I was previously deployed as Vice-Consul (Admin & Consular) at the Consulate-General of Singapore in Mumbai, India. My responsibilities were varied. On top of managing the daily operations of the Mission such as local staff management, security, procurement and finance, I also assisted overseas Singaporeans in distress, attended official functions with Government officials, organised official functions and arranged incoming Ministerial and working level visits.
I served my first overseas posting as Attaché (Admin & Consular) at the Singapore Embassy in Washington, DC. One highlight I will always remember was helping to facilitate the visit of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to the United States. Seeing the Singapore flag raised over Blair House − the US President's Guest House − brought out a sense of national pride and achievement that I had played a part, however small, in ensuring the success of the visit.
I was drawn to MFA by its dynamic environment and overseas postings. When I look back at some of the memorable moments during my time here, they all have a common thread binding them —
At MFA, every challenge comes with learning opportunities. Each time, I navigate through one, it builds up my confidence. I have also developed various skills that would serve me well in my career.