Yep, it is Christmas. Yep, I am all alone in the house. Yep, this might be my last ever blog or may be not. I revived it after a long year. YES, I am leaving Singapore. NOPE, I would never attempt to commit suicide. NEVER.
Sorry, I think I’m gonna tell you a little bit of my story in Singapore for a while. Hehehe…
I figured this would be the best time to do this. I’ve got my drink, my cigs, my Green Day, no distractions (except for some exceptional Whatsapp and Instagram here and there), got a long break ahead, so head is quite clear to say what I want to say here.
Well, I came to Singapore and started at Mega Media Pte Ltd on the May 7th 2007. I remembered it like it was yesterday. I was nervous and scared as shit. To be honest, not many people knew that I thought I was getting interviewed as an editor but turned out only at the interview, on the day itself, they were looking for a tape op. Boy, I was shocked. Since I was desperate to get a job, heck I can learn it. Besides I do want to learn it anyway. From that moment on, I worked my ass off to learn everything I can learn from everyone. Also get to know the best people I’ve ever met. Some how those people are the best people to work with and to hang out with, even until now :-)
Even though how hard and difficult work can be, the people there would be the reason to keep it going. Because some how we know each other that we don’t want to let the others down. not because of the company, but because of the people that we care about. They rely on you and you rely on them. That’s why we bonded so closely and strongly, in the office and outside. You guys know who you are :-)
Coming to 2010, I got sick of tape op. I wanted more, I wanted to get back to editing. The creative process. I urged it, craved it, wanted it so bad rather than putting tape in and tape out and stocking tapes in the library and everything.
Though I love your company in the library Kate :-) listening to Korn, Limp Bizkit, Rage Against the Machines and all the 90s hits. That was really fun huh. And look at you now, married, pregie, soon-to-be-mum. Gosh, how time flies huh? I do thank you for the all the times we had as we supported each other through our rough times. Adam, Nelson and Zan you guys helped me a lot when you don’t even know it. I thank you for that :-)
So I looked for another option. There was an opening for roto artist at Rhythm & Hues in Malaysia. I sent my resume and got accepted, with the terms I got to go training to India for 10 weeks with low pay. Oh man I was desperate. Then I saw another opening at Blackmagic Design Post Pte Ltd for an FCP online editor. Hey, at least it’s still in Singapore. I was actually aiming to go there when I first set foot in Singapore. So I got in to BMD instead, with addition that I had to aid the Central (Tape Op again). Fuck it. I’ll do it. Turns out I learned so much more from this company than I ever had in my career.
I had one of the best times there as well. Not saying that BMD is more professional than other company but that’s how I felt. Business is business and it is serious business. So I wanted to up my game even more. I wanted to color grade. Step by step, baby steps I went. Sat down beside a colorist just see what he does. Scan films, load footage, prep for sessions, bla bla bla… slowly I learned and stepped in to grade students stuff. Then it went on…
To say that BMD was a really blood, sweat and tears exaggerating is like an understatement. When we moved office, most of the staff actually involve in building the interior from the ground up. We literally pulled cables and bleed our hands and feet to get it done. That’s team work with dedication that we believed in the company. It was awesome. Keith, you actually have been my guidance all these years I’ve known you. I thank you for that. For teaching me to be patience with everything :-)
Not long after that at 2012, BMD was acquired by VHQ Post Pte Ltd. For what reason? I still don’t know until now. I don’t think I want to know as well.
So, here I am. At VHQ Post. They wanted to transfer me to KL since there isn’t any colorist there, I stepped in. I am familiar with the place, the people and the language. I was studying there for 10 years, so no questions I could live comfortable there, anytime. Half of my family is there. My friends are there too. So going there is like a plus for me.
I would like to say that it has been a real great 5 years plus living here. Friends and colleagues that are priceless to me, I thank you all. You’ll always be in my heart. I don’t regret what I did in Singapore. This land had given me so much. The fun, the sad, the love, the hate, the harsh, the sins, the troubles, the endless laughter and sorrow. Again, it is all part of life and I treasured them with all my heart. I do apologize to those whom I might have hurt, I did not mean it. I do not intentionally did it on purpose. Forgive me if I did any wrong :-(
I am starting a new chapter in my life. In a not-so-new-place for me. But new experience, no doubt. For the New Year, a new start, a new beginning. I will be taking the wisdom and experiences I had in Singapore to KL. I am actually looking forward to this. I admit, I am a little scared but excited at the same time. Perfect timing for new year’s resolution.
We had fun Singapore, while it lasted. The timbre times, the Seligi times, the late night hang out times, the party times, the concert times, the late working times, all of them. They were really awesome and I wouldn’t trade those memories with anything in the world.
This year has been, as cliché as it is, a roller coaster. It really was. The ups and downs was just what I needed. New company, new plan and new friends. Great friends I would say. I look forward to have new adventures with them. I love the challenges that I’m going to face. I hope 2013 will be as great or even better than 2012.
With a heavy heart I would like to say Bye-bye Singapore and friends. I will be leaving just before 2012 ends. I can’t go back for at least 6 months (immigration thing). I thank you all again for being my companions, my teachers and my friends all this time I’ve known you guys.
With Love and Happy Holidays!
There’s a glitch at 0:57 by the way :-D