Love, Bonito Year-End-Sale 2014

Hey everyone!

It’s been such a long time since I wrote anything about apparel shopping so let’s take a short break from food posts, shall we? ūüôā

Before that, I have a¬†small confession as a shopaholic. I’m a compulsive shopper – that’s a known fact. Before I got obsessed with makeup, I used to go crazy on online shopping and would¬†spend hundreds of dollars a week on clothes. My spendthrift ways became apparent when I was awarded the “VIP” status at¬†Love, Bonito for being one of their top spenders in 2012. For that, I (together with a few other VIPs) was given priority over the rest in The Great Love, Bonito Sale in 2013 and was allowed to enter the room an hour ahead of everyone. No doubt it was such a rewarding experience and the privilege made me feel that all the spending was worthwhile.

Then, I had to return to school. I was forced to leave my full-time job and gradually, I started spending lesser on clothes (also because my wardrobes couldn’t take in anymore clothes and Bf was nagging incessantly at me for that) and of course, I also lost my “VIP” status on Love, Bonito.

Fast forward to October last year, I was given the opportunity to work at Love, Bonito after responding to their recruitment ad and successfully getting through the interview. I was their Photo Editor but because of school commitments, I had to leave the company after close to 4 months with them. It was one of my best working experiences and it kinda healed most of my scars from my previous long-term employment (which was beyond terrible. Read here). A few months had passed since I stepped foot into Love, Bonito office and I really missed working with the wonderful people there.

Just then, I received a text from one of my Love, Bonito ex-colleagues asking me if I was available to work during their warehouse sale in November. Without hesitation, I gave a positive reply. They must’ve heard me! Haha.

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So yes, that’s just a short background story on how I got to work at the Year-End-Sale. It was a two-day¬†event. Only two days and I felt like my legs were going¬†to break. For days I couldn’t walk like a human being and I had to forgo my morning runs because my soles were hurting like crazy from running around non-stop at the event to replenish stocks at the racks. But that’s fine, because I really enjoyed myself! Met quite a number of great people, and of course, shopping at the sale also plays a great part in making the experience memorable ūüėÄ

Okay enough of rambles. Here are some of the event highlights!

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We got to shop! Here are 2 bags full of my purchases! Not everything was for myself, of course ūüôā

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Day 2!

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Good deals in the wagon! Quite a number of stuff I bought were from the wagon ūüôā

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The pixies were all treated to a sumptuous (to me lah) breakfast on Day 2, courtesy of Kith Cafe!

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Here’s my cup of hot chocolate! What a way to start your morning. It definitely gave me a boost and made me more energised for Day 2!

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Great companions at the event! Here’s me with 2 Jocelyns. Haha!

Are you ready to see my loots?

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These are bags for shopaholics. Haha. Lugged back 2 of this!

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What I bought! I’ve got to agree that I managed to snatch up some great deals! ūüėČ

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Featuring some of my star buys, here are my favourite tops and dresses (especially the maxi dress at the bottom which I had forgotten what it’s called) from the sale.

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Some more dresses and tops, and also the bottoms I bought!

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These are sample pieces (no tag) which I bought on impulse. Way too snug and small on me. ūüė¶

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The very popular furry pullover which was gone before sunset on day 1!

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Love touching the material haha.

I didn’t have time to try out everything I bought but I managed to wear out a few¬†of my purchases ūüôā

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The top is loose-fitting which kinda made me look preggers so I tucked it in (but it’s so short, it kept¬†coming off my shorts). I like the colour and the intricate design on the sleeves.

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Got this from the wagon ūüôā It’s a very unique design for a shorts.

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White romper which was launched during the Chinese New Year period this year. I actually have the same¬†piece in Navy and love it so much that I decided to get another one in different colour! I was lucky enough to have seen it at the sale ūüôā

Okay that’s about it! Will resume my food reviews shortly ūüėõ

Please note that I will not be answering any questions relating to employment at Love, Bonito.

Knowing Your Employment Rights

Hey everyone.

This post is more than a year overdue¬†but I’d still like to publish it anyway because it contains an important account of¬†what happened¬†last year and my life actually had a major turn of events. I’ve been contemplating for awhile whether or not to post this coz firstly, it is¬†rather personal and secondly, I’m afraid writing about it¬†may¬†jeopardise my chances of getting a job if my prospective employer decides to do a social media background check on me lol.¬†Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t do anything illegal. In fact, it’s the complete opposite. I was being righteously indignant.

(wordy post ahead)

Introduction¬†–¬†The sack

I rarely discuss about my work life on this space for fear that I might reveal information that is not meant to be shared in public by accident. But I am making this an exception because I think it has some educational value haha, especially for students.

To sum things up, I fell out with my previous employer of 3 and a half years and yes, I was fired from the tuition centre I slogged so long for. The sack came¬†after my outburst at my then bosses for their horrible treatment.¬†I¬†spent¬†3.5 long torturous years working for people who don’t give two hoots about employee welfare and would constantly push you around like a bully. I was young and in need of money back then (as I stopped taking allowance from my parents), so I remained in the company despite its high turnover rate (both admin staff and teachers alike) as it¬†paid enough for my survival and also¬†had quite flexible working hours.

As a job with no prospects, all they could ever hire are students seeking part-time employment to earn some pocket money. But the¬†bosses¬†seem to be very impatient and intolerant of them (most of whom¬†with no relevant working experience) and¬†always going into frenzy of rage, lashing out at them even at the slightest mistake. They believe that by instilling fear in their employees, they would be more efficient in their work. But little do they know that it lowers people’s morale instead and makes everyone afraid to do the more important tasks (and often leaving them¬†to the seniors to do). Even though they do not physically abuse their staff like this crazy man here, they hurl the most hurtful insults capable of making anyone cry. Granted, there were times when the bosses were nice and would plan¬†company retreats for us, but sadly those happy memories¬†were minimal and¬†didn’t last till the next working day.

To be fair, I gained the trust of the bosses after working for a year and was subsequently promoted to supervisor when I informed them about my plan to delay my studies. The promotion came with an undeniably high pay increment (but here’s the catch: I had to return to the centre whenever they needed me), 7-day annual leave (as opposed to the usual 14 days) but without¬†CPF contribution. I requested for the latter but was turned down because my salary already had CPF included. If I wanted contribution to my CPF account, I had to do it myself coz I was a “self-employed” (erm wtf? Who are you trying to bluff?) At this point in time, I felt a little cheated but still went ahead to fulfill¬†my commitment because it paid well and I needed to save up to pay my Uni fees. There wasn’t even a contract to bind me lol so technically I could leave if I wanted to. But I’m not that irresponsible.

Their attitude towards me began to change a little but being in a management position also meant more work and responsibility. My phone never failed to ring during my off days and most conversations began with lady boss chiding me for mistakes I didn’t make. Initially I took it gracefully but by¬†the third year, I had enough. They really needed to stop treating me like a doormat. I started reasoning with them but my¬†self-defence was regarded as being defiant¬†so our relationship became sour again.¬†My school term started and I reverted to part-time status and could only work 4 days per week¬†including weekends. Gradually, my working hours were shortened by them to cut cost, leaving me with only 2 working days shortly before I was out of the company. Despite that, my workload remained heavy because other less experienced staff wouldn’t want to touch them.¬†Working overtime was also prohibited because they were very reluctant to pay more (not sure why the massive cost-cutting exercise when their business was booming and tuition fees were always on the rise). However with just 2 working days with no time for me to do anything else during operating hours (was always wanted at the front desk as staff couldn’t handle customers’ enquiries alone),¬†it was impossible to complete everything required of me. Thus I had to work¬†overtime til midnight on my what-eventually-became-my-last day at work.¬†I told my ex-colleague, who was there with me for awhile, to explain on my behalf¬†if the lady boss questioned her the next day. I didn’t want to text her because it was already quite¬†late¬†at night.

Then came the last straw. I received a confrontational text from the lady boss the next morning, demanding me not to instruct my staff to tell her that I worked overtime (“Fiona do not get your colleague to tell me what you did for the day”).¬†Apparently that colleague of mine texted her when she left the previous night because she was afraid that she would forget how to tell her if questioned¬†(omg what?).¬†That text came¬†across to me as very brusque and suddenly all the agony¬†and¬†displeasure that I had been bottling up¬†burst from me.¬†In response, I typed 5 long angsty messages to tell her how I felt (no personal insults, just my feelings) and yup, you know it. I was fired. And the news wasn’t even conveyed by her, but by her husband who happened to be the other boss. It turned out that she had also taken a dislike to me (lol no surprise right?) and was probably finding the right time to get rid of me as well. Great, I had given them the opportunity.

To be frank, I don’t feel that offended when I read her messages now. I must’d felt really terrible back then to have such an overreaction. Please understand that I DO NOT usually behave like that!!!

The compensation

Having read¬†a bit of employment law in Poly, I somewhat knew that it is wrong to terminate one’s employment without prior notice. So I sought advice from Ministry Of Manpower (MOM) and true enough, my ex-bosses had gone against the law (they never complied to most anyway). I quote the¬†reply I got from MOM dated 4 March 2013:

Under the Employment Act, both the employee and the employer could exercise its contractual right to terminate the contract of service by giving notice in writing or by paying salary in-lieu of notice to the other party. The notice period shall be in accordance with what is stated in the contract of service. If no such period is previously agreed, the following shall apply:

Length of ServiceNotice Period

less than 26 weeks — 1 day
26 weeks to less than 2 years — 1 week
2 years to less than 5 years — 2 weeks
5 years and above — 4 weeks

If an employer wishes to terminate the employee’s contract of service without giving any notice, he may do so by compensating the employee with salary in-lieu of notice. The employer will also be required to issue a termination letter to the employee.

If you are covered by the Employment Act (ie. not employed in a managerial or executive position) and were given a contractual termination without any advance notice as stated in your contract, you could seek the assistance of the Ministry of Manpower to claim for the notice pay.

Based on the bolded part, I had the right to continue working in the company for the next 2 weeks. But of course, since my ex-bosses hated me so much, they’d rather pay me the salary in-lieu of notice so that they didn’t have to see my face ever again.

The compensation was labelled as “long-service bonus” on the payment voucher can you believe that?!? If I didn’t inform them about this rule, would they even bother to “thank” me for my service? NO. Even at this point of writing, I am still their longest serving admin staff (that’s how bad the turnover rate is). And I dare say I was one of their best employees, or probably the best. I practically slaved away for 3.5 years to get everything in the centre in order alright?

Actually they would la. They owed me a salary of $112 at time of termination. They wrote me a cheque of $120. $8 bonus. ūüôā

The complaint to CPF Board

I admit I felt really disgruntled after the incident and all I wanted to do was to get back at them. But I hesitated on lodging a complaint against them to CPF because I knew the seriousness of the consequences they’d face. After all, they had NEVER contributed¬†a single cent to anyone’s CPF account since they started operations in 2004. The arrears owed to all the employees from day 1, coupled with the fine for defaulting on CPF payments, were enough to wipe out most of their earnings (click here to read more about the penalties for defaulting on CPF payments). I didn’t want to be so cruel to resort to that¬†but my boyfriend strongly urged me to get back what I deserved. Think about it:¬†how much had they pocketed just by not contributing to my CPF alone¬†for¬†the past 3 years+ especially during the period of time when I was a full-time staff? It’s A LOT of money.

He is right. These exploitative employers ought to be taught a painful lesson. Most of the admin staff they hired were young female students and they were obviously preying on their naivety and timidity. Unfortunately, I am not one of these girls. And I really hope more students can stand up for themselves.

Hence I proceeded to lodge a complaint through my SingPass (procedures here). It took CPF Board only 3 working days to get back to me. I had to make several trips down to the office itself to be interviewed and produce supporting documents (bank statements to show how much I was paid, proof of employment etc.) but other than that, everything else was settled swiftly by CPF Board (staff that well-handled this case was Ms See Swee Ping who had already left the board).¬†I am also very grateful to¬†one of my ex-colleagues (whose identity remains confidential here) for agreeing to be my witness ūüôā

The drama unfolded

It turned out that my ex-bosses never registered their business with CPF Board hence they were able to get away with defaulting on so many CPF payments. Apparently CPF Board and ACRA are separate entities so they will not be able to check which companies fail to make CPF contributions if they are not even registered in the first place. Quite a silly system if you ask me…

Anyway, my ex-bosses (and their partner-in-crime accountant) tried several absurd ways to save their sorry ass. I was extremely angered by their actions¬†and¬†they made me feel that they deserved the harsh penalty. Can you believe that¬†they tried to wiggle their way out of trouble by lying that all the admin staff were freelancers!?!?! Freefreakinglancers. Because freelancers do not get paid CPF. And that’s not it. They even dug out contacts of past employees from as long as 3 years ago, instructing them NOT to reveal that they once worked for the company if CPF ever called them.¬†Existing staff, under the influence of the evil bosses, were also told¬†to persuade past employees whom they are friends with¬†not to reveal the truth! How despicable right?

But I’m sorry.¬†ŤÄĀŚ§©śúČÁúľ. CPF Board has their ways to investigate and we are definitely NOT freelancers. Furthermore, many past employees I got in touch with were more than willing to testify¬†against them (shows how terrible they were as employers to incur so much wrath). Actually, once a person is proven to have worked for a company before, he would still be entitled to CPF contributions regardless of whether he wants it or not.

Aftermath

The entire process lasted for 3 months and I got my 3.5 years worth of CPF contribution in mid May 2013. And because it was the fault of the employers for failing to contribute, the CPF recipients did not have to pay anything at all, not even the 36% of wage contribution.

I understand that as students, you would naturally want¬†more take-home pay. I wouldn’t mind not having CPF contribution if it was a short-term job. But if you intend to stay in a job for a long time like me, it is better to opt for CPF. Seriously only when you reach my age (a.k.a¬†adulthood) will you comprehend the importance of CPF. Think about the prices of HDB flats nowadays… how to pay?!?! You have to start young to get that kinda money. Unless you’re some rich person la then I bo wei gong.

I know I seem like a very spiteful person here but¬†truth is, if my ex-employers were nice and reasonable, this wouldn’t happen at all even though it’s wrong to default on payments. Believe me when I say that¬†I’m compassionate.

So the bottom line is if you’re going to be a nasty employer, you better make sure you leave no¬†trace of your dirty work ethics behind.

Anyway, the termination was a blessing in disguise. After being trapped in the job for more than 3 years, I could finally explore other career (not the right word to use but meh it sounds nicer haha) options. I had since worked at Love, Bonito, a company which I wanted to work for a long time ago but never had the chance to coz I was supposed to commit my free time to that tuition centre. Now I’m very happy providing tuition and designing services. Life’s really great now and I wouldn’t trade anything in the world for that. Unless, yeah, there’s a job opening with really attractive pay package hehe!

Til next time ūüôā

Not Again…

And so, the backstabbing continues at my workplace where anything can happen as long as you have immature subordinates/colleagues working with you.

Not that whatever I heard bothers me because I’ve gotten used to all these bullcrap. If I can’t endure such nonsense, I’d have been devastated and depressed a long time ago. So, to each his own. I can’t stop you from having opinions. But once again if I think I’m not in the wrong, don’t expect me to change to suit your preference.

But basically the main point of this post is about what my bosses told me..

Now, it does not matter what they say. What matters is what I think of you.

Probably the sweetest, nicest and ¬†the most inspirational quote that I’ve ever heard from the people whom I thought were the nastiest beings on Earth.

*touched*

Office Politics

Back to draft my first post in year 2012! ūüėÄ

Sorry everyone for not being very active here. I just can’t bring myself to pen down my uninteresting life stories because I get bored reading them too. So I’ll most likely be rambling a lot about work since I spend most of my time earning money and getting myself exposed to work politics and backstabbing! Yes, it FINALLY happened to me so let me talk mainly about work in this post. (Please, if I am already boring you, kindly give this entry a miss!)

This is already my third year working in my present company and before I got transferred to another branch, I was enjoying work so much because the environment, the relationship between my colleagues and myself were so fantastic that I’d be looking to my working days (i.e. the weekends, when I was still a part-timer). When I informed my bosses that I had decided to delay my studies until the next intake, they offered me a full-time position and got me to work at another branch which required a more experienced staff (because of the unbelievably high turnover rate) to supervise.

The first few months were the most torturous period as I had to train new staff who NEVER stayed for more than 2 weeks. So imagine me teaching the same things for more than 5 times! Now I finally understand the pain of teachers!! The was once I talked continuously for 5 hours and I fell SICK on the spot. But sick also cannot stay at home to rest because getting my medical leave approved is almost IMPOSSIBLE as the Centre is always very short-handed! So I die die also have to drag my sick self to work ūüė¶

Anyway since my job is mainly to supervise, I am somehow not allowed to meddle with the day-to-day operations which are supposed to be taken care of by my subordinates. If I do, I’d get reprimanded by my boss even when my intention is to help (also because it’s a ŤĀĆšłöÁóÖ) -_- My job is to spot mistakes, scold, tell them to amend the errors and if they still don’t learn from them, I’d have to report to the superiors, which I rarely do because I understand how miserable one would feel from my bosses’ harsh scoldings.. unless the staff is really hopeless lah! And yah, also because if anybody gets fired, I’d have to train a new staff again.. What a vicious cycle right!

But recently I couldn’t tolerate this staff because of the recurring GRAVE mistakes she did, her¬†nonchalant¬†attitude and the roster problems because of her many ridiculous special requests like personal activities so she had to go on leaves, then I had to scour everywhere for a replacement. There was a total lack of commitment from her and I could feel that she was just there to clock the hours. These were tolerated for close to 8 months before she got the sack.

Clearly she knew I was the one who reported on her because, who else would? After all, I am the BAD PERSON. And honestly, if she was good in the eyes of my bosses, she would have given maybe another chance. But NO. She was told to leave immediately!! Do you get what I mean now? For the record, I was nice to her throughout her stay (at least to me. ¬†Because I KNOW when I am nice and when I am not). Even if she makes a mistake, I’d at most bug her until she does her work but I NEVER scolded her jia lat jia lat like my bosses. Haha!!

So yes, when she was informed, she tried turning tables and accused me of not doing my job well when she wasn’t even aware of my actual responsibilities, claiming that I didn’t offer any help when the front desk faced heavy traffic of enquiries, or I spent more time on the computer (I needed to do invoicing and that would take me HOURS) instead of on the front desk. I really really don’t blame her for her ignorance but I am just seriously pissed.. because all these came from someone who (1) leaves the office on the dot most of the time so she didn’t even know on the BUSIEST period I actually had to stay up til 2.00am to sort things out, (2) persisted for a pay increment barely four months since her first day when she obviously didn’t deserve a single cent of increment, (3) brought so much inconvenience to my roster planning, (4) got complaints even from customers for her misconduct, (5) refused to use her BRAINS and keep depending on others for solutions! Whichever problem that crops up, first thing to do is to handover the responsibility to someone else or call out my damn name because I am the bloody supervisor what, right??,¬†(6) does things¬†haphazardly but I bet she never knew because most of the time I was the one clearing up her mess as I was TOO SICK AND TIRED to inform her again and again!! OMG why was I so nice? She totally didn’t deserve it!

Do I have to show you what I am doing to look super productive to you? Do I? NO! Who the bloody hell are you? -_-

Actually my bosses already knew her behaviour but we retained her because we were really short-handed! Now thinking back, wow look at the amount of time and effort in grooming her! WASTED. Should have advised my bosses to let her go!!

Never mind! I am very glad my bosses didn’t believe a single bullshit she said! She had probably brainwashed other staff to hate on me before her departure but all I can say is, GOOD RIDDANCE!¬†Hate me then hate me loh, I don’t need your love to survive oh lord.

And there you go, MY RANT! :B

P/S: This post is most likely inappropriate but I am still in my learning phase. Of course when I enter the working society, my life would be so low key that I’d seem like I have disappeared from the face of this Earth! This is just for learning purposes ūüėČ So my dear friends, please do not be like her!

How’s Life?

Oops the lazy bug bit me again but I guess it’s time my blog gets a slight revival.

My Uni application has been a roller coaster ride as I’ve received both offer and rejection letters. Now I end up being school-less for this coming academic year because I rejected my first offer (Linguistics and Multilingual Studies) and now my appeal got rejected as well. Hahaha, stupid right? I DO regret rejecting it if you ask me. I mean, who doesn’t? It’s NTU leh.. But when I picture myself getting the degree and going out to working society, I could totally see myself struggling to get a job and I would eventually work as a position that is totally irrelevant to my course of study. I certainly don’t want to spend like, $40k on a piece of paper that’s totally pointless to me.

I actually saw the rejection coming but I didn’t know my prediction would be so accurate because after all I’m still relatively experienced in that field of study. But anyway, all hope is not lost yet! I’ve emailed the dean of admissions, hoping that they’d review my appeal to Communication Studies (yep, after much consideration I decided to go for this instead of ADM) once again. It kinda bothers me somehow that I’d get rejected when my GPA is pretty decent. BF told me it was because I didn’t put it as my first choice initially. Hahaha oh no I bruised its ego.

In the event that my appeal gets rejected I’d probably work for another year but *sigh* I’m SO SICK of working already (even though my boss offered me a permanent position with a pay increment). I’m so so tired of dealing with crazy parents everyday, supervising my subordinates and getting scolded for stuff that I didn’t know I was supposed to do. At this rate I may just lash out at my superiors man.

So talking about work (I work in a tuition centre), I’ve been rotating centre locations for the past uh, 3 months? On top of Jurong, I travel to CCK and Yew Tee! The most ridiculous parents I’ve met so far are from CCK. There was once a complaint was made against my colleagues and I (okay the focus was on me) because I sprayed insecticide on a¬†cockroach¬†that was running around in a Primary 2 classroom! This ridiculous housewife’s response to that was this (in market aunty-mandarin of course):

The kids were still in the classroom and the smell of the insecticide will cause the kids to fall ill after inhaling it … My daughter just recovered from fever yesterday and we’re (with her nephew who was also in the class) going on a holiday tomorrow. If they fall sick how? You compensate is it? OK if they fall sick I WILL CLAIM THE MEDICAL FEES FROM YOU.

I was like, *roll eyes* the kids already went out of the classroom before I did anything to the roach because they were soooo afraid of it! You know, some parents can be so¬†unscrupulous to point their dirty fingers at anyone just to make themselves feel like a BOSS. Furthermore, insecticides (BAYGON) are household products that are SAFE. Smell a bit won’t die one. *roll eyes all the way to Pasir Ris*

When my colleague went in to open the doors and windows and sprayed some of her precious perfume, that Mom went to her and said:

You spray got use meh? Spray also still have the smell!!

WHAT YOU WANT LAH. You tell me, how not to be angry? Totally felt like pulling her hair and drag her out of the centre, slam the door right at her face and hopefully it hits her mouth so that she could shut the fug up. So she went on lamenting about how badly the staff handled this matter while other parents were not complaining. Paranoid much? The funniest thing was my guai-lanness when I went into the classroom and asked the entire class, “OK kidsssss, do you still smell insecticide?” to which they innocently replied, “NOOOOOO!!” The embarrassed aunty then argued that “of course they will say no. The smell is not so strong as compared to just now”. Argh, shut up lah aunty. Bring your warped logic elsewhere where uneducated people would appreciate.

I’m so surprised ridiculous people like her exist. Singapore HAS TO propose a law that forbids stupid people like her to have offspring. Don’t pollute the minds of the young anymore ok!

Ok it’s getting late. I’ll share more work stories when I come back.

And I seem to be procrastinating on the uploading of photos onto my blog. *shy smile* OK I will do it soon!! SOON BUT DON’T KNOW WHEN ONLY. But I will do it!

xoxo

An Intern’s Wretched Life

Got back my final GPA about 2 days back. Not my ideal score, but I guess life still goes on (nope, not revealing my grades here – don’t like public scrutiny anymore). On the bright side, I shouldn’t be worrying too much since application for Uni has been done with my first 5 semesters’ GPA. ūüôā Waiting anxiously for the outcome now..

That aside. Today’s blog post can be considered as a short continuation from my previous post about my internship.

I thought I need to blog about this to keep my future self reminded and cautious of similar black sheep when applying for jobs. And of course, the lesson learned.

So just when you thought the episode ended, here comes the aftermath. Very sian right? Internship ended already still have to deal with the aftermath. I guess at this point I can safely advise all students seeking internship to let the school do the job for you. DON’T do it yourself as the company you self-sourced may just be as calculative and exploiting (using this term very loosely because it was more or less WILLING coz of bloody grades) as mine.

After harassing rushing and reminding my supervisor for more than a month about my pay, I can finally receive it tomorrow. But there’s a problem. They did not pay me for the two Chinese New Year holiday which they are supposed to according to Ministry of Manpower. And I swear I have the MOM and CPF employment guidelines at my fingertips after working for this company because they had been relentlessly overworking me like mad.¬† First it was the ridiculous CPF deduction from my pay. Now this? Seriously they never fail to disappoint and I REALLY wonder how the past interns tolerated these shit. I mean, if the past interns were willing to totally get manipulated and tortured by these scumbags, then I guess it’s their choice. But man, if this happens to me, the bitchy righteous side of me has to be unveiled to protect myself.

So I was asking my supervisor how much I’m paid for February and the sum amounted to a weird figure. Clearly when I prompted further about how it’s derived, she became curter with her tone which kinda pissed me off.¬† If you’re gonna be so calculative about my pay, why can’t I freakin’ do the same? And if I REALLY have to be calculative, I’d factor in those long overtime hours! Boils my effing blood. I’ve sought advice from my liaison officer whom will consult my law lecturer who was previously a lawyer. Yes, before you mess with anyone, check where he/she’s coming from first! Like any other adult employees, an intern (especially student intern) needs money for survival. How CRUEL can a company be to shortchange an intern?!

My only wish right now is to watch this company suffer the same consequence as LIME (unfortunately this magazine really didn’t deserve the wind up). Not through unethical means of course – don’t wanna stoop to their level. I believe karma will get them one day when more and more people are exposed to their misdeeds and lies! Even my Mommy is damn upset because of this incident.

Anyway I’ve made up my mind. I’m gonna lodge a formal complaint against this dishonest company with MOM as well as the CPF. They apparently need proper, black and white employment guidelines from the authorities else they will never know where their mistakes lie. Once I’m done with it, I’ll probably post it up. But it’s gonna be a password-protected entry so if you wish to gain access, do approach me. BUT make sure I know you well enough to trust that it’d be kept confidential. ūüėõ

OK I’ll update if anything goes wrong tomorrow when I collect my moolah. I hope nothing goes wrong though.. It’s been delaying for too long. I’m officially broke man -_-

I will be also updating my blog more often now. Stay tuned for entries about my Penang trip!