When On Leave and Away Messages Do Not Apply


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It’s December and Christmas is in a few days time, over the years of working life, this year is the only year where I am still working my ass off till the very end of this holiday season. Don’t get me wrong I am not complaining here but more so a reflection on how things have changed and it’s no longer days where I can just call a day off whenever I like.

For those who have been working for yourself, including those who doesn’t own your own company not business but works on a own time own pace kinda arrangement, you will know working more means higher returns and taking a day off means there may be missed opportunities or clients may not get their requests met. To whom may be very upset you didn’t reply their email within the day and start to message you on Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger. Oh how I hate technologies on certain days when I truly just wanted a quiet day off.

With the possibility for emails to be linked to mobile phone, being out of office or away no longer have the same effect as in the past. Right? I see many of us replying an email within an hour of receiving their automated away message in the mailbox. But hey! They are still checking and replying to emails. Don’t we ever really go on leave anymore these days?

I’m guilty of doing the exact same things. Because I work for myself and technically I do not have annual leaves nor medical leave to apply for, I am ALWAYS working. Even on weekends! Up till a point when my hubby has to send me a Whatsapp message from the living room to remind me it’s time to spend time with my girls (it was 8pm in the evening). My heart aches. A LOT!

I vowed to myself two weeks ago that I shall tear myself away from work this week and just focus and do things for and with my family. And just enjoy the holiday season like how I had been doing for the past 13 years. And look where I am now! In the train to a whole day of meetings scheduled and typing this post while traveling. I hate myself!

Just two more days I said. And I will SET THE DAMN AWAY MESSAGE and ignore all emails till after Christmas. I don’t care if you need the list of influencers for your pitch, I don’t care if you needed to report for your management and I don’t care you needed that very last minute urgent requests carried out. I don’t care because it’s Christmas! All of you have to take a break too and recharge for an even more productive 2016! So come on let’s turn on that automated away message and BE AWAY 100%! Our mailboxes should take a break too you know. Ha!

Have a Merry Christmas and an Awesome New Year!

Choo Choo Kinda Christmas at City Square Mall

Last Christmas we had some choo-choo fun with Thomas and Friends and this year it was with Chuggington at City Square Mall.

The beloved Chuggington Trainees Wilson, Brewster and Koko return for a new adventure at City Square Mall! The Chuggington Winter Snow Party will also see Lorie and Morgan joining the Trainees, introduce new songs, eco-friendly themes and most importantly, a spectacular light up which will fill the atrium with Christmas cheer. Watch out for falling snow too at the end of the show.

Ayra was unwell the entire week when we caught the show and was still recovering that day, we wanted to give the show a miss, but this girl of ours insisted she wants to go catch Chuggington. Before the show started, she was up following the moves but soon after she got tired, I had to carry her throughout the show cos she refused to let me go.

Zara had fun too grooving to the music. These two girls of mine are so similar in so many ways. When Ayra was at the age of Zara, she too were grooving and moving to music wherever whenever. But now that she is 3, she is more aware and is very very shy when in public. Her mood swing is also much more difficult to foresee and the melt down can happen anytime anywhere very quickly. I hope she will outgrow this phase soon.

By end of the show, the girls were all tired and they just wanted to go outdoor. So we skipped the photo taking opportunity and headed out to ride the Choo-Choo City Express.

Each ride at $6 and the train operates daily from 12pm to 10pm. After getting our tickets, we had to wait for half-an-hour for our turn, so we went to snap some photos with the display around the City Green Park.

When there’s music, there’s a grooving Zara.

The ride around City Green Park on the Choo Choo City Express was about 10 minutes, quite worth the value, since both the girls had enjoyed the ride.

The Chuggington Winter Snow Party ends this weekend, so go catch them at City Square Mall before they close!

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The Lighting-up of ChariTrees at Marina Bay 2014

Before the light-up ceremony…

We were early, so we took a stroll down to take a look at the 25 christmas trees along the Marina Bay Promenade.

While waiting for the light-up ceremony of the ChariTrees at Marina Bay, we explored the Marina Bay City Gallery where I spotted the familiar sphere. And so we left our mark.

Left our mark on a red sphere for the Marina Bay Countdown to 2015

About these red spheres
To commemorate Singapore’s 50th year of independence, 5,000 red spheres will be set afloat in the Bay to form a giant number ‘50’ amidst a sea of 20,000 white spheres. The wishing spheres will be installed in phases from mid-November and will be lit from 26 to 31 December. The spectacular visual installation will carry thousands of wishes from the public made for Singapore’s future.

To keep themselves entertained, our girls just couldn’t stop climbing and running around the Marina Bay Gallery. Girls just wanna have fun right?

Band march-in and performance by the Singapore Police Force

Ayra and Zara were both stunned at their first live military band performance. The march-in and live performance brought back memories of my short but memorable experience with my secondary school military band. Wonder if I will ever get to play the clarinet again.

Energetic dance performance by students

I asked if Ayra would like to dance like them, and guess what she replied!

No I want to dance like Frozen…

Guest-of-honour Mr Desmond Lee

Whom we briefly met before digging into the Christmas buffet dinner served at the ceremony. Both the girls even did hi-fives with him. No photos cos it was totally not planned nor expected.

Token of appreciation to the supporting organisations and companies

The ChariTrees at Marina Bay Promenade from now till 27 December 2014

As a prelude to SG50, Singapore’s Golden Jubilee, celebrate Christmas with Community Chest as we light up the lives and dreams of the disadvantaged with ChariTrees @ Marina Bay. Themed “Giving Trees”, these 25 trees showcase how the community has touched the lives of 300,000 Community Chest beneficiaries. The trees have been adopted by donors and show how they have given various gifts of hope, dignity and togetherness to children with special needs, youths-at-risk, people with disabilities, frail and lonely elderly and families in difficulty.

Each tree decorated the the donors featuring their beneficiary and how the donation helped them. Go take a look and read the little stories of the 25 featured beneficiaries. You’ll never know which may just inspire you to make some donation this festive season.

ChariTrees @ Marina Bay 2014 is jointly brought to you by Community Chest and the Urban Redevelopment Authority. To contribute your special gift to someone in need, please visit comchest.sg. Donations will be matched $1-for-$1 under the Care & Share Movement until 31 December 2014.

My first Christmas!

I was dressed in red and we travelled for quite a long time in Ayah’s car. When we finally arrived, I saw a green tree decorated with lots of pretty and shiny objects, there were pretty lights on it too! I can’t stop staring at it, everyone was trying to get my attention by calling my name and making funny noise, but I was just too busy admiring the pretty tree.

Snap all you want, I'm just going to stare at the tree

I was being passed around the whole time, couldn’t recall who was who but everyone seemed to adore me much. Hugging, snuggling me like a bear and some planted kisses all over me!

My favorite part of the night was went pretty boxes were given out to everyone, and everyone seemed to be excited to tear open their box. I left mine unopened so I could snap photo with all my presents when I’m home. So here’s what I got this Christmas…

Christmas Presents
My presents this Christmas!

Two pretty dresses, an angry bird and a ladybug romper, an interactive book that sings me nursery rhymes and make funny sound and a set of plastic toys for me to bite.

I’m looking forward to the next Christmas already! Hope I’ll get even more presents!

I Love Christmas! 😛