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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Looking Back

As the month of June approached, I couldn't help but think what I would be preoccupied with if I were still working in Singapore. Remember last year I wrote about the Closing Dinner of Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) 2010, which my previous company organized? It's now that time of the year when everyone in PUB Singapore is on the tip their toes trying to make the next round of SIWW the most brilliant yet.

I visited the SIWW Facebook page and found many photos and videos of the SIWW 2010. They really make me miss being part of such a big event, albeit just a tiny part. When I think about the kind of things I did back in PUB Singapore, it makes what I am doing now feel like a grain of sand. When I think about how busy my ex-colleagues must be around this time, I can't help feeling left out. This proves that I had felt belonged in the company, like I was part of a big family. Kudos to the company for managing to form such a pleasant organisational culture (my current company could certainly learn a thing or two here).

See, this is what happens when I start to have extra time to think over things. Yesterday was a public holiday, which makes this a 2-day weekend without work, which means more idling time for me to start wandering in thoughts.

I was hoping that I would never look back and start missing life in Singapore, but I knew I would. I mean, life in Singapore wasn't all bad. Some parts of it were great, as a matter of fact. To be honest, I only felt great at work when there were distractions like the SIWW or any company event. Don't get me wrong, my last employer was a great company. I don't think I'd ever be able to work for a company as "beneficial" as it, if you get what I mean. But if I didn't leave the job, I'd never learn to appreciate it, and for as long as I don't know how to appreciate it, I will never do.

Although my current employer isn't as cool as my last one, I met some really cool colleagues, which so far is enough to cover whatever negatives that comes with this job. I wanted to experience different dimensions of work life, and experienced them I did.

Generally, I am happier now than back in Singapore. But there is still a lot of room for improvement (goes without saying). Just the other day, a colleague pointed out that I always seemed happy despite my heavy workload and I seldom complain. It reminded me of that one time when my ex-colleague said a similar remark. Truth be told, this time, I really am happy, just not too satisfied. Twisted, isn't it?

There goes my dose of blabber!

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