50 Things My First Job Taught Me

Of late, I’ve been thinking A LOT. About…. what I want to do with the rest of my life. About careers and if I’m going to remain in legal forever. What IS it I’m really meant to do? What do I WANT? I don’t quite know. On Thursday, I was met with a proposition that opens a door to something I never thought would happen to me – I’ll probably address that in my next post.

For now, I shall leave you with a piece I wrote for The Cambelles this month. I call it “50 Things My First Job Taught Me” – I’ll describe it as an amusing take on the stuff I’d learnt from my first job (and perhaps second, too).

You know, the time when you first find out the stuff you are NOT supposed to do, how you ARE to behave, and the things you ought not to say to your colleagues over lunch. Like how you think Lucy is overpaid (oops, someone left her payslip on the photocopier) and how Peter skives on the job….

The working world teaches you so much about the importance of EQ over IQ, and that you REALLY need to watch your words (and back!). So go on, have a read and tell me – what were the most important lessons your first job taught you? :)        

"50 Things My First Job Taught Me"

 xx J

THIS is how you score a Christian Grey.

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Am I the only one NOT into the Fifty Shades saga? Not my kind of book, not my kind of movie, and the only thing I know is the female lead was also in Need for Speed. The bellas at the HQ decided to hitch a ride on the Fifty Shades wagon and call this month’s edition FIFTY SHADES OF PINK – not that the entire contents of the box are pink, but to suggest that they may lend you some SEXY…. and perhaps, for the hopefuls out there, help score yourself a Christian Grey. Or Tan, in the local context.

What's Inside BellaBox March 2015: Fifty Shades of Pink

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Would I stay at Hotel Jen again? Hmm…

Today marks the 3rd anniversary of the Blog becoming self-hosted. WOW. THREE DOPE YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE! :) And ain’t it awesome, I FINALLY bought a new keyboard for 13 freakin’ bucks so there, a present for amazing blogger girl, who’s back on the blogging track with a fully functional keyboard, filling you in on her latest adventure. It HAS been a while since my last staycation, and just in case you hadn’t already read, I have achieved the status of Super Savvy Staycationer. *smug* Over Lunar New Year, I stayed with Jen. Jen, as in, Hotel Jen. At Orchard Gateway.

See, apart from Jen, I had a few options in mind:

(1) I could of course return to Resorts World Sentosa, but

(2) also thought of putting up at this GORGEOUS Peranakan-themed hotel located in the East, whilst considering

(3) a quaint lodge along a hipster-ish lane at the outskirts of the city.

I eventually selected Hotel Jen for its attractive location – right smack in the middle of Orchard – what, it’s PERFECT! I love that it’s situated atop a mall. So when I casually mention that I’m “going downstairs”, I’m actually going to Orchard Road.

Will you check THIS out. My failed attempt at a panoramic shot from the pool deck does nothing to justify the ERRMAHGERD AMAZING VIEW from the top.  

Panoramic shot FAIL - from the pool deck at Hotel Jen, Orchard Gateway

I got us a Superior Cityview room and requested for a room on a “higher floor”. We were given one located on the 20th level overlooking the busy, busy Orchard Road below. It’s decent-sized – for the price and location, I really can’t complain.

I just wasn’t impressed with one thing. The first time I asked to borrow a bathroom scale, I was informed that weighing scales were only available at the gym. OK, fair enough. So I popped over to the gym only to discover that there was no scale there. Asked them again, and I was told the hotel does not provide weighing scales at all. I’m not so pissed about them not offering bathroom scales (but any decent hotel should, in my opinion), but that I’ve been given the impression that they aren’t even sure of their logistics. (Also, Jen, the hinge on the refrigerator cabinet in room 2013 has come apart, in case you hadn’t noticed and fixed it already.) #rantover   

Our Superior Cityview room at Hotel Jen, Orchard Gateway

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My core is unabashedly me.

Right now I’m blogging from my PATHETIC NETBOOK because GAH!!! my computer keyboard has gone bonkers and I gotta buy a new one. Soooo…. FEBRUARY for me went by pretty quickly. I managed to enjoy some peace and respite from the endless madness at work cos everyone else was basking in the festivities and getting ready to celebrate Lunar New Year. March, though, is an entirely different story.

With a little bit of clever arrangement and time management, I got away sometime towards the end of February for a short staycation in the city, which I shall blog about soon.

Throughout the month, I had recurring thoughts on a common theme – BEING ME. You see, I’ve got a problem. I feel like we’re living in a world where everyone is trying to make us into what THEY want us to become. I don’t like that. Not at all.

I want to be what I want to be.
I don’t like to brush my hair. I leave my hair in a mess.
I don’t like to wear stuffy office clothes. I wear my crop tops.
I don’t like to cram my toes into patent heels. I put on my favourite tatty sneakers.
I don’t like to stifle a giggle. I laugh whenever I want to.
I don’t like to avoid saying something just cos no one else dares say it. I say it.
I don’t like to care about what others are doing. I like to focus on my own path.

In the course of doing what I like, when I like, pursuing what I want and recognising the fact that I’ll always be too much or too little of something for someone (like I give two shits), I also took some time to remind myself of the blessings and fortune that the Universe has bestowed upon me.

Ultimately, my core is UNABASHEDLY ME. If there’s anything I want you to take away from this post, it’s to NEVER let others tell you what to do, how to act, what goals to pursue or how you should lead your life. The choice is always yours to make. MAKE LIFE GOOD!    

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How to pack for a staycation: from SUPER SUAKU to SUPER SAVVY!

Over Lunar New Year, I went on a staycation at Hotel Jen. I shall be writing a review shortly BUT FIRST let me tell you just how AMAZINGLY EASY packing became ever since I stopped sweating the small stuff. Like…. how many pairs of shoes to bring along. What I’m going to wear on the afternoon of day 2 and the morning of day 3. Which cardigan would go with that dress I’ll be wearing to dinner on the second night. ← Bahahahaha! Seriously?! OH GAWD. 

I thought it’d be fun to do up a comparison table, just to show you how BLOODY RIDICULOUS I’d been in the past! Bear in mind that whatever I’ve listed in the table below EXCLUDES the stuff I was already wearing upon checking in at the hotel. COME IN FOR A GOOD LAUGH, YOU GUYS. :’D 

All I need is my Fjällräven Kånken! ♥

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Oh Eyeko, you disappoint me…. :(

EYELINER IS MY TERRITORY.  Heavy, heavy cat eyes. Whilst I like to stick to what works, my eyes do wander…. only because I’m as curious as the next girl.

I first came across EYEKO a couple of years ago, whilst randomly surfing makeup blogs – you know, back when I bothered to be properly groomed. I was intrigued by a few of their eyeliners, but as soon as I hit X, that was pretty much it.

A few weeks ago I met my lovely friends Carrot and Joy for a long overdue catchup session and they gifted me with, amongst other goodies, the EYEKO VISUAL EYES LIQUID EYELINER. :)

Alas, despite the many rave reviews I’d read, this product did not work for me as well as I would have liked. Yes, I am disappointed. However, I treasure this very much because it is a present from two of the most amazing girls I’ve got in my life. I love them both so much! They’re like sisters to me. :’)       

Oh Eyeko, you disappoint me.... :(

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Sometimes you just want to start afresh.

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Funny how, a couple of days before I received my February BellaBox, I was just thinking it’d be nice if I could start afresh somewhere else. You know, like hit REBOOT or something. Quite evidently, the Bellas at the HQ agree that FRESH BEGINNINGS are a dang good idea! What can I say, great minds think alike. ;)

I know many of you will probably be out celebrating the Lunar New Year, so here’s a tiny reminder to EAT RESPONSIBLY. Or I shall see you visiting the weight loss section of the blog pretty soon eh!

What's Inside BellaBox February 2015: Fresh Beginnings

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50 Thoughts of a Chic Vagabond Wannabe

I often wonder what I would do if I didn’t have to work. As in, if I didn’t have to be a slave just to make money. How would I spend my time, and where would I go…. I think I’ll be a VAGABOND. It’s a major advantage I am ungroomed to begin with, hah! But I’ll be a really cool and chic one.

This month on The Cambelles, I wrote “50 Thoughts of a Chic Vagabond Wannabe”. I am so going to acquire the necessary survival skills, such as scavenging for food, defending myself against bears and wild boars, and building a hut from scratch. I may even become an expert at herbs and natural cures.

But don’t you worry – I’m sure I’ll still have Internet access, hence able to continue blogging cos I’ve seen photos on Instagram of people who live out of vans. :) 

Now excuse me whilst I go get my rucksack ready for the grand adventures that await.

(PSST! If you’ve already started snacking on those new year goodies, there’s still time to do SOME damage control.)  

"50 Thoughts of a Chic Vagabond Wannabe"

 xx J

I will run 2015 miles in 2015.

So how we doin’, folks, how we doin’! Second week of February already! I hope you’re all set for Valentine’s Day coming up this weekend and Lunar New Year happening next week, if you celebrate. Last month I said I lost enthusiasm for life. I also said I need to rekindle that FIRE in my belly. So far I’ve got a hint of a SPARK.

That MEH-ness from December was present throughout January, unfortunately. The entire month I was generally uninterested in most things. Having to work weekends most certainly didn’t help in the happiness department. I should have tried harder to keep my spirits up and kept my face towards the sun. Now I know.

I opened the year with a half marathon on New Year’s Day. 2015 being a year of PERSONAL BREAKTHROUGH, I ran 23K that day, the farthest I’d run to date. My long runs are typically 22K+, like the one I did last Friday. The CRAZIEST thing I did in January was prolly to pledge to RUN 2015 MILES IN 2015. Which translates into 3,242.82K, which works out to about 8.88K per day. I KNOW I can do this!

I am currently working on RESTORING THAT SPARKLE and taking steps to improve my happiness level. Trying to appreciate things more and be grateful for all that I have (ooh, like that Forest Green Fjällräven Kånken Ming got me last month).

Also, I’ve reached that point in life where I no longer bother to explain why I do the things I do, and I don’t give two shits as to what anybody thinks of what I do. I’ve been there before – TRIED SO HARD to seek everyone’s approval and acceptance. Nope. Not any more. I’ve simply wasted too much time on the wrong things and people in the past. Now I understand it’s perfectly OK to drop what no longer serves me. Haters, doubters, attackers, useless words, meaningless conversations, negative remarks and opinions…. I’m chucking all those out the window. I do what I like. This is me – no masks, no pretense, nothing. After all, I’m not here to be popular. I’m here to SUCCEED.                

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THIS is how I spring clean my closet for Lunar New Year.

I LOVE ripped denim.

1) I haven’t worn this since…. last August.

2) Besides, there’s MOLD growing on it.

3) AND it smells funky.

4) Mmm. Should I risk washing it? Is mold transferable?

5) Oh wait, something’s been FEEDING on it. See, nibble holes.

6) I SWEAR it was a brighter shade of green when I bought it.

7) Or was it yellow?

8) Whatever. I don’t think it’s supposed to be a sleeping bag though?

9) Did I REALLY pay $79.90 for this? The tag says so.

10) I doubt frilly skirts will make a comeback anytime soon.

11) But I MAY wear it to a themed wedding.

12) Though the bride who makes her guests wear ridiculous frilly stuff ought to be shot.

13) And dragged by horses.

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