Yup, i finally met May today - the woman that is always so panicky all the time. Hahaha. And also the rest of the people whom i talk to on the phone every working day. They all look so different that what i have imagined.
Anyways, updates..where should i start..
I'm in Sara Lee Malaysia now, and no it's not a cosmetics company, at least not in Malaysia. They house our very own (and probably very nostalgic) brands, Ridsect, Ambi Pur, Brylcreem and Kiwi Shoe & Kiwi Kleen. Yup, i'm in my second FMCG in less than a year. Good experience - a whole lot of fun (and non-fun moments as well of course).
But i am leaving Sara Lee, in the coming months. Why? See link bloomberg. Anyway, so i began my search for a career move. And then i embarked on the lengthy yet efficient interviews that the financial institutions always have for fresh graduates (i'm considered fresh grad partly cause my convocation's only in July).
So i went to their training facility located somewhere in the outskirts of the Golden triangle area. Which i got lost. Which is exactly why if you are going to buy me a present, get me a GPS set. Anyway, yes, back to the story. I went to take their assessments, and there were roughly like 15? candidates there.
Then underwent the english, math and reasoning tests. And oh ho, there was this group debate thing where 8 of us were to be a "company's" HR team and we had to fire people. It was fun! Ok, not so much fun to fire people in real life, but in play-pretend, it's intense. We each had a candidate to defend and in the end we would have to choose only 3 to keep. So yea, intense debate.
I had one of my childhood friends at the assessment as well, vhey. Nice guy, and very easy to talk to, and no ladies (or gentlemen) he isn't available. Anyway, there was this girl who was super annoying and wanted to take control of the situation, she started off with defending her candidate, and then, she straight shoot people. Hahahaha. Then the other girl, feeling defensive, went and shoot her back immediately.
I sorta raised my hand (yes, school-kiddish, but it works), and proposed that we go in an orderly manner and not start bombarding each other as we were doing now. It went smoothly...until...it was time to "tembak" again. The two girls went at it, then another girl jumped into the picture, and next thing you know, they went and tembak vhey. Hahahaha. Luckily, he is good enough to stand up in a verbal contest with 3 girls (unless one of them is his gf).
So again...i raised my hand, and laid out the situation for them, and re-focused them towards choosing candidates to keep rather than choosing candidates to eliminate, which is very very messy. and again that girl kept going on and on. Her candidate is probably the most solid amongst all of us, but she was so annoying that i decided that i had enough and i went and sniped her. =P (figuratively speaking of course).
I didn't question her candidate, but rather her integrity. Which was easy, due to a blunder she made in assuming that the company that we are "working" for is a financial institution, but it was actually a manufacturing company. ( = so down she went. I do hope she got through though. I wouldn't know, i didn't see her at the next round.
The next round, again 8 people, two interview rooms with half stained glass walls. Vhey was again with me (i almost thought that he was stalking me, and i'm pretty sure he felt the same). Anyway, he went in to the room first, and then 10 mins later a girl went in to the other room. The girl's room...full of laughing ya know, and vhey's was so serious and all. I felt super nervous, in fact so nervous that i didn't even looked at the other candidates who were waiting like me.
The girl came out 30 mins later, and lo and behold, vhey only came out 10 mins after her. which means his interview was almost an hour. *die* then vhey came up to me and told me that i might be next to enter the room which he entered. the serious interview room. I was not too happy about that.
Went in, wished the two lovely ladies with the most cheerful good morning i could muster. Sat down, and laughed with them for an hour. Hahahaa. I don't know why, but they seem to be in good spirits and were very eager to talk to me. And at this point, i turned on what ever little charming skills that i had. And then they said i was so "interesting" that they did not had the chance to ask the standard questions. "like the candidate before you, mr.vhey". I told them that he was my childhood friend. Now they will think that all Tpg guys are "interesting". ( =
So that was the second round. Then came the 3rd round. Apparently it was a presentation and case study and interview. But when i came, and again vhey was there, we were told that it was only going to be an interview. I didn't know whether to smile or cry (especially with all that extra studying i did the night before). Vhey went in before me, then i was the last guy in (there were 5 of us).
Two head of departments were there to grill me. And they did. But mostly about myself and my family. When i went in the room "i imagined you to be taller, your picture looks really good". I smiled and said that i had a great photographer. Lol. THANK YOU AIMRAN! Anyway, we talked and talked a lot. Actually longer a bit than most cause i guess i was the last candidate, and they had time to spare cause they did "breeze" through the previous candidates.
So then...habis lo. Finished. I felt super tired and well, relieved that it was finally over and that i did everything i could. The next day, i had a call. "I wanted to call and tell you that you made it in, and we are happy to have you on board. But we have yet to finalize the offer letter because it's pending our director's approval and also your medical check ups and credit checks and criminal records check (huh?). - So it's about 80-90% done deal that you are in. I'd be the first to congratulate you once we have an offer letter ready".
So that was today. I should know if whether the director decides that my name is not as exotic as it sounds and would sign the letter already, and send me to the doctor, the banker and to the police to get myself checked out. ( =
i have no idea how to break the news to my boss. He will kill me, then bring me go out for a drink. lol. and you guys better pray that i get my letter k?
And which financial institution you ask? text me. I will definitely let you know over a cuppa.
Anyway, lids off to happenings in the life of this quite lazy blogger.
1 death, 7 (or so) surgeries and one near heart-attack later, i found life to be not as simple as i would have thought it would be. You see in movies how people can just pull the trigger and not be affected by it, maybe some would - but i definitely know that i would not have the assassin-like qualities that i thought i would have.
This one paragraph is to a dear friend of mine, to whom i did not attend his funeral because, i didn't know. Yes, i am an idiot who can't keep in touch with his friends. Why, i have no idea. He was one of my closest buds in high school, crazy lunches and even more crazy after school hours. He was to be a doctor, and a personal doctor of mine as well. People keep telling me that shit happens. Yes, shit happens, but it sure is a bitch when it does.
To you Ganesha, Salut. I'm sorry that my last drink with you was so many years ago, and now it will never come to pass again.
This other paragraph is to my family members, to which half the surgeries and one near heart attack is based upon. I know how well you all have been taking care about me. And you know that you people are my family, and i will do whatever i can to keep those bonds alive.
Lastly, this is to ano onna. I don't know which hospital bed you are lying in, but i hope that you are out of one now. You know when i first heard about it, i went speechless for the whole day. Talking about who's the patient huh? I guess that one very crazy thing that i did was organizing that birthday boy leg shaving party thing at your house. To tell you the truth, i could never forget that one night, especially when you told me that your dad's shaver was to be used on some kid's leg. ( =
And no, i have wanted to call you. Hell, i even gotten my parent's adopted indian son's number. But i never knew what to say. Which is a total bitch. Cause i can't act as i do - it sounds so pretentious. And i know you would want any sympathy from me, and that is where the darn conversation would lead to whenever i mention your condition. *yea la, i tengah emo ni* Lol.
Anyway, you have got to get better. And i know you're reading this. Or are you? Read k? They say that reading is good for the eyes...and a few other body parts. ( =
Well, when you're well enough to hold a cue stick, i will be the first to drive you out. And i will even support the Dragons. Ok, maybe the Dragons is pushing it. But there's a one time offer on dinner - where i will be your personal chef. And it's for 2 orang. But if you want fancy fancy, bring your own table cloth aye? And candles. And silverware. And a chandelier if you must.
Get well you very not so healthy people, and stop scaring the crap out of me. The most i would allow is one death per 5 years, so it's not your time yet.
How are you? I'm not doing all too great, 2010 just didn't come too well to me, so i'm going to skip the whole what-i-have-been-up-to routine. Instead, i shall post the very "necessary" Oscars/Grammy list thingie that i do *almost* every year. Actually i can't remember the last time i did it. So here goes ( =
Best Movie 2009 - UP. Yes, you read me right. It's UP. To be exact, only the first 10 mins of it was great, the rest was just good. But those 10 mins were enough to beat every other top grossing film. Well, that's my opinion of course:)
Best Actor 2009 - Robert Downey Jr (Sherlock Holmes) Why? Cause.. He's like a Tony Stark. Minus the money and that hot-rod red suit. ( = Why the movie wasn't the best of 2009? Cause it clearly has a sequel. That sorta killed it for me.
Best Actress 2009 - Siena Miller (Ana - G.I.Joe) Why? Cause men are stupid. And boys are even more so. ( =
Best movie soundtrack 2009 - Kara no Kyoukai. You obviously have not watched it have you? There's 7 of them. Get them all k? ( = The fight scenes are only great because of the soundtrack.
Best animated movie 2009 - Avatar 3D. Yes, it's not *just* an animation. *sigh* but the plot was so weak. (yes, i know i will be murdered for saying so). Just know that no Jap movies will ever make it into this list, because they take more than a year to get the darn dvd out of Japan. Meaning that no jap anime movie will ever be listed. Hahaha.
Best TV show 2009 - Castle. Why? Cause i have poor taste, and i only enjoy shows where there's only two characters in it. And also cause it's witty, annoyingly crazy, full of nutty puns, and there's always the lovely daughter who has to tuck her father in every night. I just love it. And so does ABC to have extended season 2 from 13 eps to 24 :)
Best Sci-fi TV Show 2009 - Fringe. I would have gone with Eureka, but they are so undecided on whether to continue it or not. Anyway, Fringe. Why not? You have a super-scientifically enhanced FBI agent who works with the man who experimented on her, and his son whom he pulled from another alternate world. And then there's that cow in the lab. ( =
Best Lawyer Show 2009 - Damages. Actually, i haven't started on season 2. So i don't know. But at the moment, no other lawyer show even comes close. Hahahaha.
Best Cop Show 2009 - Monk. Why? Cause it's ending. The crazy swirly scared of germs detective is going away for good. And for his last hurrah, the show's better than it has been for the past 3 years.
Best...Reality TV Show 2009? - Dirty Jobs. Reality doesn't get any more real when you can practically smell that *poop* that they are zooming into. ( = And oh, there was that lady with the duck feather pillow thing that definately could sell t-shirts.
Best Animated TV Show 2009 - Mobile Suit Gundam 00 S2. It was the crazy sacrifices, and the insane backstabbing, and all that drama, and twists and tear-jerking scenes and most importantly (well, at least to me), the mobile suits of course. Someone buy me a Cherudim 1/100 scale model for me *wink wink*
Best Song 2009 - The Day I Died by Just Jack. I would sing this song when i die. Well, at least i hope to. ( =
Best Artist 2009 - Amy Stroup. I admit. I have a very very soft spot for female singers. "Chin Up" is my fav. And soon to be Jas' theme song.
Best Album 2009 - FameMonster by Lady Gaga. Name me one person who haven't even heard her songs.
Best Car 2009 - Lambo Murcielago. Cause it's being discontinued. There was not one kid (unless you grew up in America) who didn't once looked at it and went wow. I caught a good look at one at Sunway, and i still went wow.