Jun 20, 2017
I was extremely tempted to bike to work but just a few minutes of walking out at the carpark, I changed my mind. It's not a good time to save gas or making it as my daily exercise.
Ever since I got transferred to Tempe, it never reached to 115degF. It's funny to imagine people would pay to get into the sauna. I can be in one all day for free! And it's not by choice.
The new office was not as great as the previous. There's lack of privacy where the cube heights were shortened and size is much smaller. I guess, we don't really need that much space to work. It indeed create the term pigeon hole in a whole new level. The lights were too bright as well that some of the colleagues are suffering from headaches. I was fine with it since I grew up with bright lights at home.
Tomorrow and the next few days, the heat will be around 120degF. Only thing I could say is to enjoy the blithering heat. :p
Glen and I would go out together for a movie which considered really good. It was fun as we can discuss on the content of the movie. I guess I have to find more things to do to occupy time during the summer. Before the heat actually came in, there's always something to do outside because of the cool breeze but now it's terrifyingly hot(which is not at its peak yet!).
Buying a movie ticket is pretty much the same as in Malaysia but I noticed that the lady at the desk didn't ask which seat I'd prefer to be in. Even looking at the ticket stub, I noticed it only mentioned the theater room number only. We had to line up in front of the door till we were allowed to enter.
I didn't want to be rude upon taking the best seat so I observed a few min on where people are actually sitting. None were looking at the ticket stub and they casually choose the seats that had rails in front of them. Obviously it was a place to rest their feet on. Seems to be a habit that people tend to put their feet on tables or a stool even at the office. Honestly I kinda enjoy the same thing but guess it was really awkward to do so.
So, the rule of watching a movie is to come early and be in the line as early as possible so you can get the best seat. Else, you'll probably end up sitting right in front with your neck bent in an awkward manner. Not mentioning the extremely big screen to look at which you may end up moving your head throughout the show.
It was quite an experience and the movie was good. I had a hard time resisting myself from crying in front of the cartoon. Luckily a mother next to me was crying too and her kid asking her why was she so sad. Lol... It's even more embarrassing as the kid looked at me and asked her mum why I was sad too.
Jun 13, 2014
I remembered there was one teacher during my high school told the class of a ghost story of a reason we we never had night classes in school. It was then that teachers were passionate in teaching towards the students that they offered their time in any time of the day during the weekday to cover up some of the syllables or to help some of the weaker students to catch up.
It was also during that time, our teachers themselves whom I really called as teachers often encouraged us to come for extra classes or support the weaker students to share and support. One day we asked whether it's possible to have extra classes during the night when the public exam may be coming in soon. Our English teacher said they used to have that but stopped some years back because of an incident.
The incident was not because of the safety during those night classes (during my time, safety wasn't really an issue... Everyone knows everyone in town) but they found out that there were spirits which roams around the school.
A boy who was a class monitor and also an active scout was one of the popular students in school. Before the class begins, he would clean up the cupboard and prepare chalks for the teachers to use. Many would say he probably have a bright future ahead.
Unfortunately, during one of the scout activities he drowned in a river. I couldn't remember the contents why and how he got drowned. The Tuaran river can be quite unpredictable as a few people claimed 'something' will suddenly pull down a swimmer deep into it. Personally, fear and panic would be the main cause that a person drowned. The routine in school remained a week after where night classes were on. Before the class started, the blackboard remained clean with chalks properly arranged for the teacher. The only problem was that it was wet. None of the students admit that they did it. It went on for a week and the same thing happened that everything were ready except for the wet chalks.
The teacher decided to call off the class as they themselves had chills in their spines during the whole session. They suspected that their dead friend didn't know that he was dead and followed the usual routine of cleaning the blackboard and preparing the chalks in class.
The story ended with a long silence. Was it real or fake? No one knows. But it certainly scared me when I think about it especially if I were alone in that school again.
Courtesy of my English teacher who shared with us in class... Mr Lim Mah Ban
Jun 11, 2014
As of today, it's the 16th day and I was already in panic mode. I had to drive to the nearest MVD to provide sufficient proof to them. Luckily, the VIN was correct and I insisted to have a Level 1 check to ensure that the details are correct in case i have to renew my insurance or selling the car.
The process was relatively easy as I only need to fax the new insurance number along with the VIN to MVD. The only annoying thing was the summer heat along with the long line of people waiting. The lady that provides the line number was kind and friendly which somehow subdue the stress and frustrations I had while waiting.
I would probably check again online everyday for a week just in case that it didn't get through.
What a day!
Mar 17, 2014
Feb 8, 2014
Apr 7, 2013
With a camera phone, couldn't catch the spores falling out of those mushrooms. A little frustrated at first, but I am thankful to witness how nature revolves around us. Many times, I don't even notice those little things and rather to pay attention what is really called out for me in verbal.
Feb 5, 2013
The pace went through too fast before I manage to load valuable notes and pictures into this blog. Photographs remained stagnant in my external hardisk and memories started to dwindle. It's time to make extra effort to put things in writing and avoid procrastinating. >.<
So what's been happening in the last year? A lot... It was challenging but a fruitful one too. There were times of frustrations but also some joy along the way.
Yesterday, I had a stroll in Namsan Hill, Seoul and reflected on the journeys I experienced. I was amazed on how the scene changed at the same place where I visited on every season. My view of the world has changed. I too have changed... definitely for the better. :)