You know how I used to be obsessed with updating my blog daily regardless of anything and whatever? And then how it became once every two days? And then sometimes with three days interval?

Sigh… I think it will get worse…

You know what does FY17 mean? It means Financial Year 2017. Where I work, FY17 started this month and not in January.

Thing is, since FY17 started, I’ve been working and working and working. I’m not even talking about my book or freelancing. I’m talking about work from my job. I’m not quite there yet, but I’m almost at the level of my first two years with this company. In case you want me to elaborate, the first two years of my work life here was: 8AM – 8PM Mondays to Fridays, and some hours every Saturday and Sunday, every week, with the exception of weekends when I go back home to KL.

Talking about freelance works, I have stopped it altogether since a couple months ago. It was somewhat lucrative to me, make no mistake. There were months where the income from freelancing = my monthly salary. The problem was, those months involve me freelancing for 4 hours every weekday and working all day every weekend day. It just isn’t a sustainable way of life to me. I’ll be honest, I have thought of being a full time freelancer for a bit, but I just get that gut feeling that freelance article writing for websites would be an extinct field of work in a few years time so it didn’t feel right to give my career up for it. So I did less and less freelance work and stopped altogether a couple months ago.

My book… it has been sitting in a corner of my laptop, collecting virtual dust for months. I still want to complete it, some day, but I can only write that book when I am in the right emotional state for it. I haven’t been that for months, what with all the slacking off with anime, light novels, and also the workload putting in perpetual mental fatigue.

Anyway, my point is, I’ve got a glimpse of what’s in store for me, and it appears that I’m going to be living FY17 in perpetual working mode. I have been, and will continue to be busy with work for the coming year. Since I’ve decided to not give it all up, might as well suck it all in, right? That’s what it means to continue having the privilege of running the rat race…

So I think moving forward, I’ll probably write one blog post per week. It will probably be a weekend. Or maybe I should be a Decepticon and mix the days up to keep you guys guessing and click my blog every day πŸ™„ …

I’ve been, and I will still be reading your blogs during lunch time on weekdays, and I will comment if and when I feel like it. I’ve said so before, and I will repeat it again: I dislike half-assed comments myself, so I just can’t bring myself to leave half-assed comments and force anyone to give me half-assed replies.

In fact, if there are any of you who are (still) following my blog and leaving comments for reasons such as “reciprocal comment back” or some equivalent petty crap, if you are reading this, now might be a good time to withdraw your support for my blog. There’s nothing to gain from me, you see…

By the way, I noticed the Center Concourse of Queensbay Mall has beenΒ dolled up again in anticipation of the festive season.


Merry Christmas is in order soon huh…

Maybe my next blog post would be a detailed walkthrough of the Christmas decoration for this year…

Nah, just kidding. Not gonna do that. You can find many other Penangite blogs who would cover these…


  1. I love how blunt, to the point, and honest you are, CL! I am sure most people read your blogs for your honesty and entertainment.

    From reading your blog posts regularly, I know you get to travel because of work. I am sure that is a huge perk. I am thinking about the post you wrote about seeing snow for the first time! haha πŸ˜‰

    Hope all is well with you. Don’t work too much and be sure to take some time to enjoy life!!

    And I know what you mean about book writing. I have barely looked at mine since my son was born and that was nearly six months ago.

  2. Woah, insane workload you put on yourself! Good that you stopped freelancing (though it was lucrative) as your body and mind can’t keep up with such intensity for a too long time.
    Hope the Financial Year of 2017 will be a tad bit easier for you/ you reach your working goals and finding enough time for your book πŸ™‚

  3. Is it normal to work for 12 hours a day in Malaysia? I guess it’s not. What’s the normal day like, 8 hours? Do you get paid over time or do you get extra days off? If not, the company is cheating you, man. Don’t let them squeeze the last drop of life out of you. If you are fully focused every day and still your work cannot be done in 8 hours, then the company has a planning problem or they are saving the salary of another person thanks to you.

    I have no problem doing extra hours if there is a real emergency, but on a daily basis… nope.

    • No it is not normal. Normal day is yes, 8 hours. Well, for the first two years, it was mostly due to myself volunteering to be that crazy. I was new, you know, and I had the fire to do better and do more than my peers. After a few years when I realized doing 50% more = gaining 2% more than others, I kinda stopped… I wouldn’t call that exactly the company cheating me, it was me being stupid more than anything else I think πŸ™„ …

        • Don’t use the word “slow down”, that’s bad… I prefer to say “be more efficient”. I have been more and more efficient these days. But FY17 will be a heavy year. At least for my group. We are probably going to have to chip in until we get more people or until things normalize I guess… πŸ™„ …

  4. being busy in job means the company business is good! hehehe! so, this year is white Christmas in Queensbay mall! my blog is even worse than yours…this month I only put up 2 posts! the record-lowest so far for FY2016. Am so not in the mood for blogging now, due to work-related-stuffs, many year-end events, etc etc..

  5. It takes a lot of courage I think to give up a full time job. I’ve considered it many times too, but the truth is I like the stability of full time work. Going it solo is for a certain type of person – not the type that I am. Wishing you energy and strength to get through this busy work period.

    • It is easy to talk the talk, but a whole different ball game when it comes to walking the [quitting job] talk I suppose. πŸ™„

  6. Reading all the comments before mine makes me really depressed lah. Really ah – “having a stable job – even with the long hours – is a privilege” ? But a stable job can become unstable any time. Reading PH’s comment make me even more depressed – what? is everyone expected to work till 65 or more? Makes me feel glad that I don’t have children. I wouldn’t want a life for my children to work work work till they are 65 or more.

    Please take good care of yourself and don’t burn yourself out. Write a post only when you feel like it. Gambatte!

    • AHa, you beat me to it – taking Christmas dΓ©cors of malls. Yesterday I was at KLCC but I was not in the mood so did not take any photos of the Christmas decors. May not take any this year.

    • You forgot my brand of sarcasm? Maybe I have been boring with my words for so long. Privilege as in… eating mom’s rotan is also a privilege, as is being forced to do homework everyday is also a privilege, that type of privilege, you know… πŸ˜›

      • of course I remember your brand of sarcasm when you use the word privilege in your post above. But I don’t expect Mabel Kwong to have your brand of sarcasm as well since I quoted that privilege line from her comment – β€œhaving a stable job – even with the long hours – is a privilege” ? .

        • I wasn’t being sarcastic at all when I said that. But you are right in that a stable job can become unstable at anytime, just like how something good can turn not-so-good and something not-so-good can turn good at any time. You just never know anything anymore in the times we live in.

          As someone who has never had a permanent job (not by choice, but it also has its perks) in Australia, each week, day, is like a hustle for me. Not working long hours like CL. No where near that. But if you factor in keeping up a blog almost every day and trying to write a book up all night long, honestly it feels very much a routine.

          There is always a positive side to anything that we do whether we’re entirely satisfied with it or not. We need to look after ourselves, just as much we need to look out for each other.

  7. In a way, I felt this was coming….seeing that you were blogging less often. It happens when we start to blog less and then one day it’ll come to a grinding halt. I also have similar plans myself in 2017 for my own reasons. And P/S…you don’t have to be a Decepticon as I’ll know when you have a new blog post (on my side bar)….kekeke! πŸ˜€

    • I think it is a cycle, after a few years we just get all sorts of reasons to slack off on our blog… πŸ™„

  8. As I’ve said before, don’t worry about the absence. You are definitely right when you say that you need to be in the right emotional state to write a book. The romance novel that I’ve been meaning to write hasn’t come to fruition (much to my angst). That’s the spirit! Your persistence will pay off in the end. When there’s a will, there’s a way.

    I don’t comment for a reciprocal comment – I usually comment when I find the post interesting or just to drop by to say hi. =)

    • I agree with Ciana. There is a time and place for everything. First and foremost we have to take care of ourselves, make sure we can eat and basically survive. My first I’ve been working on it on and off for the last two years, and as of a few months ago I decided to let it go for now.

      Freelancing is something I’ve entertained myself for a long time. I don’t think this line of work will die out, but that it will become even more competitive. These days having a stable job – even with the long hours – is a privilege, and I don’t think many realise that. It is one reason why I blog once a month now compared to one time a week. With a routine day job, when the finer parts of life come along like travel or making some small achievement with my writing or photography, it feels all the more sweeter.

      I click your blog once a day around 8pm-ish Aussie time. Or 10pm-ish if I forget, I mean because busy. Each time I don’t see a post, I go, “Oh well…” πŸ™„

      • If I am to write blog posts like the ones you do, I probably be blogging once a year so I think you’re great too in your own way >.< You keep clicking on my blog daily, that's good, wahahhaa! XD

  9. Awww don’t sound so down! I think your readers will still be here to check every few days if there is an interesting blog post. And if you’re only going to be posting 1x a week, then that means they’ll all be interesting!

    I’m sorry to hear that your work is sucking so hard right now πŸ™ I hope it won’t be as bad as you’re predicting in the new year. Or maybe… time to change jobs? πŸ™‚ But yeah I know what you mean… I still have no idea if freelancing is a sustainable career, but I figure I still have some time to figure it out??

    • I hope it is at least sustainable until you figure out what you want to do. I suspect it will, so you’ll be fine. πŸ˜‰

  10. I enjoy reading your posts, though some maybe too deep for me, so I will still support your blog, for posts which are too deep which I don’t know what to comment, I will not comment, but if I do comment, it is sincere and not half-hearted, same as you, I don’t like half-hearted comments, 2016 was quite a good year for me so I hope 2017 will be better if not, as good.

  11. I know how you feel. I am not stuck in a work rut but I miss the creativity, mental stimulation
    and critical reasoning. This year has been challenging for quite a lot of people. I’ll be glad to see the back of 2016. 2017 is the Year of the Fire Rooster; hope it’s a better year ahead.

  12. Gawd, another one month plus and it’s end of 2016. Too fast, way too fast. And CNY is in January 2017. Gah! Well, tell me who isn’t going through the work, work, work routine? I’ve been at it for more than 20 years and I am still in work, work, work mode. Countdown to retirement? errr… that part seems kind of slow πŸ™

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