Category Archives: Work

Bearing with each other

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” – Colossians 3:12-14

Seriously, I don’t know how some people do it.

But they do…

and so must I


Just keep swimming

Will be back in the office tomorrow after 3 weeks of holidays.

Gearing up to dive into the big blue sea of complaints, problems, solutions, servers, updates, patches, downtime, alerts, meetings, ym, buzz! buzz!, monitoring, lame jokes, political ramblings… just to name a few.

View of the big blue sea from Ibiza Island


Morning test

Didn’t know there was going to be a test today

Wasn’t in the right frame of mind

Couldn’t reason objectively

Stress level was above normal

Blood pressure rose

Had to step back

and breathe




– ficklefellow didn’t enjoy having his patience tested this morning –

Shake another hand, shake a ha… ops

A new recruit in the back-end team showed up for his first day of work this morning. As usual, the HR lady brought the new guy around the office to meet to the rest of us in the office. He went cubicle by cubicle, introducing himself with a friendly handshake. However, when he arrived at my desk, I declined the handshake offer.

With the Swine Flu pandemic alert, I wanted to take a little precaution and being slightly unwell myself (sorethroat & a mild headache), decided to politely tell him, “sorry i’m not well, so i won’t shake your hand.” He was still smiling so I don’t think he took it personally.

Am paranoid?

Not, according to our Health Minister.


*IM conversation with a colleague

HY: eh, did you shake the new guy’s hand?
B: why? u not shake meh?
HY: i didn’t shake
B: not good ler, asian always polite one
HY: because i’m not well myself
HY: so i’m protecting him from harm
B: why that guy got influenza symtomps is it?
B: eh u got h1n1 is it?
HY: who knows
HY: u read the news report la, its for precaution
HY: “People are, instead, advised to bow their heads in greeting or place their right hand on the upper left side of their chest to show respect.”
B: but, this influenze
B: is airborne right
B: breed via air
B: so i just tiup to ur face from far away also sudah kena meh?
HY: maybe the virus cannot fly so far



Airborne or not, here are some everyday steps to protect your health:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Stay home if you are sick for 7 days after your symptoms begin or until you have been symptom-free for 24 hours, whichever is longer. This is to keep from infecting others and spreading the virus further.

Take care and stay flu-free!

Have a complaint?

Love this B.C. strip  :)

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To my techsupport comrades

The Pause Button

It has been a hectic week at work. Several colleagues were on medical leave and some were clearing their annual leave so that squeezed our manpower resources quite considerably. But we did what we could, worked within our constraints and dealt with the deluge of issues (in the form of emails with subject headers like ‘SERVER DOWN, VERY URGENT or PLEASE HELP!’ popping up in our Inbox every other minute) that came our way. I know, exciting isn’t it?

My InboxSometimes – amidst all the frenzied activity – I think to myself, ‘how nice it would be if I could hit a pause button, take a step back, catch my breath, look out at the trees and blue skies…if only for a moment’

But we all know that unless those brilliant scientists that put together the Large Hadron Collider comes up with a better, cooler version with time-stopping features, there isn’t gonna be any ‘pause button’ for me to press. At least not anytime soon.

Meanwhile, I’ll settle for the next best thing that has proven itself (as far as work is concerned) as an effective ‘pause button’…

Office Internet DOWN