Tuesday, 31 March 2015

THE INCIDENT OF THE BISTRO SIGNBOARD


On the last day of the APAC Summit the boss asked me to take the support team out to lunch. The team that worked many late nights and arrived extra early in the mornings to ensure that every meeting runs like clockwork certainly deserved a reward. I opted for a cosy, unpretentious French bistro not far from our office that offers set menus at affordable prices.

I’m afraid I cannot reveal the name of the restaurant or show you any photos.

You see, this morning I informed my boss that we’re going to lunch. Where? he wanted to know. I mentioned its name. He looked thoughtful for a moment and then said, “I think I might have broken their signboard this morning.”

Excusez moi, what was that again?

“This morning I was walking with my wife, we were talking and I clashed into a hanging signboard.  A piece fell off.”

“My head hurts now,” he complained.

“It wasn’t my fault,” continued the gentle giant, looking very depressed indeed. “Who hangs their signboard so low?”

And so I’m sure you’ll understand when I say that any photo that I show here will be condemning. Which is too bad, because the food was FABULOUS!

Did I take a photo of the chipped signboard?  Oui, bien sûr!

I have to add that my boss also hurt his little finger while he was packing up to go home this evening.

"This isn't my day today!" he sighed.

Monday, 30 March 2015

巅峰后

​好几个月前得知新上任的Global CEO 不好应付。所谓新官上任三把火,一接棒便将公司内阁重组,好几位高层惨遭遣散。他来新出席亚太巅峰会议,我每时每刻过得如履薄冰。但自上星期二“面圣”后,我反觉得他比上一位CEO更平易近人,许多事情他亲历亲为,让我如释重负。上星期的APAC Summit成了历来最轻松的一个会议。 

今早同事问:Busy times are over? 我答:Thankfully, yes! 同事笑: I can tell. I felt the craziness all week last week! 

纽约office 送来谢礼。意外的惊喜让我happy了整个上午。 



除了花还有小抱枕。抱枕上面的字句我非常喜欢。

Saturday, 21 March 2015

杂记

星期六。

近来的天色总是灰灰沉沉的。为什么会这样?

下周公司会举办APAC Summit。今早先回办公室工作了一个小时,然后跟Tryphena喝咖啡小聚。再匆匆赶到书城搞会议要用到的name tags,又拜访了几家文具店物色相称的lanyards。

事情办完后到Cats Socrates 探访。一向钟情于乡村杂货的我觉得店里的音乐、小饰品、书籍、笔记本、明信片、zakka布料都非常讨喜。 是从国外引进来的关系吧,有些货品不便宜。还是忍不住买了个cookie cutter, 真够败家的!  

傍晚突然下雨了。


Sunday, 15 March 2015

忙中作乐

最近为着筹备APAC Summit,忙得天昏地暗,这个周末决定好好款待自己。先到发廊换了新发型,再做个facial。 好久没见面的Joanne从上海回来,我们一同去喝早茶。

去年的农历新年,Jo的父母从新加坡飞去上海陪她过春节。本来一家人乐融融准备迎接马年,但天意弄人,伯父在农历新年的前三晚突然在睡梦中离世了!消息传来后除了震惊,难过,也从新意识到世事难料。Jo也因此深深领悟到应该多花时间陪陪自己的母亲。 

对于我的父亲跌倒住院一事Joanne也表示关心。Jo比我小好几岁,但有时候她是我的老师,听我平平地倾诉后,热心指点,给我献主意。有这样的朋友真好。 



买了两只鸡腿,晚上配上红萝卜、马铃薯一起烤。用了海盐、蒜头、香草和橄榄油简单地调味,让它在220 度C的烘炉里呆上35分钟。 鸡肉很嫩又多汁,下次会把鸡皮烤得更香一点。


Thursday, 12 March 2015

THE IDEA PERSON


Extracted from The Year of the Looking Glass by Julie Zuo

Many people in a creative field have succumbed to the fantasy of the Idea Person. The Idea Person waltzes into the office on a Monday morning feeling light as a feather, her mind blooming like a lotus flower. An idea is unfurling! And what a marvelous idea it is, shimmering with promise, twinkling with the anticipation of what could be. Though the idea at this stage is barely a ghost, Idea Person can already see, taste, or touch some piece of it—a flawless sentence, a scene that brings a lump to the throat, a striking concept, an intuitive interaction. This idea has legs! And what is needed is for those legs to grow strong, stand up, and sprint forward until they shatter the barrier between imagination and reality.

So Idea Person gathers her talented team, tells them the idea, and says “make it so!” Then this team—talented and diligent as they are—takes the idea into their laboratory, pumps up the bass while they spin some magic, and voila! the idea, like Casper, gains a beautiful earthly body. The world is made better off with this new story, movie, invention, design, product, service, law, process—whatever the idea is. Everybody is terribly impressed and thinks, “Wow, what a great idea that Idea Person thought of.” Idea Person, pleased as pie, decides to take a vacation to some far-flung locale in search of inspiration for the Next Big Idea.

Ideas are like candy—colorful, fun, easy to indulge in. The hard part—the part that really matters—is the follow-through.

Why don’t we glorify that instead?

What is a Follow-Through Person (FTP)?

Someone who knows that good execution is 90% of what makes anything succeed. Someone who values getting shit done.

Someone who honors the craft of getting shit done well.

Someone who recognizes that in order to make the idea live, she must inspire others to also want to make the idea live, through a combination of planning, research, critical thinking, and effort. Someone who fights the devil in the details every single day.

Someone who does not pat herself on the back when the idea is good, but only when the incarnation of the idea is good.

Someone who does not flinch at the possibility that her idea may not be good enough.

Someone who soldiers on through the hard, the repetitive, the frustrating, the boring, all for the sake of making something real.

Let’s celebrate that person. Let’s fantasize about being that person.

Nothing thrills like the promise of a good idea.

Nothing happens without follow-through.

 

Monday, 2 March 2015

DAD LEAVES HOSPITAL

After spending 14 days in Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Dad was finally discharged this afternoon.