My first day at SMa

My first day at SMa went pretty well as I started the morning with great anticipation!

I never could wake up so early before for work at 7am, but today I did. Its not just because it is the first day but also from the ‘training’ from God working previously at the Handicaps Welfare Association (HWA) for 2 over years. There, I was pretty much not-so-on-time at most times =p

Just like any first day, it was just an orientation day so quite relax. Enjoy it while it last which is pretty much soon as my direct boss is leaving soon. Ho ho ho… Jia lat liao…

I was also oriented on my job scope, one of which was one important criteria which I prayed for which is being involved in publications like the corporate magazines, newsletters and etc…

Why?

One of my life-time dreams or goals is to be able to be editor of my own publication for His Church in order to serve as His voice to educate and impact lives. Hence the experience and learning the ropes are what I essentially prayed and hope to acquire.

God is good!

I got THE job!

Great, awesome and incredible news! I got THE job! And divinely after one month exactly from my resignation from my previous job =)

THE job is with the Singapore Manufacturer’s Federation (SMa) in a Research & Corporate Communications position.

It is THE job cos it not only met my specific criterias, but exceed as well with the following reasons:

  1. To get the job by end of February 
  2. The scope of work must have an element of me being involved in the corporate magazine
  3. 9-6pm and 5 day work week
  4. The salary as requested met
  5. Good profile and stability for my career to help me in future
  6. This job would enable me to be in touch with the global marketplace
  7. Location- Jurong East is near my home

I know for sure that landing this job is not because of my capabilities but due to God’s favor as my soon-to-be boss mentioned that he was willing to overlook my past record and inadequate experience.

I also know that it was due to this ‘favorable’ circumstance that that particular department was going to be non-existent cos almost the whole team had left, hence he was desperate to hire someone to fix the situation. 

While waiting for my interview (2nd round), I also found out that I was the only selected candidate for that day. Therefore, I believe if there were other candidates that met their ideal requirments, I would not be his automatic choice.

So you can say that I got the job thru the ‘back door’ =p

Credit and glory really goes to God! He is faithful and true to His word*!

Thank God for His mercy and those that have kept me in their earnest prayers.

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”

Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)

*Related previous entry here>>>

Just some visitations

I was fortunate enough to have some time today in the afternoon after my interviews to visit some friends who needed some attention.

First was a trip to Alexandra Hospital…

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Please do not be mistaken! This is not our regular Ah Seng here but my dear fellow Hope blogger, Tiger. He looks like he had been stabbed after a gang fight. Ha ha…

Actually he quite poor thing as he spent his CNY hospitalised as his dunno-what was removed due to infection. Guess you can find out soon in his blog as he would be discharged tomorrow.

Get well soon bro! You are dearly missed by your fans, especially the ladies =p

Then the next was a trip to visit a bundle of joy….

Meet baby Gabriel. Newborn son of Nicodemus and Diane.

Awww….. So cute rite? And so tiny too =)

Looks like this boy could be Singapore’s answer for a David Beckham….

See the similarities??? =p

Serving the poor and needy

“But a beautiful cedar palace does not make a great king!
      Your father, Josiah, also had plenty to eat and drink.
But he was just and right in all his dealings.
      That is why God blessed him.

He gave justice and help to the poor and needy,
      and everything went well for him.
Isn’t that what it means to know me?”
      says the Lord.

But you! You have eyes only for greed and dishonesty!
      You murder the innocent,
      oppress the poor, and reign ruthlessly.”

Jeremiah 22:15-17 (NLT)

Blessed to be a Singaporean

Some time last week a friend of mine made this remark as we were admiring a horizontal view of Singapore from Sentosa Island:

“Ain’t we fortunate to be able to enjoy the fruits of our government efforts from over the years?”

Wow… to be frank I was rather taken a back by his remark/statement as I am somewhat used to mulling over the gahmen faults and imperfections from time to time =p

But to be fair, our government despite with its shortfalls such as being overly economic-driven has done a fabulous job in shaping our nation to where it is today and working hard in positioning us for the future.

The fruits we are able to enjoy are the quality living that most Singaporeans are able to indulge; able to get ‘top-class’ education and a global integrated network for social or business purposes.  

On my recent visit to one of our neighbouring countries, I was appalled of hearing the atrocious crime rates that were mounting in the city. Worse was that learning the police were mainly made up of a corrupted bunch who didn’t give a hoot about serving their community except for lining their pockets.

This is just one of the negative issues. This situation really dampens the people’s confidence in living in that particular country and building a life there.

However I had observed that though most have become ‘numb’ to any hope of a reformity within the country, somehow they have learnt to adapt and survive living there.

Therefore in my opinion, being a small nation like ours though with limitations, has its advantages like being able to better lead more effectively. But still credit has to be fully given to the relentless work from our visionary leaders.

Hmmm… indeed we are blessed being a Singaporean in one way or another, and it is up to an individual how we utilise our privileges as a citizen.

CNY 2007: My family & friends

Though I had spent only two days of the Chinese Lunar New Year (CNY) in Singapore, it was still definitely a fruitful time of catching up and bonding with my family and friends.

Here are some of the pictures taken over last weekend…

MY FAMILY

MY FRIENDS

Woody, Amy and kid Wayne

Ah Boy and me with our lucky ang-pows (red packets) =p

Some preparation for the greatly anticipated IR with my neighbourhood soccer kakis from Clementi.

And here’s something nostalgic…

BEFORE

                                                                   AFTER

Looks like the 3 of us (Daniel, me and Ricky) have grown out of our uniforms and incidentally we posed in the same positions we did some 20 over years ago =)

Do you know…

“There are approximately 6.5 billion people in the world speaking thousands of languages, but fewer than 20 languages facilitate most of the communication in the world. Being able to speak English or Mandarin allows communication with approximately a quarter of the world’s inhabitants, and the top 10 languages- including Hindi, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, and French- allow conversations to flow among nearly 60% of the people in the world.

The flip side of this is the dramatic decrease of the number of languages spoken and the number of languages in danger of extinction. There are more than 7,000 languages spoken in the world (Papua New Guinea alone has 820 languages in use), with more than 90% having fewer than 100,000 speakers.

But even that statistic fails to capture the threat to linguistic diversity. Linguists estimate that more than half of all languages will disappear by the end of the 21st century. So take some time and learn Kawesqar before it is too late.” 

* Excerpt taken from Motley Fool Global Gains Volume 2, Issue 1, January 2007