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// November 25th, 2011 // Comments Off on the last battle // Journal
“and you’re still open right?” he asked again for the umpteen times with a strong british accent. my reply in return was always a short one “yeah…”
it all started months back when the phone rang with KC saying “welcome onboard, i’ll see you once back from Australia. meanwhile get to know the team while you’re here.”
a sense of gratitude is what i’ve felt, a favor that i promised to return.
they weren’t the best team i’ve dreamed of but i can never deny the fact of two exceptional talent in this team.
KC has always been the man behind the show. never failed to greet everyone with a genuine smile on his face. of the leaders i’ve followed in workforce, it never crossed my mind that KC will be the game-changer for my career life.
back in 2008, the reigning days of the Titans has always been a talk among the peers. back in 2008, the Titans dealt blows and was considered as one of the big boys. back in 2008, I was part of the Titans where I’m proud of it. reality wise, loyalty meant nothing for the corporate. one is strip apart for no valid reason other than a man’s greed.
sometimes, you keep the faith by holding onto something that you once had or belonged to. even when things hit rock bottom, you will only be on your knees.
KC has always been low profile with great personalities, a guy that walk the talk. at times, we see his childishness that reflects his tender-heart. we were being greeted and taught like his own child. most times, KC maintained his calm personality on the outward but the zeal for imparting knowledge and empowerment remained unchanged.
“give me a word that best describes work attitude?” said KC. “talent?” “efficiency?” as i replied in an uncertain manner. he smiled and replied saying “well that’s not wrong of you my friend. but the exact word that i’m looking for is Passion.”
“passion is love. if you have passion for your work, what challenges could bind you down? then, your work will no longer be just another task.” the word that he referred to changed my perspective.
and soon after i was being taught on the workflow and learn to get things moving. subsequent meetings were part of my task as the involvement of my duties expanded further. with KC around, it was always a well fought battle and fatigue never existed.
“where do we go for lunch? any good suggestion?” as he drives us around. in response to his lunch questions, we’ll always answer “let’s go to Cafe A or even Restaurant B. they serve good food.”
hilariously, he answers everytime “that’s a little too far off kiddo. let’s go somewhere nearby for lunch.” in which we ended up somewhere further than the place we recommended and steamed fish is always part of our meal. i dislike fish due to the phobia i had during my childhood days, its odor and small bones that choke me everytime.
not only i accommodated the meal but started enjoying it. i evolved from depending on Starbucks for lunch to a person that takes proper meal.
1030 was the time he walks into the building. coffee and cigarettes are the norm of our lives. an ardent fan of Starbucks i am and he sips a cup of americano, compliment from me when i dine alone. “honestly, i prefer white coffee, asian brew.” was the confession he made during a time of lunch. we smiled and smoke just like any buddies would do making jokes of the confession.
aged 50, men in the industry i am would look like an obese but that’s not the case for KC. responses from him are swift and he looks youthful. maybe it was due to his favorite sport, badminton.
as a generous person with no qualms, he shares his experiences and beliefs like there is no tomorrow. six years in the workforce, it’s the only time i’ve learnt more than what i could asked. “i’ll see you for five minutes” was the famous tagline and it’s two hours later when the meeting concluded. those were the times when i learnt.
soon after gaining his trust, he started sharing more. in everything, it was never about him. it was about us. family, loyalty and teamwork is what he emphasized. i doubted that initially, but looking at the sacrifices and effort he laid down, genuine it is. unlike many of the leaders that emphasizes on these, it’s always been the case of every man for himself.
“i’ve proposed the idea to them. keep the pace up kiddo. it’s time you shoulder heavier responsibility.” a proposition by KC to the management in acknowledging me. not only is KC a generous and sincere man, but a defensive person be it for family or colleagues. everyone is treated equally.
no leaders are able to raise their sword against us without going through KC. a liberty from him in assuring that this team stays unruffled.
“it’s alright to be a fool for a day. you’ll gain wisdom each day.” KC cited each time while we acquire his knowledge and experiences. Patience is a Virtue, and KC completely demonstrated that.
“let’s get this done and over with. no IFs and no BUTs.” said KC. that’s how we execute our tasks and duties, relatively a straightforward approach mirrored after his character.
door knocking, then came KC smiling “i’ll need to see you for a while.” it was a sunny mid afternoon when i walked into his office. “what is up? by the way, we should…” and was halted before i could finish my sentence. it was an unforeseen circumstance when he uttered “i’ve thrown in my resignation letter.”
seated next to him, i stared blankly at the ceiling. speechless for a moment, exhaling and forming thick layers of smoke from the cigarette lit earlier. “so that’s it?” i asked and KC replied, “since i was the one that brought you in. thus, i’m giving you some options to consider for responsibility is mine.”
before the time comes, we continue to fight the remaining battles consistently. battling side by side with KC my mentor, adds honorary value to my life. a brand new day signifies the near departure of KC, a significant loss to me and the team.
our last battle together, dated on the early week of November. KC as himself, calm as always with sharp intuition. his execution remains accurate and firm. in someway, i wasn’t able to maintain my stand as what i used to be. a couple of time, KC brought me back in focusing on the last battle. my execution was blunt and imprecise compared to KC’s. “focus kiddo, the strongest wave is now. you need to be on track even after my departure. i’m sure you’ll do just fine. i’m always available, you know that? just a phone call away.” KC advised as i catch a glimpse of his last warm smile.
“we ought to give our best shot, while we’re still standing.” as KC reminds me again on being professional in the workforce. with his encouragement, we did what we’re tasked. it was a lengthy one nevertheless with his presence around, it seemed short. perseverance brings fruit as it led to a victorious battle.
in the last battle, honor is mine to be leaded by him. a battle that was fought better than the days of Titans. never have i experience such great satisfaction during these years. given a chance, i’ll wish for this last battle to last with no end. “all good things must come to an end” i heard KC said. vaguely familiar line as i thought to myself, a citation by a Titan.
a good handshake followed by a hug may be ideal for the ending. “you do know that this isn’t the end right?” looking at me in wait for a response. i replied “yeah…” with a genuine warm smile that he deserves.
there lies bleakness and despair gone are the days,
through the passage wings of shelter you offered,
of chances for gold and authority i pursue not,
being heir of wisdom is what i seek,
round of battles we fought by side,
mentor to me you remain always,
steadfastness to you i pledge.
// September 14th, 2011 // Comments Off on Straits Quay // Places
Straits Quay – The first marina retail mall developed by Eastern & Oriental Berhad (E&O) which is located in Seri Tanjung Pinang. The retail mall house over 100 tenants which include some of my favorites such as Dome, Berlin’s Bier Houz, Healy’s MAC, Starbucks and Malaysia’s finest pewter house Royal Selangor.
The retail mall was built in a Victorian Architecture style; classic, exquisite and sweet.
Scenery of the waterfront filled with yachts and the lighthouse is simply amazing. Something that I’ll never see in Kuala Lumpur.
A thought to myself: I may just want to retire in Penang though I can’t speak Hokkien?
23 July 2011, Bangsar – Creativity in Motion show style was “in vogue”. Held at the gorgeous Bangsar shopping center in the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s home of the bold and the beautiful, the once-a-year event attracted over 200 guests from the professional, media, retail, design, fashion, students and the general communities.
The fashion affair began with a reception where guests mingled and shopped around the mall. Excitement and buzz surrounded its attractively merchandised ramp and welcome table that displayed the publications of Limkokwing University. Guests had an opportunity to learn also extensively about the products and services of the 21st century University.
On the ramp 25 young designers revealed a selection of unique lapis and crystal dress, turquoise pendants, elegant matador color designs and hand embroidered details, creative collections inspired by tradition, nature and paintings.
Associate Vice President Tiffanee Marie Lim states, “The fashion designers have this innate sense that makes them extra – aware of their environment and fuel this senses of creativity and make others beautiful”. This year the show had designers from Malaysia, India, Uganda, Indonesia, Mongolia e.t.c.
The Flavors of the Moment
Following the reception, the designers showcased their collections, inspired by exotic elements such as seaweed, jellyfish, Indian sarees, Malay traditional weaving, tribal shamans and Korean sad paintings.
The designers also unveiled a new line of stylish corporate look for women and men, a mixture the business signature look with messages of cultural understanding. One notable design is a white outfit with a splash of feathers on the neck caught the eye of many of the eminent that graced the absolute fashion show.
President of the Malaysian Designers Association (MODA) Gillian Hang, notes that the corporate look is “such a practical outfit,” she highlighted that the models accessorized the clothes they wore with recent excursion to rockaway New York street style, Queens and the European style. She notes these outfits were realistic, “You don’t have to think about coordinating tops and bottoms.”
“As always, my designs are inspired by tradition, the multi – cultural Malaysia, and uniting East and West through fashion. It is wonderful to see so many people, from all races and religions, reacting positively to them,” said fashion designer Lee Qiao Xin, Angeline from Malaysia.
The runway was graced by Nadine Ann Thomas – Former Miss Malaysia and Model, Eva Lopa – upcoming student model and 40 Limkokwing models from 20 countries who wore the cutting edge inspirations.
The event was attended by Malaysia’s crème della crème including; Malaysian Top international male Model – Wilson Tang Siong Ping, President of Malaysian Designers’ Association – Gillian Hang, renowned designer – Khoon Hooi, Loreal representatives, Dato Leeli and Limkokwing Vice Presidents Dato Gail Phung and Ms. Tiffanee Marie Lim.
The only local University to have globalised Malaysian education, Limkokwing has twelve campuses housing 30,000 students from 150 countries worldwide. The Cyberjaya campus alone is home to 9,000 students most of whom are from 145 countries.
Creativity in Motion is shift in the fashion pendulum, a 21st century cutting impact for educational fashion.
For more information, visit www.limkokwing.net