Friday, February 14, 2014

Exactly 3 years ago from today

It was exactly 3 years ago from today,
when I first rooted in Singapore, officially.

IF only I had a smartphone

I still remember it was the third time in my life stepping into Singapore.
I was still using my Sony Ericsson W800 with a few buttons dropped off
I wasn't familiar with MRT/Bus routes, at ALL.
I had no fucking idea where the hell was Orchard/Bugis, not even the few places which I have heard of the names when I was back in Malaysia.
I still remember the need for me to google at home before I head out some where each time.
I still remember the need for me to count the bus stops (very stressful I'd tell you).
I still remember the need for me to ask for directions from the pedestrians each time I got lost.
I still remember the need for me to adapt to long distance relationship.
I still remember the need for me to limit the number of international messages sent in order to manage the amount I spend on phone topups.
I still remember the need for me to pretend everything was alright just not to let those who care for me worry for me.
It was really tough, I admit.

The least I wished was to have a smartphone the other time, it would have been much eazier.

IF only I am as millionaire as you think I am

It tickles me each time when people comes up with sarcastic remarks taking for granted as though people who work abroad, earn foreign dollar, have bottomless cash to spend. Again, I would have to remind these people, we spend the same currency as the currency we earn. We left home, gone abroad to earn extra penny, mainly to save and to spend on our loved ones, NOT to be Mr. Treat-Everyone-and-Everymeal when we are back; When we have extra penny to spend on you, we definitely will because we hope you understand that we have our commitments too. Rental itself costs about SGD600-700, how about that?

IF only it was as easy as you think it was

Even better when some assumed that coming over to work in Singapore was as easy as snapping fingers. Finding a job in Singapore, is not as easy as some of you may think it is, especially for a fresh grad from a foreign university. Though being a First Class honour graduate myself, I am not ashamed to disclose that I have spammed more than 100+ job applications across Jobstreet, Jobsdb etc. I would not be surprise if 1 in 10 of the companies in Singapore today would already have a copy of my resume in their resume bank; Ok, I was just exaggerating. But, really no joke, the return rate was like 1 in 30. No, it wasnt my resume, its the experience and exposure being prerequisite that matters (at least this was what I was told by various hiring agents) ; every firm wanted someone experience, or at least familiar with Singapore's external environment and working culture. I had none (except part time experience which didn't help at all). Well, honestly, with my understanding of the competitive business platform here in Singapore vs globalized work force pool available, I don't blame them, the employers, at all, because even when I spend a couple of dollars buying vegetable in the market, I will make sure I pick the best vegetable and to make sure its worth every penny spent. There was why I was so close in taking up the offer of a management trainee job which starting pay was just SGD 1250 as all I wanted was just a stepping stone (yes, it wasnt a typo, SGD 1250 for real). However, I was lucky enough to got myself into a much bigger firm (was informed by a relative about the job vacancy) just minutes before I said yes to the other company. And yes, 14 Feb 2011 was when I first started working in Singapore. 

What happened thereafter are too sensitive to be elaborated here; anyway here are some hints; I will leave it to your imagination to fix the puzzle:-


Have I regretted? 

Dont get me wrong as though I was trying to show how pitiful I was. Just a gentle reminder that this is my blog, so I can write and record anything about my life as much as I want so that I will have some stories to share with my grandchildren in the future.

Throughout the three years of working here, I have gotten the chance to meet and greet a couple of celebrities, attended some concerts (some are paid, some are sponsored)

Ah Nan 2011 - local act 
(who have passed away)

The Suede 2011 (Sponsored)

The Script 2011 (Sponsored) & The Script 2013 (Paid)

SUM 41 2012 (Paid)

Some local acts-wannabes (sponsored, I think)

Oh ya, 
and your highness right smack in the big screen @ION Orchard.

Back to topic, of course, 
there were many things which didn't happen as 
what I have expected/planned before I came over, 
but I will keep my fingers crossed and have faith that everything will alright:-

Last but not least,
or rather the main point of this post,

I would like to express my sincere gratitude 
to each and everyone who have 
lend me a helping hand when I was in deep shit trouble, 
held me when I was down, 
gave me encouragement when I was demotivated.
I remember each and everyone of you,
from those of you who have helped me back in uni (lecturers/coursmates/seniors/juniors),
to those of you who have helped me when I was in Kinetic Worldwide (internally & externally),
to those of you who have stayed with me in Bukit Merah View(especially)/current,
to those of you who I have hung out/partied with (bloggers/randomly-connected friends),
to those of you in Apple who have made my life here wonderful (including those who have left),
to those of you back in Malaysia who have always been there for me(Friends and family),

All of you are the pillars that hold my life, 
A single pillar missing, and my life is fucked ruined.

I, Thank You.
Very Very Much.

Oh ya, 

Happy Valentine's Day to all of you <3>
and Happy Singlentine's Day to myself