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into the corporate world [Apr. 1st, 2007|04:44 pm]
Work starts tomorrow....finally! The past few months of being jobless have been rather fun--I've enjoyed a good deal of freedom....Travelling, reading, checking out new movies and dvds, hanging out with friends whenever I wanted, exercising, or even just taking the van out at whim for a fun ride...it was just so chilled-out. It allowed me to evaluate and chart out my life too I suppose. Yet, at the same time, it's been rather hard emotionally and financially. You bum around with seemingly no significant plan/goal while your peers are out there making themselves useful at work, and earning money for themselves for that matter. Yeah, I know I shouldn't compare myself with others, especially since I've always told myself to do whatever I want and not be bothered with conventional social expectations. But it's hard to NOT want to be in the league at times, although I've got to say it's fun to not be in it as well haha. Then there were the money woes, damn. Well I guess starting work will offer me a brand new perspective of life (a good one I hope) and make me feel closer to what I think I want to achieve in my life.

In any case, I have to work for a minimum of 6 months before I can claim my first free air ticket, so I'm now going thru my head: where should I head next??! hahaha, so fun! When I was at the pre-employment briefing 2 weeks back, the HR officer showed me a list of rebated subsequent travel ticket prices for staff to various destinations world-wide, and I must say I was pleasantly surprised! They were really a lot cheaper than the usual market price--long-haul flights were especially worth it!

For now, I need to work on my Powerpoint skills cuz when my interviewer asked me if I was proficient in MS Office Tools, especially PP, I had deceptively said yes. So shameless! hahahaha...I hadn't even done a single PP presentation when I was in NUS! And when there was an actual need of it, it was usually handled by some IT expert in my group, or at least someone who wasn't as pathetic as I was when it came to computers. But then again, PP shouldn't be too hard, right? I am fiddling with it now and it seems pretty manageable...let's hope they won't test me tmr. muahaha. And I pray I will survive the long and arduous journey to Changi from now on. God, I can't believe I now have to get up the same time in the morning as when I was a teacher, rats.
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i have good problems too :p [Feb. 22nd, 2007|12:49 pm]
[Current Location |not at work]
[Current Music |james morrison]

Just when I was all gloomy and forlorn over not having a job, I received 4 offers over the past 2 weeks, and I'm a little torn actually...

1. MCYS--probation officer....hahaha..I will be dealing with delinquent youth and their parents, monitoring their progress and deciding whether they should be charged in court etc....My ex-colleague from the sec sch I'd taught at laughingly commented that I would be handling the same bunch of students, except in a different context. LOL. I turned this down eventually, even though I had a very interesting interview with an immensely open-minded interviewer. She was straight-forward, perhaps even blunt, but nice--too bad I can't see myself in this line of work really. And yours truly has to be put on "probation" myself first, for 6 months, before being assessed on a contract basis. And probation means daily rated pay...no work, no pay. Public holiday you say? Well, tough luck, still no pay...???!!!

2. MOM--Investigations Officer for foreign manpower division. Ensuring that there are no breaches of the foreign workers/employment act, and if there were, to conduct preliminary investigations and proceed with prosecution. Whoa, scary, with an unglam working environment (makeshift-looking and old-sec-sch-lookalike building along Kim Seng Road). Job seems interesting though--and the people who interviewed me looked kinda fun, although I am aware they are not necessarily the people I will be working with :p I took the liberty of accepting this job and they are now processing it--should I pull out eventually due to whatever reason, god knows what kind of stain that would leave me in the civil service.

3. SIA--Commercial Training. Ok, this is not officially an offer since I still have a further interview with them on monday, but manager says it's pretty much confirmed. Will be involved in conducting training in various aspects of SIA Cargo, including seminars, recertification seminars for workplace regulations and other aspects of business support. Gotta be good in writing and teaching adults, and be proficient in Powerpoint!! hahaha, goodness. And I get to travel overseas...YAY!! Now, the down side....the office is bloody damn far, and I will be on a 3-year contract (no annual increment but entitled to other bonuses and stuff)--I know money isn't everything but SIA's bonuses can be a rather significant portion (more so than the civil service), especially since I'm still paying off my debts and I'm saving for further studies. Anyway, it's not like I'm definitely getting this job...haha

4. Mindef--defence policy exec. In charge of advising areas of strategic and defence policies with respect to geopolitical developments. So I was given this question: "Should China wish to allot the SAF Hainan Island for military training, should we take it up? What areas of consideration do you think there are?" Ok, I must admit I was a little stumped by that question, so I "bulled" my way thru, seemingly embarrassed by my incoherent answer, so much so that I was dying to get out of that interview room cuz I felt I was humiliating myself in front of that colonel. Yes, it was a COLONEL who interviewed me. One week later, they called me to offer me the position. How bizarre can all this be??? I dun fancy working for Mindef really, drafting reports and speeches for MPs and Perm Secs, nor do I enjoy travelling with them on overseas diplomatic missions. Eeeww..so not me, and I was prepared to turn this down until they mentioned my salary. My eyes literally popped out....it was GOOD!!!!

So now how? Just gotta go with my instincts I suppose. I need a job that is fun, pays well, not too far from my place, and offers me developmental prospects both in Singapore and in preparing me for my suitability for grad school. Well, maybe no such job exists.

And thank god for this period really, I could do with a few angpows, considering my dire state of poverty. Hope you all had loads of fun (as much as I did explaining to all my relatives my peculiar state of job(lessness).

Yeah right.

"Why did you leave teaching???" "You hate the job ah? Dun like the kids??" "So what are you doing now???"
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what goes around comes around [Jan. 24th, 2007|06:00 pm]
[Current Location |bloody home!]
[Current Mood |apatheticapathetic]
[Current Music |james morrison]

You scored as X - Wheel of Fortune. The Wheel of Fortune represents the cyclical nature of all reality. Life is change. Stability is stagnation. All things pass. Yet for all that things change, the essentials remain the same. The wheel turns - day becomes night becomes day, rain becomes sun becomes rain, joy becomes pain becomes joy. If well aspected in a Tarot reading, this card can indicate good fortune through change, the wheel turning for now to a better position. If badly aspected this card can indicate what appears to be misfortune. It can also represent resistance to the inevitability of change.


X - Wheel of Fortune


XIX: The Sun


XI: Justice


III - The Empress


I - Magician


VIII - Strength


II - The High Priestess


XIII: Death


XVI: The Tower


0 - The Fool


IV - The Emperor


XV: The Devil


VI: The Lovers


Which Major Arcana Tarot Card Are You?
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test test.....shinkansen station in tokyo [Jan. 16th, 2007|10:09 pm]
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Season Greetings! [Dec. 25th, 2006|01:52 pm]
[Current Music |Be Without You--Mary J Blige]

Merry Christmas to all my friends!!! Sorry that I haven't been that active this holiday....got back from Japan last friday night and it's been a rush ever since.

I hope this has been a fulfilling year for everyone, and that this Christmas has been both joyous and memorable. Have a great year ahead!

As for Japan, I will post my pictures soon once I've consolidated everything and undertaken the tedious and numbing task of uploading my pics onto my photo website, heh. Meanwhile, brace yourselves for some Tokyo babes!!!! hahahaha
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irrashiaaaamase!!!! [Dec. 16th, 2006|11:39 pm]
[Current Location |Hatchobori, Tokyo]
[Current Music |Japanese chattering....]

I am here in Tokyo where hardly anyone speaks English and the train system is a total bewilderment to me--I am surprised I have survived this far!

That said, I love Japan and its people...such gracious and lovely people, truly deserving of their reputation. I won`t talk much cuz I have just returned from a trip to Kyoto and I`m dead tired haha--it is really a beautiful city though, so mesmerizing that I wish I could speak Japanese so that I could communicate with these people. I did meet a very dear old Japanese man while Ivan and I were hiking our way up this mountain-temple. A retired teacher, he was very interested in foreign culture and could not wait to show us the wonders of Kyoto. He zipped us around in his car and mustered his best English that he`d picked up years ago....oh what a way to experience the city.

As for the food here, I don`t even know where to start. Let`s just say even their white rice tastes different from that of Singapore`s Japanese restaurants! :p

I shall add more soon, as this keyboard I am using is strangely weird to me....hahaha. oyasumi! :)
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my one day's notice [Dec. 11th, 2006|08:43 pm]
[Current Mood |ditzyditzy]
[Current Music |Moi Lolita- Alizée]

I'm all set for my 10-day trip to Japan tomorrow. Simply can't wait!!! hahahaha...ok peeps, I guess I will see (some) of y'all when I return. By the way, my phone's not gonna work when I'm there, so if you happen to blur blur msg me and not get a reply, think again :-p

I should be checking my email every now and then though, so should you decide that you want something totally exclusive from Japan (say wasabi-flavoured lip balm or preserved ox-tongue *eeeew* or whatever hahahaha), just write to me and I'll try to grant you your Christmas wish, heh heh.

Kooky: Happy birthday in advance!!! and to me too, lol
Wah: If your SEA trip is still on, take good care of yourself yo!

Meanwhile, haaaaaapppppy holidays to all!!!! Don't work too hard ya :) Ciao!!
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just taking a break [Nov. 17th, 2006|10:11 am]
[Current Mood |bouncybouncy]

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or vertaling Duits Nederlands
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nia nia nia-----meaning blah blah blah [Nov. 2nd, 2006|05:02 pm]
[Current Mood |refreshedrefreshed]

I'm serving my notice in my school until December, and I 'm deriving an intensely sweet pleasure from this liberation. Not having to care about anything... Yahoo!! But I'm laden with job(lessness) woes yet again :( DAMN. Anyway, my hod has kindly pleaded with me to stay and help out, including possibly "enticing" some of my friends to try out relief teaching, errm....hahahaha...I doubt I will take up that offer...it's too much for me to take at times :p I'm just gonna see how things go from here...problems, decisions, confusion...what the hell.

ANYWAYS, I'm glad I'm going for a vacation, again!! Should anyone like something from Tokyo or Kyoto, gimme a holler :p

Istanbul is one of the most beautiful cities I've ever visited. The time-honoured architecture stands as a testament to the quaint yet enigmatic charm this city exudes. Keep your eyes peeled, dun even bat an eyelid! lol

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sweet liberty [Oct. 24th, 2006|12:22 am]
[Current Mood |crazycrazy]
[Current Music |voici madame!]

I took the liberty of purchasing my tickets to Japan without first confirming if my school would approve of my leave.....ahhh well, what the heck, I can't care less anyway. I've not been giving them problems for the past 3 months but they're starting to irritate me with their absolute lack of decorum and zero sense of organisation. Anyway.....Yippee!!! Je voyage au Japon! Je suis très excité :) Even though my last vacation was less than a year ago, I've never felt so tired and burnt-out in my life, hence this trip to pamper myself haha. Yes, I'm just gonna return a pauper again, but I've told myself this is gonna be my last bit of indulgence before I start to save some real money next year. hiak hiak.

Miss Pretty Wah: sorry, I know I'd asked you if you were interested in joining me, but in our (ie. Ivan's and my haha)haste and eagerness in trying to get my tickets before the prices skyrocketed and the flight schedules screwed up, we clicked on the "BUY NOW" button, forgetting you haha....hope you won't mind eh :p You can still join me there by getting your own ticket if you want :) Let me know!!

The time now is 12.23am, selamat hari raya! I'm pretty sure the lj clock's gone bonkers again...but I'm going to bed now before I begin a day of tuition tmr, dammit. Bonne nuit!
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