Things that have happened in sulz’s life:
1. She was confirmed at her job half a month before her probation period was up. Her response? “I’m tied down. I can’t run away anymore.” 😦
2. Therefore, she has decided to stick with this job at least until the third quarter of the year, in view of coming circumstances at the office which would require her presence there. (Details will be elaborated in another post some day.) As it is at the moment, though, things have improved in the office, colleagues-wise. They are never going to be friends, but they are being friendly enough. And this is the stage where she is becoming used to this life, that she would probably be very reluctant to leave it when the time comes, despite it not being the better kind of life she hopes for.
3. Chinese New Year is coming, and bosses handed out salary increments and bonuses in a recent company meeting. Having just been confirmed and having had a slight increment, she naturally didn’t have any more. To her surprise, though, she received a bonus despite having only worked barely 3 months. She thought it would just be a small token, like an ang pow of sorts. But nobody gives RMxxx (the higher end of the three-figure scale) for an ang pow… She now understands why some of her colleagues have stayed for as long as they have (the longest approaching 10 years working for this company). And supposedly this company hands out bonus twice a year…
4. She has just completed a project with her most difficult client (the one she talked about before in one of her previous posts) and now there’s only one ongoing project in her hands. It is the week before CNY. It looks like a relaxing week ahead. 🙂 Then after CNY, she would probably receive a new project or two. She looks forward to dealing with different, and hopefully nicer, people. Maybe some writing involved too!
5. She has finally joined her language class, starting last weekend. Her classmates are all much younger than her, and some rather annoying at that. But it was so lovely to finally be in a situation where she knows what’s going on and isn’t afraid of being asked something. Admittedly, she has an unfair advantage, having learnt this language back in college as an elective, but she figured she has not studied the language since then so this will be a refresher course for her and a chance to improve other aspects of her proficiency in the language, such as speaking!
6. And to wrap things up, after CNY sulz will be going on her first road trip ever!