Happening Nothings...

Starting from this week, I'll be doing the dinner runs cos the boss' son will be going back to school this week so someone has to stay at night and do the night duties, washing the toilets and hoovering... Good though in a way cos I get the whole day at home and start work at 530 pm...

We are still busy looking for a place to move to. Bloody landlord hasn't been paying his loan for months and the bank now has applied for a warrant of eviction so we have roughly a month to move. The worse part about this is he is Rick's friend but in this case it doesn't stand for much! cos there was no apology or anything! He won't even pick up Rick's calls or answer his emails... sigh

We spent weekend before last at Swindon. We had dinner with Fahim in Lechlade or something by the river and I thought the sunset was nice.

I'm so tired... Rick and I are both tired... sigh...

Thought I'll throw in a pic of the restaurant as well while I'm at it. Can you see why my legs have not stopped aching since I started work here? It's very big inside. It's at least 75 m to the kitchen door. And I'm serious... My legs and fingers have not stopped aching since I started work here 3 weeks ago!


Correct Time

Hmmm... on wednesday, the clock went mad. It was 40 mins faster. Yesterday, when we woke up, we thought the clock was still wrong cos neither hubby nor I could be bothered to change it so we didn't get up. But when the alarm on my phone went off, I checked the time on my phone and compared it to the time on the clock.... It was the SAME!!! How weird is that?!?

Time

Gosh!!! It was so weird this morning... Rick and I thought we had slept in a bit too late this morning cos it was 10am when we woke up. So he got up and got ready to face the world minus having a shower cos he was already late while I lazed in bed for another 10 mins and then to get ready and go straight to work.

So anyways, the clock in the bedroom said 10:15am. And there was no way I could have got that wrong cos it's a digital clock!!! hehe.. I am handicapped when it comes to telling time on an analog clock with no numbers... so anyways, when I came out of the bathroom...and I normally take about 20 mins in the mornings... I thought what the heck? and I went and turned my laptop on. then I glanced down at my watches on the table and they both said it was 10 to 10!!! I thought okkkkk...maybe I forgot to wind one of my watches and it had stopped. so I wound it but then I realised that both said the same time. and so did my laptop when it finished loading! Then I went to the bedroom and the stupid clock said it was 11.00.

At that moment, Rick came in the door cos he went downstairs to get his iphone which he left in the car last night! The moment he came in, he said it's only 9.52am. And I said ya! That's what all my watches and laptop said... except the clock in the bedroom!. We even turned the tv on to check the time.... hehehe

hmmm...it's really weird and a bit spooky when you think about it... and it is the Ghost Month on the chinese calendar... spooky!

All Kinds of People

Last week brought in a variety of people to the restaurant... Some were really nice and some were such big jerks!

There was a big black guy who came in with his girlfriend, I assume... He was an arsehole! When he came in, my boss showed then to a table and I was setting the table near them. So after a while, I served him...as is normal cos you need some time to look at the menu, don you? The moment I asked, he asked if I had anything against big black men wearing pink?!? What the f**k? Then he said he was joking. Then when my boss took his order, he told her that I told him that she hated him!!! What a shithead! He was trying to be witty but sounded like a massive jerk!

Then there's this Japanese guy who comes in for lunch and always orders Roast Duck Rice. Never has he once smiled. Once I asked him if he wanted another drink cos he finished his but hasn't finished his rice, the bastard waved me away!!! He was sooooo rude! Feel like slapping him and asking him if he knows what manners are.

But for every 3 of these idiots, you get a good guy. There was this man who asked me where I learnt my English cos I didn't sound British. He said I sounded American and said my English was very good. Best thing was he gave me a £10 tip but I wasn't allowed to keep it. The boss' daughter saw the tip and her eyes went wide.

Then there was this table of old folks. They was very sympathetic that my English was good but I wasn't allowed to teach here without a PGCE.

Sigh... my legs still hurt! sigh... oh and on Fri night, I spilled a bowl of fried rice on the floor just before serving it to the customers....sigh and I got chilli sauce all over my trousers...sigh...

Dirty Dancing Remake

Oh nooooooo!!!! Have you heard that they are going to do a Dirty Dancing Remake? I don't know about you guys, but I LOVE Dirty Dancing and I love Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in this movie. I love everything about this movie and it is one of my favourites along with movies like Grease, Step Up, etc. And now they are talking about doing a remake.

They had a sequel done in 2004 Dirty Dancing:Havana Nights but it didn't catch on. Now they want to do a remake on the original movie and are considering High School Musical stars Zac Efron and Ashley Tisdale and Step Up' star Channing Tatum and his wife Jenna Dewan for the roles. Hmmm... I'm not sure though... Would love to watch a new version of Dirty Dancing if they find the right people to star in it... Some people hate the idea. There's even a petition online somewhere(I can't remember the website) against it...

Last year, they was a UK dance competition on tv filmed at the resort Dirty Dancing was made. The competitors have to do scenes from Dirty Dancing while incorporating their own dance moves and interpretations and the original moves. It wasn't a bad show. The competitors were young and some were really creative. Rick was forced to watch it with me when I caught it on tv...heheh poor man! He's forced to watch Strictly Come Dancing with me too...lol...bless him!

But to remake a movie that so many people love??? It's almost suicidal, I think...

Tired...

My 4-day-old bruise...isn't it a beauty??? sigh! Got this on the 3rd day of work...

I have always wanted to try waitressing and I have now... I must say that this is going to be the last I will do waitressing. I have always thought that waitressing is a 'mindless' job meaning you don have to use your brains much like teaching... turns out I'm half right...hmmm...wonder if my brain is still working properly...

From the first day, I had to memorise the table number, when to give out plates and when to give out a bowl and a plate, the code for drinks and how to write the chinese name for the dishes on the set lunch menu. It took me a whole week to do that and I still get it wrong. It's not exactly rocket science but to get yourself organised...yikes... not my cup of tea.

My legs have been aching since the first day of work. I can't remember what having normal legs feel like. I haven't got the energy for anything nowadays. I come home crying on friday and saturday nights from sheer exhaustion and emotional depletion cos i used up all my energy to stay focused and keep pain at bay at work. It's going to be 2 weeks this week... and my legs are still hurting and the thought of 10 hours on my feet with a 2 hour break is hard!

This former princess is too tired to feel or do anything nowadays... but... at the moment, this is what I am going to be doing... for me, for hubby, for my pride that I will NOT quit... just yet!

Working Woes...

It's been a while since I last blogged...and it feels so long ago when I was a woman of leisure complaining about having nothing to do.. sigh... those were the days!!!!

Your truly, a former princess, has now been degraded into a serving maid!!!! a labourer!!! .... not really but it sounded more 'kasihan' when I put it that way... hehe..

anyways... I started work on fri. morning was a breeze learning the ordering process, the serving of food and cleaning work. dinner was fine too although i made some mistakes and ppl are nice when they know it's your first day at work. but at the end of the day...my feet were so sore, they hurt so much! I cried when I got home cos I was so tired and a bit drained cos I felt so bad about not knowing enough written chinese to do my work properly and the boss had to keep covering for me. And I nearly had an asthma attack lugging trays of food upstairs to the karaoke rooms! Good luck I have my inhaler with me all the time!

sat nite : 2nd night at work was a killer! it was suddenly full and the restaurant is not small. it's about 75m from the kitchen doors to the front door. imagine walking that to and fro non stop for 6 hours! and there were only 3 of us manning the front and upstairs! god! i start work at 530. by 1030, i was ready to drop literally. i just about made it home without passing out. the moment i got home, i started crying cos there was nothing left in me! I was crying from exhaustion, from feeling depressed cos my written chinese is so bad, cos i had to be degraded to serving other people, or there's so much racism that we have to face at the resturant from the people here, etc...sigh! Anyways, it's also so funny cos earlier that night, Rick's second daughter was upset and she was crying to him... hehe...

anyways, it was a traumatic start for me. The bosses were very nice the next day about my mistakes though. Cos there was a lot of shouting in the kitchen on sat night cos the kitchen also couldn't handle it.

I think the only thing that has kept me returning to slave at the restaurant is because they are nice people and I don't want to leave them in a lurch without waitresses and it's so unprofessional...hehe and the other thing which is more important is the money I get. It not much and right now it helps a lot. cos now I have my own money to get rick a a present for our 6-month anniversary. we are very big on anniversaries. And the fact that I will not be doing this for long helps.

And I was joking about how it is a lesson in humility for me...it is not working... I prefer having people think I'm a snob...I'm still a princess ... but it has helped my acting skills...hahaha... at work, I'm this really friendly, super polite waitress, but inside, god! I want to kill each and every bastard and bitch that comes in to the restaurant and act like they own the f##king place! haha..

and the uniform that I have to wear ta work... sigh.. I hate white shirts!!! so on my off days, i wear colours!!!

Love You!!!

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I have no idea what's up with me tonight!!!! I'm in such an amazing mood tonight!!! I feel so loving especially to friends!!! If you know me, you probably know that I am a rather ... hmmm ... unsociable person normally ... but tonight for some reason, I feel love for all my friends... close friends, new friends, old friends, lost friends.... FRIENDS!!!! I feel like I'm beaming with love for everyone!!!! I'm amazed... truly am amazed!!!!

I LOVE YOU, GUYS!!!!! Thank you for taking a part in my life. It doesn't matter if we are not always in touch. It doesn't matter if I haven't seen you for years. It doesn't even matter if you don't like me back... because tonight....and most probably only tonight.. I love all of you!!! hehehe..

No, I haven't had any alcohol...I'm not on drugs or ciggies either... wonder what I'm high on... must be the result of having the whole day to myself and enough rest finally and not being sick for the first time in 4 weeks!!!!

I'm happy and I wish everyone is happy too! MUAKS!!!!

Rumour

It's amazing what you learn from Facebook... hehe.. I just read a very amusing article posted by a friend on FB. It said that Michael Jackson was a Muslim! I didn't know that... Did you?

It was an article written by someone in The Brotherhood of Islam in Bahrain where MJ stayed at during the course of his trial for that thing with the kids at his house. So anyways, according to the article, Mj expressed his interest in Islam publicly in 1989. He converted in Nov 2008 and went on Haj with the King of Bahrain and son in Dec 2008. And according to this article, MJ wasn't allowed a public Muslim burial by the US government. His public burial was Christian and his private or real burial was muslim in Neverland. And,...heheh.. hehehe... hehe.. this is because "...the US Government is afraid of the rising numbers of Muslims in the world". Bear in mind by whom this article was written!

sigh! Amusing, is it not? Anyway, for the article, click here... not sure if the link works or not though.

London

Years ago when we were in UK back in college, I was unfortunate enough(*&%#) to be in sleepy little Bognor(but I had fun there) and being the unsociable me, I didn't visit all of the required London sights like the palace. But then I was poor as well back then so I forgive myself. So when Sarah came, this was THE opportunity for me to be a tourist and look at all the places tourists are supposed to look at when in London.

We took Sarah to London to look at places like Westminster Abbey, St Paul's Cathedral, Globe Theatre, Buckingham Palace (which so disappointed me cos there were no guards with tall black hats!), St James' Park, etc... what amused me most was this view...Does the background look familiar? Apparently the tide was amazingly low on that day that this sight was possible because normally, this is what we see.
The Thames is always full of water( as rivers are supposed to be!) but on that beautiful day we went walking in London, the tide was so low that, as you can see in the first pic, people are sort of sunbathing on the river bank. And it's a proper river bank with pebbles(uk...sigh) and sand! Anyways, I was amused so I took a pic.

And I couldn't resist putting this next pic in as well..hehe St James Park. Look at the beautiful flowers... Look at beautiful me.... hehe... Note my jacket? It was a beautiful day when it wasn't threatening to rain on us! P/S. wish my hair would hurry up and grow!

Cheesecake

The cheesecake Rick and Sarah made... no baking involved... just mixing, crushing, squeezing, melting and chilling... It's Lemon Philly Cheesecake with strawberries for decor.. if you like tard desserts, this is it.

I poured condensed milk and had mine with double cream to counter the sourness or tardness of the lemon juice. It's actually a sin having this I can tell you!

Just got back from York late last night, will blog about it when I have more time. We off to Stonehenge and Bath today.

Cheesecake

hmmm... just as I was about to start blogging, the front door opened and in walked Rick and Daughter No.1, just back from shopping at Sainsbury's... hehe... during lunch yesterday, I has New York cheesecake for dessert. I said I'm not really one for cheesecakes because I don really like cheese but I like Philadelphia cheese. And she said cheesecakes always reminds her of Rick's cheesecake... and I stared at him! He never told me he baked...sigh!

So today, they found the recipe for Philo cheesecake and they are now making me a cheesecake and for the girls of course, cos they miss their dad. Daughter No.2 is arriving tmrw morning then then it's straight up to York. So cheesecake as a snack on the way up. hehe...

Let them have some bonding time while I update my blog...