Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
I just got back from the 50th Anniversary of the Malaysian Institute of Chartered and Public Accountants Gala Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur. As usual, boring dinner, not to mention long boring speeches by dignitaries...ish. But, before that, thank you Halim, my colleague at HTP Berhad, President of the Young MICPA club, 35 years old and making a mark in the corporate world and I have heard some encouraging accolades about you from other head honcos too...and you too Wadi (I know u are also reading my blogpost...hehe). I never fail to accomodate all his invitations, well, almost, hehe unless of course I am not in town! Even if it is a last minute invite (wink). Thank you bro. Spotted and chatted with, at the pre-dinner session was, CF Lim ED of PIAM and his wife, Datuk Ab Halim (former MICPA president) & Datin, Datuk Nordin Baharuddin Chairman of KUB and current MICPA President, Mohamad Abdullah until recently my board member and former Chairman of Malaysian Re and his wife, Vice Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Tan Sri & Puan Sri. Of course lots were chatted on the table which I suspect some were not comfortably digested by some people. As usual, I would ramble on, distasteful and 'outofthisweld' jokes, some of which unclassified and uncensored...much to the disgust of many like this one for example...hehe..I was reminiscing the gud ole 'ragging' days at ITM (now UiTM) where we would purposely single out ACCA or CIMA students and ask them what's the definition of an accountant? and the answer? one who makes a double entry! hahahaha...(wink). Bean counters you say? naaaah...that's a bit too common, out of date...hehe. Do have a great sunday ahead folks! nanait....
Saturday, July 26, 2008
ok ok...lets move on to something much more appetising...heheh. my gud ole fren kheng siang...ya ya the same ole golden age buddy i was with above, took me to this cool new joint at subang jaya in front of sheraton subang beside SJMC...yummy gud food, gud ole kampong kuih coming out all hot and fried JIT..hehe...where cud one find such unbelievable prices during ths 'high fuel price' times huh?... we had tehtarik, kueh kasui (my favourite javanese kue), cucuk udang...welll more like cucuk carrot...hahaha and cikodok...yes...the same ones your mum makes for you when u were a kid, remember? and det costs us only RM6.60...can u beat that? and what else u get? the view uish..owww...awesome maaaan...u have to be there to experience it yourselves..hahaha
there you are? the crowd flow is impressive. cool crowd, very cosmopolitan, very the uptodate oso leh...from tudungs to 'jeansyangnampaktabungs'...hahahaha suma adaa jugak (wink)
u must try it.... ok folks enjoy the rest of the weekend. I blogged this post as soon as I got home..hehe and do, please do checkitout. no, i am not competing with maria sabree of the jom makan TV3 fame and no, i am not getting any commission from bawang merah and neither am i a shareholder or a sleeping partner...hahahahaha
Friday, July 25, 2008
Ole frens. Roslan (Principal Sime Darby Business School), Dr Palan (Chairman SMR Group) & Bapak Hj Zulkifli Baharom (the strategist behind HRD Asia Congress 2008)...
Roslan Razak smiling showing off his HRD Award insisting that I capture the moment with none other than THE Dato' Lokman Musa or lebih dikenali dengan nama manja Dale...hehe
It's 1 AM in the morning. Just got home. Thought my regular fans would like to know where I have been and what I have ben up to. There you are, some photos of my 2nd trip to Jakarta in a month! Will share some more photos later..In the meantime, I do need some sleep ok? Which reminds me of that pickup line script in the movie 'Ironman'. Did you watch the movie? There was this scee when a dropdeadgorgeous journalist ws trying to catch a moment with JOhn Stark of Stark Industries. She finally managed to corner him. And this is how the script goes: John Stark..you're a very busy man, themost important man in America as far as the military & defence sector are concerned (something like thatlah)...she went on to say...you're a workaholic...don't you evcr sleep at all? and you know what John Stark replied? ..'I wouldn't mind a few hours with you!'..... hehe...nanait folks...I do need some rest ok?
Saturday, July 19, 2008
I just got back from a wedding at SUK Hall Shahalam. It was Maimon's eldest daughter's wedding. Maimon was my secretary when I was general manager of University of Malaya Cooperative. I still remember Mimi (the bride) was just a little girl browsing books at the coop while her mum was working nearby. O my gawd, she has grown up into a beautiful young woman and is now a wife. The couple will soon leave for Dubai as her hubby is based there. I met my other ex-staff too. O my gawd, it has been years since I left the coop. Maimon was secretary to my predecessor the late Fahim Yaacob then (of the famous Yaacob clan from Kota Bharu....Fauzi, Fahmi, and Datuk Hishamudin Yaacob whom I also met just now, briefly towards the end of the ceremony). When I got the job offer, Maimon had just got home with her family after a 2 year stint in the UK. She asked back for her job and I gave it to her. At some point in time she joined my old employer, OxfordUniversity Press and was secretary to Edda de Silva the MD who succeeded M Sockalingam.
bersih dan jernih untuk berendam
haha..you're not alone jasper! it's a global phenomena silly!...
Thursday, July 17, 2008
AsstGovernor being briefed by THATCHM Chief Executive of the role THATCHAM as a renowed global research centre, funded the Association of British Insurers (ABI), plays, in containing th costs of claims for the UK general insurance industry..
when a small car meets with an accident, compare it with an accident experienced by a SUV, which one do you think will be more severe? give a guess haha and you juz might win a free trip to THATCHAM hahahaha (juz kiding...uhu hu hu hu)
Mike giving the asstGovernor a quick tour round the THATCHAM complex...
walking a round after dinner...for better digestion...hahaha. a great nightshot one for the blog..hehe
chic albeit cluttered, my work table at th Ashburn,111 Cromwell Road, Kensington
with rita & jeff our hotel acquintance who are on holiday. The couple are from New Jersey, USA. Jeff is in the food business...
Tardmizi (CEO Etiqa), Datuk Muhammad Ibrahim(Asst Governor Bank Negara Malaysia), Majid (Labuan Re President/CEO) & me....
Great Briani and Lamb Curry they serve at the Jumeira Carltn Tower, Knightsbridge (Harrods just at the back of the hotel hehe)...leave the food to the midde eatern guys..my gawd..uttely delicious, just awesome...
Mamadou of Gambia, Suhaimi (Shariah Specialist Bank Negara), CimbIslamic chap & Datuk Mohd Fadzli (HeiTech & MRCBoard member)during lunch break
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Saturday, July 05, 2008
Thursday, July 03, 2008
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Dato' Subhi VP of SME Bank, Mat Sultan VP HeiTech, Foo, and Sitti GM HR Tabung Haji
I was invited to a special executive luncheon at the KL Hilton, Sentral Station yesterday. Nice, cosy, quite a select crowd. Just 3 tables and fabulous food. As the Americans always say, there's no free lunch! Well, it was free yesterday, in fact there were other goodies as well, chocolates and all...hahaha. We were then given a preview of a new training program as well as a reminder to take care of our hearts. Arthur F Carmazzi was on my table. he shared with us his 5 pillars of transformational teams (unified identity, supportive environment, methodology for change, common language, and greater purpose).
Every exceptional team, it seems, has its foundations in the ability of team members to think beyond self, and cohesively take actions to attain a greater purpose. This does not involve changing the mindset of the group, but the cultivation of an environment that brings out the best and inspires the individual in that group, says Arthur F Carmazzi who has his operations based at Ubud (my favourite Bali Art Village), BALI.
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
I had coffee with an old friend today. I knew him since the good ole days when he was GM at unisys and I was GM at the university of malaya cooperative. His last job was group MD of a 2nd board public-listed company. Our chat moved from official potential business with his new outfit to current politics and jet-skiing. Talking of which, I have not gone back to PD to jet-ski for quite sometime now. He then told me of his life and death experience he had recently. His 2 kids (boy and girl) went jet skiing. They stayed at Tanjung Tuan Resort (5th mile PD) and at about 7 pm on 2 separate jet skis, both his kids went out of sight. It was dark. They were gone. He had to arrange a search party to lookout for them. Apparently the currents brought the kids and their jet skis out into the sea, the jet skis then ran out of petrol. In the darkness, they (his 2 kids) saw big ships pass by, waved for help but to no avail. They decided to swim back to shore. 3 hours later they reached Teluk Kemang which was on the 8th mile of the PD beach stretch. Luckily, both his boy and girl (the girl was older) were excellent swimmers. They swam, sister in front, brother trailing behind in the dark, towards the beach. They arrived 3 hours later, having been bitten by all sorts of fish and jellyfish and arrived in just their underpants. When my friend realised that his kids were missing at sea, and tried to arrange for a search party...nobody cared, it took along time to get help....hah..soo much for malaysian hospitality! If you dialled 911 in the States...the response time would be much much swifter. That's the difference when one talks about a first world country and a third world country! His daughter is back from the UK and writes for The Star and she works for someone I know in Jakarta. Her younger brother, is doing his PhD, all paid by his university (Milwaukee) in the US.
We discussed among other things, the need for money for children's education. One needs at least RM1mil now to put your kid in medical school. We also talked about what life would be like living in New Zealand ( referring to another common fren who had migrated to NZ hehe). He still believes that London...being much more cosmopolitan, would be a much more happening place to live....which, I could not disagree hehe. Well, he has enough money for all that and tells me having more money is no longer an option. But I told him, when you retire, how much really can you eat? I don't think you can even finish a plate of nasi goreng kampong (village fired rice)....hahaha.