Sunday, 31 December 2017

To another great year! InsyaAllah

The highlight of 2017 came a bit late. It was in August and September whereby I went to the holiest city with my hubby for Hajj. Yes, indeed it was a beautiful opportunity for the both of us. 

I just can't believe how lucky I am to be one of the chosen ones to perform one of the 5 pillars of Islam this particular year. To be able to perform Hajj while we are still young is a true blessing.

I definitely hope that the coming years will be as great or even better for my family and I. I am really really looking forward for next year as you might have read in one of my previous posts. PROJECT 2018 is going to be my next focus.

Wish me luck people! 

Hugs and kisses! Xoxo

As per usual! My 2017 #bestnine 

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Love is all that I need :)

I am indeed a lucky girl.

I might not have what my other friends at my age currently have i.e. big salary, pretty handbags, expensive makeup sets or even a child yet, but I know that what I have now is so much valuable than what I can ever imagine having many years back.

And that, is to have the love from people around me.

You know how people think once you are a grown up, you may not get that much attention from people anymore? From what I experience, I receive just as much love from my parents as how much I received many many years ago when I was a kid.

I am not so sure if it is merely due the fact that I am the last child or I am still a little baby girl in my dad's eyes, my dad will never allow me to go anywhere alone and do things that might be harmful to me.

The other day, I told my dad that I was going to step out of the car for a while to top up the touch n go card. To my surprise, my dad accompanied me just to make sure I was okay. It was not even a quiet area with suspicious looking  people around. We were only at RnR Sungai Buloh and the touch n go booth was very near to where our car was parked but my dad still insisted to accompany me just in case anything bad might happen.

Terharu gila..

In another instance, I was driving back home from the office one evening and I saw my parents' car at Duta Toll. They were driving back home from Mid Valley. As they saw my car, they wound down the window to wave at me. I thought that was it, and I just drove home as usual. However, as I was driving, I could see from my mirrors that my parents' car was behind mine. And guess what, each time I wanted to change lanes, my dad would cover the lane for me. They were actually taking care of me on the road even when we were not in the same car.

Sobs... terharu lagi..

My mom, being a good mom as she is, she is always concerned of my well being. Everyday without fail she will ask of the happenings in my office, and she always remembers every little detail that I have told her even of the things I have told her from 10 years ago. (Mom's memory is just scary). Till at my age, she always cares of the little little things about me such as what bedsheet I want to use next, what dress I want to wear for an event, and even if i have a good toilet brush in my toilet. Yes, she cares about me that much...

Huhuhu... You don't know how much I love you ayah and mummy!!


The love that I receive doesn't stop there. Now that I am married, the love from a husband might be normal. (This part i can write an entry on its own, hoping that all the readers won't vomit.. hahahah). But I am indeed super lucky because I have lovely lovely in-laws.

Each time I spend time with my husband's family, I feel at ease and never at any point of my life, I have felt like an outsider. My husband has the friendliest brothers, sisters, and to top that, my parents-in-law are the most generous and have the kindest of hearts. And I sincerely love them to the core.

I remember the first time I went to Kuching, not one person, but I guess 5 different people actually whispered to me, saying how lucky I am to have Mak and Bapak as my parents-in-law because they really are nice people. I can see in their eyes how they really mean what they said.

Once in a while when I drive alone in the car, I have my eyes wet thinking of how lucky I am to be blessed with caring and beautiful people in my life.

2016 and 2017 have been really meaningful to me in terms of knowing my family and my hubby's family more. Nothing more can I say except to be very very grateful of this partifular gift from Allah.

ALHAMDULILLAH YA ALLAH.. ALHAMDULILLAH... Aku bersyukur atas segala kurniaan Kau dan Kau lindungi dan rahmatilah keluargaku dan keluarga suamiku sentiasa Ya Allah. :)

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Self reflect

Once in a while, I give myself some time to think of what my presence means to some. How I affect other people's lives or how they see myself.

I am very much aware of how much I have changed through all these years. To be honest, I think I like myself a little bit more back then compared to recent days.

I remember how much more energetic, happy-go-lucky and positive I was a few years back. To be precise, when I was a student. I guess time has made me more mature and taught me to take things more seriously.

Now, people may see me as someone older than my real age and a that's a bummer. Is that what working life makes us all look? Old and boring? Ugh..

As I get older, I realise that when people say a thing or two, and start blaming me for some things I may not have control of, I might take offense and keep my distance a bit from that person. As absurd as it may sound, I might even be quiet and say less things around the person..It might not be for a long time, probably for just a day or two, but it does affect my whole personality.

I don't remember being easily offended when I was a student. Those days I might just move on to another friend and ignore the stupidity of things that happen around me at that time.

Now I give myself too much space I guess. The space to think and take it to the heart. I know this is just some sort of a stupid rant, but isn't self reflect is what we all should be practising?

Anywayyyy.. As my personality starts shifting from one to another, my spirit actually came back to life just a while ago upon hearing from someone quite neutral that I am an energetic and happy-go-lucky person.

WOW.. That's just like a boost that I haven't got for quite some time.

I guess I should keep that in my mind rather than other negative comments. That sure is one good impression for me to build my Project 2018. :)

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Robot or Human?

Just a week ago I went to Global Entrepreneurship Community Summit 2017 at KLCC. I find the event really interesting and beneficial to a lot of people in different industries.

The talk which I liked the most was the one that shared about Artificial Intelligence. The speaker explained to us how everything now may be considered a computer. Even us human is a living computer.

Every little expression, movement and act we do can be recorded and become a data which is useful for our future. We might one day have a life that is fully digitalised where robots are doing all the jobs that we do today.

And that, may be a bit scary don't you think?

We used to think that robots can't really do what us humans may do emotionally. We think robots are programmed to only do the scientific and critical thinking jobs.

What we may not realise is that the robots are now trained to be more like humans. In that talk, the speaker said that robots can even play poker now. Something that we thought only humans may be good at which is to bluff others, the robots apparently can do it too.

We thought robots can't conquer the right brain, but in Japan, a pre-programmed robot has unknowingly joined a writing contest and got top 5.

Hurm.. I won't be surprised if one day we may even have a robot composer and song writer where the song would become a hit.

It is apparent from the event that people are a bit nervous of the idea that robots become more human to the extend that they might take over our world all together.

But truthfully, I had something else in my mind...

With less interaction with other people, less emotion and more programmed to the daily life, don't you think that actually humans are becoming more like robots?

Something to ponder..

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Back down to Earth

When I feel low, I realise that I should just put my head or feet even lower.. Yes, lower, as in lower myself to the ground. :)

Somehow green colour of the Earth does give me some peaceful feeling that is indescribable.

Find le hubby in this photo :p

I am indeed very much in love with Nature. Alhamdulillah for the ability to see, smell and listen to the nature. I know that I am soo soo blessed. :)

Indulging the fresh air at KL Perdana Botanical Garden. Perhaps you guys should join me someday? ;)

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Find Happiness in Whatever You Do

Open instagram: A friend is in Europe.

Open Facebook: A friend is taking a flight to Japan.

Open instastory: Friends eating burger and lobster in London.

More in instagram: Some people are taking a stroll in Dubai.

Okay.. it seems like all these posts at social media just make me feel left out. *sigh*

Anyway, I thought of having some good relaxing staycation during hubby and my birthday last weekend (yes, we share same birthday week. 23rd and 26th Nov by the way :p), but we ended just lazying at home on that weekend..

Since I no longer have any annual leave left, I am now just trying to be positive by only looking at the positive sides of my everyday life. :)

A cup of coffee at home with my family is just as fulfilling as having coffee in London coffee shops. ♡

Eating good food at home is just as good as having big dinner or lunch in some European countries. ♡

And driving in KL overlooking the tall green trees is just as fun as driving in New Zealand. :)

Nope, I am not exaggerating.

Things do seem more interesting when we put our minds into it.

To those who are on a holiday, enjoy your free time. And those who will only work till new year like me, never take small2 things for granted. Remember that if you are born interesting, nothing around you can make you feel otherwise. :)

Good food with good company is enough to make a happy ME. :)

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Project 2018

Since I came back from Hajj, I haven't got the chance to update this little corner of mine. Work has been rather on the busy side, which I am totally happy about because that means we have the business running well. Alhamdulillah.

The only down side is I have one of my good subordinates resigning during my absence. Shitty things do happen once in a while and I know I just have to accept it. As much as I am affected by her move, I am sure our boss is even more disappointed. But who am I to say anything to her.

I know very well of her reasons of leaving, but once she said it's what her husband wants, what else can we in the company say?

Redha je la..

So here I am, getting a wee bit stressed out of taking over her work while at the same time doing my own files.

I think it's just about the right time for me to start thinking of my future. Family and many friends have pushed me towards my own goal that I am becoming more determined to achieve it soon.

So let me call it, PROJECT 2018.

It seems like my learning process has to speed up and let's us all hope this big project becomes a reality.

InsyaAllah.. amin :)

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Safety first

In regard to one shocking news of tahfiz school that has been the talk of the town, I can see two types of people. 1, a group that says that safety feature is a MUST and 2, a group that is saying that people of group 1 are simply bashing tahfiz schools to their own benefit.

Most of the people in group 2 are pro tahfiz schools. Some might even come from there, or some even plan to send their kids to study there.

I have nothing against tahfiz schools. I know many successful people from there and I can say without a doubt, being a hafiz/hafizah has so much benefit. Even I hope I can become a hafizah myself one day.

The only thing is how group 2 people are being sensitive and defensive. It is in fact a fact that most tahfiz schools (I say most because I know some are really well maintained) are not well equipped with safety features. And that is DANGEROUS and sad.

The issue raised was merely on the safety feature and even our firemen have mentioned it. It is never an issue of blaming the owner of the tahfiz being the cause of the fire.

I find it's funny that some even agrees and starts sharing when this one guy wrote:

"Selepas punca sebenar di dedahkan, akhirnya Allah tunjukkan siapa yang bertanggungjawab. Allah muliakan Us Zahid Mahmood Al Hafiz."

Hurm... group 1 people did not say the owner started the fire did they? From what I see, people are angry that it is PERCEIVED as if he takes this issue lightly by saying that the kids mati syahid.

So, I guess we should still stick to the issue of safety here. Don't get carried away by emotion just because we probably do not favour the person that comes out with a certain statement.

p/s: I personally feel that it is better to have your own view than reading an article somewhere and agree to it and thereafter tell people as if it is your own view. Especially those who love to copy and paste or forward personal view articles. Please think before you send.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Not feeling well

The average temperature in Madinah and Makkah is around 40 degrees Celsius. I was okay in Madinah but I got a bit of fever and runny nose before pushing off to Makkah. But it was still under control.

When I arrived in Makkah, I got a bad cough. It is continuous till now and each time I cough, I can feel the temperature increases. Panadols after panadols have been consumed and bottles of water have been taken to cool down my fever.

At this point, I just miss my mother.

I miss going to masjid with her and I miss having her checking on me when I am not well.

Right after I posted this write up, my mom asked me of my well being here :'( right on cue

Can You Please Say Thank You and Please?

The moment I see someone who uses "please", "sorry" , and "thank you" often in conversation, he gains my respect.

When there is none, it is just a shame.

Such a pity that people can't change overnight. 

Friday, 11 August 2017

Amalan sunnah

Sometimes I just wonder why people would prefer something that is not sunnah. If we have a choice, shouldn't we go for what Rasulullah does?

I am not in the mood to talk what is bid'ah and what is not (don't want to be called wahabbi). But i just think it is logical if we do something when there is a clear Hadis saying that Rasulullah indeed said or performed a certain something.

Utamakan lah yang sunnah dulu.

Amik contoh senang, kalau tiba2 orang kata "Jom kita puasa sunat at least 3 kali seminggu. Taknak terhad isnin khamis je. Jom tambah, isnin khamis n sabtu? Kita amalkan sama2. Lagipun takkan orang nak marah kita sebab kita puasa? Puasa kan amalan yang baik."


"Puasa 6 hari je di bulan Syawal? Buat lah 8. Tiap2 tahun kita buat 8 hari.. bagi lebih sikit. Kan bagus.."

Apa perasaan kita kat orang2 yang tokok tambah ni? Kita jangan fikir apa kita tambah tu walaupun nampak baik adalah baik. Kalau baik, Rasulullah mesti dah buat awal awal lagi.

Ingatlah, apa yang Rasulullah ajarkan kita, itu lah yang sebaik baiknya.

Jadi, renung2kan lah dan selamat beramal.

P/S: Don't call me wahabbi. I just like people showing me some hadis sahih first before teaching me something just because it's what other people use to do in certain areas. There are still soo many hadis sahih that we haven't followed, then why should we go for something that is not sunnah?

Monday, 7 August 2017

New date!

Alhamdulillah.. we just got our flight details. Alhamdulillah my passport and visa issue has settled. Our new flight date to Madina is 8th August 2017 but we will have to check in tonight at 9.05pm.

Previously we get 52 days at Tanah Suci. But with this new date, we get 58 days!! Yayyy Alhamdulillah our rezeki :)

Though I have to extend my holiday for about 2 weeks, it doesn't matter! Cuti tanpa gaji pun takpe lah.. I am just happy that we can perform our Hajj ;)

Alhamdulillah Alhamdulillah Alhamdulillah <3 p="">

Saturday, 5 August 2017

The 1 out of 51

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Our first real test

Real test has begun for hubby and I.

Flight is delayed to a later date. We will get a call as soon as they get us into a flight. Or once visa problem is addressed. Main problem, i still dont know.

Got stranded at Kompleks TH Kelana Jaya last night and we ended up being placed at Grand Blue Wave Hotel. About 50 of us missed last night's flight.

Apparently a lot of other people have been waiting for their turns too. Some even have waited for 8 days.

But i can see that TH is trying their best to settle this problem. Hoping for the best and really hope we can fly out soon..


Please pray for us..

Friday, 28 July 2017

Sod Ba Ra

When people know that I am going for Hajj this year, the first thing they will remind me is to always be patient. 

"Banyakkan bersabar nanti." 


It is the key to everything. They say there are going to be a lot of tests while performing Hajj and different people have different kind of tests from Allah. 

To me, my very own test has started here in Malaysia. Well, it might not be that big to some, but honestly it is kind of hard to find enough time to do my Hajj preparations. Lately I have so many errands to run, while not forgetting my everyday responsibilities to family that I find myself stressing out to not have the time to properly manage my Hajj preparations. 

Just soo many things to do in a very limited time. (>.<)

To be fair, I only got to know of this great great news quite recently. Once I got the news, I quickly got hold of my offer letter, filled it up, submitted it within 2 days, went for medical check up and finished it up within a day, submitted the medical result together with my passport the very next working day for my visa preparation, and got my departure date exactly the day after I submitted all those documents. 

Yes, Malaysia is indeed very very efficient. Alhamdulillah. I am soo grateful that once my appeal was successful (to follow Rasyid to perform Hajj as it is his turn to perform Hajj and I appealed to follow my Mahram) my path has been quite easy with the help of family and friends. 

Now, the only thing I have to do apart from packing the stuff, is to prepare my knowledge, mental, physical and to have lots and lots of patience.

Seriously, I am really excited to perform my fifth pillar of Islam but I think "dunia" has sometimes made my mind congested and blurry at the same. I hope I can have a really good ibadah time when I am there and my mind can fully be at ease.

I hope everyone who happens to read this post can pray for our health, safety and that finally we can get Haji Mabrur. InsyaAllah.


Monday, 24 July 2017

Syukur Alhamdulillah

When you receive some good news, you might jump in joy.

But as for me, when I received this really2 great piece of news which I have been waiting for since early Ramadan, I was overwhelmed.

The more I think about it and read on it, the more thankful I am. To be exact, I feel like crying for this opportunity by Allah.

Alhamdulillah Ya Allah. :')

May Allah ease everything for my husband and I.

InsyaAllah I will write more on this soon!

Friday, 23 June 2017

Syawal is near

Alangkah ruginya kalau kita treat Ramadan sama macam kita treat bulan2 yang lain.

That's what I sincerely think.

It is such a pity if the number of rakaah we perform in Ramadan is just the same as any other months. It is so disappointing if we can't even be bothered to perform taraweh. It is such a shame if we do not take this opportunity to read more Quran. It is just so so sad if we do not even make an effort to get lailatul qadr. And worse, how ignorant we are if we choose to do all the non beneficial things rather than to do ibadah in this incomparable month.

I can't believe how fast Ramadan this year has been. Personally, I don't think I have achieved so much this year. :(

The only good thing is that this year is quite different because I have a husband with me throughout the month. I wish and pray that next year, my husband and I will achieve more benefit from this holy month, InsyaAllah. :)

Anyway, as Ramadan is approaching the end, I wish that everyone goes all out and still tries to grab all the opportunities that we can get before it is too late.

Finally, an early wish from me to all: Selamat menyambut hari raya Aidilfitri di samping orang orang tersayang. Jangan lupa puasa sunat Syawal pula nanti ye! ;)

Maaf zahir dan batin!

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

24 hours in a day

Allah gives us all equally the same amount of time in a day. 24 hours in a day.

That should be ample time for us to work, to pray and to have some time for ourselves.

If we are not able fulfill our everyday responsibility within that 24 hours, it is not the fault of that fixed time frame. It is us who fail to manage, who fail to plan and worst of all is us who keep on giving excuses on why we are failing.

Stupid of us to not use time wisely.

Even more stupid of us if we keep on giving excuses.

Keep on doing that and we will be those who are at lost.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Your smile is more powerful

Positive people give positive vibes. Negative people obviously spread negative vibes.

No wonder I prefer leaving a place earlier than usual when there is even the slightest vibe of negativity.

Why bother when a person is in a bad mood. Just leave and give a smile. Who knows your smile is contagious enough to change the person's mood.

Oh well.. I'm just too contented with life that I choose to just ignore mood spoilers. :)

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Keep calm and move on


They are indeed important. But i can't agree more with my dad when he says that "Don't try to be popular with your friends. At the end of the day family is all that you have."

As my age increases, I very much understand how right he is. Friends who then promised to be there through your thick and thin, will sooner or later drift away. Especially once they have their own small family unit, they are bound to be 'missing' from your life.

I have a very very close friend of mine whom I could call a sister when I was in secondary school. We got so close that my family members knew her well and treated her just like family. When we left school, we still kept in touch and promised to keep each other updated with life.

However, something must have happened on her side which I have no idea till now as to why she didn't pick up my phone anymore. As to why she didn't care to be a friend anymore. I remember that I kept trying to reach her through many ways, but it lead to nowhere. To the point that some of my family members asked me to move on.

To move on from that friendship.

One day she finally contacted me via email. Saying that she's alright and she couldn't get any better friend than me. She said she couldn't tell me the reason why, but she would always watch my progress from afar.

And in that email, she told me that she was about to get married.

I didn't know what to feel. Relief. Disappointed. Happy. All in one emotion. I was relief and happy that she finally responded to my effort. And disappointed that she couldn't trust me with her secret. Another side is also, I was a bit upset that she didn't invite me to her wedding. Even in that email. (Maybe she was indirectly inviting me by telling me the news? I'm not sure.)

That was the last email I received from her. Which was in 2009. And a few weeks later after the email, I got to know from my other friend that she finally got married. I'm happy for her for getting married to a good religious guy whom she had been telling me about since I knew her, but at the same time, I was so disappointed that our old dreams were not realised.

The younger us always laughed off at the thought of who would get married first. We dreamt of being each other's pengapit during our big days. And it turned out, I was not there for her during her wedding, and she did not reply to my wedding invitation.

My mom however, since many years ago that my friend got missing, asked me to think positively. She said she knows that she is a very kind hearted girl and there must be a pretty good reason of her doing that.

Seriously speaking, i have. I have tried to think of only the good things. But you know what? I am just a human being. I still somehow up till today wonder what ever has happened.

And to be honest, she frequently visits my dreams and in those dreams, I wish she could tell me the reason behind her act. And in some dreams, we were already in talking terms and I couldn't be happier.

But of course, those are just unreal.

Today, everytime I see a friend that has 'gone' away from my life, I just wish quietly in my heart,and I pray that they are doing well. Even if I do miss their presence in my life once in a while, it is good enough to know that they have no hatred towards me.

Things might not be the same between me and them anymore, but now I guess I am more open to accept that I am happy enough to at least have some good memories with them.

So in this lengthy post, I just want to wish thank you to my true friends who really keep me in your life till this day. You all whom I need not try to be popular or try hard to win your hearts. I am blessed to have you guys around.

Yang jauh kat Terengganu, kat Kuala Selangor, Klang, Sijangkang, dan mana2 yang rajin contact tak kiralah whatsapp ke apa, sayang korang sangat2. :)

And to my family and dearest hubby, you guys make me realise that even if my friends unintentionally have somehow drifted away from my life, my quality of life is nothing less than great.

Oh wow.. I really love my family to the moon and back. :)

Unrelated picture: Lake Garden in KL, my newly found favourite spot :P

Friday, 31 March 2017

On replay

It's like a loop. Everyday. On replay.

And I am so tired of this loop.

Shall we get off this loop once in a while? 

Mature Discussion

It is somehow a norm nowadays to see people bashing other people on social media. More often being called as the "keyboard warriors", these are the people who shoot ideas from their fingers, and nothing from the brain.

I have respect for those who have a different stance from me either politically or in ideology if the person has a solid reason to support their judgement. As there are things which cannot be clearly determined as black or white, people have the right to have a different opinion on something.

However, I find it truly sickening when people say something just because they have read something most probably from Facebook shared articles or the forwarded messages in Whatsapp, which the source might not even be credible. More worrying is when they have a stance on something because of people's stories which they have heard and those are not even first hand stories. 

These people can also appear very religious and preach about how fitnah is bad and all, but in the end, they are the ones who send all these forwarded messages as if they know how genuine and real the messages are. When people advise them nicely on how they might be wrong on something, they get agitated and start shooting all the blames on the person they dislike.

Even if the rain falls, they might say it's all the person's doing. How stupid is that?

Afterall, I know that everyone has good and bad sides. But is it hard to give credit where it is due?

For example, if the Government has successfully saved the Malaysians in Pyongyang, why should you mention about GST in that post? I find it stupid and so childish. 

I am not asking for people to be hypocritical and start saying all the good things about someone that they believe to be bad. Try being fair and show that you are at least someone who is rational, mature, and have a good heart. Not just a stupid keyboard warrior believing that everything is bad.  

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

The rise of the Muslims

I guess we should think positively about Trump. Dont you see that the bond between us Muslims are getting stronger now? 

And don't you think that even the non-Muslims can see just how ridiculous Trump is becoming?

Bring it on Trump.

We have Allah and you have Fear in yourself.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

3 months later

You know what is sweet?

It is when you get something from someone when you least expect it.

As I am now a wife, I always expect that the norm is for me to do house chores by myself.

When le hubby voluntarily helps out to clear up the bed, to clear up his clothes, and to tidy things up, it just makes my day so so much.

Similarly, when I don't expect anything in return for the things that I do, it makes me feel warm inside to have le hubby thanking me and appreciating the small things that I do for him.

Marriage is a learning process. A process that always keeps me on my feet to be a better person.I guess that is why we are called each other's better half. I am only better when he is there with me.

Love you dearly Encik Suami! :)

Friday, 6 January 2017

Of the things i wish for in 2017

This new year, i wish i can be more determined towards achieving my own goals. The things that i imagine becoming, shouldn't stop dead in between just because  i get less support from people around.

For example, although there are times i wish i can become a nicer and more soft-spoken person, people around who are not understanding and not supportive enough can just make me more rebellious and rough. I know a change can't be achieved with just you yourself hoping for a change, but an action has to be taken. 

Therefore, this 2017, the action that i will take is to at least try not to give up easily just because of others who constantly break my heart and lower down my spirit. 

Expectations kill. So that too, will be something that i will work on. I will try to expect less from people and work harder on my own. 

Hello 2017. Please be nice to me.

How do you see yourself in 5 years?

A fresh graduate came to our office looking very ambitious like she was ready to take up the world. When the interview started, she put her bag next to the seat she was sitting, but had her phone on the interview table.

The interview started by us asking her to introduce herself. As any other interviews, she introduced her full name and her education background. She continued by telling us how much involved she was in social activities during her university days. She also willingly told us that she only applied for a job recently, while most of her other friends had applied as early as 4 months ago.

I asked why she only applied recently, and she said that she wanted to spend some time with her family before leading her life as career woman. Throughout the interview, we were made to understand that her dad got retrenched by an Oil and Gas company a few months back, so she was planning to help her dad out in terms of money.

That got me asking again, as to why she didn’t apply earlier for a job because to me she could have helped her dad even earlier if she got a job earlier. In reply, she told us that she actually wanted to focus on her online business at that time. She told us that she was basically involved in multilevel marketing to sell food supplement.

During the whole session, her phone was beeping quite a number of times. We then had to tell her to switch her phone off and put it away.

There was one of the questions whereby we asked her on how she sees herself in 5 years’ time.
She answered that she would be having a company of her own with various industries. I further asked on how she planned to do so and she said that she would work for a year and thereafter continue with masters.

At the end of the interview, we thanked her for her time and we shook hands. She said, “Thank you kakak” and left the interview room.

This story is based on a real interview session that took place at my office just about 2 weeks ago. In your opinion, how did she fare in this particular interview?

Personally I don’t think she was that bad. She could speak English quite well and her confidence was shown throughout the session. However, we decided to give her a thumb down.

Throughout my almost-4-years of working, I have interviewed many candidates for a few positions in our company. I could say that many interesting happenings have taken place during the interview period. Although I can see that most people get better academically throughout the years, the quality of the interview has yet to improve.

Many people come to the interview thinking that they are prepared by just dressing themselves up well. Little do they know that the important part of the job hiring still relies on the interview session itself.

In regard to the story told above, the candidate made a big error when she did not put away her phone.  To make it worse, it was not on silent mode.

Secondly, she also focused on the wrong aspect when introducing herself. The first introduction is always the best time for a candidate to impress the interviewers. She should have shown off more of her technical abilities/experiences rather than the social activities she was involved. Being active in social activities would be a plus point if she was applying for a sales manager kind of post. However, it did not interest us as much since we were looking for a person with a technical knowledge that does not involve any out of office job.

Apart from that, it is always a big no to show our laziness to our potential employer. Even if it was the truth that she started late in job hunting, it somehow shows the unseriousness of the person in applying a job or in general, in life itself. It seems like she only pushes herself when money is running out. At that situation, she shouldn’t even have mentioned about when she started applying at all.

And as for the favourite question of “How do you see you in 5 years?”, I did the same mistake too in answering the question during my own interview a few years back. Obviously for each and every question that we get, we are supposed to think before answering. The question was asked for us to explain our plans in the near future. 5 years is not that long. I also answered similar answer which was to have my own IP business. I regret saying that because seriously, it is never a nice thing to hear from an employee that she or he is leaving after working only for a short while. Like how the girl replied in her interview, she confidently said that she’s going to work for only ONE YEAR. How was that supposed to make us feel?

You might ask, what would have been the right answer then? Actually there is no perfect answer. However, in my opinion it is good to say that you would see yourself working in that company with a bigger responsibility than what you might be offered now. Show them that you are eager to see the growth of the company.

Anyway, my advice to all of you, is to just relax but at the same time be professional all the way from the beginning of the interview till the end. Personally, I feel that calling someone “kakak” is just not that professional especially when you have no idea who you are dealing with. Always address someone with proper names. You can’t go wrong by calling “Tuan” or ”Sir” when dealing with a man, and “Puan” ,“Cik” or “Miss” when dealing with a woman. Leave your “Kakak”, “Makcik”, “Abang” and “Adik” at home. :)