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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Nasi Lemak 2.0 Gala Premiere

In my darkest period having lost all hope and joy in my life, I ravaged the streets of the city in search of a relief from my afflictions.

What seemed to be a glimmer of chance to keep my sanity appeared in the form of a meager invitation to the local production premiere of Nasi Lemak 2.0.
For the uninformed, Nasi Lemak 2.0 is a local Malaysian production movie directed by the once controversial rapper Wee Meng Chee, better known as Namewee. This is his 1st effort at producing a movie.

I find with all the doom and gloom clouding my mind, this comedy might be my ticket to relinquish inner joy again.

It all began on the day of a Sunday, August 28, 2011 at this place:



I started off with a meal offered together with the invitation. Although there were several people whom I knew were there, I didn't do much of a talking since I weren't in the mood anymore and I've suffered severe setback on my confidence, no thanks to my job. Anyway, there I was just munching away and filling up space. While at the stage, people were passing out posters and merchandise a distance away:



Once finished, I did a little catching up with Evelyn (read: droning and ranting about how bad life feels to be to me) and after a little walkaround the mall with a group of friends, it's time for the introduction of the filmmakers and casts on stage.

The two hosts:



This is what transpired after:
Members ready to walk the red carpet:



The people who helped make the film a success:































Well, the movie is about a struggling chef Huang who graduated from a cooking school in China where he was the 2nd best student. When he was young, he stood up to a gang who started terrorizing a hawker stall auntie and he was saved by a cook which inspired him to be a hero.

Ever since graduating, coming back to Malaysia and open up his own Chinese restaurant (which isn't popular at all), he also make it a habit to be the hero to everyone in his area.

At another restaurant nearby, it has it's set of problems where there's a family feud on who's the rightful owner of the restaurant. It was then decided that there will be a cook-off and whomever has the better chef, wins. One of the family member, Xiao K, keeps finding chef Huang for help which keeps getting him into trouble and finally landing him out of business. Xiao K persuaded Huang to compete in the cook-off but seeing his opponent is the person that bested him in cooking school, he doesn't have faith in competing. One day, one of his neighbors offered him the nasi lemak made by his rival, the Nasi Lemak stall lady (played by Adibah Noor). He was taken aback that her sambal was irresistibly delicious and tried to steal the recipe from her. After many unsuccessful attempts, the lady (who's also the godmother of Xiao K) offered to help chef Huang and passed him a map which sets him on an incredible journey on learning how to make the perfect Nasi Lemak from different cultures and races.

This movie provides some form of a comic relief to my dolor existence and kudos to Namewee for making an excellent film to watch even though it's his 1st time in making films. His creativity of using Nasi Lemak as a metaphor to show a deeper meaning on how Malaysia is made up of different cultures and races which has adapted to mix together instead of just priding to just one race and despise the rest is noteworthy. I for one applaud of the effort of this movie and rate it as 3.5 stars out of 5.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Of Loyalty & Friendship

Oftentimes I find myself wondering who ARE my friends? Do I even have any?
Due to my childhood life, I have grown accustomed to a life of a loner and there are only few people whom I get along well with. Hence, many people deem me as unfriendly if not a quiet person.

Of recent years, I started having a life of fun seeking, going to events and mingling around in parties. But of late, I'm unable to do so due to me getting back to reality and taking on a full time job that's really taxing on my soul. So now, here I am back to square one again thinking about life.

So again I find myself asking the question of friendship. To tell the truth, I don't think I had any friends that I'm close with at all for now. Many people in my circle of friends probably know me because I give out free passes to movie screening, concert tickets, party invites and I give them out through my social media network whereby I'm a friend with benefit, isn't it? For once, I wish I get people giving me the passes. LOL.

Not to say I don't get any from my friends, I do. Sometimes, at times like these, I just tend to overthink and rant nonsensically because I'm deprived of a fun life with this job I have. I'm just dead tired and I'm just angry with myself for allowing myself to make such decisions in life that brings me down. I don't even know what the hell I think and feel anymore.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Jobs & Careers, Is It A Hassle?

I read an article not too long ago about how fresh grads tend to mess up their interview and how they're really choosy about picking a job since they can afford to and hence they were deemed unemployable instead of unemployed.

While I may agree that some of the citations stated in the article of how they reply in their interview are wrong, I can't help but feel some disagreement towards the article.
Yes, a fresh graduate may need to learn to be hardworking on their 1st job just to get the experience, but I'm also a strong believer in having a better quality of life.

When you're young, you may tend to have the energy to work hard in your 1st job, but then again, HOW MUCH should you slog for a company that care less about you?

From my work experience, I did start off as a hardworking employee in my 1st job, taking 2 buses just to get to work. Day in, day out, I performed my best until I was noticed and was promoted rather quickly from a temp staff to a permanent staff. Many were jealous and tend to find the littlest of fault to pinpoint to me on how bad I was. But with the supervisor siding by me, I still remember what she said to me, "All eyes are on you. You have to prove to them that you can do the job well". And prove I did. Pretty soon, I silenced those that were jealous and later on, they found that it's better to be my friend then to work against me.
But that's not the point I want to talk about. What I'm trying to say is, I worked hard. REALLY HARD. I clocked in almost a days overtime and I shorten my lunch time from 30 minutes to 15 minutes to 10 minutes EVEN THOUGH I'm entitled to an hour's worth.

But was it worth it? No! Pretty soon, it started to take a toll on me and I started spending my weekends recuperating my energy by sleeping the whole entire weekend off. But that's not the worst part. The worst part is I started being senile and my brain stops working at times. One night I was walking back home from the bus stop but I stopped dead in my tracks as I approach a junction. Why? Because I had to think for 5 minutes whether I'm going home or going to work! Pretty soon, my work performance suffered significantly. I made a lot of drastic major errors but luckily, the supervisor was on my side and so the team leader was blamed for all of my errors. All in all, I merely lasted 1 year in that job before I realized, I needed a break from work.

So then, I say again, while telling the interviewer that you need to be paid highly just so you could enjoy a cup of Starbucks once a week with your friends is awfully wrong, and that telling the interviewer that the company is a nobody and that you'll make it a somebody without researching to find out that it's actually the leader of it's industry is also wrong, but then again everybody should strive to increase their quality of life and not make work your life (unless you're a workaholic who loved to work instead of enjoying life).
Asking for a much closer place of work IS reasonable and reject a certain job offer if it's too far. You can't expect a fresh grad without transportation to work in a place where it's not accessible to public transport, can you? You can't expect anybody to rely on bus services when the bus rarely even comes once an hour, can you? You can't expect a person to always work long hours every single workday without much of a break, can you?

That's why you keep seeing me complain about my job, the current one and the previous one. My philosophy is I've worked hard in the past and I've already gained my experience. Yes, there are still many things to learn but with the many years of work, I should start taking breaks instead of working my ass off just for the sake of a company who doesn't care about me.

So once more I'm reiterating, I want my work/life balanced! That's all I'm asking. I don't wanna work long hours into the night and make me unable to be sharp and alert the next day. And what's worse? Working long hours doing the job and you still get scolded for the little things you do.

**Just wanna rant to get this off my chest. I think I've lost it. I've become a crazy man. I started getting a whole stack of 4D with one of my colleague and dreamt of me striking the jackpot came true already. **