Wednesday, March 21, 2007

First Day Of Spring. 21 March. It's My Birthday.

There's gotta be a reasonable explanation to my forgetting my own birthday. Maybe there were too many things that I had to do, or too many people I had to meet that it didn't matter anymore whether I turned 47 or 67. They say age is nothing but numbers. Maybe it is but I'd rather consider it a milestone to mark how far I've come from a little kid raised by Grandma, Aunt and Cousin. 47 can bring the philosopher or a poet in people. I am neither but 47 does feel to me that I don't have much time left to do the things I've gotta do. The problem is, I don't know what it is that I've gotta do.
Life is about giving it your best shot. Do the thing the best you can. The problem is, sometimes you don't know whether what you are doing is good enough for you because you don't know enough about an industry to measure up your performance after you've passed the learning curve. And you keep meeting people who seem to know what they are talking about until you found out that they don't know any better about anything other than knowing how to talk like medicine peddlers. It's good that I keep meeting this type of species who do nothing except to calculate commission, kickbacks, and cuts. I've learnt to listen and watch. Funny thing is, they've got neither transferable nor nontransferable skills to their name but they drive flashy cars and seem to be doing all right in life. They can cut into my profits to leave me with almost nothing to roll over. Over time, I've learnt.
It's a funny world. You've got a client who needs this equipment. He calls you up because you know the equipment like the back of your hand, and so he cuts a deal with you. That's deal number one. You call up the manufacturer to analyze the drawing. You agree to cut deal number two, which is price and date of delivery. You call up the guy in deal number one to say everything is on. Somewhere along the line, a guy comes up to say, he can get it through the paper process faster than you can blink your eyes, and so you start to think about running cost multiply by the number of days before the whole deal comes to an end where you can start to ask the girl in the office to raise the invoice. And so you cut deal number three. Deal number three rolls over to deal number four and five, until you realise the whole thing has its beginning with the guy in deal number one. Ha ha ha. I love this industry.
One day when I'm done with this, you'd get the names and places of these characters in deal number one, two, three, four, five and six.
It's a long time coming before the invoice.

21 Comments:

Blogger Clark Gable of Pulau Duyong said...

Happy Birthday Brader
We are seangkatang.

Doing biz in Malaysia become very costly as everyone 'mahu makan' along the way without doing any job or putting any effort except to carry their bum from one lazy chair to another.Even the title name given to the chair as a lazy chair is fighting for their birthright name copyright as these people are lazier than the lazy chair itself.

Good Luck My Friend

4:21 PM  
Anonymous Carol said...

Well warm birthday wishes for you...hope your day is filled with joy and happiness...and well to enjoy some more also drop by my blog on Birthday Celebrations and enjoy all that's posted there!!!

5:14 PM  
Blogger Anak Mami said...

happy birthday sir berg! semoga apa yang dihajatkan, diperkenan Allah..

semoga panjang umur dan murah rezeki selalu..

12:12 AM  
Blogger k.d said...

Happy birthday Mr.Bergen

Alahai Mr.Bergen. It must be frustrating to learn the final truth.

Hang in there.

7:02 AM  
Anonymous maklang said...

moga panjang umur dan murah rezeki...Happy birthday...

9:11 AM  
Blogger dee3 said...

selamat belated hari tua!

age doesn't matter. unless, of course, if you're wine or cheese.

sibuk, nampak? ;)
all the best lah!

9:13 AM  
Blogger A Babe Of Very Little Brain said...

well well welll .. happy birthday Uncle Bergen.

moga panjang umur murah rezeki.

!cheers!

9:35 AM  
Blogger tokasid said...

Salam to Sir Bergen.

Happy Birthday to you.Maybe should ask Clark gable to get us some lemang from Kijal and Kepoklekor from Losong.

I understand the 'frustration' and puzzlement you are going thru.There is always a line of 'ulaq ayaq'waiting to jump on you and have their share of your effort.You scratch their back and they don't give a damn about you.You are important only bcoz they want suck you dry.

And don't disappear too long bro...you went AWOL for 2 weeks.But we waited and waited and waited for your long sentences to appear.Its worth the wait.

take care and have a nice week.

10:43 AM  
Blogger JoKontan said...

I'm just a worker..

Blessed I am working with this company where all of these dealings are no longer acceptable.

'Zero telorance to compliance'. We would not accept any job that involve dealings..

Happy Birthday Sir Bergeng..May you have the Great One. :-)

& Tumpang lalu semetar.

Tokasid, in my humble opinion, the best kerpok lekor now is coming from Seberang Takirr. Hok losong tuu kaloh doh.. :-)

3:00 PM  
Blogger podgykat said...

Happy Birthday, dear Bergen. Hope you had a good little do now that you've remembered it's your birthday!! Please go and have a good piece of choccy cake ok.
What you've written here sums up the business climate in our country. Sad but true. Been in it long enough to know. All the best.

8:28 PM  
Anonymous Ol' Lady from the Green Mtn said...

Happy belated birthday, Bergen. It's the second day of Spring and the snow is still on the mountain top. Spring weather won't really be here until June. But how lovely it is to have a birthday on the first day of Spring.

9:11 PM  
Blogger AuntieYan. said...

Happy Birthday Bergen....:-)

Remember????..we share the same birth date....Like you, I almost forgot the date..until my hubby wish me happy birthday early that morming....
So...you are 47 eh???....Auntie Yan is 25!!! last year I was 15....how come aaaa????

8:14 AM  
Blogger ailin...(still) in aalborg said...

hey happy birthday Sir Bergen.

8:03 PM  
Blogger NJ said...

Happy belated birthday Bergen sir. Stay cool!

9:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Belated Birthday, Bergen! Keep on blogging! :o)

10:26 PM  
Blogger Fauziah Ismail said...

Problem in Malaysia is everyone wants a cut in everything that we do.
Even before a meeting is arranged, a deal is struck or an agreement is inked, the inevitable question would be "What is in it for us?"
Happy Birthday, mate!

11:26 PM  
Blogger NBB said...

semoga panjang umur, murah rezeki yang diberkati.

47? eleh...bukan 74 kan..lepak le beb!

9:08 PM  
Blogger demonsinme said...

Master Bergen:

Happy birthday, may you are blessed with great wealth, good health and best ohf happiness.

A gift for you,

Bag, Sack, Rack

hey there traveller vexed,
relax,
it's the only thing you can pack,
when trudgung in a world mastered by a man made of wax,
now sit is what you have to do next,
free your bag and put it in my sack,
give it to me so I can put it on my rack.

vexed traveller,
eat as I know you are haunted by hunger,
as I know every traveller is also a hunter,
looking for the mystical beast no mind can figure,
to give you strength traveling in the path of meander,
that the hunger would set you lost in anger,
and ends you as a meal cook on a sweet fire.

I know, I know it's a heavy bag,
I know, I know the content is no hag,
but you really should put it in my sack,
and you really should put it on my rack,
it would really make you relax,
and free you from the contunious vex,
I should know for I am the paver of every traveller's track.

12:17 AM  
Blogger Ibu said...

Many happy returns! May Allah bless you always.

2:12 AM  
Blogger bergen said...

Thank you for visiting, and thank you for your kind words:

Clark Gable of Pulau Duyong: Seangkatang dalang satu pakatang. LOL.

Carol: Thank you, ma'am.

Anak Mami: It's been awhile, thank you, ma'am. Good to see you.

K.D: It was frustrating at first but I've learnt to live with it. Thank you, ma'am.

Maklang: Good to see you, ma'am. Still cooking up a storm these days? Wish I live next door. LOL.

Dee3: Thank you, ma'am. Wine or cheese, LOL.

A Babe of Very Little Brain: Thank you, ma'am. You have a nice day now, y'hear?

Tokasid: LOL, ulaq ayaq. They multiply whenever there's water. Now that we've got projets lined up under 9MP, we've gonna see more of 'em. LOL. The thing is, they are well-connected (according to them lah), and they belong to a system that goes higher up on the political chain.

Jokontan: In theory it sounds good. You'd be surprise how creative they can get around the mission and vision written on the cover of the annual report, or the company's wall behind the receptionist. LOL


Podgykat: Had me a treat fit for a king. LOL. Thank you, ma'am.

Ol'Lady From The Green Mountain: It's been a long harsh winter. Maybe it is the signs of indian summer in the making. We don't know weather anymore, I guess. At least you've got Spring to look forward to, and the first few weeks of Fall.

AuntieYan: Hmmm, last year 15 this year 25. I am mathematically inept to figure a complex concept as this. Maybe Maklang can help, she's good with mathematics.


Ailin: Thank you, ma'am. Read in the news about the riot. It didn't get to you, did it?

NJ: Thank you, ma'am. You have a nice day now, y'hear?

Anonymous: Will keep up with blogging, maybe a little slow these days as I am trying to balance between making a living and putting what I see in an entry. Thank you.

Fauziah Ismail: Thank you, ma'am. You be sure to have a good day now, y'hear?

NBB: Thank you, ma'am. Dah basuh kereta hari ni. Petang ni nampak macam nak hujan jer. LOL.


Demonsinme: You always have nice poems for the occasion, sir. Wish I could write poetry, but really, as it stands, I'd better stick to prose. LOL.


Ibu: Thank you, ma'am. You and your hubby be sure to have a nice day now, y'hear. I am on the lookout for the boyish looking guy busy typing on his laptop whenever I'm at Starbucks.

To everyone who came in, it was nice of you to wish me a happy birthday. You be sure to have a good week ahead now, y'hear?

10:54 AM  
Blogger wonda said...

Mr. Bergen,
Happy Belated Birthday. Please don't laugh if I tell you this. Thought you were 27 and it's a compliment. You are 47 now and it's a also compliment. You are a good read.

8:29 PM  

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