Wednesday, September 24, 2008

My bowling video

Just recalled this video I got of my bowling game during my heydays (konon macam sudah manyak tua.. but i am lar..) anyway.. here's a video of me throwing a strike.. didn't expect that.. was quite lucky.. one and only video.. must keep for remembrance lor.. anyway.. it has been 2 years already since i played.. old liao.. last time can wallop 10 games in 1 session.. now.. 2 games already complain back ache.. kekeke

ahhh.. those were the good ol' days...
would definitely want to turn back the time to a younger me.. but too bad i can't..
oh well.. :)


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Day came and went...

Supposed to be blogging yesterday but then..
31 years ago yesterday.. the world witness the birth of the most hamsap person on the planet.. the one that can turn every conversation into something dirty and obscene..
in other words, it was my birthday yesterday.. 16 Sep.. also the day known as Hari Malaysia.. also the Birthday of Yg Dipertua of Sabah.. also the day of new g..err.. anyway... was planning to a quiet day off.. due to the nature of my work.. my annual leave was rejected.. nvm lo.. mar work lor.. then I tot of going back early, planning of going Jusco walk walk lo.. then.. the bloody server had to fail on me... end up, had to stay back to troubleshoot the problem...mana tau, I could only leave the office at 3am the next morning :( seriously, what the FUCK man!! From day one, the product was seriously unstable and the smart ass up there just want to upgrade it to the latest one which NO OTHER COMPANY wanted to.. we were the first few to do it.. which is good for us to learn but fucking hard to support cos so many problems surfaced...
It is really frustrating to do this and to make it worst.. had to do juggle a few jobs within the team as the people that has left was not replaced.. DUHHHH.. as simple as, 1 tyre puncture mar go replace it lar.. wait for what? If can't get it, surely can justify for it mar!! I can see stress building up within the team and it will not do us any good.. How not too get stress.. We are handling so many jobs yet we are pushed by the SLAs and are expected to get it done no matter what..
At this point.. alot are looking at leaving then staying behind to endure this.. It is just a matter of time... really..
At the end, yesterday so called big-day came and gone.. even I am still working from home now.. SHIT!!

Well, despite all those.. I am truly grateful to all my friends that remembered my birthday and wished me.. well.. not in person but thru facebook.. which is good enough lo..
Pity Yuki had to wait for me to come back at nite.. bought cake some more.. mana tau.. me stuck in the office.. luckily today is a holiday, still need to work, but working at home better lar..

Anyway.. Thank to all my friends for the wishes.. thru sms/facebook/friendster...


Thursday, September 4, 2008

Old no go.. new don't come

Looks like I have finally decided to sell my current car.. planning to upgrade to a better one.. gotta do it now before I settle down.. I don't think I can spend anything extras after that.. so.. anybody looking for a well maintained car.. interior and exterior wise.. my fuel consumption is around 14km/l or 13cents/km.. quite good I would say.. I am a detailing freak.. so there is no tar sticking at my door.. I clay them off.. I don't use Kit products.. but I use Meguair's products.. Gold Class shampoo.. Clay kit.. NXT wax.. these stuff are not cheap but they last.. and it is damn goooood!!
Engine wise.. I always service when it is time whether it is needed or not.. NO OIL LEAKS!! I change all the necessary gaskets to ensure no oil leaks.. I flush every 3rd oil change.. and uses full sync engine oil.. I am using MOTUL gear oil now.. very smooth and just changed the clutch pad Dec 2007.. I also flushes the brake oil every 6 months.. coolant flush every 20,000km..
I still keep all my service records since the day I got the car..
My car is fully soundproofed... Roof.. Doors.. Floor.. and the boot area.. till now.. no squeeks or all that ..
Using 15" sports rims with Yokohama Prada Spec2 195/50/15 tyres with 70% thread left.. superb aqua planning but a bit noisy.. just did my alignment and balancing..
Car will be converted to stock before letting go.. meaning stock cassette player.. stock speakers.. stock alarm and all that.. perhaps I can throw in my open pod air filter, spotlights and UR rear upper bar with the car..

Sighhhhhhhhh... after listing all this down really heavy hearted to let the car go.. incidentally.. this is the first time I am selling something from my own possession.. haiiihhhh.. the car is still a very strong one.. can really give me the power when I wanted it.. and still the fuel consumption is low.. **SOB SOB** anyone interested.. please let me know lo..

Too many have I gone thru with you...
I loved you and you loved me too
You took me to places..
I've seen new faces
And now it is time to let you go..
heart broken I am but I still love you so.

Ciao... haiihhhh

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Almost to hell and back

Last 3 days were like a ride to Hell for me.. almost to Hell, I can say..
Started off on Wednesday morning.. when I woke up, I felt my body kinda hot and feverish but ignored it.. I was feeling this way since a few weeks ago.. a fever that never came.. later around 11am in the office.. felt my whole body start to shiver and confirms I already caught a fever. You see, in a year, I would get 1 or 2, the most 3 times fever but each time my temp will hit 38°C or 39°C.. which is quite bad.. 39°C is like I got hit by SARS..
Anyway, later at 12, I asked for a half day cos I can feel my temperature rising..
driving back, weather was hot, didn't help much on my current condition.. I went straight to the clinic and the doctor checked my temperature was 38.9°C..!? Just fever nothing else luckily.. So.. went back home, took the medicines, took a nap.. woke up for dinner.. go to bed.. I remember at this time, my condition got worst.. woke up 4am to take a leak.. my sight was so blur as if I walking through thick smoke.. I remembered I felt like I was just like going down...
Thursday morning.. got worst.. throat swollen.. swallowing my own saliva is soooo painful.. at this time, didn't feel my temp subsided so I went to the doctor to check again.. this time.. 38°C.. throat swollen.. this time insisted to take a jab so I hope that I could recover quicker this time..
I told myself if by tomorrow, my temperature does not subside, I need to get confirmation that I am not one of the dengue victims.. around noon.. my head can't stop spinning and feels heavy.. didn't felt like talking.. walking.. looking.. just like sleeping the whole day.. due to my throat.. have not been eating much too..
Friday morning, woke up with a positive note.. my temp finally subsided.. YAY!! but my head still feels heavy and my blardy throat still hurts.. trying to avoid solid food but what choice do I have to ease my hunger.. for someone that eat 2 bowls of rice each serving.. this is one hard diet I am going thru..
Saturday morning feels alot better .. head seems normal.. I can still think rationally.. but my throat still hurts :(

Well, at least I did not add to the dengue patient statistics for my state :P
and this is my first time getting 3 days MC!! and somehow, I completed alot of outstanding tasks from home.. hehe


Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Work.. work.. workkkk

Have not been updating my blog much lately.. work has been bad these days.. getting more and more assignments and to make things worst, my team member has resigned making me taking on more jobs.. well.. I have been some mixed feelings bout it and mostly I feel so damn HAPPY!! haha.. didn't expect huh? well, I am happy that she has finally gonna leave the team.. be gone already.. with her away, I can now push my limits further and gain more seniority in the team.. work has increased.. no doubt.. what to do.. normal ler

Anyway.. I was quite tired last week and kinda down too.. So.. when I am not too happy.. I'll buy something.. Guess what I bought.. guess...

guess lo...

A Garmin Nuvi 200w!! YAY!!! very the happy after that but can't say the same bout my wallet tho'.. anyway.. I was kinda lazy to take the pics of the actual unit..(lemme owe you all on tat).. So far, I have tested the navigation and it is really really coool.. There are a bunch of language to choose from and I get free maps all the way.. lifetime.. instead of getting charged RM100-150 for maps of different countries, this guy says he will provide any maps.. FOC.. Free Of Charge.. ok lar.. as if I travel to other countries that often but.. it is a value add service, no?

Now.. looking forward to MIFC next week.. gonna try something new.. thanks to my bro for explaining.. he is a better photographer than me (obviously) cos he knows the technical details of the lens and knows how to calculate the f and all that stuff.. for me.. err.. shoot oni.. as long as it is not blur, ok lo.. now i know how he feels when I talk bout PCs..

Anyway.. that is all I have for now.. till next time


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Bon Odori Festival 2008

Bon Odori festival is a Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the departed (deceased) spirits of one's ancestors. This Buddhist custom has evolved into a family reunion holiday during which people return to ancestral family places and visit and clean their ancestors' graves, and when the spirits of ancestors are supposed to revisit the household altars. Also called the Feast of Lanterns, it has been celebrated in Japan for more than 500 years and traditionally includes a dance, known as Bon-Odori.
(Err.. you can read the whole thing here rather than copy and pasting here..)

Anyway, it was my first time there and I get to try my external flash again.. really tough taking photos there as I had to rely on the telephoto to reach the stage area and another problem was trying to frame my photos away from the super powerful glaring floodlights..
Overall, the event was quite colourful and lively.. but I find it somewhat bored as the shows kept on repeating and the event ended within 2 hours only.. OK lar.. not too bad lar, if you talk about the photography lessons learned.. I still think I need to learn to shoot with the flash on..and also lift more weights.. the body + flash is really heavy..
Here's one of my photos..

You can catch the rest of the photos here in my facebook.

Would I go again next year? Yes, I would.. want to try my hands on portraits again..
The next upcoming event I can think of is the Malaysian International Fireworks Competition which will be held next month, August. For me, it will be easy cos I can just walk to the viewing spot.. Wonder if people still gonna come all the way to Putrajaya to view it due to the petrol hike? Will know by then..


Monday, July 7, 2008

Some nonsense..

I just dunno what Mr. Bean did.. but somehow he can actually make ppl laugh just by doing actions out from a silent movie kinda genre.. i am sure most of you should've watched at least 1 episode of Mr Bean's shows but I am still wondering how he did it.. Even my nephew likes him..

Was watching a few videos on Youtube this morning (in the office.. keke).. and found this.. WTF!!


Thursday, July 3, 2008

Hidden Meaning of my Name : Alex Hang Kok Seng

What Alex Hang Kok Seng Means

You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.

You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.

You have the classic "Type A" personality.

You are relaxed, chill, and very likely to go with the flow.

You are light hearted and accepting. You don't get worked up easily.

Well adjusted and incredibly happy, many people wonder what your secret to life is.

You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.

You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.

At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.

You are incredibly sexy and sensual. You have a naughty vibe that no one can ignore.

You have an unquenchable desire. And you are unrestrained in your passions.

You have a tendency to be unfaithful. Whether you fight it or give in to it is up to you.

You are truly an original person. You have amazing ideas, and the power to carry them out.

Success comes rather easily for you... especially in business and academia.

Some people find you to be selfish and a bit overbearing. You're a strong person.

You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people.

You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts.

You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals.

You are deeply philosophical and thoughtful. You tend to analyze every aspect of your life.

You are intuitive, brilliant, and quite introverted. You value your time alone.

Often times, you are grumpy with other people. You don't appreciate them trying to interfere in your affairs.

You are a seeker of knowledge, and you have learned many things in your life.

You are also a keeper of knowledge - meaning you don't spill secrets or spread gossip.

People sometimes think you're snobby or aloof, but you're just too deep in thought to pay attention to them.

You are well rounded, with a complete perspective on life.

You are solid and dependable. You are loyal, and people can count on you.

At times, you can be a bit too serious. You tend to put too much pressure on yourself.

You are the total package - suave, sexy, smart, and strong.

You have the whole world under your spell, and you can influence almost everyone you know.

You don't always resist your urges to crush the weak. Just remember, they don't have as much going for them as you do.

ceh.. never believed this kinda thing but I still like to try it out.. perhaps the perfectionist thingy is right.. relaxed, chill yeah.. sexy? err.. don't think so..
If you wanna have it a go.. the link is at the top..

OK.. now back to sorting out my Langkawi photos.. :P


Thursday, June 26, 2008

All ready for the next trip

Bags + backup bags - Check!
Shirts + pants + extras - Check!
Other essentials - Check!
Hotel and tour reservations - Check!
Camera + batteries + memory cards - Check!
Money - Check!

Looks like I am very much ready for my next trip this weekend.. wait a minute.. I forgot to put in something else.. hehe.. I know that I said I hated last minute purchase but somehow this one went thru.. I just got myself a new Canon 580 EX II External Flash.. and it costs me a bomb.. :( but it is worth it.. I needed it anyway..

Just called the hotel and confirmed my reservations and has everything all arranged.. The reception was very helpful and they even had an in-house travel agent that can arrange all the local tours.. talk about good service.. afterall, this hotel was a highly recommended in the net..

All that is pending now is to get a few more items before I fly tomorrow.. talk about being last minute again.. aiyo.. And now, regretted that I accepted the invite to go for the Putrajaya Lake Cruise Dinner tonight.. i feel that I have yet to finish buying all the stuff I need.. oh well.. can still buy tomorrow at the airport (that comes with a hefty price tag).. or buy it tomorrow at my destination..

OK lar.. time for lunchhhh.. and list out anything else I need..and also the itineraries..
See you'll soon...expect more photos again.. haha


Friday, June 20, 2008

Club Med, Cherating 2008

Been there last year and again this year, both being our annual company trip there.. Not bad.. quite a nice place to relax despite the activities they had over there..
This year round, was not that hectic as previous, which means more chance to take more and more photos.. and more I did.. compared to last year, I took 300 more which is crazy.. looking back at what I took, I feel there was abit of improvement..

The beach is facing South China Sea which means the wave is stronger and I can catch the sunrise.. which I did.. woke up 6.30am just to catch this

Suprisingly, I can wake up so early and go to bed late with no complains.. find it hard to keep this up when I go to work tho'..

Overall, the place is really nice and tranquil but best to be there with a group of friends.. err.. this is not a honeymoon spot, i warn you..

I am still sorting out all my photos.. and here's one that I particularly liked.. It is now saved as my desktop wallpaper.. feels so relaxed looking at this photo..
As for the rest.. run over to my facebook profile or picasa to check 'em out..

P/S Anyway.. just to say that I did not win the photography competition.. The theme was Relax, Rejuvenate and Re-something.. I submitted a photo of a bunch of people doing some yoga on the grass.. I thought that would fit the theme but somehow a photo of a deck chair in the middle of the grass won the competition.. well, judges' decision.. different person, different view.. nevermind lar.. small matter oni..

ok lar.. time to sort out the rest of the photos... Ciao...

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Here today, gone tomorrow

Simple yet true... we can be still be here today.. but will never know if we could still be around the next day..
life can be given and can be taken swiftly without us realising that how so many things we have missed.. things that we have yet to complete.. things that we have yet to say.. things we always reserve for the special occasions but it does not come.. things we usually wait for tomorrow but it did not come..

How sad that we (including myself) takes things for granted and realised it is too late till it is just too late definitely..

We bitch about others but do not stop and look at ourselves.. complaining the people and the other elements.. but the change is all within ourselves.. Changes is inevitable and we just have to adapt to it..

Anyway.. it was really unexpected for you to be gone.. there's so much we did not expect anyway..


Sunday, June 15, 2008

Just got back

Phewww.. just got back from Cherating Club Med.. damn, it was a GREAT trip..
This time I was more prepared and took lots of shots this time.. I am soooo tanned now.. been walking around the place whole day and managed to catch the sunrise!! A beautiful day it was.. tho' it was so hot but of course it is better than raining the whole day...
For the trip, I purposely bought a Hoya Pro1D CPL filter which costs me a bomb.. but was worth it..
Other than photography, was having a good time drinking and eating non-stop.. free flow mar.. but I drank till I have almost reached my limits then stopped.. Don't want to be stupidly drunk and start puking all over..
I am sooo tanned and tired now.. but don't feel like ruining my sleep tonite.. Gonna have my dinner and look at my photos.. and will write a full report...


Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Photo Assignment : Wedding of Wilson and Pei Pei

Finally managed to checked all the photos and finish off some final touches..
A total of 500+ photos altogether for day and night shots.. well, quantity is not the issue but the quality..
I have yet to upload the photos to my online album and I am still selecting a few to be viewed online.. no point to upload all which is close to a GB of size..

Lessons learnt from this shoot is that I desperately need an external flash to handle low light conditions. Pop-up flash is ok but the environment will be filled with white light and the light needs to be diffused cos it will shoot directly to the subject.. With an external flash, I will be able to control the lighting conditions where I can twist the light spread and also control the colour of the light filled..
Another thing is that if I decide to do this freelance, I would need to get a fast lens to handle the shots well..
All I know is that handling wedding shoots is that you need to be quick, no time to rest and should always have your finger ready at the shutter button at all times cos you will never know when will the golden shot should appear and there's no take two of the scenes just like doing sports photography.. you just need to be quick and able to predict the moment..
And most importantly, you just have to shake off the pressure taking wedding shoots.. I was quite carefree when taking the shots cos I was actually working for free this time to test out my skills so far.. I am thinking if I would be so composed if I were to start charging people.. anyway.. still thinking bout this..

Meanwhile, here's another shot to share.. will be uploading a few to my facebook and picasa soon..

Now, my mind is all set for Cherating this weekend, with a photo competition this time.. it is really worthwhile to test my skill on landscape photography.. perhaps I should think out of the box and be different to gain attention.. ;)


Saturday, June 7, 2008

Preview : Photography Assignment

A preview of a photography assignment I had today.. will be continued :)

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Today's headlines

Today.. infact yesterday it all started.. the biggest news this year for my homeland.. well, there's a bigger one bout loosing the election news thingy but that was expected.. anywayyyyy... I am sure that you all know about the new Petrol price here..

Somehow, I don't feel angry or disappointed as I already feel that this is kind of a "sooner or later" thing.. I was wondering how long can the government sustain such a crazy increase in global crude oil.. I am not siding anyone but thinking from a neutral stand.. perhaps we should change our lifestyle to cope with the economy crisis that is coming soon..or maybe it is already here already?

Well.. that aside.. now I need to do abit of studying.. will be having a wedding photography session this weekend.. not as an official photographer but a sideline one.. will not be a good one since I am still flash-less.. planning to shoot RAW most of the time so I can adjust the temperature later.

See how it goes.. planning to grab the flash some time end of this or next month..

Will need to prepare to pay more for the daily essentials now.. I think people will be forced to differentiate what is needed and what is not..

Ah well... what to do..


Monday, June 2, 2008

Earthquake at Sichuan,China

I may sound sissy but I admit I do weep at sad or tragic movies..
This particular video I got in my Facebook really touched me deeply and yes, I wept watching this clip.. really felt pity to the victims of natural disasters..

I know alot of you have noticed that Tzu Chi volunteers are everywhere helping to raise funds for the people there to rebuild their lives or even read of fund raising events.. Please do donate generously to the cause.. not necessarily in large sums but something you are comfortable with..

In a minute, you are expecting to get back to your wife to say you love her.. but in a split second, you are buried under tons of rubble and fighting for your life..

That's... life...


Thursday, May 29, 2008

New toy..

As always, being the most impulsive person I am, in the craziest moment, I got myself a new toy..or should I say a new "valuable" or myyyy precioussss..

Presenting to you, my new toy..
aiya.. this guy.. too shy.. still hiding in the box..

Come out.. come out..

Let me go over for a closer look..

So, obviously, I got myself a Seiko watch.. after sometime thinking between a Seiko and Casio Edifice Chronograph series .. I somewhat ditch the idea of getting a Casio.. well, I already have a Casio G-Shock watch that is already 10 years old (changed 3 times battery nia) and is still serving me oh so well.. Thought of getting a different one.. I remember I had an Alba watch tho' but don't know where it's gone to..

Anyway, this particular watch I got was the latest collection called Criteria they were promoting with Daniel Wu as their ambassador (PHEEEWWUIIITTTT) and I find it quite nice looking, the watch I mean.. wanted something that I can wear during formal outings and also to show the sportsmen in me (yeah..righttt)... well, the SPC019P1 was the obvious choice for me with the RRP at over a thousand Ringgit, the price was somewhat reasonable.. of course, it got better as it was on sale so the price was alot cheaper and within my budget.. well, consider this as an early Birthday present to myself.. err.. which is like 4 months away.. haha..

After so many years of not wearing a watch to work, I find it akward something strapped to my left wrist all the time but it is kinda comfortable and strange enough, I find myself more confident than before.. haha.. as if lar..

Think I gonna be impulsive again.. ;P


Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Back from a vacation

WOW!!! Just got back from Perhentian Island and was I wrong to think it was boring.. The reason I thought it was gonna be a boring trip is because we are refrained from doing any water activities as it is against some safety rules of the company..
End up, we went snorkelling.. as we are still safe knowing that there are lots of lifeguards watching us..
This trip had a few first times for me.. and I have challenge my limits that is the fear of water.. well, sadly, I don't know how to swim so I have always shy away from swimming... And when I heard bout the snorkelling activity, I almost turned it down but I felt I shouldn't let a good trip go.. so I went ahead with it..
I was assured that we will not have any problems floating while wearing the life jacket so I was quite confident of it..
My first dive into the water was a scary one.. did not know how it will be and as I go straight down into the water.. there was no turning back.. I can still recall my first glance to the corals.. so beautifully placed and the abundance of fishes.. really cannot forget the scene.. feeding the fishes with bread and the fishes biting on my fingers.. SYIOK!!
I did not regret one bit for joining the snorkelling trip and was so eager to go again and again..
End up, going back to the resort and lazed around in the swimming pool.. again, my first time :P

But, sad to say, nightlife sucked.. nothing much to do at nite but just looking at the moon and chatting with my colleagues..

So sit back..

and enjoy the photos I have taken here

3 more weeks..Cherating Club Med.. here I comeeeeee...


Friday, May 16, 2008

Hot Chocolates

I got this email from a friend of mine a few days ago.. somehow, I find it very relevant and meaningful and tot of sharing it here..

A group of graduates, well established in their careers, were talking at
a reunion and decided to go visit their old university professor, now
retired. During their visit, the conversation turned to complaints about
stress in their work and lives.

Offering his guests hot chocolate, the professor went into the kitchen
and returned with a large pot of hot chocolate and an assortment of cups -
porcelain, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some
exquisite - telling them to help themselves to the hot chocolate.

When they all had a cup of hot chocolate in hand, the professor said,
'Notice that all the nice looking, expensive cups were taken, leaving
behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only
the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. The
cup that you're drinking from adds nothing to the quality of the hot
chocolate. In most cases it is just more expensive and in some cases
even hides what we drink. What all of you really wanted was hot chocolate,
not the cup; but you consciously went for the best cups... And then you
began eyeing each other's cups.

Now consider this:
Life is the hot chocolate; your job, money and position in society are
the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain life. The cup you have
does not define, nor change the quality of life you have.

Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the hot
chocolate. The happiest people don't have the best of everything. They
just make the best of everything that they have.

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.

And enjoy your hot chocolate!

I always meet these type of ppl who likes to show off their belongings like showing off their brand new watch (fyi, I don't wear any to work and have a 10 years old G-Shock).. driving expensiev cars but owes twice as much...

I have always been thinking to change my car to something.. err.. more comfortable than the one I have now.. but always tell myself.. what for?!?.. the current one I am driving gives good fuel consumption even tho' I rev like crazy.. low maintenance.. gets me to where I want.. so, I always end up keeping it..

I wonder how many people would live within their means?


Friday, May 2, 2008

Is this the one?

I am still thinking but I am wondering if I am thinking too much.. Alot will want to jump straight in but my feelings are different.. I know this may be the big break I am waiting for.. A few good things came within a month.. confused..
Firstly.. I have passed my ITIL V3 Foundation Exam!! Yeah.. 32/40 not bad lar.. tot I was gonna fail cos I was always concentrating on the good food..
Secondly.. Got called for an interview with another MNC company.. got a feeling that I have impressed the interviewers definitely.. as always, the interview was a very relaxed affair.. I will be talking cock nevertheless.. One of the question I got, which is kinda typical was
Interviewer : What would you see yourself in 5 years time
Me : Huh?! Err.. seriously, I wouldn't know..
Interviewer : Oooohhhh.. O.o
Me : **With a little devilish smile** Well, you see.. what I will become in the future, totally relies on what I am doing about it now.. right..
Interviewers : **Stunned looks but nods with agreement..**
Me : **Thinking I have nailed it** I do set a target.. but I want to concentrate what I have now in my hands..
Interviewers : **Still stunned**

I guess they were expecting some kind of typical replies like I want to be the Team Leader or I want to be able to contribute to your company's project by saving lots of money bla bla.. haha.. well, I am NOT the typical person anyway..

I always been the one to crack up a joke here and there..

Anyway.. another "offer" I got today got me thinking again.. Is this the one I am waiting for? Definitely it is a GOOD deal but I am still thinking.. perhaps I should be able to get a clearer picture soon...

I guess.. it could be time for a change?


Sunday, April 20, 2008

First weekend as a mechanic

One word : TIRED!! that is all I can say but it is damn worth it.. the lessons I learned was really priceless, there was not one time that the questions I asked, was always answered in detailed..
Let me see, just 2 days with the HIM guys, I already done
1) Crankcase Oil change
2) Brake Fluid flush - Haven't learn the ways to release the fluid from the hose tho'..
3) Power Steering Flush
4) Changing Brake pads and servicing the calipers
5) And got to know a few Detailing tips from Kenneth.. his blog can be found here and here (Thanks izso for the links :P)

Next up.. got a car coming in for top overhaul and another for full system flush.. will be a busy weekend again.. nevertheless, the job was fun and it shows my level of knowledge in car maintenance, which is quite steep.. not gonna set a timeline for me to catchup, rather, I feel easier if I just do and learn whichever comes.. also identify my mistakes and find ways to improve it..

This time, I will truly learn they way of managing customers and handling work professionally in front of them.. ARRGHH!! Always feel pressured when having people looking at me doing work.. that is why I always do things in the background silently.. anyway, I gotta adjust myself to that sooner or later..

As I type, I can still feel my bones aching and my back starts to hurt abit.. It will take abit time for me to adjust to this but I know that I surely can handle it..


Monday, April 14, 2008

AlexHang no more..

15th April marks a historical moment in my life.. I see the passing of AlexHang.. it was not a tragic moment but it was the beginning of a new me.. Don't worry nobody died especially me.. but I am talking bout my Forum ID at WAC changed to HIM-Apprentice.. Dark side turned to I have? no no.. HIM stands for Hexa Infinite Marketing and they do all types of car maintenance and if they can't do it, they will recommend someone who does or in other words HIM are mechanics and I just enrolled myself as their trainee and eventually become one of their fulltime mech (hopefully)..

It is not unusual for me to start thinking of an alternative path on my career..Been there before.. let me see, just to fill you in on my career path as soon as I left Form 6.. I was not those lucky ones to be able to continue my studies after that.. no worries.. So.. as soon as I left school, started off working as a bank teller for almost 8 months with a measly starting salary of RM738..then moved to another bank doing loan documentations for 4 years.. then join a Sales team for a freight company.. left 2 months later cos I just don't know how to sell.. hehe.. Moving on to Star Cruise as a HR coordinator managing crew movements and salary being 2-fold of initial job.. slowly I moved within HR as maintaining the card access system.. later, after much persuasion, got my chance to transfer to IT dept with 0 knowledge of IT.. and as they all say, the rest is history.. with much blood and sweat.. crawled my way up as a System Admin within 2 years in that dept and 2 years later I got a dream job in an MNC company.. where I am currently working.. 1 1/2 years on..

Got alot of people to thank for this.. especially to those who looked down at me.. and also to those who supported me..

Now.. I am looking at charting a different course for my career.. Not totally moving to the new route yet but just giving it a try..perhaps it is a good one.. not as a career maybe but as another added knowledge.. Never liked to stop learning and just want to learn whatever I am capable to..

I immediately called a few of my friends to tell them that I am now a trainee mechanic and wanted to spread the news.. not to get more business but to let them know they have another alternative for car servicing.. Not wanting to sound like a Dick.. but I hope I don't get misunderstood..

Anyway, if you all reading this and would be interested to try out our services.. please contact me..send an email to alexhks at gmail dot com... or msn/ym me at alex_hangks for further details.. The workshop is located in SS2 near the New Paris Restaurant..

OK.. need to prepare a few writeups especially on a new package we gonna offer soon.. Stay tuned... :)


Friday, April 11, 2008

The simplest thing in life

Sometimes, we would neglect the things that passes our daily life like a simple "Good Morning" greet from a colleague who looks grumpy all the time..or a smile from that girl you always wanted to say Hi.. or maybe a blardy clear traffic on a Monday morning to work..

Was not really happy to face work today.. not that it is because this week is the patching week but sad to say, I had to face all the patching preparation work by myself.. and to make it sweeter, I had to follow-up on a technical case that was not well prepared for.. Oh well.. work IS great.. It couldn't be better that I had to face all this alone but it also tests my sense of control over all the heap of jobs I already have.. I don't mind if I have to do it alone, it is not the first time so I just take it laid back.. still have time to chat with a few friends of mine online tho'..

Work definitely did not stop but always make time to attend meetings.. I don't forget my duties to represent my team for meetings and although I may not be significant but at least I am there to share my thoughts..

I can see that all my hard work have slowly paid off.. it won't be seen overnight but gradually.. always have been this way from the day I started work.. I wouldn't demand more as I take everyday as it is and will always feel glad that I still have a job to get me through..

As tired as I can be today but still had to carry on my daily operational work and the patching preparation.. They say words can hurt and can also heal.. It was really not something that I was prepared for but my Supervisor sent an email to me from a Manager of another Team praising my dedication towards my duties.. My supervisor was signaling his agreement on the statement and also forwarded the email to the Operations Manager.. For some, it may just be words and it could just mean nothing.. but to me, I appreciate all this and although it may not be an award from the Sultan or the President but I still treat this as a pat on my back telling me that I am doing a good job afterall.

Such a simple sentence of "Good Work" or "You have done a great job" is just enough to lift me up to carry on working like a mule.. You may say that I am dumb but I do have little expectations in life.. I don't go setting goals that are too sky-high to reach and why would I want to compete with people to gain? I believe if I work towards a common goal for everyone especially in a team, rewards will come automatically..

So, these are simplest thing in life that I look for.. I don't care if people do mean it or just saying it for fun.. I'll just take it as it is.. why complicate your life?


Thursday, April 3, 2008

DHL F1 Private Party

Was quite lucky my boss got 2 extra invites for the DHL F1 Party at The Laundry, The Curve.. No THANKS to my sprained back (refer my earlier blog) that I almost could not make it to the event..
Knowing that the location is infamous for traffic jams.. I left my house 2 hours ealier to the venue.. Surprisingly, the road was quiet.. guess everyone went to Sepang to catch the F1 action instead..
Oh well.. better than nothing lar as the main prize to grab from this event was a Limited Edition Tag Heuer watch.. and it is free.. just go only..

Reached there an hour early.. good.. can laze around the area.. I can say The Curve is one happening place.. seems like there is a lot of events going on.. and I guess there is some sort of cheerleading event going in Cineleisure cos I spy lots of chearleaders around.. duhhh

Caught these 2 lovers walking around Cineleisure..

walking around the area.. there were booths setup by AAM for various promotions including 50% discount on summons payment.. ceh...

Like this oso wanna show..

so..proceed to the event.. first one to register.. and walking around to take photos again..
This is one of the DHL topshots trying out the F1 Simulator game..

Lunch named after the Constructors.. creative..

The MC of the day.. cool guy..

What's F1 without the girls...

The main stage..waiting for the prize presentation..

Prize for guessing the constructor's podium finish.. a bottle of wine..

My colleague there from Shell House got 2nd place for the fastest time in F1 Simulator challenge.. as for me I got 3rd placing.. not bad since I tried only 2 runs.. not too bad ler.. got myself a set of F1 cufflinks..

The winner walked away with the Tag Heuer watch.. I was 2sec behind the winner.. meanwhile the 1st runner was a few milisec.. talk about close..

Other than getting 3rd place for the fastest run.. I got a Tiffany & Co keychain for winning a game of Ridge Racer for PS3..damn nice game.. for those who have a PS3 at home.. a recommended game.. after that game, my hands are itching to buy a set..shit!! no good!!

Well... overall, the event was a great one and everyone left with a gift in hand.. doorgifts in a toolbox.. not bad..

Now, very much looking forward to the upcoming trips.. will be making 3 trips in 2 months and all 3 will be looking at the beach..
Firstly, will be my Team's trip to Perhentian Island which will be from 17th May till 19th May
Then, will be going back Cherating Club Med for the company's trip from 13th June till 15th June.. Heard that this time they gonna organise a photography contest.. can't wait!!
2 weeks later, will be going Langkawi on my own expenses..staying at Langkasuka Beach Resort end of June..and by the time I am back to work in July, will be under a different company.. ah well..

In a flash, it is now April and time really flies.. looking back, how great life was and hope the year ahead will go as plan..


Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Gone missing

Was missing for sometime.. well.. just a little update before I report on the DHL F1 Party event at The Laundry Bar, The Curve..
I was down (but not out) since last Saturday.. Thought of saving up on sending my car to the accessories shop, I attempted to fix my car's central locking system.. Last week, I noticed 2 of my car doors couldn't lock properly.. the door knob didn't pull down as usual.. so, most probably the ever reliable central locking module is faulty.. so, last saturday i decided to remove the doors and fix the culprit.. problem is, one is my rear passenger door which it will be hell to remove the manual window handle.. and one is my front passenger side door which holds my front speakers.. not that hard to remove.. but will take some effort..
Somehow, in the process of removing the doors.. I sprained my back.. and this time was quite bad.. till I felt numb feelings on my legs.. almost fell but managed to hold on.. I could not get up or walk properly after that.. every step I take is like pulling a dead cow with my back.. heavy.. stressed..
I never experienced this type of pain before.. I could not even lie down straight on my back.. that night, could not sleep at all..
Was actually thinking of not attending the F1 Party on Sunday due to the back.. but carried on as I wanted to take some event photos.. Luckily, I could still make it for the event and to carry my camera gears along..
Once I have taken the photos of my prizes.. I'll blog about it here.. stay tuned..


Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Some photography session updates

Yippppeeee... finally got the confirmation from my boss that I will be going to the Private F1 Party organised by DHL this weekend at the Curve.. 10 years since Malaysia has hosted the F1 races, now only that I have the chance of going to one of the party as an invited guest..
For sure, it will surely be another photography session and I reckon the party would be a BLAST!!! with lots of freebies and events, it will sure be an experience of a lifetime.. although not getting the chance to watch it from the stands but this will do..
Another confirmed upcoming photography session would be my Perhentian Trip this May.. The place will sure be a great place to test my CPL filter and capturing beautiful ocean colours..
Too excited, don't know what to write.. Be sure to check back here soon...


Friday, March 7, 2008

Some Chinese Joke

Not too understand what this joke means but sure it is something naughty..
For my Chinese educated readers (if I have any readers).. here goes, enjoy

一小孩去買by套.說:"老闆,我買個by套."老闆一看是一小孩,沒搭理他.小孩又說:」。一個。老闆.我要買by套!」  老闆說。.你要多大的。...  小孩說:」要特大的!」 帶著懷疑老闆給他拿了..小孩二話沒說就打開套在了頭上.....;老闆問:」  你這是幹嗎/?」


Thursday, March 6, 2008

Not too keen

Got news today that my department has confirmed a trip to Pulau Perhentian during the May holidays.. Don't know why but.. not too keen on joining.. maybe because it is just ANOTHER trip to an island.. mind you, after joining this company, already have 2 trips to seaside which is and Cherating Club Med..and I am actually planning for a trip to Langkawi to relax this year.. perhaps working on an island for the past 6 years did not excite me at all.. If I should say working in West Port is an island.. well it is..but.. anyway...
Let me see.. rumours has it that there will be another trip for the whole staff and it will be Cherating again.. well.. I am ok with it.. nice place.. freeflow of drinks.. maybe this time, I should play the games instead of watching.. and maybe this time I will be lucky enough to take the photos of sunrise?
Back to the Perhentian island trip.. well.. there's only 11 confirmed participant.. 11.. helllllooooo... 3 days 2 nights with only 11 people.. duhhhhhhhh... 2 days 1 night oso enough lah.. Initially, supposed to combine with another department but all of them decided to go Langkawi for boozing.. and my boss said no one in his dept drinks.. duhhh.. I drink mah.. and furthermore, there's heaps of stuff to do there other than drinking.. Besides.. I don't see any excitement in Perhentian other than.. TV.. if they have TV lar.. aiyoyo...

Actually, I don't want to go one lah.. but was forced by my boss.. *$_*@$^/-!@.. haiii.. need to pay for our own transportation arrangements.. and by flight it is almost RM400 by AirAsia.. there goes my plan to buy the watch I have been eyeing.. anyway.. still better than my previous place.. i can't really recall what was the best event I had with the previous company... maybe there aren't any... good riddance anyway...

I guess, looking at the bright side, if go mar make the best out of it lor and also have another round of photo session.. which I have put it off for some time.. anyway, never mind ler.. go mar go only lor.. what to do.. you happy, i try to be happy lor..


Thursday, February 28, 2008

Election or Erection?

In another week time, Malaysians gonna be out doing their responsibility to vote for the General Elections which is happening on the 8th March...
As usual.. along the roads you can see posters..flags all vying to be on top of each other.. small towns will be unusually packed with people especially candidates making their rounds to meet the "hopefully" supporters...
How weird that my area here will have a free makan session organised by one of the parties.. perhaps I should go there do some shooting on the candidates.. err.. i mean go shoot some photos lar.. what else... but then again.. I always wonder why is it so special that only when before the elections only can their faces leh? Can't they come here any other time.. wouldn't that be better than spending the local folks?
Aiya... human is like that lar.. that is why I always wonder.. do you really need to wait till a special occasion only you will do it? for example.. treating your loved ones special only on valentine's day and not any other day? treating someone only on birthdays?
I wonder if people could actually look today just like any other day.. and not treat a special day just because it is.. special? people often put off something to do and wait to do it another day because it would be special?.. I don't believe that if your heart tells you it is right and you want to wait for 3 months? 6 months? just to do it.. ?? to be fair, for some, they may needed some time just to be sure.. but why set a date? can life change in 6 months? can mind change in 1 year? NO.. life can change now.. or a minute later... or tomorrow.. there is no one that can tell you what will happen next.. so why wait?
I know I am not waiting something to happen because I don't believe on sitting idle.. If I want it to happen, I will go ahead and do it.. wait? why wait? Just go out and prove yourself..


Thursday, February 21, 2008

Making the headlines

Well, Hong Kong entertainment industry has been rocked hard early in the year 2008..
This week alone, we had 2 big news..
First of was the passing of a GREAT entertainment icon, Lydia Sum has succumbed to her illness after battling for a year plus... she was diagnosed with liver cancer (not mistakenly) then slowly her health deteriorated.. sad but then it will end her suffering.. she doesn't look the same since then..

Then, today, Edison Chen has announced that he will "retire" from the entertainmnet industry.. If you all just came back from Mars, let me fill you in.. A month ago, explicit photos from Edison Chen's archives where leaked out after he brought his laptop for repair.. I don't think I need to link any of the photos here cos I would presume someone would've forwarded you the photos.. Give him a break, people.. there are meant to be private (perhaps for his own entertainment later).. But then again, he shouldn't have taken all those photos in the first place.. maybe retiring would be good for him but he needs to dig a hole somewhere in the Amazon Jungle to hide now.. Apparently, he is a wanted man now by the HK Triads out to teach him a lesson, the bounty is HKD500,000 for his hand.. hmm.. I dunno bout the deal but what do you think about this? Should he be left alone or should be beaten up and punished?

From the way 2008 has started on HK.. they better do something to bring it back up..


Tuesday, February 19, 2008

People behind monitors

Well, as usual, was going through a few automative forums today looking at topic updates.. nothing unusual.. so happens, found a topic openned in one of the forums stating a member from that particular forum intimidating their member's car by tailgating him/her dangerously.. how did they identify the culprit? through the car sticker that clearly states the automative club forum address..
Well, this is not the first time I hear this.. someone sticking some car sticker of a particular automative club and driving recklessly.. Come on.. if you would stick those stickers, you are either promoting or disrespecting the club.. that is why, till now, I would rather not stick any of those stickers on my car.. I do not want to represent anyone..
So, for the particular case I saw today.. the member from the other club invaded the culprit's club and start posting garbage.. lots of messages bout superiority, summoned the culprit to show himself, pornographic photos and all that..
In the end, the moderators decided to delete all those topics and replies.. In my opinion, this is not the right action by the moderators and will only fuel more fire.. best is to settle it in person.. I know it will be ugly but then wouldn't that solve the problem instead of sweeping rubbish under the carpet..
Well, for those who did not manage to read ALL the postings, they wouldn't know cos all of them has been deleted now.. how about those who did? What would they think of the way moderators handled the case? I am not active in forums but I know and understand people through the way they write and I can say that people usually talk big in forums but keeps quiet in person or most of time, do not show up at all... You can guess the personality of the people behind their monitors by the way they write..
It is quite interesting, actually, to see people through the writings and meet them later to see if you have made the right deductions...

Can you guess what kind of person I am through my words?


Saturday, February 16, 2008

A total revamp

My blog doesn't seem to be going anywhere... don't have the motivation to continue writing.. sooooo.. it is time to revamp everything, start anew.. just like what I am doing now.. will be back soooon enough...

Ciao... :)