one question at a time

i'd love to find out what your occupation is, and whether you like/love your job.

(and, of course, as a footnote, whether you are gay. haha!)


June 22, 2009 at 9:16 AM C.A. said...

I'm a law student. Right now, I'm doing an internship with a law firm. I have my own office with a great CBD view. But they don't give me enough work. That makes me feel small and useless. I drink bourbon dry on the job.

(I appreciate both men and women. I think gender crumbles before love.)


June 22, 2009 at 12:33 PM brick said...

i'm a web editor. i often intern myself for long hours, with or without hardship, in this spacious office within a factory building.

between 7 pm and midnight (or thereafter) and on weekends and other non-workdays, i often have the entire office to myself, which is a great feeling - when i can get a clearer, broader and deeper (CBD!) view of things i am working on than when there are small-talks, chit-chat and other personal squabbles going on in some corner of these premises.

my writers give me more than enough of their works to publish, which is the most wonderful thing an editor can ask for. (so there is always a huge stash of useable and non-usable writings all over my desk.) plus books and articles for reference and reading which makes my space rather small though useful.

some of their writings can be quite heart-wrenching and starkly personal. i occasionally have to drink my tears and dry my eyes on the job.

(i appreciate both hardworking and lazy people. i think vanity crumbles before crisis.)


p.s. i am happy, and it is usually easier to be happy than to be gay. and i know that.

June 22, 2009 at 12:52 PM Anonymous said...

Architect. A series of odd boyfriends have left me wondering whether its better to be gay.

June 22, 2009 at 12:54 PM R said...

damn, i love the replies. :)

June 22, 2009 at 1:00 PM Anonymous said...

I am a student, interning as a interface designer/content editor/official lunch-declarer at a cosy start-up this summer. Though it is not related to my current field of studies, my boss found out by accident that i could do more than what i was intended to do. And so here i am sitting in an office happily with some great people (always nice), bringing home a paycheck (good), pay rise in the first month (better), and working on something meaningful (best). I do some freelance web design when school is on, but it is really frustrating to deal with the hassle of dealing with clients. Good money to supplement my frivolous habits in the bookstore, but not enough to counter the agitation and distress it brings upon me sometimes. So this one, i am going to quit after i am done with the projects on hand.

I am writing a book in my head; plot is 10% complete, am always stuck at the 11%, nothing on paper yet, no publisher either, but hopeful that 6 years down the road it will be on print. So if it is not presumptuous, i would like to call myself a writer.

I think apple crumbles are sweet. But girls are even sweeter.


ps. i am a girl.
ps2. i really like the replies too. one question at a time, 100 meaningful answers easily. it almost seems like i'm meeting new friends here.

June 22, 2009 at 1:04 PM Zheng said...

I'm a design student who is starting to not like doing design, I realise I love programming more.

I'm also a weekend cook, always looking for new recipes to try and always on the lookout for good food... Its a satisfying feeling when customers polish the plate and you know they enjoyed the food. And I do think I love cooking more than any office jobs...

(hasn't found love of any gender... but is curious to try...)

June 22, 2009 at 1:39 PM Anonymous said...

I'm a low paid Graphic Designer, doing doing design inhouse at a MNC. I'm more and more inclined to doing things outside my scope, to explore more things and the secondary reason being is my bum is getting fatter with me sitting infront of a computer pushing pixels all day.

I used to love my job, but I would rather do something else now, and designing being a serious serious hobby. I just adore nice nice things and collect way too much pretty pretty brochures, postcards and all.


PS: I'm a guy and I'm married, but I cool with my gay friends. And nothing is right or wrong if you are happy with who you are.

June 22, 2009 at 4:48 PM Joyz said...

I am working as a senior procurement exec in the oil & gas industry. It gets crazy with the unbelievable cost savings targets and tight deadlines. I like my job but I don't LOVE it. I am given several opportunities to shine but I don't think I perform up to expectations. I advance fastest than my peers but I know in my heart that this isn't what I really yearn for. Deep down, I'm a closet "Lifestyle writer", where I love to explore new and niche places around Singapore and share them with my friends. (I was the one who introduced Casual Poet to my friends and they absolutely love the place!)

I sometimes wonder if I can leave my job and move on to do something which I really love and have passion for. However reality checks and I lack that gut to move ahead with it. Perhaps I have been too comfy with the idea of getting a regular paycheck at the end of each month. My dream is to be able to write on lifestyle related topics, take photos and run my own biz.

I am a gal and am attached to this very sweet, patient and loving guy that I sometimes take for granted! To me, it doesn't matter who is your partner. Its all about enjoying the process of loving and being loved. Not everyone has the luck to be in that situtation always or ever.

P.S.: we are always the table who play scrabble and create a ruckus at the cafe! Sorry for spoiling the peace!

June 22, 2009 at 8:12 PM M said...

I'm a dreamer, I'm a reader, I'm a listener, I'm a thinker, I'm a _______....

I guess my occupation is enjoying the simplest pleasures in life and at the same time being ME myself.

Waking up for early breakfast, sitting at the cafe drinking my iced mocha and reading a paperback or my fav magazines, magazine browsing at kino, watching new/old films, hearing my fav music playlist, aimlessly walking around, catching up with friends occasionally over meals, surfing the net for fashion inspirations, perhaps some shopping trips in town every now and then or even lazing in bed.

That just sums up my job responsibilities. I LOVE my job, though it gets boring at times.

I am also a full time student (6 hrs study week with lots of self study) and I sell high fashion magazines as a sideline to finance my own magazine purchases.

P.S.: I'm gay! Women makes my heart melt :)

June 22, 2009 at 10:48 PM Xinying said...

i'm a journalist with a chinese-language tabloid. i chase after accidents, crimes, suicides and scandal. work is incredibly high-stress, but also strangely satisfying.
i'm trying not to let my job define who i am.
i went to uni in beijing, i work and write in chinese, but i only date indian men. in fact u might have seen us in the store a while back :)

June 23, 2009 at 1:30 AM Debbs. said...

hello -burp :D

i'm a graphic/web interface design student whos having an internship down the road from your cafe (: i'm passionate about what i do, and am still learning. if i were not a designer i would either be singing or taking some humanities degree.


June 23, 2009 at 1:52 AM Anthony said...

I am an Property Insurance Underwriter by day and vagabond by night. I am currently saving up money to start a trip around the world with my website and learn from people. Life lessons and such. I like my job and feel like I am learning from it as much as I can.

I am not gay but gender may be more of a social construct than anything else. Society's forces often pigeonholes people into certain groups because people like to classify the world into things they can understand. Don't let them define you! =)

June 23, 2009 at 9:41 AM P.Tai said...

I working as Frontdesk in hotel, serving "high-expectation" Singaporean with a lot "feedbacks" + some easy-going traveller + some bossy businessman...
But again.. i love my job, is my passion to serve. i always believe is good to give....n most of the time, is the guests that save us from hell of the day.

i love casual poet culture, i love it's relax and freedom.

i am a gay, which i declare to everyone around me,even my work place. But i think i more to a spiritual being that trapped in a physical body.

June 23, 2009 at 8:46 PM Anonymous said...

i am low paid intern in the private education field. i've had a series of flings with boys but never in a relationship. i like girls, but i've never slept with one or been in a relationship with one.

i wish i knew if i'm gay or straight.

June 24, 2009 at 12:41 AM Anonymous said...

I am a student and I totally sucks at it. I only do well in the subjects I like best and I left those that I hate aside.

Sometimes I wish I was the CEO of MOE. I would not allow Singaporean students's learning process to be so stressful.

They would have a choice whether to do into Arts or Science after completing their PSLE. Then they would just concentrate on their talents and abilities. Like I am good at arts and I think it is a total waste of time to learn Math and Science in school. I would not major anything close to that in future.

So, MOE should nurture our talents when we are young. Like those who are good at singing will be train to join American Idol. For those who are good at sciences will be train to be a scientist.

I guess why we still couldn't find the cure for AIDS and Cancer is because we have wasted many time doing things that are not really useful.

P.S. I am an AIDS patient. My doctor told me I have around 10 - 20 years left. I would probably die at the age of 30. It is hard to predict because I am still young. Maybe if I spend my life as carefree as I can be, eating all the right food and exercising regularly, I will overcome the retrovirus. I don't know. He said the virus will destroy my CD4+ T cells in my blood until I have none left. I totally regret what I have done when I was younger. Things could have been avoided but I was not educated about it yet. Things just went wrong I guess life is like this. So I urge everyone here not to dabble with your life. Be careful even when you are going into shops for a piercing.

My greatest wish before I go is to make sure my mom is happy and fine and everything goes well for her. She does not know about the virus inside me. I don't know how to tell her. Because if I tell her, I will not have the courage to face her again. The thought of dying before her just hurts me.

My second wish is to help many teenagers as I could. I am seeing more and more teenagers "gambling" their life away. If you are a teenager (or anyone, man,woman,gay,lesbia), please do not do anything you will regret. Life is more than sex. If you have not see your purpose of life, please be patient. You will, someday.

10-20 years may be short. But 10-20years is all I have now. I wish to find my true love before I go. If I had come to know casualpoet earlier, maybe it would change my destiny.

June 24, 2009 at 3:47 PM supercranes said...

I'm a self-employed PT cashier, FT web surfer! I love+hate my work because i liaise with foremans and indians & i get to web-surf daily!

I always dream lying on green grass, hiding in balloons, scribbling up the swirl stairways...
dream my day away @casualpoet!

*I enjoyed all the replies!
Everyone is so dreamy!

June 24, 2009 at 11:25 PM Anonymous said...

i'm a social researcher that gives me the opportunity to interview people. it also gives me an opportunity to find out more about people's lives thru the interviews. that's the most exciting part of my job. other than that, it's alot of writing at times. I have a love-hate relationship with my job. =)

gay or not, does it really matter?

June 27, 2009 at 12:32 AM Anonymous said...

I am a student.

But not anymore! I'm going to defer my studies till next year, leaving me effectively 6 months of pure bliss and freedom!

So I suppose my job now is firstly to be a decent human being; secondly, to be myself.

Which isn't very easy I must admit.

PS: I used to think I was in love with my best friend, who feels trapped in the wrong body...if you all get my drift.

June 27, 2009 at 12:37 AM R said...

hey anonymous,

yeah, it's not easy....let's try hard together. enjoy your 6 months of bliss and freedom! i'm sure it'll be awesome!

June 27, 2009 at 12:43 PM hangben said...

Hi, the comments here... interestin. I'm a financial advisor or what u will call a ins agt. My job is fine but due to some personal issues, can't really focus. I come in this blog once in a while and I guess the beautiful pics of cafes attract me most.
Have went down to Casualpoet only once and yup that was when I was still "normal".

Haha... honestly i think i will live a happier life as a gay. But sadly, I'm firmly straight.

June 28, 2009 at 11:57 AM Anonymous said...

really love this post & all the nice comments.
I'm an undergraduate in NUS. i major in sci/chem but realise i hate it after 1 year. i cont'd on cause i dont really know what i wanna do. Getting A's and good grade is no problems but i dont see myself working in that field. Managed to find an internship as marketing intern in a wine company and thanks god i found out what i really want to do. I enjoy meeting and talking to peoples and being in a lab. is not something i want to do for the rest of my whole life. I wish there will be no poverty in this world and wish that everyone is free and given a chance to love who they like, regardless of gender,race and religions. Love should have no boundary.

p.s: i am straight but i have some really close gay friends. And seriously i love them so much for the friendship that we had :)

July 27, 2009 at 12:56 AM miao said...

I am a teacher, working with lower primary children now.

I started off this job because I had no idea what I wanted to be and the offer sounded reasonably good. It was a pleasant surprise that I turned out loving children very much when I started working with them.

However, what was equally as unexpecting was the amount of non-teaching related admin work that I often find myself caught up in. More often than not the admin work eats up my time so much i have little time to prepare for lessons. sigh. and some parents CAN become great pain down the back you know...