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How A Job Interview Taught Me About Making Choices
How A Job Interview Taught Me About Making Choices
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Like many others, I am currently searching for a job. It is tough, it is more challenging than before and at the end of the day, all you want to hear is good news. So being able to get to round two of the interview for a company and job that I am interested in, I was filled with joy, hope, and expectation.

That was a mistake. Never set high expectations when it comes to interviews.

My recent interview was nothing like I expected. As I don’t have much experience, I spent two nights preparing for technical questions. Based on my “historical data” — past digital marketing positions that I applied for, hiring managers are looking for someone who can contribute to their team and the company. …

Challenging but rewarding.

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For many years, I’ve been reading countless blog posts and watching Youtube videos constantly about having a morning routine or being a morning person. I still do. There’s just something about this that makes me click on them.

To be honest, I read and watch them for entertainment as the content is pretty much the same. This isn’t in order but this is what it is — make your bed, meditate, go through your to-do list, exercise, don’t check emails right after you wake up, plan your day, set your daily goals, and so on.

Please tell me I’m not the only person who reads and watches content like…

For coffee and non-coffee lovers

before the coffee gets cold by toshikazu kawaguchi
before the coffee gets cold by toshikazu kawaguchi

I came across this book — Before The Coffee Gets Cold when I was in Shakespeare & Co. in Paris. The cover and title of the book definitely caught my eye. As a coffee lover, I wonder what the author is trying to tell us when the coffee gets cold. Because I still drink mine even when it no longer hot.

Written by a Japanese author and translated into English, this book is about a cafe in Tokyo that offers a time-traveling opportunity. …

To realize, did I get the job offer?

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I received a notification on my phone one day, a company was interested in my qualifications and wanted to schedule a call for a job position. I was over the moon! A job interview, finally!

After my first call, I was going back and forth through email with… — let’s call him Michael. Michael was nice enough to offer to answer any questions I had. So I kept asking questions and he kept answering them.

Soon enough, I was asking myself, “should I take the job?”

This went on for days, I was asking a couple of friends if it was worth it, based on the compensation and benefits and commute time. …

If you guessed Pilates, you’re one of them.

pilates gender-biased exercise workout
pilates gender-biased exercise workout
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After being at home for practically 24 hours a day and 7 days a week the past several months, I’m not surprised if anyone tells me they gained some weight. And that was what happened to both me and my boyfriend, we both did. At least, that’s what the scale told us.

So I started to do pilates to lose weight and improve on my flexibility.

To be more precise, pop pilates.

I have been following blogilates’ monthly workout calendar and decided to ask my boyfriend to do the exercises with me. He immediately rejected me. Didn’t need to ask why, I knew it was because he thinks pilates is a “girls exercise”.

Pilates was created by a man named Joseph Pilates for men to help many injured soldiers recover and rehabilitate during the war. …

Inspired by BBC’s Egg Fried Rice video and reaction videos on YouTube

ways to cook rice
ways to cook rice
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Not too long ago, I came across a video of a UK based Malaysian comedian who did a reaction video of a BBC host teaching us how to make egg fried rice. You can just Google it, it blew up that there’s an article on CNN about it.

Have to add that it blew up and now there are several reaction videos you can find by Asian YouTubers. Now you know how much attention the BBC host garnered that the Asian community is reacting to it.

I’m ashamed to say that as an Asian, I don’t actually know the right way to cook rice (even using the rice cooker) although I cook rice for my brother and me all the time. And he doesn’t complain. Until today, I found 3 different methods to make edible…

Was it a good idea for an introvert?

show up alone at a social event
show up alone at a social event
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I came across a meetup event one day somewhere online — a startup that organizes brunch meetups for people to make new friends. It’s been 3 years since I moved to a country 10k miles away from my own, I don’t have many friends and I thought, why not?

I tried inviting someone along but he insisted he didn’t want to go and I had a strong urge to go. What’s the worse that can happen? Eat, then leave and head home.

“It’s okay to do things solo. It’s okay to vibe by yourself.”

How It Works

You don’t literally sit with 80 people, by the way. I don’t know how they’re going to do that anyway. …

For your 5 to 9 job or hobby

recognition makes you happy
recognition makes you happy
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We see countless articles on Google about how to make your employees feel appreciated for their work or how to make them feel recognized for their job. Their full-time job.

And some of the answers include

  • Remembering the small details
  • Encourage growth
  • Create opportunities for new experiences
  • Make sure the employee is aware that they are adding value to the company

and the list goes on.

I’m sure most people have a side hustle or working on something they’re passionate about after work or during the weekends. It’s okay if you don’t, no pressure. …

It’s also National Hammock Day!

National Hammock Day on July 22nd every year
National Hammock Day on July 22nd every year
Picture taken at Governors Island, NYC

Yes, National Hammock Day exists. On July 22nd every year.

Since I live in an apartment, don’t have a backyard, and can’t fit a hammock in my living room or bedroom, a public hammock is one of my only choices. So to those who have their own hammock and is currently enjoying it while on Medium, good for you!

I am also very envious of you, just letting you know.

What I Would Do On A Hammock

  • A nap. Definitely a nap. A nice, long nap.
  • Read a book. I just finished reading Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen and I’m currently looking for my next read. …

Don’t underestimate yourself!

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October 19 was the longest day of my life. October 19 was also my first time running a half marathon. It’s been a week but I can remember exactly how the first half of the day went. Brooklyn Marathon and Half Marathon was my first half marathon in my life. I can’t believe I took time off my weekends to try running instead of binging on Mindhunters or some other Netflix shows… Honestly, I didn’t train intensely but give me some credit for the effort *giggles. …

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Shuana Yap

Writing about my life. It’s fun but sometimes not so fun. Also blogging at www.howivebeen.com

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