As I begin this entry, its about 9.34 p.m. and again I'm blogging at Old Town cafe at Swatow alongside my good buddy Khye Shin. As the title says, it's my third day here.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Well, both of us woke up at about 9.00 a.m. and only left the house at ten. We circled the block to this hawker center behind the Giant building opposite the BMW showroom. I had wan tan mee which was just average I guess but Khye Shin's fried kuay teow definitely had some good flavour. I forgot to take pictures of the place (and the food) but there'll be more to come in this entry.
Monday, December 28, 2009
Well, leaving KL for Penang at about 8.00 a.m. in the morning seemed to be a pretty good choice. The roads were practically empty and we were definitely in time for lunch at Foong Wei Heong on Jalan Sri Bahari. It was my late great grandmother's favourite place and we were there to have lunch together with Uncle SK and family.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Its one of my favourite things, but yet I haven't done it in a long time. What would that be? Watching cricket.
For some reason or another, I just think this looks cool.
I really loved watching the game, and playing it too. Fortunately, the international school I went to in Ho Chi Minh was Australian influenced, hence my chance to play the game came from there. We never played any serious games, but just as a fun activity during recess or physical education classes.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Its funny isn't it, how sometimes in life, one day can feel like the only day that matters even when you've been doing important things throught the year. That's what it felt like for me, and probably Shaqifah as well when we had to present on our work in PETRONAS Carigali.
A lecturer from the CIS department of UTP, Elaine Chen came to evaluate us. I'd met her before as she'd taught me Computer Organisation some time back. It wasn't my favourite subject I can assure you, but she's a nice person. I guess you could say to a small extent I hoped that the definition of 'nice' could be stretched to 'favourable' during the presentation.
As with my final exams before this, I didn't feel much pressure until the day of the presentation itself, which was yesterday. Both Shaqifah and myself were nervous because to be frank, neither of us really spent a lot of time preparing the presentation slides, or our presentation even because we'd been pretty busy at work.
Its fair to say that wasn't a good excuse, but our minds were more preoccupied on our work than we were on our presentation although to us as students the presentation may have been more important. This actually highlights a conflict of interest. Interns always have two stakeholders to be responsible to, and its hard to tell which is more important at times, the university or the host company?
Anyhow, I ushered Elaine up from the lobby to the discussion room at PETT: Tower 1, Level 24 where we'd conduct the presentations. We were supposed to take up a time slot between 2.30 p.m. - 5.00 p.m. but we assumed it would be less than that anyway.
I went first, and so I gave short introudction of BIMa, not too much, just letting Ms. Elaine know what BIMa does which I actually kind of explained to her already as I was talking to her in the lift. Most of my presentation time was spent presenting on the work I've been involved in as well as my ongoing tasks. Other than that, I took some time to share what I've learned during the past six months.
Throughout the presentation I found myself, babling a bit at certain points because I hadn't rehearsed. Whatever came out was just spontaneous and I'm not one of those people who can speak word perfect spontaneously delivering a speech or presentation. Thankfully though, I don't think I had any lengthy pauses although that may be attributed to some panicky 'spontaenous alternative phrases/words spewing' that I did. I was unhappy with myself in that sense, that the presentation wasn't smooth, at least in my opinion.
Next came the questioning and the feedback part from my senior manager, two managers who were supervisors to myself and Shaqifah and Elaine Chen of course. I was surprised during this session because I expected tougher questions to be directed at me, though I didn't prepare at all for such a thing. Instead, the questions were more about how I felt about working in PETRONAS Carigali, with BIMa in particular and if our work was relevant to our area of study.
I'm quite thankful that the feedback I received from both Elaine and Mr. Ghaffar, my senior manager was quite good. Truth be told, I felt that it was actually flattering. I don't know if I had a wide smile on my face as they said those things, but there was definitely one big one inside. Its moments like those where you feel very happy for yourself, but at the same time you need to keep your head down and not be a show off. People tell me Elaine's pretty strict in terms of marking and things like that, so to have the good comments from her does help make me feel good.
Shaqifah had hers next, and it went reasonably well too and we were both quite happy to have it done and dusted. A private conversation between our managers and Ms. Elaine followed, which they did before during the first internship visit when Ms. Nazleeni came. Until today, I'm still quite curious as what the subject matter of those conversations were.
In any case, show and tell is over. The next part is going to be write and report.
Friday, December 04, 2009
When you go on holiday, you don't expect anything other than to have a jolly good time away from everything familiar. For that one week or a few days, you just want to forget everything that has happened for the past month. Whatever feelings of love and hate, of being jaded and dull are all thrown out the window. All you know is one thing, "I'm here to enjoy"