Thursday, January 02, 2014

High closing to eventful 2013

A quick recap of 2013. I guess everyone at some of point of life should sit back and reflect on things that has happened.

Jan - Posting to Kuantan + Socialising
My final 6 months of rotation. I was sent to Kuantan for a 4 months posting. Little did I know I will spend almost 11 months there.
Also, Tosin talked me through things and it was a year when I started meeting a lot of new and interesting people

March/April - Indon + Cambodia
Amazing family trip with 5th uncle to Indon where I actually approached the air stewardess !
Cambodia was a grand reunion of the PE1 boys. We were literally drench in sweat every step we took but enjoyed every single bit of it.

May - Biodiesel
My amazing mentor left the company and I was so lucky to be transferred to another mentor. My life in commissioning and taking actual responsibilities officially starts. Also, to land of many opportunities where things started to fall into place

Sept - Successful in Transfer
Luck must've fell upon me when I was successful in gaining an internal transfer to Boston. Yes, valuable overseas experience again !

Nov - London and Arrival in the US
As though I've never left London. Every 2 hours was meetups with old buddies. I can't say how much I've missed them.

A new beginning to the end of the year. An amazing team to be part of, and a wealth of knowledge to gain from. Hello Massachusetts.

Backlogged of resolutions
1) Investment - I still have not invested in any equities
2) Professional papers - GMAT was half hearted, CIMA was not beyond the printing machine
3) Motor License - 5 more lessons to exams but never was too motivated

Friday, August 02, 2013

Starting up an old plant

Starting an old plant is fun. Dangerous but fun. Exhausting but fun. Always running after deadlines but fun.

I've heard 2 stories about urgency so far.

1) Previous boss had to put a mechanical seal in the taxi from KL to Kuantan on a Saturday.
2) Another boss had to drive from the rural to the town in Sabah to get a pump on a Sunday.

My turn:
1) I have to take a 20kg motor with me on the bus on a Friday night to Kuantan.

Rest and behold, i have now my own story to tell.

Then I have safety stories:

1) Contractor saw a guy got killed from a site glass when tightening during air test
2) Boss saw a guy got blind on one eye when acid splash happened.

My turn:
1) my vision was blurred for half a day after minimal acid HCL 33% got in and thank god I had PPE on and flushed quick enough. 

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Post-election blues

Many of my Malaysian brothers and sisters mourn the death of democracy today. The impossible truth of the incumbent government having all the 'resources' have been proven true.

Today, I voted. Being a first time voter, I spent the final night reading and watching videos of our politicians. Not having the time to read up on politics, I realised my lack of knowledge in it, or rather the lack of interest. All I know is, Malaysia can be a better place. As a fresh grad, I often look at my friends in the UK which jaw dropping expression whenever they purchase a new ride, a new house, or go on an expensive holidays.

Are we not equals? What is so different about what I am doing compared to them? And why are they making not twice, but up to five times more than I do? We studied together, they paid incredibly low fees, we all got equally good results, we got equally good offers, so what is the differentiator?

That their government, despite still being in recession has reaped in so much benefits post-war and oil era that Malaysia is not able to do?

Anyway, back to jumping around vessels tomorrow. 

My bus-setting lifestyle

I often wonder, how is the world so unfair? Basically, whoever that is the first to touch the monetary transaction will be rewarded the most, leaving little for the rest. This happens across industries and governments. It is always the financial-related people who gets the first cut.

In my opinion, this is certainly unfair and the highest reward should be given to the manufacturer, the team behind the products. Without any products, there will not be any monetary transactions. The oil traders, the financial analyst... how many times have you heard a scientist or engineer that makes more than bankers? I may be bias in this as I'm an engineer but the amount of work engineers put in, its properly blood and sweat whilst the pretty-boys strut their stuff in nice offices and designer suits.

The agricultural industry, one that is more important than anything else, is again, the least profitable. As sustainable as it may sound, it is a far cry from the oil and gas industry or the electronics industry.. nevermind the financial district that keeps their profit and allow the public to bail them when they are in trouble. Hence, you lose the best people to these less-important industries. Only 3 out of 10 top students in my uni became an engineer. You often wonder how would the world move forward without bright engineers.

Whilst the others are on jet-setting lifestyles, I am on a bus-setting lifestyle. Mainly for the commute between home and Kuantan on weekends, or the occasional Singapore trip to visit my friends. The past 3 months have been amazingly fun ! I have had so many trips to Sg and back to KL over weekends.

Besides jumping from one vessel to another and trying to out-muscle our fitters, I am trying to utilise my nights in Kuantan ! (checked-meeting new friends, doing more work. need to check-golf, cima, business plan...)

So little time, so much to do. 

Saturday, April 27, 2013

The wandering eyes, or being too observant..

Malaysians are known to be attentive and observant - well, at least I think so.

I remember hearing many people commenting about Malaysians holidaying by the beach, our eyes wander and lock in on attractive and scantily clad ladies. You can view that as being too attracted, or being disrespectful depending on how you look at it.

My personal opinion is the latter: at the rate our eyes are going, it feels not just disrespectful, but often annoying. I had a recent encounter when I was out with 2 foreign friends of mine. Not only did we get stares, but followers @@!#!?

It felt like the locals have not seen any foreigners before, rightly so they've not but the stares were too annoying and I sincerely hope my guests were not offended by it. I was not too worried for myself, as I was constantly engaging in conversations with them.

Not too much we can do unless to change the mindset of the locals. And as long as foreigners are not too offended by us, they should continue to be our source of income - tourist.