Saturday, January 31, 2015

100 Days of Happiness - Day 41 to 50

It was on the 2nd January 2015 that Anne and I were traveling to Ha Long Bay, visiting thousands of a beautiful limestone karst isle, about 4 hours journey from Hanoi city. The hotel has helped us with the ground tour arrangement. We did nothing else but spent the whole day at the most special attraction in Vietnam. This place must be added to your basket as a must visit place before you die. Trust me, it's worth the journey. You could see what I and the rest who had visited share about  our experience in the Trip Advisor.

Day 41 of happiness: Ha Long Bay @ descending dragon bay, features thousands of limestone karst and isles in various size and shape. It was a great opportunity to circle about 10% by cruise of what the late Vietnamese poet Nguyen Trai described as "rock wonder in the sky" #100daysofhappiness#wonderoftheworld — at Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
As soon as we arrived at the hotel from a long trip back to Hanoi city, we ordered a special seafood fried rice from the reception. It was so good but slightly expensive. We transferred all photos from our cameras inside the MacBook. The next day, on 3rd January 2014 (was my official last working date in IJM), we gathered our belonging nicely and took a last stroll in a nearby area for photo. We wanted to be early at the airport to catch a Malaysia Airline plane back home and at the same time to do a last minute shopping there. Unfortunately that the Hanoi International Airport is a new airport.  It does not 100% operational, their free duty shops are still empty. Nevertheless our last coffee at the airport, the chicken that we had on the plane and sharing our experience with MAS stewardess are indeed priceless.

Day 42 of happiness: coming home with MAS, the Malaysian Airlines is something yo be proud as a Malaysian who proud & unconditional love to the country  #100daysofhappiness #supportmas#supportmalaysia

On day 43, 4th January 2015 the reality started striking my head. I have to be ready for classes as well as to get ready mentally for working at a new place. Below are the modules, statute and act that I collected after having lunch with Dr Ali & Devaraj on 22nd December 2014. It was left untouched. Since I'm taking 5 law paper for this year's exam, I better plan early and make sure not to repeat a last minute study like I did last year. I was too overly confident that I am a master in contract  but I failed a Contract Law paper. I believe I am the laughing stock of the university. How could an experience Contract Manager failed a Contract Law?

Day 43 of happiness: vacation is over! Back to a reality where daily routine, duties & obligation awaited #100daysofhappiness #readinglaw #staypositive
On the 5th January 2015, I was early at Menara Gamuda reporting for work. We had a short briefing by the HR department. The other 2 new employee and I were given a brief introduction about the Group. I was first involved with Gamuda way back in 2002 when MMC, where I worked at that time was entered there first joint venture project, i.e. a Smart Tunnel. MMC sent me to do due diligence and at the end of the assignment, I end up begging my boss to join the project team neglecting the promotion and the seniority. It was a good decision as the experienced that I gain in 5 years was priceless. When the Head Hunter arranged for the interview, my former colleague has given a good recommendation to the bosses. I was assigned to Underground MRT with most of my former colleague. Syahirah and I celebrated 5th January 2015 by having a good meal at Secret Recipe and I bought a trilogy of Fifty Shades of Grey since I heard the film is banned in Malaysia. Believed me, I finished reading the whole 3 books in a WEEK, whilst I will immediately fall to sleep when I read my law book.

Day 44 of happiness: 5/1/2015 is indeed a glorious day. A new beginning to positive vibes, opening a new chapter of book etc. Ended it well with chocolate brûlée and ice blended vanilla mocha — at Secret Recipe, Jusco Cheras Selatan.
I back to the office on the 7th January 2015 re-arranging my new workstation in shocking pink. Gus  Kladoz has presented me with a nice note book from MMC (in yellow color) given to him by 1 of MMC's director. On the same day, I received office access card and a brand new HP laptop. All set and ready to work. My first assignment was helping someone who does not really welcome the ideas. But, lucky me as I received my proper assignment a week later. All happy, nothing to complaint as I'm dealing with majority of my former colleague. Life is good!

Day 45 of happiness: First day at work, 07012015. Having a bright colours at the workstations to brighten a new work place with mostly new items except the mug. Could not leave the mug behind as I have a fond memory of "we deliver" motto & the friends that stays dear to my heart forever  #100daysofhappiness — at Southgate Malaysia.
The new work has kept my mind too occupied where I use my brain a lot more than before. It tire me out easily. By weekend I will be too exhausted with Saturday classes. Hubby was worried and suggested I quit Law School. Hmmm, it's true that age is catching up on me and I should not be having too many wish list in a basket. What else did I want to gain, added him. Maybe he knew that I'm actually doing that because I'm preparing myself to meet the Creator. I should be enjoying doing all this thing as I want to die as a happy person. As I write this, rest assured I just grasp the whole situation. I'm adapting to the new environment and enjoying what I've been at, as is where is. My life is indeed a true bless. Full of happiness. I started to use staircase from Basement 1 up to Level 8 where my office are while picturing a golf course view as motivation. It does help to stabilize my physical and mental fitness. 

Day 46 of happiness: I did something incredibly awesome today. Climbing a staircases all the way up from B1 to Level 8 has brought so much triumph! #100daysofhappiness #keepfit — at Southgate Malaysia.

Few real estate agent has contacted about my condominium. The first agent, Shirley has introduced me to my tenant, a beautiful Malay couple. They are the first one that I took to view the condo but they turned down the offer initially as they said the water fountain sounds from the balcony is too noisy. They further said that there will be no privacy as people could easily see them from the common area. Shirley asked me to lower down my asking rental of RM3,000 but I did not gave in. In the end, they came back and accepted my offer saying that after a month of looking, they concluded that my unit has the best view as well as the most private compared to the higher floor. I was there on 11th January 2015, for the 1st time, taking time exploring the whole building where I discovered its beauty. You may checked what I wrote in A Condominium Unit For Rent.

Day 47 of happiness: final check done! The condo is now open for rent. Good to stay in February 2015 #100daysofhapiness #lookingfortenant — at Persiaran Alam Damai Cheras.

The same Sunday, I was desperately looking for a masseuse as my body was really aching due to a stress adapting to a new environment. Hubby has recommended me to Thai Odyssey which is located inside AEON shopping mall just within our housing area. The girl who did the massage is really good at her work. I was satisfied and I tied the bracelet that I bought in MBK Mall, Bangkok to her arm as a token of appreciation before saying my farewell. 

Day 48 of happiness: remembering Anny, a Siamese masseuse who is very good at giving her client a refreshing aroma therapy massage. Missing her touch as she's so good at her work. She deserved to get my bracelet from the city of Angel  #100daysofhapiness#mahaldontcare #thaimassage — at Thai Odyssey, JJ Balakong.
My former Senior Project Manager in my Smart Tunnel time has taken me out for welcoming lunch on 22nd January 2016. He chose Tupai Tupai restaurant where we had his farewell way back in 2006, him leaving for Doha International Airport project. We came here again after 8 years to celebrate our new collaboration in MRT project as a team mate, both coming from the same side of the Joint Venture company. Nothing much has change to this place except the jungle has now been left in smaller area. Those days we still can hear birds chipping happily while we enjoyed our food. But, with the building next to it, has occupied the birds home, I did not see the bird presence anymore. Well, a good food surrounded with a good company was what I concluded that day.

Day 49 of happiness: returning to this place after 8 years is a moment to remember and be happy about. No major changes to the ambiance similarly to my group lunch date today. We are all remain the same good old people  #100daysofhappiness #cherishlife#cherishfriendship — at Tupai Tupai.
There's a coffee shop just across the other block. My office colleague were telling me that all coffee lovers especially most of the expatriate who worked in our office enjoyed their coffee so much. Being a coffee lover myself, I decided to visit. On my third visit, the coffee boy has drawn my cup beautifully that made me a bit reluctant to throw the cup away. How small thing, a kind gesture can made someone very happy. I wish that all of us will start spread loves and compassions around us as even a tiny effort has given a lot of impact to others. Like that coffee boy has made my day on 23rd January 2015.   

Day 50 of happiness: had a new friendship with the coffee guy across the block. This is what I get in return. A creative way he pronounce my name & a cheerful smile as drawn by him  #100daysofhappiness#coffeelover — at Southgate Malaysia

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