Saturday, November 26, 2005

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Updates

The numbers are healthier looking this week :) We don’t even have to wait for December to kick in. If we keep this up until the end of the month, we just might be able to hit the budget. Juan & I are pleased!
Mom has been discharged from the hospital. It’s good to have her back in the house. House chores are so not my cup of tea.

Disappointed! I came out from The Director’s room on Wednesday morning empty-handed. Way earlier, I was promised that I will be given options – but in the end, there was only one choice – not mine but theirs. I’m sure Boss has a hand in this.

The ugly piece – Thursday Management Meeting. Very ugly and brutal. Will we survive?

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Calling Down An Angel

A short & painless week it was. The Director was not around; has flown over to the Orange Kingdom to defend our budget – this has allowed The Others and myself to roam free and wide. Nonetheless, Boss keeps a very close eye on us. Even when Boss is not around – there is always the “bacteria” who will be reporting back to Boss on how we have behaved.
Other than that, the figures have been shaping up well – we are still behind budget, but as long as we are making a positive margin, it’s good enough – for now. Hopefully, in the month of December, we will see a stronger public consumption which I believe will be able to stimulate the market. However, some local economics expert has claimed that domestic demand will be on the decline and a minor financial crisis is forecasted. Well, if only the rakyat has a pay rise – then with the extra disposable income, there will certainly be demand. And when there is demand, there will be supply – which is good for the businesses and the overall market. Simple economics principle. All goods & services prices are up yet the rakyat income remain unchanged, so where are we going to get the buying power to help this country? The inflation and income per capita numbers just doesn’t tally.
Next week is going to be boring – Tommy will be away in Bangkok. And I feel uncomfortable being in the same room with Joachim :(

Mom has been admitted to the hospital on Thursday morning for gall bladder. She is in stable condition. The family is very grateful for all the support and prayers from relatives, friends, neighbors and church members.

England and Australia are in the World Cup finals :)

Saturday, November 12, 2005


Is it an act of defeat…when you begin to accept things as they are? When you silently acknowledge that they are a permanent fixture in your existence? When you begin to see that this is nature’s law?

The news that Tommy brought forth to me on Tuesday evening – was very surprising; which added a new dimension to the game – yet it’s also a classic example on how capable some people are. If these people can do such thing to Juan & Jacques, obviously they can do the same thing to everyone else as well – including me; the newbie. Jacques will be leaving us in mid-December, which spoils my plan. With Joachim’s promotion, there is an encouraged possibility that I will be taken under Jacques’s wings since the both of us are so neutral plus the fact that Jacques has been a good mentor to me. I don’t want to be under Boss, I don’t even want to go near Aurora, Guillermo, Thor or Joachim. Nasty superiors! But with such upsets – everything is unpredictable. Everyone is replaceable and everyone is not secured. Time to find a new route :)

Sunday, November 06, 2005

No Merger!

A joint statement from both of the University’s Chancellors was released over the weekend. It read:

“…the feasibility study undertaken by the universities had revealed that a merger could be beneficial but that it would also be a highly complex & expensive process with no guarantee of success…there is a significant risk that the outcomes would not justify the cost, which could be as high as tens of millions of dollars over many years and the major reorganization & restructuring required…it is in the best interest of both universities…it is decided that the two universities would be better served at this point by continuing to explore research and other synergies but remaining separate institutions…in addition, Murdoch & Curtin will examine options aimed at increasing the viability of courses with low enrolments…”

A relieve :) I think with the announcement, Sir Walter Murdoch & everyone who associates themselves with Murdoch University will be celebrating Murdoch’s 30 years of brilliance (1975 – 2005) with pride. That is one identity that cannot be taken away from us.

I know that some universities are finding it difficult to compete in today’s strain student market. The landscape of the global education industry has transformed greatly over the years. As people are no longer isolated – domestic competition has revolve to regional competition that fights for the same pie and a declining economy means the lack of funding from the government – all this has make more and more academic establishments to find means to upgrade themselves, to re-brand themselves and some have even resorted to being more commercialized than others. The current trend is for universities to branch out by opening sister campuses in other regions. And with such composition of local and international presence, every country wants to be an education hub and the gold mine is the International Students (fully loaded cash cows) with the majorities coming from China and other parts of Asia. Nonetheless, the function and the integrity of a university should not be succumbed for money-making.

Newcastle kicked some balls and clinched a 1-0 win over Birmingham.
Liverpool beat Aston Villa 2-0. If they win more games, than they are no flukes in the European League.

Tomorrow – one step at a time. Remember to count 1 to 10 and breath.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

The Living & The Dead

The publicity of its debut release in this country was low-key and it did not generate the kind of hype that it deserves. However, the local press has heaped nothing but praises. Of course, it had occurred many times where the masses opinions can differ greatly from the critics. But a collaboration that sees Tim Burton at the helm with Johnny Depp & Helena Bonham Carter – I doubt any effort can go wrong.
The piece was no disappointment at all. The effervescent Creator who gave us ‘Edward Scissorhands’, ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ & ‘Sleepy Hollow’ delivered yet again another dark, quirky, original and out-of-the-ordinary tale. A story of tradition romance, optimism and a very lively afterlife (done in a cabaret performance); told in a classic Tim Burton’s style.
Set in the 19th century European Village is a story of Victor Van Dort – a nervous ninny who is inexplicably forced to marry a girl he’s never met – Victoria Everglot. We saw their love at first sight, we saw them falling in love. Unfortunately, this Mr. Van Dort could not get his marriage vows right (man!) during the wedding rehearsal (total screw-up). The scene moves on to where Victor practicing his vows in a dark forest. When he does get it right, he unwittingly places the wedding ring on a twig – without realizing that it was a finger bone; that belongs to a dead body. And with that, Victor was whisked away to the underworld and wed to a mysterious: CORPSE BRIDE!
It’s a good watch :)

The paintball session is off! :( Not enough kaki, unless…Trix, Ping, Seth & myself…joined Derek & Co.? An option – that needs serious consideration. It may do more harm than good.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005


Last night Halloween Party was a blast. Miss Klein ordered Domino’s, free face-painting & tattoo drawing from Ping, Tommy donated the balloons, Trix brought fruits and I sponsored a bottle of red wine; Cabernet Merlot from Commissioners Block. This may be the last.

(frown) The numbers said it all – it is so not impressive at all!
All those late nights, all those efforts – seems so unworthy right now.
There is so much to do, and I only can do this much. I feel that I really let Juan down :(
All of a sudden I feel drained. I have endured the last couple of months with positive thinking; but somehow I feel that they were just wishful thinking instead. I think I have seen enough, heard enough and feel enough. Maybe its time to move on. I know The Others feel the same way too – but they have loans to re-pay, family to support; where can they go? It’s good enough that we share the same contemplation :)

Happy Divali!