Monday, April 26, 2010

Visiting UPM accounting students doing practical training

I have been assigned to visit accounting students doing their practical training in Sabah, Selangor, KL and Kedah before and this time Perak is my next destination. There are three students to visit, two in Ipoh and one in Teluk Intan. Those in Ipoh are an Indian boy who works with Siva & Co. and one Chinese girl at Ernst & Young. The third one at Teluk Intan is a Malay girl who works with AlJafree & Co. Truly 1Malaysia.  So yesterday I took my family on a trip to Perak. I managed to interview each one of them together with their assigned supervisors. I'm quite happy that they managed to do lots of accounting, auditing, taxation as well as visiting clients and do stock takings. 

The only thing that I'm not happy with is the allowance paid by these firms to the students. Ernst & Young paid RM600 per month, which is quite reasonable given that they are located in Ipoh. But when I asked the supervisor at Siva & Co. they told me that they give allowance of RM250 to each student and they didn't bother to check whether other audit firms in the locality are paying the same rate or not. 

But the worst of them all is AlJafree & Co. The girl is working for six months for them for free! Apparently the boss told her that if she ask for an allowance, he will simply refuse to offer her the job. He feels that the experience is good enough for her. However, sometimes the boss will give some 'gift' to the girl, for the past five months she has received RM200 from him. I asked her why don't she do her practical training in other firms but she prefers to work there even without pay. I don't have anything else to say.

Using Garmin on the Malaysian roads

Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan

After I visited a student in one of the audit firms in Teluk Intan, we decided to stop by at the leaning tower of Teluk Intan before going home. Maisarah is too afraid to climb the stairs of the tower so only the boys are going to the top. Even when you are inside the building you can sense that the whole structure especially the floors are not even. The scenery from the top is quite nice and it is indeed a nice experience to visit one of the historical landmarks in Perak. Plus it's a free admission!

Swimming in Ipoh

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Impiana Hotel (formerly Casuarina Hotel), Ipoh

Meeting Zaiteena and family at Pusing

Before we reach Ipoh, we visited Zaiteena and her family at their house in Pusing, near Batu Gajah. Since it was already a night time, we went out together with them to have dinner at the eatery nearby. Ilyas and Maisarah are so excited to have friends to chat and play with. Apparently the boys have just returned from the waterfall which is just 5 minutes drive from their house. Ilyas and Maisarah have never been to one, so there is one excuse to visit them again, preferably during the day time!

Farewell Old Friend

On the way to Ipoh we stopped by at Taman Bukit Subang to meet Afida Sohana and her husband (along with her family). I first met her when we were together in Standard One back in 1983 (that was 27 years ago!). She just recently married and tomorrow she is going back to New Zealand working as a doctor there. Unfortunately her husband is unable to join her because as a geologist he has been posted to Uzbekistan by his employer, Petronas in two days time. We had lunch there and afterward we bid farewell to the newlyweds. I just hope that sooner or later they will be living and working together in one place.

LBJB Eight League Match

Look closely at one of the supporters. Soccer mom rocks!

Today is the day that will decide whether Tigers will be the league champion or if Rhinos still have an outside chance of toppling Tigers from the top. The match starts brightly when Hisyam scored two goals which is quite surreal., considering that Tigers never lose in any of their previous league matches. The hope then turns into despair when Tigers promptly responded with three goals which ultimately confirms their champion status and pushed Rhinos into third position in the league. We really need to beat Beavers in our final league match and Panthers to lose to Tigers to claim back our second position in the league. 

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Birthday Wishes

Ilyas and Maisarah have both given me birthday cards, all self made. Thank you guys!

Our first produce from the back garden

Birthday cake for me

We went to Ita's house for lunch as her mom is around and when she is here, she will always cook her famous 'laksa'. To my surprise, they presented me with a simple birthday cake to celebrate my birthday which is due tomorrow. Thanks Ita and her family!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

MICPA Workshop on Preparation of Group Accounts

I was so busy preparing the consolidated financial statements during the workshop that the only time I managed to take picture was during my way to have lunch in one of the restaurants inside Legend Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. This workshop is needed to prepare myself for the next semester subject and I just found out that the Profit & Loss account and Balance Sheet have new headings. Some of the UPM accounting lecturers are still not aware of this and I hope they will not be teaching the old stuff to the students coming this July.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

LBJB Seventh League Match

The LBJB league enters its third round today and Rhinos need to beat Panthers in order to have any hope of catching up with the league leader, Tigers. The match started in a hopeful manner as Panthers are without any substitute players. Our top striker, Hisyam tirelessly attempts to break Panthers resistance and he is duly rewarded with a goal. After the end of third quarter, we decided to adopt defensive approach to protect this slim lead. However, it turns disastrously for us as Panthers scored two quick successive goals which left Rhinos little time to respond with. Now I know how Sir Alex Ferguson felt when his Manchester United team were beaten by Bayern Munich by a last minute goal during the quarter final match of the Champions League.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

The hardwork begins...

Wan the friendly kitten

Two days ago a lone kitten came to Tok Wan's house and settled down quietly there. It got a round collar with the name 'Wan' on it. It is so friendly it even let Maisarah to carry it. It just makes me wonder why it ran away from his previous master.

3 Layers Tea