As tagged by CW:
Four jobs you’ve had in your life:
- Crew member at McDonald’s Forrest Place in the city. I got this job just so I would be able to afford moving out of home. Read my trip down McMemory Lane.
- Cafe waitress and then assistant manager. I started working at Lawley’s on Beaufort Street in Mount Lawley from the day it opened. It was my first job in a cafe. When I left Lawley’s I went to work for the competition across the street, Monte Fiore. The boss at Monte’s, Renzo is my favourite boss ever. He’s just such a funny, generous and shrewd guy. He’s still got Monte’s as well as Mille and another place called Banca. Lawley’s, on the other hand, is no more – the building is now a pub called The Flying Scotsman. In my cafe days I ate like a horse at all hours and never put on any weight (those were the days ). I met Jac while working at Monte’s, but that’s another story (I’ll only tell it if anyone is interested).
- Teleservice consultant, Telstra Corporation. I began working in a call centre, taking calls from small business and corporate customers. Later, I worked at Big Pond Direct, which was Telstra’s wholesale internet division. I became a SME (Subject Matter Expert), which meant I was the person who was consulted for information or help in solving complex problems with orders and processes. I also trained people, both in a classroom and on the job. This was the highest paying job I’ve held to date. Although I enjoyed the social aspect of working in that office (I met some lovely people and our Melbourne Cup Day and Christmas parties were just the best fun), I became increasingly frustrated with the work.
- Web designer/developer. I quit my job at Telstra and took a big, big pay cut to do this. I’d been teaching myself html and web design stuff and thought I’d prefer to do that than work in a call centre. I was given my chance with no experience and no formal qualifications by a company that ended up going bust. After that I worked freelance and agency contract jobs. I don’t design or build websites for money any more, I just do it for fun, for myself.
Four movies you could watch over and over:
In no particular order:
Special mention must be made of Blue Hawaii, which almost made the official list of four.
Four places you’ve lived:
- Petaling Jaya, in the state of Selangor, Malaysia
- Osborne Park, a suburb of Perth, Western Australia
- Highgate, a suburb of Perth, Western Australia – when I first moved out of home, at age 18
- North Perth, again in Perth, Western Australia – when Jac and I first moved in together. I was only 22…awwwww!
Four TV shows you love to watch:
- Lots of reality tv, especially The Apprentice, The Amazing Race and so on
- The Simpsons
Four places you’ve been on holiday:
I’m not really big on going away for holidays – I much prefer just staying at home with no plans, and so I haven’t been many places at all as an adult.
- Singapore, when I was very young, with my family. I only know this because I’m seen the photos.
- Cameron Highlands, in the state of Pahang, Malaysia, again, as a child with my family, . It was the only place you could find strawberries growing in Malaysia (is this still true?).
- Rantau Abang, in the state of Trengganu, Malaysia. Another holiday with my family. We stayed in chalets on the beach. I ate Splits ice creams just about every day. I loved it.
- Sunshine Coast, Queensland. My first time on a plane since migrating to Australia, and I was violently ill (I used multiple vomit bags each way). My first proper holiday with Jac. We stayed with her relatives and went to her cousin’s wedding. The highlight of this holiday for me was visiting the Big Pineapple. I didn’t own a digital camera yet, unfortunately… we ate some amazing food on that holiday!
Aaaargh bugger doing ordered lists in html.
Four of your favourite foods:
1. Chicken – favourite parts being thigh, leg and skin
2. Green beans – french beans, runner beans, stringless beans
3. Rice – I must eat rice at least two or three times in a week, otherwise I crave it and go crazy
4. SPAM – the tinned meat. Oh I love love love it.
Four places you’d rather be:
Right now, I’m pretty happy here at home. There’s food, television, computer and an internet connection. That’s enough!
But something I’d love to do someday is a big tour of Australia’s Big Things. So maybe I’d rather be at any of the Big Things.
Oh! If this question referred to places in time, rather than geographical places, I’d rather have already finished my Ph.D. and be Dr. Tfp. Unfortunately, that’s more than a year away, at the very least.
I have a few posts to catch up on, so will be updating in bulk today.