Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Peace and Quiet

It is amazing the sense peace and serenity you feel in here when just right outside the perimeter of this 4 walls, there is a world going crazy. – Ryan


Peace – something a lot of us seek and yet we do not always find it. In the hustle and bustle of city life, everyone is in a hurry. It feels like we're in a competition every waking moment. Who's faster, who's better, who's richer? It feels that all we do is to rush here and there. In the 7 months I've been in the metropolitan city, even I couldn't resist the suction of hurry burry and mere flashes of presence. I'm here and yet not here at all.


Peace: like a million stars in the sky smiling down at me, the quietness of an entire galaxy filled in my head, the sound of my very own breath; slow and steady. The fulfillment of my thoughts, aspirations and dreams. The bubble I am in alone, serene and pure. Nothing touches me. And I feel I am my own world.


And every Wednesday evening, I find peace; I feel it in depths that will never be replicated. It is in the house of worship that I feel I'm in the laps of God hearing His words from the hymns and prayer. My whole world of chaos gets checked in the gate and for two hours, I am at my calmest.


We take the time to smile, nod and savour the moments that pass. Time slows down in here and no one is in a hurry. Some things can wait for later.


And after the two hours of tranquility, I am ready to brave the frenzied world.

Friday, March 20, 2009


Oh nothing all that wow but it really did me a whole bunch of good knowing what the hell is causing all the suction sound from the air conditioning vent that has been driving me crazy for the last 2 days…


So all the ruckus of the very loud suction sound comes from


*drum roll*


… sensor reaction to every time someone enters the smoking room! OMG, how revolutionary is that!


Apparently this is to improve ventilation in the tallest building in Malaysia. While there are ventilation vents for the dedicated smoking rooms, they're making it better. But with the downside of not considering the other people (like me!) who sits close to the sound source.


Hey, I'm all up for improvement but can this really be called one when it is affecting so many other people by it? I mean, can't there be a sound-free solution to this?


Today, I'm taking a new approach to the problem. The last 2 days has seen me becoming this whinny ass which I'm not and I do not like complaining because it ain't helping me. My solution: I plug in my earphones, listen to some very comforting tunes and concentrate mega hard on work hoping that when someone opens the smoking room door, I would not be able to quite hear the suction sound of the air-cond vent. Verdict: so far so good.


My only concern is this; how long do I need to continue to bear with the condition? Adjusting is not an option because I do not see why should I adjust to something that was not ergonomically designed in the first place, taking into account when just last week ergonomics was what we were talking about. Ppfffttt…


Smokers – pls quit smoking so I can pretty please have some peace and quiet. And my dire need to get rid of the pounding headache I have from all the unnecessary sound. *sigh*




Thursday, March 19, 2009

When the mind draws a blank

I really do not like it when the mind just refuses to function at optimum level. I catch myself day-dreaming of absolutely nothing. I've been staring at the white screen displaying Word Documents just screaming for attention.
And the stupid air-conditioning is driving me nuts. It goes on and off at 15 minute intervals. The annoying part is this, when it is on, i can hear the sound of air coming through very loudly and when it goes off, its quiet, just plain silence. And that makes it worse coz I can tell the tremendous difference of noise levels. The whole episode repeats for the whole day. Why can't the damn thing just shut up and do its job?! It is extremely distracting. *geram*
I want a holiday. An escape. To hide or temporarily hide from doing the same thing day in, day out. Routine is boring, it kills creativity and generates redundancy. Casual fridays would be nice change for a start.
The air-conditioning that works silently and constantly would be great. I can get rid of the pounding headache from the blardy noise. Haih...

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

When Things Die

Technology does make our lives easier isn't it? We have washing machines for laundry, ipods/mp3 players for music everywhere we go, GPS so that men who stubbornly refuse to ask for directions will no longer get lost (pun intended), computers for a gazillion functions they do etc.


But what happens if they break down?


Just yesterday, my laptop crashed on me. The blue screen of death appeared and the very nice IT dude could not fix it. The diagnostic revealed my laptop was not attacked by virus and its hardisk was perfectly fine and yet it refuses to budge when attempts of reformatting it was made. So it had to be a hardware problem. While I'm cool with the fact that the nice IT people are doing their best to solve the problematic laptop, it is frustrating how handicapped I have become.


The laptop has all my data and documents in there. Without it, I can't do my work or check my emails. And yes, this is all work stuff. It feels like my right arm has been severed as the laptop is being nursed to health. It is frustrating to not be able to work as productively when I don't have all my stuff with me. And I feel awful having to keep referring to my colleagues for copies of documents.


It is amazing how the collapse of a single item can halt and delay my daily activities. Me no like this. Me hope the nice IT people can fix it. Quick. Pretty Pretty Please.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Testing Testing

On this beautiful Sunday afternoon, the lil itchy fingers in me started to explore ways to blog post via email. This is because I no longer can access (almost) anything with the word blog or blog related sites at my workstation. Seeing that i get most inspirations during the day and whilst taking a break fro, w.o.r.k., I really hope this works. It will provide a much needed alternative than coming home to post blogs coz i would be too lazy/tired. and seriously after staring at the computer screen for hours in the office, i really hate being in front of the pc anymore than necessary. so here goes something, hopefully.