Thursday, November 28, 2013

Last minute organisational chart

I started to feel that entries and photos on food slowly taking over this ART blog.
But after thinking about it for a while.... Cooking is a form of art. Food photography is totally an ART by itself. So, there you go. 

I was invited to a management retreat last week. The task given is simple. Mindmap the whole thing. It was such a fascinating event. I wanted to share everything about it in this blog but I didnt know where to start. Hmm...

Anyway, I will start with this. The last minute request for an organisational chart. The instruction given was simple - produce a huge hand-drawn organisational chart, with no names and a bit of space, large enough for people to stick their dots. This is the sketch. How are you going to translate that? :)
This is what I came out with within the time stipulated. I printed their photos from the net. No names, right? I got help from Ustaz, Mufsi, Aju and Mr Zainal to draw some lines and colour the block letters because I was mapping a discussion at that time. Thank you, guys. Although it was hard to control the outcome when 4 people were working on single sheet at the same time (different strokes, wrong colour coding, etc) but the SecGen said it is perfect. 
The exercise. Senior officers should indicate their involvement under specific programmes and pillars by sticking coloured round stickers with their initials, under the activity leaders' photos. By the end of this exercise, they will be able to see how they relate to others' work and how they could contribute in helping the leaders to achieve their desired outcomes and KPIs. Sounds complicated, right? Just focus on the chart, that's the main thing I am telling you about now. Let them deal with the complicated stuff.
The completed exercise.
Love the dots!

Food : SIL's visit

Last weekend, my SIL and her family staying over at my house. These are the breakfast. Quesadilla. Special request from my BIL. He likes it very much. Angel hair spaghetti and beef bolognese with extra everything (beef, mushroom and cheese), and peeled rambutans.
My SIL and her family went out around 11am, so, for lunch, I only prepared grilled kerang and grilled mentarang for my family since we had a heavy breakfast earlier. 
To tell you the truth, I am quite worried when I have people staying over because I didnt know whether they like my cooking or not. Well, maybe because we had no one staying over before. After my FIL and MIL moved to Kluang, we had family members coming every weekend (my MIL will arrive tomorrow for two nights stay. And she'll come again the next week. My SIL and BIL came last weekend. The weekend before that, they all came together..).

I guess after a few rounds of entertaining them, I will be okay. InsyaAllah.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

My cousin's wedding : The Day

We went to the venue, Perangsang Templer Golf Club, early, around 10.00am (arriving at 10.00am is considered early if you have 4 kids). During the rehearsal the night before, we tried our best not to let the kids went out of the ballroom and discover the swimming pool outside. BUT, on the wedding day, we had our early lunch at the poolside. Hmmm....
The kids begged for a dip in the pool. I didnt bring their swimwear and my husband just started the outdoor photoshoot with the newly-wed which usually takes about 1 to 2 hours, so... I have to say NO.

To my surprised, my cousins went back to their house in Gombak to grab a couple of shorts and drive back to the golf club so my sons can have fun in the pool :) Awwww.... how nice...
I know it supposed to be an entry on my cousin's wedding but it came out differently. Anyway, Selamat Pengantin Baru to you!

My cousin's wedding : the rehearsal

My cousin's solemnization ceremony was held on 7 Nov 2013.

My husband, as usual, was in-charged for the make up artist, wedding dress and photography. She said my cousin is thus far the easiest bride to work with because she picked her wedding dress in only 5 minutes. I am so thankful no bridezilla exists in my beautiful family.

I was the Master of Ceremony cum the floor manager for the reception. I was so excited to see the ballroom during the rehearsal.
I've MCed a couple of national and international events before, but that was my first time doing wedding. It was truly a nerve-wrecking experience because I could totally ruined someone's beautiful wedding day by reading the wrong lines (I read the script from my smartphone screen - it is so tiny..) or pronouncing their names wrongly (I have trouble pronouncing the groom's name). Nevertheless, the rehearsal went well. Both families were happy with the script and with the whole flow. yay.

These are the photos of floor manager of the rehearsal (my husband) in action:
He is very particular about the whole movement, they way they walk, position, posture and all because he is trying to capture the best photo for the event (and because the newly-wed were still quite awkward holding each others' hand). When it comes to work, he is very serious. I am not surprise when [a couple of times] people hired him to be a photographer for akad nikah, they ended up asking him to also be in-charge for the whole process - who sit where, when to pass the ring, what's next..

He is not just a photographer.


It has been a while...I know.
A lot of important events happened, one after another and believe me, I HAVE A LOT TO WRITE. I am going to start with Rambutan. A juicy non-climasteric tropical fruit. It is slightly grape-like and gummy to the taste.

My SIL and her family spent a night at our house last weekend. They bought a huge bag full of freshly-picked rambutans. I put them in three fruit baskets. No one eats them. As usual :)
Kids didnt know how to open it. Adults would find it too messy or they only choose the good-looking ones, so I peeled off the rambuts and put it in the refrigerator. Just like my mom always did. So instead of 3 huge fruit baskets on our dining table, I ended up with only 2 medium-sized bowls of chilled rambutan flesh in the refrigerator.
Did you know that chilled rambutans are so delicious?? It finished in one hour. Yup, the whole thing.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


My SIL bought this cow for baby Nazmi. Nabil loves it very much. He took a photo and ask me to put it in my blog to thank Aunty Ani.

So, here you go :)
Thank you, Aunty Ani.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Factory visit : Motor Teknologi & Industri

My unit have organised a visit to MTI facilities in Rawang involving a few relevant agencies a day before the whole sepsis incident. MTI is a remanufacturing facility. Remanufacturing is an industrial process that restores used goods to a "like-new" condition, with warranties. It requires complete disassembling of the core - to the smallest parts and components, thorough cleaning process, re-assembling and testing. It is a new emerging industry worldwide (although it is already a matured industry in some countries like US, UK and Mexico) and Malaysia is currently building the industry from the ground up.
I love my job.

My brother's reception

From my seat.
Such a beautiful event.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

My brother's solemnization event

25.10.2013, 9.00pm.
Welcome to the family, Shazni.
Beautiful setting
My husband in action (the one with white sampin).

Late supper

Nabil was having a fever (yes, everyone was sick in October). He threw up in the middle of the night and he felt really hungry afterwards. I made him a popcorn since he cant stomach anything that moment. Coated with butter and a lot of honey. He finished the  whole bowl :)

Monday, November 4, 2013

What's in my G&B?

What I bring to the office today.
These are the only things that I can eat right now. No appetite.

Baby Nazmi and acute bronchiolitis

Last post (here).

It is still there but he is recovering well. The doctor said it might need some time for him to be fully recovered. 


I am a mindmapper.
I cant jot down anything but in a non-linear way.
I want to show you the whole book, but it is a classified document. 

These are the least, but I still have to make it a bit blurry. Mind map rocks.

On Sepsis

I had a Sepsis (well, at least the doctor said it was) and recovering.
I only remembered I had a temperature as high as 39.4 degree Celsius and after a few hours, it dropped to 35.5. I didnt know what happened in two days. I cant tell you much. What I remembered clearly was my husband picked me up at the office and drove to the Emergency Room. That was on Friday. I asked him to drive a bit faster because I have a meeting at 3.00pm.

I woke up somewhere around 1.30pm and I told my husband that I still can make it to the meeting. 

He told me it was already Saturday.