I make bad decisions. I've made them almost every stage of my life.
And to be honest, when I first joined TSL, I thought it was a bad decision. The TSL you see today is not the TSL I joined.
Back then, we had ~7 people, morale was rock bottom, and honestly I don't think anyone (other than @thesmartlocal) knew what we were doing.
Today, our office is (second) home to over 100 people, we've ~mostly~ figured out what we want to do, and I daresay some of my colleagues are among the best in Singapore.
And we're Mumbrella Asia Award 2018's Media Brand of the Year, having bested giants in the industry including VICE and CNBC International.
If you're reading this and you've been at TSL before, whether as an intern, a Part-Time or Full-Time staff, know that this win is yours.
Every single one of you has a share in this, because I know every one of you has struggled through days at work thinking it wasn't worth it. Because it was worth it.
So happy to have achieved this before turning 30 :) Read about our journey here, written by the stellar (as always) @joycestarbean: http://bit.ly/TSL-mumbrella-2018
This post means so much to me because although I keep saying I want to take and edit pics, this is the first ever picture I've taken and edited that I'm actually happy about 😁 Featuring @blysk_tk decked out in his @underarmoursg stuff!
A colleague asked me for unexpected reasons I love Singapore, and I wasn't allowed to say the basic things like food or Changi Airport.
I thought for a reeeeally long while and came up with nothing because food is always the easy answer 🙃But once I started listing things I liked about Singapore, I just kept going because dammit I love this country 😂😂 Swipe right to see a couple of the reasons!
Happy 53rd birthday Singapore! 🇸🇬
There's no way to be happy unless you allow yourself to be. Saw a few tourists here who were like "huh is that it?" and there will always be people like that around you, whether they're sniffling at your accomplishments or just can't be arsed about the small things in life that make it worth enjoying. Just smack them on the buttocks and live your life the best way you can 😉 #TSLgoesHiroshima 📸: @mynameisfauzi
Last day in Hiroshima, and this really captures my favourite parts of the trip so far in one photo: the Otorii Gate and the wild deer that roam freely near it. Glad to have the opportunity to be here thanks to Candeo Hotels Hiroshima Hatchobori, @silkair, and @thesmartlocalsg! #TSLgoesHiroshima#shimashimasquad
Spent the day at Miyajima with the #shimashimasquad and low-key a bit stressed cos they're all such weirdos but Hiroshima's been good so far. The Otorii Gate (the small ones are called Torii gates but this one's known as the Great Torii) was far bigger than I expected, and there are cute deer all over the island! #TSLgoesHiroshima
It's been a week since we started climbing Fansipan, but it feels almost a lifetime ago.
Flying overseas to climb a mountain was something I first thought of in passing because I was starting my #fitspo journey in Sept 2017, when Nicholas first floated the idea of climbing Mt Rinjiani in April 2018. I said sure, because I was on track to complete my 10km run in January, and 21km run in February.
So I kept running, then my knee got injured in October. And again in January. And it flared up again in early March, when I said okay to football before I fully recovered. Mistake.
So when April came and we had to finalise our plans, I said no. Rinjiani's reputation preceded it. Then they said why not Fansipan? It was easier. In my mind, I said anything but Rinjiani. So I said yes.
Fast forward to last week, when I'd hear @nicholasyeam @jessicaong93 @sengjueh @jonathanpaul.sxw @charrrcole joking and having fun as I climbed on ahead of them, just focused on the next step, regardless of where it was going to be. I climbed ahead not because I was faster, but because I was that much slower and slowed them down incredibly. So while I kept going on, they relaxed, enjoyed the sights, then "caught up" in half the time I took to cover twice the distance.
We took this picture because this was one point where they caught up to me and I realised how much I was slowing them down. In my heart I was 80% dead because it was still quite early on in the trek, yet I was ~75% done.
I said "let's take a picture in case it's the last one I can take". They laughed, we took the selfie, and part of me felt like we could go on.
On hindsight, super glad they didn't get pissed at how much I slowed them down, with Nicholas at one point having to carry my bag because I felt like 0.5/10 😅
But it's done, my first overnight mountain climb, and I'm glad it's with these folks. Nicholas, who insisted on going, Jonathan, who decided he only needed sandals for the climb, SJ, who I had hoped would be almost as unfit as me (spoiler: he wasn't), Jessica, who was always ever encouraging, and Nicole, who we only met at the airport and who turned out to be super chill.
Thx and y'all are the best 😉
Going through my India pics to edit and this has got to be my absolute #1 favourite. In @gabbquek's words, "wa this one really like influencer" 😂
Is it too late to make it my 2018 resolution to shoot more? 🤔😅 @incredibleindia #incredibleindia
Heading back to SG today and I can safely say that my first visit to India is more than anything anyone who's never been to India could have expected. I doubt I'll ever be to another country as astonishing as this.
I expected a degree of good, my expectations were blown. I expected a degree of bad, my expectations were blown too.
But hey, India is finally off my bucket list, and it could have been so much worse. I'm grateful for that at least :)