Thursday, February 20, 2014

Kumbaya My lord...

Or in my case... "Kumaya". LOL (Kumaya in Dusun means Getting Rich)

The rough time are going to come, But...they have not come to stay.
They have come to pass.
When unexpected events happened... Your life at that moment either goes in slow motion or speed up every seconds that made you wonder what the hell happened? But one thing in common with those two is, the moment will pass.

Right now I am worried, scared, stress and wish that the world is at its apocalypse verge so everything will vanish including me. But that won't be happening anytime soon and maybe if we took good care of Earth maybe there won't be one. I face to face reality, put my warrior princess mode and fight!


Friday, February 14, 2014

Dedicated to all dreamers.

I don't know what that dream is that you have,
I don't care how disappointing is might have been as you working towards that dream.
But that dream that you're holding in your mind that it's POSSIBLE.

That some of you already know that it's's not easy.
That in the process of working on your dreams, that you are going to incur a lot of disappointment.
A lot of failure... A lot of pain... 
and Moments when you're going doubt yourself  
For those of you that experienced some hardships...
Don't give up on your dream.
The rough time are going to come, But...they have not come to stay.
They have come to pass.

Greatness is not this wonderful, esoteric, elusive, god-like feature that only the special among us will ever taste - you know it's something that truly exists in all of us. It's very simple, this is what I believe and I'm willing to die for it. Period. It's that simple. And that's all I need to know, so from there you do what you need to do. I think what happens is we make this situation more complex than it has to be (because we're looking for complexity). - Will Smith

Most people, they raise a family, they earn a living and then... they die. 
They stop growing, They stop working on themselves, stop stretching.
They stop pushing themselves that a lot of People like to Complain...
But they don't wanna do anything about their situation,
and most people don't work towards their dream.. Why?!
One is because of Fear.. The fear of failure...
and the fear of success.. This is not a risk taker. 

You spend so much time with other people,
You spend so much time trying to make people like you.
You know more of the people than YOURSELF.
You study them... You know about them...
You want to hang out like them. 
You Want To Be Just Like Them,
and you know what... 
You invested so much time with them...
You don't know who you are. 

It's necessary that you get the Losers OUT OF YOUR LIFE,
If you want to live your dreams.
For people that moving towards that dream, Life has some SPECIAL kind of meaning.

When you become the RIGHT PERSON.
You start separating yourself from other people,
you began to have some certain of uniqueness.
As long as you follow other people, as long as you be a copy cat.
You will never ever be the best copy cat in the world. 
But You Will Be The Best You Can Be.
I'm challenging you to define your value.

That Everybody won't see it... Everybody won't join you that Everybody won't have the vision.
It's necessary to know that YOU ARE AN UNCOMMON BREED. 
It's necessary that you aligned yourself with people and attract people into your business, who are hungry, people who are unstoppable and unreasonable. 
People who refuse to live life just as it is and who want More.
The people that living their dreams of becoming WINNERS, to test themselves to.
The people who are living their dreams, people that know if it's going to happen it's up to them. 

If you want to be more successful, if you want to have and do stuff you never done before.
I'm asking you to INVEST IN YOU.

“‎Someone's opinion of you does not have to become your reality.”Les Brown

That you don't have to go through life as a victim.

and even if you face disappoinment, you have to know within yourself that I can do this even if no one else sees it for me... I must see it for myself.

No matter how bad it is or how bad it gets, I'm GOING TO MAKE IT. 

I want to represent an idea, I want to represent possibilities.

That someone like you, right now. You know what I'm saying, you want to go to the next level. I want to be a counsel, I want to be an ENGINEER, I want to be a doctor. 

Listen to me... You can't get to that level economically where you want to be until you start investing in your mind. 

I dare you to invest in your time.

I dare you to be alone.

I dare you to spend hours to get to know yourself.

 When you become who you are, when you become the person you created to be, Design to Be. When you become an individual. What you do is take yourself and start separating yourself from other people. I'm telling you to get a place where people don't like you and don't even bother you no more. Why? Because you're not concern of trying to make them happy. You're trying to get to the next level. 

I'm challenging you to INVEST IN YOUR MIND.

If you're still talking about your dream..

If you're still talking about your goals..

If you have not done anything... TAKE THE FIRST STEP.

That you can make your parents proud, you can make your school proud.

You can touch million of people lives and the world will never be the same again because you came this way. DON'T LET ANYBODY STEAL YOUR DREAM.

After we face rejections and you know when you have a meeting and no one show up or somebody says you can count on me and they don't come through. 

Nobody believer in you, you lost again and again.

Your lights has come off but you're still looking out your dreams. 

When you and everyday you say to yourself.





Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The miun's lunch

Good afternoon... My lunch hour everyday is from12pm to 1pm. 1 hour to eat and relax... There are a few restaurant near my office but today I am skipping lunch. Not because I am on a diet (well I am on a 'money diet') but because I forgot my wallet at home. I have only an 800ml water bottle and that is the only source of energy I have. 

Although usually if I got some money to spend I usually buy my lunch at Breaktime Cafe and my meal there will cost me RM4.50 and RM22.50 per week if I have lunch for 5 days.  RM4.50 is a mix rice dish where you pick 2 type of dish and white rice. I usually picked stir fried vegetables and japanese tofu and add a bit curry gravy. Oh... yum!

 My lunch budget is RM5< excluding drink around RM100< per month.

4 miun's star out of 5. Because I can get RM2.50 worth food here. LOL and it's under my budget!

But if I'm in the mood for Chinese food, Foh Chuan!

I give 2 Miun's stars out to 5.

Can't really remember the price since I rarely go there ony when I just got my salary. But it usually will cost me around RM8 for a simple meal like pork fried rice or konomen saunyuk.

There's also 2 malay restaurant which serve mix rice and ala carte dish. Sari Bonda and Wan Tomyam, food rating price is almost similar although Wan Tomyam specialty seem to lean more towards peninsular Malaysia cuisine type of food and Sari Bonda more Bruneian cuisine.

 I give 2 Miun's stars out to 5.

3 Miun's stars out to 5 just because I like Nasi Katok.

If I had to pick from the 2 of them I would picked Sari Bonda because it serves Nasi Katok!!!

Nasi katok is a cuisine almost similar to Nasi Lemak but the sambal is more sweeter than Nasi lemak's. And there's fried chicken! I first tasted Nasi Katok at Lawas during my internship at Sipitang. I immediately fall in love with it would love to visit Brunei one day to taste an authentic Nasi Katok. Nasi Katok at SariBonda cost RM5.00, they also serve nasi ayam penyet and nasi imbang.

At Wan tomyam, the only food I tried was the cheapest; chicken fried rice. Normal fried rice and top with chicken chop and cost me about RM6. I haven't tried the tomyam tho... I am a bit biased when it comes to tomyum, the only tomyum I like was at WanWan and Bakut both own by Chinese. Most tomyum I had at a malay restaurant sucks beside WanWan is quite close to my office.

Almost forget, a tad bit expensive for my lunch budget though but this restaurant serve quite okay chicken/sau nyuk/duck rice. But my favorite chicken/ sau nyuk fan is still at the Kedai Kopi Gunung Emas, people will be lining to get tapao from that restaurant and that is a rare scene in KK.

2 Miun's stars out to 5. Mahal la inda berapa sedap lagi...

So if anyone of you are coming to my office area during lunch hour to buy me lunch, feel free to email me at I'm not a fussy eater and I'm free every Monday to Friday at 12-1pm, hehehe. 

Okay...I just unabashedly asked for free lunch. Abrupt end since my lunch hour already finished and I have work to finish. 

Till then ~~ Cynta


Monday, February 10, 2014

Survival of the Miun...

What is Miun?


Miun is a word derived from the word Kunsikang or Miunsikang. It is not known whether the word Kunsikang or Miunsikang is an authentic Dusun word. The word Miunsikang was invented by Richard Lidi which has been repeated repetitively by the Lidis as an inside joke. Miun simply means the act of being poor.&nbsp;

eg: Si Cynta mimang miun.
 Miun suda sia ini bulan.

I read an article online recently about Sabah being one of the most expensive state ---> LINK. I never lived anywhere outside Sabah other than visiting but the cheapest food I ever encounter was from Labuan where a bowl of konomen cost RM3 per person and nasi ayam CP which is RM2.80 per person (which I am not sure whether the price is still the same or not).

As the article stated it is true that in Sabah the salaries are lower than Peninsular Malaysia. The salary for an entry level executive with a degree is less than 2k and for a diploma holder less than 1.5k. To eat at a restaurant for a person is around rm8++ and even buying groceries the price is a bit higher than peninsular Malaysia although I couldn't really confirm this one since I don't cook and rarely buy any groceries except for snacks etc... But a friend of mine (from peninsular) said the KFC value meal the one that have rice+1 piece of chicken+ drink, have an additional coleslaw but only KFC at peninsular. Anyone who can confirm this please comment. &nbsp;

Let me introduce myself first, My name is Jacynta and as stated in my url my nickname is cynta and no, my nick name wasn't made after the Indonesia Hit Movie or That Malay song. I am a fresh graduate Sabahan and working as a junior engineer at a local civil and structure consultant firm. My salary is under 2k and I live from paycheck to paycheck.&nbsp;

To make it easier for you to understand clearly, here's my monthly budget.

Things I have to pay
1. Car loan = RM480
2. Prepaid topup = RM80 (For internet and calling)
3. Personal loan = RM150
4. PTPTN loan = RM50++ (Haven't started yet planning to soon)
5. Room Rent = RM125 (Divide half with roommate)

Total = RM885 excluding PTPTN =RM835

And that's, half of my salary gone...

This month I also gave my parents a bit money for ASTRO bill and Groceries... oh and also birthday present for Bapa = RM350

Leaving me around RM500 until the end of the month which I have to save for fuel budget and food budget. Fuel budget consist more than half of that (damnit proton saga! not so fuel saving!). So mathematically proves I can't pay my PTPTN just yet and also I can't save any money just yet.

I also don't really have any budget for entertainment or shopping. Even buying facial skincare will burn a hole through my pocket. But the government told us to spend money effectively and efficiently according to what we need and here's my justification of all the things I spend.

My car, I need it for work. Distance between my workplace and rental room is approximately 15km and going back home to Tuaran add another 26km. If I take the bus it will be cheaper, true... but my work start at 8am and end at 5pm. The earliest bus if I'm not mistaken is 6am and it will not pass by my neighborhood, to take it I have to walk at least 2km to the main road. Taking the bus is quite fussy and a 30 minutes route (+ early morning traffic jam) will take about 40 minutes, although there will be no traffic jam in the morning and it will be less that 40 minutes. But the bus from my neighborhood will only take me to the city centre bus station and that's where the problem start. Bus to my workplace is a mini bus which meant they will only start the engine when there are at least 5 passengers. The waiting time is unpredictable so getting to work on time is a 50/50 situation. Oh... and taking bus after work, I have to walk to the nearest bus stop which located 2km from my workplace. So that is my justification on why I need a car, pretty reasonable right?

Prepaid topup... why RM80 and why 2 numbers? RM50 is to pay for my internet plan this actually can be reduce but internet is the only cheap entertainment I can get. RM30 is for my other number which only for calls and contacting people without internet plan.

Personal loan was made to pay for my school's fee. PTPTN loan was for my diploma (I had my diploma in a private college) and for my degree my parents help to pay but at the end of the semester I pay everything myself. I don't want to burden my parents anymore since I am old enough to pay my own bills.

Room rent;&nbsp; obviously... yes I can live with my parents at TUARAN!!! which is approximately 41KM!!! from my workplace and there is no bus pass by my parents house. Beside I like living independent, wash my own clothes, clean my room only when it look like a nuclear disaster, eat when I want, watch what I want but I still love going back Tuaran on the weekends, home cooked food and being around family is nice.

You can't really expect me to not help my parents pay the bills right? My Bapa turn 52 this year and he deserve an awesome presents from his children! Also this is my first job, it's logical that children should spend their parents after all the sacrifice they've done. My sister and I bought him an Arowana fish which cost us RM218 after discount (-_-").

So yeah, now... I have less than RM200 including fuel budget until payday (it's only the 10th of February) and this is why I am a miun.

Till the next post for "Survival of the Miun" ~~ Cynta