Working in the government sector does have its perks.
Unfortunately, receiving a ridiculous amount of 3-5 months worth of bonus, enough to purchase a brand new five-figure road bike is not one of them.
Very unfortunate indeed.
However, let's not dampen my holiday mood by focusing on that cons.
The obvious pro to the equation would be the holiday mood (and the days off!!!) that beckons with every festive season.....especially since now I'm not required to be on-call.
(I'm always thankful that I was not smart enough...or keen enough to pick up some surgical based or internal med program....and for that, I think I'm pretty smart!!!! Yea yea...I know, oxymoron)
In fact, the holiday mood has been pretty infectious amongst us at the clinic since a week ago.....and despite praying very very hard (and I even threw in a couple of Hail Mary's) for the announcement that this Friday would also be declared a public holiday, it was just not meant to be.
(Oh well....I guess it's evening swim session on Friday for me again!)
And Monday was totally non-productive at work after we've cleared off our exercise-program patients.
(staring at the clock, waiting for 1pm doesn't really count as hard work.....unless you're one of my previous psychotic patients in my previous hospitals, then by golly, you deserve a 3-5 months bonus!!!!!)
Anyway......with the three days off in a stretch (thanks to the coinciding Independence Day), lots of training can be fit in.
Well...not 'lots' as in the amount that I'd really like....but enough to ensure that I do fall asleep without needing benzodiazepines.
(yes....still having intermittent and early awakenings....but that needs another blog post on its own)
In fact, so far we've done 2 cycling sesh at the Gurthrie Corridor Expressway.
No.....we've not done any earth-shattering-mileage (or speed, for that matter) that would satisfy the Ironman-class-athlete.....say, Richard Tang or Sofian Triathlete......but adequate for nobody-athletes like us bunch.
In fact, in retrospect, our cycling mileage was actually kinda pathetic both days (48km and 45km respectively) but at least Tobias got to get outta the house.
Photo-log (take note that these super high quality photos were courtesy of Chooi Wan and her super Nokia phone....which by the way only can be operated by the owner herself):
Tobias was as usual squeaky....but as long as no one mentions the obvious....we can continue being ignorant.
* Wednesday's ride.....we had even BETTER weather.....so good that it was reminiscent of Kenyir Tri.....rain and wind make great combination......to muffle the squeakiness.
* Yeah....I reckon POSITIVE thinking is gonna get us thru Desaru.....what'dya think!?!?!?!
In fact these days, I've managed to wean Tobias off his annoying hobby of collecting dust and cobwebs.
Actually it didn't really annoy me that much.....it was a rather adorable quirk of his.
Mom however found it a tad of an irk....to see dust....and cobwebs....in the house.
(yes folks...the reality of living with the folks again has hit home hard)
Anyway....the cold hard reality of the impending Desaru tri.....has surprisingly not hit me that hard yet.
Perhaps it's the holidays......or the antidepressant.
I'm expecting to be in extreme-panic mode by next Monday.
People around me....you have been warned!