Challenging Life on Christmas Day

I don’t know how to start this post because I have been pre-occupied with the holiday rush of our hotel. Our salary was given at an earlier date instead of giving it on the 27th because of Christmas. I truly appreciate that or else, my mother and father wouldn’t have anything to eat on Christmas Day. When salary came last week, I immediately send them their money so I wouldn’t have to worry about sending them when I’m already very busy at work. On the 24th of December, I worked until 1am making sure that all of the tables are allocated properly for all of our 800+ reservations for the Christmas Brunch the next day. After allocating tables from 6pm-1130pm, I went back to my desk to make some guest lists with their names and details.

25th of December

I went to work at 730 am and went home at 8pm. I don’t want to get into the details. You know what happened. I have to face all of those 800+ guests to lead them to their desired seats & tables and ensure that they are happy. Because of me assisting some of the guests who I personally know by face, I wasn’t able to assist other guests and explain why they can’t get a table here and there. IT WAS REALLY A MESS. But it was fun 🙂 

I was able to take a photo after the guests have settled for their Christmas brunch and here I am!

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Yes, I don’t want to show my whole face unless it’s dark! Ha ha.

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Walking around the property. Yes, we love lights.

I had the time after work to pass by Mai Tai and had a few drinks to relax my mind off from work.

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Hello! I am Iya. An asian girl living in a not so asian world.

🚺| Iya

Bringing Paperwork Outside Work

I told myself that I’ll never bring home paper works because if I’m in my room, that’s my chance to get away from all the work that I have at work. But my boss told me that it will be easier for me to get things done earlier than have it rushed at the day of the event. For those who had been reading my blog, you might think and question why I should be doing something for an event. I am no events coordinator nor a Banquets supervisor, although, I am the ONLY restaurants reservations agent in the whole hotel handling all the restaurants and the main events being handled by the F&B – Food & Beverage. So whether I like it or not, I am responsible in allocating the guests I spoke to to their desired table specially that this is not just your ordinary celebration.

This is Christmas. wpid-dsc_3590.jpg

For the days and hours passed talking to my guests requesting for this and that for their tables on Christmas day, are these people really that busy or maybe just lazy to cook for themselves on Christmas? I grew up in a home where we never celebrated Christmas outside nor in a hotel. My mother always cooks everything.  But she is the coordinator of our home of course. We’ll be having some guests come over and she’ll make sure that there’s room for them to sit down and celebrate Christmas. During Christmas Eve, we usually dine as a family for Noche Buena, wash the dishes afterwards and watch a movie for the whole family.

My desk rests at the lobby where some guests mistaken me as a Guest Services Agent even though there’s a big silver shining plate on top of my desk that says Restaurant Reservation. I’m kind of getting used to it. I am an Information Desk/Elevator Girl/ Restaurant Reservation. Yes, my desk is near the elevator so whenever you come and visit Bahrain, maybe we might meet. 🙂 But I’m not complaining. I actually love being exposed. It gives me the feeling of having more experience in talking and engaging with the guest.

I just finished some paperwork with regards to the number of tables that we need to set up on  Christmas Eve for the Christmas Day Brunch.

By the way, our F&B coordinator left this on my desk earlier this afternoon.wpid-dsc_3591.jpg

I thought that she only wants me to give it to someone. But when I asked her an hour later, she told me that I can have it. Ha ha ha.

Free mag!

🚺|Iya

Lobby Thoughts

I don’t want to sound so bitter with my post but hey, I’m just human and I guess it’s perfectly normal to feel like this sometimes. Yes, I know that it ws my choice to move away and pursue a career but I feel like it was the right choice to do. I wouldn’t be able to see the unkown sides of my significant other that I wasn’t able to see when we used to spend time with each other everyday. I am thankful that I’m not blinded anymore by those tingling electric currents that I used to feel when I first fell in love with him. Not that I’m not inlove with him anymore, what I’m saying is that I have learned to put myself first before him as much as what he did to me when I went abroad, when we started to drift away from our suposed to be the same priorities. There is a long history to the reason why he’s still at college and here I am working now and building a career for myself and I don’t need to go to that. I have moved on from all the lying and he’s graduating next year. I used to be so concentrated on him that I wasn’t able to define what I really wanted. I feel like most women who went through that stage are strongee and knows what they really want in life. I don’t want to sound selfish but he literally break it down to me that he wants to take his masterals, license, and enjoy his money earned before settling down and there I am, the last priority, not included in his plans of getting his dream car, etc.

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When he talks about his dreams, it’s always ‘I want to do this and that.. And then you next.’

So what will I do? Should I only wait another 15 years before settling down? Wait for him to reach his dreams and then when he’s ready, I should be ready too?

What if I will not be ready by the time he’s ready?

What if I will never be ready?

I am afraid that by the time he asks/do something about us, I’ll be the one to say no.

When I see couples walk at our hotel lobby, holding hands, surprising their significant other with flowers, cake, etc. I always question myself why my significant other cannot do such effort even though we’re far?

Four years ago, I told myself that he’s the one I wanted to be with for the rest of my life. But now, I even ask myself if I ever wanted to settle down? I feel like I don’t want to.

As of the moment, I am happy by being on my own. Nobody to call me everynight to go out. I have a binding contract with my bed and I guess I’m good with that.

There are some nights when I cry but those are some nights, not all. I always tell myself that I am strong. I only need myself to be happy, not anybody else. Or maybe, I need my bed to make me happy. 🙂

🚺|Iya

Hot Baths & Hot Tea

I don’t know why but I’ve started to love hot baths and hot tea. I learned to let go of coffee and started drinking tea after a year of staying abroad. It’s not that I’m going with the interests of people here in the ME but that refreshing feeling you get after drinking tea and add to that routine the late night hot baths before going to sleep. I just love it. I used to be someone who doesn’t take a hot bath before going to sleep (yes,gross right? Ha ha) because I’m too lazy and back at home, we don’t have a shower. Now I know why my mother loves to take a bath in the evening before going to sleep even thought it takes time to boil water from my mother’s precious stove.

Since my schedule is in favor with my bodily needs, I have more time for myself and activities such as a hot bath  plus hot tea. Add to that my oh so comfortable new blanket that makes me feel like I don’t want to get out of bed all day.

🚺| Iya

Full Day Off

It’s the first time this year that I woke up to a day off that I can actually use all day however my body still kind of insisted earlier to stay in bed and do my normal routine. I checked my Viber, Emails, Fb, Youtube, and WordPress of course!

I officially left my other blog and left a message that I’ll be leaving it. It was a good 4 years and I felt like I really had the need to move away from all the things had made me feel bad and sad. Well I’m not saying that everything that was written and posted there was bad for me. There were a lot of memories there like my first time to move on my own apartment when I landed a job after college, my first trip abroad, my first job abroad, and other cool things that made me feel happier than I was in my teens. Now that I just turned 24, someone might say that maybe 4 years later, I’ll be leaving this blog as well but who knows? I am not the insecure early 20s lady anymore. I have mentioned in my previous posts in this blog that I’ve been kind of lost when I turned 23. I had a lot of emotional breakdowns and instabilities. I didn’t know what to post in my blog and I ended up copying other people’s blogs which I realized was very wrong. I know how people will do anything just to get more views through their tutorials, travels, DIYs, and other stuff. But I am a writer deep inside and loves to accommodate the thoughts in my mind be transformed into words that people like me will understand. I made sure that when I left that blog, I will never go back again and write there. I can read my posts and it will always remind me why I don’t want to go back into writing in that blog again.

Going back to my day off which is today and it’s fixed! A fixed day off, thank you very much! Every Saturday is my day off and it feels great. It feels great to see the sunlight and I just thought now that I should have get up earlier to take a morning walk with Squidee but then again, my laziness ate me! I will make sure that next Saturday, I’ll be making that morning walk. Since I wasn’t able to take that morning walk, I might go on an afternoon walk and post the photos here later. Some of my friends from work has to work today so I have to go on my own! My sister in law is still in bed at 11am! 😦 I was looking forward to take some photos with her but she’s still in bed. Ha ha.

I already did my laundry and cleaned my room last night since I got home at around 830pm. I finished folding my clothes at around 1am and was about to go to bed when my significant other sent a message in Viber and says Good morning. Ha ha.

I’m still planning what to do right now since I don’t want to spend money as well, I’ll just walk around outside after lunch and take some photos and a small video as well to give you an idea of how I sound like 🙂

🚺| Iya