Sunday, July 30, 2006

Disturbingly Attractive

I find this photo of two Swedish World Cup fans distubingly attractive...

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Busy

Looks like everyone in my blogsphere is a busy bee.. myself included. Managing 15 people is no piece of cake.. so I am getting very much challenged here. I had my first group motivational talk today and I think the team is abuzzed with enthusiasm. Anti-R said that they have no choice because I am their superior. I'd like to think they have a choice and that their choice is to respond positively to me.

So, yeah.. I am a busy bee... and I am hiring... any potential candidates?

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Happy Birthday Mozart

Yesterday Anne and I went for free concert. A group of youth celebrated 250th birthday of Mozart by playing a few pieces of his popular orchestra piece. These guys/gals are probably still studying and boy, they are good! They play violins, trumpets, saxophones, piano, drums, etc.. almost a mini orchestra. I feel so cultured, ha ha.. it was fun.


Tuesday, July 11, 2006

BRP

I am in a dilemma. Looks like I am always in a dilemma. Today’s dilemma has to do with my quest for a house. Let me get one point straight. I, like many other potential house buyers, would really LOVE to stay in Bandar Utama, Damansara Jaya, Mutiara Damansara, Bandar Sri Damansara, Sunway SPK, Desa Park City and what not. Who doesn’t, right? Unfortunately the price of real estate in these areas are exorbitant. The prices are too expensive for the design and built up of the house.

Take Desa Park City for example. Anne and I went to check out the Southlake Terraces, a newly developed sub-area in Desa Park City. This 2.5 storey house is nice but there are some “artistic” design to the houses that made certain rooms extremely small. The kitchen, for example, is a quarter of my kitchen size. It is extremely small. And this house cost RM800k.

I have also looked at a few houses in Bandar Sri Damansara. The houses are small. The ceiling are low. A typical 22x75 house with a built up of maybe 1600-1700 sq ft cost around RM380k. Some are asking for RM400k. It’s crazy.

On the other hand, I am eyeing one house in Bukit Rahman Putra. Bukit Rahman Putra is in Sungai Buloh. It is not too far from my house (11km distance or 20km from 1Utama) but the traffic is crazy because they are “always” building/expanding the roads. Because of the condition of the traffic, BRP houses does not have high values.

BRP is a very beautiful township. It is quiet and very well established. Houses there have very nice built up because 15 years ago, when the developer (Hong Leong) built BRP, it was supposed to be the next big housing area. Unfortunately, they were screwed because houses in Bandar Utama came up.. and the government moved all the important infrastructure south to Cyberjaya and Putrajaya, which explains why Puchong prices came up instead. My mother remembers that when Hong Leong started selling BRP houses 15 years ago, the going price was RM220K. This is the same price as the first phase of Bandar Utama houses in the same time frame.

Anyway, to cut a long story short, BRP is a nice township but there are little values in the houses there because of the bad traffic and the fact that people are moving South.

The house I was eyeing is a corner house. The land area is 42x70. The house is 20x70 with a built up of almost 1700sq ft. All the rooms (there are 3 rooms upstairs, one downstairs and 3 baths in total) are design in squares so they looked spacious. This house has a 22ft empty land as the corner – almost as big as a typical intermediate house.

The going price: RM375k.

It is affordable. I do not need to eat bread to afford this house. But, I have to face traffic going to work everyday. Also, if I am hoping for the price to double in 10 years, I think it will be difficult. Having said that, a corner will definitely have a higher price than an intermediate so this could be a slightly plus point. So, I am torn. Should I get a house in BRP at an affordable price and face traffic or should I get a smaller place at the same price range in a better location?

Thoughts?

Thursday, July 06, 2006

"Change the Whole Cast of Characters Also It Is The Same"

Mr X is not Habibi. Ha ha .. Bahija thought Mr X sounds like the Habibi we know. Now that she mentioned it, hmm.. there are some similarities.

I told Mr X about the lunch where I was being “wat”. I told him that I am not the stingy type. I buy friends lunches, dinners and drinks. However, I hate it when I am asked to do so because I don’t owe people the lunch/dinner/drink. To me, if you have the balls to ask me to treat, that means, you feel like I am obliged to buy you lunch/dinner.. and why should I do that? The reason why I am so disturbed by the whole incident is because I “em kum yuen” to pay because I feel obligated/ “wat” by the people.

Anyway, Mr X told me this. He said that I write the script of my life. Today, it is my colleagues who “wat” me. If I change the whole cast of characters in my life, ie I don’t know any Bonnie or Mr Miser or NLK.. but instead I have Tom, Dick and Harry.. I will still feel the same. I will still feel like I was “wat”

So it is important for me to change within myself. So what if I buy people lunches? I must not feel that I was bullied. I ought to let go. It’s not easy.. but once I start to let go and be willing, all these will accumulate good fortune and will come back to me in the future. I may accumulate so much fortune that in the future, I probably will also automatically treat people for lunches.. because I already have such a big heart.

HMMM…

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Team Lunch - What Mr X says..

I just IM-ed Mr X... he said:

X: i dun see it as accumulating good fortune just by giving money away.......it is more of the intention.....
X: ie...a rich bad person may contribute to charity...
X: but he will not accumulate good fortune..
X: but if a poor lady, sell her hair and use the money for the sake of others (poorer than her)...this is an act of compassion... and will be rewarded in return....see..the intention is important here...

Does that mean I am doomed? WU WU WU!

Team Lunch

The company allocates a mere rm25 per person for the manager to take the team out for a lunch/dinner every quarter. This rm25 covers only for regular employee. So, the other day, to "celebrate" my promotion and of course to use this fund, I took the team out for a lunch in Shogun, a Japanese buffet in 1U, Bonnie being very enthusiastic about it. She has been bugging me non stop about taking her out to lunch because of my promotion. Bonnie's skin is harder than Superman's skin, so there was no surprise there. I usually just smiled at her. One day, I just can't stand her greedy nagging. I stare at her and with a conspiratory tone to pique her interest, I whispered in her ear - did you take me out to lunch when you were promoted last year? Her face paled, she said no. I looked at her with a satisfied look and walked away..

So I took the team out to Shogun. In my team, I have contractors and IT Trainees. These are people who ate whom I cannot claim. The damage? I have to fork out RM800 out of my own pocket. Fortunately, my ex manager, who is now my peer, offered to pay half - well, 25% of the team currently reports to her - so I know she will fork out but I did not expect her to help me out by paying half!! Bless her. Even then, it's rm400 for a lunch!!

Sometimes, I can't help but wonder if this promotion is worth it.

Anne said that it is ok because nice people like me will accumulate good fortune. And good fortune will always come round and bless me. Ai.. I have to ask Mr X what he thinks.

Monday, July 03, 2006

X

I'd like to tell you about X. X is the type of person you read in books; the Gandhis, the Martin Luther Kings, the Mother Teresas, the Florence Nightingales. He's the person that motivates you to be a better person. He's the one that inspire you, the one that brings out the best in you, the one who made you feel good because he treats you with respect, the type of person your parents wished you were. X is the type of person who so pure in this world of anger, hatred and sadness, that you wonder if he was from another planet.

I said that X inspire people. I am sure you have met people who are good at motivating a whole lot of other people. Most of the times, though, these people are religious leaders or CEO of a companies or the successful diamond-level multi-level marketing genius. These people have the type of charisma to mesmerize you in their talk, to inspire and motivate you to do better in your job, to sell one more lamp/ling zhi/whatever. But really, two days after the talk, you forget about them.. you fall back into your original uninspired self.

X is different. When X talks, he's not trying to sell you anything. He's not trying to convert you to his religion. He's not trying to motivate you so that you work harder for him. No. When X talks, he speaks from the heart. He just want to bring out the goodness in you, so that you can be a better person. X wins when you are sincerely happy. X wins when people around you are happy.

I was a skeptic. Many months ago, I would not have believe people like X exist. I would think that they are fairy tales characters. When I met someone like X, I always feel that people like him have hidden agenda. Perhaps he's trying to recruit me to sell Amway. Perhaps he's a Mormon or from Assembly of God. Or perhaps he has no friends and just wanna make one - there must be a reason. When I first met X, I was skeptical too. "Ah, just another goody two shoes", I thought to myself. Let the influence of Ringgit proof him wrong. Let me introduce games, booze, movies, generally time wasting-lepaking at mamak to divert his attention from saving the world. Let Ringgit's fouled mouth and beautiful curses showed him the colour of the world.

X is of course much stronger than Ringgit. Instead of being influenced, X influenced Ringgit. X brings up the goodness in Ringgit. Ringgit don't hate Bonnie anymore. Ringgit don't dislike Mr Fly anymore. Ringgit sees light and hope in his life. And the thing is, it is not a temporary change, like the way one temporaily felt when one goes on a motivational course - one just felt motivated for a day. The change in Ringgit is gradual, I admit, but there are many positive signs.

I wish many of my friends get to meet X. I bet that they will find that their perception of their life would be different. X can give you a different pair of lenses to wear, so that you don't see the world as one big gloomy world. Through the lense, the world you see is full of sunshine and beautiful flowers and happy, smiling people. Ha ha.. of course I am exaggerating... but it is better than the grumpy and unhappy people I used to see everyday at work. Things are so much different now.

X told me stories of his exploits - at work and in his life. Again, it is pretty amazing how he handled difficult people, who then turned out to be his good friends. I will have to tell you some of his exploits in the future.

I am glad I have X as a friend. And I know I am not having "A Beautiful Mind" syndrome (schizoprenia). He's for real.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

New Look

My blog has a new look. I decided to ditch the boring plain white for a sexy blue... :)
The old look lasted for 1.5 years!

Spiderman 3 - May 2007

Over at apple.com, Spiderman 3 trailer was released...
and it's about Venom, the alien organism...
WOW..
http://www.apple.com/trailers/sony_p.../spider-man_3/

A mech keyboard nerd's thoughts on 2017 MacBook Pro keyboard

My old Thinkpad has reached its end of life and so the company issued me a new notebook. By default, they issued a MacBook Air, but I tried ...