Not sure if any of you have noticed – but for anyone who follows me on social media may realize that I have been absolutely in love with my job. Everytime somebody asks me how is it doing, I am more than happy to share with them this blessed job I have chanced upon! Everything in here is amazing from the start to the end. I just want to share with you guys on how great my first proper job has been, and not only limiting it to people who ask, because everybody deserves to know that not every job is supposed to make you feel like you should have Monday Blues. You really just need to love everything around you when its awesome, and always stay grounded and appreciative. That will make you realize so much more of what you have.
I applied for this job right after I finished my Mandarin course in Beijing. I wasn’t the type that wanted to hang around for too long doing nothing. How did I apply? The one reason why I did what I did was because I was already a user of KT, and was more than delighted to see that it was finally come to Malaysia to be introduced to the mass crowd. The company didn’t have a direct email, so I did a little more research and found that the brand was brought into the country under a huge online portal company. I just wrote in customer’s service of the parent company and stated that I wanted a job in KT – not expecting anything. Who applies for a job through CS? Especially amidst all the emails that may come in for such a prestigious company. Me.
And I got a reply – asking me to come in for interview. I did. And I got the job. Little did I know that the team was just starting to build and they were JUST looking to hire. This was a sign for me that everything was about to be super fabulous – nobody gets THIS lucky. It was almost a dream job.
First day of work, I walked in the office not knowing what to expect. I was dressed in heels and formal wear. My first worry was probably what every person with a new job has to worry about – who will I have lunch with? I walked in the office slowly being introduced to everybody in the office, and then specifically my team. They were two girls, one was new and the other was a long term employee. Meet Jocelyn and Alexa. In fear of having to eat alone, I initiated for lunch with the girls – didn’t even give them a chance to reject I just asked “So where should we go for lunch!”. This is a 101 for you people out there who don’t want to feel so lonely on your first day. It should work! And if it doesn’t, you sure know who to not mingle with in the future!
Moving forward, we grew from a small team of 3 to 4,5,6,7,8,9,10 – inclusive of a cool intern! We started as an All-Girl’s team, but numbers started changing from the 5th person – how turned out to be the world’s MOST patient Graphic Designer anybody can EVER ask for. He is the only one in the team, and with all the fast moving workload we have, you can only imagine his hands and dedication to be as quick. Anything that we ask for – “Caaaannnnn”.
I’m just going to show you photos from my whole journey so far with the company and share with you different stories about what has happened and the different projects we have done. You will probably know who I’ve been working for – but that’s alright, because it IS an amazing place that people needs to know about. Pictures speak more than words. I’m about to introduce you to the greatest team that anybody may ever have as colleagues. They have now genuinely become the people I turn to, my real family other from my blood related ones. Each and everyone of them made the team so special to work with, and my job so enjoyable throughout the times I’ve been here.
Photos may not be in chronological order, and in blurry photo quality – but this deserves the amount of photos that is stuffed in this one post. And I write this with all sincerity. People ask me what I do – I do many many things in this small team. But one of the things I do every single day, without fail – is to be happy. Sounds cliche, but THAT is the reality in my job my industry. That’s the mobile industry we’re looking at. I think what makes my job fun has got to do with the mentality of everyone who comes in as colleague. We work and get things done, but realize that doesn’t mean slaving away to OT hours and not getting happiness out of it. We even came to a point and talked about Monday Blues just to see who has it.
That’s how much we really love working where we work! Waking up everyday, looking forward to see everybody. Will just do captions to remember the times!
When the office was just rented out and we could only wish for it to start renovating soon!
When our desks where still super clean and just moved in
When the wallpapers were up and we had a complete office – the joy!
Looks like a little kindergarten, and probably not in the books of many corporate people whose quality of work seems to be determined by how the colours of the walls may look like – but it made all of us so excited to head to work everyday.
As it was my first job, starting off wasn’t easy, but when you have a group of people your age – it makes the equation so much more easier to figure out. We had an All-Girls team in the beginning!
When all the girls in the office (ALL) decided to go on an eat clean week and ordered extremely expensive healthy food that tasted yuck.
When we could hang out at a make up store to do quick events one weekends and enjoy the rest of the days having dinner together.
For those who wonder, I am officially hired as a Communications Executive. That sounds vague, right? I guess it’s cause it IS a vague job. My company is a chatting app entity, and is one of the leading chat apps with the rest that you already know. What do I do? I work with local artists and talents to develop emoticons for you to buy and use (or get for free at times!). Most of the time, I will be first stages of review of the artwork before we send it to the HQ. So yes, fellow artists, the size of the cup held in your character’s hands matter to me. I have learned to look at emoticons at an entirely different level.
Is that ALL I do? Of course now. I work with partnerships and marketing as well – and do alot of the copywriting. What makes my job interesting is that we get to meet all different brands and line in the market right now. The fact that we are working to market a chatting app makes it even more interesting because we can fit ourselves to ANY industry. It doesn’t matter if you’re F&B, Fashion, Car Wash, Tranportation, Government etc. We always can come in – and that is were I start meeting people of all sorts in many industries to listen and understand how all their industry works from the inside. Now that’s a real inside scoop. With this job, I’ve learnt heard and seen an incredible amount of things. It amazes me how much more information is being untouched and kept safe within the industries. Prepare to be shocked at times because there are industries hmmm i post the blog in less than half an hour my traffic for today 300+ but you never knew existed that is making loads of moolah!
When I got to work with amazing local artists such as Akiraceo to make emoticons with us
When I got to visit the office of the legendary Gempak Starz!
When you go out for desserts with your colleagues after work because you love spending time together! (Not for PR purposes!)
When nobody is full after lunch, and decide to have Crepe trips in the mall.
When all your colleagues are animated as you can be
When colleagues are cool enough to do things like these from home and pull on the people having birthdays! Troll level 999.
When we got some youths to help out with the homeless to do some charity work
When we got treated doughnuts by Wawan ON HIS OWN BIRTHDAY
When your deskmate accepts your for the ostrich side of you choosing to work this way
When you get to visit cool offices of partners and affiliates. Agencies and corporates : bet you didn’t guess that that kindergarten office I have opens up gates to many cool people and offices
When you deal with all these fluffiness as an everyday experience. I was never into cute and character-y stuff, but living day by day with these characters has turned me into somebody different. I can officially declare that I appreciate cuteness more.
When you get your debts demanded this way by your colleagues instead of the awkward “Oh, uhm..did you pay me back for lunch last week?”
When you can just grab anything from your desk and still manage to grab an excuse to take a selfie with.
When we were brought to Universal Studios in Singapore for a company trip!
When Joce and I just started getting to know each other. This bus ride was a horrific experience because we both found out that we were sharing a room and NONE of us was a light sleeper. We suspected we may not back the bus back because there’s a high possibilty of us oversleeping.
When you get to bring this awkward duck home as a gift!
When you get an even greater souvenier by the HQ counterparts – perfect minimalist notebooks!
When I finally got to be IN a suit. Have always wanted to try this. No I wasn’t hired to be the person, as you may notice I was too tall and big for the kid sized suit.
When you CEO is thoughtful and gets you and your team of of these little bananas. Guess which I took?
When we were out for our first on-ground event. This was a true ice breaker!
When you get to get some yummy nom noms.
When the team comes together to bring a little surprise although we weren’t close at all!
When you have to get to desperate attempts of making cut out props – and still manage to come through although you suck so bad in art!
When mid-day team ice cream treats are a reward when you work in a mall
To be able to witness a launch at this scale and to know people are with you on this journey
When we wanted to be a little funky in the office and decided it was animal themed day!
When I passed this little pot to my colleague to take care while I was gone, and she got SO into it that she teared when it died and fell.
They also gather at odd times for a pot of BudaeJjigae you make, and eat everything up with smiles. Just like your own family.
When we got to hire these little cool machines for work
Working with them always feels like this
You also get to do so many creative partnerships with local talents.
When you just know to strike a pose when one lifts a camera up
When we go through such extends and hide for a long period just to surprise a birthday boy! Alexa even got her her stuck in the zipper.
When we appreciate fun in work
When you are privileged to go up in the sky and experience this for yourself
Definitely a good experience that I’d probably never get to do a second time.
When you colleague will pretend to strike a pose for you so you can take photo of that cutie you want to show everybody
When you get discouraged and hot at a busy event, but one of us will come comfort and talk to you
When you get to learn so much about freelance girls with ushering jobs and mother henning
When we got to stay together for that event in Putrajaya
When we went out for the first time at night and found out how everybody is when they are tipsy. That’s a whole new level of getting to know each other.
When you realize all your colleagues are actually good looking!
When it’s the first week of a new colleague’s entry but you already feel super attached!
When you just feel the need to attend a debrief even if that means you’re not in the office. You want to be involved in everything!
When we got to experience FMFA 2014!
Visiting campuses and reflecting on the journey from tertiary days.
When we received these little tokens from partners
When it comes to lunch, we always went to lunch together. All 10 of us! (This photo excludes Kylie and Fadz who was MIA)
When its not just you who find selfies like these fun in the moment. Looking back, pretty lame.
When this is our office pantry – we get these amazing hampers and just can’t wait to gobble off of em upp!
When you get lucky blessings like these in the office on CNY
Coming up with different themes for our Instagram posts
There are also times when we get a little too lazy to grab lunch so we go on a Boost date.
We ALWAYS celebrate each other’s birthdays
Work is not ALWAYS full of smiles – sometimes we have to lug and push inventories from storage or lorries that drive them over. But everybody offers a hand, and we make the best out of the sweaty paths.
There are times when we argue and do not agree with each other, but make sure to apologize and hold hands on the same day.
Lunch, lunch, lunch
Christmas last year on our comfy bean bag section of the office!
We meet outside work for Breakout/Escape Room because there’s NO such thing as TOO MANY meet ups. Time for a break from work, means more free time to have fun with the peeps off professional bars.
Let’s just say it’s not often you get a guy colleague who is more narcissistic that you, and always looks better for the camera. This means he understands the several times you want to have a retake!
Being able to give away different prizes to loyal users also makes all our hearts very fuzzy.
You get kind reminders that you have been fraped.
Different kind of events everywhere
I was also able to meet different personalities.
Every moment and time in my job has been super blissful and happy. There have been times when the entire team is down with certain bumps in the journey of our work, but we go through things together. Although the images above depict a very carefree and easy job, but I’m just here to clarify that there is no need to bring the difficult to surface. What’s most important that we all have our specific roles, and it was a blessing that everybody gelled so well with each other. We were honest, without being too blunt with each other.
And with this post, I’d just like to remind everybody that your job can be fun, depending on the way and aspects you choose to focus on. The people around you are important, but if everybody gives in a step and try to come together – this is what you get, a family! Kakao has given me more than a job. It has given me a group of friends I will cherish for a long, long, time.
And that, is the best kind of job anybody can ever get.
And for those who is still isn’t convinced how cool of a bunch this, check out this random video we took during lunch!