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2014 Gratitude Journal – Part 3

As another year comes to a close, I wanted to take the time to list down a couple of items I am thankful for covering the period December 14, 2013 to December 13, 2014.  This is Part 3 – Numbers 14 to 19.

14.   Working Arrangement.  For four years now, I’ve had a very ideal working arrangement with J&J ASPAC.  I work from home mostly, and I go to the office only once every two weeks.   My role is also ideal in that I do not have people directly reporting to me and I don’t have to engage in any office politics.  I am a contractor/consultant, and although there are risks,  I enjoy a sense of freedom and flexibility. 

15.   Since I am a part of the regional ASPAC team,  I have been able to travel quite a lot in the region, during key parts of the projects,  and most of my travel firsts I experienced through this job.  I am able to see new places, experience diverse cultures and meet a lot of new people.

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16.   I have also grown close to some of my work colleagues and the travel to other countries and/or their visits to the Philippines have allowed us to bond outside of work.  I gained 2 Indian brothers (one Aussie-based and another US-based) and a Hongki Mum/Sis.  I have encountered an Aussie dog to my Filipino cat.  I have travelled with two girlfriends to Bali.  And in almost each of the countries of the ASPAC region, I can count on at least one person to be there when I visit. Of course there are the local J&J people, especially Pinky, as well as Jeni, the one who got me this gig through her company, PeopleMatters.

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17.   The work is challenging, just the way I like it.  Projects with almost impossible deadlines and expectations – but then I thrive better under pressure.  I also get to do a lot of the work no one else does—documentation—which I, as a documentation nerd, just love to do.  I have a good team of people around me and I report to a very, very nice guy.

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18.   What really makes me feel good about this job is that I can genuinely help and make a difference in people’s lives and the projects as a whole. Sometimes I am interpreter, consolidator, sounding board, understander, explainer and anything and everything I need to be in order to ensure everyone is on the same page and the project moves forward. I think this is also why I grew close to some of the people I worked with, especially when the going got tough, we helped each other get through it.  Sometimes, what is required in order to support the local countries is just a lot of patience, understanding and the honest intention to help and make things better. 

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19.   I am currently looking into the possibility of a more permanent position, but whether this happens or not,  this is still one job that I cherish and I am thankful I am able to do it for this length of time.

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