me by constantly walking away from the goal line making silly enquiries with the ref. (e.g. How long till the end of the match? etc) But I was not affected by this kind of gesture and slotted the ball into the bottom corner of the net. It was close though as one yard to the left would see the ball hit the post and one yard to the right would see it saved by the keeper.

That's the end of my involvement of the match thanks to the inspired substitution of Ah Chow! :-) (I have played 3 minutes of first half and 10 minutes of 2nd half - and was substituted because I scored 2!) Po Tak Pong scored another goal to seal up our victory in our last match of 2004.

It should have been 6-0 as I have a goal disallowed for handball, but I swear that I was not even close to touching the ball with my hand. It was interesting that the ref and Kenward saw my handball, Ken said it was the opponent's hand and I didn't see anyone handball!

Saturday, December 11, 2004

Quite Gay!

Rudy took all the limelight at the annual dinner last night by making "her" appearance on stage as a woman with full make up and dress and everything in a dancing performance! I think this is what they called "sacrifice for art". You are god damn good Rudy! Can I have a $50 bet that you will be made partner next year?

However, Rudy's dressing as a woman is not very gay still. Two men standing next to each other and taking pictures of themselves with one holding the camera by his [her] outstretched arm in the office is indeed quite guy in my humble opinion.

Boos....

A round of boos for the followings on my birthday though.....

1. Annual dinner
2. Mr. Pretender
3. Time wasted in waiting for instructions (from Mr. Pretender)
4. My digital camera (it is not as handy as I would have liked)
5. Annual dinner again

Happy Birthday!!!

I had a very nice 27th Birthday yesterday.

I have received some really nice presents, including a very very very lovely "mini-me" - the slimmer and [more] handsome 2005 version, in the Spurs 2004-5 kit and number "18" on the back from Ellen. It is indeed very very cute and I loooooooooove it soooooooo much!!!! THANK YOU!!!

Domain and Daisy also gave me presents -- a box of Lucullus Chocolate and a Swarovski crystal plant respectively. Thank you thank you!

My good friends treat me to a very good lunch at one of my favourite restaurants in Central (Heaven on Earth) and thank you for the birthday cake!! And another set of good guys and gals took me to Karaoke (with another birthday cake) after the annual dinner. Thank you all of you (you know who you are)!

Thanks to my family for the birthday dinner on Thursday - Oyster Bar at Sheraton and the cufflinks (again from Swarovski!!).

Also a big thank you to all those who have sent emails, e-cards or sms to me. I am touched to say the least!

Last but not least, I thank all the Spurs supporters over on GGnet and Topspurs for leaving Happy Birthday messages to me! Come on you SPURS! Give me a big present by beating Man City today!! (Note: They did - with an 1-0 victory!)

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Happy Birthday, honey!

Hey, happy birthday to my dearest Mr. Fat!!!

Too bad that your birthday clashes with your firm's annual dinner- that means i can't celebrate with you! But the good thing is- i had a great oyster dinner tonight at "Suraton" in TST!!! Thank you!!!

So no more coke, no more football and no more... (you know what it is, don't you?- be polite in your speech) ...

Monday, December 06, 2004

X'mas Candies


I have picked the Santa Claus one on the right.

Birthday Dinner

Nice birthday dinner for Amanda and me at New Gutsee at Lee Garden 2. Thank you guys so much. It is so nice to take a break from work and enjoy a good Shangainese dinner.

From Top Left to Bottom Right: J-A-E-G-A (Find an R, and we will be Jaegar...)

Farewell

16,000 people attended the memorial ceremony of Mr. James Wong at the Hong Kong Stadium this afternoon. From the live broadcast, it is notable that people from all walks of life and all age groups attending the ceremony - it is a fitting tribute to someone who have contributed so much to Hong Kong throughout his lifetime.


The Late Mr. James Wong Posted by Hello


Wordcount

Another cool link.....

WordCount™ is an artistic experiment in the way we use language. It presents the 86,800 most frequently used English words, ranked in order of commonality. Each word is scaled to reflect its frequency relative to the words that precede and follow it, giving a visual barometer of relevance. The larger the word, the more we use it. The smaller the word, the more uncommon it is.

Sunday, December 05, 2004

10 x 10

Check this out....keeping track of history.

10x10™ ('ten by ten') is an interactive exploration of the words and pictures that define the time. The result is an often moving, sometimes shocking, occasionally frivolous, but always fitting snapshot of our world. Every hour, 10x10 collects the 100 words and pictures that matter most on a global scale, and presents them as a single image, taken to encapsulate that moment in time. Over the course of days, months, and years, 10x10 leaves a trail of these hourly statements which, stitched together side by side, form a continuous patchwork tapestry of human life.

Work Work Work

Looking back, it has been 20 days since I had my last "totally work-free" day. Worse still, I believe those working weekends can be avoided. Last week, I had to serve the mad client which I had to go to office to do some faxes at midnight. This week, it is the boss ("the Pretender") who asked me to go through all the affirmations and witness statements to perform the ultimate "human track changer".

It is sooooooo frustrating for me. So so frustrating as this is an absolutely meaningless task, and I have to hand in my work to him tomorrow.

Don't get me wrong. It is not like I do not enjoy being busy. If I was kept busy by performing meaningful task, I would not have so much to complain. I am pissed because this task is neither 1) urgent 2) meaningful or 3) reasonable.