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I'm officially broke..

Saturday, 26 January 2008

Audi R8

Have you heard of this super car? Even though I'm more of a BMW fan but this beauty really makes me fall in love with it. It was launched last year in England for £77k as only around 430 was imported.As for the TV advertisement, I really love it as well. The soundtrack - "Beep Beep Song" by Simone White is so lovely that I download the whole album.

Audi - Vorsprung durch Technik
Audi R8 Microsite

Planning my next move

Today, I have my weekly day off and so as tomorrow. I sent out 23 CVs to another 2 companies "begging" for accounting jobs. As I place the mails into the mailbox in the Post Office, I start to think how many replies will I get before the end of next week. I sent 20 yesterday, 23 today.

What if I really won't get any job offers? I start to look at Masters courses today, maybe try to look at professional courses tomorrow. I counted the money I can earn and save before my visa expire by the end of August, I looked into the bank websites to see if they offer loans and how much do I need to pay back every month. University of Sunderland is still the cheapest in tuition fees if compared to others. The university's ranking in The Times is at number 81. I wonder if I take up MBA in University of Sunderland, will I able to get a job. Friends around me and university mates are taking up Masters one after another. It proves that Bachelors Degree is not sufficient at all nowadays. That is why I am thinking all over again that if I don't get a job offer, I'll take up a possible loan and continue to pursue a higher qualification.

I am going to the bank tomorrow to ask about the loan. If it is available for foreigners, I will surely go ahead with my plans to go further, if I don't get a job with work permit. Tough either way, but I will choose one. I am not ready to leave England yet!

Friday, 25 January 2008

My Workplace - My Job

This is the shop I work. 18, Hanover Street, London. It doesn't look big and it really is not big but we are a bit different from other shops around our area. We do deliveries. This makes our shop operation different from other nearby shops. We deliver lunch to surrounding offices every weekdays and some weekends. We have an electric van which is small, easy to operate and environmental friendly, a flat tyre bicycle and a horrendous looking cart for deliveries. Because I am not eligible to drive here, I am doing walking deliveries, instead of pushing the damn cart in the middle of the fully tourists packed street or riding a bicycle with no air in the tyres.

I learned a lot for the past nearly 4 months. I make sandwich, I make coffee, I operate tills, I operate the huge French oven, I do deliveries, I start to learn to set-up the shop before opening, I close the shop, and I am looking forward to learn other new duties soon before I got my true job, if possible.

Accidents in the shop includes, knife cutting fingers deeply, slicer slicing off piece of the finger and cut fingers, burnt by oven's hot surface or coffee machine's hot water. I got minor burnts by the hot steam and hot water from coffee machine, hot soup spilling on my hand, cut by coffee machine's sharp edges and by thin crossaintery papers.

Nationalities in the shop includes Malaysian (me), Polish, Brazilian, Portuguese, American, Carribean, African, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Latvian, Moroccan and German. No British though.

There are good times and bad times like other usual jobs, just that it's ridiculous sometimes that how the American assistant manager loves money... which leads to us working like machines... until we are so stressful that some of us cut our fingers in the kitchen or burnt by oven and coffee machine. My break time was cut down before as well... duh... Interesting thing is when I am on the till. I collected many coins from the till as British coins has many designs. Got to know regular customers and having some chat with them. Lovely Stacey from Headmasters hair cut, some Japanese customers from House of Hanover next door, and Andrew from HSBC around the corner even gave me his name card!! Of course there are many daily customers, some even come few times a day for coffee and food!!

Anyway, it is a place which I earned my life in London and learning new things... and learning nearby street names and going to offices that usual people won't have the chance to step in to like MTV, Sony, Fallon, Total Gas, Barclays Ventures, etc.

In the end, this is not gonna be my job forever damn it!! I am an accounting and business graduate!! :P

My Room

So, I finally settle down in my new flat in Streatham, London. After some time buying some simple furnitures, I sort out my room. I think I won't be buying more stuff as it is very troublesome if wanna move to somewhere else.
Black table from Ikea, Ikea dining chair which is supposedly to be with dining table in the kitchen, duvet cover from Argos to match existing blinds and a bedside 2 drawer unit to put my stuff, also from Ikea.
So this is my table from the other angle. As you can see, it is still the same old laptop that I use, the same mouse, and the same speakers that I bought last year when I was in uni. Far right is the new printer which I just bought 2 weeks ago from PC World so to "start printing my future". Does my table match the gadgets' colours? :)
This is the nearer view of my new printer. Canon Pixma MP210 ink jet with photocopy and photo printing function. Pict-Bridge USB connection port available as well. It's the cheapest Canon I can get from PC World, for just £49.99, including 1 black and 1 colour cartridge. The strange thing that you buy a printer in Britain is that, you have to buy a USB cable yourself to connect it to your computer as it is not provided. It cost a massive amount of around £9 at least depending on quality. I think you can get that for RM5 in Malaysia?

Anyway, this is my room which I am gonna stay for some time...

Sunday, 13 January 2008

I can finally online...

with my own laptop... in my own room in London... for 24 hours... and it's already 30 minutes used already. I bought the BT Openzone Wifi minutes for £10 with 24 hours access. Happy but frustrated as the speed is worse than dial-up connection. Just realized yesterday in my wireless list that there's a network without the 'lock' icon. Don't know since when they started this network in the area I'm living now.

Anyway, updates and New Year eve will be up after I get my real connection.

Greetings to all out there who still comes back...