Wednesday, November 14, 2007

It's Not That Easy After All

I've been cracking my head since early this month and I am still no where near to what I need to acheive. The Photography Workshop is scheduled to be on the first weekend of December and I have yet to select any place good enough for the outing. Sigh.

You see, company outings are never easy to organise- no matter what you do, there will always be someone complaining about something. Not FOC, kena complaint, too expensive also kena complaint, food not good, kena again, place not nice, I also die. If too family-oriented, the young ones will say its boring, if too outrageous, the old ones will feel left out. Basically I have to look into every aspect of the activity to make sure most people are happy and contented and nobody feel neglected in any way. And after putting the best foot forward and doing all you could, there will always be people who do not appreciate all your works.

Sigh. Part and parcel of events management and dealing with people.

Anyway, for this upcoming event, I have not done so many things. Not secured a place for the field trip, hvn't book the hall for the class and the promotion was not even done up yet! It's something I am worried about considering that its 2 weeks more to D-day. The initial plan to go to SilverPark Fraser's Hill had to be abandoned due to cost factor (of course it is a factor and the club doesnt have a big budget for sudsidy of social events) and also because the resort does not have a very plausible reputation, so to speak. If all hotel reviews gave thumbs down, including Wikipedia, tell me, how good can the place be? And weigh in the human factor- that there will be some aunties who cant bear the sight of a single molecule of dust in the house and will not hesitate in wrecking havoc in the hills and spoil the mood.

And then there are other resorts in other areas of interest. Cameron is my best alternative but a trip over the weekend will be too rushed and I dont think I will enjoy myself as much as I would given more days for the retreat. Port Dickson is near but the guys are Eagle Ranch didnt reply my email till today. I've even tried contacting some travel agents to arrange for a cheap tour but no reply also. Seriously, I think these people should just erase off their email add from their websites considering nobody from their side actually checks on the mails and make effort to reply their prospective clients! Don't they know that email is the IN way of communication? Talk about Visit Malaysia Year 2007!

So last resort is a day trip to somewhere scenic in Selangor for the field trip. sounds easy but where can I take the group?? Paya Indah Wetlands is closed and Putrajaya is too vast I dont know which area to cover! Pulau Ketam is OK but the island seems to be very Chinese-dominated, which may not be too good for multiracial groups. Where else can I go?? Where????? Can anyone suggest a scenic and not boring place for a photography outing somewhere within 2 hours drive from KL, max. I'm running dry on ideas...

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Are You Watching THE Match?

For the first time in Malaysia, THE champions will set their feet on our soil.

I. Want. To. Watch. The. Game. Live. FOC.

Unfortunately the finances are a bit tight this month so I've got to give it a pass. If only somebody could give me free tickets to the game...

Go watch the match if you have the budget and time. These giants ain't gonna come here every year.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Memories Not Forgotten

Thanks to Picassa, I can now make some reasonably decent collages. PhotoMix was good but the end products are a little too small for blog posting. Though Picassa doesnt allow much flexibility in the arrangement of the photos, but for me, this shortcoming is still OK, no big deal.

Here are some pics which I had always wanted to post up in this blog but didnt have the time to load individually. A collage and a summary of what the outings were all about is perfect for a busy exec like me.

1. Petrina's Birthday. -We went to Coliseum Cafe, after hearing so much about the old colonial charm the place has to offer.

The place is run by some really old Ah Peks and Indians. Its the only place that I know that still expects their customers to pay tips, which I did, considering the service and food were pretty satisfactory, amidst the old uncle who gave the 'u want to eat or not' stare at my indecisiveness to place my order.

All in all it was a great outing, money worth spent and night worth remembering.

Oh ya, we walked through some old rustic roads downtown KL at night, which could be rather interestingly spooky if you look close enough.

Old pre-war chinese shophouses. With faded red banner which seems to have only one function- to scare away ghosts. And plastered walls with something that looks like a school emblem or whatnot. AND dilapidated shophouses with lights on the INSIDE of the house, and specifically in ONE room. I wonder what lurkes inside? Eeerie.

KL roads are beautiful at night.

2. Ming & Glo's Bday- At Thai Express, Curve. We had Thai food and Baskin Robbins for dessert.

3. Casual Dinner At Eurodeli, Damansara Kim - Warning: This is a porky place. They serve good German sausages, Bratswurst and pork knuckles. Value for money and is a great place to hang out with a bunch of pork-devouring friends and enjoy each-other's company.

5. Emmy's wedding & Port Dickson Trip- This is the most recent happening. Emmy got married in Seremban and we took the opportunity to make a little vacation at the nearby beach. Jokes of the year -Dom hit a glass door because he didnt notice there was glass, and Adeline and Meera got lost on their way to PD and ended up at Rembau.

Eh, dont know why the images are so blurred...Maybe Ive attempted too many pictures in one frame..

So that's it lah. The summary of memories not forgotten. I'm sure I have more just that I dont have the pics in my office PC.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

I'm Dreaming of Murukku

It's Deepavali tomorrow. Not that I am celebrating the occasion, just that I am feeling excited over a few things.

1. It's a public holiday.
2. I'm gonna wake up at 10am.
3. I'm going over to a friend's house for dinner in conjunction with Deepavali.
4. I'm gonna wear my new punjabi suit which I bought just a few days ago.
5. Murukku, murukku and murukku. Tanni, tanni and more tanni. Haha.

It's gonna be exciting! Deepavali Valtukal!