New Job, New Life

August 22, 2008 / Daily Life / 15 Comments

I don’t think I can apologized more than enough for the lack of blogging. I don’t really have the excuse of “it’s summer” anymore, since it’s summer all year round in sunny Singapore. I do have a new perfectly valid excuse for neglecting my emails and my blog – an excuse better known as a full-time, permanent job.

I now work at Singapore’s largest telecommunications firm as a Corporate Communications Officer (CCO) – that’s just corporate mumbo jumbo for public relations. (BTW, CCO is just one letter away from CEO. So close, and yet so far! Hahaha! Just kidding!)  specialize in digital media, obviously. I’ve been working here for a little over a week and I admit, I’m currently 3/4 zombie and 1/4 human. My company just launched the iPhone at midnight last night, and I was there helping out past 2am. Considering the fact that I have to wake up at 6.30AM to go to work, 2AM is pretty damn late.

Nevertheless, it was a great experience. I’m so happy that the boss gave me the opportunity to help out! I got to speak to many journalists and super-VIPs. All good in fun. Becoming 3/4 zombie is a small price to pay for such an exhilarating experience. Apparently, I’m on the front page of Lianhe Zaobao (major Singaporean Chinese-language newspaper), as a tiny extra. LOL.

I love my job.

With that said, I have no idea what the hell to do with my blog. I practically have no time to update this thing anymore. Scatch that, I have no time to check my email anymore! I go to work at 8.30am come home by 8.30pm. 11pm is time for bed since I wake up at 6.30am. Include shower and dinner, and I’ve only got about an hour to myself. A medium-length blog entry takes exactly one hour. Clearly, it’s not going to work out.

We’ll see. I’ll think of something. Maybe I’ll blog when I get to the office in the morning, like I am, right now.

With that said, I’m going to write about how much a big success the midnight iPhone launch was – on the official social network profiles. And it was. It was a weekday and I lost count at 500 people. The first person, Joel Pan, arrived to the center around 12PM for the 12AM launch. 12 whole hours!! Anyway, he’s now an instant celebrity on the front page of almost every major newspaper this morning! I managed to talk to him for a while – quite a nice guy!

Did I say I love my job?

  • I’m happy for ya! 🙂

    Enjoy it like there’s no tomorrow…

  • yay for loving you job!

    he he, so you kinda work for Singapore’s version of at&t 😉

  • Ah congrats on your job!! That’s a fairly high position, you’re pretty good, because normally ppl start at the bottom of their chain and work their way up, even if you got a business management degree.

  • Wow, that’s awesome about work, Ivy!!! Congrats! =) That’s awesome that you love your job too!! =) Yep, and I know EXACTLY what you mean about not having time to do stuff!!!! Good luck with work!

  • So you work for Singtel! The iPhone 3G launch is highly anticipated across Singapore so I guess that translates to a helluva work for you and your colleagues! I hope you’re coping fine with your work as a CEO CCO 😛 if iPhone plan for Singtel weren’t that expensive I would have headed for the queues too 🙁 awww, what a bummer!

    Anyway, don’t worry about updates! You can tweet through your phone – it’s a way to keep in touch with your blog readers too! Take care Ivy!

  • toni

    Congrats on the job! It sounds like you’re getting a really good experience! But it sux that you’re out 12 hours of the day and 7.5 hours have like no time at all :(.

  • Congrats on your job.. what do you do exactly?
    And whoa that’s a long work day… do you work 5 days a week over there in Singapore?

    I find that I don’t want to go online when I get home from work since I’m online all day AT work… I guess if you have too much time to go on net, you get soo sick of it. =S

  • Congrats on your job, and it’s good you enjoy your job!
    I was not happy when I started working at your age, becasue, just as you go through, I had no time left for myself. Becoming an employee to someone changes our life so much especially if we used to be university students. I remember I was confused and totally unhappy about that. But you seem to enjoy what’s happening to yourself, which is a relief.
    Blogging should not something like an assignment, I suppose, and I totally understand it’s hard to keep up with posting as frequently as before. Please don’t pressure yourself too much about that. Happy blogging!

  • Congratulations on a job you can more than just enjoy!
    Good luck wishes from Norway:)

  • Thanks for the shout out! It was a fun (if tiring) experience even just queuing up for 12 hours, and I’m sure it was far more tiring (though perhaps more rewarding?) for all the staff working behind the scenes to ensure the success of the event.

    I must say I’m really terrible with faces and names, though, and I wasn’t really thinking too clearly by the time the end of the day rolled around, so I’m afraid I don’t quite recall speaking to you, unless you were the staff member who was tasked with looking after my things…?

  • GATDAM, ~I~ love your job. Damnit.