Every year, in my company, we will have an annual year end shutdown where people are
forced encouraged to take a few days leave between Christmas and the New Year to give ourselves a long break. I guess it is the same for most American companies that deal with manufacturing goods. And since tomorrow is Awal Muharram, today is officially my last working day of the year.
I say officially because unofficially, I will still check in on certain days because there will be a total power shutdown and I have to be around to monitor the turning off and turning on of critical equipment.
Anyway, from tomorrow onwards, until next year, life will be a bit more relaxed for me. And because of said unofficial activities above, this year marks the first time that I will NOT be heading home to KL during the year end festivities.
Speaking of holidays, I read a blog post from Marta earlier today and realized that Christmas is NOT a public holiday in China. In fact, now that I think about it, I believe it isn’t a public holiday in a lot of countries in the world. This reminds me that us Malaysians are indeed a lucky bunch.
We have three main ethnic races in Malaysia: Malays, Chinese and Indians. If you are on the Borneo side of the country then a few more like Iban, Kadazan, Dayak etc. We are also made up of many religions: Muslims, Christians, Buddhists and Hindus, etc. To be fair to all, every major celebrations related to any of these bunch of people are designated as public holidays FOR ALL.
Hari Raya is public holiday for us. Chinese New Year is public holiday for us. Deepavali is public holiday for us. And yes, Christmas and New Year are also holidays for us. Damn! We really do have LOTS of holidays! In fact, this is a constant source of frustration among my work counterparts in the States. They frequently commented that we get have a public holiday on an average of once every 2 weeks.
And yet we still bitch about having a lack of holidays all the time!
Gah… I don’t know what I am writing today. I guess I am suffering from the post-holidays syndrome. Anyway, here’s what I had for lunch today. My last lunch of the year with colleagues. The salad reminds me of a Christmas tree.
What? Green with bits of red, does it not resemble a Christmas tree in the malls?
I think I will still blog throughout the holidays. But probably short and meaningless posts. I suspect not many people will be reading blogs anyway. Maybe I will write more about football.
So, in case I don’t see you again until next year,
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you!