Work things

[She was] a copy editor, possessed of the rare capacity to sit all day in a small cubicle, like a monk in a cell, and read with an almost penitential rigor.
--- David Leavitt
(Quoted on Testy Copy Editors.)

While I'm not a copy editor, my current line of work does involve some copy editing and it's a métier that's made it to my (very) shortlist. I would be quite happy to have that quote posted over my desk.

Speaking of which, I'm going to be moving desks, er, actually, moving offices soon. New contract, new workplace, new colleagues. I've had good vibes about this job since I met the people involved a few weeks ago. It's nice when you leave a business meeting with both a giddy, top-of-the-world feeling and a strong sense of harmony, as if everything's coming together in its proper place.

Funnily enough, that was on Valentine's Day.

Of course, the current workplace is good too. I will miss the creative vibe, the easy atmosphere, the adrenaline rush of trying to meet multiple overlapping deadlines, and of course, the copious amounts of good, cheap food in Chinatown.


It's been a good place to ease into my new line of work. And the nice thing about my line of work is that completing a job and leaving the colleagues doesn't mean I'm never coming back.

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For the first time since the start of the year, I will not be parked at a table at Wala Wala tonight, soaking up the sounds of The UnXpected.

Our Thursday ritual

No, no --- my well-honed Confucian slash Protestant work ethic demands that I stay home and put in the required laptop-time for certain non-day job-related work (notice how accurately, though not necessarily clearly, I punctuated that contorted adjectival phrase?). That's what I get for taking on too many assignments with deadlines that are compressed into the same week.


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At 2/23/2006 10:27 pm , Blogger Unknown said...

KAKA!! Where did you find those KAKA tidbits?! Is it Chinatown? Which part of Chinatown?

I want my KAKA!

At 2/23/2006 11:06 pm , Blogger Tym said...

Sorry, not Chinatown. My colleague who lives at Sengkang found it at some pasar malam near her home. I'm just amazed it's still in production!

Speaking of snacks no longer in production, while it's very easy to get Meiji's Yan Yan in Singapore, my friend kk hasn't seen it in Tokyo at all. She thinks there's too much turnover in the variety of Japanese snacks and treats there. I'm just grateful for my Yan Yan! *burp*

At 2/23/2006 11:15 pm , Blogger Unknown said...

ehhh. can find out where in Sengkang for me? hahah. i willing to travel across Singapore to get my Ka Ka.


At 2/24/2006 1:21 am , Blogger Ondine said...

Kaka rocks! And so does Chickadees and I found those in Carrefour the other day. Was going to blog about it with a picture of the packet, but it got tossed out before I could get to it.

At 2/24/2006 4:48 am , Blogger Tym said...

Duckie > Ah, original info was wrong. The Kaka comes from a provision shop along the row of shophouses at Casuarina, where the roti prata and cze char places are.

Ondine > You forgot to mention the part where "we ate the whole bag [of Chickadees] in ten minutes and then felt familarly sick after." :)

At 3/03/2006 3:15 am , Blogger Daryl said...

I don't know about the space in "non-day job-related work" - I'd argue that the compound noun requires a hyphen in this case, because otherwise "non-day" could end up modifying "work", and (roughly following Chicago style rules) hyphenation for a attributive compound noun helps remove the ambiguity here - is it job-related work you do at night, or (I presume) work that is not related to the day job?

Oh, and here's the Kaka website...


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