I remember mentioning to my American colleagues when I was working in Loveland last winter: “It’s quite depressing to work in America during winter. It makes you feel like you are working overtime every single day!”
I mean, this is the color of the sky you will see the moment you get out of the office.
The colleague replied: “You get used to it eventually. But yeah, I guess it is a good experience for you guys. You won’t experience this in Penang.”
Yeah, well.. I’m not so sure about that..
We do get similar experiences alright? And the reason is also due to seasonal change. In America, it is because of the winter season. In Penang, it is because of intensely heavy workload season. Really, if you are an engineer in Penang (or anywhere else in Asia really), there are only 2 seasons in your life: heavy workload season and intensely heavy workload season.
And it’s funny that I behave differently. When I was in Loveland, I feel depressed to eat out when I see the dark skies. So I went back to the hotel to cook a simple meal or sometimes have fruits for dinner.
When I’m in Penang however, I feel depressed to go home and cook when I see the dark skies. And I feel even more depressed that I am working late again. So I eat out. Like I did at OldTown last night.
Don’t judge me, this plate of thing is in fact the healthiest meal option in OldTown. There’s real vegetables in the plate. Better than having those nasi lemak rendang or french toast with absolutely no vegetables at all.
I think to improve my health further, I need to move to some place with four seasons in a year. 🙄