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Thursday, February 23, 2006 0 comments
Reading: The Pentagon's Media Contracts: The Wages Of Spin
Currently listening to: Nothing
Quote of the day: "Efficiency is intelligent laziness." - Anon.
So, as per my usual habit - and because of the fact that my weekdays tend to be pretty dull (aside from the occasional coffee/food/sports outing) - i once again present to you our regular series of, "What did Pat do this (last) weekend."
Of course, my cunning and nefarious plan of waiting for others to do the write up of such things has paid off yet again! Now all i need to do is fill in the missing details...
From Boon's post:
Friday: Bar Savanh with some of the guys from corporate finance, Pat, Vick, Davin (sp?), Floyd and his “femme du jour”(ok so I forgot her name…shoot me), Jo-lyn and her girlfriends from KPMG. The night started out slow…..peaked (cue tequila-always such a good idea at the time. “at the time” being the key phrase)….ended sloooooow (if you know what I mean)….twas a great way to blow out the week. And it was much needed. About that 2 month wager? You better believe its going to happen! *boon builds up hype*
Long story short, Boon ended up being QUITE wasted (to the extent that he was quite literally finding it nearly impossible to keep himself conscious at the mamak) while i was left in a relatively sour mood thanks to the fact that i was 1) Tired, and 2) Not allowed to drink (much) thanks to my being the designated driver and built-in wariness concerning road blocks. Argh.
Still, retro music, Boon's corporate finance buddies, and the fact that the girls outnumbered the guys in attendance (for once) made it a relatively interesting night out. Thanks Jo!
Oh, and as for the wager thing - ask Boon. ;)
Sat: Well, i did the usual dance and French class routine. MINUS the French class. All because of a last minute call from our US mission which ended with me frantically banging away nonstop at a computer in a nearby cybercafe for the better part of four hours (i didn't have the office keys for once).
Such is the corporate life. :(
Anyhow, back to Boon:
...had dinner at some Thai place with the guys (Al, Chen Hoe, Lenny, Pat, Ken, Kwong Heng). ate like KINGS….put it this way, a few of us were sweating profusely, jostling, and digging in to the spread laid before us and it didn’t seem to break any code of proper table manners….guess it didn’t matter. You know its reliably authentic when the you can’t pronounce the name of the place ; ) tad bit pricey (hey, with an indoor waterfall….)……but well worth it. *chuckle*…..”phark” (Thai for vegetables)…..
I ate REALLY well that night. :)
Oh, be sure to read Leonard's full dinner review - it should be right beneath this post (see Joa?)!
Anyhow, continuing on...
Off to La Bodega in Bangsar. Had some sangria, had some cake.Yum. Ran in to Reza and David, some guys from hmmm, 8 years ago during our time in Hamilton. Speaking of Reza though….spent some time catching up with his cousin Lyanna (also from those Hamilton days) last week. As an aside….she is one helluva dynamo….doesn’t stop moving….so much energy. Very unlike yours truly. Twas great to meet up though. Whoa, what’s with these people coming out of the cracks lately? At any rate….a little older, a little heavier…..all good ; )
Alvin’s for coffee. Usual suspects.
Sun: Morning tennis with Vic and Pat….at the zenith of our Malaysian sun may I add. One word describes my current skin tone: Lobster….which is pretty accentuated by the fact that I’m wearing a pink shirt today (why do I do such things?).
I had it just as bad - all morning everyone in the office thought i was blushing over something. Methinks i need to get out of the gym and into the sun more... :p
Tennis in the morning before lunch results in an awesome feeling - somewhere between knowing that you've sweated it out big time for the better part of two hours, and that strange feeling of being one well-baked lump of meat.
This was followed by a riveting game of Axis and Allies with Al and Pat. Nothing spells afternoon fun quite like a WWII tactical board game. So detailed….so many variables….so addictive. My favourite thing are the period and country-specific units. Case in point, Russian tanks units are mini replicas of T34s. W00t! As Al put it yesterday, “I’m getting that feeling I got in secondary school. The feeling you get when you know you have work to hand in on Monday but you’re still fixated on the game. I have work to hand in tomorrow.”
'Tis a beautiful game - so simple yet oh so very complex once you actually put your brain into it. Its even more interesting because we're playing the Revised Edition of the game and the new areas on the board now require a fair amount of new strategic thinking. Of course, in typical style, we didn't finish it there and then, but rather have left it on the board for another day (we're only on the 2nd turn!)...
For those of you who are REALLY curious, i'm playing as the Axis powers (mwahaha!) while Al is England + Russia and Boon is the US. After a rather horrendous first turn, i believe that i've recovered well and am in a good position to snatch Moscow, while the Japs have managed to break through into their rear...
*evil Hitler-like cackle*
Still... things get interesting from this point on.
Anyhow, thats all i've got. Sleep beckons, and another weekend approaches... I'm thinking Poppy on Friday night, and Andrew's wedding on the Saturday night.
Gonna be a good one - i can feel it!
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