Friday, January 31, 2014

Being Thankful: Day 12

I'm thankful for:

  1. Another day of fellowship with family.
  2. Getting into the Lunar New Year mood.
  3. The food! *Chinese gluttony*

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Being Thankful: Day 11

I'm thankful for:

  1. Having the opportunity to go home early (but we ended up staying 4 hours beyond).
  2. Fellowship with family.
  3. Wonderful traffic! Seriously awesome!
  4. Photoshop :)

Happy Lunar New Year!

Wishing everyone a Happy Lunar New Year! In Malaysian style, eat and be merry!

chinese new year 2014 card
2014 Lunar New Year handmade card by sm

Enabling Hardware Virtualisation on Windows 8.1

Yesterday this noob finally got down to setting up the CS50 Appliance to work on VMware. As always, my machine "so happened" was unable to install and immediately start running the two applications. I had to verify whether 'Hardware Virtualisation' was turned on in my system. After downloading the Microsoft Hardware-Assisted Virtualisation Detection Tool as recommended, I found out that the .exe did not support Windows 8! Arghhh!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Being Thankful: Day 10

Today has been a fun day. I'm thankful for:-

  1. Finally getting the CS50 Appliance to work through VMware. How to enable hardware virtualisation warrants another separate post.
  2. The many redemptions I had today.
  3. Making my first announcement to Bursa this evening. So happens all those in charge are away and immediate announcement was required.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Being Thankful: Day 9

I am thankful for:-

  1. The workload traffic which was pretty laxed today.
  2. The postage fees for my cards were much lower than I'd expected.
  3. The opportunity to learn how to make an announcement to Bursa using our system (in case there is a need for immediate announcement during the CNY period).
  4. The opportunity to reflect on my job situation while writing a letter - made me feel thankful for the extraordinary opportunities given.
  5. Finally having the time and mood to submit my pset0 assignment in.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Being Thankful: Day 8

I'm thankful for:-

  1. A sarcastic mind which keeps me sane in heavy traffic surrounded by a couple of idiots.
  2. Not burning my bridges - this may turn out to be interesting, or not. Reminder to self, courting temptation is never a safe option. Ah, that one-year itch keeps resurfacing!
  3. Glue stick! Less mess and ripples on the paper. Awesome

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Being Thankful: Day 7

I'm not supposed to be superstitious and I'm not... but I'm thankful it's Day 7 and also my birthday! I'm thankful for:

  1. Family whom I can count on through thick and thin, better or worse.
  2. Friends I've made throughout the different stages in my life, where each phase I've had a few who've stuck around. And the future whom I've yet to meet!
  3. Bargain hunting - bought 3 shorts and a skirt for RM5 each! Any my beach wear is complete! Now I just need to get a backpack.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Being Thankful: Day 6

I am thankful for:

  1. Waking up early today (not because forced to)
  2. Having a good laugh from the stories shared by a friend
  3. Receiving a birthday message from my ex-boss :)

Horsey year, yeeha!

Just for laughs - I saw this white horse in the middle of a garden-like display selling hyacinths and tulips in MALAYSIAN weather!!! (Ok, these couple of weeks have been exceptionally colder but not to the level of 16-18 degree Celsius, as stated on the plant info card)

chinese new year 2014
Chinese New Year Horse in Sunway Pyramid - whatcha lookin at?

Friday, January 24, 2014

Being Thankful: Day 5

There's nothing like the little pleasures in life. Today's thankful list:

  1. Found my old Case Logic laptop sleeve and my current new notebook fits it to a tee! I know, stupid happiness... but AWESOME!
  2. Finished my meeting minutes with a minimal disturbance day! One cloud gone over my head.
  3. Received a phone call on my direct line and the lady was asking me whether there are elephants in the Ipoh theme park as her friend from Japan is very interested in visiting!?! Although I'm totally the wrong person to be asking these questions, I was laughing in my head while trying to remember what I saw in the theme park last year during team building! hahaha I have no idea how she got my number! But funnily, after putting down the phone, it made me think of how we project the image of the company through our responses to external stakeholders, although my job function largely revolves around internal stakeholders.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Being Thankful: Day 4

I am thankful for:

  1. Capturing the sunfairy and winning a RM20 shopping voucher and 6 festive ang pau packets (although I started catching at lunchtime (it is said that the sunfairies are 'released' at 10am).
  2. Discovering that our local Sephora carries the Boscia detoxifying black cleanser, which I had read many good reviews online. However, the price was a little steep at RM92! I'll need to rethink and summon all my impulse buying strength to make the purchase (if any). Oh, and while there I just discovered so many interesting products! Weeeee!, why you reset my profile?

No idea how long the changes had been effected, I just found out that has reverted my display name to the old "violet_periwinkle" and deleted my profile photo and random question! Bah!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Being Thankful: Day 3

Today I'm thankful for:-
  1. Esperanza Spalding, whose music saved me from the Land of Nod while drafting my meeting minutes. Once I'm able to beat the sleepy spell then I'm ok to continue working at optimal alertness again!
  2. The short queue at the Malay food stall in our canteen (usually it snakes its way obstructing the canteen entrance doors) and thus I managed to get my "ikan longkang" for lunch!
  3. Having the opportunity to play another round of cash flow board game at cell meeting... and I won! Yes, take more risks!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Being Thankful: Day 2

I'm thankful for the laughs I get at work. My colleague accidentally called me "Rose" today and it was loud enough for everyone to overhear! And by reflex another colleague retorted, "Where's Jack?" Lol.

We'd just received a confrontational email (for some reason randomly addressed to me) demanding who I can refer her (Rose XYZ) to as she "wanted to make sure [a particular] bank account was closed". And this executive had to Cc the email to the big bosses! Only now have I learned to appreciate the importance of English for business communication. Every employee should undergo a course on email etiquette!

The long short was that we'd only received the request less than 24 hours ago and the company was not in my portfolio. But the little slip of the tongue incident really lightened the climate of that moment. From feelings of harassment to joking and teasing!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Being Thankful: Day 1

As a normal human being, it is not peculiar to feel a little (or a lot) down every once in a while. Been having such feelings quite often lately after the occurrence of a couple of events. Hence, the lack of motivation to complete a blog post, let alone publish it (currently 2 in draft mode for months)!

Some weird idea popped into my mind today while doing the dishes. I've always heard that being intentionally positive on a daily basis is therapeutic. So I'll be trying a new experiment (since it's still the beginning of the year) and hopefully I will stick to the routine - listing down what I'm thankful for on this blog daily!

So here goes!

I am thankful for:

  1. The memory of overhearing a banter between colleagues where one was commenting that he would do such and such work before sending the documents for a particular difficult deputy CFO to sign... and he referred to her as "Ah-(deputy CFO's name)-jie" in the most singsong Chinese slang ever! Like she was his buddy or big sister! Words just can't do justice to how it sounded at that moment in time! Lol
  2. A kind kind soul on the Scratch forum who responded to my plea for help, looked into my Scratch project scripts and helped point out the problem, explained and suggested alternatives to optimise my Scratch project! I'd almost lost hope on perfecting it since almost 3 weeks ago.
I feel a smile coming on already.