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Bento 34 – Quitting in Style

April 20, 2010

I’ve been slacking off the bento making front, only producing super-quick bentos that consists of slopped together leftovers with some pieces of fruit. Work have been snowing me under mindlessly and I’ve been doing long hours = tiredness setting in = no brainpower left for creative endevours. However, last Friday I did it at last … I QUIT!!


It was exhillirating to say it out loud. I’ve been plotting my departure since before Easter, and last Friday I did it at last. I rang my boss (she was working from home) to inform her that I was leaving, and she asked for something officially written. Fair enough. I had never written a resignation letter before, having always just sat down with my ex bosses and told them that I was leaving. So I initially wrote her an email, but it strike me that she would probably want something in a proper letter because *she is just like that*. So I started again, and googled for a resignation letter – seeing that the last one I wrote was in uni during Business Communications 110. Sigh. So yeah, there I go, ripping off a template from google and filling it in with all my details…including her full name and business address…everything. I sent it off as an attachment in an email, and then went to the washroom.


When I came back less than 5 mins later, there was a missed call on my phone. It was my boss, telling me that my resignation letter was “not good enough”. Then I checked my email. It was my boss again, telling me that my letter was not good enough, and I need to specify exactly how many days holidays would they need to pay me. All within the time it took for me to walk to the washroom and back. Seriously…like say what?? I’ve quit, and a good use of my time would be to get me to REWRITE my resignation letter?? So I googled some more, and came up with a better ‘example’….which passed her quality test.


I’ve been thinking about that whole incident all weekend, and really wished that I could’ve resigned in style – and what better way to resign that via a bento!!! I would have loved to resign with this bento – can you imagine the boss’ face if I present her with this bento during lunch? Heehee…Today’s bento contain some mock-risotto made from orzo that I copied from Sheri – utterly delicious! I substituted the veggie stock with chicken, and popped in some peas once it’s cooked. Yum yum. I’ve used my two sectioned bento box so I can microwave it separately from the other half.


Mock mushroom orzo risotto with cut-out cheese letters (I used alphabet cutters for the words and cut out the smiley face features freehand using the toothpick method) , strawberries and tomatoes on a bed of mixed salad leaves – strawberries eaten with rocket leaves is so beautiful! Padded out with snap peas. And a smiley quitting giraffe too; hiding in the forest of the peas πŸ™‚


Oh, and I found out something amazing…if you freeze cheese cut outs before placing them on the bento, it is just so much easier to handle! Well, most people probably already know this..hehe.

15 Comments leave one →
  1. April 20, 2010 7:07 pm

    congrats on quitting!!! you must feel so powerful and free!

    the orz-otto looks delicious, and the fruit and veg section is so colorful and fresh looking! what a wonderful way to celebrate πŸ™‚

    • April 20, 2010 8:22 pm

      Megan: You’re most definately catching Sheri & Debra up on the bento puns!! Heehee…Orzotto…

      I feel so empowered…pheww!!

  2. hypothermya permalink
    April 20, 2010 7:34 pm

    Wow — Good for you for getting out of there. Just hearing about the process of quitting makes me think they’ve got their heads up their collective rears. Calculating holiday pay is not an employee responsibility at all. And letters of resignations are formalities, anyhow. Sounds like you’ll be a lot better off with a different job.

    Also, that bento is fantastic. And the mock-risotto looks scrumptious.

    • April 20, 2010 8:24 pm

      thanks hypothermya. Yeah, it sounds so drawn out and painful doesn’t it! At least I only have one month’s notice – can’t wait!

  3. April 20, 2010 7:58 pm

    Wow, congrats! From the title I was afraid you were quitting bento, whew! Orzotto (heheh, love that one megan. Right up my punster alley) looks fab!! Love your happy bento; guess you’re on your way to bigger + better things πŸ™‚

    • April 20, 2010 8:25 pm

      thanks sheri! smiley faces everywhere, lets hope my lunches would be accepted in my new workplace!!

  4. April 20, 2010 8:26 pm

    Congratulations on quitting your job and (presumably) moving on to pastures new! The bento looks really good too! Wishing you all the best for your new horizons πŸ˜€

    • April 21, 2010 12:33 pm

      Thanks all for your kind words and wishes – whoever would have thought quitting would be so hard…but yeah, the whole process just reaffirm the fact that I made the right decision by quitting.

      kirsty: Unfortunately won’t be able to beat Boots’ lunch deal! But I like that idea…would be so fab πŸ™‚

  5. April 20, 2010 9:14 pm

    yay for you…sounds like you’ll be much better out of there! good luck for the future – you could always open a bento takeaway πŸ˜‰

  6. April 20, 2010 9:35 pm

    I love it! You did go out in style! Fancy the resignation letter not being good enough. Sheesh. No wonder you resigned!!

  7. April 21, 2010 6:20 am

    I love your bento!!! Way to go and I wish you much happiness in your new endeavors! πŸ˜€

  8. April 21, 2010 6:26 am

    I’m sure you have made the right decision for your job career. Hope you can get the better one soon. I like how you express it with your bento hehehe … Please don’t quit from making bento πŸ˜€

  9. April 21, 2010 9:55 am

    Great move. Sometimes you have to do whats right for you no matter what. Now you are open to a new path in your life. Ganbatte on your future. Kudos on that bento.

  10. dreymer permalink
    April 21, 2010 3:34 pm

    Maybe you could have told your boss “You’re fired!” Hehe

  11. April 21, 2010 5:13 pm

    Thanks all for your kind words and wishes – whoever would have thought quitting would be so hard…but yeah, the whole process just reaffirm the fact that I made the right decision by quitting.

    kirsty: Unfortunately won’t be able to beat Boots’ lunch deal! But I like that idea…would be so fab πŸ™‚

    drey: Thats a great idea actually!

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