Today 28th April 2006 was technically the last official working day for me at my current organisation. As most of the readers are aware, U21Global is a world pioneer in on-line learning, having taken an early lead in high-quality management education and learning in Asia Pacific and Middle East from 2003 onwards. There are hardly any comparable organisations of the standing and quality levels that U21Global has achieved in its short history of just four years.
I had enjoyed these past three and half-years outside of the mainstream technology experience that I had possessed at the time of joining U21Global. It was organisation building, resourcing, building a brand in the international arena, establishing operations in many countries around the world, striking partnerships with large companies and partners, working in concert with academics who are enviably possessive of their long-term vision, dealing with young people full of ambitions, and a market full of vagaries of the exotic types. It was great, and it made me into a better rounded leader who can foresee what could happen round the corner ahead of the others, and I was able to actively contribute to the operations and success of the organisation in full measure.
I had a positive feeling of accomplishment as I walked out at 5 PM today for the last time as an employee. I look behind with many kinds of feelings, largely positive and graceful, at the many faces who smiled at me today, and at the helpful souls who always went out of their ways to find a way to assist me when they witnessed my technical distress. I was not emotional at all – it was a good feeling all the way today. I walked into the office of the head for Thomson Asia and he wished me well in my future endeavours.
Since there were many souls who were away today from the office, I could not complete my photo-shoots, that has to wait till probably the 8th and/or 15th May. However, there were others who nicely obliged to be photographed with me and I thank them for their enthusiasm and time. Some of these photos are published below. Take a look !
It is going to be 8 PM on Friday the 28th April in Singapore, and I am feeling a bit sad….reviewing the happenings of the past week or so….it has been a good week though. But there is this feeling which I am not able to describe in English, a kind of a small vacuum, largely resulting from the forthcoming absence of some of the interesting people that I had known these past few years from my daily life at the U21Global office. People who tolerated me and my ways, who understood my strengths, who encouraged my actions and thoughts, who pushed me ahead, who asked me to stand up for my beliefs, who kicked me when I was weak, who laughed at me when there were antiquities on display, who knew I am destined for something very different in the future, et al. I respect these folks who ultimately believed in me, and on who I laid my trust.
Well, before I go any further, let me assure my readers that I have a sober head on my shoulders this evening. These are times which most people go through, but very few express the thoughts that savage their minds. I think it is important to express as eloquently and elegantly as possible, one’s feelings on important occasions like these – life is too short to go unrecorded for such august events.
I have enjoyed my stay at U21Global, and will be moving to India soon. In the meanwhile, let us wish all at U21Global a gloriously successful year in 2006 ! Now, let us look at some of the pictures from my Casio Digital camers shoots of today !! Thanks to Shreen for being my main photographer of the day, as well as Joanne Tan for being the supportive second photographer !!!