Previously, on ¿wat?: catch up (2011), the whole story
June 2011 – April 2013
This season was called, “Welcome to the ‘Real’ world”. Yes, I know, I’m painfully un-creative at titles. I’m sorry.
But yes, the transition into this season is somewhat momentous. It’s the time of your life where you sever that life support umbilical and try to berdikari. It’s the time where you suddenly, “really”, become an adult. Sadly, just like the transition into university, no magical transformation or wisdom was conferred upon the donning of the penguin suit and mortarboard. Oh well.
Warning: Does not confer magical wisdom
The first order of business at the time (since a job had already been secured) was to get a place to stay. As tempting as it was to squat in hall, that was never really a sustainable or comfortable solution, at least for me. Six plus one of us found a nice place at Toh Guan and we moved in. I say plus one, because that plus one, who was my roommate, didn’t really come home much, but as I like to say, helped subsidize the rental cost of my master bedroom with attached bathroom.
Meanwhile in church, I decided that I wanted to officially transfer my membership in. I suppose I wasn’t fully cognizant of all the reasons why, but there was some notion of wanting to officially be under the umbrella of the church here. Quite likely, this is also the beginning of me settling down here. Then 100% came up, and it was good, and it helped me to build my initial network of young adult friends here. It was about then I realised I didn’t really know anyone else who wasn’t from or related to hall…
I make stuff like this for a living
Anyway, the-job-which-also-happens-to-pay-the-bills was and is something I’m quite thankful to God for. Call it providence or luck, but my first (or second) attempt at getting a job went well, and it was pretty much what I expected and wanted it to be. Networks, micro-controllers, electronics, Linux drivers, and FPGAs agree well with my interests.
Another, perhaps minor, thing of note was Minecraft. I started playing this when the final final exams were over, and this eventually spawned a multiplayer server. I was pleasantly surprised that you can actually make friends through a game online. There are players on the game who are different, and there are players who are similar. And with this combination, our world’s pretty awesome, if I do say so myself.
And so the middle of 2011 flew by and the middle of 2012 arrived.
Then I decided to move. Well, my office decided to move first, then I decided I wanted to move too. So I parted ways with five of the six plus one and we found another guy to be our house-mate. When the dust had settled, we ended up in Commonwealth, and my office had shifted to Midview City.
I’ll admit, I got a severe case of renter’s remorse a few weeks after closing the rental deal, what with the smell, surroundings, and cockroaches. What was I thinking when I signed? Obviously not much… On the bright side, we had a fiber internet connection which consoled me long enough for me to warm up to the place… (Geeks will be geeks.)
And now, a first for me – I actually went on a holiday with friends. We decided to go to Perhentian because it was more affordable. We got sunburnt, some more badly than others, but such is the price to pay for playing in the sea at 2pm under the bright mid-day sun… But all in all, it was a good trip and it was a good break.
The seafood was gooood
I’m not sure what I was thinking, but shortly after that, I went for another holiday. This time with family, but it was to a foreign country! (That isn’t Singapore!) This holiday cost me a lot of leave, and the diarrhea we picked up was rather unfortunate, but the trip was good and well worth. It’s kinda refreshing to see… things you don’t normally see.
Example: Things you don’t normally see
It now occurs to me that I really did go for quite a few holidays because in January, I went to Pangkor for a yet another holiday, this time with the EusoffWorks folks. Besides the fun of holidaying with friends and acquaintances, this trip brought me no end of nostalgia, in large part because we stayed at Bayview Resort at Teluk Nipah, where I attended countless youth camps and council retreats. It made me stop and reflect a little about the path I’ve taken growing up.
Meanwhile, work was going well. I started getting a bit more responsibility, and the company also sent me (along with three others) on a trip to the US. I extended the trip by two days and went to see San Francisco (it’s a nice city) and met up with some friends, one of whom I first met in Minecraft. My colleague said I was a real geek because I went to visit the Google campus and the Computer History Museum. But anyway, it was also a good time getting to know my colleagues better and it was an awesome trip, despite the extremely long flight.
Getting to know my colleagues better
…and that brings us to April 2013 and, thus, the end of this catch-up episode.