Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Sacrifice

I'm resting now, after 3 hours of sweeping, mopping and installing the
baby cot. Sen and mother are coming back to BU. We are very excited
about this because it will be us, our small family, on our own now. No
in laws or parents about.

Everytime I do things for sen, be it installing a cot or cleaning the
room for her or rocking her to sleep for 2 hours in the wee hours of
the morning or changing her dirty diapers, I can't help but think that
I'm not alone in this. All fathers would do the same. And I think that
my father must have done the same for me.

When I was cleaning every inch of the newly installed cot, rubbing
each rung meticulously with Dettol to kill germs (it's a hands me down
cot, btw), I was damn sure that my father would have gone through the
same ordeal for me.

As I was checking my bills and shaking my head over how expensive that
jab was (it was rm270 for a jab and there's more to come!) or how much
it has cost us thus far (just that 2 nights in the hospital giving
birth to sen cost a total of rm5k!!), I was sure my parents struggled
through the same financial challenge. It would be heavier for them as
their job then are not as highly paid as mine.

When I want to buy something I have to think twice and three times but
when it comes to stuff for sen, there's not a moment of hesitation.
It's not a wonder why my parents do not drive glamourous car nor live
in nice houses nor go for overseas tour. They simply can't.

It's easy to forget that our parents had done what we are doing for
our own children. How many times have you heard or seen people being
upset with their parents over how the parents treat their babies (ie
the grand children)? Or we begrudge our parents while we are holding
our child. How ironic is this scene?

We would take leave and fly to our babies immediately if they are
sick. But when our parents need to see the doctor we'll see if our
work schedule permits. Or we take them after work. Or we asked then to
take a cab. Or get the 'ahmad' to drive them.

I'm glad that I was able to constantly remind myself that my parents
had done the very same things that I am doing for sen. That means I
still now have time to return the favour to them. But it's not easy as
more often than not, I forget. We must constantly remind each other, ok?


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Sent from iPhone

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Screenshot to the Top Ten Album

iTunes Top 10 Albums dated 27 June 2009

TOP TEN ALBUMS

Wow. I went to iTunes Top 10 album today and 9 out of 10 are MJ's
album. Black Eye Pea's The End occupied number 10. That means people
were buying MJ albums non stop!!!


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Friday, June 26, 2009

R.I.P. Michael Jackson

7 early 8 early I received an SMS from anti-Ringgit. It said "Michael Jackson died at 50. Cardiac arrest." I stopped and reread the SMS. Unbelievable. MJ. The King of Pop. Dead. At 50, such a young age! Why is it that people are dying young these days?

Later, when I read the NY Times website about this story, I found out that he is planning 50 comeback concerts in London. They were all sold out, btw. The first one is supposed to start July 8th but he postponed it to July 12th. At that time, there were concerns of his health - turned out to be true! I wonder if he pushed himself too hard during rehearsal or preparation for the concert. After all, he's well known to be a person who wants perfection on stage.

He was a great showmanship. I am glad I went to his concert in Stadium Merdeka. I still remember that it was expensive - but it was also an MJ concert.. and I just had to go. I went with AR and Julian. It totally blew me away! We joined the crowd in screaming his name like a crazed fan. But it was fun.. and a totally enthralling experience. Compared to MJ's concert, Mariah Carey's was shit. I think there's no one with as much stage presence as MJ. He will be missed.

R.I.P.

Edit: wow, I didn't realize the impact of his death:

Web slows after Jackson's death
Search giant Google confirmed to the BBC that when the news first broke it feared it was under attack.

Millions of people who Googled the star's name were greeted with an error page rather than a list of results.

It warned users "your query looks similar to automated requests from a computer virus or spyware application".
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8120324.stm

Fans from Sydney to Bogota mourn Michael Jackson
SYDNEY (AP) — The news stunned nearly everyone, from the young man in Colombia who was named after the King of Pop, to Malaysians who named a soy drink for him, to a generation of people around the world who have tried to moonwalk.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jCguZxNeqLl4R-fKr5ZuuyVYw54wD9927GC80

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Can't imagine...

After using the iPhone for 2 months, I can't imagine myself using any other phone.. and can't comprehend why people don't want to use an iPhone. It's like I am from Mars and they are from Venus or something like that. If you have not played with the iPhone, now is the time.

Edit: based on WSL's comment, I thought I should enlighten my reader on what I mean:
The iPhone strength is in two areas:

1. Internet browsing and capabilities - eg blogging, email, surfing
2. Applications! With over 50,000 applications, it's just mind blowing. Don't believe me - watch all the videos here. They have an application just for anything!
http://www.apple.com/iphone/gallery/ads/

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Holding Hands

This evening, little sen went to her grandma's house for dinner. She
met her cousin brother who is three weeks older. We put them together
for some photo sessions and look, they are holding hands! Awwwwwwww...

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Ta Fei Kei

I told you about Fei Kei Chai, my mother-in-law's term for mosquitoes. It sounds endearing until one day when I announced out loud that I will "ta fei kei chai". In Canto it means, beat mosquitoes but the perverted mind will read it as "beat aeroplane" which is a slang for masturbate. Gosh!

Monday, June 08, 2009

R.I.P. David Eddings

One of my favourite authors, Michael Crichton passed away some time late last year (or was it early this year?) Today, I read news that another author, David Eddings, passed away at the age of 77. Mr Eddings wrote the Belgariad series - I still remember that it was my friend Siham who introduced me to this series. Have been hooked to it ever since and even managed to influence ZipD to read.

Random rambling

Due to King's birthday on Saturday, I'm on replacement leave on
Monday. The morning was spent at the in-laws, spending quality time
with the wife and baby. Afternoon, I came back home. I need to get the
house sweep and mop. Have not been doing that for the past four weeks!
Ewwwwww! I know.

I'm now taking a break from the chores. Drinking a cold drink and
wanted to pen down a couple of thoughts.

First one is about house. Last month I had a visitor from America. He
made two observations that was interesting to me. He said that houses
in US has centralized a/c and heater. That means even if you are in
the living room, your bedroom, toilet, kitchen are all cooled by the a/
c. He thinks it's a waste of energy and money but that is how houses
are designed in the States. These are rules by the government. My
friend said that the expense is therefore very high and that's how it
is in the States. You may earn a lot but you spent a lot. That's what
makes the economy thrives.

He also observed that our houses are built with concrete and this last
for many years whereas houses in States are made of wood. Typically
people renovate their own homes every 10 to 15 years due to the
woodbase construction. And that's how it is also which again shows how
much people continue to spend in the States.

This is the first time I heard of this and it's pretty interesting to
me.

Sent from my iPhone

Friday, June 05, 2009

Birthdays!

Tomorrow is Anne's birthday and one day before little sen's turned one month. So, it's kinda double celebration. What should I get for them? PANIC alert!

Geram

So this was what happened yesterday. Laila and Mohammad (not their real names) are two of my staff. Laila is a junior staff. Mohammad is senior. Mohammad is the jaded, experienced, I know best, I don't listen, I am above you - type of person. Maybe it is due to age. Anyway, he has some problems - everyone knows it. All the other managers who manages him gave up.

But I did not. I try not to. Everyone has a chance and everyone has good intentions. And Mohammad does have good intentions. His customers loves him. He gets things done. He's self driven, aggressive.. his problems is just in people relationship.

Recently, there was a bout of complains about Mohammad from the team and from people in the company. In a spirit of improving him, I fed back to him.

As per his usual self, he was self defensive. He asked me for some examples and I gave him. With Mohammad, if you try to be tactful and generalize, he doesn't get it. It's difficult to penetrate to him because he refused to listen.

After the discussion, he approached Laila.. he asked Laila to tell him what happened! Of every examples I cited, Mohammad chose to ask Laila - of course I know why. He wants to justify to himself that it was not him. And who better to ask but Laila, the most junior, the one who will not argue back.

Laila, predictably, said no problem. This morning Laila was pissed at me for sharing. In fact, she was rather rude at me. I looked at her point blank and I said "Laila, you kept on complaining about how Mohammad treats you. Now I feedback to him but when he asked you, you did not stand your ground and instead claimed that nothing happened. And then you come to me be mad at me for putting you in a difficult position! You are pissed at your manager but you kept quiet when your peer confronted you. What gives?"

Anyway, since she didn't want to stand her ground and tell Mohammad how she feels, I told her to manage the situation in the future.

As I reflect, I sometimes think that I am too nice and my staff forgets that I am their manager. Or perhaps I gives too much flexibility to them. Maybe I need to micro manage!

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