Monday, February 25, 2008
If you seen blog posts about my new apartment and my trip to hamburg, this means that I have successfully updated the blogs.
It is just under two weeks before I head home to Malaysia. I can't wait for that!
Thursday, February 21, 2008
At lunchtime, we, the Malaysian contingency in BAT Hamburg headed to Haus5, which is a restaurant across the road for their famous sausages. It has tomato sauce on it and sprinkled with curry powder.
I left the office at 3.00 and made my way back to Southampton whereby I arrive at about 9.00p.m. in the evening.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
GSDÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Europe Zone Meeting was to be held at Hamburg this year. I did not miss my chance to attend it although it is between my project deployment weekends. I flew British Airways which my peers have mentioned to have quite a reputation on delays. The in flight service was very poor and I can understand why people love Malaysia Airlines.
Song Yia picked me up from the airport yesterday and I was damn excited to see her after about a month apart. I took the chance in the morning to do some sight seeing before arriving at the zone meeting location in a hotel.
It was nice to see tons of colleagues from the Europe region and mapping the names to the faces. It was also a very good opportunity for me to expand my network. The meeting was very interesting with a lot of activities such as creating our master piece and also constructing IKEA furniture for a shelter home.
We also lighted up fireworks towards the end of the event and toasted champagne to a wonderful year 2007 was.
We soon had dinner at a restaurant which was walking distance away from the hotel. The food was glorious and very filling. I went for endless rounds and the beer made me full at the end.
There was Salsa dancing whereby the crowd took on the floor.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
I am happy that I have finally moved in to my new place. The only downside is that there is no internet which I live for.
Well, the moment I got home, I headed straight away to ASDA to get a Digital Set Top Box. This will allow me to tune into over 30 free digital channels better than the 5 free channels that airs.
I am unsure how these channels earn money but I bet it is from advertising. It was recently highlighted that the sales of Set Top Box have surpass SKY (The equivalent to ASTRO in Malaysia) and other cable providers.
The setup of this is easy and took less than 5 minutes. The reception is depending on your location as I remembered when I stayed at Queensway, London, I only managed to receive limited channels and it was depending on the weather. Reception here have so far been very good.
I will be hunting for my internet provider next which I hope will in return give as much value as Freeview.
Monday, February 18, 2008
It has already got a new phone line fitted in but lacking the internet which I hope will be sorted out soon.
Here are a few pics of my new pad.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
I spent the night at Horsley Court which is BATÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s International training Center. I have always wanted to come here ever since I heard of its existence. Staffs that are nominated for international trainings will attend them here from all over the globe.
Outside Horsley Court
I had a chance to be here thanks to my new team. Here are a few of the pictures I took of Horsley Court.
The rooms are very nice and comfortable.
iBase for iPod owners to play their music
All for now and I promise regular posts and updates... and Happy Valentine's Day everyone!
A heap of documentation was sent to me but I never bothered reading them carefully but in terms of expectations, I knew we were supposed to wear clothes that we no longer want. In my mind, I was saying how dirty could we get and only pack minimal change.
After everyone arrived, we took a drive to Surrey Paintball Center where our ordeal begins. I was told that I did not have proper shoes and luckily they found some for me. We put on an army like camouflage jumper on and proceeded to our first challenge after being split into team yellow and blue.
Me in Team Yellow
Team Yellow & Blue
We had to go through a course in the cold and muddy tracks while carrying a tire each. It looks really easy but I slip several times trying to negotiate the slopes.
Sliding Off A Slope
After the assault course, we continued the day with tug of war, shooting range and javelin throw. Soon it was lunch and we were told to remove our jeans underneath our jumper as we were going to get wet up to the waist. I thought to myself that they were mad and a bit hesitant because of the cold.
I Made A New Friend
When we were next to the river, something took over and everyone decided to go ahead and do the full course. We started running through the ice cold river and going through obstacles. It was a combination of a commando like training circuit. The muddy surface made it harder. I jump into ice cold freezing water, crawl under barb wires (I was told they were rubber look a likes after the event), squeeze my way through barrels and slide down muddy slopes. Although our team did not win, I walked away with this amazing experience.
Tyre Wall in the River
Ice Cold Water Waist Deep!!
Everyone At The End of the Course
Second Place (Note the Loser Sign by the Marshall)
I was exhausted at the end of the day but spent some time in the chill out room of Horsley Court which is BATÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s International Training Center with lodging facilities.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Ever since I landed here in the UK and undertaking a work of this scale, I never thought I would cope. I am thankful of the opportunity given and also the challenge ahead. The pressure of moving and managing a project at the same time never appealed to me but I believe I am prevailing.
I have survived through the first weekend of project deployment and am thankful for the support I have received from the people around me. The project was indeed a success based on the feedbacks I have received.
This experience has teached me to make key decisions and trust my instinct more. I used to get worried about petty things that distract me from my focus or main goals. It is also usual occurrences that I panic on things that can wait. Prioritization will be the right word or the solution I suppose. It is something that I am working towards achieving a balance of which I am sure that I can master with true dedication.
I have good news for tomorrow as I will be joining my new team for an event at the companyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s main training hub. I would be waking up at 6.00a.m to get a train from Southampton to get myself there. I haven't packed yet but I am very keen and looking forward to yet more life enriching experiences there. I will bring my camera to snap a few pictures.
Thinking about things, I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t wait for this weekendÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s deployment and also making my way to Hamburg next week for a company meeting.
I promise pictures in the upcoming posts.
Take care everyone!
Friday, February 08, 2008
The odds according to the website is 1 in 76,275,360 to take home the jackpot and it was mentioned during our lunchtime conversation that it was equivalent to President Bush marrying Britney Spears. I know what you think! Very unlikely but not impossible :)
However, the odd of winning is 1:24 which means I can potentially walk away with some prize money.
Well, I have bought my share of tickets on the way home by giving Song Yia and my family a call. Each one of them gave me a set of numbers which I place a bet on. Each entry cost Ã‚Â£ 1.50. I have to declare that I don't have a gambling problem but 95 Million is just to good of an offer to refuse.
4 Chances of Winning GBP 95 Million!
Now, let me dream about what I want to do with all that money! GBP 95 Million equals to RM 597.235 Million. (est 6.3 forex rate) I will share my winnings with my loved ones and a generous sum to charity.
Well, I will check the results tomorrow. (Typing it while using the power of attraction)
Monday, February 04, 2008
A guy named Kyle Macdonald started out with a red paper clip and a blog post with the aim of trading it for a house and he eventually achieved it a year later with 14 trades.
Wow, a paper clip for a house! I would really want to do that. There is even more that he is gaining from that venture such as book rights and also movie rights.
This is just amazing because anyone that would propose that idea to me will just leave me laughing but who has got the last laugh now.
Well, enough said and this shows that nothing is impossible. So I would start, anyone want to trade a red pin with a house? (I am willing to negotiate)
Sunday, February 03, 2008
It is Milk Chocolate with Smooth, Chewy Nougatine and Crisp, Crunchy cereal filling like what its says on the packaging.
The first time I had this was in 2003 when I bought a pack from the Post Office near my University. It was love at first taste with this bar and I occassionaly buy them whenever I come accross it.
When I stumbled upon a pack of 5 in ASDA for roughly the price of 2 bars if I were to buy them individually, I couldn't help it by buying it.
Well, I haven't had a chance to find them in Malaysian stores but will bring back some extra for anyone who is interested when I return in March.
Old Fish Market
Saturday, February 02, 2008
Earth hour started in Sydney in 2007 as a campaign to create awareness on climate change. It attracted 2.2 million participants and numerous businesses. This year, it has grown in size and is a global movement.
All the campaign is asking for is for you to pledge in turning off your electricity for an hour on March 29th at 8.00 p.m. (I do not know who selected that hour and why it is so significant)
Here is a quick video that I extracted from the website:
Click here to join the campaign on turning off your electricity for an hour on March 29th at 8.00 p.m.
There are a list of cities taking part and I am dissapointed that London and Kuala Lumpur is not! I sure hope the list of cities will grow over time.
It is kind of like Al Gore's Inconvenient Truth but I have pledged to participate, so why don't you? Every little helps.
Friday, February 01, 2008
The Checkboxes game is to test how fast you can react to doing a continued task. It gives you 20 seconds to tick the most boxes. My personal record is 47 ticks.
This game is in one small exe file and you may run it without needing any installations.
Click here to download the file now!
I have not release this to download sites yet at the moment but plan to do so.
I hope you enjoy it.