Thursday, September 29, 2005


I attended a course on the new accounting standards which are going to be adopted beginning in 2006 (once again, let me reiterate that I am not an accountant).

The common characteristic of courses is the food. Or rather, the frequency of them being served.

You practically get to eat every three hours. Or less than that.

The usual program will go like this:
8.30 a.m. : Course starts
10.45 - 11.00 a.m.: Tea break
12.30 - 1.30 p.m. : Lunch
3.30 - 3.45 p.m. : Tea break
5.00 p.m. : Course ends

It is always good to be away from the office once in a while. But the downside is the calories!

If I were to have a three-day course, I can just imagine myself putting on at least a half a pound.

Of course, I could choose to not eat anything during the tea breaks. But then, my organisation provides very good food.

You see, my organisation has a training center for staff and there is this ah pek (affectionate term for a Chinese old man) who has been preparing the meals for participants for goodness knows how long.

Some say that he has been there since the training center was built.

The kuih (savouries) they serve were those uncommon ones – not curry puffs, kuih talam or kuih lapis (layered cake).

I don’t know what they are called; what I know is that they were not-to-be-missed and terrifically yummy. And needless to say, somewhat unhealthy.

One of the savoury was fried popiah (vegetables wrapped with flour).

More often than not, they are not crispy after being exposed to the air for long. But the training center kept the popiahs piping hot when they were served. And still crispy!

During lunch, I tried not to eat more than I usually do. But with assam fish, curry chicken, tofu kerabu-style and long beans, it’s difficult not to.

Fortunately, it was only a one and a half day course.

Unfortunately, I don’t think I understood half of what was taught.

It’s the food, I tell you!

After binging on them, how could one pay attention?

Unless the speaker was deliciously yummy. ;P


Legolas said...

Mmm... Good food, they're just irresistible....

Which reminds me that our company haven't sent us to courses/seminars for a long time, I miss the food....

Spot said...

bleh. had a GP8 seminar last year. zzzzz

i have to attend a full day seminar at Concorde on bloody Basle II this SATURDAY!!!! $%#@% I'm hanging on to the hope that there'll be decent food at least. sob!

weeshiong said...

Haha. So it's your turn to have a kursus, huh? I'm betting if you had a yummy speaker you really wouldn't have been paying attention to what was being taught ;)

Jay said...

Wah I had no idea you accountants were so well fed!

Oooh I just thought of my first ever Malay word play! The non-Kurus Kursus! So cleber.

executorlouis said...

Wow. This is getting me all hungry and bothered. =p

Derek said...

legolas: Heh. There's good and bad to these courses. ;P

spot: Basel II? On a Saturday some more? Poor thing you.

Not my cup of tea. *sips tea*

weeshiong: If the speaker was cute, I'll pay attention on right. And yes, definitely not on what is being taught.

jay: So crever!

It's like what you always post on your blog - parties hosted by Asians.

louis: So is that a good or bad thing?