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Passionate Person

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Sep 15, 2018
Passionate Person

I would like to start with open question, Are you passionate person? Are many of your friends know about your passion? Lately, I got tons of questions about how I start my company, etc. At this moment, I do think that I am far from success, or what they imagine about me. Some of the myth or assumption that they have about me are:

Assumption: I am someone successful and rich.

Reality: No, I am not successful, I am just hard work. Rich is kinda subjective, but I do press my debt to my best minimum that I can.

Assumption: I am driving luxury car. (I seriously wonder what is the relation between boss / director in company with Mercedes Benz).

Reality: I still love my six year old Myvi. Been driving that to almost everywhere in West Malaysia. I am still not thinking to change it unless necessary.

Assumption: I do stay in big house.

Reality: No, I am currently stay in normal apartment. Big house is kinda nightmare for me as I can imagine how long I have to spend my weekend hour to clean that house.

Above are just couple of things that I have to keep clarify to many “New” friend, and I am still doing it every time. One thing for sure that I can tell you, I do really passionate in what I do. I want to do it best and only expect the best from it only. Most people know me on how picky I am about food. Yes, this is true. I do love to eat and I can go quite far for an incredible meal. I found that these kind of passionate people about food are quite common to find in Kuala Lumpur. Now the next big things is that, are you getting paid from doing what you love?

I have a chances to bring a topic to my team about why they should be passionate in what they do, if they did not. Perhaps it is time to change their choice of make a living. Rather than drag their feet to come to office just to finish their work. In short, I am building up a team who consist of passionate person. I rather work with these teams even their skill perhaps not up to par yet. Because they will grow exponentially strong among others.

Young Chef Competition 2018

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Jul 25, 2018
Cooking Competition

I am honored to become one of the judges on judging young chef competition for students below 14 years. Well, I can call myself foodie as I am also running food blog tenchopsticks.com as my hobby. Thus giving a personal opinion on food is something that I do for a hobby, but this will be the first time I am doing it for advice/input to people.

Overall events

Overall events

See the crowd attending this event. I personally think that parents are the most excited about this event compare to the participants. There are 10 groups from various schools, and they compete in teamwork, presentation, taste, and overall effort. You can see below is the young chef competition attendance.

As you can see above, they are all young and energetic. I am so inspired by seeing them on how during a young age, they can do cooking on this level. I am not talking about just boiled water and cook instant noodle here. All food is made fresh, be it boiled, fried, or baked.

preparing food 2

preparing food 2

preparing food

preparing food

Two pictures above are a glimpse of how these students are preparing food. Even on how they do decoration, I can say it is on par with a professional level (perhaps with more training).

small kids cooking

small kids cooking

Surprise….. These are kids that… perhaps below 9 years? Saw on how they do cooking and it is indeed outstanding. They really train hard for this day.

So let’s do the drum roll.

The winner is actually group 1, see the photo of small kids cooking? They are from group one. A couple of reasons why they are the winner. The attire, mask, hand gloves, even mouth cover. That is a high mark there. Then the food that they cook, superb. To my surprise, the chicken they cook is one of the best so far. Not many restaurants can grill the chicken to that level. Just cooked sweet and tender. Overall I am glad able to be part of this cooking competition.

Cashless Trend

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Jun 14, 2018
Cashless

Are we really going to the cashless community soon? Cashless does not mean you are broke by the way. It is about doing transactions without involving cash, but more towards digital financial. In my mobile, I have a couple of fintech apps, to name a few such as Kipple pay, Maybank pay, fave, line and Wechat pay. Even Air Asia is launching its mobile payment as well. So in my personal prediction, soon the market will be flooded with many mobile payment products that each of them will try to beat one another with either lower price or more promotions.

Why do I think the cashless trend will be a future? A simple thing is convenient. I am not sure about you, but I do tend to forget my wallet. Multiple times, in fact. One of the worse is that I am on the way to the office, I did not bring my purse, and my toll e-card has no money. That makes me go back to my house, take my wallet and then go office. Thanks to that experience, I am more aware of my wallet than before. Strange things are that I can forget about my wallet but not my phone.

Now, have you paid your transactions in digital forms? Like bank transfer, or quick payment scheme? That is something improving the money flow and convenient. Now, whenever I want to buy online, surely either I will pay thru my credit card or using my bank as a direct payment. I heard the story of how China using mobile payment extensively that they did not even need cash in their daily life. That is proof that technology has gone deep into society.

The younger generation is more versed in new technology adaption. I personally think that this group of people will be the one who wants to be the first technology adopter. Plus, they are the most significant number for the cashless trend. It may not be in one or two years (I can be wrong), but I think soon Malaysia will have a tremendous increment on a cashless society.

New Government for Malaysia 2018 PRU14

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May 30, 2018
Government change

As reported in many news portals, Malaysia’s opposition has success to form a majority in parliament to form the federal government. I was stunned to see the end result, and I could not believe it. This election has to make Malaysian people from all around the world make an effort to bail out their votes to make it counts. Yes, there are many speculations (based on some news portal) that the previous ruling party will still win the federal, but lesser seats in parliament. Another surprising factor is the election committee introduce last-minute boundary changes that affecting most opposition party. You can find this blog for 10 things that Malaysia EC does.

Personally, I have been in Malaysia since 2008, so I am familiar with the Malaysian political situation. Seriously, it is a great country to earn a living. But there are few things that I seriously think it will help the country to grow in many areas: be it economic, living standards, and the prosperity of its people. To start with, these are a few points of my own observation that I experience myself, so all these points come out from my personal point of view. So let’s look into core problems.

The rising cost of living

Yes, this is the number one problem that everybody is facing. Somehow the price of basic necessity has increased tremendously. Is it because of GST? The significant part is yes!!! No matter how previous government paints a rosy picture on how GST able to lower the cost. No one is buying it. Now, if the government does implement GST, in return, most of the critical infrastructure becomes affordable. This might turn into something better, like abolishing tolls, affordable health care, a subsidy of necessity product, or incentive on income tax. Seriously, rather than giving cash handout where it has bigger chances of abuse, why not make a big-scale investment that generates better profit and uses it to subsidies? Oh wait, they did that. Which is 1MBD and so far it becomes the center of the news.

Apart from the rising cost of living, affordable house has become a challenge. Yes, it is an actual global challenge, especially in the metropolitan area. Population increase every year, but the affordable house project is not able to catch. Surprising enough, I keep hearing about luxury properties developments more than anything else. I think it is suitable for a well-known developer to develop a low-medium range of houses to ease the burden or giving back to a community project.

The policy that favorable specific group of people

I firmly believe that this is really a bad idea. No matter how they frame it, favoring a particular group of people due to conditions will only hurt actually. Seriously, this is absolutely not going to sustain in any circumstances. Is this wrong to do? Oh well, since the government can do anything, so yeah it is not wrong. But if the question, will it help? No. When you practice spoon feed exercise to a certain extent, it will only do harm than good.

Ethical practice and policy it will nurture people well. Given the same everyone opportunity, you will be surprised that many will rise to their full capacity. Because it is a healthy environment. To be able to have a healthy competition among another, experiencing hurdles and raise up stronger.

Scandals, Funny Statements, Avoiding Questions

Previous administration often becomes a news highlight due to funny statements. Even some scandals that blatantly done in board daylight received no investigations. Famous word: “innocent until proven guilty” is being abused. Many citizens demanding a direct, honest answer from the government, and yet they are not given any explanation. What makes it worse is that they keep avoiding the questions. When the items are being asked many times, and there are no facts given. That is a signal about covering up.

New Government New Hope

The majority of Malaysians have lost hope on their current administration, which is why many are desperate to make the changes. Honestly, I never expect that opposition can obtain a majority in the federal government, after all the hurdles that they are facing. I believe this is the answer to how frustrated they have with the long-serving ruling party. So the challenge for new government obviously to tackle the rising cost, eliminate corruption, and to introduce fair-policy that giving benefits to overall rather than a specific group of people.

I am so happy when the new government declares zero-rate GST. This will help to reduce the overall cost of goods in the market. Then the next question is, where the new government able to have a new revenue stream that keeps their administrative afloat with such a budget? White-elephant projects must go!!! One of the current news that they are abolishing high-speed trains to Singapore. What I am looking forward to is the elimination of toll in stages. The next big giant to fight is actually on education that empowering critical thinking and innovation.

Overall, I am excited to see the future of Malaysia. Personally, I think there are many things for the new administrative government to fix and amend to make the country grow into high-income nations.

Mother Day 2018 Celebration

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May 15, 2018
Mother Day 2018

Happy Mother Day for all mothers!!! It is so good to celebrate mother day 2018 this year with Crystal. I have to push my travel schedule, meetings and make myself available for this day for her. There are tons of things that I do appreciate her as a mother for my son. To name a few, her unconditional love to Gavin is the best highlight. I still remember, one day she is actually exhausted, and I happen to be outstation at that time, Gavin’s mood is cranky, and she still entertains and plays with him. Indeed she is a really outstanding mom in this family.

Simple mother day celebration

What we do this year, nothing fancy. Firstly, we make sure our son is sleep first. After our son sleeps, we just set a simple sit-in the table, with some cakes and wine. We make it simple, but what is important is we have a great time together. I think having personal time is our shared love language, so that is why we feel appreciated and loved. If you want to have a grand celebration of your spouse, find their love language and do it for them. It does simple, but somehow, it is common to have people did not aware of this.

Focus on what matters

Seriously, what matters most during the celebration? Excellent gift? Lavish dinner? Or perhaps some select gateway? Well, if money is no issue, go for it. My personal idea that I can go in a simple but meaningful way, I will always choose that. Why? Because I instead focus on what matters most.

Most but not least, again happy mother day to all mothers, thanks for taking mother role in the family.

Hand Foot Mouth Disease Outbreak for Gavin

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Apr 21, 2018
gavin in hospital

This is marking five days since Gavin battling with hand foot mouth disease. When it started, he got a fever for about two days. In the beginning, we only think it is only normal fever, not due to hand foot mouth disease (HFMD). So during consultation time with the doctor, he suspects that he got infected with the virus after we told him that one of his friends in preschool confirms having it. During this time, the doctor tells us that he will give the throat and fever medicines. We will need him to come to the hospital again if his condition is nowhere getting better.

Hand foot mouth disease can be critical

After we are aware of this disease, we start gathering all information on the internet. Thanks to technology, now all data is within our fingertip to access. We learn that it is needed to keep the house environment sterilized and clean. Then we need to keep checking his symptom of fever, if it continues to heat for more than 16 hours, we need to bring him to hospital. During this time, Gavin fever is not constant, but slightly higher and then back to normal from time to time. This kinda worries me, and I told my wife that let’s admit him to the hospital so that he can get more access to health care.

I also read that this disease can be fatal to children, which is why we rush him to the hospital. Once we arrive at the hospital, after double confirm with the doctor, we are given some choice to choose our room, be it sharing or single. Gavin insurance only covers the specific limit, and we decide to take a unique place because we don’t want this will infect other kids when we are sharing a room. Yes, we will be top up the difference, but it is for the safety of others so it worth every penny.

Sunway medical center

Many are asking why we choose Sunway medical center, not another hospital. Well, firstly it is the nearest to our house. The second reason that I believe the Sunway bill is not slaughtering compare to others. I had been many hospitals around Malaysia (be it my personal experience, or my family members). So I know they usually will slaughter patients with the bills. You need to anticipate a heart attack if you are paying by yourself.

One hospital charges me RM 39.90 for toiletries that are so small it is finished after two times usage. Not to mention when you press the bell, each press cost you money. Don’t forget that the hospital will subscribe unnecessary quantity of medicine that beyond your needs. Few times I send Gavin to Sunway hospital for a checkup, and there is a couple of time the doctor did not subscribe to any medicine, and the bill comes out are cheaper compare his typical clinic.

Treatment for hand foot mouth disease

Treatment

Treatment

Sad to say, there is no specific treatment for this disease yet. But that does not mean you can’t do anything about it.

Let’s talk about prevention. You have to sterilize all the toys, clothes, everything in your house. So that it does not comes back to your child again. Second, avoid crowded places. We are responsible for stopping the outbreak. My wife has to be at home to nurse him. I have to be on and off from the office too. My poor boy has to stay in the hospital room for five days, and he does not allow me to go outside to contain the outbreak. Third, always sanitize. My son is in the age of touching anything that he can see. So we have to disinfect his hand and sterilize any place he reaches.

On another note, you might be infected with hand foot mouth disease as an adult. It is rare, but there is a possibility. If that occurs, you need to take precautions and contact a medical doctor for advice.