These last two weeks had been super crazy. Morphosis got a big international client and I was lucky enough to be a part of the project. It was about creating customer journey map and personas. Actually it wasn’t that big but was very intense considering the timeframe and work. Everything was very short and we didn’t have much time to hesitate. It was like we had to be decisive and move quick. So the last two weeks were about interviewing a lot of people-stakeholders, customers, and other people. My days were full and packed. I had never been this stressed since I started working at Morphosis. Though I took this as a good project. Some say that if you don’t feel comfortable with what you’re doing, you are probably learning new things. Although this wasn’t my first time interviewing people, I definitely didn’t feel so secure. Perhaps it was because of the expectation that the client had on us that I was feeling. It was just whether fail or success. There can’t be a middle way. Anyway, we were almost the half way of the project. Let’s see how this would turn out eventually.
That wasn’t it. There was more stuff I did.
Morphosis and Firecreek went laser tagging together.
I also volunteered to help arrange the UX Thailand Openspace event. Though this was just the first meeting. I already missed the second one due to the warts under my feet D: They were still there…
Lastly, my artist friend-Oat and his boyfriend were arranging the Concerto for Piano & Charcoal. This was a workshop one week before the real concert. It was extremely cool and fun. I hadn’t been this close to artist’s life since I finished my Bachelor’s. It was great experience.
Things started to get settled. My life at home was moving steadily. My workout routine was on track. I still kept experimenting new techniques-diets and exercises. Hopefully it could improve my health and performance. My job was also fine. I got busy more or less everyday-not too much, not too boring. It was challenging and fun.
Though the wart under my foot was still there :S It had been about 5 months that I tried to remove it. (There were 2. One of them was already gone.) It was really annoying. I had an appointment with the doctor every month to take it out-sort of surgery, laser, whatever I didn’t really know because I had to lie on my stomach. So I didn’t see it when the doctor did it. It took about a week or two until the wound got dry and became scabbed, and another week or two to finally heal. So that was about a month each time. Duh! I would have another appointment again next week. I really hoped it would be the last.
Before this blog gets way too random, I would like to end it with my business card from my job. It was my first ever business card actually. It kind of felt special for some reason. (Big thanks to Morphosis, any enquiries click here!) I guess now you all know where and how to contact me ;)
My 4-month probation of my job was almost over and I already got offered for a permanent position. Yay! It was super quick how the 4 months passed by. It was actually just about 5 months since I left Sweden. It felt like a lot had happened within these few months as if it was a year ago. Kind of weird though.
Anyway, I had been reading several books since I started my job. All these books were from my office. I got great support from the boss-Jeremie. So that helped me save a lot of money. I hadn’t bought books lately (because I didn’t have a job and had no income) and my bookshelf had limited space. Nevertheless, that couldn’t stop me from reading. Here are those books I had been reading.
It looks like I had been filling my head with a lot of UX design knowledge. I started to feel that these books were talking about similar things and I was running in a loop. Maybe it’s time to move on to the another topic/area. Well, UX design is a huge topic and consists of many disciplines, and many people see it in different ways. I sometimes found it hard to explain what it actually is and how much it covers. I guessed a lot of people working in this area were still discussing about it too (based on what I saw on the internet). For one sure thing, despite human behavior, UX design was evolving as same as how technology was changing. I believed it would be continuing developing for a while.
I guess this is all for this blog :)
One month passed super fast. It felt like my previous blog was a week ago or something. There were quite a lot going on at work. Though there weren’t much happening my personal life. Well, I had been dealing with 2 warts under my right foot for several months actually (since April). They started some time in the beginning of this year when I was in Sweden. I didn’t get to see the doctor to take them off because I thought they were just corns, but it started to hurt when I walked. So after I arrived Bangkok, I went to see a doctor and got into treatment. It was a long process. At least it didn’t hurt anymore, but I still didn’t know if they were gone. I could only wait and see :/
That was actually a weird paragraph talking about some sort of disgusting stuff to start a blog. Whatever. You might notice that something had changed in this blog, not the blog itself. I actually just changed my URL from prueklk.com to pruek.lk so this was my first blog in my new URL (and my new host too). To my old host, thanks for your service in the past 6 years. You didn’t serve me that well lately and I got tired of you. It was time to move on. Bye!
By the way, my job was doing fine. I got involved in some big projects. I kept pushing, practicing, improving myself all the time. It wasn’t actually as easy as it sounds. These things required so much effort and energy, mentally and physically. Though I was not complaining. These were things I really wanted to master. I kind of felt that I was onto something real, something I could keep on doing. It felt good and right.
This month I attended some big events. I went to Boyce Avenue live concert. It was so awesome. I had been following them for like 10 years, probably. I can’t remember when I first saw their cover video, but their first cover videos posted on Youtube about 10 years ago and they were my very first videos I got to like them. They only kept getting better and better. Finally I got to see their live concert! It was impressive.
Another big event was my old friend’s wedding. Champ (or Noo) was a friend from the high school (Bangkok Christian College). I also can’t remember how long we had been knowing each other but I guess it was around 20 years, more or less. Although we didn’t get in contact that much after the high school, it didn’t make us acquaintances. It seemed like the friendship we had when we were young was frozen in time and it just went on and on. The same goes to my other friends from the same school as well. We parted when we went to university but the friendship was still there. I didn’t really know how it works. It just is how it is. (No drama please if you aren’t in the photos. I just didn’t have good photos of everyone :/)
Lastly, today was a midsummer in Sweden. Glad midsommar Sverige! Jag saknade er så mycket. Det var jättelång tid som jag inte hade pratat svenska. Jag hoppades vi skulle träffas igen. Vi skulle få se. Håll ut :)
It was my birthday on the day I wrote this blog. Things weren’t really different from the other days. Maybe I felt a bit older as I started to use number 3. It was like one third of my life already. (Well, it actually passed that milestone already…)
Some say that you will have fewer friends when you get older. I didn’t know if it’s true. Only time can tell. What I knew was that I became more goal-driven. I spent a lot of years trying this and that, going in and out of schools, taking different jobs, and going places. It felt like I narrowed down my interest into a more specific path. It might be good for me at least. I learned to let go of things that I didn’t actually care and things that didn’t really matter to me (including people as well). Mayhap this is how you have fewer friends when you grow older even though you get to know more people from work, network, relationships, and so on.
Meanwhile, I learned to develop my interest and focus on the very specific things. I knew what I wanted to learn and what were more important to me, at least for my job. I was lucky enough to get to work on things that I was searching for for years. I didn’t regret whatever I did in the past. It all makes me who I am until this day. My life is like a work-in-progress. It will never be done until my last day. Mistakes aren’t a bad thing. It helped me grow. Doing nothing is actually a bad thing. I would probably learn nothing if I didn’t take any risk.
Anyway, my past month was all good. I liked what I did at work. It was actually quite a busy month as I facilitated some workshops and user testing sessions. It was quite stressful but fun. I looked forward to the next months. Hopefully, things would go well and exciting.
At last, I got a birthday cake from my lovely company as well. Thanks for all wishes :)
The first month of my new job was all right. There was some tuning and changing but it all went well (at least from what I saw). The workplace was fine. My colleagues were nice. The work was fun. Everything seemed cool and I enjoyed my first month pretty much. Though I knew there were still a lot to learn.
Apart from my job, I didn’t really do much this month. There were a couple of meetings with some friends and that was all. The thing was that I hadn’t had much time to plan anything much. My focus was more on my new job. It didn’t seem to be that much (Monday to Friday from 9 to 5, yes only 9 to 5!) but it actually mentally demanded. Well, I wanted to perform well at work and I was still new to the company. I had to do some preparation and balance my mind a bit during my free time. So I wouldn’t become too stressed.
I got some sneak peek of things I did at work. I must admit that I didn’t create much beautiful design these days. Most of my work was more about researching, planning, arranging, discussing, and sketching. Although there was a lot of writing (as you can see in the image), it was very challenging and fun. However, who knows. Maybe I would make some fancy design for another projects in the coming months ;)
(I made the image small on purpose. The information was still confidential. I didn’t want to get fired after 1 or 2 months.)
So I was already back to Bangkok, Thailand. My first week was extremely hot. It was such a huge difference from -13 to 31 degrees. I never missed the winter this much before.
The job hunting quest was still ongoing. I was still in the process with some companies in Sweden that I had applied for a job there. Though it gradually turned out negative. By the way, I started sending my job applications to some companies in Thailand as well (since I was still in Stockholm). So my first 2 weeks in Bangkok (after dealing with jet-lag) was about meeting and interviewing. The response rate was so different from how it was in Sweden. Though getting a job wasn’t that easy especially in my professional field where I had to do a test project to show my skills, knowledge, and experience.
Since March 2017 when I started looking for a job in Sweden, I had done more than 10 tests already. I still had to do it when I applied for a job in Bangkok. Here are some numbers I would like to show regarding my job hunting quest:
214 total job applications I sent out since March 2017
185 of them were in Sweden
18 of them were in Thailand
89 of them didn’t respond at all
37 of them I had interviews/calls/meetings with (7 from Thailand)
1 internship in Sweden
and 1 job offer from a company in Thailand
Yes, I already got a job offer! I would be working as a UX/UI designer in a company in Bangkok. I had been knowing this company for a few years since I came back from Sweden first time (2014) but things just didn’t work out the I expected so I didn’t work with them at that time. Anyway, let’s see how this new chapter would turn out to be.
In these last few weeks in Bangkok, I visited some old friends, had some meals together, and caught up with them a bit. There would be more. I just didn’t have time (and money) to meet and greet everyone. Here are some group photos.
My time in Sweden was about to be over. Things just didn’t work out as I expected even though I tried really hard and did everything I could to make the most out of it. It just didn’t happen. I would be leaving Sweden to Bangkok tomorrow without a plan to come back soon, but who knows!
You treated me very well this time, Sweden. I had a great time being here, making good friends, working with things I like, and learning about new things and myself. This time I wasn’t broken and depressed like last time (in 2014). It seemed like I had learned how to cope with the situation. This sort of transition is just a part of life. I became more curious about what would come up next and how the next chapter would be.
These last few days were for me to meet some friends, spend some moment together, and say goodbye. Though I really hoped it was not our last goodbye. We would meet again either here or there. :)
I would be missing this house, Maria, Lennart, and Karlsson family so much.
Until we meet again, miss you all,
2018 started quite calmly. After I finished my internship at Match2One, there wasn’t much to do. My main focus was to find a job. I had some interviews with some companies and did some test projects. The process was still going on though very slowly. Some companies that I got in contact with hadn’t shown up since the holidays (or maybe they decided to move on with other candidates and didn’t tell me. I don’t really know.). There was one company that seemed to be promising but I can’t really say anything until I sign the contract.
I was under the pressure of seeking employment for a while and this was my second time in Sweden. I was stressed but I learned to let go because it was out of my control and I did my best already. I had about one month left to find a job. With the time I had left, I could choose to be very sad and depressed, or be happy and enjoy the moment. I guessed it wouldn’t matter anymore when I knew that eventually I had to go home. So why would I be sad when I can be happy, right? Well, but if I managed to get a job, that would be another story. It was a little too soon to say anything at the moment. So let’s see.
Back to the New Year’s eve, I celebrated with my classmates-Yinglai, Steven, Tingye, Ludwig, and his friends at Ludwig’s place. It was actually pretty fancy as it was also a farewell party for Ludwig and he was leaving to do PhD study in England for some years.
This is a drawing of the living room in the house that I was living in. This was a New Year present from me to Maria and Lennart.
See you another time.
It was a very busy month. Many events happened throughout the whole December. Let’s start from the first thing. It was not really an event but eventually it turned out that I wouldn’t get a job offer from Match2One after my internship. This was due to the lack of budget. Well, there was no one to blame and they already told me in the beginning that it could happen. So I had to start looking for a full-time position as soon as possible because my time in Sweden was running out. For the last two weeks, I already had 4 interviews and would have one more after the holidays. One already rejected. So I was in the recruiting process with 3 companies and expecting one more soon. I really hoped that this would turn out to be something.
Earlier this month my family finally made it to Sweden. They came to visit me and attend my graduation ceremony. It was their first time in Sweden, first winter, and first snow. That was sort of fun although it was way too cold for them I believe. I showed them around Stockholm and spent some time together. Last time we travelled together was actually about 10 years ago (2007) when we went to Beijing with some relatives and friends. This was a rare occasion.
My family arranged a Thai food dinner to celebrate a bit at home with Maria, Lennart and Maher.
The graduation ceremony was held in Blå Hallen (Blue Hall) at Stadshuset (the City Hall). It was a very fancy event. There was a concert with Saint Lucia procession (the event was held on Lucia day) and Christmas music. It was pretty grand and impressive.
Then some friends and I had a hot pot party. It was a bit early to play Christmas present game, but because some people would go back home during the Christmas, we had to do it then. We made a Japanese style hot pot and baked some cupcakes. It was such a fun night :)
For Christmas Eve, I celebrated with my housemates like last year. Though there were new faces but the amount of fun was still at a very high level. We didn’t have a white Christmas but the vibes were always there. It was one of the best Christmas parties I had :)
It was such a high time in these last few days of the year. I must admit that I inevitably had some expectation to meet and I guessed it was all good so far. There would be some more events lining up for the last week of the year. Obviously, New Year’s Eve was one of them but I would take it in the next blog. Lastly, I would like to thank everyone that came across my life and spent some valuable time together. I wish you all the best and a very happy New Year :D