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Today I hit my first time feeling slightly overwhelmed by work. I walked into today's press conference feeling lethargic... I think I ...

first sign of weariness


Today I hit my first time feeling slightly overwhelmed by work. I walked into today's press conference feeling lethargic... I think I was asking one of my interviewees a question I couldn't understand myself haha. I was like dude, what's happening man.

Then when I read my emails, I felt exasperated cos I was bombarded with one story after another for the subsequent days. Felt anxiety slowly creepin in.

I told my fellow reporter friend about it and she was telling me it happens when you come back from annual leave because our job requires us to run on adrenaline. So when there's a sudden pause, it's difficult to kickstart again cuz of inertia.

INDEEEEED. I so agree.

That annual leave was for my dive trip to Tioman over the weekend!!

why just look at that! *starry eyed*
It was probably the kampung life that got me all lazed up.

and!!

i'm open water certified weeee

I've been gaining a lot of skills this year man, unprecedented rate. My friend pin li simply asked if I wanted to go for the dive trip (just one month before the trip itself) and I was like hell yeah I'm in.

Lovin all this spontaneity. A colleague recently asked if I wanted to climb kinabalu in August - and I was like why not. Third time's the charm. Then, Huiquan asked if I wanted to go to Cambodia in December for a mission trip and I was also why not. Hahahah, splashin so much money this year.

So much things happening this year, I've never had so much things lined up in a year before. Sometimes I just want to stay at home for one full day and not have to do anything haw haw.

I think I just need some getting used to, to this new lifestyle. I love what I do, I only need time to adjust~

In the meantime, some pictures from my dive trip for you to enjoy :)


suited up!

new friends :)

old friends :)

my new friends are about 2-4 years younger but they've got a depth of experience and knowledge~
i actually admire them for that

island life is quite a nice life

MY FAVOURITE ARTIST OF ALL TIMEEEEE What a spectacular evening catching Bruno Mars last night. I was just soooo darn happy?? This even d...

ON A HIGH!!!!!!

MY FAVOURITE ARTIST OF ALL TIMEEEEE
What a spectacular evening catching Bruno Mars last night. I was just soooo darn happy?? This even deserves a post bahaha. He's the first artist whose concert I go to and know all the lyrics to DAYUMMM IT WAS A PARTEHHHH

by the end of it, faruq and i were just whacked, WAAACKED
and super happy wheeeee
(we were so close to the stage!!)

Next item on the list....

DIVING IN TIOMAN WITH PIN LI!!!!!
That was our practical diving lesson on Sunday~
Heading to Tioman by ferry on Friday night for our Open Water Diving cert. Jees I hope I don't get sea sick on the ride there. Me so excitedddd to see all the marine life and just cheel like a peel on the beech eech let's go get away!

me taking a photo of myself at 11pm on Saturday night in my office
I was tired, but I was happy.

A photo to commemorate the start of a job that I enjoy so very much... and I can't wait for the years ahead!!

I don't know if it's too early to say this but.... I really enjoy reporting haha. It's super fast-paced and my brain funct...

Two weeks in



I don't know if it's too early to say this but....

I really enjoy reporting haha. It's super fast-paced and my brain functions like clockwork whenever a press release suddenly appears. I enjoy writing long pieces for people to read and also packaging tv stories for people to watch. I've been running on adrenaline the past two weeks and it's amazing.

I've also not been able to lead a healthy lifestyle. Think I haven't exercised in that span of time. And on some days, I don't eat properly. There was one day when I only survived on a full loaf of bread the entire day, and by the time I got home, I was exhausted and too tired to even eat.

But what keeps me going are the stories, the sense of satisfaction I get when I see them published, and also meeting and speaking to so many people. Like the kids above!!! They clamoured all over me and they're super fun.

One of the highlights the past two weeks was trailing Inuka the polar bear. I went to the Singapore Zoo three times. I saw him on my first day when I was at the zoo... then saw an empty enclosure on the second day when he was kept away from the public and finally, the eventual day when he was put to sleep -

That day was quite intense.

We were not told exactly what time the press conference would begin. It was supposed to inform us about whether Inuka was put to sleep. All we knew was that the conference was possibly slated for 4pm, which was quite late. Then that morning, I got a call from my frantic colleague at 9:30am, "Si Hui are you awake??? Oh you picked up the call yes you are awake. The press conference starts at 11am!!! Go down NOW!!!"

I got out of bed, got dressed, put my makeup on, and hopped on to a cab to make my third trip down to Mandai.

When I arrived, we were led to a room where the press conference was held. The room was silent and tension palpable. We were not told whether Inuka was euthanised or not. We just had to wait for his vets and keepers to enter the room before the conference could begin.

And so we waited.


Then they finally arrived.
And we were handed a press release. I held my breath and read the first sentence...

"SINGAPORE, 25 April 2018 - Singapore Zoo said goodbye to her well-loved senior polar bear Inuka this morning, following a second health examination in three weeks....."

I'll be honest with you. I almost wanted to cry upon reading the first sentence. I was sad. I had been trailing his story for three whole days. I started out quite apathetic about this polar bear, didn't feel anything for him. But by the end of it all, I felt terribly sad to see him go, after seeing how so many people were so attached to him.

Afterall, he was born here in Singapore and grew up in my generation. He was born in 1990 - same year as my bro. So Inuka felt like a bro.

But of course, there was no point in crying. I had a press conference to listen to and work to do. So there I was typing away to every word they said, and firming up my article. Journalists fired questions, "How serious was his condition? What was the team's morale when he was put down? What's going to happen to his enclosure now?"

Type, type, type.

After the conference ended, I finished writing my article and emailed it to the digital team once the embargo was lifted.

But it wasn't the end yet.

At about 11:50am, I got a call from my colleagues.

"Hello, we need you to do a live cross about Inuka's death. Audio check at 12:30pm and we'll have you live at 12:40pm"

I should have felt anxious since it was my first time going live on tv as a reporter. But I just felt a sense of calm... and said, "sure" then got myself prepared.

During the live cross, everything went pretty smoothly. Then I packed up, went back to my office, only to be told that bosses were excited about the story and wanted to turn it to a bigger story.

So I went back down to Mandai...


.... only to see this board there.
sad.

Got reactions from visitors who found out about his death that morning, how they felt, etc. Then I did my PTC in front of his empty enclosure.

:'(

Started my job at 9:30am and finished work at 11pm.
But what a day and what a story. I poured every ounce of emotion left in my body into Inuka's story and delivered it the best I could.

It was a soft, human-interest story, and I must say I'm happy I had the privilege to cover it even though I was so new to the job. A story close to so many people's hearts.



Then there are also stories...

... where I have to act like a creepo by following ministers.

And when you have a funny cameraman like Sazali, the day goes by without a hitch ;-)
Looks just like cute Inuka here HAHAH

Then, there's also the usual... Mediacorp colleagues leaving the industry for other opportunitiessss
Mysara's last day at CNA - she'll be pursuing her Masters!

And also the usual old friends who stick with you from wkwsci all the way to mediacorp bahaha
noreen keeps me sane or rather, insane :-P

I no longer have a full weekend to myself - either a Saturday or a Sunday will be taken up by work. Erratic timetable. And each day, I wake up not knowing what day it is, wondering whether it's a work day or rest day. It'll take time to adjust....

But so far, it's been goooood ;-)

Soooo yesterday was my last day as an International News Producer My team was just the.... most amazing team ever. They got me two cake...

Heading to reporting...

Soooo yesterday was my last day as an International News Producer

My team was just the.... most amazing team ever. They got me two cakes and a voucher for an online clothes store (my favourite love bonito hahah) - new work clothes!!!! It was as if I be gone forever from Mediacorp. But in actual fact, I'll still be working quite closely with them, just in a different department -

I'm going to be a reporter!!!! Starting Monday.

and i'll get to exercise this furrealz now

When people ask me how I feel about this, I say I'm excited and also filled with a sense of trepidation. I've been waiting for this day for so long!! This sounds extremely cheesy but it's a childhood dream fulfilled. Never would I have thought I'd be that tv journalist someday... I grew up watching CNA.

At the same time, worried as well because I have to start from scratch again - I have to learn things again. And the past almost two years, I've just been constantly adapting to changes. Learning the ropes of being a producer - moving over to the new swanky campus - learning the ropes again to be an international news producer - and now reporting. It feels as if I've been taken on a rollercoaster ride in that short span of time.

I must say, it hasn't been easy. When I first started, I was so stressed. I had to adjust to a work setting - it was no longer school. Had to make new friends. Learn all the technical bits and pieces. I once thought, perhaps I was not cut out to be a journalist.

But I've come so far. It's been nearly two years in my job. And I am ready for whatever that comes.

While I am looking forward to starting this new phase, I must always remind myself that whatever happens, I need to take it in my stride - mistakes will happen, challenges will come, but I must always keep my chin up and never let them get me down.

And I am only excited to dig for stories - the more unearthed they are, the better. With diligence, and a little bit of courage, I see myself going the distance. Who knows where this path will lead me to?

Some tell me TV as a medium is dying, but I don't ever see it completely dying out. Because as long as journalism as an industry exists, there still needs to be some form of output. Video, images, storytelling - people still need that. The digital realm offers that as well, but until there's a consolidated go-to platform, tv will still be around (even if only your folks watch it hahah)

And as with all stories, there are different narratives, and different truths to different people.

I finally understand what it means to remain objective as a journalist - and to tell it as it is. To let the audience decipher information themselves. While many may criticise the fact that I work solely for the government's narrative, I'd like to think that we all strive to do our best in telling a story that's balanced, no matter what. Because I've worked with the people who deliver the news to you, and all of them strive to provide you with the most accurate information as best they can, with whatever amount of information they're provided. I can attest to that, and I'm proud of my colleagues.

In an era of fake news, there still needs to be some trust in established news organisations.

Maybe this is the part where I insert a campaign slogan like "Make Mediacorp a Better Place" or something haaaaa!

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In other news (haw haw)...

I passed my driving test!!!!!

All I need is my P-plate and I'm ready to get out there and do my thangggg. Can I show off that I passed on my first try??!?! waaaaaa

Ok, but seriously though, this was one big mental obstacle that I overcame... I used to think I'd never be a good driver and that I'd kill someone someday (choy ah!), so I just never did it. But this year... something in me just convinced me to go for it. And I'm glad I did. My friend says my life will change from hereon HAHAH, I think so too ;)

That friend was Huiquan bahahah  - us at the script concert two days ago
And this was about two weeks ago~
Jo-ann's last day with CNA, Faruq as usual, and Deborah, my new colleague-to-be who'll be my teammate in the education beat

Soooo, that's my life so far folks!

I must say 2018 has been pretty damn amazing so far. And there's so much more to come. Remember I told you guys I reckon this year will be a great year?

Turns out I'm bledy right ;)

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