"The sharp knife of a short life

I've had just enough time..."

- "If I Die Young" The Band Perry

I see Beauty in many things. And like the ghosts that only speak to you if you notice them, they tell me wondrous tales. With my camera and my thoughts, I captured these as faithfully as I can to share with you. And by doing so, they gave me the reasons. And though the thousand reasons may not all be sweet and some indeed bitter; they are still reasons to live. Come to think about it, that is Life, isn't it?

Friday, 14 June 2013

How To Surprise A Zombie - Part I

I've had just enough time to...   be surprised not once but thrice

Taken of the new products that are launched on a very special day :)

June 11 2013, I have just returned from US the day before after 30 hours of plane rides and waiting in airports. I then had the longest sleep I had in years lying flat in bed for almost 12 hours. But I was not fully charged. Two weeks of traveling through multiple time zones have taken a toll on this old body. I knew I had to leave the office early and planned to leave sharp at 5.45 pm. At least that was the plan.

At 4.00 pm, a call came in that involved the future of a colleague and a long discussion ensued. I divided my time between two factories. At 4.22 pm, I received a call from the bakery requesting my presence. They said it was not urgent so I planned to go over before 5.00 pm. At 4.45 pm on the way down, I dropped over and have a ‘few words’ with a colleague that lasted an hour and a half.

In the bakery, the factory manager surprisingly ushered me upstairs instead of having the discussion in his room. By that time, I was feeling groggy, running on auto and reserves, and wishing there was a bed somewhere I could lay down to drift into blissful oblivion. In the meeting room, I was surprised to see all the Heads of Departments waiting for me. I was embarrassed that I’ve unwittingly kept them waiting for so long and apologized profusely. They seemed strangely cheerful in spite.

They showed me the new company products that they said will be launched tomorrow. I’m quite absent minded but they laughed that I will never have to ask any of them the launch date for these products because it was on my birthday! I was touched by the gesture. Before I could settle down and digest the feeling, a few of them that left the room earlier came in with a cake and a single lighted candle and the whole crowd burst into the birthday song. I good naturally protested that it was unfair to do it a day earlier to catch me by surprise but I was of course naturally pleased that they went through the trouble to surprise me. I was a zombie that day but they light a fire under the zombie to wake him up. That was just the first surprise…


  1. The First Surprise -
    It is 4.54 in the morning. I could not sleep. The jet lag is keeping me awake so I may as well wake up and do something useful instead of tossing and turning in bed. It has been an eventful day in which I had been surprised 3 times. Usually, I will write the story and posted it for the blog first and then choose one of the image to share it with my flickr friends. This time, I’m doing it differently for I don’t intend to stay up for so long and will try to sleep again soon. I even had the title for the post figured out – “How to surprise a Zombie”.
    This is the first surprise. My staff and colleagues launched this new company product – 100% Whole Wheat Roll on my birthday! The product went on sales nationwide today. I left the dates to the team to decide and was not aware of the actual date as I just returned from my travel. I was most touched to say the least. As I was saying, it was an eventful day. The rest of the story to follow in my blog.

    狂野的男人 and Onasill added this photo to their favorites.

    1000 Reasons
    My friends, I'm sorry that I'm in between trips and will not be able to visit you yet. This weekend, I'm on my way to Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and them home for a week. I just had to put out this post even in my zombie state (or maybe because of zombie state) and it is a working day tomorrow. Now, lets see if I can now go back to sleep after working off some energy... Watch out for the rest of the story in my blog in a day or two. Good night! Zzzzzzz.....


  2. ShambLady
    enjoy your time - no worries, we'll be here ! :) hugszzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    That looks whole lot delicious!
    have a great trip.

    I will buy some if I saw it in the market :)
    Seem like you are having a busy life but enjoyable, wishing you have a good sleep and pleasure trip to Australian. Be safe buddy .

    Lovely image !!!

    henrhyde (gill) CATCHING UP BEEN AWAY !
    Waiting !! grand image

    Temptingly luscious....Happy B'day dear friend...what a fantastic way to celebrate...:)

    Excellent image, nicely captured and composed! Thou

    oola * gone for awhile
    ooh ...cannot wait to learn more!!!!! and congratulations on your birthday surprise...HIPPO BIRDIE TWO EWE!!!!!


  3. october blue
    Looks very tasty ! A very auspicious date to launch this product .....wishing you a very Happy Birthday ! And best success for the new product. I I like both strawberry and vanilla ...so it is a hard decision for me which to choose ? I think I will try one package of each :-)))) I hope you can get some rest and start to un-zombie yourself soon :-)

    娜 娜☂Nana
    zombie state..lol
    Sometimes, I also appear >>zombie state<<
    But I think it will help to soothe my emotions.

    ishratzakiasultana (on and off)
    Tempting! Wish you have a safe and pleasant trip!

    Yasmin de light
    Another delicious image my friend. Sounds healthy with the whole wheat. Wonderful that these were launched on your birthday. Now you will have two things to celebrate on your birthdays. PS just noticed the spelling of Vanilla - perhaps this was done deliberately to mark your uniqueness and creativity in your writing and photography : )

    Steve Taylor (Photography)
    They look worth a try

    TarotWoman 2012 -HELP Lost 20 contacts !!!
    Like the packaging, it certainly has my mouth watering.


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