Happy New Year!!!
Gosh, 2011 has been one of the most busiest years to date. Reflecting back, there has been many ups and downs and while there has been many rewarding experiences, there was also many difficulties I had to tackle though to succeed to where I am now.
First off, apologies for the lack of post on my end. If you have known me from the Disjointedzone.com, you would have noticed my life changed dramatically over the past 2 years with a new job and being a homeowner.
It was about the same time last year, I was made aware, I was going to be made redundant because the company I was working for was closing down. I saw this coming before the Christmas break but there was no official announcement until the start of the New Year. I guess this was the right move as nobody wants bad news over Christmas.
With this, the journey in finding a new job has started and after 2 months and 3-4 interview attempts, I successfully landed myself in a IT role for a Marketing Intelligence Firm.
Best thing about this job is the hours. A day job from 9-5, no late shifts and no weekends is the best working lifestyle I could ask for. The 10hrs shift work from my last job was starting to affect my health and while I had the extra day off during the week, I couldn’t keep it up forever.
The level of demand and productive is a lot less now. In my previous job I was constantly on the phone and had to meet a lot of SLA but right now, I can work at my own pace and pick up new skills as well. But what’s most rewarding is being my own boss (in a way) since my boss is not situated locally and I only need to report to him when needed. The downside is the level of interactivity from my work colleagues. It can get very lonely at times and support level can be very minimum when needed so one thing I will miss a lot from my previous job will be the level of interaction amongst colleagues and the support provided. If any of my previous work colleagues are reading this, it was a fun ride while it lasted.
As a proud owner of my first home let me just say, it wasn’t a walk in the park. A lot of hard work and sacrifices had to be made and as many have noticed, to cut in figure and otaku related miscellaneous spending was one of them. I had to look at the bigger picture and with the amount of space in my room, it wasn’t practical to continue this hobby in the long run. Once again, it was fun while it lasted. In the next month or so, I do plan to sell off more figures and make the sale more bigger and available here. My last figure sale was a private one since it was a lot easier to organise so I will need time to setup this one.
With the house refurbished and getting decent income from the tenants, life is a lot less stressful now. As a mortgage owner, having a 2nd line of income sure helps eases the pain when your forking out money from your own pocket to keep up with repayments. With interest rates on the rise and many families unable to keep up with their repayments which leads to selling their own assets and even their own place altogether just to payoff their mortgage, I reckon I’m doing a pretty good job so far.
Another highlight from 2011 was being able to make another trip to HK and for the first time, to Japan. One of the reason in making my 2nd trip there was to visit Q and his mates. 4 Years ago on my last trip, I just missed him by a day since he was returning to HK the same day I was leaving. Fate didn’t want us to meet but this time round, it didn’t get in the way.
Japan on the other hand was a whole different experience. The cultural and lifestyle was very different from here and I had a lot of fun exploring and enjoying the food. Being able to visit Kyoto was a great experience as well as you can see the lifestyle changes between Tokyo and Kyoto. Not many people can go to 2 cities on their first trip to Japan so I consider this as a privilege.
Hopefully another trip to Japan is not too far away as I would love to go back there and visit Osaka.
Wrapping things up, a late Happy Birthday to me. Turning 25yrs old has some significant in your life as you have reach the 1/4 mark of your life. While the next milestone is 50, I’m not thinking way too ahead as the world ends at the end of 2012 right, AM I RIGHT PEOPLE!!!???
Sarcasm aside, I’m looking forward to many challenges ahead for me this year.
As Adun has mentioned, I hope you enjoy continuing reading Moé Moé Rabu in 2012. I on the other hand will try and post more whenever I get some free time. ^^