OK, I am back in Paris. A different hotel, Renaissance, definitely a lot better. Officially, each night cost FF1,850. Bedroom, Study Room, Small Living Room, Toilet and Bathroom. I am very satisfied with what I have.
I am really glad that I can connect to Lotus Notes via the digital phone line. As I have always said, actively pursue what I want, I managed to get the cable from the Hotel.
Something called a King Pie (or something like that), one feet in diameter. Inside each pie, there is a “charm” (feve in French). Whoever get it will have to wear a crown on their head. A very interesting culture. Today, there was a gathering on pie eating. With all the French, it was also boring as they never even put an effort in speaking English to me.
Went down to Virgin Store and everything seemed the same. Gala’s “Freed from Desire” is still number one. Kind of a very funny experience. Not much difference as compare to 3 weeks ago. Even the songs in M6 are the same.
Human being never learn from their past mistakes. Every morning I promise myself I will sleep early. But it has never been done.
Actually it is very late right now, therefore I have to keep it very short.
Basically, there are 4 items for today.
- Jenny fetched me to work in her husband’s car because her husband was out of town.
- I spent most of my time finding and setting up a digital modem. Whether it will work or not, have to test it in Paris.
- HIV Game. Only three of us. In the end, we decided to have a Virtual Head Hunter.
- I can now reach the uncensored version of Internet!
Edit: May 10, 2008 – I cracked my brain and can’t recall what “HIV Game” is. Huh?! And that uncensored Internet, I think, was referring to CompuServe.
What a horrible day. This morning I woke up, looked at the clock and found that I was 45 minutes late as compared to my usual wake up time. Total panic. Quickly showered and dressed up, got into a non air-conditioned bus and only got a place to sit half way through my trip. Fell asleep and nearly missed the bus stop. Arrived at the office 15 minutes late. Well, the conclusion is I can actually wake up half an hour later. Wonder what I spent half an hour on.
I was so tired the whole day. Achievement of today: I have found out that my HDB flat waiting period is roughly 3 years from now. That means I can only move into my new place 5 years later. By then I will be near to my 30. I think the only consolation is that I should be relatively financially sound as compare to an early marriage.
Went with Francis and Zen Pin to a Japanese Restaurant at somewhere near AIA building. Very good food and probably ordered more than we could eat.
I always promise myself that I will sleep early but I never do. By the way, Sophie from Paris managed to get me the hotel I wanted. What a great news !
Ever since I have the notebook, I have lost a seat in the office. Last time, I was used to occupy one place (3 computers) claiming that they were for VTF Support. Now that I have a notebook, I suddenly became homeless.
Today, in terms of personal administration, I was quite successful. Have extended my temporary increased in credit limit. Got my visa. Sorted out my flights (SIN-PAR, PAR-US, SIN-HK). Meet up with Edwin Lee but forgot to pass him the Eiffel Tower miniature. Met up with my girlfriend and had a dinner in Planet Hollywood. One thing not perfect was that I could not find the digital to analog phone line converter. I have tried my best and if in the end I cannot dial to Lotus Notes, I resign to fate.
Another example of “Actively pursue what I want”. I wanted upstairs (Planet Hollywood) and if I did not ask for it, most probably I would not get it.
Today was a very interesting day. As usual, walked out of my place at 07:20. Saw the bus 82 and ran for it. Got it and it was not air-conditioned. Did not get my favorite seat (the one facing backwards) but managed to get a seat at the beginning of the trip. Got a little bit of sleep until the one sat next to me needed to get out. Began to read the novel “The Runaway Jury”.
Arrived at the office area at 08:20 and had a nice breakfast (2 buns and a soya bean drink). Walked into office at 08:30. Wanted to go to see doctor (my running nose) but ended up chatting with Ginger, who just came back from her 2 weeks Hawaii holiday (with her sister, I think). Morning just passed by.
Now is the fun begins. Had a lunch appointment with Francis. Because he needed to send his brand new notebook for repair at Concord Hotel Shopping Center. So I accompanied him. Had a very nice lunch, returned at the office at 3:00 pm. BCM was waiting for me so we went to Sim Lim Center for an hour, shopping for Fireball 3.2G Hard Disk and my 2 Jaz Cartridge.
I have never felt so relax. Derek joined the firm today and had a few chat with him.
At night, just when I was about to go home, I met up with Shawn and Daphne. Had a very long conversation at Bugis Junction (supper, of course). Our topic was mainly on love relationship. Daphne never had love before. Shawn broke up with his girlfriend last year. So we are a good mix. Shawn thought he was the coolest guy in the whole world. Ha Ha Ha. We did talk about a lot of things. Ranging from “Harry Met Sally” to outdoor activity. It was a great fun.
I think I have improved on the skill of dentist floss. I can now “floss“ 3 quarters of my teeth. Hooray!