Monday, July 27, 2015

Puasa Nam

If someone dares to approach me without a decent amount of respect, I will literally bite their heads off and feed it to my cat.

Then I'll scoop out the shit from my kitty's litter box and pepper it with my virulent pee; so others will be wary of my current mood.

I'm sorry. It's my first day of Puasa Nam and I shouldn't act like this. To be honest, I love Puasa Nam. And I highly recommend my fellow Muslim friends to try it.

Puasa Nam is basically 6 days of fasting after the first and second day of Raya. A Muslim that performs this will be as if he has fasted for a year! However, Puasa Nam is only valid within the month of Syawal.

To be honest, I truly miss the fasting month. Not because of the food but I guess the idea that it is the holiest month out of them all just makes me feel humbled.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Why we fight over a phone (and yes this post is definitely about the Low Yatt incident).

Woah, that LowYatt fiasco was definitely an eye opener - that when you are guilty, you gotta defend your ego no matter what. And the thief who stole the phone definitely gained his ego back by bringing his bonehead buddies (7 boneheads including him); he destroyed an Oppo smartphone outlet because the Oppo employees were the ones that nabbed him.

So smart.

Now, all of you have probably read the chronicle of the event. So I'll leave that out for this article. Now it's time to find out the WHY!! Oh yes indeedy-doey!

1. No Smartphone? You're a Hermit! 
A good friend of mine told me that in order to get around KL, you need a car and preferably an auto car. So you won't curse like a person who has a severe case of Tourette! Anyways, if you don't have a car, then it is as if you don't have legs. I mean, that's an extreme comparison but I agreed in the end because KL's transportation service was under par (compared to Japan Railways).  Just like a smartphone, if you don't have one then you are pretty much disconnected to the world. In today's day an age, a smartphone is as important as your kidney! You won't be able to function without one. Even if you have to steal a 'chaplang' or 'chap ayam' smartphone, so be it. Hermits are for monks anyways.

2. That's it really. 
What? There's a second reason? Are you insane? I don't need to elaborate further how mental you are if you need a second reason. Ok ok, maybe you are from a lost Monk tribe, on a mission to defeat evildoers. And your only weapon is your fist of fury. Then, I apologize. In the meantime feel free to leave a comment or two. Or three. Shit, whatever is suffice.

(*That story about a person on a mission? Well, that's from Kung Fu: The Legend, starring the late David Carradine.)

Damn that old geezer looks like Shan Tsung!

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Know your role.

Sometimes I look at my peers and I wonder why do they even bother try their very best if they don't like what they do. I mean they have the choice to actually pack up and leave; do what they love to do best. Because no one is stopping them. NO ONE! We have a choice.

Then as I listen to their rants and issues, they calm themselves down by justifying that this gig, the gig that they don't like to be part of, pays the rent and their lifestyle. Then out of respect, I will not roll my eyes at them. It's pointless.

At the end of the day, all of us have a choice; the choice to do what is best for our career and life. Don't worry about what happens in the future; worry about what will happen now. InsyaAllah, everything will be ok wan! Take my situation as an example. I dropped out of university because my dad passed away; I didn't know how to pay my tuition fees. Fortunately, I discovered advertising.

When I took on this path I didn't know what to expect. I just wanted to work and make sure that everything will be a-okey; that my brothers were taken care off (when you're an orphan, it's hard to think about anything else).

So fast forward 8.6 years later and I'm now in an MNC advertising agency. Getting paid for sitting in an air-conditioned office, with a nice Apple laptop.

Yeah, no one wants to leave this gig.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

It's all about fake it till you make it.

Now, who's the poor bastard that I can delegate all my jobs.

A person I know just got promoted from a middleweight writer to a top senior post in less than 6 years. And within those years, X never produced amazing work that is worth mentioning.

"I guess X is a very lucky person," said my supervisor. I kept quiet and thought long and hard about it. If that's the case, then I can do it as well. I mean, not to brag but I've done some decent work in the past as well.

While I don't chase titles, I do chase the moolah (money). After all, that's more important than titles; actually scratch that, I'm also keen on the title as well.

However, you can't win them all. Something's got to give; the only thing that we can latch on is either or. Simple as that.

To be honest, I've been quite lucky as well. My office is just next door and my wife works the building next. I walk to my office with my wife. I'm getting paid handsomely and I still get to go home at 6pm.

So, should I complain? I don't think so.

Yet deep down there's always that little nagging voice asking me "Is this it?"

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

For the sake of impressing.

And that's how I became a douche.

When I was in my early 20s, just right around the time when I joined advertising, I craved for attention like a leech craved for blood. I don't know why and I don't know how, but I partly have to blame myself and my insecurities. I wanted people to acknowledge me like I was some hot new shit in town ( when I truth I didn't know jack).

So I became loud, flirty, friendly, and smiley most of the time. It was not even inhuman for a person to be that positive. Heck, I am positive but at that time, it was to the point of annoying. Positivity should have a leash so that it can go out and have a breather.

Along the way, I wasted my time to do what I was supposed to do - win awards and have a strong portfolio. But it didn't cross my mind that I would be paying the price in the future for this move. So zoom 9 years later and still without nothing to be proud of (well some), I often wondered what would happen to my life if I did the opposite - don't impress people.

Anyway, that is the past and what's done is done. All I can hope for is to look forward and start doing something instead of impressing and lazying around on my ass.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Playful ones.

The art of playful is a forgotten art. For the longest time, the more you play the more productive you'll become. But that art is a bit hard to apply when I'm an introvert.

Yeah an introvert in extrovert's clothing.

Most people assume that I'm quite the talkative guy when in truth, I just like to be alone with my games and peers.

I find that it is energy consuming to actually talk. But empty talk. Nothing of substance and nothing that I can actually gain from it.

This is my everyday life.

Empty chats.
Empty moments.

I got to play more. Play with my games and get the computer games that I want.


Monday, March 09, 2015

For the love of finding a new job.

I realised now that most MNC agencies are pretty confusing. They just can't make up their mind and make a choice. With reasons, after reasons and without any notification, they just get up and leave without saying a word. Leaving the poor candidate...pretty well darn angry.

So here's a little tip for those who are looking for a new job.

DON'T APPROACH THEM. Let them approach you first (unless you are desperate).
ASK THEM FOR A DECISION. When they dilly-dally, it's just darn frustrating.
IF ALL ELSE FAILS, ON TO THE NEXT ONE. There are many other companies out there that are willing to hire you, anyways.

Last but not least, here's a cute stock picture for an upcoming movie featuring Vince Vaughn.

Holy shit, look at my forehead.