Friday, June 6, 2014

Matthew 7:7

"Knock, and it shall be open. Seek, and you shall find. Ask, and you shall be given."



How true.

The past week was in fact, the BEST week I had this year. It it could have been the best week for the past donkey years. It marks a milestone in my life. 

Having to come out to work as a contract staff hasn't been this rewarding. I planned to take a contract role because I would be traveling in mid August to the end of the first week of September. Three and a half weeks, that is. Most organisations would probably be rejecting me because, who am I to take three and a half weeks of leave?! Am I the boss? No. I am just, a fresh graduate, from a private university - SIM. And so, after a good 2 weeks, I found a contract job in StandChart for 3 months, which would have already been ended but I got extended till end of July, with an increment, which I was really happy with. But that wasn't the best news. 

I was so worried about losing out to my peers because it seemed that all my university classmates already found jobs with pretty decent pay. And me? Contract staff, probably losing out on extra 5-6 months of working experience, losing out on bonuses and benefits, losing out on everything. I was upset for a period of time and got really stressed finding perm jobs which I would be able to start when I come back from my grad trip. This competitive nature in me really brings me down sometimes that I wish I could just be a little bit more normal haha. But that really meant a lot to me. Worse part was, I sent out resumes during lunchtime, after work, and even when I was at work I was on my phone, one after another, but got no replies. That was really saddening, and made me even more stressed than already was.

And then one day, one of my mentors actually asked me if I like writing reports because there was an internal job opening and I couldn't wait to pounce on this opportunity because I knew I needed to find a job. I cannot be coming back from my trip without a plan, a future, a penniless me. So with the help of my mentor, she sent my resume out and a week later I was called out for interviewS. First interview was so impromptu. I remember I was so engrossed in my work and suddenly my mentor grabbed my arm and told me "That boss wants to have an interview with you now." "HUH, NOW?!" I was so unprepared. I was so nervous. I was prompted by the interviewer to ask questions but I had none. My mind was blank and I didn't talk much. And then the next day, I had another interview, this time with two interviewers but I was informed of that interview only a day before. I remembered saying a little prayer and hoping to be calm and collected with confidence. Interview went well but I had to take this test which took me like 2 hours. I was told the test tested me on my mathematical, analytical skills, as well as my flair in writing and technical skills. Came back from the test with my morale at its lowest. I felt like I was being beaten and trampled (pardon the exaggeration haha). I felt lousy. I felt like its the end, the job isn't meant for me.  

A week later, I was called out to the pantry to meet the interviewer and after much consideration, I GOT IT. I couldn't believe. I mean there were other candidates what right??? Why me leh? I am such a noob, from a private uni, and I know nothing. I was told that for my test, I had to brush up on my mathematical skills but I had a flair in writing. This is actually the first time I heard my math sucks and my English is good. In fact, the way I write is nothing fantastic, but my math is way better. 

But nonetheless, I was overjoyed and too happy for words. For the past week, I was waiting for my special email, that came with the offer and my salary. It was waaaaaaaay more than I could ask for. I would never had expected to get this much. I know I have backslided as a Christian and I only say my prayers when I needed to say. I feel bad but, thank You for Your generous provision. I guess its true - from young, my mum drilled Matthew 7:7 in my head. "Knock, and it shall be open. Seek, and you shall find. Ask, and it shall be given." 

My family, friends and Chester was so happy for me when I broke the news to them. I could tell I made my parents so proud of me and I saw them beaming with joy. I could tell how my friends congratulated me and wished me nothing but the best. And I could tell that Chester was really proud and happy for me too. I am blessed and happy to have Chester because most guys have their man pride and whatsoever that a girl should be a girl. A girl should be staying in the kitchen, doing the housework, taking care of children and giving birth. YOU THINK WE ARE PIGS?!?! There are actually many guys who still have these thoughts even though we are in the 21st century. And even guys my age agreed on this fact that girls should be girls. This is disturbing and shocking at the same time given the era we are in.

Frankly speaking, although I am really happy, I have my doubts and concern. I don't actually know if I'll ever make the cut because this is a whole new industry for me to be in, without any prior experience. I am good in math but I am very careless with numbers. I heard of people in the department who does OT like free. I heard that it's very stressful but this is a good job and a good stepping stone because I'll learn a lot. Everytime I see my interviewers, they only have 3 words for me: Steep Learning Curve. It all sounds so scary but I am ever willing to give my best and sell my time there to learn, an hopefully, to climb. I know I am just another digit in the bank but I hope that one day, the management reports I'll be writing, will be recognised. 

Sacrifices aplenty. Given the OT I will be doing, I understand that I will have lesser social time, lesser time with my family and Chester, and lesser, or no me-time at all. And sometimes, I tell myself, as we age, friends and even good friends will tend to drift apart in some way or another because of our busy schedules. That is what my mentor told me too and I couldn't agree more. 

As I move into this new phase of life, in July, which is also the month I turn 22, I hope that this job brings me job satisfaction. I'll still be working as a contract staff in July in the new department to familiarise myself and get some work done. Life, has so much to offer. 

All in all, I would like to thank my Provider in everything. I can't be more grateful. :') 





Thursday, April 10, 2014

Life after Graduation

I always shudder at the thought of life after graduating from University. It's good to be earning my own money and having my own spending power and getting what I want. But I hated the thought of missing out on afternoon naps, not being at home with Perry, and not feeling so carefree anymore. What's worse is that I can't imagine myself working for the next 30-40 years of my life. 

The day came anyway. The day I finally took my last paper and celebrated my 2nd anniversary. Was in search of a job urgently because I wanted to save up for my own graduation trip. Speaking of which, we booked our tickets to Europe on the first week of March! Wanted to book it on out anniversary, in February, but we weren't sure of Chester's academic year in school yet, not until 3 weeks later. 



And so I started my working life. Before that, it was interviews after interviews. If was so tiring, but I am so thankful for Chester for accompanying me for my interviews, carrying my heels, portfolios, certs, MacBook and paraphernalia.

I began working 2 weeks after my last paper. Found a job at standchart. No doubt stressful, I'm learning a lot. Coming from an advertising background, it was a huge jump for me to end up doing financial reporting every other day. I told myself I wanted to try something different. I have always love advertising but I'm not sure if it's going to pay me well. I just had to find a job that pays me better for now so I can have more money for my grad trip, and I really wanted to be exposed to finance. It isn't easy for me, probably because it's the beginning and I still have lots to learn, but I'm trying. Everytime I'm tired, I make myself coffee in the pantry, thinking of both Chester and myself admiring the architectural magnificence in Rome (and eating lots of gelatos), shopping and touring Florence, hiking with breath-taking views in Cinque Terre, visiting Lucerne, Paris and London. And then I have this sudden boost of motivation and get very awake. 

I also hope I make my parents proud that I got a job, especially my mum, that I'm working somewhere she probably wants me to be. I'm not doing this for her, but I, myself really want to try out this industry too. And also, I'm thankful that my parents finally allow me to travel to Europe because 2 years ago, before I could complete my question if I could go to Europe for my grad trip, they said no. Now that I'm working very hard for my trip, I hope they know that I'm working very hard for what I want. 


I barely have time for myself since I started work. Only free time is probably bedtime (which is now), but I'm not complaining. I'm still getting used to this whole working life.



And here's some pictures from the photoshoot & wedding dinner that took place just last weekend. It was really nice spending family time together.














Friday, February 21, 2014

Valentine's Day & our Anniversary & anything else that's worthy of celebration

I was upset that I had to sit for my first final paper on Valentine's Day. Upset that I could not really spend the day with Chester. Upset that I was hurting from menstrual cramps but yet I had to take the paper. After my paper, I sensed something fishy from the boyfriend because he told me to take my time to come over. I knew he was up to something but when I got over, I saw nothing. Still feeling suspicious, I went to take a bath. And then after I took my bath....

.... I came out to this sight. A beautiful sight I never would have expected. Because I hate to see my rose withering, I had these. And it was beautiful I couldn't help but to tear, secretly. Also, I received my first blue box. I was over the mooooon.

The evening went pretty normal. We didn't celebrate Valentine's Day but I got my Valentine's Day cum Anniversary gift on the day itself.

Then came my final and last paper (of my university life) on 17th Feb. Which was coincidentally my 2nd anniversary. Which was also my last day of school in polytechnic 2 years ago. I specifically chose to get together on the last day of polytechnic because I couldn't stand tongues wagging in school. I hated it. We went way before but only made it official on 17th Feb 2012. 

We celebrated our anniversary the next day, and gave him my handmade gifts. We set a budget for our anniversary gifts this year because we wanted to save money for our big trip. But since he spoilt the market, I did so the very next minute and hence the last present hasn't arrived.

So proud of the scarf that I have knitted. After 1.5 months, 2 balls of yarn, approximately 300 metres worth of wool, 20,000 knits and lots of incessant whining, I finally managed to knit at 1.7 metres scarf. And I hope to knit more in the future.




Dinner at Morganfield's.


Fairy lights at vivo

Happy anniversary love.

I love my presents very much. Never underestimate the power of handmade gifts. 



And lastly, I have finally graduated from university. It's been quite a journey. Arrivederci!


Thursday, January 9, 2014

Monday, December 30, 2013

NYE's Eve

An hour and a half to NYE and I really wonder how did the past year flash by in the blink of an eye?! This year was pretty much mundane. But I'm not complaining. I asked for it. It was such as peaceful year for me. Didn't lose anyone I love, spent quality time with the people that matter, guarded myself against people whom I weren't close to, no friends back-stabbing me. Basically I was such a homebody. Apart from school, I spent most of my time at home doing my assignments or accompanying the furkid. Became more laid back. Group projects weren't as intensive as those days in poly. Learning to appreciate nature, talking slow walks and enjoying myself.

I quite like all of it actually. And my efforts are paying off because part of the reason is to save money for my big trip next year, which I really hope would take place. Buying air tickets for two in less than two months!!! Traveling a continent that I've never been to, exploring its magnificence and getting lost.

Can't wait to see what 2014 has for me. I can't wait. Had a great Christmas with my loved ones this year and it was perfect too. Couldn't ask for more.




Sunday, December 8, 2013

November

Spent the first half of November waiting for my chestnut's arrival. Three weeks never felt this long before and I was completely lost when it came to the weekends. Nevertheless it was a great opportunity for me to catch up with friends whom I have not seen in a while and spent a day with my cousin too. And I was also lucky to be offered to work for several events on weekends, which kept me busy over the weekends. And birthday lunches to attend on weekends as well. 

The three weeks of separation (I know I made it sound dramatic) made me realise something too. Glad that Chester was making every effort climbing hills and standing in the cold for more than an hour on a particular spot on the hill every afternoon and night just to whatsapp me. Phone calls weren't an option because i) it is expensive ii) it is a desert and reception was poor (thus he resorted going up the particular spot of the hill everyday) and iii) viber/skype didn't work as well. 

Had a short getaway to Batam for our monthsary. It was the first time we were celebrating our monthsary in 21 months haha. Needless to say, I was happy. Happy that I had a cheap and nice body massage and hair spa too. Bumped into our friends and when we checked out the next day, we had the BEST fish and chips, and went into an apartment at Montigo Resort for a swim with friends. Lucky us!

All in all, it was the perfect short getaway I could ask for. From all my assignments and whatnot.



Friday, October 25, 2013

3 long weeks

So I sent Chester off to the land of Kangaroos and Koalas this morning for an overseas training trip and it will be three weeks long. I know I can't be compared to my friends who are having a LDR but this is going to be tough on me, on US, because both of us are way too sticky and we literally spend 24/7 together when he books out even Friday evening - Sunday evening. Never thought I would be this dependent and sticky and I feel so whiney about this overseas training. 

Which brings me to the topic of why this entire space is all on Chester and nothing else. Reason being, my life revolves around studies, studies and studies I barely have time when my friends and I'm feeling bad about this. And on weekends is when I spend time with C. I can't help but to feel lousy that I'm such a bad friend and it's time that I start making time for everyone else which I would try my best to. 

Counting down the days, can't wait for 13th November to arrive! 

This morning before we left for the airport

And this was exactly how we felt at the departure hall hahaha

Perry's birthday last week!

A friend's birthday celebration at MBS last week

3 weeks ago, Chester had the car and brought me to Marina Barrage for a picnic :) 

And this is me riding on a pony


Friday, October 11, 2013

Caffeine overdose

...which is why I am still awake at 4:39 a.m. and I blame the overly thick tea taste in my iced lemon tea I drank with my late dinner. 

And at this time, is whereby endless train of thoughts flood my mind because "nothing good ever happens after 2 a.m.". For that, I have nothing to offer but a cranky mind with nonsensical thoughts. 
I'm so tired of revision, so tired of writing my dissertation, my thesis. I hope all of it ends soon, but on the other hand, I don't want 'soon' to come too. Yup, nonsensical thoughts like these...

Just let me sleep already, before I get any crankier. Before I go on how overly attached I am, or type out details of how I killed a spider at 2:14 a.m.





Friday, October 4, 2013

Contentment

Andddd, here comes the last quarter of the year. September has been a good month even though it was a hectic one. Glad that the birthday celebrations went well. 

Moving on, I hope October will show me some mercy. Glad to say that I have survived semester 3.1, which means that I would be graduating in a couple of months' time. I pray that I'll get through another hectic month of revisions, assignments and examinations. And I do hope time pass a little slower because I cannot bear to send @chestnutlee to the airport, to Wallaby, for three weeks.

This week has been a pretty mundane week so far. Just me, facing my notes, reciting to the walls around me with whatever I could remember, walking up and down the corridor at home if I couldn't remember what I just memorised, and then getting frustrated with myself. And I haven't stepped out of home, and by home I mean Pinevale, because I have to walk my dog every evening. The only incentive about staying home is that I have zero expenditure on weekdays, which I am pretty proud of. ^^

Someday.... I do hope all these talking and planning about roaming the lovely streets of Florence, sitting at a cafe in Rome just eating gelato and people-watching, watching the Eiffel tower lighting up brightly at night, exploring the city of Genoa - villages with more than a thousand years of history, breathing the nice cold air in Switzerland, would materialize at the timing we planned for. 


This is me, sending my brother on the day of his enlistment and pictures of us when we were much younger. Very sadly, he spent his 20th birthday inside, during his confinement - 1 day just after chest's birthday.

This was on a Friday, the start of Chester's birthday weekend. He lied to me and surprised me the night before when I was busily stuffing mooncakes into my mouth and I suddenly heard the doorbell on a weekday night, thinking who the hell was that. To my very pleasant surprise, I saw Chest and my jaw dropped..... And this was the breakfast for two that I prepared the next morning, in return for that pleasant surprise :')

Happy birthday love.

Headed to our favouritest cafe of all time - Rider's Cafe.

The next weekend, my family and I sent Perry for grooming. This was when he was on the way for grooming, and he was so thrilled as usual because he gets to have a car ride. He usually takes up the front passenger seat because he loves that seat, and made all of us squeeze at the back. Spoilt dog.

Before grooming.

After a $55 grooming, he looked neater, more girly, and smelt so sweet.

The next morning, my parents got my dog a mini armchair because he loves to take afternoon naps on the bigger armchair. So now he has an armchair to call his own. And I don't even have mine. That's fine. This armchair is his 3rd birthday gift in advance.

Taking ownership of the chair as soon as he sees it.

How is waking up to this every morning? To have a fluff ball looking and waiting for you to wake up so he could have a hug? Aww.

His sparkling eyes, I'm in love.


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Half of September gone and I sense that the next half is going to be crazy. Personal life v.s. studies. So many things I wish I was doing right now, but so many things yet to be done. A month full of birthdays of people whom I hold dear, revisions, assignments and more assignments, revisions again, family time...

Sigh I need more than 24 hours a day. Or better time management skills. Or maybe, both.

Chanced upon this - How apt!

"There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. Surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is part of life, getting back up is living."

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Press on press on press on press on Grace

"Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place and I don't care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard ya hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done!"

-Sylvester Stallone,
 Rocky Balboa

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Someday...

I used to think that girls these days are so materialistic. But as I grow up, I find myself being one of those girls too. Which girl does not like carrying a Chanel (or your favourite brands) walking around the streets of Orchard or even on a lazy day? Maybe the changing society is the culprit and the cause of materialistic girls. I can't believe I grew to be one too.

Just then when I was reading an article about finances, I told myself that I would like to be my parents someday. Most people including me, finds joy after a purchase of a branded item. That's happiness. But it dawned upon me that my parents' happiness is just building a happy home and watching their kids grow up. And watching their investments grow. That's their kind of happiness. Never have they splurge on anything because they do not believe in brands. I really look up to them because they think far, unlike us who go for short term gains like material wants and unnecessary luxury which could be easily replaceable.

Everyone's been asking me what is my parents' gift to me for my 21st. I don't have a gold necklace or a gold key, or anything else. Just a newly open investment account under my name and a lump sum of money. I thank my parents for teaching me the value of money and the importance of investment.

I really, do admire my parents. Someday, I hope I can be like them - happy, humble and wise. And my kind of happiness in future would be just like them.


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Perry.

It's been about two and a half years since I held you in my arms and brought you back to this family. We watched you grow from a puppy as small as a size of an adult's palm to where you are right now - a mini 2.4kg three-quarters-maltease-and-a-quarter-terrier dog. It is such a joy to watch you grow up.

Two and a half years later, I still stand in wonder of nature, wondering how did nature bring this angelic little fluff ball into this world, bringing tremendous joy in our family. My family is now even more closely knitted as ever since you came into this humble home. I have never once looked back since I set my eyes on you. And everyone loves you more and more each day. I'm more than honored that you are a huge part in my life watching me as I grow up too, even attending my 21st birthday party haha.

This post is outrageously random but I have not talked about Perry all in a post since god knows when. Loveeee you so much Perryboy!