I wished if I could shout out loud when Hubbie phoned me to let me know that the office experienced yet another break-in. I should have known something was up when Hubbie jumped out of a bed and ran out of the front door like a flash.

Yes, those buggers burglars came back last Monday night. And the same as the last time, they scarpered empty-handed but smashed up the temporary glazing completely this time.

I truly and wholeheartedly want to believe in the goodness exists in my fellow human being. However, my faith in the others can’t help wavering when I am faced with an out-of-order behaviour like this.

So far the only thing I could do was putting our life back to normal and the first thing I did was giving Hubbie a big hug and then got on with a clean-up with a broom and a dust pan.

Later on, a landlord arrived with a team of builders to patch up the window frame with plywood sheets.

Let’s hope the police will catch the bandits…

Bella had no idea why there were so many pieces of glass scattered on the floor.

Now, the police has informed us that they are on the case full time. I hope their investigation will bear fruit because I just can’t take the fifth time!

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Thanks, mum!

Bella received a mega cute Christmas card from Japan! Thanks to my darling mum, who went to an extra trouble to find the card, the gesture brightened my otherwise rather depressing day like a 1000w light bulb!

So why was I blue in the first place? Well, it was because the thieves tried to break into Hubbie’s office (again). Even though they were unsuccessful (again) and went empty-handed, they throw a heavy object at the floor-to-ceiling double glazing next to the front door and it shattered the outside pane completely – thankfully, the inner pane held up and denied access to the thieves. They may have done that out of the frustration but it was such an unnecessary vandal. I just felt sad and angry as I walked on the shattered glass pieces which resembled the glitters in a snow dome.

When I thanked mum about the card during one of our twice-weekly Skype sessions, she was very happy to learn that her card cheered me up. She also explained that she couldn’t resist buying the card because it reminded her about Bella very much.

Yup, their eyes and noses bear an uncanny resemblance…

Even though the dog isn’t a Yorkie like you, it definitely looks like you, my lady.

Bella wasn’t sure when I presented her the card…

If it is not a toy nor treat, what is IT?

I placed the card on the window sill with the rest of the Christmas cards and looked out of the window, observing how grim London looked under the featureless dove-grey sky.

Then at least, I have my mum, Hubbie and Bella, who love me and make me happy no matter how disappointing the rest of the world may be. I must be very grateful and this must be the Christmas spirit…

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Recurring nightmare

It had been precisely two weeks since the thieves broken into Hubbie’s office. And they came back again last night. They tried to take one of our Macs.

But this time, it didn’t go according to their plan…

They were in for a (nasty) surprise. All the Macs were secured to each desk with computer locks, and they remained on the desks. Out of the desperation, they dragged one of the desks to the door but gave up in the end and fled.

Later on, our office neighbours, who lived upstairs and alerted the police, came to see us and recounted how the incident unfolded last night. ‘This time, they rammed the door with their moped!’ Despite the door being fortified with metal plates and additional locks, the thugs bursted it open in less than a minute.

The landlord visited the office in mid-morning, looking vidibly guilt-ridden. ‘We can not come back here until a proper steel door and additional security features such as window grills and more effective alarm system are in place.’ We all agreed.

So we moved all the Macs to my home sweet home again…

Ugh, I am not a sort of girl who lives in pyjama bottoms at home, but living side by side with the actual working office won’t be easy for anyone, will it? No more lying in or walking around the flat in my sports bra and bike shorts after my morning exercise.

Having said that, I do want the office to be properly burglar-proofed with beefed-up security so I can sleep soundly every night.

May be we should have had an Alsatian instead of a Yorkie…

Bella, you are too burglar-friendly…

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Oh boy

I’m just not in the mood to do blogging right now even though I have an ample time to do so. Do you wanna know why I’m so unmotivated?

Hubbie’s office was broken in last night.

I was absolutely gobsmacked when Hubbie phoned me this morning from a front door of his office. He arrived at the door and saw a substantial damage on it with a huge padlock dangling from it…

This was what the police attached in order to secure the door.

Our neighbours, who lived above our office and reported the commotion to the police last night, saw two motorbikes and four guys speeding away from the street.

The actual damage, apart from the front door, was his five Macs. The thieves yanked them off from the desks and took them away. Luckily, they didn’t take any servers or cameras, therefore, they didn’t clean us out.

If you see this mark on your window or door, clean it right away!

A guy from another office on the same street had paid a visit to us and pointed out that the mark on our window was the same one which was left on his basement window. He claimed that the mark was a sign left by street criminals for members of local burglars so they would know which property to break in. And this particular one indicated which business premises had Macs in their office!

Our landlord came with a team of builders later so they could secure the front door. Their electric drill made a loud noise, and poor Bella was freaking out.

I don’t know when I feel like getting back to chronicling my road trip yet. I would like to but feel a bit too distracted…

You know what I mean…

The criminals made such a mess on my desk, and I am too depressed to sort it out right now… 😦

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