Happy year of the monkey

It’s Chinese New Year again and this year is the year of the monkey, which happens to be my zodiac animal. This also means I’m going to be 36 this year. Honestly, this makes me a little depressed but let’s not go there. It’s the time of the year to be cheerful and make merry afterall.

I have a piece of good news to share – I finally got myself employed! I’m not going to share how I feel about my new job now as I’m only one week into it. It’s a contract role so it’s not exactly what I hoped for but I guess it’ll do for now. I really had no reason not to accept the offer. In fact, I’m extremely thankful and relieved that I can finally end my job search. Scouring the various job sites for suitable openings on a near daily basis is tedious and stressful. I wish I could secure a permanent job and stop looking for a job for the next five years or so but I guess I should know by now that things don’t always turn out the way we want them to be. Right now I just hope I can do well in my new job and we’ll see what happens next.

In this brand new year of the monkey, I hope things will pick up for me and I’ll be able to pursue my interests. I also hope I’ll be able to stay positive and find some form of satisfaction in my new job. Here’s wishing my family and friends good health, good luck and great success for the new year ahead! Huat ah!

Happy year of the bunny

I’ve been looking forward to the Chinese New Year mainly because it had meant that my stint at that particular company had come to an end. Now that the CNY holidays are almost over, I’m so darn relieved that my days at the company are officially over! Not surprisingly, I was still tasked to carry out a few errands and had to do a final “update” for that woman on my last day of work. All I can say is, I hope the two new girls will be able to put up with her crazy antics. For my colleagues’ sake, at least. Despite the miserable three months on the job, I’m glad to have met my two colleagues (now ex). If not for them, I really don’t think I’d be able to complete my contract. I’d probably run crying to the agent and beg to be released from my contract, which one of my predecessors apparently did. Poor soul.

Anyway, it’s all water under the bridge now. I hope I can start afresh in my new job come 14 February. All I’m asking for is a decent boss to work with and I really hope things will pick up for me this time round. Come to think of it, the year of the tiger has been quite an unlucky year for me.

Oh, did I also mention that I cracked my molar on CNY eve? The worst thing is, I don’t even know what caused it. See what I mean by being unlucky in the year of the tiger? Now I need to make an appointment with the dentist to extract the damaged tooth and I probably need to have an implant done. I have to suffer the pain and burn a hole in my pocket for nothing. Can it get any worse?

Having said that, I’d like to wish everyone a happy and prosperous year of the rabbit ahead. I’m sure all of you had a better start to the new year than I did. Enjoy!

Goodbye 2010, hello 2011

There goes another year. How is it possible for 364 days to pass by so quickly? This time last year I was so hopeful that 2010 would be a fruitful year for me and that I’d be able to find a nice job. Turns out I did find a new job but I certainly wouldn’t use the word “nice” to describe it. Come to think of it, this year has been quite eventful for me.

After ranting about my last job for almost two years, I finally left the company in July. Without a job. Again. I struggled for a long time before I made the decision and six months later, I must say I didn’t regret my decision. There were simply too many issues and complications that made staying on in the company almost unthinkable. You have no idea how relieved I was to be finally leaving the company. Having said that, I miss my ex-colleagues. They’re the closest bunch of colleagues I’ve ever had in my ten years of working life. For those who know me well enough would know that it’s not easy for me to get chummy with people. So for me to say I miss my ex-colleagues, I really do mean it. I’m very thankful for the support and encouragement that my friends, family and ex-colleagues have given me when I was debating whether to stay or go. In times like these, it’s really heartening to know you have your friends’ understanding and approval.

After getting myself unemployed for five months, I found a new job in November. Unfortunately, it isn’t the right one for me. Even though I’m not happy in my current job, I count myself lucky that it’s only a 3-month stint. The one important thing that I’ve learnt from this episode is that first impression = not positive equates to DON’T take up the job! So if you think your interviewer cum potential supervisor is a total bitch/jerk, please don’t accept the job offer. I did despite my reservations and look what happened.

It looks like I haven’t been too lucky in my career this year. I certainly hope things will pick up in 2011 and I’ll finally be able to find something good (did I say the same thing last year?). Oh yes, I’m in the process of drawing up a list of 101 things I want to accomplish in 1001 days as my new year resolution. I didn’t know it’s such a challenge to come up with 101 items! Anyway, I’ll put up the list here once I manage to find 23 more things to do.

Before I go, let’s hope 2011 will be a better year for me. Oh, and for all of you too. Have a fantabulous new year!