Thursday, September 27, 2007

Call me racist, no?

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Arrghh...this final one month of my notice period is gonna be a headache month for me. As I've been in the Maybank project since the beginning till now, it also means that I've at least 80% of the things that are going on (I mean on the technical tasks). I have another senior here to do all the decisions for the Basis tasks and I'm the one executing the tasks. Many times we have been sitting together to do it and we both know clearly how to do it and what to do when problems arise. I'm his backup when he's not around. Well, I can't say that I can help to solve all the problems, but at least I can help to find solutions.

To be honest, this Maybank project is not a very simple and direct project. It's one of the most complicated project that I've ever been involved. Since I'll be leaving in a month time, my current boss is sending over two new consultants to Maybank here to help out my senior. I'm glad in a way that at least someone is here to help out my senior when I'm not around anymore. Butttttt...what's the point when they're sending a trainee here (no experience at all) and another so-called experience consultant (when he can't even speak proper English, yes...he's from India).
I'm trying not to be racist here. I prefer to hand over my tasks to the Chinese trainee rather than the Indian fella. When I tried to explain the landscape that we have in Maybank here, the trainee is quietly listening to my explanations. He will only pop out some questions when he's in doubt and I'm more than happy to explain it to him over and over again. The big problem is with the Indian guy. I hate it when someone is trying to interrupt during my explanation. I hate it when someone is trying to be a hero, trying to show off his irrelevant knowledge. I hate it when someone is pretending that he understands everything. Arrghhh...I just hate it.

This stupid Indian fella never seem to be interested to what I'm trying to explain. It's fine to me as I will not be taking care of the systems in the months to come. It's fine to me if you're being scolded by the senior when you can't perform the tasks. He never seem to be interested to find out more. I gave him some documentations to go through, so that he can be more familiarize with the environment here, but he never seem to be interested to go through. He is sleeping on this whole afternoon. People blamed me for not giving him things to do. What should I give to him when he knows nothing about the system?

God bless everyone in this project.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Malacca trip

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As mentioned in my last post, I went to Malacca on Sunday with my dearest LKC. The actual purpose LKC going there was to meet his customer on Monday. I took this opportunity to go with him as well, as it was almost an "all-expense-paid trip". Toll + petrol + hotel + dinner were all paid by the company. We left our home at around 10.00am.


Departure...LKC + kwai kwai + LPC


Our destination

We arrived at Ayer Keroh at around 11.30am and it wasn't time yet for us to check in to the hotel. So we stopped by at the Zoo Melaka on our way to the Malacca town. The entrance fee is RM7 per person. Quite expensive I thought. It was actually quite worthy paying it, as it's a huge zoo. We walked for almost 2 hours and we actually skipped so many places. Quite a lot of animals in the zoo....tiger, elephant, monkeys (different types), birds, crocodile, panther, leopard, giraffe, camel, ostrich, fox, horse, deer,zebra...etc...too many to name it. We were too tired and too hungry to walk somemore. We left the zoo at around 1.30pm and headed to the hotel to check in.

Resting on the giant tortoise


The tired and smelly LKC


The giffy...standing high and pride

After checking in to the hotel, we quickly left and went to cari-cari makan at the Jonker Street. There were two things that I would really like to try out: the chicken rice ball and the sate celup. We went to Hoe Kee Chicken Rice shop. Apparently, this restaurant is one of the most famous chicken rice ball restaurant. Ah Xian from the Astro AEC actually featured this restaurant in his show. To be honest, I don't find what is so special with this chicken rice. The chicken just tasted like the normal steam chicken, the one that we can get from any chicken rice stalls. The only special thing is the rice. The rice is made into a ball shape but the taste is normal too. The price is considered reasonable for a famous restaurant like this. We paid RM16.80 for the chicken + rice + fried cabbage + 2 herbal tea.

The room in Hotel Equatorial


Jonker Street


The famous rice ball

Walked around Jonker Street after our lunch. Bought a box of pineapple tart and a packet of durian dodol. The greedy LKC wanted to have cendol after walking under the hot sun. We went to a cafe named Hai Lan Lou to have a bowl of cendol. The cendol there is quite yummylicious but a bit costly. A small bowl (rice bowl size) of cendol costs RM1.70.


The cendol

It was a photo-taking session after walking around Jonker Street. We went to the red St Paul's Church, some don't know what museums and not to forget the A Famosa.


Outside the St Paul's Church


A Malacca trip is not considered complete without this picture...A Famosa

We were too tired and too hot to walk back to the hotel. We stopped by Dataran Pahlawan to cool down ourselves. So coincidentally, the Astro On Demand was having some road show there. Jojo was on the stage playing some games with the audiences. After a while, Sonia Kwok Xin Nei and Roger Kwok Chung Onn were invited to do some promotion thingy. Sonia looks as pretty as she is in the tv, while Kwok Chung Onn looks really normal. He doesn't have the celebrity look. They went up the stage to play some games with the audiences. Guess who was there also...the "tai jor lar" DVD selling guy was there also. His name is Brandon. Well he looks better in person than the DVD seller in the advertisement.


Roger Kwok, Sonia Kwok and Jojo


Jojo and Brandon (DVD seller)

We went back to the hotel and had some rest. LKC really wanted to try the sate celup but we had no idea where to go for the sate celup. We asked the bell boy and he recommended us Capitol Restaurant and Newton Food Court. Not sure how to go there, LKC drove around the city to look for the food but failed to find any. Alvin, LKC's cute Chindian colleague called at the right time. He was our saviour of the day. He brought us to 万里香 restaurant. According to him, Capitol is famous among the visitors while 万里香 is famous among the locals. No photos was taken as I was a bit shy to take photo in front of Alvin. He might think that I'm a "suah gu", never had sate celup before. A free dinner for us as Alvin paid for it and he's gonna claim it back from the company.

After dinner, he sent us back to the hotel. They had an appointment with one of the customer at the hotel lounge. While I knew that it would definitely be a boring session for me if I were to join, I went back to the room to have my bubble bath. Called it a day after my bubble bath.

The next morning, Alvin came and picked up LKC at around 10am. I had another bubble bath on that morning before going out to hunt for my lunch. Walked around Dataran Pahlawan and Mahkota Parade but couldn't find anything that attract me. All the restaurants were soooooooooooooooooo empty even during lunch hour. I headed to McDonald's to have my lunch and walked to Jonker Street again to buy another box of pineapple tart and durian dodol for my colleagues. Went back to hotel to have some rest and left Malacca after LKC meeting with the customer.

Overall, it was a great trip. The best part is we spent less than RM50 for this whole trip.


Cam-whoring while LKC driving


Some random photos of Malacca

Friday, September 21, 2007

TGIF!!

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Yooo hooo....it's the day of the week again. It's finally Friday. This week has been a very hmmm... "long" week to me. I have been waited for Friday to arrive since Monday. Don't know why...I just don't have the mood to work this week. I've been piled up with works this week, but I just don't have the mood. Could it be because I'll be leaving the company soon? That's why I don't give a damn whether the project is on track or not? Well, I have no idea at all.

But honestly speaking, apart from the Maybank project that I'm working in now, which I still have interest to work on, I'm not really interested in any other supports that I still need to provide to other customers. If I could avoid not to provide the support, I'll try my best to avoid it by giving all the lame excuses. If I couldn't avoid it, then I'll try my best to drag it for as long as I can. Very bad attitude horr?? Sigh, that's mean. Three months notice period is just toooooooooooo long.

Remember I talked about a Malacca trip in few weeks ago? Yeah finally my Malacca is confirmed on this weekend. Will be going to Malacca with none other than my dearest LKC. Well, this is gonna be a free trip (I hope!)... toll + petrol + 1 night in Equatorial Hotel will be paid by LKC's company. It's going to be LKC's business trip to Malacca on Monday. So we will be going there one day earlier, on Sunday to jalan-jalan and cari makan in this historical town and will be back to KL on Monday.

A Famosa, chicken rice ball, Jonker street, satay celup, Mahkota Parade...hmm, what else can I think of Malacca? Hmmm...anyway, happy weekend!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Happy Birthday, my dearest cid-cey-ceow

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Another year has gone. The little devil turns to 2 years old today. I never got the chance to meet her on the first day she was born. Still remember clearly the first time I met this little devil after one week she came to this world, she was just too small...just too fragile to be touched. She was very thin, weighed less than 6 pounds and her skin was so yellowish. Eyes were very small and was sleeping peacefully most of the time. Her cries were so soft...so soft till you could barely hear it.
One week old

One month old

Three months old

Her first Chinese New Year

The day she learnt to sit

Happily sitting at grandpa's lap

The day she went to Hadyai

The day she was playing happily at the pool

The day she got her first but-but-cheh

One year later, she was 1 year old then. She was able to walk steadily by herself. Singing, jumping and dancing with other kids who came and celebrated her big day. Was screaming at the kids who were playing with her toys. She was so lovely that everyone just couldn't resist hugging and kissing her.
One year old

The half little Thai girl

The day she learnt to walk

The day she learnt to "swim"

Today, the day she turns to 2 years old. She has became a cute little girl. A very devilish little girl sometimes. She can be as naughty as she wishes. She knows when is the right time to become innocent and obeying the rules. A very talkative little devil that makes you very surprise and sometimes shock when you least expected the words would come out from a kid that is just 2 years old. She has been very helpful to her grandparents when it comes to looking for things that they have misplaced. She just knows the right place to find it. She would just brighten up your day by just smiling cheekily with you. A super hyperactive little girl that will never feel tired when it comes to playing.

Two years old

Finally she got to enjoy her birthday cake

The cutie pie and her Barney

Still remember the innocent look that she showed yesterday when she knew that her aunts (i.e my sis and I) were to leave her to come back to KL. She would just pretend she heard nothing. Her grandma was asking her to get out from the car. She knew that I wasn't planning to get out from the car. She asked my sis to get in to the car, instead. When I told her that aunt will be leaving to KL, she just replied..."ng moy" (don't want). Asking me to carry her as she knows that she would be able to follow wherever I go. This cid-cey-ceow is just too lovely.

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Happy Birthday, sweetie!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

One stop for checking airline tickets

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Found a super great website to check on the airplane ticket. Instead of going to the individual airlines' websites to check out the best deal, Sprice can help you get the best deal from different airline companies. I was checking for my airplane tickets to Bali for next March from this website and to my surprise it could even check from the Air Asia website. Once you have made up your mind on which flight to take and from which airline company, you can just click on the Book button. It will then divert you to that particular airline's website to proceed with your booking. Cool, huh? Hope that we'll get more of this kind of website for some other services.
Define your flight details here

The results from the search

Monday, September 10, 2007

The happiest day...?

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Went to the Matta Fair @ PWTC in the afternoon. Guess this will be the greatest Matta Fair I ever attended so far. The first time I went to Matta Fair was on March last year, where we booked to go for a Korea trip in August. The trip in August got canceled due inadequate people in the tour. Then we went again in the September last year and re-booked the Korea trip.

There was another Matta Fair held in last March, but I didn't attend. I guess I had forgotten about it or didn't plan to go anyway this year. Miracle does happen sometimes. When LKC had already told me that there won't be any trip to go anywhere this year, I booked for a Taiwan trip to go with my mummy dearest in this coming 21st Oct. Hohoho...the whole trip will be paid by my dearest LKC ... muaks muaks muaks... love him sooooooooooooooooo much.

After booking for the Taiwan trip, LKC called his "boss" who was in the Matta Fair looking for Bali trip and also Shanghai trip. While I was away to collect my Jolin Tsai's umbrella, LKC went to look for his "boss". When I got back from collecting the umbrella I got another surprise from LKC. He booked for a Bali trip for 2 persons together with his "boss" and the girl friend. Hohoho...will be going to Bali in March next year....simply marvelous. The "boss" also booked a trip to Shanghai end of this year, which I think the price is quite reasonable. It only costs RM1800++ (everything included) for 8Days 6Nights trip to Shanghai.

Later in the night, we went out yum char with his Sarawak friend who came here for shopping. He bought his girl friend a LV wallet which cost RM2100. Oh man....RM2100 just to buy a wallet. RM2100 is almost equivalent to my 7Days 6Nights Scenic Taiwan trip. If you were to ask me to choose between LV wallet and a trip to Taiwan, I will for sure choose the Taiwan trip. The wallet is just too expensive and I do not know whether it's really worth that much or not. Going places and seeing different things are more worth it I think.

Which one will you choose if you are in this situation? LV wallet or a trip that is around RM2100++??

Friday, September 07, 2007

Taiwan

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Random Updates

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Went to a Korean restaurant (forgot the name of the restaurant) at Desa Sri Hartamas on Tuesday to celebrate LKC's birthday. Wanted to go the Momo Japanese Restaurant at Centrepoint to try out the buffet but I guess they are only serving the buffet on the weekends. Since I had been craving for Korean food for the past few weeks, so we decided to go to Sri Hartamas to try out the Korean restaurants there. There are at least 10 Korean restaurants in Sri Hartamas but we were unsure which one to go.

My sis told me once that there is a restaurant that served the Stir-fried Korean Rice Cake (Tteokbokki). I had this rice cake when I was in Korea last year and it was very delicious. So we went to this restaurant to order the stir-fried rice cake, pork barbeque and a kimchi soup.

Always a happy couple :p

The birthday boy, LKC

Pork barbeque (delicious)

Kimchi soup

Stir-fried rice cake

The quality is just normal. The stir-fried rice cake was not as nice as the authentic one that I tried in Korea. I'm not sure the food is actually is not that nice or it is actually caused by my taste bud. I felt that the Korean food always give me a very great surprise in my first time trying it. Still remember the first time I had Korean BBQ in Daorae Korean Restaurant in Taipan, USJ. I really enjoyed the food so much. I felt that it was one of the most delicious meal that I had ever tried in my life. The second time I had did not give me that "kicked" feeling. The only Korean food that I did not enjoy even on my first time trying it was the bibimbap.

Anyway, this Korean restaurant is cheaper than any other Korean restaurants that you can find in town (I think). Normally, you will require to other a minimum two BBQ portions (if you're ordering beef, then you will only require to order one dish...because it's expensive marr...beef costs at least RM45 and above for a portion). They actually allowed us to only order one Pork BBQ, which costs RM25. The kim chi soup with rice costs RM15. You know what, a bowl of rice in a Korean restaurant is super expensive if you are ordering it separately. Normally it will cost around RM4-5 a bowl. As for the stir-fried rice cake, it costs RM30. There is no 5% goverment tax, only 10% service charge. The total bill only costs RM77.

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Still remember my "daughter", Yang, Jia Xin (杨嘉欣)? You can get to know her more from here and here. Well, received some updates from the World Vision yesterday about her status. She looks thinner than the last photo I received from the World Vision. What happened to her? She is not well-feed? She's studying in Primary Year 2 now and living healthily as mentioned in the letter. Her hobby is sweeping the floor (weird hobby). She also drew me a picture.

The latest photo of my "daughter"

The picture that she drew

Something very funny happened when I showed the photo of my "daughter" to one of my colleague. He actually thought that she is my real daughter. The other colleague told him that I was a problem teenager back then. Then I told him that she is already 8 years old. Then this colleague "pandai-pandai" asking me..."so, she is staying with your mum?". I said "yeah, in China". He looked surprised. Then only I told him that she is actually my sponsor child.

Oh man, which part of me look like a mother of a 8 years old daughter? People have been calling me "school girl" every now and then. Do I have the motherly look? Sigh...double sigh...

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Will be going to Kuala Selangor to have seafood and see firefly tomorrow night. Sigh...I need to work in the morning. Sien...anyway happy weekend, folks!

Monday, September 03, 2007

Happy Birthday, LKC!

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