Tuesday, May 23, 2017

khichdi




Goooood!

Aiyo…I so screwed up the whole thing today. I am very worried…what if I lost everything…both of the G13’s offer and The Japanese employment. God, this morning I got prayed You know…I prayed…I prayed that You will put a guard over my mouth…pray that You will guide my choices of words today as I hand in my resignation letter, I pray that You will direct my steps today. Mana tahu, all the terbalik things happen. I should have told Celtic that I am not doing buying and put a full stop to it. Just let Celtic guess where I am going. In the end, I put my foot in my mouth…when Celtic question…I was not steady enough and say – yes, I am heading back to G13, I will be under Marcus, I will be doing Data, Cat Man & Trade Marketing. I really feel like whacking my head. What If Celtic uses this info to sabo me? What if I lost everything and put my family in debts, at risk of losing everything too…what have I done God…I have destroyed my chances. Somemore, I so clever, I told Marcus that I won’t reveal further. Stupid me! Somemore, I will be on leave all the way from 2/6 till 11/6. Anything can happen…people will take this opportunity to kill me off…especially Celtic; full of hatred, envy & jealousy. But when Stewart question me this afternoon, Stewart like don’t know like that lah…but Stewart can pretend lor…there are no secrets between Stewart & Celtic. Shit lor!

God, today…You really make my heart kembang, kecut, kembang, kecut…like a roller coaster ride like that.
Then, the above words came in, from one of the Church WatsApp group…suddenly I feel so assured…God, you know my fear…now I don’t want to think about it anymore, I leave my 2017 Life Board into Your mighty hands…GOD DIRECT MY 2017 STEPSWHERE GOD GUIDES, GOD PROVIDES!

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Millionaire Lifestyle




Liverpool secured Champions League football for the second time in eight years as they beat Middlesbrough 3 - 0 at Anfield to finish fourth in the Premier League.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Lack Nothing




God is able to bless you abundantly, so that…you will abound in every good work.

Imagine going on a trip without luggage. No basic necessities. No change of clothing. No money or credit cards. Sounds both unwise and terrifying, doesn’t it?

But that’s exactly what Jesus told His 12 disciples to do when He sent them out on their first mission to preach and heal. Take nothing for the journey except a staff, said Jesus. No bread, no bag, no money in your belts. Wear sandals but not an extra shirt.

Yet later on when Jesus was preparing them for their work after He was gone, He told His disciples - if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.

So what’s the point here? It’s about trusting God to supply.

When Jesus referred back to that first trip, He asked the disciples – when I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything? And they answered, Nothing. The disciples had everything they needed to carry out what God had called them to do. He was able to supply them with the power to do His work.

Do we trust God to supply our needs? Are we also taking personal responsibility and planning? Let’s have faith that He will give us what we need to carry out His work.

You are good, Lord, and all You do is good.
Help me in my endeavors to pray and to plan and to trust You.


God’s will done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply.

Abandon It All




Every successful athlete has to trust the coach enough to do whatever the coach asks them to for the good of the team.

We say to our Savior and Lord – I Trust You. Whatever You want me to do, I am willing. Then He transforms us by renewing our minds to focus on the things that please Him.

It’s helpful to know that God will never call on us to do something for which He has not already equipped us.


As Paul reminds us – we have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.

Knowing that we can trust God with our lives, we can abandon ourselves to Him, strengthened by the knowledge that He created us and is helping us to make this effort in Him.

There is no risk in abandoning ourselves to God.

Always Loved, Always Valued




We serve a God who loves us more than our work.

Oh it’s true that God wants us to work to feed our families and to responsibly take care of the world He created. And He expects us to serve the weak, hungry, naked, thirsty and broken people around us even as we remain alert to those who have not yet responded to the Holy Spirit’s tug on their lives.

And yet we serve a God who loves us more than our work.

We must never forget this because there may come a time when our ability to do for God is torn from us by health or failure or unforeseen catastrophe. It is in those hours that God wants us to remember that He loves us not for what we do for Him but because of who we are – His Children! Once we call on the name of Christ for salvation, nothing – trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword – will ever again separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

When all we can do or all we have is taken from us, then all He wants us to do is rest in our identity in Him.

Father, help us never lose sight of the unconditional love You have for us, and let me hold on to that hope when our labor and the fruit of our labor are gone.

The reason we exist is to be in fellowship with God.

Thunder & Lightning




The voice of the Lord strikes with flashes of lighting…the Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace. He gives strengths to endure, to be patient, to be kind, to sit quietly, to get up & go, to do nothing at all.

May the God of peace be with you.
Calm my spirit in the storms, Lord.
Grant me Your peace and the strength to walk through this day.

Faith connects our weaknesses to God’s strength.

Instagram Tease





Trade Planning Manager

I did not seek for this job, I did not even apply for this job…it was Marcus who WatsApp me with this offer…

When I didn’t email my resume over to Marcus earlier on…it was Marcus who reminded me for the second time…

Marcus also prep me on Sörenstam before the job interview…

I did not state my expected salary…THANK YOU GOD, PRAISE TO THE LORD, BLESS YOU GOD for blessing me with RM8500!

The timing was perfect…The Japanese gave me an increment of RM280 (RM7280) and a bonus; unexpectedly...before the offer came in.

I don’t want to do anymore buying…when I was with The French…I was aiming for the SDD role…but it was a role within Team Baz…this role is much more broader and in-depth.

Sigh…I have my doubts too, God…can I thrive? Can I manage? Can I contribute? Can I get along well with everybody? Will people support me? Will I do well in my new role? The English had a VSS exercise, The Japanese are transferring some staffs to the store level (on a batch by batch basis), will G13 be doing something similar? Somemore hor…I have to serve a 3 month’s notice…anything can happen within these 3 months…what if Mr. Horton’s secretary found a new job…what if Marcus found a new job too…or what if Marcus have been re-designated to another portfolio. What if all of these was a fraud? What if I was cheated & conned?

God, I hold on to Your Words, I hold on to Your Stories, I hold on to YOU!

Laird of Glen Affric




God uses broken things beautifully:
Broken clouds pour rain
Broken soil sets as fields
Broken crop yields seeds
Broken seeds give life to new plants
So when you feel you are broken, be rest assured that God is planning to utilize you for something great.

Empire Damansara Perdana, SOHO 1 >> drop by at Tommy’s studio unit yesterday afternoon…Tommy’s second last day in KL. Tommy’s flight to Singapore is at 2pm today. Went there to collect Tommy’s books. Tommy is giving them away, so I took back 4 bags full!

(1) Tommy also mention to me that Emerson (HR) also called Tommy, ask me why I didn’t prompt Tommy earlier…hahaha…

(2) Tommy ask…if I am doing Trade Planning…why I didn’t consider The English…why G13.

(3) Tommy said that the Trade Planning Department is the engine for The English’s business. In G13, it’s more of a coordinating role. Tommy did not comment whether I make the right decisions or the wrong decisions…but I can see for sure that Tommy was unsure of my new direction.

(4) I acknowledge that…I will be playing the bad guy role…I have to be demanding and challenge the buyers on every angle. Especially for the Grocery, Fresh, Non Food and Health & Beauty…where I don't have much experience...where I don't know anything at all...I will have to be like Stewart…using logic, rationality, quantified things, fair & reasonableness. I will have to invest my time & energy to study the numbers, to get the facts right, to see the patterns & formations.

(5) I think it’s a subtle warning from Tommy that uncooperative people will be my source of frustrations.

(6) This opportunity is really moving me out from my very own comfort zone. I am not going to let this learning opportunity to slip from me again, like the Colgate Palmolive opportunity. I need to make a exit plan from merchandising…earn sufficiently to pay off all of my pending debts…and then…let’s see what God have in store for me…if not now, when...

(7) I am just going to do my best in everything, be on time, be gracious to everyone and live out my live for God.

Audi Polo Challenge




Enter into His gates with Thanksgiving and into His courts with Praise; be Thankful unto Him, and Bless His Name.

I gave Emerson (HR) my 2 reference point of contact: Tommy & Leonardo. Emerson (HR) actually called them…OMG…

Leonardo: Hi, planning to join back G13?

Me: Hi Leonardo. How r u? They offer me a new portfolio. No more buying

Leonardo: I’m fine. Just receive call from HR asking about u. Don’t worry. All good comments

Me: They really call to cross check

Leonardo: You don’t want to do buying after so many years…?

Me: Thank u. Need rest. I think time to re-skill. U got miss buying?

Leonardo: I’m still buying but different product…you know for construction use.

Me: I c. U got miss hyper?

Leonardo: Of course not

Me: Hahaha

Hahaha…see, hyper is so stressful…

7 Keys To Life




God First
Love one another
Never hate
Give generously
Live simply
Forgive quickly
Be kind always

Friday, May 19, 2017

Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, Australia

Me: MT still got complain to u ar?

Marcus: No la…last time she does la

Hahaha…I suspect that they still got communicate…

Barclays Center Brooklyn, United States




[Mr. Horton’s secretary actually handling quite well now, by the time u join should not be too much of hiccups. Where u can focus to drive the department to another level!]

However, I have to be extra caution…if anything happen to this department…cost cutting, mergers etc…I will be the first to be transferred out…go back to merchandising…adoi…let’s see…Marcus did mention that Mr. Horton’s secretary is not the aggressive type, Mr. Horton’s secretary will play the coordinator role…I will be reporting to Marcus…so I have to find my role in the picture…fit in and contribute…

Air Canada Centre




[I know…Celtic’s style…Leonardo also complain to me when Leonardo handle Celtic. Your boss don’t care, Celtic normally just give something to wayang, otherwise get her ppl to do for her.]

I didn't know that Leonardo also got complain Celtic to Marcus...hahaha...

Celtic…rupa-rupanya…this is the real you.
I guess I have grow up…I was young & naïve back then…hahaha…nonetheless, I still have to thank GOD, thank You God for putting Celtic in my life because Celtic did help me and shape my career path in the early stages of my career. I become who I am today…and where I want to go…Celtic does a play role too…hahaha…

Celtic is very good at wayang one...anything also Celtic will have the reasons or excuse...and the best part is this...Celtic will come up with one or two topic of conversations...Stewart will then layan Celtic already...adoi...

Arena VFG, Guadalajara, Mexico

[Baldwin in Segi with Ellen Wong. Baldwin wanted to come back. I ask Maximoff, Maximoff sounds interested. I don’t want to push too hard…but]

Previously…Marcus mention that Miguel likes both Baldwin & myself…Maximoff dislike Baldwin…now Maximoff is interested back in Baldwin pula…hahaha…either there is really a shortage of manpower or Maximoff is keen with Baldwin now. Will Baldwin & Madeleine make a comeback?

Parque Simón Bolívar, Bogotá, Colombia




[There is actually lots of space to grow. Provided ppl take it positively. Data -> ideas - > solutions. All this is to assist buyers to make better planning with the suppliers for the customers. ]

[Exactly, the best part is we can continue the passion in retail but no need to close margin.]

[And CM in G13 is not going to be easy anymore. New system. New way of reading sales. Range review needs to be done annually & etc…]

[It should be tat way actually. To keep things fresh. So trade plan not only plan calendar but to assists the buyers.]

[Exactly! Some buyers really using their pasar malam way. It should improve already.]

[FOM actually moving to a very proper way of working.]

Whew…so it is exactly what I thought it should be…I did not over think…my thoughts were not exaggerated…so there will be elements of Category Management, Education & Training, Analyses, Research & Management, Consultancy & Advisory, Branding, Communication, Trade Marketing, Marketing & Media all thrown into the mix. It all depends how the ratio mix will be...

Esplanada do Mineirão, Belo Horizonte, Brazil




[During wed floor walk Pietro presented bicycle range, the French CEO praise Pietro! Really weldone to Pietro. Pietro reporting to Miguel now and sitting next to Miguel. But Miguel guiding him well! Miguel is guiding the team well, when they direct report to Miguel.]

I am so jealous…there are so many things that I can learn from Miguel…and that is what a working life is all about…continuous learning… continuous developing…continuous improving… continuous growing…purpose…meaning…be it at an individual level or as a leader...

Palestra Italia Stadium - Palmeiras, Sao Paulo




Me: Lee nee?

Marcus: Do u think she wants to leave AB?

Me: U can try to ask her…

Marcus: She can join H&B.

Me: I don’t speak to her much. Just a gut feeling.

Hahaha…I want MT to join G13…so I can see MT every day.

Rio Arena, Rio de Janeiro

[U know what, Bryan actually knew u will join. Coz Mr. Horton’s secretary told Bryan.]

Err…Bryan wor…did Marcus make a mix up or not…like how I mix up between Emerson and Emerson (HR)…Uncle Andy is it…I know Mr. Horton’s secretary & Uncle Andy are very close. And Uncle Andy did apps me lah…hmm…

Pedreira Paulo Leminski, Curitiba




Very long WatsApp Conversations with Marcus:

Me: Hola. Emerson didn’t call me today. So…shall I sign the letter and start on 23/8…I need to reply within 3 days time. Otherwise, the offer letter become not valid.

Marcus: Really??? Emerson also didn’t reply Sörenstam. You sign first la.

Me: Ok…

Marcus: Btw, welcome back!

Me: Thanks for giving the opportunity to try something new. Really appreciate it. Will scan the copy to Emerson tomorrow night. Original copy will submit later on. Coz this whole week at Ampang store for relaunch next week. I only baru reach home. I also surprise myself.

Marcus: Yeah, grab the opportunity! I actually quite happy that we can used our experience to develop this Trade Plan department. Mr. Horton’s secretary actually handling quite well now, by the time u join should not be too much of hiccups. Where u can focus to drive the department to another level! U know what, Bryan actually knew u will join. Coz Mr. Horton’s secretary told Bryan.

Me: There is actually lots of space to grow. Provided ppl take it positively. Data -> ideas - > solutions. All this is to assist buyers to make better planning with the suppliers for the customers. Some buyers may be resistant and think we just talk & grab their job. I didn’t know they can hold conversations.

Marcus: Exactly, the best part is we can continue the passion in retail but no need to close margin.

Me: Well said.

Marcus: Many buyers aiming at this job. I tell no one about your joining except Mr. Horton’s secretary.

Me: We need to retire gracefully from merchandising. I also let u know something. Miguel got approach me. Before u approach me. But I turn Miguel down. If I were to continue buying, I think I AB will be better.

Marcus: Really!!! They r so short of hands now. And CM in G13 is not going to be easy anymore. New system. New way of reading sales. Range review needs to be done annually & etc…

Me: It should be tat way actually. To keep things fresh. So trade plan not only plan calendar but to assists the buyers. Even in AB, all new buyers, they don’t know how to read report to identify gap. Now Japanese teaching us. All mathematics.

Marcus: Exactly! Some buyers really using their pasar malam way. It should improve already. If they can’t follow, no choice will need new blood…that’s reality, not cruelty.

Me: True. But I’m looking forward to the grocery and health & beauty. I think tat one will be damn interesting and challenging.

Marcus: FOM actually moving to a very proper way of working.

Me: I c…

Marcus: Yes, I have some experience in non food & H&B. Very interesting! Imagine dealing with Unilever and P&G. They have full set of business strategy to the retailer.

Me: This also move me out from my comfort zone. Dealing with a different grp of ppl, different type of business. Really require mindset shift.

Marcus: Yes! Btw, anyone else looking for job? We have lots of slots to fill. Food, non food, GMS.

Me: Baldwin found job already?

Marcus: Baldwin in Segi with Ellen Wong. Baldwin wanted to come back. I ask Maximoff, Maximoff sounds interested. I don’t want to push too hard…but

Me: But u just drop hints…I think Madeleine would like to come back. Madeleine have to travel far and work on Saturday.

Marcus: Madeleine can try grocery. I think Andrew will take Madeleine.

Me: I also found out tat Ramly also left LuLu.

Marcus: Yes, Ramly is in an online company. Heard from Madeleine. Let me ask Madeleine.

Me: Aladdin Internet.

Marcus: Oh…

Me: Lee nee?

Marcus: Do u think she wants to leave AB?

Me: U can try to ask her…

Marcus: She can join H&B.

Me: I don’t speak to her much. Just a gut feeling.

Marcus: Ok, let me try. She still not ngam with SF?

Me: :)

Marcus: Good news about ur brother Pietro!

Me: Pietro’s getting married?

Marcus: During wed floor walk Pietro presented bicycle range, the French CEO praise Pietro!

Me: Excellent. Giv Pietro confidence.

Marcus: Really weldone to Pietro. Pietro reporting to Miguel now and sitting next to Miguel. But Miguel guiding him well!

Me: Miguel is also another good teacher. We really wasted our time under Alice.

Marcus: Miguel is! If without Emerson & Amelia around, Miguel can do well.

Me: Oh really?

Marcus: These 2 ppl everyday confused Miguel.

Me: Bad influence.

Marcus: Yes!

Me: MT still got complain to u ar?

Marcus: Miguel is guiding the team well, when they direct report to Miguel. No la…last time she does la

Me: Hopefully Miguel can get the right ppl to drive GMS.

Marcus: But still not showing on numbers yet. They are really good in presenting…

Me: Let’s c how we can help.

Marcus: Actually Maximoff very smart to sell the nice face of GMS.

Me: But cannot last long one. Must hav wayang + performance.

Marcus: Maximoff doesn’t really spend time to study the categories well, not like Matthew. European are always good in building the base. But this Malaysian woman is too smart to cover the ugly side…

Me: So fast u finish talking to Baldwin…

Marcus: Yes. Baldwin is keen! Miguel called Baldwin, Peggy also called Baldwin! But no follow up from them. I asked Baldwin to text Miguel, Baldwin prefer GMS. They could be too busy la.

Me: Looks like ur household and leisureware minions are back. Celtic?

Marcus: Why? Celtic wants to come back meh? No more SCM woh.

Me: I don’t know.

Marcus: Don’t think Celtic can work with Amelia and Miguel lo.

Me: True also.

Marcus: Celtic can’t tahan Miguel, and sure clashed with Amelia. How is Celtic in AB? Stress also? Well, everywhere also stress in fact. Market is just so bad.

Me: And Celtic also ego and want to win. Like u say. Celtic delegate all to me and Wayne.

Marcus: I know…Celtic’s style…Leonardo also complain to me when Leonardo handle Celtic. Your boss don’t care, Celtic normally just give something to wayang, otherwise get her ppl to do for her. How’s Wayne?

Me: I c MT and Jonas very busy. And their analysis and presentation very good. Bingo. And u r also right. Celtic cannot answer, Celtic pusing 1 big round. Then ur face will pop in my mind. I think Wayne very patient.

Marcus: Wayne is very patient, and very kind. But at least Wayne is a CM now!

Me: Yes. But I guess no one is perfect. We just hav to manage accordingly. Yes. Opportunity for Wayne to learn.

Marcus: That was a good move for Wayne, in GMS Wayne will have no chance. Maximoff very racist, Tommy said that to me. And Maximoff’s really racist, that’s why Maximoff doesn’t like Madeleine.

Estadio Unico Ciudad de La Plata, La Plata




WatsApp Conversations with Marcus:

Marcus: J___, Emerson (HR) told Sörenstam you will join 23/8. My boss asked why not 23/6? You signe letter already?

Me: 3 months notice ma’am. Emerson (HR) just call me this morning.

Marcus: I know…Let’s see what Emerson reply to Sörenstam. May b they buy u over leh.

Me: Emerson didn’t mention this wor

Marcus: Let’s see.

God, I want to take up this offer…but please also let me serve my 3 month’s notice as well. I want to do a proper final job for Stewart. If it is Celtic, I will cabut immediately…hahaha…but this is for Stewart.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

A Song Of Dependence




I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord.
Great words. True words. Honest words.
Words of dependence.
Words that form the song of our hearts as we cry out in prayer to the Father who loves us.
Words that form more than a pinprick of a drill hole.
Words that embrace the greatness of the God upon whom we so deeply depend - and the One to whom we pray.

Monday, May 15, 2017

The Blessing Of Dependence




Dependence is often portrayed as something to be mourned, not celebrated.
Yet it is through dependence upon God that we grow in understanding of our need for Him and the depths of His grace. Perhaps, that is why the scriptures so often describe men and women being brought to the end of themselves – so that they might find all they need in Him.

Job lost everything.
Joseph was sold into slavery and unjustly imprisoned.
Hannah was tormented by her adversary.
David was pursued, first by his King, then by his son.
The widow of Zarephath endured famine.
Daniel was taken into captivity in Babylon.
An unnamed woman had an incurable disease.
Peter sank when trying to walk on water.

In each case, these men and women cry to us from the pages of the scriptures that their seasons of struggle ended up being cause for blessing. Why? Because each of these individuals was driven to the God of heaven who is sufficient.

If we are to abandon ourselves to God’s strength, we must first be brought to the point of recognizing our own weakness. Only then will we acknowledge, live in, and grow to appreciate the extraordinary blessing of being dependent upon God.

Auctus Mentis Spiritusque





Liverpool 4 - 0 West Ham United :)
Yes, a perfect afternoon indeed.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Necessity Of Dependence




Prayer is very simple.
Prayer is acknowledging our dependence upon God.
It is accepting in our own hearts and minds what God already knows – that we need Him.

It is not our talent, our skill, our brilliance, our knowledge, our abilities or our personal charisma that get us through life. All these come from God, and every moment of our lives is in His hands.

Life is too big for us. We are badly over-matched. We can never be strong enough. That kind of strength is not in us. It is in Him and that is why we pray.

This dependence is not a curse or a handicap; it is one of the greatest blessings we have been given.

beef tongue tacos, quesadillas, and tequila




Stewart say Mak Tiri good to do the report and no mistake. And I let u all do. I say cuz u all are good and trustable. And I know I no good as I better shut up. MT have to do cuz she too great, her people cannot be good.

Now Stewart found out that Jonas using wrong budget like me. Seems only MT know the new budget. Both 2 teams salah buat but only MT betul. Now total division cannot submit homework cuz semua salah.

Problem now is whatever Jonas did but the buyer not really know. For Household now problem is no buyer around but only DM ada.

Hahaha…Marcus was right about Celtic after all.

Hahaha…both Wayne & myself did the template together. Reason being…I think if Celtic wants to do, Celtic can do…I do because I want to learn, I need to learn…because this Celtic is very poor in communication. Is not that Celtic doesn’t channel down the message, Celtic does channel them down…bits & parts in pieces, at times irrelevant, api-apikan the situasi. I have to be hands-on so I will know what is going on in the department itself. Sometimes, I really wish that Mak Tiri is my boss.

I don’t know whether Stewart sees it or not…maybe Stewart does see through Celtic…but need Celtic to kau tim the Plastic suppliers…sigh…

Claudia so sibuk




I am so stressed…

(1) More big & red acne popping out on my face non-stop everyday. God, when is this going to stop? :(

(2) Went cycling with Clara yesterday…hearing news that makes my faith slightly shaky…not slightly, but very...

(3) It’s confirmed…Laura will go back to G13, somewhere in June. Lionel is over the moon on Laura’s returning. Laura’s reason for leaving was that the current office in Sunway is kind of far and Laura is not really good at adapting to a new environment. Apparently, it was both Maximoff & Emerson who approach Laura to come back. Nonetheless, Emerson has warned Laura that the current situation in G13 is very challenging, is very different and that the new French CEO is very detail. So, should I go back or not?

(4) Apparently, both Maximoff & Miguel is also looking for job! Shit lor…G13 still have a future in Malaysia or not? I still think that both Maximoff & Miguel posses strong leadership & visionary skill, but they cannot copy & paste The English way 100% into the G13 structure. G13 have to find its own identity.

(5) Unilever, Johnson & Johnson, L’Oreal – Sörenstam’s career with these FMCG companies…all last for 3 years only…shit lorwill Sörenstam cabut half way or not…then leaving the whole team stranded?

(6) Ramly have already resigned from LuLu. Only Madeleine is still there. Currently Ramly is working with an e-commerce company but did attend an interview for Laura’s position.

(7) Jecca has been promoted as a Shoe Buyer. I commented to Clara that Jecca have no buying experience, Jecca was previously under Marcus doing Promotion. Then, Clara said that if you can talk, can already lah. Jecca is currently Maximoff’s pet and is cozying up with Shawn right now.

(8) I also told Clara, going back to G13’s Merchandising Team right now, might be a bit risky…but within a supporting role, will still be ok. I was trying to calm myself...sigh...

Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Collins Quarter




I don’t WatsApp Mak Tiri on a weekend, but today I did…I wonder if I caught her by surprise.

Me: U r right! Laura is going back to G13

MT: Do u know which dept

Me: Textile. Children. Y? U going back there too. No…

MT: I want to retire…lol. Btw I registered touchngo online. Can view history…don’t have to go to d toll off to print statement

Me: (emoji: rolled eyes) pig fly in the sky. Cannot. Mousie needs to eat. Pet food expensive

Mak Tiri probably thinks that I am so sampat! Hahaha…

#chineselikethat




Hahaha…ok, I admit I was very naughty. Whenever Stewart calls for a meeting…my seating place will be facing Stewart. Henry will be on my right whereas Jonas will be on my left. Then, on last week Friday, Stewart called for a short briefing…Jonas was on leave, so Mak Tiri was on my left…but she didn’t came near me, she position herself on the left, behind my back. But I know MT was there. So, once the meeting have ended, I purposely swing back fast & furious, with the intention of having my knees bump into MT’s knees…but the plan backfired because I end up stepping on her toes and dirty her black rock chick heels instead…hahaha…

Cinta PHD




Mak Tiri has a very similar pair of heels as per the above picture.
I called them the Cinderella Shoes…hahaha…

Friday, May 12, 2017

The Valley of Blessing




Becoming ill, losing a job or enduring a heartbreak are examples of what some call being in the valley where dread overshadows everything else. The people of Judah experienced this when they heard an invading army was approaching. Their King prayed – if calamity comes…we will cry out to You in our distress, and You will hear us. God responded – go out to face your enemies tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.

When Judah’s army arrived at the battlefield, their enemies had already destroyed each other. God’s people spend three days collecting the abandoned equipment, clothing and valuables. Before leaving, they assembled to praise God and named the place The Valley Of Berakah, which means Blessing.

God walks with us through the lowest points in our lives. He can make it possible to discover blessings in the valleys.

Dear God, help me not to be afraid when I encounter difficulty. Help me to believe that Your goodness and love will follow me.

God is the master of turning burdens into blessings.

Geranium Leaf




THANK YOU GOD, PRAISE TO THE LORD, BLESS YOU GOD!

Swine, Tropicana City Mall – an evening interview session with both Marcus & Sörenstam. I’m hired. But at the moment, I am very kan cheong as well…because I am not so sure how the monetary package will be like. Have to wait and see…Marcus repeated twice...to get my resignation letter ready...hello, I don't even know whether you all can afford to pay me or not.

Overall, on the job scope…I think I can connect the dots, I can see how I will be able to fit in. It's all about being Customer Centric. Data will lead to ideas which will provide the solutions. Getting the balance of Data + SOP + Intuition.

Mr. Horton’s secretary will be playing the coordinator role where as I will be reporting directly to Marcus. If I get what they meant correctly, I will be doing the Category Management and Education & Training part where I will be feeding the data's to the buyers which will assist them in making a better merchandising decisions from A to Z. Some buyers may not be able to read figures and identify the potential gap, so the communication pack that Marcus design have to be very simple and convenient for the buyers to use. I think I will also be doing Analysis, Research & Management of data. Only when I can understand the numbers, then only I can channel them down to the respective buyers. Consultancy & Advisory role – guiding the newbies...the buyers need to be refresh as well and this is where I can bring in my buyer experience & understanding and mix them altogether with trade planning especially in the GMS area. Throw in a little bit of Branding, Communication, Trade Marketing, Marketing & Media. I am doing for the total of G13 brand. Meaning, I will be covering Grocery, Fresh, Health & Beauty, Non Food and GMS. I will deal with a more precise & professional data's & suppliers…I will look into a more different & dynamic paradigm. A real stepping stone for me if later on I want to move into any FMCG companies. Merchandising have to comes in with Product & Price where as Marketing will provide either the Print or Digital platform for Promotion & Place.

Marcus ask me what do I think of Sörenstam...well, Sörenstam is kind of lively, bubbly, fast tempo (so many changes that have taken place in one year's time in the Marketing Division), clear-headed as in Sörenstam knows what Sörenstam wants and how to achieve them. Marcus told me that there are people in the office who don't like Sörenstam and talks bad about Sörenstam. I wonder who they are...hahaha...

But I am very touch that God gave me this opportunity, God put Marcus into my life, Marcus is also concern and wants to make sure that this is what I want (it will be like switching careers already leh, but the skills & knowledge are transferable lah) and that I will be happy with it. Marcus will only be officially onboard the department in November. This job also comes with a new set of challenges. I will be playing the bad guy role. Hahaha...

Marcus did not recommend Celtic or Baldwin or Madeleine for the job. I think the reason Marcus chose me is because I told Marcus previously, what will be the ideal job scope that I am looking for in the future and Marcus also pointed out that Marcus is also looking for someone that can jive in with Sörenstam.

God – direct my 2017 paths.

Breath Of Life




We may be tempted, living with today’s conveniences and technology, to forget our beginnings and that God is the one who gives us life. But when we pause to remember that God is our Creator, we can build an attitude of thankfulness into our daily routines. We can ask Him for help and acknowledge the gift of life with humble, thankful hearts.

Dear Heavenly Father, what an awesome and powerful God you are! I praise You and stand in awe of You.

Losing To Find




In losing my old way of life, I’ve found a better one.

Parsley Seed




Hahaha…sharp observation or flirtation?

What happen was…today, I went down to Ampang store with both Wayne & Zila. So, I was in my shirt & slacks. Then, during lunch time…Mak Tiri was walking behind me…then she called out to me…

MT: Why are you wearing like that? You are going down to the store?

Me: Yup…where are you going?

MT: Huh?

Me: You dress so nice…

MT: Nice meh? Normal only what…

Me: You have earrings on today…

Hahaha…yes, today Mak Tiri wore this very nice long drop earrings…like going clubbing like that…

Mediterranean Fig




Me: Hola. So early u go home today

Ursula: How u know. R u spying on me

Me: WUL 6336. Saw u at NKVE

Ursula: Why u didn’t horn me. Dating with my hubby. He is picking me up today. Anyway small portfolio can go back early

Me: I’m a polite driver I don’t horn. Sweet

Ursula: Than flash me also can

Me: Supp say u very aggressively

Ursula: Yeah kah. Who? Remember I told u 3 months strategies. Either u know or u don’t.

Me: Yup. U r a brave spirit. #Awesome.always

Hahaha…tak sangka, on the way to Tropicana City Mall, on the NKVE Highway, can bump into Ursula pula…Ursula, being aggressive…that one also Stewart informs me…I think one of the Toys supplier have spoken to Stewart that The Witch have been kept in cold storage and Ursula have taken over the portfolio and is much more aggressive compare to The Witch. The Witch is not in cold storage lah, just change portfolio only…hahaha…

Valby Ruta Rug




Me: Morning. Just to update u. Spoken to Emerson (HR) just now. As I forgot to handover the documents yesterday to u all – resume, application form, pay slip. I will c her on Monday. Thereafter she will only be able to brief me on the package. Thanks.

Marcus: Ok!

Me: Emerson (HR) asked me to provide 2 referees…

Marcus: The Witch & Celtic :P :P Tommy &

Me: :( Leonardo ok?

Marcus: Oh yeah. Good idea

Me: If Leonardo still remember me

Marcus: Haha, of course

Strapats Pedal Bin




Emerson (HR): Hi. Can you provide me your 2 referees that you used to report to

Me: Tommy & Leonardo

I don’t know whether I make the right choice or not…hahaha…wonder what both Tommy & Leonardo will comment about me if Emerson (HR) did call them…I don’t have much choices left…I certainly can’t propose Miguel, Maximoff, Ursula or Barry…after ter-bocor rahsia pula…I didn’t report to Emerson…Stewart, Celtic…no way; they are my current bosses…The Witch; lagi teruk…Snow Petrol; maybe…so yeah…I have to settle for both Tommy & Leonardo…

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Finding Life




Life can present despairing moments.
We can find hope in Jesus who is the way and the truth and the life.
God longs to give us a rich & satisfying life.

Dear Lord, I acknowledge that I am a sinner and I need Your forgiveness.
Thank You Jesus for dying for me and giving me eternal life.
Transform my life so that I may bring glory and honor to You alone.

Only Jesus can give us new life.

Monday, May 08, 2017

Sanela Cushion Cover




Liverpool 0 - 0 Southampton
See, slip again...
James Milner missed a second-half penalty.
Jurgen Klopp's charges enjoyed most of the possession in the early stages of the encounter although the Saints defense were organised to deal with any threats.
Luckily, Arsenal beat MU in another match.

Klippan 2 Seat Sofa




#pricelessmusical
2 musicals, 2 weeks in a row. Awesome!

Every Nation Church
One Accord
Relent
From the same creators & producers; when I attended the Change Your World Rally at the Sunway Convention Center back in September, 2010. Wow, 7 years ago.

Stajlig Hanger




#MUDKL.2017.Finale
Panggung Bandaraya Theatre
Dataran Merdeka, KL
our story as a Malaysian
Kind Heart | Fierce Mind | Brave Spirit

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Growing In The Wind




Jesus let His disciples experience gale-force winds to strengthen their faith. During a night crossing of familiar waters, a sudden storm proved too much even for these seasoned fishermen. Wind and waves were swamping their boat while an exhausted Jesus slept in the stern. In a panic they woke Him. Didn’t it bother their Teacher that they ware about to die? What was He thinking? Then they began to find out. Jesus told the wind and waves to be quiet – and asked His friends why they still had no faith in Him.

If the wind had not blown, these disciples would never have asked – Who is this? Even the winds and the waves obey Him!

Today, life in a protective bubble might sound good. But how strong would our faith be if we couldn’t discover for ourselves His reassuring BE STILL when the winds of circumstance howl?

Father in heaven, please help me to remember that anything that frightens me comes with an invitation to find the strength of knowing and trusting You.

God never sleeps.


Acne!

Ordning Cutlery Stand




God – I am so UGLY LOOKING for the past 4 weeks. SERIOUS ACNE BREAKOUT. One die, and another new one will rise again. Seriously…I don’t know what I have ate wrongly, or use wrongly…that trigger this massive breakout.

I am so stress! I’m so sad, want to cry already.
God, please heal me or at least give me a clue to the source of the problem.
The look is so horrifying…it’s so frustrating and upsetting.

Forhoja Wall Cabinet




:( no wonder…Zurick & Tommy want to have lunch with me lah

Rupa-rupanya…Tommy resigned! Going down to Singapore. A regional role, an e-commerce hub with Lazada. However, Tommy is still contemplating. I can see that Tommy will miss The English. Furthermore, The English also counter offer Tommy. I am really stunned. It really caught me by surprise…I thought Tommy will stay for good with The English, I certainly didn’t see this coming.

Lunch @ Italiannies, The Curve…didn’t gossip much this time around lah…hahaha…

Captain Johnson…not a really good boss, talk only…well, to be fair…Captain Johnson have a very solid Appliance background but I can see that Captain Johnson is making every effort to learn more about Textile & Bazaar.

Harriet has punctuality issue, smart but lazy…Harriet also realize that the bosses don’t quite fancy Harriet…yeah, I also feel that Stewart also not really that keen on Harriet like that.

Tommy’s position may be replaced by one of the Captain Johnson’s ma chai…L____ W__ L___...that day Stewart also mention to me that this guy’s background is being checked, therefore Stewart suspect that this guy is also looking for a new job…hahaha...Tommy hopes he returns back to The English.

Both Zurick & Tommy thinks that I am no longer looking for a job anymore…I say that I am…sien already mah…I also told them that Miguel got ask me lah, but I decline already…

Tommy finds Nixon to be a good buyer, but dirty.

Marcus is a nice person but need to play the office politics to survive.

I think Tommy knows that something is brewing in G13 but are not sharing with me…

Zurick have a feeling that Miguel will work for another 7 years in G13, and then retire to London. Both of them feel that Miguel is more settle down now compare to when Miguel first join G13.

Miguel’s other half is called Nicholas…ahh…

I inform Tommy that Smallie have left too…Tommy says that Smallie is a tough person.

On Emerson & Ivan...Tommy says that the both of them are living together...Ivan may be in love with Emerson...and Emerson is just using Ivan...

I don’t know… I am just going to be thankful for the kindness that I have received, be thankful for the options & second chances that are given to me.

Palmlilja Quilt Cover




Zurick: Helllooo J___...free tomorrow afternoon for lunch meet up?

Me: Free

Zurick: So..we meet for lunch…u ok?

Me: Ok. Same place right…time?

Zurick: Yes...coz my boss alway wana to stay at her comfort zone. Time up to u guys..12pm?

Me: Ok

Zurick: Ok..see ya tomorrow :)

Me: Hasta manana

Zurick: Vale…hasta pronto

Tommy: Hasta Manana

Back in February…I so wanted to have a lunch date with both Tommy & Zurick…but somehow…don’t know how to initiate it…don’t know what conversation to strike…I have no connection with Zurick right now because Zurick is no longer my Key Account Manager, of course we still can keep in touch but the conversations will be limited lor…Tommy is actually gluing us together…hahaha…with Tommy pula, my competitor…but I was please with this sudden surprise…

Rodtoppa Quilt




Another incident with Mak Tiri in the office…I went to the pantry…she was there…she just finish her cup of TeaLive…and she was washing the cup…she told me to wait…I think she finds me to be very impatient…and I ask her back why is she washing the cup; just throw it away lah…she answer to recycle mah…wah, I didn’t expect Mak Tiri to be so environment friendly…and then hor, I think it’s her OCD-ness…her last stage in washing the cup…was to fill the cup with water and pour it around the basin…hahaha…

Lillangen High Cabinet




Me: Hola. Rm30 if stay over night. 0 if no overnight

MT: Yerrrr

Me: You better go and get ur receipt for ur toll touch & go

MT: I try to google and see which office can print receipt. Problem is they working I also working lol

Me: Serious? They don’t open on Saturday? Omg

MT: Not sure have to call customer service later…

Hahaha…moving out from work conversations now…

Lenda Curtains




Hahaha…I think I am already at a buddy buddy level with Mak Tiri…

Me: Ma’am. U still using raya part 2? I want to borrow 2 minutes. Thanks

MT: I already tutup…But when I opened was read only

Me: I’m done. U can use back

MT: No prob I also tengok only

Me: (emoji) (roll eyes)

MT: Why u rolled eyes???

Me: Coz I thought u fill up the order qty mah. Rupa-rupanya, u tengok only. Take so long

MT: I update June master plan. Selection key items for promo

See…MT now queries me back…she could have just drop the subject as it is…now, I think she is more braver to have more conversations with me :)

Stugvik Basket




Yay! Miguel got WatsApp me back today…at least, I know that Miguel is ok with my decision and the bridge is still intact.

No worries thanks. On my way to Liverpool now >_<

Friday, May 05, 2017

Lycksalig Teapot




Well, the Emerson (HR) did called me, but I didn’t pick up the call. I just WatsApp.

I am very choosy when it comes to the timing and the interview location...

THANK YOU GOD, PRAISE TO THE LORD, BLESS YOU GOD!

God really knows me. I am choosy with the timing because I don’t want to take leave. I am choosy with the location because I am not good at long distance driving.

God is at work here…

Emerson (HR): Hi. Can you make it. On the same date but after work. At 7pm?

Me: Still Mercato Pavilion? I finish work at 6pm.

Emerson (HR): The interview might be in Mercato Café, Pavilion or at the HQ office Shah Alam.

Me: If HQ, I can make it.

Emerson (HR): The director had yet to revert to me on the location.

Me: If KL, I will be late.

Emerson (HR): Ok. Let me check and revert back to you ok. Can you block your time. From 6pm till 8pm. We will update you the location on Tuesday. As the director is away and will be back on Tuesday.

God really knows me…now, I am not going to trigger anything…just wait…enjoy the entire process.

God…I only pray that I am not distracted by all of this, let me just focus on the job on hand. Help Team Baz, help Stewart & Celtic to drive the business further.

Skurar Plant Pot




WatsApp conversation with Marcus this morning.

Marcus: Emerson (HR) said u can’t attend the interview wor

Me: Yup. I drop email, cc to u. It clash with my Pilot Raya Meeting. I Project Leader some more. Inform you yesterday already.

Marcus: Ok la…they will rearrange.

Me: Your boss upset kah? Sorry get u into ma fan…Thank u.

Marcus: No la…her secretary is checking her schedule.

...well, crossing fingers...God will take the lead, God will direct my path...