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28.08.2010 | 人在江湖

星期四晚由於突發事件, 放工返到屋企, 沖個涼食個飯之後, 就匆匆忙忙趕去某個顧客度補鑊.. 結果慢慢長夜頭埋首苦幹, 搞掂之時已是凌晨四時卅分.. 返到屋企, 略略嗑兩個鐘之後, 又要喺九點鐘前趕返去standby..

做我哋呢行, 如果衰起上嚟都真係要經常捱更抵夜, 甚至通頂架.. 試過連續幾個星期, 每日都做到凌晨兩三點(第二朝仲要準時返工), 最犀利係連踩卅六個小時不眠不休.. 有時會覺得, 點解要咁喎?? 尤其我呢個不復當年勇嘅年紀, 都係為咗餐溫飽啫, 唔辛苦咩?? 但係為咗餐溫飽喎, 人在江湖如何由己呢??

[題外話] 本來因為突發事件, 都經覺得「點解上天咁樣作弄我」架啦, 點知仲要畀我遇著個「行錯路仲要反過嚟怨乘客冇幫手睇路」嘅的士司機!! 嘩, 咩世界啊呢個??

due to some urgent issues that happened on thursday night, when i reached home from work and after a quick shower and dinner, i straight away rushed to the client's place to resolve the problems.. and it was an all-night-long of troubleshooting work, and when things were finally settled it was already 4:30am.. got back home for some two-hour power sleep, rushed back to there again as we have to be there by 9:00am to standby for the business..

it's not uncommon for such incidents to happen in our industry, and when things really get bad, you could expect yourself to even stay overnight to get things done.. i've had experience where i need to work till 3am everyday (and report to work as usual next day) for continuous few weeks, and the best record was a 36-hour of non-stop hardwork.. sometimes i really think, why is this necessary?? and especially at this age that can no longer be as energetic as 10 years ago, for just a living, is this a little too hectic?? but again for a living, no choice right??

[off-topic story] because of the sudden issue, i was already feeling like "why must god treat me like this??" then, but didn't even expect to get worse when i met a taxi driver who missed the turning and would turned back to blame the passengers for not helping to direct!! god d*mn it, what kind of world is this??
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90 comments:

  1. but my blog partner is like that too.. he works on average 18 hours a day, everyday! and even when he is not werking, he is on standby at home! crazy lah.. no time to chill :(

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  2. Sounds like programming is really a crazy job bro. :p

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  3. Well...this has happened to me too. A few times already. :/ What to do? Work mah

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  4. well, i work fr morning till night n practically everyday.

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  5. 朋友,你估你係打工皇帝咩?受人二分四,唯有咬紧牙筋顶硬上囉!不过,捱还捱,千祈咪伤身吖!祝你好运!

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  6. coffee coffee and more coffee

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  7. 你做那行的啊?
    真的很辛苦哦。。你也说得对啊。。都是为了一餐饱饭!!
    你要小心身体哦!

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  8. that's my boss' job when there is the need to troubleshoot.

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  9. 收买人命啊,打份工而已,
    要那么辛苦吗?不够睡很容易出状况的!

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  10. "ding ngan seong" le.....no work no $ le ex-jiran....

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  11. Welcome to the world of biz... Tell me about it... I could feel what you felt... 

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  12. 真可怜,假日还要上班至深夜。给你一个爱的抱抱(幻想下就有了!)。;D

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  13. oh my... i understand your situation.. yikes...in my case, time management is really not working.... in turns out that i am rushing everyday...
    but just like what they say, there are no such easy job in this world... so sad but we have to accept that fact .. lol
    have a great day buddy and happy blogging

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  14. poor thing. i too have longer working hours now. but i try to keep my night free for a proper rest. at the end of the day, it is still those at the top who will get the big pie!

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  15. @ Merryn:
    but luckily this is not happening often lah, just once in a blue moon, or else i think i'm ready to die, hahaha~~ wow, your blog partner works 18 hours a day?? that's really crazy!! he doesn't need to rest at all??

    @ Tekkaus:
    errr, i think this is IT industry, when problem comes you just gotta scratch head to resolve the issue, and sometimes it really takes time.. yeah, what to do?? we need a living right??

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  16. @ wenn:
    errr, i also work from morning till night everyday, so i think we share the same fate?? haha!!

    @ edward:
    唉, 就算係受人二分四, 都可以complain下啦係嘛?? 你唔好以為個個人都好似你咁樣工作狂至得架.. 我哋工作還工作, 工作以外當然需要自己私人空間啦.. 不過唔係日日都咁嘅, 算係好彩囉..

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  17. @ smallkucing:
    errr, i don't drink coffee and i guess it won't help to solve the problem immediately right?? haha..

    @ Sam Wong:
    我做IT這一行的囉, 有時如果忙起來真的可以死人的.. 不過沒有辦法啦, 為了餐溫飽, 工作就是要這樣的喇..

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  18. @ Ghosty Nana:
    hmmm, then you are very lucky that you can just dump the problems for your boss to resolve.. ours not, the boss won't do anything except to ask for status and progress..

    @ Chin Weng 茶先生:
    高層?? 如果我是高層的話, 就沒有這種事情發生啦, 對不對??

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  19. @ 单身汉:
    唉, 人在江湖身不由己啊.. 有時工作就是要這樣的, 問題出現了, 沒有理由置之不理的嘛, 肯定會要想辦法, 使儘力量去把事情搞定的嘛..

    @ uLi.佑莉:
    yalor really gotta 頂硬上 lor, but then work these extra hours, there's no extra pay one woh.. it's our responsibility to make sure things run smooth woh..

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  20. @ TZ:
    errr, no need to welcome me lah, i've already been in this world for more than 10 years, hahahaha!! and this is not the 1st time i have such encouter also.. i'm ok and can handle it.. :)

    @ wkw:
    err, 不是假日啊, 看清楚是星期四喇.. 謝謝你(隔空)的抱抱哦, 好感動哦~~ :p

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  21. @ bluedreamer27:
    haha, but i think our situation is slightly different right?? while you're still studying, you only need to be responsible for yourself.. but for my case, i have to be accountable for many issues if things do not run smooth, that's the cruelty of the commercial world dude.. anyway, thanks for your thoughts and i guess we just have to accept the fact that we have no choice for it's a living that we need right?? :) you have a great week a head and happy blogging too~~

    @ xin:
    yeah, no matter how hard we need to work, we should always try to let ourselves rest and recharge after work.. anyway, this incident is not happening often so i think it's still ok to me.. hmmm, top guys?? err, i guess for my case, we are always the frontier and top guys only stay back to ask for status and progress~~

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  22. Take care... chinese saying.. work is endless but health is not.. :)

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  23. haha i guess you're right your field is much wider than mine haha yikes.. i wonder that kind of world is waiting for me after my graduation haha so scary

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  24. i can feel myseklf in yr shoes bro. take lots of coffee n take short power naps. jus to recuperate. take care not to make mistakes when exhausted

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  25. Referred by Cleffairy30/8/10 9:12 AM

    hey sk,
    cleffairy introduced your blog to me and i would like to discuss some urgent stuff with you, but cant find your email on your blog

    hope you can drop me an email asap at jcmf.ng@gmail.com

    thx!

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  26. Tonight, Let us shout out loud and proudly

    MERDEKA MERDEKA MERDEKA~


    Then we can go sleep for more than 12 hours~ Cheers~

    Happy Independence Day

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  27. arrgggh!!!惨!我的engineer 有时也是这样。。。有个做到他的家人叫他resign, haha...不过没有你们顾客会很惨哦,所以你们是很伟大的!呵呵。。。转做consultant lah (虽然我不懂你现在做什么 :P)

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  28. It's a tough world out there kiddo but doesn't it make you feel wonderful when the job is done and done well? LOL! Congrats on job well done! SK, nevermind lah... think of all the nice clothes, nice food, and other niceties this job gets for you. As for the taximan, what is it about the garbage truck joke we read once? Still, I hope you were not too stunned to tell him off! haha.. Have a great Monday, SK..

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  29. 你令我回想起农历新年期间,system刚开始live的可怕的日子。
    没得回家,孤苦伶仃的流落在外就算了,
    每天工作时间长得我已经觉得自己是robot。


    其实,那段时间真的没有个人情绪。
    每天都是起床,工作,睡觉,。。。
    也不觉得悲惨,也不觉得愤怒,
    就好像一个很长很长的噩梦。

    希望你赶快度过这种‘身不由己’的日子。
    况且我们这样的年纪,真的不是那么能捱了,
    身体健康最重要。
    好好休息哈。

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  30. 哗!实在幸苦啊!
    你都很挨得哦!
    这样的工作真不容易,
    可见代价是很大的。
    也没办法的,唯有赚够钱,早点退休去!

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  31. 我还说有来世要当男人,
    看来,当男人不容易,
    担子很重哦! >_<'

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  32. Ouch... and you still had to go through it with the cab driver...

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  33. It is unfair to require the employee to go back normal hour after working through midnight the previous night….Would not do this if I’m the boss…:-)

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  34. So sorry to hear of your bad luck! :( I guess it's time to reflect on whether this is the life you want.. otherwise, you can always switch career path or company, so that you don't have to slave away...

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  35. Working is always like tat...unless u can find a job that u really love...T T

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  36. 我也试过通宵赶工,改这个,改那个的为了就是满足上头,要交差。鬼叫你穷啊,顶硬上啦。

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  37. Poor SK. =(

    When I was young, IT seems to be the hot subject that people go for in university.

    Now to look back, I'm glad I never took that path.

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  38. Wah, working hard, year end bonus sure more lah!

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  39. 我在自己的博客里,回复了你的留言。

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  40. 完全深深體會到你嘅感受,因爲同你一樣身同感受。

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  41. hahaha :) i am still early to know all these stuff... but well things wont get bad always... remember to take more rest when you are free...

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  42. working life is like that.
    I can understand that you are responsible people to make the things work.

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  43. I have the some experience like you. I remember i work over 36 hours and sleep on the car 2 hours only at the company car basement.

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  44. Wake up and go to wash my face. And, it is around 830am but scolded by the Main contractor that we come late and should be here by 8am to prepare all the items for FAT (factory Acceptance Test).

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  45. actually, we finish prepare it over night. that stupid fellow just scold people without people thinking.

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  46. I still remember that the day before is labour day. What to do... i am fresh graduate mah hahaha

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  47. After that day, my boss immeditely issue a confirmation letter to me and my colleage. He thinks wah... this 2 sohai really good to use... work like cow...

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  48. Few lucky that.... no more loooooong working hours for me after i change to another company.

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  49. OMG!! you worked through the whole night, and still gotta go back to work as usual the next day?? fuyoh, that's really uncool, won't you feel drowsy at all the next day??

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  50. but then i understand your situation.. guess when there are problems related with work, no matter how we still need to resolve, and the bosses or clients will not care about how - they only want to see the results!! sigh..

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  51. hope you have recovered from the lag (if any) over the weekend and also the national day today?? take care :)

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  52. @ reanaclaire:
    thanks for that encouring words.. yeah, it's right to think that way, or else work is too stressful to handle.. :)

    @ bluedreamer27:
    hahaha, yeah, so are you already prepared for that?? or even already foreseen yourself in such situation in the future?? well, no worries, you sure will be able to get through it.. :)

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  53. @ Bengbeng:
    yeah, this is certainly not something cool but we just have to face it right?? well, the cruelty of the realistic world, no choice, cos we just need a living.. :)

    @ Isley Chang~:
    hahaha, i never shouted that before because i never think there's any meaningful reason to do that.. in fact, better save the energy to sleep 3 minutes more~~ haha!!

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  54. @ Casendra:
    其實我們也算是consultant喇, 不過公司小, 所以很多東西都是要做完的, 沒有得向大公司那樣, 每個task都一定要有不同的team負責啊.. 唉, 不過已經習慣了喇, 還好都是偶而罷了.. 工作需要, 真的沒有辦法啊..

    @ HappySurfer:
    well, having worked in this tough world for more than 10 years, i guess at least i know how to handle things but seeing it in a different way, if not at least try to handle stress well.. i understand this could happen sometimes, but also it's part of the job so just have to face it.. hahaha, about the taximan, i really gave up on the old man.. he could just stop in the middle of the road when he realised he miss the turning, and ask us what to do next instead!! really crazy~~

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  55. @ imyuyu:
    對啊, 其實我工作超過10年, 已經經歷過無數次這些難頂的日子.. 當時真的好像你說的, 每天就好像行屍走肉的, 每天起來都很不願意去上班, 每天都有沒完沒了的問題要解決, 這樣的生活連續幾個星期甚至幾個月, 真的很恐怖.. 就是囉, 現在這把年紀, 這種的生活, 真的是有點吃不消的.. 但是, 為了一餐溫飽, 奈何???

    @ Mei Teng:
    yeah, in IT industry.. and to be precise, in a system integrator vendor role, that's why all these stress~~

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  56. @ Ashley:
    沒有辦法啦, 工作需要, 你不做的話有問題的時候, 到頭來矛頭還是指向你啊.. 我們這一行就是這樣喇, 壓力還蠻大的, 有問題有期限的時候, 真的會是非人生活囉.. 哈哈, 其實也不關男人女人事喇, 你進入這一行, 男男女女都是要承受的喇.. :)

    @ ladyviral:
    yeah, that's really crazy i gotta say.. he can just stop in the middle of the road when he realised he missed the turning.. and turned his head to ask us what to do next instead!!! gosh~~

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  57. @ Grass:
    well, it seems unfair, but sometimes the situation doesn't allow benevolence to happen as business still needs to go on.. so now, which is more important?? business operations and profitability, or employees welfare??

    @ iamthewitch:
    thanks for the advice, but i think i am still in the crossroad and am quite lost about where i'm supposed to be next.. career switch sounds good, but then whereabout is another big question..

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  58. @ Kelvin:
    well, true with what you've said.. unless you love your job and have 100% passion towards it, else everything will not sound good to you right??

    @ 古克石屋:
    唉, 所以說, 本來就是工作, 但是往往就是要影響到個人生活的, 但是不這麼做又不可以, 因為我們要的是一份工作一餐溫飽.. 真的唯有頂硬上囉..

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  59. @ Shingo T:
    hmmm, but i guess every industry has its own pros and cons.. it really depend on how you actually like what you are doing, agree?? anyway, glad that you (seem to be) have chosen the right path.. :)

    @ Pete:
    errr, don't ever think of any bonus.. we are taken for granted to resolve issues, no matter how and what..

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  60. @ wkw:
    哦, 好的, 等我回覆完了這裡的留言, 再到你家去看看~~ :)

    @ 海市蜃樓:
    難道你又係呢一行嘅?? 唉, 其實邊行都好, 家家有本難念的經嘛, 不過為咗一份工一餐飯, 鬼叫你窮啊, 頂硬上囉唯有..

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  61. @ fufu:
    yeah, of course things are not always that bad, but still there are bad times right?? haha.. so it's still earyly for you now, but guess you must be prepared for this when you come to the real world.. :)

    @ CH Voon:
    yalah, last time still young and vibrat mah, all these overnight thing not a very big problem lah.. but then now, old already leh, cannot take up so many oddities and shock already.. i also already forgotten how many times i've been through all these, i already working for more than 10 years in the same industry, guess really need to learn how to handle stress and such odd cases not to affect daily personal life lor.. and you lucky lah, after change company you are working happily hor?? haha..

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  62. @ Jessyca:
    same to you.. :)

    @ victor:
    yeah, no choice because things are urgent and we do not want to upset the client.. actually don't have the chance to feel drowsy at all, because all the time need to stay alert and make sure things runs smoothly.. anyway, thanks for your concern, i've already got a good rest over the weekend.. haha, and today another day off thanks to the national day.. :)

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  63. ooo...能者多劳,没关系啦 :)

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  64. I will take it as it comes don't we work work and work! :) die lar now!

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  65. yes, i think you are right.. it's just the sense of responsibility that we naturally have with us right?? glad that you've fully recovered from the lethargy.. :)

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  66. @ Casendra:
    如果是這樣講的話, 我覺得我不應該鋒芒畢露囉, 對沒有?? :D

    @ Big Boys Oven:
    haiz, you are right also lah.. just gotta take it as it comes for that's a reality that we cannot hide right?? :)

    @ victor:
    yeah, still we gotta face the situation and take it as it comes right?? haha, already recovered i guess over the weekend, and i took another day off after national day to rest too.. kekekeke :D

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  67. 啊哈哈哈。。。。对对对,来个中庸之道如何?

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  68. I practically work now non-stop... being a mom alone is a full tim job plus i have to juggle house works and my architectural and online jobs too

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  69. @ Casendra:
    哈哈, 如果還年輕的時候, 鋒芒畢露是好事, 可以讓老闆知道一下.. 不過現在老人家了, 還是不要讓自己傷身啦~~ :p

    @ Ayie:
    haha, that sounds very pitiful.. but i guess you still feel happy in a way that you are doing all these for your family right?? :)

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  70. wei.. I also ever stay at office until 2-3am, the the next morning 8am continue to work leh.. T.T

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  71. when i first came in tat time lo.. Coz company most works also nid to be done manually

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  72. so monday earliest can go back is 10 to 11pm.. Friday earliest is 12am..

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  73. damn pity, bt through out the years, things get improved.. (partially by me wtf, sibeh lihai, i oso duno y such simple thing also they duno hw to improve wtf)

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  74. then nw monday at most also work til 7pm, friday depends on the transaction, mostly 9pm, relaks relaks can d.. Improve a lot already lo.. Wahaha.. Then not so gan jiong like last time, can online while waiting system

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  75. then bo bian lo.. Nid money, cannot resign also.. So just cont do lo.. My boss even geng, stay at office til 5am, we suggested her to cont tomolo, tat time already 11pm leh, suddenly pop out 2k plus transactions, she die die dun wan wor.. So we got angry and left the office lo.. =.=! Let her do alone, she stayed til 5am plus, wtf

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  76. haih.. Speaking of my boss, haih.. I just knew she all the while kept secretly follow my blog, then i dun wan blog d.. Zz

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  77. bt IT work more stressed la, especially deal with customer, haha.. Coz i can c our new system consultant gets very pek cek with our data, coz last time no system 1, all manual, suddenly change to system sure everyone pek cek. Then director always think their company very good, very geng like tat, keep ask why cannot implement new system asap wor.. Asap my ass la.. Messy until duno like wat, do housekeeping oso until pekcek d

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  78. employee doing housekeeping til vomit blood, IT side even worse lo, no nid i say u also knw d.. All sort of errors pop out due to mis-match la, missing item la, and etc etc etc.. Even 1 single material is using different name in diff process wor.. Around 10k raw materials, hundred of process, thousand of product nia.. If u come here, sure kee xiao1, IT already got 3ppl run d

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  79. but then again wtf, who ask i am the being paid one wtf, so must do also lo..

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  80. then work is always better than no job 1, at least for me la.. Ahaha.. Go every where also the same pekcek1 la. Better stay put at the own comfort zone and continue complain.. Wahaha.. Eh, dun say complain got no use la, very useful ok! At least u wont feel so stressed after tat lo

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  81. @ Donna:
    but your stay until 2-3am consider OT and you have extra pay right?? for me, there's nothing call OT and i will never be paid extra other than my basic salary lor.. haiz, IT really quite pity one you also know de lah.. if system runs smooth then ok, if *touch wood* got anything happen, then really will kill us one.. at times really take lots of time and energy to resolve just one little issue.. your boss also quite responsible mah, stay up until 5am to settle things down?? but then you also gotta stand in her shoes and think, if got anything happened, she will be the one who is accountable woh.. so the pressure is on her, now you know actually being a boss is also not easy you know?? although she can ask you all to do the things, but then anything not good, she's the first one who will get the arrow one leh.. i know this very well, for working in this line for more than 10 years, really can feel this lor.. you are right also lah, although we know complaints might not help to improve things, but then think optimistically, at least can release a bit of emotion and destressed a little hor?? :)

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  82. no payment also loh.. OT fees only until 7.45am...
    after that, u work for free.. Zzz...

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  83. then my boss ah? hmmm... =.=
    can do tomorrow one leh! Zzz..
    coz due date is monday ma...
    then got sat/sun come back to support.. (sat is compulsary some more.. Zzz)
    then we didn't see the necessary stay until SOOOOOO late, then saturday MUST come back also loh.. Zz

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  84. OMG...this type of job definitely does not suits me because I need sleeps so much. haha.... There is once I went for a training at a resorts. I was assigned to work midnight shift. After 1 cycle, I swear not to find such job. haha....

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  85. LOL !!! on the taxi driver. He must be very frustrated when he missed that turn. haha...and you must be the poor passenger.

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  86. @ Donna:
    maybe your boss got other things to do the next day leh.. or maybe she don't feel comfortable letting that issue hanging there, else she cannot sleep well also.. haiz, sometimes also gotta understand the boss predicament also lah.. but good lor, you got such a nice boss, never force you all to stay up with her.. haha!! :D

    @ mNhL:
    yeah, we not young anymore so cannot work night shift at all, somemore for this case, it's work in the day and OT over the night, really cannot take it!! haha, the taxi driver was not frustrated at all, but i was!! indeed he became so panic that he just stopped the car in the middle of the highway, and kept asking us "how ah, how ah??".. see??

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