Tuesday, September 04, 2007

One Year...

Exactly a year ago, I resigned from my previous company and joined the insurance industry. It was on this same date, I stepped into my SG PJ Agency as a full time insurance agent and attend my very first morning meeting. In a blink of an eye, I am now "one-year-young" in this job and in the past few days, I have been asking myself over and over again, "It has been one year already? It sure feels as though I have just started work! Where did all my time go?". Man... time sure flies!! In this one year, I have learned so much more from the "public-university" (a university where society as a whole is your tutor/lecturer) that I would have never have learned while I was in Multimedia University. Despite the many ups and downs as well as the many challenges that were thrown at me, never once have I ever regretted choosing this as my career path. No doubt that I am still struggling (to a lesser degree now) with the fluctuating income, the experience that I have gained in this one year makes it all worthwhile because I know for a fact, money can never buy the experience I have gained.

Of course, I have made it this far in my career not by my efforts alone but through the many friends whom have extended assistance and support when I needed them the most. With this in mind, I thank God for this whole year that I have gone through as it has made me a better person and opened my eyes to the limitless possibility of the human capabilities. To my dad and beloved Adeline, many thanks for supporting my career decision and constantly giving me moral support whenever I was not on top of my game. Not forgetting my Immediate Officer (a.k.a supervisor), Ang Gaik Hoon, for your patience and guidance throughout this one year. To be honest, I didn't quite like the way she handled me initially because she was as blunt and straight-to-the-point as myself! It didn't go well at first as I was very uncomfortable with her style. However, as the months go by, I have seen the truth and wisdom in her guidance and it has changed the way I perceive her. Ah Hoon, many thanks again for your tutelage and I apologize for all the mistakes I have committed this year. I look forward to continue working with you in this industry!

To all my fellow friends whom have made the leap of faith and placed their trust in a rookie agent, I am deeply indebted to them. It is general knowledge that the first year is the "make-it-or-break-it" year which means an agent would either survive this year or quit the industry. In spite of this, these kind souls got their very first policy from me and thanks to them, I managed to sail through my first year in this industry!

Naturally, I can't forget to thank my university course mate and colleague, Allen Ong, for introducing me to this industry as well as my Groups Sales Manager (GSM), Kwek Chee Lee, whom have constantly motivated me with your pep talks. Till date, I enjoyed every single conversation I ever had with Chee Lee as he is one of the most positive individuals I have ever met (Whenever I had a conversation with him, he was always able to transfer his "positivity" to me!). To all my colleagues in SG PJ Agency, thank you so much for the knowledge and support you guys (and girls) have given me! The "thank-you-list" can go on indefinitely because I have so many people to thank! However, I am about to head to the airport to catch a flight to China and I have to cut it short for this entry (I will be away from 4th till 15th September). To end this entry, once again I would like to thank every individual out there whom have helped me throughout this short first-year in this industry. God bless you all!

P.S : In my previous post, 20 Ways To Impress Your Interviewer, I mentioned that I attended an interview with Financial Planning Association Malaysia (FPAM) for a scholarship in Certified Financial Planner (CFP) course. As if it was a gift to commemorate my first anniversary, I was told by Patricia from FPAM that I have been awarded the scholarship! Woohoo! My classes will start next month and in two years time, I will be a Certified Financial Planner! Wheee!!!

Saturday, September 01, 2007

My Cyst...

About a month ago, my elder sister went for her regular pap smear test at a local hospital. As fate would have it, the hospital she went to was having some health check with the pap smear (it's in a package) and my sister took up the offer. To her surprise, the check up indicated that she had a cyst on her right ovary which has the dimension of 7cm by 4cm. The gynecologist then told my sister to return for a subsequent check up after her period. Few days ago, she went back to her gynecologist and was told that she need to have the cyst removed. By then, the cyst was already 8cm by 4cm.

On Friday 9am, she was admitted to Gleneagles Ampang Hospital and at 1130am, she had her surgery which took about one and half hours. I visited her at about 2pm but she was in no condition to speak to me since the drug has not worn off yet. Her beloved, Tom, who was with her the whole day had to return to my sister's apartment to grab some stuff and I stayed with my sister until the doctor who performed the surgery on my sister came at about 515pm. By then, my dad had arrived and Tom had returned and we followed the doctor to another room to have a look at the cyst. Initially, there was a bucket on the table (which is roughly the size of a KFC bucket) and two smaller bottles on top of it with some flesh in it. For a moment, I thought the doctor was going to take one of the smaller bottles and show us the cyst (it didn't register in my mind that the bottle could not have contained a cyst that is 8cm by 4cm). The doctor then put aside the bottles and opened the bucket. Lo and behold! He took out the cyst which shocked everyone in the room. It was the size of a freaking grape fruit! (Take a look at the pictures below!) The kind doctor went on to tell us that he had to perform something like a c-section incision to remove the cyst and from the initial observation, the cyst was not malignant. Of course, he also added that the cyst will be sent to lab for further tests and he can't be sure until the results are out.

The cyst which was the size of a grape fruit

As of this moment, my sister is currently recuperating in the hospital and she is expected to be discharged this coming Monday. The amazing thing about this is that my sister didn't even feel any pain or discomfort while she was having this huge cyst. Thank God that she went for her regular pap smear and check up else she wouldn't have known about it. This surgery cost her a whopping RM 10,000 and this does not include the room and board as well as other miscellaneous hospital charges. So to my dear readers, please... please (I can't emphasize this enough!) go for regular medical check ups as it might save your life!