Monday, April 23, 2007

Over-stretched worker Vs Over-Demand boss

Last week, I found out that my former workplace is outsourcing their maintenance department.

Out of curiousity, I give a ring to one of my former colleague. He told me that last thursday, one of the senior technician, who have with there for 16 year, give a punch on the boss face. This is very disturbing, but it is expected.

My former workplace is like every technician's nightmare. With over-stretched timetable, and a very demanding job that required very high skill, but pays little. no wonder the boss had a punch on the face. When I went to the workplace to understand and judge myself, most of the tenants actually pity the maintenance there. And not forgetting, the witness. Because there are some other people on the spot, and witness the whole event. The technician have a problem, and have tried his best with 2 other technicians. And when he went to consult the boss, and requires help, the unsupportive boss shouts at him and stand close to him, not showing a little piece of respect. In a fit of anger, he give a punch to the boss, and police were called immediately.

In my point of view, I think the boss is too much, because we have only 5 people, and with two on morning shift, one in afternoon shift, and one at night shift, and one off, no wonder it will make everyone angry. This is because ideally, a maintenance should be made up of two in one team, so that when one is in trouble, another can help out.

In this round, I would like people to know what kind of an environemtn I uses to be working in last time, which made me quits.

This maintenance room is situated next to the electrical switch room, and the chiller plant room. As everyone knows it, a chiller plant roon is a hot and noisy enviroment. and can you imagine how badly a person can be exposing to high heat and radiation from the switch room?

With Air-conditioning waiting for a year, it have never come. And the worse part is that when the fire alarm rings in this place, the technicians, who are inside this so called maintenance room, never gets to hears it. This is a dangerous scenario, because it have happened before, where the technician was sitting inside, and the fire alarm gives off. The technician who is sitting inside have absolutely no idea that the fire alarm have rang off, until one of the tenant gives a call to the technician's handphone. By this time, 30 minutes have passed. Would you believe how many people would have died because of the location fo the maintenance room?

And speaking of fire safety manager, sometime, we really wonders is he really a fire safety manager. This is because every now and then, he emphasize about fire safety, but given the location fo the maintenance room, I believe he have not thought about fire safety. I remembered that there is a time, where there is a smoke detector faulty, and we have to trace every detector, because we suspect the led may be out. we tried to trigger ever point, but cannot find the detector. At this time, the boss never mentions about the fire safety manager, until the problem went off, and he starts saying he is a fire safety manager. Even the map have cast many doubts, because some of the zones indicated on the panel does not tally with the location of the detectors. I remember there is a detector ont he first level, not easily seen by anyone. It is so high up, and blocked by some ducting that locating them without experience is impossible.

Everytime or everything we do requires money. And claiming money is difficult, because the boss is very stingy. he wish to save money here and there, and this fits in perfectly, A penny wise, a pound foolish. By not giving money to people at the bottom, everyone is not working happily, and would drag a defect as long as possible, because there is no money to pay for it.


Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Death Note

Wow, it have been a long long time since I came online doing blogging. Sometime, I am a bit surprised myself, that tiume really flies too fast.

I was promoted some weeks back, and to take up a new role, I worked really hard, to learn most of the things available at work. Adding to the present workload, I am also doing energy audit for a building that I am working in right now. Practically, apart from knowing how the entire building, I am now learning how to cut down on the energy of the building with some helps. As the BCA, Building and Construction Authority encourages on going GREEN, I am helping out to find out which individual of the machines in the building consumes the most power. Out of the basic finding, a third of the energy that the building consumes, is in air conditioning. And second up is the water. In the building, the thing that uses the most amount of water will be the cooling towers. This is because during heat dispenses, water vapours was also freed to the environment. My greatest dream is to be able to construct a system to collect the condensate from the Air Handling Units, and divert it back to the cooling tower. I am pretty sure this will really saves up the water bill. This is because water condensation is a nonstop process as long as the AHU is running.

Some of the things at home requires attention, I gotta attend to it. One of them is the Sony projector that have been with us for 9 years, and a PDA that always fails, until a big issue is made out of it before the HP REALLY fix the problem.

I was watching a show for 4 long hours yesterday. It is a movie, that was so popular in the current anime in Japan. The movie is called Death Note. Yup. that's right, a anime called Death note, and I watched both of it. "The Death Note" and "The Death Note, The last name" I think the Death note is much better than the second part. And as the movie said, you have to watch the first, before you can understand the second. This is because in most of the conversation, they sometime flash back to the first part events.

I somehow feels the show is like the Final Fantasy series: They have no happy ending. In this show, out of the three character, 2 died, and 1 was left alone, and went mad because she could not get the thing that she wants. And the most saddest part is that the girl, lights up candles every year on the guy's birthday, who have been turn to dust because he was killed by the death note.

The story is about one guy yagami light, who became rika, when he got hold of a death note left by ryuk, a death god. He uses it to spread justice and insist that it should be the way of life. A mysterious man called L, is summoned to catch Yagami. And as yagami have a very high IQ, he outsmarted L many time, but he occassionally made a few mistakes, that leads him to serious consequence. One of them, is to join the police force, which his motive is to find out who L is, and to kill him with the death note. But as L have predicted, he knew rika will join the police force, and seek him out. They plays dangerous moves, until second rika appears. Which is Misa Amane. Misa is a girl, who falls for light, because he have brought her dream that there is hope in the world. She traded half of her life for the "Eye of the death". Unlike rika, the second rika kills without the need to find out the name and faces. All she needs is a TV, and she can kill anyone she dislike. The most breaking uproar, is that she made a big killing out of the innocent just to seek rika out. On seeing this light appears and was spotted by second rika immediately. she look up for rika, and propose a date, and join forces, to learn L's name. Knowing both rika are trying to kill L, L plays a long game in the second part with both rika, and must outsmart both of them in order to survive.


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