December 24, 2009

2009 roll up

Over a glass of beer,

Me: “Man, it seems that 2009 will probably hold the record as the shittiest year ever. Almost all of us in the gang lost our job…”

Charles: “Yeah, and Michael Jackson died too.”

Well, I haven’t really lost my job but, I am about to. I applied for a VSS to leave Company X. To those of you who do not know what’s a ‘VSS’, it’s the abbreviation for ‘Voluntary Separation Scheme’ – it’s a deal where the company would compensate you to get the fuck out of there, on voluntary basis.

So, I volunteered. Still subject to my boss’ approval though, but I think I’m going to get it. If this gets through, it will be a major change for me… as I have been with Company X for more than a decade. To you geeks out there, this change is akin to a direct upgrade from Windows 95 to Windows 7 on the same set of hardware. Yes, it is as wretched as that. I’m gonna have to be out there again looking for a job, which I don’t remember how anymore. I dread of the prospect of myself having to elbow a multitude of skinny fresh graduate fucks just to grab a job which those cocksuckers are willing to work for less wage and more hours for. This is definitely going to be tough.

But there’s a good side out of this though – I’m gonna get a large sum of moolah from the VSS. May not be enough for me to buy a bootlegged jet engine but, it’s enough to clear off my mortgage to lighten the load and still have some dough left. I initially thought of using the money to plan for an emigration, but the idea had to be temporarily shelved due to some family complications. So right now, the tentative plan is to do nothing with the money, and only worry about everything when the time comes. (maybe to invest in another property, I don’t know).

On the other side of the development, I’m glad that my precious little daughter has been doing quite well after moving to a new nursery. She’s 3.5 years old now, as hyper as any healthy kid and is now able to speak in some shitty Mandarin (learned at her own accord at the nursery) on top of her English. She’s also picking a little bit of Hokkien and Cantonese here and there… But I think she’ll be well versed in all the dialects and languages in no time. I’m keeping my hopes up.

Then about a couple of months ago, she also started to show the inquisitive side of her, as I have predicted back in April 2006. Her first ‘why’ question was, “Daddy, why is the sky dark at night?”, followed by “Why does it rain?” about 5 minutes later. Like I had vowed previously, I went ahead to answer her honestly with only the truth – about how the planet revolves around the sun and the idea of water evaporating into clouds and condenses into rain drops etc. She quickly lost her interest on the lengthy explanation though… but still, I couldn’t have been any prouder of her.

And that’s basically all about 2009. Bitter and sweet. Bitter story at work, sweet experience at home. I guess that’s how life ought to be. It won’t be that interesting anymore if everything’s fine at work. I won’t have that much stuff to blog about if that were to happen. In fact, after most of my dumbass colleagues left (Elliott, Mojo Jojo, Rod, etc), I lost about 40% of my inspiration to blog. I hate to admit this but, I kinda missed them when life’s too peaceful at work and there wasn’t anyone dumb enough for me to ridicule at. This blog has been and will always be, revolving around the ridiculous stuff that stupid people do and how I react to them. Without stupid people around me making boners, it’ll be like a titty bar without strippers. The substance will be lost and this whole thing will be nothing but an epic failure.

So I’m taking this hurdle as a cue for a change. I’m going to focus on getting a new job next year, whether or not I get the VSS. And if I were to get a job, hopefully it will be one with a good balance of stupid people and hot ass bimbos… I certainly could use some of that. That will be the main challenge for me in 2010. Wish me luck if you have some to spare.

This will be my last post for 2009. Before I fold, I would like to take the opportunity to wish all of you out there a very Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year.

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25 Comments to “2009 roll up”

  1. Raymond says:

    Wishing you, Emily and Regine a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! =)

    I find it really true, what you say about the up and downs in life – there’s always a sweet and bitter side to everything that makes life interesting, so I wish you the best of luck in finding that balance in the year 2010!

    Cheers Michael for sharing and have a great end of year!

  2. Jason says:

    Good luck to you in your future endeavors (especially your job hunt) and your family.

    God blessed.

  3. feizal says:

    good to have ur blog around man. Gud luck with ur career.. Jom have some brewsters on me. Come by bandar sunway!

  4. Chrys says:

    Hey Michael, all the best and Merry Christmas. :)

  5. Ann says:

    Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Good luck in your future undertakings.

  6. bs says:

    good luck michael! all the best to you and your family :)
    merry christmas and happy new year!

  7. suanie says:

    what a change. merry christmas, happy new year :)

  8. frankie says:

    At least there is a VSS to cushion. I got a big nyet even though spent more than a fucking decade in my company. However change is always good, it allows you to seize opportunities when opportunities come knocking.

  9. michaelooi says:

    Thanks for the wishes guys.

  10. Calvin says:

    Merry X’mas & a Happy New Year to you & your family.
    I myself, am a Failure Analysis engineer too. Been doing somejob hunt for sometime and found that it’s a little difficult to switch to other field, even though in the same industry.
    Anyway, good luck & all the best.

  11. angels & demons says:

    Sad to hear that. Keep your chin up, and never give up. Wishing you all the best of luck in your future endeavours, and Happy New Year to you and family. So keep blogging though, i think it’s one of the best (if not THE BEST) blogs i’ve come across.

  12. nicholas says:

    merry christmas – where were you thinking of moving to?

  13. Xiao_zhai says:

    Merry Xmas, Mike.

    Happy new year and hope 2010 would be a better year.

    Cheers. Still follow your blog here:)

  14. king says:

    Awww, I thought you loved Company D…….

  15. jen says:

    merry christmas to you & good luck in your job hunting :)

  16. Oh my. This is not so good. But still, its for the best. I am changing jobs soon too, with slightly better salary for the sake of my two girls.

    Good Luck, Merry Christmas and Happy new Year.

  17. mott says:

    AH! Good luck Michael! To you and your family… have a blessed new year ahead!!!

  18. Seremban Engineer says:

    Good luck on your job hunting!!!
    Happy New Year !!!!

  19. sweewon says:

    Good luck, and Happy New Year!

  20. xes says:

    Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year! All the best for the year 2010!

  21. ShaolinTiger says:

    Happy new year bro, and don’t worry new Company Y will have plenty of dumbasses for you to blog about.

  22. jusoh says:

    Good luck on your job hunting, and i wish i have big balls like you to quit and look for a new company…

  23. michaelooi says:

    jusoh – Well, thanks for admiring my balls in such a non-gay way. I myself am glad that they have finally liberated themselves after being tucked away for a decade or so… although they certainly could have used less time…

    the rest – Thanks for the well wishes.

  24. mahagurusia says:

    Here’s to a better years ahead. Take care and warm regards

  25. puxape says:

    happy new year dude! i hope things will work out just fine next year for you, cheers!

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