It's done

Dear colleagues,

I am sure that at this point, you are already aware that I will soon be leaving the company. It has not been an easy decision for me to make. On the contrary, it is one of the hardest decisions that I have had to make in my career. This is also quite possibly, one of the more difficult emails that I have to write.

Many of you may ask, “What is so difficult about leaving?” The simple answer is: I have nothing but fond memories of my time with the company. Throughout my two years here, I have learnt many valuable lessons, created precious friendships and shared great moments. It would be near impossible to summarise all of them without forgetting one or other another.

I leave the company with a heavy heart, yet I am proud to have once worked at the company, under a fantastic managing director, for a outstanding boss and with a gang of wonderful colleagues.

Thank you for all the guidance. Thank you for all the wonderful memories.

I will be contactable from my handphone no.:  and email:. Do keep in touch.

With my very best wishes,

 And my big boss replied:

Dear Joseph,

I wish only the best for you. Do not leave with a heavy heart.  We shall keep in touch and I have great confidence that your future will be a very interesting and bright one.Take care.

Damm sad lah.

Study room junkie

It has become sort of a routine that I will make my way to National Library’s study room to find a clean and distraction free space for my revision. As such, I usually find myself in the 5th level study area mugging away. I spent a good part of my four years practically camping at the study area, hence this has a feeling of homecoming for me. Being sort of study room ‘veteran’, I am quite used to the weird/funny behaviour that people exhibit in the study room. 

Few things I picked up on the characteristics and behaviour of these people:

  1. Overwhelming proportion of foreigners.  Some Malaysians, a handful of Thais, a party of Indonesians, a few herd  groups of China chinese. I would say 50% of those in the study room are not locals. I have nothing against that except the fact that we are in a public library built with citizen’s money.

  2. The average age in the study room is getting younger. Just yesterday, I took a double take on what the girl sitting opposite me was studying. The colourful book covered with a lot of fancy pictures is a PSLE science assignment book! How not to feel old in the whole room?!?

  3. Lots of selfish idiots people. A lot of them placed open books on the desk so to make it seems like someone is occuping the seat. In fact, they just don’t want other people to sit next to them.

  4. Some of those people’s intention there are not to study but (and not limit to) indulge in frolicking, gossiping, chatting about the latest fashion. Yesterday, a group of students was playing cards and bascially making a fool of themselves.  

You can spend billions of dollars building a world class facility but make sure you have world class people using them.

Encounter with the third kind

I came home last night and after checking my emails and showered, I promptly went to bed. I must have been extremely tired because I fell into a deep sleep.

I don’t know how, but seems that while sleeping, my subconscious went on high alert. Beside me, right next to my pillow, there seems to be a group of people having conversation in soft whispering tone. I have no idea what they are talking about, but they seems standing to be extremely close to me.

Alarm bells started to sound off as I became more awake. How can there be a group of people in my room in the middle of the night?

‘Seventh month still on …….’

‘Uh-oh……cannot be so suay leh……glup’ 

Realisation hits home as I quickly pulled my comforter over my head and hoped for daylight to break. Of course, I promptly fell asleep soon after.

This morning after I woke up, my mum chided me for leaving my laptop on overnight. Then I realised the third kind that I have encountered is nothing the video flash from soccernet website.

 Wah Lau eh.

Face the world

I signed up for facebook last night on much to the delight of The Girl. One of the added feature for it is the ability to pin down all the cities you have visited. I listed down as many places that my brain could mustered.

I have by far travelled to 23 cities in 10 countries. Pretty good statistics considering that the first time I travelled overseas was when I was 18 years old. That means I visit 1 new country every year! I am also pretty proud to say that I paid all the travels with my own money!

Travel to date

With the exception of Australia, I have never visited countries outside Asia. I really should cut down on short trips and save up the moolah for trip to ANFIELD.

KFC first fast-food chain in Cambodia: report

‘(KUALA LUMPUR) Cambodia will get its first international fast food outlet this year when a Malaysian firm opens fried chicken chain KFC in Phnom Penh, local press reported yesterday.

With an initial investment of US$3 million, Malaysia’s QSR Brands will open four outlets of the chicken giant in the capital and plans to branch out to Siem Reap, near the famous Angkor temple complex. ‘We want to have presence at the Angkor Wat site in Siem Reap as it is a tourist destination,’ Malaysia’s Bernama news agency quoted QSR chairman Muhammad Ali Hashim as saying. ‘ – BT, 1 Sept 2007

Now I have a reason to visit Cambodia.