There's no such thing as a 9 to 5 in KL

condo power

Straight from the horse’s mouth – Pinky Tham Waiping, born and bred in KL. I just came back from work, have been working OT a lot lately. It’s okay with me though coz I am one of the rare (lucky?) people who like their jobs. I’m a copywriter by trade so I have to watch out for grammar and typos – but not on my blog…on my blog, I’m free to make as many mistakes as I like! It’s an outlet for me! :)

Anyway, I saw the notice above in the condo lift just now. Some tenant who needs to attend anger management classes ripped it off, but it was stuck back by security. Power outage from 2 pm till 6 pm. Doesn’t affect me, I usually get home rather late. This is a crappy post coz I have to work on a pitch later so let us segue into something else.

pc fair

I went to PC Fair (by proxy) to get a 640 GB USB 2.0 drive and a pair of Sony MDR headphones. I couldn’t actually go coz I had to go to an event so one of my coworkers got the stuff for me. Damage to the wallet: RM 418.

comic-fiesta

I shall post again tomorrow – in the meantime, I’m going to pimp an event for a friend – Comic Fiesta. It’s going on this weekend at Sunway Convention Center. I will not be going since I’m going to Singapore for the weekend, unfortunately. Click on the link to read more about it if you’re into anime, manga, cosplay or just games in general.

Pat, you owe me lunch. ;)

Last day at work

brave new world

Today is my last day at work and I must say that I have mixed feelings about moving to KL. I am excited at the prospect of working at the new company but I will miss all my colleagues and the familiarity (comfort zone?) of working in this company for 11 months.

E, you have been a great mentor and I couldn’t have asked for more from a superior. Always willing to give more than receive, generous with advice from your experience and above all, going beyond the call of duty and being a friend to me instead of a boss. You have a great sense of humor and you accepted me despite all my piercings and tattoos and am able to look below the surface to see what I don’t even see myself – as a talented and gifted person. You have made me more confident about myself and my abilities and for that, I am forever indebted to you. I love you as a bro, heterosexually speaking, of course. You will be missed. Thanks for all the good memories.

J, thank you for your kind offer. It takes a great leader to be able to talk to his employees as a friend and to genuinely care. You will be in my thoughts always.

A, I was surprised that you are such a humble person despite your wealth of knowledge. Always unassuming and quick to smile, your imposing stature which made me think of you as unfriendly in the beginning has quickly changed to one of respect. I will miss your comments about politics and general life. I will miss the good conversation and your easy going nature.

J, thanks for being the first one to approach and befriend me. In spite of all that has happened, I still appreciate that you included me in your social circle when I just started work.

A, thank you for the ride home…and dreams come true. ;)

To my two teammates S and S, thanks for everything, we work as a team and nothing can break that. Esprit de corps!

…off to a brave new world!

…until the cows come home

until the cows come home
Until the lembus come home…

I have been withholding this post and I think that now is the right time to reveal my plans for the future. I have decided to move to KL to work and have submitted my resignation letter a while back. I feel the need to strike out on my own and gain experience and skills in a more competitive environment while I am still under 30. ;)

I will be moving there for good this weekend and have been busy arranging for my car to be shipped over (and other miscellaneous stuff). I will be working in Kelana Jaya – which is technically in PJ, but the entire Klang Valley is referred to as “KL” by Sarawakians. :p

Regular sixthseal.com programming will resume tomorrow. Cheers all! :)

I’ll see you all in KL! =D

How much are you getting?

speak no evil

Remuneration issues tend to be rather sensitive and most people employ the “Speak no evil” approach to surveys on wages. “The wages of sin is death” and all that aside, I’m very curious about the market rate around KL and Klang Valley (including other states in Malaysia). How much are you getting? Please state your chronological age, gender and profession if you feel comfortable divulging that information.

I’m happy with what I’m getting right now, but it’s just like the itch you can’t scratch. I’m just interested in the market trends for different professions.

Sharing is caring. ;)

(Curiosity also killed the cat, and I’m using way too many idioms in this post)

KL – PPS Bash

kl unappetizing food

I took the early morning flight to KL, where I saw the most unappetizing airplane food to date…

klia bin laden

I arrived and made the startling discovery that bin Laden is working as a baggage handler in KLIA…

kl cititel checkin

I have just checked into Cititel in Mid Valley, my usual hotel. I’m
here on business, it’s business a business trip, but it miraculously
coincided with the PPS Bash, which I’ll be attending tomorrow. What a
coincidence, eh? *cough* ;)

Behold! Hear me rant!

This is directed at no one in particular, but the way I see it, if you’re asking me for a favor,
which I define as something that goes beyond my job scope, but I
willingly took upon coz I want to help you out, at least a simple
“Thank You” would please me.

I’m perfectly happy to draw a Visio diagram while I have a backlog
of my own work to do. I drew that diagram from 7:30 am to 8:00 am,
which is before my stipulated work hours. You wanted to rush
it out, I rushed it for you. This is not my project, but I’m perfectly
willing to help, to do this for the company.

I know people can be busy and caught up with other things, and I’m
not being sensitive here, but saying a simple “Thanks” goes a long way.
It makes people willing to help out the next time. Treating people like
they’re unimportant after the delegation (which is not my project to
begin with, but like I said, I used my private time to draw it) makes
people resentful.

It only takes one second to say “Thank You” and make people happy.

Upper management out there should take note of this. It doesn’t take
long to say it and make people feel appreciated. Good management
already knows that.

Sibu company trip

huygens trip sibu

I’ll be flying to Sibu tonight. It’s for work – the company is
paying for the flight to oversee several installations in Sibu and I’ll
be flying back to Kuching on Sunday. I’ve been busy today, and I’ll be
busy tomorrow, but posting frequency will be as usual anyway. The
timing is just right, as my clonazepam supply needs replenishing, and
my good doctor in Sibu, who doesn’t mind scripting hundreds of 2 mg
tablets, is just the man to do that. ;)

Steam iron

max and collection

This is Max & Collection in Jalan Song Thian Cheok. It’s the one
with the nifty fiber optic light box controlled sign board. Max &
Collection is an apparel franchise and I went there to get my Huygens
Asia shirt steam ironed after setting up our booth today. I don’t have
an iron. I’ve never felt the need for combs, irons, shampoo…things
which I consider superfluous. However, I wanted to iron the company
shirt for the first day of the expo tomorrow, since it wrinkles without
ironing.

Anyway, if you’re wondering, no, it’s not standard practice to waltz
into a shop and get personal items ironed over here…the Max &
Collection chain of shops in Kuching is another business that Alex, my
CTO owns. He was kind enough to go with me after I told him about my
company shirt wrinkle woes. Now, I’ve seen steam irons before, but I’ve
never used one and I managed to experiment with one today.

steam iron

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Most apparel shops have one of these…it’s used to iron the
articles of clothing after customers wrinkle them. I had a bit of a
trouble operating it at first, but I must say, this is a handy device –
it’s ready to go after a short warm up period, and you just need to
hang the item you want to iron on a hanger and run the steam iron over
it. However, I have to say that I’m not a big fan of ironing, which is
why I like no-iron wrinkle free shirts and T-shirts (which doesn’t
wrinkle anyway).

I wanted to try the steam iron but I didn’t expect one article of
clothing to take so long to straighten so I only ironed one of my two
company shirts. I’m going to bring the un-ironed one to AT & A
tomorrow and get it ironed by someone there and buy them lunch in
return.

steam iron shirt

This is a photo of me (in the infamous red T-shirt), Alex and one of the sales personnel.
Naturally, I asked the most aesthetically pleasing one to come into the shot. ;)

I learnt that the only way to avoid an ironed shirt from wrinkling
again is to told it properly like a coat. I gingerly held it by the
collar and I’m happy to report that the shirt is still wrinkle free. :)

Tomorrow will be the first day of the ICT 2004. Who’s going? I still
haven’t eaten, so I’m likely to starve to death if no one comes bearing
food.

Okay, today is crashdown day, I can barely stop myself from falling
asleep on the keyboard…will reply all comments tomorrow. :)

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