Unexpected day off

Today I had an unexpected day off from school as I was able to complete my assessment earlier yesterday. So one more module down and left 2 more! Yippee! Looking forward to next week where we will get to go for Asian Fashion Summit. It’s the first time TAFtc gave out free passes to students, so just feeling really blessed to have chosen the right school. I am also going for Audi Asia Fashion designers competition, will have to miss 2 hours of my class on Monday, but I really want to see what the Asia young designers are doing.

I spent my day off attempting to continue my jacket project that I have put off for the longest amount of time. Many years ago, Spotlight was having a sale and I bought gorgeous wool fabric and decided to make a jacket. I also purchased some paper patterns for the jacket. Looking at the patterns now, I seriously wonder why it is labelled as easy on the cover of the patterns. Still trying to figure how to sew the lining and the fabric together but quite happy to see my progress. If I am still in my corporate job, I won’t have this luxury at all to sew anything, so I shall just treasure this time


I really wonder how my photos looks in the blog, as I am blogging from an app most of the time. Hope it turns out good.

I finally changed my linked in profile. I guess previously some part of me was kinda holding out that if this career switch doesn’t work out, I can go back to my old life and just update this period as studies and internship. But I am glad I did it. I was getting too tempted by all the job opportunities that recruiters keep sending me..

Last night, the Partner and I has a little tiff. It stemmed from him worrying over not having enough money to cover the expenses of our BTO flat in 4 years time and the unspoken expectation that I need to find a stable paying job soon. So I kind of got ticked off as its not my first time hearing it. I too know our commitments and yet one part of me really want to follow my dreams. I know it’s much easier to get another $3-3.5K job, but if I really went for that, then this 7 months of attempting to job switch will be for naught.

The realities of life of course may force me to make a decision soon. My lecturer was telling us that designers only get $1.8K a month as a starting pay coupled with long hours of work. I really hope that it will be slightly higher, as my current insurance premiums already come up to $1.1K and if I really take on a $1.8K job, I will have to find other ways to supplement my income to make ends meet and have savings for the house.

On a lighter note, my classmate M told me that for the next batch there are having more internships openings like asst designers, fabric testers etc. Lucky next batch people! This batch there are really few internships only 3 for my course and 3 for marketing and merchandising and its all for asst merchandisers and asst buyers positions, none design related. It’s strange as I heard the last batch they had plenty of internships available, so maybe it’s a seasonal thing.

Also, F invited me to her grand opening at her studio. Pleasantly surprised that she still thought of me 🙂
Ok off to more sewing and working on my jacket! ^^


11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Angie
    Jan 01, 2015 @ 10:17:55

    Hey! I would like to know more about the taftc courses? Esp for the apparel design and product development (if u could so kindly help). Do they really help with job placements and any prior art/fashion experience required?


    • ashiu77
      Jan 02, 2015 @ 13:00:59

      Hi Angie, if you are under PCP program and can’t find a job during the stipulated time frame, they did say you can contact the school to help with job placements. I never tried so I am not sure if they really do help, but they do inform us of job openings from time to time. I think you at least need some basic sewing skills because its a very intensive course where most of the time you are completing modules in one or two weeks. Though I know how to sew prior to the course, I did find it challenging as well due to the short time frame to master a module. Art is not really needed as they are using adobe illustrator. Hope this helps.


  2. Urline
    Jan 14, 2015 @ 07:56:43

    Hi, so after the course are you able to find a job? How is the internship like?


    • ashiu77
      Jan 17, 2015 @ 03:51:19

      Hi I started my job search very early like right when i started my internship and I used to go for interviews either after work or during lunch time so I managed to get a job immediately after my internship. On hindsight you may want to take a break first and really consider what type of job you like to do. My internship was ok, I only get to do simple stuff, but it helps to give me a feel of what to expect in a retail industry. Different companies may have different systems. My permanent job had a totally different system from my internship company, so I wasn’t really able to apply much of what I have learnt in the internship to the job


  3. Yl
    Jul 13, 2015 @ 19:05:54

    My 3 month apparel design and product development course will start in august 2015.but i dont know if i have chosen the right school to go.how did you find the things that you’ve learnt there?is it useful if im going to set up my own business in the future.


    • ashiu77
      Jul 14, 2015 @ 04:26:22

      I think for your own biz the modules you learn will be pretty good. However the cert may not be that recognized if you are using it to look for a job in future. It’s pretty fast paced they usually complete a module in week and you will have assessments every week, so do be prepared


  4. Yl
    Jul 15, 2015 @ 07:27:21

    Do you think i should choose mdis(9 months) or taftc (3 months) fashion design course?i haven pay full sum yet so i can still change school now.have you heard of fashion design course in mdis?is it good?


    • ashiu77
      Jul 16, 2015 @ 12:07:43

      I won’t recommend MDIS I heard that they don’t get to use the sewing machine at all so it’s not very practical to me. I will recommend either NAFA or La Salle if you want a cert that can be recognized. Otherwise TAFtc is pretty ok for the things they teach. Class is around 20-30. Usually they have joint classes for some of the modules with merchandizing.


  5. Yl
    Jul 15, 2015 @ 08:57:55

    One more question.how many people are there in a class for taftc?thankyou


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    Jun 18, 2016 @ 01:33:49

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