Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The 1st interview

I had my 1st interview in Bangi as a graduate 2 days ago. It's inevitably hard to shake off the fear and worries despite my attempt to calm down. I've written scripts on "describe yourself" at home but when asked, my mind wasn't straight. Rather, I answered what normal people won't speak of such as "this is my 1st interview after graduation" and "I have no experience in this field at all". Then I expected questions such as "why should we hire you?" or "what do you see in the next 2 years?" thrown at me. Instead, they directly asked related to my academic.

Interviewer: Do you know what is HPLC?
Jino: Yes, I do. We used that machine during one of our practical lab works in uni.
Interviewer: Then can you briefly describe how the machine works?
Jino: ... (shit) (trying to recall)
Interviewer: Is there mobile phase? Column?
Jino: /nod head. Yea and that machine separates substances based on... (trying to recall again).
Interviewer: Polarity?
Jino: /smile. Yes, polarity.

HPLC is a technique which appeared everywhere in my syllabus but the tension had me not recalled anything. I did my homework but there's no way I could cover 3 years of studies in a short time. HPLC was one that I forgot to read up and I've screwed up as you can see. Then they convert the question to UV spectrophotometer and finally the job scope. When the interview came close to an end, they disclosed the salary of that position which honestly, was a disappointment. I am not expecting much to begin with (Who am I? Only a fresh graduate), but I insisted on the interview so that I can prepare myself better for the future, mentally and academically. This is a good lesson, I did it for experience, better than none at the least. Study before interview!

There's slim chance they will call me again due to my performance. If by chance they ring me up, I have to think double twice as the company restricts employees to work in the same field within 3 years after resigning. That's what I was told. I may misheard.

My ex, XB had succeeded in an interview and will start his job as a customer service officer in Damansara. He introduced me to an agent that links to the same company as his, hoping that we will work together. As a fresh graduate the offered salary is very tempting. However, 10 years of science followed by customer service, to me, is really a turn off.

[Jino] - A man's not a man unless he knows how to shoot

Monday, July 26, 2010

Pre- and post-3 kg

The previous night was so heated it is concluded by waking up the next morning, I lacked the much needed sleep. 69, doggy, air runner, amazon, two mountain. Never had I thought he can be this manly after the years of resistance. Of 'coz there were few moments top view was breathtaking. Approximately 2 hours - with that we probably lost few calories. That amount of calories however, were nothing close to compensate the sinful meal we had in later afternoon.

On the way to the destination we drove into many wrong roads. From Jalan Duta we ended in Jalan Semantan and further up, then Bandar Utama, Damansara Jaya, Damansara Perdana. Inherited mum's gene, I could never learn to link the roads together. 1 hour worth of petrol spent but we failed to meet Kota Damansara signboard. As usual, our conversation turned into argument when situation like this rises. On the minute I gave up and issued a Plan B, Sunway Giza was spotted few meters away from us. The rest are explained by 'criminals' in the pictures.

As the title implied, I gained unnecessary 3 kg. But the best part was I wasn't required to pay a single cent ^^.

On an unrelated story, I have added Nuffnang advertisements in my blog. Not knowing exactly how it works, I still hope to earn some side income.

[Jino] - A man's not a man unless he knows how to shoot

Friday, July 16, 2010

Influenza A, anyone?

It is sad to learn that my baby at home succumbed to Influenza A, said the children specialist. To be on the safe side, similar test was done to his mum and brother who also suffer Influenza A-like illness. As expected, they have also caught up to Influenza A. Since I've never suspected him, I have been playing with the baby all the time. 2 days passed after the discovery yet I find no wrong with my health. There is no sign of prevalence but that does not guarantee anything. Chances are, the virus is still in its incubation period. Hence I made my first move in case misfortune takes place. My first move is to write my death will and it is stored in one of my treasure boxes. To be exact, is treasure box #3. If you happen to come across my death, kindly tell my family about the will ^^.

[Jino] - A man's not a man unless he knows how to shoot

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

July has come

The passage of time is not what it seems. Time passes faster sometimes and slower at other times. It speeds when I play games. Time crawls when I read. While I did not allow myself to believe Jino is jobless, I cannot deny them now. Convocation is around the corner of calendar. So many errands to complete for convocation. Payments must be made by the end of the month. Where comes the money, tell me? Jino oh Jino...

The convocation fee is inclusive of 2 guests entree cards, of which I scratch my head hard since last week to figure out who to invite. My parents were not in good terms but I presume both wish to see me in graduation robe. My bf is also dieing to come along but to think that he has to accompany either my parent for long hours terrifies me a lot. Since 'purchasing additional entree card' is not found anywhere in the convocation handbook, I already expect the worst. My mum is my first priority, who should be the second?

There are many blogs I missed since my disappearance. And there's no promise I will leave comment on every blog post I read, but I will make sure I start reading from where I stop. The process might consume more than a week. Of all, the first blog I read is carpe diem's.

Melaka, besides its historical pages printed on books, is also referred as another food haven in the country. Following Lok Mun's request, I had snapped some photos as souvenir purpose when I visited the historic state which gave birth to many sultans in the country. To their knowledge, their ancestors , like ours, are pendatang. The difference is, our ancestors came to work while their ancestors came while escaping enemies and avoiding capture.

Cendol and soursop ice

Took pictures with my 'gf'

Kuih bahulu with kaya filling

Layers of mille crepe at Nadeje Cafe, Mahkota Parade

The Victorians in Melaka zoo


p/s: Missing pictures are chicken rice balls in He Ji Restaurant (和记) and satay celup in Ban Lee Siang (萬里香)

Last but not least, I have re-activated my Facebook but I won't use it as frequent as I used to. Internet is not Facebook. After all, there are many wonders one can do with internet. One of it is reading Naruto.

[Jino] - A man's not a man unless he knows how to shoot