Sunday, November 30, 2008

Community Service @Lifespring

This post is totally overdued... but nevertheless deserves space on this blog still. :) A few weeks ago, the Young Adults Ministry at my church, Revival Centre, did a community service program at Lifespring Orphanage at Balakang. We decided to do a paint job for them as one of the rooms there was burnt and in dire need of repair. We wanted to do something that had a lasting effect and not just a touch 'n go kind of visit.

A lot of people make the mistake of doing social activities with orphanages just once off and end up hurting the kids even more when they leave. These kids are deprived of a real family and clings to whoever shows them love and care with all their might. If someone visits the orphanage once off bearing toys and socialize with them, they will feel the sense of abandonment when these people leave. If a volunteer wants to build a relationship with these kids, it has to be a long term, permanent arrangement. Like twice-weekly tuition classes...etc.

Since most of us could not commit our time in the long term, we thought a building revamp would leave behind something more meaningful. :)

Cleaning up de place before we started de paint job

Mixing paint and delegating jobs by colour groups!

Me attempting to be a green thumb heheheh

Moving out all the furnitures

The murel team!

The kids there make their mark in the building as well!

The finished product, and de artist behind it!

Nice new coat of paint

It was a wonderful day for both the givers and the receivers. It was amazing how much provision could fit into one of our church member's small Viva... hehehe. God is great and so is His love!!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Underpaid :(

Recently, I had to look through quite some resumes and speak to the headhunters to hire some new product specialists (tis just a nama glamour for medical sales people :p). The more I looked, the more depressed I got!!

I am soooooooo BLOOOOODDYYY U-N-D-E-R-P-A-I-D!!!!

I guess recesssion is not applicable to the medical & healthcare industry if so many companies are still hiring and all the candidates are still asking for such high salaries. From what I see, the only way I can get anyone good (and I have no intentions to get crappy people for my own team) I need to outpay myself!

Hmmm, maybe I should apply to work for myself in order to get a raise!!

I also know that the other manager is getting higher pay than me!! And his workload is even less. Unfair! Unfair!

The only reason I am still here is because my direct boss is such a dear. She is a true rarity, a good boss is such an endangered species these days. I think my company knows that, that's why they think they can pay us (who are under her) crap because we have her to hang on to.

Maybe it's time to step out of our comfort zone to find out what we're really worth... and get paid what our work is TRULY worth.

Monday, November 24, 2008

My very own first Bodyjam class!

Had my very own first Bodyjam class today in IOI!! It was an unexpected one, initially thought my first class would be the one in DU on Thurs...hehehe.

Ta-da! My name's on d board!!! :))))

Was kinda nervous coz wasn't really well prepared especially for the tracks from BJ45 which is a bit rusty since I was practising BJ46 like crazy to do clearance. Hehehe. But overall it was fun!! Looking forward to Thurs! :)

Monday, November 17, 2008


Today, I was nervous about 2 things... my first surgery (as a helper not a patient k?) and my Bodyjam clearance.

The surgery which was an abdominoplasty, lasted for about 6 hours!!! I only managed to have lunch at about 3.30pm! Had to stand all the way throughout the surgery and my legs ache. But at least d doctor asked to have the Mamma Mia! soundtrack playing and we even sang along! ;) Not only the surgery went super smoothly... my part in it also went super smoothly that the surgeon wanted to learn more. And he was singing praises about my product to another colleague of his while we were having a bit together till she agreed to use it!!! He said that his patients love the effects and the faster healing. I didn't even need to do any selling AT ALL!! :) Isn't that a nice warm fuzzy feeling?

Then in the evening, I made my way to Summit for my clearance assessment by Leo. Arrived early so I did some last minute practising. During the class, it wasnt as non-intimidating as IOI would've been since there are more people and I don't really know them. I guess sometimes my nervousness showed, sometimes I managed to hide it, hehehe. Adalah some mistakes here and there, lotsa improvements to be made still... for both cueing and technique. But final result??? I cleared!! I cleared!! Yay!!! Yay!!! Now am truly part of FF's Bodyjam team! Dance 4 life! :) Another warm fuzzy feeling!!

Wasn't it such a beautiful day??? :)

Sunday, November 09, 2008

A eureka moment for Bodyjam

Last Fri evening I had planned a BJ46 practice wt a fellow trainee. But when I reached Axis, she was no where to be found. Called her a couple of times but she did not answer. I was ffk-ed!!! Sigh! So since I have already booked d studio wt Teoh, I might as well practiced alone. Luckily, Sista was gymming with me coz I was staying over at her house that day. So, I suggested she become my "member" while I conduct a class of 1...hehehe.

Sista was nice enough to teman me while I practice. Then halfway through class I had a "Eureka" moment. I realized I didn't have to struggle to memorize what to say and how to cue. Because I was trying to get her to follow what I do, I never ran out of things to say....which is a mistake that happens to me ALOT!! How she danced and how well she could follow me became like this feedback loop that prompts me what to say next. So, next time, when practising chorey get instructors...when practising cueing, get members eh?! ;)

Yay!!!! Thank God for Sista!! Hugs!!