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A month…

Wow…I have survived a month at work…
And then I read about this on Zewt’s blog…
I only got 2+ years left liddat?
Die lah…
(No pun intended.)
But so far,I don’t think I’m overexhauting myself…but I can’t say what’s gonna happen these coming months…
We had a meeting this morning (the first one after I joined the firm) and among the agenda spelled out for us were “peak period”, “May, June, July” and “overtime” in the same sentence!
From what I hear from my seniors at the firm, overtime is till 8pm everyday during peak period…Gosh!
(wonder if overtime got extra pay…)
Fortunately,my leave for convocation end of May has already been approved. (I applied for that the first week I joined the firm. LOL.) and then there’s Gawai leave and Agong’s birthday which are public hols so that should be a breather…
Let’s hope that it won’t be so bad…
On a lighter note, the meeting was quite a giggle fest…
Big Boss: Peak period…bla bla…lots of holiday that time…bla bla….Gawai, Agong Birthday…bla bla…
Newbie: Not anymore.
Big Boss: What?
Newbie: No more holiday for Agong birthday.
Big Boss: Why?
Newbie: Got new agong maa…
Big Boss: So?
Newbie: So that holiday for previous Agong birthday lah…so now, no more.
Big Boss: No lah. 2nd June is always holiday for Agong birthday, no matter who the Agong…that is Public birthday, personal birthday different. Same thing, TYT Birthday always in (August/Sept/Oct?-I forgot,hehe)…no matter who the TYT…
Newbie: Oh.
*Giggle fest*
Well, staff at the firm is 99% female maa…what did you expect?
Oh, just to make it clear, that newbie wasn’t me, it was the other newbie…=)

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What's the Udang behind THIS mee?

I don’t know about you guys…but I find it hard to trust strangers to approach you and offer you some too-good-to-be-true deal with no strings attached…
Yesterday, while waiting for my ride home, some guy came up to me and asked:
He: “Excuse me, do you work here?”
*alarms ringing in my head*
Run away…run away…don’t talk to strangers!

Me: “Yeah.” (hesistantly)
He: “Which firm?”
I pointed to the office door.
He: “Oh…Is it [a] legal [firm]?
Me: “No, accounts.”
He: “Oh…do you know anyone with IT background looking for job? I’m looking for an assistant. I’m a remisier.”
Me: “Oh? Remisier?”
He: “Yeah, my office is just over there. HwangDBS.”
Points to a building somewhere that is not exactly in sight.
Me: “What kind of assistant you looking for? To do what actually? Software?”
He: “No, just some key-in and…”
Me: “Data entry lah?”
He: “Yea, liddat lah.”
Me: “Then don’t need IT knowledge lah…”
He: “At least must know how to use computer lah.”
Me: “I’m sure anyone know that.”
He: “So, you graduate from where?”
Me: “UiTM”
He: “Oh…so how long have you been working here?”
Me: “Just started actually.”
He: “Oh? I see…you know how much graduates are looking to be paid when working?”
Me: “Don’t know wo..”
He: “Yea,well how much they pay you?”
Me: “Less than 1.”
He: “Really ah? Well, usually liddat lah if you work for people. You not interested in working for yourself? That’ll be good.”
Me: “Dunno wo..”
He: “Well, you see, in my field, not a lot of Bumis you know. In my office only one…I see you still young, maybe you’d like to try apply to become a remisier or a paid broker?”
Me: “Wha? Dunno wo..”
He: “Really, it’s goodlah…work for yourself rather than work for people…get paid allowance 1.2…add commission to that…”
Me: “1.2?”
He: “Yeah…and if you got lotsa big clients can earn quite a lot…”
Me: “Yea, but you need a lot of contacts liddat.”
He: “True…but, if you have a few big clients enough oledi to earn up to 5 a month…Maybe if you become remisier and your dad got big big contacts like Alfred Jabu (Deputy Chief Minister (DCM) of Sarawak) ka…so-and-so ka…then sure can lah…but if just kampong kampong only no need lah…”
Soon-to-be Datuk Archibald can or not? ;p
Me: “So what the requirements you people look for?”
He: “Nothing lah…just a degree and then you have to get a license lah…sit for the exam. Not exam lah, just 2 papers only. Then you can oledi join the company and become remisier or paid broker lah..”
Me: “What’s the difference?”
He: “Well, remisier you get paid allowance then you work for yourself, get your own clients and get commission lah. Paid broker are paid salary and work for the company…but me, I don’t want to be paid broker cos I prefer working for myself. Paid broker you know how much you get every month…remisier it all depends on yourself…”
Me: “Oh…”
He: “So you interested? I see you still young you should try work for yourself than work for people lah…we looking for people to join our field this, especially bumis.”
Me: “Dunno wo…so you would be interviewing them?”
He: “No lah…if you interested also, it’s not in my interest. I’m just encouraging people to join us lah. You know, I was a lecturer in UiTM for 15 years before I became a remisier.”
Me: “Really? How come I’ve never seen you?”
He: “I left in 2000. You not yet join?”
Me: “I joined in 2001.”
He: “Yea, I got my license long time ago but had to wait till 2000 to become remisier cos we can only join if got Bumi join…1 Bumi join = 3 of us can join.”
Me: “Oh quota lah?”
He: “Yea…So you waiting for your boyfriend?”
Me: “My brother.”
He: “Oh…no boyfriend yet lah…goodla, focus on career first.”
Me: “Yea.”
He: “I’m actually waiting for my kids this.”
Me: “Oh…tuition?”
There is a school nearby and lotsa people were waiting to fetch their kids.
He: “Yea…got daughter Form 5 and son Form 4.”
Me: “Oh…”
He: “Yea, so that’s why I always tell my daughter, don’t get into any commitments yet la…focus on career first…”
Me: “Yea…”
He: “So anyways, I really have to go now. Feel free to drop by my office sometime or maybe if you’re free, can call me we go out for drink.”
Me: “Right…”
He: “So can give me your number or you want my number or…”
Me: “Give me your number lah.”
He: “Ok, 019…”
Me: “019…and you would be…?”
He: “Better I give you my card lah…”
Me: “Oh, Mr Chin.“
He: “So what’s your number? You don’t call…”
*Miss call*
He: “Oh…and your name…”
Me: “Margret”
He: “Can you make 10,000 doing this [accounts]?”
Me: “I don’t think so…any you can?”
He: “Can…so it was nice meeting you. Feel free to call me or drop by my office lah.”
Me: “Ok…”
*shake hands*
He: “Ok, so see ya!”
Me: “Ok.”
WTF just happened?!
I just gave my number to a stranger?!!!!
*alarms ringing again*
Fortunately, it wasn’t MY number he got…it was my 2nd line which I don’t plan to use for long. *Phew!*
Still, that weird conversation, given the circumstances, got me to thinking…For real ah this guy?
So when I got home and went OL that night I did a little research on the company he said he was from…quite true, they WERE looking for people…I guess still are…and notice the not-so-fine print (in BLUE) at the bottom of the page…Not so subtle huh?
Nevertheless, I still feel that come this stranger out of nowhere and tells me of this “good” opportunity…there’s got to be a catch…what does HE get outta this?
God forbid, I just hope he wasn’t trying to hit on me…
He’s got the money…
Looks? Not so.
But c’mon lah…he’s got to be at least 20 YEARS my senior AND a DAD!
I’m no Siti or Ashton ok?
Gosh…but that offer to go for drinks really bugged me somehow.
Hmmm…well, what do you guys make of all this?

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Subtitles! PLEASE!

That pretty much sums up my whole week – my 2nd week in my new job.
I just realised this week that I was abducted from my world and stucked into a TV series where everyone on the series spoke a language that was alien to me.
And there was no subtitle as my guide!
Being the only non-mandarin speaking one in the office really makes me feel inadequate somehow. I can’t understand a word they’re saying (ok maybe I understand a lil -VERY little) and I don’t dare open my mouth to try and communicate in the language of the majority for fear that although my intention is to say something in mandarin, I’ll most probably open my mouth and say something in cantonese.
Out of all the chinese dialects,I think I can say that I am more farmiliar with the latter. I used to watch these Hong Kong TV series – you know, the one that airs around 6 or 7pm on weeknights, starring the likes of Ekin Cheng and Aaron Kwok etc. – so I could fairly manouevre myself with basic everyday cantonese like cho san, yam cha, choi kin, tauche, sifu, etc etc. (Sorry if the spelling wrong. I don’t claim to be good in SPELLING cantonese. Hehe.)
But here in Kuching, Hokkien is the dialect one should farmiliarise with. Again, another dialect which I have absolutely NO farmiliarity with. Which leads us to Mandarin…that should be the building block if I’m ever gonna be able to speak chinese.
Being multilingual has its advantages. Not to mention it’s Cool! Imagine being able to say: “Hi, I’m Mar. And I can speak 47 languages. Nice to meet you.”
Why 47? I dunno. That number just popped up. Hehe.
My point is, since life will NEVER EVER provide us with subtitles (no matter how DESPERATELY we may need it sometimes)…we’ll just have to make our own – by starting from scratch.
And I AM starting from scratch…I have made it a challenge for myself that by this time next month, I should AT LEAST be able to listen and speak mandarin. Can I do it? I sure hope so! I appointed May, Bong and Arch as my personal coaches. I have the best lao she on my side…I shouldn’t go wrong. Dui bu dui? ;p
But until then, “I’m Mar. And I wish I can speak 47 languages. Nice to meet you!”

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Newbie. Me?

Working life…
So far, its tiring for sure…but an interesting experience and quite invaluable (and I’ve just been working for 4 days!)
Day 1: Newbie(s)
Arrived punctually, got assigned to my “place” in the office and was supplied with stationery and all the admin thingy – staff info, docs, etc. I tried to get a general picture of what I’d actually be doing in this job by asking questions and observing the others…
Apparently I wasn’t the only newbie. There was another girl with me. Only difference is, she had “previous experience”, I didn’t. Being newbies, the two of us “hooked up” for lunch.
After lunch, started my 1st lesson: Vouching. (For those with non-accounting background, that means to check whether the client’s, i.e the company being audited, information stated in their accounts matched what actually happened by digging up receipts of any docs that prove that that transaction really happened.)
Day 2: Still new
Again, did vouching the whole day but this time it’s to vouch client’s inventory, debtors and creditors. (Yesterday was vouching expenses) During lunch, the other newbie (let’s call her D) went to the nearest company bank to open our “staff” bank account.
Day 3: Made a new “acquaintance”
Didn’t go out for lunch cos I brought some sandwiches from home. But after lunch,I had my first stock-take (count client inventory) with a senior colleague (let’s call her J). And guess where the stock-take was…
A pig farm.
Yup, “YB turun padang”…hehe…but we didn’t count the “livestock” laa…just the other non-living stock (pig feed, medicine(didn’t know they had that!), office supplies, etc.). And throughout the “assignment”, got to know J a lil better. Oh yes, she dropped me back home after we were done too.
Day 4: Oh. So. Tired.
Yes people…tiring job but I don’t mind (much) cos it’s quite interesting. But then again, starting from scratch, EVERYTHING and EVERYDAY is a new experience. Hehe. But I am quite relieved that tomorrow (Good Friday!) I can rest (and go Mass of course.) BTW,I’m working this Saturday though.
There, just a recap of my worklife so far. Now, on a more personal note:
As you guys can see, this blog isn’t fully operational (yet)…I’m still “building up” the blog, piece by piece. One “piece” in particular is my “About” page…
See…I don’t really know what to put in it…(I’m not vain maa..hehe)…so,why dontcha guys help me out?
Just post some questions/anything you guys wanna know about yours truly and I’ll put the answers up in the “About” page…how’s that sound?
Personally,I think that’ll be best cos after what Arch asked me that day,I find that people can ask questions that you never saw coming! Hehe…
*Note: Questions asked will be screened and will only be anwered if deemed suitable. Terms and conditions apply.*

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Poisson d'avril

That’s French for “April’s Fish”.
Yup,the 1st of April…perfect day to start a new blog.Finding my way around isn’t so simple afterall.
(Looks like I’m April’s Fool today…hmmm…)
Anyways, the story about “April’s Fish”…
It was just something I read in today’s paper…the origins of the April Fool “culture”…
In summary, something about how the French used to celebrate New Year around end of March-2nd April then one dude (who had the power of course) introduced the modern day calendar which celebrates new year on 1st January…as we do today. So anyways,back then they didn’t have the internet and news got around real slow so there was still some people who celebrated new year on 1st April…thus being called “April’s Fool” and bla bla bla…
(Read the paper if wanna know about the history of behind April’s Fool…I couldn’t care less actually. Heheh..)
What I am interested about is about the pranks/practical jokes ppl pull for the sake of the “April’s Fool” culture…now there’s something worth blogging about…
Have you ever been “punk’d” on April’s Fool? Do share all the glossy details…who? how? what? How’d you feel?
I can’t remember ever being the victim of the day…*thank God*
So am I the prankster you ask?
Well…not really…I was more of an innocent bystander as the pranks unravelled before my eyes….
I was in high school at that time…Form 4 or 5…
See, my class was divided pretty much equally in girl:guy ratio. The girls were the “brains” and the guys were mostly there as the “eye candy” and “troublemakers”…although there were a few who could actually cut some slack in class. (No offence, my dear readers of the opposite sex. ;-p)
So anyways…it was 1st April and the guys, being the troublemakers they were, decided to pull a prank on one of our teachers…
They took the over-white over-chalked boardduster and started to “dust” the teacher’s chair till it was snowy white…
And then they went back to their seats and waited…
The rest of us “innocent bystanders” had just been sitting in our seats all this while, watching the guys “prepare” their ultimate prank…personally,I didn’t like it. But I didn’t do anything about it either….
And in walks the teacher….
What happened?
The craziest thing actually!
I guess what happened next was so traumatic I blocked it out….
HONEST, I have no idea what happened that day…
But I have the vague feeling that one of the following MIGHT have happened:
1. The teacher sat down and after discovering the prank (innocent as it may be) turned “incredible hulk” on us (and wiped out my memory in the process).
2. The “innocent bystanders” couldn’t sit by and watch anymore and got up and replaced the chair…thus foiling the prank and registering no memories for me.
3. …anything could have happened…
REALLY…no April Fool here ppl…I HONESTLY don’t remember anything.
(Maybe May can shed some light on that event…hmm..)
So, what was YOUR most memorable April Fool prank, be it victim or prankster?
I got this sms today:
“The job will start soon. If free,go to our office in X Building or at Spg X, Xth Floor. Rgstr urself in the X System use SPM result”
It was from a contact in a department in the state govt. It was a data entry job…a contract-basis actually.
And it pays an extra RM100 than the job that I’m starting tomorrow…Heh.
“When it rains,it pours…”