Jul 22, 2016

ARTWORKS UPDATE 2016

have always experimenting what I can do best with a pen and a paper.

Too bad, it is seasonal-basis! I wish I could get ideas and inspiration everyday. So I could transmit what is going on in my mind to my sketchbook, just like that! *petik jari














Mar 12, 2016

TONY ROMA'S = RM10?

Everything is so expensive these days. Everyone is going mad about this skyrocketing price of every single thing in Malaysia. I have to save lot of money and cut off my monthly budget allocation for 'makan sedap' like I used to (since I spent quite a lot on food). I'm good, like come on, what's life without some struggles here and there?

If you want to save money and still satisfy your hyena's throat and tummy with good food at the same damn time, I would like to suggest Tony Roma's. We all know that Tony Roma's is a top-rated fine dining restaurant and the minimum budget for 1 person (food+drink) is RM70 +GST. However, do you know that you can have Tony Roma's with only RM10? YES.
 
 


I can't remember what is this because I only had this twice. The portion is too big for me. It is pasta with tomato puree and cheddar cheese.


Pasta with Grilled Chicken Breast. This one is a little bit spicy.



This one is Roasted Chicken with Mashed Potato & Smoked Vegetables. Personally, this is my favourite, please go try it now it tastes really good.

If I wasn't mistaken, there are 12 types of dishes and I have tried most of them but forgot to snap pictures because of too hungry! To me, it is really cheap, like only RM10! You can have 2-3 plates at one time without feeling guilty about it, seriously. Alaa the foods outside there pun nasi + lauk + air pun RM10 what.
 
BUT, there is a but ok. The promotion is only available on weekdays 3pm to 6pm. It is not available during other hours, weekends or public holidays. The reason why I can go there quite frequently because I finished work at 3pm everyday, but I don't know about you.





Feb 10, 2016

RIP ACNES (HOPEFULLY..)

never really wanted to be one of those who spent a lot for appearence. Especially skincare! Then, one day, I looked into the mirror & thought to myself

"DAMN YOU LOOK LIKE SHIT LATELY"

I haven't used any skincare product since the last six months. I have to admit, I have trust issues with all the skincare products in drugstores. My skin condition is not that bad, I have a little scars here and there with some acnes. But still, instead of trying new products based on people's opinion or reference, I decided to go to specialist for consultation. I promised myself that I must be working and earning every month before I settled down purchasing any skincare product. I was in a dilemma at first, should I really spend so much on it? Is it really worthit?
 
I feel like wasting la, then how? But then I came to think about all of my money that I have spent on toys, foods, movie tickets, ok I shouldn't berkira dengan muka sendiri. Pendek kata, memang plan nak beli yang berbaloi terus la.

started to search for the best solution for my skin problems. Planned to go for some real specialists but since I was on a very tight budget, I better calm my own tits this time. Went to The Face Shop, Etude House and Skinfood but all of them were not convincing enough.


Finally, I went to Kiehl's at Pavilion, they did some oil and acne test on my face, presented the products to use and quoted the price for all.



RM200+ for two skincare products is quite EXPENSIVE! Gulp! But since it lasts for another 6 months, I think it is quite ok.

I don't know, since I was earning, I tend to pay more attention on how I look, lately. I don't know whether it is a part of growing up or I'm just literally in a culture shock state! 

Ye la, baru dapat kerja tetap, baru dapat merasa gaji bulan bulan.. Hehehe.

Nov 20, 2015

THE STRUGGLE IS REAL!



AUGUST
I just finished with my degree on July 2015 but the graduation will be held on May 2016! I don't even know why it takes that long, like I really don't give a damn no more that time for graduation. It has been a month since I finished my internship and I'm still jobless now!

I have been attending a lot of interviews since past few months. Yes, the title of the post describes my feelings right now! I am mad confuse on how to start my career projection. A lot of things running on my head, like should I go for:

1. Permanent position. 
It is really hard to get an interview for a permanent position (at least for a fresh graduate like me). With the bad economy in our country, most companies cut off their budget allocation for hiring new staff. So, the competition among fresh graduates is getting higher. Consider yourself lucky if you already secured yourself with a permanent position in a company.

2. Graduate program.
This is the perfect platform for fresh graduate, in my opinion. I have been attending a lot of interviews for graduate program since past few months. Graduate program is also known as graduate trainee, management associates program, future leader program, young graduate program and many other names that sound similar. Basically, the objective of the program is to provide proper coaching and on-the-job training for the selected graduates in order to get them prepared for the specialization of particular job scope.

3. SL1M
SL1M or Skim Latihan 1 Malaysia is an initiative by the government to reduce jobless graduates and (at the same time) expose them to the real working environment. SL1M usually takes about 4 months, 8 months to 1 year depends on the companies. SL1M is highly recommended because I heard a lot of my friends straightly hired by the company after they finished SL1M.

I don't care what people say. I don't want to know either. I constantly heard "Jangan memilih kerja sangat, Kerja je apa yang ada". I have spent years and thousands for my studies and you tell me there's no option for me? It depends on individuals actually. As for me, I prefer to find something that would be an remarkable add-up to my career development because I want everything to be fast and on-the-track. I feel like time just stopped being nice to me There are many jobs out there! To find a job is easy, but to find a job that suits your interest and qualification is really hard. Of course nothing worth having comes easily but the hardships to get what you want is a journey worth taking.  
SEPTEMBER
After a month of wandering around going to interviews here and there, finally on September, I got hired by a banking institution which is United Overseas Bank (UOB) under the Customer Service department. I really had fun working in UOB. I have learned a lot about banking products and services . I also gained some experience in dealing with customers, which I can say my weakness because I hate meeting people! Then after two months, I quit because I received better offer.

NOVEMBER
Now, I'm with an insurance company called American International Assurance, which is also known as AIA. The reasons why I go for AIA are:

The position offered is related to my studies. 
It is so hard to find a job that is related to my field of studies. Not to say the job is 100% what I have been studying but at least I can picture the idea of what the job is all about. I would be stupid if I decline the offer!

The location is nearer. 
It is located in Cyberjaya, which is only 20 minutes from my house. I have been commuting to KL by KTM and LRT since my internship days in PETRONAS and also UOB. Both located in Jalan Ampang and Jalan Tun Razak. I have spent a lot money (and time) on public transport.

The working hour is 5.30am to 2.30pm. 
I know right! No people! No traffic jam! I usually went to work at 5am and the highway is my motherfucking highway! No car at all!

They pay higher compared to my previous job.
I don't know about you but salary is something that I really emphasize when it comes to work. I need a job that can pay all the bills!

I have been waiting months for this opportunity. Don't get me wrong, I/m still far from success. It's just I can feel that I have found my base, solid starting point for my career development, at least. I have seen a lot of my friends who have been working now, all the best for the new life! Those who haven't found the path yet, please be patience because good things always waiting for the one who keeps waiting. 

Nov 8, 2015

I'M AWAKE NOW!

I just want you to know that Mindbuggling is still alive. I will always be your Blogger Boy hihihi

Aug 11, 2015

ISLAND ESCAPE : REDANG

THIS IS A VERY LONG POST. SCROLL DOWN UNTIL YOU FINISHED READING OR DON'T SCROLL AT ALL.

A good friend of mine, Irfa Sharafina is an aqua freak. She loves everything about water and that includes island. Whenever we went to lepak, she always told me about her majestic obsession towards island, especially Redang Island. Things got funny no more when my friend from the same circle, Izzul Syafiq is really into the sea as well. I have been listening to their excitement for more than a year. To be truth, island is never really my place to begin with because I can't swim, I hate salt water and I do not want to get my skin burned. However, a part of me was telling me to try, to go on something I have never experienced before. Well, I will try everything once, if I like it I will do it again. I decided to go.

I spent about RM450 for everything. I met two new friends, Joe and Nana. Things were kinda awkward with them at first because they were both related to Izzul and they knew each other for a very long time already, I just met them like 2 hours? However, it is impressing how fast all of us got along.

I slept all they way from KL to Terengganu. So, if you ask me 'how was the journey?', I may not know how to answer it. I felt like sleeping for 10 minutes and the next minute I was at Terengganu already.

First, we went to Joe's house in Losong, Terengganu. I have never been to Terengganu before if I wasn't mistaken. We arrived at 6am and we went straight to a stall to have nasi lemak. Unfortunately, all nasi lemak were all sold out. I was like, damn these people had their breakfast sooo early! We had Nasi Kuning instead and it was good.

DAY 1


On the first day, we went to sight-seeing at Kuala Terengganu. It is a very calm place at the first sight, like the whole thing is so different compared to the place I came from. 


Shortly after that, we went to Pantai Teluk Ketapang. We had a tea time at a restaurant where everybody calls it Sotong Celup Tepung. It was so crowded with people, I don't know maybe because of the variety of cheap seafood like squids, crabs, prawns and fishes. 

We were spending the night at Joe's place. His family was very welcoming. They pampered us with good foods, good foods and good foods. I couldn't be more thankful for all of it.

DAY 2
I woke up late and got scolded by Izzul. We had a quick breakfast. We thanked Joe's family for everything, they were being really nice to us. It took us about 40 minutes to arrive at Merang. Parked the car. Headed to jetty. Waited for the ferry.


I was so excited at this moment. It has been a while since the last ferry I took, which is in Penang, 10 years ago! 


This is my escaping-reality-for-awhile photo and I like it sooo much.


After about 40 minutes, we were so close to the island. The water just turned from dark blue to turquoise. We arrived at the beautiful Redang Island. Don't tell anyone, this is my first time of experiencing crystal-clear water and turqoise color sea shore island. I waited months for this!

What is this place! We checked in the room to put all the bags. I felt sleepy but since the resort management decided to cut off the electricity during daytime, I better go out.


Ok let's move on to the next picture..


This is my savior here. I'm not a good swimmer. Oh wait, I can't swim at all actually. There were so many times I felt death is a step closer without a life jacket on!

We went to snorkeling after that. The place is called Marine Park. It's like a whole different world to me since I have never been snorkeling before.

There were sooo many sea creatures down there!

Izzul was like a fucking mermaid I hate him. He was like flying here and there effortlessly and I hate him even more. I was like, is he an Aquaman or what? 

Then, I went out of the sea. I felt so dizzy like I was about to vomit my stomach out. Then, I realized that I got seasick. Wow, it was my first seasick ever! And I'm sooo happy that I got seasick! I didn't take photos that night because my phone ran out of battery life. We were having dinner, laughing, feeling tired and sleeping. It was a very good first day, hmm not bad for a first day since most of my first days in life are just a series of total turn-offs.

DAY 3


I woke up with a bad news. Joe's leaving us. He got to go to work at Penang if I wasn't mistaken. Joe, I know you're reading this - I don't know if we ever meet again, I just want to say thank you sooo much for everything. 

Since Joe's not around and Irfa was busy with her Rescue license, we all got along fine with our ownselves at the island.


This is the view from the highest peak of the island. Yes, we climbed up here to see the panoramic view and I'm so glad we did.

What I like about my island escape is I really feel like it was an escape. It is pretty lonely here, it's like only you and the nature! 

This is one of many normal views at the island. Sometimes, I sat on the beach and thought to myself about life. Then I got fucked up and...

Boom!


To be honest, I really enjoyed myself being alone at the island. It's very therapeutic I would say. I've said this and I'm about to say it again, it was calming the fuck out of me! 

During the night, all of us went to the jetty to get some line connections! It was really really dark, I can't even capture any photo that night. It's saddening because the best part of this journey happened tonight! We were lying down, turning on some Coldplays, stargazing everything in the sky *damn the sky by the beach was motherfucking majestic! It's like it has been photoshopped or something! Then, Irfa, Izzul and Nana were singing HAPPY BIRTHDAY song, I was like, siapa punya birthday? They were looking at me, eh mine next week la! Then I found out it was a pre-birthday celebration! They were scattering A LOT of green and yellow glow-in-the-dark powder along the jetty! How I wished I could capture the moment, I was almost in tears because it was absolutely one of the the best birthdays I have ever had in my life! Then, I realized that I'm so glad I didn't stand any chance to take photos or videos because it is something that I should keep in my heart. 

It's getting late. We were tired but before we went to sleep, we promised to ourselves to get up early next morning to take one last swim in the island. But guess what? We still woke up late! By the time I woke up, the ferry was already there in the jetty to fetch all of us up! A bit disappointed because time flies tremendously fast when you are happy. Nevermind, I had fun for the past few days, a fun that I have never felt before. 

And that's how my journey ended. It has been a year now but everything is still fresh in my mind. Probably the most exciting escape I have ever had. Enjoying every bit of life with beautiful people in a very beautiful place, I couldn't ask for more. Of course I'm looking forward to the next island escape! 



RUMAH SIAPA ADA LEMANG & RENDANG LAGI?

Hi. I almost forgot to wish you Selamat Hari Raya! Damn, it's nearly the end of Raya already. Just like you, I have been attending a lot of open-houses for the past few weeks. The best thing about Raya season would be FOOD, ketupat, lemang, rendang, dodol, lontong, soto, segala jenis nasi and they are all FREE! 

So what is your favorite Raya dishes? Mine would be Lemang & Rendang Ayam! I just can't stop myself from over-eating it. I think I have gained 5kgs already hahaha! The sad thing is both lemang and rendang were only there during the first & second week of Raya. Then, it disappeared! Now, I'm starving!

Rumah siapa ada lemang dengan rendang lagi, cepat bagitahu. Aku nak datang beraya ni! 


Selamat Hari Raya semua. Sorry lambat post sebab lama sangat simpan dalam Draft,lupa nak tekan Publish!

Aug 2, 2015

HOW TO PRONOUNCE HIGH-END FASHION TERMS?


I decided to write this because I just finished watching The Devil Wears Prada. Yes, I just watched it. Too late, I know I was about 10 years late. It was a very great movie, so to those who haven't watched it, you know what to do. Based on the movie, I realized that I (and MOST people around me) have been pronouncing some high-end fashion brands WRONG. 

Most (I think ALL!) of the brand's words are derived from French and Italian which make them even harder for us to pronounce. For your information, I did my own research by YouTubing and surfing several webpages. It's really fun actually, I don't even know 80% of the brands below but for the enrichment of my general knowledge, why not?

Shall we start? Ok. Pronounce those words loudly.

Anna Sui: anna swee

Ann Demeulemeester: ann de-mule-eh-meester

Azzedine Alaia: azz-eh-deen ah-lie-ah

Badgley Mischka: badge-lee meesh-kah

Balenciaga: bah-len-see-ah-gah

Balmain: bahl-mahhhhn

Boglioli: bo-lee-oh-lee
Bottega Veneta: bow-tay-guh vah-netta 

Bvlgari: buhl-gah-ree

Chanel: sha-nel

Christian Lacroix: christian luh-kwa

Christian Louboutin: christian loo-boo-tan

Comme des Garçons: comb dey gah-sown

Dolce & Gabbana: dol-chey and gab-ana

Dries Van Noten: drees van know-ten

Ermenegildo Zegna: er-men-a-geel-do zen-ya
Gareth Pugh: gareth pew

Giambattista Valli: gee-am-bah-tease-ta vah-lee

Gianfranco Ferre: gee-ahn-franco feh-ray

Givenchy: zjee-von-shee

Gucci: goo-chee

Guy Laroche: ghee la-roash
Hermès: er-mez

Hervé Léger: air-vay lay-jah

Hussein Chalayan: hoo-sane sha-lion

Issey Miyake: iss-ee mee-yah-key

Jean Paul Gaultier: zhon paul go-tee-ay

Junya Watanabe: jun-yah wat-an-ah-bey

Kinder Aggugini: kinder ag-ooh-gee-nee

Lanvin: lahn-vahn

Loewe: loh-wev-eh

Louis Vuitton: loo-wee vwee-tahn

L'Wren Scott: la-ren scott

Maison Martin Margiela: may-sohn martin mar-jhell-ah

Marchesa: mar-kay-sah

Mary Katrantzou: mary cat-trant-zoo

Miu Miu: mew-mew

Monique Lhuillier: monique le-hu-lee-ay

Moschino: mos-key-no

Olivier Theyskens: oh-liv-ee-ay tay-skins

Proenza Schouler: pro-en-zuh skool-er

Rochas: row-shahs

Rodarte: row-dar-tay

Roksanda Ilincic: roksanda ill-in-chik

Salvatore Ferragamo: sal-vah-tor-re fer-ra-gah-moh

Sonia Rykiel: sewn-yah ree-key-el

Thakoon: tah-koon

Versace: vur-sah-chee

Yves Saint Laurent: eve san lau-ron

Yohji Yamamoto: yoh-jee yam-ah-mo-to

Jul 20, 2015

INTERNSHIP - DOS & DONTS

Hi. I just finished my industrial training in PETRONAS last few weeks. Yeah, I kinda miss the place right now, seriously. Time flies like really really really fast. Damn, the first time I wrote this blog is when I was about to sit for SPM and now I am done with my degree already!

OK, cut the crap. Let me get this shit straight. I saw a lot of friends who have been busy preparing themselves for internship/practical training/industrial training. You might agree or disagree with what I'm about to say but I don't really care,period. Ain't nobody got time to be a hero or a fucking saint here, my advises are free, take it or leave it. Based on my five-months experience and observation, I have studied about what you should and shouldn't do.

Let's just start what you should do



Greet your colleagues with "Hi, good morning!" 
You should try to greet all of the staffs with a simple good morning, every single day. It is a very good starting for the day, seriously. I have tried it and it worked really well. Trust me, they will greet you back and if you're lucky, you will get a wink! Remember, it has to be you who started it first. 

Be nice to everyone.
As cliche' as it sounds, it is dropdead important for you to be as friendly as you can with all the staffs, including the tea ladies and the cleaners. Get bubbly a bit, smile a lot. Who knows your smile could light up someone's day. Besides, it is important for you to build your own networking starting from your internship days, so, be nice! 

Never say never to any task given.
You will encounter shitloads of new things in life, including tasks that you never knew about. You will be like, "Apa benda ni sial?" Do not say no to every task you have been assigned for. Be a Yesman for once in your life. Be it making 1 billion dollar business deal proposal or scanning your boss's MC, shut up and just do it. If it is way difficult, it is better to take your time and ask for guidance. 



What about the things you should not do?




Cocky son of a bitch
We all know that you are in top-rated sector such as oil & gas companies or banking institutions. We all know you are proud of yourself got accepted there. It's like, who doesn't? Good for you. But, being too proud of yourself is a bit nonsense. Checking in and out every single morning, telling the universe how lucky you are when your big boss is treating you nasi goreng, updating your Day 1, 2, 3 publicly like fuck, your university provide you an internship daily journal, update it there! Remember, you are just an intern, a fucking underpaid temporary staff!

Yenta
Yenta is a Hebrew word for suka semak hal orang. Politics in workplace is a common thing where backstabbing, condemning and provoking take their places. Don't ever involve yourself in whatever conflicts and issues that happened between two or more parties. It's better for you to take no side. Sometimes, they just want to let it out and it's good if you can be a good listener for once.You just got there, you don't even know those people entirely. So, it's better if you be a neutralist.

Tweet, tweet &  tweet
To me, the stupidest act I have ever seen would be tweeting mad shits about whatever that is related to your job and company. That is just way too low life, man. I mean, you're like 23, 24 something and that's the way you address your dissatisfaction? By tweeting? Don't maki your boss kat twitter over internal matter.. pegi cari kawan, lepak mamak, then bitch about your boss sampai pagi. Don't tweet. Kenapa nak suruh semua orang tahu? 

That's all from me, people. I hope I can share a lot of other tips but unfortunately five months is a very very very short period. If you have any other tips to share, please drop it on the comment section below this post, so everyone could benefit from it as well. To those interns, all the best in undergoing your internship days! 


Mar 16, 2015

THE PROMISING YEAR

Hi. It has been a while. I see no people read blog anymore these days. I don't care, I'm just going to write like no one's business. 

I just started my internship about two weeks ago. I actually applied for Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB) and I got the offer letter. I really wanted to go for PNB because it was my first choice. Then, PETRONAS gave a last minute call for internship, then I got mad confused. I don't even deserve to be in this dilemma but then I felt like going to PETRONAS. 

I'm studying Record Management. You know, the one who controls the movement of paper-based documents in the department. At first, I thought I have to deal with mountains of papers that need to be arranged appropriately according to certain standards. But then, I was placed at Office of Chief Integrity Officer department. I don't have any idea what my department is all about. However, my heart told me I need to grab this life-time opportunity (not for you, but it is, for me).

It has been two weeks now. I have learned a lot, especially about my department. Basically, the department of Office of Chief Integrity Officer (CIO) is merging with Malaysian Anti Corruption Commitee (MACC) or Suruhanjaya Pencegah Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) to promote anti-corruption campaign among PETRONAS employees and vendors. I have to get used to commute here and there since most events were conducted outside my workplace. I am doing a lot of clerical and dispatch works, I am an internship student, what do you expect? Hahaha. These are my tasks throughout this 6 months:

  • Design an electronic record system for private & confidential records
  • Design an electronic record system for the secretary of department
  • Write an article and have it published on PETRONAS website
  • Conduct PETRONAS Vendor Integrity Program (PVIP), which is a monthly event
  • Updating annual department budgeting
  • Edit department poster and distribute it throughout all departments and levels
  • Design event brochure
  • Prepare slideshows & videos to be presented at the event

This is the view from my level. I love it even more because I'm so into skylines!

My office is at Level 46 in Tower 1. My supervisor, executives and managers, including the director and her driver are being sooo nice to me. Besides, I met so many new friends in my level and other levels as well. I don't know but I feel that they are very friendly and welcoming. 

And I kinda like my new life. Go to work, finish work, go back and sleep. It's tiring since I travel to my workplace by train but now I'm used to it already. I finished work at 6pm and usually I didn't go straight back home because the train stations were sooo packed with people. I chilled out for an hour or two, smoking, drinking coffees, watching movies, window shopping with my friends at Suria KLCC, Avenue K or Nu Sentral. It's so therapeutic!

I feel bad reading some of my friends tweeting that they are not enjoying their internship days because I fucking enjoy mine!