Saturday, October 30, 2010

Just For The Cat Lover

Shannon (the secretary) has lost her cat and has asked David (the graphic designer) to help with a lost poster. This is their email correspondence...
Read from top to bottom….

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 9.15am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Poster

I opened the screen door yesterday and my cat got out and has been missing since then so I was wondering if you are not to busy you could make a poster for me. It has to be A4 and I will photocopy it and put it around my suburb this afternoon.

This is the only photo of her I have she answers to the name Missy and is black and white and about 8 months old. missing on Harper street and my phone number.
Thanks Shan.

From:David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 9.26am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Poster

Dear Shannon,
That is shocking news.
Although I have two clients expecting completed work this afternoon, I will, of course, drop everything and do whatever it takes to facilitate the speedy return of Missy.
Regards, David.

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 9.37am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Poster

yeah ok thanks. I know you dont like cats but I am really worried about mine. I have to leave at 1pm today.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.17am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Poster

Dear Shannon,
I never said I don't like cats. Attached poster as requested.
Regards, David.

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.24am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

yeah thats not what I was looking for at all. it looks like a movie and how come the photo of Missy is so small?

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.28am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

Dear Shannon,
It's a design thing. The cat is lost in the negative space.
Regards, David.

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.33am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

Thats just stupid. Can you do it properly please? I am extremely emotional over this and was up all night in tears. you seem to think it is funny. Can you make the photo bigger please and fix the text and do it in colour please. Thanks.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.46am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

Dear Shannon,
Having worked with designers for a few years now, I would have assumed you understood, despite our vague suggestions otherwise, we do not welcome constructive criticism. I don't come downstairs and tell you how to send text messages, log onto Facebook and look out of the window. I have amended and attached the poster as per your instructions.
Regards, David.

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.59am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

This is worse than the other one. can you make it so it shows the whole photo of Missy and delete the stupid text that says missing missy off it? I just want it to say Lost.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 11.14am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 11.21am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

yeah can you do the poster or not? I just want a photo and the word lost and the telephone number and when and where she was lost and her name. Not like a movie poster or anything stupid. I have to leave early today. If it was your cat I would help you. Thanks.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 11.32am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Awww

Dear Shannon,
I don't have a cat. I once agreed to look after a friend's cat for a week but after he dropped it off at my apartment and explained the concept of kitty litter. I have attached the amended version of your poster as per your detailed instructions.
Regards, David.

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 11.47am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Awww

Thats not my cat. where did you get that picture from? That cat is orange. I gave you a photo of my cat.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 11.58am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Awww

I know, but that one is cute. As Missy has quite possibly met any one of several violent ends, it is possible you might get a better cat out of this. If anybody calls and says "I haven't seen your orange cat but I did find a black and white one with its hind legs run over by a car, do you want it?" you can politely decline and save yourself a costly veterinarian bill.
Regards, David.

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.07pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Awww

Please just use the photo I gave you.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.22pm
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.34pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

I didnt say there was a reward. I dont have $2000 dollars. What did you even put that there for? Apart from that it is perfect can you please remove the reward bit. Thanks Shan.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.42pm
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.51pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

Can you just please take the reward bit off altogether? I have to leave in ten minutes and I still have to make photocopies of it.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.56pm
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 1.03pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

Fine. That will have to do.

Min, you do know we are going to hell for this, right? Hehehehee...

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

And That's All Folks!!

Oh. My. God.

Just came back from my last final paper, Accounts. As expected, it was challenging to say the least but at least it's over and done with. Good thing we only had to answer 4 out of 5 questions because there was one question which I had no idea how to answer.

Yesterday we had our OB paper. 3 hours of writing feverishly and my arm was about ready to fall off! I think I did most of the terms right this time, though I hope I did enough with the analysis and elaborations. My OB lecturer is rather strict with her markings but I'm hoping I pull through with an A in the end.

On Monday we had Econs. And boy, was that "fun". For one thing, I forgot my calculator!! I was already searching for a parking space when I remembered I had taken out my calculator to do some last minute studying before heading off for the Uni. Blast!! Good thing I had my handphone with me, tekan la digit kecik2 tu macam loser. Muahahaha...luckily the calculations were rather simple. I rambled on when it came to the essay questions so it's pretty much up in the air with that one.

But, whatever it is, I'm done with my finals. No more staying up until 3am to do assignments. No more last minute studying. I have one week to rest before the whole madness starts again with trimester 2. Wahhhhh.....

Berani Kerana Benar, Takut Sebab Penipu!

Ingat tak aritu aku tulis entri pasal caterer "terbaik" kat melaka yang "menceriakan" majlis kawin adik ipar aku? Ni aku ada dapat komen dari cik anon pasal caterer tu...sila baca.


Anonymous said...
along, u nak tau apa razak cakap pasal u?? i ada member nak kawen this december, so i pun tanya lah preparation cmne.. so dia cite la dah amek catering dari si bingai ni.. So i pun citelah pengalaman i amek catering mangkuk hayun ni. Then my fren tu pun risau lepas i cite kat die, then i tunjukkan blog u as prove ramai lagi yg dah kena tipu.. So my fren un wat report polis sebab risau majlis die jadi cmni.. So lepas buat report polis, dia pegi jumpe di mangkuk hayun razak ni. N razak tnye la nape smpai nak report polis, so my fren tunjuk lah bukti (die print posting u pasal razak ni..), u know ape razak cakap?? Die boleh cakap actually die kenal u.. u catering kat melaka gak yang cube nak jatuhkan bisnes die.. memang terbaik lah razak, dah la servis hampeh menipu lg.. then my fren bg contoh my wedding plak, die boleh ckp i bayar duit xcukup sebab tu die bg servis mcm tu.. Masalahnye balance payment kan after majlis, logik ke x alasan die tu. So, I nak seru kepada semua yang nak kawen tu, jangan amek Razak Catering, kalau xlingkup la majlis korang...

1st of all, aku tulis entri based on apa yang berlaku kat majlis kawin adik ipar aku, bukan sebab aku nak menjatuhkan bisnes orang. Aku tulis sebab geram sangat ngan perangai caterer tu yang lepas tangan dan bagi malu mak abah mertua aku. Bila masa lak aku keje caterer kat melaka? Bila masa Razak tu kenal aku? Jumpa muka pun x pernah. Time kenduri tu kan dia takde...menghilangkan diri. Muahahaha...nampak sangat takde modal.

FYI, bukan anon je yg x bayar habis payment kat malaun ni (orang melaka kan, kita maki pun guna ayat2 melaka la!). Si Razak tu sendiri ngaku kat P-I-L aku, ada pak imam mana ntah, pun tak bayar habis. Beria dok ngata pak imam tu, nama je pak imam, tapi tak tunai janji. Tapi bila pikir balik...patut la pak imam tu x bayar habis, kalau majlis dia rosak macam majlis adik ipar aku dulu. Pak imam tak pak imam....kalau apa yang ko janjikan tak serupa yang aku dapat, sori la nak bagi duit!!

Ni aku tengah risau ni...majlis cousin aku bulan 12 ni ambik ngan caterer ni. Dah terbayar down payment beribu2...tu yg tak sanggup makcik aku nak kensel, eventho dia sendiri pi majlis adik ipar aku and tengok camne harunya keadaan. Tapi Razak tu dah cakap...takyah bayar satu sen pun lagi, sehingga habis kenduri. Konon kenduri cousin aku ni, dia nak tebus malu. Eh, dia pikir malu dia plak? Malu mak abah mertua aku apa cite?

Aku nak tengok..memang aku akan dokumentarikan segala benda yang berlaku kat kenduri cousin aku nanti. Kalau tak betul, aku pun nak soh makcik aku buat report polis jugak. Kepada En. Razak, kalau anda rasa anda benar dan apa yang saya tuliskan ini satu khianat, sila lah saman!! Kita tengok nanti sapa yang benar, sapa yang penipu!!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Finals - 1st Paper

I have my first finals in a little under 4 hours from now. I'm all read out. However, being the skema student that I am, I'm redoing the exercises again for the 4th time. Frustratingly enough, the more I read, the more I feel I don't know stuff. It's driving me crazy!!

It's raining outside which normally would entice me for an afternoon nap. But I'm too wound up to even think about sleeping right now.

Fingers crossed I do ok. Usaha, doa, tawakal. Insya'allah....

Sunday, October 24, 2010


I really should be studying for my finals tomorrow. Need to finish my final group assignment for econs, need to read 3 more chapters for OB, need to start studying for accounts.

Hubby really needs to complete his presentation slides due tomorrow.

Instead, I'm watching SYTYCD on Utube.

Instead, hubby is watching Transformers downstairs.

Memang tak serik la dua2 orang tua ni!!!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Study Leave

I'm on study leave since yesterday until next Wednesday. Can't believe my 1st trimester is almost over. How time flies. I remember when I first stepped into my 1st class, I was so nervous and excited at the same time. I remember scanning the room, looking for a BFF I could hook up with (Hi, Min!) while also checking out any cute guys I could use as distractions when I'm bored (alas...tadak..hehe).

I haven't gotten around to do much studying yet since Daria has been unwell these past few days. She's been having the fever plus she got the cough and flu from Dina, so sleeping has been a problem for both mommy and baby. Yesterday she even threw up a couple of time so I took her to the child specialist for a proper checkup. Her medications cost me RM100 but what's that compared to my baby's health. I'm pleased to announce that today her fever went down considerably and her nose isn't so runny anymore. She still has the cough but I think the phlegm is going away. She doesn't sound like a hacking dog so much when she coughs now.

My parents are in Hanoi right now on their bi-monthly golf trips. I think they're coming back tonight. I know my mom is hoping we'll be coming over this weekend but I really need to do some serious studying for my exams. I'm so freaked out right now, I can't seem to remember any formulas or definitions. I already know my standing grade for OB; B+ which is somewhat of a downer coz I'm really hoping I get an A for that subject. Here's hoping my pair assignment went well, plus I don't panic during finals. I think I'm ok for my Econs but there's just so much to cover for the finals. Accounts....urghh....I need to do a lot of praying for that class. Hahaha.

All in all, it's been an adventurous 4 months. Challenging, to say the least but thanks to the support from my family, my bosses and my staff, I think I did ok.

Here's to the next 5 trimesters. God help me!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Dina: Ibu, I have to color the flags of all the states. Can you help me?

Me: OK, what state are you looking for?

Dina: Negere Sembilang.

Me: You mean, Negeri Sembilan.

Dina: That's what I said. After that is Pulau Pening.

Me: Pinang!!!

Dina: Huh? I also need to know how to color Selawak.

Me: *sigh*

Sunday, October 17, 2010


The weekend after I wrote about my desire for a study table, I went (alone) to Ik.ea to get all the items in my previous post. A personal record, shopping at ik.ea only took me 40 minutes (add 15 minutes for searching for someone to help me place all the heavy items onto the trolley). Total damage: RM7++.

I was actually working that day so I did all my shopping before the event started. Thank you to the Deshman that help me put everything into my tiny myvi. Hehehe...kalau nak harapkan diri sendiri, ada pecah tingkap aku kejekan kot.

The next morning, I had a group discussion. When I got back, this is what I found in the kitchen.
Yaaaaa...En Rashid sudah masuk mood Tim "the toolman" Taylor.
The girls...helping...not so much.
The result. Hehehee...I scattered my books so the place looks "busy". Muahahha..
This is a cool clock. You have the time on one side.
Twist the top to show the alarm.
Twist again for the day and date.
Twist again for the temperature.

Don't ask me where I bought it; I got it for free. Korang tengok sini je la yer...jaki dari jauh. Hehehe..

En Rashid has promised to put an aircon in the room coz it does get rather humid in the afternoons (so close to the windows). As you can see, I place the fan so it cools me off directly in my face. Hah!

OKla, have to continue studying. My finals are in a week. Eeeeekkkkk!!!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Chilean Miracle

I was in tears last night as I watched the Chilean mine workers being rescued from their underground “home” where they had been trapped in for more than 2 months. The faces of the men as they rose to the surface, the jubilant faces of all the rescue workers as one by one the men came up, the happy tears shed by the families and friends…it all just hit me in the gut. I sat on the coach, silent tears running down my face, a stupid grin on my face as I followed the updates on CNN.

This is a true testament of human perseverance. A true test of human strength, not just physically but mentally and spiritually as well.
I’m so glad everything worked out fine and the mine workers are back with their families where they belong.

Here’s to their health and happiness, not forgetting all those involved in the rescue mission. God bless!
Image taken by Hugo Infante / AFP - Getty Images.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Aku tengah sangat bengang dengan sorang budak group OB aku ni. Come on la, dah spend satu hari diskus benda ni Ahad aritu...part ko pun sikit je...sampai sekarang ko tak bagi lagi kat aku untuk compile.

Dah kul berapa dah ni?!! Esok aku keje tau tak...mana sempat aku nak edit ayat2 ko yang tunggang langgang tu nanti!!

Mamat ni dah la tak keje, bujang...apa yang ko sibuk sangat sampai takleh siapkan part ko untuk assignment ni? Aku dah sampai tido kul 2-3 pagi buat assigment ni, tau tak.

Ko ada masalah personal kah? Kucing ko pun ada masalah kah? Masalah gf kah? Cite sket ngan aku, apa yang urgent sangat sampai ko takleh siapkan part ko.

Seriously last time aku buat group ngan bebudak baru grad ni. Sorry to say la...tapi kalau niat ko nak bergroup ngan aku sebab ko harapkan aku nak buat semua keje...ko bleh cium bontot aku dulu!! Next sem ko jangan harap nak satu group ngan aku. Itu pun unless prof yang sedia assignkan group. Itu pun, aku akan personally pi jumpa prof tu minta tukar group. Lantak la...

Yang aku ni pun...apasal menjadi doormat?! Masalahnya, aku ni ambik MBA ni secara serious. Ye ah..satu kelas tu RM1500 ko!! Bukan murah. Takde ke terasa nakkan value education tu at the end of the day? And also, benda ni kan semua bleh apply dalam everyday life ko later on. Belajar betul2 la wei.

Tak tau la kalau ko niat memang nakkan scroll tu je.

Editted: Ok, aku kena admit. Mamat tu dah hantar part dia..and actually it was very nicely done. Ayat lengkap and English pun power. Tapi korang tengok la kul berapa dia hantar part dia..kul 2 pagi!! dah kul 3am, baru habis edit semua benda. Slides tak bikin lagi..uwaaaa...sib baik la ni final presentation utk sem ni. Kalau ada lagi, aku nangis dalam stor je la.

Monday, October 11, 2010

What Level of English Is This?

Look at what I have to work with for my OB assignment. This is part of what my group mates gave me to edit for our final written assignment.

"Reward non- monetary example like XXXXXX awards quarterly basis a year. For employees that go over and above, beyond their job scope. This reward is to helps motivate employees to do more than their scope of work. To get XXXXXX awards staff also has to involve in community projects upholds XX’s good name and image. XX also give token money to that staff (few hundred $) and that staff picture and biodata will be displayed in XX’s lobby it to encourages other employees to perform better."

Apa ni?!!

Is this the level of English that should come from an MBA student?


Coz I think my 8 year old daughter can write better English than this.

Sigh...sabar je la.

Friday, October 08, 2010

Studying Shopping

Since I'm all gung ho about studying, I'm thinking about buying a proper study table. Currently I use the kitchen table, which is rather small, especially when I have my laptop, files and books on it. I've been checking out the new ik.ea catalogue and there are some items I'm interested in getting.I like this desk. It seems big enough (I'm not interested in buying anything bulky) and it has some storage space. The price seems reasonable too.
I'll be needing some storage space for all my files and printouts. This looks nice. Plus it matches the study table I'm planning to get.
I'm not planning on getting a new chair but if the budget is enough (sapa punya budget?...En Rashid kah? Hehehehe) then I might get this one. It's the cheapest of the swivel chairs and it looks comfy enough. I'll have to check it out at the store.
I'll be needing a desk pad also, to protect the desk from scratches and such.
A document tray for loose papers.
And a cup holder for all my pens and pencils.
And a wastepaper basket....for all the paper I crumpled up in stress mode!! Muahahahhaa..

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Scholarship Award

Today I attended an award ceremony for staff who were selected to receive the Company's scholarship for furthering studies. It was quite nice; I was expecting just some boring speech and briefing on the do's and dont's as a scholar. It turned out they had hi-tea and an actual award ceremony (complete with picture taking moments) with the Chief Human Capital Officer.

It made me feel special. And very lucky. Out of the hundred plus applications, only 26 were selected to receive scholarships for our degree, masters and PhD studies. And according to the CHCO, the number could have been zero, if according to the extreme cost cutting exercises going on in the Company right now.

Truth be told, I hadn't been banking on getting the scholarship. I was set to do my MBA, with or without it. My interview session with the Scholarship panel wasn't all that impressive, as all my previous interview sessions have been. I really need to learn to stop rambling on when I have nothing relevant or logic to say.

But I got selected. And after learning the facts, it has made me even more determined to work harder and study smarter.
Go, Along!!

Monday, October 04, 2010

Typical Monday

Today is Dina's 6th Birthday. Which we celebrated yesterday during my brother's doa selamat event at his apartment. It was a joyous event, marked with good food and great company. My SIL's family also were there, complete with all the nieces and nephews so the girls had a great time playing together. I'll post up more about the occasion in another entry, complete with pictures (Dina's Birthday Note!).

Today I'm fasting again. This time to replace the days I couldn't fast during Ramadhan. I don't know if it's the fasting or the fact I woke up early for sahur and to bake En Rashid's bread pudding, but my mind was not where it should be this morning. I had already reached the office when my maid called; I had taken the 3rd set of keys with me, thus they had no keys to open the door for Dania and Dian when they come back from school.


Good thing I hadn't paid for parking yet. I called up my boss and explained the situation. Thank god she was understanding and let me work from the office near my home. I made a u-turn then drove back home to pass the keys to my maid.

Part of me just wanted to break fast and maybe gain some energy. But I know it wasn't the fasting that made me forgetful. It's just the fact that I'm getting OLD!!

Muahahahaha...(gelak sedapkan hati sendiri).

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Random Updates

Since I am overloaded with assignments, I can only afford to spend a few minutes jotting down some random updates.

1. My division won best performance during our department's Hari Raya celebration. Muahahaha. Despite having to do last minute rehearsals (like 1/2 hour before we were due to go up on stage), we made up for our lack of singing talent (ehem) by acting like 5 year olds on stage, dancing like spastic octopuses. But it was the audience got to have a good laugh at our expense. Janji menang!!

2. I'm selling off my Proton Wira (finally!). Anyone's who interested please give me a shoutout. What I can say about my car (beloved) is that the body is not tip top (I'll give 7/10) but the engine and performance is A-Okay. We've never had a major problems with the car, no problems with the windscreens or aircon (common Proton problems). Truth be told, I'm a bit reluctant to sell of the car since it was my very first big purchase when I started work. Plus it's still in very good condition, dents and all. However, it doesn't make sense for us to have THREE cars at home. Duit banyak nak pakai ke tempat lain.

3. En Rashid and the girls came home from Melaka around 9.30pm tonight. Wati (my maid) was beside herself, waiting for the girls. Specifically Syazmin. She kept looking at the clock, counting down the seconds until the girls would be home. Aku pun tak parah menunggu bebudak tu macam tu. Muahahahha..

4. I finished my puasa enam this year. Yeah me!! I decided I didn't want to take chances like last year and fasted on Thursday eventhough that was the day we had our department celebration. Since I was fasting, I volunteered to handle the stall. We had satay at our stall, which of course was the most popular item there. I would like to think it was because of Moi that people were lined up faithfully. Muahahaha...kes perasan lagi!