Sunday, February 8, 2009

Visit your dentist regularly

The given title of my post this time might probably sound trivial as I'm sure most of the bloggers have made the visit to dental clinic for dental treatment and the regular checkings as a mandatory / routine - I have been ignoring such a treatment for more than 19 years ever since I had lost my "fang" sometime in 1989 due to a harsh co-curricular game - that was rugby.

For many years, appearance has been my second priorty - as throughout those years I have let one "empty partition" in between of my teeth line - in our local dialect, or rather slang, it is being reffered to as "Rumpang"...huh..huh...

To make it short, until fairly recently, when I have been teased heavily by few of my practical joker buddies, then I have subsequently come to my innate resolution - to have my "empty partition" filled with a denture - as they hardly have seen any of my taken picture showing me smiling; though they knew my very reason of being so - that was to cover my "not persuasive" smile..huh..huh...

Being triggered by such 'force', I enthusiastically consulted a dentist somewhere in Bundusan, Kota Kinabalu - how naive I was, by intially thinking of that having the denture implanted would take just a few minutes to be done; instead, I have to go through 2 sessions of "trial" & "error" fixing the denture; plus being given few months of 'experimental' period - having been informed of the unpleasant 'taste' of using denture, I was later being given an alternative to have a 'bridging' fixed to my "empty partition" - which later cost me RM1500 - RM500 for a denture plus RM1000 for the left and right teeth being "crowned" as to sustain the denture.

The moral of my experience - I've lost quite a substantial of cash which could somehow help me to cover a month of my vehicle's instalment - and I should have such a treatment or procedure long time ago when the fees were still quite affordable..huh..huh

Monday, February 2, 2009

Boss, Why Did You Give Me Such A Peculiar Stare..?

I wonder if my Boss has been browsing the blogs lately..and have stumbled across my blog..mmm. This question keeps on lingering in my mind as the whole half-day at my workplace my Boss was staring at me - as if there were something wrong that I've done...Hopefully it was a heterogeneous stare (not homogeneous...he...he..)
My Boss is an every obidient subordinate could imagine as someone who is strictly following the rules of the "book" - "...I can be soft if you all want me to be; and I can be like hell as well if you all play hard with me.." The first "warning versus " he spoke for the first time he appeared in our "comfort zone" / organization sometime last year.
There are only few satirical posts that I've posted onto my blog concerning the leadership issues - and most of the instances I've drawn were from my own internal experience - and honestly the essence and criticism were not intended upon him (sometimes..he..he..).
I don't have much headache with my boss's style of management though- maybe he has been brought up in such a way where discipline is the utmost priority in his daily routine /regime - and mistakes should not be tolerated...Everything is about result if the performance appraisal were to be given a favourable mark / grade.
The positive impact of his disposition and his way of leading us is that of the decorum he has inculcated in most of us - though "hard and rigorous" in many ways - I could feel and observe the changes that are still going on and taking place- punctuality is improving, meeting the dateline of given tasks has improved tremendously, and no more the culture of "suka-suka keluar masa karja mo pigi minum kupi di kadai..abis di kantin pait kunun.." and no more "lepaking" at the canteen - even the Uncle Guard has already been brainwashed / indoctrinated with the military style of securing the gate - and constantly frowning seriously from the main entrance any suspected "mutineers" (Guantanamo Camp...)
Okay..lah this is quite a lengthy piece. Need to attend my domestic ducks, chickens and puppies as I can hear them shouting at me from the backyard asking to be fed - if not, I'm worried they might be emigrated next door....discipline is discipline dia bilang boss...he..he..

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Where Did I Go?

I have not been posted any pieces onto my blog for quite a long time - the last time was on the Jan 15, 2009 - I presumed this is due to my preoccupation with the far too much workload unbearable to handle plus of other commitments to attend. I have just come back from my long trip to West Coast region of our state few days ago (A week break) - It was indeed a tiring journey but worthy one. I started off travelling (with my tough and pity Toyota Vigo cum my temporary office & library) on the Jan 25, 2009 (Sunday) from Tambunan down to KK, up to the Mt Kinabalu foothill area (covering the area of Nabalu Town, Kundasang, Ranau etc.), and down to Beluran, Lahad Datu and finally Tawau (after staying overnight in Lahad Datu).

Travelling along the long stretch from Lahad Datu to Tawau was indeed an amazing view indescribable by words - from one end to the other end, on your left and on your right; you could only see the green view of the oil palm estates - the profit of the POIC (Palm Oil Industrial Cluster) which apparently being intensifly developed. As I have not been visiting West Coast ever since my childhood days (the last time was in 1976 - when my mum and dad were still working in Tawau); I was extremely appalled to witness the rapid development of Lahad Datu Town in particular (I reckoned it as a town which seems to be developing sooner into a city) - I could even see few huge billboards featuring the YB's and the MP's smiling figure with few phrases drawing the "rakyat" attention to contact them should there is any problem faced by them (very obvious comparison - if I were to compare it with Tambunan and Kota Marudu).

Having been there has actually altered my long embedded perception of assuming Lahad Datu as a humble small maritime and agrarian town - it is actually the other way round, the town has outnumbered my "two towns / "kampungs" in many ways - though it is located far off from the capital city (faham-faham saja la...)...he..he..

I also took the opportunity to visit few of my former varsity mates in Kunak, Balung and Silam - Well.. few of them have wrinkeld with dark complexion due to long hours working on their inherited small medium oil palm "estate" - but suprisingly, even with that small medium "empire" they managed to build quite a comfy and poshy house (which in KK could worth RM250,000+++) plus to own few new 4x4 - Yupp..several of them are actually government official but still adopting a low profile existence.

I went off back to KK on the Jan 29, 2009 - rushing to see my dissertation supervisor - as I have been contacted by my buddy that the dateline ("deathline"...huh..huh..) would be actually the next day (Jan 30, 2009)...It was really a tensed usual I called my supervisor as I've already prepared my many hopefully accepted excuses - Thank God, the reply was favorable enough - as he uttered..."Carl, just come and see me at your convenience" ( I wonder if our YBs and MPs are like this with full of discretion...)

Well I guess this piece is quite a bit of lengthy. I need to attend my domestic duks, chickens & puppies first as I could hear them shouting at me from the backyard asking to be fed...see you guys