Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Room mates? Where's the boundary?

I was chatting with a friend I barely knew last night, and felt rather disturbed by the turn of the conversation. I'm not a prude and I don't mind travelling with males, but I do draw the line at sharing a room with them. It bothered me also when he asked if our hypothetical future trip to South Korea would be just the two of us or with others. I was literally lost for words.

How do I tell this guy I barely met where my boundaries lie without sounding like a righteous prude? I DO travel around with G, but we are both aware of our boundaries. He is a gentleman and I know he will not try anything funny with me. We have also known each other for a long time. We were going out for dinner and coffee for yonks before we ever travelled together.

Anyway, I suppose I would tell him about my expectations soon. Directly, which is my preferred way. I'm too old to be flirting with young bucks looking to get lucky. 

Post holiday blues

We came back from Korea a week ago and I'm still a little tired. It's not as bad as jet lag, thankfully. Just tired from lugging suitcases all over the country. I'm afraid I have become weak in my old age :P

The trip was fine, I got a whole bunch of photos, which i have not finished editing yet. I need to streamline my download/backup process, maybe make some changes. But not just yet. I'm still trying to understand Lightroom, although I have made some progress in the past months.

It was a very heartwarming experience to visit South Korea. People were nice, especially in Busan and Suncheon. I do wish I had spent more time learning Korean, but we got by with my K-drama Korean and a lot of help from Google Translate!

I loved Sokcho and I wish we had more time there. Wasted one day because it rained non-stop and we didn't proceed with Ulsanbawi. I enjoyed being lazy and napping though... Also took the opportunity to go through my photos on the "off day".

Unfortunately I also left behind my camera battery charger in the room. They found it, and I'm just waiting for the manager to post it back to me. He did say that he would be busy so I'm trying to be patient. Have been rather unwilling to buy a compatible charger since the bad experience with a "compatible" battery on the 1000D. Attempts to find a used charger failed and a new one from KLDSLR costs RM269. About Rm100 cheaper than retail price.  I might look it up in J-One, though. I feel a little more confident with their advice. Maybe they can help me charge up for a small fee instead of buying a new charger...

Will try to do some notes on the places we visited over the weekend. No promises though. I failed miserably with the UK trip :P haha.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Warming Up

Adjusted my schedule to hit the gym 3 times a week - Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. I know I won't be able to do all most of the time, but it will be better than nothing.

This morning, alhamdulillah, managed to wake up a bit earlier, solat and mengaji before putting away clothes and leaving for the gym. Walked the treadmill at 5 kph for 20 minutes and "cycled" 5 km. It helped that CSI Cyber was showing, so I made myself stay on the "bike" until the episode ended. Haha... "multitasking" at its best :D

Sat for about 5 minutes in the steam room and had a nice shower. Bla 3x and left about 9.20. It took me about 25 minutes (via NKVE) to reach SS2. Not bad, eh? Managed to squeeze in a capati breakfast before getting to the office.

Am feeling a little more alive than previous weeks. I HOPE that this silly sinus infection will go away for good. It's so annoying to constantly feel like your head is full of cotton wool! I'm taking it really easy and just letting my body get a little more active again before I push it further.

Graham has arrived and we're almost set for our Korean adventure. We're meeting up tonight for durian and going to KTO on Saturday morning. I need to find info on the KTO at Nu Sentral because I couldn't find it last night.

I hope I can finish this silly article today because it has been dragging on for far too long. Got a nice flow yesterday, but my mojo died the moment I saw Chan's email about the website. Sigh. I don't want to be sensitive and delicate, but even I have to admit that at times, our spirit is so battered that even a small snag can threaten to throw everything off balance.

I'm praying for a happy and productive day today. Insya Allah :) 

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Pushing ahead

It's another slow weekend, but I did get SOME things done. Right now, I'm contemplating whether I should send the car for washing because it looks like it will rain this afternoon. On the other hand, the poor machine has not been cleaned for too long...

I was supposed to go to the gym yesterday, but again, I dithered and didn't go. Cannibalised the old laptop and took out the hard drive. Did I mention that my dear sister damaged the thing last year and neglected to inform me. So what the hell was she doing on it so often then? A portion of the screen dah rosak and the whole thing bergegar-gegar, meaning the connection is shot. I put it on the external monitor and it worked fine, but the whole machine is just outdated. No point upgrading so just let it die in peace la.

Kak Ayu's bike had a flat and she came home with me Friday night, so I had to send her to work in the morning. Then went to service the car. Had to fill up petrol on the way. Failed to turn into the Shell near KD entrance so went to the other one near Pusrawi. As I headed towards Taman Tun, saw another Shell at the McDonalds. Duh!! Even if I missed that, there's another one near Tropicana Medical Centre. Right. Lesson learned. Thank you.

Went to Chia tayar hoping for a quick and cheap service. Ended up paying almost RM350 for semi-synthetic oil and auto-transmission fluid. Ouch! But car is driving super smoothly now. Nice!! Had a chat with a nice lady whose Camry was on the blitz. I actually thought her car was an ancient Saga the guys were working on. Oops! Silly Oza.

Went to the Tesco Mutiara Money changer to send the Pendar Pagi money. They have Merchantrade but apparently it's only for personal transactions. Yet they want my company name and income level. A bit weird right? But the place offers good rates so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Finally sent the money to Menny's account. Just praying that she will transfer the money to the organisation without delay. Had a lot of trouble trying to transfer it on Friday. Stress I sampai the bank teller almost got yelled at for asking why I tak ambik dekat machine. Dah la I kelam kabut nak transfer tak boleh, nak keluarkan from the original account tak boleh, nak transfer to savings kena 2 kali baru lepas. Tak sempat nak kejar Mul dah nak pergi airport... And I know kalau nak draw from ATM I have a RM1000 limit. I was literally seeing red when he asked that. I just told him to "just do it now". Jeez. I do speak English when I'm very irritated.

Sat for a drink dekat Old Town and got mad because the drink was probably about 30% of the whole glass. the rest of it was ICE. I barely got a few sips before the whole thing finished. Like seriously, you charged me RM3.40 for a few sips of coffee??? Old Town ni nak kena ban ni. Dah la i memang tak suka Old Town... Food is horrible and it keeps getting worse.

Anyway, once I got the money thing sorted, went upstairs to buy a couple of things and validate my parking. Lesson learnt earlier: don't park at TESCO if you don't spend there. MAHAL. Stopped by Mr DIY and found the exact pot I had ordered on 11 Street. Checked and saw it was SC approved etc. I hope it's legit!! Bought it there because I had received a message saying my order was cancelled the previous morning. Like WHY??? Tried the pot and it worked fine. It shuts off and restarts automatically according to the set temperature. Steamed eggs turned out well. Can't really cook with it, but it should be fine for soups and Maggi mee. Today checked my emails and it turned out the cancellation was for an incomplete transaction. Oops. Signed in to 11 Street and saw that they had not yet prepared the order, so I cancelled the purchase. Hope no complications there. I don't want to end up with 2 pots.

Stopped by the office to stick a tile in the "hole" under my chair and tape the mounting board over it. I hope it helps so that being in the office can be a little less annoying. Bosses are back from Sabah Sarawak, lucky didn't bump into my boss kecik. Quickly screwed in the bag hanger dalam surau, although I realised too late that I should have brought the longer screws. Vacuumed a bit and left.

Stopped by A-One to buy and external drive cover and went home. Had a late lunch at Arafah before going home for solat and a rest. Missed the gym again because I did a jigsaw puzzle and had to go rescue Kak Ayu since she didn't have enough cash to pay for her new tyre. And she won't go to 7-11 ATM because it jammed previously. Honestly. Can't you just TRY AGAIN???

Went to the pasar malam to buy a few things and went home. She JUST ARRIVED. Like, really??? How long does it take to cycle less than a kilometre home? I seriously wonder if she went to meet someone instead of going straight home. Fuck it la, I couldn't care less if she has a boyfriend. Just get married and get out of my house please. *silap2 aku yang kena pindah :P LOL

I did get worried looking at her shuffle up the stairs. Macam tak larat sangat. She knows her blood sugar is damn high but she keeps eating junk all the time. Penat la bela baby macam ni. I want to migrate. Seriously.

Had the leftover lodeh with sambal and nasi impit. Miraculously still edible although it might be on the suspicious side. Have not checked the other container. If it's spoilt, will have to dump the whole container. Sayang, but what to do? There's only so much I can eat.

I had scanned the hard drive and found lots of issues on it. Deleted extra files and moved my files to the net book. Scanned, cleaned and moved K Ayu's files and reformatted the 2 drives. So now I have a second clean external drive. I want to put my documents there and keep photos in the StoreJet.

Graham should have arrived by now but I'm guessing he's jet-lagged and fast asleep. I look forward to our durian date. Haha... kesian Pakcik dah 6 tahun x makan durian.

Have washed 2 loads of laundry and I need to hand wash a few items. Load no 2 is done and needs to go into the dryer. Load No 1 needs to be folded and put away. I need a shower and perform dzuhr prayers! I'm really tempted to go to the gym and hang out in the sauna now. It would be nice to have a warm shower with too much water instead of the low flow shower I have at home. I should exercise, of course, but right now, the sauna feels like the better option.

Of course I have not vacuumed, ironed or cleaned the kitchen, but hell, who the fuck cares? I'm tired too.

I put the netbook in the study so that I will have space for the work laptop, and subsequently, will do some work instead of fooling around all day and night. I have no idea if it will work, but hey, at least I switched the damn office laptop on already...

OK. Have to go now. There's a bunch of things I need to do, including getting insurance for my beloved  camera. Ciao!!