Culture – and a bit of anything else

During the training in Thailand, there was a point when I was placed in a room with three other Muslimah.  It was in Koh Chang or Island of Elephant. We stayed in a beautiful community resort – The Salakphet. My room mates were from Indonesia, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

 Farhana (Bangladesh) and Kusma (Indonesia) are happily married while Marvi and I are still single. Marvi was the kind of doing her own business, I think there were only few times in that two weeks that she would come and have full conversation with us.  Apart from us, there were another 5  ladies from various countries during the course. All of us got along well, except for Marvi.

During the stay (we stay there for a night), Farhana was asking me on why I am still single and all. I wouldn’t mind the conversation because at that time we could be already considered as close friends… Farhana kept on telling me the benefit of being married etc (like I don’t know… hahaa) but we just had that chit chat while waiting for the turn to use the bathroom.

Suddenly, Marvi came and told us… “I am also single” We were shocked, because a) she’s pretty and b) she’s quite older than most of us.

I was saying to Farhana, that in my country, if anybody ask me about these, I would classify them as nosy… hehehe. That was when Marvi chirped in and said “I am also single…. and yes, in my country… this could be considered as nosy as well”

Farhana quickly apologized and she was like.. “I am so sorry Aisha… I don’t know” I was like, nah, it’s okay.

Marvi then proceeded to tell us that as she has been working for too long (and ehem own quite some money) she doesn’t believe in men and I think at some point she was about to tell us that she thinks men are after her money. Hmmm. She said she doesn’t like to talk about the salary, about her work and about her singleness.

Oh, anyway, I don’t think she really likes talking pun. HAHA. Seriously when we were having dinner and laughing she would slowly got up and excused herself. Maybe she thought that we were a bit childish to be in her social circle.  (She even left the Whatsapps Group).

LOVELY
Marvi (Pakistan), Jisha (India), Thinley (Bhutan), me, Shahid (Pakistan) and Noorullah (Afghanistan)
FRIENDS FOREVER
Uncle(Afghanistan), Kit (Laos), Pema (Bhutan), Mazhar (Bangladesh), Mary (PNG), Randeni (Sri Lanka) and Swarti (India)
FOREVER
Farhana (Bangladesh), Fikry (Maldives), Kusma (Indonesia), Brian (Indonesia), Tin (Myanmmar), Masitha (Sri Lanka) and Rahim (Malaysia)

These were the groups for our transportation. We moved all over the place in 3 vans. So the vans were called – Lovely, Friends, Forever.

Nice eh.

The course was such a fun one. It was on eco-tourism! Tourism! We went to different part of Thailand in those 15 days together. Bangkok, Pattaya, Koh Chang, Samaesarn Island, Chantaburi, Chonburi… Hmm.

Okaylah, that’s all for now. Have a great day!

 

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The new division

Takdelah new sangat pun, I masuk sini since my first week in KPLB (was KKLW). I started here on 30th Oct 2017, almost 6 months now.  I don’t have much to say, I guess the expectation is understandable, I have the long list of tasks and  I understand there are also additional clerical work I have to monitor, holding one of the senior posts here.

The environment is manageable, although there are times that I couldn’t get to understand and have big whys on a few instructions, behaviour and manners but, anyway… I think it’s still manageable and I am hoping that by time, I would be able to mitigate things better here.

Anyway, today boss was such in a good mood, and had advised me in such a good way (compared to usual blast hehe) regarding my works.

Some of the staffs had been asking me a lot of things about my view on boss, since there’s a bit of heated statements from boss in the office group whatsapps, boss was mad at me on some miscommunication mishaps.  I was shocked too by the incident but anyway, I tried my best to reflect things, and looked at the things from my boss’s view – I could understand that there’s something about boss’s ego – her pride and her trust in us – and somehow I got to understand why she had behave in such a way so, there, I just apologized and wishing that I would act better if I were in her situation. Anyway, all is good now, and that incident taught me to take more attention in my work and I have to be more prepared.  Miscommunication is something that we can avoid, actually, kan?

I saw the Last Word, a movie with Shirley Mclaine and Amanda Seyfried in it. The most positive thing I could learn from the movie is, sometime the shouting, or harsh words came from people that trust us, believe in our potential and expect more from us, because sometimes we couldn’t even see our own potential.

Perhaps, next time when boss is mad at me (or at you) – take it that it’s a disappointment of seeing that we didn’t live up to their potential, that we didn’t even see our own potential.

Anyway, that’s just my thought for time being, maybe it will change. But here, our pre-raya shoot. Can’t believe it’s 10 more days (or less) to raya.

raya bpud

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Berbuka di Masjid, first time for me

Hari Sabtu lepas, I keluar dengan Jujue, after Zuhur macam tu, pergi rumah Datuk R (my ex-boss) yang dah bersara, pergi hantar barang, Datuk kirim bekas kotak tisu yang lacey tu masa I pergi kursus di Thailand awal bulan ari tu.

Lepas lepak sejam macam tu kat rumah Datuk, I gi Metropoint, main bowling. Kebetulan ada promo, RM18 for 3 games. Okaylah tu, RM6/game. Sunyi je lanes… tapi belah kiri dan kanan I ada orang tapi dua-dua pun jenis yang main baling je. Kalau ikut rules, kalau orang sebelah kita tengah nak baling, kita kena hold. I memang pegang rule yang ni. I ingat dulu masa zaman I mula-mula main boling, I baca rule ni, dia tampal dekat meja kat lane kita tu. Masa tu kat Mines. About 15 years ago kot. Tapi sekarang ni, takde dah rules macam ni diletak mana-mana.  Bukanlah nak kata hebat mana pun, tapi menganggulah jugak.

Okay, habis pasal bowling, then we shot to Cyber, cadangannya nak solat di Masjid Cyber yang best tu, and then fikir nak makan kat mana, and then balik to the Masjid untuk solat terawih.  Sekali dah setel solat Asar, dah dekat pukul 6, both Jujue and I takleh decide nak makan kat mana. Tengok orang dah duk distribute makanan and dah ada tikar bentang siap-siap untuk tujuan berbuka. Lastly we both decided to break fast there. HAHA. Senang juga. Lepak lah sikit kat Masjid tu, aman je. Baca-baca quran. HUHU.

Berbuka makan nasi tomato dengan ayam masak merah and ada macam-macam kuih orang letak. Ada air panas free, kat vending machine. Tekan je nak air apa… ada white coffee, koko and teh tarik. I plan nak bayar, siap bawak duit lagi sebab RM1 je pun. Sekali budak tu kata, tekan je. Alhamdulillah, kenyang berbuka hari tu and paling best dapat solat maghrib, isyak and terawih berjemaah.

I rasa kalau I pergi sorang-sorang pun takde orang kisah. Semua orang buat hal masing-masing. Rasa macam nak pergi lagi je. Stay dari asar sampai habis terawih. (Kat Cyber dia buat 20 rakaat). I buat 8 je… lepas tu cepat-cepat gi belakang sebab tok imam dia pantas sangat.

 

The new YBM

YBM baru

After the general election on 9th May 2018, it’s widely known that Malaysia has entered a new era. New Prime Minister (his 2nd time serving though), the most respected Tun M. Today, our office welcomed a new YBM. I certainly am hoping for a more positive and cheery environment, while trying to live up to Tun’s famous motto “bersih, cekap, amanah”.

I learned that amanah is word long before the word integrity is used in the Malaysian’s governance. I like word amanah more, because it’s more specific than integrity though the latter sound so hip. But that’s just me.

Anyway, this post is just for my reminder on the arrival and the start of new direction, hopefully a changed and firmer one.

 

 

Puasa dah kita

Assalamualaikum!

Hi semua… (ada lagi ke yang baca… haha) Now, writing here is just for my own record… mostly.

Anyway, it’s already May and we have just started our fasting month, Ramadan few days ago. How’s it going with you guys? For me, alhamdulillah so far. Just this morning I wasn’t awake for sahur. Hmmm.

Rasanya semua orang ada kenangan kan masa puasa, especially masa kecil2 dulu? Masa gi terawih, masa curi-curi minum air paip hahaha. I pernah tu. Tak tau kenapa air paip tu rasa sedap sangatlah. Pastu masa I darjah 2 I sekolah petang, pagi I gi awal rumah kawan I and minum2 air kat rumah dia, lepas tu gi sekolah, balik rumah, masih puasa katanya. Tak tau berapa hari buat macam tu tapi harap-harap tak selalu lah. Sebab tahun tu arwah mak kata kalau puasa lebih 15 hari dapat RM15 kot? HIHI.

Kalau terawih paling diingati kat surau baru tempat kerja ayah, sebab jumpa ramai geng haha. Memang tak terawih sangat la, lebih banyak gossip rasanya dengan rakan sebaya.

Dulu-dulu rasanya kami jaranglah dapat pergi pasar Ramadan sebab mak ayah both kerja and adik2 pun ramai, takut ada yang hilang nanti tengah-tengah kesesakan tu. Tapi arwah ma always masak sedap2 pun so tak kisah sangat. Tapi ayah selalu belikan murtabak lah. Rasanya jarang sangat berbuka without murtabak. Sampai masa first time berpuasa di asrama tu rasa sedih sebab takde murtabak haha. Kenangan. Sekarang ni, seriously I beli nasi sebungkus ja terus rasa ok dah, tak payah nak beria sangat.

I masih tak faham konsep buffet tu jugak.

Sekarang I dah malas nak keluar berbuka kat luar tu, bukan sebab apa, sebab malas nak bersesak di surau lepas tu. (Alasan kan, sebenarnya sebab dah tua).  Lagi pun geng2 ramai dah kawin, sikit-sikit je tinggal yang single dan sudi nak berbuka bersama. HAHA, anyway, as I said earlier, I found it easier to just buy juadah dari kedai yang memang I tahu tahap masakan dia supaya takdelah kecewa bila berbuka. Setakat ni I beli nasi di Boat Noodle, Wong Solo and semalam nasi ayam kat rumah tu. Sabtu lepas I buka dengan adik2 I di Restoran Cili Pauh di Wangsa Walk, sedap. Tu pun kami keluar selepas solat maghrib.

Apa kenangan puasa you all? Apa-apa pun, I nak ucapkan selamat menunaikan ibadah puasa, dan zakat. InsyaAllah, semoga kita semua mendapat keberkatan pada bulan yang mulia ini.

🙂

 

 

I don’t like it

I don’t know how to say it, but I think I don’t really like my new position. I am not sure why. Oh, wait, of course I know, I just can’t put it down here.

Basically, I find it hard to work with people who doesn’t share my value and our understanding towards the same jobs are different. It’s hard, I guess that is the hardest part of having to work with teammates with different values and ethics. Should I say ethics? It seems like such a heavy word.

I believe that I understand my work, who will be benefited from my work, and how I am supposed to work with others to ensure the objectives are met. Unfortunately they are easier said (written) than done. I forget to take into consideration of the challenges that I might be facing in doing the work.

  • People – the first factor – the real beneficiaries, the ones who make things work and succeed, sometimes I become a challenge for myself too. Oh, have I shared with you that I don’t even have an assistant except for a clerk in my unit? It’s a real challenge!
  • Time – really a few people who really manages their time well. Who are you kidding?
  • Value – I believe I know what are my primary tasks and what are the supporting ones – not, not everyone share this view with me.

Okay.

On other note;

  • I always try to look at the kind things people have done, no matter how much they despised me;
  • My enrich is now back to blue due to the lack numbers of travelling this year.

Have a good April everyone.

Funny

Argh, I was planning to go buy a cute pair of sandals (no, didn’t get the cute one, just a practical one) when the news about the election was aired and distributed through the social media. I have whatsapps, twitter and fb as well as ig so the amount of negative words are actually quite overwhelming.

I said funny because

  • some already bought the air tickets on the date they predicted and now they blame government for having to bear additional fee for date changes etc;
  • some are mad it’s on Wednesday – I was like, what is the fuss? Might be the case that their employers won’t let some people go cast vote – it’d surely happen, Malaysians are everything;
  • and there are some people who came out with lots of theory about the competing parties;
  • etc

For me, I would of course plan a trip back home to vote, but as for now, I have already registered to attend a course that would start on 24th April to 9th May out of Malaysia – not sure it’d be approved but… if I could, I would ask to be dismissed one day earlier so that I could make a trip back home.

Five years ago, I was in Brunei one day before the election day – I was there for a meeting – and then I drove home alone from KUL-Krai. I could see the same thing being repeated.

Anyway – please go out to vote, especially those with such a vocal voice on social media. May the best leader wins! 🙂

 

p.s : Primavera is having buy 2 @RM129 and I got my raya shoes sorted~ 🙂