Archive for April, 2009

Thursdays

April 23, 2009

In my entire short working life *6 years*, I realised that my favourite day of the week is a Thursday. W says I’m weird. Well, I guess maybe I am since many *W included* would agree that their favourite day is a Friday. But why not Thursday? Really.

Think about it.

Don’t you have the feeling of anticipation when Thursdays arrive just because you know that Friday would be coming soon, like in the next 24 hours – 8 hours sleep = 16 hours of which 12hrs *or the entirety of it* would pass in a flash because you are working your ass off clearing deadlines just so that you DON’T WORK WEEKENDS.

When Friday is here, it takes on a different meaning for me. Don’t get me wrong. I am happy nonetheless because Friday nights give you a legitimate reason to leave the office ON TIME *rare I know* for family or friends dinner parties. Afterall that should be the reason why Fridays are favourites for most coz you can hang out so late and not worry about waking up at 7.30am the next morning. But to me, Fridays would mean that the weekends are nearing. Now, the problem with weekends is this, they end too quickly. It’s gone in a flash before you can fully appreciate it.

Oh well. I guess the concept of time would be oblivious to me for awhile. The only marker I have would be W’s presence.

Anyways, *I have to post this within 2 mins to qualify as a Thursday post* what I want to say is this. This Thursday would be a special Thursday for me because when Friday ends, my long weekend just began.

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world builder

April 15, 2009

I must be a rare breed. I am an idiot when it comes to 3D construction on the computer.

No matter how hard I try and how easy the programme can be, the massive amount of lines in XYZ planes zooming in/out of the monitor hypnotises me and puts me into a T-R-A-N-C-E.

It was definitely STRESSFUL during my graduating year when the entire cohort was churning out beautiful renderings and splashing them across 8A0 boards. Very Impressive.

I tried. I did all I could but I would end up all frazzled and dazed even on Sketch Up (NB: SketchUp is SUPPOSED to be idiot proof). In the end, I had no choice but to stick to my guts and soldiered on with my 2D.

Miraculously, I PASSED. That was 6 years ago.

W showed me this today and I was totally blown away. It is revolutionary. I dare not imagine how design processes and communications would change. Never before had Architects/Planners looked so cool and meaningful. But W asked me ‘What makes you think he is an Architect’. Indeed. Wouldn’t Architects be irrelevant? That got me thinking. If that video becomes reality, then what exactly is the value add of an Architect. Hmmm.

This video is truly awesome and I am sure you would be able to relate to it. Bruce Branit had managed to internalise the processes of the 3D Software *think Sketch Up* and expressed it through the human dimension. It is so intuitive. You must must MUST WATCH THIS. It’s a dream come true.

World Builder from Bruce Branit on Vimeo.

dream

April 13, 2009

I want to have a dream.

My hair stood on ends and tears came on while hearing them sing. They were simply wonderful.

Ordinary folks can fulfill extraodinary dreams.

rain

April 13, 2009

Just watched Discovery Channel’s ‘Hip Korea’ where it featured RAIN as the symbol of Korea’s pop culture. I’m not a big fan of K Pop Culture nor RAIN. However, I got to admit that RAIN’s dance moves are pretty cool. I didn’t realise the impact of his popularity until the clip from Colbert Nation came on! It’s so funny! You have to watch this.

The Face off.

You must watch this clip from the Colbert Nation too.

back to the drawing board

April 6, 2009

It has been 6 years since I graduated from the University.

I have worked with The Office right after graduation and there had been NO REGRETS. Ask me if I would do it all over again, the answer is a big YES. I have learned, unlearn and gotten a better understanding of who I am and what I need. No matter how tough it had been, I ride it through and come out triumphant *in my perspective*.

It had been an exciting albeit bumpy ride full of silly mistakes, hilarious moments, angry moments, frustrating moments and impossibly stressful moments. But that was what made it meaningful. Through the ups and downs, I learn to deal with my insecurities, strengthened my confidence and refined my convictions.

It feels surreal. I did not see this coming and it was definitely not in my plan for 2009.

I had made a major decision on Thursday last week. I will move on.

Strong friendships were forged over the years and I am happy to know that I could bring along with me fond memories of good people and happy times. They are simply priceless. Bad experiences just did not matter anymore. 

It was an emotional moment for me when I handed in the letter. I could not understand why. I think I am going to miss my messy table, the familiar voices and the gossip sessions for a while. 

I am fearful of the unknown yet excited at the same time. A new chapter is unfolding and I am eager to find out where it would go and where W and me would end up.

I must move on.

70% burns

April 5, 2009

Going by the article I’ve found from Mayo Clinic, I am quite sure the symptoms described had not been a figment of my imagination.

Do you find yourself being more cynical, critical and sarcastic at work?
NOT YET.
Have you lost the ability to experience joy?
YES. *work ONLY*
Do you drag yourself into work and have trouble getting started once you arrive?
YES.
Have you become more irritable and less patient with co-workers, customers or clients?
I ignore them.
Do you feel that you face insurmountable barriers at work?
YES.
Do you feel that you lack the energy to be consistently productive?
YES.
Do you no longer feel satisfaction from your achievements?
YES.
Do you have a hard time laughing at yourself?
NO. *Ok, so I’m still alive?*
Are you tired of your co-workers asking if you’re OK?
Nobody asked.
Do you feel disillusioned about your job?
NO. *so there’s hope still?*
Are you self-medicating — using food, drugs or alcohol — to feel better or to simply not feel?
1 Paracetamol EVERYDAY.
Have your sleep habits or appetite changed?
YES.
Are you troubled by unexplained headaches, neck pain or lower back pain
YES.

RESULT – a resounding 9/13 (70%) YES ?!

I wonder what they would say if I blow this up and stick this on my office computer screen while I attend a conference over the next 3 days.

Ok. Maybe I am not THAT BURNT YET. No?