Yesterday I worked the breakfast/lunch shift. On a Sunday this means I have to be at work for 7:30am. Having gotten used to constantly adjust sleeping patterns this wasn’t a problem. I work in a modest 3-star hotel and will have worked there 5 years this March. There have been good and bad times, and there have been very memorable ones.
One memorable event happened at lunchtime. After serving breakfast we cleaned up and began setting up for lunchtime. The whole place was busy; a wedding exhibition was on in the ballroom, and in the restaurant we were setting up for a surprise 90th birthday celebration. By “surprise”, this usually means that the other meal guests will have arrived first, and the birthday girl is simply told a meal has been organised. When she arrives, everyone shouts “surprise” and they take pictures of the cake and get on with the meal (the usual).
However, Sunday’s birthday celebration meal was something special. I didn’t learn about any of it until just before setup, but the family were going absolutely all out with this meal. The birthday girl was chauffeured in an old-fashioned limo to the hotel, where she was greeted by a red carpet entrance. A bagpiper fully dressed in uniform then escorted her (while piping of course) to the restaurant (where they had a private area). At that point she simply assumed the bagpiper was part of the wedding exhibition and was doing a performance piece. When she got to the restaurant, only then did she realise it was all for her, and that her family and friends were there for the occasion. To top it all off, music was played throughout the meal just for them by a cello player, a keyboard player and a flautist. The cake was a pink and white teapot and cup set, which I imagine would be quite difficult to keep in shape.
Everyone enjoyed the meal, especially the birthday girl, as it really was her day. Having seen and served many special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries and weddings at Woodlands Hotel, this surprise is definitely up there with the best of them.
I stumbled across this recently and found it to be, well, just downright cool. It’s an action thriller short film by Harry Shum Jr, probably best known for his portrayal of Mike Chang in Glee.
I was very impressed with the special effects, not to mention an awesome lightsaber fight. Watch and enjoy…
As you can see on the sidebar, I have the WordPress Post A Day badge. I’m setting myself a challenge, and aim to post a blog everyday this year. It certainly seems like a daunting task, but I am up for it and I have a feeling 2011 will be quite an interesting year.
There is a kindle in my house. It’s a fantastic e-book reader that can be used to directly access the Amazon Kindle store (through wi-fi) and can store around 3000 books. It’s easy on the eye too, as the screen has absolutely no glare.
I love reading books. Like movies and videogames these amazing stories transport me away from reality and introduce me to fantastic new worlds and characters. The problem is that the physical condition of printed books can deteriorate with time, and they can easily get lost somewhere in the house. The kindle pretty much solves both of these problems. Electronic formats don’t get worse for wear, and all the books are in one place. Like the Blu-Ray disc is slowly replacing the DVD, I feel the e-book format will begin to replace printed copies. Perhaps not in the next few years, but somewhere along the line.
This leads me to an article I came across today. The article discusses the future of textbooks in schools, and the possibility that in the future, the e-book will become the standard for teaching/learning materials.
Here’s the article for further reading: http://wjlta.wordpress.com/2011/01/27/the-future-of-textbooks-in-a-digitized-world/
I found this to be a fascinating read, and it shows the possibility that, in the future, a completely digitized paper-free world as seen in movies, books and videogames isn’t just an implausible dream.
Hi there. As you can see, this is my first blog. It doesn’t have a particular purpose, I just like to share things I find funny or interesting. In the future my blog may start to lean towards something specific, but for now it’s just my way of saying hello.