Minimalist

I always have an affection in being a minimalist. Imagine living in a room with little furniture, only the basic and essentials are there, with warm natural light flooding through the window… Although I’m far from one at the moment, but I do feel that I tend to gradually bringing myself to that direction.

I don’t like to associate myself to any brands, I don’t want to become a fanboy for any brands, hence I tend to prefer things with minimalist design and even better, without any logo that identifies it. Often you will see fashion brand like to stick their brand name and logo right in front of your face (take a look at brands like Nike and Adidas). As I overhaul my wardrobe, these were the clothes that got tossed out first.

From time to time, I will reorganize my stuffs to ensure only the essentials were kept, the rest will just got threw away. Perhaps living in a rental room for the past 5 years does helped me in reducing clutter. As my mindset and behaviour changed, as my interest and hobby changed, things got reshuffled, reset and restart all over again. I’m still far from being a minimalist. Hopefully one day I can really simplify everything in my life? We’ll see.

What kept you going and why you decided to leave?

That’s the question I was asked during interview. I took a few seconds to ponder about it and gave them my reply eventually. I’m not sure whether they were pleased with my answer, but at least now that I looked back, I was honest to myself in giving them the answer.

I started my first job back in Malaysia, joining a Japanese air-conditioning manufacturing company. Worked for 3 years, posted to Dubai for a year in between, all my efforts were well recognised. The people within the organisation was the main driving factor that kept me going. We were like a big family, everyone was close to each other, work hard and play hard. I really enjoyed my time there. The reason of leaving was completely personal, I wanted to see what else are offered in the job market, and I thought of working elsewhere instead of Malaysia. I shared my thoughts before in a couple of blog posts previously.

Then, I moved to Singapore, still within the same industry, but this time working as sales in a US company. I did learned a lot from my colleagues, but sadly they weren’t the driving factors that kept me going for almost 6 years here. A lot of time, I drew more energy from my customers than people within the organisation. It’s a stark difference compared to my previous company. After completed my part time MBA study, I decided it’s time to make a move to different role and industry. Similarly, I wanted to see what’s out there to be offered by other industries.

Everyone has a different opinion on my decision, I’ll leave that discussion as it is. On the final few days of my job, I met some of my customers, informing them that I’ll be leaving, at the same time tidying up any outstanding matters while I still can. I was getting a lot of “concerns” from them, asking why am I leaving, how much they had valued my assistance, while some offered to write-in to my manager to seek for my promotion, or even offering job to me. It feels touching indeed, at least my efforts were recognised by them, that’s more important than anything else.

I will still be in Singapore, at least for the next few years I guess. I had moved to a different role and industry altogether, let’s see what I can achieve here. Till then.

A change at last

 

Been thinking about switching job for awhile. I’d been in the same industry, albeit different role for quite some years. It’s not a bad industry to be in, but I was thinking of changing my role and industry again, be it to challenge myself outside of my comfort zone, or to gain more knowledge and expertise from other companies.

Therefore I decided to study MBA on part time, upgrading myself while giving myself some time to think about my decision. My study was completed at the end of last year, and it took me awhile to think through and decided to really make the move. Resume was sent, but the response has been a little underwhelming. And then I though perhaps I should stay in the same industry and just switch to a different company for different role instead.

Luckily, I received a call for interview the other day. I met up with the hiring manager, but after the interview I thought I wasn’t going to get the job as he didn’t seem pleased. However, in the end I was glad that he offered me the role. It’s a new role in charge of regional product development, planning and management, hopefully I’ll be able to perform my best for this role. Furthermore, it’s a different industry from what I’m so used to be.

Is this the better future of my career that I wanted? Well, I have no idea. For me, I just want to have new challenges in different industry, and now I have it. Will I regret? Will I ever get back to my previous industry? Who knows, only time will tell. At least I made the move and tried rather than just stay put and pondering “what if” day and night.

Some told me I should have stayed in the same company and build by career upwards. Some told me I should stay in the same industry and build my career further. For me, I don’t need to be right up there, I can be a supporting role, a man behind the scene. My “career” is not about fame or money, it’s all about me enjoying my work, being able to continue to learn and develop, and able to contribute to the company.

Hope for the best for the days ahead. Till then.

Writing?

He asked, while looking at the column for “Interest”, where I wrote “travelling, reading, photography and writing”.

“Writing? Do you mean like Chinese calligraphy? I have never seen anyone mentioned their interest is writing.”

That’s the awkward conversation I had with someone recently. I wonder is there a better way to articulate it, I write blog post like this, I write diary, I write stories, I write a lot of other things as well. They can be written by hand or by other digital means. But… they are all considered as “writing”… right?

There are many ways for people to express their feeling, their creativity and thoughts. Some draw, some take pictures, while some use words instead. To me, they are all the same. I enjoy creating through various means, and writing is one of them. I still do photography, although it’s less frequent lately. Hopefully I’ll pick up the speed again soon.

Anyway, yes, just want to make a point in this post that writing is a thing, and that’s my hobby and interest. Till then.

Thank you 2018

 

I believe every year I will feel the same: “perhaps it’s because when we got older, we felt that time passes by much faster”. The year of 2018 was no exception, even so when most of my time were occupied by studies. Just when I manage to catch a break from study, the year has already ended. Well, looking at it from the brighter side, it does serve as a reminder to me that time waits for nobody, stop wasting it and start getting things done!

The year of 2018 had been pretty kind to me, apart from a few little dramas here and there that stirred things up a little. Nothing has changed in my work, except my disappointment and dissatisfaction level has gone up. Nothing has changed in my life as well, still married and still no plan to have kids.

For photography, I had sold almost all my gears and left with only Fujifilm X100F. Still haven’t decide what’s next, let’s wait and see. Glad that I had travelled a few places this year and still get to do some photography in Vietnam, Japan and Taiwan. Also continued to write something along the way and managed to crunch out a book for Vietnam, and the one for Taiwan is coming soon.

What else… oh, other than textbooks, I managed to finish 24 books in total in a year. Was only targeting 12 earlier this year but ended up doubling that, surprised! There were some very nice reads that I would highly recommend, and there were a few below average ones. All in all, a great year for readings, and hopefully next year will be another productive one.

Overhauled my wardrobe and now I have 90% of my clothings from Uniqlo, got into using fountain pen, finally got my wisdom tooth extracted, bought Apple Watch earlier this year, been working out in gym for the whole year but still not fit at all, bought new mattress, bought new chair, bought new headphone, cutting my time on social media, shifted away from Google services… well, nothing major, really.

 

There were of course some ups and downs, in my work, in my life, in my studies, in my relationships. Glad that I had weathered through them for the year, and hopefully next year will be better. Thank you 2018, and goodbye.