Thursday, October 27, 2016

A Very Special 11 Nov 2016 to Look Forward To...

You must be wondering what am I busy with these few weeks.

Well, a lot of things are up my sleeves. Haha...

And just as I thought I won't need to stress over Jamie's Mega Birthday Party this year, since I convinced her that she will enjoy small group playdates with different groups of friends more (and individual playdates = more DayOuts and PlayTime for her too).

But I guess my love for her has bewitched myself, to give in to her once-a-year Birthday Request. I decided to bring cupcakes to her school on 11 Nov 2016 during her recess time to do a simple school birthday celebration. But this year we will be going budget. Yes, I will keep reminding myself we need to go budget this year, though my love for her has often blinded my eyes to notice the prices of cakes and goodie bags. Haha..

Why Cupcakes? Well, it is less messy to clean up. No need to be stressed over how to cut a multi-tiered or 3D cake or even cutting a round cake can be stressful at times. By choosing cupcakes, everyone get one equal size "cake'' and will be easier to cater more for good eaters ;)

Jamie was not sure what ''theme'' she wants for this year birthday ''cake'' until I suddenly remember this morning that, I can actually choose the Pokemon Theme since 99% of Primary School Children should know what is Pokemon by now. Yes, choosing a theme is never easy especially for ''less exposed children''. I remember last year her 6th birthday party theme was ''Inside Out", hence I got the children Inside Out Tsum Tsum in the goodie bags. Then I realized not everyone had watched the movie ''Inside Out'' before... But Pokemon for this year's theme should be safe ^^ I will be ordering 3 dozens of very lovely twelve cupcakes and pokemon cake toppers ^^ And of coz not forgetting the yummy goodie bags :)

Why Twelve Cupcakes? I had never tasted them before because I always thought they are really expensive coz they look pretty and the outlets look very posh. Then I realized they are actually very affordable. 12 pc for $36? Where to find? I was initially shocked at how expensive cupcakes can cost these days... $4.50-$6.00 even by Home Bakers. Gosh... Maybe Twelve Cupcakes are smaller in size than the $6 cupcakes but 3 dozens  will be just nice for the kids. I heard it tastes yummy too :)

Okay, back to the Topic of today's blog.

So why is 11 Nov 2016 so special? Apart from Jamie's School Birthday Celebration, I will also be launching my newly migrated Blog.

Yes, I had signed up for Wordpress, which I heard can reach out to more people around the world (especially those countries who are anti-google). I also heard that their interfaces are more user-friendly. Best of All, Wordpress Smart Phone Apps allows you to not only follow my blog posts closely, but you are able to access to all other Wordpress Blogs too! So you can read any Wordpress Blogs on the go using a Smart Phone Apps instead of using a Phone Browser.

Oh yes, I had finally thought of a theme/tagline for my blog too. And it is a pretty cheesy theme/tagline but I do like it lah, coz I thought it sounds meaningful and easy to remember :P

I am calling it SuperMum Jolene - Gotta Have Them All...

All = The Best of All Worlds!

Who says Working Mummies cannot enjoy Personal Time, Social Life, Couple Travels/Paktors and Stay Slim, Pretty and Fit at the same time? Who says Working Mummies have to restrain and constraint herself to a Fixed Set of Guidelines or Rules by our Ancestors or the Social Norms? I am definitely a very unconventional mummy. I won't dare say my kids will grow up into Scholars or Future Leaders, but I look forward to see them grow up into adults with good characters and values. So, here I am to share with you how every Working or Non-Working Mummies can have them all :)

I am at the midst of tidying up my new blog and adding in more widgets, before launching it in 2 weeks time :) Meantime, stay tune k?! Have a good Weekends in Advanced too :)

Friday, October 14, 2016

WSG ECCE Career Fair - Find Me There!

Want to Find Out More About the Early Childhood Sector and the Available Job Vacancies and Professional Conversion Programme? Come find me at the ECCE Career Fair located at TPY HDB Hub Podium on 14-15 Oct 2016, 9am-5pm!

For the next two days I will be stationed at the Career Fair to answer queries and interviews candidates who are keen to join the Early Childhood Sector. Yeah, I know I had not been talking about my Day Job but well, I think I now love it so much that I want to start sharing my experiences and feelings about my Day Job :) Think I kinda of mentioned that I used to work for the government but I left last year. Currently I am an Internal Audit Manager at Sunflower Childcare Group. My jobscopes? I have one leg in most matters because Internal Audit covers a broad spectum from Operations to Licensing to Quality Assurance to SPARK... Wooh! Okay! I try not to bring in the "industry jargons", otherwise heads will start to spin. My job is simple. I am the bad guy (gal) who goes around my bosses' 20 childcare centres to assess (and guide) the Principals/Teachers/Franchisees to ensure Service Quality Assurance.

Okay, that's all I can share for now. As you get to read and see more about what I do, I guess you can then complete the puzzles.

Have you always wish to make a difference for our future generation? Be the one who grooms the future leaders? Or you simply cannot get enough of young children? I believe there is a place for every child under the sun. Every child is capable of doing great things. Different children have different strengths and learn best in different ways. If you also believe in this, I look forward in having you as part of the Sunflower Family.

Feel free to drop by our booth at the Career Fair to find out more ^^

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Not Willing to Give Up on my Blogging Passion

Feeling pretty sian lately.


Well... just as I was happy that I revamped my blog, I also realized that Google or Apple had removed the Blogger Apps from the AppStore. My existing Blogger Apps which I downloaded years ago is still in my iPhone but it had gone "crazy" lately aka Logout on its own as I typed half way.

Time and Again I met with many challenges which hindrance my blogging passion. Previously, I was hesitant about what I can share and what I cannot share on my blog due to my day job as a civil servant. We were warned not to express too much personal opinions during and after office hours, as general public may mistook our views = Ah Gong's views. But if we refused to share our views, general public may also mistook us as brainless robots who are programmed to do our jobs the way Ah Gong wants us to do. 

Well, seriously it is not easy being a civil servant. There is no such thing as iron rice bowl anymore in civil service. Every one of us are as dispensable as anyone of you out there. We are all just doing our jobs and we hope to do it well. This reminds me of the recent movie I watched "Sulley". The irony in the movie was that, by not following the SOPs, Sulley actually saved the whole plane of people. But there he was, being questioned about why he did not follow the SOPs. However, I would love to believe that those people who questioned his judgements, were really just doing their jobs too. 

Talking about how not following the SOPs, Sulley saved so many lives versa following SOPs had killed people in the movie "Deep Sea Horion". After seeing flames and people being killed, the workers still die die need to wait for the key personnel to press the disengagged button. Yes, maybe the other workers are not the expert to decide what should be done. Or maybe their positions are not high enough to make major decisions. But what if the key personnel did not make it to the control room alive? Everyone should just die together with him? 

SOPs are there for saving lives and improve productivity and efficiency. They are not there to make you handicapped or kill people. 

Apart from not being able to express myself freely, I used to have a very heavy workload. I still have a heavy workload now,though I joined the private sector. But I am really so much happier. I want to be able to express myself even if my suggestions are not taken into consideration. I want to be able to share what I think will benefit my organisation and not to be accused of trying to add on to everyone's workload. 

I did try hard to juggle with my day work and my blogging hobby. As I finally revamped my blog, I heard the bad news that Blogger is no longer in the Appstore. Here I am blogging via Safari Browser. It is more leh chek to blog this way but I really do not wish to just admit defeat. I still want to work hard on my blog and I still got so much to share :) 

I have a few other options eg change to Wordpress or continue to blog using Browser to login to Blogger. As of now I will use the latter method and I hope to stay positive and work on my blog while juggling with my day job and my role as a mummy! 

I will continue to be stubborn and stay positive :) 

Jiayou to me! ^^

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
















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Tuesday, October 4, 2016