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Greener Pastures

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‘The time is up! Please stop writing and hand your exam papers in.’

Ah, nothing sounded quite like those lovely words uttered by the invigilator. Why? Because they could only mean one thing: the term has now officially come to an end. And soon after I heard that announcement, a great sense of relief washed over me. My walk even felt lighter with each step as I got out of the room. The psychological weight that I’d been carrying on my shoulders for the past six weeks disappeared miraculously. Don’t get me wrong, though. I love every bit of my time being a student, but it’s so hard being one when you’re working full-time at the same time. However, now that the term’s over, it feels sort of strange to have time on my hand, albeit having to work off the clock almost every weekday. And I sort of miss being with my group members--Kelly, Tanima, Diyas and Vildan.

Having said that, the term has ended and so has my time working at this office. Well, not now but soon, anyway. After exactly one year and fifteen days of working as an audit junior, I’ll be starting a new job at a new office. I’ve truly enjoyed my time working at this audit firm (I really have) but the long commute has taken a toll on me since I’ve started going to school again.

I’m not sure how it’ll go–migrating from audit line to a commercial line--but hopefully, the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, God willing.

Written by SZA

13 May 2011 at 10:25 PM

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More Than I Can Chew

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For a while now, I’ve been toying with the idea of writing a screenplay. Just for fun. But I never really got around to doing it until recently, when I was browsing through the latest announcements posted on my student portal and saw a recruitment advertisement for a scriptwriter for the Uni’s musical production. I was definitely intrigued since this was the kind of boost I needed to get started on my new interest. On the other hand, I wasn’t sure if I should grab the opportunity. I mean, how could I manage to fit in an extra activity since there’s a lot on my plate right now. An eight-to-five work, weekly nighttime classes, and house chores that I need to attend to. Alright, so it doesn’t look like there’s a lot on my plate, but for someone who isn’t an expert in time management, well, it does seem to be a lot.

After a few days of thinking, I told Mother about it, thinking maybe she could give me her two cents on my predicament.

Me: You know, the Uni is going to hold another musical this year and now the Drama Club is looking for a writer. And I’m thinking of joining the production team. Only that I’m not sure if I could give my one-hundred percent effort and commitment to the club and work at the same time. But I really do want to try something new…blah blah…experiencing college life to the fullest…yadda yadda…I don’t know. So, what say you?

Mother: Why? Will you get paid for that?

Ah, typical Asian parents. Putting more emphasis on education and professional career above all else. As much as Mother being open to most things and generally an easy-going diplomatic person, sometimes she doesn’t seem to grasp the concept of doing things for the sake of just doing them without good solid purposes. Soon after that though, I decided to just grab the bull by the horns and join the production team. Mother seemed to be alright with that. Yay.

So two days after that, I met Hew, a Drama Club ExCo, to talk about the script and the play. I got even more excited about the whole thing after the meeting. And even more nervous, too. I mean, will my script be as good as the ones used in the previous plays? What if I get a writer’s block during script-writing, or worse, a worker’s block? Questions about what will happen are on loop and making me feel mighty worried (and somewhat regret with my compulsive decision to join an extra activity).

Hm. *thinking*

OK, you know what, let’s just sleep on it and cross the bridge when we get there, shall we?

Written by SZA

19 March 2011 at 1:41 AM

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The Kick-off

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[Photo: My newly-acquired books, A Tale of Two Cities and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn]

I was pondering what to have for lunch today when I was *ding!* struck by an idea to find a copy of The Grapes of Wrath at The Spring’s MPH bookshop during my lunch break. A brilliant idea it was, because I could finally get a good reading-starter for my book campaign and at the same time buy my lunch and get out of the humdrum office for a moment. So drove to The Spring, I did. Alas, the journey from the office to the mall and back to the office wasn’t like a walk in the park. It was a hardship. Almost.

You see, going out for a shopping and a lunch during the peak period needs a comprehensive plan ahead of time. You need to think of which road shortcuts to use so you would not get caught in the heavy traffic; where to head to first once you are in the mall so you would not feel all confused and hassled; and how much time to be allocated for book-shopping, eating lunch and driving to and fro between the office and the mall so you could eventually return to the office in good time. Gotta plan the whole lot, you know. But I’m not a planner by nature, and Spontaneity is the name of the blood that runs through my veins. I make up plans as I go. That’s my modus operandi. Surprisingly, even without any plan today, I still managed just fine (barely) when battling through the traffic, finding a good parking spot, looking for a book, buying a lunch, enduring the traffic again when returning back to the office, AND gobbling KFC’s Cheesy Potato Wedges down my throat while steering the wheel with one hand (oh, how I wished the world had witnessed this--the art of multi-tasking at its finest). All that in ten minutes. OK, five times of ten minutes, to be exact. But hey, still not bad for a spur-of-the-moment shopping record, oui?

Yes, it was a grand adventure today; only too bad that I couldn’t find a single copy of that book written by John Steinbeck. Good news was, I did found RM9.90-a-piece HarperCollins books in the Classic section when I was on the verge of leaving the bookshop. Boy, nothing caught my eyes like those under-RM10 books did. I grabbed two of those straight away. ‘Grabbed’ being the operative word since the price was oh-so-pocket-friendly-la-di-da (that’s just as well since I need to monitor my personal economic health very closely) and besides, I was very intent on getting out of the bookshop with at least a book in my hand (after paying, of course).

And now, I’m happy to announce that my book campaign has officially kicked-off.

Written by SZA

5 January 2011 at 10:34 PM