Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Boring routine

It’s almost 2 months since I get to Shanghai. Many people had been asking, “So how are you in Shanghai?” “Got party arr?” etc etc.
Actually, this is pretty much my routine every day.

8am Wake up, go to work.
7.30pm Off work (hehe, yes peeps, I usually finish work at 7.30pm. Very very seldom have
to work late, don’t jealous. )
9pm Will be watching TV with a packet of snacks. Mostly ordered in my dinner.
10.30pm Waiting to talk to my fatty. (Is either he calls me or I call him la).
11.30pm Lights off. Sleeping time. (See how I get 8 hours of beauty sleep daily)

Freaking boring right? Yeah, that’s usually my weekday.

11am Can sleep till anytime I want cause I will spend most of the day at home. Why not
sleep sleep sleep.
12pm Order-in-lunch. In shanghai, you can order delivery pretty much from any
restaurant. Since I am a lazy bum, so this order in business is something that I like
about this place.
3pm Sleepy after watching TVand surfing the net. Will be falling asleep at the couch.
7pm Dinner time. Haha, order in again!
11pm Sleep sleep sleeping time.

Ok, you might think that “What, you sleep through your whole weekend not doing anything at all?!” Ok, not really all weekends la, there are some weekends where I will spend some time doing cleaning, do some grocery shopping, also will be calling my mom and dad and aunt and sis just to catch up, and also calling and sms-ing my fatty love the whole day! Hahahahah, just love bugging him!

But from last week onwards, I will have to come into the office every Sunday for a 3 months training. I don't quite mind it since I have nothing to do anyway, but come to think of it, there are taking away my precious lazy-around-doing-nothing time.

So yeah, this is what I have accomplished so far in Shanghai! So for you who want to visit and hope that I can bring you around, I advise that you do your own research.

Anyway, this Friday I am going out for dinner and drinking! It’s Jessie’s birthday and she wants to get drunk, so “Shanghai here we come!” We will also go shopping on Saturday!

Finally, something to look forward to. (After Jo's last visit)

Monday, October 12, 2009

Why can't I throw toilet paper into the toilet bowl?

Seriously, I have this question in my mind every time I use the toilet in Shanghai.

Here, I gotta throw toilet paper into the paper basket. I can't throw it into the toilet bowl and flush it off just like how I always do it in Malaysia. Apparently it will clog up the toilet bowl.

But why? Why is it that I can throw it into toilet bowl in Malaysia and can't in China? Why the China toilet bowl so bad is it? Or is it the paper in China? So damm thick is it?

Well, maybe coz it's made in China.

Super duper long public holiday!

It was the China Golden Holiday whole of last week. When they say golden, it is really really something precious. It’s a full on 8 days of public holiday back to back ok! Most we can get in Malaysia is 2 days (Raya, CNY) and that also we are so happy with it. So you can imagine my excitement when I found out that we get 8 days public holidays! (No jealous jealous guys)

My friend Josephine came to visit from the 1st to the 5th Oct. Nice nice, someone to keep me company!
Well I was suppose to be the host, since I am living here right, but she knows the place more than I do (she stayed in Shanghai for 1 month), so she ended up bringing me around. So paiseh.

Josephine and me, taking a cab.

Ok, even though she knows the place, but it is still not like she knows it damm well. So most of the time before we leave the house, I will be surfing the net looking for ways to get to this location etc. And seriously, it can be pretty frustrating. Because of some inaccurate information, we actually ended up at different parts of the world. Ok not so serious, but yes we did get lost once. Maybe more than once. ;P

So at times when we need help, we call “our new best friend”. Who is she? Hehe...

Me: Aiyo, some said here got fireworks today, some said don’t have. How to know who is right
and who is not? Don’t they have like a tourist hotline that we can call to find out about this
tourist thingi?
Jo: I think they do. (search search search and got the number)
Me: (Dial the number). Hi, can I know where do you have fireworks today?
Then, I was just expecting her to give me one place that has fireworks today, but the operator gave me one venue, and another, and another and another. She gave me 6 venues in total ok! I think there are more because I stopped her. And those are venues within my area, so can you imagine how many venues are there in total in the whole of China.

Since the hotline is so helpful, so me and Jo ended up calling them every single time we need help, from how to take a cab to a certain place, to which subway stop is the nearest etc. Yeah, our new best friend. :)

So anyway, we did lots of stuff la, not too many as well if you think of it actually.
Details will be coming up!


Friday, September 25, 2009

Dogs pupu

One thing that I have observed in Shanghai is that they love dogs! I always see people walking their dogs in the evening, and 90% are toy dogs. Although they walk there dogs, I never really see dogs pupu in the road side. Hmmmm...this is because they clean up their dogs pupu! They don't just leave their dog shit around the place and let it turn into fertilizer on the road. Somemore people tell me that Shanghai people will take their pants off and pupu whenever they feel like it. They will pick it up using plastic bags and throw it in the bin. I have seen it with my own eyes.

I am ashame, because I am one of them that leaves the pupu to dry on the road. Are you?

Never take things for granted

My move to Shanghai has made me realize one very important fact. Do not never ever take things for granted. Always appreciate what you have.

I never really complain about life (ok I do sometimes, not enough money la, politics issues la), but I am also never really grateful about what I have. I never know that things that I have all these while are so important to me, till now, because I do not have it with me.

I miss my family, my granny, my aunties, my Bonnie girl, my Kitty baby and the person I miss the most, my love of my life. It’s not that he was not important to me when I have him around, but not having him around makes me feel so so so so empty, sometimes is like I do not know what to do without him. I called him so many times when I went to Ikea that day because I just can’t make the decision on my own.

I know this is really tough for us, I know he feels the same too, but we will try and face it and handle it as much as we can, because we know we have each other, we have each other in our hearts.

I miss you baby love.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Hmmm, what's next?

Well, I am done for the day, at 8pm. People finish work quite earlier here (maybe it’s just my agency la). On average, people start leaving the office at 7pm. It’s 8pm here and the whole office is almost empty. Hehe, like what my aunty said, “Now I can see sunset and have a life”. I was shocked at first, how come people finish work so earlier here? I am not use to it at first, but I like it already!

Now the question is, what am I going to do tomorrow. I think I will just sleep in la, and then I’ll have to settle my room stuff. Hehe, I will try take some pictures and share with you ok.

I will be having lunch with a colleague on Sunday. She is from Beijing and she is alone here as well. Good la, two lonely souls enjoying each other company.

At least I have something to do over the weekend.
Better enjoy the weekend while I can, next week is going to be super super busy.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

The Mandarin speaking expert

Due to the fact that I am communicating with everyone in Mandarin, I find that I slowly have the tendency in talking like them. Hehe, Peks the Cina Moi talking like Cina Moi. Haha.

Seriously, I am so glad that I can speak the language. I can’t understand how some Guailo can survive here without speaking the language. I mean how do you interact with people? Yes some locals speak English too, but they always switch to their mother tongue.

Even though I am not that good in my Mandarin, but talking to them on a daily basis has already improved my speaking skill! Haha…next time I come back, I can speak like a Mandarin expert already.

It’s 12am now and I am really tired and sleepy already. Plus tomorrow have to be in the office at 9am. L

Oh well, goodnight everyone. I should be leaving the office soon.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

I found a place!

Finally! After days of searching and miles of walking, I have finally found a place that is within my budget, at a pretty decent neighbourhood, within walking distance to the office, and most importantly, I feel good about the place.

The place is in a super mess right now, because the owner still has some rubbish and leftover in the place. But they will clean up the whole place for me before I move in. The sofa is in a bad shape hence the owner will buy a new one. Hmmm…I am thinking maybe I can buy something, which is within the owner budget. Since he is buying a new sofa, why not I buy it right? At least it will be something that I will like. hehehe

Peeps! The place has an additional room ok! So yeah, you can just come over and stay there. I will make sure to get another mattress. The living room is quite spacious too, it can fit in a couple of people there as well. So come visit me. The more the merrier.

I will be able to move into the place before 10 Sep. Then I will take some pictures and share with you all ok. Looks like I will be spending my weekend shopping at Ikea next weekend. The place is fully furnished, but I still want to jazz the place up with some small little furniture, like lamp etc. I need to make the place my home right? Afterall, I am going to be staying there for 1 year (at least). I also need to get a new mattress. I don’t think I can sleep on the existing mattress they have right now.

I am actually damm impress with myself. Manage to get a 2 room apartment within my budget. Haha, Peks the champs!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Update from Shanghai

I have been trying to share my hotel room pictures with everyone, but the connection is just so so bad. Nice le? Not bad right?

Well just a simple update, I am doing good so far. It’s my 2nd day of work, colleagues are not bad. Only thing is that I am sitting directly under the air-conditioning. Knowing me and how I’m always in a jacket in the office, I think I need to wear mittens in the office. Hehe, I remember Adeline use to do that when she was still with Maxis. Now it’s my turn. I am freezing as I am typing this ok.

My new boss is ok so far, but one thing is that he has a very serious looking face. He doesn’t smile very much. I am still behaving like a normal person ok, have not reveal my craziness yet. Anyway, I think people here are all quite serious, so I don’t know when I will be able to be my true self.

I am already writing job reqs ok. I mean “writing” – using pen and paper. Their job req form is like a receipt book, you write and then tear it off and pass it to traffic. It’s kinda weird but it saves paper for sure. And yes, their job req is in Chinese, but mine is rojak language la of course – English and Chinese. My team, including creative all understands English, so it is not too bad. Trust me guys, by the time I visit you guys, my Chinese speaking will be damm kau ‘keng’ ok. These people speak with their ‘rrrr’’’rrrrr’’’’rr’. After listening to them, I think I also have the tendency on talking like them.

One plus point is that there is this girl name Alison, sits right behind me, she is from Taipei, but grew up in LA, hence obviously speaks English. We kinda get along, so that is pretty cool. I think the main reason is just that she speaks English. Hehe.

I should be getting my new number tomorrow or the day after peeps. I will announce it on Facebook or MSN ok.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Should I be feeling happy?

Yeah! It's my last day today. The thing is, I am feeling really happy about it. Should I be feeling happy? Like sooooooo happy? Based on past experiences, I always feel little sad leaving a job, but this, I am feeling happy. Hmmm...is there something wrong? Am I really that unhappy here?

I don't know. I don't have the answer. The truth is, I am feeling really happy now! Don't misinterpret me, I do not have any negative things to say about this company, maybe it is because I am just really looking forward to what is coming next!

Anything I do know is that I will miss the people here. This place has got nice, friendly and warm people (well at least I feel so).

Now something scary is coming. Oh man...sometimes I wonder if I have made the right decision.
What the heck! Just do it. :) Wish me luck!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

There is no way I am going to chicken out

Lately, I am actually quite nervous about my move to Shanghai. You know, it is a totally strange place, with total stranger, no one I know is going to be there with me. Ok, maybe I do have a couple of acquaintances over there, but there are not going to make my life there any easier isn’t it? Ok maybe a little.
But overall, I am just scare la. Having to leave my baby love is one major major factor. L I am pretty upset about it actually, but I just didn’t want to make it seem like such a big deal, because I know it is a big deal for him. But we will survive. I know we will.
But anyway, what I want to say is that I had a good good dream this morning. I dreamt that my baby love went to Shanghai with me, and the whole journey isn’t as scary as I thought it is anymore! My baby has always been my everything, especially when we go travelling. He will read the map, buy the train tickets, ask for directions, and more and more. I never have to do any of these dirty jobs. And the fact that he is there (in my dream only of coz) with me in Shanghai just makes me feel super super secure and safe. Things somehow just fall in place when he is around.
Oh well, it is just a dream. But it somehow made me feel better,even though I know in reality he can’t come with me. So I guess I just need to instil the message that “It is not going to be so scary afterall” in my mind. You have made a decision. Just go with it. And there is no way I will allow myself to chicken out now.

Writing About Nothing

I think I will have a lot of time soon to be writing about things, nothing, nonsense and everything.

So yeah, keep an eye on this. Loads of post soon. Very soon. :)