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Friday, December 26, 2008

Grown-Up Christmas List
Michael Buble

Do you remember me?
I sat upon your knee
I wrote to you with childhood fantasies
Well, I'm all grown-up now
Can you still help somehow?
I'm not a child, but my heart still can dream

So here's my lifelong wish
My grown-up Christmas list
Not for myself, but for a world in need

No more lives torn apart
That wars would never start
And time would heal all hearts
Every man would have a friend
That right would always win
And love would never end
This is my grown-up Christmas list

What is this illusion called the innocence of youth?
Maybe only in that blind belief can we ever find the truth

No more lives torn apart
That wars would never start
And time would heal all hearts
Every man would have a friend
That right would always win
And love would never end

This is my grown-up Christmas list
This is my only lifelong wish
This is my grown-up Christmas list
Thursday, December 25, 2008
all i want for christmas is you

Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time. ----Laura Ingalls Wilder

Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope Santa sent you the right gifts last night. *hugs hugs*

Friday, December 19, 2008
being lucky
np: David Cook - Declaration

i am a lucky girl.

the past 1 month has been nothing but a true roller-coaster ride. i submitted my application for ANU on Oct 26th, 2008, during the Australian education exhibition. starting 2 weeks after, i emailed IDP every single week, checking whether they got any news about my application. only to get the same reply over and over again "we haven't heard anything from them, but we will contact you as soon as we got some news."

December 1st, i officially quit from my former office. only after a week being unemployed, i started to go mental. i could NOT stand doing nothing. anyone who knows me well would've known that i don't deal well with long holidays. i hate 'em. my bestfriends were being angels, they submitted my CV to their offices knowing my frustration over doing nothing, landing me 2 interviews. one to KPMG as a graphic designer (don't even ask, that position wasn't anything that i have in mind), the other one was to Rapp Collins as an Account Executive.

the one on Rapp Collins was a total coincidence. i was picking up my bestfriend, Dila, at her office. when i got there, she told me that she was still meeting her boss, but it was an informal meeting so she told me that i should just join her. i was sitting there while she was chatting with her boss, then she introduced me saying "She has a Computer Science background, so if you do have questions about computers, you should ask her!" *LOL* anyway, her boss was telling me that her flashdisk got a trojan in it, and she needed to retrieve her vacation pictures. i told her that she should try to put it on a Mac, retrieve the files, then reformat the flashdisk. at least i thought it was worth the shot.

then we started to talk, and she was asking me about what i do, etc. etc. not so long after she looked me and said, "I think we can do something with you,". she picked up the phone and contacted i-don't-know-who, saying "Do you still need someone for the Account Executive position? I got an interesting lady in front me. Can you please set up an interview with her?"

np: George Benson - This Masquerade

i sent my CV the day after, and got a follow up the following week, telling me that i was going to have an interview.

i went through the interview. i was just being me, totally clueless about advertising & communication and not even trying to look smart. i did tell them about my previous job etc. i got out of the interview feeling that i failed it. nonetheless, on my way home i decided to stop by at IDP.

just when i arrived there, i told them who i was and the rep told me to sit down. then the big news came, "We got the news a couple of days ago. I was going to contact you but was so busy that I haven't had the chance. Your application wasn't processed."

talk about unexpected turn of events.

i asked her about how could that even happened. i asked how about the other applicants, who also applied on that exhibition. she told me that all applications were being sent in 1 batch, but "OOPS!" mine was the only one that wasn't processed. they resubmitted my application, but she told me that i would most likely get the news by mid-January considering Dec 19th is the last working day before the long holiday.

np: Diana Krall - Jingle Bells

that happened 2 weeks ago, and that was pretty screwed. i rethought about everything again. tried to be realistic and thinking about how slim my chance was. first of all, my application was really late, and if they have a quota then i'm screwed. secondly, if i do get an offer letter by January, i haven't taken care of my visa.

ohkay, double jeopardy.

my boyf who's being such a dear kept on asking about my priorities. whether i really wanna go to school or whether i wanna go to work. i told him that going to school is and has always been in my plan. however, the timing doesn't really matter for me, as long as i'm not too old when i start the program. i only applied solely to ANU because it was some sort of a lucky draw. if i do get it, i go. but if i don't, it'll also be fine because i can try again the year after.

so backup plan.. backup plan... i was thinking about what to do next, because THAT surely wasn't something i expected.

np: Fourplay - The Christmas Song

a week ago dila called me, telling me that she accidentally met one of my interviewers from Rapp Collins. another unexpected turn, they liked me. she asked if dila can persuade me to take the job. so i called that same day, letting them know about my situation. i told them that i was very much interested about the job, so i tried to bargain about the salary.

2 days ago, they called me back, telling me that they couldn't give me the number i requested considering i don't have any background in communication/advertising. valid argument. but there would be 3 months probation, so we'll see what'll happen after that.

took me the whole night to think about it, and lengthy discussions between me and my parents. basically they knew that i'd be going to school anyway, it's just a matter of when. i told them that i can still try again next year, either for ANU or for other schools (NUS & NTU seems to be quite good options, 1-year-only program), but chances like this might not come twice. it's a good international company and this is a field that i'm clueless about so it'll be extremely challenging.

a decision was made, based on the discussions and my gut feeling. i decided to take the job.

yesterday i called them, letting them know that i've decided to take the job and they invited me to come over this afternoon to be introduced to my future team.

around 10 this morning, IDP called me. i'm accepted at Australian National University.

at this point i can only say that God has a very weird sense of humor, and that i'm one lucky girl. alhamdulillah.

so what's next?
Sunday, December 14, 2008
'tis the season to be jolly
i'm gonna share my favorite Christmas playlist:

  • Christina Aguillera - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

  • Wham - Last Christmas

  • 98 degrees - I'll Be Home For Christmas

  • Robert Downey Jr. - River

  • N'Sync - Oh Holy Night (a capella)

  • Vonda Shepard - What Are You Doing New Year's Eve

  • All-4-One - When You Wish Upon A Star

  • The Boys Choir of Harlem feat. Brian McKnight - This Christmas

  • Brian McKnight - Because of His Love

  • Toni Braxton feat. Shaggy - Christmas in Jamaica

  • Babyface - Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer

  • Diana Krall - Christmas Time is Here

  • Fourplay - The Christmas Song

10 days till Christmas Eve. i so CAN'T WAIT!

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