3 weeks ago, I started on another adventure. I ended 1 year and 2 months of vacation and went back to work for my old master. Working in Ateneo was like a wonderful vacation, except that I was getting paid haha. With wide open spaces, fields, trees, flexible working hours, and snack food in the pantry, I was working in luxury. I had my own spacious cubicle, LCD monitor, fairly fast computer, my own 12″ laptop, and the fact that I can walk home after work, it’d take a lot to convince me to leave.
The moment Neugent asked me to come back and work for them again, I thought it was a joke. My last day in Neugent was one of the happiest days in my entire life. Really. I felt elated, like a big burden was off my back, that I was free at last! Free from the burden of waking up dead early in the morning to face more than an hour’s worth of Manila traffic. It’s not really the traffic. Its the hoards of people going the same direction as you are. No more insane unpaid overtimes. In short, I got my life back.
For more than a year, I was happy and content. I was doing fine in Ateneo. The pay was okay, and they give in to my requests almost all the time. The microwave, refridgerator, LCD monitor, and even the oven toaster! We’re far from Google workplace but we’re getting there.
Then suddenly one of the team leads in Neugent is leaving to work abroad and they need someone to fill in quickly, someone who doesn’t need any training, who will come in and just start working like nothing happened. Me.
Of course I made my demands. They also pointed out that things have changed for the better in Neugent and it’s not the same hell place I left more than a year ago. Why would I just suddenly leave comfort for this other work that’s more challenging, more demanding, and just plain insane?!
Well here I am. I’m back to the work I’ve loathed before. I still can’t believe it but here I am. I miss my old work terribly, but I have to face back reality. That if I want to succeed in my field, then I have to be hard core.