Monday, 26 March 2012

say hello to my little friend..

everyone who knows me also knows that i am not very fond of animals and don't really see the point in having a pet. i am also ridiculously afraid wasps and don't like bugs in general. with that in mind, i guess you understand why i am not at all pleased that a little cockroach has managed to find his way into my apartment..

i first met him about three weeks ago. he just walked in under my door one late night. some stomping made him realise he was on the wrong track. a couple of days later, i found him walking around close to my new chest of drawers, i.e. about two, three metres into the apartment. the broom told him off, just a little bit more harshly than i had done the previous time. obviously not harshly enough though as yesterday, when i got back from japan, i found him walking around in the apartment again. this time exploring my shoe shelf. when i stomped and went to get the broom, he hid under the sink. i managed to get him out again, but it feels like he is getting a little bit braver and more established for each time.

sooo.. right, i thought. time to get this little fellow to understand this apartment is not his home! i went to the supermarket, which i am sure you can imagine, is a paradise if you're looking for this kind of things. this is what i found:
might be a little bit ott for only one little cockroach, but i think it's better to put my foot down straight away before he tells his massive friends to join him. i've seen them around and wouldn't want to meet any of them in a dark alley. or anywhere else for that matter. so now i am waiting to see what will happen next. stay tuned for more updates.

Friday, 9 March 2012

a colleague!!

after almost eight months on my own, i finally have a colleague. his name is takenori and he's here on a three months secondment from our new york office. he arrived two weeks ago and i'm just over the moon to have him here! we had just met very briefly once before as he only just started working with us around the same time as i left new york. still it feels like we've known each other for ages.

his arrival also happened to coincide with my parents return to singapore after an adventurous trip around south east asia. i did of course do my best to combine spending time with them and at the same time making takenori feel welcome. needless to say - they are now best friends.

Tuesday, 6 March 2012


just been to the most amazing concert - roxette!! for me it's like the ultimate concert, i know just about all their songs and they're just so amazingly great.

i had planned to go to their concert at slottsskogsvallen in sweden last summer, but turned out it didn't really work out timing wise with my little trip to singapore. my friend rebecca and i called that concert cool - concert of our lifetimes. guess how happy i was when i found out roxette would actually be coming to singapore as well!

i think almost all of the swedish community in singapore was there. to be honest, i was a little bit hesitant about whether or not i should go at first, considering the lack of atmosphere in other concerts i've been to here. it's never great if people are just sitting there, not engaging at all, which was what happened at the beginning of the concert. we were even told off for standing up by the people sitting behind us!

roxette were amazing though and halfway through the concert they had everyone standing up, clapping their hands and singing along. i've clapped so much my hands hurt!

sooooo happy i went!!!

here are some pictures and videos: