My Day Today

Just after lunch, while waiting for my food to digest in my stomach, I glanced through my previous blog postings to see how much I have changed over the past two years. The finding is actually disheartening - I've become such a boring person who indulges more on what's happening in my head than what actually took place in reality. Whereas in my past writing I was quite illustrative when explaining events e.g. 'I had a meeting with two persons. We discussed bla3x. At the end of the meeting we agreed to bla2x. I look forward to bla2x...' Nowadays, I write e.g. 'Today I attended a meeting. Bye.'

In the past even when I walked I had planned what to blog whenever I came across something worth to share. Nowadays, I logged on, stared at the blank space, then logged out. Even 'Today I attended a meeting' became too much of a trouble.

Anyway, today I'll attempt to be less boring by telling about my boring job:

Today, I woke up to my very encouraging alarm ringtone of 'Doa Pagi' (Morning Prayer) which had repeated itself for I dunno how long. I set that alarm tone because it is becoming harder to wake up for Subuh prayer nowadays - when I was in JB, I can always depend on my housemates to wake me up for prayer but here in KL, it is self service or DIY kinda arrangement. Sometimes I still can't get used to the DIY arrangement over here.

It was drizzling quite heavily. After solat, I sat down on my comforter, trying to decide whether I should take my bath (cold!) or tidy up my room a little bit (messy), or continue to do my web design (I didn't sleep for the whole nite on Saturday because whenever the Inspiration hit me, I could never do anything until I have 'drawn' it in the Photoshop). Somehow, in the midst of debating which option to take, I had slid down on my side and dozed off, no thanks to the awfully cozy weather and warm comforter. I woke up at 8am, and it was still raining.

I reached office at 9am (the 8.30am new working hour doesn't work on rainy days), made myself a mug of hot Milo and started work while thinking with envy that my colleagues in JB are most probably still snuggled under their warm, cozy blanket (why did I transfer to KL??) since it's Johor's Hari Hol. Envy, Envy. Today I worked on the newsletter. We had finally (thank God) gotten our KDN license and I had painstakingly compiled the contents from scratch. I had completed the cover story which still needs a good photo shot (which I don't have and I'm trying think hard how should I get it). It took me four hours to write the editorial.

Many, many times I wish that I can write like
Magic. Magic writes as flawlessly as she speaks. When she writes about food, she describes it so temptatingly delicious when it's just a bowl of mee rebus. What took me four hours to write, she could probably whip up something 10 times better in a friction of that time. Magic, Magic! Oy, are you reading this? Give me some tips on how to write a good article! Thank you!

I had actually given the contents to the publisher and the Creative Director has come back with the layout and pagination of the newsletter. But I'm not too happy with it which is through no fault of her. I did ask her to use her imagination. I need to re-layout and re-paginate it again. She is right. The photos provided are so not exciting. Those photos were taken by me whenever I made my trip to JB so they are very amateurish shots.

By the way, I am not handling newsletter publication per se. The newsletter is published quarterly and this issue is very slow in progress because of numerous problems and we are extremely busy for this quarter of the year. Whenever I had finished editing something, it'll take a few days more for my manager to clear it off pulak coz he has to oversee a lot more other things. For the moment, Magic's articles are still in my boss' PC. I'd be very glad when the printing's started.

When I was re-doing the layout, the Finance GM stopped by to ask, 'So, 007, what are you doing right now?' I grinned when he referred me as Bond's famous ID. The reason is because he caught me closing all work files when he stood nearby. I had been asked by Trump to keep my projects confidential that not even my manager knows why I would frown the whole day deep in thoughts of things I have to work on for the projects. I never really like working on the projects because it's more to what Chairman is doing. While he has the patience to slowly but comprehensively construct his reports, I have not even an ounce of that patience.

I guess I prefer work that requires quick, creative and dynamic thought process rather than complicated, technical and factual report. My favourite project so far is the website. Website is cool, funky, dynamic and (in our case) colorful. Details are updated frequently, and I can always pick up the phone to change / add on something that I think would make the web more fun to browse through.

The keyword in being a web project keeper is FUN. Writing newsletter may be tedious, but the contents must be FUN. Whereas, any design job is a favourite of mine coz I think the work process and the output is FUN.

At the end of the day, I just like to see a job well done and include the FUN factors to keep me enthusiastic.

So now, I've finished my work and I'm going off for jogging again so I'd better sign off now, change and pray Asar before I make my way to Titiwangsa Lake. Ciao!

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