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15.4.14

Our Humble Abode: The Beginning

Assalammualaikum dan hai semua!

We're only a few days away from getting the keys to our own house, yay! Actually, tak sure kenapa tak dapat kunci lagi, payment dah habis released by bank 2 minggu lepas. Called PKNS this morning, they're expecting to handover the key next week. Next week tu lama bagi kitorang OK? At least kalau dapat minggu ni, weekend nanti boleh pergi tengok ajak contractor sekali. Perhaps I'll pay PKNS a visit and try to negotiate if we could have the keys sooner. My uncle bought a unit in the same apartment (but different block) got the keys already last week, jealous tau, haha.

Our house: Kristal View Seksyen 7 Shah Alam
Our block in on the left. Depan tu, yang tanah kosong tu Masjid.

We're a property noob, and this is our first property, so we don't know much about the procedures and processes. Sebenarnya, tak adalah survey-survey sangat sebelum ni. But I think it's wise to start now.

Planned Date to Move
Tak decide lagi. Kalau ikutkan Rilla nak pindah secepat mungkin sebab kalau lambat, rugi sebab kena bayar duit sewa rumah sekarang. Kalau nak pindah secepat mungkin, kena target sebelum puasa, which means we only have about 9 weeks if we got the keys next week. Another option is to wait until after Raya. Kanda mungkin dapat bonus end of June, so we'll have a bit more to spend for renovations.

Renovations
Only the basic and minor ones. Budget kitorang sangat ciput sebab kalau boleh tak nak buat personal loan. Jadi mungkin yang basic-basic je:
  1. Wiring
  2. Lighting & kipas
  3. Aircond (KIV)
  4. Grille
  5. Railing langsir
  6. Pantry shelves
  7. Plaster ceiling (KIV)
  8. Cat (KIV)
Plaster ceiling tu recommended by contractor sebab kerja dia banyak kecah. So dia recommend  buat PC dulu, reno lain buat kemudian pun takpe. Kitchen cabinet takde dalam list due to our modest budget. Takpe, dapur sekarang pun takde KC, pepandailah nanti. Besides, I'd like to get proper KC, so I'm saving up. Lambat pun takpe, janji dapat buat yang puas hati dan dapat kitchen appliances yang best-best. My mom je tak berapa suka idea buat KC kemudian, berkecah nanti katanya. Nanti kitorang upah cleaner je, heheh. I plan to buy the appliances dulu, pastu nanti KC tu boleh design around the appliances.

Penat sikit la buat reno works by stages ni compared to buat sekali harung. Kalau buat sekali harung, masuk-masuk rumah, dah siap dah semua. But there's where the adventure is, we planned to reno by area. Mungkin bila dah cukup fulus, start dengan dapur. Pastu mungkin ruang tamu pulak..jadi rumah tu sentiasa ada suntikan kelainan...cewah!

Furnitures
No plan to buy any. Yang ada sekarang ni pun cukup.

Services/Utilities
Kitorang tengah fikir nak sambung pasang alarm ke tak kat rumah baru ni. Kontrak kitorang dengan alarm sekarang 2 tahun, akan habis bulan 9-10 nanti. Kalau nak pasang alarm, then kena atur untuk diorang buat wiring kat rumah baru nanti. Astro pun nak kena pindahkan, or maybe boleh explore option untuk install Unifi dan Hypp TV.

Moving Supplies
Belum buat checklist lagi. I'm thinking:
  1. Kotak (dah start kumpul sikit-sikit)
  2. Plastic wrap
  3. Old newspapers
  4. Box tape
  5. Masking tape
  6. Box labels
  7. Heavy duty garbage bags
  8. Source for cleaner
  9. Source for lori pindah
Bila fikir nanti nak kena packing semua barang kat rumah ni, stress je rasa, huhu. Banyak rupanya barang. Anything else that I miss? Lori pindah tu kena amik berapa tan selalunya? Bubble wrap perlu ke? I welcome any opinions or if you guys nak share experience pun boleh :D

14.4.14

Di Persimpangan Dilema Part II

Sambungan dari Part I

Assalammualaikum dan hai~

Nak update pasal post Rilla minggu lepas yang Rilla cerita pasal offer kerja dari satu consulting firm ni. Rabu lepas diorang mintak jumpa lagi, this time with a different person who can't make it to my interview last time. Yang ni dengan senior consultant pulak. This time the discussion were more personal as opposed to real interview.

Rushinglah daku dari Ara Damansara gi KL time lunch sebab nak jumpa dengan dia. Dia flash one presentation slide and ask me to analyze and point out key things to him. So I had to analyze quickly and give recommendations bagai. Then he asked me about my work arrangement, travelling, Zain semua. He's quite concerned whether I will be comfortable to give high commitment when I have a small kid.

Lepas habis session tu daku balik office. Then Khamis malam, HR yang Filipina tu call tanya macam mana, I asked for more time, I need to discuss with Kanda and sleep on it. Even before discuss dengan Kanda, hati rasa berat nak teruskan dengan application. So esoknya, bila that lady call lagi, I let her know that I'm dropping my application. She sounded bummed-out a bit, mungkin sebab susah nak cari orang yang keen dengan kerja ni.

If it's me alone, if the factor is only myself, I would probably do it. Tapi sekarang prority dah berubah. So I'm sticking to my current job...for now...for Zain.

4.4.14

Di Persimpangan Dilema

Asslammualaikum dan hai semua~

Sebenarnya jarang nak cerita pasal working life Rilla. Tapi kali ni saja nak cerita sebab fikiran dok tak tentu ni. Untuk yang tak tahu, Rilla kerja dengan sebuah GLC doing strategic HR. What I like about working here is of course gaji dan benefits yang superb, colleague yang havoc. Disebabkan Rilla buat strategic HR, kalau nak cari kerja lain, susah nak apply generalist HR (kerja end-to-end HR macam recruitment, payroll, C&B etc). My experience is in performance (ala, KPI-KPI kira rating orang tu kerja aku lah tu), kira increment, kira bonus. Ada yang panggil specialist. So kalau nak cari kerja, kena cari specialist jugak. Dan tak semua company ada specialist. Kalau company small to medium size, HR dia pretty general. Nak keja gomen, tak minat pulak.

Last July, my department ada job rotation and I've be assigned to a newly-created role selepas hampir 4 tahun pegang role yang sama. Mula-mula OK la role baru ni. Tapi mungkin sebab dia sangat routine dan interaction with people is limited, Rilla rasa boring. And I started looking elsewhere. Kita nak kerja kena semangat, kena ada passion, that's why I need a change to find my passion back. Honestly, current role ni underchallenging sikit. Walaupun kerja rileks, tapi Rilla rasa bosan. Ada baik ada buruknya. Yang baiknya, sebab kerja rutin, stabil, memang jarang balik lambat, so boleh jumpa Zain cepat-cepat. Hahah.

Ada a couple of headhunters call Rilla. Sorang offer position yang tinggi sikit dari position Rilla sekarang, tapi kerja kat Gombak. Sorang lagi offer position as consultant, office kat KL. Yang Gombak tu, dengar je Gombak, Rilla terus reject sebelum dia nak set interview. Merayu-rayu recruiter tu, I felt guilty, tapi Rilla explain yang priority Rilla adalah anak. Rilla tak nak sebab kerja, amik and jumpa anak lambat. But that's a couple of months before headhunter lagi sorang tu contact Rilla. At that point, memang hati rasa tak best dengan kerja sekarang. So I accept the invitation for interview.

First interview adalah phone interview. Interviewer pulak call dari Filipinan nun. Kemain interview conference call bagai, haha. Siap amik cuti lagi masa tu. Then lepas interview tu, Rilla rasa ok je, tak sure dapat ke tak. Lepas tu headhunter tu pulak call cakap the interviewer was very happy with me and would like to schedule a second interview with the second manager. Nak schedule ni pon berminggu jugak sebab manager tu travelling. So I went to the interview last Wednesday dekat HQ diorang kat Jalan Sultan Ismail. Consulting Firm ni quite famous jugak la kalau untuk field HR.

Interview kali ni pulak siap kena buat mock presentation. Yang interview pulak sampai 5 orang. Sebenarnya, ni kali kedua yang Rilla pergi untuk real job interview lepas grad. First time masa jadi trainee dalam company sekarang, but I declined the offer. Dan yang ni kali kedua. Sebab nak jadi consultant kena bagus dalam presentation, sebab tu lah kena buat mock presentation tu. Dah satu hal nak cari mock data, haha. I think it went OK. At the end of the interview, manager tu cakap ada lagi satu opening as project manager, so dia suruh Rilla pilih minat yang mana, nak jadi consultant or project manager. She gave me 2 days to think about it. So hari ni, first interviewer dari Filipina tu call tanya Rilla minat yang mana.

Tapi Rilla belum dapat offer lagi sebab diorang pun nak berbincang dulu lah. Cuma agak gelabah kalau dapat offer, cane pulak? What's holding me back is the fact that kerja jauh, balik penat ngadap jem, pastu larat ke nak buat kerja rumah lepas tu? Pastu nanti amik Zain lambat, kesian dia. Atau pindahkan taska? Kat mana pulak ada taska kat tengah KL? Pastu tempat kerja sekarang nak bukak in-house taska sekarang. Lagi satu faktor penting adalah medical. Company sekarang ni senang, pilih je hospital mana nak pergi, print GL dan pergilah. Entitlement banyak, tak habis pakai pun setahun. Lagi satu, I'm being considered to be inside the talent pool. Nak masuk talent pool ni bukan senang, kena maintain very good performance, kena pass ujian-ujian bagai. Masuk company baru, I have to start over.

I've talked to my boss saying that I fell underchallenged and I'm bored with my job. Gituu, selamba je cakap dengan bos "I boring dengan kerja I" hahah. Tapi bosku seorang yang open dan sudi mendengar. He explained why he didn't give me a bigger scope, and it's understandable. Now he started to give me additional tasks. Tapi hatiku tetap sama.

Bila tanya husband, dia macam tak keen untuk Rilla kerja kat KL. In the end Rilla akan ikut je cakap dia, huhu. We'll see how la, IF I get an offer, I'll cross the bridge when the time comes. Sekianlah bebelan ku di hari Jumaat.