Friday, February 27, 2015
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
2015 is a year full of changes for me work-wise, and personal-wise. The two most significant changes would be moving out to our own house that we bought 5 years ago and shifting the office from Cyberjaya to Sunway (for me). :)
We have been informed about the office relocation during our Q3 All Employee Meeting (AEM) last July, if I am not mistaken. Since that, the management has communicated to us about the relocation update monthly via our newsletter on the progress, time to time. By early December 2014, we have started packing and moving from one level to another, until all the levels were completely closed for shifting.
Being located at the highest level in the office (level 3, Wing B), we were the first level to start the packing and moving activities..
The morning of our CD RAN gotong-royong day:
I got my box, sticker and checklist for packing..
The toughest task during this packing time would be to sort out my documents, which mainly consist of my technical training materials from the GSM technology up to LTE. From my Maxis days till E/// days. A LOT ok! In the end, I had to sit, cross-legged on the floor and started sorting. No way all those documents can fit inside the box provided by the re-locator. T_T
Finally, after an hour sorting...I was done!
Guess how many kg my box weighing?
By the end of the day, all of us finally settled with packing our personal stuff and we were relocated to Wing A the very next day. Quite sad actually, to leave my workstation which I was comfortable with with a privacy, secluded and having a nice view...
Having my last photo at my workstation...*sobs*
After a week of closure, this was how my floor looks like; the workstation has started being disassembled, and clutters were everywhere. Since most of the things will get rid of, people started to take whatever useful to them too..hihi
Hoarders alert, hoarders alert...
Finally, 16th January 2015 came, and it was our last day of occupant in the Cyberjaya office. It was indeed a sad day for all of E/// staff, to leave the building which has captured all the bittersweet memories, the joy, the laugh, the tears...the failures, the success..
Among our last photo in the office, before they took out the signage..
The last view that I am currently missing...
From my last workstation before we left this building
On Monday, 19th January 2015 we officially moved to a new building; The Sunway Pinnacle.
Although it is very nearby to my crib (which is approximately 6.3km away), it took me an hour in the morning just to reach the office. The bottleneck would be the traffic and traffic lights in USJ plus the U-turn near Sunway Pyramid. Frankly speaking, I was stressed out at first because previously I have never met any traffic jam on my way to the Cyberjaya and it took me only 30 minutes to reach the office although the distance was 35km! >.<
However, a month has passed and slowly I have adapt with this situation and I took it as a challenge...The good thing was, since all of us are granted the season parking at Sunway Pyramid, I had a good 10 to 15mins walk in the morning, evening and sometimes during lunchtime. Most of the time, I do power walk, as my work out routine. The Sunway management however did provide us with buggy service, in case we are too lazy to walk or need to rush.
The best thing is, the buildings in Sunway are interconnected with each other either via tunnel or basement park so there's no issue of walking in the hot sun/raining day. I just love to stare at the beautiful view of Sunway Lagoon each time I passed by the Sunway Tower Hotel...
The following day, we have a simple ceremony to officiate the new office space during our first Fika session of the year. If you are not aware, "Fika session" derives from a concept in Swedish culture with the basic meaning "to drink coffee", often accompanied with pastries or sandwiches. It's like the English is well known for its afternoon English tea, the Swedish is known for it's Fika session...haaaa, gitu. :)
Anyway, first thing first, before we enjoyed our breakfast, we came to registration counter to collect our goodies (yay! :D).
We got Ikea Kussiner storage box personalized with our company logo. Nice!! and that's not all...ok!
The goodies inside the storage box ;)
Actually, it was my first visit to level 22, where the receptionist and the main area are located. Quite impressive I must say. The main platform itself will change it's color from time to time..
Pinkish at first...
Tiffany blue when I stood there..
...and lime green during the official launch of our new office by the Board of Directors and our Country Manager :)
The Fika session was held in our multi-purpose room, which is situated near the pantry..
I just love the deco at this corner near the multi-purpose room especially the fusion concept. Nice :)
Me and the girls after the makan2 session
"Gendang gendut tali kecapi, kenyang perut, senang hati"
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
**This is a backdated entry**
Before the office relocated to a new location, we had our last annual dinner in the Cyberjaya office. Since it was THE last party, the committees have put up a huge effort in transforming the office from a workplace into a ballroom.
That Friday morning (the dinner started in the evening), many of us were shocked and amazed as the lift from the parking lot stopped and opened as it reached the ground floor...some of us did said, "are we in the wrong office??"....cause the office has begun transforming that morning itself...
The first view from the lift as you entered the ground floor...
The transformation of the ground floor on that Friday morning.
For the first time, the whole floor was "wrapped" (berkelubung).. :D
The theme for the annual dinner was "Bling bling Party" so I already foresee that everyone will be wearing anything with bling bling that night. As for me, I just mixed and matched anything related to bling bling from my closet so basically I did not spent any cent that night.
I wore Jovian Mandagie sequin top with a metallic colored scarf; which both I wore during cousin Fouziah's wedding two years ago and paired it up with a pair of jeans (since the theme is party, to give it a casual look) and a bling bling heels that my hubby bought for me for cousin Nina's wedding :)
With my colleagues and their bling bling outfit ;)
The annual dinner started with the opening speech followed by the official launched of our Big Bash Party by our Country Manager...
Shortly after that, the first performance started with "Michael Jackson" and a group of "robocop" singing and dancing to the superstar's hit songs.
The HR and Finance team also performed that night with a flash mob performance..
But the highlight of the night for me is none other than winning my first ever lucky draw in my entire working life.....
and to make it sweeter, I won what I've been wishing for that night; the smart tv (thinking it would be a nice housewarming gift for our home)! Only Allah knows how I shivered I was when the announcer announced my lucky number as the 3rd grand prize lucky draw winner. Thank you Todd Ashton for picking up my number!! :)
Alhamdulillah, a nite to remember...definitely ;)
Monday, February 23, 2015
I am a huge fan of oats ever since I started my first confinement in 2009. At that time, I can only tolerate oats with Milo or anything chocolaty but as time passed by, I can enjoy oats in variety ways; either sweet or savory.
Recently, overnight rolled oats has became a hit and I can see a lot of delicious post in Instagram, blogs and even Pinterest. Very tempting!Since I am quite occupied with projects and we have to walk quite a distance for breakfast/lunch in the new office (cause we don't have a cafeteria), I decided to give it a try last week.
This was the first time I ate overnight rolled oats and oh my, I love it! Quite fun actually to eat cold oats for a change! :) and I love the fact that the preparation is so simple and benefit-wise, it's totally healthy! :)
Let me share with you two of my overnight rolled oats recipes;
1. Strawberry Almond Rolled Oats
1 cup of organic rolled oats
1 tbsp chia seed
1/2 cup sliced strawberries
1/2 cup sliced bananas
1/3 cup sliced almonds
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
Pour together all the ingredients in a glass container and drizzle some honey to give a sweet taste. Keep it in the refrigerator overnight. I added the slices fruits in the morning because I don't want my fruits to be soggy.
Strawberry tasted good as well with yogurt so you can substitute the almond milk with natural yogurt instead ;)
2. Cinnamon Banana Rolled Oats
1 cup of organic rolled oats
1 tbsp chia seed
1/2 cup sliced bananas
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1 cup of almond milk (I used unsweetened)
Pour together all the ingredients in a glass container and drizzle some honey to give a sweet taste. Keep it in the refrigerator overnight. Nyums!
There are loads of tasty rolled oats recipes that you can try out from the net...all you need to do is just google it! Hihi :) So far I have rolled oats religiously during working days and I love to explore new fruits combination/recipe for rolled oats on each day.
Aside to this,
Some might wonder what is chia seed and what benefit it has?
According to Wikipedia, Chia seed is a species of flowering plant in the mint family, Lamiaceae, native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala. The 16th-century Codex Mendoza provides evidence that it was cultivated by the Aztec in pre-Columbian times; economic historians have suggested it was as important as maize as a food crop. 10 top benefits of chia seed are:
- contains large amount of nutrients with very few calories
- high in antioxidants
- almost all the carbs in chia seed are fiber
- contain decent amount of quality protein
- can help weight loss
- high in omega-3 fatty acid
- lower LDL cholestrol
- high in many important bone nutrients
- can cause major improvements in type 2 diabetics
- can improve exercise performance as much as sports drink
Same goes with almond milk. Some would ask, how is it different from any fresh milk or soy milk?
Well, almond milk is made from ground almonds, and it contains neither cholesterol nor lactose. It is rich in fiber, vitamin E, magnesium, selenium, manganese, zinc, potassium, iron, posphorus, tryptophan, copper and calcium. Among the benefits of almond milk are:
- helps with weight management
- keeps your heart healthy (no cholesterol)
- keep your bones strong
- keep your skin glow
- barely impact your blood sugar
- contribute to muscle strength and healing
- it doesn't require refrigeration.
And for those of you who are taking powder supplements, (I consume Shaklee's ESP powder), you can add a spoon of it too into your rolled oats. Confirm kenyang sampai petang! :)
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Since the new office is located just next to the Sunway Resort, and we are all under Sunway Pyramid season parking, I've been exploring the mall more often as compared to before we shifted here. To begin with, I passed by this mall about 3 times per working day; when I go to work, when I went to lunch and when I go back home. Hihi :)
Well, will ladies ever bored with a shopping mall??? Naaaah, I don't think so! :P hihi...Currently me and my colleagues are exploring the food outlets here for lunch since they have loads of variety of food to choose for (more than 50 food outlets if I am not mistaken!). During Friday lunchtime, we also loves to check out the new opening stores
and made some damaged to our purses without we realized :P
Last 14th February, Sunway Pyramid has officially opened their new baby room which is located at Orange Zone of LG1, next to Bonita (LG1.127) and I have the chance to check it out today :)
Since I became a mother, a mall with child friendly facilities especially the ones equipped with Baby Rooms are on top of my list. This is because I never wanted breastfeeding activity became a burden or a hurdle whenever I wanna go out for shopping. I am happy to see that nowadays most of the malls are equipped with one, at least as compared to before. However, so far, there are 3 malls that have the best-est Baby Room (in my humble opinion), and quickly they became my favorites :)
And this new baby room of Sunway Pyramid is one of them!
Firstly, the room is quite cosy and neat. It's not too big, as it has two nursing rooms and two nappy changing tables, but the fact that Sunway Pyramid has 3 Baby Rooms in total, (another 2 are located at GF (Red Zone, beside Levi's store), and LG2 (Orange Zone, beside Takasima Platinum store)) it is sufficient enough to cater the crowd at one time :)
simple, and neat :)
The nursing room inside the Baby Room consist a shocking pink sofa, and a small coffee table, cosy enough to give the breastfeeding mommies some privacy while feeding their baby comfortably. They also played soothing music for nursing mommies. How nice.. :)
The diaper changing stations on the other hand is well equipped with a changing mat each, hand sanitizer, liquid cleanser and the best of all; diaper bags. How thoughtful! ;) Not only it's more hygenic, the usage of diaper bag is important to contain the smells of used diapers. I, myself carry my own diaper bags of Mothercare (they called it as Nappy Sack) inside my kid's baby bag, whenever we went out for outings.
A sink is located at the right side of the room and it is well equipped too, with liquid cleanser and baby wash; both are from Pigeon brand which is another plus point for this Baby Room.. Nursing mom friendly and bottle-fed friendly. Fair. :)
Modern design sink
The Sakura Baby Wash scent is soo nice!
Last but not least, this baby room also came with hot water dispenser, making it one of the most complete Baby Room a shopping mall can offer. Well done, Sunway Pyramid ;)
Long weekend is coming really soon and I am sure many of us will go out for outings. If you are a mom with small children and if you are a nursing mom, don't forget to check out and make full use of this Baby Room if you happens to go shopping at Sunway Pyramid! Rugi tak guna tempat yg best camnie...hihi.
Happy CNY to all my Chinese readers. May you have a wonderful time spent with your loved ones...may this year be a prosperous year too! :)
To the rest, Happy holiday! Enjoy puas2 sebab lepas ni 2 bulan lebih takde long weekend with public holiday tau. Ahaks! :D