Thursday, June 19, 2014

Los Reyes Han Caído - The Kings Has Fallen....

Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh....

It was tough getting up this morning, as tough as going to bed when the Netherlands trashed Spain 5-1. Its just hard, I am sad, very sad indeed. To see them humiliated, almost decapitated, its just painful. I never knew I can feel this sad for a nation that is not even mine. Guess the feeling is too strong now. I don't know what went wrong, maybe its ageing factor, maybe the rest of the world has figured out how to counter the tiki-taka and maybe their fighting spirit is not there anymore.

Bottom line, they are done for this year. Period.

No more Casillas, no more Iniesta, no more Alonso, no more Ramos, nada mas... :(

Portugals fate are not looking good either..... not this time, just not this time.....

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Kisah Sedih di Rantau Orang

Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wa barakatuh...

Apa yang sedihnya? Tak lain dan tak bukan, hal rumah. Geram sangat, marah ni kalau nampak kat termometer, mungkin dah lebih dari takat didih. Bayangkan sampai sekarang, satu habuk apa pon diorang tak buat lagi kat rumah tu. Rumah tu available in April. Even before previous occupant left, I have given the renovation/repair scope of work to the real estate people. Since its an old house, and last renovated easily more than 7 years ago, the condition is not so good, its not that bad, but its not good either.

So there I was being proactive, orang tak keluaq rumah lagi, aku dah p check what are the things to be repaired. Alhamdulillah, the previous occupant tu baik, siap jemput masuk, tunjuk mana yang patut repair, mana yang kena touch up, kira senang cerita la. Yang orang real estate ni, dah dapat scope tu, depa buat dono ja. The moment the previous occupant left, I approached them, pastu depa assigned contractor to come and look at the house to finalize the scope. (The scope that I submitted earlier meant nothing to them). Fine!!

Lepas contractor tu amik measurement and everything, the real estate people buat senyap....OK, kita ni pon p la follow up. Jawapan yang dia bagi waktu tu "Contractor will be mobilize next Monday'. Tunggu punya tunggu, come Monday, nothing happened. Its already end May, kalau hangpa mendidih tak? Dari mid April sampai end May yillek, nothing, nada. Follow up lagi, and guess what....ayat sama keluaq lagi.....and true enough come Monday, nothing happen.

Pastu keluaq pulak cerita tak semua scope boleh buat, sebab they ran out of budget, what the.....!!! You make me wait for 2 months and now you say you only want to do minor work? Baik tak yah tunggu kan? Why does it took you more than 4 months to realize that the scope could not be implemented fully, sebab budget tak cukup? And why don't you tell me earlier, ni orang tanya baru terhegeh-hegeh nak bagitau.

Fine, scope reduced, tapi kerja tak start-start jugak. Last Friday, after my final follow up, same response jugak.......'contractor will mobilize next Monday'. Sah-sah dia copy paste ja email dia yang dulu tu. And the best part semalam, the Monday finally come, and Ya Allah I don't know what to say of them, memang satu kerja apa tak buat lagi...

Sakit hati punya pasal, I wrote an email to their boss, HR, copy my boss in, saying I want to lodge official complaint. In this part of the world, I don't know what good can the official complaint do. Kita kat Malaysia, baru kena tegoq ngan bos dah risau bukan main. Depa ni macam tak da consequence management. Macam curah ayaq ke daun keladi. I have low confidence that the boss would be of any help at all. I was close to calling his subordinate 'LIAR' for making all those empty promises. If indeed they have cost problem, TELL ME, and if they have problem with the contract/contractor, LET ME KNOW. Ini tak, p bagi janji palsu macam tu, bukan sekali, bukan 2 kali, 4 kali dok ulang ayat sama, sapa tak hangat!!

If you tell me we can only work on your house in December, fine, I will just shut up and live in the Guest House until December and won't bother you till then. Ini tak, dok janji tapi tak pernah tunai...letih oo ngan depa ni. Ingat kita budak kecik ka, tipu sikit kita happy. budak kecik pon tau kalau dok asyik kena tipu, depa tak percaya dah....

For now I may have to let go. Letih nak sakit hati lama-lama, follow up pon macam takda hasil. Amazing!! Silap hari bulan 4 tahun dok kat Guest House tu..sapa tau?

أَمْ حَسِبْتُمْ أَنْ تَدْخُلُوا الْجَنَّةَ وَلَمَّا يَأْتِكُمْ مَثَلُ الَّذِينَ خَلَوْا مِنْ قَبْلِكُمْ ۖ مَسَّتْهُمُ الْبَأْسَاءُ وَالضَّرَّاءُ وَزُلْزِلُوا حَتَّىٰ يَقُولَ الرَّسُولُ وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا مَعَهُ مَتَىٰ نَصْرُ اللَّهِ ۗ أَلَا إِنَّ نَصْرَ اللَّهِ قَرِيبٌ
Do you suppose that you shall enter paradise though there has not yet come to you the like of [what befell]those who went before you? Stress and distress befell them and they were convulsed until the apostle and the faithful who were with him said, ‘When will Allah’s help [come]?’ Look! Allah’s help is indeed near!
(Al-Baqarah : 214)

Mungkin diri ini dah jauh dari Allah, sebab tu urusan jadi sulit macam ni. Mungkin juga ini salah satu jalan ke syurga....Ya Allah, bagi aku kekuatan Ya Allah...

Monday, June 2, 2014

A Somewhat Strange Dinner

Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh...

I just got back from a dinner. Last Friday, as soon as I got back to the room, the GM's wife called me, inviting me to their house for a dinner, she mentioned that another new joiner to the department, a fellow Malaysian, was invited as well.

It was a bit weird, I knew they have been having a get together with other new joiners, but I never got invited, which is fine by me. They are all mat saleh anyway. So why bother asking me a single Malaysian lady, who obviously not in their social circle in the first place.

So of we (me and another Malaysian, WK) went to the dinner. He is much senior than I am, maybe that's why they invited me (us)...the senior guy might have more things in common with them, at least that was I thought. As my assumption earlier, the guests were all mat saleh, only me and WK are the odd two out :p

Most of the time I just listened to their conversation. Chipping in maybe what seems to me what was merely a sentence...hahaha...not that I have nothing to say, but somehow felt a bit out of places. The host were nice though.. The wife and the GM were kind and all seems fine, at least at the face value.

I walked back to the guest house with WK and each of us started to analyze the situation. WK felt out of place too. Both of us still did not understand why we were invited in the first place. I asked WK, if, if we are invited again, would he go? His response was first time, he had no choice, second time maybe he can come up with some kind of excuses.

For me, I don't know. If they invite, I'll probably attend. If they don't invite, I will not take it personally. I am fine with it. I had been on a domestic flight with the couple (GM and wife) twice now. And each time, I get the feeling that they are protective of me. Maybe because I am alone and I am single. Maybe that's why they were looking out for me. But work wise, I don't see it yet...well...he's a GM, I would not have direct interaction with him anyway.. So I don't know.

We'll see how it goes. Its a small camp. And we see each other a lot, I just want to get along with everybody, do my work and not step on anybody's toes. That's all.