Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Ayam percik

One night, I planned to prepare healthy meal for my family, so I marinate some chicken parts in blended onion, garlic and ginger, then I grilled it.

But then I saw aplenty of coconut milk in the fridge +_+

Soon, it become ayam percik Kelantan.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Presenting paper to experts

I presented a paper on Remanufacturing Industry in Malaysia to a large group of experts on remanufacturing industry from France, Germany, other European countries which I cant remember, Qatar, UAE, Japan, Singapore, China and a few others.

This was during a Post-Global Conference on Sustainable Manufacturing Workshop, organised by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.

It was so awkward. 
So many questions coming from the experts. Lucky I have a few local industry players in the crowd. They helped me to answer questions related to the practical/technical aspect of the industry.

(Photo credit: Dr. Rijal)

Malacca : Night walk @ Boardwalk, Malacca River

I wanted to go to kedai mamak downstair to buy a large bottled mineral water. My roommate, Khid, wanted to tag along. That was at 10.00 pm.

We went down. Bought a mineral water. And she asked me if I wanted to see Malacca River. Who would say no to up-close views of Kampung Morten? So we started to walk at the Boardwalk. And talk. And walk. Until we saw this. 
We walked for another few kilometres then we took a cab back to Ramada. That was 12.30 am and I brought back an empty mineral water bottle +_+

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Informative Stairwell Competition : The before

My office held an Informative Stairwell Competition last year. Each section need to beautify their stairwell and make it informative to encourage people to opt for the stair. I am always a fan of Active Design. This project quietly encourage us to make healthier choices.

I was selected to be the project leader. I googled some images and took photographs of other floors which has painting works in progress (*strategy* start late and look for inspiration) and presented it in the meeting. These are some designs-in-progress by other sections:
My section agreed to have a minimalist approach, simple, not too colourful as kindergarten's wall and have relevant information about our division (the important point of this competition is - the information). They even agreed with the idea of painting the floor with dark colour since the tiles were badly stained. No scrubbing work could take the 30 years old stain off the old tiles. No point of having interesting wall, but dirty floor. Gitu konsepnya.
So, these are the BEFORE and my quick rendering during the discussion, taking into consideration their ideas. Once we FINALLY agreed on the colour scheme, I can feel the excitement across the meeting room! 
Well, I think I was the only one worried about the whole thing because the final design involves specialty paints. Epoxy for the floor and glow-in-the-dark for the edge of the tread. (the staircase is black, so we plan to apply glow-in-the-dark paint on the tread edge so no one will miss the step during emergency). Great idea, huh?

Then I went paint-hunting.

Malacca : Happy hours

I had a pack schedule during the mini-lab in Ramada Malacca two weeks ago. BUT. BUT I can still find time to go to Ramada's spacious gym. 
I woke up early, solat and went to the gym. I spent one hour there before I had my breakfast and prepared for the lab at 8.15am. I really enjoyed the view outside.
During the break in the evening, I changed to my gym attire, went straight to the gym. I spent almost 2 hours there, had my dinner and prepared for the lab.
It was a time well spent.

Malacca : RMK11 LFM & CI Workshop @ Ramada

I have attended a mini-lab to prepare the Logical Framework Matrix (LFM), Creativity Index (CI) and other components under the Blue Ocean Strategy for proposed projects under the Focus Group (FG) on Remanufacturing Industry for the 11th Malaysia Plan (2016-2020). (ya my work is mouthful like that)

Since the FG Lead was away on Day 01, so I took charge on the FG. This is the best group I've been working with so far since it consists of experts from the academia (Dr. Rijal, Dr. Yusof and soon to be Dr. Halim), standards expert (Dr. Wan) and expert from remanufacturing field itself, the businessmen duo, Mr. Safwan and Mr. Rahim.
Their presentations were excellent!!! Well, how can it be otherwise since they are the experts in this country :) It is truly a privilege to develop this new industry in Malaysia with all of you, guys. Really hope I will return to this unit, develop remanufacturing industry with the team until 2020 and beyond, when I am back in October 2016.

Eh, why October 2016? Stay tune.

Nazreen's Note

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Dinner in bed

I have promised myself to leave my office on time everyday. It means 5.30pm sharp, I supposed to be walking to the punch card machine. Usually I have 3 meetings everyday and some stretches until 5.30pm or 6.00pm or even after 8.00pm. That means I will put my work on hold. Every.single.day. 

It is also hard since my division is preparing one of the Strategy Papers for 11th Malaysia Plan. Extremely important document to chart the development of our nation from 2016 to 2020, and beyond.

I am paying the price since 3.00am this morning (Saturday). I bring home my outstanding works, try to do it in between cooking, managing the kids, doing the dishes, entertaining calls (yelling actually) from the President because I have not completed my report, sweep the floor and the list is endless. 

I didnt even know what is right, anymore. Both seems wrong.

To come home early everyday and put all the works on hold? 
(meaning coming home early with thick documents, but stay up until morning to complete the work and spending weekends like TODAY, in front of the laptop and didnt have time to see what my kids were doing)
To complete everything at the office so I can have my family time at home, after work and during weekend. (meaning, I go home late)

Well that's not the point actually.
I just want to post this. My husband prepared me a dinner on bed.
...because I havent finished my work. And I have another two more reports to go.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Saturday breakfast - Homemade chicken nuggets

Minced chicken with a bit of barbecue sauce, black pepper and marjoram. Some corn starch to hold them together. Shape it into bite size pieces and grill on a non-stick grill pan.

Saturday Art : Movie Box

Last two weeks, the kids made a movie box. They decided on the movie title and the story line, then they drew the scenes on a loooong "film strip". 
I constructed a box with a hole in the middle and poked two long sticks at both sides (to roll the film strip). 

Once the film strip is ready, I just taped both film ends to the sticks and roll it to the right side, clockwise. To watch the movie, the storyteller have to twist the left stick - counter clockwise - slowly for the audience to enjoy the show.

A story of a cute boy, Super Nami (*ehem* Nazmi *ehem*) saving baby Naurah (his cousin) from a toy dinasour attack in Kuantan.
SUPER GOOD BOY. Enjoy the show! 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Saturday Snack - Peanut butter and chocolate pizza

One roti Arab, spread generous amount of peanut butter on top and sprinkle some chocolate chips. Bake for 10 minutes in 180 degree Celsius. The roti will be a bit crispy outside and the chips will melt inside. 
(Nazmi is left-handed)

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Mentoring two cadets

I was assigned by the Hon Minister's office to monitor two cadets for two weeks at my office. They just completed a design thinking course in Genovasi. They were on an assignment to ideate solutions to what ever issue regarding service delivery they have identified in my office.

It was a great two weeks. I enjoy having them around. Although I was busy attending meetings, but looking at them discussing the design thinking process and wearing serious look on their faces all the time, remind me of my early days in the service.
I am chairing the final presentation session by the cadets with bright future, Amira and Azim

These young cadets are full with ideas and energy. I wish them all the best.

Pretend play - Snowball fight

Last Saturday, after sending Nazran to Kem Solat and Nabil to the tuition class, we went to Metropolitan Park to jog.

Nazreen and Nazmi were pretend play at the playground. They found a lot of pine fruits lying around on the field, they picked them up and started to throw at each other, pretending it was a snowball fight.
Nazmi's snowballs
Far: Nazreen picking up his snowball

Monday, March 2, 2015

The benefit of an eye sore

There is one old rectangular thing protruding out of a column in my office room (here). I dont know what it is but it is truly an eye sore.

People keep telling me that all officers' rooms are equipped with a coat hanger. I didnt have one in my room. Well, that's fine. 

I can just hang my coat on that rectangular thing.
I move the poster to the side, to give way for my coat. Initially it is in the middle of the column.