Starting Again

I got transferred to the sister brand of the company- Smoothie House. So instead of dealing with meat-free meals, I am now handling desserts. More specifically Taiwanese shaved ice. Personally I find it difficult to associate myself with desserts. After all I joined the company hoping to encourage people to take care of themselves through eating well, instead of indulging in dessert. So technically it was another challenge to represent the brand.

Long story short, for the past 2 weeks (excluding my fever) I was stationed at the main outlet and learning everything from scratch. Honestly at the time of typing this, there are still 34532841 things I have yet to be familiar with, and I am still not an expert at shaving ice.

Last week I got transferred to the Raffles Place outlet, which meant new environment, rebuild chemistry and camaraderie with new colleagues, familiarize where supplies are kept etc etc. Apparently there is only 1 staff (aunty) permanently stationed at Smoothie House with fixed working hours, while the rest just come and go wherever manpower is needed. Honestly I felt rather unsettled and uncertain.

Customer demographics wise majority are office workers. So our peak hours are only during lunch time, because most people would have gone home/go for drinks by dinner time. Pace wise it is much slower, and during dinner time the atmosphere is quite deserted. Unless a few customers start buying and then the rest start following suit. Last Thurs I wanted to close at 9pm and then this dude came in with 3 other friends at 8.58pm thereabout. Felt bad to inform them that we are closed so I took orders. And guess what? Even more customers came in because they saw people ordering wtf. Not trying to say that I am unhappy with the sudden crowd, but there was only me during that night shift that day and there was so much to clean up.

Kinda miss the atmosphere at the main outlet but you won’t grow if you don’t step out of your comfort zone.

There are other management trainees like me around and of course vying for the office job. Part of the competitive me feels tempted to pitch myself against them and see how much we are progressing. I would very much like to sit in the office lol but the other part is telling me to just take 1 step at a time and see where it leads me to, instead of being ambitious.

Okay it’s late now. Goodnight.

The Buzzfeed Cube Test

This video has been going viral on facebook (typical of Buzzfeed vidoes) so I decided to give it a try.

Here is how I answered and fared: (I drew it out to show that I am not fabricating any results)

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-Seems like my ego is big, like Zlatan Ibrahimovic!

-Not very open to people

-Very grounded

-Relatively close to friends

-Can be depended by friends for support

-Turns out that I like my relationships to be wild

-I want 5 kids

-And I am thinking of having 5 kids badly!

-Meanwhile, stress is far away………

Hahaha stress is far away? I think I am in self-denial.

Okay that’s all. Go give it a try!

What Results? Can Eat One?

I have been so entrenched in working life that I forgot that today is exam grades release. My friend from NTU whatsapped me this morning to wish me all the best and I was like “Results?! What?!” No wonder I slept so well last night.

Moving on to a larger picture – Results, honors grades classification, grades, marks….. I realised that they don’t matter to me at the end of the day. This status encapsulates the change in my mindset after being subjected to over a decade thereabout of Singaporean education. Sorry, I just had to add in the adjective “Singaporean”.

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With regards to that comment, I didn’t get that “good” results as compared to other cohort mates. Of course there would be 1 or 2 modules that play the role of a letdown every semester. In the past I would be so upset and beat myself over it. But this time I was nonchalant. Seriously, who cares what you have learnt in school? Your 4000 word essays/ Final year project/ Independent Study Modules/Thesis is not going to secure you a career (unless you want to go into academia but that is another story because no one cares what the shit academics are doing).

But your attitude is. Job hunting is a test of persistence and resilience. Your career is actually fragile – not in a sense where you get fired when you made a mistake, but more of allowing the stress to get the better of you and quitting on yourself.

Started with 100% enthusiasm and passion for History. Graduated with none. I have to thank my working experiences (past and present) for providing me with a direction in life.

TLDR, I can’t be arsed to type a long ass post because no one likes to read and digest 25,000 words. Ciao!

Unofficially Done with School

One more 4000 word essay to go actually. But for that module we didn’t have to write that academically per se so I guess it was kind of a breather from the usual shit essays I had been doing. And due date is end of this month so I guess I can take it slower a little. And for the time being I need to recuperate for all the writing for a while.

I won’t miss this place even though I frequent here the most.

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Anyway looking back I have picked up a lot of bad habits this semester. For one, drinking coffee and alcohol. It is still okay to drink coffee because majority of the students do so to stay awake after all the late night mugging and writing essays. But to drink beer while doing assignments…I don’t think anyone would do it! Well, there’s me of course. But I am a weirdo.

Okay second bad habit is my irregular sleep schedule. Basically I am awake during ungodly hours and asleep for the whole morning. My whole sleep cycle got worse during the essay week because there are no lessons the next day. And what’s even better is that I drink coffee at night to stay awake just to produce a few more paragraphs of words.

Third bad habit… I admit that I have not been giving my 110% enthusiasm for my studies which I used to during previous semesters/years. Because since last semester, it dawned on me that at the end of the day, no one is going to give a single fuck about your grades. Even if I want to continue pursuing a MBA, the university looks at work experience instead of grades. Heck, even your employer doesn’t care which honors you fall under unless you want to be a civil service slave. Which I don’t want. 

On the other hand, I saw myself in my year 1 (and 2) days in him… being so concerned about studies and all. Maybe I shouldn’t have bitched so much about school and complained about giving up in front of him, because I don’t want to end up planting all the bad ideas on university education in his mind. I kinda feel bad for not setting an example for him when it comes to studies. But seriously, it is very difficult trying to tide over the semester when you know that your future career is another universe apart.

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My latest obsession:

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For someone who rarely wore lipstick… this is rather surprising.

To cut the long story short, the Hello Kitty lip gloss comes in a set and it was a gift from my friend whom we met during project reap. She went back to Hong Kong to spend the new year and bought me this. I didn’t use them much with the exception of special occasions or no-sweat-outings.

And then last Saturday when I went back to school to submit my hard copy assignment, I don’t know what was on my mind but I decided to use some of it. The dark red one surprisingly turned out quite nice, to be honest.

And then school that I went to shop around and bought Velourlips. Not sure if it was the color choice. It looked good on my hand but I looked like shite when I applied them fml. And the staying power was so strong wtf.

But anyway that won’t deter me from buying more lipstick though.

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Oh wait before I end off, look what I found!

“Write Drunk, Edit Sober”: A guide to final papers and assignments

Under “History paper”, it says you have to “Drink: A beverage appropriate to the topic of your paper. For example: If it’s about Eastern Europe, consider vodka.”

Since my next paper is about Singapore… Singapore Sling?

Whatever it is…the moral of the story is that drinking is justified when you embark on any academic writing.

Okay time to sleep.

Book Review: The Right to Differ

Trigger warning: Parody.

This is the book I am currently reading.

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As someone who doesn’t give a shit about Malaysia history and politics, the book was a snorefest.

Don’t ask me why I put myself through the torture of reading something that doesn’t interest me. I generally bo chap the life and career of politicians one. But for the sake of some module I had to do it.

Anyway what I thought was commendable was that Ooi framed the biography his interview questions, and left it there (presumably unedited) for the reader in the book. And then he also inserted wholesale some press statements, speeches, newspaper articles, etc etc documents related to Lim at the end of each chapter.

Walao eh. If only I can do that for my term papers to fulfill the word count.

And that’s it for my review. I don’t care if you want to come up with some scholarship-type review of it, or any opinion that sounds politically pleasing to academia, or even criticising my review for simply being so unprofessional.

After all, I have the right to differ.

This is so cute!

Good things have to be shared! Haha 442oons’s video completed my morning ahead of the North London Derby!

Watch it here!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ySDQdVkjOGo

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L to R: Eriksen, NASA Chadil, (A)dele All, Hurri-Kane, Kyle Walker, Poch, Toby Alderweireld (no idea why he is in squirrel form), Hugo (Boss!), Levy (golfball head), Son, Rose (I suspect this is a last minute addition by 442oons)

As compared to the Arsenal squad below, some of the players haven’t made their (full) debut on 442oons yet. Can’t wait to know how they look like!

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Okay going off for a meeting at Foodbank now. Screw school. I seriously can’t give two shits about my studies anymore. Ciao.

Day 44

Actually the title isn’t very accurate because I lost count on the number of days and I don’t know the exact starting point lol

A Thousand Years- Christina Perri

Heart beats fast
Colors and promises
How to be brave
How can I love when I’m afraid to fall
But watching you stand alone
All of my doubt, suddenly goes away somehow

One step closer

I have died everyday, waiting for you
Darling, don’t be afraid, I have loved you for a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more

Time stands still
Beauty in all she is
I will be brave
I will not let anything, take away
What’s standing in front of me
Every breath, every hour has come to this

One step closer

I have died everyday, waiting for you
Darling, don’t be afraid, I have loved you for a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more

And all along I believed, I would find you
Time has brought your heart to me, I have loved you for a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more

One step closer
One step closer

I have died everyday, waiting for you
Darling, don’t be afraid, I have loved you for a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more

And all along I believed, I would find you
Time has brought your heart to me, I have loved you for a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more