In Chun Eng's words...

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

End of the road, but hopped onto another..

Yea, today's my last day here in FBIC. I left sooner than expected when another much better offer came along.

3 person left at the same time, including myself, making it 5 this month. Yesterday, the whole company, of those whose present in the office yesterday, had farewell lunch together at Uncle Chilis, Amcorp Mall.

I initially planned to work here for at least 3 years but for the past 2 years, I've turned down numerous calls for interviews and declined many resume request from Jobstreets because I was eager to complete what I planned.

That was until one company requested my resume twice. Then the next thing I knew, I started attending interviews. This company that initially requested me didn't turn out well, maybe because my pay demand was too high for them, or they found me not suitable for their position on offer.

But doubled as a recruitment agency serving only business partners, my resume was also forwarded to their business partners, and T-SYS came into the picture. The interview went ok, but was surprised that they offer me a position that very same day.

One barrier was the pay they offered was too far off from my expected salary. True they're a very good company, so I've heard from many of my ex-colleagues currently in there. Also, their line of business wasn't something I'm really keen on.

Having slowly gaining my establishment on ERP, I'm not really willing to start over with their credit card systems. So I declined them, after spending some days thinking.

Not a while later, got a sudden e-mail from Western Digital for an interview. Surprised as I have not applied for any position with them, I went on with the interview nonetheless, and soon found out it was for the Dynamics AX position I applied with another company. Turns out, that company too is an agency.

Things turns out pretty well. I got an offer, and still successfully negotiated for an additional RM100. Maybe I should have tried at RM200 instead... hahaha.

In joining WD, I would have 2 concerns at the moment. Firstly, I'm just a contractor, meaning, I'm hired by the agency but outsourced to WD. So should anything happens, I'll most likely to be the first to go.

Secondly, the AX project will not begin so soon. Yet they need me eagerly for their HR project. Supposed AX failed to take off, I may need to rethink my options, something which I do not want to see happen, for at least so soon in a new company.

Oh well... will just need to wait and see. Haha...

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Friday, May 15, 2009

My name is Toshihide

Haha.. just chatting with my Japanese colleague and somehow the topic diverted to my name which I asked what it meant in the Japanese language.

So after showing him my name in Chinese character, turns out, they're valid Kanji characters, and also a very common name in Japan.

Toshi (Chun) Hide (Eng).

So now, I can also be known as Tan Toshihide... kakaka

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Tuesday, May 05, 2009


Gosh, ever since my company blocked my internet connection I've been rather lazy in blogging, although I have internet connection at home.

And it's been a month since my last post. That's how fast time has past.

Anyway, lately have been to alot of trekkings. In April alone, there was Kanching Waterfall in Rawang, Jeram Tengkek in Kuala Pilah, Sg. Ampang just behind the National Zoo and Mt. Kutu in Kuala Kubu Bharu.

Some are very easy, some are tiring. Some are short treks, while some are long ones. But overall, none of these treks is impossible to complete.

Hehe... I had always loved trekking, but no 'kaki' to go with me... till now.. Now I have lots of trekking 'kaki' that I can even go every weekend for trips into the wilderness.

But I'm not as hardcore as they are, so I think I'll just stick to 2 weeks once for now.

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Driving License

Was having a chat with my Japanese colleague last week over his driving license because he's currently trying to apply for a Malaysian driving license so that he could drive in Malaysia.

Over our chat, he asked how much does it cost to get a driving license here in Malaysia, driving lessons included.

So, we just casually told him, it cost around RM 1k, also depending on the no. of lessons you sign up for.

Well, we always knew that the living cost in Japan is high. Things are also very much more expensive than here in Malaysia.

But we were totally shocked when he said that getting a driving license in Japan cost 10x more. Goodness, if needing to get a driving license in Malaysia would ever need RM10k, what would happen then is a little beyond my imagination.

But to look on the bright side, this means less people can afford to get driving license which in turn means there'd be less cars on the road :D

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Gosh!!! This is so overdue.

Anyway, just some photos to show.

1)Chendor Beach, the place where we camped in our first night.

2) Panorama Hill, Sg. Lembing. Can't believed we actually climb that many steps up to reach the top to see the sunrise.

3) Sg. Pandan Waterfall, Kuantan. Water's a little murky. But it's still a very nice place to visit. When I went, it was kinda crowded, with a few campers spending the night there.

4) Rainbow Waterfall, Sg. Lembing. The main purpose of this trip. It's around 20-stories high. The waterfall is so high and strong that by the time the water actually reaches the bottom, it forms quite a heavy rain that falls both diagonally and horizontally. The area would always be wet, so whenever the sun shines over the fall, rainbows are sure to form, hence living up to it's name, Rainbow Waterfall.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Back from my camping-cum-trekking-cum-waterfall trip

Was away during the long weekend to Sungai Lembing, Cherating to revisit nature.

It was fun fun fun... and I got very tired tired tired once I reached home.

Anyway, we went on a bus loaded of people and trek Panorama Hill in Sungai Lembing for the sunset, played in the Pandan and Rainbow Waterfall (one in Kuantan, the other in Cherating, if I'm not mistaken).... camped by the beach next to the turtle santuary on our first night, and had a home stay on our second.

Still waiting for some photos... will load them soon.

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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

My most feared nightmare

Damn it... my worst nightmare has arrived.

Yesterday, my MIS guy has begun testing blocking all the sites and ports to the Internet. So now, that means, no more facebooking, mail reading, news reading or even blogging at work. And I can't even use MSN anymore.

Today, he opened the connection to the internet, but this won't be long. It's just a matter of time before such blockage becomes permanent.

I still wonder how I can do my online research once the Internet is gone? I heard they'll have common PCs for the Internet in front of the MD, but I still don't see anything being setup.

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