No Pause To Contemplate

Now, one of my regional superiors just had to inform me on the last minute that they would be coming down to Jakarta for a visit next week, and that they want to meet with my clients… now well, the last week was a long weekend from Thursday, and so I had to manage what I can during the short week, not to mention fit one week’s work in 3 days. My boss was on my case for not getting the meetings fixed quickly, but what can I say? The people I am setting up meetings with are VPs and GMs, and they are not usually ready for last minute meetings, however important the counterparts are. It’s all about time management. Anyway, I had succeded in setting up the meetings with time to spare…

The short work week was filled with a lot of important meetings and decisions, so it really tired me out; but Tuesday I still went for my regular basketball session (I think I want to make it twice a week) and Wednesday there was a late-night meeting at Kemang (I mean really late, ending at 11 PM)…

On Thursday I went on a long overdue (like many things lately) trip to Kelapa Gading with Pitra, and we just wandered about the enormous mall there (we didn’t even go to the upper floors except the CD store, where I found another Ben Folds CD) and had lunch at a Sundanese restaurant… and of course a sesion of pool. As we were practically tired out, we headed back to familiar territory at dusk, also because Pitra had to go to the office (yes, on a holiday), and I had to show up for Anggun’s concert.

To say the least, Anggun’s concert was absolutely entertaining. She is one of the most beautiful and talented actresses from Indonesia; I don’t think any other local artist is up to par with her; but then again, she did grow and learn a lot overseas, whereas artists here only have those stupid music reality shows to compare with (no offense, people of the media..).

Friday was offically an office holiday, although it came out of our annual leave; so I declined and went to the office Friday morning, at 9 AM as usual, and caught up on some work until about 2 AM. Some of my other office friends came to the office as well (although not doing any work), and eventually we went and watched X-Men 3 in the afternoon. Great movie by the way, but I missed the last scene after the credits (only read about it afterwards). There was an invitation to the SCTV Music Awards later that night, but despite coming for the free food before the show, we promptly left the show when it was about to start as we did not get any seats (and the show itself did not have an interesting line-up). Needless to say, the show was a far cry from Anggun’s concert the night before. Leaving JCC at 9 AM, I caught up with Sacha at her place where we eventually joined Saskia and her friend at Kemang…. and that’s where we got trapped by the pouring rain until about 1 AM.

Saturday was another case of ‘no pause’. I went to the gym at about 10 AM, where Sacha was supposed to join (but couldn’t wake up because she slept at the same hour I did), and I worked out until 12 and walked around Plaza Indonesia (and inadvertantly buying yet another CD, this time a special 2 CD 1 DVD pack of Dave Matthews band performing live). I went to the legendary Warung Sekartaji restaurant near my home at about 1 PM, waiting for Oettie, who showed up at about 2 PM. I was going to pitch one of my artists to perform on her event, but when she listened to Krayola’s songs, she preferred us! So, now we have our first gig in place, without the album out yet. Hopefully we can give her her money’s worth.
So later that day, me, Saskia and Lia went to a high-school event where a client opened a stand there; I wanted to observe… and boy, was that the wrong decision. Standing in line with hundreds of overdressed, noisy pre-teens and teens really made us feel old, hahaha… I was totally in shock. We quickly got out of there and went to Warung Apresiasi after dinner, where Oracle was going to play (in a refreshingly sedate environment compared to the high-school event).

So today comes the pause, finally… I don’t think I want to go anywhere today…. I just want to lie down or sit around the house, before another stupendously busy week…

About barijoe

Failed Musician, Reformed Gadget Freak and Eating Extraordinaire.

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