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Work PleasureThe first week of the new semester seems to be off to a great start. The kids seem energetic and hardworking in churning out their ideas for the projects to be carried out this semester. This is a good sign indeed! 😁

Every start of a new semester, I’ll usually meet a new batch of kids and this is what I’ll tell them. Practise using English as much as you can now. This is the time for you to brush up on your language skills. Don’t worry about making mistakes coz’ your lecturers are here to correct you. But if you keep using your mother tongue alone, how would you know you are making any mistakes? How are you going to improve your command of the language? How are you going to communicate and present in English fluently when you work? Are you gonna get someone to do it for you? A proxy?? You need to buck up now! Start correcting your attitude and stop being lackadaisical. Stop your ‘tidak apa’ attitude.

The workplace is less tolerable of mistakes made. At times, it can be real cruel and brutal if you are unlucky. You don’t really know what kinda of a boss you are gonna get. Some bosses can be as sweet as can be and some can be the devil incarnate. 😈 There’s really no room for errors. There’s no coddling. You can’t give excuses like “I’m having some personal problems and that’s why I couldn’t finish the project on time” crap. Your boss might say leave your personal problems at the doorstep. Everyone has their own problems.

Your personal life can be put on hold, but your working life, well, that’s another story. Life goes on there. If you can’t take the heat, then you better split. Time is money at work. A delay or a mistake can cause thousands or worse still millions at times. You must always be accountable for the tasks you have been assigned with. If you can’t finish them due to unforeseen circumstances, then make sure someone helps you with them or explain it to your superiors. Don’t leave them in the dark coz’ they might think you are still capable of completing them, but in actual fact, you aren’t. Don’t always expect others to sympathise with you, you need to put yourselves in their shoes too. They too have deadlines and people to answer to, not just you. When you screw up, they get screwed too. 😨 So be a little considered.

I look at my kids and they will nod and smile in understanding. In reality, I don’t really know how much of what I say goes in. Perhaps it might just go in one ear and come out the other? Mayhaps some might take heed. We always say prevention is better than cure, but for some, they just have to  learn it the hard way. I just hope that whatever they go through when they start working won’t scar them for life.  

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Posted by on September 13, 2015 in Life in Transition, Work

 

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Looking back at 2014…

Compliments of the season to one and all! Tis the season to be merry and of coz’ to look back at everything that has happened throughout the year.

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Now, if I had to use two words to describe 2014, it would be “interesting” and “confusing”. I know these are rather common words, but they are the best words I can think of to sum up the year.

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The year was filled with ups and downs, a real roller coaster ride. I went through two deaths in the family: my paternal grandma and my maternal grand uncle.

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I’m still dealing with some unresolved issues which I hope will be cleared up in 2015. I really hate dragging things on. I think it’s high time I made some decisions.

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Well, work was same ol’, same ol’ for the first half and then it went crazy gruelling busy for the second half. This year saw me taking on new challenges and responsibilities. Them white hairs are popping up faster now! 😛

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Anyhoo, I seem to be constantly learning new things this year, especially as I sojourn into uncharted territories at work and in my personal space. This new knowledge has kinda changed my perspective on life and on how things are in reality. People can change and not everyone plays by the same rules.

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We are taught to follow the rules of society and so like little good children we do, thinking that everything will fall into place if we do. For some, yes and for some, no. Perhaps that might create some frustrations in us. I know how that feels. We strive to follow the rules, but at times we might bend them now and then in our quest to fulfil our desires. Hence, I really do understand the saying that “some rules are meant to be broken”. 😉

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Not only that, I’ve also learned some new stuff about myself, call it self-discovery if you want, and I am not done making sense of them yet. This “new” me has me in a conundrum as it really requires loads of patience, control and a helluva restrain on my part. At times, acting nonchalant is a real challenge especially when I get more and more involve. Some of these stuff I’m going through are things I wouldn’t imagine myself ever experiencing or venturing into. It’s exciting and it’s like a dormant part of me has been woken up. I seem to be a different person. Wow, I didn’t see that coming! I keep asking myself: “Is that really me? Why is it happening to me? Who knew I had it in me?? Not in a million years!”

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As I said this is a super confusing year as well. My beliefs have been shaken. I seem to have more questions and self-doubts. I do wonder whether it’s a test from God or is the Devil playing his tricks on me, taunting me. Things used to be compartmentalised into black and white. Now out pops a grey area. It’s so difficult to handle this grey area. The rules are different there. In fact, I think I’ve kinda thrown the rule book out and am just creating my own rules. Let’s see where this grey area leads us to.

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In addition to that, I’m also confused with the infamous four letter word: LOVE. You would think that a 30 something would know what love is by now. Well, I used to. I think I used to, anyway. What is love? I really don’t know what it is anymore. What does it mean to be in love? What do you equate love with? How do you know when you are in love? Can two persons be together without love? Can you love more than one person? I guess I’ve been watching too many dramas. Sigh… The stubborn bull in me is having a tough time accepting changes. The things that are happening around me are just making it more mind boggling. Perhaps it’s time to fall head over heels in love with someone to understand it better? 😛

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Anyhoo, I’ve kept my promised to myself to at least embark on a solo travel once a year. This year I went to Taiwan and it was an awesome experience. It was a bleisure trip: business + leisure. I took the opportunity to travel to a few cities in Taiwan since I was heading there to present a paper at a conference in Taipei. Taiwan is indeed a lovely country. It’s safe, the public transport is so convenient and the people are pretty friendly as well. Hmm… I will never tire travelling on my own.

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So I can say all in all I have had a colourful horsey year. I have no idea what plans 2015 has for me. There are bound to be great challenges and battles ahead, but I’m definitely gonna try to embrace them the best I can or rather grab them by the horns as the saying goes! 😉

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Let’s all attack 2015 with full of gusto!!

Happy 2015 in advance, everyone!! 🙂

 
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Posted by on December 25, 2014 in Entertainment, Leisure, Life in Transition, Love, Work

 

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Music for the soul

Work has been really crazy these last few weeks. It was so bad on one particular day that I really felt like screaming coz of something that happened that day, but I stopped myself from screaming coz’ someone wise advised me to close my eyes, turn on some music, so that I could calm myself down a bit. Indeed it did do the trick. I felt lighter, more relaxed and at peace as I retreated into my happy place for a bit.

A roller coaster ride I had…
Up and down it went…
Thump thump thump…
My heart beat did its dance…
Scream scream scream…
Was what my lungs concocted as a plan…
Alas, I did not shout…
I did not scream…
Instead I closed my eyes
And imagined a song and dance.
A retreat into my happy place
Was indeed the perfect plan.

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Posted by on November 20, 2014 in Creative Juices, Life in Transition, Work

 

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New Semester

The new semester started 3 weeks ago. Things have been pretty hectic at work. Some of my classes are arranged quite closed together. I do not get much time to rest in between classes especially on Tuesdays. It can get very exhausting when you have 3 hours of classes, then less than an hour to rest continued by another 2 hours of classes. Sigh. Well, at least I get to rest on Fridays!  🙂

Anyway, hopefully my groups will be finalised by next week. I have an average of 40 in a class. That’s really big for a language class. It’s gonna be tough especially when it comes to group activities. Well, I’ve just got to make the best of things.

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2010 in Work

 

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update!

I think I’ve mentioned that my office has blocked access to facebook & friendster…hence, I rarely update any info as I’m still using a dial-up at home…sigh…we, the academicians have to suffer because of the students…kesian us…   well, I guess they’ve decided to unblock friendster for a while since students aren’t around. I managed to log on yesterday…things are still ok today…I think I better keep my fingers crossed! Hehehe…  

 

I also just found out today that I can actually access some of the blocked sites using my notebook…I brought it to the office to update some stuff & tried my luck to access a few sites lah & walla, boleh lah…thank god for wireless! gosh, I should have thought of that earlier…

 

Anyhow, I’ve been wanting to write about the latest edition in my family this past month but takde masa…so now only do it lah…erm, my sis-in-law gave birth on Nov 1st…at last we have a girl in the family after 8 long years of waiting! I mean no offence to my 3 darling nephews but I haven’t been able to do much with them in terms of dressing…now, with natalie’s arrival, well, it’s time for some shopping!!

 

She’s absolutely adorable, quite the inquisitive pot actually, always looking here & there when she hears any sounds…I’m sure my brother’s gonna have his hands full when she grows up…with those big captivating eyes & sweet kissable bow shaped lips, she’s gonna be a real head turner…aiyoyo, got to start building a fort now…must keep under lock & key!  

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2008 in Life in Transition, Work

 

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finito…

m finally done with the july semester! praise the lord!! everyone was rushing to beat the deadline last friday…it’s a good thing that my papers do not have any finals… managed to finish marking the assignments on Monday, then totalled up the marks, keyed-in to system, double-checked scores etc…funny that we were all waiting on each other to click the submit button…so takut lah if after that got mistakes…so must be very careful or else real susah…anyway, finally settle everything on thursday…hahaha…  

 

sigh…didn’t get to rest last weekend…had to attend a workshop…only half of the committee turned up…even though half but we had a good discussion lah…we are actually in the process of coming up with an english placement test for new students as well as a bridging course for students who achieve low scores in the placement test later…hopefully everything goes well next sem when we pilot test things.

 

well, I can’t wait for this thursday…m heading over to klpac to catch bottom top…that should be interesting…let’s hope I enjoy it…well,I’m sure I’ll like it but as for jk…he’s a bit particular…I’m not sure whether that’s the word to use…let’s just say it’s not easy to please him…what’s more this is only his 2nd encounter with  theatre performances…let’s just keep our fingers crossed!  

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2008 in Leisure, Life in Transition, Work

 

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it’s been a while

It’s been a while…

 

I’ve been on a brief hiatus, mainly coz of my laziness to write. Besides, the office has blocked the access to Friendster & Facebook. So, I only log on once in a while from home. It’s very payah lah to surf at home without broadband. I’m still using dialled-up.

 

Well, this is my 4th month at UniKL. I’m learning to love my new environment. Classes are fine. The students here are not that much different from those in UNiSEL. They are a fun-loving, hardworking & respectful bunch of kids. So, there’s really not that much adjustment for me. I had doubts in the beginning that I’d get use to working in the city coz I’ve been working away from the hustle & bustle of the city these past few years. But, I’m adjusting quite well, surprisingly.  

 

I don’t really face any traffic jams coz I try to be in the office by 7.45am. Going in early gives me the chance to have a hot cuppa drink, read The Sun, The Star (online), check my mail & also read up on the Korean drama I’m following on KBS.

 

Once I’m done with classes in the afternoon, I’ll shoot back home to avoid the congestion. My working hours here is flexible. We, academicians are allowed to clock in by 10 & leave the office by 4. But there’s still the 40 hours that we need to complete in a weeklah, just like any other institutions.

 

My mum is still adjusting to me coming home early from work. I used to get home pretty late last time coz my apartment was less than 5 mins away. Aiya, staying on campus, you can go home anytime ma. Nowadays when I’m home by 5 sometime, she’ll look surprised & ask me why I’m back so early.

 

Anyway, I’ve learned to handle the traffic here. If you are driving in KL, you need to be 2 things, 1st, a daredevil a.k.a. a kamikaze driver and 2nd, a speed racer. I think my family would agree that I fit both descriptions. Mind you, coming from them it’s not a compliment. Since I’m both, driving in KL hasn’t really raised my blood pressure. J      

 

You know, I thought I could keep a low profile at my new place, but cannot lah. My boss has already roped me in for one of the projects his handling. We, language gals are pretty active at work. There’s always some project on. I don’t really mind it coz it’s a good learning experience lo. Besides, when you get full cooperation from your team mates, everything becomes a breeze!

 

We just went through convo last month at PICC, Putrajaya. It was my 1st time there.  You know, I’ve worn 4 different robes in the space of 1 year. I had my own master convo last Sept, attended the UNiSEL convo as an academician after that, represented the faculty for the 1st JAD convo early this year when I was the acting dean & lastly my 1st academic procession at UniKL in August. I’ve had on blue, brown, grey & dark blue. It’s been an interesting experience!       

 

Well, even though I’m adjusting well here. I do miss my friends at UNiSEL. Puspa has already gone off to UiTM. Eda & Shangeetha are busy as ever being the heads of programme. Sigh…when will I get to see you gals lah? What happened to our Genting trip? It’s getting a bit lonely here lah. Maybe I should visit you guys one of these days?

 

Anyway, I’m sure everyone’s looking forward to this week. For some of us because we are celebrating Raya & for the rest, it’s the cuti that comes with the celebration. To those celebrating, Selamat Hari Raya!! To the rest, have a good break there,k!

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2008 in Life in Transition, Work

 

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