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Friday, May 28, 2004

Masih di sini....

Walaupun secara resminya, khidmat atok di projek MSD Baru telah tamat pada 15hb yang lalu lagi, tapi atok masih lagi bertandang ke situ. Bukan apa, ada beberapa perkara kecil yang atok masih membantu. Hari ni, atok tolong memprogramkan kad akses yang akan diberikan pada semua staf di situ. Bangunan ini menggunakan sistem kad akses (saiz kad kredit) untuk pintu masuk luaran dan juga pada semua pintu utama di kedua-dua ruang tangga. Sistem ini kebiasaannya digunakan di hotel-hotel. Segalanya boleh diprogramkan; untuk beri akses pada semua pintu, atau sebahagian sahaja, dan juga pada tempoh waktu dan hari yang tertentu. Disamping itu juga, data di pintu boleh dimuat-turun ke komputer untuk melihat siapakah yang masuk di pintu berkenaan beserta tarikh dan waktunya sekali, termasuklah siapakah yang cuba masuk (tapi tak lepas pasal kadnya tidak memberi akses). Namun, penghuni yang bakal menginap di kesemua 36 bilik di kedua-dua paras 3 dan 4 tidak akan dibekalkan dengan kad akses ini (Bilik-bilik belum beroperasi untuk penginapan).

Sejak bangunan ini dibuka minggu lepas, sudah pun diadakan beberapa majlis dan program pelajar. Setakat hari ini, rasanya semua telah berjalan lancar, alhamdulillah. Walaupun kantin masih belum diniagakan, ruangnya di paras 'basement' telah digunakan untuk beberapa jamuan yang ditempah makanannya dari pihak-pihak luar.

Solat Jumaat hari ni, buat pertama kalinya atok ke masjid yang terletak bersebelahan dengan Qatar Embassy off Park Lane. Tak tahu pun ada masjid kat situ. Dah tu pulak, ada dua sessi solat jumaat kat situ. Sessi pertama jam 1 tengahari, dan sessi kedua jam 2 petang. Kami ke sessi yang kedua. Qutbah pula keseluruhannya dalam Bahasa Arab, dan panjang pulak tu. Tak de la atok faham, tapi dapat la jugak tangkap sikit-sikit yang diqutbahkan itu adalah kisah dan sejarah Palestine, termasuklah Masjidil Aqsa.

Have a nice Bank Holiday weekend... kalau tak de rancangan, boleh join Perhimpunan Keluarga Tahunan Persatuan Masyarakat Melayu United Kingdom di Kibblestone Scout Camp, Stone (berdekatan dengan Stoke-on-Trent). Ada banyak aktiviti menarik untuk semua lapisan umur.

"No stream rises higher than its source. What ever man might build could never express or reflect more than he was. He could record neither more nor less than he had learned of life when the buildings were built." - Frank Lloyd Wright, The Master Builder

Thursday, May 20, 2004

Naik rumah baru

Alhamdulillah, the handing over of The New MSD & M'sia Hall building from JKR to the end user was completed just before noon today. After which, all parties were ushered to the famous Satay House for a nice lunch courtesy of the Contractor.

In the evening, MSD organised a simple Bacaan Yassin & Tahlil led by Ustaz Rahim and attended by many government staff from the Embassy and other Malaysian agencies in London. And again, as in the true Malaysian way, we had big makan-makan at the new Cafe. This time, it was nasi minyak. It suddenly rained lightly and as orang Melayu, we said it was 'hujan rahmat'.

It was about 9pm when we (Razif, the Contract Manager, myself and two of our workers) left the building, which was rather early considering that for the past many weeks we have been staying very late and sometimes Razif stayed there till the next morning. As Razif said, he now felt a bit uneasy to be there, coz we have handed everything to the users and technically the building is theirs now; macam masuk rumah orang.

Thanks everyone, and to MSD & M'sia Hall... moga-moga sejahtera dan gemilang di tempat baru, kalau ada salah silap harap maafkan.

Roger and Out.

Saturday, May 15, 2004

Good Bye (and Welcome)

Officially, today is my last day on this New MSD job. As initially agreed with the Big Boss of Syarikat Pembinaan Anggerik Sdn Bhd (the Main Contractor), I would assist the Contract Manager especially on the architectural parts and others such as IT and documentation till the end of their construction period. And today, we packed up our Site Office, cleared most surplus materials from the store, went thru the inventory and all other stuff of wrapping up this job.

A team of JKR engineers (in addition to their architect who has been here since last December) has arrived this morning to 'accept' the building (handing over as we called it, in this industry) next week... and consequently handing it to the end user, the Malaysian Students Department & Malaysia Hall. A simple ceremony will be held at the new Hall (no longer can be called 'Grand Hall' as it is now more of a 'small hall') on the day MSD-Msia Hall officially open their door next Thursday 20th to mark this historical beginning. For that matter, a book has been opened at 'the old' M'sia Hall for anybody to pen in their 'condolence' to the lost of Bryanston Square after 50 years of service.

So, I bid farewell to the building that has given me the much needed site experience. Yet at the same time, welcome you all to THE NEW MSD & M'SIA HALL LONDON. Enjoy the new building, and if you find any weaknesses it in... it's probably not my fault, hehhe. As for me, I'm back to the jobless state as I was for a few months before I started this job last October.

"A doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines". FLlW

Friday, May 07, 2004

Selamat dan Rehat

Alhamdulillah, we bid farewell to most of our labourers yesterday after handed their salaries. They have worked very hard and long over the past 7 months in this then very dusty place. Suddenly this used to be a very buzzling site went dead quiet. Only a few sub contractors call in through out today for their payments. This morning, MSD staff started moving in a few items into their respective rooms. Next week, a team of JKR Engineers will arrive to witness the Testing & Commissioning. Then, this building is all theirs. The Main Contractor is still going to be here for the next 12 month (Defects Liability Period) but not me as the job is simple enough and can be easily handled by one person, i.e. the Contract Manager. Even so, he won't be here everyday. On that note, I will be jobless (again) after next week :(

(Depends on when MSD will open its door to the public). Yet, don't expect to come for meal at the new Cafe in the Basement as tender is yet to be called and awarded.

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