Friday, February 26, 2010

Another Side


The Malaysian Dream -

Him, her, me, you...
all came to this city to look for something,
to seek for something,
and to change something. ~Durarara! Ep. 2~

No, I do not mean any supernatural dimensions or any dark abyss of the human psychology… Although I would really like to write about those ^^, ’Another Side’ refers to a hidden part of society from my point of view, which I came to know and understand these few days…

My colleagues are from many walks of life; some locals like me passing time waiting for their next chapter in life to start, some from faraway states (Kelantan) coming to KL with a dream… and some (I presume) that once had a good job but somehow lost it and now stands by as they wait for their next opportunity.

I had a chat with a colleague, Faais today. He is 21 and hails from Kelantan, and now is a storekeeper with monthly pay RM750. I asked him: How do you get by with that salary? He just replied, rent 200, food 200, cigarette 100, the rest keep-lah.

The urban poverty line is around RM2000, but that applies for families only. It depends on the individual if he’s a bachelor. Thinking ahead, it’s better that he go get a skill and work in ideally government sectors (more stable). My mom quoted male nurses as it is lacking in society now. There are many roads, KPJ, Masterskill etc. all you have to do is find the way and eventually you’ll find one. Maybe I’ll tell him tomorrow, and hopefully he’ll take that into heart. Those storekeeper jobs are really short-term only…

Come to think of it, my assistant manager (quite young still) which is getting married sprouted such a sentence “The most important thing to women is to find a good husband”. She intends to quit and be a housewife. Just think about it, my usual company sure will have marriage last on their minds. These are truly of a different side from mine, different point of view, and gives me a different view of the world out there.

And yup, there are still more sides to see, the corporate side, the middle- class side, the rural side (may be getting to know in NS), the Dark side, the international side…

Saturday, February 20, 2010


挺好的, 不太好不太坏,挺好的。


“活着,还挺好的。”为何这么说? 活着固然好,但毕竟人固有一死,无论大兵小将都走向同样的终点。天事不常如人意,加上人心脆弱、易动摇;有绝望的时刻也不稀奇。然而, 哀莫大于心死,称呼‘人’的就应还有那一口气,也应该奋斗下去,死也要重于鸿毛才行呀。

‘挺好的。’若改用‘太好了’, 认为自身处于最高境界了,便会自然失去上进心,永世没法向前进了。加上人生如逆水行舟,他们就唯有乖乖守着船儿,跟随逆流退下了。积极与消极,唯有一字之别;但要有效的平衡他们俩,也可真不容易。


Thursday, February 18, 2010

Return to Roots

Tis’ the festive season again…and along with it a much longed trip back to my roots, my childhood, my hometown… Actually not as we reached only Kuantan and Kemaman, while my hometown, Kerteh is still 30 minutes away, but the food, the atmosphere, filled with nostalgia of days gone by…

Some geography first?

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The first day of CNY, we went back to Kuantan after completing our angpaw and house-visiting rounds at KL. Reached there after 4 hours and we were greeted by the East Coast sea breeze and a dazzling sunset, reminiscent of our daily Friday trips to Kuantan, and Saturdays to Kemaman (the weekend off-days at Terengganu are on Fridays and Saturdays). CIMG6576


Our family has expanded by some new members! Added by many other taukes (children) in the house, my uncle and aunt must have their hands full!




The 2nd day, after another round of visiting relatives at Kuantan, we travelled further up the peninsula to Kemaman, Terengganu via the trunk road and got some views of kampung life we always lived among a long time ago.




It was already nightfall when we reached, first off we went to visit my Ma’s best friend, Aunt Ching. Kemaman’s keropok and their special sauce, I’ve already forgot about them!




Back at Kuantan (at the same night), we headed off with our Kuantan relatives for some nightlife and bonding via Karaoke and supper at Kemaman Kopitiam.



Concluding our trip back to our roots, a commerative group photo of the Fong Family!




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我爱你 -- 天长地久






你依然在 我依然爱

不愿天长地久 只愿那幸福一刻


Saturday, February 6, 2010

Why I Like It Longer

Life - I like it longer,
So that I can savour all the goodies before I leave
And create more ripples for the future to see

Growing up - I like it longer,
So I can enjoy playing more before facing reality
And learn more lessons before I take responsibility

Cars - I like it longer,
Cos' well you know the glam of long, long Cadillacs
The longer the better and more goods stored at the back

Hair - I (would) like it longer,
Because I wonder what will it be like
Will my stubborn hair still stand, gravity defied?

Occasions(happy) - I like it longer,
To give me a break from the usual routine
And Malaysian occasions means more things to eat!

Change - I like it longer,
Cos' too drastic a change will leave things in fiasco
Keeping it slow and steady is the right way to go

Opinions - I like it longer,
Cos' too short a suggestion may sound different to me
And a clearer picture from you is all that I need

Late nights - I like it longer
To give me more time to review and reflect
And to dream about the future of limitless prospects

Actions - I (would) like it (to be) longer
Cos' election promises are not supposed to be a one-week thing
The promises you make and break will come back to sting

Teh Tarik - I like it (pulled) longer
With tea, water and gravity together in blended harmony
The decepting cup which keeps me up - until two in the morning

Everything - I like them longer,
Cos' longer means more to see, know and savour,
And a longer LG Chocolate packs in more power!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Me at work

Time flies by and now two weeks has passed since I first started work. May I entertain you with my report?

Well, I am a part-time storekeeper at 99SpeedMart at a branch near my house. As a storekeeper I get to do things I don’t usually do – carrying boxes of foods and goods, marking prices on them (jargon : punch), entertaining customers at the shop and assisting them in carrying their purchases into their car. Actually, the store just opened a few days ago, the last two weeks I’ve been assisting in preparing the store for business. You can say I witnessed the store starting from scratch, from renovation, setting up shelves, wiring until unloading goods, arranging and punching them from scratch until the racks are all full and ready for business.

The result? I have build up some muscles ^_^, used my free time and gained an insight into the world of supermarket retailing. Some things that might not ever crossed the mind of ordinary people is vital and important to our business. And of course, I got to know my colleagues, most of them which are of a different part of society which I may never cross paths with had I not work with them. I had broaden my views, gained more skills and experiences, and these are what I’m really looking for.

And finally , I’m glad to be able to render my services to society!