Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Currently, I've moved into another phase of my life - work. Everything felt so unreal when I accepted this job, everything happened so fast. Exams finished in mid-June, went for our graduation trip till 1 July. I even attended Shell's Recruitment Day in June halfway through my trip (this blog helped me a lot, click here and here). The recruitment day was an eye opener for me, my first official interview ever. Even though I didn't get the job but it was still a very good experience. Prepared me for my next interview which landed me a job in the banking industry. Maybank came to Swinburne in mid-July for a career session which I attended. They introduced their BMELP program to us and the interview was the next day. The interview went through smoothly and we had to go through a reasoning and numerical test afterwards when we got through the interview.
We (me, kelvin and stephen) were recruited into the program's batch 4 which began on 1 August. Everything happened so fast at this point, we were asked to do a medical check up three days before that and only got our offer letter the next day and on the next day we were to fly in to KL. Honestly, I was quite blur and 'gong gong' when I came in but after awhile, it felt quite good. From what I heard so far, Maybank is the bank that provides the most comprehensive training for their staff. The trainers here are really good, no matter in-house or external. We've had a few classes that were very lively. The only downside is the food, you'll be provided with 5 meals a day. Don't get me wrong, the treatment for the staff is good, just that the food might not be suitable for everyone, everyday sure masak lemak and spicy. You'll definitely grow fat while training here. The culture in Maybank is nice also, almost everyone I've meet up to now is friendly and knows how to add a little fun into everything to make things less stressful, no matter in my batch, in the academy or in the branch I'm attached to.
Speaking of the branch I'm attached to, Sibu branch, its totally different from what I was expecting, Since I've never stepped into Sibu before, all I can imagine of that town is based on what people told me. Everyone told me its a small town that's very boring. So my expectation of my branch was also tuned to that image where I expected it to be less busy and smaller. Sure enough, when I arrived, I could see how small and boring it was as compared to Kuching. However, when I saw my branch, I was quite shock, the branch was big, spanning 3 shop lots and 3 floors. My branch was at the ground floor while the private banking centre and support department is on the first floor and the SME and business banking on the second floor. Lucky for me, I have Adrian, Xiao Yang and Hock Kang and his gf, Kiki to accompany me while I was attached there. Not to mention my very friendly colleagues. =D Because of them, I seldom stay in my room, most nights, I spent it with them. The most prominent thing to notice about Sibu is the Foochow dialect and their food portion. Foochow can be said to be the official language in this town, everyday, I had to explain to customers that I'm not from around here and I don't understand Foochow, its nice that they are understanding and friendly as well. As for their food, you can get twice the portion for the same price you pay in Kuching. Eat till you ki siao. The higher end eateries in Sibu are awesome, the ambience is really nice, the kind of place that I like. Another thing about Sibu, it seems that most people here knows how to play badminton.
There's another thing that I wanted to write about. Its what I encountered in the branch during my attachment. There was an old guy who came in, wanting to withdraw some money from his account because his daughter was sick. But the problem is, his account has insufficient fund, he wanted to borrow from the bank and asked us whether he can do so. He kept on taking out the sick certificate of his daughter to show it to us, asking us to help him, to borrow him money and said that he'll pay it back. As much as we would like to help him, there's nothing much that we can do in terms of the way banks operate. We couldn't possibly let him overdraw his account, we couldn't give him a loan either. This was the reason why I posted on my Facebook saying reality is where the rich gets richer while the poor gets poorer and nothing much can be done to change it unless if they get proper education to give them a chance and a way to improve their living conditions. In this situation, what could we have done? Provide him the money from our own pockets? As much as I would like to help him, but is that the way to do it?
One of the things to ponder in life, to help or not to help, and in what form.
Till next time~
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
It’s been awhile since I last went to Waterfront. The last time was with KiKi & Jaron, a night stroll.
I’ve been there today, it was a spur of the moment decision. grabbed a drink from 7-eleven and leisurely walked along the riverbank under the shade of the overlooking trees.
Surprisingly, it was very relaxing, with the breeze blowing upon my face. Usually, I would hate walking on my own, the loneliness would engulf me, making me emo and tensed. Today was just nice. =)
Sat cross-legged at the lookout point extended above the river. Nice view. The flowing river and Mount Serapi in the distance was a soothing sight despite the yellowish river with an occasional floating garbage passing by…hahaha….
I even managed to read the 20 page reading material that I need to present with my group, its easier to understand the whole thing when reading it here. Maybe its due to the peaceful morning, less people walking around. Most of the passerby are tourist or middle/older aged people. Those that usually hang out here are no where to be found.
Watching people/life go by is a hobby of mine. I like to observe and watch what others are doing. Seeing elderly people relaxing and talking to each other. Happy tourists/family taking photos of each other. Life is slow over here, sometimes its a good thing, sometimes its not. If you get what I mean.
That’s all for now~
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Saw a mother with her daughter looking at the display at our shop when I just finished changing into my uniform.
Not long after that, both of them came in, the daughter was still a little kid.
The following happened:
*translated to English
Cynthia(my colleague): Eh, there's a little boy outside our shop. He's been walking back and forth a few times. He looks like he's lost.
*Sze and I looked at the boy*
yeap..he's lost...crying...anxious and worried look...
I went out and called after him...
Me: didi(little boy), are you looking for your mother?
*little boy still crying, nods his head and frantically looking around*
Me: Come, I'll help you look for your mother.
*brought him nearer to the window display and asked him whether the woman with her daughter inside the shop is her mother, little boy shakes his head*
Me: Come, I'll bring you to the customer service counter to help you locate your mother.
*little boy holding tight to his bag of discs and followed me while I keep my hand on his shoulder and back, crying and looking around with the lost expression*
When we were near the escalator, someone called out to us, little boy recognized the voice and turned around. Saw his mother and immediately ran towards her.
Turns out, the mother in the shop was his mother, just that when he panicked, he lost the ability to judge or see clearly.
Since I worked here last month, I've heard numerous announcement looking for lost child or lost child looking for parents. In fact, there's another announcement looking for someone just now.
Its really irresponsible of them to shop until they forgot their children. Young kids really do lack the ability to recognize the surroundings and lack the ability to really take care of themselves.
What if, I'm someone with bad intention, just using the excuse of helping that kid look for his mother, where would that kid end up now?
Remember your responsibilities.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Skip the post on Sunway for awhile…
Seen this box awhile ago when my mum bought apple pies from Gingerbread House.
I like it…environmental friendly with coupons/vouchers on it.
hehehe…dun complain bout the pic…lazy to do further setup and edits…flashed from up, bounced by ceiling and the cards…
Got the box above from Ferns at tHe Spring’s food court…
Ordered Beef Burger Value Meal (RM7) for dinner, inclusive of fries and drink. Not bad de price, chicken rice alone already cost RM4.80, Beef Noodle cost RM5.50. Meals are expensive when you add them up. Half of my salary is spent on food =_=”…how to save money…
ok la…hope to see more ppl using this kind of box instead of the typical polystyrene box. At least this box is bio-degradable, although I personally think the ink will still do damage…
They should also produce paper bags to replace plastic bags eh….
Link to Eco Box’s website: http://www.makanmedia.com.my
*I tried opening their page but to no avail, might be down when I tried.
Wheee~~~ Discount Coupons~~~~~
that’s all for now…
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
so here goes……
One World Hotel is located right beside One Utama which is in the heart of Petaling Jaya(is PJ still in Kuala Lumpur? or count as Selangor? hahahaha....I'm East Malaysian...I'm unclear of West Malaysia as much as they're unclear of us.).
The shopping environment at One Utama isn’t to my liking, kinda messy for my taste but overall, can find quite a number of brands there.
The hotel was great, one of the better ones that I’ve stayed in.
The hotel was kinda empty when we arrived for check-in despite being the the festive season. Maybe its the price, RM300+ per night for a normal room, kinda pricey.
The staff was friendly, which is important, receptionist was helpful and cheerful.
We arrived early and they allowed us to to check-in earlier than the standard check-in time but the non-smoking room we requested for was not yet available at that time so they allocated a smoking room for us and told us we could change if the smell is uncomfortable(which we did changed, bellboy did all the work moving things around).
Now, to the room….too much word already XD
Soft and fluffy beds. They even provide two extra pillow in their wardrobe!
Items from their wardrobe, they provide the basic amenities such as safe box, iron, hair dryer, bath robe and what-do-you-call-those? slippers?
Their hair dryer even have the option of healthy or normal for you to choose from, its a button which you can change. Healthy hair dryer….the healthy one just feel cooler compared to the normal setting, not bad also.
They also provide a well stocked mini bar and other snacks and coffee and tea. Do you see something different from the snacks that are provided here compared to some other hotels?
THIS! hahahahahahaha….for emergency cases! quite expensive, RM20+
Another thing to note, their rooms are kinda computerised. Like this:
The tv actually serves as a screen for their system, they have in-house music and movies apart from the free channels which you can buy using the remote or keyboard they provide, quite a list available. Room service and other services are also accessed through that console using the remote or keyboard. Internet provided by a fee, forgot how much, around RM20+ for 24 hours.
Moving on to their bathroom…
I like their shower space. The water pressure was strong plus the shower head was above, nice nice!
They even provide another shower head at a lower level in case you wanna use a movable type.
The shower gels, shampoo and conditioner they provided smelt nice, I like the smell, a little bit like chocolate. Sweet and nice.
Aha! Something useful for the ladies. Concave mirror that magnifies. Helps you look at your face better while applying makeup or do other stuffs.
Their toilet, look and interpret for yourself. XD
Didn’t use their bathtub, I don’t really like bathtubs. Watch too much horror films.
I didn’t dine in their hotel’s restaurant during my stay there cause there are other food outlets available in One Utama.
Ya…almost forgot, their lift is controlled by the room key card, privacy control.
Overall, the hotel is on the pricey side for me but staying in one that’s comfortable once in a while is fun. Nothing much for me to complain.
One World Hotel’s website: http://www.oneworldhotel.com.my
That’s all for now.
Next review will be on Sunway Pyramid Tower Hotel.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
I’ve started working as a part-timer since last week and my classes just started this week.
Doing both at the same time, with only some free time left.
Was given a ‘job’ from SJA.
In conclusion, fitting three time consuming matters into my daily life.
Work for the money and experience. Plus, there’s too much free time if I don’t work.
Apart from that, I’m also trying to see how much stress I can handle and a few other reasons :p
Hehehehe…I’ve neglected my blog for quite some time…keep on saying I’ll do an update on something but I never did do it.
Like that lo…….