21 thoughts on “The Departure Chronicles: Giving notice

    • an9elfire says:

      Thank you 🙂 this is my last “job”. I made a personal promise to myself the day I left my P’s office. I don have a lot of money, but I would never want to work for money anymore.


  1. Darren Soh says:


    You are indeed very courageous. I have been dreaming of being one day like you but i have a family with a toddler. Still the aim is to be financially free one day but probably later than you..i think you are roughly in your early 40s to mid 40s, since having worked for 17 years.

    I understand what you are saying. Just wondering about the part on feeling to change as you have been doing the same thing for many years. Did you try going to being a executive changing the curriculum as i believe there is not only teaching in your industry like what my friend says open posting to other schools or headquarters or many being seconded to a different area so as not to feel stagnated?

    Anyway, you write very very well and its quite amazing that many bloggers are teachers both within your field like silyinvestor or outside like La Pappillion and dividend warrior.
    I somehow suspect AK is also in this field last time, outside. Just some observations….


    • an9elfire says:

      Hello Darren.

      I noticed a few teachers among the finance blogging community too. Maybe it is in our nature to write, teach and share. AK was also an ex-teacher, look at his massive passive income now. He is in his mid 40s I believe.

      I had tried HQ type of work before in my previous job. All my friends know that I won’t enjoy the kind of politicking and cubicle lifestyle that I will experience, if I applied to MOE HQ. I agree and thus had never applied for such postings. I feel that there’s no point jumping from the pan into the fire, so I decided to be “FIRE” instead, so that I can do whatever I want to, free from monetary constraints (mostly).

      Do check out future posts from me, as I detail my FIRE journey. I am likely to share some numbers, the agonies I felt, the choices I had to make etc. Hopefully, it will help others in Singapore, touted the most expensive city in the world, be financially independent earlier 🙂


  2. Henry says:

    Good for you to leave. I left last year. It’s normal that you get this kind of treatment when the efforts to make one stay there failed especially if you are a high-flyer. Because it’s reflect on the P’s performance as well. All kinds of negative remarks and accusations will be thrown on you. Just ignore them….and focus on your path ahead.


    • an9elfire says:

      Thanks Henry. There were some efforts to make me stay, but I didn’t expect and like the negative remarks I had gotten. I had always received good performance grades and never really got any lousy feedbacks. So at the end, getting such, was unexpected.

      But I don’t let people’s opinions affect me so much now, unless that person matters a lot to me. So I am good, excited even, and looking forward to new adventures.

      I didn’t know the P is affected by staff departures. Nowadays the civil service is overstaffed. There are many lousy performers who will never leave, and good ones who will find it hard to come in. I leave now with my eyes open, knowing I will not return. But my students tell me they will miss me, and that still hurts 🙂


  3. Darren Soh says:

    Looking forward to your future posts.

    Thanks so much for your sharing as it is really helpful to meet a kindred soul.


  4. La Papillion says:

    Looking forward to more chronicles from you!

    What will happen to our protagonist? Will he be assigned more shitty work while he awaits patiently for his last day? Will the evil principal find trouble for our troubled hero? Will he have sobbing students waiting to give him handwritten notes and bespoke gifts?

    Till the next episode of…THE DEPARTURE CHRONICLES!


    • an9elfire says:

      Haha 🙂 The protagonist is not a hero, the P is not evil, the students won’t sob. Not the stuff of channel 8 drama shows 🙂

      But I will write more on how I feel as I leave my workplace of 4 years, after a service of 13 years. There are friends that I will miss, students that I feel guilty towards (for not completing their Sec journey). Regardless, it’s time for me to move on. It’s time for the next episode.

      Thanks for the dramatic intro to my next blog post :):)


  5. Ramstrong says:

    Ur the best im pretty sure ur a valuable asset to the school . Maybe sometimes not all things go as we planed and some may not appreciate how we do things but its ok have a nice “after retierment” life


    • an9elfire says:

      Thank you Ram. I am really impressed with your persistence. U know what u want, and will try hard for it. This hunger to improve your life will stand u in good stead, as u nature and become “valuable” to other people. So now u know where to reach me 🙂 I will always be your teacher.


  6. Alan Loh says:

    You are the most inspiring person ever! I would really wish to thank you for all that u have done for me and also thank you for encouraging me and my friends when we were at dark times. You thought me values that would be useful throughout my journey of life. Be well and always stay HAPPY 🙂


    • an9elfire says:

      Alan, thanks for your kind words. I will always stay happy, and all of you must strive to do so too. The journey in front of all of you will be exciting. Someday, inspire other people as well. Pass it forward, and I will be glad I was part of your journey 🙂


  7. livingafi says:

    I left a job also where my boss accused me of “checking out” prematurely and not giving it my all. He was wrong, and in fact I took the opposite view, that I was donating too much of my life energy to employment. But the point I’m trying to make is that controlling managers seem to default to this attitude — the attitude being that if you are leaving soon, you must be not fully committed in your remaining time.

    I think this is projecting — they are seeing what they want to see. They know that if they had a set date, they would be working less hard too. They are assuming you are behaving the way that they would behave. My guess is that your performance was absolutely fine and your behavior didn’t change as much as they (management) asserted.

    At any rate, I like your comment that in the end you don’t care all that much what these people think about you. After all, you are leaving to live your own life and these people are staying. It doesn’t matter.

    All the best.


    • an9elfire says:

      What a pleasure to see you commenting on my blog! I have been reading your blog posts diligently since I found it. In your writings, I had learned much and your experience and wisdom had given me a good foundation on how I should start my new life. I am grateful that u dropped by, it has made my day today 🙂

      My P made this comment to me before: he said that workers like me are not controllable, cos we are independent of our salary. The way he said it, I was not too sure that it is a compliment. Management always want control, how else can they ensure that things go the way they want, which may not be in our best interests.

      Actually I do care what others say, cos I have my work pride on always doing a good job of whatever is assigned to me. Or I used to care more. But as I got older and more comfortable in my skin, I am able to drown out these noises that really don’t matter. I still care very much what my loved ones says, and I think that is really what counts.

      Thank you once again for coming by. I am flying over to California soon, very much nearer to u. On my small island here in Singapore, FIRE is something not many people aim for, or are even aware of. But in my small way, through my students and my blog, I am trying to spread the message. Let’s all have a good FIRE life together 🙂 cheers.


      • livingafi says:

        Sorry about the misunderstanding, I apparently didn’t read your post carefully enough. It is good and healthy to want to have the “work pride,” for personal integrity. Totally agree, the love and support of those closest to you is what matters most. Enjoy your time in California. And thanks for writing this post, I enjoyed it.


  8. Gilbert says:

    I wish i can be like you sir one day, following the path that i will enjoy and make me and my family happy for the rest rest of our lives


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