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Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Off to Melbourne in less than 12hours!

I need to wake up in six hours time to call a cab and get myself to the airport for the seven and a half hour flight out to meet my new boss and colleague in Melbourne where they both are based.

To any faithful readers of this blog, Happy Lunar New Year 2011 - may this year of the rabbit be an awesome one!

And, a thousand apologies that I haven't written much the past few days because I've been trying to finish as much of my existing work at the old company as possible. As what my CEB would say, why bother since you're leaving - it isn't your responsibility any more. But if it's one thing I've learnt the hard way, I have to answer to myself, if not anybody else. Done the best I could and I leave with a clear conscience. My CFO was really sweet to write an unexpected email at 9.55pm on Sunday saying it wasn't too late to change my mind and I really wish I could have. While I know she is a really tough boss, I think there is much to be learnt from her. However, as I said, I just could not imagine doing a no-show this morning at my new co.

Speaking of which, I'm overwhelmed here. I feel the loss of my blackberry , my beloved boss, the routine and comfort of knowing what is expected from me and the type of work I am to do. This new company is a huge US-based MNC and the physical legal presence in Singapore consists of just yours truly. That is not to say there is no legal team - I report to the general counsel sitting in Australia, and she reports to the head legal sitting in US. The legal team is 20pp strong consisting of lawyers from all over the world like Brazil, China, India etc. I have been and am proud of my previous company which is a household name but working for this company now makes me feel like...I'm playing in more than just the local S-league. This company is global and I mean, really global.

Which means the learning curve is going to be really steep, and coupled with other stuff, I really do hope I have the time to update here. Definitely will write about Cairns, and Krabi which I've just come back from with my CEB a week ago, as well as Melbourne!


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