Friday, August 12, 2005

Night Out

The summer's been boring, and lazy - work has really slowed down in the past two weeks and from what I hear, it will only get worse until September rolls around. I really should have planned something this summer, just to go away or something. The upside of having nothing much to do during work is that I don't have to worry about being out late.

Which is why I went to have dinner at Ubon with a colleague and our broker. Not exactly the cheap restaurant I normally go to, but if I don't have to pay for it, then bring it on! A trendy Japanese restaurant to satisfy the oh-so-hip finance-type personality, the price tag matched its target clientele. We ended up eating a selected few courses (of course including the famous black cod), and filled ourselves with sake served from a bamboo. Is that even the proper word for a section of bamboo used as a container? I have no idea. It was a good night.. I barely walked home without stumbling.

Must build up alcohol tolerance again.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Looking to the Future

Just came back from dinner with an ex-colleague. He entered the company at the same time as me, and was recently made redundant by his team. Instead of feeling all sad about it, he really took the positive attitude to the next level. He's already been to three or four interviews around the City, and now have planned on returning to HK for more interviews or even starting a business.

We had a really meaningful conversation tonight, talking about our aspirations and why we're doing what we are doing. Quite interesting is that he asked me, "So why have you decided to throw everything away and start all over here in London?" I never really thought about it. Whenever friends or family asked me that question, I dodged it by saying that it was my only choice as there were no jobs waiting for me back in Toronto. I suppose if I really wanted to, I would have found a job too. So what's the true reason I'm here in London?

The truth is, I have no idea. I think part of the reason why I'm still here is to find out why I'm here in the first place.

I wish my friend all the best in his future endeavors..