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!

Ayra’s first flight onboard a plane

The family, together with baby’s Grandparents, went on a holiday to Hong Kong in June. It was baby’s first time traveling abroad and onboard an airplane. To ensure our first family trip is comfortable and safe, we paid a little more for flight with Singapore Airlines. Knowing that their plane will be bigger and more comfortable compared to our usual budget flight to Hong Kong.

We booked our flight through SQ website, and I wasn’t able to have all four adults together if I picked the bassinet seats. So for both flight I selected the none bassinet seats. Lucky us, all of us were bumped up to bassinet row when we checked-in. We had to take turns to keep Ayra entertained throughout the flight. The flight to Hong Kong was alright as it was in the morning and Ayra was sleeping or feeling sleepy most of the time onboard. But the flight back to Singapore was quite an experience as it was late at night and she cried, poo-ed and refused to sit for the first two hour of the flight. After all the action, she finally knocked out and slept through the remaining journey back to Singapore.

Ayra asleep on flight back to SG

Our first trip was fun and trying one. Will share a list of things to note and prepare for oversea trips with an infant soon.