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Ukulele, making music again.

Last Saturday, my friends and I went for a ukulele workshop at Ukulele Movement. We were lucky enough to get into the second workshop since the seats were selling out fast.

It’s been a long time since I’ve actually played music with a group of people and to get that chance again, and learning something new, was going to be exciting. I didn’t know what to expect but turned up at the shop at the crack of dawn 10am with only a bite of breakfast and a lovely cup of coffee from Loysel’s Toy (it was in the same building) and found that the room was already almost filled. We sat down at the back of the room and flipped through the music sheets that were given out to everyone.

I’ve not practiced playing my ukulele in a very long while so I had to quickly remember my chords but of course, the fingers wouldn’t cooperate. We warmed up and had our first lesson of the morning.
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Wow, has it been a decade since I started working?

This Wednesday will mark my 10th year as a full-time employed person. It only feels like last month when I just got home from uni and lounging around, ignoring my mom’s pointed reference to my unemployment state. Good times, those.

These past decade has been interesting, professionally. Most days, I feel like I’ve not accomplished much since I’ve been working in the same company, sitting at the same office space/lab bench ever since I started. I’ve seen colleagues come and go and I’m still here.

But, when I take a closer look, I’ve actually done a lot more than I realised.

I’ve seen technology changes in the lab, so rapid that I can’t keep up. The same machine, with the same function, only upgraded to the point where it barely looks like the original machine I trained on.

I’ve done so many different projects over the last decade and picked up a lot of skills that only come with on the job training. What they taught me in school was just the tip of the iceberg. School teaches you why and the purpose of those experiments, the job teaches you to refine your skills, to steady your hand at critical moments of the experiment, and to do things often enough that it becomes muscle memory.

I’ve had a boss tell me that she’s never seen a Western blot result as clean as mine. Ever. Pretty good, huh?
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Giving thanks

I’ve not done this in a while. Sometimes, when you’re bogged down by the bad stuff, you forget the good stuff that you’ve got and you forget to give thanks that you still have them.

Even though things at work aren’t spectacular, they are better; just enough to be bearable.

I’m thankful that I still have a paying job to contribute to my savings and for my daily expenditure.

I’m thankful that even though it had been slow, the next step in life is happening and it seems to be kicking up speed.

I’m thankful that despite the bad performance I’ve had at work, the company has been kind.

I’m thankful for my support system, made up of my family and friends; for being there when I was at my lowest and for helping in what ever way they can.

I’m thankful for my relatively good health and I’m going to make improvements to my diet and exercise to keep myself healthy and strong.

And I am most thankful for the joy, love and peace in my life.

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Gong Cha vs KOI coffee, the one where I’m late to the party

Koi and Gong Cha have been around for a while now and I’m a little late to the party, mostly because these two bubble tea companies were not easily accessible for me, where I live. It was only when both companies opened an outlet near my work place that I had a chance to try both on a semi regular basis.

Of all the different types of drinks available, I prefer their coffee drinks as that are less likely to be overly sweet, even when no sugar is added.

Gong Cha Milk Coffee

Gong Cha Milk Coffee

Gong Cha Milk Coffee

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Am I ready for the next step?

When I was younger, I wanted to get married and have a family right out of school. It was a good thing that didn’t happen because I would have missed out on a lot of things that I got to do as a an unmarried young woman.

I had gotten close to getting married once but it didn’t work out, which was the best thing for the both of us.

Now that I’m older, presumably more mature, going down that route again seems like a natural progression. I thought I was ready but as plans get more concrete, I’m having second thoughts.

Sapphire Diamonds

Not real engagement rings. I was just testing them out

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