Reflection of 2012

Wow. 2 years! I have broken my self imposed tradition of updating my new year summary for the first time. I thought the 2010's article was quite memorable. It brought smiles when I read them.

I contemplated for a while, whether is it even necessary to reflect on the year. Facebook does it pretty well, having sum up key events, flavour with pictures and comments quite accurately.  Yet, it felt strange, when your life's milestone is defined by computer algorithm.

2012 is unique in a way, as it has presented me with numerous opportunity to meet new people, and also say sad good byes. Without further ado, here goes the memoirs:

January 2012

 The year begin with the conclusion of my first property search, where I have decided to buy 38 Bidara, Bukit Bintang. It wasn't a new, nor a spectacular building, but its one that I felt quite homely.

February 2012

This will be the 2nd CNY I will be celebrating since I joined the bank. A year ago, I came in knowing nothing about banking. By a stroke of luck, I had the job I didn't know I wanted which turns out to be amazing experience.

For a job well done, I was rewarded with a Lion Dance.. in my very own room!!

For a job well done, I was rewarded with a Lion Dance.. in my very own room!! The best reward, is of course, the wonderful people I met in throughout my tenor in Kuantan, both customers, colleagues and friends. 

Little did I know, this will be my CNY with this group of people.

March 2012

The highlight of the year, and possibly the most memorable event in my banking career, is the one month - Group Graduate Development Program in UK.

 1 month is long enough to shed tears during farewell.

Here the Malaysian Resident Management Trainee of Batch 2011 #1. In wonder how many of us will remain  few years down the road.

April 2012

With the end of GGDP, I embarked the much dreamt Euro-trip. Just to make it more thrilling, I decide to travel solo, joining a random group of ppl for a budget tour.

In the most unconventional fashion, an African, two Britz, one Indian, and a Malaysian chinese, stuck together for 2 weeks.. throwing random parties, and even had a sleepover together. (weirdest thing to do when everyone averages around 30 years old).

10 countries, 11 cities later,  I had to leave the tour early to rejoin the rest of the Malaysia RMT in Paris before heading back home. They got me a calender with everyone signature/message. Awwwwwwwwww

My 6 weeks in UK/Europe leave me with bitter post-GGDP-depression for the next few months.

May 2012

Launched an online website with my secondary school friends from Kajang, but didnt quite work out. My part was quite a small portion, but I did learn a fair bit from this experience. 

On the career side, things seems to be looking good. Graduated again with a Certified Credit Professional (among the few person in the bank to obtain in the fastest duration possible (less than one year), and the first person to be certified in the East Coast Region)

 June/July 2012

4 weeks of back to back HSBC event.

1) Department trip to Tioman.

2) CSR event in Cherating for the orphans. 

 3) HSBC inter region Rugby game in conjunction with our sponsor for the Asian 5 Rugby Championship. Tackled the CEO to the ground and still survived in the company to tell about it.

4) Organized HSBC Kuantan Sports Club Family Day at Impiana Resort, Cherating.  

August 2012

Another new additional to the family. This time, a jealous one, evident from the picture since day 1.

and I passed my Open Water Course. Certified OWC Diver.

 have not dived since...... shame...

September 2012. 

Happiest Mid Autumn Festival celebration.. ever. We flew the big lanterns (Hong Min Tang?) to the skies, while watching a few of them crash into our neighbours house.

Made a random 13 hour drive, after a happy hour session on Friday evening, to Penang. Never again.

October 2012

This should be a big thing. Except it doesn't feel like it. I am promoted to be a manager in Mentakab/Raub/Bentong, carrying a fancy title of Vice President. There were mixed feeling about taking this offer, though taking up this call is something that I won't regret. 

3 weeks into the job, I left for a short vacation. Made a visit Indonesia, Jakarta, for the first time. Their malls makes our looks backward, though their traffic jam are much worst than I have ever imagined it could beOctober 2012

November 2012

While I'm on a visit spree with the next stop being a local one, Sg Lembing. A decent hike of 1 hour after another hour long bumpy trip by 4 wheel drive, we arrive at the infamous Rainbow Waterfall. Will definitely be visiting this place again in the future.

December 2012

Attended 3 weddings in this month alone : Kok Leong, Joanne and Nicole. Gave a short speech in cantonese for the first time during Nicoles wedding.

And with that, the year ended with a blink of an eye. It seems this year have been pretty much defined by meeting new people, travel, work related social events, and ppl getting married. 

So, 2013 came with a colourful bang, as Sarah and I sat by Marina Bay Sands, hoping the new year can bring fresh challenges and excitement

HSBC Sports Club Family Dinner.

Everyone else bought their family there. Being the youngest staff in that branch, and family-less, I felt like I should put myself out for adoption. The commercial banking of Kuantan branch became part of my family, at least for the next half a year.


and the weirdest thing that happen that night? I won the best dress award! Jeez.


Its been great so far.

I already feel like a king. Arrived and checked in at a hotel way above my expectation. My stay here for 21 days cost them around 3-4k.

Working was not too bad. I'm so grateful that I took accounts back in secondary school. Now I'm looking at them on a daily basis. It's nice to have access to all the company records. So don't piss me off. I can check if your are borrowing money from anybody. Lol.

Going to meet the CEO and Director tomorrow. Yay.

Reflections of 2010

Wow! Another decade. It was a long while since 2000, where the worries were about Y2k and 1st day at secondary school. Today presents different challenges; my first day in a new company, meeting day to day's need and also searching for a goal, direction and perspective.

As it was customary to reflect what I have done the the year before; I find it more important that ever, that I write it all out today since I have left almost every significant event of 2010 out of my blog this year. So here to summarize the year filled with trips, milestones and memories.

January - the beginning of the end (of uni life)
It was a great way to usher in a new year with someone special.

and a budget trip to Cameron Highlands with Muharram, Ting Ting and Sarah. This trip turns out to be the most cost effective and one of the trips I really really enjoyed.  Definitely going to come back here again sometime this year.

February - the holiday fever continues
Chinese New Year was celebrated with a trip to Langkawi with my bros, playing 007, small fish big fish till 4am in the morning.

March - my baby.
It grew 1 year older. The 2nd Malaysia Debate Open was remembered as one of the best regional debate tournament of that year, thanks to the awesome organizing team led by Arun and Sarah.

Also, there's a new baby that came to our family.

April - Thermoaccoustic Laminar Flow Engine.
The last stage of my Final Year Project. Somehow, I managed to crap my way though a A-, a journal entry and a lecture in Taiwan with a silly research on thermoaccoustic engine.

May - Mechanical Class of 2010
The final month for MMU's Mechanical Student was a nightmare due to a sudden revelation by our administration that they left out an core subject in our syllabus. So we had 3 days to study for one of the hardest paper in our course. But it also because of this issue, our people in our class got pretty close to prepare for this problem together.

It also turns out to be less disastrous for me as I was the one of the two lucky ones who pass the paper on first attempt (out of 148 students). With that done, my holiday/debate trip for 2 months began. First stop, the All Asians University Debating Championship in Bangkok, follow by a 3 week tour to Amphawa, Krabi, Phi Phi Island and Phuket.

June - Aussie, oy oy oy!!

Had my first skiing experience in Melbourne with Nick. Turns out that I didn't fall as much as I expected. Had 5 successful runs (definition of successful remain subjective) on Mt Buller without breaking my leg

and a great side trip to Ballarat, town of gold mining with Ching Yee, Sebastian, Nick and Alva without any success of finding gold.

Just before I left Australia for New Zealand, I played had my first golf session for this year with my uncle (first of many this year) and his porche. (unfortunately, still the first and only so far).

July - NZ, the city of sheep.. bekkkkk..

Made ESL Finals in Australs, and spoke about politics in a cathedral. (blasphemous)

We droved 300km down south to Rotorua where we had dip in the hot spring at night (where the temperature is at 2 degree Celsius), trespassed someone's lake house and took random pictures with cows at the road side.

And with this final trip, my working life as a Tunnel Engineer in Taiping begins.

August - Merdeka!!
Officially now a graduate with a First Class Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Thank you MMU. You suck! :)

The only thing academic left is my lecture presentation at the WSEAS Conference for Heat, Thermal, Energy and Environment in Taiwan. I arrived there on 19th August at 11.30pm, with nowhere to go, no hotel room book and no friends. Not being able to read in Chinese nor speak Mandarin well, I wandered alone for the next 3 hours in search of the cheapest budget hotel to spend the night. 

Thankfully, the rest of the days was much better. After my conference, I dragged the guests in my hostel (8 of them) to a club, and we partied at downtown till 4am.

Coming back home, Sarah and I had a quiet independence day celebration at Penang and Taiping.

September - Surprise surprise!
Had my first surprised birthday party!! With all the thambi, puki and minum. Bros and hoes for life :)

October - Tunnel Breakthroughs
It was THE month for the Tunnel Team of this Electrified Double Track Project. A major progress was made with our tunnel breakthrough of the left bore on beginning of October and right bore on the end of November. I was lucky enough experience it despite working for a mere 3 months then.

Heck, we were even on all the major newspaper in Malaysia. Forever proud that we have contributed and played a direct role in Malaysia's infrastructure development.

November 2010 - Kingdom of Far Far Away
... is actually not very far away at all. It's just down south, in the Universal Studio of Singapore. 

It really felt like we left earth and went into a fairy tale land. Singapore does seems to have everything better. Damm.

December - Season of Joy and Happiness.
I never had a job interview before prior to the HSBC's. So it was quite a blessing that I received the job offer, on my first attempt, at a field that I am absolutely clueless about. 

Still dwelling in confusion, I suddenly realized that it was Christmas, resigned from my job, and welcomed new year without making any resolutions. It was an abrupt end, maybe perhaps due to the fact that I really didn't see it coming. That 1st January of 2011 is today.

 Looking back on all the things I went through, I really wondered, did so many things happen in just one year? 

Thank you 2010, I hope 2011 will be equally kind. 

Convocation in 3 days time.

Throughout the first week, I really enjoyed my working here. Sure, things could have been better, like friendly colleagues but the environment here is already far better than my previous internships. My routine work for now is to go to site and learn all the construction methods while study all the drawings and paperwork in the office.

I'll be placed on 12 hours shift from next week onwards. Sounds tough and tiring. I dreaded that fact but will take it as an opportunity to learn more. (After all, I did went to work on Sunday even when it's my off day).

And in 3 days time, I will be officially graduated :) Yay. Going to begin a new chapter of life.


Today is officially my first day working as a full fledge engineer in Gamuda.  I have spent much of the last 2 week whining about the fact that I’ll be placed far away again, this time in Taiping; a town in the middle north of Perak.  A town without big shopping malls and popular franchises.  A town of laid back lifestyle, with Sunday activities meant picnic at a part. A town that I fell in love at first sight.
Except for the fact that its more than 3 hours drive from home and I have not known a single living soul here, this is an ideal place that I always had in mind (albeit to retire, not to work/live).  The town reminds you of those nice outskirts in the western countries.

I brought my family around the area for 2 days. We visited the Night Safari and Maxwell Hill. The view on top of the hill is quite pleasing. The ride however was not. I nearly vomited during the 20 minute rides up the hill on the jeep.

I started my first day at work today. Will blog about it soon. Freaking tired. Snores.

Ballarat, old town of gold.

Will you rent a car in a foreign country, drive 2 hours away, pay over a 100 ringgit for entrance fee just to enter into a old cowboy ghost town?

Logic and sense have deserted me when I did exactly just that. On 24th of June, I arrive at the old gold mine of Ballarat, the Sovereign Hill. 

Fine. It wasn't completely deserted. It is after all, a major tourist attraction for those who go to Melbourne. And since it's the first time I entered a gold mine, it was fairly exciting... in a way.

I get to pan for gold, in the cold (rhymes). And I got nothing. :(

After panning for 15 minutes, I looked as stupid as this sheep.

There isn't awfully much to see at Sovereign Hill. I wouldnt really recommend people to go especially if you have very little time to spare. Of course, when you're like me who's there for the 3rd time with nothing on my schedule, then you can perhaps consider place.

The one thing I found fairly interesting what gold. (duh). There's this session where you get to see them pour molten gold and form it into a bar.

And guess how much that bar's worth. 144 000 Aud Dollar!!!!!! For such a small thing. And I had a rare opportunity to hold it for a minute. (with a gun pointed very closely to me.)

Maybe.... it will be more fun if I steal it and run away with the typical horse cart. Reenact an old cowboy gold robbery.

That should add some life to this boring old gold mine.

This space is my simple escape from the harsh reality. Expect lots of random rants and whining apart from the daily reporting of things going I`m going through.

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