December 29, 2009

Dari 2009 ke 2010

Pejam celik, pejam celik dan celik lagi, tau-tau dah nak masuk 2010 dah. Rasa macam baru semalam jer aku tulis resolusi untuk 2009. Cepat sungguh masa berlalu ek?

Sehingga tarikh entry ni ditulis, aku rasa aku dah success dalam mencapai sebahagian besar impian 2009 aku. Ada lagi yang tak tercapai tu, tapi Insyallah akan aku bring forwardkan ke tahun depan.

KerjaWISE Mungkin ini adalah pencapaian tertinggi aku setakat ni. Aku berjaya mencapai satu tahap yang dulunya semacam mustahil untuk aku capai. Aku cuma terliur melihat senior-senior aku yang tampak hebat setiap kali diorang masuk pejabat. Kagum aku dengan hormat yang diorang terima. Well, I’m one of them now.

6 tahun aku di Sime Darby, aku dah belajar banyak. Tentang naik turun seseorang dalam syarikat, tentang selok belok untuk naik dan turun dengan cepat, tentang EVERYTHING. Bulan November lepas, aku tinggalkan Sime Darby dan join Tradewinds instead. So far, aku gembira di sini. Syukur lah. Aku boleh bermula dari kosong…

DuitWISE Aku dah tak sekaya dulu. Ahh those were the days. I’ve been living above my mean, berbelanja dengan benda yang kadang-kadang tak perlu. 2010 ni aku nak lebih berhemah dalam berbelanja. Aku nak simpan sikit duit. Aku ada plan untuk 2010. Insyallah…

BlogWISE Tak mahu berhenti di sini. Selagi ada yang membaca, samada nampak atau tidak, suka atau benci, aku mahu kekal di ruang ini. I need not to please everyone, betul tak?

CintaWISE Sidia pernah cakap, “Set your priority first.” Dan bila aku nak letakkan dia as one of my top-priority, dia kata, “Jangan! Utamakan diri you dulu.” Now that I know what is important for me, I hope I can look up and just be happy with it.

I pernah tanya, "Berapa kali I dah buatkan you mengangis?" You jawab, "Sekali jer b." I think I've accomplished something. It's not monumental but it's something. I dah jalankan tanggungjawab I untuk menyayangi you sebaik mungkin. But if you ask me the same question, I might say, "Banyak kali b." Should you be proud of that?

I might not be the best partner out there, but I will do anything to be your best. Apa-apa pun kalau kita gaduh, jangan lama-lama ok bb. And just for the record, without being too dramatical, I love you monyet…

HidupWISE Aku tak pernah minta banyak dan sememangnya aku bukanlah orang yang suka meminta-minta. Kalau ada aku terima jer. Kalau tak ada, aku biarkan ajer. Hopefully 2010 ni, aku akan lebih firm dengan apa yang aku nak without being too bitchy about it. Well… I try not to.

Kesimpulannya… Aku nak jadi lebih baik di tahun 2010 ni. Aku nak lebih banyak duit, aku nak lebih hangat cinta, aku nak lebih senang, aku nak lebih berjaya dalam kerjaya, aku nak lebih dihormati dan aku nak kurangkan tido waktu tengahari!

I’MNOSUPERMAN: Good bye 2009…

December 26, 2009

The Queer Eye for Straight Guy

Knowing is power. To not know is almost definitely and probably the other way round. To have that power, we have to ask question. But most guys- me included, resist themselves (ourselves?) from asking questions thus resorting to something that we do best; PRETENTIOUSNESS. Bliss?

Having said that, guys’ posses a MINI knowledge on how to dress well, eat well, live well or even dance well as those subjects may sound too queer-ish to ask, and risking our macho-ness is definitely less than smart move, so to speak lah. At the end of the day, mister-know-it-all will show in a t-shirt that shouts U.G.L.I.N.E.S.S to a ‘Black-tie-optional dinner.’

Black-tie-optional? What the hell is that?

Now, back in 2002, 5 fabulously queer guys came into the picture; invading the life of the straights, tousling their hair while extinguishing their Mickey Mouse undies. Mission? To create a new breed of straight guy which they simply call the Metros. David Beckham anyone?

After a much proclaimed and successful TV show, the book version of the Queer Eye for Straight Guy was published, helping guys who are too shy to watch the show with their other straight buddy.

And of course I watched the show, mind you.

The book rede a chaptered essence of becoming a more appealing guy in the eye of girls (and other non-straight guys too), imparting the knowledge of food & wine, grooming, decorating, fashion and culture. There's rather a lot to cover, of course. But these 5 topics basically will sum it all up, even though it isn't really. It couldn't be, but with luck by the time we finish, it may feel as if it is.

I’MNOSUPERMAN: Black-tie-optional?

December 25, 2009

Happy merry xmas

December 24, 2009

L.O.V.E

Love, the great jazz singer Billie Holiday sang, "Is like a faucet; it turns off and on." She might have added that it also sometimes gets rusted up, clogged and corroded when badly neglected. Most of us don’t have problem knowing how to fall head over heels, note writing, tattoo-her-name-on-your-chest-before-you-know-how-to-spell-her-last-name stupid-actingly in love. The problem is upkeep.

Love is not a Volvo that runs for hundred thousand miles between tune-ups. Love is a finicky Jaguar, or an ouchy-feisty Italian number (somewhere between Fiat and Ferrari) that gets hot under the hood, demands attention, needs tune-ups and new hard-to-find parts.

It’s hard to know sometimes what your partner wants. The message here is; dig a little deeper, try a little harder. Above all; ask questions. The answers and the payoffs are so worth it.

Anyway... Merry x'mas you guys. Don't present and drive yes. Bahaya!

I’MNOSUPERMAN: It’s not the games we lose that we end up regretting. It’s the games we don’t even play...

December 23, 2009

My Penang visit

I know I know. It’s very sad; I’ve never been to Penang. Mock me… like I care!

I never got the chance you see. Now that I am working here in the peninsular, I have all the chances to visit places I’ve dreaming of going once; with the guide of my faithful GPS and a full tank that is…

Penang… The Pearl of The Orient they say, I couldn’t agree more. It’s an island with a taste of both Malacca and Singapore combine. Watch closely and you’ll get what I mean.

I went to the infamous Gurney Drive, binging myself silly with all the heavenly food amidst the electric atmosphere and funny Chinese songs. How can you not love this place? It’s amazing how the Penangites can maintain their slim figure. Hmmm…

I’MNOSUPERMAN: I love Pasembur!

December 21, 2009

Laguku


I'MNOSUPERMAN: Enjoice...

Aku bukan superman

Hujan turun tak henti-henti sejak beberapa hari lepas. Kabus tebal sampai ke dini hari. Sejuknya sampai ke sum-sum tulang. Pekerja dah mula merungut, hasil tak ada. Kurang lagilah gaji bulan ni. Aku dah mati kutu, tak tahu nak buat apa.

Masalah jalan rosak, aku boleh baiki. Masalah pokok tak keluarkan buah, aku boleh betulkan. Masalah kebun semak, aku boleh bersihkan. Masalah hujan tak berhenti, aku cuma boleh doakan.


I'MNOSUPERMAN: Nampaknya tak berpeluang lah aku nak pakai Roberto Cavalli dan TOD'S ke tempat keje huhu...

December 20, 2009

Tea and scone story

It was Saturday and I have nothing much to do; nothing to yap about and no cookies to munch. So I took my car key and head to Cameron Highlands. It’s just one and half hour drive from my place. Cool huh?

I’ve been to Cameron some four years ago, gigih menaiki pesawat dari Bintulu dan berebut tiket bas di Puduraya demi satu cinta yang akhirnya tak ke mana. Hahaha… Anyway, we became friends; nothing more, nothing less. And above all, I’ve enjoyed Cameron to the fullest.

And so it was good to be back to where it all started. Much has changed but the charms still exist.

Apalah lawatan ke Cameron tanpa tea and scone kan? Berangan duduk di beranda sambil menghirup secawan teh panas, dalam dingin hari? I can almost imagine myself doing that every weekend. I repeat... it’s just one and half hour drive from my place!!! Come and join me lah...

I’MNOSUPERMAN: Elok kalau pergi berteman. Boleh tolong tangkap gambar...

December 17, 2009

Di suatu petang di hari Khamis...

Pergi...
Tak pergi...
Nak pergi...
Tak nak pergi...
Nak pergi tak?
Tak tahu lah...
Nak pergi tak?
Hmm kau rasa?
Aku tanya, nak pergi ker tak?
Ahh pergi ajer lah!

I'MNOSUPERMAN: Nak pergi mana?

December 14, 2009

Malang tak berbau…

Tak lama aku di sini, aku telah dikejutkan dengan kemalangan maut di Ladang East. The estate is of course not under my watch but the death will effect me as I am the most senior assistant in Relai Group and the unlucky executive happen to be my housemate.

Minggu lepas, sekumpulan pekerja East keluar ke site untuk kerja-kerja maintenance. Apabila tiba ke tempat yang telah ditetapkan, mereka dan pemandu turun dari lori. Pemandu tu pulak tak matikan enjin lori dengan gear masih aktif. Cuma pasang brake tangan jer. Clever kan?

Suddenly lori tu bergerak membawa the remaining three workers on it, langgar teres dan terbalik. Two pekerja cedera ringan dan satu lagi tidak cukup bernasib baik. Kepalanya terhimpit oleh bucket lori… and the deceased one is a young girl.

Whatever it is, benda dah jadi. Jangan kita nak salahkan takdir semata, tapi apa yang kita buat juga boleh menjurus ke arah itu. Ada orang yang sangat tidak peka dengan keselamatan diri sendiri. Malah lebih teruk, mereka leka dengan keselamatan orang lain. Al-fatihah...

I'MNOSUPERMANLAH: Nauzubillah… doa dijauhkan dari aku.

December 10, 2009

A total random utterance

In life there is of course a great deal we don’t know, and much of what we think we know we haven’t known, or thought we've known, for long- obviously and indefinitely. Life is an odd thing. It couldn't wait to get going, but then, having got going, it seemed in very little hurry to move on.

But life must go on. And as often than not, as we shall see, it goes on in ways that are decidedly amazing. We really are at the beginning of it all. The trick, of course, is to make we never find the end. And that, almost certainly, will require a lot more than lucky breaks.

I'MNOSUPERMAN: I'm looking forward for a better 2010...

December 7, 2009

Kelantan oh Kelantan

Aku gembira di bumi damaimu,
Walau aku sukar menikmati makananmu,
Tersenyum aku dengan loghat pekatmu,
Menambah ceria dalam hari-hariku.

Rakyatmu baik ramah sekali,
Gewe-gewe gebumu aku sukai,
Tak jemu mereka bersoal tanya,
Dari mana asalku kenapa mengapa.

Monsunmu sukar hebat digeruni,
Jalan di ladangku rosak teruk sekali,
Berkali-kali aku terjatuh baring ke bumi,
Aku ok jer happy tak peduli.

Terkejut aku melihat babi hutanmu,
Sempoi seronok lepak di tanggaku,
Kalau di sarawak jangan lah mimpi,
Sudah pasti masuk kuali,

Kelantan oh kelantan dengarlah hatiku,
Aku datang mencari rezeki,
Semoga kita sehati sebulu,
Siapa tahu akan ku kekal di sini...

I'MNOSUPERMAN: *Dengar lagu Sejak Ku Bertemu Padamu sambil kuis-kuis manja bahu bos

December 1, 2009

Bayang ilusiku

Kala mataku terpejam
Sunyinya malam
Kala hasratku membara
Khayal semakin tinggi

Seribu asa hadir di sekililingku
Bangkitkan ghairah hidup
Sejuta harapan di dalam jiwaku
Walau semua masih di dalam angan

Jurang curam menghadangku
Getarkan jiwa
Dan pekatnya kegelapan
Datang melanda

Keraguan kini menjelma di dada
Musnahkan segala asa
Semua harapan yang dulu pernah ada
Tiada tersisa

Haruskah ku hidup dalam angan-angan
Merengkuh ribuan impian
Haruskah ku lari dan terus berlari
Mengejar bayang-bayang ilusi

I'MNOSUPERMAN: Mode berharap...

November 22, 2009

Of the flood and the monsoon

“The rain never stop one!” said my manager indistinctly as he strapped himself on the seat. It has been raining forever since I came to Relai. The roads became soggy and much of the daily operation retarded. Hell!

Last Friday, my manager and I went to Kota Bharu for our final budget discussion at the Renaissance. I was excited of course to be in KB again after my first visit, but that excitement soon died down as I have to be in the discussion room well till the very late hours on Saturday afternoon! Of course we went out for some late supper and breakfast at the Hayaki Kopitiam, but I was so sleepy and exhausted to enjoy the food and err… the people. Hehe...

After much deliberations and cheek slapping in the discussion room, we finally summed it all up and called it a day. And guess what? It was still raining cats and dogs outside. “There goes your Kopok Losong Hidney,” said my manager. I asked him about Kopok Losong when we were on our way to KB, but he couldn’t make any comprehensible explanation to it thus promised to show me what that is after our budget discussion. “I hate monsoon,” he continued.

It was already 5 pm and I was asleep as our red Trooper cut trough the heavy downpour back to Gua Musang. I tried to resist myself from sleeping as I thought that would be shitty rude as my manager was still wide awake and schmoozing about the monsoon. But I guess Pak Man; the driver can accompany him in his unceasing utterance. He always does.

But I soon realised that we were not moving at all after we reached Kuala Krai. We were in a very heavy gridlock. Before us, the flood has been gushing on the road thus making it impossible for the traffic.

“Should we turn back to KB Tuan?” Asked Pak Man.

“Hell no! I rather wait here,” said my manager. I completely understand him you see. It’s been a long day and going back to KB would only mean total suicide.

“Do you think you can do it? I don’t think the flood is high enough,” he soon suggested.

Now that’s total suicide! The road was totally submerged and the flood was flowing profusely. “I think we should wait sir,” I quietly suggested.

He ignored me totally. Perhaps its because of the lack of confidence in my voice. “Go for it!” He announced.

Pak Man briefly looked at me and gave me his sullenest smile ever. “You heard him. Go for it,” I said as I prepared myself for the worst; winding my window down.

I saw some water sipping in trough the door as we move through the flood. At the same instant, the engine started to die down. “Step on it!” My manager and I said simultaneously.

The engine started to hum desperately. I was completely on all fours on my seat, ready to jump out of the moving car should anything happen. A few amazingly-long minutes later, we’ve made it to the other side of the mayhem. I can hear some people cheering us up, perhaps applauding for our stupidity.

“I told you so,” said my manager triumphantly.

And so, I lived to tell you this story…

I’MNOSUPERMAN: Would you obey if your boss asks you to eat the tahi?

November 20, 2009

Air Babylon

Have you ever gazed onto a group of people at the airport where the girls are displaying some serious swaging actions and the guys are equally sturdy and all of them are wearing some sort airline uniforms? You might be, in the same minute, wishing that you are one of them or befriend with them, to the least. They are the trolley-dollies, the crème de la crème of well seasoned travellers and they live the life of a superstar, well maybe one notch lower than Celine Dion, and get to travel to places we’ve dream of. Admit it or not, we all do. We fantasized about them all the time.

But actually, those are less than perfect true fiction itself. Similarly they are like us, hoping that they never had that kind of life and be a commoner instead, sitting lordly in that First Class section of A380 and be served with top-of-the-rack champagne and scrumptious little edible thing called canapés.

I've been reading Air Babylon by Imogen Edwards-Jones recently and it was all there, the thing that I’ve mentioned earlier; the expose of fascinating life at 35,000 feet above the sea level.

You’ll be very amazed with the amount of information you’ll discover on the otherwise closely-kept trade secrets of the airline industry from this narration of a young Airport Duty Manager, working with a low-budget imaginary airliner based in UK. You can expect some dramas and most definitely some teary laughs along the way as you learn the arcanum behind the check-in counters, random elicit sex happening around the airport’s toilets and the black humours behind the curtains that divides the steerages from the First and Business class.

Once you’ve done with your reading, you will understand why I strongly recommend this book to those who travel a lot. And remember, it pays to be polite and easy with the airline people. You don’t want your steak to be wiped on the toilet’s brim before it actually handed over to you on a 6 hours flight across the Atlantic don’t you? Yeah… think about it.

I’MNOSUPERMAN: Still, I hate turbulence!

November 14, 2009

It's my notion

Dear anonymous,

You can say what ever you want to say. Go ahead, I won't charge you a penny. After all it's a free world. We have all the possible rights in the world. Go ahead and wank yourself crazy...

Anything that I inked here are totally free of any obligation. My notions are totally mine and I chose to express it in a healthy way through my writings thus creating this online journal. Like I said, its a free world and you shall not be obligated by any of my expression. Nonetheless, you can read and enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it, and of course you have the option of not reading it and move on with your life. Go ahead...

Hey hey I'm just a human. My shit stinks. I sometime laugh in agony and sometime I shed some tears. I have to admit that I sometime loose myself and bitch. I can't help it. Well, as far as I concerned, no one died so far.

Anyway anonymous, I've said enough. You can either curse me or curse your own self now. But I believe it won't be the later one. Go ahead and I wish you a good life ahead. Be good now...

P/s: Don't worry. I never took you and your angry words seriously. I'm not the broken one. You are...

Yours truly,
(Hopefully your mother)

November 12, 2009

2012


Tadi aku nonton the most anticipated 2012 kat wayang. Well I can basically and almost definitely describe the movie in just 2 words- TOO MUCH!

Firstly, I so don't expect to see the use-to-be oh-so-flamboyant Chiwetel Ejifor a.k.a Lola of Kinky Boots to be oh-so-macho there in the first 5 minutes of the movie. I tell you, I can almost see him bitching around and slap Oliver Platt silly on his forehead for his cruel decision making skills, which mengingatkan aku dengan mantan GM aku di Bintulu dulu. Urghhh...

Where was I? Right... 2012... Jalan ceritanya memang best for the first few minutes of it. I mean the special effects are just phenomenal. Tapi lepas tu ceritanya mula mengarut-ngarut dengan garapan logik yang terlalu longgar. How can an airplane fly smoothly through a volcano dust as if the dust is nothing? I mean I'm no pilot and the only airplane I fly is my RM99 Air Asia's A330 1:400 to scale, but I know for the fact that any airplane, I repeat ANY airplane including yang BAPAK kau punya will not fly in any volcano dust. Hello... It's in Air Crash Investigation: British Airways Flight 9 kat National Geografic Channel ok. Duhhh!

Anyway, banyak lagi yang nak komen but I rather not. Tu jer lah.

Too much...

Later!

I'MNOSUPERMAN: Aku bagi 8/10 sebab aku suka special effectnya.

November 11, 2009

I'm exist!

We were created by trillions of trillions of drifting atoms that had somehow assembled in an intricate and curiously obliging manner. It was a very specialized arrangements that is has never been attempted before and will only exist this once. That's my friend how we existed!

I'MNOSUPERMAN: We're in this together somehow. So suck it all up!

November 9, 2009

Nok gaduh!

I was on my motorsikal bila tiba-tiba sebuah motorsikal lain datang memecut laju dari arah bertentangan. Mungkin penunggang tu tak expect aku berada dilaluan yang sama menyebabkan dia tak dapat mengawal motorsikalnya lalu terbabas melanggar tebing.

Aku pun dengan segeralah menghulurkan bantuan. Karang mati orang tu, aku pulak yang susah.

"Maah tuwe*. Nok gaduh! Tuwe ok?" katanya terkocoh-kocoh dalam loghatnya yang maha pekat.

"Eh eh nak gaduh pun kena minta maaf dulu ker?" getusku. Sopan sungguh orang-orang Kelantan ni.

"Nok gaduh tuwe. Nok gaduh!" katanya lagi.

Aku tambah buntu. Nak aku layankah atau nak aku lempangkan ajer orang tu? Nanti kalau aku lempang, ada pulak yang sakit hati, kata aku ni terlalu mix-up dengan masalah tempat kerja dan tak cukup cantik untuk marah-marah, kannnnn!

But of course eventually I found out that NAK GADUH dalam bahasa Kelantan maknanya NAK CEPAT. Perghh buat suspen jer.

* Maafkan saya wahai tuan yang bijaksana lagi maha baik hati.

I'MNOSUPERMAN: I so need budu and bulu mata palsu right now...

November 8, 2009

Sekadar menulis weh!

Kalau dulu aku selalu merungut setiap kali aku bertugas pada hari ahad. Since that I'm working 6 days a week, hari ahad adalah satu-satunya hari yang membolehkan aku untuk melakukan aktiviti bebas tanpa perlu memikirkan hal-hal kerja. Ahad is basically my lazy day.

But now that I'm in Kelantan, I have no choice but to work on sunday. Aku perlu bangun seawal jam 6 pagi dan balik pukul 5 petang- 4 kali sebulan, 12 bulan setahun. TIADA PENGECUALIAN!

Jumaat lepas aku ke Kuala Lumpur untuk menghabiskan hujung mingguku. The sceneries along the way from Gua Musang to KL are to die for, membuatkan perjalanan yang 3 jam itu tidak terasa jauhnya. But some people literally choose to die with the scenery. Berikut adalah pix yang sempat aku tangkap di laluan Merapoh-Kuala Lipis. Minta-minta aku dijauhkan dari perkara-perkara macam tu. Al-fatihah untuk si pemandu...

I'MNOSUPERMAN: Malang memang tak berbau...

November 5, 2009

Aksi badut di hari pertama

Jam menunjukkan pukul 6.15 pagi dan aku telah usai bersiap, menghirup secawan teh panas sambil melontar pandanganku jauh ke kompleks pejabat yang tidak berapa jauh dari rumahku. Pukul 6.40 pagi nanti aku akan bergerak ke situ, untuk rutin muster* pertamaku di tanah Kelantan.

6.40 pagi, aku telah terpacak di tapak muster East, memerhati setiap wajah yang bakal aku kenali dengan lebih lanjut nanti. Beberapa meter di sebelah kiriku, ada dua lagi kelompok muster; North dan South.

"Kita berasa amat bertuah hari ini kerana kita telah mendapat seorang Senior Assistant baru," ucap salah seorang pegawai yang bertugas, memperkenalkan aku dengan serba ringkas kepada pekerja-pekerja yang ada. Aku melangkah naik ke pentas kecil yang telah disediakan dan mula memberikan ucapan pengenalanku.

Aku berucap agak panjang. Mungkin juga ada yang tidak selesa, tapi aku tak peduli. Aku mahu mereka tahu yang aku datang ke sini untuk bekerja seraya memikul tanggungjawab yang telah diamanahkan kepadaku.

Sedang asyik aku berucap, Tuan Mat Zan; Pengurus baruku datang dan berbisik, "Kau dah silap tempat ni Hidney. Patutnya kau muster kat North."

Aku mulai gugup. Terkocoh-kocoh aku menamatkan ucapanku, "Untuk pengetahuan anda semua, saya akan ditugaskan di North dan saya gembira mengenali anda semua."

Aku berjalan agak pantas meninggalkan kelompok muster East, tidak aku menoleh lagi...

*Muster = Proses mengambil kehadiran pekerja ladang.

I'MNOSUPERMAN: Yakin itu penting. Tapi biarlah bertempat.
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