Xiao Bai, RIP

Our beloved pet dog passed away “not so peacefully” this morning. He must be too saddened that Steve Jobs is leaving on his own and decided to accompanied him to a better place.

Every single days will not be the same again without you wagging your tails, greeting us ‘good morning‘ or ‘welcome home‘. Although my sandals and slippers will no longer be part of your diet but you will forever be missed.

Unfair My Foot!

What will you do first if you want to resign from your current job? You would talk to your manager, wouldn’t you? Your reporting manager, that person’s name in the box above yous, connected with a solid line. Right? I did that today, to officially initiate my so-called disengagement process.

My situation is a little different. See, I used to worked and report to Manager Selfish (Let’s call her that). Then, there was an organisational restructure and I was aligned to a new team under Manager I-Think-Right but still doing the same job for Manager Selfish. Some times later, Manager I-Think-Right did a bad job and Manager Aussie took over. She is a fine manager, as far as I’m concerned. So, even in this situation, you would still need to talk to your direct manager, right? In my case, Manager Aussie.

I need to get all these sorted out so that I can start my new job as soon as possible. I do not have the obligation to inform Manager Selfish of my resignation but since I am still doing work for her account and out of courtesy and respect, I decided to inform her. I called on her mobile as she was away on medical leave. It was fine in the beginning of the call but her tone immediately took a sharp U-turn when she knew that I have talked to Manager Aussie. She said in Mandarin, “你这样做,很不公平咧” — meaning what I did was unfair to her. I think she has forgotten that I am not her direct report anymore. But what the fuck. It’s my career for God’s sake. Why do I have to care whether this is fair or not. With the Concierge project on hold and giving us no specific time frame but just a “on hold, standby, any time”, she expect me to stay? She also said what I did made her look bad. Like I care.

Since she has such perception of me, I no longer need to be nice with her. I’ll need to prepare for her return next week.

Happy Birthday!

I don’t really do celebration, other than dinner with family and candle-blowing at home. Although it is just like a normal everyday, there was a bitter one too. It happened 3 years ago, on October 2nd, 2 minutes past midnight. I was on my way to meet with Ann and Louise at Pavilion, KL. For only God knows why, instead of turning left, I drove straight into a deep and wide monsoon drain. My car was badly damaged and I broke my right collarbone. Surprisingly, I still managed to call them up to let them know that I can’t join them anymore. I was sent to the nearest hospital and they rushed over to see how I was doing. I thank God for I am still here.

Back to present. Birthday wishes started pouring in, text messages, WhatsApp and on my Facebook wall. There are two very interesting messages:

It’s your birthday. So that makes you one year older. Hahahaha. Nuff said. Happy bday and enjoy your weekend. And just take up the offer. Cyberjaya is just too freaking far to find you for lunch.
— From my buddy of 13 years and confidante

Happy birthday. One year old, fast fast get outta HP.
— From colleague and a friend

In a little 2 hours plus, birthday would be over. Every year, it is a day which you would be looking forward to and when it is finally here, the day seems so short.

Anyway, I wish I have the best on this day and the rest of the year! Happy Birthday!