Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Working Overtime






I love working from home and no matter what anyone else thinks or says, I will continue to strive in this industry for as long as I can. As you know, my copywriting, editing and translation business runs from home. I have a small set-up right here in my house, where I service mostly advertising agencies requiring the above-mentioned services.


As a freelance copywriter, I produce text for a wide variety of products including sales brochures, print advertisements, press releases, newsletters, promotional material and almost everything else that requires written communication to promote or incite a desired response from the product I'm writing about. Working from home means that my schedule is never fixed. At times I'd be totally free with no assignments hovering above my head and this could go on for several weeks! It could also be the other way around and I'd find myself bombarded with jobs with merely 2 hours of sleep as I pull an all-nighter to meet some very ridiculous deadlines my clients just love throwing my way!takbole

Last week for instance saw me working overtime on a huge assignment with a new advertising agency. Aside from the usual planning and handling of advertising, marketing and branding, this particular agency provides Video Production Services for the making of corporate, training, recruitment, TV or even a promotional video. You can also send your own footage to have them enhance your video with 2D graphics, 3D animations, logo animations and stylized effects, which I thought was pretty cool. .

Having just secured a new major campaign, this new client requested both my copywriting and translation services. I had 30 pages of translation to do and a whole bunch of small copywriting jobs on the side. My deadline? Less than 48 hours! I know; it's crazy but I accepted the job, which saw me being awake and zombie-like (from all the typing and translating) for 37 hours straight last week!tension

Over the weekend, I managed to catch up on my sleep and was looking forward to a more relaxing schedule this new week. But you know how the saying goes and when it rains, it pours! Yesterday, I received another huge job from the same client seeking my services again. Deadline this time is before noon today and I have not even started!gigitjari

So right now, I'm trying to pace myself and not get into panic mode, which is usually what happens when faced with such demanding deadlines. The good news in the midst of this hectic frenzy I'm caught up in right now is that I work best under pressure. And with a neat stack of very technical translation coming my way tonight, I am hoping to feel sufficient pressure to get me going and hopefully pull off another last-minute miracle!

My trusty dictionary is waiting for me on my desk and I have my coffee ready. B even bought me a big fat soft cookie from Famous Amos for good measure. It looks like I'm going to be a night owl again tonight; burning the midnight oil as I try to meet yet another crazy deadline in the wee hours of the morning. Any other night owls working overtime out there? Give me a WOOT! minum



LIFE ACCORDING TO ME

126 comments:

Ane,  March 25, 2009 3:51 AM

>:o >:o >:o

Ane,  March 25, 2009 3:56 AM

I hear yah Marzie, I'm stuck editing articles for my mom's free publication, remember I told you I am a part time editor? Well, now I have a job, yay for the $$ but so sleepy! :-P

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Ane,  March 25, 2009 3:58 AM

I always come up with the best ideas or I finish a job right before its deadline! :)

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Ane,  March 25, 2009 4:16 AM

weird how my comments have disappeared Marzie! *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW*

Mariuca,  March 25, 2009 4:29 AM

I remember Ane and I said it was a cool job! Yeah the :-$ :-$ is good, but the deadlines are crazy sometimes! 8-) 8-) *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW* :-E

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Mariuca,  March 25, 2009 4:31 AM

YAY! I know it's crazy but that's what usually happens when I get a crazy deadline! =-O ;) *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW*

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Ane,  March 25, 2009 4:36 AM

I know, but actually, my deadlines are weeks away, yours I can't believe
they give you like 48 hours to work on stuff! :-0

Mariuca,  March 25, 2009 7:49 AM

*DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW*

Mariuca,  March 25, 2009 7:50 AM

Testing comment!

Mariuca,  March 25, 2009 7:51 AM

Something is wrong with my JS Ane! I lost all my replies here to your comments!! >:o >:o >:o >:o >:o

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pinaymommy,  March 25, 2009 7:51 AM

Oh GP! Hugs for you! :) Good thing you have someone as supportive as B. That is so sweet. :-D

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Mariuca,  March 25, 2009 7:53 AM

Most of my deadlines are crazy Ane, but it's good :-$ :-$ :-$, which is hard to resist sometimes! =-O =-X :-[ :-[ :-[ :-$ :-$ :-$ :-$

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Mariuca,  March 25, 2009 7:53 AM

Love ur CHOP smiley Ane! ;) ;)

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Mariuca,  March 25, 2009 7:54 AM

:* :* :* Ane!

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Mariuca,  March 25, 2009 7:54 AM

I hope the comments are okay now Ane and YAY for that extra 1 point here woot! :* :* :* :* :*

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Phatelara,  March 25, 2009 7:58 AM

Wah wah...time to chew some dosh! :-$ :-$ :-$ :-$ :-$

Phatelara,  March 25, 2009 7:58 AM

Congrats Ane! :) :* ;) 8-) :-P

Mariuca,  March 25, 2009 8:02 AM

Morning Ruby, thanks so much for reading. And yes, B is my pillar of strength, he truly is extremely supportive in my choices. Thanks love! :)

kruel74,  March 25, 2009 9:52 AM

How to get in this line huh? You were full time then became part time or you look for your own job? My wife just being certified translator from Institut Terjemahan Malaysia and is trying to break into this type of job. Just wondering...

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Monica,  March 25, 2009 10:32 AM

>:o >:o :'( :'( :'(

Monica,  March 25, 2009 10:51 AM

Yay! you received another huge job Mariuca!! so happy for you :-$ :-$ :-$

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Jackie,  March 25, 2009 10:55 AM

Yayyyyyy for Mariuca....it may be a lot of work...but it's money right? :) :)So sorry I am down and can't visit anyone. I am just sick over missing LJ'S big week :'( :'( :'(I could just scream >:o >:o >:oT here that felt better. :) :)

Jackie,  March 25, 2009 10:56 AM

I won't be back until Thursday night my time or possibly even Friday!! So I will get caught up on drops then. Thanks for keeping up my drops...I love all of you guys so much!! :) :) :* :*

Monica,  March 25, 2009 10:56 AM

that was very thoughtful of B,...cookies + coffee= yum yum!!! ;) :)

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Jackie,  March 25, 2009 10:57 AM

Then I'll be back on your board as a top talker!! :) :) :* :* 8-) 8-)

Shemah,  March 25, 2009 11:01 AM

Marzie!!! Wow.. bz bz bz... That was some deadline, huh? But more :-$ :-$ :-$ wouldn't hurt, right? Anyways, I hope you get to catch up on your much needed rest. Takut you get more sinus attacks kalau tak cukup rest.. *hugs*

Shemah,  March 25, 2009 11:01 AM

congratulations Ane dear! :) :) 8-) 8-)

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Janice Ng,  March 25, 2009 11:33 AM

Poor Marzie got to work extra OT at times :'(

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Janice Ng,  March 25, 2009 11:34 AM

But especially FREE on other days too. LOL :-P

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Janice Ng,  March 25, 2009 11:34 AM

Thats the working time for a freelancer. :*

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Janice Ng,  March 25, 2009 11:35 AM

I see that you are doing all so well. So what do you do when you are 'jobless' at times? =-X

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Ane,  March 25, 2009 12:57 PM

Are my comments back Marzie?

Ane,  March 25, 2009 12:58 PM

I hear yah Marzie, :-$ :-$ :-$ is my driving force to get the job done too, lol! :-P

Ane,  March 25, 2009 12:59 PM

Hugs Mon! :) :*

Ane,  March 25, 2009 1:01 PM

Yay indeed! :) My comments are back marzie!! :) :*

Ane,  March 25, 2009 1:05 PM

Thanks Debbs! :) Am hoping to get one over at CnS or HC or ROTP too! :) :)
:*

Phatelara,  March 25, 2009 1:08 PM

Lol! There's a new post at HC now. :) One more at both CnS and ROTP later. ;) An maybe at PW too! :)

Ane,  March 25, 2009 1:13 PM

Thanks Shemah! :) :*

Kima,  March 25, 2009 2:02 PM

So not fair. I was up 24 hours waiting for your new post so that I can chop, and you never made a new post :-( They had to rush me to the hospital, ICU, give me IV, electrical shock to bring me back from the otherside etc. including a mouth to mouth resuscitation :D

Anyhoo, I'm chopping nonetheless! :-)

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Jean,  March 25, 2009 2:12 PM

WOOT!

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Jean,  March 25, 2009 2:13 PM

eh, a PB!! congrates, marzie!! :-$ :-$

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Jean,  March 25, 2009 2:13 PM

how's yr job, marzie? hv u submit to client already?

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Jean,  March 25, 2009 2:13 PM

Hv a lovely Wednesday! :* :* :*

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eastcoastlife,  March 25, 2009 4:23 PM

I used to work crazy hours and on deadlines. Now, no more. Age is catching up. :)

eastcoastlife,  March 25, 2009 4:24 PM

Work so hard, must also play hard! The economy needs you, go out spend money lah! haha....

JL,  March 25, 2009 5:54 PM

Wow, don't stress yourself too much. Try to do one thing at a time otherwise you will get burned out from the fatigue. I've been in that tight schedule before so I understand. Take care of yourself so that you can take care of other. :-D

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Mariuca,  March 25, 2009 6:17 PM

Hola Debbs! :*

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Mariuca,  March 25, 2009 6:17 PM

Hi Shemah! 8-)

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Phatelara,  March 25, 2009 6:21 PM

Hola busy bee! :):)

Mariuca,  March 25, 2009 6:29 PM

Byknye blog u Debbs! Konpius tgk! :* :* :*

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Mariuca,  March 25, 2009 6:30 PM

But I got to chop at CnS today so YAY! :-D :-D :-D

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Mariuca,  March 25, 2009 6:32 PM

My first WOOT, thanks Jean! :* :* :*

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Mariuca,  March 25, 2009 6:37 PM

:* :* :* :* :* :* Sandman!!!

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Mariuca,  March 25, 2009 6:39 PM

I posted this really late la ha ha ha, sorry dear! But a * post is coming up next, so stay put! I bet the nurses had a blast attending to u in the hosp lolz! ;) =-O =-X :-[ :-D :-D

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Mariuca,  March 25, 2009 6:40 PM

Ur comments came back early this morn Ane, dunno what happened there but good to have things back to normal yay! :* :* :*

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Phatelara,  March 25, 2009 6:41 PM

Tak bnyk lah, only 4 lol!! ;);)

Phatelara,  March 25, 2009 6:42 PM

Yes, you did, Marzie! Sempat lagi mengechop in between translasi lol!!

Mariuca,  March 25, 2009 6:45 PM

:-$ :-$ :-$ :-$ Debbs! Sekejap je PB ni approve Debbs, caya la RM! :* :* :* :*

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TH,  March 25, 2009 6:49 PM

hi.. zoombie.. :)

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Mariuca,  March 25, 2009 6:59 PM

Hey Kruel, I was working with NST and BERNAS prior to leaving my job to pursue my freelance dream. I looked for my own clients thanks to my NST contacts! Good luck to ur wife. :* :* :-D :-D :-$ :-$

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Mariuca,  March 25, 2009 7:01 PM

:* :* :* :* :* Monica!

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Mariuca,  March 25, 2009 7:02 PM

He he he tenkiu Mon! Mariuca needs to go on another vakasi so must work hard now! :-$ :-$ :-$ =-O =-O =-X :-[ *DONT_KNOW*

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Mariuca,  March 25, 2009 7:03 PM

Mon! I made an "announcement" at ur blog sweetie but maybe u were zzzzz oredi when I posted this, look out for the next * post okay? :* :* :* :*

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Mariuca,  March 25, 2009 7:09 PM

:* :* :* :* Jackie!

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Phatelara,  March 25, 2009 7:12 PM

Oh $$$!! Haritu mine oso sekejap dah approve. RM mmg best kan! :)

Mariuca,  March 25, 2009 7:12 PM

:-$ :-$ :-$ :-$ That's right Jackie! And I need me lotsa cash he he he! Thanks so much for stopping by Jackie. :* :* :* :*

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Mariuca,  March 25, 2009 7:17 PM

Oh my bad, I did not see this comment earlier! Wow Friday is a long time Jackie, hang in there. Yup, I dropped my cards at both ur blogs already today YAY! Love ya! 8-) 8-) :* :*

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Mariuca,  March 25, 2009 7:17 PM

Btw Jackie, today is LJ's anni. So u can still pop in to say hello! Are u still not getting connection dear? *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW*

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Mariuca,  March 25, 2009 7:20 PM

Hey Mon, thanks for noticing this part! Yeah la, some more my fave soft cookie from FA he he! ANd yup my iced coffee, so refreshing and yum! :* :* :*

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Mariuca,  March 25, 2009 7:20 PM

Thanks love! :* :* :* :*

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Mariuca,  March 25, 2009 7:23 PM

Looking forward to chit-chatting with u sweetie! :* :*

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Mariuca,  March 25, 2009 7:24 PM

Shemah!! Busy bumbles la me this week! :-E :-E But must do work so can get more :-$ :-$ :-$ lol! =-O =-X :-[

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Mariuca,  March 25, 2009 7:26 PM

Betul tu Shemah, if I don get enuff rest, it will trigger off an attack ACHOO!!! Thanks for reminding me dear, love ya! :* :* :* :*

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Mariuca,  March 25, 2009 7:28 PM

Janice! Poor me, some more got no maid so still have to clean house!! :'( :'( =-O =-X :-[ :* :*

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Mariuca,  March 25, 2009 7:31 PM

That's one of the best parts abt working on my own Jan! Sometimes so free can relaxi taxi lol! :* :* :-[ :-[

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Mariuca,  March 25, 2009 7:33 PM

Yeah lor Jan, sometimes in the morning, sometimes at night, never fixed lol! :)

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Mariuca,  March 25, 2009 7:39 PM

Jan, when I am "jobless", you will see me blog away, drop ec like mad and happily commenting on other ppl's blogs lol! Happy Wed! :* :* :*

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Mariuca,  March 25, 2009 7:41 PM

Hi ECL, so u understand the thrill and stress all in one! :* :* :-D :-D

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Mariuca,  March 25, 2009 7:42 PM

Ha ha ha funny u shld mention that ECL, my last job focused on that very same issue, spend more for economy sake LOL! :* :* :-D :-D

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Mariuca,  March 25, 2009 7:42 PM

ECL, of coz will play hard as well. My wed anni is coming up, so will plan my weekend getaway around that time yay! :* :* :* :*

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Mariuca,  March 25, 2009 7:44 PM

Hey JL, thanks so much for ur concern. I am used to all the odd hours and last-min deadlines, but yes, must not overdo it! Have a lovely evening and thank you for dropping by today. :* :* :-D :-D

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Mariuca,  March 25, 2009 7:58 PM

He he money talks right Ane? Then can shop away lol! :)

Mariuca,  March 25, 2009 8:01 PM

Thanks Jean, this was a good PB, tak kedekut sgt! :-$ :-$

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Mariuca,  March 25, 2009 8:05 PM

Hi Jean, thanks for asking sweetie! I finished yesterday's load oredi, but then today got new job and also still waiting for update on the previous job! Still bz bz bz! :-E :-E :-E :-E :-P :-$ :-$ :-$

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Mariuca,  March 25, 2009 8:06 PM

You have a beautiful Wed night with M kay? Hugs! :* :* :*

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Ane,  March 25, 2009 8:08 PM

I know Marzie, so nice that you finally got my comments! :) :*

Mariuca,  March 25, 2009 8:35 PM

Yeah Ane, it was weird cause both blogger dashboard and the post page itself showed 2 different total comments. I restored at JS like 10 times, but still couldn’t see ur comments. In fact the whole box was missing at one point! So yes, am glad to have them comments intact! :)

Mariuca,  March 25, 2009 8:37 PM

Mmg best Debbs and to think I didn’t bother with it at first cause I tot they only pay 50%, until u told me otherwise! :)

Mariuca,  March 25, 2009 8:40 PM

He he he holaaaaa TH! Still a zombie here lol, how was ur day? :)

Phatelara,  March 25, 2009 8:41 PM

Berapa percent ah? I oso forgot! Hehehe...

Phatelara,  March 25, 2009 8:42 PM

Gonna watch OIAM top 8 now, Marzie! Waaaatch me talk about them shortly lol!!

Mariuca,  March 25, 2009 8:43 PM

And and…. Now finishing up my EC drop for WOAFS!!! MPG dah habis woo hoo!!! GP is on a roll! :)

Mariuca,  March 25, 2009 8:44 PM

Buzz2 Debbs, dah makan ke? We’re still thinking of our menu!

Mariuca,  March 25, 2009 8:44 PM

Byk la tu Debbs! Pelbagai topic some more, craft blog la, celeb blog la, money blog la! ;)

Mariuca,  March 25, 2009 8:45 PM

He he he ok ok, I will waaaaaatch u talk abt them soon! ENjoyz!

Mariuca,  March 25, 2009 8:46 PM

Semua la kan, mana ada %, I think that was for direct offers with RM. Yg I buat so far, semua 100% kompensasi woo hoo!!!

Fida Abbott,  March 25, 2009 9:53 PM

Gosh!!! Yo are really a hard work woman.
Well, I ever have the same thing. but when it was done, something even could not tell. Incredibelly satisfied!!! O:-)

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Ane,  March 25, 2009 10:12 PM

Yes Marzie, I miss shopping away! :)

Ane,  March 25, 2009 10:15 PM

Whew! I'm glad you have them back too! ;)

Phatelara,  March 25, 2009 10:21 PM

Am back! Tadi dah makan, Marzie. Sambil nonton OIAM lol!! What la you had for dinner?

Phatelara,  March 25, 2009 10:22 PM

Am thinking of starting another blog, Marzie! Boleh? :P

Phatelara,  March 25, 2009 10:24 PM

Alamak alamak alamak! You're right, GP! Amylea and Esther were great! The others were blechhh. :)

Phatelara,  March 25, 2009 10:25 PM

I laik the word kompensasi woohoo!

anny,  March 25, 2009 10:29 PM

U work crazier than i do.. hahhahahaa.. take a little break too ya.. even though it is impossible.. :) take care ya!

Shemah,  March 25, 2009 10:29 PM

Yay debbs!! Start another one.. more kaching!!! :-) :-) :-)
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Ane,  March 25, 2009 10:30 PM

Me also Debbs, thinking of starting another blog but am still trying to
think of a name... :-D

Phatelara,  March 25, 2009 10:33 PM

Aiyo, Shem...how to manage? Like that have to do OT every day lol! :):)

Phatelara,  March 25, 2009 10:37 PM

Ane, what's your new blog topic? :):)

Ane,  March 25, 2009 10:46 PM

into the unknown and taboo and gross and stuff like that Debbs, or maybe
something about movies and tv series.. :-D

Roxiticus Desperate Housewives,  March 25, 2009 10:51 PM

Vote vote vote!

Roxy

Phatelara,  March 25, 2009 10:58 PM

Oh both topics are interesting, Ane! I'd love to know more about your culture. :)

Ane,  March 25, 2009 11:11 PM

Thanks Debbs, am still thinking of a name though... :-D

life ramblings,  March 25, 2009 11:23 PM

i hate deadlines. They hang on the horizon, reminding me that I need to get it done within the stipulated period and that I can't rest until I do. :-P

life ramblings,  March 25, 2009 11:26 PM

i hope you won't overstrain yourself.

life ramblings,  March 25, 2009 11:27 PM

good night and happy working! :)

foongpc,  March 26, 2009 1:14 AM

But then again, make sure you take care of health, otherwise work so hard only to see all your $$$ going to medical bills! *touchwood* :)

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Shemah,  March 26, 2009 1:43 AM

**touchwood touchwood**
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Phatelara,  March 26, 2009 8:49 AM

Hi Kak Emi! How are you? Dah sihat ke?

Mariuca,  March 26, 2009 4:05 PM

Thanks Shemah lol!

Mariuca,  March 26, 2009 4:06 PM

Thanks for reminding me Foong, yeah I need to jaga my health too of coz. Some more me with my sinus problem, need to get vitamin C from Guardian! And Gingko! ;)

Mariuca,  March 26, 2009 4:06 PM

He he hola Emila!!!

Mariuca,  April 15, 2009 5:14 AM

Ha ha same here LR!

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