Friday, June 29, 2012

Still in SG...

and the days are continuing to pass...

As you all know (or not), a few months back, I graduated from college. Now, I, a broke fresh 'bum'grate refrained from looking for a job immediately because of a trip to another country, here in SG. Originally, the trip was supposed to stay only as, well, a trip but as days went by I was more or less convinced that I should try my luck and find a job here. So I did. And now a month has passed and I was hired as a barista on a sort of coffee shop/small bar at Clark Quay. I dream of working as a barista at a coffee shop everyday. Although the shop is so very small and not very like Starbucks or SBC or CBTL, I guess this is the nearest I can go. Now, I'm only waiting for my pass to be approved (which apparently is the biggest hurdle of all).

I promised you I would tell you the progress of my used to be bum life, so here you have it. Although the job I will be having right now is not what I imagined I would have (Bye HR Officer) but it's better than having no job at all. And the pay is good. So I guess that balances it all out. I'm still young. I can go back to my field if I want to, right? (I'm rationalizing, yes). It's still all good and I'm still happy. Let's just see if I will enjoy what I will be doing. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

A Terminally Ill Taemin-Bias Fan

So, a terminally ill SHINee and SJ fan was able to meet the two groups recently.
Good for her, actually. My heart swelled with happiness, and a little tinge of envy as well, when I learned that she is a Taemint. It's a joy to see fellow Taemints meet our bias, but of course, I would want to meet him in person as well. Haha. She's really quite a lucky fellow. Nice little minnie even gave her his own special bracelet. I wonder what bracelet that it. I hope not his brown one. Am I bad for thinking this?

Anywho, good for her, really. I hope she was happy meeting them. :D I will get my chance soon, surely! <3

(Credit goes to owner)
*Creys* They are all so full of handsomosity in this picture. Handsome handsome guys. 

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Why is it that...

... when SHINee holds a concert on the country where I am, it's either they're just guests or is performing along with a lot of other bands that I don't like. Also, they ALWAYS aren't complete.

When I was in the Philippines, back in 2009, SHINee went as a guest performer to the Korea-Philippines friendship concert. Taemin wasn't there because of a flu (h1n1 ata). It was okay that I didn't go anyway because without Taemin, as a Taemint, the experience wouldn't have been complete.

Currently I am in Singapore and yesterday SHINee was here for the Boyz Night Out concert along with 5 other kpop bands. Apparently, Minho wasn't present (I still don't know the reason).

So maybe it's the universe's sign that my decision was right not to go to any of those two concerts? Am I just rationalizing this because I really wanted to go but couldn't because I didn't have the money? Will they be able to hold a full length concert (or even an SM Town, godammit) to the country where I will be at?

Let's leave it that my decision was right not to go to the concert. There will be more opportunities next time (I sincerely hope so).

a wee sad fangirl

Friday, June 15, 2012

Of all the things to ask...

...he asked about Math.

Woe is me. Sorrow defines me. Wel, at least right now.

I just finished my first ever interview here in SG, and I bombed it.

Honestly, I'm bad at math. In all truth, I suck at it. But immediately after I introduced myself, the interviewee asked me math problems (which I so hate) like what is to convert 1 kilo to pounds and inches to centimeters. Also to calculate the square centimeters of 10 inches by 12 inches. So I panicked, and answered wrong three effing times. It took me a lot of time but I finally answered correctly.
Well, it was embarrassing, of course. I do not except that I get the job now (as a customer service officer) but of course, there's still hope.

Sad sad sad.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


I love how Taemints are always so fast at uploading their fancams, and so many of them! Especially at SMTown Taiwan. During SMT LA, there weren't so many of them.

Hah! Thanks, guys.


Taemints are maknae bb taemin's fangroup. If taemin is your bias in SHINee, then you are a Taemint like me. XD

Monday, June 11, 2012

Slump slump. I feel bad. Rant on racial discrimination and whatnot.

In Singapore for 2 weeks and 2 days. This day has been my break from sending my resume to too many people and companies (hanged out in East Coast to jog and roller skate with the people I'm currently living with this morning). I used to be very careful about this one back in the PH since sending too many applications to different job openings might give you a bad rep, but here I just can't take chances. Recently, they have increased the levy on foreign workers and are more keen on hiring locals (which I perfectly understand because it IS their country, but there are just some points which I find quite unreasonable still).  So even though I have recently graduated with an AB Psychology degree with flying colors (but sadly, no work experience of any sort), I am forced to look for work under my qualifications, like Customer Service or menial Admin work (or in FnB but my grandparents wouldn't allow me to do that).

During my first week, I was sad to see that most of the people I live with have high qualifications that might have easily landed them a middle or high end job back in PH, but here they just end up mostly as FnB servers and whatnot. They say "Pera-pera lang kasi" (It's all about the money) and I do find that true because you can earn twice or thrice as much, if you are lucky, for the same job (or even a low end job) working here than in PH even though you get lower salaries than the local counterparts. But that's okay since most of us need money to send home to our families who need to fill their growling stomachs.

I spent the latter half of my day watching and reading about racial discrimination here in SG, mostly about Filipinos and local sinkies (and occasionally complaining local minorities and other foreigner stories as well). What was funny was that both sides had the same stories to tell. Sinkies get bullied by pinoys, pinoys get bullied by sinkies. It's all the same, really. And it came off as quite funny under all the serious connotation of the remarks.

I guess one thing wrong that most Filipinos do here is that they don't really conform to the norms. We have a saying that "When in Rome, do as Romans do", right? I have tried to stay straight but shared maybe 1 or 2 obstruction of the law because I chose to conform to my Pinay friends than the local ones (mostly on the road). Oh how I hated it (but I am a weak and ignorant fool who can't stand her own race hating on her because I want to "simply" follow the road signs and rules). Since back at home I also hate jaywalking (because if not, I am quite sure that I'd be dead because a car on full speed would break my limbs into pieces). I wondered during my first week here - actually up to this moment - why can't they just follow simple road signs? If there is an overpass 10 meters away, I would rather use that and walk a few steps than try my luck with the speeding cars and be on my deathbed the next hour.
I have watched this one video of pinays bringing straw mats in high end places like Ion Orchard and treat it like a plaza or a park of some sort. Why that place of all places in SG? Why not go to east coast or to Sentosa for leisure and play? That way you won't be bothering other people who go there to find a quiet haven. I don't think that even in the Ph, people do that sort of thing in those kinds of places. Why do they do that here? Also, I have read that most of Filipinos here are loud/noisy/etc. Well, I have no excuse for that since majority of us loves to party with all our hearts and vocal chords (more so since they are away from home, it's the only way to drown their sorrows). Personally, I prefer some peace and quiet too. I usually get irritated with people (Filipino, Singaporean, Malay or whatever) who are just too noisy on public places. Can't you consider other people around you? (I actually have a story about some teenage sg locals who were just too noisy in the MRT. Also of some Chinese foreigners who have been bickering for all the world to hear). I say to my fellow Filipinos, since we are in a foreign country, why don't we just follow their rules? Yes, we have our own culture and whatnot, but this land is theirs not ours. We are the visitors to someone else's house. We cannot push our own mentality into them because, sadly, that just won't work. If some people just learn how to conform, swallow the wrongly used "pinoy pride" and follow the rules of this good ol' land, then I foresee a bright future for all of us.

I do feel bad that many local sinkies look down on pinoys in general (although prolly not all of them. Hopefully not). We Filipinos share the blame, but it's not only on us. Sinkies complain that FTs (foreign talents) are hoarding all the work, leaving nothing for them, but I have read many statements from employers themselves that most really do prefer foreigners because they are cheaper and more hardworking. I wonder, then, where does all the hatred really come from? Enlighten me please, aside from some of the reasons I have elaborated above.

I have always thought SG would be a haven for me. When I came here, although it really is still a thrilling experience, I was a bit disappointed because it was not as I thought. It is a melting pot of culture, but the pot is too small and too narrow for all the diversity. If some people say that there is no discrimination here and they are all open to all races, then they are in denial.


Sorry, this has been too long. I may only have been here for 2 weeks and counting but what I have stated above is quite clear and evident to me already.