After finishing my MSc in Oxford, I returned to Singapore where I joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I have since been attached to the ASEAN Directorate and eagerly awaiting news of my next assignment. Work at the MFA is fascinating, although there are times when it can be mentally and physically exhausting. Just recently, I was in Cambodia for the ASEAN Summit and Related Summits. I recall being barely four feet away from US President Barack Obama at the East Asia Summit. I also had the opportunity to attend the bilateral meeting between Indian PM Manmohan Singh and Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong.