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Piano and Prose

It's an ordinary week, but things thankfully make it to the list of faves:

1. Last week. We're concluding an academic term at the Institute which means the beginning of a three-week light office work. The best part is the internet. Yes, it's allowed as long as work is done.

2. Orchids in bloom adorn Bldg 2 in distinctly bright colors. They hang reasonably proud and they're so beautiful it's a joy to walk past them everyday. They give off cheer as far as five meters away.


3. Piano talents. A friend passed me this URL of a four-hand arrangement of the Blue Danube by Anderson and Roe. Ten minutes of awesome piano prowess! I'm also enjoying Speak Softly Love and Victor Borge as well.


4. Austenprose. As a Jane Austen fan, I'm loving this blog immensely.


5. A nice lecture hall. I'm not sure if it's luck or what. Large groups are usually stuffed in normal-size rooms and that's it. Everyone suffers. But it's a welcome s
urprise to find out I was assigned to hold university classes at the best lecture hall in the campus. Fast and efficient presentation technology on stand by, good acoustics and a comfy sofa to sit on during a 10-minute break help make the job a breeze.

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Comments

Anonymous said…
How lovely to have 3 weeks of lighter work :-) Those orchids sound amazing. I remember seeing them EVERYWHERE at the Changi airport. Must check out your links, Hazel. Thank you!
Susanne said…
Orchids are so lovely and delicate. Love them.

Yay, to 3 weeks of light work and a nice big lecture hall!
Lisa notes... said…
Hope you enjoy surfing the internet more during your lighter 3 weeks at the office. What a treat to get to see the beautiful orchids in bloom! I'd love to see those every day. Enjoy your weekend!
Melli said…
You must be very well respected to have been given the BEST lecture hall of all! I'm sure that makes EVERY week a little bit brighter!!! :)
Jerralea said…
It must be awesome to pass by those orchids everyday! I truly love the flowers that God has invented. It adds so much to our world.

Yay for 3 weeks of light work! You gotta love that!
Brenda said…
How wonderful to live in a place where you pass by fresh orchids on your way to work. Sound like a good week.

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