Thursday, June 19, 2008

work sucks

At least for now!

Well.. I didn't win the Nuffnang game, but it's ok.. I'm sure the dinner wasn't that great *sourgrapes* Hehe.. I'll try their other contests, keep trying and trying and I'll surely win one day!

I've been feeling rather lost and depressed lately.. lost the directions of my life, depressed for feeling lost. I no longer feel motivated to work already. Over and over again, the company has made empty promises to us. They said we should wait till June when we did not receive any yearly bonus or increment beginning of this year. They said they're working on some incentive plan for us after that. Now come July, what other excuses will they give?

I see more and more colleagues leave the company. Many people ask why don't we leave too? What's there to hold on to when a company doesn't appreciate their staffs? I do not have an answer to them. Maybe deep down I do believe what the company promise, maybe I do feel that there's a future here, or maybe I am waiting to see them give us something in return of expecting us to be 110% committed to our company!

We are always told to not calculate with the company and that staying back as often as possible shows that you are very committed. I don't think so! I do not stay back do not mean that I am not committed to my job. They who stay back every day may mean they are either one: overload or two: not productive.

Ha Ha!

Sien.. I know, if you expect a higher pay, then you should expect to work even more, your work responsibility will be higher. But this is my blog, so I should be able to say what I think. It should be ok that I say I expect lots of money and I don't want to work extra hard! I want to be rich when I wake up in the morning and go shopping, go spa, go manicure, go learn what I am interested in. and most importantly, NOT GO TO WORK!

Although, this is reality, and reality means you gotta work to get paid. You gotta get paid to go shopping. And when you work, you might feel it's a waste of money to go for spas and manicures, so you do them yourselves. And because you earn peanuts, DIY manicures are what you can only afford! And when you do everything yourself, you won't have time to do other things that you are interested in, like blog. So when you don't have the time to blog, you miss the opportunity to earn extra cash from what your blog can actually do for you! Example Nuffnang. So all of these actually go round and round, it's a cycle! So at the end of the day, the chances of being rich (aside from getting promoted and getting your yearly increment, which let's not talk about again) is so darn difficult!

Damn, you tell me how not to feel la being in my shoes now!

I'm so tired now, and I'm in Yi-Shen's office helping him coz his company has some exhibition to participate in tomorrow.. 赚钱难啊!

Monday, June 09, 2008

My second trip to Bangkok

My recent trip to Bangkok was quite good. I did feel the loneliness when Carrot, Chuah and me first arrived the airport – they were two love birds and I’m all alone! Without Yi-Shen who was supposed to go with me... but only remembered that he has more important work commitments!

Our flight to Bangkok was delayed and we arrived at almost 3am Thai time, which is our 4am. The rest of the gang took an earlier flight. We took a taxi for 500B to the hotel I found online – Take A Nap. The pictures on their website looked good, and the rooms were quite cheap, so we thought why not. I booked their 7 pax dorm, intended for 4 of us lah. Manatau, when we arrived the room, Devon wasn't in the room!

After many calls, we found out that she checked into a double room. Went to look for her and after discussing, we decided that since it is already 4am, we will all pack in that room for the night and see how things go the next day. I slept on the floor, the comforter was my bed.

The next day, Dex convinced us to move to the normal hotel that he always stays coz apparently, e-ve-ry-thing is within reach there. A double room costs 1700B... sure la... (Dex is rich mah)..

The Palazzo's lobby

We had a look at the rooms at The Palazzo and found that the room is quite big, and most importantly, the bed is even bigger than a king sized bed. So we didn’t have to order an extra bed – save 500B per night.

But of course, when four adults sleep on one bed, don’t expect much room to turn here and there la! In fact, you can’t turn around lor.. but for all 4 nights there, we had no trouble sleeping as everyone is drop dead tired after all the shopping aka walking.

There's free breakfast for 2 every morning too, I went for it once only.. Sleep is much more important to me!

There's a 7 Eleven right opposite the hotel too, and they sell nice food like sandwiches, dim sum & sausages that you can grab for a quick bite

First Day
We went to Platinum Mall, which I didn't know about the last time I went with mum and Li. This is an air-conditioned shopping mall that sells wholesale fashion items. There are so many shops, but not too many till you can't finish shopping la.. It is very much more comfortable to shop here as it's not as packed and humid and can't-breathe as Chatuchak.

Here at Platinum Mall, you must at least buy 3 items from a shop then only you get wholesale price. If not, they will tell you a 1-piece price, which is always not (so) worth it.

First day 收获, not too much things bought

When you're at Bangkok, a 300B top is considered expensive! As things are already quite cheap, you don't have to haggle much here coz it is more or less like you are wasting time to shop for more things. Plus they very seldom will lower the price more here; at least that's what I think.

One of my favourite Thai dish - Pad Thai. I always add alot lime juice, chilli powder and vege!

and of course Tom Yam!!!

We had lunch at Carrefour's food court and dinner at Platinum's food court. I like their coconut shake!

By the way, Robinsons, Carrefour, Tesco are all bear our hotel. By near I mean at least 15 minutes walk to the nearest which is Carrefour. You can't walk to Tesco I think... never tried and didn't want to!

There's a midnight market nearby too in an area called Huay Kwang, also where the MRT station is. This midnight market is supposed to be for those who work at night. Like pole dancers, they finish work late mah, so all normal shops are closed by the time they finish work. We went to a salon at 12 midnight on our last night at Bangkok. I washed and curled my hair, the rest did mani and pedi. The shop closes at 5am.

Thai people are so lucky, they can get their nails drawn so nicely and it costs around 200B only!

We went to the famous Suan Lum night bazaar – total disappointment. Nothing much there lorr.. they have a very big area for food and there was a live band. We ate a little and walked around their shops a little and went back.

I think Dex did mention that booze are cheap there, maybe that's why it’s famous, I don’t know.

Second Day
Chatuchak weekend market

I insisted in bringing my luggage bag with rollers with me coz I know I won't regret doing so! Indeed it was a very wise choice. You buy so many things and have to carry them all + walk so much. I've experienced it the last time and I've learnt my lesson.

I finally tried their noodles in pink soup – called yen ta foo if I remember correctly. Taste normal nia..

Thai Jack Sparrow, which i think did a good job imitating

Yummy Ovaltine drink - sold at only 10bht!

I didn't buy much at Chatuchak this time, don't know why. I actually didn't buy any clothing for myself here.. so disappointing.. Bought things like clutches, belts, floor mats, and colourful weaved baskets.

Some random photos we took on their MRT

See me in the picture?

Huai Khwang is the station near our hotel

We had dinner at Som Bon, a restaurant filled with Japanese. Apparently Japan's PM likes the restaurant and they had pictures of him visiting the restaurant. I won't show the pictures of food we had there, coz there's nothing to shout about really.

After a whole day of walking, this is the DIY foot spa I had in the room - apply Counter Pain on your legs, put your legs up for at least 10 minutes

Third Day
MBK area

Bought 2 pairs of jeans and guess what? They are skinny jeans! Hehe... surprisingly they look good la okay? After MBK we went to Siam Paragon which was totally boring! Things are so expensive there. Bought a Wacoal bra though.. won't tell you the size but Yi-Shen said my boobs aren't that big and the bra don’t fit. What does he know about bras? Hergh! Like very expert lidat...

At night, Devon and me followed Dex to experience Thai Clubbing. We sat at their open aired area coz they wanted to smoke, the place was so normal that our friend fell asleep for so long!! Haha!

Entrance to the club, very tight security. They actually checked on everyone's identification (for us it's our passport) upon entering. And I got the security to smile for me to take his picture, but it's too blurred to show you guys here.

Fourth Day
Pratunam, Platinum Mall again, and Carrefour

Pratunam is opposite Platinum but it has no air-cond. Things here is super-duper cheap! But all cannot try yeah.

We left Pratunam very fast and went to Platinum coz Dex gets impatient very fast so most of the time he goes back first. Or go to more expensive places =D

Dinner at Oishi was so normal. Jap food in Thailand, what do you expect?

Last Day
Before leaving for the airport, we had time to go to Robinsons for lunch and last minute shopping. Lunch at Yum Suup – food was served very fast and taste good too.

We actually planned to go to The Grand Palace geh.. but no one managed to wake up this morning coz we slept at 4 something the night before.

Bangkok Airport

My luggage weighed an extra kilo but luckily I wasn't fined.

So overall, I enjoyed my trip. It would be even more enjoyable if YS, my mum or my sis went together.

Felt that I didn’t buy that many things after unpacking. =D but I spent all my money brought there!

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Fishing My Way To Made Of Honour

I will win invitations to Hong Leong Online in collaboration with Buena Vista Columbia Tristar's exquisite 8 course dinner at JW Marriott KL and the movie premiere of Made of Honour right after the dinner!! You know why? Coz it will be my birthday present from Yi-Shen!

Heheh, to be precise, Nuffnang sent me the update on their events and this time around, we Nuffnangers have to play this game and get the highest scored we can possible, and win invitations to the event. SO, I requested for my birthday present lah..

After sending my request for quite some time, I didn't see anyone in the house playing any fishing game, so I started to hint.. and the hints became very obvious and eventually.. there was some not-so-good chi mingling around the house. *sulk*

Then, last night, I was surprised with the screen shot on my PC desktop! Hehee... I know this sounds lame.. but Yi-Shen did play the game but he didn't want to tell me about it.. Haiyah! waste my energy stomping my legs!

Although the total catch isn't an A+, I'm still happy and we'll see if we win the invitations lah! * cross fingers *