My ‘baby’ here refers to my first ever building project in Singapore since I started working here last year. I have to clarify that first hand before it all leads to confusion and misunderstanding. My first building project here is a data center building. I have not known much (actually I have known nothing) on this building type until I was assigned to it at its early concept design stage early last year. It is a challenge to me (even until now) to understand most if not some more extensive operational and M&E requirements that play huge role to architecture and design of a data centre facility.
Ahh..let’s not go too technical on that. I am not the one designing the building (that honor goes to my boss of course) but I am the one that does most of the drawings for it. I have been to the site office for few times already but I have never visited the construction site itself. Today is the day that I finally got to see my building which has risen up and will be completed mid of next year. Yes…I called it my ‘baby’ because it is very significant and holds a huge part in my life as an architect. It is not my first ever building project but it is considered my first ever ‘massive’ building project.
You will never understand the feeling of seeing the building that is finally built after months of seeing it on screen and papers only. That very great feeling…contented and fulfilled to see lines that I have drawn being translated to reality. That is one of the reasons why I choose architecture as my career path. I seldom visit construction sites and I take every visit as an opportunity for me to observe construction details and learn more. Architecture involves a learning process that is never ending. It is also an opportunity for me to overcome my fear of height (I’m not that afraid but I’m still afraid)…I have to climb a series of temporary steps dangling on the side of the building at about 9 floors high up. And the worst thing is that the stairs are made of perforated metal (so you can see through what’s in front of you and also the ground way below). I have to admit that my legs were shaking a bit that time…haha
There were also a series of meetings today and I’m glad that they are all finished right before my clock out time at 6pm. I’m ending the day with a good rest at home now and and getting hyped over the new trailer for Disney movie ‘Mulan’ set to be released on March next year. There’s still a long way to go (can’t wait for it). The trailer looks good and its new rendition of the ‘Reflection’ music in the trailer is epic and gave me goosebumps. ‘Mulan’ is one of my favourite Disney animated films (and Mulan is a rare badass Disney princess) and I hope that this live action remake will not disappoint.
That’s it for my post for the day…and that’s it, the end of the first week of December. That was fast. My 28th birthday on the past Wednesday is also over. Just a month later and I’m unofficially 29. I’m nearing 30 soon (shit!). That is no good. A very good message for my this year’s birthday is that I have to live in the moment as time does not wait. Yes!