Thursday, June 30, 2016

Another Bullshit Night in Suck City

Afternoon movie date with Miss Klein @ MBO Subang Parade.


I enjoy this movie very much. Of course, it’s sad that…when you have the money, the resources, you still choose to end it (euthanasia)…instead of living it. But then again, it’s debatable.

Well, I really enjoy the simple story line but what I love the most is the chemistry and the dialogue between Louisa Clark and Will Traynor. So witty, so humor, so much fun, so much lawak buruk, so much crappyness in it…but all in all, it was fill with so much love, admiration, hope and what life is suppose to be.

There is so much for us to live for and I am going to make each moment counts.

The Bumblebee tights was hilarious. The red dress; what a bomb it is :) Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin = perfect cast.

The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things

Euro 2016 is on…but don’t know leh…just don’t have the football feel to it.
As usual…another disaster outing for England…can lost to Iceland somemore. Iceland is not even a football country, don’t even have expensive EPL players…really kalah teruk and malu betul :(

Friday, June 24, 2016

Taking Notice

Why do humans more quickly see what’s wrong than what’s right? We are more likely to remember rudeness than kindness. Crimes seem to receive more attention than acts of generosity. And disasters grab our attention more quickly than the profound beauty all around us.

But then I realize I am the same way with God. I tend to focus on what He hasn’t done rather than on what He has, on what I don’t have rather than on what I have, on the situations that He has not yet resolved rather than on many He has.

When I read the book of Job, I am reminded that the Lord doesn’t like this any more than I do. After years of experiencing prosperity, Job suffered a series of disasters. Suddenly those became the focus of his life and conversations. Finally, God intervened and asked Job some hard questions, reminding him of His sovereignty and of everything Job didn’t know and hadn’t seen.

When you think of all that’s good, give thanks to God.

Four Ways To Look

Look Up And Pray – we can tell God everything and be honest about our feelings. We can ask Him anything. His answer may not come right away or in the form we want or expect, but He won’t criticize us for asking.

Look Back And Remember What God Has Done In The Past For You.

Look Forward.

Look Again.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

So Stewart and Celtic had a discussion on the next step after Mrs. Simon leaving…but whether Stewart had a discussion with Celtic on Celtic’s issues…I certainly have no idea. Well, it looks like…according to what Celtic told me…Mrs. Simon is confirm on leaving…Stewart would like Celtic to back up Stewart for the time being…when the time comes, I will take over Mrs. Simon portfolio…probably with Wayne park under me. Not now…as they see good progress and improvement in the categories that I am taking care off, and I was surprised that Celtic mentions that Celtic did not do anything at all but it was me who steady the ship. THANK YOU GOD, PRAISE TO THE LORD, BLESS YOU GOD – for the people that God put alongside me to make this happen.

Now…this is a time of Preparation & Protection. My time is in God’s hands. My priorities, focus and assurance to Stewart, Celtic & D31 is that I will finish off all of the Category Reviews, on paper and hope at the store level as well plus the CNY 2017. Delivering stability will be important for now. I am not looking at the long term at the moment. There is no need for a precise timetable today…but expectations need to be managed. After that…I will decide whether I shall stay or leave.

By the way…today is my 100th Day with The Japanese :) I don’t know…maybe I need a bigger platform or something…maybe I have grown up…maybe I need more…I don’t know.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea

Stewart: But honestly I like where u r…coz I see improvement in the cat. But I cannot give u ur increment. So this can be my second chance. But oso is not guarantee.

Me: I am counting days…u know tat…let me get back to u…but no telling Celtic.

Stewart: Wat u mean counting day?

Me: I can’t fit into the culture.

Stewart: Y? I thought u getting more comfortable? Than if u think is better u stay. Than I get in another buyer to share the workload.

THANK YOU GOD, PRAISE TO THE LORD, BLESS YOU GOD – for your love, faithfulness, goodness and favorability in every step that I take.

Nah…no guarantee of increment also. Let Christine have the DM post. Increase by RM300 is not worth it for this DM post. As long as Stewart help smoothen my job and back me up all the's all good for now.

Go Fever

Hahaha…I told Stewart that among all of the retailers that I have worked with; the Dutch, the local, the French, the Hong Kies…the English really suited me very well.

If I don’t take up the Mrs. Simon portfolio – I will not have my additional salary increment. And I guess that Stewart will expand Celtic’s portfolio by parking Mrs. Simon categories under Celtic and the work will be equally be divided between Christine, Wayne and myself. Unless, they give the DM post to Christine...

How now…to leave or not to leave…if leave…go where? Mana?

Our ambitious human nature relentlessly tempts us to make ill-advised choices. Yet we are also prone to a fear that can make us overly cautious.

When we take our eyes off the Lord, we’ll slide into one of two extremes. We’ll impatiently rush ahead without Him, or we’ll cower and complain in fear. Focusing on Him brings courage tempered with His wisdom.

Before making a quick decision, consider why you want to make it quickly. Consider if it will honor God and what it might cost others. If you are afraid to make a decision, think about why that might be. Most of all Pray!

A moment of patience can prevent a great disaster.

I am not going to do anything...let God do it for me :)

The Zero Tolerance Approach To Punctuation

Stewart told me that Mrs. Simon wants to resign. Ok…the intention is there but whether Mrs. Simon have submitted the resignation letter officially or not…I have no idea…or whether Stewart manage to convince Mrs. Simon to stay at the very last minute…I also not sure…here is also 3 month’s notice anyway…so basically anything can happens. Celtic thinks that Mrs. Simon is using this to get additional increment because Mrs. Simon tried this tactic before. That was how Mrs. Simon got promoted as a Division Manager by Stewart previously.

Stewart asks me whether I want to take up the Division Manager and the department or not. Since its 3 months notice…Stewart said that I can do what I need to do in my current portfolio, even do the CNY 2017 before heading to the new department. I told Stewart that I think about it first.

Stewart was thinking that I take up Mrs. Simon’s portfolio; an opportunity to fight for my salary increment…Captain Johnson pula suggested that Christine can take over my portfolio. This is the interesting part...did this Captain Johnson casually suggested Christine or Christine volunteer herself...

The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies Of The Apocalypse

Honestly many buyers now u r one I respect. U good. U keep ur word and u settle issues.

THANK YOU GOD, PRAISE TO THE LORD, BLESS YOU GOD – for giving me the spark of inspiration, the magical wisdom, Your favorability in whatever I am doing, for bringing the people to rally around me, to support me, for Your encouragement, for Your assurance, for Your Faithfulness.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time

Is this call bitching…nah…I don’t think so…I only speak the truth.
Stewart and I were discussing something on work related matters…don’t know how it jump into the Celtic’s topic conversation.

THANK YOU GOD, PRAISE TO THE LORD, BLESS YOU GOD – for giving me the opportunity to voice up.

(1) Stewart also notices that Celtic is very free. Not doing anything. I make a big laugh :) Stewart mention that Celtic is the Project Leader for this Hari Raya Event…but Celtic didn’t do anything…Stewart have to do on behalf.

(2) I told Stewart that Celtic talks a lot…Stewart said that Celtic is so free mah…hahaha…

(3) Stewart also realizes that Celtic is not good at doing presentation. I can only say that Celtic’s one and strongest strength is nailing down the suppliers. Of course, I did not say this to Stewart out loud.

(4) Stewart told me that right now…whatever work that Celtic is doing…is just to give Stewart’s face only.

(5) Celtic told Stewart that back in G13, Celtic is very free. Of course, Celtic have 2 assistants initially, no pressure of Buying Income back then, only need to boost up sales.

(6) But to be fair, according to Stewart…last year Celtic did save the whole Division on Buying Income.

(7) Stewart finds Celtic cannot embrace change. Still stuck in the old ways of doing things. Stubborn. In denial.

(8) Stewart will find the time to speak to Wayne as Stewart find Wayne is not sure what to do anymore on the job. I told Stewart this…before my arrival, Wayne has a role to play in the department…but after my arrival, I think Wayne is also lost and not sure of the role that Wayne needs to play in the department. Celtic did not provide the direction. I would love to coach & manage Wayne myself but I cannot be seen as over powering Celtic.

(9) I say to Stewart that Celtic wants to win. Wanting to win is good. But right now, Celtic not only wants to win with the suppliers but also among friends.

(10) I also outright told Stewart that the Celtic right now, is not like the previous Celtic when we are still attach with The French. Stewart has to handle Celtic delicately. I don’t know whether I have grown up or not but this time around, I came back with a different perspective. Stewart acknowledges that and even admits that at times, Stewart let Mrs. Simon to be the bad news bearer…hahaha…

(11) We also talk a bit on Harriet. I said that Harriet is well trained by The English. Stewart said no lor…Captain Johnson also complains Harriet. Yes, the English people are not that hands-on operation wise. Apparently one of Harriet’s Buy In Plan was the Steadtler 24 Color Pencils; selling at RM6.90…10,000 units purchased…but somehow…our operation is so weak, the operation team doesn’t know how to do the display. Earlier on, I already inform Harriet, get the control back for the open space. As our store people cannot be overloaded as they cannot manage so many tasks, just give them 1 item code, 1 bin display. Get used to that first, then gradually add on more item codes. Have to re-condition the store people first before establishing a routine on them.

(12) Stewart agrees I am overloaded with work. Hahaha…again, don’t get me wrong…this paper work really eats into my time. As a matter of fact…Stewart no need to hire anymore buyers…we only have 23 stores…the numbers of buyers in the Division is sufficient…we need MAs, assistants to do the paperwork…but of course, after this, the buyer’s productivity how to measure, I also don’t know.

(13) Stewart says that I am on the right track of things.

(14) Stewart says that Stewart sees the problem right now. Hahaha...

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Aoki-Tei Japanese Buffet Restaurant @ Sunway Nexis – had dinner with Uncle Andy & Co. Actually this Uncle Andy have set me up (on a date) with another friend of his…his name is Andrew, a year younger than me, works at Sime Darby…ok lah, I find Andrew decent, friendly, appropriate…Uncle Andy say that all the mothers will love Andrew but not the girls because Andrew is kind of the boring type, will not initiate much…not a boyfriend material that will swept you off your feet but more of a husband material wor

Uncle Andy also got ask me to catch up with Pietro…seems like Pietro is kind of down lately. Sales are challenging, same goes for Buying Income. Uncle Andy also notice that Marcus is also feeling a little bit worried and insecure because Marcus’s position or Job Title as the Promotion Manager is not part of the Merchandising Department structure, more like a Marketing Department structure…if like that…if anything happens…Marcus may be the first to go. Ouch.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Eats, Shoots, Leaves

Me: Hola, the LC sku update…u still using ar…I just want to copy & paste only…thank u
MT: Una momentum. Momento. Completa. Ie complete.
Me: Gracias.

Unbelievable…I did not expect such a response from Mak Tiri…such a cold person but can layan my crappiness. MT was hogging the file for quite some time leh…I did not expect Mak Tiri to reply back and to reply back in such a way. Hmm…I think…after all…she is pretty fun too :)

I Was Told There’d Be Cake

Being the kepoci me…I quickly grab the phone and call Pietro.

(1) Fandi have left last week.

(2) Apparently both Brian & Fandi decide to tender on the same week. However, in the end, Brian only verbally mention the intentions but have not submitted the letter officially yet. Pietro suspect that Brian got quietly inform Miguel on why Brian is leaving...because of The Witch...hahaha...

(3) The Witch…as usual lor…but have pissed off many of the suppliers.

(4) Nixon; a former English Buyer that holds a Division Managerial Level, who recently kena VSS…have replace Fandi’s position…hmmm…did Nixon reduce the salary…otherwise…Nixon is taking in a Division Level salary…but doing a Category Manager’s work wor

(5) Then The Witch told Pietro that The Witch is applying for a transfer…scare kena pecat…hahaha…of course lah...Nixon is so much better than her...

(6) The other day, Maximoff also got hentam The Witch because The Witch doesn’t know the figures. Short of RM200K for closing…but declare short of RM1.2M…that is a big difference leh

(7) Pietro said that Miguel very like Nixon and Nixon is also a very fast learner…very quickly can grasp things around and understand Miguel’s working style.

(8) So…now the question will be…how is Miguel going to manage The Witch. How can I fit in? Do I have the chance or not...

Something Wicked This Way Comes

WatsApp conversations with Marcus.

Me: Hola.Pietro very bz kah…apps him in the morning…no response one…

Marcus: Must be in his boss room for whole day lo. We call that tuition time. Sometime took whole day. Even after work. See how lucky you are. That’s why Fandi quickly resign before confirm.

Me: I thought u all say is Brian?

Marcus: Brian stay…but dunno can last how long.

Me: Wah…your friend really got problem…

Marcus: Very serious. In sick.

So…rupa-rupanya…it is Fandi who have tendered the resignation.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

The One Percent

Ok…one of my Stationery Suppliers called me up the other day…it seems that Brian have hinted that Brian will not be long with G13. This supplier also complain that this Brian…is always on MC or on EL…sounds like Brian wants to avoid work or The Witch…hahaha…Brian also cannot overpower The Witch? Cannot be ar

Then, during Ramly’s wedding a couple of months back…Lionel also mention that one of the Alice’s buyers is also leaving. Can never be Pietro. I suspect it was Fandi.

Then, in the WatsApp Chat Group which consists of Marcus, The MFT Director, Paige & Myself…below conversations was transpire:
The MFT Director: When rejoin G13.
Marcus: Ya lo.
Paige: Ya stationery dept got vacancy.
Marcus: Bryan confirmed leaving?

Hmmm…think I got the chance to go back there…selagi this Alice is still the SCM…no chance…Miguel & Maximoff will offer to Harriet instead. The both of them know that I cannot be under Alice anymore. And I also believe that Harriet will take it. Unless…just maybe…they remove Alice…then, I might have the chance. Dream on!

Evening Shade

Naughty Nuri’s – it’s like Morgan’s Field. It serves pork & beer :)
I am actually surprised because by the sound of it’s name…I thought it was another Ayam Penget restaurant…hahaha…it’s originated from Ubud, Bali and they are known to serve some of the best wicked ribs around, it is now found in over 10 locations around Asia. The place is also quite brave where they are not shy in having frame pictures of pigs around…hahaha.

The pork ribs arrived and it was a handsome and impressive looking dish. The meat was tender, with warming flavors that were delicate, mellow and sweet. The gravy brought it all together nicely.

Was there with Turkey Ham. Tuesday night. Doing some lovely catch-up.

Grill & Chill

Disappointed…very DISAPPOINTED.
I reduce my salary of RM300 when I join The Japanese…Stewart promised me that I will get it back upon my confirmation. However, it did not prevail. Stewart…I believe that Stewart did fight for me…but knowing that The Japanese; that is so budget conscious and hold their purse string so tightly…it did not materialize. However, Stewart did found another way to compensate me back; it was via claims. So, every month, I just have to submit my claims…stating that I have travel for store visits, competitor visits etc…

If I do leave, this will be my second reason…my first will be…I just…somehow; I just can’t integrate into the whole working culture here…again…I am not looking down on people who fill up forms…I used to fill up forms as well…I was a Management Trainee back then…I move up rank & file for goodness sake…I know the benefits of it when you delegate the filling up forms to the other people…it buys the buyer time to crunch & digest the numbers. Last year, when I exchange WatsApp messages with Stewart…Stewart mention that the buyers are so busy…yes, busy filling up forms. I am very sure if I ask Stewart right now, what is the Division Trade Plan for the 3rd Quarter of this year, I can bet that Stewart doesn’t know one or have one. Where as our competitors already firm up their 3rd Quarter Trade Plan. I feel that I am not learning more…it’s not stimulating enough…like how I was under Ursula and Tommy before.

Fourteen Studio

2 reasons on why I will leave The Japanese – for better knowledge, skills & personal enhancement and better monetary package.
2 reasons on why I will not leave The Japanese – both Stewart & Celtic. Loyalty is both a strength and a weakness of mine.
Yes…I am thinking…yes, I am considering…I indeed want to leave…

Friday, June 10, 2016

Quiet Days in Hollywood

Shall I go…or…shall I not go…but I really wanted to go wor
What happen was…Miguel is having a potluck lunch at Miguel’s place on next week Saturday in Kepong.
Marcus created a WatsApp chat group, inviting Baldwin & myself.
Apparently…Miguel have asked Marcus to invite Baldwin & me…Madeleine was not invited, Clara was not invited, Gerrard was not invited, Linda was not invited…yes, I do feel honored and special about it…because Miguel remembers me.
But then hor…the whole Division is going…it’s ok…I know them…but my successor Brian will also be there as well…OMG…there is also some interesting stories about Brian which I will blog later on.
Marcus said that Tommy is also invited but Tommy didn’t want to go wor. Everyone that is going will be G13 people. Baldwin hasn’t found a job yet…and I am a competitor…sigh…I wish Tommy is going too…so, at least got company mah.
Stephanie said that I should go too…an opportunity to network.

Bear Blaze


4th June 2016

Two Things Happen:
(1) I celebrated my 34th birthday.
(2) The Family officially moves in to the New House.