Sunday, December 16, 2012

Wedding Day Part One

Syukur Alhamdulillah, last Saturday officially after the Akad Nikah I am officially known as Puan GrimlyGeekyGirlNextDoor :) Awesome eh muahahahaha. Oh yes, happy happy happy happy.

One day before, on Friday I had to beg my Bonda to allow me to go out to buy some more things to finish the hantaran . These are some examples I got from the internet, not mine :)

Well, according to old wives tales, the bride and groom to be is forbidden to gout of the house, be it far or near before the wedding. Because it seemed that accidents always befall them. But imagine if I have to stay at home one whole day..I will definitely go crazy.So after much persuasion I managed to get out of the house, provided its my friend who is driving and not further that the Pekan Sungei Besi. Ok lah, rather than being confined at home muahahaha.

My Grandparents arrived later in the evening together with my Aunty and Cousin. As expected my Ayah (I fondly call my Grandpa as Ayah) drove all the way from Johor. Aiyak ini orang. Well, ayah is roughly 80 plus of age but I must admit, that he is strong as ever. But of course being a grandchild I am worried of him. I mean from Johor to KL is way too long of a journey. But Ayah being Ayah is stubborn, now I know where I got that from. Well, since I was rather busy and he was also very tired we did not get to talk that much over the night.

I slept in the Bride's Room with Ina , my BFF comes my Mak Andam comes my Lady In Waiting. Had to put some henna and immediately after that I fell asleep. Was very very tired.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Adam Dan Hawa

. The title above seemed to be some sort of a phenomenon in Malaysia, especially amongst female viewers. Maybe because of Aaron Aziz hehehe. Some were voicing their concern about Nadiya Nisaa being the heroin. But those people were so dead wrong about this actress. She is like fantabulous!!! Amazing talent I say...amazing...deadly amazing.

Well am not here to give synopsis about the book or the movie. I am sure that if you were to utilize Mr Google you will be able to find a lot of it. So don't be lazy and Google it up.

But I wanna share how impressive Nadiya Nisaa was in the drama. She is so freaking talented!. The most touching scene was when they were caught in the house. "Tangkap khalwat". My god, I actually cried seeing her acting. Her screaming was hysterical and she really lived up to that scene. No "Control control ayu". Brilliant I tell you! Brilliant.

A primadona in the making, given the right script and film/drama. Let's not waste this talent Malaysians!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Alhamdulillah....Am waiting for the big day :)

Yesterday went to see Uncle Ustaz to have my form checked, just to ensure that nothing should go wrong eg, form wrongly filled, incomplete details entered, incomplete certificates etc. Basically to avoid anything and everything that can happen :)

I drove to UPNM in the morning and was driving in circles for a while. Poor reception is so not helping me to get in touch with Uncle Ustaz.

As I was wondering, looking puzzled from one building after the other, I heard someone calling, Kak Long Kak Long. I turned and saw Hanis! She is a friend of Ira who is currently studying in UPNM. Waa looking so "handsome" with the uniform. Hanis is a very polite girl, a good positive influence on Ira. She shook my hand and hugged me, asking me why was I there? I told her that I need to see Uncle Ustaz and she pointed to the office.

Alhamdulillah, went to Uncle's office and he helped to check and assured me that the documents are properly filled. Now I have to go and see the Pendaftar Nikah for the half of the documents.

Arrived there about twelve noon, the mosque is just behind the camp. It was empty and locked, assuming its lunch time, I decided to com back later. At 2:30 pm I was there but again the door was locked, just as I was about to leave the mosque, I saw a car arriving. Saw a male wearing a smart shirt with a songkok. Assuming he may be the Ustaz, I went after him. He unlocked the door, phew at least I can leave the documents there. Apparent Pendaftar Nikah went to visit someone who was ill, and so I left the documents there.

I reached office about 3pm and immediately rushed for a meeting. Got a call during the meeting and an appointment was set for tomorrow morning. The usual "soal-jawab" I guess. Two hours after I left for dinner, yea early dinner aka late lunch.

I did not take leave, I only changed my shift so I am required to work until midnight. Hwaa that was tiring. After a short dinner, I went to look for my wedding shoes. Well, I bought two normal pair of shoes, silver stilettos ,and white stilettos more like it. But Bonda said its best to wear socks..... Stilettos and socks does not really match, since it will be very slippery for me to walk in both. So went around looking for another pair of silver shoes. Could not spend a long time though, coz I have to get back to work.

Aiyah, stress me this. Any suggestions ?

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Oh My English......

I came across something which happened few weeks ago.

Had my weekend breakfast at McDonalds accompanied by The Star. Read an article on page 35 "Improving English in Schools" by Mr Seah Chiang Nee. Although the experience shared and views were based on what he has encountered in a neighboring country, everyone in Malaysia especially in the Ministry of Education should really looked into it.

When I moved to Johor to sit for my SPM, I missed my English teacher Miss Zahorin (from SMK Buyong Adil Tapah) the most. Not because people said we looked alike and similar in characteristics, but because she was a teacher of passion and of course she taught English. On one incident in my new school, I had chosen a different answer for an MCQ exercise, me alone while the rest of my classmates unanimously chose a different answer. I still remember the question "The TV show is (fill in the blanks). While the rest of them chose irrational I had chosen illogical.

Since I am the 'odd' one my answer was deemed wrong. After school, I went to the Teachers Lounge to seek for clarification regards to my answer. Unable to answer me, my teacher directed me to another teacher. The answer to which I was given was "Illogical is an Oxford level choice of word, so we don't use it".

Me being me, the blur one accidentally blurt out "Are we Malaysians that dumb or such a low class people that we are not even allowed to use these so-called Oxford level of words?"I think my teacher was taken aback by it and the look on the other teachers was a mad one. What happen to me? Nothing really except for the fact that I became very quiet...very very quiet in class. And that from that point onwards my teacher chose to ask for my answers before deciding which one is the correct answer. I strongly believed that it should not be the case. I do not want to feel important or anything, I just wanna a fair share in learning and that is all I am asking.

In fact now, while working I noticed how Malaysian level of English has indeed getting from bad to worse, well not to mention myself. The standards are deteriorating and unfortunately very less people seemed to be doing anything. Children have been "brain-washed" to hate English and that it is worth of nothing. Those who speaks though, tend to imitate the Beverly Hills 90210 kinda slang or Hillary Duff's Lizzie Mcguire kinda thing. It is funny indeed. They are trying very hard in faking it that when they were asked of a few simple questions, they tend to "melilanglibu" (panic). Such a wannabe.

Well, for me.... My grandfather has banned me from reading any Malay newspaper, until and unless I have read any English newspapers. That is how I got attached to The Star, especially on Saturdays. People always misjudged me by assuming that I am looking for job opportunities, The Star has a lot of it on its Saturday's edition. But I was more excited about getting more articles to read by just paying RM1:50. yes, I am a cheapskate what can I say huhuhu. It helps as I am not always on the internet reading other stuffs.

On a serious note, I do hope they re-consider implementing the English for Maths and Science back into the school syllabus as it offers extra help for the youngsters to understand the importance of English.

Losses and more losses

Well, I guess today's headlines will be the losses of Malaysian Football and Malaysian Team which took place yesterday. Honestly I was sleeping in the afternoon when DLCW was playing against China's Chen Long. I was not aware that our men's double was playing as well and lost to China's Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng.

Though most of the time I will be seating in front of the television watching our own Harimau Malaya in action, I did not have a good feeling last night and true enough we lost 0-3 to Singapore. Is this just a humble defeat before leaping to our opponents for the next games up till the final? I seriously hope so.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Three Weeks and Counting

Okay, I guess those of you who have been following my blog would know that I will be getting married next month

So the wedding cards are on their way to friends and family.I found a place to get my "Tudung Nikah" and bits of "Hantaran" is already planned. Of course there are things which I need to settle and one of them is registering at JAWI! Yea yea I know what's taking so long. Well ,my parents went to perform Haj this year and after they have left I was informed by my dad's officer from KAGAT that I need my parent's wedding's certificate before I can go for registration. And Dad is reluctant to let me know where the documents are. I know maybe because it will be stored in some secret location with the rest of the documents.

So the rush will begin after my parents are back. Immediately I will need to see uncle Ustaz before submitting the application to JAWI. Uncle Ustaz assures me that it will be possible and he will try to help us out. So I am settling other things at the moment.

Waa panic panic...hahahaha nope not yet. Panic button is still intact.

Apa Sebenarnya....

Well, I know the title is in Malay but allow me to mix these two language in my post but I promise I will do it nicely so that everyone can understand what I would like to share today.

Traffic was kinda smooth today. I left home at 6:55am and even stopped to pump some petrol and arrived in the office at 7:40am. Not bad eh? Well I guess mainly its because of school holiday season I guess. But not so for traveling back home. Yesterday I was stuck for 25 minutes in the traffic jam in front of my office, and traveling via the toll was only 15 minutes! Well KL is known for its traffic jam anyways so I should not be grumbling about it.

That is not the content in referring to the title up there. I received a rather disturbing SMS from a dear friend of mine. "Salam sahabat tolong doakan kejayaan aku dlm kes penjagaan anak aku. Bekas suami dah melampau sampai telefon dan ugut mak aku".

Immediately I called her up to find out what had happened. But before that lets flash back a little bit from the beginning.

My friend got married in the month of Syawal few years ago. I was the Lady in Waiting (that's how her family refers to me at that point of time - padahal kerja pengapit ajer pun). Well, a few days before I actually went to her house for the wedding, she called me while I was driving back from Giant in Johor (balik kampung beraya dengan Atok) crying and shouting "Aku tak nak kahwin, apa nak jadik jadiklah". I was so surprised that I stooped the car immediately by the side of the road! I literally slammed on the brake ok for I was shocked. Yelahkan, lagi dua tiga hari nak kahwin kot nyer.

But she told me that its because her fiancee, have not completed the things which were needed and required for the wedding. The bank draft for "Mas Kahwin" and some other stuffs. At the same time informing me while sobbing that she had helped him with other things such as the "hantaran", "Baju Nikah" etc. Bear in mind that at that point of time she was already working in Subang, staying in Kerinchi and without fail going back to Ipoh on weekends to prepare for wedding which will be taking place there.

Well, I remember that I told her to cam down and that matter as such is no laughing thing and no joke as it involves a lot of people. After almost half an hour with her on the phone, she finally agreed to talk things over with her fiancee before taking any other actions.

The wedding went (picture taken from this blog on and then we sorta lost contact with each other. I knew she got a baby girl, moved to Penang and continuing her studies while working. And on one fine day out of a sudden, she told me that she got divorced!. Waaa that is scary! She called me up and wanted to see me.

We met up in Wangsa Maju Secret Recipe, our favourite hangout back during college time. At that meeting, the whole story came out and I really knew the truth. She was unable to share it earlier as she was still married to him. Dalam Islam seorang isteri tidak boleh menceritakan perihal buruk suaminya kepada sesiapa melainkan pihak berwajib seandainya ingin meminta pertolongan. And so she has been keeping everything to herself all this while. Poor girl, and she told me how things would not have happened if she were to tell me the truth before the wedding day.

Don't get me wrong she is not at all blaming me but she knows that I will stand beside her, with her with her decision had I known the truth.

Remember the phone call that got me slamming the brakes? The reason for that particular phone call - it was made after she got a call from a lady claiming that she was also her fiancee's girlfriend asking if she is okay with the idea of polygamy. What the hell?!?!?!?! Not yet married but guaranteed a "madu". Imagine getting that kind of call even before you get married.

Nak di jadikan cerita bakal suami dia pada ketika itu sudah punya "perempuan itu" (gelaran yang selalu kami berikan pada orang yang dengan sengaja merosakkan rumah tangga orang lain). Perempuan itu menyatakan betapa dia sangat menyukai dan menyayangi tunangnya dan sanggup berkongsi kasih seandainya kawanku ini bersetuju. Sah sahlah kawanku tak setuju. Gila ker apa? Yea saya faham payung emas di berikan kepada yang isteri yang sanggup bermadu tetapi janganlah pulak lelaki menjadikan itu alasan untuk berkahwin lebih dari satu bila yang satu pun tak tentu. Memang Allah memberikan ganjaran tapi Allah juga menyatakan syarat syaratnya.

Dia terus nak batalkan perkahwinan itu tetapi malangnya hasratnya di tentang habis habisan oleh keluarga. Dia ada abang dua orang, adik perempuan seorang dan adik lelaki seorang. Kesian dia, takder siapa yang nak backing dia. Patutlah masa kahwin tu dia takderlah nampak macam ceria sangat. Buat buat gembira.

Bekas suami dah kahwin lain sekarang ni, tapi bukan dengan perempuan itu, dengan perempuan itu yang lain, perempuan itu 2.0. Kawan sepejabat dia. Nak jadik cerita, masa diorang kerja sesama dulu, pernahlah perempuan itu 2.0 datang rumah kawanku, mengadu pasal suami dia (iyer masa tu dia isteri orang). Ingat kot memang ikhlas nak minta tolong, rupa rupanya ada udang sebalik tomyam! Kononnya pada waktu itu mereka suami isteri selalu bertengkar sebab perempuan itu 2.0 ni tak boleh mengandung.

Nafkah anak tak pernah di beri, anak tak pernah di jenguk. Ada sekali kawanku hantar mesej sebab anak nak kena bedah di tangan ada bengkak sikit. Jawapan bekas suami "Kau bayarlah dulu nanti bil bahagi dua". Sentap kawan aku ni terus dia jawab balik "Eh bodoh , aku bukan nak duit lah. Tapi sekurang kurangnya jenguklah anak ko tu"! Pertama kali kawan aku ni menyumpah bekas suami. Kalau dia bercerita tentang bekas suami, (selalunya benda yang salah lah kan) dia akan pastikan anak dia takder bersama sebab dia tak mahu memburukkan bapa kepada anak dia. Itu satu aku hormat dengan kawan aku ni.

Bayangkan bekas suami nak tunjuk baik siap pergi Ipoh jemput mak kawan aku ni ke kenduri kahwin dia. Sekarang berentap nak anak pulak (FYI perempuan itu 2.0 masih belum mengandung yea - no speculation please. Mungkin belum rezeki). Dah beberapa kali di panggil mahkamah tetapi masih degil, akhir sekali mahkamah keluarkan surat saman dan di hantar melalui peguam kawan aku ni.

Part ni pun kelakar jugak. Pergi rumah bekas mak mertua dia - bekas suami duduk di sana. Bekas mak mertua cakap bekas suami takder, tak boleh ker bagi pada dia ajer? Peguam cakap tak boleh, atas arahan mahkamah kena serahkan surat ke tangan bekas suami. Dan dan bekas mak mertua call dan turunlah bekas suami dari tingkat atas rumah dengan berkain pelekat. Lawak tak? Aduhai makcik jangan bersubahat sangat boleh tak? Soalan yang memang popular dari mulut bekas suami - sebab anak ni tak duduk dengan saya, tak payahlah saya kasik nafkah ye tak? Dengan selamba rock peguam tu menjawab lebih kurang begini "Duduk atau tidak anak itu dengan encik, tanggungjawab encik untuk memberi nafkah kepada anak itu sepertimana yang telah di pertanggungjawabkan oleh Allah sebab anak itu amanah". Hambik kau! Sebenarnya bekas suami dia ni anak seseorang yang agak ternama terutamanya dalam hal hal berkaitan mempromosikan konsep kekeluargaan tapi tak payah sebut namalah. Cuma kesalnya bekas bapa mertua dia sibuk promosikan cara hidup keluarga Islam tapi anak dia tak tahu yang dia kena beri nafkah anak walaupun anak tak duduk dengan dia.

Lepas dapat surat saman itu yang bekas suami ni meroyan telefon bekas mak mertua dia. Satu bahagian yang aku rasa kelakar, dia sebenarnya tak nak pun bela anak dia, cuma dia beri kata dua pada bekas mak mertua dia - kalau mak kawan aku ni tak nak bela anak dia dia akan pastikan anak dia akan tinggal dengan dia. Gila ker apa, dah lah bapak kawan aku ni tak sihat, mak dia tak pandai bawak kereta ank hantar anak jemput anak dari sekolah. Ko tak nak bela dahlah, suruh bekas mak mertua kau bela buat apa?

Nampak sangat dia cuma nak menyeksa kawan aku. Dia beritahu kawan aku dia lebih berhak jaga anak dia sebab dia dah kahwin, mungkin betul. Tapi bagaimana dengan tanggungjawab yang tak pernah ko lunaskan pada anak itu? Terus terang nafkah itu cuma untuk melepaskan diri kau dari di pertanggungjawabkan oleh Allah sebab Alhamdulillah kawan aku seorang yang berkerjaya dan boleh menanggung anak itu sendiri.

Dia siap perli kawan aku tu bila dia telefon mak kawan aku " Dia tu kalau nak kahwin lagi dah bertaubat ker?" Apa maksudnya itu? Kau yang curang dari sebelum kahwin lagi lepas tu kau nak burukkan kawan aku pulak. Dia siap tanya lagi boleh ke kawan aku mengajar anak dia membaca doa makan. Siap dia plak kena perli dengan bekas mak mertua dia "Hai jangan kata doa makan, AlFatihah pun dia dah pandai. Siap bersolat lagi sekarang". Padan muka kau nak burukkan kawan aku pulak muahahaha (maaf aku pulak yang over).

Hai entahlah, tetapi yang pasti aku mendoakan agar kawan aku akan beroleh hak penjagaan penuh terhadap anak dia dengan kebenaran melawat untuk bekas suami dan perempuan itu 2.0. Dan semoga kawan aku akan terus dapat membesarkan anak dia menjadi anak yang solehah.

Mohon doakan agar anak itu kekal dengan ibunya.

To my dear friend, I will always be with you.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

No Title As Yet......

Assalamualaikum and Good Morning Everyone,

I know this blog has not been updated for quite a while. Well, to justify I had a lot drafts kept inside the draft box but as I wrote I notice that I did not have quite an ending to the entries and hence it was kept in the draft box for like forever :)

Let me begin by saying that I am sick, flu and cough for the past two weeks since last Monday to be exact. Change of weather (yeah, everyone like to blame the weather rite?) food, drinks...etc. Well, I for one am not good at looking after what I eat, as in even though I am well aware that I am still coughing I still drink ice or cold drinks, although not that often. Got a good scolding from my brother continuously huhu

We had Deepavali celebration in the office yesterday. Last Sunday I went to buy some presents and gifts for the celebration. And we bought some cakes from Kings Confectioneries . At first Jun, my friend who is in charge of the celebration wanted to buy the cakes from Secret recipe. In terms of distance, it is nearer to my office. However, in terms of price, its way cheaper with the new promotion done by Kings. For members, you can get 50% discount on any 1kg cake with no minimum purchase and you can buy the cakes with no maximum purchase! Imagine a cake worth of RM 60 is now worth of RM30! And for 7 cakes we saved roughly about RM 200. Had we gone to Secret Recipe instead, we would have been spending like almost RM600. Jun was so happy as she gets to cut down the budget and use it to spend on something else, say more food :)

I was part of the Fun Club Committee, but I chose to work quietly and decided that I will not go for any meetings. Why? Because no one can actually control the meeting and so it will be dragging on and on and on...Previously no Bosses were to handle these activities, just the managers and staffs. But since the bosses are part of it, of course I can not like barge in and cut the meeting as and when I like right? Eversince I was promoted about two years ago, all but I do is meeting. And I kinda find as a waste of my time. Let's go in discuss accordingly, wrap it up and leave kinda thing is the one for me hehehehe

Well, I bought myself a pair of new Punjabi Dress. The one I kept wearing is almost 10 years old and that is the one i have been wearing eversince, either to the Deepavali celebration or any Indian or Punjabi weddings. Hahahaha just to feel it more I guess. Yup, plain poyo I know.

But unfortunately as the event started, my flu got the best of me. I can even walk and so I was slumped at my chair feeling drowsy. Abang Ben came up to me and told me that I was pucat, I smiled weakly. Before he added "macam mayat" then I frowned and he laughed. He put his hand on my forehead and told me that I was burning. The funny part is I was shivering even as I was using a jacket. I end up putting my head on the table to rest and just closed my eyes.

Then my brother came and woke me up, asking me to eat some food which he took from the pantry. Waa the menu for the occasion was Nasi Beriyani...again. Chinese New Year - Nasi Beriyani. Hari Raya - Nasi Beriyani. Deepavali - Nasi Beriyani. Christmas - Nasi Beriyani. We need to do something about this stereotype menu here. That I shall propose for the next celebration.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Pouring My Heart Out

Hi All,

I am writing after a careful thought about my work and the obstacles which I have faced for the past 2 years in my current position. Waaa, so dramatic hehehehe I know but rest assured that this is going to be a very serious post, very serious indeed.

Before we begin, let me share a little bit of my working history and what I do. I am currently working for a BPO company. In layman terms its "Legal Human Trafficking" hehehehe. We run contact centers which were outsourced to us and our clients includes some big names in Malaysia and abroad. been here for almost four and a half years now. Started as a normal staff up to my current position now.

My work is quality related and so anything and everything related to the communication which has taken place between us and customers, my team and I will be monitoring, provide coaching, feedback and training if deemed required.

But I guess the level of understanding is different amongst different people. I have been facing continuous issues especially ever since the rewarding program was introduced by the clients. Should you have no complaints, no failing the quality monitoring session, each staff will be rewarded with RMxxx amount of cash. So whenever, anyone failed, the TL will come and humping on the scores and wanting it to be changed so that everyone can get the recognition and money.

I noticed that the environment is getting very mundane with each staff getting more and more robotic. First, they want everything to be scripted and the staffs will be following the script blindly and not knowing how to react when being asked on questions which are out of the 'norm-script'. My approach? To get the staffs understanding on the real purpose of the script, the logic behind it and the work around for it.

The staffs were told to ask "Are you happy with my service?" before ending the call. And one staff actually shared his uneasiness with the script, because he felt like a male-whore on the call. And customer giggling towards his question only emphasize the feelings further :)

Another classic example was when a staff was shouted upon asking the same question.
"Are you playing dumb or really really stupid? Of course I am not happy with the service!" Guess what, the staff did not know what to do and so responded by simply saying "Oh you are not happy is it. Thank you for calling xxxx". What the hell?!?!?!

Well those are a few examples of how things can be. Well, according to internal SOP staffs are to transfer the dis-satisfied calls to a 2nd level team whose duty is purely to salvage the customer. But because the staff did not have the slightest idea or clue of the purpose of the script, that is what happened.

I have noticed a few things throughout my tenure in this company, which I believe is not right. And through continuous efforts I still failed to have some changes done for the better, for they believe that quality should be stagnant and no improvement is required or needed since it appears to be harmless.

I have been attacked personally for the past two years and last Thursday I had actually broke down and cried. It is just so much that a girl can endure that I don't think I can take it anymore. I am asking for the participation from everyone else in a minimum level and even that, I am seen as a trouble maker and adding work to some other people.

We were told that we are the SME - Subject Matter Expert but we are actually not. Well, if we are then people will be listening to us right? But people have been opposing to everything that we are trying to do. You have to start some where before you can improve on certain things. You don't expect an improvement from something from the thin air. Human capital is what we are delivering and hence I believe that is one thing that we need to be good at, if not perfect but sadly people think its useless.

My work is killing me in the sense that its taking too much of space in my brain that the only thing left to do at home is playing games to ease my tense. I am seriously considering to leave this position. Well, I know you would say that its shallow to do so just when you are faced with a challenge. Trust me, the challenges I have faced non-stop for the past two years are more than what I have shared above but its for me to know and handle :)

Well, if the quality itself is at an Okay stage there's no need for company to pay me right because that is what I have been asked to do and indeed it has been achieved.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Jogoya StarHill

Well, I guess most people already knew what and where is Jogoya

I had accidentally 'bumped' into Jogoya a week before Raya. Office was planning for a buka puasa and the location was Impiana Hotel KLCC. So Hicham suggested the idea of Jogoya - though at time we could not make any reservation because apparently the booking for the whole month is full. Hence, while browsing the website we saw a discounted promotion up until 29th August 2012. We decided then to go on the 28th of August which is yesterday :)

There's supposed to be seven of us but Hicham decided that he could not go, Mus had a bad flu so food shall be tasteless for him and Zayba had a last minute work so she can't make it either. So its just me, Edmund, Abang Ben and Firuz. Off we go at 6:30pm. We walked through the new connector bridge from Impiana Hotel KLCC all the way to Pavilion. We got lost for a while inside the building and both Edmund and Firuz were using Mr Google to search for the place which happens to be just one floor above of us :)

With the discounted price buffet for four people is roughly RM300. Expensive? Yes kind off, but let's see if it matches the reputation. The ambiance atmosphere is one of the first thing we noticed. We were brought to a table at the end of the restaurant. Aiyak, that far! But then again it encourages you to explore what is there along the way which is food food and more food.

The only station I did not stop by was the Sushi station and I did not take any steamboat as well. I started off with some Japanese , , and Chinese cuisine such as the famous Singapore Chilli Crab , the crabs were so soft that I end up eating the whole thing inclusive of the shell! Took some of these yummy scallops , some cheese oysters .

. - This I could not take although its tempting, the crab body is bigger than my palm. This one is strictly for members only :)

Took bits of this and that just to have a taste. Since this is my first time so I don't really know what really wanna eat. The food is not bad at all, in fact some are very delicious and to my liking. I am not saying that there's food which are not tasty, but some are not to my liking. Oyster with cheese is something which does not suit my taste buds that well. And even if I had wanted to eat raw oyster with lemon and Tabasco sauce, I end up watching watching Edmund having few of those. I need more time to tell my throat that everything is going to be just fine :)

We spent almost 2 and half hours there, eating almost everything. Haagen Dazs and New Zealand Ice Cream were on free flow. . There's a chocolate fondue as well.

Had a nice black coffee, and a whole small teapot of Wulong tea afterward. . I purposely chose this kinda teapot just to have an authentic feeling of drinking Chinese Tea :)

All and all its an exceptional dining experience for me. I do plan to go there and really eat for now I know what do I want. My phone decided to black out on me yesterday and hence I could not get any picture. Please note that the pictures above were taken from Google just to describe the food which I have eaten. Whole list of what they have can be viewed via their website. I am loving it!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Alhamdulillah, Thank You Ramadhan...

Today is already the tenth day of Syawal and I guess pretty much things are back to normal. For one the traffic is congested as always so that pretty much sums up right? Shamefully I have to admit that last Ramadhan was not with a good productivity. I missed the congregational Tarawikh and most often end up doing it by myself at home after work. Rugi rugi..

I understand that all the good deeds should be done continuously through out the year and not just during the Holy Month of Ramadhan. But Tarawikh is the only prayer you can do during this wonderful and blessed month. I must say that I do struggle with the things which I normally do, being temperamental is one of it. Its a good anger management practice as I learn to calm myself down which is not easy especially when you are surrounded by incompetent people who is just there to test your patience. Good practice but indeed I must do more. I noticed that my productivity is also a bit lower than non-fasting month, which is not good as you are not supposed to use Ramadhan as an excuse for not being able to perform your work as per normal.

But yeah, I can see and feel that I was not productive. I would normally have a lot of things to do, reports to create,analysis to learn but apparently it just stops there so this month and moving forward I need to be on the go. Go go Power Rangers Hahaha can you believe it that I used to adore these rangers, one of its kind I'd say.

Well anyway, thank you Ramadhan for the blessings and gift which you have shared with me. Insyallah, if Allah permits we'll be seeing each other again next year and like wise I shall never stop from trying to closer to you.

Good Bye Param ...

Hmm on this day a month ago, was one of my staff's last day. Param aka Premy (the man is with a split personality) is leaving for a better position and salary. He is an asset to the company but I will never stop my guys from growing outside if not inside.

I strongly believe that a good leader will not only perform his/her job well but also being able to mold his/her subordinates to become better at being the leader of the next generations. People often asked me if I am not tired of training people when they leave for a better position or offer. I guess they themselves forgotten that they have mentioned the word "better". Being a front liner staff allows to you to learn what the job is all about and being better at it. But your leader must be able to recognize your talent before polishing it to prepare you for the next promotions to come. But sadly that is not happening.

I have been conducting a few interviews whenever there's a vacancy for my team and sadly I don't see the leaders playing a significant role in developing the people. Of course, I don't expect you to know in and out the function of the job which you are applying but a little bit of knowledge doesn't hurt and will certainly help you to get through the ordeal of the interview.

Secondly, most of the time the leaders comments are rubbish! Mainly its just to 'give face' or because it is part of the application form requirement. Example; under Time Management Box the staff wrote "I come on time and goes back on time. And the leader will rate it as Excellent! Firstly there's no elaboration on how the staff was able to go back on time, no mentioning about the productivity what so ever. Excellent should go to those who came to work earlier I'd say, but of course not necessary to go back late as it can be a sign of low productivity - targets not achieved hence to complete the target the staffs are staying back.

Sadly the leaders does not make effort to get to know the staffs that well hence hindering the ability to work around their weaknesses while not forgetting their strengths.

Well anyway, Param is a Gentle Giant in my team. Not to mention a little bit crazy with his 18sx jokes. He is slightly round and a very jovial person. He lightens up any situation but is damn serious when it comes to work. His passion was to be in the Operation's Team but sadly no one had actually taken him seriously and he was always the second through some people's eyes. Not to mentioned most of the time being bullied by others to clean up their shit. So one fine day he applied for a position in my team, at that time I was not yet promoted and so we became colleagues. Even when I so-called became his boss, he never fails to lend me a hand teaching me on the things which I know not and always there to listen to my crankiness and craziness, oh not to mention the long 'lecture' aka "membebel" at all times. I am going to miss that.

He never cease to amaze me with all sorts of talents he has, a good makan makan partner as well. Although we are the kinda pair, when it comes to eating I think we enjoyed each others company. He always bring food from home. Staying with his family of four and together with his aunt and grandmother, he was never short of food I guess. He would bring a lot of cakes and fruits to be shared. But my favorite will be the Papadom :) Haha something to munch during work.

I wish him all the best for his future and thank you always for being an awesome subordinate but most importantly an awesome friend. Missing you Param aka Premy.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Meaningful and meaningless

What's with the post title anyway? I don't know,I guess that pretty much  sums up what I am currently feeling. Well at times, when I am all alone I tend to wonder about the things which I have done, decisions which I have made etc. And then I will be judging my own action and the results of it. Lately I questioned a lot of things revolving whether or not it's worth of something or nothing at all. Was the efforts really worth it or just to buy time before other things started coming. Sheesh, pathetic ....I really don't know. Ramadhan there really one?

In Islam and perhaps most religion, there is an Afterlife which resulted from your before death. I kept asking myself if I have enough of what is needed for me to pass through to Jannah. Was I sincere enough in performing my tasks?Was I able to contain my frustration so that I don't end up hurting people?Was I a good leader who manage to put aside all the favours for the sake of my team?Am I a good daughter who rarely put worry thoughts to my parents mind (to use the word never is impossible I guess).Have I been a good friend to my friends without asking anything in return?

And since I will be getting married soon, Insyaallah,will I be able to be a good wife....then mother? A lot of things scares me and I am uncertain if I will live that long to be able to collect more pahala,make less dosa if not none,seek forgiveness from everyone whom I have hurt intentionally or un-intentionally,forgiving those who have hurt me....

Allah has been blessing with everything and anything which I can remember.The test HE gave provided the training to make me a better person. And I hope I will continue to be one. Thank you Allah.

Back to office....

Today, sadly I am back to the office after a long leave, in fact the longest leave I have ever taken while serving in this company (I know I know such a show off that I am a dedicated employee when in fact I am not hehehe). Well, despite the laziness in me ( what do you expect after a long leave right? Obviously I need to warm up the engine before moving to turbo speed) I do look forward to coming to the office, to sit on my chair at my desk and checking my emails. Most importantly to greet my friends and my staffs. Missed them so much during the festive seasons. But thanks to an application called What's App, we managed to keep in touch with one another as a group.At least it is not so boring as we are still able to communicate and share the festive season's mood.

We will be having a special Raya Celebration in the office so I wore my baju raya of course :) Will be updating the pictures soon. Though I must say I am not so keen about posting my pics in my blog. Not that I am a celebrity or someone famous but just the uneasiness in me. The 'makan makan' is due at 3pm today at the project's respective floor so I will be going to 20th floor later. Why? Less people equals to more food yeay! Yes, despite my so call small size, I can really eat as in EAT!!! My staffs and my fiancee suspects that I might have a "Saka' with me that is why I can eat non-stop without putting on weight. Saka they say?! I say blessing.

Emails checked and reply. Reports to be updated. Meeting at 12pm and later at 5pm. Was planning to go back slightly early today because I am staying with my mom in Sungai Besi, Dad's off to Mongolia for a visit. But judging from the above, most probably that ain't gonna happen huhu. Anyways will try my luck tomorrow. Till then people, let me go and try to finish some reports here. Will update the makan makan once I am full :)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

I am a sportsman hence I am untouchable...hell yeah

Ramadhan is reaching its end and it is sad to say good bye, not knowing if you will be given a chance to see it again next year :( I did not buy any new clothes or shoes or head scarves this year.I only bought my baju nikah and wedding ring..yeay yeay. Found it at last. Alhamdulillah.

But Raya cookies are a must. I have thre different types of Pineapple tarts )bought 2 and my Bonda bought one), a Red Velvet cake for Raya Eve celebration and some Almong London and Toffee Biscuits. My boss gave me additional Toffee Biscuits as a means for saying thank you for helping me out. I think the continuation of the statement is " not annoying me this whole Ramadhan" hehehehe it is a mandatory work for me to annoy and disturb my boss.

As I was browsing my Facebook, a recent post by my friend disturbs me.  Apparently this so called expert Tenpin Bowler walks freely after admitting that he has raped a 13 year girl few years back. The reason why he escaped? Well according to the Court of Appeal president Raus Md Sharif, that public interest would not be served by a custodial sentence, as Noor Afizal showed great promise. And how is that? Simple, when and if he wins any medal or World Title he will be bringing Malaysia to a greater heights and then we as the public will be recognized for it. Get it? Simple right? But then look at the tweet between him and his current girlfriend below

screencapture#1 tweet Noor Afizal Azizan and Atiqah Shabudin
screencapture#3 tweet Noor Afizal Azizan and Atiqah Shabudin
screencapture#2 tweet Noor Afizal Azizan and Atiqah Shabudin

Credit for the screen shot above to
Judging from the way he tweeted, all that matters is that he is free - so he has all right to be happy regardless what people say because he got what he want - to be free.
Then check out what the next tweet states. Excuse me!!! Why in the name of heaven should we the Malays feel jealous when you escape from imprisonment? Oh, maybe you are referring to those being jailed for the same offense? But wait a minute I don't think so that these dissatisfaction comes from those group of people. Oh I see, you just wanna feel good about yourself. In Bahasa Melayu we "Nak sedapkan hati sendiri".

It shows how stupid our athletes mentality are. Maybe if he were acquitted and some one else doesn't he will feel jealous, that's your freaking low mentality boy. Sadly others are unlike that no matter how much you wished them to be like you.

As for the country judiciary system -sigh, i do not know what to say except for good job guys! This will definitely boosts the youngsters morale. In order to screw someone even if he/she underage all you need to do is be an athlete or maybe someone important. That's a boost right?!

An injustice in the holy month of Ramadhan.