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Productivity Tools for Work From Home

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Mar 21, 2020
productivity tools to work from home

As Covid-19 has dominated every main page of news, it is no strange that work from home has become critical to combat this epidemic. First, it is for your safety (so please do not comes out unless it is needed!), and also your family, friends, in-laws, and the list goes on. As you may hear, one event in Malaysia has become the Covid-19 hotspot. What we may not know is that the attendance of the event has infected his/her own family members, and it spread to other people around them too. This pandemic event has forced many companies and businesses in Malaysia to work from home as a whole country. This push for work from home is 2020 trend. This post I would like to share about what productivity tools for work from home.

My company is adopting cloud technology from day one because we want every business process as simple as possible. So for our primary communications, we use Gsuite as our primary email hosting. We like Gsuite products because many of our business processes can digitize. Not to mention that Gsuite is one of the best email hosting servers in the world.

For our online meeting, we use whereby.com (they also top tools for some website that talks about productivity tools for work from home) as our online meeting. It has been delivering excellent quality of video and audio from day one. We love it because not only we have more than 10 meeting rooms, but it is simple to use and does not require to install any additional programs.

Productivity tools for project management and tasks, we use Jira (I would say one of the best project management for productivity tools for work from home). We have made several improvements in the way we work, such as our agile developments, tasks managements, specific business workflows in place. To be frank, we have not 100% utilize the Jira tools, but we leave it for the next day since we are continuously improving the way we work.

Let’s talk about the traditional phone line. Yes, if you think this can’t be digitized, then you are absolutely wrong. Since I heard about Omni Virtual business line, I quickly make a switch to it. Cost a fraction, but whoever calls to the landline number, our customer will be greed with interactive virtual assistance. Once they choose which department they would like to speak, then respective mobile phone rings. Why we do so? Imagine if a potential customer is the one that calling your line and you are not able to pick up? It will be your loss.

How about accounting works? Of course, we use Workspez cloud accounting. I can access it online and update my book, keeping it anytime. It also eases my tasks since I can get any reports that I need for authorities. So hope my post about productivity tools for work from home help you and your company to go digital.

Ibis Style Jakarta Tanah Abang

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Jan 18, 2020
Room Photo 2
View from Ibis Style Jakarta Tanah Abang
View from Ibis Style Jakarta Tanah Abang
CNY Decoration
CNY Decoration

Looking at hotels in Jakarta can be overwhelming, from about 300 plus in a nearby area, as well as many styles that you can choose (traditional, contemporary, boutique, etc.) Apart from that, always check the reviews about the hotel to avoid any disappointment. In Tanah Abang itself, there are more than 200++ hotels. In the end, I choose Ibis style Jakarta Tanah Abang because it is nearby with my meetings, and location to get ride-hailing is good.

Room Photo
Room Photo

Ever since I become an Accor platinum member, my rooms will be upgraded (subject to availability) to the next room category. So my room category becomes a superior room. Thank God, because the place is vast, and they also give a big screen TV. I do love the lighting, it is bright and can set into a dim mode.

Mini elephant
Mini elephant

I do love the little extra attention given to me, this pet will be accompanying me for my stay. Kudos for Ibis Style Jakarta Tanah Abang staff.

Bathroom 1
Bathroom 1
Bathroom 2
Bathroom 2

The bathroom is spacious. It has a big mirror and plenty of toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, lotions, and conditioner). Plenty of towels, as well as two small ones. One thing to take note, during shower the hot water can suddenly become very hot out of sudden. So you need to adjust manually.

Restaurant Ibis Style Jakarta Tanah Abang
Restaurant
Outdoor Restaurant
Outdoor Restaurant

The breakfast menu in this hotel is quite decent. The selection is good enough, you can have your local delicacy, as well as western. Fruits are plenty, and they refill pretty fast. My favorite is fruit and some salad topping with cheddar cheese. The coffee here is superb. They have coffee machine making cappuccino or espresso. You also can opt for a long black. Kudos for Ibis Style Jakarta Tanah Abang.

In summary, my stay in Ibis Style Jakarta Tanah Abang is enjoyable. The staff is friendly and always want to help you. Free shuttle service to Plaza Indonesia, as well as excellent overall service. Worth every penny

Beware of Scam

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Nov 2, 2019
Beware of Scam

There is something that requires to beware of. Which is beware of scam! I got lucky somehow to get the scam message first hand. Bingo! Someone try to scam me by offering RM 8,888 for my boost account. In this post, let me share with you how to detect scams so that you can be secure not to fall into it.

scam message
scam message

First of all, scam never uses the official office number. Why? Because they do not have access to it. Simple! Some scammer rings will usually use mobile phones, burner ones, to send and communicate to a potential victim. That way, when someone tries to track the mobile number or even to trace it, they can throw it quickly and get a new one. Also, after they collect money from one or more victims, the number will be inactive easily (ok, I admit that I watch too much spy TV series or movies).

The second clue, they seldom get the name right. But this one is smart. They mask the number so that it looks real and trustworthy. The most scam will tell you that they need to hide the name to maintain privacy, but actually, they are using this tactic to lure your real name. They will ask your full name, IC name, parents’ name, and common questions that the bank customarily required. So be careful when you are giving these kinds of pieces of information.

Scam website 1

Thirdly, and the best indicator. You require to do some sort of payment, be it some deposit, tax payment, and all kinds of sums that needed. Well, if you win some prize, the organizer tends to deduct your price money for tax or any fee and bank the balance to your bank. When I go to the website and see they accept payment. I do notice immediately that this is a complete scam website. So really beware of scam and always be aware of the signs. If you got scammed, follow this advice. Well, perhaps this happen because I often use Boost.

Invest in Yourself – Best Advice Ever

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Oct 26, 2019
Invest in Yourself

I am compelled to write this post because there are many times people asking me about investment. Let me be clear, I am not attached to any investment product (such as insurance, FD, etc.). What I had invested so far are mostly personal choices that I made during my 10 years earning money as a salaryman. After having enough capital and tremendous guts, I decided to start my own business and never look back from that day onwards. So today’s topic ‘Invest in yourself’, I would like to talk about investment. This topic is very board, I know. Been there, done that too.

Nevertheless, let me shrink the scope into very detail. So I am talking about any average people. Earning power is average, which means what you earn and what you spend commonly almost the same. This is the situation that you will scratch your head and thinking about what kind of investment that right for you because if you squeeze some cash from here and there, it means your daily life can be disturbed.

I am in this situation before, because when I am just started my career, my earning is RM 2,500.-. The expenses that I need to pay: transport, tithe, activities, food, rental, utilities, and lastly, hobby. All these expenses almost leave me RM 200 per month for extra cash. Thank God that I did not have debt in this period.

My motivation is always want to earn extra income so that I can have a little bit of luxury. Yep, luxury such as: going to the movie every weekend, dining in good cafes, travel overseas, and so on. I am confident that most people will have the same motivation as I am.

Invest in yourself
Invest in yourself

Many of my friends talk about investment, but mostly it comes from insurance products. I have nothing against it, just that my bad personal experience in this makes me trauma on investing in the insurance line. So I decide to collect more information by attending events, seminars, and even social network gatherings. Use Eventbrite for such event. Until one point, there is one person in the workshop told me that the best investment that I can have is investing in myself. Back in my head, I said to myself that yeah, I did that! The proof is that I like to pamper myself. Of course, what my little voice is wrong. Because invest in yourself means that you need to upskill yourself!

Let’s take my case, at RM 200. Yes, I can put it into one insurance and see the return average of 5% – 9% per annum. Now let say you spend that money to learn skills that can generate more cash. This is something that most people did not realize how important the term ‘invest in yourself.’

I take his advice seriously, and I recall the year 2009, I start to learn many skills, including soft skills and finance. This really brings a significant impact on my career too. Because with new skills, I can give more value to the company, thus putting me into a more favorable position. Imagine most of the project managers are fighting to get me into their team. Not only that, every year, I receive a small promotion that makes my salary jump more than double after working for 2 years. If you are working in a company with average performance, the most increment that you can get is about 5% every year.

Until now, whenever are people asking me how to start investing? My general advice always mentions: ‘Invest in yourself’ first. Yep, this so-called mantra has been with me for more than 10 years, and it will continue for a very long time too. This is also one of many reasons why I can start my own startup.

Tech In Asia Startup Factory 2019

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Oct 24, 2019
Tech In Asia Startup Factory 2019

My startup is one of many AI startup selected by Tech In Asia Startup Factory 2019 in Jakarta. One of the benefits will be having access to more than 6000 attendees. This conference is considered an essential event for a small startup like mine. Showcase our capabilities and even to get a new customer.

There are so many people that we met during these events, most of them really like our idea and form a partnership with Workspez. There are a few party queries about our product and service too. Workspez is a relatively new company, so we need to be present at these events. In order for more people aware of our solution and how AI technology can help them.

I can say there are two sides of the positive things that I can take from this event. One is that I can validate my ideas to many people who inquire about our product. Many challenging questions to be answered, despite that, I am enjoying this process. So I know what will be the next step to improve for my product to excel. Another side of positive things is a new customer!! What is the best way to validate your idea, if not other than getting a new customer? Onboarding customers in the conference are one of the success stories that I can share in my pitching. Check this article on how important digital transformation to your business.

If you came to Tech In Asia Startup Factory 2019 in Jakarta, I believe you will be crowded with many exciting startups. In the Workspez booth, I need to stand more than 8 hours and talking non-stop to many people. In summary, I am thrilled with the result of the conference. So if you miss the event, don’t worry because you can contact me if you want to inquire about the Workspez service and product.

Malaysia Institute of Accountant AccTech Conference 2019

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Oct 13, 2019
Malaysia Institute of Accountant AccTech Conference 2019

This year, I am really honored to be one of a guest speaker for the Malaysia Institute of Accountant AccTech Conference 2019. Last year, I attended as a participant to get the latest available technologies in the accounting world. This year, I come as one of the speakers, indeed an achievement personally for me.

On the stage, I am a bit nervous as many accountants are looking at the arena. I do thank Mr. Wen Tak, the moderator, who breaks my nervousness. With me, all industry players from respective areas, cloud computing, robotic automation, and I am representing from the artificial intelligence area.

Back to a couple of weeks ago, before the conference, someone from MIA called us to be on stage. I never expect it happen at the beginning. We are a small startup, and in the past two years, we focus on enhancing our products and services to be better. We aim to help many accountants finish their work efficiently. So being a speaker for the Malaysia Institute of Accountant AccTech Conference 2019 indeed an honor.

At the end of the day, I do think I am doing well. Because many people come to me on the stages to find out more about what AI technology can help them in day-to-day live. Something that I am pleased about. Because what I am worried that fewer people understand about what I said. I can speak with developers or business analysts to talk about technology. Somehow when talk with accountants is beyond my comfort zone.

After this experience, I need to learn more about public speaking on how to deliver my message clearly to many people and even to a different group of people. So if you just happen to be in Malaysia Institute of Accountant AccTech Conference 2019, do comment about my presentation or add my Linkedin.