23 to 29 July 2018

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Highs

Another big event up our sleeves.  The team worked cohesively and unrelentlessly to make it a success.  I think it was an impressive show of how an event should be done with miniscule resources.  The outcome rewarded the effort of the team.  The bigger boss, as a result, wanted another event before the year ends.  On the fringes, I was able to sweetly ‘coerced’ the bigger boss to approve a promotional material that he doesn’t normally allow.

Reconnecting with a good friend, L, with whom I can let my hair down and have a lot of fun.  We were classmates at a long-term program and were part of a group of friends who went our separate ways after we finished our training but remained friends through social media.  It’s been eons that we’ve not seen each other.  I recall the last time we were together and she lent me her shoulders to cry on.  Much has happened to both of us compared to our old selves.  She has risen in the ranks.  I am into a number of things.  But we still are the silly ladies who can laugh at ourselves for the silly stuff we do.  L once forced us to watch a movie she thought was a good ….. which turned out to be a low budget old war movie replete with cannons, guns and ‘improbable’ battles and we laughed all throughout the movie to the dismay of the handful of viewers.  Our reunion was no different from the past.  I have not laughed till I cried for as long as I can remember.  L was laughing as she tells me her face hurts from laughing too.  It felt good until I left her after I slept over in her dorm.  We said we should see each other again and I can sleepover again.  I think it’s going happen soon.

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16 to 22 July 2018

Words to Live By….

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Highs

I finished the report for my assessment work after many sleepless nights and submitted it at last!  

I met my assessment team for the first time during the industry briefing conducted by an official of an organization I assessed.  Since everyone’s working, we agreed to have lesser F2F meetings and more online meetings.  

A beautiful wedding that made me reunite with a long lost friend whom I have not seen for at least 30 years.  

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9 to 15 July 2018

Words to Live By….

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Highs

Things are right where it should be in terms of the preparation for the upcoming big activity.  The help I need for the presentation is assured.

Curry’s remains was delivered.  And she was in this nice dual picture frame with her picture, paw print and ashes.  It looks so nice.  I am tempted to replace Hershey’s container with something like Curry’s.  

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2 to 8 July 2018

Words to Live By….

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Highs

I haven’t quite reported back to the office but I am back at work with two promotional activities which were arranged while I was on vacation.

Another painting session and I made my fourth work of art.  

My neighbor completed payment for Curry’s cremation… I can finally get her remains. 

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25 June to 1 July 2018

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Highs

The adventure continues….

We trekked through some of the 10,000 vibrant orange torii gates of the famous Fushimi Inari Shrine.  We visited  more temples and the famous geisha district of Gion with its beautifully-preserved architecture and traditional customs.

For the first time, we petted and fed deers in Nara, MD’s choice for her last destination before she goes back home.

The day before our departure, OS and I were unsure if we will go through the tour of Arashiyama Bamboo Grove.  Well, OS and I had been dependent on ED and MD in navigating the places we go to using google and pocket wifi.  Initially, I was thinking that we can just go to Arashiyama on the day of our departure but it is too far.  We couldn’t risk getting lost and taking time to make it to our flight.  So we mustered the courage to go on our own leaving ED who will be departing later.  I’m glad we did because the tour proved to the climax of this memorable family trip with so many unexpected jewels tucked in the lush greenery.   A small food shop provided respite which invigorated OS after our long trek.  A painting gallery surrounded by a refreshing green we accidentally discovered was just the oasis we needed on that hot day.  The tea served by the curator was the icing to the cake.

After the uplifting experience of travelling a beautiful destination, there is no place I’d rather be than home….

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18 to 24 June 2018

Words to Live By….

18 to 24 Jun 2018 Nihon

Highs

This is the long awaited trip for OS, MD, ED and moi to a destination I promised myself I would go back to….. perhaps, again and again  I savored every bit of our grand vacay.  OS and I were first to travel, followed by MD and then ED.  It was strange meeting up with the kids like this but it all worked out because of commitments.  

I savored every bit of Tokyo.  The last time I set foot here was almost a quarter of a century ago, my stay was so brief I was in the city on the first and last day of my six-month stay in Japan.  This time around, I will enjoy each moment.   

Exploring by myself in a strange city with friendly people and learning to cope with my broken Nihonggo to go around, discover hidden gems, meeting an imperfect fur friend and her loving obasan, getting lost and finding my way back to the apartment.

All clean this month.

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11 to 17 June 2018

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Highs

The big event happened without a major hitch.  Despite the rains and last minute venue switch, they came.  The live streaming allowed us to reach global audience.  I was pleased seeing the comments and number of views.

The funds came just when I needed it most.

Peace at last…. C left the job for greener pastures and more importantly for her own peace.

Marie, my wandering rescue cat, who strayed after I rescued three kittens, is back.

Again very clean slate.  

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