Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Freaky thing about Proton

Proton cars are freaky. And it's freakingly easy to unlock and steal the car. Its freakingly easy to start the engine without the key as well as to de-activate the alarm. And I learnt it all today at the carpark near my office where I always leave my black baby for work and picks him up only after office hours.

A mechanic/installer of a certain door security device from Proton sort of 'caught' me and told me about all the security problems with the car. He even demonstrated the methods used by potential thieves to break into the car, de-alarm the system and start up the engine. And it was so easy he even made me do it myself! Meaning here, you dont hv to be a pro thief to break into a Proton car, even a girl can go it!

So my dilemma now is, should i buy his product for RM 388?? Its a small sum to pay for security- after all, what is that cash compared to losing Rm35k? I lost a car to theft before, so I know that the threat is very real.

I think if there's one word to describe proton it would be tht F word. Why should I pay for the mistakes of Proton? Why? Basically it's all proton's carelessness in making their cars so why must we the end users suffer the consequences? They should have installed the device much earlier, even during production. Proton have proven themselves to be idiots over and over again.

But now the question is: Should I buy??

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

You Know My Name

Here's the video of this song by Chris Cornell. I so love it that I feel like watching Casino again just to hear it been played!

So much better than Madonna's 'die another day' which sounded like '..nyeh nyeh nyeh..' all the way...


I hate gastric!

I hate having gastric. And I hate it even more when I actually have to take MC because of gastric! I cant eat, I vomited a lot and not to mention diarrhea. I hate it, hate it, hate it!

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Gotong-Royong @ Lembah Subang

Lembah Subang is such a difficult place to get to that we almost took the wrong tunnel and got lost into no where. Anyway, we found the place and boy, it was massive!

Before I proceed, let me give a little introduction on the project as well as the place. Lembah Subang Flats is a low cost area for the poor. I dont know much about their background but from what I heard, the place serves as transitional homes to many who are still waiting for their low cost homes to be ready,which I dont know where and when. Some of the residents there are from the now demolished Kampung Damansara Dalam (KDD).

One of the few blocks at Lembah Subang Flats. Outwardly the place seems fine.

The corridors

Stinky drains. Please forget the image after viewing this.

That's basically how the place is like.

We invited SS2 MP Chew Mei Fun to grace the opening ceremony.

One for the album

Even Mike Pilavachi, our speaker from Soul Survivor Church in Watford, England was there too!

But the other younger guys who came with him went to KAWAN instead.

Anyway, to cut the story short, we had a great time cleaning the place. I was in one of the teams that was assigned to paint one of the blocks.

Joshua (in blue shirt) led our painting team together with one of the block supervisors.

Painting in Progress.

After the whole painting and gotong royong thing, we took a break and continued on with a mini carnival in the afternoon. The main activity was the futsal tournament, which was co-organised by Sports Planet.

Futsal for the boys

As for the rest who dont play futsal, we had booths for nail art, henna, tattoo, medical booth, as well as to distribute freebies. I heard it was such a hit among the people there that they actually caused a mini riot. I can imagine that. Freebies, who dont want?

The nail art, henna and tattoo were so popular that even boys queue for it.

Diana doing her thing. She's so good at it that if she were to open up a stall, she'll make lots of money out of it, believe me.

Julia the master of henna art. I was supposed to help her but I cant draw to save my life!

I always knew that Dom can attract girls! That little girl just didnt want to leave him alone!

Pheng teaching Meera how to handle the blood pressure device. I hope the makcik will get the right reading! ;p

At the end of the day, this is the best shot one can ever get:

The Ice-cream Singh!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Just tired of it all

Im just tired of it all. Waiting, and waiting for people to be free enough to learn smthg from me. I'm not a master- I just happened to be the only person in the entire place who has learnt this thing and now I've been entrusted to impart my knowledge the rest. I'm not juuuust teaching them; the assignment is for real and has got a dateline to meet. If i dont complete on time, i will get the scolding, not them.

Sometimes, smthg can make you feel so jaded that I just dont want to wait anymore. If I leave and there's no successor, let it be, I am too tired to worry about the bigger picture. Or to give a sh*t if they are interested to learn or not.

Enticing aroma

Lotus has done it again la. In fact, they do it everyday!

Every morning, as i walk from my car to the office, I had to wait beside Lotus for a good 5 mins or so before I could actually cross. And everytime, without fail, the aroma of curry and rotis would make me wish that I dont have to clock in before 8.30am so that I could go for breakfast there! The spices are just enticing. Makes me hungry although I already had breakfast earlier on.

This morning was worse. They had fried chicken! I could smell it! Could almost taste it in my mouth! Aarrgghh! Its depresing to be so near to good food but yet so far away to grasp.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Stress Let-out

I made another discovery of myself.

I get angry when I am stressed. No, more like I easily get angry when I am stressed. And when I am angry, I am not pleasant. Especially if my stress is caused by people- I will be even more agitated if I am bugged when I am heating up inside. Max level of stress-resulted anger: I will either scream (if circumstances allow) or throw things.

I think I need to learn to control my anger and also, handle my new level of work stress. Guitar doenst seem to calm me down as effective as how it used to back in my student days. Or maybe I didnt try.

I should. And I should learn to relax and take work out of my mind when I am not working. Fumigation has no return.

The Bond Arguement

Those who know me will always attest to the fact that i support the underdogs and i like what most people dont.

Well, this particular movie- Casino Royale- has caused me sooooooooo much of headache and heartache. Because I was the main organisor for the company movie outing. To sum it all up, i had worries before, DURING, and after the movie. Sigh.

Ok, review. Some people said that the movie sucks big time. Firstly, Daniel Craig is not suave like his predecessors. His height is not right and his hair is in the wrong colour. Everything about him is just not Bond enough. secondly, the opening act was not typical Bond- no end-of-mission scene and Bond putting on a rigorous fight with a villain. Thirdly, the trademark 'gun-pointing' with the gun barrel circling him was also tarnished by the the choice of suit Craig was wearing. Fourthly, the gals were not famous. Fifthly, Q was non-existant, Sixthly, he killed his trademark martini "shaken, not stirred" (or was it the other way round?) by saying "do i look like i give a damn?" and finally, not as action packed as the other Bonds.

For me, this movie is good. People can say what they like because they just fail to accept shorty Daniel as Bond. Many have, conscious or sub-consciously set in their minds who and what James Bond is supposed to be and that he should act and look in such and such a manner of which failing to fulfil their preconceived idea of Bond would render the particular actor not fit for the role. But, does anyone really know how Ian Fleming wanted his Bond to be? Our minds have been shaped to accept a 'Sean Connery' Bond and refuse to accept the other side of him- that he has emotions and struggles too.

I've also heard disputes that this Bond is not like the previous Bonds. But what they didnt know (but it's widespread news!) is that this movie (Casino Royale) is based on Fleming's very first book, and the story should be viewed in retrospective of all the other Bond movies. It's smthg like "James Bond begins". The story about the formative years of Agent 007. How he became the suave, smooth, intelligent, rich etc etc secret agent. Certainly a rookie cannot be compared with the more defined and seasoned man that the previous actors portrayed so well. The concept is simple- can you compare yourself as a new, graduate engineer now and yourself 10 years from now as an experienced engineer? Cannot, right? So be fair to Daniel who had to play the rookie Bond and dont compare with the other Bonds. Its not apple-to-apple.

If you dont believe me, check this out. I didnt nonsense here OK. Got facts to support. I would rate it 6/10 (I am fussy, the best movie also scored only 8/10 in my scale).

So if you have not watch this movie, go book your tickets now. Go into the cinema with a clear mind- erase all your memories on the Professional Bond and welcome the Rookie Bond. You will appreciate it better. Because, this is the way it should have been produced in the first place.

Ah, btw, just a detour: I am tempted to blog this. Nothing to do with the plot, or the production. My colleague Chong and his fren were definitely the two most satisfied and happy people yesterday. Yeah, the made frens with 2 pretty gals in the cinema and even chatted with them! Sayang only they didnt ask the gals for lunch after the movie....Well, at least my project is successful, in a way =)

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Learning to be tough

You got to be tough to decline people who has no right to participate in an activity simply because they are not a registered member of the club. This is exactly what I have to learn as an organising committee for the sports club.

Well, that's what I am SUPPOSED, but not what I WANT to.

Being the working committee opened my eyes to see lots of people who are much, much poorer and in need than I am. And I find myself struggling to deny them to the free tickets in the sports club coming movie outing (of which I am the organisor). Staffs who are drivers, despatch personnels and maintenance guy. For me, a free RM10 movie ticket is nothing, because I know that I can afford and I am single so watching a movie may mean that I only pay for myself. But for these people who dont earn much and have a family to support, the free tickets mean a lot to them. It's probably gonna be one of the very few times that they would actually bring their families to the cinema to catch a movie together. Denying them the tickets would not only cause them to miss the movie but more importantly, they will lose another memorable moment with their families. It's all about the quality time together, not the movie. For that I am willing to let go my ticket if there is a need to, which I almost did but didnt have to after some people pulled out from the registration.

I begin to wonder now...Am I too soft? Should I toughen and give them a 'no' wit a poker face and brush it all aside right after that? But i know that this is not me. I am not that straight a rejector. In fact, I am lousy in rejecting and denying people. Unless they really piss me off lar.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Bruised again

The friendly match was postponed.

Anyway, we still proceeded with our training. Most of the girls have shown considerable improvement in their kicking and stopping the ball. I felt inadequate and incompetant. Sigh. I am not worthy of the number 7 jersey... =(

But I still had fun. Got another bruised on the exact same spot where I fell on last week. But it was OK la. After all, injury is part of sports.

For my personal improvement in futsal, well, I hope to headbutt someday, hehe

Monday, November 13, 2006

All in a day's work

Today has been a very hectic day for me.

First, I had to call up a sub-contractor who happens to be a Jap. We talked for a good 3 minutes or so, but the only thing that I caught was "I will look through it. Give me time to think" and the word "material" which I didnt understand what's with the material that he was talking about. Shucks. Japs are weird.

Budget review. What the..?? Have to scrutinize every bit of it, both pre-contract and construction cost. So tiring. I need to walk to move my brain.

And then have to worry about this tender software pulak. Have to scan the documents, and teach the boys how to use the software. I decided to do it much later, probably on wednesday or thursday. Budget calls for urgency.

Later on, there will be friendly futsal match with I dont-know-whom. Cant wait for it but i feel kinda apprehensive, dont know what to expect. Will the Power-turf United thrive? we'll see then. Oh ya, tht's my futsal team name btw. Should have suggested Goal Gunners instead. Or maybe Arsenic United. =)

I feel stressed out la...Like a hulk being released from inside of me...


Gonna be very busy soon. In fact, I'm already busy now..

Will not update my blog so frequently anymore. But will still update when I have the time (curi tulang a bit lah!). For passion, for interest.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Flushed Away was GOOD!

If you havnt watch it, GO now. Highly recommended by me. Hillariously fresh. Plus it's in English (as in the language used in England). Love their accent and how properly they compose their sentences...

Oh yes, not to mention the lead rat was voiced by Hugh Jackman ;p

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Picking up the guitar again after a long time

It's been such a loooong time since I last played a decent song with my guitar. I think it was my 3rd year thesis tht kept me so busy that I hardly have time to play the guitar. Thinking of it, it was kinda amazing that I didnt need the guitar to de-stress. Hmm....

My guitar is still in good condition, save for the rusty strings.

Super karat

Playing it again is difficult. Painful to my fingertips. The callous that was half-formed two years back are totally gone, so I have to start all over again to cultivate them back.

I remember the days when the callous was peeling off from my fingertips- I could actually pull a thread out of a cloth by just touching it!

I'm currently trying out a song which I like very much. Enough by Jeremy Camp. I wish I can post up a video here but number 1, I'm not that good yet and number 2, I cant sing to save myself. (My ex-housemates can attest to that). Sigh.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Cant wait for James Bond!

I never planned to catch this movie. I've always liked sleuth movies and I admire the way James Bond execute his missions full of perils and adventure. Not to mention the beautiful ladies and sceneries in every Bond installation. But somehow I just wasnt motivated to watch the movie in the cinema. Heck, I dont even remember what was the last Bond about!

But since I was forced to research on Casino Royale for my company movie outing, I sort of grew to like Bond. In fact, I cant wait to watch the movie! Daniel Craig is a great Bond, despite his not so Bond-like looks unlike his predecessors...

Yes, I admit he's hot. Great bod with style. He runs with style. Walks with style. Shoots with style, talks with style. Only thing is his kisses not so sexy lah...But anyway, he's still hot and the scene where he walks out from the water with only his swimming trunks on was...breath-taking..yea...**drool drool**. Kidding la people, I'm not that ham sap ok! Here's an interesting quote from DJ Shazmin of the MixFM Breakfast show:

"Daniel Craig has done for us what Halle Berry did for you guys in the previous Bond".

I couldnt agree more to that.

Somehow he looks a bit like the young Sean Connery.

Daniel Craig (L), Sean Connery (R). Like father and son eh?

Here smthg for those of you who haven't seen the trailer. I like the scenes where he walked out of the water (of course, hehe) and the fighting on the cranes...

**Copyright reserved** Enjoy! I still like their theme song, classic...

Will review the movie after the screening.

Friday, November 03, 2006

New Shoes =)

The search for a new pair of sneakers is finally over!

I'm not replacing my current Nike. The Nike has been serving me for the past 1.5 years and I'm not thinking of discarding it anytime soon. It's still in good condition, a bit dirty tho...Plus, that pair are hiking shoes, which is why I bought it in the first place...

This new one is for futsal and otehr purposes. In case you dont know, I will be playing futsal for my company and I cant be playing with my hiking shoes, can i? Anyway, off I went to search for a pair of branded and cheap multi-purpose futsal shoes (note the CHEAP and BRANDED, hehe)...

Adidas' cheapest pair is RM 119. But it doesnt come in my size, unfortunately. And it's only available at the Adidas factory outlet shop in Jaya. Nike is totally out, waaaayyy beyond my budget. Puma is also cheap (below RM100) but the brand tak syok eh....

Then I saw this. Umbro, Rm99 MINUS another 30% = RM 69.90. Yeah, that's the price I'm looking at. Very good deal.

Introducing my new baby

It's an UMBRO

Plan View

Back Elevation. It's got the X-factor k...Dont play-play!

How? Good eh?

Thursday, November 02, 2006

To go or not to go?

I'm in a dilemma. Maybe not anymore, but it's still smthg that borthers me.

The last time my boss called me and broke the news that he had intentions to station me in one of the project sites, I was still a first-time trainee, and wasnt productive in the head office. That was 2.5 years ago.

Just a few minutes ago, my boss, the very same person, called me into his room to ask me the same question, this time with a little twist. At least, I was given a choice, unlike last time. I cant desipher his actions, not too sure if it was a good thing or the opposite.

I told him about how i feel about my work and what i want to acheive here. Yes, i would like to work at sites, so much of freedom and I get to move about more freely and frequently. So much more to see, much more to learn hands-on. But really, if this is meant to be, why didnt the he send me there when I first started, when I actually asked to be posted to site instead of staying in this office full of politics and distrust?

I dont want to learn anything half past six. Personally, I havent mastered all the pre-contracts work here. There is so much more that I've not learnt actually. Costing. Sub-contract evaluation. More. I want to reach the level where I will be able to lead a team to prepare for tender submissions. That level of capability. Not talking about position, E1 or E2. Not talking about salary. It is the knowledge and experience that I am eyeing for.

But good thing my boss didnt insist or force me. He still gave me a choice. I would go someday, but the day is not too soon. When the older staffs leave, then I will grow. When the time is right, when I've riped, I'll gladly offer myself to transfer to another base, the greener pasture, that is, project sites...That's my plan.

Anyway, I cant leave now also because of the responsibilities that i shoulder in the kelab sukan. Not that I am THAT important, i just have some..well, responsibilities to handle. I like doing the stuff that I do in the club actually. Fertile ground for growth in a wholly different aspect other than my mundane work. Dealing with different people. Organising events and planning activities. All these contribute to my personal development and I enjoy it a lot.

Being sick

I hate to be sick. Extremely hate it.

Last night was terrible for me. Has a serious heardache which felt like there was a stone embedded in my brain. And i had digestion problem which led to the lost of appetite. On top of that my sinus seems to be getting worst and I couldnt eat properly because I had to breath with my mouth instead of my nose. I thought i was going to die...

But the doctor said otherwise. Suspected mild gastric, so he gave me some gastric medication. And some painkillers. Nothing for the headache (maybe the painkillers..?) and absolutely ignored the breathing problem. Sigh.

The even sadder part is, I have to abstain from spicy food for the next few days...=(

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Everything wrong happens when you are rushing

I left home a lil late today. At 7.50am, I was rushing like mad to work coz i know that the highway is gonna be jammed and i wont be on time for work.

So i told myself that i NEED and HAVE to speed and cut queues.

But it didnt turn out well for my plan. First, at the "at-least-6-mins-long-wait" traffic light, i found myself getting angry because the car in front of mine didnt want to budge when the lights turned red. (no type here, it was red all right). You see, for this traffic light, if you come from my direction, you'll have to go when it's green, yellow, red, as well as when the traffic lights meant for the cars on your right go green, yellow and at the brim of red. The only time you stop is when the opposite direction started moving. It's breaking the law, i know but the wait for the next turn will be another agonising 6 mins. It's an unwritten rule and a common understanding among us frequent users of that traffic light. That's why i was angry that that guy didnt budge.

But legally, he was not wrong. And I shouldnt be angry with somebody who obeys the law. But heck, I was late! And I'm sure a whole lot of other cars behind me would appreciate if that Atos moved.

And then, after i made the turn at that traffic light, again i was slowed down by a few selow cars. Wat? Both slow and fast lanes were occupied by sclow vehicles. In my heart I was screaming.

What next? At the highway. Both directions (I have to make a U somewhere). At the shorter stretch (before the U), i was again slowed down by slow vehicles. A tow truck on the left and a slow pick up truck in front of me. What more could I ask for?

After the U, i was glad that the road was clear. I could breathe in relief. But a little hitch in the middle- a three car accident. On the right lane. But like I said, it was only a hitch.

After thw whole highway thing, I breezed through until ss2. A bus came out from a corner and I wished it never appeared! It was huge and slow. The giant took up almost 25% of my road, so I cant overtake. As if that wasnt enuff, the very same bus attempted to cut double turn at the traffic light, which again delayed my journey. All the other cars before me had to stop to let the bus turn coz nobody wants to have their car towed away by the bus.

Because of this, I missed the green light.

The final glitch was at the Jalan Templer/Federal Interchange traffic lights. This time, no bus but it was a motorbike that caused me to miss my right to move.

What a drive. I was late for work, why am i not surprised...sigh