Monday, August 31, 2015

Happy 58th, Malaysia!

Malaysia celebrated her 58th year of independence
So much has rocked Malaysia in the past few months and especially the past two days. What the future holds for Malaysia, it's still unknown. But as a rakyat, I sincerely hope that truth will prevail and cleansing will occur. That good leaders (no matter which party they are from) who are God-fearing and have the nation at their heart, will rise up and right the wrongs. That the divide between the urbanites and the rural folks will be reduced and understanding between both will increase. That the Ringgit will strengthen and investor confidence will be restored.

There are so many things I hope for Malaysia but at the moment it seems like such a faraway dream. Nevertheless, I will pray for Malaysia and try to do my rakyat duties.

Selamat Hari Merdeka, Malaysia!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Multitasking is a Myth

Good things should be shared.

I recently signed up for a MOOC on time management on Coursera. The reason behind it was obvious. Although it was a 4 week course (which honestly, could have been completed in 1 day), it took me 3 months to complete it!

Anyway, the long short is that most of the tips were common sense and if I'd been more critical of how I used my time, I would have been more productive. However, there was a video link in the additional reference which I found interesting and beneficial. It was a lecture by Mike Sanders on Multitasking - how our brain works and why multitasking isn't productive at the end of the day.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

First Two Weeks

So fast! I'm two weeks old at the new place. As usual, when entering a new environment many weird and embarrassing things have occurred.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Why I Wanted to Leave

Awhile back when I was serving my notice period, I had lapses of confidence in my decision. Was I making a mistake? Was I being over-sensitive about my situation? It really wasn't that bad after all, right?

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Resonating Quote

Many people share quotes on social media. Some of them are motivational, some sarcastic while others are "Huh???" but sometimes, in the midst of all the over-sentimental mumbo jumbo there comes one that resonates with you. A sentimental quote for me might be total bullshit for others. But the fact of the matter is that it resonates with me.

Today's was:
Never get too attached to anyone unless they also feel the same towards you, because one sided expectations can mentally destroy you.
Oh, the 'mental agony' I've gone through of thinking too much. Just waiting for an email reply or a chat message but I don't think there'll ever be any. Flipping this page.

Friday, August 07, 2015

The End of a Chapter

Finally, the day has come and gone. Yesterday was my last day. It was like a time bomb and I had full intention of completing my outstanding work but the nature of our typical work day and volume of tasks just didn't allow it. So, reluctantly I had to handover the remaining unfinished business to my colleagues to follow up on.

Can't believe I managed to clear my desk and I can actually see the surface of my desk again!

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Frailty of Life

Today began my final week of saying goodbyes. I had been caught in a downpour and an expensive BRT ride with a heavy parcel. A number of extraordinary occurrences happened today but the least expected was the tragic passing of my colleague's mother.

When I came back from my lunch appointment, all I'd heard was that my colleague had received the bad news during lunch and broke into tears. She took the rest of the day off. My other colleagues filled me in that her mother was involved in a horrific traffic accident.

How does one comfort a friend when such a sudden violent death occurs to a loved one? There are no words that could alleviate the pain of mortal separation. And sometimes, even our well-meant words could offend.

I pray that the Lord will be her comforter and pillar of strength in her time of grieving and that she would be able to bounce back to her spunky self.

Monday, August 03, 2015

Jumping to conclusions

I'm always right!
I must be right.
I should be right.
Am I right?

Sometimes we get so caught up in predicting people's responses (and many times we are spot on) that we jump to conclusions at the sight or hint of the first word(s) in a reply. I must admit that I had committed this crime over the weekend.