In my student days, I rarely went to the gym. I played sports, yes but never really bothered with working out in a gym. This was the skinny me taken on a cruise ship in Sweden a few years ago back in my student days:
Then when I started working early last year, I realized that everyone, literally every one, had a gym membership. I then remembered that my company Accenture sponsors gym memberships for any employee who bothers to get one, so I started with True Fitness @ Jaya 33 back then.
Many of my friends are gym freaks who bring protein shakes and stuff to work. I guess it does make sense â€“ there are public occasions where you want to look good without clothes onâ€¦ e.g. at the beach.
After I signed up a membership and started going once a week (ridiculously infrequent according to my dumbbell-hugging friends). I chose True Fitness because Wei was a member there and was able to get me a discount!
True Fitness was pretty awesome, with its own swimming pool, ample facilities and lessons of any type, and the fact that I went to the outlet in Jaya 33 meant the people were more down to earth gym-goers than egoistic show-offâ€™ers.
But since I bought an apartment in Damansara Heights and started a new project with Maxis, I started finding travelling to Jaya 33 a hassle. I only go to the gym during weekdays and found travelling to SS2 during rush hour a pain.
So last month I cancelled my True Fitness membership and signed up at Celebrity Fitness Midvalley branch with Steffen. It turned out that both Accenture and PwC (where Steffen works) have got special corporate rates at Celebrity!
Midvalley is much more convenient for me because the Accenture head office is in the Gardens North Tower anyway. And since both Steffen and I have offices in KL Sentral, this was the perfect choice!
Weâ€™ve been hitting the gym more frequently lately and I found out that a lot of Accenture folks are members of this gym as well!
We got an even better news last week when a new outlet opened in Nu Sentral and that means I can literally walk to the gym from my office, workout, take a shower, and get back to the office (if I want to)
Letâ€™s see if I can sustain this momentum. The problem with gym memberships getting paid for by your company is that you do not feel the financial pinch when you skip trainings.
Iâ€™ve been really busy with work lately.
My project is approaching the end of its first phase and I have been sitting with my clients every day for the last couple of weeks and will continue to do so for the next few.
As usual I canâ€™t comment much about my work but I can say that we are at a rather critical phase where I need to obtain signoff from my clients in the next few weeks or suffer a pretty serious setback.
The entire team has literally been working around the clock in shifts to get things done. I fortunately only have to be in the office during the day as my responsibility is with the clients, but I nonetheless stay back in the office till midnight almost daily due to the sheer amount of work to be done. Having to commute between our offices in KL Sentral and KLCC daily doesnâ€™t help either.
I really enjoy my time with the clients, hectic and stressful as it may be. My clients (or at least those that I work closely with) are incredibly awesome people whom I get along really well. We chat and joke a lot and it does pretty well to diffuse the stress.
Some of my colleagues working on more technical tasks have simply been silently slaving away at the back (we jokingly call them elves), but I must say, they are the ones producing the final deliverable to our clients, and they are the true unsung heroes. A couple of my colleagues actually worked 52 hours in a row!
I have been attending quite a number of high level meetings, some involving C-level executives from out clientâ€™s side. Our managing director has also been coming in almost daily, helping out with directional work, attending meetings and handling escalations.
Fortunately, Accenture is really good in dealing with sticky situations, and we have had a lot of help from many additional resources that our top management has brought in.
I am quite fortunate that my team and clients are really awesome people. This job would have been a lot harder if either of them were not.
Fingers crossed for signoff before the end of December! Then weâ€™ll all have a great new year!View More