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It’s 10.30 am on a Saturday morning, and I’m back in the office for half a day. Facebook is being ridiculously cheerful. Grrr!

looking back on the year

An analysis what I did in 2015……!!! (Text in italics were the goals I had set for this year at the end of the last.)

Tried to go out every weekend instead cooping up at home. Ate at at least one new place every month (usually alone). Initiated meetups with friends whenever possible. Held a couple of gatherings for the members of a personal finance Whatsapp group I am in. (Mostly guys and quite a fun bunch!) Had resigned myself to being an eternal inviter and never an invitee, but lo and behold! In November, Gabriel invited me to a cookout lunch at his place. He and his co-organizer truly have an eclectic group of friends indeed!

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Mouthfuls of Moet in the morning makes me sleepy……

(Colleagues’d successfully incorporated a company earlier and popped a bottle to celebrate!)

last day

My sales were terribly dismal, so today marks the end of my secondment (almost five months) with the tech startup. It was a good learning experience, though! (But I definitely won’t miss the food in Toa Payoh! :P) Next week, it’s back to the mothership!

the gods must be crazy

I was on the MRT to work this morning, when I suddenly noticed the digital sign declaring ‘NS27 Marina Bay’, heard the sound system announced ‘City Hall’ next, and then the train pulled into Dhoby Ghaut station. For a moment I thought I had found myself in the Twilight Zone……

revising my goal

Since I am now 27 years and 11 months old, but am not anywhere near my 1000k by 27 goal yet, I am hereby revising it to: 1000k by 28!!! Hopefully the new adventure that I just started will help me achieve it……

a new chapter

Started my next adventure at a tech startup located in a warehouse in Toa Payoh. I didn’t know what to expect at first. The whole team is small, super young, and dresses really casually. (I wore heels today and shall be opting for flat shoes come next week!) And they’re usually all guys, but are having four females out of five interns for the next few months – three undergrads from the National University of Singapore (one is male) and two MBA candidates from the University of Oslo. Their office (really just one large room) is a confluence of organized chaos. There’s really a lot to learn, and I really feel like a fish out of water…… I hope I can make magic here!!! :D

after freedom was regained

So how did I spend today, my very first day (technically second, since I went back to the office yesterday to do a final cleanup) after leaving my job? Sleeping, of course! Zzzzzz…..

one last hurrah

So this morning I made my way to work as usual, even though my last day was yesterday, to finish clearing up my desk. (Last week, when my colleague S was on medical leave once again, I was trying to pack my table, my boss told me to stop and cover S’s work instead. Her exact words: ‘Clearing of workstation should be done during lunch or after work.’ Like what? What kind of boss says that? Now you know one of the major reasons for my departure.)

Finished my great decluttering operation around noon. The junk I discarded completely filled one black trash bag. Decided not to go for lunch and composed beautifully phrased farewell messages to over 200 writers I had worked with in the past 2.5 years, my editorial board, and my colleagues.

Finally, at close to 5 pm, I called for a taxi, said by goodbyes to everyone in the office, and went home with 12 bags of stuff (not including the two more that I had brought home yesterday).

To my next great adventure!

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last day of work

It was my official last day of work today! My colleagues gave me a card and a pen, which I shall use to write the next chapter of my life! :D

My notice period was actually two months, but with close to 20 days’ of annual leave, I managed to reduce it to one month instead. Which meant I didn’t have much time to tie up all loose ends and I am going back tomorrow to finish clearing out my workstation! :P

counting down the days

Five more days to my last day of work!!!

counting down the days

Ten more days to my last day at work!!!!!!

throwing letter

This morning I tendered my resignation to my biggest boss M. Before I entered his office, I thought that I could coolly pass the letter to him and then just walk out. Turns out, I couldn’t…… I started tearing the moment I sat down. 顿时百感交集: relief, joy, sadness and a multitude of emotions washed over me. It was exactly like a phrase I had once used in my primary school Chinese compos: ‘打翻五味瓶’……

My letter was a simple announcement of my resignation, and the rationale I gave was: “As a female teacher from Henan, China, recently wrote in her resignation note of just ten words: ‘世界那么大,我想去看看’!” My boss accepted the document, and finally the deed was done.

PS I wonder why resigning is also known as ‘throwing letter’ in local parlance, which strikes me as being rather negative. Is it because it is nearly always carried out in unhappiness, when the employee is at the end of their tether?


Being the main person in charge of my company’s Facebook account, I am able to see what a lot of our doctor members share. Noticed a paediatrician post this earlier today:

Me: “How old are you?”
Little boy: “I am not old.”

How cute is that!!! :D

a curious evening

And I think…… my next adventure has quite possibly…… found me……

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