I got an offer to pursue Masters from ECU Perth. I was very delighted and happy of the offer but there are just too many things to be considered.
First thing I did was to hid my birthdate on Facebook. Just for fun. Last year, I changed my birth date to a date that correspond to my lunar birthdate. And, my page was flooded with birthday wishes with family wondered if they had been remembering the wrong date for the past 20 plus years. 😛
This year, my Facebook wall is pretty quiet (that’s good). The first to wished me was Adrian via SMS. He is an ex-colleague of mine in HP. I wouldn’t say he is very close to me but we shared a lot of thoughts, especially about the stupid concierge project. It was quite surprising that he’d remember my birthday. Wishes came through SMS’es and Whatsapp message from few close friends.
Exactly midnight of 2nd Oct, I updated my birthday on Facebook and weird enough birthday messages started to flood my wall. It was really puzzling and I wondered if they did realise it was already a belated one. =.=”
A great birthday to me!
I have made a wrong decision!
There has been an update for WP, for a looooooong time but I did not update it because my hosting does not have the supported version PHP. I ignored the update all these while, until yesterday.
I checked with the support if they are going to upgrade PHP to the latest version. He said they will but not sure when (what???) and he suggested to switch from current Windows hosting to Linux. Without thinking twice, I said ‘Yes’!
While FTP’ing to my hosting, I saw a folder in the root directory – cgi-bin – it reminds me of Movable Type. Previously, I had trouble installing MT. So, I thought… no harm trying again. I downloaded the latest MT, followed the instructions and dang… same error message like before. Tweaked around and finally got something new, managed to see the configuration wizard and I happily filling up and clicking away. Next — Missing Database Modules. What the… Gave up and back to WP.
Another problem, the database I have exported earlier could not be imported to my new hosting. Some SQL errors. OMG! All my posts are gone!
Can I say lucky? I have WP installed on my iPhone and I could still find old posts in there. Now, I have to retype every single posts back in again.
Holidays are supposed to clear our mind. I am on the last day of my fortnight leave from work and yet I am feeling more exhausted than it should be, especially after I was being told of something on the day before. It makes me ponder again about the choice I have made last year. Was it the right thing to do? Why it has to be like this? Why me?
Previously, I have a plan to move to another country, on a long term basis or rather, permanently, if things goes well. But it was held up by a lot of circumstances. With all these happening, I’d guess it is giving me enough of determination to proceed with my plan.
With all these vague description, I’d doubt I will have a clue of what I am trying to tell here, if I happen to revisit this post again but hell! Let’s fight for our own bright, bright future!
You have been gone for 10 years but it still seems like yesterday.
I am doing fine. A little ups and downs are a norm. Some thoughts are playing in my mind recently. I have some plans but not sure how to proceed and I wished you were here to get me through. But worry not, I’ll manage it because I know you will be around.
A happy belated birthday to you and love always.
People die only when we forget them. If you can remember me, I will be with you always.
No, I am not getting a koala bear as a pet.
It is actually a name Belle gave to her baby brother, whenever we asked what to name him. My sister-in-law gave birth to a healthy baby boy this evening. He has a very special date/time of birth – May 21st 2012 @ 5:21PM.
Coincidentally I am on leave. Together with Mom and Belle, we went to the hospital. We headed to the room number that Gor gave us but could not find it. So, we decided to wait at Starbucks while having a cuppa. I tried to call his mobile several times but he is not answering and then he finally sent me a short message, “He is here!” We quickly finish our drinks and couldn’t wait to see him but unfortunately the kid doctor was not there yet to check him. At the end, we decided to go back home first.
We went back to the hospital again at night, with Dad. The nurse was bathing him and told us to wait for a short while… Almost an hour passed, close to 10PM but not a single sign of him. A quick check with the nurse, they were keeping him in a box to get him warmer and asked us to wait for another while. As we had not have our dinner yet, we decided to come back the next day.
I remember I was walking away from office. There was a downward slope, exactly like the one when I once lived. I saw a brown-furred lioness laying on the other sidewalk and was alerted of my presence. As I saw it in a “ready” stance, I slowly turned around and head to the opposite direction. I looked back and saw it started walking. Startled by its action, I quicken my pace and eventually started running. The next part was a little fuzzy but I remember seeing a tree and realising that I am not able to run away from it, I climbed onto the bald tree.
There is a boy trying to make the lioness away by surprisingly, it looked like they were playing with each other and no harm was done to the boy. Crowds began to gather around the tree and they didn’t look threaten by the presence of the lioness nor it actually realise the presence of the crowd. It started to circle around the tree accompanied by 2 more lions or some animals that resemble a lion.
I wanted to grab my phone to make an emergency call but my phone and other possessions were on the ground. I saw a girl talking on a phone. I shouted at her to dial for emergency. I was not sure if she heard me and do as I said or she ignored me. Then, I saw the brown-furred lioness on its two hind legs, picked up my mobile and started dialing a number.
And that was when my alarm rang. Dang!
A week long holiday is gonna end soon and tomorrow will be a new beginning. I’m not sure if this is how I felt before my first day with HP.
My feeling now? It’s like a flat like with few up-hike occasionally. It’s not that I’m not happy with the new job or feel excited. I’m able to relax perhaps I knew that I have somebody I know in there and there will always be help in case I need it. Unless they don’t want to help me. 😛 People rarely feel excited when they are about to enter a new, unfamiliar environment. They should be scared or nervous but I’d guess the excitement covered it all.
Someone once hinted at me, not to mind if people are saying that I go there because I want to be with them. Of course, she knew that it was not the reason why I applied and accepted the offer or it’s because that I am desperate to get a new job. Maybe a little but thinking back, if I was desperate, I would have accepted previous offers instead but I know what are my priorities. Thus, I never did until this offer.
I do not have the obligation to explain my actions to anyone else except myself and perhaps my family. If I am able to brush things off just like that. 🙂
Wishing myself all the best and smooth sailing ahead with a new beginning!
The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.
Most of my colleagues are staying far away from me – PJ, Subang, Ampang and etc. They came all the way to Kepong for my farewell dinner. Actually, it was Sky who suggested to go to Menjalara’s Ketam Steamboat Restaurant for dinner. There were Sky, Lai, Bryan, Gan, Poh Keong + wife and Stanley + GF. We talked, laughed and joked… comparing to yesterday’s lunch… duh~
Going out with these bunch will never end with just dinner. They decided to go for second round at OverTime nearby (Wisma Fiamma). Coincidentally, Billy was attending a wedding dinner next door and he joined us after that. The guys were enjoying among themselves while I talked with the 2 ladies + Lai. Haha! He had sex change that night. We had a mini barrel of Starker and a bucket of Tiger, which tasted awful when mixed with leftover Starker.
It was almost 1am when we finally called it a day. At least everyone was still sober and safe to drive home.