She's completing her PhD in Molecular Biology/Cancer research and is responsible for ensuring T.Ware runs smoothly. Is she amazing or what? For Janyn, we're doing her interview by Category. We mention a category, and we get the first thing from that category that pops into her head, and a random thought or musing about that category. Enjoy!
Random musing/fact: The samurai in the show uses a reverse sword so that he won't kill people. Cool sword fights and (finally!) an anime manga movie adaptation that's decent!
Energy energy energy!!!
My younger sister thinks she's a cat, has a cat face and that real cats are her cousins.
I'm the cat's sister. (Interviewer's note: I laughed here. Really random.)
Martial Arts and E-gaming.
I am waiting for Bleach and World of Warcraft live action.
Friend, Random musing/fact:
So my friends (nicknamed Cat, Snoopy, Mouse, etc) say I look like Stitch.
Toys growing up
Wonder which part of me looks like Stitch...Oh, I love stuffed toys.
I think it's cool. High tech, futuristic.
It eats my food first and it's gonna eat my sashimi. Me: photos? Janyn: Yep!
To watch all my favourite things.
T.Jacket Travelogue: Ipoh, Malaysia
Location: National Early Childhood Intervention Conference
When: June 2014
It was great speaking with everyone who came down during the conference - thanks for dropping by and trying T.Jacket! We hope it will be able to help in some way, and we're really encouraged by the comments we received!
We had a really fruitful time sharing T.Jacket at the National Early Childhood Intervention Conference and even managed to accomplish some shopping!
We bought several items (keychain, soap, coin pouch and a t-shirt) from Asia Community Services (ACS). ACS manages the Stepping Stone Centre, a work place for individuals with intellectual disabilities which provides a platform for them to explore and develop their talents in hand-crafts. Collectively, these items are called Special HandS items, and they even have a catalogue.
We also added to our library shelf with a book written by parents chronicling the family's journey with a daughter who was born deaf. After an operation at a very young age, she now she can hear with the help of a hearing aid. We got the autograph of the little girl (now 8) who bought the book.
Well, that wraps up our time in Ipoh! We'll be heading to the Annual Autism Society National Conference in Indianapolis next from 23-26 July, so if you'll be there too, do pop by! Looking forward to seeing you! :)
We decided to do our interview a little differently from how interviews are usually done, just because. So we gave several topics and asked for the first thing that came to Yvonne's mind. I enjoyed our extremely short interview very much. It made me laugh ; hope it makes you smile too!
On traveling: Sea
On the favourite artwork/design piece you've done/contributed to: A carafe*, because I use it at home.
On getting inspiration: Walking
On your motto in life: Don't waste time (Interviewer's note: im glad this isn't taking up much of Yvonne's time haha)
On what design means to you: Thinking
On your favourite website(s) and why: notcot.com. You should check it out, you'll probably like it too. I like it because I draw inspiration from it.
On your favourite designer(s) and why: This is probably cliched, but I like Naoto Fukasawa. His work is simple. Me: Simple to understand? Or when looking at it, it's simple to understand why you'd like it? Yvonne: Both.
On what your job entails: Variety.
On your favourite thing about this job: Variety and new things
On your hardest thing about this job: New things
Do you want a picture featured: Nope
The Hub Singapore's video about the social entrepreneurship movement in Singapore made us dig deep and ask ourselves: How do we define success, be it big or small? What drives each of us, be it in work, or whatever we do. How do you define success? In sharing our answers with you, we hope you find your own answer in whatever you're doing too :)
Success to me is...
2. Help others achieve step 1
And to end the week, here is Demetri Martin's take on success. I expect in words, to him, success is the end point after a crazy messy journey. Hang in there and have a great weekend ahead :)
Working in T.Ware for the past 6 months has been a humbling experience for me...
Growing up, I studied in top schools in Singapore, competed with really smart people who placed a premium on their education and academics, and excelled in sports. Out of school, my first work experience was starting a tuition centre. That was where I first realized that not everyone was like the people I grew up with - I came across students who worked part-time in order to make ends meet (this is not very common in Singapore), as well as students who came from broken families. They didn’t place much emphasis on doing well in school, but I could empathize with their situations. The ones I struggled to understand however, were students who lacked the belief that they were able to learn. It took me some time to accept, understand and attempt to help change that belief. But I failed in most cases since I spent only about 2-3 hours a week with these students, who more often than not, were probably forced by their parents to attend tuition classes outside of school.
Then I joined T.Ware. I got the chance to engage with the children and parents of the special needs community and learnt about Autism, ADHD and people with mild intellectual disability. I started to understand the work put in by therapists and teachers - all the love and patience from them really astounds me. The way they care for their clients and students, the way they want the best for them, the way they accept their differences, and understand and love them for who they are. I salute you.
These children will become adults who will still be likely to have issues that we will always struggle to understand. But don’t we all have issues some way or another? They are different, but then again, aren’t we all different in some way or another? By accepting the premise that everyone is different, all we can do is to understand, learn and love. It is tough, no doubt. Just like how a husband tries to understand his wife, how a girlfriend tries to understand her boyfriend, it’s tough. But when you put in effort, something wonderful happens.
To parents who have a child that’s special, it’s going to be tough. There will be times when you feel overwhelmed, stressed, helpless, frustrated, like no one understands you. Take a deep breath and stay strong. Read and learn about your child, understand your child, communicate with your child, communicate with your child’s teachers and therapists – this is the way to give your child the best learning platform to fulfil his/her potential and be independent.
Working in T.Ware for the past 6 months has been a humbling experience for me. Not because I realized how much there is for me to learn, but because I realized how much there is I didn’t know that I didn’t know.
Zach is in the sales and marketing team. He's been with T.Ware for about 6 months and enjoys basketball and making a difference. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org by directing your email to Zach :)