After 4.5 years of highs and lows with plenty of memories that were made, I said goodbye to the Novotel this afternoon, though I am returning to the hotel tomorrow to return my uniforms and badges, I officially signed off today. I got spoiled with gifts and plenty of hugs shared around.
I have seen the hotel change brands and my Front office team have plenty of changes itself in either procedures, staff and even the uniforms that we wear, we have thrived through all outcomes and become a much stronger team as a whole. This post will feature some of my favourite moments during my years at the hotel.
The school formals, though I am working the PM shift hearing the loud music and seeing the outfits of the girls that come in, it is always a fun night to experience
My birthday card last year was signed by a couple of my VIP loyalty guests. We always give them the special treatment but on that day, they gave it to me
Going out to the movies with all my front office colleagues, it is so rare you have all of us together in one room. When we had the opportunity to promote the film linked to the Novotel brand, it was always a fun afternoon.
Melbourne Cup last year, I got to frock up and not wear my uniform for the races while working
Three emails from different guests of mine that was sent to my big CEO of Asia Pacific region, those warm fuzzy feelings
Meeting the CEO himself when he came to the hotel this month, I was in awe!
Learning to drive the hotel shuttle bus, it got me closer to the guests especially a group of fun-loving, happy nuns!
My regular guests and VIPs, I will miss my colleagues but I will miss the familiar faces I see daily who checked in with me
I will start at the new property and new brand but still Accor in six days time, I am grateful that I am given this time off in between, it gives time to rest, relax and prepare for the change of scene starting next Monday!
I am in the last week at Novotel! It’s so weird that it has finally arrived, my countdown calendar no longer has twenty days on it, it has 5 days to go! Oh gosh and so much is happening all at once though I’m barely working this week, I have two days of morning then days off then another two days of morning. It is all happening so fast, I have already arranged my annual leave for next year including around the time of my sister’s wedding and when the boyfriend visits 😀
I’m grateful that I’m also given some time off in between the jobs, six days to be exact so I can find temporary corporate clothes to wear until the uniforms are ready and I won’t have to worry what to wear in the morning before I take the bus into the city. Posting the following five likes for this week;
Mum is back from New Zealand! We picked her up from the airport this evening
Justice League this past weekend was amazing! I don’t care what the masses say, Mei and I loved it!
Writing up a storm still, so glad my imagination at its peak has returned
Supre has upped their game when it comes to clothes, their Ice-cream Kween line is soo cute
Used my Kitten d’amour voucher, got a cute necklace from their Vintage Rose line
I haven’t blogged in six days, whoops! I’m so sorry everyone.
I officially finished working the night shifts a week ago and since then had two days off and been working AM shifts. It is all prepping myself for the 9-5 job starting in the beginning of December. I am just grateful that I have six days off in between the hotels, it will give me time to relax and prepare for the new role.
The rest of my life has been same old, my pictures on Flickr are getting more recognition and though I’m still not going to dabble into Photoshop I am glad my unedited photos are still getting likes. On the writing front, my imagination has returned to what I used to have during my school days with new ideas and stories popping into my head at the most random of times, I just hope that I actually complete one of them, that would be a highlight for me. To finish a series or a short story.
Relationship news, my boyfriend will be booking his flight to come here end of February next year, next week. It is all happening and 2018 is already shaping up to be amazing for myself and my family.
Yes I am definitely making this mood a thing right now because after watching last night’s latest episode of Miraculous, I am a bit peeved with my male lead Cat Noir/Adrien Agreste. Since the beginning of Season 2, the Love square that focused on Ladybug and Cat Noir bloomed into all their respective egos whether civilian or superhero, we saw the building of friendship but also the naivety that is Adrien Agreste’s character. I mean ok I get it, home schooled rich model boy who is clueless on relationships because of his neglectful father.
But surely he knows what is going on with Marinette, yes our adorable female protagonist is a bit of stalker (his entire schedule of what he does every day on her wall at home??) but he can’t be clueless on her actions around him. There was a couple of fellow fans who mentioned that he knew exactly what he was doing and knew about Marinette’s obvious crush on him. Which got me and more fans thinking, was he stringing her along. How is that good in teaching kids who watch this show? Surely the writers know that is not a good way of dealing with relationships.
After the introduction of new character Kagami Tsurugi, who by the way is a badass Japanese fencer, the animation gave off the feeling that Adrien was besotted with her on first meeting. And at the end of the episode, when questioned of his relationship to Marinette (someone who just met him, already got the sense that there was more to his relationship) and he downright said “she just a very good friend” mind you he said that in the first season. We the fandom brushed it off the very first time because he only said it to his kwami (little sprite who grants them superhero powers) Plagg but this second time, Marinette unfortunately witnessed it, leaving her devasted, luckily her kwami Tikki cheered her up.
What has me concerned is that I read in a translated episode list of Season 2, in Episode 11, there was a note that Marinette is akumatised?? Not sure if the translation is true but if will happen it is obvious to cause plenty of problems, because only she can purify the akuma inhabiting the emotionally distraught human. So IF Marinette gets akumatised, who will purify her? Cat Noir has powers of destruction to her creation, we also got the appearance of the Bee and Fox miraculous but so far no details yet to be discussed or shown. I know the creator said the two main characters are endgame as a couple, but yikes can they can be less stalker/stringing along and be normal friends to lovers stereotype?
I literally haven’t been out and about taking photos in-world as much lately, I have been more so on Polyvore or been participating in my best friend Aria’s amazing pictures. I will shamelessly plug in her flickr right here. I will share about three pictures that I’ve taken over the course of the past few months but the fashion tiles that I normally do of my avatar, I guess I have let go and just take pictures for myself if feeling an inspiration hit.
The above photo was taken at Pink Acid/Black Bantam’s sim using one of the new windlights called ‘Crisp Foliage’, top is by Parfait and shorts by Zenith, so so cute! Before on Second Life I was always wearing pink, denim and black but nowadays my newest pictures have been changing. The mood is Autumn in the northern hemisphere and all the events have been releasing Halloween or fall clothing and I have been ‘swept’ up into it all. My clothes have been black, grey or the random Halloween costume thrown in.
The above photo is against the cherry blossom background by Astralia and I took it in July of this year. I think my fashion tiles that I’ll be sharing on this blog will be more focused from my Polyvore account. Though I am currently taking a break from continuing Ame’s outfits because her chronicles is on hiatus, I am still creating outfits but this time it’s for myself and I have been enjoying it.
Boyfriend is definitely coming to Sydney next year in March, so he’s been texting me every day to let me know about this >.> And it also means that discussion of what is going to happen in our future together is popping up in our every day conversation a lot more than I planned whether on my days off or after I finish work. He is set on not moving to Australia because he is comfortable in England, I don’t want to leave Oz because this is where my support network is and I’m assuming the same in his case too.
I did think about it tonight, well I have been thinking about it since he said he would not move here to Sydney that I would be the one moving to England but there have been several cons that have prevented me from thinking about that country as a permanent place of residence. I would happily go there for a year or two to experience what it be like and plenty of my girls have moved to other cities and countries for the sake of their man.
But I was balancing the cons with my boyfriend tonight over text and it’s still got me doubting.
Transportation is expensive! Travelling from suburbs into city
Living in the city is too expensive, previous experiences of mutual friends told me they barely had enough to eat!
The terrorism level, everyone knows about it, its on the news annually
Far from my family, I have cousin in London sure but everyone else is a 25hr flight away.
He and I will take more about it especially when he comes here for two weeks, but at the moment I am very lost.
Where the moon filters it’s light upon the Earth, it also casts its shadow. Like the yin to the yang, every person has a light and a dark side including myself. I usually just share my pink outfits and all my light-hearted attitude but I do have a darkness and usually comes through in my fetishes or my love for violence through dark fantasy or action films. I like staying up until very late whether writing my novel or watching Netflix, I find serenity during a full moon and favour Autumn and Halloween though I am born in a southern hemisphere Summer.
I prefer my lingerie black and meshy with faux fur and a weakness for harnesses, garnesses and shibari all together. Give me ribbons to bound and a blindfold to make me blind and it gives me the warm fuzzies in the pit of my stomach. A lot of my moderate photos on Second Life that show a decent amount of flesh I usually buy in the monotone colours while my pixel clothes tend to be in the reds and pink variety. I adore the erotic side of BDSM especially when it comes to kitten play and the Japanese art of shibari though its origin was no way playful and used in the bedroom.
I also like to mix the seductive nature with the violent tendencies that came out when I’m in an irritable mood. My favourite weapon is the katana, I have one in reality that leans on the wall next to my giant fan from Shanghai and it is the main weapon that my original character Ame Hayato wields in her chronicles. My avatar on both IMVU and Second Life have over 5 on each at least and I still keep finding more whenever a creator releases something new in the catalog or a gacha event.
My best friend Katie had told me that males seem to have a strong favour towards Asian women with weaponry, I have no idea that is perhaps the anime/hentai side that has given that appeal especially with girls wearing short skirts but carry weapons as long as their body. I personally love to pose my avatar in the sexy outfits and holding the katana or knives, there is something pleasantly appealing to it and gives me a boost of confidence when complimented on the look or the picture is given a favourite from someone visiting my Flickr.
I have been on a creative run since my three days off and it has been focused on this single fantasy story that I have previously mentioned in other diary entries. I even have written notes for book 2 plus a chapter which will be continued after I have completed the first one. I am thankful that my imagination has not left me and that I am still able to create scenarios and ideas in my head.
I have also completed my map and my current novel is up to 78 pages, not bad considering I haven’t done any kind of para roleplay in either IMVU or Second Life for the past three-four years. I only hope that this imagination of mine continues to flourish so that I can finish a story for once. It is a bad habit of mine because I haven’t completed an actual story ever!
I do five likes every week because with all the negativity in the world and people who threaten to pop your rosy bubble of happiness, finding joy in the little things has been a recommended idea by many of people, socialites, friendship circles and psychologists alike. It is no way meant to be means to boast about great your life is but more finding the better things that make you smile and push through a week until you are fresh for the next.
This week has been uneventful at work, we have a group of nuns staying with us at the moment so our hotel is feeling incredibly holy and full of energy because of their presence, they aren’t your typical nuns either (enjoy a good game of football while drinking beer or wine). I have had the pleasure of dropping them off in our hotel shuttle bus to and from the destination, I have gotten confidence in driving our vehicle which has been great.
High Tea at La Florisan with Mei this Monday public holiday, can’t wait!
Cadbury coated Oreos, they made it an official biscuit down under 😀
My Beauty and the Beast Enchanted rose bluetooth speaker arrived, its so pretty
My Gryffindor nightgown from Peter Alexander #Housepride
Our internet has been bumped to 5g because of the newly installed NBN
No new tile today coming from the grid, just a lot of random pictures that I have been taking since returning from my month holiday, I have to admit that the release of cuter, pink items is making a comeback again and I’m so glad it is.
MishMish released an adorable bear in the September round of Collabor88 and it is either a companion, a plushie to cuddle or decoration for your home. Close friends know I have a weakness for teddy bears I see them as the guardians for kids when they sleep, I also still have my very first bear since I was born, One-Eye Jack. The pretty pink building in the background is actually HolliPocket‘s store, there was lag present on the sim so I could take a photo without the furniture inside.
I sometimes visit the very first store that I shopped in back in 2013, it was originally called Crazy Kitty, now renamed Candy Kitten, the owner is Kaci Kohime and she has slowly changed her theme to something that the babygirls in BDSM would love. The sim I’m on hers is her store but this little cafe with ice-cream out the front is outside the main entrance and to the left. My top is by Hilly Haalan, the cute traveller bag with camera is from Reign‘s gacha from the September round of the Arcade, the Hungry necklace is by E.marie from PocketGacha, a new event where there is no sim and you can just play by a hud, no lag, no worries.
Taken in the comfort of my home, see the MishMish bear in the corner, I got two colours, one for a companion the other as decoration in my bedroom. As I have said in previous entries, I am usually quite often parked inside my cottage because it is my safety bubble and comfort zone away from the toxic personalities of the people on Second Life. The outfit I’m wearing is my most comfortable, if not in the pyjamas. The cute hoodie is by Sweet Thing from the current round of Kustom9 and the underwear are by Violent Seduction
If I’m not parked in my cottage I go wandering and usually on my own though this week I have been enjoying the company of one of my best friends online Aria. The above picture is taken outside the main store of Aii, she creates fantasy and Japanese inspired clothing. My garments are made by Zenith in the new round of Kustom9, as always she makes amazing mesh Oriental robes.
As the days creep closer and my parents and I are finalising our checklists and our packing, I’m just happy that I am already on annual leave after six days of work last week. Not that it wasn’t stressful, happy to say that my very last shift at work turned out to be quite pleasant with a lot of hugs and well wishing from my colleagues. I’m looking forward to travelling in business class, it is such a long flight to get up to Dubai alone.
Been organising with the boyfriend of what we are going to do together in the second week while in England, I know that the cat cafe is one thing I definitely want to experience even after finding out Sydney has its own cat cafe in the city. Mum has also asked Brad if he would like to join us on a trip down to Portsmouth, she is going there to meet her work friends but the train ride would be nice for my parents to find more about him.
I pre-ordered the Enchanted rose from Beauty and the Beast, also acts as bluetooth speaker
Family dinner with my family and my sister’s fiance’s family tonight, lots of laughs and good conversation
Getting keratin on my hair tomorrow, it means no more frizz!
Dollhouse DIY videos on Youtube are so relaxing, I have no idea why
Writing more, socialising in reality more like what I used to do before pixel universes took over
The past three days at work have been non stop to say the least, each day I have been clocking off work at least 45mins to an hour later, this usually isn’t the norm for me and it’s not because I haven’t been able to be on top of my work. No my checklist is signed off and complete on each shift it is because I take on additional tasks to help my Assistant manager so they can leave on time as well. Tomorrow is my last day before my two days off and tonight I printed off 114 registration cards, so many!
My colleague is determined to sign up the majority of them into our hotel loyalty program while I am just thinking of how much updating we will need to do from each registration card and adding membership numbers to every one who signs up. I would have no problem with this if my parents weren’t always arguing with me that it isn’t my job to stay back every day. I understand that I am rostered on from certain hours but it is always about flexibility, this is what hotels is all about and it is not like I hate my job, I am passionate in what I do here. I wish my parents understood this by now.
I have been given the roster for next week and my boss has given me three days before flying to Europe off! Happy to say I am one happy traveller and not too long until the big day arrives 😀
I had a phone interview today with the reservation manager at Olympic park properties, it went good I believe and he will get in touch with me either by Thursday or by next Monday. With the assistance of my boss I have been submitting transfer forms and my resumes to various properties around Sydney. There was another I submitted today for the new Sofitel in Darling Harbour.
Again it was reservations and if I’m honest with myself, if I had to choose between the two if I got accepted in both, I’d go Sofitel for multiple reasons such as its in the city where I always go every Friday night for either Japanese or Asian street market food no matter what season it is. It is also specifically located in Darling Harbour where I first started working in hotels, seven years ago that is a lot of nostalgia right there. Plus it is a five star property and it is new! Right next to the newly built convention centre.
Either way, both of them are a different direction to my usual Front office job and it be nice for a change, I keep saying in this blog of mine that I have become stalemate in my current position and looking for something fresh to be part of. This idea of leaving Front desk and trying a new department in hotels has gotten me hungry.
A blog where i tell where i get all my goodies in Second Life and show them off in nice pictures ;) Sl is a fun place where there are a lot of nice clothing! So join me, Aaiyana Silverfall, and explore! :D