Friday, December 06, 2013
Once again, the whole tribe followed mum and I to Sunday mass. And you get no points for guessing that we had lunch at Paradigm Mall. RHB had some kind of road show there with a giant monopoly sort of game to attract kids (and ultimately their parents of course). Just with a roll of the dice, you can get freebies. Of course the kids were interested with the balloon animals that the sullen clowns were making. Big Monster asked for a machine gun while Little Monster got a teddy bear. Big Monster had a hankering for chicken, so we ate at Nando's (A tip on Foursquare made me laugh: "Senyumlah sikit..."). I made the mistake of ordering mild instead of lemon & herbs. That made feeding time with the kids quite challenging. Little Monster kept complaining that the food was spicy and wailed a lot. Practically fat lan char. His mum calmed him down and he eventually fell asleep without eating much. Luckily Big Monster was more tolerant since we ordered his favourite chips and garlic bread. Couldn't secure a stroller from the service counter, so I had to lug the sleeping kid around. Quite a challenge. Parenting problems.
Little Monster's battery recharge was less than half an hour, so my back didn't need to suffer anymore. Fearing that Little Monster didn't have enough to eat, we ordered a honey roll and a blackberry tart from Komugi Cafe. He seemed more interested in the cute albino bee on the cake. He ate it in one gulp and spit the wings out. LOL. Did some shopping after that as mum was looking for a belt for the new dress that SK bought her. There was also a Popular book fair and I managed to catch Jojo Struys giving a talk about stress. I surmise that her voice gave me stress. :P. Reached home at about at 4:00 pm. No swimming for me as it was raining. The Monster's aunt appeared at the door step bearing baos from from Tanjung Sepat. That definitely helped my figure. For dinner, we just packed some claypot chicken rice, lotus root soup and soup kway teow from the nearby coffee shop. Little Monster had his appetite back and started compensating for lunch. Always a pleasure seeing him enjoy his food.
P.S.: Look at the bao... what does it remind you of?
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Quite a stroke of luck that I managed to salvage my weekend. Colleagues covered my shift because on weekdays I prefer to come in early. Pigged on my bed till 9:00 am. Drove over to Bandar Kinrara to pick SK up then we sped off to Seri Petaling for breakfast at Restoran Alison. Been ages since I actually sat down and ate there. Naturally we ordered from the two famous stalls-- one selling chicken rice and the other Hakka noodles. The roasted items from chicken rice stall had dropped in quality. The char siew was too sweet and the siew yuk was too salty. Oh well. Jalan-jalan at the wet market after that. Didn't spend too much time there. Spotted a middle-aged gay couple there buying groceries. Wonder if one day I will be out at the pasar with KH, buying supplies for a romantic live-in weekend. Got home some time before noon and dropped my mum off at my sister's place to babysit. My Almera was due for its 5,000km (but I had only clocked 3,200 on my odometer!) service so I went to the service centre at Puchong Jaya. Didn't have to 'grow mushrooms' there as KH came to pick me up. Brought him to Bandar Puteri Puchong to try a cafe that I had spotted a week before called Old School. No surprises that the wall was full of math equations and waiters were dressed in school uniforms. Even the menu was like an exercise book. SK also joined us and we ordered Old School toast with pork curry, pork burger and pork belly ribs in Hickory sauce. The toast was quite special, something they called Zebra bread. Fancy name for swirled charcoal bread. Kinda like Tobi's mask, if you're familiar with Naruto. The pork curry was quite good, salty by itself but would goes well with some carbs. The pork burger also came with charcoal bun, pork patty, a slice of pineapple and ham. Loved the wedges. The pork belly ribs was so-so, but it came with the best mashed potatoes I had ever eaten in terms of texture and taste. And it was piping hot! No special drinks there, but the milk tea was decent.
Firing up Foursquare, we found a coffee place nearby called Le Pollidor. The ambience was good but the service was less than speedy even at such an off peak hour. Our lattes actually took twenty minutes to arrive with just two other tables occupied. Yikes. Coffee was OK (I tried their roasted almond latte). A bit on the mild side. By 3:40 pm, my car was done. Thank goodness they managed to fix the annoying sound that came from the exhaust pipe during idling. Lepak-ed at SK's place after that. Had a sticky rice time with KH on SK's bed, then we later moved out to the sofa. Just kissing and lying on each other. But that was enough to get KH all randy. It was evident from the tenting in his shorts. Hehe. SK did a little packing before leaving us alone. She had a dinner appointment with Lifebook. When we had the house all to ourselves, the clothes flew off. We needed no warming up as we were both very much in the mood. Went through our favorite motions and we both exploded not long after. Unfortunately, we didn't have post-coitus dinner. Both of us went home. Mel had messaged me saying that she would like to come visit. Been a while since I saw her and Cam. The little tyke was as cute as ever with his head of thick curls and long eyelashes. He was a bit shy at first, but quickly warmed up to Little Monster and Big Monster. When the ice broke, they started tearing up the house. Expected. LOL. We ate dinner at the nearby Restoran Fei Wang. Claypot fish, fried de-boned chicken, steamed egg and vegetables made for a hearty meal. Glad to see that Mel's pregnancy was going along fine. Already five months preggers. Chatted and chatted until Momma Mel had started yawning. I too was tired from the earlier skanking. LOL. Had a good night's sleep...
Monday, December 02, 2013
Note: With me being stationed at PJ City, I had been driving instead of taking the LRT. So it was some time since I accompanied KH on the train home...
On Tuesday (please apply the will.i.am. time zone here :P), KH and I got off work at the same time. I braved the PJ roundabouts while he joined the sardine brigade at the LRT. Waze guided me to the Seri Petaling LRT station by the way of least resistance. The timing was quite impeccable. I just needed to delay for five minutes and I managed to catch him at the station as he just exited. Fetched him home. Though the distance wasn't far, I was happy enough to be able to see him briefly and ask him about his day. Of course it did turn into a grope fest at some traffic light stops and I would certainly like to drive slower to prolong the session. LOL. Dropped him off at his condo and he would give me a peck on my cheek. During the drive home, I would have a smile plastered on my face. Ah, the simple pleasures of life.
Friday, November 29, 2013
BIL had bought MYR100 worth of coupons for a charity sale on Sunday, so I had to sacrifice much needed sleep to go there. Sis and the kids came along because BIL was tied up with his year end workload. Proceeds from the sale at the Bandar Puteri Puchong indoor badminton complex (home of Michael's Badminton Academy, chock full of sweaty teenagers) were for Da Zi Jiang Tang, a Buddhist organization to helps orphans and old folks.
Plenty of food available for sale. Took my breakfast there-- fried noodles, yam cake, assorted kuih and teh tarik. From there, went straight to church using the LDP only to be greeted by an abnormal jam near the exits to Sunway and Federal Highway. Turns out that the crawl was due to Adidas King of the Road. Ugh. Thought these things finish earlier. Of late, marathons seem to be all the rage. And collecting finisher badges and jerseys are becoming a hobby. The more zealous would fly around the world to run. To our relief, Little Monster didn't make much of a fuss at church. He had depleted his battery before mass started, so he slept through most of it.
Lunch was at Paradigm Mall again. Chose to line up outside Sushi Zanmai since weren't all that hungry anyway. The whole meal was like a battle. Chopsticks and rice all over the floor. Screaming and shouting and grabbing. Aiii. So ngam Holy Archer was also there, paktoh-ing I guess. Hehe. Said hi (or bye) to him as I was leaving:
Holy Archer: (pointing to the bag in my hand) Going to gym?
Moi: Oh! Not a gym bag, a baby bag!
Left for home immediately after lunch. So exhausting feeding the two monsters. Rested on my bed and dozed off in a jiffy. Woke up an hour later with sis at the door. We were supposed to bring the kids to Taman Bukit Jalil. As we parked the car, Little Monster was fast asleep, so sis took care of him in the car. It was up to mum and I to bring Big Monster cycling. He enjoyed going around visiting 'different countries'. But he didn't cycle for long. Got a little lazy handling the slopes. And he was daunted with going downhill. Mum had to teach him how to slow down. Looking at my nephew, I realized how much of a city boy he is. Wasn't used to uneven terrain and the great outdoors. Not very sure-footed. Such a different upbringing urban kids have these days. Dinner was at MaisonSK again. Additional guests were KT and Lifebook. The kids were happy to wolf down the stewed chicken rice that she made and I enjoyed the black chicken soup. Too bad KH didn't join. Hope to be able to see more of him next week.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Been working my ass off ever since the system went live. Coming in at the wee hours and leaving late at night. As the Chinese like to say-- "No day, no night". Or worse still, "Got time to die, no time to fall sick". KH had bought tickets for Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap" (or some reason, KH always tersasul say "The Mouse Hunt") and it wasn't cheap. Naturally he was worried that I couldn't make it and he hadn't seen me for more than a week. Gotta admit that I was a bit disappointed that he seemed to be more worried about the play rather than my current work conditions. But that couldn't be farther from the truth. Just that KH often says the wrong things at the wrong times. I know that he always thinks of me. But anyway, with the system stabilising by the end of the week, I sat down with my boss and arranged a work shift so that I could take Saturday afternoon off. Naturally, KH was thrilled. Picked him up at about 1:00 pm (later than expected due to work shit) and we went to lunch at Restoran Soon Lye at Kuchai Lama. Was quite hesitant to go elsewhere as the Saturday traffic was less than pretty. Shared a plate of fried glass noodles with pumpkin and soup dumplings. Began to pour heavily after we finished. Was worried that it might make KH's flu worse. For some reason, he had been sneezing away the whole morning. Since we had only one umbrella, I went to get the car while he waited at the shop lots. Still got a bit wet though.
We Waze-d our way to Auditorium DBKL, hoping that it will help us avoid the jams. Unfortunately, we still had to go through some rough patches before arriving at our destination. Didn't really know where to park as the signage was quite retarded. Can you believe that "Parking The Mousetrap di Basement" actually pointed up a ramp?! Gah. Ended up at the open air car park at the other end of the building. The crowd was mostly middle-aged men and their families or senior citizens with walking sticks. Outside the auditorium, some sponsors set up booths, namely Samsung and Borders and there was even a hotdog stand! Samsung's latest premium offering of Ultra HD is truly amazing. The auditorium was distinctly government in nature. It had the customary VVIP lounge area (for fat cat politicians) with flowery settee and the interior was draped with flags. Bloody cramped seating. Zero walking space. The people beside you would have to get out if you needed to pangsai halfway through the show. Imagine the commotion. The play started a little after three and the whole thing just revolved around one set, the sitting hall of Monkswell Manor Guest House. Great acting from the cast but I still managed to doze off three time during the play (too tired from work and the accumulated sleep deficit). When I woke up for the third time, I found that I had guessed correctly in this who-done-it. Haha. The women who sat in front of us was busy taking pictures with her smartphone and tablet. I dunno why I keep running into these people. The staff frantically gestured at her, but she was oblivious.
Right after the show, we drove to SK's bordello for some lovin'. Although KH was sleepy from the Piriton that I fed him after lunch, his sex was definitely raring to go. Very quickly he got me moaning and horny. For the first time ever I exploded while he was inside me. He was behind me pushing all my buttons and I collapsed with a loud grunt. After cleaning up, we went for dinner with SK at Restoran Kong Sai. It wasn't my first choice, but upon seeing that Lebuhraya Bukit Jalil was paralyzed due to an over-turned crane we just turned in. No visit to the restaurant is complete without ordering their signature free-range chicken. Yummy as usual, and the young waiter (Celebrity Kong Sai Karl) was yummy too. Sent KH home after that. He gave me a peck on the cheek and alighted in the light drizzle. Can't wait to see him again...
Monday, November 25, 2013
Hari Raya Haji was a working day for me. I think my client was quite shrewd to have chosen to go live on the Saturday before it. Any hiccups on the working Monday and one could use the public holiday on Tuesday as a breather to deploy fixes or in the worst case scenarios to fall back to the old system. I came in at 4:00 am only to be told that the host system had not run its batch yet. They had delayed the processing due to a major glitch the day before. Major patching went on till 4:00 am and subsequent transactions were throttled to a snail's pace. Thirteen thousand transactions basically took five hours. Only at 5:00 pm did they begin the host batch. Since it would be another three to four hours, I drove back home to catch some Zs. Took me a while to fall asleep a my mind was quite active. Luckily it rained heavily, think that help me sleep. However, it wasn't very deep sleep. Had a skanky dream about an ang moh twink in my bed. Remember that he had a pleasant face, long-ish blonde hair that sexily draped a part of his face and a lean body. He was entwined in the white sheets and his skin was as smooth as silk. Gave me a wonderful woody. At 8:00 am, I checked with my colleague again in case I make another wasted journey. They advised me to come in at 10:00 am. Since that was the case, I went to have breakfast with mum at Restorang Yoon Ping-- Curry noodles and YTF.
Upon arrival at the office, the tech team notified us that system ran at about 1.0 transaction per second! Bollocks! And we had another 13,000 transactions to post that day before 12:30 pm. Definitely did not make it on time. The whole process trickled way past 6 hours, tinkling like a man with a prostate the size of a Jack o' Lantern. While waiting for it to finish, we went out to lunch at Restoran Kam Heong, PJ State. KH brought me there for lunch some days back (so sweet of him to rescue me from the drudgery of work). He loves the prawn noodles there. Anyway, it was another long day for me and it went on and on and on... It's like babysitting Damien Thorn. Or maybe more like monitoring a patient in the ICU. When the monitors show an alert, people shut and jump and scramble all over the place. Some bosses have remarked that sometimes we looked like a stock exchange. Oh well. Hope things stabilize soon. Wish me luck and keep me in your prayers :D
Thursday, November 21, 2013
The project that I had been working on since August last year finally went live on the 12th of October after one postponement. Truth be told, the scope was too big and the timeline too rushed to produce a good end result. And it was muddled by internal squabbles between teams, unclear requirements from users (exacerbated by indifferent business analysts on our end), some sloppy development work on our end, bad feng shui, gung ho upper management, poor dissemination and coordination by the project management office and difficulty working with a 'black box' type of technical framework. Till the final week before D-day, we were still in the dark about many things. Wasn't even sure if the production environment was ready. Anyway, they finally told us to check the parameters on Friday night and by then I wasn't even sure if Saturday was actually with live production data or just a test run. Went to the data centre on Friday afternoon and guess what? Both the front-end and the back-end wasn't up. For some reason, JDBC couldn't work on the AIX server and on the IBM iSeries. The whole thing dragged till 3:45am. Horrible troubleshooting. The security was too tight and we had no expertise on what particularly to look for. Basically our fat ass couldn't get through the door and the security team would rather open the door a bit at a time rather than open it wide then close back. Great that we managed to bring the system up on time because there was checkpoint at 4:30 am. At that time, there was a huge meeting to thresh out the issues of the previous night and decide whether to proceed or not. At the ungodly hour, I was already like a zombie. Lucky there were three rounds of eats to keep me awake-- pizza, nasi lemak and sandwiches. Surprising that one's tummy grumbles at odd hours when you're not asleep.
By 7:00 am, lots of business users were streaming in. A carnival-like atmosphere ensued. Transactions started to come in and it was chaos. The money couldn't get through. Things were timing out front, left and centre. We found some problems on our end and we found some problems on the other end. The whole floor milled till about 9:30 am where all the key users had another meeting to decide whether or not go through with it. Once again, we were given the green light. Breakfast was served but there wasn't enough food. When I got to the buffet line, I had to scrape the noodles from the bottom. :(. And while I was filling my cup with coffee, my plate fell splat on the floor! Argh! More activity went on till noon. My chance to go home. SK was nice enough to wait for me and pick me up. My car spent more than 24 hours at the Bukit Jalil Stadium car park. Luckily the tyres were still intact when I got there. Got home, showered and jumped into my bed. Was so tired and my back was stiff from all the standing and rushing around. Set my alarm for four hours sleep as I needed go in again. However, I didn't hear the alarm and only woke up at 6:30 pm! Thank goodness that my colleague and boss covered for me. Just ate hokkien mee at a neighbourhood shop. At about 9:00 pm, KH came over to see how I was doing. Damn sweet of him to do so. So I brought him out to to eat tong sui nearby. Unfortunately, it wasn't up to par and we needed to leave cause they were closing shop. Had to hop to the nearby bubble tea shop instead. Although it was just an hour, I felt refreshed after seeing him. At 11:00 am, I slept and my alarm was set for 4:00 am ... The torture continues...
P.S.: In case you're wondering about the title, my project manager commented that he never ate so much nasi lemak during a project implementation in his life.