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The Girl Who Thought the World Was Round

September 2, 2011

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My 17th Birthday

I took my O level exam with Trish on my laps and I apply for divorce and I found out that my SPM result was excellent, better than what I was expected. I start looking for a house in Gombak to rent and start planning for my life.

This phrase of my life because there's a moment there that I wish I can forget ...Things I am not proud of... Things I've done for a moment of desperation. I remember one of these black memories...

I start building my life again from start.. I start looking for a job, of course I do have worries in my head, for a girl that didn't really have high education, was it possible to find a good job?

My 18th Birthday

When I watch this interesting movie call "Slum dog millionaire" and it remind me of my old life before this new life exist, mother of 4 year old girl, earning only RM450 a month being a technicians at a lighting shop and staying in this "slum" nearbY, it is not really slums per say but it is more like a squatters, I paid 50 a month, free water and electric but the house got hole everywhere and my house right behind the river. So every times it rains, it flooded the whole place, I sleep on the cold floor with Trisha, every night I can always hear the rats moving up and down my house probably looking for foods, and tons of roaches around the house.

My house got lots of hole that sometimes when I'm taking a shower I have to put clothes on because some pathetic schmuck will start peeping on me. Trish too young to remember all the details and I try to forget the past of the pain and how poor we were. We do not have television or either radio, the wall too thin that sometimes I can heard neighbor have sex, or argument and other stuff.

My house is so close to one another that one bad incident happen, I was in the bathroom doing some laundry and I heard people running and screaming "Fire! Fire! I was stunned and panic of course when I saw few houses from mine caught the fire and the roof of my neighbors was quickly burning, the fire was spread so quickly I don't have a time to pack, I pick Trisha up and ran out with only my clothes and her birth certificate, I could feel the heat at the back of me and I somehow manage to get the extra strength to run so fast and I never look back, the fire took 1 life and many houses around us include mine, we have to stay in the hall provide by the government till we can find another house. I stayed there for about 1 week, till I found another house to rent nearby the area, it was hard seeing my house, my stuff on fire and there's nothing much I can do to save it. Life was pretty harsh back then, I even learnt how to bake so I can sell some food to survive, I woke up every day at 4am in the morning, starts cooking and I also have mini stall (just a table and a chair) on the top of the hill and start selling to students and working people nearby, I earn pretty decent money. From the money I earn I also save some so I can give Trish a better home in the future, in fact I used to dream to stay in the apartment like the rich people and call it my home. I was so determined to change my life to become better. I'm just a girl that never be-able to finish high school and never went to university and I am so determined to be somebody, everyone think it's impossible but I believe that nothing is impossible, if the mind believe, the heart can achieve.

20th Birthday

I remember clearly in my head one day I was looking through a newspaper and came across a job vacancy as a model, they offer 2500 plus and I was excited..

I went to my cabinet and fine the nicest clothes I have in mu closet and I found this green old dress and normally it does give me some luck I said it in my heart because I know I don't have other clothes and a pair of school shoes that is still very good to wear, I went for the job interview riding a bike, my neighbor offer himself to help me send me there, when I got there, hundreds of beautiful, gorgeous lady was lining up for the job and I was thinking there is no way I can get the job comparing them and myself, which I still had no idea what we suppose to do and without any qualification. But I put a brave first and I went interview with this nice lady name Cecilia. She explained to me that this is a Sales job and they will provide training to me and the rest of selected girl. I remember coming out from the interview and I wishes and I prayed that I got that job and my life will change forever ... so I thought ...

Few weeks later I got a call from Cecilia she told me I got a job and I remember jumping up and down dancing in my house so happy and excited.

So they gathered 12 girls and we got this training and we learned about the product and how to sell in fact WSS was the best Sales University I have ever learned.

We learn to do road show and learned to talk to people on the street and I always work extra hard, I know some of the girl too embarrassed to do so but It never bothers me, who going to give me close to 3k salary a month if not myself.

I have also experience many excitements things in life, we were taken to F1 sepang Cicuit and have a ride in the sports car of TVR with a speed of 220km and it was fun. I addicted to the rush adrenaline in my blood when I am scared.

My boss Marc also did took all of us in 12 foot yacht and it was a damn nice ride even though I was so see sick but it was amazing experienced in my life. I would never forget that experienced in the lifetime.

Things not always good as it seems, I got bullied like hell by some of the people there because I often bring Trisha to the office and people make fun of me because I always wear the same clothes because I don't have luxury provide to me, I have to earn to get it.

I asked for a change of location, they transfer me to Penang and I turn out to be the best sales person in 6 months in the row, I just got this special power "in me to just pursuit doing the best I can and I did with my own will.

Since working in this company I have been exposed to another phase of life that I never seen before, the world of alcohol and drugs and sex. A world that I used to think safe.

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