Monday, May 25, 2009

My 1st Day in New Company

Today is my 1st day in my new company. I didn't have much rests after leaving my old company. Maybe I'm too greedy for money and I joined this company almost immediately. LOL.

Unfortunately, I don't have my own manager's room, instead I have to share my room with 1 of my staff and my other staff is sitting in Purchasing Dept. Luckily, we are facing each other so neither of us can see each other's monitor which is a good thing as I'm sure she will be stress if I could see her screen all the time.

Since I'm new to this company, I better keep myself low profile (especially in my dressing, can't be too flashy). I can't believe that male employees are forbidden to wear earring to work. Ohmigod, what century is this??
I also better listen more than to speak more. Maybe I'll just ask more questions to learn more things.
The best part is I can access to Facebook, MSN chat and Youtube (hmm...but the problem is my PC doesn't have any speakers...frown and sigh)

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Farewell Lunch 8

This is my last farewell on my last day in my company which I have reserved for my own departmental colleagues: Saw, Wendy and Joejo.

We went to Chili's in Midvalley as I was still craving for Western food. We were so busy talking (actually, it's more to gossiping and bitching) until I have forgotten to take pictures on the food.

The only picture I have taken is Joejo and me (Pic below). I think my face look fat in this picture.

I shall miss you girls and all the bittersweet moments that we shared together.
Thank you girls for the delicious meal.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Farewell Lunch 7

For my 7th Farewell Lunch, I went out with my good friends who are also my colleagues; Kay and Shirley. Even Shirley is not feeling that well, she also came and joined us (thanks for giving face)... Karen also came to join us even though she has left the company half year ago.

I was craving for Western food especially steaks, therefore we went to Tony Romas in Midvalley. The food there are quite good and they have Set Lunch Promotion. So, I ordered the Steak Set Lunch but the portion was quite small, so I stole some foods from Karen as her prawn pasta is quite huge.

For the dessert, we ordered my favorite dessert, The Avalanche (1st pic above). The taste is so good.

Thank you for the yummylicious farewell lunch.

Missing you...

Today you are in my THOUGHTS again,
As you so often are.
Do you miss me too, DL?

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Farewell Lunch 6

I can't believe that I already had so many farewell lunches and this is the number 6th. My two lovely and pretty colleagues, Kelly and Ms Mal brought me to Ninja Jones @ Northpoint, Midvalley yesterday (actually I will be attending an interview later in Northpoint Offices and that's why we find somewhere nearby).

Ninja Jones is a Japanese restaurant and the ambiance there is quite dark and mysterious. If you are not careful, you may get lost especially going to the toilet. Damn, I nearly trip myself. However, I like the gent's room as it has a nice glass panel where you can look into the garden of Northpoint and there are 3 Japanese swords on display near the glass panel (pic below).

The set lunch there apparently looks quite cheap, averagely is RM 30 and there is additional 20% off on the set lunch. Nevertheless, do not let the discounted price deceive you as the food portions are extremely small. Well, cheaper price, smaller portion. Hmmm...seems like not so honest. Moreover, the food taste is not so good especially if compared to Xenri. A set lunch in Xenri which also costs averagely RM 30 has a big food portions and your stomach will definitely be extremely full and satisfied.

The scary thing is the male waiter is dressed up as a black ninja. The ambiance there is already quite dark and I don't need a scary Ninja to suddenly appear in front of me. Get lost... u creepy wonder the restaurant is called Ninja Jones (or maybe they meant Ninja Zones). LOL.

Thank you, Kelly and Ms Mal for the farewell lunch (or should I say a scary farewell lunch).

Farewell Lunch 5

I was so busy preparing my handover and interview last week until I don't have time to write my farewell lunches in my blog. Even though, I was damn busy but I still have time to eat my farewell lunch. LOL.

My Japanese supplier, Ms Satomi-san came and we had my farewell lunch in our company's Japanese restaurant, Xenri. A lot of bloggers have written positive comments on this good Japanese restaurant. Well, for staffs, we are entitled for 25% discounts except for Sunday lunch buffet.

Bottom left: My pregnant colleague was caught in a guilty act for eating ice cream. Naughty mum...

We ordered a lot of food and there is sake promotion (Buy 1, Free 1). The sake is quite nice and not too sweet.

I love the fresh...

I ordered the beef sukiyaki. The soup is delicious.
The sake poured into a special jar...

I love the Chocolate Parfait Ice cream. But, I still prefer the one in Sushi Zanmai.

I am gonna miss Xenri restaurant a lot. So many great foods...

DL, do you want to eat the Sunday buffet lunch with me?

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Farewell Lunch 4

I brought my colleagues (Ms Chin, Carolyn, Michelle and Rachel) to a new restaurant, Best Fish Head @ Kuchai Lama for my 4th Farewell Lunch today.

This restaurant is touted as the original fish head from Chan Sow Lin. But, to our dissappointment, the food taste doesn't live up to our expectation as compared to the real fish head in Chan Sow Lin.

Furthermore, there is not much food choices there. In fact, it is less than 8 choices of food. So limited options and their reason is all of the food in the menu are their best selections already, hence the name of their restaurant: Best Fish Head. I don't think that I will go back in the future.

Even though the food is not so good, I still have to express my gratitude to my dear colleagues for the treat. Thank you.

Farewell Dinner 1

Upon hearing that both of us, me and the bitch are leaving the company for good, our dear suppliers immediately arrange a farewell dinner for both of us last night (yes, with that doggy bitch tagging along).

The farewell dinner was held at SOULed OUT @ Desa Sri Hartamas which is a bit far from my office and I have to pay a bit fair of toll money (@#$!&). Anyway, this well-known restaurant doesn't need anymore prior introduction as it is one of the coolest hangout place in KL.

I quickly left the office early while the bitch is still having meeting (as usual, she always pretend to be very busy until her very last moment) so that she won't be able to follow me because she is a direction-idiot. Ooopss probably her semi-botak secret lover who also hails from the same company is staying in Mont Kiara. Maybe that's why she know the direction too well.... uummm...always go there for pleasure or shall I say ONS or most probably several nights instead. LOL.

Me and two of the suppliers; Paige and Catherine arrived first. So, we ordered their signature drink; Dragonfly (mixture of Dragonfruit, strawberry and other fruits) which tastes quite good and apparently good for your health and skin. Besides that, we also ordered some appetizers first (naan, anchovies, seafood salad and calamari) while waiting for the rest to arrive.

The bitch and the other supplier, Doris arrived later and we ordered the main dishes; Fish with pasta, wood-fired pizza (with salmon) and claypot Loh Shui Fun. The wood-fired pizza is quite nice as the crust is thin and crispy. As usual, there were too many food and we can't really finish all of them.

Finally, for my favorite part, the sinful dessert, we ordered their signature dessert (Lava Cake) and Banana Boat (with Haagen Daaz ice creams). The Lava Cake is quite sweet though and the taste is not bad. However, I would still prefer the Avalanche in Tony Romas.

The super duper low-esteem bitch was very boastful tonight as she said that she has a long line-up of farewell waiting for her. People already started to book her 1 week later after she threw her letter. The bookings are so full for lunch until she needs to slot in breakfast for them and some even have to go nearby her house area after she leaves the company to give her farewell treats. That's nothing to be proud of, Bitch when your team members are not giving you any farewell treats. So shameful and pathetic.

I finished off with a glass of JD coke ( favorite drink) before calling it a night. Before I signed off, I need to extend my gratitude to my suppliers: Doris, Paige and Catherine for the wonderful dinner. Thank you.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Farewell Lunch 3

Today is my third farewell lunch with other PDD colleagues (KC, Wendy, Lisa and Maggie). They are all fairly quite new colleagues who have worked here less than 2 years.

We went to my favorite Goon Wah Restaurant in Kuchai Lama where I always bring my suppliers to go there for good food. W e ordered a lot of food especially the famous Fish Head Noodles, Fried Loh Shi Fun and XO Chicken. My stomach nearly burst after eating so much of food.

The food there is quite cheap though as it only cost RM 70 for five dishes of food (Fish Head Noodles, Fried Loh Shi Fun, XO Chicken, Fried Rice, Nyonya Mee and Vegetable) we ordered.

Fish Head Noodles (with Yam)

Fried Loh Shi Fun (in Claypot)

XO Chicken

Fried Rice

For those who are interested to go, the map and contact is below:

Thank you all for the enormous lunch today.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Farewell Lunch 2

My second farewell lunch is today and the treat is on our Senior Vice President, Mr. Chong. He is a nice man who has a very strong stamina. He can just stand there and talk with you for at least 3 hours without making a single move at the age of 61. Amazing, I really salute him. I don't even have that kind of strength. Well, you can't blame a snake for its laziness though. Love to eat and sleep.

Beside treating me, he also invited that super duper low-esteem bitchy witch to come along as she is leaving too. As he realised that there is a tension between her and me, he invited two more colleagues to join us; his secretary and the 'old chicken mother' for lunch at Fong Lye Restaurant in The Gardens, Midvalley.

Guess who is the witch...Tips: Witch likes to tie a ribbon...

It is a nice Taiwanese Restaurant with good food but it is always jammed pack with people. If you go to this restaurant, make sure you bring enough cash because they don't accept credit cards. I can still remember that we don't have enough cash to pay when we brought our Japanese suppliers to eat there. It is so embarassing that we need to walk out from the restaurant to get more cash from ATM machine and left the two Japanese ladies waiting there.

I like the sweet and sour fish dish and so the three of us ordered the same dish. We also ordered some side dishes especially the famous Taiwanese Sausage and the Sweet Potato balls.

The sweet and sour fish set

The famous Taiwanese sausage

The Chinese Tea served in a nice teapot

Thank you, Mr Chong for the lovely treat.

Farewell Lunch 1

My first farewell lunch was yesterday with 7 pretty girls from Beauty-PD. They brought me to a place called Chicken Pot in Kuchai Lama. My goodness, this place was so hard to find a car park.

All the dishes are spicy, so you can choose 3 levels of spiciness. I can't really eat spicy food, or else I'll be sweating like rains. Nevertheless, the girls wanted to be more adventurous, so we ordered medium spice for the chicken, pork and beef dishes.

Beef Dish

Chicken dish

Ohmigod, the chicken and beef are so spicy until everyone's mouth get numb and I was sweating like hell until I used up all the tissues. All of us prefer the pork as it is not that spicy and tastes better (with a bit of vinegar sweetness).

See so many tissues...So embarassing....

Anyway, thank you girls for the extreme-hot lunch. I shall remember always.....

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Two more weeks to go...

It's official now as I have received my release letter from HR and there is only 2 weeks left from now before I leave my company after spending my 4 youthful years here.

Starting from today till my last day, I'll be having endless farewell lunch with my dear fellow colleagues and I think by the day before I leave, I'll be a fatty...But, then again, it's worth it, isn't it?. LOL.

Looking back when I first joined my company, I was quite impressed with the tidiness of the office when I first came for interview. I only then realised that it is a company policy that my company follows... the stupid 5S policy which you need to make sure that your work station is totally clean...I mean SPOTLESS...For example, your keyboard must be dust-free. During the audit, the auditors will turn upside down the keyboard to see if there is any dust. Therefore, we need to use cotton bud to clean each gap between the buttons of the keyboard. It's a nightmare really!! And you can see all my colleagues scrambling to keep their files or documents into their car during audit time. Poor thing!

I don't really like my first department. I was working my ass off during that time. I was so physically tired as there were so many roadshows and events. Not mentally strainned though. But, I'm proud that the new skincare launch (consists of 27 skus) and Total Beauty Workshop was a true success. I could still remember how we called the big lady boss in our department; 龙 猫 (Dragon Cat) due to her big size (of course lah, as you can guess from her nick name). I can still remember how my colleague and I laughed until we cried when we suddenly heard her phone's ringtone rang with 2 gun-shots and then she totally jumped out from the room to pick up her phone. What a funny act!!

After spending a torturing 5 months in this department, I was transferred to another department, mainly due to my qualification and my article in The Star, as apparently I was more fit to do the job there. LOL. Anyway, my new boss there treated me quite good there. I think I was her blue eye boy at that time. It was so sweet for her to buy me balloon for my birthday even though I felt weird from receiving one. Just felt like I was treated like a small little cute boy.

It's from there that I met another sweet lady who has taught me a lot things and yet we call her 'Old Mother Chicken'. But, mind you, even though we call her this nickname, her complexion is so good that she can passed by as a 28 years old woman who still looks pretty as if she has done a plastic surgery or facelift before. She is like 'The Nanny' in my department. That's why her bust is so small. No more milk left liao. LOL. (Just joking. I'm sure you won't mind)

After my manager left, there was a new AVP who came (aiyo, not alien vs predator; it stands for Assistant Vice President). She is another well-groomed pretty lady who dresses to kill. Mind you, she can be very sexy at times till our President is too scared to look at her. LOL. But, due to my charm, I soon became her blue eye boy. Never met a boss who is as crazy as her because besides working, she can joke with us and hang out with us after work. I still miss her till this date.

After having my best 2 years here and a few successful skin care ranges and fragrance launch, then came a super duper low self-esteem bitchy witch which I blogged earlier on. She was promoted from AM to M and she always complained that her promotion increment is too low and it doesn't justify her workload. Oh...pleeassse....she just need to overlook all our projects and she even doesn't have her own projects to do. What pisses us off is she cut all our bonus to increase her own bonus this year. What a selfish bitch! This really triggers me to look for another job. The most surprising thing is we gave our resignation letters to HR on the same day. Bitch, if I know that you are leaving, I will not leave. But, anyway, this may be a blessing in a disguise as I have found a better salary job with a manager position.

Voila, that's my story. Now, I'm enjoying my honeymoon before working my ass off again.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Chanel No. 5 New TVC

Chanel just unveiled still photos from the new Chanel No. 5 film ad campaign starring actress Audrey Tatou, who also stars in a biopic of legendary designer Coco Chanel (which I mentionned earlier on). This commercial has been reported to be more expensive than the five-year old commercial spot directed by Baz Luhrmann, featuring Nicole Kidman.

Per WWD, the new film will chart the story of Audrey and a mystery man (played by model Travis Davenport) who keep missing each other on a journey from Paris to Istabnul on the Orient Express. There is no dialogue, only the vivid color imagery Jeunet is known for: as Billie Holiday's "I'm a Fool to Want You" plays, he lingers outside her train cabin.

And later, in Istanbul, she misses the riverboat he is on, only to photograph him on deck from another ship later.

Finally, they meet, embracing atop a mosaic of Chanel's double-C logo. Can you spot them in the picture below?

The 2 minute 25 second film is directed by French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who worked with Tautou in the Oscar nominated film that made her a star, Amélie.

It will be unveiled on the 5th of May 2009 (5th of the 5th - in honour of No.5!) on the Chanel website ( , 88 years to the day the fragrance was introduced, and will then be screened in smaller clips on TV.

Chanel No. 5 - The legendary perfume of all time!

A mythical perfume and the undisputed leader of creative fragrances, Chanel N°5 is the number one seller in the world. Mademoiselle Chanel, whose haute couture business was very fashionable in the 20's asked Ernest Beaux, a Russian perfume creator to develop a "woman's perfume that smells like a woman''.

He showed her two series of creations numbered 1 through 5 and 20 through 24. She chose the ''fifth sample''. For the first time Ernest Beaux had incorporated synthetic substances, aldehydes, in his formula – Blended with may roses and jasmine from Grasse, they formed a mysterious and indefinable scent. A work of genius! No-one had ever dared to deviate from single flower scented perfumes before. A superstitious woman, Chanel introduced her new collection on the fifth of May, the fifth month of the year, with the fifth sample as selected, and she named it N°5.

The first perfume to be contained in a simple, no-frills, geometrical bottle.A sleek and square bottle with perfect proportions. The shap of the cap is reminiscent of Place Vendôme in Paris. A classic example of 'Less is more'.

What is your favorite perfume? Tell me.

Brothers & Sisters Season 2

I have just finished watching Brothers and Sisters Season 2. I truly love this season so much with all the dramas in the Walker family. They always fight with each other and they just cannot keep any secrets among the family members.

But, the most moving part is the finale episode in this season when Nora told Kevin he deserved to have a beautiful wedding just as much as anybody else. Even though Kevin did not want any flowers in the wedding, but his mum, Nora just got carried away with the flower decorations and in the end, the wedding was so romantic and beautiful.

One of the other reasons this episode was so touching was because I just love Scotty so much (besides being so cute). I felt so sorry for him that his parents were so unwilling to come and see him get married. I just find him to be such a good person that I want him to be happy, even more so than Kevin. Nora's acceptance of him, his father's cufflinks, the flowers: It was all what Scotty deserved.

- Kevin and Scotty make a commitment to be life partners

If there is a life-partners commitment, the relationship would then last longer and it's a some sort of guarantee to both parties to be loyal to each other and it's not purely based on sex.

However, it is still hard for our society to accept this kind of culture though but at some points, we still need to open up our minds at the end of the day because life still goes on whether you like it or not.

I don't think that we will ever can have this kind of commitment to be life partners here. Maybe somewhere else. But, definitely not here. Not ever...
After all, c'est la vie...

Monday, May 4, 2009

French Film Festival

The French Film Festival is back for this year at GSC cinemas (Midvalley, 1-Utama & Pavilion) from 7 May to 17 May 2009.

1. “Hunting and Gathering” / “Ensemble c’est tout"
Director: Claude Berri
Genre: Romantic comedy
Cast : Audrey Tautou, Guillaume Canet
R/T : 97 minutes
Year: 2007
Synopsis: Camille is an office cleaning woman. When she falls sick, his neighbour Philibert, a young aristocrat, insists that she stays with him and his flatmate Franck, a tender cook with a genuine love for his frail grandmother Paulette, to take care of her. Even though Camille and Franck clash, the trio manage to live together and to learn from each other.
Awards: 3 wins and 3 nominations.
1 César Award in 2008: Most Promising Actor (Laurent Stocker).
Cabourg Romantic Film Festival 2007: Best Actor (Guillaume Canet).
European Film Awards 2008: 1 nomination (Best Film).

2. “Saint Cyr”
Director : Patricia Mazuy
Genre : Period movie
Cast : Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Pierre Kalfon, Morgane Moré.
R/T : 119 minutes
Year: 2000

Synopsis: Madame de Maintenon rises from humble beginnings to become a courtesan to the royal court and eventually marries King Louis XIV. With the king's indulgence, Maintenon opens a special school for girls, seeking to educate young ladies of distinguished parentage but limited financial means. With the coaching of Maintenon and her staff, the girls learn to speak French with a linguist's precision, in addition to studying philosophy and history. However, when two of Maintenon's charges, Anne and Lucie, recite material in class that Madame deems inappropriate, it begins a war of wills between the headmistress and her students.

Awards: 3 wins and 7 nominations.
Cannes Film Festival 2000 (Award of the Youth), 1 César Award in 2000 (Best Costume Design).

3. “400 Blows” / “Les 400 Coups”
Director: François Truffaut
Genre : Social
Cast: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claire Maurier, Albert Rémy
R/T : 99 minutes
Year: 1959

Synopsis: A young Parisian boy, Antoine Doinel, neglected by his derelict parents, skips school, sneaks into movies, runs away from home, steals things, and tries (disastrously) to return them. Like most kids, he gets into more trouble for things he thinks are right than for his actual trespasses. Unlike most kids, he gets whacked with the big stick. He inhabits a Paris of dingy flats, seedy arcades, abandoned factories, and workaday streets, a city that seems big and full of possibilities only to a child's eye.

Awards: Nominated for Oscar (Best Writing, Story and Screenplay, 1960).
Another 6 wins and 3 nominations, including: Cannes Film Festival 1959 (Best Director), BAFTA Awards 1961 (Best Film), New York Film Critics Circle Award 1959 (Best Foreign Language Film).

4. “Crime is our Business” / “Le Crime est notre affaire”
Director: Pascal Thomas
Genre : Comedy
Cast : Catherine Frot, André Dussollier, Chiara Mastroianni
R/T: 109 minutes
Year: 2008

Synopsis: The latest adventures of Belisaire and Prudence Bersford. The characters are enjoying peaceful days in their castle but Prudence is bored. She longs for an event that would add some excitement to their lives. The day an old aunt witnesses a murder, Prudence perks up and sets out on the trail of the killer.

Awards: 2 nominations at the César Awards 2009 (French equivalent of the Oscars): Best Actress (Catherine Frot) and Best Writing – Adaptation.

5. “Rivals” / “Les Liens du sang”
Director: Jacques Maillot
Genre: Thriller
Cast: Guillaume Canet, François Cluzet, Clothilde Hesme
R/T: 106 minutes
Year: 2008

Synopsis: Set in Lyon, in the late 1970s. François is a dedicated police inspector. His brother Gabriel is a crook who has just finished serving a prison sentence for murder. Their reunion is not easy but both men want to draw a line under the past.

6. “Séraphine”
Director: Martin Provost
Genre: Drama
Cast: Yolande Moreau, Wilhelm Uhde, Anne-Marie Uhde
R/T: 125 minutes
Year: 2008

Synopsis: Based on the life of French painter Séraphine de Senlis. In 1914, Wilhelm Uhde, a famous German art collector, rents an apartment in the town of Senlis, forty kilometers away from Paris, in order to write and to take a rest from the hectic life he has been living in the capital. The cleaning lady is a rather rough-and-ready forty-year-old woman who is the laughing stock of others. One day, Wilhelm who has been invited by his landlady, notices a small painting lying about in her living room. He is stunned to learn that the artist is no other than Séraphine.
Awards: 10 wins and 3 nominations.
7 wins at the César Awards 2009, including Best Film, Best Actress, Best Cinematography and Best Writing – Original.
Cairo International Film Festival 2008: 1 win (Best Actress, Yolande Moreau).

The films selected are quite interesting even though the selections are only a few and some of them are not new especially 400 Blows and Saint Cyr.

Well, I truly like Audrey Tautou and Isabelle Huppert as they are both great actors with superb charisma. Audrey Tautou (DaVinci Code, Priceless & Amelie) is starring on a new biopic film on Coco Chanel this year (oui, the woman who created the fabulous Chanel). The film is called Coco Avant Chanel. Can't wait to watch this movie. Hopefully she is as good as Marion Cotillard in the biopic film of Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose.

I'll be definitely catching a couple of the films, especially Hunting & Gathering and Saint Cyr.

Anybody interested to join me? Let me know.
Alors, j'adore les films de Français.