Wednesday, January 29, 2014

This is war....

"All war is based on deception " - Sun Tzu

My handphone rang madly at 8am. I was barely awake. I have no mood whatsoever to talk to anyone but I know the call is about work. It has been a while since I got calls so early (or so late) from office, which signals the end of my low working season and start of a new busy season to follow.

Sigh.

"Hello". And I paused. I can't muster the strength to utter a single word after. Trying my best to mask my just-rose-out-of-a-deep-slumber voice since the night had been really cold and I just wish I can snooze and curl in bed. 

The voice at the other end was quiet for a while. Followed by a partly shocked voice asking me whether I have already reached the office and whatnot. Bollocks la. Pukul 8 pagi apa kes la nak sampai ofis dah kan. I am usually at my deak at 9am. This is 1 hour in advance.

*oh my, need to work on my getting to office early resolution. One month had almost passed and I am still in my only-can-get-to-office-by-9am-or-later-routine. Not good.*

But that was just plesantries.

1 hour later I was still on the phone talking about work. And office politics. And lack of documentation. And accounting entries that should follow suit. And reversing accounting entries.

It feels like.....


......war.

Because at some point it felt like we are all playing along together a game of snake and ladder and somewhere on the board there's a roadblock and a puddle - and to overcome that we are in a situation where we are now ready to shoot each other blind.

Sigh.

It doesn't stop there.

The nightmare crept on all morning.

What I can say is that its freaking tiring to be stuck in the middle.

Hopefully we can all put this behind sooner rather than later.

Lets just hope it doesn't lead to this. Because it has just begun and I don't play politics.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Cerita last weekend membawa sebab musabab ke #ruang

My beloved, how many dreams murder reality
With the illusions of heaven.
- Usman Awang, 1971

Oh my...how wreckless could I have been? 

I initially had plans for the weekend. I wanted to stay in. I wanted to read and do some work. I wanted to clean the house.

But.... (oh yes of course there is always a huge but!)

....I felt trapped in a haze.

Hmm.

Ni semua salah Carrie Bradshaw. I now have a term for everything I am feeling!.

Sigh.

Despite the stormy feeling inside me I decided to put on my sunnies and brave the world. I dragged Ikmal along the process. Best la ek ada geng boleh angkut pi jalan-jalan whenever I have the whim to do so.


We went straight to Nirwana for nasi daun pisang after I pick him up at JayaOne. Boleh tak ada insan kat KL ni tak pernah makan nasi daun pisang kat Nirwana?


Oh rugi rugi. The nasi daun pisang there is superb. Just look at the peria goreng!!!! Tengok gambar je dah boleh drooling.

The thing about Ikmal is he's a chatter. And he's the only guy friend that I can drag for shopping trips and the theater. Susah okay nak cari guys yang layan theater, they are like a dying bread. Plus he never minds when I wanted to go to new places and stuff, rajin je dia mengikut.

We finish lunch just in time for KLCalling at Ruang, Subang. They were having a flea market last weekend, so what the heck. Lama dah kot tak pergi flea market. I usually get to find good bargains in flea markets around town. *love*


I brave the Subang roads equipped with my waze navigator. I ni kalau jalan Subang memang fail okay. Sigh. Tapi KL ok. Damansara ok.  But then it was not that difficult to get to the place. Bolehla, from Bangsar to SS18 it only took us 20 mins via NPE.

Gotta loveeee empty highways!

I have to say that there's nothing much but being a girl there is alway always something to buy! Like these cool accessories....



I bumped into my blogger friend Rinie during the event. Oh my, she looks gorgeous. Kalau aku la dah anak 3 ke 4 ke mesti dah besar tempayan. Hahahaha. Tak sempat ambil gambar coz Ikmal was next to me and macam apa la minah dua orang ni macam dah lama sangat tak jumpa ....well hellooo, memang dah lama tak jumpa pun okay! Sempat catch up a bit and since she's busy too so I moved on to the next booth.

Ikmal was persistent that I should get the bow headbands. I was like wtf??? Ko gile? Bila masanya I nak pakai bow besar besar ni??? You take me to be that eccentric?

Kalau aku 20an takpela jugak.

Sigh.

But I got the poofy flower headbands and the colored minibands because they cost only about RM10 per pops. So boleh la. Because I thought I wont find anything else until....


 ....I bump into this lot!

Books!

Publications from local indie writers whom I recently found joy in reading. I got all excited because I found Desaturasi Merah Jambu there....I always wanted to get a copy but then I don't know....I always end up not getting them so now I have no excuse.

*grin*

I went home with 4 books - Kamar Sutera by Hamka Kereta Mayat among others- in which has became my favourite read this past few days. That book is super funny. Okla, not for the underaged la maybe because it talks about married life but then what the heck....nak baca jugak!!! Sometimes I felt a lil bit cuckoo tergelak sorang-sorang before I hit the sack at night (oh, I read 20 mins a day now before sleep, tak kisah la satu page je pun) but then at least it puts a smile on my face.

*grin*

I also got this babies.....


.....major steal since it goes for only RM25.

The moment I left the flea market I felt like a million bucks!

That is only when I left the bazaar la kan. Bila balik obviously I crumble balik.

Cess...softy.

Alkisah - then tak siap la kerja yang I intend to do. Masak la kena marah nanti sebab kerja tak siap. The house is still tunggang terbalik. The laundry makin bertimbun.  In which all of a sudden, Usman Awang's poem had been magically turned to life by yours truly moi.

Sigh.

And so I turn to Carrie Bradshaw for light....


....at mid season 2 now. 4 more to go.

*grin*

Monday, January 27, 2014

Dark horse blues....

"So you wanna play with magic?
Boy you should know what you're falling for
Baby do you dare to do this?"
- Dark Horse, Katy Perry

Its yet again one of those days when a certain chorus of a song keep on playing in my head - like last week it was "Say Something I'm Giving Up on You" - and all of a sudden I can't stop humming the tunes as it keep on an auto replay in my head.

Recent turn of events makes the words seem utterly fitting. Is it a sign?

"Make me your aphrodite
Make me your one and only...."
- Dark Horse, Katy Perry

There was a slight flutter in my still-very-much-fragile heart but then come as it may I have to admit the circumstances is very very tempting. Sigh. Please give me strength and courage. I can't be signing up for another emotional roller coaster at such an early point of the year. Just at the very moment I finally manage to clean house and starting anew.

Phewh.

Perhaps its just best to wait and see. It might be nothing. Who knows.

Love & light. xoxo.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Morning person art thou?

How many times do you snooze your alarm clock in the morning?

Me? Countless.

I set 4 different alarms and snooze all 4 practically every 10 minutes every morning till I wake up at constantly around 8.30am. Despite all odds my brain has this auto snooze on too and that my body refuse to jumpt to any of the 4 alarms I set - the only part of my body to respond are my eyelids and my right hand.

So not yet 8.30? Snooze...still not 8.30? Snooze again.

Very very bad habit.

With my body clock all screwed up because of my unconventional sleeping schedule during my recovery last month, its very difficult to be such a sunny morning person.I still feel lethargic (most of the time) in the morning - but then bila tengah malam buta terbuntang la pulak mata kan like an owl. Being awake late at night would be an advantage during my peak working time (coming February nih....terbayang je dah stress...sobs!) but in between this couple of days yang macam busy tak busy tapi banyak benda mencelah-celah ni agak lemau jugak la pagi-pagi kat ofis.

Muka ala zombi.

I was quite lucky that I have crazy officemates that makes my morning lively.


*owh such a crazy bunch. Photo credit instacrazy suhailihadi and agolfhitter*

Have a good weekend ahead peeps!

xoxo.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

One hell of a morning....

Busy morning. Was chasing people since yesterday and somehow felt that I am stuck in the middle of a huge misunderstanding (or is it better termed as miscommunication?) that I personally felt could have been avoided if everyone had been honest with themselves. Of course, I ni listener je. Not that such occurence should ever bother me tapi then again its kinda hard not to be a judge and a jury once facts are laid bare inforent of you. Two events happened rendering me to think, whats the point of playing hanky panky and making excuses when at the end, the same leads to your very own private gigantic headache and pain in the arse?

Yet being human, there are times when we do things simply because we want the challenge. Or simply because we can.

As crazy as anyone might think, there are some who ends up freaking happy and joyful over the utmost unbelievable circumstances. Can't elaborate much of the circumstances in mind right now because its not something mine to tell, yet trust me, I was in awe over the fact that things as such could ever happen - such a dramatic turn of events.

Sigh.

Life is never compliucated. We tend to complicate it and start bugging over it.

Sigh.

It would be interesting to see how the drama unfolds in the months to come. 

Winks.




Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The day I turn to the Dummies.....

Don't get me wrong....its not that I don't know how to go about with excel - but then lately it seems like knowing simple excel is no longer enough. All this while I have been using excel for reporting and I have to admit the program is a very powerful tool....yet I also realise that there is so much that can be done using it that I have yet to learn.

Winks.

I tried learning using the help functions in the program itself and all the online YouTubes but call me slowmo ke apa I still have difficulty understanding - maybe because its in bits and pieces and less organised so my thoughts macam tak connected somehow.

So last week I hit Borders and got these....


Ambik ko! Excel for Dummies! 101 version and advanced!

Well I am planning to learn how to do macro. I figured I should also try and learn how to use Microsoft Access, but then lets not get too much over our heads today. Nanti semangat la nak try belajar macam macam tapi habuk pun tarak. So lets focus on this.

So far I have finished six chapters of the first book and I have to say the explanations are very handy. I suke!!!!

My target is to finish the first book today. Hopefully cuti CNY I can crunch the harder part with the VBA book.

Wish me luck!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Weekend by the docks...

What can I say....the year started with a series of mini breaks...as if its already mid year. God knows how dreadfull it'll be after CNY once the year actually starts - no more public hols till Labor Day - sigh....so better get as much R&R now to brace for the latter.

Anyways spent the weekend (again) in PD - this time overlooking a bunch of yacht at the Avillion Admiral Cove. Thought it'll be interesting so bought vouchers with Shasha masa last MATTA fair - bila sampai sampai we then ruled that we should have spent  a bit extra and got Avillion's water chalet instead.


Sebab seriously the hotel was nothing to shout about....it was a far cry compared to The Avillion which I just love love love.

Tak pe la....there's always a first to everything.


Blinged my arms with evil eye-themed danglers all the way from KL to PD. Surprisingly it was a very smooth ride - traffic was good, music was good. All in all its good.

We got the studio room facing the sea. The room was functional. Too bad there's no rain baths. :).



The whole layout of the hotel was a maze, as if its not properly set up. Sape la arkitek yang design this place. Pity the lots yang dapat bilik kat LG floor - its as if there's no windows at all. Ok la I bet there's windows tapi I'm not sure....it's like kat LG kot and there's no exit from the floors to the adjacent basement except for the lift up back to the lobby.

Nasib bauik my room comes with a view.


Despite having a balcony....masih terasa diri macam terperangkap dalam bangunan sebab we can't open the windows/sliding doors.

By the time I checked out the room dah banyak deng deng deng dalam kepala bunyi minus points. I was hoping for balconies with kerusi santai where I can laze with my book. Harapan putus separuh jalan.

Sobs.

The hotel compound was so-so je....I expected the place to be bigger. The weekend was cloudy (yet again)...tak tau la apa jadi to all the sun. The only reay of sun was felt on the last day. Bums. So original pics semua agak gelap - therefor I took the liberty to edit and filter using camera360 app in my iphone.





 Used the lomo filters to create a reminiscing feel. Hahahaha. Selalunya aku la orang paling malas nak edit gambar.

Grin.


 Anyways I got what I came for. The yachts were docking nicely....morning is a breeze. Of course it would have been nicer if we could take a stroll at the dock - the doors were close to public so we only get to snap pics from inside the hotel area overlooking the docks.

The pool  are was packed! Obviously there were tonnes of people - sebab its a long weekend and early of the year....banyak company buat team building.

Since we frequent PD a lot there's not much new stuff to do. Shasha told me there's a new Starbucks at PD waterfront...dan sebagai fanatik tegar I just gotta go and see it for myself. 


Ambik kau...siap dua tingkat and ada drive thru.

Grin & double winks.

Have you ever been to PD waterfront before?

Well I think its quite an ok place - you get all the fast food joint in one place (among others, Dominos and McD) and its quite a convenient place to just chill.

But then apart from a lil park overlooking the waters don't expect much to see.



After checking out my starbucks outlet (self declared) we decided to get dinner. Sebab there's nothing much pun kat area hotel tu. At first we wanted to go to this famous seafood joint a friend of Shasha recommended, but perut macam lapar nak mati and we found a seafood place nearby PD waterfront that seems to be crawling with people.

Takkan la tempat ramai orang makanan tak sedap kan.

Plus its sebelah jeti nelayan, so macam feeling la pulak makan dekat perkampungan.



The seafood place we went to mmg senang nak cari - its next to Jabatan Laut and less than 10 mins away from PD waterfront.



Insta'ed a couple of piccas... ada satu tu filetr B&W bagi feel zaman 60an sikit....


Dinner was kerang bakar, tom yum, kailan goreng, telur dadar and ikan siakap 3 rasa.

Oh my....heavennye sebab lama tak dapat seafood.



One thing about eating outside KL is that the price aint hefty.

That loot with an ABC cost about RM25 per head. And the portion was actually good for 3.

Kat KL mana nak dapat?

The next day we went to the night market at central PD area.  Bila sampai pasar malam we all semua rambang mata....they have a lot of stuff murah murah...so we (yet again) feast like a king.

*Grin*

The whol;e weekend was spent reading. Cultured sunnguh. Manage to finish Kaz Ishak's "Biar Wayang Jadi Saksi" and Paul Coelho's "Manuscript of Accra".


Both are a superb read. This is my first malay novel since uni days....I was always very sceptical of local novels because the storyline tu macam ala-ala boleh bajet je but then this one truly amazes me. I practically peel every single page till the end in awe. Unpredictable plot, good characterisation and definitely challenges my malay vocab.

Sebab lama dah tak baca bahasa melayu tinggi ni.

And because of this, I went back to Borders yesterday and got Nazi Goreng and Cerpen. Do you know that Borders at the Curve has a section dedicated to local writers who right in English? Yours truly baru tau....and there's quite a selection. Nazi Goreng is one of the latest additions in the bookstore and guess what.....yours truly got an author's signed copy. Heheheeh.

And I also got Other People's Love Letter. I find it interesting reading what people write to their lovers. Quite a few hate letters too...just my kinda bedtime story.

Tak ambik paper this sem boleh la pikir nak membaca la kan.

Sigh.

Anyways....its Monday. Am trying to motivate myself to make a constant change.


Till then.... love & light!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Small bite sizes....

...taking a break from a super long spreadsheet.

:(

Its almost 5pm, sheesh.....how time flies. I still have a couple of rows to look at and it seems like I am taking forever to complete a single spreadsheet. The fact that the more or less about 20 rows of data is not the yet the end of a massive to-do list is a bit tiring - I still have endless rows to look at over the weekend to meet the 22nd submission deadline.

Gah la kan bagi template on the last working day of the week and mintak revert back within 4 working days. Macam esok tak cuti je. Sigh. Its not even an extension, in fact its lebih kurang sama je - sangat tak membantu.

Enough sighing. Considering that tomorrow is another day off, lets complete at least that 20 or so rows first - work it out in small bite sizes that will eventually lead us to the end.

Oh yeah, small bite sizes.

Gonna raid the beach again tomorrow.  Gonna bring some of the new reads - no, not my Adv Excel for Dummies - and hopefully I can find some time to leave tech behind and go ol'skool bookish gal.

Blissful thinking.

You have a good weekend ya!

xoxo.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Sape kata kerja kat accounts ni boring memang tak pernah dapat team members cam kitorang...

...because guess what? 

We turned PD upside down!!!

Just gotta love having great people to work with....we had fun both in and out of the office for sure. Plus the trainer was hillarious!!! Tak rasa macam stuck dalam training langsung.

Anyways...kinda lazy to write much so enjoy the pics!

xoxo.