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breaking in the new office

Posted on by Dalton Dorné Posted in HIGHfashion, just because, workLIFE | Leave a comment

Over the holidays my company moved office, I know, you’re kinda jealous.

On my other blog, I described coming to this office after the holidays…

As if moving 3 times in a year wasn’t enough fun, moving offices is also a super way to ring in the holidays.

After standing in the elevator shaft yesterday morning for 20 mins (a new door lock system was implemented while I was away) to the realization that there are no Starbucks in walking distance of this office, I can say a “case of the Mondays” were in full effect by 9:30am.

However, I think I finally had a chance to break in the office yesterday.

Our new office is much cooler than our last, its an old school with big windows along both sides and is one long room. It has a cool loft feel to it. Walking to the other end of the office to pick up something from the color printer, I was feeling good in my post-Christmas purchases. A new dress and a pair of rockin shoes I bought in the UK. You know that feeling when you’ve got your new clothes on?

Then I stepped through the floor.


That’s right, my four inch heel went through the concrete floor. All four inches of it. Of course this is a soft spot and something is wrong with how the contractor did our floor, but in an office of petite Singaporeans, why does it have to be the big white girl who steps through the concrete?

I took it in stride, but I was less than pleased to see my silver spikes look like it was chewed by a rabid dog…

the working from home dilemma

Posted on by Dalton Dorné Posted in mommyhood, workLIFE | Leave a comment

One of the things I love most about my job, is the general flexibility I have. We all work hard, crazy hours when necessary, but we also believe that when you do have non-manic moments, you should enjoy life. For me, this is the beauty of working from home instead of being chained to your desk, reading gossip blogs and generally trying to ‘look busy’.

Being in a regional role, I travel a lot for work. I’ve missed things like the first day of pre-school, the first time my kid took the school bus, open house, etc. So when I’m in Beijing (and therefore not directly working with people in that office very often) I’m able to work from home – and for this I’m extremely grateful.

I love working from home, not only am I incredibly more efficient (this is where I do my best writing, and what does that say about me??? That I’m a child who resents the restrictions of corporate life? Who knows), but I can also exercise, eat a healthy lunch, cook dinner and spend time with my family. Niamh is in school in the mornings, so its especially quiet then. On top of this? I don’t have to fight the fight in Beijing traffic. A bonus for all involved.

I was recently in Singapore for 3 weeks for work, before that in Bangkok for two and in Hong Kong for one. So naturally, when I got back to Beijing I did a lot of working from home for the first week. After all, I had some making up to do.

It was during a morning break, to make another pot of coffee, that I discovered the greatest challenge to effectively working from home.

You might think this was my toddler. But that would be incorrect, she comes home from preschool has lunch and goes down for a nap – so she’s not in the picture till after 4.

Your second guess might be the lure of the TV. Afterall, we DO have satelite and therefore English TV… Wrong again.

THIS is the biggest challenge to working from home.


Anyone else have pets more in-your-face than your kids?

using your non-corporate voice

Posted on by Dalton Dorné Posted in just because, southern y'all, workLIFE | Leave a comment

Love it. This video has made my day. I for one, have slipped from my corporate voice to my non-corporate voice on occasion! Maybe not with this quickness.

So funny, it makes me homesick. I miss the South.