Saturday, April 29

First Day At Work: Satay Kampong

Today I walked in, met the Lady Boss & was introduced to all the staff working there today (Friday). 4 floor staff & 4 kitchen staff.
Floor staff: Lady Boss, me, Walter & Shreen -- All waiting and serving customers.
Kitchen Staff: Chin (Boss), Lady Boss's Brother & Lady Boss's Masha --- the Chefs + 1 Kitchen Hand: Fei Cai.

The Lady Boss was wonderfully patient and kind to me... jz like the way i wud expect her to be. Her husband and brother were kind of cold but i expected tat from them cz they were the ah beng type... but when u make good frens wif them... they will b your good frens for a long long time... wad a wonderful family i jz joined! GOD IS GOOD!!! hahaha!

Today i learnt:
- To let go of my pride (I had to wear a sissy apron!)
- How to take orders & write on the order pad.
- The procedures of work in Satay Kampong.
- Setting a table up after a customer has left it.
- How to hold a plate properly when serving.
- Kiwi's love Malaysian food. (They are willing to pay $12 for some Mee Goreng!)
- Name of some wines.
- I'm enjoying working here!

My hours hav been changed to Monday & Saturday evenings & I'm looking forward to it! =)

Thursday, April 27

Second Job In NZ: Geno Sue... BOSS!!!

Right after calling Satay Kampong, I called Christie over for a movie... Nesa & I wanted to watch "Pride & Prejudice 2005" and i remembered a previous promise. When she was in my room, i got the most unexpected news from her...

Today, i met Geno, the boss of Ilott cafe which serves Orb coffee near the murphy bridge... (You can easily locate the cafe by looking out for the white Orb coffee sign on the floor outside the cafe.) His brother owns Uni-Stop. (Outside Maclaurin building facing Kelburn Parade.)

I met him at Uni-Stop this afternoon at 6pm. Christie, the messenger, was there as well working the cashier...

He took down my schedule and asked me when i cud work. We also had quite a nice chat. Geno seemed like a very friendly and cheerful guy... He had a loud voice but I felt comfortable around him... Good guy...

Wad I learnt from our more and lenthy chat:
- He was in Indonesia for quite a few years, witnessed the racial riots.
- Christie got shot in d t*ts during paintball and was very p*ssed.
- Sue Fin was given the same news i got.
- I work on Wednessday & Friday afternoons from 2pm to 6pm.

Come Over & Taste my Coffee!
(dont expect me to want 2 bankrupt my boss,k?)

Wednesday, April 26

My First Job In NZ: Satay Kampong

I called Satay Kampong on a faithful friday evening... I spoke to the wife of the boss. Her name is Jenny. She asked me to come over in the afternoon if any weekday next week.

I did tat today (Wednessday) and she met me wif a smile. She was not a very beautiful but she was a slim and sweet young lady in her late twenties. She asked me when i wud b available for work and gave me a brief briefing on various topics. Then, she told me to come to work the coming Friday & Saturday.
And I said no problem!

Hahaha... this is wad i found out during my strangly short meeting:
- uniform is a black top, prefer an empty black shirt wif no graphics
- Paid $8 Per Hour
- Paid the following week after work
- This restaurant has a wonderful aumbiance... wooden flooring & furniture... gentle lighting... soft music... laksa... ahh...

Plus they are looking to hire a MALE kitchen hand...
Anyone interested? Plz call d number below...

Or just drop in when the restaurant is open...

Looking forward to working this Friday & Saturday! =)

Tuesday, April 25

Easter Holidays Postmortem

Remember i set a few goals to meet before the holidays were over?
Lemmie copy them from the post and paste here...
1) look for a job!
2) go out, explore Wellington & beyond!
3) get to know my neighbours!
4) blog more!

How hav i done?
1) I managed to get contact a restaurant and they were interested in hiring me! yay!
But Wait! i didnt jz get one job... i got two! The day i called the restaurant, I got an offer from a happening cafe in uni! The Ilott cafe! Will talk about my job offers more when i actually meet the owners and chat wif them...
PRAISE THE LORD!!! hehe... FYI, i'm gona b paid at least $8 per hr.
2) I did explore a bit of Wellington and beyond... Took my time to walk around the city and even had a day trip to Kapiti Coast! Tell you more about it later...
3) I got to know a few of the fellow residents in Unicomm better... the dinning hall was the best setting... wif most of the students away, many ppl where either sitting alone or in small groups, it was my golden opportunity to join them!
I got to know a few RAs & some kitchen staff too!
(RA=Residential Assistant. A senior uni student employed by the accomodations provider to monitor students, arrange fun activities and assist students in any way they can.)
4) I really really did blog a lot... hehe...

Now wad do you think the highlight of this holiday is?
(note: i didnt go to the island.)

For this trip we visited 4 destinations: A bird watching paradise, a farm famous for its ice-cream, a chocolate factory & a beautiful cliff of a mountain. (Para-Para-Ummu i think, or sumtin lidat...)

Bird Watching Off Kapiti Coast
Our first destination was near a beach and it was a destination where many people come to appreciate and watch birds. Besides watching birds, gulping down the beautiful scenery and taking penty of pictures, we were treated wif a nice little lunchtime tea made by the lovely wife of our guide.

Our Guide Really Loved To Tell Us Stories. We went ahh & ooh but we werent actually listening... hehe...

We even got the chance to feed some of the birds...
I actually got a cut when one goose snapped at the crumb of bread between my finger and thumb.
And it was at this time our guide told us the most interesting story of the day.

"Brokebeak Lagoon"
Once upon a time there was this swan that broke her wing. She lost her ablity to fly and take care of herself. One day this male goose came and took care of her, he fed her and was very protective of her. Chasing off any human or animal that dared get close to the swan. They were pretty close for a few years.

One day another female swan came. That swan began to get close with the first swan. The goose was aggressive at first (probrably jealous!) but soon he accepted the second swan and started protecting both swans.

Then one day, the second swan started to lay eggs. This was strange as she had no male swan to mate with. Then, the observers came up wif strange conclusion: The first swan was a male! Soon it's gender was confirmed! And this meant that the first swan and the goose spent a few homo years together previously!

Pretty soon the eggs hatched and there was a little swan family. Until today the goose protects the swan family. It was that goose that cut my thumb.

The Farm of All Ice-Creams
Our next destination was a farm/tourist attraction. This farm still functions as a farm (producing milk and all tat) but it has been turned into a tourist attraction as well!
It’s got a cafe, some souvenir shops, a candy shop & even a honey shop!
But the main attraction was the ice cream/cheese shop…
Ppl say it’s the best ice-cream in the whole of NZ… Let’s see if it is…

This is wad the ice-cream/cheese shop looks like...

After having a double scoop ice-cream myself for around 3 dollars...
I found it unusually... common... i mean... it tastes like normal la...
i duno... im not good at criticising ice-cream... unless it's really bad...

Jikkam & the Chocolate Factory
The third stop was a chocolate factory. I expected a posh and cool chocolate factory but this one was a small one and kinda a let down cz the chocolate they produce do nt look so appetizing. I didn’t buy anything but the others were so into it and was buying like one kind!
I jz went on to the liquor store next door for a sample drink... YUM!

The Climax
The best part of the trip was the last stop. (save the best for last konon…)
We went up a long & narrow mountain road jz to find that it was worth the long tiring ride… we got to see some seriously out of this world scenery!
At this time you cant help but wonder what kind of God we have… it’s just too beautiful… he must be a God that likes to show off… hehe… he gav us this ability to appreciate beauty and suddenly overloads us wif such unbelievable gasps... it’s like falling in love again…
now I can see how great he is... how wonderful he is… how unbelievable he is…

How great are his signs! and how mighty are his wonders! his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion is from generation to generation.
- Daniel 4:3

I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
- John 10:14

it was a good holiday… marked by many wonderful events and memories…
hope you njoyed reading as much as I njoyed writing it!
Looking forward to the next one! (who doesn’t? hehe...)

Lunch @ MHC

Netball was quite good, eh? hehe...
Thanks to the netball competition last Sunday, where we met Pn Muss from Malaysian High Commission, we were able to arrange a lunch date wif her.

The venue: her humble adobe in the MHC compound
The time: 1pm, Today!

After waiting in the cold rain for a bus and travelling a vast distrance...
We were welcomed by the sight of a wonderful yummy-looking array of food for our famished travel-tired bodies...

There were Penang Laksa, Muscle & Sambal, Roasted Fish, Shark Curry, Chicken Rendang, Kuih-Muih and Teh Tarik & Keropok in the end!

The 6 of us, Nesa, Hadi, Najib, Azhar, Lennie & I, arrived at 2pm.
Waiting for us was Pn Muss, Farah, Moon & another sweet Malay girl...
why sweet? they masak 4 us mah!
They were JPA 2nd year students.

We started eating at 2.30pm, finished eating at 3pm.
Then, chatted from 3pm till 6pm!
But i cudn't tahan... too syok already makan so much!
so i slept from 5pm - 5.30pm...

We left wif our tummies full of food and our hearts filled with the joy of social intercourse...

Let's do it again sometime!

Wednesday, April 19

The Good Boy I Am

As many of you should know i am a Christian...
As for those of you who dont know...
Now you know! =)

Just like the good Christian boy i am, i wana grow in my knowledge & understanding of Jesus Christ as well as in my relationship with Him & my father God.
But there is only one way to grow... By spending time wif God!

How do you spend time wif God?

- Read God's word (the bible)
- Converse with God (pray)

- Gather with fellow Christians in His name (fellowship of the Christ)

I can do the former two by myself in the privacy of my super amazing room here in NZ.
But wadabout the latter?
The best way to do it is to go to church!
So wad church do i attend in Wellington?

City Church!

Why City Church and not any other church in Wellington?
Well, first of all this church has hit my weakspot... they really know how to attract a young Malaysian Chinese guy like me...

The bribed me... with FOOD!!!
Yes, pastors all around the world reading my blog...
The secret to outreach... lies in the belly!

I was treated to a newcomers welcome dinner at the begining of my patronage and not only did i experience the wonderful cooking of some of the church members...
I was also treated to the wonderful personalities that form the pool of their hospitaliy team.
They were all so friendly, cheerful and smiling like they didnt hav a care in the world except in taking care of you!
This made me feel confortable in a foreign land full of white-skinned natives wif a different culture.
They gave me an experience i am familiar wif at every house of the Lord (church)... love.

By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples,if ye have love one to another.
(John 13:35 KJV)

Besides the food... this church is impressive in the way it runs its Sunday services as well!
There are two parts to a church service.
First, there is a worship. Then, the sermon.

They allow the people here the freedom of worship during worship...
This means that as the worship team plays the songs and as the lyrics are projected on the screen, you are allowed to praise God or worship God in your own way.
You can sing along... you can clap your hands... you can jump... you can raise your hands to heaven... you can close your eyes... do wadeva you wana do to praise God with all your heart!
For it is not wad you do that matters...
It's the manner in which you praise...

Praise ye the LORD.I will praise the LORD with my whole heart,
in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.
(Psalm 111:1)

The preaching was at first simple and basic, kinda like milk...

but now it's getting more and more meatier! Like red meat! Yum!
And they preach form God's word so they arent a seperatist cult group or sumthin preaching about themselves and not about Jesus.

And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power.
(1Corinthians 2:4)
All in all, this church will be the church i will commit myself to during my stay in Wellington.
If you are interested in seeing wad wonderful things go on at church, feel free to join me every Sunday!

Just contact me!

Thursday, April 13

Easter Holidays

It's the easter holidays!! (From 8 April - 23 April)
And, oh, what a dreadfully long awaited break this is!!

But somehow it doesn't seem like a holiday...
It's been abour 6 days already and
I'm still doing the same things I do during non-holidays...
Watching movies, going online, going for 3 meals a day, not enuf sleep...
It's time for a change...

Time for me to:
1) look for a job!
2) go out, explore Wellington & beyond!
3) get to know my neighbours!
4) blog more!

Keep checking my blog to see if I manage to achieve all that!

Saturday, April 1

CH*I -- So Foul It's Sensored In A Free Country Like New Zealand!

After finishing an assignment (ALIN201) yesterday, i decided to put something up that's new... hehe... and my first funny one!

The VUW Cohort 1&2 had a little get together and makan-makan with our lecturers last Saturday, 25 March, at Everton Hall.
The event was a huge success... delicious food... sociable lecturers & a wonderful get together for the Cohort 1&2...
but the highlight of the event was our discovery of a new and unique beverage!!!

^^^^ Look at that! No... it's not CH'I... IT'S CH*I!!!!
(The apostrophie acts as a sensor for an unbearable word!)

This was what happened when i tried the drink...

(this should give you a clue of what the sensored word is if you have not already guessed it...)
Normal handsome me...
I risked my life to be a human guinea pig!
Notice my eyes getting narrower...
My eyes! So SMALL!
My voice! So DEEP & SEXY!
Ahhhh! (glottal sound...)
Well... the drink didn't taste so good neither...
its supposed to be some herbal carbonated drink...
but really... it sux...
it smells like urine too...
kids... dont drink it...
Hava GREAT new week! =)
now for my next assignment (LING223)... sigh...

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