I like the moments of quietness in the morning in the office. People usually start strolling in at about 10am. The pace is not as crazy as what I’ve imagined. Perhaps it’s because I’m still new. This is my third week, and the week is already ending soon.
I’m currently on a work & study programme. For the 20-weeks internship, I go to school on Fridays (full day) and Saturdays (half day) for the middle 13 weeks. We’re starting school this Friday and I’m actually excited. Lessons are held in Chinese and we’re going to learn topics such as Chinese politics, modern history, economy, language and culture. Oh boy, all these in Chinese. We have 2 x 2000 Chinese characters essays to be submitted too. Ok can, let’s test my ability man.
I realised there’s so many things that are different from say, going on a holiday or even an exchange. Finding the bloody apartment was one major issue and I’m glad it’s over. Now every month, I just kinda worry about my electricity bill. Haha, how grown up I sound hur.
And I think Shanghai’s air is bad. You don’t see it but I can feel it in my throat. No wonder people spit everywhere here. The throat can get rather uncomfortable, every day.
The standard of living here is pretty much like home, but on a wider disparity scale. I shall live on a tighter budget so I can live happier in my last month here, haha. And maybe cos I haven’t gotten a bank account so no taobao for me, yet.
Thankful for friends who have kept me in your thoughts. I really appreciate it. I will remember to keep myself healthy! I’m going to munch on some green apple now. I miss you guys but this is a journey my future self will be thankful for. :)
It has been slightly over 2 weeks since I first set foot into China, and today marks 2 weeks of my internship thus far. It has been a rollercoaster ride. No, it’s something worse than that, in which words cannot describe.
Friends who have been in contact with me will know how bad my first week went. I wouldn’t want the same thing to happen to anyone and I definitely do not want it to ever happen again to me. But one of the most important way of living with what happened during the occurrence itself was to remember the positive point, despite having so little to hang on too. My only plus point was that it was a learning experience. I’ve learned so much from it, and no, I don’t think I can take on the world now. But I do like to think that I have more perspectives to better consider what I want out from life.
I am thankful that my colleagues have been very understanding with me taking time off too. On Day 2 of internship, I went into office at 3.30pm due to those admin shit. WHAT KIND OF INTERN AM I MAN. My team is small, just two ladies & me. It has been an interesting ride so far. Never thought I’d be in the advertising industry but I’m learning to see what I want too. Ended work early yesterday and when I asked my local colleague where I should go walk about, she decided to walk with me. We talked about the industry and about Shanghai. New insights are always appreciated. :>
I just want to keep reminding myself that the choices I’ve made so far are all my decisions, and I cannot regret them. I’m staying alone now. I always envisioned an exciting independent life, but then I realised (or more like I’ve always knew, just that it suddenly hit me) that I’m a people-person. There’s no one for me to talk to at home. :( So to my friends who are keeping me company on whatsapp/kakaotalk/facebook, I am very, very grateful.
Shanghai has such a crazy income disparity it’s really insane. Today I saw a lady carrying a few months old baby into the metro with a cup. I thought she was going to sit down, then she started bowing to the people on the seats. After one stretch with everyone ignoring her, she kneeled and crawled her way through the next stretch of seats, with her baby and cup in hand. I then realised she was begging and it broke my heart so badly.
There’s so much to take in everyday here and I realised I have really taken Singapore for granted for way too long. People say we’re not gracious enough or we have people complaining that our salaries are too low. But I think we really need to take a step out of our current state to reconsider our priorities in life.
I feel like my thoughts are rather incoherent now, but guess that’s how it’ll be for quite a long while to come. I have too many little things on my mind such as…
Sighs, I feel so grown up. But I guess this is how it is. I’m going to stop typing because I don’t make sense. Ok, bye.