Monthly Archives: April 2015

I Don’t Need No Doctor

Location: Perth, Australia

Local time: 03:05 pm


 

 

Hi *cough* everyone!

Hope *sniff* you’re all *cough* doing great! As you might have guessed, I’m sick. Or at least, I was sick. Doing alright at the moment 🙂

So, my last post was on Wednesday, recapping until Tuesday. My throat ache started somewhere during the day on Tuesday, but was in full swing on Wednesday. I’m not talking a simple sore throat, I could hardly talk without crumbling over in pain. Well, maybe that’s a bit exaggerated, but I was in pain, dammit! 😉

The pain wouldn’t go away with simple Ibuprofen or Paracetamol (which I brought from The Netherlands), so I went to a local pharmacy on Thursday to get some medicine. As it turns out, the best option was to start gargling with Betadine. Now I don’t know if you ever gargled with that poison, but it’s not pretty. I mean, the taste itself almost makes you want to throw up, but the stuff you spit out looks like a mix of old blood and some other stuff mixed up. Sorry to paint such a picture, but it was rough…

Anyway, the stuff did help with the throat ache, so that was great! However, I got headaches that would get progressively worse during the day. I started feeling nauseous and  lightheaded (the last probably had something to do with the fact that I hadn’t really eaten a lot during the day…:)). So by Saturday (which also turned out to be ANZAC Day) I felt like death warmed over. Thankfully, because of the march through the main street (where our office is located as well), I had enough distractions. By lunch, I’d barely gotten any work done so I figured I’d go home and spend the rest of the day in bed. Which I then did. I started throwing up and the headaches were still there. On Sunday I wanted to get out for some fresh air, so I decided to go to a local park. A colleague had mentioned Kings park, so I followed her advice and went there. My god, it was beautiful! It was a perfect day (25 degrees, sunny, not a cloud in sight) and I got to walk around for about an hour and a half before I got really tired and decided to go back home again. Spent the rest of the day in bed and felt awful… And I’d suddenly developed a really nasty cough as well.. Great news!

On Monday, I went into work but quit after about an hour and a half. I was coughing every other minute, still having headaches and just feeling pretty awful in general… No surprise, but I spent the rest of the day in bed…

Tuesday, I felt a bit better. However, I was still throwing up. When I got into work, I decided I should maybe call a doctor… I was lucky enough to get an appointment on the same day and as it turned out, I should have gone sooner. My doctor suspected I was unlucky enough to have 2 viruses at the same time: a simple cold and some type of stomach virus. She gave me some antibiotic or something and sent me back home, straight to bed. Which I then faithfully did. I was just happy she wasn’t going to stab me with some needle. She said she could treat the nausea with some injection, but suddenly I wasn’t nauseous anymore! The nausea was going to be over long before she was going to stab me 😀

The next morning, Wednesday, was actually pretty good. I stayed at home until 10.30 am to ensure I  wasn’t throwing up anymore and then went to work. I still had a headache, especially when I coughed, but overall I was feeling better than I had felt all week! Today, Thursday, I can definitely say I’m all good. Let’s hope I’m done with being sick for another year!

The plan for this coming week is to catch up with work. Sundays are my day off, so I’m planning a trip. Not sure yet where to. Apparently the weather is going to be pretty shit (below 20 degrees and rain), so that’s kinda ruined my plans. Originally, I wanted to go to Penguin Island and do a river cruise afterwards… but I might just do a breweries/wineries tour. Drinking is good for rainy days, right? Well, drinking is good on any given day, but still… 😉

Anyway, I’ll keep you posted! For now, have a lovely day and I’ll talk to y’all soon!

Adios,
Thecla

Down Under

Location: Perth, Australia

Local time: 11:00 am

 

Hiya!

As you might have noticed, I am now in Australia! How wonderful 🙂

It was a complete surprise, but that is the way Boskalis likes to deal with its people: Surprise them by telling them they will be leaving in 2 days :D. Basically, I’ve just switched projects to benefit a colleague. Well, it’s not like I’m not benefiting from this deal either… ;-).

 

So late last week I got a call from the business unit controller, explaining the situation. He then tells me: So your colleague is already in Singapore, do you agree to the switch? Not like I had much of a choice, haha. Nor did I want a choice, I was fine with going to Australia! So I arranged my visa on Thursday, got my ticket on Friday and flew out on Monday! Thankfully, I had Sunday and Monday morning off, so I got to relax before flying out to the next project. I went out with Michelle on Saturdat evening, we got home pretty late. Lot’s of fun stories to tell about cocktail bars and expat bars in Jakarta,.. Ask me about them via text/ Whatsapp or when I get home. Not sure if it’s such a good idea to put these stories on my blog xD. Anyway, I got back to the hotel around 4.30 am, after more than a few cocktails / Guinness (Not a great combination.. Trust me 😉 ). We ended the night in a bar called Eastern Promises, which was run by two Irish guys who were probably not making any profit, since they were drinking as much as the rest, but not paying for it. We got into an argument about the Walter Mitty movie.. I did not agree with them that it was a great movie.. Seriously? I would need to be really drunk to agree with that xD.

Anyway, I slept in until 1.30 pm on Sunday, and even though I was planning on visiting Batavia Stad, I could not get out of bed. So I did some work (finishing some stuff for the Jakarta project), watched some tv and had dinner with some colleagues. I went to bed early since I was saying goodbye to everyone on Monday morning at breakfast. Even though I wasn’t leaving until 11 am, I couldn’t leave without saying goodbye, so I had breakfast at 7 am -_-

My flight left at 14.15 pm, flying to Bali. I spent that flight next to a guy from Belgium (of all places). Turns out he was a retired police officer. Retired at 58.. Turns out Belgium does have some advantages :-). He was travelling all over the world, 1 region at a time. What a life, eh?

From Bali, I would then fly to Perth. this time I was wedged in between 2 Australian people. What a great start to my flight. Turns out they were really nice, explained a lot about what I could do in Perth during my stay and made the flight in general a lot more enjoyable.  then again, so did the wine :D. I arrived at 11 pm local time (Time difference with Jakarta: 1 hour further. Time difference with Amsterdam: 6 hours), and I still had to go through customs! Let me tell you, that was not an enjoyable experience. There were 2 massive flights arriving at the same time: From Bali and from Hong Kong. That means there are lots of foreigners arriving at the same time. Yet somehow, there were only 3 immigration officers working… so that took about an hour… Not great when you’re tired.. And even worse when you have small kids (and there were many, many of those…). However, after immigration came baggage claim and checking the baggage. Again, massive queue. This time, there was only 1 (one!) officer who was checking everyone’s luggage. Thankfully, I didn’t have anything to declare, so I could get out of that line pretty quick 🙂 Only took half an hour or so..

By the time I got to my apartment, it was almost 1 am. I’d already spoken to some people from the Perth office, and we had arranged to meet at the reception of the apartment building at 8. At least I could sleep in! Until the builders next door started work at 6.45 am. You can imagine my face :). Almost as bad as the wake-up call in Singapore :D.

My first day in the office at Perth was great though! I got loads of information, which was a bit tiresome… But the people are great! Fantastic colleagues who are from all over the world (Philippines, Norway, Netherlands, Singapore, etc.) and who are really easy to get along with. To top of a great day, we all had a beer around 5 pm.. Just because :D. Man, what a great day it was! And one of the best parts: Work times are from around 7.45 am until 6.30… So I get to leave early! I still am one of the first to arrive in the morning and one of the last to leave, but I’m fine with that! I’m really enjoying it over here, so I’d agree with almost everything!

Alright then, time to sign off. Just a small recap/tldr: am now in Australia, courtesy of Boskalis and I’m enjoying every minute!

 

Until next post,

Thecla

 

9 To 5

Current location: Jakarta, Pluit office

Local time: 2.20 pm.


Hiya!
Another update from me! I don’t even remember when I last posted.. Must’ve been at least a week ago… Oh yes, Jakarta!

I am completely settled in my hotel room and in the office. Apparently we’re very lucky because the hotel is only a 10 minute drive from the office. Other projects often have an hour-long commute. In Jakarta it all depends on traffic. If it’s raining, a 10 minute commute can suddenly take over 30 minutes! Thankfully we don’t have to drive (we’re not even allowed! bla bla. Insurance. bla bla:) ). so we have hired locals that drive us around. It makes me feel rich, haha!

We leave for work at 7.30 am, arrive there around 7.45. Work all morning, break for lunch around 12.20 pm, have some delicious lunch in the same building we work in, and get back to work. Work all afternoon, finish around 7 pm. Back at the hotel around 7.20 pm and have some dinner. I tend to order room service, so I can relax in my room, watch some tv and get to bed early. Also, I go to the gym at least 3 times a week, so if I want to eat after working out, it would mean I would still be in the dining room around 10 pm. Not great :). Sometimes, we go to the mall, which is very close, and get some food in a food court. Obviously eating with the team is more fun, but I’m often too tired to walk to the mall and have dinner there. It just takes up all evening.

The work itself is also very enjoyable! I do lots of simple tasks, which isn’t very challenging, but I’m slowly moving towards more challenging tasks. We’ll see where that goes.

I spent my day off (last Sunday) in the city center. I’d gotten the contact information of a fellow Dutchie, Michelle, here in Jakarta. She’s doing her graduate thesis here in Jakarta for 2 months, so we decided to hang out on Sunday. We went to the national museum (meh), the national monument (busy!), and the biggest mall in Jakarta (yay!). We had some lunch, watched a movie (Fast & Furious 7: *Sad face*), and walked/talked. It was a great way to spend my day off, and making new friends is always fun! Great day!
Today, also a Sunday, sadly isn’t my a day off. I made the mistake of offering my help to the project director for a small project and now I’m stuck working all day. Lesson learned, eh? No, just kidding. It’s not like I’ve got something better to do, right?

Alrighty then. This is me signing off. As always, thanks for reading.

Talk to you soon!

Semoga hari 😀

Thecla