Venue: Orang Asli Settlement, Kg. Hulu Tamu, Batangkali
Date: 12 - 14 December 2014
So, 3 weeks into my current job here I had to organise a ROCKS event called the CAREton Project in collaboration with Epic Homes and Tetra Pak. Allow me to first introduce to you Nestlé Reaching Out to Community & Kids, or in short, ROCKS. It's actually our Employee Voluntee Programme (EVP) and its looking to celebrate its 10th birthday this year.
OK, so back to this project. Basically, we went on a three day mission to build a 4 module house for an Orang Asli family of four. To be dead honest, I didn't know what I signed up for. I figured I should take all opportunity to get involved as much as I could with ROCKS since it was going to be a big part of my job. So, without thinking too much into it, I signed on for this project. And boy was I in for a surprise!
It was the toughest 3 days I've lived through I think. Haha. Only cuz I can't think of anything else at the moment, but it really was dead difficult and I must admit, was by a mile NOT my thing. On our first day, we already were lifting and sorting woods under the scorching sun. The place was packed with stray dogs and you almost can't tell between poop and soil, especially after the rain began pouring on days 2 and 3.
While I did undoubtedly enjoyed the experience, it isn't one I would find myself a part of any time soon I hope. HAHA! And that's me being dead honest. Regardless, many had really loved it and some even asked for more projects like this to be organised. And in spite of my personal spoilt brat opinions, it's really wonderful what these people are doing and their willingness to go through such difficulties to help others. I have so much respect for the organisers and so much more for each and every volunteer involved, not only for this project but all like it.
I'm really looking forward to 2015 and hoping so much good will come from it. I love this new job of mine, I love my job scope, I love the people I work with, I love the environment and the mindset of its people. Nestlé has been a name I've grown up with and have always known to love, to be a part of this now, and to be a part of precisely the right facet of it to kick off my career here is just absolutely awesome. Alhamdulillah.
Taken with my Lenovo S960.
Today I woke up at 4.50 am despite it being a Sunday; and as I lay there in the cold darkness of the room, I realised something. Something that had escaped me for so long since. I realised that I have been confused. I realised that for a while now, I haven't been able to see clearly enough to identify what truly matters to me and what do not. It was hard at first, trying to let go of what I have assumed as familiar and comforting; but it didn't take long before I was able to turn over that heavy stone in my heart. It felt as if I removed an obstacle that was actually blocking the earth, the soil, the very foundation of my life.
I realised a lot of things. Amongst them, I realised that I haven't been appreciating the right people in my life for a while now. Perhaps it would seem strange to actually commit to saying 'I love you' to some people in our lives despite the fact that we honestly can't live without them. Take for example, for girls at least, some of our male counterparts. It would really seem out of place if I went around saying I love you to some of my brothers and my guy friends - awkward indeed. However, why hadn't it been similarly awkward if not more, for me to have said those same words to people that mean almost absolutely nothing to me as compared to all these other people that actually are a part of myself? It should've been, and I'm so grateful that I'm coming to see this again. It took me a lot courage and self-consolidation to realise this mistake and to accept its truth. I felt myself growing in maturity the more I accepted this fact and the more peace it gave me.
I also realised that I have been very much invested in the wrong people - undeserving people. And it's so funny thinking how many times I have actually caught myself in such a situation and how many times I've told myself I will never repeat it. I don't dare to console myself enough to say it wouldn't happen again, but I will teach myself to grow out of it. I will teach myself to shed it off and to fix things so that the next time it hits me, it would grow increasingly less of a problem.
Guys, I love you so much. So fucking much. You know exactly who you are.
I thought I wanted a closure for that stone I flipped over, but now I realise it isn't even worth the effort. It was not only destructive, but also insignificant. To be perfectly honest, and this is me being absolutely fair, there isn't one gain to my life I can clearly identify coming from that useless stone aside from this growing maturity. Not one. There were indeed many good things that happened because of it, but nothing I didn't already have.
So, thanks for the effort and the time, but I truly must get back to more important facets of my life now. Two years is definitely far too long a time to have wasted.
Venue: The Burger Factory, Ss15 Subang Jaya
So, Ain was over last weekend. Damn it's been ages! I actually caught a bug from Thursday's ice skating and thought I had ruined the weekend before it even began. Fortunately though, I forced myself through the cold ordeal and ended up with the shortest flu I've ever experienced. Alhamdulillah.
Anyways, we initially planned to go to Bake and Serve in Subang but it was closed. Then we found ourselves in Ss15 and finally decided to try out this burger joint. I've seen it from the roundabout a million times, but not once did it appeal to me to be honest. However, when we actually got a better view of it as we turned the bend in front of it, we were totally sold just seeing its cozy concept furnishing from the outside.
We all had burgers and I ordered an additional serving of fish and chips for everyone. Sorry though, I can only remember my own menu. I had the Texas burger a' la carte and an iced earl grey. The burger was good, though I'm not too crazy about the fish and my drink. The fish from the fish and chips had a strong, sweet taste of maple syrup that kinda put me off. Maybe a squeeze of lemon would've helped, but it didn't occur to me at the time. My iced earl grey on the hand, could've used some sweetening. Doubt it had any sugar at all.
The fries were gorgeous and I must admit, all the three burgers we had were really good. And oh, need I mention the place was beautiful, rustic and cozy? The lighting was fabulous, which explains the stunning photos. Too bad my batteries were dying. Sobs.
However, I'd think twice about going back. Firstly, because they didn't get the fish right and fish is my thing. Secondly, the place definitely isn't Halal certified since it serves alcohol. However, we were assured that there weren't any pork nor alcohol used in its cooking. Of course though, why should we settle for that when there are tons of other places, certified, we can get burgers and fries from?