Australia Day

So what did I do on Australia Day (26th January)? After a long and intoxicating night of Karaoke at Mamba down on Sussex St., I woke up at about 4pm because of Serena panicking at the sound of someone knocking on my balcony sliding doors.

It was my brother equipped with a broom sweeping up the balcony and accidentally hitting the doors. It was less of a oops-sorry-to-wake-you kind of whack and seemed a lot more like a wake-up-and-help-me-you-lazy-prick kind.

I got up and grabbed a bucket – Me and my brother cleaned up the balcony for about 2 hours. I then was called to help a friend move stuff to his new house which (seeing as I am such a nice guy) me and Serena gladly obliged to. This took about an hour.

Did I mention it was actually our 1 month anniversary today? Hah, well, tired as hell we headed over to Bondi Junction for a Japanese dinner I had planned. Parking inside Westfield meant we had to walk a bit to get to the restaurant… Which was closed when we got there. F-M-L.

We finally ate at another Japanese restaurant nearby and had a feast.

As bad a day as it seemed, I got to spend the whole day with my girlfriend, which ultimately was what I wanted to do for our anniversary (even though we didn’t get to do anything that much special).

Happy Anniversary, dear :)

…Sorry, no photos – I am getting less cam-whore-y these days…

The Australian Sickie

Although I do not have actual working experience in Malaysia, I have plenty of friends who do.

Let’s take one of my mates for example:

  1. He wakes up at 5.30 AM to get ready and leave his house by 6.30 AM;
  2. the drive is from Subang Jaya to KL city and due to jams, he gets to work between 7.30-8.30 AM;
  3. sure, work starts at 9.00 AM but trying to get to work at 9.00 AM on the dot is impossible with the distance and the jams he has to travel through.
  4. At work, he does plenty, there is hardly any social conversation between employees (unless they’re looking to get chucked out;
  5. he finally gets off for lunch around 12-ish when he finishes whatever he’s on.
  6. After an hour’s lunch, he works his butt off again till 6.00 PM if he’s lucky but usually gets off at 7.00 PM.

So that’s almost 12 hours spent on work – Ouch.

Now, in Australia, the typical (when I say typical, I refer to what is definitely the major population) day at work would involve the following:

  1. Normally, it takes a max 1 hour to travel to work and with public transport it’s easy to consistently arrive at work around 9 AM;
  2. after a little bit of e-mail checking/replying, it’s then common to grab a coffee with your fellow employees to catch up both on work matters and socially;
  3. work starts again until 12 PM when you can head for lunch;
  4. taking a full hour of lunch means you arrive back at 1 PM;
  5. and after 4 more hours you can leave. Legally, 5 PM is the time all employees are allowed to leave – the slightly more ambitious may want to stay longer but again, this is referring to the major population.

So it’s pretty obvious that working life in Australia is more laid back and heck, more enjoyable. The sickie is what Aussies have dubbed as a day off work due to (supposed) illness and has become part of Australian culture. So much so that you can hear jokes that relate common Australian behaviour to it too – Kind of like those “Chinese are cheap” jokes you hear on Russell Peters, it’s offensive but you know it’s true.

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The reason I am writing about this is due to this article, ”Australia’s biggest ever sickie”. Tomorrow (Tuesday, 26th of January) is Australia Day hence a public holiday and everyone seems to be pulling a sickie today (Monday) to get that 4-day weekend. How has pulling a sickie become Aussie culture when working life is so much better here in Oz’? In Malaysia, trying to take a sick leave so blatantly fake just to get a long weekend is asking to get sacked.

It’s disappointing to say that I think Aussies are really taking their job security for granted.

Newsly Friday 22/01/10

Here I will begin this new feature of mine. I have always wanted to post stuff I find on the news but I felt like it was just basically posting up unoriginal material.

This weekly feature (Friday, ofcourse) will feature some news articles I found that are worth posting up here. Sometimes I guess these be more biased towards my interests (technology, media, etc.) but I hope these will prove as interesting reads!

Man Buried in Haiti Rubble Uses iPhone to Treat Wounds, Survive
January 20, 2010. Source: Wired

So basically, an American Film-maker survived after being trapped in Haiti for 65 hours due to apps on his iPhone. This is huge! The iPhone has just proven it isn’t just something that keeps you pre-occupied on the toilet seat – It saves lives too.

iPhone users rejoice. Just wait for iDefibrillator to come out then we can really save lives.

Stig ‘spotted’ on Google site
January 19, 2010. Source: The Sun

Stig’s signature pose = Folded arms?

Just one of those LOL moments of mine when I read and saw this. I assume the Stig was part of some kind of Top Gear shooting because of the pose. Whether this is the real Stig or not, it’s still hilarious to see and being a fan of Top Gear might be the reason.

Fun-loving clubbers get ready to play at first Australian video game bar
January 20, 2010. Source: News.com.au

Clubbing for Gaming Addicts?

Yes, that’s right. Brisbane will see Australia’s first video game bar. Apparently it has been a success overseas yet I just can’t imagine how this works. I hardly ever attempt to mix alcohol with gaming especially gaming that involves peripherals (as suggested by the article, Guitar Hero and Wii Games are the types of games they look to implement) because of the very high chance someone flings their WiiMote at the TV or drops the peripheral.

Alcohol slows your body’s central nervous system down and this is definitely going to cause accidents.


Hope you enjoyed this post!

Have a good weekend, all.

First week at Coca-Cola

So I started Industrial Training Monday this week. Due to my very unstable sleeping patterns, I fell asleep the night before at 5am hopeful I would still be able to wake up at the planned 7.30am.

As I walked into the offices Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) predictably late and sleepy as hell, what were my first impressions of the place?

Let me begin by ‘Wow’ing you with the location. It’s less than 25 steps away from the bus stop and then there is the actual location. Based on the eastern side of Circular Quay, facing the Harbour Bridge, I snapped a quick photo from the entrance of the building.

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Yes, this is a big deal to me, I think surroundings contribute plenty to work morale.

Follow this up with how I was given my laptop within the first 10 minutes of being there and my mood was really brightening up. The forms for my access pass were submitted by lunchtime too. Very efficient and prepared (considering they only found out I was coming last Friday). Work is slowly coming in, which is something new because at previous placements I’ve had to initially wait from a week up to a month for any work to do.

So what about benefits? Well, as I am pretty much the equivalent of a contractor, I don’t expect all the real benefits like insurance, retirement stuff, EPF, etc. Furthermore, being a student, the only things I look at are the physical benefits such as their stationary cupboard. Working at CCA, a refrigerator sits on each floor stocked with all sorts of Coca-Cola products and ofcourse, free of charge. There is also another large refrigerator beside it stocked with beer and padlocked shut – The magical padlock is opened every Friday evening and free beer is served. Screw the stationary. :)

IMG_0329 copyI took this photo at the end of the day. Trust me, it’s all stocked up in the morning.

These tiny things are what keeps employees motivated. I don’t know but everything I have experienced in or heard of Malaysian working life is pretty bad. Any chance any Malaysians out there are reading this post in awe? Even though I haven’t even really mentioned the proper employee benefits, I’m a sucker for the minor details :)

Malaysian Communication & Culture Minister losing Popularity

So the first thing I heard from Ellie was how our Minister of Communication & Culture said some things about Malaysian Internet users. Article is below

KUALA LUMPUR: Telecommunication companies (telcos) should also give priority to content on culture and the development of human civilisation, said Information Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim.

He said this would further help stimulate the minds of Malaysians, more so this in this era of sophisticated and borderless communications, and was an aspect of content the telcos should address besides chasing profits.

“New applications like SMS, Yahoo Messenger, Twitter, ICQ, Skype and devices like the Blackberry and the like have made communications between humans easier and this has contributed to the development of civilisation and changed the landscape of communications universally, which before heavily depended on the telephone, telex, fax and the postal service,” he said.

He said this in his speech which was read out by his deputy Datuk Joseph Salang at the prize-giving ceremony for winners of the “Mobile Content Challenge 2009” contest, here on Tuesday.

According to Rais, owing to the ease of communication, certain aspects of culture, like language, might face challenges.

He said the truncating spellings used in SMSes could jeopardise the integrity of Bahasa Malaysia besides posing challenges to ethical issues in inter-personal relationships.

“There have been cases of consumers using SMS, MMS, chatrooms, Facebook and Twitter to spread rumours and with speed, spread hatred among people,” he said.

He said abuse of these applications should be addressed together by raising awareness on the ethics and proper norms of using sophistcated communition tools in this ultra-modern age.

Source: The Star

Basically, the Datuk Seri Dr. Rais Yatim has stated two major problems sprouting out due to Malaysian usage of the Internet and the way in which technology continues to evolve:

  1. Internet and telecommunication messaging is causing language deterioration
  2. Due to the characteristics of technology today, it is easy to spread bad rumours

Now, I can see on Twitter how everyone is being mean to the minister after what he said. I did a quick search on Twitter for #yorais and here are some random posts:

conancat: #yorais will probably figure out how to read all these tweets today 40 years later.
xniquet: Rais Yatim is so old he has to stick his dick in the freezer to get it hard. #yorais
menj: Rais is so old he thinks a browser is someone who shops at the mall #yorais
reiko67: I ask my 16months old son “Please finish #yorais before you go chase cats” just now.
MissyCheerio: Rais is so ancient that the word “past”,”history” and “sejarah” hasn’t existed. #yorais (So not funny, lah)
smubblerz: Rais is so ancient he told Adam and Eve not to berkhalwat #yorais

rais-kungfuRais Yatim gonna kung fu the crap out of all you people on Twitter!

So, yeah, that’s what you get really. Attack a community that isn’t necessarily united but one that can easily communicate with one another. Even mention they can spread bad rumoursreal fast. It’s like telling a big bully that hitting people is not nice – What do you expect to happen right after that?

Anyway, let’s look at this a little bit more constructively (Don’t worry, I shall try my best not to bore you).

1. “sms cos probs wif lang 8===>”

The issue of Internet and SMS slang causing problems with languages (not just Bahasa Melayu) has been a debate for a while now. I have seen several articles on News.com.au about this and a quick Google will get you to a Helium.com debate entitled “Is text messaging causing the destruction of the English language?”. At the time of this post the debate votes were tallied at 166 (58%) Yes and 121 (42%) No – Nothing extremely definitive, but it is a hot debate topic today. If you read the articles there you will be able to see that there are some very good points on both sides and so it brings me to this: Rais Yatim does have a point. Continuous usage of truncated spellings can become a bad habit.

Why is there so much negativity against this? Why, because most of us (looking around my age group or above) didn’t grow up with Twitter and Facebook. At early stages we went to school and didn’t have much access to these telecommunication devices. Hence, we already knew what proper English was. What worries me is Generation Z – It is undeniable that this problem can occur even today, what about our future leaders?

2. “Stop Saying Bad Things About Me!”

Now, the part about spreading bad rumours is just about the stupidest thing I have heard of. Malaysians always liked gossip and drama. This bad habit of Malaysians has always been around and blaming technology instead of thanking it for enhancing our communication just doesn’t make sense. If there was a problem with rumours being spread out, it should not be blamed on the communication medium and instead the users itself are to blame. But what’s so mean about bad rumours? Everyone loves drama, it’s why paparazzi and E! Entertainment exists: Plainly human nature.

All in all, I have to partially agree what was stated about text messaging… But apart from that, it sounded like he was just talking out of his ass. Trying to stop bad rumours is pretty much censorship and I’m sure Malaysia isn’t a communist country… Is it?

Oh, oh, my turn!

#yorais is so old he spins his saggy man titties to make mini helicopter propellers so he can fly high and stop the evil that is online social networking.

MissyCheerio is not so Cheerio

Why so grumpy, Cheellie? (Chee + Ellie = Chilli GET IT?) *Attempt 1*. Have I ever talked about one of my favourite-est person in Malaysia? I Missy (GET IT!?) *Attempt  2* her so much. You know what else I miss from Malaysia? Elly-chees ofcourse! (GOLD!) *Attempt  3*. Anyway, for some reason she has been moody recently, or so I have seen on her Tweets. I really hope this short little post will Cheerio (HAR HAR) *Attempt 4* her up. So stop being so moody and just Cheeeel (LOL) *Attempt 5*, please!

So there you have it – 5 attempts to cheer up my good ol’ buddy.

I will update this post soon with my very own rendition of Missy Cheerio.

Update:

Cheerio

Top 5 Coca-Cola Ads

As the 18th of January draws closer, my holiday ends – But with that, my next (and final) Industrial Training placement at Coca-Cola begins. So what is this post about? Nothing really, but I always loved the ads for Coca-Cola. Here are my top 5 Coca-Cola advertisements.

If you are into advertising, Coke has a $1.6 billion annual advertising budget – They care a lot about how they advertise their products so Coca-Cola is one of the best examples of great advertising.

5. Coke Superbowl 2008 Ad

I love this just because Stewie’s in it. Haha. But it’s still a good memorable commercial

4. Beautiful Coke Ad (Unknown Title)

It’s not often I love 3D animated commercials but this one is a beauty.

3. For Everyone (Malaysian version)

I always remembered this ad in Malaysia and I really like how it is both clever and patriotic at the same time. The original advertisement can be found here (I think).

2. Jerk it Out (Brrr!)

This was one of the best ads I’d seen in the movie trailers segment – Kept me going for ages. The ‘Brrr!’ phrase didn’t REALLY catch on but the ad definitely is one of my favourites.

1. Coca-Cola Formula

Cheekiest ad ever and I love it.

Boy, am I thirsty…

Malaysians that go abroad

Have you ever had one of those friends that went overseas and within a year came back with more than just souvenirs? I’m talking about those fake-accents. This is something I really dislike and can’t stand for. How does one become so immersed in their overseas home so much that they start to become a native?

I am 200% sure that I am not the only one who really can’t stand this… So what fuels this hate?

  1. You’re Malaysian. Speak like one!
    As patriotic as this may sound, it’s probably the number one reason. You’ve spent most of your life in Malaysia and  you should never forget your roots. We’re proud to be Malaysian and our accent is one of the things that makes us unique – which brings us to our second point. I have friends from Australia who returned from a exchange in America with not a sign of American on them yet Malaysians who can grab an accent within a months stay overseas.
  2. Are you ashamed of your accent?
    I’ll admit, Malaysian slang butchers the English language very harshly – But so what? Again, it is something we should be proud of and it’s not like we can’t control our slang. It’s not something to be ashamed of and by choosing another way of speaking (i.e. American, Aussie, etc.) you are just telling us how much superior you think those countries are. Why would you even do it? Is your personality not good enough for you to fit in with a group that you must attempt to sound like them? Yowch :P
  3. You just sound weird
    Being there for such a short period of time, there is no way your accent will even sound at all believable. This is where my argument takes the cake. It’s just funny how all these crappy imitators think they are speaking plopah ingleesh.
  4. Ignorance is not bliss
    The worst part is when you deny you have an accent when it’s so obvious (and fake). That’s when it annoys us all the most.
  5. You think they understand you easier overseas?
    I am sure they understand you fine – Many people have said that Malaysians that speak without “Lah”s and all that slang sound American. Since America is the influence of almost the entire world due to their media, nobody should have a problem understanding your English. Besides, having to learn how to speak like others doesn’t mean you have to forget your roots.

I understand yes, there is a level of reasoning behind learning the accent of the country you go to – But around Malaysians, just stick to the Malaysian accent. It’s trully a lot more than just an accent.

This post is random and not intended towards anyone. If you are feel this post is directed at you, then I am glad that I have raised awareness of this issue.

Rant of The Last Airbender

I caught an episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender on Nickelodeon the other day and it was actually a very enjoyable show. I decided to stream off some episodes and I got hooked.

So this is my new addiction. I’ve already seen the first season (that’s 8-10 hours) and I’m on the second now. However, this post isn’t really to just to talk about the awesomeness that is Avatar. I am here to talk about what is going to ruin this awesomeness.

I have a habit of Googling just about anything I am interested in, to read up more about it and I found something I stumbled upon months ago.

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The Last Airbender, the live action movie. Oh my dear god.

These kind of movies really depress me. We’ve already seen how badly Dragonball and Speedracer failed and now Avatar has to feel the evil clutches of Hollywood. There is something very wrong about this film and I’ll tell you what it is.

These live action films tend to really miscast their actors. Look at the live-action Dragonball – Even though 90% of the characters in the animated Dragonball are (Eastern) Asian, the live-action movie casted heaps of Caucassian actors. This is just stupid and a decision like this will never appeal to the fans. What is the reason behind this anyway? A hollywood movie HAS to have a white-boy as the main character? Is that how shallow American audiences are? I don’t think so. I don’t understand how hard it is to find Asian actors (particularly Chinese, Japanese or Korean for The Last Airbender). One of the major things that’s cool about Avatar is how the entire world is based on Eastern culture. So is Shyamalan going to just throw like 20 Caucasians into an Eastern world? There just isn’t a viable reason as to why this decision of casting was made.

I foresee a very bad review of this movie. I hate you, Hollywood for turning great things into piles of garbage.

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How is Dev Patel (above) possibly Zuko (below)?!

Zuko_by_c_dyHe’s EASTERN ASIAN.

Welcome Home, Gizmo!

Waking up at 8AM is bad. But had to go pick up Sonia from the airport yesterday so I guess it was only necessary. After this we journeyed north to pick up Gizmo. Now, if you don’t know who Gizmo is then you’ll find out soon (or you can click here).

IMG_0274After an hours drive, we finally arrived at the “Triple Crown Pet Resort” – How classy does that sound?

IMG_0276Lots of space for the dogs to run and play. I’m sure Gizmo had fun.

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Gizmo is one fat ass now. And his fur has grown back so he looks pretty poodle-y now too. Still love him to bits though.

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Look at how his fringe covers his eyes… Gizmo is an emo dog into alternative and indy music.

IMG_0295On the way back we spotted a warehouse selling fruits and vegetables named Mango One. Out this far from the city, the prices were so low I just couldn’t resist.

IMG_0301I bought myself 3 mangoes and… A LOT of cherries.

IMG_0307Yup, the two boxes filled this salad bowl up. Sorry about the blurness, I didn’t realize how blur it was. Lack of lighting when I took this photo.

IMG_0300The moment we got home, Gizmo had his bath. Note the intensity in his eyes as he sits for his treat.

Welcome home, Gizmo!

Mmm.. Time for some cherries…