Friday, February 29, 2008


It’s Friday.

It’s a day off for me.

Almost died of boredom.

Maybe I should not apply for this leave.

but too bad I couldn’t carry forward my 2007 annual leave any further than 29th Feb 2008, which forced me to off today, the last day.

It’s 2.30pm noon, and I’m still thinking what to do later.

Probably I should bathe the dog, so that my mum could escape from that.

Maybe I should tidy up my nest, so that it can look as tidy as I shifted in 10 years ago.

I think I should sleep.

OMG, I think I’m addicted to work.


My life is grey, since my working life began.

See you later, I think I'm going to sleep. Forget about the dog and my room.


Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Get a Quick Laugh

This is probably the best video that I have ever seen for the upcoming election campaign.


Monday, February 25, 2008

The Tipping Trend

If you happen to travel to the United States for leisure or business then you shall read this, in order to make look more like a gentleman. Too bad I don’t have the chance to visit the States yet, but lets see how’s the tipping culture is going on.

Self-serve/Buffet restaurant
10 - 15% of the bill.

Local restaurant

Good restaurant
Reserving a table $20 - $100
The meal 20 – 22% of the bill
Wine steward $3 per bottle
Coat check attendant $1

Taxi driver

Hair saloon
10 – 15%

Room cleaner $5 per night
Room service 15%
Bellhop $10 - $15

Blackjack dealer - $5 chip per session, and side bet for dealer
Craps dealer – 10% side bet
Poker dealer - $5 chip per session
Drink waitresses - $1 chip

You can read all those nasty experiences they had when they don't tip over here.

How to Tip Like a Gentlemen


Sunday, February 24, 2008

Self Improvement Time

Found a very good article on how to stay focused at work. Hope you guys like it.

Write out a daily task list and plan your day. There’s nothing like a task list sitting next to you to keep you focused. When you have a list of the things you need to accomplish in a day, having that close to you constantly reminding you of what needs to be done is a great way of keeping on track.

Allocate time slots colleagues can interrupt you. In a busy work place, people are moving and talking all the time. If you play a role in a team where others need to interact with you, try allocating a time slot they can interrupt you. Instead of having people stop by your desk every 10 mins and asking you questions, let them know of a time in the day, say between 2-4pm you can be interrupted. At all other times, you can really get some work done.

Apply time boxing. In a previous article, I wrote about the benefits of time boxing. Instead of working at something till it is done, try working on it for a limited period, say 30 mins. By that time, the task is either completed or you allocate another time slot, perhaps in another day, to pick it up again. This way, you keep your work fresh and engaging throughout the entire working day.

Setup filters in your email. If you spend a lot of your time communicating and planning in front of your computer, chances are you deal with emails on a frequent basis. Setting up filters in your email client can be a great way of sorting out what’s important and urgent from personal stuff which can wait. Instead of dealing with a single Inbox with hundreds of unread email, you only need to deal with smaller folders categorised by project, priority and context.

Do not check personal email in the morning. Checking personal emails can be very distracting even with filters setup. This is especially true when your friends send you links to interesting articles, jokes or videos on YouTube. If you’re not careful, you can get side tracked for hours. Instead of checking your personal email as soon as you get in, try starting work straight away. This will build up some momentum as you ease into your work day. You should check your personal email only after you have a few tasks completed or underway. Also, if you don’t want to perpetuate a particular distracting email thread, just don’t reply to it until after work.

Set your IM status. If you use Instant Messenger, when you don’t want to be disturbed, make use of the status and set yourself as being away or busy. Your friends and colleagues will honour that. They can either send you an email or look you up later when you aren’t as busy.

Listen to the right types of music. Music is a great way of settling into the working routine. In addition, having music can drown out office noises like printers and background chattering. Be careful though, depending on personal preference, some types of music are not particularly conducive to productive work. For me, I can’t work when listening to songs with lots of lyrics because the words interrupt my thinking process.

Use the headphones but leave the music off. Some people prefer to have absolute silence when working. I think that also depends on what kind of work you are doing. If you’re doing some serious planning or something computational, having music blasting in your ears may not be the best thing for keeping focused. Try using headphones or ear plugs to block out the background noise but leave the music off.

Fill up a water bottle. Keeping yourself hydrated is pretty important for all sorts of health reasons. Instead of going to the water cooler with your glass every hour, try filling up a water bottle at the start of the day. This does a couple of things - firstly, it limits the starts/stops associated every time you get up for water and secondly, it avoids being sucked into lengthy discussions around the water cooler.

Find the best time to do repetitive and boring tasks. No matter how much you try to avoid it, you’re going to have to face doing things which are either repetitive or boring. For these tasks, I find it is best to choose a time in the day to work on them. For example, I’m more alert at the start of the day, so it’s better to work on things which require brain power early. Working on boring tasks that can be done via auto-pilot are better left towards the end of the day when I’m usually tired.

Bring your lunch and have it at your desk. I’m not suggesting you do this every day, but if you really have to focus and are trying to meet a deadline, having your lunch at your desk really helps. The normal one hour lunch break can really interrupt any momentum you might have built up during the morning. I find when I’m eating lunch at my desk, my lunch breaks are shorter and I can get through a few emails while I’m eating. After I’m done, I’m straight back working on the next task.

Don’t make long personal calls. Most of us have a good separation between our working and personal lives (or a least try to). I think we can all agree we should avoid having work intrude on our personal time as much as possible. The reverse of this also applies. Try limiting the time you spend doing personal things during work as they can be distracting and draining on your motivation. For example, you do not really want to be thinking about your weekend away with your spouse when you really need to get things done.

Clean up your desk. Some of you may have desks which can only be described as ordered chaos. That’s not necessarily a bad thing as long as you can find what you need without too much digging around. However, if you can’t, I suggest cleaning up your desk. That doesn’t mean having an empty desk, it just means having neat stacks of paper, all filed in the correct location. It also helps tremendously having all the things you need easily within arms reach. For example, if you need a place to write, having your pen and notepad close by and easily accessible is incredibly useful.

Get a good chair. If you sit for long hours at your desk and I’m sure some of you do, you might find it helpful to get a good chair. I find it’s pretty hard to stay focused when my neck and back are sore because I have a bad setup at my desk. A good chair can eliminate this, allowing you to work for long stretches without breaks and physical distractions.

Use shortcuts on your computer. If you find you do the same thing with your computer more than once throughout the day, you might find it helpful to look for ways in which you can do them without too much manual repetition. For example, if there’s a project folder you access all the time, try adding a shortcut to your Explorer or Finder so you can get access to it with a single click, instead of expanding folder after folder in the tree panel.

Close programs you’re not using. As a software engineer, I use a lot of programs important to my work. However, in most cases, I only need a few applications open at the same time. Instead of Alt-Tabbing constantly and fighting the computer to locate the program you need, try only having the applications you need open. Close everything else. For example, if you have already located a file and no longer need a particular Explorer or Finder instance open, close it. There’s no reason to leave it around at all.

Limit time on Digg, Delicious, news sites and blogs. I don’t think I need to say too much about this. There are so many sites on the Internet worth looking at, including this site . Digg, Delicious, news and blogs are great from an interest perspective, but they can really take you away from the work you should be working on. Try to limit going to these sites during the working day. If you really have to, try doing it during your lunch time. No, you don’t need to have your finger on the pulse every single minute of the day…

Change your mindset and make work fun. For me, I find it difficult to stay focused on doing things I’m not by nature interested in doing. In most cases, there’s probably nothing I can do about it. However, be mindful of the fact that your perception of work is something you can control. For my last tip here, I suggest you try changing your mindset or turning work into a game. An unfocused mind, is an unchallenged mind. So make things fun!

18 Ways to Stay Focused at Work

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Gong Hei Fai Choi, Ang Pau Give Now

Ang pau is supposed to be a wish of prosperity throughout the coming year from the elder and the amount of money inside usually doesn’t affect my judgment on the giver.

Had company lunch at the 3rd floor this afternoon. We are supposed to wear red, according to the memo.

Shock to see not much Chinese girls are wearing red; in fact all guys were in red!!!

Received an ang pau moments after the lunch. Probably this would be the last one for this year since it’s chor fifteen liao.

Kind of surprise when I’m holding the ang pau.

It feels very thick, alot of “paper” inside.

So I keep it safety sitting inside my packet, and opened it few hours later.


There’s another ang pau inside! Ang pau inside ang pau!!!

Is this a prank or what and where’s the hidden camera???

Opened the second ang pau, and found RM 2 hiding inside…..


Sometimes I don’t understand what the real motive behind this “joke” is.

I really don't mind you give me a RM 2 ang pau, but don’t wear some wonder bra to make it look bigger. That would create a negative impression on you!

Another ang pau got at the same time.

This is my lucky draw number actually.

Guess what I got from lucky draw……









A 325ml Coke AND peanuts


I think I just got the best lucky draw present in my entire life today.

The value of the present should be about RM 25, even based on
National Youth Skills Institute (IKBN) rate.

Can I have a better cny next year? Please………


Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Yeen Can Cook

Hi, everyone!

Welcome to Yan Yeen Can Cook.

Today I’m going to make some barbeque sausages with cheese, for my supper.

Firstly, get everything I need out of the fridge.

I’m going to boil the frozen sausages first.

And cut some cheese stripes while waiting for the sausages.

Cut the boiled sausages into half.

Place a strip of cheese on top of it

Place it in the oven until the cheese starts to melt.

Then, pour some barbeque sauce on top of the melted cheese and bake again.

Tada! And this is the result!

Yummy! Cheese + sausages + barbeque sauce = heaven

Extinguish the heat by drowning some nata de coco and lychee…..

HHmmmMMmmmMMMMmmmMMmmm .............

Good night everyone, hope to see you again next Tuesday night.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

To Vote or Not To Vote, Correctly.....

Saw sea of blue flags along the MRR2 and it suddenly reminds me of the past election moments.

Although I’m not mature enough or ineligible to vote previously, but I do enjoy seeing the flags of different colours, the speeches given, the way newspapers reporting it.

Year 2008, being the first time or year that I’m qualified to vote.

Registered in year 2007, just to get myself in the electoral roll on time. Registration was fairly simple, just produce your IC at the post office counter, and the rest wasn't difficult to imagine.

Got myself into the Election Commission of Malaysia official website and checked my electoral roll.

I’m registered to Ukay Height District, Bukit Antarabangsa State Assembly, Ampang Parliamentary, and my polling centre would be Mutiara International Grammar School.

The next thing I need to know is to find out who’s the current representative of my district. Before I’m ready to cast my vote, I need to “know” more about the persons I might need to choose from. So it’s better to do some research on them.

Googled awhile, and I got En. Azman Wahid (BN). The first thing comes to my mind was who the heck is he????

The following are the highlights of the search result about him:-

1. Bkt Antarabangsa folks fed-up with BN rep

2. Evolusi Etnik Sdn Bhd – Managing Director

3. Yang Buruk Dalam UMNO – REFORM

4. Award of Setia Mahkota Selangor (S.M.S.)

5. Kampung Berembang Tragedy in Ampang

6. Adun Bukit Antarabangsa, Tuan Azman Wahid, pernah berkata dengan angkuh, tiada seorang peguam pun yang menang dalam kes melibatkan setinggan, apabila mengetahui penduduk menggunakan khidmat peguam."Bayangkan, hancur tidaknya hati kami mendengar wakil rakyat berkata demikian kepada kami, sedangkan kepada dialah tempat kami mengadu dan mengemukakan masalah," keluh beliau. (Source)

The search result has reached page 5 and I still couldn’t get any good news from him. Probably he bribed Google to hide all his hearty contributions and make him look like a bad guy to us.

Whether he will be the representative of BN this time or not, I’ll still pick wisely. Not because of the logo or party like
he did mentioned earlier, should be by his performance record.

“This was in my house, my castle, in the privacy of my room. I am the king in my house. I can talk whatever rubbish if I choose to even if I am drunk as long as I do not misbehave in public.” ~ VK Lingam

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Rasa Sayang!

The real Rasa Sayang Song In Malaysia

Rasuah sayang eh

Rasuah Sayang Sayang eh,
He lihat Pak Lah tidur
Rasa sayang sayang eh,

Budak mongolia di luar pagar,
Ambil C4 tolong bombkan,
Saya budak baru nak mengajar,
Kalau salah you duduk diam - diam.

Rasuah sayang eh
Rasuah sayang sayang eh
Eh lihat Zam bodoh rasa sayang sayang eh

Zainuddin kita nak marah al - jazeera,
tapi sendiri tak berpengetahuan,
Mungkinkah belajar dari [deleted]*,
Kerana jawapannya macam ketam.

Rasuah sayangEh
Rasuah sayang sayang Eh
Eh lihat parliment rasa sayang sayang eh

Parliment kita macam zoo negara,
Penuh dengan banyak binatang,
Ada beruk, monyet dan kera,
Kalau pergi sana bawalah kacang,

Rasuah Sayang
Eh rasuah sayang sayang eh
Eh lihat rempit jauh rasa sayang sayang eh

Khari kata rempit sangat terer,
Mereka ialah mat cemerlang,
Otaknya sekarang entah mana,
Mungkin nak jadi rempit di longkang.

Rasuah sayang eh rasuah sayang sayang eh
Eh lihat bola kita jauh rasa sayang sayang eh

Dulu kita main bola peringkat antarabangsa,
Sekarang main macam ketam,
Kalah 5 - 1 kepada Cina,
Semalam pula kalah kepada Vietnam.

Rasuah Sayang Eh
Rasuah Sayang Sayang Eh
Eh lihat Indonesia jauh rasa sayang sayang eh

Rasa sayang milik indonesia
Malaysia kata mereka punya
Otak engkau lagu ini milik kita
Kita punya Rasuah sayang sebenarnya

Rasuah sayang eh
Rasuah sayang sayang eh
Eh lihat polis jauh rasa sayang sayang eh

Bila nak tiba hari raya
Polis kita merata rata
Muka mereka semacam saja
Bagi IC dan ringgit Malaysia

Rasuah sayang eh
Rasuah sayang sayang eh
Eh lihat Pak Lah tidur rasa sayang sayang eh

Air di Johor melimpah limpah
Pak lah beli rumah di Australia
Bila Mahathir kita marah
Dia kata rumah itu orang lain pula.

Rasuah sayang
Eh rasuah sayang sayang eh
Eh Malaysia hancur rasa sayang sayang eh.

* As there is complaint that this reference is offensive.
(This new version of Raya Sayang making the rounds on the Internet. Anybody knows who is the originator, who should step forward and be proud of his/her creation. - kit)

Source : Mr. Lim Kit Siang Blog

Blind Spot


The huge rear glass is supposed to reduce blind spots.

What’s the point of putting two huge pillows at the back?

You are damn good luck not involving in any accident, yet.

Good luck to you.


Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Dinner at De Foodland


We went to de Foodland for dinner tonight. This place is quite famous of their crabs and most of us return for their creamy butter crabs.

We reserved a table at 7pm, and we reached there around 6.45pm. Wah, there’s no need of reserving a table actually. You can practically act like a blind to find an empty seat easily. The number of customers can be counted with my 10 fingers.

We went through the menu and 2 types of crabs already in our mind.

Suddenly, the attendant told us that crabs are unavailable today.

I was like WTF??? The restaurant which is famous of crabs ran out of crabs???

She later added that the crabs will only be available around 8-9pm, due to the delay in supplies. She keeps on telling me the crabs were caught in the air and land traffic jam. Initially I do believe her and ordered other non-crab seafood.

Half way through our meal, I found out that the table next to us was having crabs!!!

That huge table next to us was the restaurant’s relatives, because they know everyone well in the restaurant.

WTF!!! That bloody liar just told me the world’s biggest lie!

She told me no crabs, and crabs were served to next table!

She told me suppliers will reach around 8-9pm and I found out that they are closing for cny starting tomorrow. How on earth a restaurant will stockpile live crabs when they are going through the longest restaurant closure. Furthermore, what’s the point of supplying crabs at late 8-9pm? Why not the first day starts work?

Damn it, obviously she’s trying to keep the crabs to their relatives and might cook some for us later (8-9pm, see, she already has the intention to bluff me) when the crabs are not needed. I wouldn’t be so pissed if she told me the real story and she added oil by creating a story which made me believed.

I’ll never come back again, thank you.

No wonder there are less and less people coming here, and I’m proud to join them.



Other review: Da Wheel of Life & Happiness

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Something Useful

Got something useful from Kenneth’s email.

Read it, it might save your life one day.


There are a few things that can be done in times of grave emergencies. Your mobile phone can actually be a life saver or an emergency tool for survival. Check out the things that you can do with it:

1. The Emergency Number worldwide for **Mobile** is 112.* If you find yourself out of coverage area of your mobile network and there is an emergency, dial 112 and the mobile will search any existing network to establish the emergency number for you, and interestingly this number 112 can be dialed even if the keypad is locked. **Try it out. **

2. Subject: Have you locked your keys in the car? Does you car have remote keys?This may come in handy someday. Good reason to own a cell phone: If you lock your keys in the car and the spare keys are at home, call someone at home on their cell phone from your cell phone. Hold your cell phone about a foot from your car door and have the person at your home press the unlock button, holding it near the mobile phone on their end. Your car will unlock. Saves someone from having to drive your keys to you. Distance is no object. You could be hundreds of miles away,and if you can reach someone who has the other 'remote' for your car, you can unlock the doors (or the trunk).It works fine! We tried it out and it unlocked our car over a cell phone!'

3. Subject: Hidden Battery Power. Imagine your cell battery is very low, you are expecting an important call and you don't have a charger. Nokia instrument comes with a reserve battery. To activate, press the keys *3370# Your cell will restart with this reserve and the instrument will show a 50% increase in battery. This reserve will get charged when you charge your cell next time.

4. How to disable a STOLEN mobile phone? To check your Mobile phone's serial number, key in the following digits on your phone: * # 0 6 # A 15 digit code will appear on the screen. This number is unique to your handset. Write it down and keep it somewhere safe. When your phone gets stolen, you can phone your service provider and give them this code. They will then be able to block your handset so even if the thief changes the SIM card, your phone will be totally useless.You probably won't get your phone back, but at least you know that whoever stole it can't use/sell it either. If everybody does this, there would be no point in people stealing mobile phones.

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