Life: new job, new routine

Hello my friends!!!! It has been another week without touching this blog, that no matter how busy life gets, I’ll always keep a room in my heart for it! I really admire people who has a full-time job and a family, and still be able to blog everyday! I need to learn to do that!!!


I started working three weeks ago. The first two weeks were orientation/training. It was fun to know all the 34 people who entered with me in the same program. We’re such a diverse people! They are from UK, Nigeria, France, Malaysia, China, Colombia, Bolivia, Brazil, Australia, Austria, Ukraine, etc. They are not all economists, maybe half, and the other half are specialist in Energy, Infrastructure, Water and etc. The only common thing we have is that we’re all under 32 yrs. old! πŸ˜† Other than that…. I’d say…. they’re all very very nice people, very friendly and very smart! I feel so lucky to be part of this group.

This last week I finally joined my current unit. I didn’t know where I’d be working for the first year until last Monday! 😯 And I got the offer in March! And the best part is that I got into the best place!!! Well…. it’s the best for me because it’s the research department- Macro group.I’d never thought I’d end up there! Really really happy!!!

I met with my manager last Monday, he’s a great guy, very senior in the organization. We had coffee, he explains to me what the division does and what I’d be doing. What am I going to do? WHATEVER I WANT!!!! πŸ˜† hahahhaha…. well… whatever I want to do with research! That’s the best thing it can happen to any researcher! Let me tell you, in just a week…. I came up with 3 potential projects already! It’s amazing! Now that I have total freedom and not so much pressure to deliver something right away… I’m more productive than ever! Ideas just fly out!!! I can’t be happier!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I LOVE MY JOB!!!! Such a blast to go work everyday knowing that I’ll manage my day, I’ll have lunch and coffee with friends and co-authors, I’ll go to seminar and conferences that interest me, and I’ll be research topics that I want! Β People….. pitch me! Is this for real? or am I in a dream? seriously…. I can’t believe it!!!

Daily routine

I’m still trying to make it more efficient because as it is, I feel sleepless. I don’t get more than 6.5 hrs a day and I need to get more to function properly. Today, Sat, I woke up after a 10-hrs long sleep. I think that’s a sign of being sleep deprived.

6:00- alarm wakes me up

7:00- 8:00- workout at the gym

8:00-8:20- shower and dress while preparing the breakfast

8:20-8:30- eat breakfast

8:30-8:45- makeup and organize the purse

9:00- arrive the office (Star has been driving to the office for the last 3 weeks! What a lovely husband)

18:00 or 18:30- leave office

19:00- arrive home

19-19:30- prepare dinner

20:00- Star arrives and we have dinner

21-23:00- catch up with Star, blog posts and do some “research” for something BIG!

23:00-24:00- go to the bed and try to fall sleep

We will announce something very BIG very soon!!! We’re extremely excited about it!

(no, it does not involve baby! just in case if you’re wondering ;))


As you can imagine… no time to create sophisticate meals with a schedule like that. Lunch is always at work. Fortunately our cafeteria is VERY good. A lot of varieties: indian, chinese, vietnamese, japanese, sandwich, salad, grill, pizza. All you can imagine basically! So… I’ve been eating good food without having to cook much πŸ˜‰

Some pics of the food that I did prepare:


parfait made with pumpkin puree, fage 2%, raspberries, cocoa powder and almond butter



mmmmmmmmm………… so good


oatbran with blueberries, coconut flour and flaxmeal


black rice porridge + almond butter


accompanied by a PB sandwich


For Star’s breakfast: every two days, I’d prepare a new pot of porridge. This time I used black rice, white rice, dry longan and peanuts


I blended it and add a tbsp of brown sugar


served with a plain bun


I made a vegetarian tandori


used the zanzibar tandori masala, eggplant, chickpeas, tomatoes, bell peppers, spinach and onions.


served with polenta.


stir-fry veggies with tofu with thai sauce, served with brown rice. I had this too many times and still love it!


chinese mustard greens sauteed with oyster mushroom (obsessed with it!)


soup made with winter melon, tomatoes and bamboo.

Okay my friends. Let me leave you for now. Weekend is precious, to-do list is long! πŸ™‚ Hope you have a wonderful weekend! πŸ™‚

Q1: What’s your favorite place in your home?

Q2: What are you cooking this weekend?



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10 responses to “Life: new job, new routine

  1. alain

    Hi Coco! Thank you for still blogging for all of us readers even with your busy schedule. I loved this post because it was so inspiring to see how you fit work/health/life balance. I’m definitely still learning and it’s an ongoing process for me.

    With that said, I am REALLY REALLY hoping you can help me with something. I was born in Shanghai, but have lived mostly in the U.S. Next week I am flying back with my parents to Shanghai (yay! crab season!) to attend my cousin’s wedding. It is quite the big affair since we haven’t been back for 5+ years. I am hoping to find a makeup artist to do my mom’s makeup and hair for the wedding. I know she would just LOVE that. Do you have any suggestions for places to go or makeup artists to try? ANY suggestion would be so much appreciated!

    thank you!

  2. ah i am so happy you are enjoying your new job so much! i love mine as well, it’s the first time in 4.5yrs that i feel like i really “fit” into the environment and feel fulfilled at the end of the day. i’m still trying to figure out my schedule as far as workouts are concerned. i cannot wait to hear your big announcement!! i’m not really cooking this weekend but i did make a really good batch of green juice ;p my fave place in my home is our lounge area right off the outdoor patio. it’s just so cozy!

  3. em

    glad you are loving the new job. i think it’s so important to find something that you love. πŸ™‚ glad you and star are so happy!

  4. I have a guess at what the new something BIG is πŸ˜‰

    I’m so glad you’re having fun!! We need to catch up… soon πŸ™‚

  5. pocketgirl


  6. I’m so happy to hear you like your new job!!
    Now you know what it’s like to be a working women, and to have to make to for meals and blogging…it’s tough…right?! But it’s doable. I missed all of your fantastic food photos, it’s been so long!
    This weekend i’m cooking pumpkin turkey chili. Can’t wait!

  7. So happy to hear that everything is falling into place for you! You’ve had such a busy, fun year and it’s been a pleasure to follow you. πŸ™‚

  8. So glad that you are enjoying your new job so much!!! I have a guess as to what “something big” is. We’ll see if I’m right! πŸ™‚

    Have a great week!

  9. DiningAndDishing

    Glad you are loving the new job! Loving what you do is such a blessing :).

  10. That parfait looks incredible! Congrats on your new job πŸ™‚ So exciting!

    Q1: What’s your favorite place in your home?
    – My bed! I am a sleep lover truly, and my new york apartment is so small that it is its own little world πŸ™‚
    Q2: What are you cooking this weekend?
    -this weekend I made peanut butter cookies for the bf. unfortunately i ate about 30 of them. oops!

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