Monday, September 28, 2009

First week of hell

I've offically survived my first week at my new job.

They've thrown me into the deep end. I had to learn everything from helping out with reception; taking calls, posting out orders, filing and updating patients' cards, writing out medicare (health) receipts, handling the cash register and eftpos machine, like I work in some office, AND THEN I had to learn how to do scalp treatments, preparing IV drips, reagents, sterilizing operating equipment, and also eventually learn how to set up and assist in the operating theater.


I've made a lot of mistakes but most people were rather patient and understanding :)

And when I say they've thrown me into the deep end, they let me do a hair scalp treatment myself on the first day after one observation (T__T)

AND on Friday, NO ONE but Sean and I were in (some of the staff goes to the East Melbourne clinic on Tues, Thurs and Fridays, and it so happened that the usual remaining staff were on holidays or working overseas).

Sean works in the back, he's the sales/design person so I was left to handle most things myself. As he knew how everything work, he helped me whenever I cried out his name.. which was like 80% of the time.


But I also very proud of myself for being able to handle some of the things without too much help. Hoorah!
Unfortunately, I go home every night wondering if I've sent out the right items/medicine, and whether I missed out anything.

There's a lot to learn but it's definitely a fascinating job. Sometimes I'm running frantically around, other times it gets really quiet and I have nothing to do.. which feels really weird.

I've already had a run-in with an infamous and flaky patient. There's a lot of stories to tell, as each patient is different. Some are really nice and sweet, others are really arrogant and mean.

I have to work on some Saturdays as well, it's only for half a day so, after working two Saturdays, I can have a day off :)

To go shopping maybe :D


Thursday, September 17, 2009

My new loves <3

Now that I'm earning money.. let the shopping begin!!

The first thing I bought!! A cookbook!! :D
And you all thought it'd be shoes, clothes and whatnot!

Well, hah!!

Ahem.. well, I did purchase 2 bags and 2 pair of shoes not long afterwards!
I couldn't resist! I need new shoes for my new job!
And also my current bag is looking very old and tattered. Sniff!!!

Bought these two bags from!

Close-up of the brown tote bag! I am soooo in love with this bag!!

Close-up of my new laptop/work bag!

My new flats!! 'Crackled' skin. You can't tell from the pics but they're actually deep purple. So gorgeous in the light!!!

And also my new 'snake-skin' patterned heels!
They were slightly too large for me so I had to get back-heel slip insoles!
Totally love them!

Can you tell I'm wearing my heels?
Can't imagine how short I must actually look!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


I'm absolutely fuming right now! ARGH!

There's a one-day only sale going on in Chadstone Shopping Centre today so I thought I'd pop in to have a look. I also decided to get the hem of my pants shortened in one of the stores in Chadstone, and apply for Medicare while I waited.

Now I checked the website of the clothes alteration store and they said that they can shorten pants within an hour or it's free. Coolies!

I also made a call this morning to Medicare to find out the documents required to apply for one. I then set out to Chaddy for my shopping spree!!

I had it all planned out; I'd drop my pants to be altered, then deal with Medicare. Later on, I'd shop for a bit, pick up my pants and shop some more.

But nooooooo... apparently the store's too busy to finish my pants today. Get this.. it'll cost me $21.90 AND I have to pick it up on Friday night. WTF. Three whole days to have my pants shortened?! Strangely enough, a Causasian lady was having her skirt fitted and was told that she can pick it up tomorrow.


I brushed it off and headed to Medicare. Alas, the man over the counter said that I don't have all the documents. He won't process anything until I provide him with an evidence of the payment of my visa.
What???! I called up earlier and I wasn't informed of this!!

Well, that's just great. Just great. >=(

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Treading lightly

Yesterday, I witnessed (and actually assisted) in a lipo & breast augmentation procedure whereby a patient's fat was transferred from her thighs to the boobs.

They called me the day before and asked me to come in and meet the founder, Dr. Ong. I must say, I'm rather intimidated by him. Anyho, both Dr. Ong and his daughter, Amanda had to do the procedure together. Although I was called in to observe initially, I somehow ended up assisting them.

I'm extremely fascinated; but only because it's all new and exciting to me. Dr . Ong explained to me that they plan to utilize a little bit of biotechnology in their newest anti-aging technique, which is why they'd prefer if I'd come on board. Moreover, she explained that I understood basic sanitation, sterilization, medical terms, equipments, etc., so it would be much easier to train me up so I can provide them with assistance during these minor surgical procedures.

I can't hide the fact that I'm intrigued by it all. I have been weighing my options and had a good long think about what I intend to do. This position is not exactly what I've studied four years for. I am aware that most people take on careers unrelated to their qualifications. I didn't think that I would be one of them.
But then again, what's the problem, right?
People change their career paths all the time. It's not like I'm behind some cash register in a supermarket trying to make ends meet.

It's a fascinating position, fast-paced and never routine. Fact is, procedures like this depends on bookings so I'm sure I'll be doing a lot of receptionist work (alongside Karen), giving hair treatments/consultations (and eventually skincare consultation), and even traveling to the city once in a while to their other Melbourne office.

This is definitely a job where I'll have to be dressed to look representable, interact with the clients and learn about their unique cases. A far cry from being hidden away in a lab, and it wouldn't matter if I'd wear scruffy clothes since I'd be wearing a lab gown/coat.

As it was already my 4th visit to the place, I've already met most of the people who work there; they seem genuinely friendly and nice people, so that's a bonus :)

I'm most likely going to take the job! And to think that I almost said no! (I actually called up to tell them that but before I could start, they asked me to come in to meet Dr. Ong and watch a lipo + breast augmentation)

The pay probably won't be great since I practically have no skills but I'll be fine.
I will just have to work my way up and prove my worth. They are quite keen for me to join so will get back to me on Monday after they've worked out the salary.
Let's hope it'll be enough for me save a bit too :)
Am planning to take on driving lessons! :D

Oh before I forget!! After we completed the procedure and had a bite to eat, Kee came up to me with a small white envelope and said that it was for the assistance I had provided them. I tried to decline but she was adament that I had "worked" that day.
I thanked them but had no idea how much was inside.
So I was pretty blown away when I realized it was $50!! This is the first time I've actually got paid for work!! :D

WOO HOO! Maybe it's time for me to get a new bag! :D
My current bag is starting to peel and fade :(

Sunday, September 06, 2009


I can finally breathe.

Today's the only day where I have no where to run to. And I slept in today :D
Well, maybe I'll pop by the Chadstone Shopping Centre to send in some resumes :)

Things are going well at the lab in Monash. I love the people there. At the moment, I can't kill little mice because I've got to attend the 'Animal Ethics and Handling' induction which only begins sometime next year. So YAY! Let's hope I've found a job by then!

I've had three interviews so far. Two were successful.

I've now got a part-time job as a computer-assisted telephone interviewer; it's tough but the pay is great. I might want to get another part-time job which isn't as stressful. I don't think it's a good sign if you dread and have nightmares about going into work. I know that I've only had several abusive and mad calls but their words keep playing in my head and stresses me.
I guess if I keep going at it, I will develop a really thick and impenetrable skin. LOL. Which might be a good thing??

I don't enjoy calling up people and ask if they have time for a 20-minute survey. I've had only two shifts so far.

My first shift was terrible; I had about 3 or 4 angry/abusive callers, one who kept panting and told me to keep talking (I thought he might be dying but after a while, I got a little freaked out by all the panting and hung up on him. What was he doing? I have no idea.) The others were generally nice and politely decline, or at least they don't curse at you.

My second shift, yesterday, was better. I actually had a guy who completed the survey in full, although it took us about 45 minutes! He used to work as a telephone interviewer so he emphasized with me *sniffles*

Oh, I've also got offered a job as a hair/skincare consultant whose job also includes reception/admin work, and as an officer-all-rounder. However, they want me to stay on for 9 - 10 years.

And I just want a part-time job!! :S

Anyway, they had me come in to have a look at what they do and have a feel of how the clinic and office runs. I got to observe a laser-assisted liposuction!
I must say, I'm incredibly fascinated and also quite grossed out by it. I won't be able to do any of these procedures, naturally, if I do take on the job but I'll be helping out.

So my heart is in a mess.
I'm glad I'm getting job offers but it's doing my head in a little.

It'll take time before I get offered an actual lab job (am hoping that grants are being approved soon so those scientists can get their money to hire meeeeee), so till then, I'll stick to my current part-time job until I get offered another part-time job or a full-time lab job.

Now I know how difficult it is to earn money!!

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