Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Mission Accomplished! For Tzu Chi Foundation Malaysia

Right on the beginning of 2009, I promised myself to complete a mission before CNY. It's the mission brought by my mom from Tzu Chi Foundation, it's to fill up the bamboo bank and return to the Foundation.

It's not an easy mission, if you know the size of the bamboo bank. It measures 9" height and 3 inch diameter. So you calculate its volume, and think about the size of Malaysian 1 cent, 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents and 50 cents. And guesstimate how many you have to slot in to fill up the bamboo.

I knew it's tough to complete the mission before CNY, that's the reason I had my peers to contribute, err... in Ah Long way. Hehe... To my surprise, the bank is almost half full when I got it back a week before CNY! Many thanks to those who contributed and helped on this effort!

Since it's already half filled, so I took it back to top it full and return to the Foundation.

I took out my "piggy bank"...


It's not a typical piggy bank, but just a plastic pail that used to be a honey pail. I think half a year and usually before CNY, I send the filled pail to the bank for deposit. This half year, no more to the ordinary bank but to the bamboo bank...


And after the bamboo bank was filled...


My honey pail left a quarter.

The bamboo has been returned to the Foundation. They wanted to list my name in the contribution list, but I asked them to list my company name since it's the contribution from my peers, not me alone.

Thanks again peers! And for sure you will get back double or more for the amount you deposited to the bamboo bank. No kidding! My GoW will surely bless you too. ;)

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Everybody HUAT Ah!!

It's CNY eve today! Counting down...

I believe most Chinese families have put on some decoration items at home, office or shop to welcome the year of ox. Something like this...


Like this...


And lanterns like this...


Oh, by the way, photos above were shot when I was in Singapore for X'mas. It's at the China Town, the CNY feel was more than the X'mas feel.

I don't decorate house for CNY. Well, put it this way, I like to decorate but the problem is I hate to follow up to take it down after the festival. So, my house is plain looking, as plain as normal days. Further, this year my family can't celebrate.

But too plain without any red and orange colors would not feel like celebrating CNY. So I made a couple of orange snow men in the office with hope that I have 柑 ("gold") in the office forever, or as "forever" as I am with the company...


A pair of orange snow men, 柑(金)人. May be I would turn to be a 金童 this year in the office. Haha... then I need to find a 玉女 then...

Even with that, I feel a little insecure without the presence of God of Wealth. Also because tonight eve I would not be "welcoming" the God of Wealth at home due to my father's passing. Fortunately, my friend gifted me a DIY GoW on my last day in the company...


With the manual...


And the GoW should look something like this...


This isn't a tough one for me, I am very experienced in making such thing. So I quickly made one after wrapping up all my works before I headed home for a week long CNY leave.

First the head...


Follow by the body...


And tada! Finally...


Gong Xi Fa Chai!! From God of Wealth!!

GoW will be following me in the office and wherever I go. Now I feel more secure. Hehe... The God will definitely bless me and fill my workplace with wealth. Indeed, the first bless has came true on the same day! My American boss stayed up late at his night time to inform and congratulate me on my pay rise!! Yoohoo!! Thanks boss! And of course thanks God of Wealth too!

While I am out for a week long, I nicely place the GoW on my workstation dock...


I am pretty sure I will be fully blessed by GoW and my workplace will be flourishing with good fengshui!

Gong Xi Fa Chai!!

Last note to a friend who study abroad right now, Happy Chinese New Year! Hope you enjoy your custom made "lou sang" and enjoy the "reunion dinner" with your Chinese friends there. :)

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Best Job In The World

Need no more elaboration. I guess you knew what would I be talking cock by the post title, right?

Yeah, it's the job that was reported at every corner in the world, even CNN reported it for 2 days! It's the job in Australia, a job in the Great Barrier Reef islands.

I came across the site from a forwarded email. Initially I was like what Chinese used to say, "where got such a big frog hopping on the road?" (i.e. No free lunch) Furthermore, the site was inaccessible (due to heavy traffic) when I tried to access it.

Then, I continued reading the newspaper and found out this...


Ha! It's not a hoax?! Let's try again! I visited the site again and it was resumed to operation this time.

Wow! AUD $150k!! I quickly looked into the job description and R&R if I qualified for the job...


Explore the islands? No problem at all! My friends know I love islands and I love sea. Plus, I am a diver!! This was since when I was form 2, err... more than 10 years experience I have!

Blogs? Photo diary? Video? Just come and see Jacko.MY to see how I can talk until salty fish becomes live fish! Also, look at my dive blogs, here, here and here. Cool huh? Perhaps the only challenge here is media interviews. Well, I was a committee in Drama & Music Club (DMC) and choir member, so I guess I'm presentable, right? Just a little touch up on the skill would do a perfect job!


Feed the fish? Do you think this would be a problem to a diver? Oh yes, I have no experience in feeding sharks, I need training for that so I don't become their meal. Anyhow, since I don't have to feed them all, so sharks may not in the scope.

Clean the pool? Simple, I was a lifeguard in Sunway Lagoon. Kiddies pool, wave pool, slide pool and all sort of pools. As a proof...


Ok, I don't have experience on mail collection. But what about if I had experiences to sit in chopper and fly to Genting Highlands? So flying high with mails is not an issue to me.

Move on...


Good interpersonal communication skills? Am I not friendly???

Good written and verbal English? Again, just read Jacko.MY and working in an MNC with my bosses are American, peers in Europe countries, Canada and South Americas, also in Australia and NZ, that's more than enough to qualify me with experience to diversify my English skill when collaborating with peers from different countries.

An adventurous attitude and willingness to try new things? Isn't this repeating (proof of my English skill)? Also passion for outdoors? How can you be adventurous if you don't have passion for outdoors? So, another duplicate. Hehe... Anyway, I wouldn't be a diver if I am not adventurous.

Good swimming skills and enthusiasm for snorkelling and/or diving? Do I need to explain any further?

Ability to engage with others? Do you think this would be a problem for a consultant?

At least one year’s relevant experience. Ok, I don't have. But I have almost 10 years experience in diving, perhaps 10% could be counted as experience. And I challenge this qualification, why need one with one year experience if you can get a fast learner to pick up the skills instantly? I had no experience on Lotus Notes when I joined the company, within 8 months I was promoted to lead a regional team (hehe... self promotion). Experience does help but willingness to learn is the key to success.

I am almost 100% qualified and I must not give away the opportunity! So did I apply?

Nope. Hehe...

Why?!

I am really interested and serious about the job, not because of the $$ but the job is something that I have dreamt for long. But first, I don't like to watch American Idols and some reality shows. I feel like a fool and joker to produce an American-Idol-like 60-second video just to qualify for the job. Don't you feel like a clown if you are not shortlisted? I don't mind doing such if I am shortlisted though, but not as a joker to draw attention at initial stage, 'cause I am not paid to do so. But I will be more than happy to produce one if any of the campaign officer stumbles here and get me shortlisted with my qualifications. Hehe...

Second, AUD $150k may sound interesting. Don't forget the Australian tax system, you will not get back 6-figure salary after 6 months. Well, 5 figure for 6 months is still interesting, but I need to think twice at the expense of my career, you'd know, it's global recession now and I love my company :) I wish I was still a student or I just started to work.

In the end, let the dream job be in my dream. I hope they offer a permanent position and I will be the first to apply even if the pay is not as attractive as this contract job. But who knows I might change my mind, if I get retrenched?! Hehe...

Friday, January 23, 2009

Jacko Master Divine Your Fortune

Typically, people start looking at western horoscope and Chinese zodiac predictions to foresee the fate and luck for the next coming lunar year when Chinese New Year is approaching. Some happy that no bad luck was divined for the upcoming year, some start to fear this scare that worry up sad down after reading the divination. Me too. I always read such things, just for fun and never take it seriously. Now, let Jacko master be the one to give you guidance. Hehe...

I'm glad I'm still alive here talking cock. Hehe... 'cause the year of rat wasn't a good year for me...


I belong to one of the zodiacs. Another 2 days more to finish my bad year. It was kinda accurate, I was really hit by bad luck, be it on personal or career. But, for the year of ox, the story is different now...


My zodiac is not listed! Hooray!! Some predictions say it's gonna be a good year for me!! Yoohoo!! Too bad, one of my peers begins to worry over a phone call with me. I was fooling her that she would be impacted badly and bla bla bla. Incidentally she was having problem and pressure at her work. Haha! So she decided to go for some prayers to "twist the fate". Since I was the one who made her worry, I obliged to escort her to a temple somewhere in KL...


The 仙四爷宫 temple...


I don't know the English name for this god, I guess it is "4th military adviser" from direct translation...


We arrived there slightly before lunch hour. Not many crowd but the crowd started to build up during lunch hour...


People queued to seek consultation on what type of worship work best for them. Once consulted, you then proceed to another counter to buy prayer stuff such as joss sticks and candles.

Before go to the professional praying services to change fate, all the joss sticks and candles must be lighted up...


You may also donate to refill and light up the oil lamp so that your good luck is continuous...


Go around the temple to place the joss sticks in different censers...


Once done, you then move on to the side hall for the praying services. Depending what prayers you need for the year, you will move to either the Guan Yin hall...


With your prayers done by the experienced temple helper...


Or you move to Tai Sui hall...


Tai Sui Ye is the...


So the prayers definitely are something related to fortune, prosperity and health...


As you can see people queuing on the left waiting to be blessed.

Once done, you are good to go with a comforted heart and mind. Life goes on.

Before I left the temple, I found out this...


Ah, 1864?! This temple is more than a century!! Its age may prove to you that its mighty power could really help the devotees. You never know.

The temple is located at Jalan Tun H S Lee...


GPS Coordinates: N3 08.720 E101 41.796. As pointed out in the map, it's very close to Bangkok Bank...


You can also enjoy the beef noodle opposite the temple after your prayers.

This is the business hour...


And 2009 event table for reference...


We shall see if my peer changes her fate in the coming year...

Contact me if you need advice on your fortune in the year of ox.

Haha! Just kidding... I am only a talk cock bugger.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Mom's CLK

Since I lazy to think of a good first paragraph to begin with this blog, I am gonna to use the same one that I've repetitively used for few recent posts:

Another 6 days to Chinese New Year... ... ...

Hehe...

Forgive me for that. I am writing this post in the office while waiting for a postponed dinner. I did not want to over stress my brain to draft a perfect starting paragraph, sorta overloaded for few presentation slides and documentations in the past 4 hours. Gimme a break.

Anyhow, it's still related to CNY to my suspect. CNY is at the corner, everyone (or Chinese) needs $ to celebrate. During this economy recession, some may suffer to celebrate or even not celebrating at all. For my family, we are not celebrating 'cause my father's passing has not over 100 days (or something like that for compliance with Chinese customs). For some "licensed gangsters", they might be playing hide and seek with you on the road and catch you in surprise. Once caught, you better give angpau as appreciation to them. Especially to drivers with back passengers, make sure they are buckled or otherwise pay the angpau. For some others, they might still want to celebrate but they are not like the "license gangster", so how do they get the "fund" to celebrate? One of the options is to get "indirect angpau" from the other kind souls like my mom.

Look at this "big angpau"...


Driver seat of my mom's CLK, the Cute Little Kancil. Ain't it look like a big angpau with its Ferrari red color?

So what's wrong with the CLK? Look at this close up shot...


The debris of the window. It's the left over after the window was smashed by the bandit for this...


The car stereo head unit, the most valuable part in the car.

The bugger was very lucky 'cause he got not only the head unit but a full box of coins, at least about RM20 bonus. With that "angpau", he at least could sell the unit at about RM200, which can buy him plenty of CNY stuff. Mandarin oranges, Chinese sausages, Chinese dried meat or Ba Gua and so forth, you name it. Of course provided that my curse was not realized that he has the last breathe to enjoy during CNY, not becoming a big piece of Ba Gua under truck wheels.

At the mean time before the CLK was sent for repair, I put up a tinted window which I believe it would not comply with JPJ's regulations. It eliminates almost 100% light source to penetrate into the cabin and therefore provide almost 100% of comfort to the driver...


Hehe... Happy Chinese New Year and Gong Xi Fatt Chai to you. Do practice extra cautious and awareness when out from the home and don't give any slim chances to the opportunist to "Fatt Chai" on you on this festival period.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Pudu's Wong Mee Kee 王美记 Roasted Pork

Another week to Chinese Year. How many times I have been repeating myself? Hehe... This shows how impatience I am for holidays.

First day of CNY falls on Monday and Malaysians get 2 days of gazetted holiday for celebration. Naturally everyone apply 3 days leaves to enjoy more than 7 days off. Those who work in KL like me get additional 1 day holiday on 2 Feb, a replacement holiday for 1 Feb, Federal Territory Day. So a total of about 10 days off, yoohoo!

Due to the long holiday that I will not be having lunch together with peers for some times, I wanted to try out some good food around KL before I go off, also to warm up stomach for CNY big meals. Then I came across this restaurant from Antyong's blog. Without further thought, my immediate reaction after reading the blog, "let's try"...


We arrived there too early, about 11:45am. The roasted pork is only available at 12:30pm...


While waiting, I walked to the back to see how the roasted pork was prepared...


It's almost ready with one last step before serving...


The charred area needs to be scraped before it could be served. And the ready one...


Not only roasted pork, a row of roasted chickens hanging there...


About 12:15pm, the boss was ready to serve the long waiting customers that already filled up the restaurant. Since we arrived third (I guess), our orders came to the table instantly while others were drooling at us...


The signature roasted pork...


And the char siew 叉烧 or barbecued port...


Thumbs up for both dishes we ordered!!

The serving was kinda small, I also did not order many 'cause I would end up be the one to finish everything on the table. You'd know, that is something a guy should be aware of when going out with chicks. Definitely I will bring another 2 babitarian guys along with me. I am 200% certain they will like it as much as I do!

A side note. Look at what's on the wall...


Donation amounted more than RM65,000 for charity by the boss. Salute.

This is the location. You can also find it in MFM or MSM map...


Click to enlarge.