Internship reflection (Part I): First few weeks and getting to know people

So my first ever internship experience has finally come to an end! 10 weeks at STB, in retrospect, feels a bit too short. Or maybe the time was just enough for me to learn a lot but not so long that I’ll be sick of it. In any case, I’m so glad that my first internship experience was truly one of the most enriching work experiences I’ve had so far. Which is kindaaa saying a lot with respect to myself because most of my work experience have been office jobs so far. So in comparison to the other office jobs I’ve held, my stint at STB has probably been the most rewarding yet. I’m not sure if it’s because it’s an internship though, so they feel obliged to ensure that I am getting something out of this experience as well hmm. Anyway here’s the process of my internship and what I feel and think about it! Probably going to be a bit long and rambly so bear w me 😀

Interview stage

I had my interview with my Reporting Officer (of course, I didn’t know she’d be my reporting officer then. To me she was just the assistant director of the department). I wasn’t very nervous before the interview actually, because she phrased it as meeting her for a chat. Also the venue was just at one of the cubes at the lobby of STB so it wasn’t a very intimidating location either. I did try to prepare for the interview by checking out the stb.gov website. But I now realise I should have looked at the YourSingapore,com website instead haha oops. At the end of my interview I had quite a positive feeling about it. It felt a bit like she liked me? And idk, just felt q positive about the whole thing.

True enough, several weeks later I got an email from her saying that if I’m still keen on the position then I have it! OF COURSE I WAS. I was so happy about it. I also applied for the CAG internship but when I went for the assessment centre, I kinda knew that I wouldn’t make it / am not cut out for it. So phew quite glad I wasn’t shortlisted at all hahaha. Blessing in disguise yay!


First day at work / first few weeks at work

On my first day I was left at the reception for quite a while with another girl (who I later found out was an intern as well. I thought she was there for a full time job man from the way she dressed and how she was holding a folder). Was feeling a bit conflicted about whether or not I should converse with her because she didn’t look thaaat friendly and I wasn’t sure if she’s an intern. I was afraid I might accidentally offend her if I asked if she was a fellow intern. SIGH should have done that, if I did, my first two weeks would be so different!

After a long wait, a guy from HR came to pick us up and gave us a quick lowdown on STB – the background, its mission / vision / values, the organisational structure, that sort of thing. Brought us around to get our temporary pass and to the IT people then he deposited me at my department. Met my buddy/ mentor Crystal who immediately struck me as a super bubbly and friendly person. In fact, I was quite taken aback and slightly overwhelmed by her. She introduced me to everyone in my division (and tbh I really couldn’t remember everyone until much later) and got me to sit at my desk and… read some stuff about what I was going to do. TBH the rest of the day is quite lost to me, not sure what I did but it was probably not much.

In fact, my first week of work didn’t have much for me to do I think. I attended several meetings which were quite eye-opening and was introduced to what I had to do. Was still quite lost at this point in time.

Oh yes and lunchtimes! I didn’t quite know what to do with myself at lunchtime. I wasn’t quite sure if my colleagues lunched together? Also I didn’t have anyone to have lunch with… 😥 So I usually waited around my desk until Crystal walked past asking if I wanted to join them for lunch. Then usually lunch would be quite the awkward affair for me. On one hand I wanted the ground to swallow me up to save me from the awkwardness and on the other I really wanted to join in the conversation but had nothing to contribute. It felt like my colleagues and I had nothing to talk about 😦 Sigh I was quite miserable. Not that my colleagues weren’t nice to me, please don’t misunderstand! Just that they have already known each other for so long. To have an intern suddenly joining in their lunch… I suppose they just continued talking as per normal but it didn’t rly include me / I couldn’t join in becos I didn’t rly understand the dynamics either.

Ryan Lai was also working somewhere in the building according to ST but then super awkz to suddenly email him and ask if he can lunch w me right! Especially since I’ve never spoken to him before. TOO AWKWARD. But then I finally spoke to him during ST’s party and it was SO incredibly coincidental that I happened to see him in the lift (as I exited the other lift) the following Monday. So I emailed him to say hello. Exchanged a few emails back and forth but it kind of petered out to nothingness because we didn’t really have much to say to each other LOL.

His last day was some time in June I think. I was quite amused when I received an email from him and the subject of the email was ‘SAYORANA’ HAHAHA. So friendly. From the slightly awkz email exchange to a rather friendly farewell. It was rather funny hahaha.

BYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE PUI SAN – PEN PAL

 ITS FINALLY MY LAST DAYYYYYYYYYYYY

 ENJOY THE REST OF YOUR INTERNSHIP!

Quite amused hahaha.


Meeting the rest of the interns 

Finally in my second week on a Tuesday, I spotted a group of girls sitting at the cubes at the lobby (where I had my interview!). Oh yes I should explain. The cubes are actually like cube-shaped booth seats at the lobby of the office. Great for little discussions/ meetings/ a place to chill rly! I was on my way back to the office after travelling all the way to City Hall for lunch w PJ. Then I saw these girls and thought to myself that they look like interns and how I wish I could be friends with them.

THERE MUST HAVE BEEN A SHOOTING STAR RIGHT THEN YKNW. Because later that afternoon, the intern who came in with me emailed me and asked for my number so that they can add me to a group chat they have!! OMG EXCITED TTM RLY. I was so delighted. Took awhile to craft my reply email and had to re-edit it to make myself seem like desperate HAHA. Also in the same afternoon slightly later, the HR guy who brought us around sent me an email, linking us up with Sharlene. I later found out that this was because she saw him at the pantry of their floor and asked if there was another intern around for her to collect. Okay kidding about the collecting part. But she did ask. And so he linked us up. A bit too late but yay thanks for the effort anw. So NOW I HAD A GROUP OF FRIENDS TO LUNCH WITH YAAYYYYYY. Life wasn’t so bad after that 😀

Sharlene's birthday
Sharlene’s birthday celebration

One of the first few ‘events’ we had! Planned a surprise mini birthday celebration for Sharlene (the only girl in glasses in the above photo)! Sharlene’s quite awesome really. She was the one who brought everyone together (for me at least) and I think she has such great leadership qualities. It’s quite amazing – I feel like I’ve so much to learn from her. Glad we managed to do something for her on her birthday in return ❤

Our little group of interns grew and grew as more interns joined later! There even was an intern who sat right opposite me omg YAY imagine my joy at having a friend on my floor. I mean, even though my colleagues were rly nice to me, I still kinda felt a barrier of sorts, BUT NOW I HAVE A FRIEND! On the same floor as me! And right opposite me omg!!! But tbh I found Gab a bit aloof and unapproachable at first. I think it was just a first impression kinda thing becos he turned out to be a pretty decent guy 😀 I was so happy to have friends at STB really. They’re part of the reason why my internship experience is so awesome!

Wrap party!
Wrap party!

Another super fun event we had teehee. Such awesome lunches we had together really. Gab and some of the other girls organised a potluck – wrap style! So we brought ingredients to make the wrap. We also celebrated Amanda’s birthday at the same time ^^ Killing two birds w one stone really.


Corporate Induction Programme 

I think part of the reason why the first wave of interns are so tight is because it was kinda like all we had was each other? Because friends outside of STB wouldn’t really know what we were going through. It kinda takes one STB intern to at least slightlyyy understand what we were doing. Plus, another reason that Gab (the intern who sat opp me) mentioned was that we all went through the corporate induction programme in June, around my 5th week of work. The SUFFERING and the games and stuff really helped to bring us closer I think. Three days we had together! Wow.

We were all surprised to receive an email to attend a corporate induction programme. I mean, a one day thing would probably be understandable. But it was a three day programme!! I was quite surprised really. I didn’t expect them to be willingly spending their resources on us interns. So I was like whoa this is rather nice of them. The induction programme was surprisingly fun. On the first day was team building activities which included some games that felt like stuff out of my Secondary 3 camp AND HIGH ELEMENTS. So proud of myself for conquering it haha. On the second and third day we had talks in the morning. We went for an amazing race to the cultural precincts in Singapore (my first time in Kampong Glam!) and then on the third day it was a field trip to Haw Par Villa (which I skipped out on halfway because I had another event to attend – more about that later!).

First day of induction in the hot sun
First day of induction in the hot sun

It was quite interesting going through induction with the permanent staff also! Even though I think we kinda outnumbered or at least had equal number of interns to permanent staff haha. Felt like the age/ position barriers were lowered because we were all going through the programme together and it was rly q nice.

With my amazing team from the amazing race, at Haji Lane!
With my amazing team from the amazing race, at Haji Lane!
Last day of induction prog!
Last day of induction prog!

Happy interns at the end of the induction programme! I remember feeling a bit sian of the thought of going for induction at first because I heard stuff about how the previous batches build a raft omg. Also I was used to working and it was breaking the routine I’d gotten used to. But yay so glad we went! It was rly fun learning about STB and making new friends.

After the induction was work as per normal. Was quite overwhelmed I remember because I came back to a frenzy of image sourcing. I think one of the turning points probably was here when I helped to resolve a minor tricky situation. It was probably then when my colleague realised that hey this girl might be quite useful after all hahaha.

Work went on as per normal and I think slowly I became more comfortable w my department. They also trusted me to do more things and I helped out in more areas that what I was initially tasked to do I think. I was glad they trusted me with more work really 😀 Felt so useful and I really learnt a fair bit of soft skills from them – especially in dealing with external parties. Still not exactly close but I didn’t feel so awkward when we were together anymore. I suspect part of the reason was that I was no longer so dependent on them for lunch buddies alr HAHA yay :D:D


Okay temporary pause here because I shall continue the rest of my internship experience in the next post. Having everything in one post would be almost 5k words long. I don’t think anyone’s gna waddle through all that sigh.

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Internship reflection (Part I): First few weeks and getting to know people

Internship reflection (Part II): Exciting events and my last week

Here’s part two of my reflection! A bulk of it is on my last day/week at work tho.


 

Exciting events I got to attend

Because I was also tasked to help out with the social media side of things, I got to attend some pretty cool events with the social media guy in my team 😀

YTFF Press meet and greet 

On the first Friday of my internship my colleague asked me to attend the YouTube FanFest press meet and greet with him. Basically like a press conference of sorts? I was SO psyched omg. WAS MY STB INTERNSHIP GOING TO BE SO FULL OF GLITZY STUFF? Hahaha of course not omg. But attending such events was rly one of the highlights of my internship. Such a bonus that this happened in my first week.

My first ever media pass and press kit!
My first ever media pass and press kit!

I realised that attending events like that is not all fun and games and you’re not supposed to be just a spectator really. You really have to keep your eyes and ears open for any interesting tidbits to share on social media. Your hands are also kept busy trying to take a good photo of the event. Also, being from STB, you’re not exactly supposed to be just covering the event. There has to be a link to Singapore in some way or another. It was such an eye opening experience for me!

Here's the set up of the YTFF press meet and greet!
Here’s the set up of the YTFF press meet and greet!

After everyone had a vv brief introduction and took two questions from the press, it was free and easy time omg. TIME TO TAKE ALL THE PHOTOS WITH THE YOUTUBE CELEBS!! I was so excited to see Xiaxue haha I really quite admire the way she writes and how outspoken she is. Even though I don’t always agree with what or how she says/does things, I really admire how she writes and is so persuasive about her views.

Selca with xiaxue!
Selca with xiaxue!

Also, it was only during the event that I found out about Troye Sivan omg he is SO REALLY REALLY ADORABLE IN REAL LIFE. Fangirl mode ON.

Happy fangirl x1000
Happy fangirl x1000

Obviously I went to check him out on YouTube when I got home hahaha. Don’t rly like the way he sings thaaat much but as a person (or at least his public persona) gosh he is so endearing and adorable. Noona fan here. SIGH.

Took this for Corrine!
Took this for Corrine!

Also shamelessly asked Tosh Zhang for a photo. I watched a few of his vlogs on YouTube before and I quite like the way he speaks actually. Quite different from the roles he takes up in local movies hmm.

Went home feeling quite starstruck and was showing off to my friends hahaha sorry for being so overbearingly obnoxious guys. i was just really excited about the whole thing.

Singapore Food Festival preview

We finally get here yay! FOOOOOD. I left the Haw Par Villa (or HPV as STB calls it) site visit early during the induction programme to rush down to Sentosa for this! Coincidentally it was during the Arts Camp beach day haha so I saw a couple of FASS people around. I wasn’t quite dressed properly for the beach tho so I was stuck with sand in my flats 😦 I also really wished I brought my camera sigh the food was GOOD.

Uncommon Chinese dialect foods: Riskshaw noodles and Paper-wrapped chicken
Food from the Nyonya mobile! The satay was so good with the chunky bits of chicken yums.
Food from the Nyonya mobile! The satay was so good with the chunky bits of chicken yums.

The atmosphere of the whole event was also quite nice. It wasn’t too crowded, setting sun in the background and yummy food all in a 1 minute radius from each other wheeee. The only downside was the quite unbearable heat and the lack of space to put my stuff down 😦

Lovely view of the sun setting as we enjoyed our food
Lovely view of the sun setting as we enjoyed our food

After that we were invited to catch the Wings of Time – Sentosa’s new attraction which replaced Songs of the Sea. I remember thinking that Songs of the Sea looked quite lame and kiddy but apparently not. Wings of Time was quite spectacular, didn’t quite know what to expect initially. I wasn’t expecting a lot tbh. But I was surprised by the technology involved and how lights, water and sound could combine to create a story with what was initially just oddly shaped panels on silts in water.

Butter's cam couldn't adequately capture how pretty it was
Butter’s cam couldn’t adequately capture how pretty it was

I have to admit that the story is a bit lame and cheesy with an obvious moralistic line in it. But c’mon, we don’t really watch this sort of things for a gripping plot right! It was quite the spectacle.

Guardians of the Galaxy red carpet event

The last event I added as an intern! The red carpet event honestly wasn’t thaaat fun. Maybe it’s because I’m not into the whole Marvel film franchise? Or because I don’t exactly know the actor and actress who came down. I did get slightly swept away by the excitement of course.

Zoe Saldana looked rly rly pretty irl wow
James Gunn the director of the Guardians of the Galaxy
James Gunn the director of the Guardians of the Galaxy
I was this close to Dave Bautista!
I was this close to Dave Bautista!

So the lesson I learnt from this event was that not all events I go to will be super fun for me because probably a number will involve fandoms I’m completely not part of or understand. Even then, I can’t just switch off because the social media account that I’m managing isn’t my personal account. The fandom still matters to a lot of other people so I still have to at least try to find a bit of excitement in me for it.

I remember I fell ill after this event sigh. The week after that was quite torturous. I had a stomach bug / diarrhea. Then I think I am allergic to the medication so I broke out in unbearably itchy hives that lasted for more than three days. SO TERRIBLE T.T I was itching like crazy.


Last week of work

My last week of work really passed in a blur of deadlines and frenzy of emails. I cannot really remember what happened actually. But I remember sleeping at 3am from like Wednesday onwards. Slept at 3am on Wednesday night because I was stressing about my modules. So I decided to take a break from CORS and did up the feedback form that I needed to send out to stakeholders the next day. Slept at 3am on Thursday night because I was preparing farewell gifts for my colleagues. Slept at 3am on Friday night because I was celebrating the end of my internship by using the computer and finishing up what I didn’t manage to complete at work to send to my colleague HAHA.

I was quite upset that I couldn’t manage to finish sending out all the emails that I was supposed to send out because of several delays. I had to clarify a lot of things and wait for people to get back to me so there was a fair bit of delay. I managed to send out most of the confusing batches but didn’t get to the end of the list. Felt quite bad that I had to handover the work to another colleague to do 😦

On my second last lunch with the interns, we went to Nassim HIll YAY YAY DIDN’T EAT PORRIDGE!! It was one of the yummiest lunches ever I think. Nassim Hill is always good. Too bad the one for one deal is no more I think sigh. It was a really nice lunch. The food was good, the company was great and it was just lots and lots of fun. Lunches with the interns is something I really miss a fair bit now 😦

Last interns-only lunch at Nassim Hill
Last interns-only lunch at Nassim Hill

On my last day, some of us interns had lunch with the director of the HR department and another person from the HR department who used to handle the internship and the Management Associate programme (something STB has for fresh grads). It was rather nice of them to bother to treat us to lunch. ALL THOSE HORROR STORIES OF INTERNS BEING TREATED BADLY. It’s quite untrue at least in STB guys. So if you are thinking of interning somewhere next summer, STB might be quite a good choice.

First wave of interns who left/ are leaving STB (minus xiner and xihui) !
First wave of interns who left/ are leaving STB (minus xiner and xihui) !

The lunch overran till 3pm OMG. I was so panicky by the time I got back because I had SO MUCH TO DO before 6pm. I barely noticed time passing in those three hours. I remember feeling so stressed that I was quite on the verge of tears because I really wanted to complete everything but it was so impossible. Plus I also had to get the clearance done since it was my last day. Thinking about it makes me feel so kan chiong already wow.

Oh yes Gab Teh baked butter cake because it was my last day and because I kept whining about it the day before omg. Touched ttm really that he bothered. The sad thing was… I didn’t even have much time to enjoy it because I was in such a hurry the whole afternoon SIGH. At least I took a slice and yay it was rly rather rather yummy.

At around 6pm my colleague was like it’s okay just handover whatever you cannot finish. Was so so reluctant. LIKE NOOO PLEASE JUST LET ME FINISH THIS. T.T But I had to handover because I really couldn’t finish sigh.

My colleagues were SO nice omg they gave me an instax mini 8 (which I’ve been secretly wanting to get) and a really really nice card. I was so touched and happy to know that they’ve enjoyed having me around (or at least thats what they wrote HAHA) as much as I’ve enjoyed being there :’)

Didn’t manage to take photos with everyone because I was in such a confused state of mind with so much going on 😦 But here are some that I managed to take!

Sarah and Sihan who have been so nice to me throughout my internship
Sarah and Sihan who have been so nice to me throughout my internship
Fang, me and Crystal (my mentor)!
Fang, me and Crystal (my mentor)!

Had to rush through my clearance process after that. It was so so terrible omg so many forms to fill up, so many signatures to get I was so confused and lost and urgh it was just really bad. Thankfully Gab stayed back also – just occurred to me that w/o him I wouldn’t have been able to submit all the forms and move around the building because I didn’t have my temporary pass with me anymore T.T

Quick snap of my workstation :'(
Quick snap of my workstation 😥

So when I finally finally settled everything it was time to go! Then I suddenly realised that I forgot to give the director of my department the gift I prepared!! 😥 So I decided to go back down to the 7th floor to drop it off at his desk. DUM DUM DUMMMM NOT A VERY GOOD IDEA.

On the island where Gab and I sit are are four other colleagues – two guys and two girls. They usually leave quite early but that day one of the guys (let’s just call him M to protect his identity plus I don’t want to have his name here to soil my diary oops) was still there when it was already almost 8pm!! Quite unfortunately our timing matched his, so after I dropped off my gift, he was also just done with his work. SO BO PIAN RIGHT MUST WALK TO THE BUS STOP WITH HIM.

Zzzz. I must clarify that why I never actually had anything against him, I always felt slightlyyy uncomfortable with him because I felt that he was a bit weird. It’s just the vibe he gave me. Plus he’s a bit tooo chatty for comfort (omg is that what some people think of me?!) so idk, I just never really liked to be trapped in conversation with him. Plus, just that day we found out (through the other colleagues) that at his previous company’s dinner and dance, he actually cross-dressed. Which is okay, I mean I think it’s pretty sporting of him? The odd thing however, was how darn proud of it he was!! Like he showed the photos of his cross dressing day AND the video. Plus he kept saying that oh people couldn’t even tell the difference between him and a real girl. I’M LIKE UMM is that rly something to be proud of?! Okay quite judgey of me but really WEIRD VIBE LEVEL 1000 OKAY.

So imagine my discomfort when I realised that I’d have to be trapped in conversation with him for the ENTIRE way to the bus stop. I was actually quite looking forward to walking to the bus stop w Gab because it’s like habit since we usually leave office together and idk, I just wanted a nice last memory of leaving the office. BUT THENNNNN intruder M came along and just dominated the conversation. I was rly rather sian about it and kept giving my usual 敷衍 answers. What made things worse was that when we FINALLY got to the bus stop, he didn’t seem to have a bus to take?! Seriously. Because he usually walks to the MRT but decided to accompany us to the bus stop (no really he didn’t have to. Like rly. Didn’t have to.) So logically he could have taken any bus that goes to the MRT. And several buses came and went and in my head I was like ?!?!?!? what’s this guy’s problem. Also I wanted to get dinner but didn’t want to eat alone so I wanted to ask Gab if he could accompany lonely me. But I knew, knew for certain, as certain as it Singapore is sunny that HE WOULD VOLUNTEER TO ACCOMPANY ME FOR DINNER ALSO OMG. NO PLEASE NOOOOOO.

So I decided to text Gab to ask if he could have dinz with me. AND YAY DINNER BUDDY. Luckily Gab had enough sense to realise I was avoiding Intruder M already. Omg imagine if he went like “whoa why you text me” aloud. I WOULD HAVE DIED. Rly. Just walk onto the street into the path of an incoming car man. IT WAS SUCH TORTURE.

So we finally boarded the bus that would take us to the MRT (oh guess who followed along omg rly now.) Alighted at Orchard MRT and I casually asked intruder M where he was headed. AND HE CASUALLY REPLIED “Wherever you’re going lor” OMG

OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG. I DIED.

That’s when I decided ENOUGH IS ENOUGH (oh did I mention that he FORCED me to watch the video of his 5 seconds of fame as a cross dresser during the D&D). So at the zebra crossing near the bus stop, literally the FIRST exit I saw immediately after he said that, I said “okay I’m going here bye”

SWEET RELIEF AND FREEDOMMMMM.

Felt quite bad for deserting Gab but I think he handles that sort of thing way better than me. Anyway he made his escape pretty soon so we met up and went for dinner yay. Got to know Gab better and now I’m happy to count him among my friends 😀


 

Overall, if you cannot already tell, I really really enjoyed my internship. Be it the people, the work I got to do and the skills I learnt. Sure there were periods of time when I didn’t have anything to do (generally that time was put to good use doing NM stuff oops) but there were really busy periods of time too. I’m quite sad that I’m unable to stay till the end of the project I was helping out in, but at least I’ll be able to see a bit of what I did when the website is launched – so I’m quite excited about it.

And I really learnt A LOT throughout this internship. But when you ask me to articulate exactly what I’ve learnt… I can’t :/ I think a lot of what i learnt was through observing? And sitting in meetings and generally keeping my eyes and ears open. I think a really important takeaway I got from this was no matter how stupid or insignificant you think the thing you’re doing is, in the end it will play a role in the bigger picture.

I’ve been so so happy during my internship, I doubt any other internship experience will be able to match up. And really, I think at least 40% of my happiness stems from the lovely group of interns I met. The other huge part is because of my awesome awesome team who are so nice, friendly, accepting and understanding of me and the mistakes I made. They gave me so many opportunities to learn and really treated me like one of their team which I so appreciate instead of just a minion there for them to use. I’ll miss being called Peaches by them hahaha.

Okay that’s the end of my reflection on my internship 😀 Hope it was at least an interesting read if you manage to get through it all ^^

Internship reflection (Part II): Exciting events and my last week

Happy Crab at Pahang St

Okay I HAVE to blog about this amazing crab place that my colleagues brought me to for dinner on last Tuesday (3 June). The story about how I joined them was kindaaa interesting I guess. Sometime between my first and second week of work, I received an email from a colleague (that was also sent to many others) saying that they were having dinner at Happy Crab and invited me to join them. Many thoughts ran through my mind when I got the invite:

  • Omg but a bit awkz right, like now we eat lunch also hardly talk
  • But the more we get together together together…
  • More awkward times now = less awkward times later
  • Plus it’d be quite rude to decline?
  • BUT WHAT IF THEY INVITED ME EXPECTING ME TO DECLINE.

Hahaha as you can tell, I’ve many complex thoughts behind whether or not to accept it. Ultimately I decided to go for it because I thought it’d be good for myself to go for more company things like that and make an effort to be more chummy chummy w my colleagues. Or at least… show that I’m making an effort haha.

But then on Tuesday morning (the day of dinner) when I was talking to another colleague about it… I got a shock when she said oh prepare at least $30 OMG I RLY SHOCK LEH. Didn’t expect it to be so ex. My mind started to run in overdrive – how how how can I escape it I don’t have so much money. But she already called to reserve the crabs how can I cancel on her aahhhhh. Obviously in the end I chickened out of backing out (lol) and ended up going because I couldn’t have it on my conscience.

They drove us to the place and it was just like… a coffee shop w two stalls it seemed – the crab stall and the drinks stall LOL. The colleague who intro-ed us the place ordered the food and VIOLA CAME THE CRABS. I didn’t take any photos because I was too paiseh to take but here’s a photo I found from openrice:

THE WHOLE CRAB WAS MINE

I’ve never had a whole crab to myself before. Like ever. In my whole life. So it was quite the exciting prospect to finish it all on my own. PLUS IT WAS SO YUMMY – NOT A PROBLEM MAN HAHA. It was really vv tasty and the sauce was tangy and rly yummy also aiya just the whole thing was good sigh.

Oh of course Pui San here was the quiet little intern sitting at the table concentrating on her food. I really tried to participate in the conversations going on – I would have contributed if I could T.T but they were talking about stuff I have little to no interest in (they were discussing movies sigh) so it was rather difficult to contribute.

But the food was yummy so all was fine.

Anyway if yall wna check it out (and yall have spare cash on hand lol prob not), the place was: 13 Pahang Street Singapore 198613. Oh they even have a website haha so helpful. Yay so yummy. Go there to treat yourself or something – rly I mean how often can you eat the whole crab right. Oh yes I must also point out that inside the crab was crab roe. Like lots and lots of it. Also the stallkeepers were really friendly and nice and chatty! Apparently the crabs they use are gay. Just some trivia for you to end this post. 😀

Oh and P.S. I was rly fortunate becos in the end my reporting officer decided to treat me to the dinner phew. Lucky me, super thankful to my boss also whee 🙂

 

Happy Crab at Pahang St

LAST DAAAYYYY AT WORK

19 July 2013 

HOORAY HOORAY HOORAY FOR THE LAST DAY AT WORK.

I have been WAITING FOR THIS DAY FOR SO LONG REALLY. Since after the first week of work I think. Even started a countdown sigh it was so demoralising looking at it when it was SO FAR AWAY BUT FINALLY THE NUMBER GOT SMALLER. And TADAAHHHH MY LAST DAY WAS FINALLY HERE 😀 😀 😀

Spent my last day of work doing Powerpoint slides again haha I wonder who’s the one doing them now. I had lunch w Sherlyn at Soup Spoon who took a half day ): We were considering walking to Cedele but I think we were a bit lazy haha. Soup Spoon was not bad too. Finished our lunch q early I think so we walked around a bit before she left. Just as she left, raroro APPEARED FROM NOWHERE. Hahaha okay not nowhere. But I was definitely surprised. And happy to see her!! 😀 So we chatted for awhile before I remembered that my lunchtime sorta ended already and I had to hurry back.

Since quite a number of my last days of __(insert event)___ (last day of exams for example!) have been spent w raroro, we decided to spend our last day of work together as well 🙂 We initially wanted to go to 313 Somerset for Umi Sushi. But I had a STROKE OF BRILLIANCE and we went to Clarke Quay instead haha omg cool or WHAT. Clarke Quay on a FRIDAY NIGHT eh omg so happening teeheehee. Walked to Raffles Place to drop off her timesheet and then we walked to Clarke Quay (Y) Saving on transport yay! But we got slightly lost getting to Clarke Quay. Luckily my mum picked up her phone before we got even more lost and pointed us to the right direction.

Walked to Central! NOT A GOOD PLACE TO GO IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR ANY PARTICULAR SHOP OMG IT’S LIKE A MAZE URGH. We kept walking round and round in circles really really really got lost there. Not a good place to go if you’re really hungry either. We initially wanted to go to a Japanese restaurant but when we FINALLY located it, there was a queue to go in omg NO we were SO HUNGRY by then. Checked out several other places but they were either too expensive or too crowded ): Ended up settling for a random place on the basement floor haha. Was not bad also I guess. We shared a pizza and umm chicken chop I think? Eating w raroro can be rather frustrating if you’re in the mood to pig out.

BUT THEN THE HEAVENS SMILED ON ME BECAUSE AFTER MY INTENSE BADGERING SHE AGREED TO INDULGE IN ICE CREAM WITH ME!!!!!!

We both bought Green Tea w Red Bean ice cream omg SOOOO HAPPY. Idk if I was happier about eating the ice cream or the fact that raroro was eating ice cream w me :D:D:D

Photo to commemorate this rare occasion
Photo to commemorate this rare occasion

Sigh we have so few pictures together ): ):

Walked around enjoying our ice cream anddd then we sat by the river because it seemed like a cool thing to do. OKAY LA I’M THE SUAKU ONEEEE T.T She’s done all that before sigh pie why I so suakuuuuu boohoo. I think raroro was enjoying it! She seemed q calm and relaxed HAHA. While I was feeling a bit restless idk why. Ommm must find inner peace.

After awhile it was time to go home because people like me have curfews to adhere to. Managed to catch 166 so we could rest on the bus ride back to Thomson and then HOMEEEE 😀 Was a good way to end the work stint. Thankies raroro and Sherlyn for making my last day of work a happy one 🙂 Will reflect on my working experience in another post maybe umm awhile later becos lazy.

Unfortunately the day was slightly marred w a bit of reflection on my part. Something raroro said that backed up what Sherlyn and Melissa said about how what I say have no climax/ there isn’t a point to what I say. It’s not really that there’s no climax (I think), it’s just that to me, the event was interesting but evidently they didn’t think so. And sometimes I just like to SHARE what’s going on. Idk, maybe it’s just me. I admit it probably gets q annoying to try to follow my train of thoughts and I probably ramble a lot, but it doesn’t happen w all my friends I think. Only the ones I’m probably more comfortable w/ won’t really judge me.

I was slightly worried and unsure about how to act after raroro said that because I have always been vv comfortable talking to her. Now that I know she feels that way, idk, I guess I felt like I had to search my brain to make sure I didn’t say something too stupid or nonsensical or without a point. And it’s a bit tiring tryna censor my words or think up something interesting (enough) for people.

That’s partly why after Melissa and Sherlyn made the comment about how I say things w/o a point, I felt myself talking less w them. Partly for other reasons and partly because I didn’t want to bore them or have them wait for me to finish my (probably) long-winded story and then have them say that oh that’s q lame/no point.

To my dearest dearest raroro and Melissa and Sherlyn, I’m not sure how you’ll react after reading this, but do know that I’m not blaming you! I know it gets annoying to follow my train of thoughts and I guess raroro you’re one of the (un)lucky ones to have to experience my rambling train of thoughts that don’t make sense to you. I’ll try to change! Try being the operative word here haha. But really, I’ll try! 🙂

LAST DAAAYYYY AT WORK

Company Dinner!

7 June 2013

We’d only just started work when we were told there was gna be a company dinner and we were invited! FREE FOOD + STEAMBOAT = MUST GO. Hahaha so Melissa and I were prettyyy excited about it. She even specially wore her loose pants to work. We headed over to Marina Square immediately after work anddd we were the second group to arrive heh. So we got to choose a table for four – just nice for the four of us 😀 The food was super yummy. Each of us had our own little boat to steam food in and we could even order from the cooked food menu. BACON WRAPPED PRAWNS OMG I LOVED ITTTTT. Mega yummy hahaha.

Then being the noob that I was, I took maggi mee sigh sorry sorry everyone at the table. We ended up burying the noodles/rice that we couldn’t finish under other debris hahaha. Oops. But we really ordered A LOT. There was hardly any space at our table for anything else else – we even had to stack the food on top of each other wow.

Other than the food, the company (lolol punnnn) was good too. Pigging out w Melissa, Sherlyn and Joannah wheeeee.

Work buddies ~
Work buddies ~

Obviously this picture was taken AFTER our meal because we were too busy eating during our meal to think of anything like taking pictures HAHA. Oh and omg the BEST part of the meal was the dessert becos it was chocolate fondue and ICE CREAMMMMM. I had matcha ice cream and we added the chocolate fondue to our ice cream which made it even more yummy.

Oh and we added marshmallows to the fondue and they melted AND AHHH super yummy so happy all sweet and yummy and yummy I think you get the idea. So yuppp we had a rly good time that night during dinner 🙂

One more picture before we ended the day :)
One more picture before we ended the day 🙂

After that Melissa and Joannah headed off first AND DUM DUM DUM DUMMMMM THAT’S WHEN ALL THE TROUBLE STARTED. Because they went home w two other (rather young and slightly immature tsk) colleagues and they had what they thought was q innocent conversation w them. BUT THEN OHHH NOOOOO. Turns out my mum was right when she said you cannot be friends w your colleagues tsk. The trouble started on the following Thursday (Melissa was on leave in Taiwan at that time also. Bad timing haha) when those two went back to work and SPREAD THE WORD about how much we were paid and other details about us. Omg talk about gossipy. So yeah. Wasn’t v good. And it was worse for them la partly becos we had Sherlyn HOHO. How silly of them to make us their adversary.

But we were blissfully unaware of this on Friday! Sherlyn and I walked around Marina Square and chatted which was nice because I hardly spend any time alone w Sherlyn and it’s nice to catch up w her once in awhile 🙂 Thennn I went home and had to hurry to go sleep because NM Pre-Camp was over the weekend.

Ending this post w a picture of Melissa and I and her awkwardly placed hand!

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Company Dinner!

Big breakfast :D

Working is so incredibly mundane that we really need to have something to look forward to daily. So yesterday (Thurs), Melissa and I went to Macdonalds for a big breakfast! 😀 because the day before she was waxing lyrical about the bacon strip you need to add a dollar to enjoy. Made me hungry for Macs breakfast also ):

In order to have breakfast together before work, I had to wake up at 6.30am !!!!!!!!!!!!! THE HORROR hahaha. Even then, I was late. Seems like I’m always late when I meet Melissa oops. Especially for work SIGH. We were supposed to meet at 7.37 but… idk how many minutes I was late by. Decided that ignorance is preferable hahaha.

The queue was really long ): but Melissa was nice enough to queue and buy for me (while I finished reading my trashy!!) So yay~

BIG BREAKFAST WAS SO GOOD!!! And the bacon also. The best part, according to Melissa haha. My only regret was that we had to rush through the meal ): even tho I’m sure Melissa would say that I ate slowly already. -.- strange. I’ve never thought I ate slowly until I started working w them.

ACTUALLY THEY KEEP MAKING ME REALISE THAT I DO STRANGE THINGS. they keep calling me weird BOO. Like pointing out the way I walk strangely. I never knew it was so bad but I really dk how to change it ):

Anyway. Breakfast over. Had to rush to office and we were 2 minutes late haha oopsies. So we worked till 6.02pm HUR HUR.

Big breakfast :D

Busy weeks!

I know it’s been AGES since I blogged but I totally have legit reasons. So here’s another quick update to remind myself what I’ve been up to. Oh yes, I’ve started work w Sherlyn, Melissa and Joannah and omg I forgot how time consuming work is ): Everything after Tuesday therefore only happened after work oh wellzzzz.

On another note, dear PJ is coming back soon!! Really hope I’ll get to meet her when she’s back, she’s so mega busy nowadays.

So continuing from my last quick update…

Monday: Tulipmania w Hazel and Amanda followed by a meeting for NM camp!
Tuesday: STARTED WORK OMG. ): Then danz at night.
Wednesday: Last minute shopping for stuff to complete my costume for danzpeople recital
Thursday: OMG THURSDAY IS A HOLE IN MY MEMORY WHAT DID I DO ON THURSDAY?!!!!
Friday: VESAK DAY / DANZPEOPLE RECITAL !!
Saturday: Jitterbugs kids recital full dress rehearsal
Sunday: Jitterbugs kids recital /phew

Monday: Falling asleep at work / my brother’s birthday celebration
Tuesday: My brother’s birthday!
Wednesday: Lenas (Lin-as) w my work buddies and ARCADE TIME HURHUR
Thursday: Zumba w the fit raroro and my mum
Friday: Dirty Dancing w raroro and my mum! (not as in, we were dirty dancing. As in we WATCHED dirty dancing the musical)
Saturday: nua day (finally!!) and ballet ~
Sunday: Food expo omg

 

Yup so as you can tell MEGA BUSY. I only had one nua day plus one gaping hole in my memory omg how terrible )’: Hopefully I’ll be able to bring my blog back up to speed on my life (so that PJ can read also teehee to catch up on my life so when we meet she can just tell me about her trip!). Don’t have much planned out for this week sooooo if I’m not feeling lazy / reading a book, I’ll try to update my blog 😀

Busy weeks!

A Look at 2012

2012 has been a year of new experiences (as my other years have been hahaha). But I’d say that it’s different because it’s sort of like a Big Year yknw, when we finally left the rather structured education system we’ve been in for 12 years and suddenly the rest of the world is our oyster (as long as you have enough money). I chose the rather common route to a local university to study something also rather common. I’ve always thought I’d be someone rather important by now, or at least be on the way to being someone rather important. But it looks as if I’d be just another person in the grey office crowd D:

My 2012 can be divided quite nicely into two halves – before uni and after uni.

For my first job, I worked as a salesperson/cashier at CNY sales for 2-3 weeks. It was quite an interesting experience, never really did anything like that before. I quite enjoyed it actually because I went w my sissy and we just.. sat around feeling quite guilty about not doing anything (a feeling that would become very familiar to me in the next three months). But we didn’t completely not do anything! Being a cashier was rather stressful because the figures somehow didn’t tally at the end of the day (luckily they didn’t blame us.. much). Being a salesperson was fun! Quite difficult though because of the language barrier. I spoke the most Chinese/my version of dialect in those few weeks haha. And I can still remember the prices of some of the products now gosh.

My second job was one of the most fun I had in the year 🙂 I had the best work buddy and very little work. Which may actually sound good but it really ate away at my conscience haha. It was kind of overwhelming when I actually had work to do though. On the first day I was sent to another office (because the firm we were working for is a client servicing firm) to do filing oh my goodness it was like MOUNTAINS of papers to file. I was quite horrified and wondered when I would ever be able to finish the work. On another occasion I was sent to a temple to do data entry. Ooh I suddenly realise I’ve covered this before very extensively in other posts. Check here. But yeah working with PJ for those three months were really super duper fun. Exploring food places, exploring Tumblr during lunch time, exploring the office, drinking the free vending machine drinks, having tea breaks… I miss those days.

After my contract ended I wanted to take a break before maybe maybe maybe searching for another job. But my mum took the liberty of arranging an interview for me at a law firm (which I didn’t appreciate at that time) so whoopee I had a new job immediately after my second job ended. This time I was a secretary at a law firm and it was really really different from my second job. Because here I actually had RESPONSIBILITIES. Which also meant that it was really scary D: I had about two months as that lawyer’s secretary? I really enjoyed my time there. After a bit of thinking I realised why I liked my job so much. Yknw how when you play those games like Diner Dash you perform different tasks but repeatedly? That was what I had to do basically. I had a few tasks that I generally had to do and when I was asked to do it, it was like a button was pushed and I would do it. Occasionally there would be a different task (whoa bonus points!) and I’d be thrown off. But luckily the lawyers were really patient w me ^^ The downside was the lonely lunches tho (raroro don’t laugh).

Just before the end of that job I went to the Food Expo to work as a salesperson/cashier again. It was basically the same thing as my first job but smellier and a lot more people. I had fun tho 🙂

My working experience finally ended sometime in June and I decided that THAT WAS IT. Not going to work anymore because it was time to PLAY BEFORE UNI ^^

Of course it wasn’t all work and no play (wow I can mean it literally in this case). In between all that I also took my Grade 6 ballet exam (which I am quite disappointed with), I also started dance lessons at DanzPeople, met up w friends, fell in love with One Direction, got my A level results, applied to university, yknw all the other fun stuff.

I went to Hong Kong w my mum because I figured this period was one of the last few times in my life when I’d be so free without any worries. It was the first time I planned the entire itinerary on my own (my mum took care of the expenses and booking of hotel/plane tickets) and it was quite fun. Lots of walking and getting lost but I enjoyed myself. It’d be more fun if there was someone else on the trip w my mum and me though because at times it would get slightly awkward. But I think we were on our best behaviour and didn’t really get onto each other’s nerves so yay.

Immediately after the trip was my first camp at university! I’m so incredibly grateful that I signed up for NM camp because I think without the group of friends I made during the camp I’d be rather lonely. They’re all such nice people who don’t mind sharing notes and tips for exams and advice and stuff like that. Even though I don’t exactly feel v comfortable w all of them at the moment, there are some people whom I’m sure I’d be able to be better friends with once we get the opportunity to hang out more together 🙂

I’m not quite sure what I did between that and the Orientation Week but it should be documented in this blog mostly.

Orientation Week to be honest was kinda bleh. Maybe because the group I was with wasn’t really the kind of friends I’d have. Maybe because the group was too big. Maybe.. idk. But some of the girls I met are really nice and it’s such a pity we don’t have an opportunity to hang out more because I’m sure we’d be real friends if we had the chance to hang out.

University started soon after (immediately after?) and again, so grateful to the friends I made at NM camp because they were the ones who helped a lot with my timetable planning and getting around school.. LIKE GUARDIAN ANGELS THAT LOT.

Most of my life in University should be on the blog. If it’s not it’s me studying, pretending to study, going out w friends, keeping in touch w old friends etc. It makes me very sad that even tho so many of the girls in 08 are now in the same school as me, I hardly ever see them (especially you PJ D: ). I really hope we don’t drift apart sigh but now it certainly feels that way (as in w the other 08 girls). On the other hand, I saw a lot a lot of raroro this sem and whee I’m a happy girl 🙂 Missed raroro over the holidays because we don’t talk during holidays HAHA. Glad we reconnected this sem!!

Finals were an interesting challenging and I think I did decently for it even though I’m slightly disappointed w some of the results. But mostly happy w what I achieved in my first sem so that’s good!

2012 has been a really fun year (after all I had 7 months of free time teehee) but also challenging at the same time. I’ve been mostly happy this year because friends, school, new experiences. Nothing to report on my love life because unless you count my very exciting dreams w celebrities there hasn’t been much going on. But I’m happy 🙂 Less heartache and more strong, long-lasting friendships.

My first challenge of 2013 will be my driving test! Hoping I pass it on my first go so I don’t have to travel all the way to Ubi again omg it’s the WORST. Here’s hoping that 2013 will be another happy year. I LOVE YOU ALL MY FRIENDS READING THIS :D:D:D

A Look at 2012

Tales from Expo

I’ve been working at the Food Expo for the past two days. In fact, I’m on the way there now. As in every retail / sales job, there are plenty of stories to tell.

Here are some interesting experiences I’ve had over the past two days! ^^

1. The stereotypical Singaporean aunties
They are so so irritating!!!! They keep asking for freebies and some of them don’t even buy a lot. I mean, if they bought a lot, I’d happily give them the freebies but noooo. I remember one of them only bought a small packet of beans (50 cents) and she asked for a recyclable bag. We don’t usually give out the recyclable bags because they’re expensive and we don’t have a lot. So usually the customers are only given a bag if they buy the more expensive items. But that particular customer kept insisting that she’s a regular customer so there wasn’t much we could do.

There was another customer who … didn’t buy a lot I think. And she was already given two freebies. Yet she kept asking for more!!! She wanted something that we were SELLING for $4. Talk about unreasonable. She insisted that she was given that last year. And my auntie said that ‘Umm that was last year, we’re not giving it out this year.’ After awhile the customer said ‘不给就不给,将这么多做什么。是你们吝啬’ I was completely flabbergasted. I mean, we already gave her two bottles of sauce (way more than she deserved IMO) and explained that what she wanted wasn’t something we could give her. So completely unreasonable AND STRANGLE WORTHY.

There were quite a few customers that really made me want to elbow them. But the customer is always wrong right. How untrue urgh.

2. The free samples
You really can have a meal without paying here. There were many stalls giving out free samples. So a stroll around the exhibition would probably fill you up.
I really like the Prima (I think) instant lakes / curry chicken!!! Super yummy. Hahaha but I didn’t even take it myself. My aunt and another employee took it for me.

3. The SMELL
Is quite quite terrible. You wouldn’t smell it there of course. But once you’ve spent some time (or like an entire day) there, THE SMELL WILL CLING TO YOU. It was everywhere zomg. My hair, clothes, even my bag. Terrible terrible. Even after I bathed the smell was still there 😥 oh the smell is caused by all the cooking (as mentioned above, the free samples and they also sell cooked food there) indoors. All the smells from the food are trapped in the hall and … Not very pleasant.

The rest are isolated incidents.

4. There was a customer who was asking me about some of the sauces. And since I wasn’t very sure about what I was saying, I called my daddy over to take over. I was like ‘Daddy. Daddaaaaaaye’. Then the customer (probably around 40 years old) referred to my dad as ‘Daddy’ as well. Now that I’m typing it out it sounds completely weird and creepy. Anyway the jokes about how my dad must be quite old ensued (as expected)

5. Early on Sunday there was a family of three who came to buy stuff. While my dad was doing his sales thing, the dad was talking to me. A condensed version of our conversation:
– he said I look like my dad. Which is rather cool becos he managed to guess that we were father and daughter purely from that! Usually people comment on the resemblance between my mum and me.
– he said I look like a social worker -.- -.- like I told PJ, idk if I should take it as a compliment hahaha! The conversation went something like that:
Him: Are you still schooling?
Me: Yup. I’m waiting to start University.
H: Oh what are you going to study?
M: Arts and Social Science at NUS.
H: That’s good! What are you planning to concentrate on?
M: I’m not sure yet. Just going to go there and see what appeals to me!
H: Oh, if you like to help people you can do social work .. That’s good .. YOU LOOK LIKE THAT TYPE.

HAHA I was quite stunned. Who evaluates people like that manxz. Especially when I am just a cashier to him and he has no idea what kinda person I am. I could be an incredibly evil and narcissistic person. But obviously I’m not because I’m kind and generous and OK HAHA WHO AM I KIDDING.

But nice friendly customers (who compliment me) make my day! ^^

6. There was this really really really naughty girl running around. She actually ran into our booth and attempted to rip off the plastic covering the keyboard thingy on the cash register. AND SHE STEPPED ON MY SHOE. *incredulous*
So I complained to my daddy. And my aunt speculated that she’s hyperactive. But whatever. Her parents should chain her to them or something.
My dad is THE BEST HAHAHAHAHHA.
The girl was running around (in a crowd) again and he went up to her and pinched her lightly on the arm. HAHAH. she gave a confused squeal.
She deserved it okay. So mischievous zomg.
And it sounds really mean but it’s quite hilarious. And I’m sure it didn’t hurt much.

That’s about all for tales from expo (Friday and Sunday).
Off to start my last two (smelly) days!

Tales from Expo

Countdown: Two hours to the end of today

The only highlight in my entire day has been editing an email to send to someone. And I don’t even know if the edit is good.

Oh and reading Keeping Faith. Decided to start reading my Jodi Picoult books after finishing the four The Power of Five books.

Really boring and I don’t have PJ here to keep me company (because it’s like being back at my other job).

The number of emails I receive is inversely proportional to my boredom level. I received less than 10 emails today.

Can’t wait for 6pm but at the same time I don’t want to go home and face my parents.

Countdown: Two hours to the end of today