Glass Half Full

So I just noticed that I haven’t blogged since February. My apologies – but at the same time, it’s been a crazy two months, so I’m going to summarize:

  • Work at the Asia Research Institute: my workload has gone up and down, but the last two weeks have consistently up. I think that I’m almost done with my role in the Migrating out of Poverty Research Programme Consortium (unless any further changes take place), so I’m essentially in the process of wrapping things up with this co-op role.
  • Turned 24 this week! Celebrated my birthday with AIESECers yesterday at Sentosa Island, and today with my suitemates over a late dinner!
  • Got selected for the national team of AIESEC Mongolia! I will be serving as the National Vice President for Exchange in the 2013-2014 term, which is definitely exciting!

When I turned 23 last year, I felt that I had everything planned out. I had no idea that I would end up in Singapore and then get offered a position in Mongolia. There were times when I did see the glass as half-empty, but it’s always good to be optimistic and see the glass as half-full.

And now, a video! Because I was selected and did the entire interview process for AIESEC Mongolia over Skype, the results announcement had to be done virtually. I was requested to take a YouTube video so that members of AIESEC Mongolia could see what was happening on my end. My friends in the AIESEC Singapore team were awesome in supporting me throughout, and conducting theĀ  water pouring in the traditional AIESEC way. If that doesn’t make sense to you, just watch the video and then you’ll get it.


If you asked me last year if I’d end up working in Singapore for co-op this semester, if I’d end up joining the Singapore MC, and then getting appointed to the Mongolian MC, all in the space of four months, I guarantee you I’d laugh it off as pointless conjecture. Being optimistic when things aren’t so certain is always a good thing. It’s always good to see the glass as half-full.

I’m leaving Singapore in just over two weeks, so time to make the most of my last few days here!


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