The Past Week and More Goodies!

I didn’t blog as much as I wanted last week but I have two good reasons. One, because it was our company Year-End party last Friday. And two, because Hubby and I had an exam last Saturday and we were cramming to prepare for it.

Just like last year, I was responsible for everything for our annual event. Yes, I was practically a one-woman show again.  Unfortunately, despite all the planning and preparations, our company party wasn’t as successful as I wanted it to be. Not my fault, though. The problem was the venue and their operations department. And because of their miscommunication, the program was delayed for an hour and a half, I became angry and was in a foul mood (although I did try my best not to show it because I was the host and needed to be all happy and gay), there were several lapses and we needed to move some parts of the program around, and I didn’t eat eat much even though I was really hungry.

It’s a good thing our top managers were understanding of the situation and just took everything in stride. There was even a time during the party when I forgot what happened earlier because I could see our managers and a few guests enjoying themselves as they followed the moves of the Just Dance video. That was fun! But I was still upset, and as soon as I went back to work last Sunday, I informed our contact person at the hotel what happened and expressed how disappointed I was.

As for the exam, we’ll know the results after a couple of weeks. I think I did well in 3 sections, but I'm not that confident for the last. I do hope I was able to make up for some parts of it, though. We’ll see.

Anyway, I’ve been receiving more goodies lately. Two colleagues arrived from trips to Thailand (one for vacation and another for business), a guest visited from Japan, and the other is actually not for me, but for Sophie.

These came from my colleague who went to Thailand for a 5-day vacation:
She said everything was really cheap there, so she brought a whole bag full of mangoes, packs of dried mangoes, Haw Flakes, small jars of tamarind candies, and keychains for each for us.

These came from the other colleague who was there for a 3-month assignment:
He knows I like to collect magnets, so whenever he goes on a business trip to another country, he never fails to bring me one from the place he visited, and other treats for our other female colleagues. He’s the same one who gave me the magnets from Texas.

This morning, a manager who joined us from Japan brought these colorful boxes of yummy mochi of different flavors
And Sophie received this cute handmade card through the mail from the daughter of a n@wie for our Christmas Card Exchange.
It's not really obvious, but these were made with fingerprints! =)
I know she may be too young to understand the meaning of the Exchange and appreciate the thrill of receiving something handmade and via snail mail, but I’m sure she will when she's a bit older. At least next year, she’ll be able to make one herself and really take part. This year, Caila was the one who participated for both of them, so she had to send 2 cards and gifts to my daughters’ assigned recipients.  She didn't mind, though.  She found it fun.

Oh, one last thing! I just received a call a few minutes ago telling me I can collect a prize I won through another draw I joined. Yaaaaaaayyyy!!!!! I’ll be collecting it tonight after work and I promise I’ll blog about it as soon as I can. For sure I’ll tweet about it later when it’s in my hands, so if you want to see what I won, follow me on Twitter.

I’m so excited!

Comments

  1. I collect magnets, too! I do not have something from Thailand. I want those mochis. I buy the mochi from a local brand (regent). Yummy. Must be nice to try those authentic ones from Japan.

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    1. Apir to a fellow magnet-collector!
      The Japanese mochi were really delicious =)

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  2. I wonder how those mochi taste like? There is a local version made by Regent but my taste buds weren't pleased. So thoughtful of your colleagues... pahingi? :)

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    1. The mochi were very delicious...very soft. And they came in all sorts of yummy flavors. Sige sis, if a guest brings some and I'll be going home, let's meet up =)

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  3. I can relate to your feeling about the program that didn't go as planned sis. Although I wasn't the host but I was part of planning. That must really be upseting. It's great thay you were able to hold your temper. I love te dried mangoes! 😁

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    1. It's so frustrating, right? At least the event ended up ok in the end and everyone had a good time.

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  4. I agree, those are sold at cheaper price in Thailand. You are lucky to have thoughtful colleagues. By the way, your daughter is so cute. I am having a busy week too and I expect more as Christmas day is coming.

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    1. Thanks sis. I think Christmas and New Year season are always busy for everyone because of all the parties and preparations for the holidays.

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  5. Sometimes planned doesn't go the way we wanted to be. But, I'm glad that everyone enjoy the party despite of what happened. Your so lucky to have friends bring back some pasalubong for you. Missed the dried Mango much right now.)
    http://www.wish4less.com

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    1. So true. We can only hope for the best =)

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  6. Wow corporate party planning is too much to handle, good thing I wasn't part of the team this year but helped in buying the items for the door prizes anyway.
    The card really is very nice.

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    1. It's difficult but it has to be done. Thank goodness it only happens once a year =)
      I also think the card makes a nice activity for young kids.

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