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Strung Words: Hungover Heart

“Don’t worry, you will find someone else soon.”

Oh yes,

a someone else

will definitely come along.


how can I focus on a someone else

if every time I see you

the memories rush back

the feelings converge

the voices: “don’t crack”

the hopes re-emerge

– A whole different kind of hangover


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Strung Words: One-Word Crusher

“Do you think a girl and a boy can stay really good friends if one of them confesses but the love is unrequited?”


I didn’t know                                                                                                                  I didn’t know

my heart                                                                                                                        my intentions

was this                                                                                                                                  were this

fragile,                                                                                                                                           weak,

that all it takes is                                                                                                     that all it takes is

one                                                                                                                                                    one

word                                                                                                                                                word

to                                                                                                                                                           to

break                                                                                                                                                abort

it.                                                                                                                                                              it.

– One-word crusher


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Design: Five Quotes To Help You Get Out Of Bed In The Morning

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Strung Words: What Makes You Happy

Focus on doing

what makes you


not what makes others


– But what if trying to impress makes you happy?


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Strung Words: Myths

“Multitasking is a myth,” she says.



runs Netflix on the background of her browser tabs

plows through YouTube videos during meals

plugs her earphones for a five-minute walk

refreshes her feeds way too many times as she writes

Ah yes, multitasking is a myth,


l   o   n   e   l   i   n   e   s   s

is not.


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Paul Donovan’s Keys To Success

Donovan during his "Keys To Success" talk at UCL.

Donovan during his “Keys To Success” talk at UCL. || Apologies for the poor camera quality; click to enlarge.

Months ago, a friend who I haven’t met in well over four years invited me to attend a guest talk titled “Keys To Success” by the CEO of Odeon UCI Cinemas Group, Paul Donovan. The talk was organised by one of the entrepreneurship societies here at University College London (UCL), and honestly, I was expecting a talk focusing on specific tips and tricks for achieving business success, and ultimately decided to go because I wanted to reunite with my friend.

Nevertheless, I was pleasantly surprised when, 10 minutes into the talk, it became evident that Donovan’s tips would not only be useful for aspiring businessmen/women, but also for anyone who will become or is already part of the world’s workforce. Granted, many of the tips are suggestions many people have echoed throughout the years (which arguably doesn’t undermine their value anyway), but a couple, especially those with a modern day twist,  I found rather eye-opening. Overall, the eight tips he elaborated across the hour reflect the wealth of experience Donovan has under his belt, and I found them so handy as well as agreeable to that I wanted to share them here for anyone to discover.

>> About Paul Donovan

In case you are unfamiliar with Paul Donovan and might therefore be questioning his legitimacy as a speaker – much like I was before the talk -, here is a quick bullet-point summary of his career progression thus far as told by Donovan himself during the talk (and as I later corroborated online after the talk [1] ):

  • Pre-1999: Held various commercial positions at BT, Cable & Wireless, Optus, Apple, Coca Cola, Schweppes, and Mars
  • 1999 – 2000: Member of the Executive Committee, Vodafone
  • 2001 – 2004: CEO, Vodafone Ireland
  • 2014 – present: CEO, Odeon UCI Cinemas Group (Europe’s largest cinema operator)
  • Other current roles: Non-executive directors, Millicom Cellular International and Upstream SA
  • Fun fact: Donovan is a UCL (my uni!) alumnus.

>> Keys To Success

  • The world is unfair, who you know counts
  • Numerical reasoning is more important than you think
  • Delving into the business world as a hired hand in a start-up is risky business
  • A blue chip start gives your more options in the future

    A bit on the technical/stock market jargon side here, but simply put, “blue chip” refers to corporations that are reputable, oftentimes globally-recognised, and can consequently reap profit despite market fluctuations – for the most part. Examples of blue chip companies include Citigroup Incorporated, Walt Disney Company, and McDonald’s Corporation.

  • Find companies that align with your values
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help and/or advice
  • Pitch your opening salary at the upper quartile, not the median 
  • Re-skill and up-skill on an ongoing basis

    Quick note on “re-skill” and “up-skill”, “re-skill” refers to learning new skills, whereas “up-skill” is elevating or sharpening the skills you already learnt previously.

Donovan then concluded his talk by listing the three most important personality traits that he believes make satisfying those keys to success all the more second nature: adaptability, communication, and curiosity.

>> What Do You Think?

  • Can you think of anything that’s missing from Donovan’s list?
  • Have you ever tried implementing any of the tips to advance your career? How did it go?
  • What do you think are the three most important personality traits for achieving any type of success?

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Heya There, Christy Zee Here!

And welcome to my first-ever blogpost for this blog!

After consolidating my intentions and vision for the blog (read about those here) last summer, life got quite overwhelming. What with moving 11,760 km across the world and adjusting to university life, it was rather difficult to schedule time for setting out proper blog-related plans. Not to worry, though, the hecticness has not eroded my aspiration of starting and running this blog! Unfortunately, running, at this point, simply means at least two blogposts a month. Whilst I realise that posting twice each month does not seem like much, I want to start off with a goal that is (hopefully) achievable before potentially increasing the number as I adapt better to blogging, studying at university, and living independently in London. Plus, note that I did use “at least”, which means that you may occasionally receive a cheeky additional post or two on certain months *wink wink*.

A few little introductory pointers on how the blog is laid out:

  1. Pages are linked on the menu bar, with sub-pages listed as drop-downs under their corresponding pages.
  2. Blogposts appear chronologically from newest to oldest under “HOME” and they are sorted into categories as well as tagged with key words.
  3. Names of pages and categories are the same and those correspond with one another. A page contains links to the latest entry and all previous entries (AKA archive) of its respective category – if this sounds confusing, try clicking the links to different pages on the menu bar to get the idea.
  4. Tags on blogposts and on the tag cloud widget on the right-hand static bar can be clicked on to reveal all blogposts tagged with the clicked tag. 

What's Up: Hi There, Christy Zee Here #1

Furthermore, to receive a notification when a new blogpost is published, please click on the “Follow This Blog” button – also on the right-hand static bar, under the tag cloud. If you have yet to read the “An Introduction” page, then feel free to do so to get a better idea of the girl behind the screen ☺️

It goes without saying that this blog can become your space as much as it is mine. You are always welcome to leave your opinions as comments and/or share information from this blog when you find them interesting. You will also be able to participate in surveys and possibly other mass brainstorm platforms as I post more and more content into this blog. If you prefer connecting and chatting over social media accounts as opposed to on the blog itself, then my Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, and Tumblr will welcome you with open hands, too.

Anyway, that is all from me for now. It has been a long time coming, but I am excited – and relieved – to finally launch this little project; welcome to christyzee.wordpress.com!

See you around,

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