N is for Nigel
Some Interesting Things on my Desk, L to R:
(could not be bothered to number the picture so just guess at what’s what, you can do it)
- Water bottle. This is essential because air con is so dehydrating. On a good day I try and drink 2 bottlefulls, which I top up on my frequent walks to the toilet. Sometimes its not the water. It’s just nice to get some air and some sun. (and lately some haze too)
- Post-its. I use these in lieu of a proper “work” notebook because I do have the empty books lying around but I don’t deem any of my work stuff worthy of writing down; after all they’re always changing.
- Namecards from various places. I got snobbed yesterday at a supplier’s for not having one, apparently “it will show you’re sincere, mah" and apparently my face isn’t enough to do that.
- Thumbdrive, Phone, Portable Charger. I’m not surprised at how much of my own stuff is being used in work because it’s to be expected in a company this size; just the other day I created and sent an excel file with price comparisons on my phone because Safari doesn’t run Google Drive. As you can see I’m charging that little huawei through the laptop because it works so hard during the day.
- Moleskine Planner. Haven’t used this much because Good Friday schedule is on a separate book. Need to find time to get organized though. Here it is on the table functioning as my Left Elbow Pad.
- Macbook Air. Nope, not mine. It belongs to Boss but he lets me use it all day every day and I’ve even brought it home a couple of times. It’s been good training for when I eventually do get one.
- Receipt Book. Right Elbow Pad. Why do I need elbow pads? The table is so low and the chair so high that if I were to place the laptop closer to the table edge, looking down at it would almost be chin on chest.
- Empty Kaya Jar. You can’t see it but I have a packet of G7 ca phe in it. Yes the Jar is for drinking coffee out of. That’s my emergency coffee for horribly drowsy afternoons, which are common on those days when I have everything to do and nobody to tell me where to start. I’d normally prefer gummies but Austerity is still on. The way things are going, it may actually be on for the foreseeable future.
- Dyson air multiplier. Probably not dyson but it works ok, the hum is nothing compared to the click-whirr-screech of the machine that Li Fei runs right next door. The door is never closed, by the way, because I need the ventilation on my side of the room, which somehow remains subtropical while the young ladies at adjacent tables suffer in the arctic climes when the aircon is on. Consequently it isn’t on much, and that’s why I need the dyson(-esque).
- Wallet. Recently did a new one out of a HL milk carton I found lying around at home. The old one was getting pretty worn. Oddly enough I don’t use this very much. Ride to work in the morning and a packed lunch means that the first time I need my wallet on that day is when I get to the gantry at Braddell MRT, where I clock in for my $1.63 ride home.
In every important way, we are such secrets from each other, and I do believe that there is a separate language in each of us, also a separate aesthetics and a separate jurisprudence. We take fortuitous resemblances among us to be actual likeness, because those around us have fallen heir to the same customs, trade in the same coin, acknowledge, more or less, the same notions of decency and sanity. But all that really just allows us to coexist with the inviolable, untraversable, and utterly vast spaces between us.
— Marilynne Robinson, Gilead. (taken from The New Yorker)
Who can live a normal life expecting extraordinary results?
a) If life is a wager, what form does the bet take?
b) What are the odds?
Life is a Wager
Cannot believe that it is already Friday. How can it be a week that I’ve been here? It seems, all at once, that
a) I have just started work
b) I have been working forever
Because work is erratic like that; there are intense episodes of rushing out replies for any one of my Three Bosses (they do not own a dam, though that would be cool - Three Bosses’ Dam, wow) and then there are times when they vanish off to whatever it is they do all day leaving me, unsupervised, unguided, in the office, waiting, waiting.
I’m efficient, and I’m a fast worker, and there is very little of my job that permits me to just go into mindless automaton mode. It’s good because that means that work is, on the whole, engaging. I think their 24/7 contactability is rubbing off on me. I came in early today to type up a blog post (which I lost, and which this sort of replaces) and found that I could not resist but check (and reply) work emails. I have a separate email inbox but I learnt yesterday to sign in to more than one inbox on a single browser; that’s a good thing. To a point.
It’s now 3:07pm and I have survived a particularly intense fight with Z-monsters… Even before lunch I was falling asleep, and I know exactly why, because I haven’t had a whole lot of sleep this week, haven’t gone running that much, haven’t got exciting work to do. I think I’m awake enough now to last me through the rest of the day, though.
I always believe that you cannot get more out of something than what you put in to it, and I have been trying to put in more over here at work. Which, sadly, has been at the expense of certain important things, eg Good Friday, i.e. sigh.
I am glad for several things
- I am Doing okay at work (apart from being very tired) despite being sick over last weekend and fatigued on Monday/Tuesday.
- I had a chance to run yesterday; from the office to Macritchie and back.
- Tumbl r Bosses now have me on facebook, which they, too, use during work, so if they’re ok, I’m ok.
- The Bosses don’t have my tumblr nor my instagram. Do they? Guess not.
- It’s Friday Friday got to get down on Friday
The weekend ahead seems pivotal and while it’s just another weekend I feel like I need to do a lot. For one there’s dessert that needs making for the gathering we’re having tomorrow. There’s Good Friday which I have literally neglected for one whole week or more. There’s sleep to catch up on. There are university applications to submit. There are scholarship applications to submit. Life decisions to be made. And a wedding to attend.
What is life after all, if not an adventure?
Ok so safari crashed and lost a blog post I’d been typing up since 7:45. Oh well. Time to work.
CONFUCIUS HE SAY: Man who not experience journey, not appreciate wonder destination.
First Real Job Day 2
1. It takes a very special discipline to leave on time and leave work at work.
2. Don’t undervalue yourself
3. Never undervalue others
4. New =/= Difficult
5. Be friendly to everyone, be friends with anyone
7. Whack a Mole code-switching abilities
8. Lunch lightly
Crimea the New Bangladesh
Don’t be expecting an opinion piece here because I’ve read all of 1 and a half articles on the entire affair. Also I watched a video (which I also reblogged).
Just thinking about how I never had a nuanced understanding of nationhood up till JC; the conflation of nation, state, country, heck, throw in city as well, in Singapore, does complicate matters a little bit. Especially if you are 9 and more interested in Tamiya cars.
But now I know (somewhat) better and can’t help but feel like its so arbitrary, how a country first gets founded. How can people, even if they are homogeneous in so many ways, decide to unite their fates in a common enterprise?
Are the “allied” powers overstating Russia’s moves into the region, given that they have historically (i.e. Cold War) contested for influence in that entire subcontinent?
Is Russian military presence unwanted in Crimea (and Eastern parts of Russia?)
Is the notion of “country” going out of date?