New Year, New Recipe

As a food loving amateur chef (ha!), I couldn’t resist putting up a post on my new found recipe! Totally unrelated to my blog theme but hey…so what?! Check out the picture below… Looks yummy right?! :)👌…presentation skills could do with some improvement, I’m working on it.

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I’m proud of my culinary skills if I may say so myself!😜

Incase you’re wondering what it’s made of, the primary ingredients are:

Carrots
Parsnips (I 💛 them)
Yellow peppers
Onions and
The animal of choice – 🐐 a.k.a lamb chops all drizzled with some apple cider reduction!

While I’m not the inventor of the recipe sadly, I’d be more than happy to share it so buzz me or leave me a comment and I’ll get it right to you!

Bon appetit!

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New Beginnings…I’m back!

Dear Blog,  fellow bloggers and my esteemed readers!

First of all, let me start by saying “Happy New Year”! ☺👌✊💖! I know,I know I’m about 24 days late in saying that but it is a new year from 2014 so still valid ;). Hope your year is off to a good start so far. And if it’s not, just hang in tight as there are still 341 days for amazing, incredible things to happen.

I’d like to start this post by apologising for my prolonged absence! I’m afraid I’ve committed the first cardinal sin of blogging – going AWOL a.k.a absence without leave. There are some valid excuses for this but nevertheless it is unacceptable to allow virtual dust accumulate on a blog.

If you’re wondering what I’ve been up to in that time, well I moved home and I travelled for Christmas! I hadn’t moved homes in exactly 5 years, 4 months and 13 days so it was a major shock to my system to discover how much “junk” 😐 I mean stuff I had accumulated over the years!  Suffice to say that I fell ill after finally packing up all my belongings and venturing out into a whole new world! (🎵a new fantastic point of view)…cheesy i know but I just couldn’t help it! 🙂

So that has been my primary reason for the silence, minus the writer’s block which also paid me a visit. But hey, this is a new year and so I’m hoping for new, fresh blogging ideas to take this space to a new level.

I’m still settling into the new place slowly but surely and I will be doing a series of posts on my home move experience which will include how I learned how to paint for the first time (hooray!), the hassle of decision making in buying furniture in this age of too many choices but most importantly the life lessons I’ve learned along the way in this short period of time. So I hope you’ll bear with me and stay tuned as I organise my life and my thoughts into myscarletthread!

I’ll leave you with a view from the new place. Hope you like it!

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From the moving carriage…

She stood placidly in the carriage as the train wheezed past several stations, carrying us to our individual destinations. From the corner of my eye, I couldn’t help but notice there was something about her. She looked like she’d been through a lot and her stand wasn’t quite as firm or as confident. Her back was hunched ever so slightly, giving a hint of a defeated look. Her hair or what was left of it was the colour of silver, with a few bald patches vying for attention amongst the now countable strands of hair left. Her face could tell a story with the visible wrinkles etched across it, but yet there was something seemingly meek about it. Continue reading “From the moving carriage…”

Pulling my hair out!

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I have had one of those “pulling my hair out” days today at work! I’m sitting at my desk writing this (it’s nearly 7pm!)…and I know what you might be thinking (it’s not that late) but it is to me if you know what my usual work hours are like. There seems to be no end in sight to my work today, arrghh! I have the worst headache ever and my faithful ibuprofen doesn’t seem to be responding today 😦 #what’stheworldcomingto?!

In case you’re wondering, I work in Technology for a global investment bank and we are in the process of a regulatory overhaul to put it mildly. it’s been about 6 years on from the global financial crisis but we’re still dealing with the aftermath and repercussions from it. In the long run, the aim is to provide more transparency and hopefully restore faith in the banking system, which is a good thing in my honest and humble unsolicited opinion! However, the part I did not take into account is that I’d be caught smack in the middle of it trying to understand endless pages of regulatory jargons from countries scattered across the globe. Now if i’m jetting off to these countries, that’s a whole different ball game 😉 (sign me up please)! I have flipped through more documents and emails than I can care to count today in an attempt to collate all that information into an easy enough to understand format for the tech guys (the nerds…shhhh please don’t tell them I said so) to work with.

If you ever want to see grown adults whining and whinging about work, you only need spend an hour or two in technology! Sometimes I feel like I’m dealing with 2 year olds who have to be appeased, coerced and cajoled to obey mama! But hey, nothing like the satisfaction every mum faces when they win and the little one obliges them right? To be fair though, they always deliver after all the foot stomping, head banging antics. My policy when it comes to work has always been “do as much as you can and leave the rest for tomorrow because the work never ends and there’s always another day”. But that policy ain’t gonna fly today because girl is up against a hard deadline here and I’m not about to be scolded at for not delivering. Hence (as my twin likes to always say) the work continues! But don’t get me wrong though, I enjoy my job with all it’s complexities. Funny thing is, I never started out choosing a career in technology, it just sort of happened although I’m a big believer that everything happens a reason. Some of my friends have said to me that they can’t reconcile  technology and me i.e. we don’t seem to go together! I don’t know whether that’s a compliment or an insult…but I’ll choose the former in any case.

Right, time to get back to work before I drift off here in my thoughts and bore you with nerdy details! I’ll leave you with the following tech cartoon from Dilbert:

Cartoon from Dilbert
Cartoon from Dilbert

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Adios!

At last!

It’s been a long road to this first post but at last here it is! Just so you know, I’ve spent every night the last few evenings trying to put this blog together, fiddling around with WordPress :). I work in technology but I have to tell you, it took me a while to get the hang of this one, lol (I know…don’t judge me ;)!

For so long I’ve wanted to pen down my private inner thoughts and make them “public”, bring them to life and keep them before my eyes because it is my attempt at understanding the world around me and the everyday nuances and conundrums of life that we’re faced with. I’d like to be able to claim that I’ve always journaled these thoughts but at last, I haven’t! As many may be able to attest or relate to, life happens and so there have been times when I’ve been diligent with writing in my journal and there have been times when many blank pages have stared me in the face! You cannot imagine my mortification (slightly exaggerated) when I pick up my journal and realize that my last post was 2 years prior, sometimes even more! Where does the time go though, seriously?!

So dear blog, I’m hoping you can help me change that and be better at capturing and articulating the random and abstract thoughts that roam within these brain cells of mine.

Here’s to our future together, may the words that we write satisfy our souls, stir our minds and illuminate life with all its intricacies, complexities but most importantly beauty!

Selah.