Cloris Long

Joined January 2018
  • Day3

    Day of flying angels

    February 24 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    I woke up naturally at 7am, destroying my “dream” of weekend sleep-in. Early birds get the worms, we were rewarded with the tranquil Venice with hardly any tourists wondering around its narrow streets. We were hunting for breakfast. When we reached a pier at Academia, we decided to hop on a ferry and go to the belly belly fin side of Venice just across the grand canal. We found a lovely cafe called Maja that served freshly baked bread and beautiful coffee with a panoramic view of Venice, indoor!

    After the relaxing how-I-like-it Sunday breakfast, we hopped on another ferry to head towards San Marco Square for the most anticipated flying of angels parade. Despite a hugh congestion going into the Square, we got in eventually. The Square wasn’t as crowded as I expected it to be and there were a few vintage points where I could see the angels (last year’s Maria) zip lining down to the stage. There were many many well dressed maskers walking around the Square, attracting attentions and being stopped by photo eager tourists. On the stage, classic Venetian court ball were being performed by seriously dressed performers. We enjoyed how the Venetian respect traditions and carried it up from 10th century till today. It might be age, I am not sure about the wiggly moved that was shown to me on the party boat on the first night when we arrived.

    I had a great city break weekend with everything was perfect. The flight times in and out were perfect - I had enough time for the evening activity after arrival and I got back to Malta at a reasonable time that I did not feel exhausted. Although cold, the weather was crispy with clear blue sky - you can’t ask for more to see the beauty of Venice. Food is nice given we all know Venice is a touristic town. Most importantly, the atmosphere of Carnival gave a great charm to this already charming City.
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  • Day2

    Day of Masks and Costumes

    February 23 in Italy ⋅ 🌬 7 °C

    We started our day with our tradition - a free city walking tour. We were shown around the water city narrow streets and winding waterways by an American living in Venice. After a while, all the mini palazzos, bridges and building facades looked the same to me. What I could remember was Venice is shaped like a fish, the best way to navigate is to know where about I am in the fish.

    The weather was gorgeous, blue sky with little wind. We knew there would be a parade in the afternoon from the tail of the fish. After having lunch at a traditional local tapas place, which we called “Italian Sushi” i.e. assorted stuff on top of a piece of bread, and a glass of Apero Spritz (of course! It is originally from Venice), we wondered towards the starting point of the Parade. Along the way, we saw so many people went all out, dressed up in traditionally clothes, full theatrical makeups, and over the top (literally) masks! This was like the Italian version of Melbourne Cup. We stopped every few meters to take photos with fully dressed up participants who were willing to post. I guess this is what carnival is for - you can dress up ridiculously and the only odd one out is those who do not dress up.

    In order to feel being part of the carnival, I bought a mask as well. This was the best €3.50 I have ever spent! Instantly, I feel like being part of the carnival and immersing into the festivity atmosphere.

    The parade a full dressed re-enactment of showcasing 15 most beautiful virgin teens en-route to San Marco Square. This event was cancelled for 200 years because these girls were either molested or raped on the way to the parade! Only in recent years the parade started again for tourists.

    After the parade, we took the slowest ferry to go from stops to stops on the grand canal. Although touristy, Venice’s charm is definitely worths the hype. Blue sky, gondolas, green water, grand facades, beautifully carved bridges, dotted with domes of churches, it is not surprised that Venice has attracted millions of tourists every year.

    San Marco Square had a free outdoor live band playing in the evening to take the carnival to a new high. We danced in the cold for about two hours, absorbed all the carnival flavour. When I checked my Apple Watch, we have walked almost 19km today!
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  • Day1

    Party Boat

    February 22 in Italy ⋅ 🌫 7 °C

    We arrived at our hotel in Venice at around 6pm. After resting for a bit, we headed to a pre-booked party boat. When we got to the pontoon, we were shocked to discovered that everyone was in renaissance costumes with extravagant masks! We didn’t get the dress code memo and ended up being the odd one out.

    At the end of the day, it was a tourist party boat. After the cold meat buffet dinner, we started dancing to live music of Amy Winehouse / Ed Sheerin. I felt strange to see all these renaissance ladies and lords dancing to modern music. Well, we were not in a proper ballroom, whatever happened on the boat, stayed on the boat.
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  • Sep15

    Malta week 5

    September 15, 2018 in Malta ⋅ 🌙 25 °C

    I am assimilating to Maltese way of life - chase, chase and more chase. Nothing happens smoothly on this island and getting frustrated won’t solve the problem.

    Work wise, things are slow due to political turf wars in-between directors. Such a small company but so many power hungry people. I am just here to enjoy the ride and pass go to collect my cash. Most expats here get paid around €60k (my guess). If things don’t go well, we will try to get other jobs in iGaming. Kenny is quite loyal to the company which is great.

    Kenny has been terribly ill as well and I am scared to look at his gum! Settling down is not easy. Sometimes I would ask myself is it worth to move given the life in Sydney is pretty good and comfortable. However, life is like a cocoon, warm and comfortable, but if I don't come out, I will die!

    Some observations:
    - Maltese event starts at least 30min late
    - Private health here does not cover dental, optometry nor massage
    - Language sometimes can be hard to understand
    - Gyms like fitness first is hard to find
    - I miss my standing desk at home
    - I miss the quite waterfront home on Refinery Drive
    - I miss the convenience of having everything I need in my home and around where I live
    - I learn to appreciate good infrastructure, healthcare, and clean & green environment
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  • Sep13

    Malta Week 4

    September 13, 2018 in Malta ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    I am slowly getting used to the life in Malta and it’s dusty environment. At least we have found a place we like and I can’t wait to move in next week!

    Malta environment
    - Everything is God’s will, we just need to be patient
    - Lifts are tiny
    - Roads are bad with potholes
    - Grocery is not cheap
    - Everything needs to be chased, otherwise, nothing will happen. Chasing method: phone call, email, in person!
    - Because it is so small, it does not have everything we need: physio, meet ups, events
    - House parties is the way to meet new people. So far, we have not made much progress
    - Getting out of the island is the best thing
    - Most expats tend to only stay for no more than 2yr
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  • Sep2

    Malta week 2

    September 2, 2018 in Malta ⋅ 🌙 27 °C

    We slowly get to know the different areas better and narrow down our search for our new home: St Julian’s for the convenience to the casino, Tower Road Sliema for the view and relatively quiet, border of Sliema / Gzira for value for money, and perhaps St Paul’s Bay / Dingli in a year’s time for the country town feel.

    I am also slowly getting out of the sick hole. Rinsing through salty seawater helps to get whatever crap out from my respiratory system. However, my back pain is still an issue.

    We start our cheap ass in action. First by filling up water bottle with €0.10/L from the ever busy road side water station. Secondly, we hunt for value for money supermarket. So far, Malta supermarket is winning by miles.

    This weekend, we also go for a proper beach hopping. Going from one golden beach to another, enjoying the sunshine and crystal clear water.

    Work is non motivated. Too much to bitch about. The best is to say I choose to be a nice person instead of starting wars left right and Center.
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  • Aug24

    Malta Week 1

    August 24, 2018 in Malta ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    So here we are, in a wimp we have landed in the middle of Mediterranean. The office is still under construction with noise coming from left right and Center. The Malta team is lovely and Mel has been very supportive.

    Life is not easy here. We are paying first world price and getting third world quality service.

    - We can only drink bottle water. Tap water is hard water an is not safe to drink.
    - Hard water is not good for my hair. Most apartments need to install extra pump to keep the water pressure up.
    - Driving is crazy here. Parking is a nightmare.
    - Island time. Everything is God’s view.
    - Dust Pollution due to not having enough rain dries my throat.
    - Food, especially seafood, is not cheap. Wine is cheap though.
    - It is fairly hot in the middle of the day and I can’t stand aircon.
    - Maltese are generally very helpful and polite.
    - Unsure about the healthcare situation here
    - Mosquito might be an issue
    - A lot of stress of moving around, living out of a suitcase and mess everywhere.
    - Not everything is within walking distance and not that at meet ups around to meet new people.
    - standing desk not set up and cause lots of pain!

    - 6am start isn’t too bad. I do need to have a nap in the morning or in late afternoon though.
    - Most people work from home or from Mel’s penthouse. Only the initial few days I feel I am with the team, the rest of the time I feel quite isolated even I go into the office.
    - Unsure about what my job scope is now and feel that I have been left in a hole. I am a bit jealous of Pez who has Chris Kosh to hold his hands.
    - I don’t feel right about the politics within the company and not knowing who is siding with whom here.
    - I still don’t have good feeling about Claire who talks up everything. She is very different from those who are successful that I have encountered. I just have to entertain the dance for the time being.
    - Unsure how long it will take me to marry / get excited about the gambling industry. Perhaps 3 years?
    - I don’t like the style of Jonas and how he treats some of his staffs. Mel may not have the industry experience, but she certainly knows how to manage and motivate staffs.

    At the end of Week 1, I become sick 😕
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  • Day21

    Tough day

    April 28, 2018 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Today is the day jetleg starts kicking in. I woke up at 7am and started feeling very tired at around 3pm. I even skip dinner and go to bed at 9pm!

    My Facebook has been mysteriously locked out. I suspected it has been hacked because my FB Ad budget was used to promote Canvas shoes last week! My hotmail account has been locked out as well! When things go into shit, they go in bundles! First is the passport, now is half my life (the social media life)!

    Meals in HK:
    Fri breakfast: MX noodle + 糯米鸡 (OK)
    Fri dinner: roasted goose + tofu
    Sat breakfast: congee + 肠粉
    Sat lunch: drunken chickens + 菜心
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  • Day20

    Long Day of working

    April 27, 2018 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    An unaccompanied Chinese boy is sitting next to me for the whole flight. OMG, I seriously need to reconsider the fertility option. I suspect the kid has ADHD (or all kids are like that) that he laughs and moves his hands around while watching TV, folding and unfolding the tray for a few hours. At one point he even wants to touch my screen - not until I slap his hand! I will be a terrible impatient mother!

    Land in HK at 6.30am, I go as efficiently as possible directly to the hotel, freshening up and have a quick bite, I am back at hkcec. The day wasn't too bad and the jet lag has not kicking in yet. I even go out to have dinner with Candy till 11pm.
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  • Day20

    Transit Day

    April 27, 2018 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    I go for a morning walk around the block, buy a nice cup of coffee from a boutique coffee shop, a focaccia, then sit in a park to watch Milan citizens to wake up to another work day.

    Ciao Italy! It has been a whirlwind trip and not easy being away from home for so long. The country is not perfect and your people are not the nicest, you produce some of the most superior food and wine with negative unit economics. Dealing with your constant delay and unsympathetic staffs is truly a nightmare. Ciao for now until I am back to Europe next.Read more

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