Thursday, December 10, 2009

Parents Town Assignment

Hei guys... this will be a quick update as I'm going to pack my stuff tonight as I'm leaving to Labuan tomorrow for my good friend's wedding on Saturday. So you guys might be wondering why I put the title 'Parents Town Assignment'. You guys might have guessed that it is where my parents are staying now. Yes it is and we have a very complicated history of moving around. We can be categorized as a 'nomad' family, not because we ran away from a town when we do something wrong or travel to survive.... but it's what my dad likes to do when he was young. He likes to jump around to find job. For everyone info.... my dad is a chef cook (a good one, and I'm proud of him)

The reason why I said my dad likes to jump around to find job is because he didn't like to stick to a job for a long period, yet he still love his job. From what I heard verbally from him. He started his career in Sungai Siput, Perak when he was 17. He started from the very basic and low rank in a typical Chinese kitchen... called the 'Ma Wong'. 'Ma Wong' is a person who actually take out all the vegetable, meat and seafood... clean it up in one area which might be out of the kitchen or in the same area with the dish washer... see how low rank is that? Almost equivalent to a dish washer.

Then my dad decided to try his luck working in KL. In KL, he actually started working in a better rank by following a senior there and called as the 'Zham Pan' which stands for knife and chopping board. So his job is to only cut all the fresh food that has been cleaned by the 'ma wong'. After a few years, he tried cooking and he learned that by looking at his senior. It's easier to cook if you know every ingredient that is needed for a dish. So he tried to memorized all the ingredient and did some cooking. One of the boss during his time was quite interested with his potential so he promoted him to become the junior chef assistant which is called the 'Pong Wok'.

From there, he did not stay long... so he tried to look for a higher pay job in Singapore. Wow... like father like son you can see here... haha... and he managed to work in Singapore as a 'Pong Wok' for a year or so before he actually went to Australia to seek for AUD!!! $$$ Kachinggg!!!

But he still misses the life in Malaysia... wahhh... no wonder his son felt the same. When he got back to Malaysia, he actually got an offer to work in Sabah.... in a district called Tawau. There he learned a lot about Seafood dish and he made quite a lot of friends there. Good friends and most important... he met my mum! Yeah!

The story doesn't ends there. My siblings and I were all born in Tawau but my elder sister and I moved to Petaling Jaya, Selangor in the year 1991 while my younger sister followed my mum back to her hometown. While my elder sister and I was taken cared in PJ. Once again my dad travel around to work, but this time as a main chef 'Ah Cheh'. After Tawau, he was managed to work in Sandakan, Kota Kinabalu, Labuan, Limbang, Lawas, Miri and even Brunei Darussalam... that is why I had so many privileges to travel locally during my young age. I feel happy though even if I didn't get to travel to Japan, Australia, US, Europe or HK when I was young but I'm proud that I can witness my dad cooking skill in so many places around Malaysia. Now he finally settled down in Labuan. But still he work in almost all the Chinese restaurant there... still like to jump around but I guessed he is still working happily even though he is now 63 years old this year. God bless u dad....

Lesson of the day: I learned about working life is not easy. We must start from the most bottom then slowly go up until we reach our goal even if we are just a SPM holder or the best Master-PHD holder. As an employee, we must have strong knowledge from the top till bottom. So all the best to those are starting his/her career life.