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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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~ 🙂

From the blue tinted office

Hi, I have to create new password since I have changed my blogging device. Now I had to get familiar with the new pc and keyboard at the new office. 🙂

First, the view.

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Nice, isn’t it? That is the road I take everyday to the office by the way

The work – the tasks

Lucky enough, this new division is – newly restructured and the post is vacant for almost a year before I came in. There’s a good list of tasks and for all I know, I think this post is interesting. But it’s only my second week here so, keep on reading this blog in the future to know more. 🙂

So far, I have attended few meetings and I am still learning about this ministry, the functions of the divisions as well as the agencies.

The environment

This place is bigger than my previous workplace and it’s impossible to know everyone by the name. I think if I am lucky I would be able to remember their divisions. HAHA. But as I have observed, my division works and operates like a family. Everyone is warm and kind. I feel like I am the least friendly here. 😛

So far, that would be all. I’ll update more in near future.

Have a good weekend everyone!

Oh, by the way! It’s my 11th year blogging with WordPress.com! 

Cheers!!!

The grass maybe greener

My mock farewell email

It has been more than 12 years since my first posting, which was to JKJR. It felt like I’ve been in MOT forever as we used to share the building, the D5.

In this recent years, I had always been labelled as “otai”, “legend” or the heaviest – expert. I carry those labels with me most of the time. I felt like there’s a little bit of MOT in every thing in me. Something like that.

But with those years came a lot of responsibilities. Sometimes the duty calls exceed the working hours, but to me, to serve in MOT is my pride and joy. I do it with open heart, this is the place where I learned, I laughed, I cried and most importantly it is where I made a lot of friends. Facebook was introduced during these years, maybe that’s why. 🙂

I planned to say a lot of things. But nah, the ideas had gone away as soon as I hit the keyboard.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that has made my work seems like play, and my responsibilities seem like a walk in the park (not). I wonder if I will ever meet such a team, but it depends on me really. I believe that there were times that my actions was a tad too catty too – for those, I apologise.

I wish everyone best of luck, it was an honor to work (and play) with you guys! Surely, gonna miss Warga MOT a lot! 12 years is not a short time!

Ermm… now, when do I hit the “send” button?

Busy

Hi there,

  • It was a busy week for me, last week. Maybe this week too.
  • My brothers and my father were here last week for my 7th brother, E, convocation.
  • My 4th brother, Faiz was here too last Sunday – he had some course to attend at his HQ in Jalan Ampang
  • I was in KL from Thursday to Sunday – was a participant/secretariat for a world congress
  • Before staying at the accomodation – I was running (driving) from home to KL and back for like everyday from Monday – Wednesday and in between entertaining my guests (family) who stayed at my home.
  • The congress was a success, I really hoped that all of people involved had a great time.
  • I think I love my job.

Have a great week ahead! 🙂

Bebel lagi, I kan suka bebel…

Tapi rupanya ada orang yang lagi suka bebel! HAHA.

No, malas nak cerita pasal orang, clever girls don’t talk about other people. Instead, we talk about perception. Adeh. Bolehlah kan labu.

Case 1 : Breakfast apa pagi ni?

Oh well, it’s not that I don’t appreciate your thoughts, but I don’t think I like being asked about this kind of things. Alamak, jahat tak kalau marah orang tanya I macam tu. Or adakah itu faktor umur? Teringat pula pakcik I pernah cakap, kalau SMS setakat nak tanya “dah makan ke?” Tak payahlah! Membazir katanya. Tapi tu dulu, masa kos satu sms ialah RM0.20, sekarang ni pakai apps dah tak rasa kredit habis for satu satu text, kan? Tapi masalahnya, (no, it’s not really a problem) orang yang tanya I tu lagi tua dari I. Takde kerja ke dia? Mungkin sebab dia boss kot? Or mungkin itu salah satu small talk? Tapi takkanlah terjadi hari-hari. If you have nothing to talk about, please don’t talk, boleh? Oh, cerewetnya I!

Case 2 : Nak orang macam I! 

I selalu rasa I adalah seorang yang balance. Gitu (perasan, biasalah) so I was like, hmmm if I want someone, I want it to be just like me. Hmmm. Tapi Ted dan Robin kata (or was it Barney and Robin, or maybe Lily and Marshall – belasah) katanya kalau dua-dua awesome (ehem!) nanti susah jugak! Like, hmmm I peninglah! I selalu terfikir, if I didn’t get a reply from this one, perhaps it was because I also didn’t reply someone else’s text. You see that one I hoped would reply my text, was just like me! He didn’t reply because he was like, meh… malas. Did I send a trivial text, like “dah makan ke?” hahaha. Funny! Kena sebijik kan? Nope I would text nothing important, like “hmmmm” – this is only if we got along very well and we understood each other lah. But hmmm… entahlah. I pun tak faham. But I concluded that I am a bit complicated so I hope for someone that is much more simpler but at the same time, could conclude things for me. I have so many questions, I think – don’t you think so? I hope my significant other (if there’s one) would be able to solve these questions like – nak makan mana? biru ke merah? whatever lah.

Case 3 : Hormat-menghormati, menjaga hati

Kadang-kadang bila I rasa orang tak hormat I, I would just keep myself quiet and then, would find time to reflect on my behaviour, if I was lucky I would be guided by good people. But most of the times, I would just realized that I was being too kind. (I know, perasan). Tapi ia tidak mustahil kan? I rasa semua orang ada rasa diri mereka patut dihormati, dan dijaga hati. Sebab tu dia berang kalau kita tersalah cakap or anything kita cakap akan sampai di hati dia, menyebabkan dia berperasaan diri dia tak dihormati (I pernah juga rasa) tapi… sebenarnya, if things are not related to us, we could just laugh about it kan, if things were on us/about us, we felt like, eh… what the hell? Oh, I malas nak fikir.

I lupa I selalu cakap macam ni, kalau benda tu sampai directly to u, your name was on that thing, then kita kena fikir, betul ke kita buat benda tu? If tak betul, then kena betulkan. Tapi, kalau kita cuma dengar someone said “tadi Mr A cakap pasal you pasal ni pasal tu, tak puas hati dengan u” tak payahlah nak sentap apa-apa. If betul si Mr A tak puas hati dengan u… biar dia cakap sendiri dengan u. But then, I sendiri pun lupa, okay! next time if tak puas hati dengan orang, teruslah pergi cakap dengan orang tu, okay?

Case 4 : Jangan perasan diri tu baik sangat 

Ye, Aishah… you ingat you tu hebat sangat ke? Entahlah kadang-kadang okay je nak rasa hebat because sometimes we deserve it. Asal tak susahkan orang ikut sukalah kan.

Case 5 : Jangan ingat kita je busy 

Betul tu… especially bila kita buat kerja melibatkan orang ramai. Kita jangan ingat part kita je yang penting, dan kita juga yang banyak kerja. Eh, ke I dah pernah tulis pasal ni? Tu jelah, gist dia, semua orang pun sibuk dan kita kalau tak boleh membantu, jangan menyusahkan. (Ingat tu aishah!)

Sekian dulu bebelan I pada minggu ini! Selamat hujung minggu semua!

 

 

Bebel lagi, macam biasa

Case 1

  • The argument that we had with some people we called friends could somehow led to an awkward situation, I think. Last two weeks one of my friends suddenly blurted out about PM’s visit to US. Apparently she was mad about what she read online; something sceptical on the deals/agreement PM closed with the POTUS. I said to her, don’t just believe what other’s people thought – because all she read was perception/thoughts/points of views from other people. I could understand if she wanted to be mad by looking at the official press statement/notes from the PMO but no, she read the article/summary/studies/perception of others. Plus mostly from the opposition.
  • While I was trying to look from her point of views, I couldn’t do much because I found the article were mostly one-dimensional. When  I tried to invite her to look at the trusted statement e.g from the PMO itself, she refused and changed topic. IDK what to do with this kind of people.
  • And today we planned a day out with the other friends, I was like hmmm(?) I don’t really wanna be around her. HAHA is that not nice?

Case 2

  • End of August, before  I went to Tokyo I had one of my assistant prepared me a draft on an assignment in October. It’s sort of an approval memo that had to go through few layers until we were allowed to do what we wanted to do. To cut the story short, until today the memo is stuck at the third level. We have another two layers to go before everything could be finalised. Something like that.
  • Another assistant (A2) was aware about this and told me that the date is near she’s afraid we couldn’t make it. That I need to rush the third layer boss to approve it. So I was like, I gave that thing a month ago but the unit took it for granted, and now we are all busy, apparently last two week the assistant no. 1 wasn’t in the office, last week it was me out of the office and this week, the assistant no.1 (A1) isn’t around (again). Looks like it was me who will be the one who gets it done anyway.
  • There were few times that I needed to remind myself and my unit (people who report to me) that “we are not the only ones who are busy, we need to work with other (who might be busier than us!) and we have to do within our power/means at our level best”.

Monday (not-so) musing.

All the best everyone! 🙂