Monday, November 30, 2009

Compensations of God - Bali Trip 3

Our company has announced that there won’t be a increment this year. We had 5% salary cut last year and this year’s no increment deal is keeping our salary lower than it used to be 2 years back. You may think I am cribbing about the job I have when people lose jobs. That's the ideal way of looking at it but, the situation here is different.

On the Ubud Palace wall, Bali
For the last two years the company made profits quarter after quarter, management have cut costs in everything and even brought another big company, double the size of our employees. Isn’t it the duty of the management to compensate the employee when they have utilized their work and made profits? Ramesh, May be you could help me understand this. I think the company looses its reputation; the moment it forgoes the value of their primary asset, the employees.

Ubud Palace, Courtyard
Last Friday was holiday here (owing to Bakrid) so I got myself invited to Athivas house and she invited Chotu and co to join the occasion. We had sumptuous meal and settled on each corner of the living room like Anacondas. While the family had a hearty chat, chotu walked around playing own games with randomly chosen participants. What started as a lunch date lasted one past midnight, with two meals, umpteen snacks, and a tour to the local park at mid night!

One of the towers inside the palace.
It was on the moment, have fun day and I cancelled my dinner date and marathon calls while on it. Thanks so much Athivas/AJCL for the meals, hospitality and the wonderful time. It felt like the best family time I had in the last two years.

Ubud palace entrance
Puri Saren Ubud is well known Palace in Ubud, used by the last king of Bali. I was told that descendants still live here. Once a governance center has now become a tourist attraction and also a home stay hotel.

There were many enclosures inside the palace, most of which were closed to the visitors.
The unique buildings and ornamented Balinese traditional interiors demonstrate artistic culture of Bali.

This is the back drop for the open stage where the Balinese traditional dances were held. Later that night we also visited a dance performance. I shall post those pictures and about the dance in the next post. The palace is located right across the market (from age old days) which is vibrant with local handicrafts, paintings and clothes.

Moment of truth.. In "love" with the monster ;)
While I was posing for snaps in the steps of a closed enclave, I saw few tourists looking at my direction with chorus “oh”, like they have seen something amusing. I smiled widely thinking they were admiring me. A second later I was sniffed by this huge friendly dog, who must be residing in the home stay hotel.

A sniff which burst my ego bubble into laughter.


The gold ornated stage amidst the greenary, is like cherry on ice cream


These Instruments are called gamelan and is usually performed with traditional Balinese dances in the open stage.

You must be wondering about the idol at the center..


Yes she is our "Kalaivaani/Saraswati" in indonesian style.
After a quick check on the market we started to another hidden beauty of Bali.

I love the tradition of Thanksgiving Day, I am thankful for love, travels and friends this year. I think God never forgets when it comes to compensation; it’s just that, it won’t always be a salary increment.

53 comments:

G3 said...

firstae :d

TheUncanny said...

No one takes salary decrement the way u do..
grrrr...i hate ur optimism!!! hehe..
Happy thanksgiving!!! :)

G3 said...

:)))))))))))))))))))))))))))

Ippo poi 3 partum sethu padichittu varen :D

Annam said...

Moment of truth.. In "love" with the monster ;)
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athula appadiyae mandaiya vachu muttikitta ketthellam kudukkumam

Annam said...

Isn’t it the duty of the management to compensate the employee when they have utilized their work and made profits?
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ithu oru nalla kelvi:)pathila appurama solluren:)

Annam said...

Last Friday was holiday here (owing to Bakrid) so I got myself invited to Athivas house
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oh osila soru sapida poyacha:)

Annam said...

You must be wondering about the idol at the center..

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athisayam aanal unmai:P

Annam said...

love the tradition of Thanksgiving Day, I am thankful for love, travels and friends this year.
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me too saying thanksu:) to u for getting an Allrounder as frnd(traveller.painter,kitchener,...etccc)

Annam said...

The gold ornated stage amidst the greenary, is like cherry on ice cream



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guddu(not kuttu:P) Nalla uvamai

Ruch said...

aaaaaaaaw ... am not too pleased with my present company either so really knwo how you feel .. but it always helps to focus on positive things doesnt it !

gils said...

// In "love" with the monster ;)//

sal cut...in love with monster...velila thedratah ivlo symbolica solla unala thaan mudiyum

gils said...

//oh osila soru sapida poyacha:)/

atcharam pesagaama repeet

A journey called Life said...

i was LOLing at that pic (with the dog).. had a lovely time too with u guys.. something im really thankful for..

loved the pics, the post and the ur positive sign off note at the end..

gils said...

/I think God never forgets when it comes to compensation; it’s just that, it won’t always be a salary increment.//

velangidichi...ithey vaasagatha thaanaa moonu varushama paaditrukaanga...

G3 said...

//I think God never forgets when it comes to compensation; it’s just that, it won’t always be a salary increment.//

Sri's style of finishing :) Superappoi :))

G3 said...

And regarding the meet !!! :((( Kaalaila dhaan savi solli pogaya vechaainga.. eriyara pogaila nalla neiya vidareenga neenga :P

Just kidding :P

G3 said...

And pazhaya postla tender coconut with lemon !! sounds to be a new combination.. try pannira vendiyadhu dhaan :P

G3 said...

//Moment of truth.. In "love" with the monster ;)//

Aanalum over dhillubba ungalukku.. unga gf-a monsternu ippadi publicca joldreenga :P

G3 said...

//me too saying thanksu:) to u for getting an Allrounder as frnd(traveller.painter,kitchener,...etccc)//

Repeatae :)) Nalla vela annam cookernu sollama kitchenernu solli irukkainga :P

gils said...

//unga gf-a monsternu ippadi publicca joldreenga :P//

athu oru vela ivana paathu sollpatta statementa kuda irukalaamla :D

G3 said...

//i was LOLing at that pic (with the dog).. //

Me too :))) adicha gummila idha miss pannitten paarunga :)))

round off to 20 :D

gils said...

/And pazhaya postla tender coconut with lemon !! sounds to be a new //

ungaluku elaneela kwater uttu adichi thaana pazhakkam!! ipo lemonuku mariteengala!

gils said...

antha dog boto stilluku...naaiyum sriyum nu title potruntha vaiyen..taapaa irunthirukum :D aana ellarum enapa rendu thadava type panirukannu ketrupanga..hehehee

RamMmm said...

2 second kuzhambittaen. Salary talk + Holiday invite @ Athivas, but pictures reflect something Bali. Oru mix panni thallitteenga. (Like Janakaraj in some old movie, asking the shop owner to mix sweets of all kinds, saying [kalakku] and then asking for 100g of that mixture :-))

Lots of lions around in the statues, but are there lions in those equatorial forests there?

Annam said...

A sniff which burst my ego bubble into laughter
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varisaya antha padila doga ukaarnthurukkey ithuku aethavathu historical definition iruka boss

neeraj said...

Huh! Job loss, pay cuts it is the same all over! I hope the situation improves soon! BTW I loved the snaps! Good post :)

gils said...

//Like Janakaraj in some old movie, asking the shop owner to mix sweets of all kinds, saying [kalakku] and then asking for 100g of that mixture ://

thala.athu siripo siripu cassettela vara kaamedinu nenakren :)

Moogambiga said...

// In "love" with the monster ;)//

atheppadi gilsum annamum karreetta itha 1st eduthu kummi irukeenga

gils said...

//Moogambiga said.../

:) same feather birds u c :D unga blog activate agalaya inum?

soin said...

nice pics.yazhi is one of the most intricately worked upon myth creature in tamizh styled architecture. and if any idiot says indians never invaded another country should kill them..tamizh kings incaded sumatra java and all..free

அன்புடன் அருணா said...

/I think God never forgets when it comes to compensation; it’s just that, it won’t always be a salary increment/
U've understood in the right way Sri!It's not always in the form of monetary benefits!

RamMmm said...

//Like Janakaraj in some old movie, asking the shop owner to mix sweets of all kinds, saying [kalakku] and then asking for 100g of that mixture ://

//// thala.athu siripo siripu cassettela vara kaamedinu nenakren :)

Maybe. I've seen it in some movie definitely. Enkitta cassette ellaam illai. Recollect Janakaraj very much in that with his mannerism in saying [kalakku].

And yep in my comment, I mistook yazhi as lion (well, it is, but different)

Aaarti said...

Avial rhomba pidikuma???? :D

Ippadi salary increment... eating out... travel.. ellam ore postliya?kalakals..
as always lovely pic..

Aaarti said...

Oh, forgot to mention the cute doggiee.. adorable!!! :)

he must have been curious or wanted to be in the pictures as well.. !!ayyo pavam.. per enna?ketiya?

diaboli said...

you love the goth creature.the dog loves you.now where is the cross breed?

Vipul said...

you have been awarded.

Vidya said...

I like Saraswathi, the Indonesian style! :D

Vidya

R-ambam said...

so wat does the monster say ..with u touring like nobody's business ..?

savitha said...

It was time well-spent,thanks to you and AJCL family!!

You have that touch to end even a crib with a happy note, don't you?

Dog snap-LOL!

mybittersweetkoreanlife said...

Hi Sri,

I'm so sorry to hear about your salary. I hope everything works out well for you.

You know, before I read about your Bali travelogue, I didn't know that Bali is such a cultural and historical place. It's my kind of place actually. I love to learn about it's cultural and historical importance. The fine white sand and the beautiful beaches are just bonuses...

Karthik said...

oh this time bali?! man, i love ur blog! :) :)

no salary increment this year? this year gonna end soon na? few more weeks...

Pixie said...

:)

nice ones!

That pose... ahem! :D
No comments on that!

The temple pics are beautiful!
Looks like you had a great time! :)

Srivats said...

@ G3
Good to see you first and after a long time :P Tender coconut with lemon is lovely combination! u should try that! :P
"Kaadhal pisaasunnu" madhavan padina mattum sandhosama kekkareengaley adhey maari dhaan in love with monsterum :)

@Theuncanny
I know what you mean, one of my friend is irritatingly optimistic about everything :)

@Annam
//athula appadiyae mandaiya vachu muttikitta ketthellam kudukkumam//

Vareengaley rendu perum poit muttipom :)))

//oh osila soru sapida poyacha:)//

Che ennai enna sila gilli pasanga maari alpennu nenacheengala, I am a good food critic u see. Avangely feerya sapadu pottu adhai pathi ezudha solraanga naan enna panradhu.

//traveller.painter,kitchener,...etccc//

er pottu orey mariyatha(amman ellai) ya erukku.

//varisaya antha padila doga ukaarnthurukkey ithuku aethavathu historical definition iruka boss
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Adhaana pathen oru comment mariyadha adutha 10 comments damage nalla combo dhaan ponga.

@ Ruch
Tell me about it, Its like u hate it but u cant do much now except an occasional cribbing and focusing on everything thats good

@ Gils
Chandler jokes maari ayuduthu..sathiyama andha monster comment purila . Now a days I laugh but I dont get half of what u are saying LOL

//velangidichi...ithey vaasagatha thaanaa moonu varushama paaditrukaanga...//

Adhu romba correct.. namalum kettukittey erukomla

//athu oru vela ivana paathu sollpatta statementa kuda irukalaamla :D//

Nee oruthan podhum da nanba.

//naaiyum sriyum nu title potruntha vaiyen//

Me good guy dog maari nanni ullavannu solriya.. sari erukattum
andha nanniya naan unnoda next post comment sectionla kuraikaren.. sorry kurugiren

@AJCL
Pleasure is all mine, chotu was the main attraction pulling everyone to his side and making us dance to his tunes

@Rammm
not sure whether there are lions, but there is a zoo and monkey forest(gils) gavinakka.
Andha janakraj joke naanum ketrukken, casettla dhaan :P

@ Neeraj
I hope it really does bro. The dubai thing is scaring again. But I guess there are still some companies like ours which are making profit in the hard time of the year.

@Moogambika
onnu kuditaangayya onnu kuditaanga..
Adhaan correct damage panradhukku kuriya erukaangaley, naan muthathula manusan ellainnu ellarum nambaranga.. enntha solla

Srivats said...

@ Soin
Eppavumey oru kovathodavey comment podreenga pola , adhaan elamai pongara vayaso :P sari freeya vidunga :)

@Aruna
Yes aruna its not :) But I wish he does that too sometimes LOL

@Rammm
Endha padamnu sonna naangalum parpomla ":)

@Aaarti
yes eppo en adha pathi gyaabagam paduthuneenga , sapdanum pola erukku. Doggy per ketteney.. vow vownnu sollittu poiduthu.

@Diaboli
U can see it discovery channel :) Welcome here :)

@Vipul
Thanks for the comment and award! :)

@Vidya
Me too she is cute looking isnt? and got long fingers :)

@Savi
Time well spent indeed, ponadhey therliye. :P Crib pannittey erundha live eppo panradhu sollunga :)

@mybittersweetkoreanlife

Thanks for empathising Emma. I guess all for good, such situations forces us to make some decisions which we wont do otherwise I guess.

I am glad you liked the cultural of Bali, I am too a great fan of exploring cultures and thier creative side of it. Yes fine beach is always a bonus :P

@Karthik
Thanks man! This year gonna enda..
Comedy keemady pannalaey.. ahaa soon u are going to start working man, get used to this.

@ Pixie
Those arent temples, they are palaces, although they look like one :)

manishapatnaik said...

Hey Wow..!!! Wishing u many more trips like this :-)

In Love with the Monster??!!! hmm... sounds fishy..!!

Swaram said...

I am fashionably late here ;)
Awesome pics Sri .. as usual :)
I loved the cherry on the ice-cream :)

LOL @ the doggie ;)

So, u hd a gr8 time with athivasi and appu but r running away from me *sob* *sob* :(

Loved ur ending note ... cheer up! Many companies have reduced the salary and there r no talks abt appraisal :)

savitha said...

//ponadhey therliye//

time ponadha?neenga ponadha??

@swaram: you too brutus? calling me athivasi??v bad v bad!!:(

A journey called Life said...

@savi- i want to repeat ur comment like a gazillion times (time ponadha? neenga ponadha?)

gils said...

//Chandler jokes maari ayuduthu..sathiyama andha monster comment purila//

!!
no hike in office..u love monster (job site!!) bulbu eiryutha?

gils said...

//calling me athivasi??v bad v bad!!:(//

LOL :D :D ithu taaapu :D

jehan said...

that's what most companies forget: their employees... because at the moment, with the rise of unemployment rate well they are more than willing to let go even of their treasured employees to hire willing and unsuspecting new employees only to be offered salaries that are lower than the minimum... haaay (sigh sigh sigh)...

Ramesh said...

Sri - sorry I am so late to what is a superb post - one of your best.

First the bloggers' meet - thanks for the news. Lucky guys you three ...

Second superb photos - even better than your normally great ones. And you pose like a model. Wow !

Third lovely travelogue on Bali. Is Lonely Planet looking for a reporter ??

On the job and salary Sri - This is the problem with huge organisations. Each employee just becomes a number. Your industry is going through doldrums and it is wise to conserve costs, but in the process they piss off employees by their randoam across the board action. That's why things like company loyalty have become obsolete terms. Not worth the heartburn Sri.

Srivats said...

@ Manish
Thanks buddy :P By monster I dont refer to Monster.com or my love :) I am very clear on this LOL

@Swaram
I guess its easy to cheerup when am around with friends like you. Thanks so much :)

@ Athivas /AJCL
Ennanga neenga public sabotage! the gazillion explanations arent enough :( i guess

@ Jehan
Very well said, I guess the companies kind of use the situation and make profit in every way they can. The shame thing is they get rescued when at hard times, but who rescuses the employees is a question

@ Ramesh
Thanks thanks thanks :)
post like model LOL, if it pays well please refer me ;) The organisation is not going through doldrums the mail I send you is from client inbox, I agree they are going through a hard time :) mine is famous for printers , and u would know the latest news about thier great aquirement too :)