Oo-er. I was telling myself to update LJ soon so that it wouldn't be an embarrassing three months since my last update. And yet, I still manage to miss by a day. Phooey.
Things have been madly hectic these past months. I am teetering at the brink of calling it off and taking a time out for a few months. I think I wrote about this some time ago, which is quite depressing in a way, that my mind inevitably wanders around and back to the same things over and over. Time out, take a class, dabble in a few projects, detox and unwind and disengage from mindnumbing corporate frenzies.
That said though, I'm incredibly happy and proud of the team that I have. They have been absolutely key in keeping me sane and engaged of late. I feel guilty when I don't put in the effort or commitment because I don't want to let them down when they've been working so hard. So I trudge along and ignore the crazies from up above because I feel very protective of my team. I want them to succeed and enjoy working with me, with the company.
But enough about work.
I used to think that going on multiple holidays a year was some uber-luxury that only the decadent engage in. Now I know better! I admit, though I just had a great break in March, I'm feeling the mental and physical exhaustion that comes from change and travel and people management. I hope to take a break some time in the end of July, to Hongkers with my friends here, and probably an extra few days to hang out with JT. Looks like timing-wise I'll miss the pro-democracy march that I got to attend last year. Ah well. I'm sure we'll be able to find something just as seditious to get wrapped up in!
Later in the year, some other friends want to go to Bali. The last time I was there was almost five years ago for a business trip. Which meant that though we got to stay in a nice hotel, we hardly go to enjoy Bali for Bali. Such a pity. I'm definitely looking forward to that. I've become such a beach addict after having two trips to Miami recently. Gotta get my sun and surf fix!
And finally, some time late late in the year, I hope that JT and I can cobble together something. We had wanted to go to Bhutan last year, and I'd even started doing all the research. But we couldn't get the timing right, so in the end abandoned the idea. JT makes it a point to arrange one major vacation a year, usually in December because of her work. I haven't been able to join her on a single one, the closest I got was for a 2.5 week trip to Yunan, travelling from KunMing to Deqin right on the border with Tibet. Unfortunately, I was forced to cancel with less than 12 hours before my departure. It was one heckuva lousy feeling, but it had to be done. I've warned JT to never show me the pictures from her trip. I have however saved the itinerary we drew up with her travel agent so that one day, I can perhaps organise it for myself and friends.
I don't think we can ever do Bhutan together since her timing doesn't suit the weather conditions there. We've been talking about a possible trip to India - Goa, Kerala, etc. Time for me to drop her an email and bat some ideas about.