Friday, November 04, 2005

Wow the Quality Management exam i had yesterday was BALLS hard man...
This is probably the 3rd hardest exam i've had in my history of exams, 1st being Finance101 which i'm sure the people who took it with me will understand and probably still shiver from the thought of it, as the Finance101 paper was the insane hard exam that truly seperated the wannabes from the gonna-bes. 2nd hardest was my Management Accounting paper back in my freshie year, omg that was hard too, probably becoz i was poor in the subject matter. This falls in 3rd.
It was so hard that there we were reading the questions during the 10minute reading time before writing was allowed, 1st question, hmmm this is not easy... 2nd question, holy crap i've never seen this be4........ 3rd question, wat the heck?........ i look up and turns out that everyone else was looking up and looking around, giving everyone else a "I just got steam-rollered" look. A guy at the back of the hall actually raised his hands and asked if this was the correct venue for the OPSMGT372 paper, he probably was disappointed that it was the correct place and we all in for a heck of a ride...
As things usually turn out, in open book exams your book normally doesn't help you at all, this was a similar case...

After the exam i had a dim sum lunch with my classmates in Quality Mangement. Most of them were Hongkees, and though i'm told yum cha ?? is the hongkee derivative of dim sum, i found it odd they used it as a name instead of a verb. They immediately recommended i try out yum cha since i was leaving soon - notice my usage? I'd find it normal if they said "Let's go yum cha", but instead they said "Let's go have yum cha." For those not familiar with dialects or the language at all, this literally means "Lets go have drink tea." Hmm....
The yum cha place was your typical posh-looking Crystal Jade Seafood'y chinese restaurant. When i walked in and saw that it was SO full for lunch time it was so surreal, as for a moment i actually forgot i was in Auckland. The restaurant was quite big, yet it was FULL of asians... Most of them spoke Cantonese, and all the staff spoke Cantonese, so not surprising service was typically Hongkee as well, especially the cashier who had all the makings of a very successful punching bag.
The funny thing was that i believe most of them were born in HK, cept the right most girl who's PRC but from the Southern part so she knew Cantonese and got along well with the rest of them, while the left-most guy with the cap was born in Taiwanese and alternated between living in Taiwan and HK for the early part of his life before moving here. Now the funny thing (no all that i've said wasn't the funny thing lol) is that none of them knew how to hold chopsticks the right way. It was funny to see them have to poke siew mais to eat them simply becoz when you cross your chopsticks (the wrong way) you don't get enough room nor strength to fit the siew mai in your chopsticks; it was even funnier to see them have so much trouble negotiating the chee chiong fan becoz it was so slippery and it was hard to hold them with crossed chopsticks and keep the slithery chee chiong fan in the chopstick, even if they succeeded they usually failed in keeping the prawns and char siews as fillings.
Dim sum, err yum cha, was good, the lor mai kais were mmmmm, and though its embarrassing to say this, but OMG the chicken feet was HEAVENLY mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm... Lunch would've been even better had all those HK movies i watched have a bigger impact on me coz it was odd sitting at the table and not knowing anything they were all talking about becoz they were spewing Cantonese left right centre, i could pick up words but not sentences, and nothing at the speeds they were talking. I occasionally could understand becoz their bouts of laughing after their sentences gave me time to dissect their sentences into the words i knew, piecing them together to form a rough idea on what they were talking, and by the time i understood the punchline and starting giggling they had already moved on to their next topic.
No matter, food was good, price was reasonable, and i enjoyed myself nonetheless :)

Dr@n|xX at 8:09 AM