Memorial Day weekend

May 28, 2009

I have no time to post lengthy narratives so here is a list of the things I did during the Memorial Day long weekend –

  1. Dinner and drinks at the Slanted Door at the Ferry Building.  The cocktails were great, the bartender friendly and the women next to us were amusingly drunk.
  2. Buying tickets to a “Tainted Love” concert from a scalper.  Flirting shamelessly to get $2 off. HAHA.
  3. Dancing and singing along to a great 80s cover band.
  4. Standing in the QUEUE (not line) for pizza that I was too full to eat.
  5. Drinking a very very large mug of hot chocolate.
  6. Watching throngs of oddly dressed people at the fanime convention in San Jose.
  7. Working at a cafe with a cup of peppermint tea and some sort of European pastry.
  8. A really home-cooked yummy laksa and satay dinner.
  9. A super amusing game of telephone pictionary.
  10. A great policy discussion about the future of Singapore.
  11. Watching Ugly Betty for the first time!
  12. A yummy yummy Indian lunch.  I wish I remembered the name of that eggplant dish.
  13. Watching a really long, really bizarre Bollywood movie.
  14. Heading out to a really really cold beach to start a fire! 
  15. Eating smores and sausages for dinner.  Shiyan made me a smore with graham cracker walls.  Gooey!
  16. Watching Murray dream.
  17. Getting a decent amount of sleep!  Not something to be taken for granted.
  18. Leftover laksa for breakfast.
  19. Picking cherries!  Taking photos of cherries!  So. Many. Cherries.
  20. Home-made pizza and lots of salad!  *yum*

Gotta love a long weekend.  I needed the break.  🙂


7am Yoga

May 21, 2009

When I was still working at 1.30am, I figured that it’d be pretty unlikely that I’d get my lazy ass out of bed to go to a 7am yoga class at my friendly neighbour Yoga studio.  Downtown Yoga Shala.  (Odds diminished further when I got woken up by a phone call at 2am+!)  So I was mighty proud of myself when I dutifully got out of bed at half 6 and walked a couple of blocks in shorts, in the cold for my early morning yoga class.

They are having a fantastic deal.  $10 for 10 days access to the yoga classes.  And it was the perfect remedy for this poor, tired, jet-lagged, over-worked, stiff-from-a-million-hours-on-the-plane person.  1.5h stretched the knots in my back right out.  I’m happy and will be back a couple more times over the next couple of days.

(Also, it is quite nice to be in a new city and to be able to walk into a yoga studio where people actually know your name!)


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The refrain from that old Paul Young song is playing in my head.  Wherever I lay my head, that’s my home.  Well, my new home has an AMAZING king-sized bed.

(Also playing in my head – Do you know the way to San Jose?  I’m going to find some peace of mind in San Jose.  My mind’s pretty much at peace but I could do with more sleep, which looks promising.  *looks longingly at the bed*)

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Oh. And my office for the next couple of days.

A great list of 10 workplace skills of the future from IFTF

Ping Quotient
Excellent responsiveness to other people’s requests for engagement; strong propensity and ability to reach out to others in a network.

Seeing a much bigger picture; thinking in terms of higher level systems, bigger networks, longer cycles.

Open Authorship
Creating content for public modification; the ability to work with massively multiple contributors

Cooperation Radar
The ability to sense, almost intuitively, who would make the best collaborators on a particular task or mission

Fluency in working and trading simultaneously with different hybrid capitals, e.g., natural, intellectual, social, financial, virtual

The ability to do real-time work in very large groups; a talent for coordinating with many people simultaneously; extreme-scale collaborations.

Fearless innovation in rapid, iterative cycles; the ability to lower the costs and increase the speed of failure

Knowing how to be persuasive and tell compelling stories in multiple social media spaces (each space requires a different persuasive strategy and technique)

Signal/Noise Management
Filtering meaningful info, patterns, and commonalities from the massively-multiple streams of data and advice

The ability to prepare for and handle surprising results and complexity that come with coordination, cooperation and collaboration on extreme scales

I like this list.  If nothing else, it helps to explains why people don’t understand what I do.  Most of my friends think that I’m on holiday in the US.  I wouldn’t call sleeping at 1am (after working after >16h on the plane) and then waking up at 6.30am to work somemore a holiday.  Even if I am in a hotel and checking my email in my PJs.

Today, thankful

May 18, 2009

  1. For old college suitcase
  2. For yummy Sunday lunches with girlfriends
  3. For my new RED netbook
  4. For shoes that are on sale
  5. For the ability to function well on very very very little sleep
  6. For roller-blading yesterday morning.  It takes the edge off the restlessness.
  7. For 4 weeks in the US.  (Even though I will be totally wrung out to dry by the time I’m done.)
  8. For family dinner of roast chicken and mashed potatoes.

5am in the morning

May 18, 2009

It’s 5+am in the morning and I haven’t slept yet. I have a meeting at about 9am so I think it is safe to say that I won’t get any sleep till I get on the plane in 12 hours. My life is mad.

I’m off to the US for about 4 weeks later today. This is the most hastily planned trip in the history of hastily planned trips. It’s amazing that we are actually pulling this off (and in the midst of all the other projects I’m juggling at the moment too). I’m actually pretty proud of myself and of the team. Am also extremely excited about how this is going to pan out. So many fantastic ideas. I wish I had more time to savour them all. (On the plane perhaps?)

Working like this once in a while is pretty awesome. There is something about the intensity that makes you feel alive and thank God that I’m pretty good under pressure and don’t need a lot of sleep.


New toy

May 18, 2009

Because I can’t bear the thought of lugging my clunky, horrid office laptop around for 4 weeks in the US, I went out and got myself a new toy!

It’s a terrible picture but I can’t be bothered to find another one!

The Asus Eee PC 1002HA in red. I am pleased. (and up at 4am tricking up my new netbook.)