Days left in Singapore: 5
Days left until arrival in the Queen City: 12
|The girls on the 2nd floor terrace at Raffles Hotel.|
Friday was a terrific day in the office, albeit a bit sad. The highlights were crossing off some of the final to-do's as part of handover and a terrific lunch at the White Dog Cafe with Pumpkin and Cath, but the sadder parts were saying farewell to some of my colleagues, as I've no idea when I'll cross this way again. Goodbyes are never fun and always too rushed, especially when they're in an office and people have planes to catch. So Nancy, should you find yourself bored over your 2 weeks stateside (unlikely) and happen to read this - let me say that it's been amazing working with you, enjoy your time at home, and all the best in 2012. Keep everyone in line - especially if they venture into any Korean BBQ joints or converted power plant dance clubs...
The other, tougher farewell was my final 1-2-1 with Martin. This session obviously wasn't much about current projects, issues, or thinking through the next two weeks, but rather a chat about where my function and the program have come in 12 months. It was filled with some good laughs, some sighs of relief, and (at least for me) a twinge of sadness at the reality that this year, one of the toughest yet most fulfilling for me both personally and professionally, is now officially at its end. The same was true in London, but with the London crowd I always had (and still do have) the feeling that I'll see them plenty in future work - same with the US crew. With Martin and the APAC crowd, however, it's hard to say how much contact we'll have besides the occasional email or teleconference, and that does take a bit of processing after you've been in the trenches with people for 12 months. And whilst this is by no means my "farewell and thanks" post (although that is coming soon), I would be remiss if I didn't pause here and say to Martin: "thanks for everything, chief. It's been an amazing experience, and I really do appreciate everything. All the best for you and your family in 2012 and beyond."
I left that office about 5:30 or so (I know, I know - half day...), getting home and breaking the AFD streak (stopped dead at 5 again) by cracking open our final bottle of wine to celebrate the return of my better half. Dinner that night was over at Brewerkz, as Jenny was DESPERATE for beef after 12 days on the subcontinent. And so we said the 3rd of our "farewells" for the day - saying goodbye to the Bistro burger, the Golden Ale, and the Blonde Assassin (so guuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuud...peppy cheekies). Brewerkz - for what it's worth, Team Taylor feels that you do THE BEST burger on the island - keep up the good work. :-)
|No, do NOT adjust your televsion sets - what |
you are seeing actually IS happening - the
Bull is eating a salad...and SHARING his
meal with another human. Oh, the horror!!!
|The piano bar at Hard Rock - one of Cath's memories of|
Singapore from her 1997 visit.
|I mean, when it's LASHING down rain to the tune of an inch|
per hour, you know what I think is a good idea? WALKING
IN AN OUTDOOR GARDEN. Good times...
|The Intrepid India explorers posing beside the Indian |
Embassy's "Christmas bush." Seriously - somebody shoot
that thing and put it out of its misery.
|Muffin Puffin going off piste and shopping at Raffles - |
who authorized this? But I must confess she looks REALLY
cute in her new Christmas top. Carter's - expect to be
dazzled next Sunday!
As for Team Taylor, we were UNCONSCIOUS by 11, waking up at 10:15 this morning! That's right, folks - the Bull slept ELEVEN STRAIGHT HOURS. I am a new man - I think I'll go solve for cold fusion or world peace once I finish this post - I'm feeling that frisky.
|The girls just before Cath's taxi - CHECK OUT THAT BAG. Folks, you|
should see the STEEL CAGE and wrapping she's got inside that blue cover.
David Copperfield couldn't get into that bag (which weighs as much as she
does, for the record).
Okay, that's all the news that's fit to print. Chat tomorrow!
Sam and (FINALLY BACK AT HOME!!!!!!!!) Jenny