Sunday, January 31, 2010

Meritus Mandarin Singapore

Unlike my older colleagues, I totally enjoy business trips...

Because you get to stay in luxurious hotels at the expense of the company during these trips...

The previous trip to Singapore last week, I stayed at the Meritus Mandarin Singapore, smack at the heart of Orchard Road...


Initially, the booking was for the standard Deluxe Room, but the hotel overbooked and overlooked, so they called to inform me that they upgraded me to Executive Suite at no additional cost...

Then when I arrived, I was told that there's a Premier Room (slightly better than Deluxe Room) available and they put me there (no more Executive Suite for me :'( )..

Anyway, coming to Singapore, I fully understand the difference between Moto V3X's and Samsung J800's camera...

King size comfy bed

42-inch LG LCD TV

Leather chair

Complimentary mini-bar items (partial)

Shower room

Complimentary toiletries

The hotel room is really cool, just that my new handphone's camera did not do them any justice...

I miss my V3X... :'(

Thursday, January 28, 2010

One thing I hate about Singapore...

... is that when you buy things, almost nothing costs the price you see on the price tag.

A bloody set meal in a restaurant that the menu shows S$28 will somehow end up being ~S$40 in the receipt...

A bloody t-shirt that shows S$170 in the price tag (even the normal price is bloody mahal already lo, it's just a lousy t-shirt) will end up being ~S$200 if you take it to the cashier...

Even a stick of roadside sotong ball that the menu at the stall shows S$4, when I pay S$4, the auntie said: "S$4.50"...

@#$%!^&*<>? Why don't they bloody just add up the GST price into the total price instead? Not stating the GST in the price is a very sly move. It misleads tourists and innocent boys like me...


Oh ya... btw, I heard rumours that our beloved 1Malaysia is going to implement GST soon, too... or is it news instead of rumours? Forgive me, I haven't been reading news for quite some time already...

Saturday, January 09, 2010

20Cents: Conclusion

There's actually another post to this, some sort of an ending, but I have been procrastinating hesitating for too long, and until recently, I finally decided that, I'm not going to post it...

You know, it's a sad, tragic ending to things, and I only have 1 side of the tragedy... it would be a biased representation of what happened, and I figured it would be unfair to her...

So... sorry mates, not going to post the finale, will let it go with me to my deathbed... sorry for the letdown...

As if there are anyone following this story at all...

I'll keep the rest of the posts of this story though, you can find them at the side bar if you are interested, CATEGORIES -> Love Story

Tips for the Freshie

Whatever I write in this post is based on my twisted mind and experience, it's not definitive, read and heed at your own risk okay?

How many freshies (fresh graduates) have been to interviews, thought they did well, but were still rejected, and couldn't figure out what went wrong?

Do you remember when big companies send their managers to your schools/colleges telling you what they are looking for when hiring fresh graduates?

Does this sound familiar?

"We don't want people who are just book smart. He/she needs to be independent, creative, adaptable, has leadership qualities, etc etc etc..."

So, you go to interview, you display your impressive resume, you brag about how you are the Head Prefect/President of the Chess Society/lead in all the assignments, bla bla bla bla...

Just what those corporate big boys want, right? Then you wait for 2 weeks, and you get no news, and you know you screwed up, and you don't know why... maybe you were not convincing enough that you have what it takes, so when you attend the next interview, you brag about your leadership abilities more forcefully... and in the end.. still no news...

Well, let me offer you a different perspective for you to ponder...

Imagine you are the hiring manager. You wanna hire someone to work for you. What type of people would you REALLY be looking at?

Let's say, you have 2 candidates: one is a typical second class degree grad, nothing outstanding, just learned enough to pass his exams and graduate; another one is a first class degree grad, and involved in all sorts of extra curricular stuff (like I mentioned above for example), outstanding fella.

Who would you take?

Let me tell you, when you are a manager/senior executive, you are hiring someone to work for you, you won't worry so much about whether he can or cannot handle the work. After all, we mostly are not prepared to face the things we do at work at college. We mostly have to start learning new things all over again.

Instead, you will worry about someone too outstanding and smart, who, given a chance, will outdo you and climb ahead of you...

This happens you know, even in big corporations. After all, we are still 1Malaysia, doesn't matter if it is US company or German company or whatever, if the personnel are Malaysian, the 1Malaysian kiasu spirit will always be there...

And of course, this is something they cannot tell you in those stupid career talks...

It's unfortunate, but it's a jungle out there... I mean, yalah, not all of 'em hiring managers are like that, but this type that I mentioned do exist, and they don't exist in minority (Chinese ones have a higher tendency, more kiasu and calculative ma)...

So... you still wanna brag about all your outstanding qualities? Brag at your own risk...

I'd say, you still have to promote yourself lah, but don't overdo it lah... and keep your eyes and ears open during interview, watching the interviewer might give you a hint whether he is the kiasu type or the angmoh (open) type...

Based on the assumption that you freshies are not applying for manager post la, if you are then different story lah....

Good luck ya... it is predicted that the second wave of economic downturn is coming in the next couple of months... we are now in the eye of the storm, the second part is going to hit us soon...
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Actually I was inspired to write this because of a recent experience... you see, I actually attended 4 interviews for 4 different positions in the company I'm in right now. My current job is from the 4th interview. The previous 3 all no news lah...

You see, recently I attended a meeting on behalf of my team, my manager was busy with another more important meeting.. This meeting that I went was actually for all the test engineering managers (I'm Test Engineer ok?) in the company.

In that same meeting, the managers from interview #1 and interview #3 were there also. I don't think they remember my name, but when they saw my face, I think they recognized me. What I saw on their faces was, initially shocked, and then, I could sense some relief in their eyes...

I could only make an common sense guess, they must've thought that I already became a manager, same level with them, luckily they didn't hire me, else I'd kick their butt...

I might be wrong also lah... who knows...

And, please don't think I'm very great lah, right hand man for my manager or what, it's just that I was more involved with the Quality/Audit side of things in the team, and that meeting was related to these stuff... I'm still a small fry lah, okay?

Monday, January 04, 2010

Bye Bye Noughties!

About this time last year, I did a New Year Resolution post, here.

Now is the time to review the results:

1. Hang on to my job - could not have turned out better I suppose, I made myself sort of important for the team, got converted from contract to permanent staff, got my 1st ever bonus and increment. Good job to myself in this :)

2. Clean up all my financial shits - still in progress, it's much tidier now compared to the same time last year, but still lots of work to do.

3. Savings/Invest - No savings, but I do have a couple of shares of the company, bought through the Employee Stock Purchase Plan. My blog also gives me at least RM10 income per month even when I'm not active now, so I guess that's an investment too, eh?

4. Cashout from Nuffnang for the 1st time - Done it middle of October, got it early December, although it's just slightly over RM100, it feels damn good too! Hopefully this is only the 1st of many cheques to come :)

5. Turn from Fat Buu into Kid Buu - fail, 失败, 衰咗, gagal =.=" only manage to maintain current weight and size...

So... 3 greens and 1 brown out of 5, not bad what???
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Hmm, maybe I should set another 5 goals this year, sempena the new decade...

1. Gain promotion - my manager said, the company reviews and offers promotion twice a year, and 1 promotion cycle should take maximum 2 years. If you don't get promoted in 2 years time, it means either you sucks, or your division sucks, time to move on. Well, this is my 2nd year, hopefully its my time now.

2. More investment - Am looking into precious metal (gold, silver etc). With the US$ bouncing around so much, definitely need some hedge. Of course, continue to purchase the company's stock in a steady quantity.

3. Change car - Currently, only Myvi is within sight. My gut feeling tells me my SLK will not last much more rounds of Penang-KL-Penang trips.

4. Cashout from Nuffnang for the 2nd time - hopefully the amount will be more than the 1st time.

5. Turn from Fat Buu to Kid Buu - Again!! This time must succeed!!!

Saturday, January 02, 2010

The "So Called" Movie Marathon

I took the day off last Wednesday... leave that need not be logged into the system because I was working overnight and over the weekends for the past couple of weeks...

I decided to chill out by going for a movie marathon at GSC Queensbay by myself...

I intended to watch 3 movies...

First movie:


Now, I heard a lot of bad comments about this movie...

Seriously, what's wrong with these guys? I thought the movie was pretty cool.. I mean, when we go for this type of movie, we always know that the main purpose to watch it is stuff like this:


Who cares about how the plot goes, or how is the acting of who and who? As long as I get my share of Swoosssshhhhhh~~~~, Baaaaannnnnggggggg~~~~~, Piinngggg Piiiaaannnnggggg~~~ effects, that's great enough what...

Movie was 12.15pm till 2.05pm... next movie was 2.45pm, so I had 40 minutes to go to toilet, and grab a quick lunch...

Here's where I had my lunch:


It's a newly open food court at Queensbay, on the same floor as the cinema... Initially I thought this was where Neway would be opening at, apparently I was wrong...

Settled for something from the Hot Plate & Claypot stall:

Hot Plate Chicken Rice with Mushroom and Egg

For RM6.90, you get a big bowl of rice (ensure you are full after this meal), 3 pieces of chicken bones, 3 slices of mushroom, a few strips of cabbage/carrot, an egg (below the chicken/mushroom) and the sauce...

There's nothing much I could say about the food, typical food court food, overpriced and slightly less yummy...

Second movie:


Well, I agree this is not a movie suitable for everyone, if you don't appreciate history, you probably won't like this movie.

A mystery actor made a cameo appearance in the beginning of the movie, just 1 minute though...


After watching this, I couldn't help but wonder, are we so different from these guys? The way our country is currently?

I look at the newspaper tycoon, and I see our parents' generation: generally discontent with the current situation, but too cowardly to openly protest;

I look at his son, and I see our generation: discontent, more informed of the current corrupt ways, and more daring to protest (我不做亡国奴!!!);

I look at the mystery actor, and the person they were trying to protect throughout the movie, and I wonder, don't we have political assassination here too?

I look at the Qing general, blindly supporting his emperor, even to the extent of murder, don't we have those guys here too? You know which guys I'm referring to.

And I look at the civilians killed in their mission to protect that man, to help change the country,
don't we have people who sacrificed themselves for the bigger cause here too?

History tells us that their sacrifices were not wasted, the revolt was finally successful... Since our situation are so similar... hmmm... let's keep our fingers crossed...

Alright, after this second movie which was slightly longer than the first, ended about 5pm, I was kind of dazed already, so I decided against a third movie.

The "so-called" movie marathon ended with just 2 movies... what a let down... haih... old already lah... cannot tahan too much movies continuously....

Food Court Name

Spotted another amusing billboard on my trip back to KL last week...


意思=Easy, 美食=Ma-Xi, 欢乐中心=Happy Centre

Half pronunciation, half literal translation...

Bananas please ignore this post, thanks :)