Two years have passed ~

I have become such a lazy person at blogging. My last post was in June 2017, exactly 2 years ago!

However, I have decided to write my thoughts in my yearly bullet journal. Hence I will not be posting for an even longer period of time 😛

Bye bye for now ~ but not forever ~

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New life in Singapore Cancer Society (:

Next Monday marks the completion of my 3 months’ probation with Singapore Cancer Society and I will officially become a full-time staff. Okie, technically my boss has already done the review with me and I have the letter of confirmation (somewhere in my house). Plus I have signed the agreement of 3 years bond with Singapore Cancer Society, under the PCP SW by NCSS and Workforce SG. Now I kind of have an “iron rice bowl” for the next 3 years. Of course, that’s provided I pass my classes which most people tell me that it should not be a problem~ 😛

There are pros and cons to every job out there. Let’s start with the bad things first.

  • There seem to be some “down” time as it takes a while for us to receive documents. Thus I have to act “busy” at times and it just makes me sleepy and feel bad too.
  • There is so many things about cancer I do not know. I have to frequently google the medical terms to ensure I get the right medication and understanding. I wonder when will I be able to understand everything. >.<

Now for the good things.

  • I guess it wasn’t a bad thing that I started working with AIC first. Learned a lot about the ground management and the policy making. It has helped me in doing my assessment for financial assistance and know where to get a more accurate answer which we need.
  • No more after-office hours and weekends burned to go for meetings and support events. Occasionally there is one or two, but still not a lot like before. This means more time to catch up with friends and spend my weekends cultivating my favourite pastimes, i.e. reading and cross-stitching, and new hobbies, i.e. amigurumi and building Lego sets.
  • I get to study to be accredited as a social worker, one of the profession I want to try and hopefully exceed in. Plus the government pays 90% of my course fees and I just have to pay 10%.

Well that’s all I can think of for now. What can I say, I am a simple girl who wants to live a simple life as much as I can. (:

My journey in Agency for Integrated Care!

My first day @ AIC

I can clearly remember my first day at AIC. I made sure that I arrived before 8.30am so that I was not late for my first day of work. For the first half of the day, I sat through a briefing by HR and I thought to myself, “I guess this is something I would have to go through every time I joined a new job. Oh my god. I am already thinking of my next job. Ha.”

I was welcomed with a red file at my desk which provided me with a quick intro into CE’s work. My first neighbour was very kind to send me 10+ pages (I believe) of acronyms used in AIC. I was kind of overwhelmed by the huge amount of acronyms which I needed to get used to (which I have yet to learn all even by the time I left, let alone the newer ones).

CE’s work was largely on presentations and managing referrals for AIC’s financial schemes (and anything related to community). I had a crash course on the main schemes which CE would publicise to the community. Before the day was up, I was already tasked to help out with a presentation to a VWO. Thank god, I was not the one representing.

By the end of the day, I actually felt relaxed and confident that I will be able to conquer what is tasked to me!

 

During my 1.5 years @ AIC

I had thought it would be a steep learning curve for me as I had zero knowledge of healthcare. However my job did not require massive knowledge on healthcare to be able to do my work well and I was able to learn along the way quite quickly. I would say that I was blessed to have been assigned to do some difficult (at least to me) projects which allowed me to learn.

I am not a techie person though I was the youngest in the team. So when I was assigned to do a few techie projects, I almost wanted to die. My first thought was, “where on earth do I even start?” Well, I am thankful for Design Thinking & Innovation class which taught me to start on a blank sheet, let my creative juices flow and not shoot down any ideas until you are done brainstorming (or think you are done). Also, my team was always ready to chip in and help guide me to the end product that we would like to be using. Though there are some regrets that I was unable to see the projects take-off, it had sparked my interest to learn more, especially advancement in technology.

Though SMU had prepared me well for presentation, I think the lack of knowledge had initially make me nervous for presentations, especially the ones to MPs. I was pretty afraid of not being able to answer their questions or giving wrong information. Slowly, I had managed to overcome the nervousness and conduct presentations smoothly, even to the public. However as I supported community events in the heartlands, the desire to work closely and directly with the beneficiary grew stronger. I wanted to be able to help in more than just health and financial issue, but help them look at the big picture and achieve their goals.

Hence I decided to cut short my stay in AIC to learn new skills and venture into other roles out there to help the community, especially families.

 

My last day @ AIC

The last month was when I could really breath, and along with the fact that I went on a holiday to Nepal for 1.5 weeks during my last month. Updating my handover file and ensuring proper documentation was all I needed to do for my last few days. That was the second time I felt relaxed.

My last day’s morning was spent sending out my last few emails to complete the handover of all my projects, as well as my thank you email to everyone. Once lunch was over, I was busy heading out to the various office to get their signature and return company assets. By 3pm, I was done. My team had a mini farewell for me, before I took my last walk out of AIC’s main doors.

I was grateful and sad to leave this amazing team. I will miss them dearly. My Niang Jia.

My first story of 2017

2017

2017 is here!! I do hope that it is a much better year compared 2016. Actually I wanted to post my 2017 goals  but I have completed it yet. Hopefully by end of January!

I stayed in the whole of 1 Jan so nothing much to say about that, except for watching drama on my computer. I made a last min decision to head to NEX on 2 Jan to catch a movie, since my movie voucher was ending in a few days.

Sam and I spent the whole afternoon walking around our very familiar shopping centre. We spent less than 30 mins at each store we visited. Guess there was still sales as all the stores were clearing their 2016 stock. We bought more clothes (and had to suffer a mini nagging by my mum) for Chinese New Year. Just lack to buy PJ for the CNY Eve night.

Since it was the start of the year, we wanted to catch a comedy to start the year on a happy note. We watched Railroad Tigers and it was super hilarious! If you are interested in some action, some laughter and catch a Jackie Chan movie, you should definitely catch this movie!

Now I am going to catch on my sleep to go fir my first working day of 2017 tomorrow (or should I say today)~

My 24th Birthday<3

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Thankful to my mum for decorating our home with Winnie the Pooh and cooking the white wine spaghetti!

Thankful to my dad for collecting the cake and pizza! Also for fetching me after my Pokemon hunting at 401 Hougang~

Thanks Sam for the extra big birthday card! *Still waiting for the lovely phone case to arrive*

Thanks Gwen for the Frozen helium balloon!

Thanks everyone else for the lovely birthday wishes, presents and outings!

 

 

Now it is 12am 24 August 2016. A new day, and i am already looking forward to my next birthday ~~~~

JanJan x Travel x Korea

A super long overdue post on Sam’s and my first solo trip overseas! Also, it is to one of our favourite country in the world, KOREA~ !

Starting with a post of us at the departure hall at Changi Airport Terminal 3!

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I love midnight flights as I get to see the Sunrise ~ The clouds look like yummy marshmallows ❤

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Day 1 – 12 Jun Sun

We took a KTX from Seoul to Busan but i guess we were super tired so we fell asleep most of the time on the KTX. First thing after we settled down in Busan, we headed to PNU to meet up with Sinye and Myungsoo for late lunch! Sam has been craving for cheese, so we made sure to order cheese topping (plus we order spicy braised duck a.k.a Jimdaek). Sam mentioned that she like Song Joong Ki, so my friends suggested heading to eat Baskin Robbins ice cream to get his poster. We ate 1 QUARTZ worth of ice cream >< Though it has been 1-2 years since we last met, we still had endless  amount of stuff to talk about.

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Happened to pass by a super huge poster of Song Joong Ki, and I so had to talk a photo of it 😛

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As we were quite tired from the plane flight and travelling all the way to Busan, we decided to head to SpaLand to relax and sleep ~~ Also, to snack a bit 😛

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We initially intended to head to Gwangalli Beach, however Sam was too tired from her Beijing trip and I had leg cramps so we head back to our guesthouse to rest for the day. While buying dinner from the convenient store, I spotted a Winnie the Pooh milk range. I so had to buy the Chocolate milk (:

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Day 2 – 13 Jun Mon

We got up really early and went to Gamcheon Cultural Village to visit the colorful houses. Because we went really early, there were anyone around and we got to take a lot of nice photos without long queues.

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After all the walking, we headed to Jalgalchi Fish Market for our brunch. Still early, so we were the only customers there. Wanted to let Sam try the live octopus, but they do not serve that dish anymore. sad! Well, Sam still got to try grilled eel and she LOVED it 😛 However the grilled fish was too much and we had a hard time finishing the food.

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Headed out for dinner and explore the Hanok Village  night scene. Peaceful and quiet place compared to Seoul and Busan.

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Day 3 – 14 Jun Tue

We woke up (a bit too) early to explore the Hanok village in the day time and tried out all the food in Jeonju – Jeonju bibimbap, Mandu (dumplings), Kalgooksu (Knife-cut noddles) and P&B Choco Pie. We also found a lot of Tumblr-worthy shots and just had to take a picture. Of course, Sam is the model 😛

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We headed to Taeyeon’s Dad’s eye shop, EYEBIS at Seodo Plaza. Well i guess it is a good thing that my eyesight has not decreased over these two years despite my numerous late night drama/movie-watching 😀 We also got to see Taeyeon’s shrine, which has new contributions especially after her solo debut (:

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NEW GEEKY SPECS!!

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Sam with her new specs ~ cost more than mine ><

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I decided to stay in a hotel this time as the hotel prices are similar to the high-end guesthouses. Well the room isn’t big but it is sufficient for Sam and I since we were going to spend most of our time outside 😛

The first thing we did that night was to clear our shopping list of cosmetics and k-pop albums. We completed 90% of it and drop off the stuff back in our room, before we headed for dinner and our own shopping (:

 

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Day 4 – 15 Jun Wed

Since we purchased 90% of the stuff and it weighted super heavy, we decided to ship our stuff back to SG earlier than planned. The total weight was close to 30kg. Thank god we stayed closed to the post office this time round 😀

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After dropping off some stuff at the hotel, we officially start our tour in Seoul!! First stop, Tokchon Ginseng Chicken – Ginseng Chicken and Seafood Pancake – and Tongin Market – 5000 won lunch box.

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Pic @ Gwanghwamun Square 🙂

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We headed to Apgujeong area to visit the K-pop entertainment companies. Since last year, they placed K-pop Figurines of popular K-pop groups along Apgujeong Street. We managed to take photo of most of the figurines before the slight downpour came. Despite the rain, we managed to continue visiting the K-pop entertainment companies – SMent, FNCent, JYPent and CUBEent.
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We visited SMT Seoul – a restaurant opened by SM entertainment. We were so undress to visit the restaurant, but playing the tourist card we just headed in. We tried the Celebrity’s recommendation High Tea platter. Though it is on the high-end side, all I can say is … DAEBAEK!

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Visited SM Town at COEX. Bought the EXO Jjajangmyeon and Jampong for dinner, which was very nice and cheap. Also bought new bottles which came with fruit ades named after each artist/group in SM Town.

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Last stop for the day was Express Bus Terminal. However style was not exactly similar to Sam and mine so we headed back quite early that night. Also to rest early for the next day.

 

Day 5 – 16 Jun Thu

Was walking past the shops at Myeongdong when we noticed this signboard beside a new skincare shop. It actually tells you the languages which the staff on duty can speak (Y) I think all shops should have this (:

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A stroll along the Han River was just the thing to get rid of the summer heat (since Seoul did not have any beaches :P)

I had hope all 3 attractions in the 63 building would still be open as I saw articles that the wax museum is no more T.T Unfortunately it was true and we could only go to the 63 Sky Gallery, while the 63 Sea Aquarium was under renovation till 1 Jul. At least we still got to see Seoul from high high. Also, I think we kind of bought all the ice bags from the gift shop haha 😀

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At first Sam kept commenting that she didn’t want to visit Ewha Woman’s (as she was super hungry) but after I dragged her there she was in awe of the architecture ((: I had wanted to buy the pastel pink jacket from Edae but unfortunately they did not have my size. Sad much.

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Same as our previous trips, we headed to the Odbo duty free shop and there so happened to have a Singaporean tour group present. The lady thought we were with the group and was surprised that we knew how to get there on our own. Hehe. This time was no exception and we bought a lot of stuff that we got a free luggage. Blue this time 😛

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We were heading to Luxury Noraebang when we saw a large crowd of people gathering outside a Tarot card shop. Figured that an artist is there, plus there were cameras around. Turns out the artist was M.I.B’s Kang Nam! He was shocked to see the huge crowd outside and very polite when greeting the crowd to make his way through.

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9,900won for 2 hours! Okie it isnt that cheap compared to SG ones but the feeling is different, and and you are scored after each song 😛 Sam and I kept competing who could keep getting the high scores, i.e. 90+.

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Meat-ing BBQ buffet is a must when you head to Hongdae streets ^^

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Day 6 – 17 Jun Fri

2nd last day in Korea. We spent the day in Myeongdong shopping and eating street food.

Brought Sam to Crazy Brown for Brunch! They serve some awesome brunch (:

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32cm ice cream! It was hard for me to finish the ice cream and it melted really fast. Thanks to summer heat ~

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Of course, a must visit is OSULLOC! All the macha green tea drinks and deserts  ~~ Sam’s ultimate fave!

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We also got to visit the LINE Friends store. Brown is super huge!! Cool to visit but expensive and not necessary to have >.<

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Sam always replied that she wanted cheese when I ask what she would like to have. So I gave in and we went for chicken and cheese grill, which she had been eyeing since she saw it our first day in Seoul.

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Namsan Tower!!! This time I made sure to take the cable car up, so that we would not have to walk the almost 90 degree slope 😛

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Our beloved homeland ❤

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Gwen Gwen is interning at Shanghai now (:

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My next trip destination – Hong Kong and Taiwan !!!! Excited (:

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So looking forward to Gwen’s grad trip to Aussie in Nov/Dec 2017 ❤

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Sam and I wanted to add another tile onto the wall, however they have temporarily stopped as they were going to “restart” the wall. We decided to take back our previous tiles as we weren’t sure what they would do with the old tiles. Kind of lost the meaning of having an item to search for when we return the next time. Sad-ed!

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Instead Sam and I decided to lock a lock instead. Light Blue as it is the closest to Mint colour. If it was my choice, it would be PINK! HAHAHAHA!

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Sam making a mark for us to find our lock in the future, as it would definitely be hidden in all the future locks!

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As Singapore did not have 4D movie theatres, I brought Sam to catch a 4D movie – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle 2 – at Yongsan. Sam also got to try the Ban-Ban (Half-Half) popcorn – Sour Cream and Cheese.

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Day 7 – 18 Jun Sat

We walked around Myeongdong for the last time before we took the airport bus to Incheon Int’l Airport.

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Our late lunch – last taste of Korean street food ~~

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We actually managed to check in 4 luggages and it was below 60kg ^^ lesser bags to hand carry onto the plane!

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Off to our home ~~~ Singapore ~~~ ((:

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This is the second time I traveled with one of my girls without our parents coming along. This is the first time I traveled with Samantha overseas. Definitely worried that we would argued, but learnt from my first trip with Gwen, that we would get over it and still travel happily together. Thats just us! One min we are angry with one another, the next we are best friends ^^ I look forward to more trip with my two girls!!!  ❤ ❤ ❤