| Isyana Arslan is a proud alumna of Universitas Indonesia, from which she gained a diploma in English as A Second Language (ESL), and The University of Auckland, from which she obtained a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English Literature and Films, Television, and Media Studies (FTVMS.) She also proudly calls Jakarta, Indonesia, and Auckland, New Zealand, home. Isyana is now working full time at Sunrise Solution, a Japanese BPR company, as a translator. She dreams of having a best-selling novel in stores, a successful online store, and settling back in Auckland in five years' time. Layout designed by yours truly, as always. Photograph taken also by yours truly, of an unknown woman walking past a fancy gift store Iko Iko, which is situated at the legendary Karangahape Road (vintage store heaven, red light district, and more), in Auckland, New Zealand. Background image is courtesy of Squid Fingers and the fonts Dafont. Looks good on all browsers.April 2003 - July 2008
The only April TILTJust look at the TILT badge! A picture of a girl wearing a pink dress lying down, doubled and put side by side with the heads cropped. The result is the skirts look like a bow, and the legs look like a string behind it like a bow tie. Whoever did this is a genius!It's true that I'm still in shock over my unemployment, even though I saw it coming. But, looking on the bright side, this gives me more time to focus on what I really want in my next gig (oh yeah, see the entry below.) I have to make sure I won't make the same mistake, that I won't be tied to a computer and a chair from sunrise (no pun intended, I swear!) 'til sundown. So if you know of any job opening that meets all or most of my criteria of an ideal job please let me know!The usual: Thank you God for my last stint which at least gave me valuable experience and a sense of independence (albeit briefly), my boyfriend (my unsullied love to my PMM!), my family, my awesome 3.5 years in New Zealand...and the list could go on and on!
Hey guys! Before I start this month's TILT I'd like to break the news that yes I've been dismissed by the company. I got the dismissal notice on Tuesday, so this is officially my second day of unemployment.
On a much cheerful note, happy 23rd birthday to Jean and happy 27th birthday to Andreas! I totally love it now that my two Taurean siblings are within reach again :)
Ok, now let's get on with TILT...
Another usual: another of my favorite book, Why I Am A Muslim by Asma Gull Hassan. I love every single page of it but I skipped the chapter covering female genital mutilation. Listening to: nothing
Thursday, April 30, 2009, 09:37 a.m.
write whatever...I like the great outdoors. Taking pictures of magnificent old buildings and having a picnic in the park. Also showing those new to the environment around, which is one of the things I did as an Ispace volunteer back in Aucks...
Ok. I'm in hot water right now. Hot beyond boiling point. To those who got the chance to read my deleted April 25 entry, kudos to you.
Happy belated a quarter century to my Christchurch girl Hannah Charlotte Field! Keep stopping every 5 minutes to smell those hydrangeas. Keep smoking and chewing gum at the same time. Keep partying. Keep spraying that perfume. I love ya to bits!
Anyway, I messed up some major work at the office about 10 days ago, no one got mad at me. BUT! Yesterday I saw an advertisement issued by my company in the newspaper...FOR MY POSITION. Oh. Mein. Gott. So yeah, a lay-off might be just around a corner. Yes true I feel scared to my bone marrow, but should I REALLY get the sack, I want my next job to be something I love so much. This one job, as I've told you probably 1,247 times, is boring me to tears although the money is good. Remember when I used to blog about how I hate dressing up in formal office attire, sit in front of the computer for some 9 hours, and putting up a sweet face when you're seething with rage inside for the sake of company image. This one job is that nightmare materialized. So here's a list of things I love, things to consider when I'm on the look-out for a new job (I should've written the list before I signed the contract of my current gig):
I love to connect with people. I love finding out what they like, dislike, fear, expect...I'm good at remembering birthdays (who needs Facebook reminder? Not me!) In this job it's like my butt is glued to my chair and the rest of my body is strapped to the computer. The only chance I get to interact (which is officially part of my job description) with people is when I call people for a meeting, reminding them about a meeting, and consulting the GA people if we can use one of the meeting rooms. Other than that I do translation and data entry. Can you say boredom?
I like to be creative - be it through spoken words, visuals, and other means. I'd very much appreciate it if I were given a chance to contribute to how to better operations by way of spewing ideas forth. Like, how to communicate ideas to the masses.
Last but definitely not least, I like to be surrounded by diverse people. People of various nationalities, skin colours, and languages.
Any idea where I can score a job that meets all or at least most of those criteria?Listening to: nothing
Sunday, April 26, 2009, 04:36 p.m.
something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue...Listening: Marie Digby - Say It Again
Yesterday one of the family dressmakers came over to take my measurements, and when I told my boyfriend about the dressmaker's visit, he joked that my measurements were for a wedding dress. LOL. Yes I was and still am delighted at the thought of wedding bells ringing in the very near future!
Oh, and if you really must know, the measurements are for new office attire.
It's less than a month before my 26th, it's terrifying...And I sorely miss the happy-beyond-words phase I had leading to my 24th.
Monday, April 20, 2009, 03:18 p.m.
tadaaa...Listening to: nada
Ok. First of all are you guys missing me or what! LOL.
Secondly happy 26th birthday to James! This is the last year of mid-20s-dom sweetheart, enjoy it to the max!
If you guys accessed this blog between late last week and early this week you must have seen that I was attempting a new layout. Now, that layout was based on any standard Wordpress layout (on which I have an account and there are several entries already...try to look me up), but even before it was fully ready I got so bored of it. It looked so basic, like something I used to do in my early Diaryland days, and until I learn proper CSS coding there's no way I could give it a basic-yet-advanced look like those Wordpress layouts. Hence the return to this layout...which is unlike me to do. Using the same layout twice.
I still like being on Pitas. Now that it's closed for new registration (has been since 2005, I think), the people remaining active on this website are like a secret society (it's even more so when you frequently come across the same usernames on the 'newly updated blogs' pages .) Some of us have really nice layouts yet so old-fashioned since Pitas can only cater to what I call 'the paste-on layouts' - layouts that you design on Front Page or Dream Weaver, copy the code and paste it on Pitas. That's a very outdated mode of making templates really. I feel like we're a bunch of dinosours in the blogging world since most of us have been blogging since the word 'weblog' was a novelty.
Thursday, April 16, 2009, 09:13 a.m.
office space updateListening to: Britney Spears - If You Seek Amy
Hey hey! I have absolutely nothing to blog about, and I should be working on yet another topic memo, but the bosses are on a visit to Metrodata (our IT vendor) so that means I can take things a bit more slowly and I can bring mini buns and cold water to my desk!
Anyway, my friends back in beloved old Auckland have reported sightings of yours truly at the iconic Queen Street...of late. Time and again I have to swear by whatever deity coming to mind that no, I'm still in my homeland learning the ropes of adult world and that I have no plan to mingle with the sheep again anytime soon. There's only one possibility: I might have an impostor.
There's a super long weekend ahead. Tomorrow is a national holiday as good Indonesian citizens make their way to the voting booth to vote for senator hopefuls (I still have no idea who to vote for), and Friday is Good Friday. So yay for four days of uninterrupted sleep!
Wednesday, April 8, 2009, 10:41 a.m.
kia ora aprilListening to: nada
Hey hey happy April everyone.
First up, give birthday wishes where birthday wishes are due! Hahahah. Happy belated 26th birthday to Emily (April 1), 22nd to Von and 28th to Yuko (both April 3), 26th to Kiki (April 6), and happy 12th birthday to my little brother Aji!
I have nothing else to blog about. Best be signing off.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009, 10:19 a.m.