Archive for October, 2006

What a wonderful week

Wake up drive to work trapped in the traffic jam drive home trapped in the jam again sleep  

Life goes back to this kind of dreadful routine again… I miss last week so much because I had GREAT FUN along the week!  

I went on a rafting trip in Gopeng, Perak on 22 Oct to 24 Oct 2006 with my friend’s colleagues without my friend’s presence. Weird right?  

* This situation just reminds me so much over Venn Diagram (Refresher: Venn Diagram, in mathematics, a diagram representing a set or sets and the logical relationships between them. The sets are drawn as circles. An area of overlap between two circles (sets) contains elements that are common to both sets, and thus represents a third set. Circles that do not overlap represent sets with no elements in common (disjoint sets) *  


Before the trip, I was quite worried that I couldn’t get along with the gang, but thank god, I just blended in! It is either I’m too sampat or they are outgoing indeed…  

The following photos speak for themselves, about how fun was the trip:-  


I was so surprised, seeing the commotion at all the places we go cari makan in Ipoh… I even overheard someone talking loudly over the phone while passing by the most famous chicken rice shop, "@#$%^&*! Everywhere is already cramp full of people! @#$%^&! Where to eat la?"  


Why everywhere also so many people one?   

After the trip, came Eddy’s big day!  

Eddy’s the first one to get married, that’s why he has full commitment from us, for the wedding dinner and bride-picking. Hopefully I won’t be the last, or everyone will be too sien to attend anymore occasion like this.  

Last but not least, let’s bet, WHO WILL BE THE NEXT PERSON/COUPLE TO GET MARRIED. Here comes the long awaited betting table, person/couple with higher probability, gets the lower betting odds. So, faster place your bet now!  


Call me ME, Miscellaneous Engineer – Part 3

Another miscellaneous scope of work of mine is to prepare shop drawing for gantries before sending them for fabrication. “What is shop drawing?” I asked this question when my senior gave me the assignment. What I manage to capture is that, shop drawing is not a construction drawing, neither an as-built drawing. It is the drawing prepared to be referred by site people and to ease the construction (I know this is a vain explanation…) in brief, what I need to do is propose the dimensions of the left and right vertical posts as well as the dimension of the horizontal girder according to the finished road level. 

I was instructed to go on duty at night time on 16 Oct 2006, there would be a gantry-launching. I needed to be there during the launching, so that they could put the blame on me in case if the gantry instead of looking like this:-


It looked like either one of these:- 

“@#$%^&*! Who’s the idiot preparing the shop drawing?”

“Neh! Samantha loh!”

As asserted by Squashy Boy, working at night is not bad after all. 

Instead of having scorching sun, I had romantic moonlight

What a romantic night…Yawn…. 

I also had companion from those macho safety officers

My initial intention was to give these 2 macho guys a macho shot, but end up they looked like skeleton-alive or invisible man pulak…

The steps

1) Delivery of gantry to site.

2) Erecting vertical posts at left and right sides


Firework? No, it’s welding work for the plate.

One side done.

3) Fixing the horizontal girder

It’s done!

Brighter future?

Someone keeps on commenting that I will have brighter future if I go develop my career in Hollywood rather than being an engineer like now (obviously he’s trying to tease, I think my performance at work must upset him very much). The reason he gave was: Mat sallehs like my kind of look. And my kind of look refers to eyes like slits, high cheekbone and flat nose. Trying to convince me even more, he said, “Look at Lucy Liu, Pocahontas and Mulan, they are famous characters, you know?”


Pocahontas? Mulan?

I spot you, creativity!

Series #9 Light bulb reuse!

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Inside the glass bottle…

“I want to walk tall, believe in myself, have the courage to ask for what I want and need, and live a life that mattered. I want to wake up in the morning with a smile on my face and know that I am loved and that I belonged. I am desperate to feel worthy and I am hungry for the opportunity to live my fullest potential.” - modified from "The Dark Side of the Light Chasers" - Debbie Ford

Under the apple tree…

"If you are not spending all of your waking life in discontent, worry, anxiety, depression, despair, or consumed by other negative states; if you are able to enjoy simple things like listening to the sound of the rain or the wind; if you can see the beauty of clouds moving across the sky or be alone at times without feeling lonely or needing the mental stimulus of entertainment; if you find yourself treating a complete stranger with heartfelt kindness without wanting anything from him or her... it means that a space has opened up, no matter how briefly, in the otherwise incessant stream of thinking that is the human mind." - A New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle

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Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The time keeper by Mitch Albom

The art of thinking clearly by Rolf Dobelli

The first phone call from heaven by Mitch Albom

Inferno by Dan Brown

For one more day by Mitch Albom

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose by Eckhart Tolle

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

A study in scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

The five people you meet in heaven by Mitch Albom

Have a little faith by Mitch Albom

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

To kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Brain that Changes Itself by Norman Doidge

Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

A Fresh Start by John Chapman

Inspiring quotes!

If someone prays for patience, you think God gives them patience? Or does he give them the opportunity to be patient? If he prayed for courage, does God give him courage, or does he give him opportunities to be courageous? If someone prayed for the family to be closer, do you think God zaps them with warm fuzzy feelings, or does he give them opportunities to love each other? (God in "Evan Almighthy")
“To love another person is to see the face of God.” ― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain
Aggie: "But what about the people who hurt you? Don't you ever want to make them suffer?" Norman Babcock: "Well, yeah, but what good would that do? You think just because there's bad people that there's no good ones either? I thought the same thing for a while. But there's always someone out there for you. Somewhere." - Paranorman
“You're only here for a short visit. Don't hurry, don't worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.” by Walter Hagen
Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, wine in the other, body thoroughly used up, body totally worn out and screaming "WOOOHOOOO what a ride!" - by anonymous
When you travel, it’s not like you take a part of each place away with you; rather, it’s as if you leave a part of yourself there, like a part of you forever belongs to that place – the time, the people, and the things you saw; and over time, it gets burned deeper into your soul - by anonymous