Short Vacations are good for the brain.

Howdy Folks,

First of all, I would like to show some love and appreciation towards those who put in all that extra effort at work, those who slog, those who work extremely hard. You guys are super humans. I recently completed my Internship, and let me tell you what a relief that was.- PHEWWWWWW! Working life got me so messed up. Getting used to the morning traffic which stretches for miles, the stressful atmosphere that runs through everyone on the roads, the frustration to reach work on time, get a proper parking, all that stress being built up in every one of us as we all fight our way to work.

Having to wake up for work every morning also means having to face more incomplete work tasks, more nagging from superiors, more responsibilities, more deadlines and of course not to forget- more pressure. Hence, i salute everyone of you. Filled with determination and persistence. I had to go for a short getaway as soon as I was done with my Internship period. I literally felt so stressed with the work load put on me, the pressure I was under. Working stresses you solely cause you perform and perform and sometimes your boss barely recognise your efforts.

My personal advice to those who go hard when it comes to their career, a break every now and then will not hurt. In fact, it helps you relax, rewind and time to refocus. Breaks are not only a way of resting physically, but sure enough mentally. An individual should know when to stop pressuring him/herself as it can lead to various health complications.

As much as we want to perform, prosper in terms of career, we should also be able to take time to invest in ourselves. After all, only a healthy mind and body can help you progress towards the future. Focusing on your body as well as well-being is equally as important as excelling in life.

We decided to take a drive down to Melaka town for two days and one night. Melaka is situated after Seremban and before Johor. Melaka is known as the Historical state here in Malaysia. Melaka is home to some of the oldest heritage sites in Malaysia. Besides heritage, Melaka is also famously known for Chicken Rice Balls, Satay Celup and Coconut Shakes. These are among the famous food options that Melaka has to offer.

If Melaka happens to be on your visit list, Jonker Walk is the place to go. Jonker Walk is home to the cheapest souvenirs, yummiest street food as well shopping haven. There are many other attractions in Melaka such as Dataran Melaka Raya, Pantai Klebang, A’FAMOSA Resort, etc.

Melaka is definitely convenient  destination for a short vacation. You will not have to think about activities, entertainments as well as food. Melaka serves a bit of each to her visitors.

Signing Out,

K

Job Seeking with the current economy

Greetings Hoomans,

This time around, I would like to address the current decrease in job opportunities in Malaysia.

As an young adult whose about to step foot into the working industry, I have to say I am beyond disappointed with the decrease in jobs that we are left to face. I recently tried applying for full-time jobs, most of them replied with either no vacancy or the company is deciding to retrench staff,hence they aren’t hiring anytime soon. This post is a mere reason to simply unleash my frustration with the current economic conditions us Malaysians are currently facing in our beloved country. Job security has decreased tremendously as the economic graphs take a drastic plunge. Finding the ideal job is almost impossible as there are too many unemployed graduates and there are very little job openings. Job vacancies in various fields are being taken up by graduates from different majors just because they are finding it hard to find a job related to their course of study.

Job providers these days are either expecting too much out of their employees or offer to pay very little wages. The era keeps changing as people are developing further and evolving. Besides that, individuals have begun to adapt to the constant change in technology and developments. Graduates such as myself are finding it harder to secure full-time jobs as most employers require their new recruits to already have experience. So my question is, HOW DO WE GET EXPERIENCE, IF NOBODY WANTS TO EMPLOY US TO BEGIN WITH? This isn’t rocket science, this is the basics. Why are we still so blind?

How do we apply for jobs when we are turned down directly by the words ” EXPERIENCE NEEDED “. How do we secure a permanent position to expand our knowledge? What platform is there for us to utilise and demonstrate our skills? Having said that, some jobs advertised state ” PAPER QUALIFICATION + EXPERIENCE ONLY “. Here’s another question I’d like to ask, how do you ( employers) expect us to get a degree and work experience at the same time in the field of our major when we have yet to complete the entire program? Upon graduating, the closest work place experience we would have gotten would most probably be our internship periods or part time jobs.

I seriously hope changes are made by the governmental bodies that have a say in the economy of the country, Safe guarding the future of your citizens should be the main priority as there are numerous graduates who are still looking to secure a well paying full time job. This is solely my opinion, and mine alone, IF THE JOB OPENINGS in the country were to improve, I have a feeling the robbery and snatch theft polls would see a decrease in terms of number of cases. Individuals are having a hard time securing a job, hence turning to the bad choices of life.

I sincerely hope Malaysia makes a change when it comes to securing and safe guarding jobs for their future generation, as this can turn out to be a very big issue in terms of economy of the country.

Signing Out,

K.

Thaipusam in Malaysia

 

ALOHAAAAAA….

So I’m back from the recent holiday we just got for Thaipusam which took place on the 9th of February which is a Thursday. For those in doubt or whom may have any uncertainty, let me clarify that for you. Thaipusam happens to be one out of the many auspicious celebrations Hindu’s have in a year. Thaipusam however, is among the top famous few. Thaipusam revolves around the Lord Murugan. If one were to wander about in Batu Caves, Selangor, one might find a particularly tall and big statue covered in gold, standing in front of the temple built in the caves, happens to be Lord Murugan. Below is a picture of the statue, if you focus on the picture, you can see a staircase filled with devotees climbing up and down, paying their respects and prayers to the Murugan Temple situated at the top of the staircase.

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That is a picture taken last year, that was the crowd entering and exiting the premises on that auspicious day.

Besides that, Thaipusam is also known for attracting devotees from all around Malaysia. Batu Caves happens to be one of the many venues that Thaipusam rituals, prayers are carried out in. There are several other places that have been known to get crowded in conjunction with Thaipusam are Penang, Ipoh and Johor.

Thaipusam is also celebrated  by the Hindu community because  the full moon in the month of Thai which happens to usually fall in January or February each year. Thaipusam  is mainly observed in countries where there is a significant presence of Tamil community such as India, Mauritius, Malaysia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Indonesia, Myanmar, Guyana, Jamaica and etc.

“KAVADI ATTAM”

Kavadi Attam may sound hard to pronounce so keep tryingggg… Maybe this would help. KA-VA-DI  AT-TAM

You’re welcome. 🙂

As I was typing, Kavadi Attam is also known as the Burden Dance. The Kavadi Attam serves as a ceremonial sacrifice performed by the devotees to Lord Murugan, known as the God of War. The Kavadi itself is a heavy item which is carried  by the devotee which chooses to pay his/her debt bondage. Devotees start preparing for the celebration by having prayers to cleanse themselves through prayers and strictly observing fasting for approximately 2 days before Thaipusam. There are several ways that a devotee can offer sacrificial acts to Lord Muruga.  The simplest of it being carrying  a pot of milk, however there are sacrificial acts such as piercing the skin, tongue or cheeks with skewers in the shape of a Vel.  Below are some examples of sacrificial acts being performed/ offered to Lord Murugaa by his devotees.

kavadi-small Small Kavadi

medium-kavadi Medium sized Kavadi

big-kavadi Big Kavadi

sacrificial-reasons  images-1  Other examples of sacrificial offerings.

Sooooooooo….. We have reached the end of the blog post and the time has come where I bid my farewells. If you are interested in getting more information about Thaipusam, here are several keywords that might help:

Thaipusam Malaysia

Origins of Thaipusam

Lord Muruga festival

Happy Thaipusam, Happy Holidays.

Signing out,

K.

Chinese New Year Celebrations @ Malaysia

Chinese New Year in Malaysia is an important and auspicious celebration for the Chinese community in this country. Chinese New Year usually generally means more red paper packets containing money. WOOO-HOOO!! They are more familiarly known as ‘ Ang Paw ‘. This has been a tradition which has been practised for many years. I’ve been lucky enough collect several since I was a kid. Below are examples of the Ang Paw’s given out by elders to either children, or adults who aren’t married. red-envelope-chinese-new-year.jpg

Besides that, Chinese New Year is also the time the animals of the Zodiac calendar come out to play. Every year the animal changes. If you live in an Asian country with the presence of Chinese, you would understand better. The Zodiac calendar consist of animals like the Rooster, Ox, Rat, Tiger,Rabbit, Dragon, Sheep, Monkey, Horse, Dog and Pig. 2017 happens to be the year of the Rooster, the year 1993, my birth year happens to fall during the Rooster period on the Zodiac. In other words, THIS MY YEAR. LOL. Chinese New Year is also famously known for their ” Yee Sang ” , Mandarin Oranges as well as lanterns. Yee Sang is a type of combination of food that are tossed and mixed by several family members at a reunion dinner. Below is an image of Yee Sang before it gets tossed around. Each ingredient represents a different aspect such as unity, prosperity, heath, wellness etc.

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Another plus point that benefits us Malaysians are the holidays that follow. Chinese New Year usually rakes in a weeks break for those in educational hubs. As for those working, the roads are free and eased off from traffic which is GREATTTTTTTT. Traffic conditions in Malaysia are terrible especially around the main city centres. Holidays naturally means the kids are relieved from school, parents will be busy attending to their children during the holidays, hence the amount of vehicles on the road decrease.

Now that the holidays have ended, the road conditions are back to normal.BUMPER TO BUMPER traffic is the main and only view for those travelling in and out city centres. the peak hours are becoming worse as there are more and more vehicles on the road these days. The holiday period has come to an end. Schools are back in order as well.

Happy Chinese New Year

Signing Out,

K.

 

 

 

 

 

Internship

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Greetings HOOOMANS,

Sooooooooooooooooo… Here goes.

Internship. This word not only makes me feel tired, at times it makes me feel like my head is about to explode. My course mates and I are required to complete a 2 month internship program at any Public Relation Company or firm. It just so happens, three of us have been asked to work in a PR Firm in Desa Sri Hartamas, in agreement of policy breach, i shall refrain from enclosing the name of the firm.

However, the internship period so far has been a very useful and motivating one. The work load is crazy, we have to filter up to 300 newspaper filings in a day, and sometimes we need to re-write transcripts in less than an hour which can really drive us up the wall. I personally feel from a learning curb, I am benefiting tremendously in terms of the work given, besides that, half the time I really feel like my head is minutes away from self-disrupting.

I have been lucky enough to score the biggest client account projects which not only acts as learning platform but it also helps me sharpens my Public Relations skills. Each client account is different hence enabling me to always come up with various creative ideas, and innovations. We, as interns barely get credit for all the hard work we do, but we do feel privileged when congratulated for our input and contributions.

On the whole, this learning opportunity has well been taken advantage off as i benefited by learning the tricks and trades in this industry, the necessary skills and knowledge that is required to creating a perfect game plan when it comes to roping in clients, to creating mind blowing PR Plans.

I got this.

Signing Out,

K.

 

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iCe- Breaker

My humble and formal salutations.

I recently decided to put my love for writing and creative writing to good use. Hence, the existence of the blog. The driving inspiration behind the name of the blog gofigurekoshi simply means I’m reminding myself that there is a lot out there that I have yet to learn or discover, and what better way to explore than to let your mind explore the never ending possibilities out there.

Writing has always come easy as I try my best to look at things from multiple perspectives instead of the traditional thinking out of the box. Being creative is not enough, I personally feel understanding from various points or perspectives are important too, after all, we DO NOT THINK A LIKE. Chances of someone having the same mind set as you is probably 3 in every 50 people. Forgive my math, if it may not make any sense at all.

I truly hope I am able to express myself here. Content posted here is solely based on  my feelings, my reviews, opinions as well as comments. Nothing or no part of any content written here is targeted towards any party or particular individual.

Signing Out.

K.