It’s been a crazy last few weeks for me, having travelled to London for Haig Club London, then Singapore and Taipei for work and blog purposes respectively, and then Singapore again. While I feel fortunate to be blessed with these opportunities, the change in environment and lifestyle sometimes affects me – whether I realise it or not.
Just a few weeks ago, I was in London staying in one of the finest suites in Brown’s Hotel, being chauffeured around and fussed over throughout my 4 days in the city. It took a lot of adjusting to when I returned to Kuala Lumpur and headed straight to the office for my morning meeting. #yesIworkforaliving
Admittedly, I felt a bit reluctant to go back to normal life, like how Cinderella had to keep her glass slippers and pick up the broom. But it was good to go back to normality…to where I left off. I’m fortunate to have friends who would constantly keep me in check, making sure I face reality and that I don’t get in over my head when it comes to the finer things in life.
Switching back to work life was especially difficult after London, after being consistently exposed to such an extravagant lifestyle during that few days. Furthermore, many of my work assignments allow me to travel comfortably; from flight to hotel to getting around. But if there’s one thing I know, I have been there and done the pretentious lifestyle and while it was fun (and eye-opening) at first, things weren’t sustainable.
I would much rather hang out with the people I care about stuffing our faces with pizza or steamboat, and just being carefree. But that doesn’t mean I shun the finer things in life – I’m just more careful about overindulging. After all, I do believe in the saying, “Too much of a good thing is bad for you”. Good to eat a slice of humble pie every now and then. Or even better, a banana leaf rice meal. ;)