Books I have completed reading since January 2017:
1. Angelopolis - Danielle Trussoni
2. The Magicians - Lev Grossman
3. The Magic Circle - Jenny Davidson
4. Memories - Lang Leav
Friends and Enemies
Akatsuki: Nightmares & Dreamscapes
-beats in my head-
Chika-Chin's Anime Mania!
empty white space
In My World
My Blah blah Bulogu
My Little World
Sdovelly~ c'est la vie
Serene's Silent Secrets
Shuffle and Repear
Tolanic's Travel Blog
Thursday, February 16, 2012
I'm a very impatient person, but I have improved over these years. However, there are still times I'm very demanding where I say I need now means NOW. There are times I cannot comprehend why we have to push certain jobs to other people while we are able to accomplish them on our own.
There was an event today in collaboration with another internal department. I was fortunate that my boss pushed 80% of my responsibilities for organising the event to our partners so I could concentrate working on other things.
Anyways, the funniest thing happened during the event happened in a lecture hall. The projector automatically went into sleeping mode due to inactivity for over 20 minutes since the speakers were not using the huge screen. Later, my boss requested to use the screen. My colleague went into panic mode upon listening to my boss request over the microphone. I was walking down the aisle. She ran up to me and say "Faster call I.T.!!!" I gave her a blank look. "Quick call IT to turn on the screen!"
HUH? Why need to call?? She was holding a pen so I took it and went below the projector and pushed the ON button. The huge screen appeared a few seconds later.
Before that I was told off by this colleague's superior that I SHOULD know my position and role. I gave a blank look. I was just clearing the cups and saucers left by the participants. The superior tsked and told me to get the cleaner to clean the tables. I was totally OK to clean the tables maybe because I had worked as a waitress before.
I certainly find the whole thing ridiculous. It's never easy to find a cleaner in my block. They are usually performing their task somewhere in the building. I work in a huge building, mind you. I wonder did this superior think before she tells me to get a cleaner to do the job? In order to find the cleaner, I have to walk to the end of the event venue, turn right and then turn another right and walk pass all 10 rooms just to locate ONE cleaner. If the cleaner is not in any of those 10 rooms, then I have to climb another floor.
Excuse me. Why should I spend such precious time to look for a cleaner when I can clean those tables in just 10 minutes? To walk from the venue back to my office takes 4 minutes. Wasting time!! Another reason is there are birds flying around the block. Just afraid they come pecking on the leftovers. That look unimpressive.
When I finally found a cleaner, she told me she cannot say YES to clean the tables because that job may not be in her job scope. HAHA. Good answer! So dear superior, if you think that cleaning is not part of my and your job, don't think it's the cleaner's job just because she is a cleaner in the building! It's supposed to be the caterer's job, but the staff were not there as they have to deliver food to another event in another internal department. Why worry so much of position and status?
Just because some of us are ranked higher, does that mean we can order people around? I think there are times these superiors have to switch positions with midgets like me.
I heard that
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
I was in my colleague's office today to discuss about some ungodly changes to a schedule.
She was on the phone in the midst of our conversation. I picked up that she was talking about the Malaysian retirement fund, and then in a frustrating tone she complained that whoever was handling the case is INEFFICIENT. She noticed my expression and she immediately switched to Tamil.
I wasn't offended whatsoever. I was just laughing silently. Who the heck is she to call other people inefficient when she belongs to that group too? I guess she terms herself as somewhat inefficient, and that is of course a hierarchy higher than inefficient.
Where do I lie? No idea. I used to be very efficient until the arrival of FB and youtube in my life. HA.
Boss, I'm innocent. Blame it on FB and Youtube.
Monday, February 13, 2012
Sunday, February 12, 2012
I finally finished watching Kamichama Karin after a hiatus of 3 years?
I found out this anime from reading its manga. I even thought of purchasing it, but luckily I didn't because the anime turns out to be pretty stupid. Or maybe the anime didn't do a great job in translating the manga.
I become interested in watching the anime, because the manga is hilarious. I could not stop laughing reading volume 1 and 2.
Let just say the anime was quite a disappointment. I now wonder who/what/which is more stupid: The anime or the viewer.
me ain't pet!
Friday, February 10, 2012
On 19 November 2011...
This is also my last day in Brunei Darussalam.
My host mum knew I didn't get to eat amboyat (sago starch) during the open house on 17 November. So she made it just for me. It was pure white starch. I wad clueless when she gave me a bamboo fork for I have never seen such food! Host dad demonstrated to me and buddy. He dipped the fork into the starch and twist (like candy floss on a stick). I did the same thing and popped into my mouth.
I chewed. The sensation was new to me. As I was trying to figure out its texture, dad was already scolding me "OI! You don't chew, you swallow!". Yikes? I swallowed the next ball of starch onwards. It slid my throat smoothly. Brrrr...
Ahh.... It was an interesting experience. And I was told to finish the big bowl of starch. HAHAHA. And I did with some chili squid dish.
After finishing the ambuyat, my host parents drove us to the port. During the journey, my host parents kept on saying they do not wish us to return to the ship, and how they will keep us in Brunei. My buddy and I just looked into each other eyes with an expression that read "You must be kidding me!"
Spinoff: We reached the port safely by a few minutes late. HAHA. Host dad gave each of us a compact mirror and a cap as souvenir. His daughter gave us stationery from her company. I love them! Thank you!
leaving without u
Friday, February 10, 2012
On 19 November 2011...
I think I was kinda pushy.
I insisted my host family that I wanted to bring on board local kuih-muih (snacks in Malay). Host mum and dad discussed for a while before agreeing to take me and my buddy to a local market that is located 40 minutes away from home. We started our journey at 6.30 am to the market.
I didn't know the market is so far from home. I will not insist if I knew this. In spite of my guilty pangs, I was glad I did request, because I would then get to see more of urban areas in Brunei.
The kuih-muih stalls are located next to the wet market. It was a standalone stall just for snacks. I hopped from one stall to another to check out their products. The food made me drool. I'm such a typical Malaysian. =)
My accomplishment for the morning elated me very much! Now I have lots of food to eat in my cabin!
Spinoff: Thank you mum and dad for paying my purchase! My team members loved the kuih-muih so did I. =)
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