Category Archives: Rants

Halted plans …

Just a few weeks ago, I had a lot of plans. A lot of which I am really interested in doing like improving my web skills as well as creating iOS Apps. I am not thinking about money here and they are purely my type of hobbies. Well, I got all setup only to be interrupted but a few things. I received a snail mail from LoveFilm which I did blog previously. I signed up a 30-day trial and in return, I received a £20 Amazon voucher. From the time that I signed up, I spent most of my evening watching movies online on LoveFilm. At the same time, my workload increased and my only ways to reward myself after a long hard work day are playing games and watching movies. In addition, Infinity Blade II was released about a week ago. I am truly busy getting my hands on this sequel. For some people, it might be difficult to understand but I am sure everyone has their own way of rewarding or de-stressing at the end of each day.

Well, that’s how I spend most of my time everyday. I tried reading iOS apps making stuff from the internet but I found it difficult to concentrate. I couldn’t do it during work time because I have no equipment to test. For a start, I need Mac OS in order to program an app and an iPhone to test the app. I could say it’s work related as my idea is to create an app where I could access my work information anywhere with internet connectivity. I have tried numerous ways in improving my skills but most of the time, I didn’t get anywhere as I didn’t have any purpose or target to pursue. In the past, I managed to learn great deal of web skills when I first started blogging. Not very long after that, I took my web skills to the next level as I was tasked to revamp my workplace’s website. This is where I thought about creating an iOS app to display the information of my workplace’s website but on a smaller scale.

Anyway, the progress may be slower that what I would like in the first place, but I do believe that I will be able to accomplish them some time in the future. Christmas is coming and I have about two weeks of holiday. That might be a good to time to starting something new?!

My job

My current job is by far the longest one that I have been working; four years. The second longest one was about two and a half years. Not that I want to stay at this job for four years, it’s just that my work permit only allows me to work for this company. On the other hand, it’s not a bad job either considering that my colleagues are good and there are still a lot that I can learn. The problem is that I feel undervalued. Well well, I am sure a lot of us feel the same with our current jobs; handling more and more tasks everyday and nothing is as described in the job description when we first signed the agreement. While I agree that it’s alright to suffer a bit in this economic crisis situation, it’s unfair that companies still spend monies on unnecessary things. In this case, I am talking about the company that I work in.

There were cuts almost in every departments and any staffs who leave will not be replaced. However, they are renovating the outer shell of the buildings just so it looks nice from the outside. What they don’t realise is that the rooms inside the building are still as crappy as before. Our workplace has been the same since the first day I went in and I bet it’s also the same many years before me. In my department, we get loads of tasks which aren’t necessarily relevant to us. For example, another department bought a piece of software and we have to support it. While I agree that it may be relevant to what we are doing, but we are never consulted to see if the third party software is compatible with our existing software. The list is endless.

I still have emails sending to me about the latest jobs available and it seems like there are a lot of System Administrator jobs in the market. I am tempted but the outside world is kind of rocky. Should I just wait until I am eligible to become a PR or should I just switch just so I am sure that I will be eligible to apply for PR? I believe that the probability of staying is higher than leaving. Let’s just hope times will get better.

Crazy weeks …

For the last few weeks, there is only a word to describe my work; crazy. I haven’t had much time to do my own stuffs at home partly because I have used up my brain juice at work everyday. On weekends, I just want to have a good rest. There are so many different tasks waiting for me to do and it is kind of challenging as I need to manage my time much more efficiently. However, I do love the fact that I am doing the stuffs that I love. I always like to say that most of the time, people resign because of the management even though they like their job. I like my job but I dislike my management. It’s a matter of time where I might start thinking of doing something else. Anyway, it’s a stable job despite the many things that have been going on recently. I can’t ask for me in this period of time, can I?

Next week is going to be more challenging for me. It’s the deadline of all, if not most of my tasks. To be honest, my tasks never stop. It just keeps going on and on. The deadline is for me to put something up but there will always be other requested to improve it or even additional requests. If everything goes smoothly, I will have a good week. Otherwise, I will look older by ten years at the end of the week, that’s how crazy next week will be.

Rules are meant to be broken …

Sometimes, people say things but they never mean it. Unimportant matters can be let off but rules should not be taken lightly. Mee and I have been living in this house for almost four years now. Tenants move in and out. The shortest was about two weeks. The current batch is considered the longest tenants to have lived together in this house. Over the years, there were complaints about the cleanliness, spaces and noises. Rules keep on adding and until now, no one seems to care. Well, Mee and I care because we live downstairs and we can be quite easily affected by the noises that they make upstairs as well as when they are downstairs.

Our landlord has been quite accommodating. When we discussed about cleanliness, he hires a weekly cleaner. When we talked about spaces, he kind of ensures that some open spaces should not be used for personal space. When we spoke about noises, he announces that everyone should try to be quiet before ten in the morning and after ten at night.

All is well at the beginning. As time goes, every single rule is broken. There are three tenants upstairs and there’s only one who thinks that she owns the house. I call her Person A here. Surprisingly, our landlord is still very accommodating.

A couple of months back, we all have agreed that we need to clear our stuffs out of the living room. Now, half of the living room is filled with Person A’s stuffs. At one point, she even had a shoe rack in the living room. Our landlord didn’t care until I asked him whether or not it is appropriate to have a shoe rack in the living room. I was already hinting that there are too many stuffs in the living room. Either he chose to ignore my plea or he just forgets everything.

The previous cleaner went on maternity leave, hence, her job is now covered by Person A. So, what about the rules of not having a cleaner who lives in the same house? Even then, Person A couldn’t clean properly. Our landlord is so good to her that she doesn’t even need to clear the rubbish bin during cleaning. When the previous cleaner was still working, Person A used to clear her room’s rubbish by dumping them into the kitchen’s bin.

For the past few days, Person A even dared to take the kitchen door’s key with her and leave the house from the back door. We are all trapped in the house with only the front door to use. Person A never thought about the need of other tenants to use the backyard and the shed.

Person A used to be quite sensible but since we had a little bit of argument, she starts smoking and does stuffs which Mee and I would deem stupid. In other words, stupid stuffs! All the things that she said that she would not be doing, she is doing now. I guess she is showing her true colours now!

Amazon credit card …

Credit Card

A few months ago, I applied for an Amazon credit card to take advantage of its £10 voucher upon approval. I got the card and I probably spent the £10 voucher already and I still find myself using it for everyday purchases. Before this card, I was actually using Lloyds TSB American Express card for my daily purchases. However, the points calculation is a bit high end. I will get only 1 point for every £10 spent. Worst still, I only get 1 point for every £50 worth of purchases if I were to use Lloyds TSB Master Card. Amazon credit card, on the other hand, gives 1 point for every £2 on purchases outside Amazon.

In my opinion, credit card handler still requires a lot of discipline. Otherwise, debts will follow very soon. Take my case for example. Before I applied Amazon credit card, Mee and I were already planning a trip to Greece. Soon after I got the credit card, we thought it would be good to use the card as the rewards are much better than Lloyds TSB. When we came back from Greece, I found out that there is a promotion of 0% interest for any purchase until the end of November 2011. Immediately, I thought that I could actually separate my payments into several months. What I didn’t think about is that I have to carefully plan my payment otherwise, my monthly expenditure will just keep adding on and on.

Well, I manage well and I am well on time to clear my bill before November. It’s just one of those things where I feel that credit card users could easily trap by promotions that look too good to be true. Indeed the idea of 0% interest is great but I believe that credit card companies are always hoping that will encourage its users to keep spending. Anyway, these are just plastic cards and there are no real value in them. We still have to use our hard earn money to clear the bill.

Stress …

I seem to have lost myself these days. I know that it’s normal for me to not post something for couple of weeks. I will still be blogging on my other blogs or even writing comments and articles on other websites when I am not on this blog. For the past few days however, I think I have the lowest internet activity of all time. I virtually did nothing at night other than sleeping, playing games or watching tv programmes. I just didn’t want to be online and typing away. I felt tired and not in the mood. Maybe I was busy at work. Well, I am still very busy at work. Everything just comes at once, though I can handle them all, I still feel stressed.

Going to the gym seems like a getaway for me but I am physically tired after a gym session as opposed to mentally. I still quite like a session of body attack and I actually miss the classes if I couldn’t attend them. It’s like a boost after a long day at work.

I believe everything will come back eventually. Once started again, I will type more and more. There’s always a period where we just want to stop or run out of ideas. After a while, everything will be back to normal again I supposed.