Friday, January 4, 2013

201314

 這是一個許多人都聽過的故事:

" 曾有人做過實驗,將一隻最兇猛的鯊魚和一群熱帶魚放在同一個池子,然後用強化玻璃隔開。最初,鯊魚每天不斷衝撞那塊看不到的玻璃,想到對面去,想嘗試那熱 帶魚的滋味,它試了每個角落,每次都是用盡全力,但每次也總是弄的傷痕累累,有好幾次都渾身破裂出血,持續了好一些日子。後來,鯊魚不再衝撞那塊玻璃了, 對那些斑斕的熱帶魚也不再意,好像他們只是牆上會動的壁畫。實驗到了最後的階段,實驗人員將玻璃取走,但鯊魚卻沒有反應,每天仍是在固定的區域游著,它不 但對那些熱帶魚視若無睹,甚至於當那些魚逃回自己那邊去,他就立刻放棄追逐,說什麼也不願再過去。實驗結束了,實驗人員譏笑它是海裡最懦弱的魚,可是失戀 過的人都知道為什麼,它怕痛。"

愛情初來的時候, 彷彿一切都是美好的。為了美麗的愛情, 我們會奮不顧身全情投入, 為愛情犧牲所有, 不惜一切勇往直前。然而不久之後, 殘酷的現實讓我們知道, 所謂的美麗愛情, 多數都是不能開花結果的夢。愛情為我們帶來了前所未有的歡愉, 同時亦讓我們嘗到刻骨銘心的痛。經歷了幾次痛過哭過、跌得滿身都是傷痕之後, 我們不禁猶豫, 再為愛情去付出, 到底值得嗎?

沒有愛情的生活, 作息如常, 吃喝玩樂如常, 呼吸心跳脈搏正常。沒有了愛情, 可以隨時做自己喜歡做的事情, 跟異性朋友輕鬆舒服地相處, 不用每天報告行蹤, 也不需要為對方的喜怒哀樂費心。即使有時會感到空虛寂寞, 但相比起失戀時那錐心泣血的痛, 想起自己好不容易才從谷底中爬上來, 面對愛情的再次光臨, 我們失去了當日不惜一切的勇氣;沒有愛情我們死不了, 再一次刻骨銘心的痛我們受不了。我們怯場,甚至選擇做逃兵, 是因為我們跟實驗裡的鯊魚一樣, 也怕痛。

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Cinema Drought

I was packing my stuffs and cleaning up my room before i moved out few days ago. And suddenly I found this on my desk.

Wow, and i realized that it was the last time i visited a cinema in malaysia. And for all the months that i am located in indonesia. I have only been to their cinema only once.

So wow, i am on a serious movie drought. So don't talk about movie in front of me because i will never understand what are you talking. -.-

Sunday, February 26, 2012

That 2011 Summer - Part 2


All right this post will talk about the working part, our boss Laura and her husband own and manage 5 hotels, a museum and a gas station in Keystone, and that still doesn’t include various shop lots around the town that she rented out. And it is true that these are just a small portion of their family’s total business.
  
For the first two weeks of June, we 5 Malaysians worked as full-time housekeepers over different hotels. Then when more and more international students arrived after middle June, I got promoted transferred from housekeeping to front desk reception as per wish. And I don’t care you believe or not it was because of my stronger command of English compared to the others. I still had to work both housekeeping and front desk reception during the peak season though. And during the last month of my stay when the town received lesser and lesser tourists, and hotels were closing down for the season one by one, I worked as a full time front desk reception, morning and evening shifts.
 
Working as a housekeeper is definitely not as easy as it looks like. Just imagine yourself cleaning the whole room which includes toilet, bath tub, sink, TV, table, chairs, stripping and making 2 Queen beds with new linens, rearranging the amenities and vacuuming the whole room. Oh yea, and I still haven’t take into account the situation where you have to run up and down the stair (because the motel doesn’t have a lift)  to get your amenity supply from the housekeeping cart or sometimes even all the way from the storeroom. Hold on, I am not done yet, then finally you add in the pressure to finish all those tasks within 30 minutes incurred by our boss. That sounds insane right? For the first two week whenever I was cleaning the toilet bowl or making the beds, I would shout at myself (in a monologue way) why am I putting myself into this piece of crap because it was so damn physical demanding. I mean there were plenty other summer jobs out there such as waiter, chef, theme park worker but for some reason I chose resort worker and housekeeping. For the first three weeks, my fragile palms couldn’t get use to the dry cold weather and the cleaning chemicals and literally cracked, I almost thought that it is gonna leave scars on my hands forever.  >.<
   
(well, when I first decided to take up the job I was really hoping that initially after working as a housekeeper for a short while, I would eventually be doing front desk reception due to whatever reason that I can give, and that little wish did really come true in the end.  ^^ )
   
While working as a front desk reception is more towards a less physical demanding task, it is actually more challenging from my point of view because you are at the front line and facing hotel guests all the time, good mood or bad mood. As a housekeeper, the worst scenarios that you can find is either you found leftovers over the toilet bowl or you opened up a room that you thought it was empty but instead found two guests inside lying under the blanket and got mad at you for intruding their privacy. But front desk reception faced situation way worse than that. Just an example, a hotel guest came back from a long tiring day and found their room yet to be cleaned, the first place they would go is the reception desk not the housekeeping room. Another slightly more complicated situation is after you wasted so much time explaining and apologizing to a guest because the ceiling in their room fall down and you were forced to transfer them to another room, moments later they came knocking on your front desk again because this time the hot water in their toilet wasn’t working. Hard luck old couple but true incident. =.=
   
Over in Keystone, we had students from China, Malaysia, Canada, Taiwan and also a few local American students who worked in Laura’s hotels and museum. We also have a few part timers from China, Taiwan, Moldova, Romania, United Kingdom who came down from Mount Rushmore to work as a second job. Our boss Laura also hired us dorm parents form Michigan to take care of us and occasionally they would arranged some leisure activity after our working hours. We had party every Friday evening at their house. They would also fetch us to Walmart in Rapid City twice weekly for grocery shopping. They would further play the role as our parents and took really good care of us during our time over there. Honestly I felt very warm because I could still have some taste of parents love even I was so far away from home. Quote something that they always hang around their speech, “We all are a family and Thanks God for giving us 26 children during the Summer”. You see, aren’t they really cute?
    
The life in Keystone was as beautiful as always. Night stars, quiet lifestyle, wildlife deers, chipmunks, bears, lions around. You hardly see any vehicle or people around after 10pm. Even the pub over there was the classic 60s 70s style with county music playing instead of the sometimes noisy and irritating hip-hop. And the sky was so clear and clean where there was once when the both of us sitting on our usual spot hanging around then suddenly we saw shooting stars flying across the sky. Well, over there I realize that sometimes life can be really that simple yet wonderful. 
    
And after spending 4 years living nearby Kuala Lumpur/Subang/Petaling Jaya, it is always really nice to get back to a small town to live over there for a certain period to clean up your mind. Totally love that place so much.

Part 3 coming up whenever I am available for it again.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

新年派红包

这是今年新年收到的最后一封红包,是公司派的过年开工利市,对于我这种十只手指都数得出来我在马来西亚公司呆的日子的员工,只能托人帮忙领过洋给我,所以要到前几天早上才收到。

华人过年嘛,每年当然少不了的是一封封创意十足的红包。今年老爸还调侃我说:"你现在在哪儿赚得这么多,应该不太稀罕红包里的钞票了吧。"

哈,其实这几年以来新年收到的红包钱基本上都没啥拿来用。其中一个原因就是舍不得拿来用,我喜欢摸新钞票的那种感觉,所以通常我都是把那钱放着一旁到我觉得够了才放进钱包里用,或着干脆拿去银行里继续放。红包象征着某人对我们的祝福嘛,当然是要收得越久越好啦。还曾经试过从一年的新年放到第二年的新年呢!

有人说,像我们这种年纪会越大越不好意思收红包。哈,目前为止我还不会有这种感觉。纠结着应该还需要多个四五年吧!不知道会不会呢?

Monday, February 13, 2012

大病一场

大病了四天,
又是发高烧又是泻肚子又是喉咙痛的,
曾经一度以为非得要进医院了,
前两天,由于对业务上的职责虽在,虽然不太舒服但还是抱病上班,结果开会的主角没来,反让我这个小角色在公司里折腾了两天。
过后扛不住了跑去看医生,吃了医生开的药自以为好多了,
结果一碟炒饭让我病得比前两天更严重。吃了药反而更觉得不舒服。
没办法,只好又跑去看了医生。又拿了另一堆药。还请了一天的病假。
总算又少了在公司折腾的一天。

记忆中好像没曾病得那么严重似的。
咳。

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

二月的元宵

今天年十五,
开会就开了一整个下午,
过后还要加班把下午没做的活儿追回来,
晚上搭巴士回家花了一个小时,
下车后注意到了天空中的一轮明月,
心想着城墙上的月亮是否一样又圆又大,
买了点小食当晚餐就往家方向走,
竟然遇上了他们。
结果就去吃了一碗汤圆,
拿起了手机看到了他们迟来的讯息,
心里还是蛮欣慰的,
热腾腾的姜汤,
大大粒的汤圆,
有着过寒冬的感觉。
一个小插曲,
扫去了又累又蓝的一天。
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