When you’re a bad employee and don’t even know it

“The clock at the check-in reads 9:10AM but my watch says 8:59AM so I’m right on time.”

^^^^Sound familiar?

What about this?
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“Shall make a trip to the bathroom and start packing my bag at 5:45PM so I’ll be ready to make a mad dash for the front door at 5:59PM.”

Then perhaps you can relate to my piece on The Cambelles, entitled, “When you’re a bad employee and don’t even know it”.

Go on, have a read – don’t pretend to be an angel please. I feel like we must have all committed AT LEAST a handful of these “bad employee” crimes before, LOL!!!!

Aaaand…. as you read this, I’m in fact out of the office. Taking a few days off work to celebrate Ming’s birthday! :) Will be writing about that soon…ish.  

"When you're a bad employee and don't even know it"

For now, let’s just all be thankful that we are still employed. xx J 

Something sounded too good to be true. So I tried it out for you.

Fact #1: I am an ardent fan of Fjällräven Kånken bags.

Fact #2: Cos Fjällräven Kånken bags are EXTREMELY POPULAR and SELL SO FAST, they almost NEVER go on sale.

Fact #3: Some weeks ago, when I discovered an online discount code of 18% OFF Zalora purchases, I JUMPED at the chance to snag my VERY DOPE Fjällräven Kånken for CHEAP! I ended up paying S$105.78 for my bag…. which originally costs S$129. SAVED S$23.22!

Fact #4: On top of the 18% discount, I also received an additional awesome Zalora cashback of S$11.35 from ShopBack, which means I saved a total of S$34.57 on my bag.

S$94.43 for a Kånken? WHY NOT?
About that CASHBACK though…. I know what you’re thinking.
It sounds TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE.
RIGHT?

Just a bit of a background info here:
ShopBack is a site that pays you cash for shopping through them. That’s all.

See…. I did a little “EXPERIMENT” on behalf of all of us prudent shoppers.

I logged in to my Zalora account separately and applied the 18% discount code of “AMAZINGJUNE18” on my shopping cart – IT WORKED.

Soooo…. I thought since I was receiving the 18% discount EVEN IF I were to check out my shopping cart instantly WITHOUT going through ShopBack, there’s really no harm giving ShopBack a whirl to see if I’d really receive a cashback on top of my savings.

In the spirit of sharing good deals, perhaps I’ll just briefly take you through the system to show you how it worked for me, so you can enjoy some of these perks too.

FIRST, you sign up with ShopBack.

I’m SO SICK AND TIRED of long sign-up processes where they make you fill in about 542076207 forms, so here’s some good news – you can even sign up with your Facebook account. Dope.

First, you sign up with ShopBack.

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Who wants to look like a wrinkly prune?!

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I’ve got CARAMEL PUDDING LEGS >>>>> PROOF.

I don’t mind though; that uneven tan serves as a constant reminder of my evolution into a runner. See, on week days I train pre-dawn, before the sun rises, before the rest of the world awakes. On weekends, I choose to train under the hot sun; I CRAVE that warmth. 2 out of 7 days in broad daylight? That’s how I earned my tan.

Whilst I’m quite happy for the sun to leave marks on my limbs, I wear sun protection on my face and décolletage daily cos I don’t exactly enjoy having my freckles and neck wrinkles expand their territories. 

BECAUSE
WHO WANTS TO LOOK LIKE A WRINKLY PRUNE?!

Better take steps to prevent THAT^^^^, mmhmm?
So lately, I’ve been using this in place of my usual sunblock
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CETAPHIL UVA/UVB DEFENSE SPF 50+/UVA 28

Cetaphil UVA/UVB Defense SPF 50+/UVA 28

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I’ll just admit that I’m DAMN AUNTY lah, OK?

I’M DAMN AUNTY.

It seems like nowadays I refuse to settle on a purchase until I’ve done my research on all the possible discounts, offers and promotions available to ensure I get the best deal.

Damn aunty right?

And by “research”, I mean Google. No, seriously man – I can’t believe I used to buy stuff without bothering to check for discounts…. imagine the amount of money I could have saved!

Just last week, thanks to my, ahem, “research”, I managed to save a WHOPPING 18% OFF an item that hardly ever goes on sale cos it sells SO WELL, you’d better snag it if you can even get a 10% discount.

SEE?
I saved SGD19.62 on my order, 18% off the original price!
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How? BECAUSE I BOTHERED TO GOOGLE FOR DISCOUNT CODES. And I tell you, whilst you can find plenty of online discount coupons, only a handful of them work. The rest are either garbage or require you to use a certain bank’s credit card. Soooo…. I was SUPER THRILLED about the 18% discount! #somuchwin

Eh, I’ve always been skeptical about such third party online discount sites, OK? Cos they simply seem too good to be true. Who gives you a discount without wanting something in return? Besides, third party sites are almost always full of ads, or they try to con you into signing up for some email list, or register an account to access these “privileges” – you know, gimmicky stuff – then BAM! your inbox gets flooded by spam mail pronto. Urgh.

Based on my Googling experience, I conclude that there are only a few sites publishing up-to-date discount codes that ACTUALLY WORK. I’ve come across sites that prompt you to click multiple times to “REVEAL CODE NOW!” only to show you a bunch of useless letters that don’t work. Sites that generate 5824907690276 annoying pop-ups FOR NOTHING. It gets a little frustrating sometimes, it’s like being taken on a wild goose chase.

We’re like, what, 2 weeks? into the Great Singapore Sale and I can tell you, I’m waiting for more discounts to come up before I spend my hard-earned money today on stuff that’ll most likely go on 50% off next week. Good discounts are worth waiting for, no? #auntymodeON

You’ve probably already Googled “discount code Singapore” like I did, and trust me when I say I know how painful and disappointing the process can get. To save you some agony, I’ll let you in on this small shortcut – one of the sites I discovered that generates Great Singapore Sale discount codes. In fact, it’s the one I used to get that 18% discount. Getting good deals is so PAINLESS now. What are some of your favourite discount sites? Share share leh! xx J

Would you still go to work if you weren’t paid?

My question to you today is: Would you still go to work if you weren’t paid?

Would you?
I wouldn’t.

MAY was full of cynical thoughts. These thoughts revolve mainly around WORK and MONEY. I’ve been thinking…. will I be stuck doing this FOREVER? 10 years in the same line of work and surely there’s GOT to be an end to this. Every day I remind myself that I’m doing this for money. 10 years in the same industry and if I’m still here, then the career’s a pretty good fit, no? Realistically, as long as I’m getting paid, whether I love the job or not is irrelevant; I’m simply offering my services in exchange for food on the table.    

They say do something you love and you’ll never work another day. Problem? I don’t know what I “love” to do. Do you?

They also say work like you don’t need the money. I totally get that, I do. But until I’m doing what I “love”, that wouldn’t apply.

And they, too, say that you shouldn’t waste your life and time on something you don’t truly like. If you’re not happy where you are, MOVE. Change. Such wise words, but easier said than done.   

Assuming I take a leap of faith and quit my current job to pursue what I “love”. From a pragmatic angle, what I “love” to do may not pay half as much. Will I be happy doing what I “love”, when I’m starving and struggling to make ends meet? Will I then regret my decision and hop right back to where I came from so I can continue to be trapped in this cycle of cynical thoughts until the day I die?

I don’t know.

What I DO know is that, at this moment as you cast your eyes over these words, I lack the bravery to take that leap, to make that change. I won’t even use “I can’t” as a lame excuse to stay put, cos I know I CAN. It’s only a matter of choice.

Whilst I ponder over that issue, I should also say that sometime mid-May, I finally opened the door and let a couple of people out of my life…. for ever, I hope. People I once held dear to my heart and thought were so important. Turns out they really don’t give two shits – then so be it. Adios and may our paths never cross.     

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How to behave (or not) at a job interview

After having spent 10 YEARS in the same line of work, I’m beginning to wonder if this is IT. You know, if I’m going to be spending the rest of my life doing this, as in…. am I stuck doing this job FOREVER? Whilst 10 years isn’t exactly a super long period, it ain’t short either. I’m amazed I’m still here.

You know, the other day I was just thinking of the time when I was back in the job-hunting game after leaving my second job – that was what, about 4 or 5 years ago maybe? – sending out application after application, attending interview after interview, only to be ridiculed. You should have seen the crap offers I received. I felt quite humiliated, discouraged and depressed back then, bank account dwindling, but I’m glad those days are OVER. When I finally landed a reasonable offer, I told myself, “OK, THIS IS IT. No quitting unless you want to be poor again. No giving up unless you want to be humiliated again.” Never looked back!

With that job-hunting episode in mind, I thought it’d be fun to write a piece on how to behave (or not) at a job interview, which is the title of my piece for the month of May on The Cambelles.  

Well, if you’ve ever been asked, “Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?”, you can certainly relate to my post. If so, I hope you are amused. ;)

"How to behave (or not) at a job interview"

I’ll be interested to learn about your job interview horrors and other ridiculous questions you’ve been asked before. We can all have a good laugh over a cup of tea then. xx J

I KAINDA like this body wash….

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I ADORE bath and body products. I usually have a few on rotation. I especially like fruity types…. and rose-scented ones. Whilst I have my favourites, I am constantly on the lookout for new, interesting varieties to try out.

Recently, KAINDA sent me a bottle of SENSUOUS BODY WASH (ooh, sensuous…. hmm). Prior to this, I’d never heard of the brand. But I’m always open to new stuff so…. if you’re curious too, I’ve done the homework for you.

The first thing I noticed about the bottle, was the silhouette of that SEXAY LAYDEE – well, damn, if I could look like that – I thought she could be the female version of Robin Hood, what with her bow and arrows.

TURNS OUT I WAS RIGHT.
BECAUSE.

The name “Kainda” actually means…. *DRUMROLL, PLEASE*
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“The Hunter’s Daughter”!

Kainda Sensuous Body Wash

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So…. I was asked to review this OILY SKIN CLEANSER when I DON’T have oily skin.

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When I was asked to review the CETAPHIL OILY SKIN CLEANSER, I was like….

LOL WUT

Cos I DON’T have oily skin. 

I told them bluntly – look, I note your request but I don’t have oily skin. So Imma test your product with my COMBINATION SKIN and the review I’m gonna give will be based on that, aight? Basic courtesy. AND they were cool. I took it they must be pretty confident. 

When I received the product I saw that even though it says OILY SKIN CLEANSER, it’s actually targeted at OILY, COMBINATION OR ACNE-PRONE SKIN. Fair enough – my skin type is covered there, but I am under the impression that this product gravitates more towards the needs of folks with angry, zitty skin. You know, people who seriously need oil-control help.

As with the other Cetaphil products, expect a pH-balanced, non-soap formula that does not clog pores. It claims to rid the skin of the usual – oil, dirt, impurities and makeup…. well, sounds good enough.

So.... I was asked to review this OILY SKIN CLEANSER when I DON'T have oily skin.

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Just because someone acts like he has poor upbringing, it doesn’t mean you should, too.

APRIL for me was filled with one recurring theme: just because someone acts like he has poor upbringing, it doesn’t mean you should, too. When others treat you badly, it’s a reflection of their poor character and none of yours. BUT if YOU choose to treat them equally nastily in return, what does that say about YOU?

See what I mean?

When faced with someone who’s aggressive or simply bent on making interaction a PAIN, you should remain as civil as necessary. Basically, be nice without being a pushover, and be firm without being a bitch. Not entirely easy to do, but not impossible to master. The gist is NOT to give anyone any ammo to use against you. Whilst you aren’t here to be popular, don’t go out of your way to make enemies either. Get your point across, do what needs to be done. That’s it.

Meanwhile, pay no heed as to whether you are 100% well-liked because as you grow older, you’ll learn that it is neither important nor possible to please everybody cos there will ALWAYS be people who don’t like you…. for whatever reason.

The most EPIC thing that happened in April was….. I BRAVELY DEALT WITH SOMETHING TERRIBLE THAT HAPPENED. No details here, but I was shocked, to say the least. You know, it’s the sort of situation wherein you wished you could bury yourself in a hole and hide. But shit happens, right? Life can’t be free from disaster; you just need to learn to deal with it when it comes. So I took steps to rectify the situation PRONTO, and I’m satisfied with the way I dealt with it. :)   

April also marked 1,000 DAYS (ONE THOUSAND FREAKIN’ DAYS!!!!) of my lifestyle change. 1,000 days of giving a damn about my body. 1,000 days of me being free from the chains of Diet Coke! I’m so proud of me. So proud. 

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So I survived 1,025 days without Diet Coke.

So I survived 1,025 days without Diet Coke.

See, for the past decade or so, I was a DIET COKE ADDICT. Like, I drank about 1.5 LITRES of that shit EVERY DAY.

But I felt bloated all the dang time. Certainly didn’t feel like I was the best specimen of a healthy female! And it ain’t exactly normal to be chugging SO MUCH of that gassy stuff on a daily basis…. I mean, my stomach hurt.

So 1,025 days ago I made this CRAZY decision to go cold turkey. Have. Not. Touched. A. Single. Drop. Of. Diet. Coke. Since.

In fact, that was probably one of the BEST things I’ve ever done for myself. In the course of quitting pop, I also LOST OVER 20KG – HELL YES.   

When the 1,000-day mark passed, I thought it’d be fun to make this I-quit-Diet-Coke-and-I-am-still-breathing-alive-and-kicking-better-than-ever thing the topic of my April article on The Cambelles. Did you know that Diet Coke causes weight gain? Yes it does. Zero calorie evil stuff.

READ THIS:

"It's been 1,019 days without Diet Coke"

Well, my article was published last week, at 1,019 days. It’s 1,025 days today…. and counting. If you have the same obsession with Diet Coke, I strongly suggest you give my article a read. Perhaps you’ll quit, perhaps not. I just wanted you to know how harmful it is.

Got stories to share? xx J