So so so happy and in love with life! I have so much to look forward to and all the excitement feels almost unreal because everything is happening consecutively.
☆ 2-day course at Supreme Court
Attended a media judicial training course at the Supreme Court and it was so interesting. I actually wished the sessions were longer because I felt that it was a bit too rushed. We also got a tour (omg this place has the most gorgeous views ever of MBS and the skyline but sadly photography is not allowed).
But the most exciting part was sitting in on a hearing for a drug trafficking case at the Court of Appeal (the highest court)!! Feel so lucky being able to get such an opportunity.
Last year during another course, I got to watch a City Harvest Church case and sat right behind the defendants (Kong Hee, Serina Wee etc). Really epic and intense!!
Anyway I can’t believe there were people who saw the photo I posted on social media and thought I was in trouble/getting sued… You can be at court for more than just fighting lawsuits, you know?
I don’t usually reply texts so early or fast but I wanted to clarify before any rumours started.
☆ Birthday and long weekend
Have you ever seen a smoother cake? I think it has a better complexion than me hahaha.
Nothing like a birthday to remind you of how loved and fortunate you are. Thank you to everyone who I spent the past few days with! And they are all family and friends who have been in my life for years and always there for me. I’ve known so many people who come and go but these are the keepers ❤
Actually quite touched that while everyone in the office usually gets pranked for their birthdays, my editor actually gave me preview tickets to Doctor Strange.
Karaoke on Friday night with Amos (whose birthday is a day after mine), Linus, Yixuan and Jiayi was epic too because I suggested singing for four hours till 2am (time still flew by though!) despite having work the next morning. Damn spontaneous la cos everything was booked and everyone said ok less than 10 minutes after Linus first suggested the idea.
No pics from here on because the rest below haven’t happened~
☆ Sponsored 4D3N It’s The Ship festival-cruise
I’m going for work and there’s quite a bit to do but I am going to eat and drink and have as much fun as I can hehehe. There’s a stop in Penang too! Can’t freaking wait to see my Royal Carribean cabin which is worth $2,000 and comes with a balcony.
Wheee I love my job!!! Feel like I’m always getting the luxurious trips LOL I don’t think I can ever forget flying business class with Air NZ to Auckland. It was the best.
☆ 3 days of courses
Immediately after I get back, it’s one course after another which gives me time to work on the post-cruise stuff too so yay! Hope there’s free food provided muahaha.
☆ Google News Lab workshop at their new office
Farah and I are going to Google Singapore’s new office for a workshop, hurray!!!
☆ Award presentation
It’s for the website and not for myself, but we are winning two awards for products that I’m in charge of and I toiled for the award submissions too. So this is really rewarding and just makes me love what I do even more.
☆ MMA event coverage
We are one of the partners so we always get media passes whenever there’s a big match. The last two times we went were all a lot of fun and excitement!
☆ Tokyo trip
Personal holiday and my first time to Japan so I can’t wait. It will just be 8 days in Tokyo because I have so much going on both before and after I return.
Feeling so incredibly happy, blessed and lucky. More next time! Gotta go to sleep now because we are sending my brother off to Tekong tomorrow. Omg time really flies!
Managed to successfully prank our editor for his birthday last week (our attempt last year was an epic fail and he told us not to prank the master prankster) and it was hilarious!
I came up with the idea on the day itself and then hours later we went to The White Ombre and got this salted egg cheesecake (their earl grey strawberry shortcake is the bomb… super light and fluffy and fragrant).
Basically the plan was to pretend that I was resigning (he might expect it from my colleagues but not me so I was the most believable bait) and bring him to the room outside for a solo talk. Then everyone will suddenly pop in with the cake.
I was afraid I would burst out laughing or break character before the rest appeared. Super nervous because I suck at lying and kept telling them that they must go in to save me asap. I was actually jumping about outside his cubicle, gesturing to everyone else and going, “Really doing this???” before I went in and said, “Can I talk to you?” and he fell for it.
Actually, Azhar was the first to speak (“You also tendering?”) when we entered the room so I didn’t have to broach the subject. Then I started rambling and for awhile I froze because I didn’t know how else to stall for time… Twice, he reached out for the envelope with my ‘resignation letter’ and I kept taking it back and saying, “Wait”.
So quick thinking, I deflected and asked, “What do you think?” so that he can do talking instead. If not he will open my letter before the rest came in and we would fail again.
HAHAHA credit goes to Estelle for writing this.
Anyway the solo talk was so funny because Azhar was all serious but too bad I didn’t film it!!! He was trying to change my mind and said he thinks I’m not sure that’s why I’m asking him… That I should reconsider because “my future here is bright” and that if it was anyone else, he would have accepted the letter already but he’s not going to accept mine first.
The whole time, I was thinking, “Omg where are the rest and why have they not entered??? Azhar said I had a guilty look throughout… just not over what he thought it was HAHA.
Then everyone came in singing a birthday song and the look on Azhar’s face was so priceless, I actually jumped for joy. He threw down my letter on the table and went all, “Bloody hell! Didn’t think I would have gotten pranked!”
Me: “He even said my future here was bright.”
He: “Not anymore.”
Not going anywhere anytime soon… I would be giving up so much. All my hard work and progress and opportunities. I spend more time in the office than at home and I really love my desk. Look at my alcohol stash which shows how comfortable I am here…
Damn funny… and it also made me really happy to know that he thinks so highly of me. Estelle said he fell for the prank because he was legit scared of me leaving. Honestly I think no employee is indispensable or irreplaceable but it’s still nice hearing things like these.
Just earlier before the prank, Azhar also made passing remarks like, “Don’t know what she’s doing cos Cherlynn is always the one doing all the work and presenting to the visitors” and “Can you do this cos I think he will be a bit slow”.
Not going be humble cos I really do a lot of work and I make sure I always do them well so it’s nice that he notices. Had a particularly crazy day two weeks ago because I was rushing to publish an article while in my dad’s taxi which is a first. Finished it, reached office and went off to do live reporting at a crime scene.
Hours of standing in the sun and waiting until the heat made me feel so tired. Went back office in the afternoon and continued chionging work until close to 8pm.
Thought I could finally rest but Jeremy and I were eating dinner opposite office when I got called back to publish two more articles that had to be up asap. Finished at close to 10pm and we ended up drinking with Cedric at the rooftop garden till nearly 3am instead of going out. Super crazy lol.
That week I was really super worn out… but at least things are so much calmer this week. Thinking about stuff and being very antisocial recently. Stayed in the whole weekend.
Had nothing on yesterday after work but I turned down going to Cedric’s birthday party, turned down going clubbing with Ling Yue and turned down joining Vicky’s staycation. Sorry I’m being a shit friend but I just wanted to spend time alone with my books and shows.
Me: It’s like you had this very nice cake but it gave you food poisoning. But for some reason, you still wanna eat it. So you go and try to make or buy the same cake, except that you realise it doesn’t actually taste the same so you don’t want it anymore.
Azhar: My problem is I like a lot of cakes and I want to eat all of them.
Farah: *trying to think of her analogy*
Me: You like cakes that look very nice on the outside but inside they are rotten.
Me: CK said he is partial to the pineapple tart. It’s not that the tart is not nice but I’m not in the phase where I want a tart.
Azhar: The tart got no oompf…
Farah: Omg the tart very poor thing.