Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Happiness is when you receive a call at night from a family member who's not home yet, asking if you want some treats (that s/he can get on the way home). Like maybe, fries, drinks, chicken wings...

Simple pleasures. It always brings a smile to my face. And it just tells me that the person is thinking of us, the home, and loving us in the way they know how to.

On a less romantic note...

From when i was a wee kid, to the 20 something year old that i am, i've many fears. One of which is that if a family member isn't home by a certain time, the next phone call that pierces the quiet night will be one from a police officer bearing bad news. I'm serious. I tend to be paranoid over certain things. I guess this is why they say that everyone has a psychological disorder, just to some extent. Nothing clinical, just that we may show some mild behavioural signs.

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Although i don't have a FYP in my final sem, the load i'm carrying this sem sure feels like i've got one. School readings and assignments, workplace work, exam prep, mission trip prep, half marathon prep, church commitments. *Glug* Am i drowning?

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For some WEIRD reason, my home has been receiving multiple calls from these people who are trying to sell a food supplement, some royal jelly thing. I do not know HOW they got our number, and they just keep calling every other day. They're usually kind of polite, all of them have strong indian accents (i don't know why! beats me...), a bit pushy, but if you are firm they'll let you off the hook. My phone caller ID registers the calls as "out of area", meaning not within Singapore (or do they not want you to know where they are calling from even if it's within Singapore?), which makes it all the more puzzling to me.

Do any of you get these calls too?

The next time one of them calls, i think i might try a couple of things instead of cutting them off to tell them that i am not interested:

1. asking them where they are calling from, where they got my contact, ask why i get so many calls
2. mention... the police? (hurhur)
3. after the most recent call, i had a sudden thought. why not attempt to share the gospel instead? hurhur.

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The few most enduring mild swear words in Singapore are, "wa lao (eh)", "shit (or crap)"

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Ran 8.1 km today. I'm surprised at myself, since the last time i ran was last tuesday and i only hit 6.6 - 6.8km. I felt my leg joints getting wary by the time i hit about 5+km, but i knew i had to discipline myself to keep going. If at any time i lag for a week, or fall sick from now till december, it'll be extremely tough to tackle the half marathon lah. Especially since i'm not really a running person.

But it's so painfully boring though... Thank God for mp3 players. I used to run without any kind of distraction. You know, just me and the road. But after trying it once after much persuasion from gem, i think i see why he's so insistent. I don't want to be reliant on it, but it seems that i'm en route to just that!

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

now i m in hot soup. cos my classmate complained to senior manager abt my colleague. now at appraisal, they will surely ask me what i think of her.(colleague aka manager at ande**).....how? i dun wan to bad mouth her but i dun want to paint a rosy picture, cos u see if i say she is very nice blahblah, next yr my transfer will be ruined. HOW? i m pulling my hair....hope mon senior manager dun call me and ask me....i not good at talking....i really dunno wat to say...say the truth i will invite trouble, say nice things, i cant leave An***JOLINE!!Help me!!

joline said...

anon:

hope our conversation helped! :-) *hug*

Anonymous said...

yea it definitely helps. thks for ur advice, sound advice. gre8

Ambrose said...

i guess i'm a little late to say anything huh? :) hope all goes well ^^ have a g8 wk! =D

joline said...

ambrose:

ello ello bruh-duh! oh, our last growth lesson isn't over actually... last friday was corporate prayer.

Ambrose said...

YES! hmm.. so the last growth lesson is.. this wk? ^_^

joline said...

ambrose:

yeap, itz zis week!