Daily Log #70

I went out with my friend today to watch Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom at 11:00am. Before that, he and I had breakfast at a cafe call Old Town White Coffee. He went with peanut butter toast with half-boil eggs and ice milk tea while I went with Chicken Curry, Roti Prata and a cup of soy milk.

As for the movie, I quite like it, especially the Raptor named Blue. She’s really intelligent, ferocious yet knows empathy. I for one love animals which are intelligent. For example, Mynas, Crows, Dolphin, and Elephants.

After the movie, I began receiving WhatsApp messages from my team lead about needing to work tomorrow, which is a Sunday. I have to be there on site at 7.30am. Given the amount of time I need to prepare to go to work, it means I need to wake up at 5.30am. And if you are wondering what I mean by that, well, I never like rushing. I like to take my time. It helps to calm my nerves given how sensitive I am. I am doing it for my sanity.

Then I asked about whether is there any “time off” for working on the Sunday considering my contract states that I only need to work Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 6.00pm. My team said he will check and then later came back and say no.

I’m definitely not happy about it. However, I’m not irresponsible. Given how important the situation is, I’m still going to work. For myself. At least I want to be able to proudly say I went above and beyond my normal duties to myself.

But, Sunday is also a major writing day for me. It’s the day when I can put in more words to my novel. Since it will be spent at work, I will have to skip a day or I will try and bring it forward.

I have also checked with my friends and they all said the same thing. “Time off” is a given thing if you have to work on a weekend when your contract state otherwise. To me, it doesn’t really matter if the company later backtracks or what. A decision was made by management. I am not happy about it but I’m not irresponsible nor do I enjoy picking a fight. So I will do what’s best for me so as not to compromise my beliefs and values. I will leave and I am preparing the resignation letter.

So just know that if you work in Singapore, you better know your rights as an employee. Certain companies can be rather exploitative when given a chance. There are many routes to approach such situation. If you are assertive enough you can make a stand. I’m not. And it makes me extremely stressful if I try. So I will take the lower path. It’s my choice and I own it. You choose your own path.

Later tonight, I hope to bring my dad for a dinner to celebrate Father’s Day. We are looking at having crabs at a restaurant.

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