29.12.08

wake up FAM! vietnam are champions!

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Last night, I witnessed the Vietnamese Football Team scored in injury time to prevent extra-time in the Final of the ASEAN Football Championship against the South East Asia powerhouse Thailand, thus becoming the Champions in the region. The pandemonium in the stadium was phenomenal, and to say that the football fans in Malaysia are not watching with envy, is an understatement (but I wonder if FAM has the same feelings as the fans Thinking). Besides, this was the same Vietnam team which virtually knocked Malaysia out of the tournament, when they beat them 3-2 - their winning goal was that lob which bounced and embarrassed the Malaysian goalkeeper, and Malaysian football at a whole - in Phuket.

I wonder when will be the time we can be able to celebrate, like the Vietnamese. Our last proper glory, was at the 1989 SEA Games, when Malaysia beat Singapore in Stadium Merdeka. The fact that Vietnam were stuck in the Vietnam War at the turn of the 70s made the fact even worse for Malaysia, which has been independent since the last 51 years, and remained peaceful and prosperous ever since.

A glance at the list of South East Asian Champions since the inaugural 1996 tournament in Singapore, the statistics will show that Thailand and Singapore have shared the honour of being champions 3 times, while Vietnam won their maiden title this year. Forget Thailand, but why can't we even be at par with at least Singapore, or Vietnam? These days we are even struggling to beat Myanmar or Laos. The only notable mention for our country was being in the Final in the first edition in 1996, when they were beaten 1-0 by Thailand. Besides that, it had been a tourney to forget, year after year. All we get is false hopes, prior to the start of a tournament, and excuses, after bowing out one.

I don't think as a layman I should propose anything. We have lots of capable and smart people out there already. It isn't rocket science. I believe we have enough pool of talents throughout the country, that can bring Malaysia to higher standards. It's just how the talent scouting works. Then comes the hard part, the management system which has to go deep down to the grassroots, at every level, every states, age-groups, clubs, affiliates. Forget the FIFA Rankings, forget the furore, forget the Asian Cup 2007, forget the match-fixing debacle, forget our golden history, just forget everything else, concentrate, focus on the essentials, put everything right, and move on.

I remember a friend who asked why do I still follow Malaysian football although they never do well. Well, Malaysia is our country right?

Year Winners Runners-up
1996 Thailand Malaysia
1998 Singapore Vietnam
2000 Thailand Indonesia
2002 Thailand Indonesia
2004 Singapore Indonesia
2007 Singapore Thailand
2008 Vietnam Thailand

List of South East Asian football champions since 1996

P/S: It's embarrassing actually to see NIKE adverts portraying our players everywhere. "Shirt On, Fear Off". Just not worth it. RM259?! Maybe we should just stick to Line 7.

27.12.08

i could not ask for more - edwin mccain

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I heard this song when I attended Reiner and Alice's Wedding Reception here in KL. Then I just realized that I used to like it soooo much! The video below was taken from his concert in St. Louis.

I Could Not Ask For More
Edwin McCain

Lying here with you
Listening to the rain
Smiling just to see the smile upon your face
These are the moments I thank God that I'm alive
These are the moments, I'll remember all my life
I found all I've waited for
And I could not ask for more
Looking in your eyes
Seeing all I need
Everything you are is everything to me
These are the moments,I know heaven must exist
These are the moments, I know all I need is this
I have all I've waited for
And I could not ask for more

I could not ask for more than this time together
I could not ask for more than this time with you
Every prayer has been answered
Every dream I have's come true
And right here in this moment is right where I'm meant to be
Here with you here with me

These are the moments I thank God that I'm alive
These are the moments I'll remember all my life
I've got all I've waited for
And I could not ask for more

I could not ask for more than the love you give me
'Coz it's all I've waited for, and I could not ask for more
I could not ask for more

26.12.08

oh so tragic!

A blonde goes into work one morning crying her eyes out. Her boss, concerned about his employee’s well-being, asks sympathetically, "What’s the matter?”

The blonde replies, “Early this morning I got a phone call saying that my mother had passed away.”

“I’m terribly sorry to hear that. Why don’t you go home for the day? We aren’t terribly busy. Just take the day off to relax and rest.”

The blonde very calmly explains, “No, I’d be better off here. I need to keep my mind off it and I have the best chance of doing that here.”

The boss agrees and allows the blonde to work as usual. “If you need anything, just let me know,” he says.

A few hours pass and the boss decides to check on the blonde. He looks out over his office and sees the blonde crying hysterically. He rushes out to her, and asks, “Are you going to be OK? Is there anything I can do to help?”

“No,” replies the blonde, “I just got a call from my twin sister, and she said that HER mom died too!”

Big Grin

hey, now it's rm1.80!

'Minyak hasil bumi datang dari Allah, sepatutnya dikongsi dengan rakyat'

The quote above if I am not mistaken came from a politically prominent person during the petrol price crisis in June. It means that oil, is earth's commodity that comes from Allah, and has to be shared with the Rakyat. Hmmm... Thinking I understand the person's naivety, but a person in his position, should certainly know better than merely making such a statement. No wonder ignorance is a bliss.

The most recent reduction of pump oil price to RM1.80 per liter came not exactly as a surprise to most of us. As of today (26/12/08), the crude oil price on the NYMEX is at $36.17 per barrel. Compare this to 6 months ago, the crude oil price reached $140-ish per barrel, and that time, the Government (yes, STILL the CURRENT Government) increased the pump price to RM2.70 per liter.

I remember when I first reported into Petronas, I think at exactly the 20th day there, the price went up to RM2.70. That was an increase of 78 cents compared to the previous RM1.92 per liter. The announcement from the already under-fire Government - they lost the 12th General Election convincingly - brought public outcry from all corners of the country.

Due to all these unfortunate circumstances, some parts of the Government were looking for an easy meat to become the scapegoat for all the furore caused - despite the fact that crude oil price around the world was on the up that time. As expected, sadly, Petronas was the answer. When the announcement on the petrol price increase was made, I received a number of phone calls, SMSes, emails, instant messages, from friends, relatives, asking the relevance of Petronas in the increase. Well, it's easier to accept the naivety of those not involved directly with Petronas. But when the criticism comes from the Government itself...hmmm...Sigh In our amazement, it was one current Permatang Pauh MP who came to the defence of Petronas at that time. There were also others, praise them.

I remember a certain 'KJ' was buzzing in the Parliament during one of his speeches, for Petronas to make public their Financial Year results. Our President rebutted by saying that the results are shown to Public every year. The fact that Petronas 'contributed' RM67.6 billion (more than its net profit = RM61 billion) from its last Financial Year's revenue to the Government's coffers from was not looked at with good heart it seemed.

Now that the price of crude oil have gone so low, no one seems to care about Petronas anymore. Recently, Tan Sri President remarked that Petronas is currently riding the Perfect Storm, as the situation is not going to be better next year. Our reserves are depleting, and new fields have to be explored, using the most expensive technology, thus increasing costs. One of the hardest hit businesses within Petronas is the Petro-Chemical business, in which some of the plants have reduced their production to a certain percentage or none at all, due to low demand. The outlook for 2009 isn't pretty at all.

Where are those who were so loud during the so called 'petrol crisis'? What has the Government done to show some concern towards Petronas? I remember reading from a newspaper, that our petrol price should be RM1.30, instead of RM1.90 at that point of writing. Hmmm...I wonder where Petronas will be with that kind of price. Maybe they should suggest that petrol is free for everybody, rather that putting a price to it. If really oil is 'hasil bumi dari Allah', and has to be shared, maybe we should make water free for everybody also, since it is more essential to us than oil. Not talking

Although Petronas' primary responsibility is to take care of the nation's oil resources, and contribute to the people of the nation, it has to also be remembered that as a business entity, it has to be aware of its own survival, especially in a very demanding, challenging and unpredictable we are in now.

25.12.08

merry christmas!!!

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To all my friends, readers, relatives, to everybody out there and around the world...
Merry Christmas!!!
Big Grin
15.12.08

dog washing

A young boy, about 8 years old, walks into the local grocery store and picks out a huge box of laundry detergent. The grocer walked over, and trying to be friendly, asked the boy if he had a lot of laundry to do.

“Nope, no laundry,” the boy said, “I’m going to wash my dog!”

“But you shouldn’t use this to wash your dog. It’s very powerful and if you wash your dog in this, he’ll get sick. In fact, it might even kill him.”

But the boy was not to be stopped and carried the detergent to the counter and paid for it, even as the grocer still tried to talk him out of washing his dog.

About a week later the boy was back in the store to buy some candy. The grocer asked the boy how his dog was doing.

“Oh, he died,” the boy said sadly.

The grocer, trying not to be an I-told-you-so, said he was sorry the dog died but added, “I tried to tell you not to use that detergent on your dog.”

“Well,” the boy replied, “I don’t think it was the detergent that killed him.”

“Oh? What was it then?”

“I think it was the spin cycle!”

Laughing

13.12.08

sm all saints honoured!!!

I was surprised and at the same time proud when I came across this article in The Star today. It's not easy to have your school's name printed in a local state newspaper (Daily Express, Sabah Times, etc.), even harder to be mentioned in a national newspaper (more so when your school is from East Malaysia)! Thinking

Four Premier Schools Honoured in Stamps

KUALA LUMPUR: Four premier schools have been honoured with special sets of stamps and first-day covers by Pos Malaysia Berhad.

SMK Victoria and SMK Convent Bukit Nanas in Kuala Lumpur, SMK St Thomas in Kuching and SM All Saints in Kota Kinabalu were chosen for their successful achievements in the academic and curriculum fields.

Pos Malaysia Bhd stamp and philately unit head Yasmin Ramli said yesterday that the schools had produced many national leaders, corporate figures, professionals, sportsman and scholars “who have contributed significantly to the growth of Malaysia.”

Colourful covers: Pos Malaysia Berhad corporate communications department senior assistant manager Maisara Noor Ahmad showing the first-day covers during a preview in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. The first-day covers will be available on Tuesday at all post offices.

A limited batch of 50,000 first-day covers will be available for one day next Tuesday while the stamps and folders will still be on sale from the same day onwards at all post offices.

The first day covers with a set of four stamps will be sold at RM2.30 each while a folder costs RM5.50. A set of 20 stamps, with each stamp in 50 sen denomination, will be sold for RM10 while a folder with a complete set of stamps of the schools and a first day cover will cost RM47.80.

The Star Online (13th December 2008)

It could mean not so much to some of you out there, but it sure does mean a lot to us who spent our days in SM All Saints! Big Grin Congratulations to the other 3 schools too!

10.10.08

crazy!!!

I don't know what craziness has swept Malaysia nowadays. Got this from NST Online today.

It is Datuk Shah Rukh Khan

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MALACCA, FRI:

Bollywood idol Shah Rukh Khan is a Datuk (???). The heartthrob will be receiving his Datukship from the Malacca Yang Dipertua Negeri, Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob in conjunction with his birthday tomorrow.

Listed as an artiste from Dreamz Unlimited in the list of recipients, Shah Rukh will be receiving the Darjah Mulia Seri Melaka (DMSM).
He is among 77 recipients of the title.

Shah Rukh, 43, is a highly acclaimed Indian actor who works in Bollywood films, as well as film producer and television host.
He has starred in several box-office movies and won awards throughout his career.

WHAT???!!! At wits end

18.8.08

parental dilemma

I had a conversation with a friend recently about what type of parents we will be when we are married, with children. It is like an obligation nowadays that both parents have to work, to have good careers, due to the demands and the needs of a family in these modern times. It is not often do we see a conventional family, where the common understanding is that the father is usually the soul bread-winner.

But what impact does this bring to the children? How does it affect the most basic institution in a human's cycle of life, which is the structure of the family itself? I would state honestly here, in an ideal world, I would love to have a wife who would stay home, takes care of the household, while I carry on with the duties of a father, to bring income and support the family. While the demands will not permit this, as a realist, I would also love to see my wife as a successful lady. My wife, also a realist, would also think that her diploma or degree would go to waste if it is not put to use.

So where does this lead to? At the same time, I am also not really in favour with the idea of leaving my children alone with a stranger. The touch of a mother is always important in a child's development, as what I have experienced during my childhood days. While the strength of a father will provide the pillar towards a strong family. The dilemma is, what will happen when one of these qualities does not exist anymore? Is this the actual reason why children nowadays are so exposed to the negatives of life?

I recently read an article ("Homework Given for Good Reason" by Practicum Teacher, The Star, 12 August 2008) regarding a teacher's dismay about the complaints aimed at them, for trying to discipline the students. It's a pity to the teachers that when they are supposed to assume the parents' role while the children are at school, some thoughtless parents are blaming them for scolding and hurting their child. We have had enough by not attending to our children that often anymore, I believe we should not get in the teachers' way when they are trying to carry out their noble profession. Is it wrong to actually give piles of homework to the students? Is it really a crime to punish those who miss out on their assignments?

This makes us think, and ponder, what future generation are we creating, when obviously, with each and every day, we linger with the possibility of losing touch with our children.

7.8.08

how old am i?

A guy walks into a bar and says to the bartender, “I want you to give me 12-year scotch, and don’t try to fool me because I can tell the difference.”

The bartender is skeptical and decides to try to trick the man with 5-year scotch.

The man takes a sip, scowls and says, “Bartender, this crap is 5-year scotch. I told you I want 12-year scotch.”

The bartender tries once more with 8-year scotch.

The man takes a sip, grimaces and says, “Bartender, I don’t want 8-year scotch like this filth. Give me 12-year scotch!”

Impressed, the bartender gets the 12-year scotch, the man takes a sip and sighs, “Ah, now that’s the real thing.”

A disgusting, grimy, stinking drunk has been watching all this with great interest. He stumbles over and sets a glass down in front of the man and says, “Hey, I think that’s really far out what you can do. Try this one.”

The man takes a sip and immediately spits out the liquid and cries, “Yechhh! This stuff tastes like piss!”

The drunk’s eyes light up and he says, “Yeah, now how old am I?”

Big Grin

2.8.08

sperm sample

A 70-year-old man went to his doctor’s office to get a sperm count. The doctor gave the man a jar and said, “Take this jar home and bring me back a sample tomorrow.”

The next day the 70-year-old man reappears at the doctor’s office and gives him the jar, which is as clean and empty as on the previous day.

The doctor asked what happened and the man explains, “Well, doc, it’s like this: First I tried with my right hand, but nothing. Then I tried with my left hand, but still nothing. Then I asked my wife for help. She tried with her right hand, with nothing. Then her left, but nothing. She even tried with her mouth, first with the teeth in, then with the teeth out, and still nothing. We even called up the lady next door and she tried with both hands and her mouth too, but nothing.”

The doctor was shocked! “You asked your neighbor?”

The old man replied, “Yep, but no matter what we tried we couldn’t get the darn jar open!” Big Grin

the daredevils

As much as I so despise the Rempits and the inconsiderate motorists in KL, you will be amazed by what they do in Kerteh. My job requires me to go to Kerteh a lot, it gives me the clearest view of their behaviour. They are much, much more daring and dangerous than the others I've seen in my life! Surprise The cars will overtake and swerve into their original lane as late as possible, causing panic to the drivers in the opposing lane. This is also where the Rempits do their stuff freely, seemingly without any obstructions from the authorities. Trust me, not even an effort was there to trash these culprits.

Hmmm...I wonder why... Thinking

to off or not to off

I was on a plane recently from Bintulu to KL when one incident happened to a guy sitting nearby. First of all, if you are familiar with flying, you will also be used to the flight attendants asking the passengers NOT to switch their mobiles phones on, as this will interrupt the plane's electronics. Electronic devices such as media players, laptops, are exceptions, for they are only unusable during take-offs and landings.

One thing that caught my attention since long, which happened to the same guy I mentioned above, was the option 'Offline' which we have in some of our mobile phones. Is it valid to switch to this option, while in a flight, or do we have to switch the phone off completely. On a few occasions I've seen the stewards or stewardesses asking, both polite and rude, the passengers to totally switch their phones off, rather than switching their profile to Offline mode. I sometimes get confused by this also, I'd switch my mobiles off, to avid unnecessary confrontations.

I'm not sure where my source was, but these so called electronic devices are defined by groups, or Classes, name Class A and Class B devices. Either one of them would mean the devices would transmit a certain signal, or waves, which will interrupt the plane's systems, while the other Class does not emit such signal, thus permitting devices such as mp3 players and laptops.

I can't be so sure myself, maybe anybody out there can provide some light for this. But definitely, for sure, I am sooooo against those who switch on their mobiles before being in the terminal building, as required! So irritating!!! Angry

1.8.08

Malaysia vs Chelsea

Everyone knows how devoted I am to Manchester United. But when I heard Chelsea was coming to Malaysia, well, what the heck, it's not often to see world class footballers strutting their stuff on our ground. Ballack, Lampard, Terry, Carvalho, Cech, Deco, Shevchenko (Shev who?) And to accompany a good friend, well, no harm I guess. Winking

The match started at 8.45 pm. But we only managed to get a seat inside the stadium at about 8.55 pm. We had to thread through traffic leading to the stadium. I never knew there are sooooooooo many Chelsea supporters here in Malaysia! HAHHAHAHA!!! Feeling beat up

The game was good. The atmosphere was okay-okay lah. There was a Mexican Wave at half-time that encircled the stadium about 3 - 4 times. Though it was apparent Chelsea weren't playing as serious as they could, Malaysia did at least gave a spirited fight. In the end, Chelsea was superior in all aspects; physical, technical, mentality, etc etc etc, and they won 2-0through Anelka and Ashley Cole. Clown As for me...well...

GLORY GLORY MAN UNITED!!!!

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Score at half-time, 1-0 to Chelsea

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The not so many people in the stadium!

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A certain Rosyam Nor was nearby...

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Final score, Malaysia 0, Chelsea 2

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Both teams embraced each other in the end

25.7.08

sobsobsob...so sorry my beloved friends... :'(

One thing that I regret working at the Capital, is that I will miss the so many events back home, besides of course my family , and friends. The fact that it's so hard to get on the net doesn't help okay! Sigh I celebrated my 2 months old job at the certain oil company recently...errrr...exactly 9 days ago today. Before I went to the Capital, I was contemplating on the possibilities of missing the 'oh-so-near' events; Sabahan Bloggers' Gathering 2008, Loriot and Brenda's, Ben Liew and Lindsey's, and Reiner and Alice's Wedding Receptions in KK. But I didn't want to believe the pessimism, and stick on the positives. Yes, I'll be back for the SBG 2008, and yes of course, I'll be there for the weddings! Why do people create 080808 anyway!!! DARN! All due to my new job's constraints... Crying

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So, to all my fellow Sabahan Bloggers...I am so sorry I will not be able to attend. Sudahla I haven't been in the Blogosphere that often nowadays, let alone hopping into your blogs, and now this...I know, I know, I'm in the 100 list!!! And yes I know Oja, you called, must be about the SBG eh...malu la wanna talk to any of you guys. Crying Hopefully the Gathering will be a bomb. I know it will. With the best Organizers at helm, what else can go wrong eh! Nuffnang?! WOW! VedaBlu...I miss VedaBlu...Do send me pictures okay, though it will be heart-wrenching! We know we have some of the best photographers in Malaysia from Sabah! Big Grin

To my best friends; Loriot, Brenda, Ben Liew, Lindsey, Reiner, Alice...well, there's not much to say. I know a million apologies might not be enough. But I won't be able to attend your Big Day. I know there are no valid excuses, but I will be occupied during that weekend, precisely on the 7th - 11th August.

I'm still sad, and crying... Crying

23.6.08

timber timber...

The 'timber' issues (in bold) apply to our state, something that we don't realize, even myself included.

PETRONAS a victim of its own success

MUCH has been bandied recently in the press about PETRONAS and it would appear that in a rather unfair way PETRONAS has been a victim of its own success.

Having worked in PETRONAS in the 80s through the mid-90s, I think I am in a position to offer certain insights about PETRONAS.

First, if PETRONAS was not formed way back in 1974, petroleum resources in this country would have ended up in the same current state of affairs as timber i.e. in the control of the respective state governments.

Why has it not dawned upon any politician or NGO to question what has happened to or, more pertinently, who have been the beneficiaries of timber revenues? Why is there no similar call for transparency on the accounts of the state governments or their statutory agencies entrusted with regulating or managing the timber resources, which are also the assets of the rakyat?

Secondly, with the ownership and management of all petroleum resources consolidated under a company, not a statutory agency, the former Prime Minister Tun Razak created the opportunity for PETRONAS to be run as a business by professionals. And this was well before the privatisation era of Tun Dr. Mahathir.

This opportunity was not fully exploited in the formative years of PETRONAS as its management and staff were on the learning curve in understanding the oil business and dealing with the multi-national oil companies. With the entry of Tan Sri Azizan in the mid-80s and subsequently Tan Sri Hassan Marican, that opportunity was exploited and, as we now know, with much ensuing success.

Having worked through those earlier formative years of PETRONAS, I wish to highlight that the public ought to realise that it has taken a lot of hard work for PETRONAS to be now accepted by the oil majors as a company they can and wish to do business with, in particular outside Malaysia.

By the same token, just like any professionally managed company, there are certain confidential information and trade secrets that PETRONAS cannot divulge without adverse impact on its own business.

Most importantly, I must on behalf of all right-thinking Malaysians salute Tun Razak for his wisdom and temerity to push through the resistance of certain states, in particular Sabah, to consolidate the ownership of petroleum resources in this country under Petronas.

Look at how difficult it is today to deal with the consolidation of management of inter-state water utilisation, water being another state-owned resource like timber.

Without PETRONAS, we could have ended up not quite differently from the timber situation and the petroleum resources would selectively produce some individual oil barons in oil-producing states, not unlike our timber tycoons.

K H LIM,

Petaling Jaya

Source: The Star, 20 June 2008

19.6.08

surprise...surprise...

Something interesting I read in the news today. Big Grin

A HUSBAND suspected his wife was having an affair with another man. He was wrong. To his shock, he discovered a VCD with explicit scenes of his wife having sex with a woman.

Harian Metro reported that the woman was the wife’s office colleague and the affair had been going on for the past few months.

The paper said the man grew suspicious when his wife came home from work with love bites on her body. He thought she might be fooling around with a male colleague.

He confronted his wife, who denied having an affair with any man.

A whole new light was thrown on the affair when the husband found the hidden VCD and discovered that his rival was a woman.

Hmmm... Thinking

16.6.08

Vincent Robert (1956-2008)

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Vincent Robert
29/04/56 - 14/06/08

The saddest day indeed on 14th June 2008 for those who knew Mr. Vincent Robert who sadly passed away in Tambunan. He was 52 years old.

Rest in Peace

Muhammad Izuan Zainuddin
Your 'Young Man'
Maribumi Sdn Bhd (2004-2008)

12.6.08

how am i doing?

Been very, very, super lazy lately...especially since my big move to KL. ezooone@seweng's last post was exactly 17 days ago. My last few posts were nothing, except a few ramblings about football (which I had to post, since it involved Man Utd winning trophies! Star). Even the ongoing Euro 2008 doesn't entice me much, combining the fact that that dumb box (with Astro okay!) is not present in my house as yet. Sigh... Sigh

But this morning I found out that my good friend, Fadz, who's paraplegic, had set up her own blog. So all of a sudden I found that urge from inside to continue on. And here I am... Batting Eyelashes

Anyway, for those who are eager to know back home, life has been...okay. After barrely 3 weeks, the transition has been somewhat smooth. In the beginning it was quite complicated. Well, staying with relatives isn't as easy as it may seem. But once I moved to my present location, and got my car, things have at least become easier. Well, except for that increase in petrol prices of course! 40 percent?! At wits end

Here I have to get used to waking up early, and going to work early. Compared to driving out of the house 15 minutes before the 8 am back home, here I have to move out 1 and a half hours earlier! But as the days gone by, I have adjusted to time, and have found out that I can actually move out much later, and still reach office early, though fractionally before 8. Big Grin

The only problem here is of course, everything is money, money and money! Just like what Emelda told me. Looks like I have to work extra hard to move up the ladder as fast as possible, and rack as much money as I can, from this so-called oil company...hehehe... Winking

See ya people! Missing home...

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