Last fortnight

I started the day delivering these blue notes to all my colleagues.

Last August when we had our family day, I took a slot for a short team building session
consist of activities including revisiting our sector's vision, mission & core values,
grouping ourselves by our personality trait which relates to how we function based on what is important to us (information, perspective, execution & harmony - guess which group I'm in!)
and this magic blue paper!
*Everybody enjoyed the session so much they requested for a longer one next time!

Everyone was given a piece of the blue paper and each was required to anonymously write up special messages in the small space for everybody (with the name indicated). The rule is
'It has to be something positive' coz it is so easy to write up a negative one (don't you agree?!)!!

And I spent a few hours on the weekend prior to that special delivery
(just realised it took me half a year to actually do that)
cutting out each messages and compiling them based on the names,
put an aircraft-shape paper clip on them (they look like they are flying in the blue sky!)
and started my delivery service early in the morning.

And again, everybody enjoyed it (some had forgotten about it, so it came as a bit of a surprise!). The special messages really made their day & evidently those little blue thing had erased
the blues on their Monday (bad pun huh?).

This was our internal informal emails that day - most of the time really. Read from bottom up.
WARNING : Never argue with me... :P 
As I had it strategised, I had set the mood right - I asked them a small favour later that day
(...so licik!). Since I had to film a one-minute video as a part of the submission for an application for #maxiswhatsnext postgraduate scholarship (check-out this scholarship offer from Maxis!),
I requested them to be the mannequins in my video!! And some of them gladly obliged.
I was all ready with the script memorised over the weekend and intentionally wore the only baju kurung that is closest to Maxis theme colour that I have (told you I had it all strategised!)!!
Here watch me make my debut. I was soooo grateful for these wonderful & awesome colleagues, Alhamdulillah Ya Allah.
It is an amateur video thus some glitches.
Video was captured using cameraman's iPhone 6, in our office (DCA Airworthiness Sector) corridor. Edited using Adobe Premium Pro, with the help of Wanie & Asyraf.
And minor editing using YouTube Video Editor (why didn't I know about it earlier??)
The soundtrack is my current favourite song - All We Know
by The Chainsmokers Ft. Phoebe Ryan. Minus one by DF Karaoke.

But it was my colleagues involvement that made it special! Maxis please pick me!

And I belanja everyone with a dellish durian cheesecakes as a token of appreciation
(how come they have not tasted this masterpiece??
It's like eating the real creamy durian in a form of a cake, with some cookie crust!).
And oh, did I mentioned it was my birthday?
(most of them didn't know it, well, I intentionally hide it because I hate all the attentions that come with it - typical INTJ, I guess - with exclusion for important people BTW :P
TBH, it was great having to celebrate others on your own birthday!)

Anddddd it all made the best presents for my birthday!
Well, I know I should really grow up, but it all can wait until next year!
  • Thursday, February 23, 2017

Where 2017 is taking me

I took the urge to kick-ass learn & study in my new year resolution
(to dive deeper into the knowledge and experience required for my job function)
...pretty much oh-so-literally.
My initial intention was to take on all the technical literature review to have 'em all at my fingertips. In this line of work it is convenient to shut people off with numbers 
e.g. CS 25, Subpart E, 25.903... or CAR 2016, Part 16, Regulation 140 to 144.
Bunyi macam lawyer tapi bukan. Rasa macam Donna. Eh tetiba haha.

Hottest redhead.

Within the first week of 2017, I found myself looking at some options with a specific field of study that I had bookmarked for years but had never considered them seriously.
So I went to weigh them again, having less than 5 shortlisted selections. Easy peasy.

When I asked myself what's the drive to have it materialised this year,
it become so obvious to me that I needed a break (padahal baru je berangan nak jadi Donna).

I wanted MEng (not MSc or MBA) with the shortest duration (I hate missing out daily on-goings at the office), I prefer coursework rather than research, adaptable livelihood and possibility of getting any available scholarship (since JPA has stopped the fund for overseas studies).

So for the same field of study, University of Cranfield in UK only offered 2 years program, France ENAC-ISAE-EOAA has interesting 1 year advanced master program but there will be language barrier undeniably and France government has an age limitation for their postgraduate scholarship (up to 30 years old) and the final one is RMIT in Melbourne, Australia
(1 year program, possibility of postgraduate scholarship from their government
and ease of livelihood). So here I am.

No, still here, not there yet.

So why a Master? Because I've always dreamed of the engagements with higher learning institutions, advocating awareness and exposure on aviation industry, pouring out all the knowledge,
skills and experiences back to the younger generations to empower our nation.
And a Master degree is a prerequisite qualification for our local university lecturers
(even for part-time). I call that patriotism done my way. I see myself as a bridge of knowledge.
*why am I all teary writing this? sheesh!

When I voiced out my intention to pursue a Master to my superiors, they have no objection and given me their consents. My Sr Deputy Director upon knowing my selection said,
"Are you going on one year holiday???"
Oh well, I'll try getting a good set of GPS & GPA =P 
 But again, it all depends on whether or not I get a scholarship.
I can't barely afford the course fee.

So I started the journey signing up for IELTS (cost me RM 800+, I better make it worth it), researching the subjects, updating my resume after 10 years, multiple online communications with the RMIT representative and Australian education consultant in Malaysia making them the agent to facilitate my application (its FOC!) and finally making the online submission.

Spent weeks figuring out the best options for accommodation (apartment/studio that's a walking distance to the campus and Qyrin Aulia's school, only renting cars when needed). 
And Qyrin Aulia's primary school looks sooo Hogwarts-ly!!! 

 And I got RMIT offer letter on the 3rd day of the application despite expecting it to come within
2 to 4 weeks because the campus is presently hectic with 2017 new intakes. It was delightful.

What a journey, I'm all excited it's like I'm already there.
Pray for my excellence in IELTS this weekend!
  • Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Two thousand seventeen

etc
I pretty much let 2015 and 2016 pushed me around to the point that I don't feel like I'm actually living (metaphorically). It felt like I slipped into both years unwillingly and it is evidently obvious in my monthly planner where I only have minutes in pencil scribbles throughout the twelve months! I'm guilty as charged - I was not being myself.
I feel kinda bad, but nahhh, 2016 has ended, by the way.


But there's something about 2017.
I've not been feeling this for quite some time - the new year celebration, the new year resolution. I wasn't really buying into that because I have this "Everyday is a new day", 
but this year, it feels a little bit different. I feel like I'm entering a new learning institution
(i.e. school/college/uni). I'm gonna kick-ass learn & study!
That's what I'll do!
2017, bring it on!

Happy New Year!
Happy New Life!
  • Sunday, January 01, 2017