Archive | January, 2011

Just breathe!

31 Jan

Mondays are always manic and today was no different.

My to-do list was long enough, but it seemed to keep growing as the day went on.  Even though I was ticking off things, things were being piled on my plate.  I’m grateful for the work, don’t get me wrong.  But there were things that were heaped on me that made me think, “Hang on, aren’t you supposed to be doing that?”  Several times during the day, I had to bite my tongue because I was this close to saying, “You thought about it, you do it!”

The good thing about being at the confidence level that I am at now, and despite the fact that I seem to have a “can do” attitude, I’ve learned the value of saying no.  I’ve learned to make sure that the work that is heaped on me is something I can deal with, and the work that is assigned to me is something that is realistically achievable.

I had minor irritations today.  I had my area all to myself on Friday and I find more and more that I’m more able to finish things when it is quiet (the person I share space with can be quite vocal and sometimes it does get on my nerves :().  But sometimes, there must be compromises.  Sometimes one just needs to learn to take it on the chin and simply breathe.

My granny always said that if you can’t say anything good, don’t say anything at all.  And today, I don’t think I could be sunny and sweet and patient.  So I kept silent and took deep, calming breaths.

 

Just thought I’d remind everyone that the blog giveaway is now open 🙂

 

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Blog Giveaway!

30 Jan

Do you want this?  It’s a Moschino Cheap and Chic canvas tote bag.  It’s machine washable and ever so versatile.  You can use it to carry your books or carry your shopping.  Plus if you use this for your shopping, you’re helping the environment by using a reusable bag instead of a plastic shopping bag. I thought someone else might want to take this off my hands.  Do you?  Do you?

Right.  These are the rules:

Step 1:  Like this post.

Step 2:  Subscribe to this blog and add this blog to your blog roll.  If you have a Twitter account, follow @yellywelly.

Step 3:  Leave a message on the Contact Page.  Make sure you include your email address and if you’ve added this blog to your blog roll, leave your blog url so I can check your blog roll to make sure that you added Lost in England link on your website.

All entries must be submitted by 18 February 2011.  The winner will be drawn on 19 February 2011 and will be notified by email and will be announced on the blog.

Good luck! 🙂

Techie Schmechie

29 Jan

I have a page that I’m building but I’m not quite ready to start it yet.  And so, being at a sort of blogging crossroad, I’ve decided to turn to my inspiration page aka The Daily Post.  One of the post suggestions that caught my interest and whetted my writing appetite (how badly am I messing up metaphors now, eh?).  So the question was:

What tech can’t you live without?

I cannot live without my mobile phone.  And not just ANY mobile phone.  I can’t live without my iPhone!  Now, it’s not as if millions read this blog (I wish people would though because I like to think I’ve got something to say :)) so my saying that I’d love to charge to advertise Apple products on it wouldn’t make much of a difference.  BUT if Mr Steve Jobs was listening, I WOULD ABSOLUTELY LOVE AN IPHONE 4!

Right.  Wishlist now exposed, I shall continue (I digress a lot on this blog!).  I have everything on my iPhone.  I have my address book (which has phone numbers of all my contacts both here and in the Philippines), I can listen to music on the go (the only snag is that I can’t listen to the radio–makes me miss my Nokia6300!) I can use the internet on my phone, I can check my emails on the phone, I can facebook and tweet on my phone, I can find my way around a city with it, plan my journeys with it, I can even blog on my phone (you gotta love that WordPress app!).

I’d love to have the opportunity to compare smart phones (is anyone listening to this?!?!?  willing mobile phone crash test dummy here!), but blackberries, tablets, touchscreen phones cost a lot of money.  Without being able test drive these new-fangled phones, I don’t think I have a fair comparative base.  I love my iPhone.  It allows me to be more mobile.

I remember how it was to not even have a landline (after having our phone application shelved for more than 20 years by the telcom that had a monopoly on telephone contracts!).  But when I think back to those times, I’m thankful technology has moved on and people like Steve Jobs have been given the opportunity to create the magical gadgets that they’ve put together.  It’s definitely made my life fuller because I’m able to move around.  It’s made me possible to keep in touch with my family and friends who are back home, in the Philippines, on a real-time basis.

God bless the techies!

Miranda Hart, Queen of Funny

28 Jan

After her sweep at the Comedy Awards, I think Miranda Hart has made sure that she was a permanent fixture on the list of the funniest people in the 21st century (if you don’t share my opinion, well tough! write your own scathing review in your own space!).

When I first watched Miranda in 2009, I couldn’t stop laughing (I had a cough at the time, and every other bark of laughter induced a coughing fit but I couldn’t stop watching it, it was that good!). It was like Bridget Jones, only much funnier (am so sorry Helen Fielding, I love you and Bridget dearly, but Miranda, I’m afraid is so much more relatable as I don’t really smoke and I don’t really drink as much as Bridget seems to!).  I love how Miranda Hart seems to find humour in the most trivial of things and I love how much I could relate to it: the cooler best friend, the well-meaning but interfering mother (love you Mom! really!), the many social faux pas, the small idiosyncracies (having fruit friends is an idiosyncracy!) and the klutziness.  Now mind you, I’ve never been mistaken for a man, but there were so many things in her shows that I could relate to!  I know it’s shown on a pre-watershed time schedule, but I love the fact that there is no swearing on her show.  I don’t think comedy needs to be potty-mouthed to be funny.

Miranda Hart has gotten so much schtick for her humour…but then again, when one becomes what I call popular, that’s expected.  There are people in the world who can’t bear it when other people have success, they have to try to take them down a notch.  So who says that crab mentality is a terrible Filipino trait, eh (it was observed that when crabs are placed in a basket, they try to pull each other down so they can get out the basket.  Filipinos were known to be notorious for behaviour like this–I’m hoping that this is no longer the case.  we should all lift each other up…and we all wish we could live in utopia!)?  Seems to me, it’s quite international.

A few weeks ago, someone wrote a scathing review of Miranda’s show.  Miranda tweeted it and her loyal fans defended her in a frenzy that only loyal fans can.  I loved it when Miranda tweeted people to stop threatening the columnist.  Now, that is a sign of a good person.  It was quite a scathing review but when I read Miranda’s tweet, it made me go “Awwww!  She’s so nice!”

I think Miranda Hart’s amazing sweep at the Comedy Awards is testament to how funny she is.  Even with all the naysayers taken into account, she still won the people’s choice award!

Happy birthday Ima!

27 Jan

It’s my mom’s birthday.  A few days ago, I sent her an email asking her what she had planned for her birthday.  She said she had no plans, that it was just an ordinary day.  In my head I was thinking, “How could this be just an ordinary day, when it’s the birthday of such an extraordinary woman?”

As I usually do, I put up a picture and a looooooong message to my dearest ones on Facebook.  I couldn’t decide what to write and how to express my feelings, for everything my mom has done for us.  What I wrote, I feel, just skims the surface.

To my dearest Ima,

Words can never express how much I value everything that you’ve done and everything you do for us. Even now, as I think of everything you’ve done, everything you’ve given up for us, my heart wells up. Thank you for always fighting for our chance to have the best of opportunities, even if the person you had to figh…t was us. You taught us to speak, and speak well, to write and write well, you taught us about love, honesty and devotion. You taught us to persevere and you taught us that kindness must always be our first thought. We learned from you what it is to trust God, you guided us in our journey of faith and you have allowed us to know the Lord, to trust and to love Him. A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person who makes leaning unnecessary. Your love and your unfailing support has allowed us to dream our dreams and find the strength to make those dreams come true. I love you Mama! Happy, happy birthday!

Love,

Y

Song du jour: King of Anything

26 Jan

I just love this song.  It’s off Sara Bareilles‘ sophomore album Kaleidoscope Heart.  I love the lyrics because it’s filled with the gumption I wish I had! 🙂

Oh (oh oh oh)
Oh (oh oh oh)
Oh (oh oh oh)
Oh (oh oh oh)

Keep drinkin’ coffee
Stare me down across the table
While I look outside

So many things I’d say if only I were able
But I just keep quiet
And count the cars that pass by

You’ve got opinions, man
We’re all entitled to ’em
But I never asked

So let me thank you for time
And try to not waste any more of mine
Get out of here fast

I hate to break it to you babe
But I’m not drowning
There’s no one here to save

Who cares if you disagree, you are not me
Who made you king of anything
So you dare tell me who to be
Who died and made you king of anything

Oh (oh oh oh)
Oh (oh oh oh)
Oh (oh oh oh)
Oh (oh oh oh)

You sound so innocent
All full of good intent
You swear you know best

But you expect me to
Jump up on board with you
Ride off into your dellusional sunset

I’m not the one who’s lost
With no direction oh
But you won’t ever see

You’re so busy makin’ maps
With my name on them in all caps
You got the talkin’ down just not the listening

And who cares if you disagree, you are not me
Who made you king of anything
So you dare tell me who to be
Who died and made you king of anything

All my life I’ve tried to make everybody happy
While I just hurt and hide
Waitin’ for someone to tell me it’s my turn
To decide

Oh (oh oh oh)
Oh (oh oh oh)
Oh (oh oh oh)
Oh (oh oh oh)

Who cares if you disagree, you are not me
Who made you king of anything
So you dare tell me who to be
Who died and made you king of anything

Who cares if you disagree, you are not me
Who made you king of anything
So you dare tell me who to be
Who died and made you king of anything

Let me hold your crown, babe
Oh oh
Ah

Those Toink Moments

25 Jan

You know that sound effect when cartoon characters do something silly (and they end up massively embarassing themselves, or in Wile E. Coyote’s case, causes him to fall off a cliff!)?  I always thought it sounded like a “toink”.  I’ve had my fair share of toink moments in the last 24 hours.

Last night:

The scene: At a restaurant, we had just arrived and we wanted to be seated so we could have dinner.  Suddenly a girl appears in front of me, looking at me expectantly.

Me: Table for two please?
Girl: (looks at me blankly)
Me: (a little louder this time) Table for two please?
Girl: (looking very horrified and waving her arms) Oh! I don’t work here!

Cue sound:  TOINK!!!

Today:

The scene: Me working busily at my desk.  My colleague’s  phone rings and because she’s at a meeting, I pick up her phone from mine.

Me: Hello, good morning!
Client: (asks to speak to my colleague)
Me: Oh she’s not at her desk at the moment.  She’s at a meeting.  Can I help at all?
Client: Ollie Miller.
Me: I’m sorry? (I honestly thought he wanted me to note it down—THEN it dawns on me!OH! YOU’LL EMAIL HER! (at this point I am wishing for the ground to swallow me whole! I must’ve left my brain in London or on the Tube somewhere near Canada Water?!?).

Cue sound: TOINK!!!