Special comic this week due to no comic being delivered last week.
I think I've had my fair share of managers over the years...but thankfully, there have been some happy endings.
And I do appreciate them all playing a part in my career at some point in the past. :)
Makes you wonder: What kind of manager would you be and who do your people see you as?
P.S. The "chicken and the pig" mentioned in the comic is a metaphor for commitment to a project.
A project is seen as a plate of bacon and eggs where both the chicken and the pig are required.
However, the chicken just contributes (the eggs), where as the pig is actually committed (sacrificing himself as the bacon).
----- PLUS!!! A BONUS WITHIN A BONUS! -----
While I was drawing my comic about sleeping styles a couple of weeks ago, I noticed that if I didn't add any colour to it, the last frame would've ended up like this...
I'm usually a light sleeper. It's very hard for me to fall asleep, and even harder for me to wake up in the morning (because usually I don't sleep well at night).
I always think the hours that I can actually fall into a deep sleep are between 5am and 8am. So since I have to wake up at 7am every weekday, I'm usually in a grumpy mood in the morning, because my body is telling me I need 1 more hour of deep sleep!!
So, there was much fuss in the past week about the iPhone 6 Plus that bends in your pockets. I was still in some disbelief as to how serious it was...until I watched some videos on YouTube, and indeed - you could literally just bend the phone with your fingers.
From those videos I watched, there was also one where they tried to bend it back to its original state...and, as per the comic above, the screen cracked. Ouch.
For those who own iPhone 6 Pluses, better to not attempt to do this!
P.S. I received feedback that a number of people didn't quite understand the Levels of Listening comic last week, so here's the supporting explanation:
Level 1 listening is when you're not really listening at all. You're lost in your own thoughts. This is the most common form of listening.
Level 2 is when you're listening but you're not really soaking up the information or feel any emotional attachment.
Level 3 is when you are listening and can show empathy at the same time, making the other person feel that they are really being listened to.
Level 4 is newly invented by mtbunnies...you are listening, but to other people's conversations and not necessarily your own. Those who are most skilled at this level are able to listen to 2 conversations at the same time! (Also known as eavesdropping.)
The really good managers are able to switch easily between levels 1-3, which means they are masters of active listening.
As mentioned previously, Sydney is very much behind in technology compared to other countries. Which in turn, also makes us appear just a little stupider when it comes to new things.
Some of the newer office buildings now have lifts with no buttons, because there is supposed to be a panel where you need to select which level you're going to and then it will tell you which lift to take.
Not having this knowledge results in a scary experience where you're pretty much trapped inside a moving box and just have to pray that it will eventually stop (hopefully not on Mars).
I've been following a Melbourne-based TV/YouTube series called "It's Japan, Man!". They talk about the Japanese Otaku lifestyle, introducing Japanese culture, anime, video games, cosplay and so much more.
Right now they're doing a mini series with a different "Top 5 list" each week. This week, Japandaman (one of the hosts) wore the mtbunnies t-shirt!!!
(Neko, mentioned in the comic is the beautiful co-host by the way. ^^ Love to you too Nekooo~!)
Name: Theo Gender: Male Age: Unknown Interests: Video games, music and travel. Meaning of the name: Theo is short for Theodore. The history of his name was slightly convoluted. Being born with black fur on the ears, eye and tail, his original name was going to be Panda, but deemed to be too cutesy for a guy. Pandas are bears, hence the name Teddy was thought up, but eventually settled on Theo as it sounded more appropriate for a bunny.
Personality: Due to the way he looks, Theo is often misunderstood as being wild or gangster-like. But he is actually nothing of the sort. He is outgoing, friendly and generally a very well-rounded bunny. Sometimes it's hard for him to find friends because of his unique appearance, which makes him a little sad. He rarely gets offended and is the master of keeping secrets.
You can't get more pay if you don't get promoted, and you can't get promoted because there are too many people with higher pay already who are blowing out budgets. (Not because you don't deserve it.)
I have friends from non-English speaking backgrounds who say this sometimes. It's a repeated mistake, but it's really cute when they do. ^^
There are heaps of other examples. I also find it amusing when Koreans say "hand phone" in an English sentence by accident instead of "mobile phone" (because in Korean, it is actually called "hand phone").
The above comic was created using a Pen & Touch tablet which came as a nice birthday gift.
To be honest, I'm still a bit indecisive about going digital...it's actually very hard to control and it gets very frustrating. But maybe I'll get used to it one day. Maybe.
So for now, this will be the only digital comic that I'll publish officially, until I get the hang of it.
For those who are fans of the hand-drawn ones...don't worry, they're still going to be around for a while. :)
In other news... TODAY IS A SPECIAL EDITION DAY!
We finally introduce the two main characters!!!
Here it goes.......
Name: Hana Gender: Female Age: Unknown Interests: Making friends, doing fun things and eating lots of sweet stuff. Meaning of the name: "Hana" actually has two meanings. In Korean, it means the number one. In Japanese, it means flower. So this name was actually very fitting because not only was she the first character I thought of, but she is also very expressive and vibrant.
Personality: The enthusiast. Hana will pretty much get excited over anything, but is also quite emotional at times. She gets bored easily and will think of silly things to do. Hana is the only one who can get Koya to come out of his shell and make him be a little more social.
Occasionally, Hana will wear a flower in one ear.
Name: Koya Gender: Male Age: Unknown Interests: Bickering with Hana (just for fun), reading and soccer. Meaning of the name: None. It just sounded cool. But if you must, Koya can be a South American Indian name or a Japanese name.
Personality: The thinker. Koya is rational and intelligent, but due to Hana's influence, he will sometimes unwillingly give in to doing silly things. Although he seems to bicker with and tease Hana a lot, they actually do care for each other deeply. Sarcasm and deadpan humour are Koya's specialty.
Koya will occasionally wear a tie when he feels he needs to impress.
More to come~!!
There are two more secret characters to be revealed in the coming weeks. Stay tuned! ;)
Q: Is the above comic really the reason why the bunnies don't have mouths? A: No, not really...the bunnies look the way they do because when I tried to draw a mouth, they didn't look cute anymore...(I don't know why = =').
Q: Why choose bunnies? A: Simply because they're fat and easy to draw. Yep. I never really understood why the fat kid in the playground always got picked on...he was kinda cute.
Q: How do you draw the comics? A: The traditional way: by hand. With pencil, pen and paper (and tears and blood...just kidding ^^).
Q: When will the characters be revealed? A: You may have noticed so far that there are two particular recurring bunnies in most comics. They are the main characters and will be properly introduced soon, so please stay tuned! I'm still building their profile, that's why it's taking so long.
Q: Am I allowed to use your comics elsewhere? A: Yes, of course - as long as you promise to follow these rules:
keep the comic in its original form (i.e. no editing)
do not use the comics for monetary benefits (unless approved by me)
do not use the comics on inappropriate websites (though I don't know why you'd want to...¬ ¬)
Not really specific to graduates, but the experience is more prominent among them...
There is no such thing as "greener grass on the other side".
The entire field is just brown.
But if you plant enough seeds, maybe you'll come back to find that patch of grass out there one day.
Those in Sydney using the Opal card can probably feel some empathy to this situation. It really astounds me how after all these years, we've finally implemented a contactless ticketing system and yet even though technology has progressed so much, our "smartcard" is oh so smart, but also...so...very...slow.
Okay, maybe I am being a bit picky here (it is only a 2-second delay after all), but really, take Hong Kong for example - the Octopus card is really one of the most impressive I've come across. Not only can you use it on public transport, but you can also buy groceries with it, plus a whole lot more! We still have a lot to learn Australia...
P.S. I am mostly annoyed by the delay because I keep stupidly running myself into the gate before the *beep* arrives. (But that's just me...).
Let's also not forget: with a round trip to work everyday, that's 4 taps a day...meaning:
4 taps a day
x 2 seconds delay per every tap
x 220 working days in a year (approximate, if you exclude weekends, public holidays, annual leave, etc)
x 40 years (roughly, assuming someone starts work at 25 and needs to travel to work until age 65)
= 70,400 seconds
= 19.555 hours of your life spent on waiting for your Opal card to think! (And running yourself into gates...)
Actually, the bunnies do have real names. I even wrote up a character intro. But I don't know...it feels too soon to label them publicly. Personality and story is more important. Besides, the bunnies typically look the same anyway, so the only way to tell them apart will be from their actions and emotions. :)
Back on topic, there's lots happening in Sydney for Free Comic Book Day!
If you have never been to Italy or certain parts of Europe, I wouldn't be surprised if you didn't know what a bidet is. A friend and I certainly had no idea when we came across the following photo from Sydney Morning Herald:
Okay, so a couple of other very educated colleagues were able to help explain to us what it was. But the confusion is still there. Does it mean I have to get up from the toilet and then walk over to the bidet? That doesn't make any sense!
The Japanese however, have totally nailed the concept by combining the toilet and bidet into one - and even automated it - now that's innovation.
Better finding out this now than when I'm in Europe one day! That would've been embarrassing...
I like (almost) everything green tea flavoured. Green tea ice cream, green tea cake, green tea latte, etc. The discovery of green tea KitKats are no exception. But they are very rare in Sydney, and at $10.00 a pack, they're no cheap snack either. Though once in a while is still good. ^^
It's quite a sad feeling to know that if the Australian government passes through the latest "radical plan", a lot of people are not going to be entitled to a pension, nor take out their super, until the age of 70. Honestly, I don't think I'd even be fit and well enough to do a 9 to 5 shift every weekday when I'm that age.
Let's just hope we all have backup plans for the future - either that or there will be jobs that will pay us to sit and stare all day!