Freaked Out Friday: Burst Pipes and Busted Lights

Have you ever thought how perfect some of your mornings can be? You wake up feeling refreshed after a good night’s rest. You see the sky looking a little gloomy and realised, “Oh, it rained last night.” Damn, it could have been the ideal weather for a sleep-in but it’s fine. You get to have…

Another Two Weeks of Staying Home

On Friday, 10 April 2020, the Malaysian government made another announcement to extend the Restricted Movement Order (RMO) for the country. The lock down will take place for another two more weeks until the end of April — on the 28th, just two days shy of the end of the month. Sometimes I wonder if…

The Days of My Life in Lockdown.

Working from home was a real challenge for me and I guess it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. It certainly wasn’t mine. I stayed indoors for the better part of nine days, working feverishly on projects and ad-hoc campaigns while struggling to pay attention to the details of each task through the haze of video…

With Nothing but Books for Company

How is everyone doing so far in this lockdown period? It’s been 4 days, including today, for me and working from home was shit. It’s difficult to rally everyone when half your team has children, one relies on a mobile data connection for work, and a couple of others are more interested in their own…

A Back-Breaking, Neck-Aching Process

I’m pretty sure everyone would have heard of the coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic by now. Many countries have initiated a lockdown and people are instructed to stay at home unless there is an emergency. It took Malaysia a long time before initiating the lockdown status, not before our total number of cases went into the…

Progress

  What does progress mean to you? Progress, to me, can be many things. It can come in many ways and take many forms. It can be anything. I could be a work in progress, learning new things, wanting to take the leap, go the extra mile and be a better version of myself.  I…

Making Changes and Accepting Some.

Hello, it’s been a while… Yes, it has. Sorry for the silence. Life has been hectic what with my recent coming out and starting a new job and various other things that life decides to throw at me from every possible angle. But here are some changes in my life so far… A Challenging Diet…

Esoteric Healing Gave Me a Renewed Sense of Confidence

Stress has always been a part of me. I mean, who isn’t stressed, right, especially in this new-fangled era of continuous working even after office hours and on weekends. Not mention, the kind of pressure your managers pile onto you, calling you names or contacting you at ungodly hours of the night. I’ve experienced those…

Dial ‘A’ For Anxiety.

The letter ‘A’ symbolises a good many things in my life; the good being a grade that I’ve always looked forward to receiving in my examinations to the bad which I’m going to talk about today. I’ve never been a grade A student, though, my grades have always been enough to get me through my…

Wading into the Unknown.

It has been four months since I was kicked out of a job because the company wanted to rehire a former employee. A role that I had been hired to fill, but was then told my services were no longer required because said former employee would be returning to take it back from me. It…

How to Handle Rejection on Your Own.

Rejection is a topic that many people don’t want to hear, don’t want to talk about, nor do they want to receive in the first place. As it is very common to get rejected, here are a few ways of mine on how to deal with it. Photo by Gerd Altman from Pixabay Rejection is…

Conversations with Your Grab Driver.

To you, he may be just a regular Grab driver you hailed on the Grab mobile app. But to him, you’re more than just a passenger. You’re his friend, confidante, therapist and more. Photo by Acharaporn Kamornboonyarush from Pexels Let’s face it. Being a passenger in a car with anyone who doesn’t talk to you…

The Ugly Truth of Job-Hunting.

Disclaimer: The post may sound a little harsh and possibly unfair to hiring companies. But it perfectly describes the difficulties that we face when it comes to job-hunting. This is based on the blogger’s personal opinions and not as a means for libel, slander or defamation. I’m sure that each and every one of you…

My Journey Through Hell and Back.

Almost a week ago, I blogged about coming down with Saturday night fever. That much was true. What I didn’t know that followed five days after that was the most severe case of food poisoning and diarrhoea I have ever encountered! It still began on that fateful Saturday night. But it didn’t start until after…

Cats: The Purr-fect Cure for What Ails You.

Did you know… … that many studies have shown how pets can help to reduce stress and even lower blood pressure? I didn’t, at least, not until recently. I sat in the corner of the room my cats live in, cross-legged, and quietly observed them as they routinely padded around their living space. A sniff…

A Disclaimer For Life.

I bet you’ve encountered a situation where you’ve done or said something, but you don’t want other people to find out about it. But you weren’t alone. You were there with a friend. The next thing you say is, “Shh, don’t tell anyone about it.” Your friend nods and says: Don’t worry, you know me….

Halt! Stop the Meeting Invitations!

Photo by rawpixel.com from Pexels Has anyone ever asked to schedule a meeting for a meeting of the meeting for that meeting… Sorry, I had to do that. But think about it. How many meetings have you attended lately? How many meetings have you attended lately within a day? How many of these meetings were…

How Often Do You Get Your Caffeine-Induced Creativity?

The notion of working remotely (be it from home, at your nearest Starbucks or from the white sandy beaches of Bora Bora) can be very stimulating and inviting. Of course, this depends on how you feed your curiosity and creativity. For me, the idea of working from and on a beach sounds heavenly but I…

My Clouds of Darkness Had a Silver Lining in the End.

Every cloud has its silver lining but it is sometimes a little difficult to get to the mint. – Don Marquis There is so much truth in the quote above. So much truth which I hadn’t been able to see as my eyes had been blanketed by darkness, despair and depression. Not too long ago,…

When Wrongful Termination Turns Into A Messy Divorce.

It’s been awhile since I last published a post. Heck, it’s been awhile since I last turned on my personal laptop at home to do my blogging. Yes, it’s been awhile. There is a back story to this. There is a reason why I haven’t been blogging consistently. Four months ago, on January 14, 2018,…

In Loving Memory… Of My Job.

Let me ask you something. If you learn that you were going to lose your job, how would you feel? Would you: (a) Jump for joy? (b) Shed a tear? (c) Smile and calmly accept your fate? (d) Flip your manager the bird and strut like a boss out of the office? Or all of…

How Do You Know When Enough Is Enough?

I’ve been on a downward spiral in recent weeks. I blame it on the job. Granted, it’s quite a tough job, demanding even on the performance of my mental and physical health. But as everyone says, there is no such thing as an easy job. Everywhere you go, every job you do, there will always…

What Happens When I Stretch Myself Out.

I don’t often do yoga but when I do, this is how I feel… How I really feel… Hitting the gym is obviously the best option for a healthy lifestyle, especially if you have a job like mine. I’m a Marketing Executive for an online property portal in Malaysia and a so-called team player who…

Learning To Deal With Difficult People.

Difficult people exist everywhere on our planet. From households to workplaces, this is one group of people whom we cannot avoid or wish never to have anything to do with them. You can have difficult parents who think they know what’s best or right for you. Don’t get me wrong because yes, our parents do…

There is a Time for Teetotallers Like Me.

10 months ago on August 4, 2016, I joined the company I’m currently at today in a bid to escape the humdrum of unemployment. Last year (2016), I was out of a job (and out of sorts!) for 5 months! 5 months is a long time for someone who graduated with a degree, is well-read…

A Bubbling Cauldron of Emotions.

Emo Nemo. Drama Queen. Cry Baby. Yeah, I’m almost certain that some of us have been called one of the names above before. At least once, and it isn’t a label that I’d welcome and be thankful for. Because emotions are part of us and it is normal for us to be emotional. Although, being…