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Archive for the ‘work’ Category
I feel like I’ve been a lazy bum lately. I haven’t really worked since late last year. Now it’s quickly approaching Feb. In the last two months I haven’t been able to really work because I’ve been travelling. Right now I’m on a flight to Taipei from Bangkok. I’ll spend about a week out here before I get back to Singapore. Then two weeks after that I’ll be on my way back to Thailand to spend a weekend of beach activities in Koh Samui.
Now, it may seem strange to most people that I’m complaining about this. But, anyone that knows me, knows I’m a work-a-holic. It’s strange for me to not have work and to just be travelling.
Well… Here’s to hoping I have work again soon.
So, I’ve kinds given myself a few criteria to know that I’ve made it in my industry. I’ve never been closer to these goals than now. But, at the same time, I haven’t “really” reached any of those goals.
1. Win an academy award. Nope. Haven’t gotten that yet. But, I’ve worked on an academy award nominated film now.
2. Have a shot that I’ve worked on be on the cover of Cinefex magazine. Nope. I am in the current issue of Cinefex though. ILM took out a multi page ad in the magazine that lists and thanks all it’s employees. Unfortunately, they misspelled my name. Phiil Pham.
3. Work at ILM. Kinda sorta made that. I’m working with them albeit in Singapore.
Let’s see how far I can go next year. 😉
As you undoubtedly have noticed, I’m posting blog posts again. That means that I’ve finished my last project. That also means that I’ll start travelling again.
As I write this post, I’m travelling down a freeway in Hanoi, Vietnam. I’ll be spending a long weekend here going to Haolong Bay with some friends from the US: Bobby, Richard and Cindy.
Next weekend I’ll be in Hong Kong. I’ll be there to do some shopping and to take in the sights. I’ll follow that up with a road trip in Thailand, a beach excursion in Bali, a mountain trek in Sapa and a visit back home to see my family during the Christmas holidays.
It’s hard work in Singapore. But, it’s these few months of rest and relaxation that follow that make it all worth it.
Here’s a pic of my dinner tonight. It’s called Banh Cuon. Which translates to wrapped cake. I got it from a street vendor for .85c.
So, as all of you have undoubtedly noticed, I haven’t posted anything in a long while now. I’ve been in crunch mode at work for a little over a month now.
We’re nearing the end of a project and I’ve been putting in a massive amount of hours. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 70-85 hours a week. Quite bad, but I’ve seen much worse.
I’ve been falling behind in my sleep and to make up for it, I’ve been drinking coffee. I normally don’t drink the stuff, but I need to stay awake at work. My daily intake went from zero to four cups a day.
Now, two days ago I experienced my first caffine headache. I always thought people were exaggerating when they said they “NEED” their cup if coffee. I know better now.
I went two days without drinking any because I had a few extra days of sleep. One afternoon I noticed the start of a headache. I took some advil before going to bed that night, expecting it to go away. When I woke up with the headache still, I just thought it was peculiar. After all day of having it still and a few panadols (the Asian version of Tylenol) I realized I had a problem.
Luckily for me Richard was staying with me. Since, he’s a doctor I asked him what the problem might be. After the usual round of questioning, he deduced that it might be a caffine headache.
I pounded a can if coke. Lo and behold, the headche went away after about half an hour.
I’ll have to try and ween myself off of the coffee slowly now.
In Singapore status is quite important. Everything and everyone has to have a title. I find that I get asked for my business card quite often. I’ve been asked by taxi drivers, shop owners, even random people that I strike up conversations with in elevators.
Before my company made me a business card, it was quite embarassing and awkward when people asked me for mine and I would have to explain to them that I didn’t have one yet. Usually people present you with their card first, expecting to get one in return.
Even presenting business cards is done with a certain bit of ceremony. A business card is presented to you facing you and with two hands. And if they are really trying to impress you, they’ll even bow their heads ever so slightly.
Another interesting fact is that they are called name cards here, and not business cards.
Being the rude American that I am, I totally botched this a number of times. Giving cards with one hand, having them face weird angles, and calling them business cards instead of name card.
If you’re coming here for work, make sure you bring a stack of cards. You never know when you’ll get asked for one.
This is a video that more or less describes the life of a Digital Artist doing visual effects in the film and television industry. Thank god we love what we do.
I just found out that Meteor Studios in Montreal has robbed over 100 VFX artists of months of backpay. They all worked on Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D for the now-defunct Meteor Studio. This happened to me in the past as well, when I worked for a company in Los Angeles. My sister helped a group of us sue the company and successfully get our back pay.
Help get the word out about Meteor Studios and Digg this page.
Find out more here.
Going with the current theme of the day. Today’s word of the day is a double, “uncles and aunties”
As with most asian cultures, the term “uncle or auntie” is a term of respect and or reverence. And in some situations, it’s a title that is expected.
Our office has a few cleaning ladies or “aunties” They make sure that our work environment is neat and orderly. Their services are *GREATLY* appreciated. And as such, they deserve the respect that the title “auntie” bestows upon them.
When I run into a family in an elevator or on the MRT train and I joke with to the little children, the parents sometimes tell their children to say hi to “uncle” I appreciate this extra respect that they’ve imbued upon me. Though it is totally undeserved, it is a bit of an ice breaker and makes for easier conversations.
Now, taxi drivers are in a third category. They totally expect you to call them “uncle” sometimes it’s very deserved, other times you have to do it to get dropped off where you’d like. A taxi driver that is friendly and cordial to you that takes you from point A to point B deserves your respect. A driver that says he won’t take you to a place, because it’s out of his way and needs some extra coaxing (calling him uncle and trying to convince him to do his job) gets called “uncle” but doesn’t deserve this title.
I’ll explain the plight of taxi drivers in another post. <grin>