Archive for April, 2016

April 22, 2016

Teambuilding with the others. #ntec #socializing

Today after work we got to do teambuilding activity with the admin and student services team. Before heading to bowling we got to have pizza treat as well and hang out briefly with the others.

Wei Lin, the admin manager organized the whole thing and even got us to draw ballots to group us into teams of 3. But I got to team up with a majority of the admin people in Group 2.

However, when we arrived at Metrolanes, we were told by the staff that we should split into 4 groups and use 4 lanes instead of three. So we had to regroup quickly and I manage to get into a group with Pavel, ladyboss, Amogh and a new guy Yash.

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Game 1 score. Our team got 413 and we were probably the second last. Was just too far from the other lanes to see what their score is.

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Gotta catch me a selfie! I was there yo!

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I gotta say, everyone was pretty good at this game.

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Some deliberations and strategy planning going on here I presume. Amogh, was pointing at the other team’s scoreboards as Pavel and Yash looks on. Nick was getting ready to take his turn on the lane.

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Game 2 score. We won! Hehehehehe…

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Ladyboss got me a beer with lemon! The Sol Cerveza Mexican Beer. It actually tasted not too bitter like how normal beers taste like. I politely declined when she asked me if I wanted a drink but she insisted and got me one even when I didn’t ask for it. I should really shout the next one if we get to come bowling again.

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Can’t leave the activity without a groufie moment. About 18 of us here and plus myself holding the camera and then Ting who left a bit earlier.

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Good game everyone! We should mix the group evenly and balance it out the next round 😉

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April 20, 2016

3rd Term, day TWO.

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So its only day two of the new term and I am already stressing my eyeballs out. This term I decided to sit not in the front row but a few rows behind so I don’t get picked on by the tutor as much. Unfortunately, being at the back benches  also has its drawbacks.

The writings are so tiny and I can barely make out what the text on the board is. I had to take a few screen shots. And it doesn’t help that the tutor, Mr Ken mumbles through his words. Urgh.

On the other hand, the next subject I have for this term is Corporate and Business Law. Full on theory subject and also my first time encounter with another tutor, Mr Stanley.

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Surprisingly, I thoroughly enjoyed his class. He told many stories and has a lot of general knowlege and makes the subject interesting. He wasn’t shy to share about himself and how he came to teaching. Being a former chartered accountant himself then switched to become a lawyer just because he got bored of numbers.

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This man talked about marriage as a business, and introduced the class to what law is and the basics of it. Gave lots of general news as examples and is even brings in philosophical elements in his examples.

I am also very gladly pleased by his very competent English language skills, one which I find the college lacks very much.

Well, lets hope this term I can keep up a good score and ace the exams so I could get that second year discount on tuition fees! 🙏

April 18, 2016

Shared Lunch Party.

It’s the time of the season again, we are required to bring a plate to the office to share and of course show off our cooking skills.

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Thanks to my sister’s recommendation, I decided to bring something ethnic and exotic to share with everyone. I made Hinava! It’s a Kadazan delicacy made of raw fish. It’s basically a raw fish salad. I used tuna and soaked them in lime juice overnight so that it’s marinated well.

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Look at all the food on the table! Everyone brought so much food it was just food coma going on with my body after the whole event.

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There’s Vietnamese spring rolls, fish curry, chicken curry, lamb curry, biryani rice, coconut rice and lots of dessert. I especially enjoyed Salu’s Samoan dish, with the coconut bun soaked in Coconut milk.. mmmmm absolutely simple yet delish!

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And then there’s those who forgot it was the shared lunch day and just went ahead and brought take out from nearby foodcourt but its ok, enjoyed those food too 😊

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April 17, 2016

Catching up with Noelin and the little ones.

Finally managed to catch up with this sweet lady again after so long. The last time we got together was during Christmas eve last year! And how months flew by! Although it was a rainy day, it was nice that she still made the effort to come out to hang out and see me even if it was for a short while, and even if she had to drag her niece and nephew with her. I appreciated it very much.

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Noelin initially wanted to take me nearby at Ponsonby area, but there were no parking to be found, and finally she decided to just head on to Mission Bay which was the idea in the beginning anyway. Went to this Cafe called De Fontein which is a Belgian Beer Cafe, but not to worry, it was child friendly, although they do serve alcohol and hard liquor, I was even tempted to drink wine at broad day light but seemed like Noelin was not up for it, and especially since she had to drive anyway. So woopsie.. next time for me then :-p

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Noelin suggested I go for the fish and chips since it was a really big serving, and I didn’t really felt like rummaging through the menu and figuring out what I wanted to eat since I was already really hungry at 1:15pm so I agreed to go with the same dish.

The place was packed when we got there, had to wait and sit at a temporary table which had the kids sitting on a really high tall chair, and it was not comfortable at all. Good thing we were able to move to another table before the food arrived.

We just talked about random things like work, whether or not we wanted kids (duh, common topic among 30+ singles), and movies what not. With kids around, our conversations were pretty limited to R-12 if you know what I mean.

Noelin insisted to pay for the meal, so I told her I have to pay for dessert. So we moved to KiwiYo which was just a few blocks down the road, and took the kids there for some “healthy” dessert. I mean, I was ready for lots of unhealthy thing, but I guess Noelin was very considerate and caring of Maya and Lucas and wanted to make sure they didn’t get too much sugar in them. Good on her!

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It was a nice and simple catching up moment, we were done right after the dessert and she dropped me home since the kids also needed to get home soon. I was glad we were able to do this. Especially since Noelin was the one who initiated the meet up, so sweet of her to still think of me 🙂