Friday, the 13th – The Good Stuff

14 Jan

Yesterday was Friday, the 13th. I’m not particularly suspicious so I didn’t start the day with gloomy thoughts, which worked out well in my favour because it turned out to be really fun day!

It started off with a relatively sane day at the office, a respite from a week of mad deadlines and intense brainstorming. Then I was told that there was a DigitalLab session at Google in the afternoon, and quite a few people couldn’t go, so there were spots for those who wanted to go. Of course I said yes to that! Who would pass up a chance to visit Google’s spanking new APAC office right?

So off we went to Google and what a colourful place it was!

According to one of the Googlers, each Google office incorporates elements of local architecture, which explains the usage of tiles, windows, furniture, and materials that are commonly seen in traditional shophouses here in Singapore.

The best thing about the place was how it didn’t feel like a workplace. It felt like a place where people could get together, at anytime of the day to collaborate on projects and share ideas.

After this visit, I can clearly see how Google comes up with the many innovations and ideas that make our lives easier every single day. I’m guessing that the abundance of snacks, food and drinks plays a huge role in this too!

Apart from a very inspiring visit to Google’s office, I also had dinner with Ian and his buddies from Ipoh. The amount of Malaysians working here in Singapore is pretty astonishing. I’m guessing that at least 1 out of 3 foreigners you see in Singapore are Malaysians. But you don’t notice it because we blend in pretty well.

After a huge dinner, Ian and I headed to the Red Dot Museum where MAAD is hosted as well as the monthly Portraits After Dark, organised by the OIC. MAAD was lovely, filled with all things cute and creative. Ian and I managed to book a 930pm slot to pose for the artists and we ended up buying 4 portraits at $10 each! We bought these portraits not just because they resemble us best, but also because they were rendered in 4 different styles.































It was a challenge to hold our expressions for 20 minutes but we had fun. After buying our portraits, we headed home and witnessed an unpleasant incident on the MRT, which I will blog about in the next post because the title of this post doesn’t allow it.


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