Monday, December 21, 2009

Whatever you think, think the opposite by Paul Arden

I found this very interesting and wanted to share with everyone. Please read on, it will give you a new insight of life.

Whatever you think, think the opposite by Paul Arden
If you always make the right, the safe decision, the one most people make, you will be the same as everyone else. Always wishing life was different.

The unsafe decision causes you to think and respond in a way you hadn't thought of.
And that thought will lead to other thoughts which will help you achieve what you want.
Start taking bad decisions and it will take you to a place where others only dream of being.

Everyone wants an exciting life, but most people are afraid to take the bull by the horns. So they take an easy option for an exciting life. They live their excitement through other people.

It's better to regret what you have done than what you haven't.

He said, 'Dad, I'm in trouble.'
The father asked, 'Are they going to kill you?'
He said, 'Oh no, no.'
His father said, 'Son, you don't have a problem.'

When we are young we jump into the pool whether we can swim or not.
We have no fear. Either we swim or we drown.
Before the age of thirty important things happen to us which shape the rest of our lives.
The 1st is:
We become aware of ourselves and our own thinking. We reach the age of reason.
The 2nd is:
In our new-found maturity we begin to think in a more adult way.
We become grown up.
Recklessness and risk are not compatible with age.
Risk becomes something which must be carefully considered.

The steady Eddie
The corporate non-risk taker rises fast on the freshness of youth; an open mind, a pleasant demeanour and good looks will accelerate this rise. His superiors are pleased to promote him since it reflects well on them. The candidate reaches a platform of responsibility, not something to be treated lightly. After all he is now a manager, albeit a junior one.
His salary rises in accordance with status, not ability, and he reaches board level. It is now time to appoint a joint or deputy managing director. Our man is considered to be a good company man, but he is a bit dull. He doesn’t produce innovation; he doesn’t do anything for the image of the company. There’s a very good young man in his department earning a third of his salary, who younger members of staffs respond to. Our man at forty is moved sideways, and at forty-seven he is out.
He didn’t reach the top of the ladder, he has fallen and there is no climbing back. He’s finished, yet he has done nothing wrong.
That is the problem.
He’s done nothing wrong.
The reckeless Erica
As a youngster she doesn’t have the charm of the previous character. Not the corporate type. She’s irritating but enthusiastic and popping with daft ideas. So they keep her on. Most of her ideas are regarded as impractical, too adventurous or plain silly. But somewhere in the company someone picks up one of her wilder thoughts and promoters it. It get noticed because it is different and fresh.
For the next three years she produces a series of unuseable ideas. She becomes increasingly irritating and is fired. Now the odd thing is that it is not as difficult for her to get a new job as she thought, because a number of people remember that rather good idea she produced three years ago. They prefer to gloss over the failures. Her name on the payroll adds a bit glamour to her new company.
But the same progress happens again. Once more she is fired, but now there are two pieces of work that make her memorable. She’s not just a one-off. Her whole life is lived like thism a series of ups and downs, more downs than ups. But when she reaches the age of forty she has a track record.
She has become a respected person.
Still reckless Erica, but more in demand than ever because she failed to conform.
Knowledge makes us play safe. The secret is to stay childish.
Too many people spend too much time trying to perfect something before they actually do it. Instead of waiting for perfection, run with what you’ve got, and fix it as you go.
Be your own worst critic. When things go wrong it’s tempting to shift the blame. Don’t. Accept responsibility. People will appreciate it, and you will find out what you’re capable of.
If you want to be interesting, be interested.
A young man worked as a runner in an advertising firm. One day he said to his manager, ‘I’m leaving. I’m going to be a drummer.’ The manager said, ‘I didn’t know you played the drums.’ He replied, ‘I don’t, but I’m going to.’ A few years later that young man played in a band with Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, and it was called Cream, and the young man’s name was Ginger Baker. He became what he wanted to become before he knew he could do it.
He had a goal.
Some people have a gift for coming up with ideas. But for those that don’t it is a real struggle. Oddly, the people who struggle most are often the ones who become the most successful. Having too many deas is not always a good thing. It’s too easy to move on to the next one, and the next one. If you don’t have many ideas, you have to make those you do have work for you.
MUM! I’ve failed my exams. Disaster? It’s and achievement.
it’s commonplace to do all right or be somewhere in the middle. Being bottom ot near the bottom has merit. It means you are not interested in the run-of-the-mill way in which you are being taught. Your mind is elsewhere. Fantasizing. Many people who bottomed out at school have gone on to be rich and successful, not due to their pass marks, but because of their imagination. So in order to succeed in your failure, you have to think of your failed situation as a good place to start from.
Good marks will not secure you an interesting life. You imagination will.
The world is what you think of it. So think of it differently and your life will change.
This is not the end. It is a new beginning.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Back for good

It has been some time I never write anything at all. I do not know is it the time that is not allowing me to do so, or other factors. What I know is that time flies, extremely fast.

I remember the last time I input something on my blog, it was back in Aug'09. Although there are term break for the students recently, I am not free at all. Got to prepare for the new semester and lots of paper works need to be done. Here I am now in Sep'09 and new semester kick-started.

Today is the end of week 2 for Aug'09 intake and next week will be the beginning for Foundation program. Meaning, I will be more and more busy. Having the opportunity to teach "Critical Thinking" for this semester, I feel it is worth it to be busy. Preparing for such a module is very challenging. A lot of the stuffs that I have to read and prepare, they are all very interesting. How good if we have this kind of module when we were in secondary school or even in college. I can only say, its an eye opening studies.

So, I can't imagine; I have to teach the students how to think. Believe it or not, the power of thinking is extremely powerful. If I would want to talk about the impact of thinking as what I have been reading so far, it will takes years to tell the stories and it can go as far as the galaxy.

Aha...20 minutes later, I will be at Bukit Bintang having dinner with Teoh and Liang - Happy Hour! That's All... :P

Friday, July 24, 2009

Berjaya Times Square Shopping Carnival

Since I am working here in Berjaya Times Square, it is my pleasure to show my citizenship and promote the BTS Shopping Carnival event for this weekend. There are lots of activities going on, so please do drop by and check it out yourself. Who knows, maybe you might get some good deal.

Berjaya Times Square also presents the Summer Street Party – a series of fashion shows featuring its retail tenants and the winner of the Piala Seri Endon. Watch the student showcase from the International Fashion Training Centre this evening from 7pm while the fashion series take off on Sunday from 11.30am. Among the featured brands are Voir, Nichii, Sembonia, Carlo Rino, Elements, Summit, Polo Haus, Black Queen and Universal Traveller. The official hairstylist, Michael & Guys Hair Salon, closes the series with a hair show at 6pm. The official make-up for Summer Street Party is Rimmel London.
So, if you are planning to shop around to pamper yourself or just wanted hang out with friends, consider here =P

Thursday, July 23, 2009

DELIcious @ Dua Residency

Yesterday, in conjunction with Poh's birthday, we went to DELIcious at Dua Residency Jalan Tun Razak KL. A very new branch of DELIcious which are famous for boutique cafe & restaurant.

You will be surprised because the crowd is good even on a Wednesday evening. I thought currently we are facing economic crisis???

Remember when you reach that place, park your car at the valet parking (if you want to spend a bit longer hours here). Valet parking is RM5 per entry and you got to park at the ground floor. If you go to lower ground parking lot, they will charge you by hours (first hour RM2, subsequent hour RM1).
This is the cover of menu. Looks classy.

Don't be cheated by the luxurious look outside because the pricing are quite reasonable. Of course cannot compare with Old Town :P

English Fish & Chip - RM27.90

Pesto Spaghetti with chicken - RM18.90

The environment with soft lightning, making the ambiance look classic, cool and luxurious. You feel like you were in different part of the world.

Bird cages and dried trees painted in white everywhere but sadly, never heard or saw any birds around. This is their bar counter.

Nice and comfortable sofa for you to hang around, chats and enjoy the traffic jam scenery of Jln Tun Razak outside the drop down glass windows.

Will I recommend? - Yes
Price? - Reasonable (at least they don't charge for warm/cold plain water)
Will I go again? - Most probably (only when there are special occasion)
What I like most? - Pleasant staffs

Monday, July 20, 2009

Sneak Preview

I bought a new Car...Want to know more? Stay tunned!

My Kenari new Toyota rims and tyres

Early July'09, I went to change my t. It was 3 years and 11 months; and more than 50k mileages running on the old Goodyear tyres that came together with my 2005 Kenari 1.0EZ. At first, I thought of only changing to new tyres, but the technician at Lim Tayar detected some problems with my original sports rims. Ended, I bought a set of used Toyota Vios E-spec original 14" rims.

From a no choice situation, I bought the rims and set of new Continental tyres for a reasonable price of RM800 from the shop at Shah Alam. Now, cornering with 60-70 km/hour is no more a problem. New tyres are really different. I can feel the grip even when I accelerate. Of course, thanks to Toyota Enkei Rims too. Well, my Kenari now look more sporty..hehehe

Thursday, July 16, 2009

5 Simple Ways It Makes Your Life Work Better

A very interesting reading by Warren Wojnowski, sent to me by my ex-student YongLi

Do you move through your life feeling frustrated and stressed, finding too many things that just aren't working? Do you find yourself wishing you could find some way to begin to make your life work better? If that describes you and how you feel, then read on because you are about to learn a simple adjustment you can make in your life to help things immediately begin to work better and feel better.

Let's follow up with one more question. When was the last time you actually, deliberately stopped and decided it was time to make your happiness a priority for yourself?

If you're like most people, it has been a very long time because for the most part, you are placing all of your time, energy, and focus on all of the things you feel you have to do. Doing what makes you happy likely feels like some far-off dream because all you see in front of you are things that make you feel unhappy, tired, and stressed.

No doubt you have heard the phrase "change the way you look at things, and the things you look at change."

Well... here's a novel suggestion. If you'd like to make your life work better, start focusing on your happiness instead of the absence of it.

Now let me guess... this sounds too simplistic to you, doesn't it? You're probably wondering how focusing on your happiness is going to help fix things so they work better, right?

Yet the truth is, that's exactly the fix that can have the most immediate impact on your life. Consider the following five ways in which by you focusing your thought and attention on what makes you happy -- and making a point of looking for and acknowledging those things each day -- you will begin to notice things working better in your life.

1. You'll be more attractive to others. As you place your focus and attention on what's right and what's working in your life, you immediately start to feel a little bit better. Because you feel better, you begin to behave and carry yourself differently. And that shift in how you carry yourself makes you much more attractive to others, which means you're going to start receiving more invitations, more opportunities, and more things that are working well for you.

2. Your relationships will work better. Because you are carrying yourself differently, you begin to come across as friendlier, and you'll find that you're better able to listen because you're not so preoccupied with what isn't working. That's going to result in healthier, deeper, more successful relationships with your family, you co-workers, and your friends.

3. Your job or business performance will improve. Your shift in focus carries benefits over to your overall work performance. You will find yourself thinking more clearly, more alert, and making better decisions.

4. Your health will improve. Because you are feeling happier as you place your attention on what is working, a whole set of physiological changes start to occur. Your blood pressure lowers. Your blood flow improves. Your immune system starts working better. These all have a positive impact on the state of your health.

5. You will start to have more flow. By law of attraction, you attract more of what you focus upon. Since you have repositioned your focus and attention on your happiness rather than your unhappiness, guess what happens? You get more of the things that are working better. And now you've got a positive spiral that you've started that is going to deliver more flow and positive momentum into your life going forward. And so begins a positive cycle of being in flow where things start to come more easily and frequently.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Gundam 00

I bought a High Grade (HG) 00 Gundam long time ago. Only in Apr'09 this year I managed to built it for battle. Bandai did a very good job in producing action figure nowadays. The movement is fantastic and well-structured.
Let's get started!!

Body and parts are formed..haha...00 in life now. Preparing the amour .
Ready for battle!!!!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Chinese and Indian Movies - Observation

Come to think about it, if you tends to be a bit more observant, you might realize a lot of things surrounding you. I find the followings were interesting. Seems like we all knew about it but still, its fun to read...

Things You Need to Know About Chinese Swordsman Movies

1. Being the hero's parents will always be unlucky and will usually be killed by enemies when the hero is young, and the hero will become an orphan.

2. When a man is wounded and dying, he always manage to catch his breath and speak a few sentences to reveal the killer before dropping his head and declared dead.

3. Skilled people are able to fly over roof tops, up trees and across distances without any sweat. But when travelling to towns and villages, they still have to walk or ride horses.

4. The heroes need not have to work for money, but will always have
gold and silvers with them to pay for their dishes.

5. The heroes and villains will meet each other very often no matter how big the country is and no matter where they are.

6. Healing internal wounds in the body is as easy as sitting down
cross-legged, palms on the knees and smoke coming out from the head.

7 They can keep a lot of stuff in their sleeves and waistband and never drop them (carrying especially lots of those gold and silver ingots)

Things You Would Never Know Without Indian Movies

1. A man will show no pain while taking the most ferocious beating
but will wince when a woman tries to cleanse his wounds.

2. The hero cannot fall in love with the heroine (vice versa) unless they first perform a dance number in the rain.

3. Once applied, make-up is permanent, in rain or in any other situation.

4. Two lovers can be dancing in the field and out of nowhere, 100
people will appear from god-knows-where and join them in the dance.

5. In the final scene, the hero will discover that the bad guy who he is up against is actually his brother and the maid who looked after him is his mother and the chief inspector is his father and the Judge is his uncle and so forth.

6. Key English words used in the movie (usually said out loud between sentences) are No Problem!, My God!, Get Out!, Shut-up!, Impossible!, Please forgive me!

7. They drop down on the ground and roll and roll while singing and
came out with different clothing.

8. They can run around the coconut trees, singing, batting eyes-lid, and throwing glances at each other and change clothes all at the same time without being out of breath.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Daidomo - Japanese Buffet

Last week on the 24th June 2009 (Wed), we celebrated WY birthday together with CK, Lam, Poh and Brenda. Also, we wanted to try out the Daidomon Japanese buffet. Cost RM39.90+ per pax. Seems like many people now wanted to try this place.

They are now consider one of the threats to Saisaki, and Jogoya. Not to mention some other similar concept restaurants out there. Food here are great, lots of variety and sashimi are fresh there. Best thing to highlight is the staffs. They got very polite staffs and good service.

See what happen when the food is good and after the traffic jam you got stuck in Jalan Ampang. Can't wait to eat everything, until forget to take pictures of the food...yum yum. Too hungry that time, all cleared by bandaraya :P

Overall, I will give it a 9 out of 10. 1 point missing due to the location. It is located in Great Eastern Mall Jalan Ampang. You know why... yes, its the traffic. Other thumb up factors, hygiene, food quality, staff, services and ambiance. Good job!

Friday, June 26, 2009

M.Jackson - The King of Pop

A very different Friday morning today. I was listening to radio as usual while on the way to office. I was wondering why 988 played MJ - "You are not alone". Without knowing anything, we discussed about if we want to buy MJ concert tickets if he come to KL tour. We I got down from the car and proceed to my office in Times Square, I nearly forgot about what we discussed on MJ. Suddenly, I received an SMS from my wife... MJ passed away!

No wonder chinese radio station 988 played MJ songs. Not for his concert promo, but its for tribute. Out of sudden, I feel so sad. Suppose he is not someone close to me, but why do I feel sad? Maybe we all have grown up together with Michael. We all listened to his songs and we all watched his MTV, and we all could have at least once, sang his songs before... and that makes me feel sad, for a lost of a talented guy like him - The King of Pop.

Look at this..from the 60's to 70's to 80's then 90's. He has been with us all the time with his signature "crotch-grabbing dance moves". We all will never forget that. The moves that everybody tries to imitate and scream like MJ. I guess we all will not forget him - the one and only MJ - King of Pop. Hope he will have a wonderful journey...

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

A(H1N1) Influenza - Why Now?

Today, more cases has been reported and M'sia now is having more than 60 cases where 2 of the cases were local transmission. Why there is a pandemic now? Aren't we have enough trouble? Riots, terrorist, economic crisis, haze,..etc. How can we digest all these?

No doubt, in this century, we are able to learn a lot of scientific terms from the diseases (H1N1); types of bombs used by terrorists, definition of nuclear weapons and even natural disaster terms such as Tsunami. Is it better for us not to know about all these? Even we can understand all these and we know that it is happening around us, what can we do about it? Does this means we have to be more rationale? Does this mean we have to learn to accept death?

Even we know that we are now having global warming as our world issue but what can we really do? Only certain people in some countries really concern with the global warming issue and even within this group of people, only some will try their best to comply with the steps to reduce it. Most of us have to live on with our normal life and every single thing we do, might create global warming. Just like me, now typing on I now contributing to global warming.

End of the day, does this mean we have to go back in time and live like a barbarian. Do we need civilization, since we all are the product of civilization. Maybe one day, we all will be wipe out just like the dinasours. Hmm.. maybe there was once where the dinasours becomes civilized and did the same thing like us, created global warming or create the environment that breeds viruses. Seems like we are no better than animals, since we all are just another category of the animals.

Lets put some thought on these questions and think careful the purpose of our existence. I'm thinking now....

Monday, June 22, 2009

AFC King of the Grill - Robert Rainford

19th June 2009, Robert Rainford, AFC King of the Grill together with the co-founders of Asian Food Channel visited KL. Its a great opportunity to attend his talk on his career as a chef. A very interesting seminar and we got to know more of what a chef really has to go through in life. He did mentioned something meaningful in the seminar, "You may rest, but never quit"...

See..I'm so near to the AFC co-founders and the King. Feel so proud (don't really know why?)

Well, look at this - I'm actually taller than the King of Grill. Now I know why I feel proud :P

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Focus, Follow-through and Forgiveness


"You must remain focused on your journey to greatness." -- Les Brown
"I never hit a shot, not even in practice, without having a very sharp in-focus picture of it in my head." -- Jack Nicklaus
"To do two things at once is to do neither." -- Publilius Syrus
"Do not dwell in the past; do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment." -- Buddha


"Have the dogged determination to follow through to achieve your goal; regardless of circumstances or whatever other people say, think, or do." -- Paul Meyer
"The elevator to success is out of order. You'll have to use the stairs... one step at a time." -- Joe Girard
"There is nothing so fatal to character as half finished tasks." -- David Lloyd George
"I had rather do and not promise than promise and not do." -- Arthur Warwick


"I believe the time we really look big in a child's eyes is when we go to them and apologize for our mistakes and we say, ‘I was wrong. Will you forgive me?´" -- Kevin Leman
"To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness." -- Robert Muller
"We are told that people stay in love because of chemistry, or because they remain intrigued with each other, because of many kindnesses, because of luck... But part of it has got to be forgiveness and gratefulness." -- Ellen Goodman
"Our friends are those who know their own faults well enough to forgive us ours." -- Moulton Farnham

Monday, June 8, 2009

My Home Scenary

This is the only scene I have, every time I look out from my window. Suppose, it is KL view, but it is blocked by the legendary Batu Caves. So, it left only partial KL view, and that's what I got now. Well, better than nothing.

This photo was taken at 8.oopm using Sony Alpha 300 - 30' F3.5

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Starbucks Breakfast

Starbucks now offering breakfast special for only RM6.80 (coffee of the day). If you upgrade the beverage to Latte, it will add up to RM9.80

The breakfast segment of market is getting more competitive. Given the many choices of breakfast set now, you can choose from McDonald's, KFC, Old Town Cafe and more... all priced with minimum price (less than RM10), what you gonna choose for your breakfast? Many people might have turned away from the traditional soup mee, porridge, & tim sum (its not cheap for tim sum) for the new western breakfast set like the above, since it is more complete and better ambience.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Condom in Disguise

Interesting Product

This is a very cool product where it comes with a nice packaging and reflect the seductive condoms, strawberry flavour and tast good. taste good as it does not help to prevent pregnancy at all..its chocolate with strawberry flavour. This is only one of the cool stuffs you can find in Taiwan...there are more.... :P

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Teacher Day 2009

Teacher day at Berjaya University College of Hospitality

"The Team"

Last Friday, on the 22/05/09, we celebrated Teacher's Day here in Times Square. Simple and meaning function but most exciting is the pastry. We got to try the pastry and cakes made by our students in the Upper East cafe at the 14th Floor.

Me, Ms Vijaya and Ms Shirley

New channel of entertainment for me

Recently, I found out that there is a Hong Kong radio station where we can listen to through internet.
This is very cool, especially for the Lum Dog show and also the "Morning Ba Wong". Try to install the HongKong Toolbar (downloadable from the website) and enjoy...

Check out this link:

Monday, May 4, 2009

The Enlightened Perspectives

The Enlightened Perspectives

They're written by Andy Rooney , a man who has the gift of saying so much with so few words. Enjoy.......

I've learned.... That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.
I've learned.... That when you're in love, it shows.
I've learned.... That just one person saying to me, 'You've made my day!' makes my day.
I've learned.... That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.
I've learned.... That being kind is more important than being right.
I've learned.... That you should never say no to a gift from a child.
I've learned.... That I can always pray for someone when I don't have the strength to help him in some other way.
I've learned.... That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.
I've learned.... That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.
I've learned.... That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.
I've learned.... That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.
I've learned.... That we should be glad God doesn't give us everything we ask for.
I've learned.... That money doesn't buy class.
I've learned.... That it's those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.
I've learned... That under everyone's hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.
I've learned.... That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.
I 've learned.... That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.
I've learned.... That love, not time, heals all wounds.
I've learned.... That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.
I've learned... That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.
I've learned.... That no one is perfect until you fall in love wit them.
I've learned... That life is tough, but I'm tougher.
I've learned.... That opportunities are never lost, someone will take the ones you miss.
I've learned.... That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.
I've learned.... That I wish I could have told my Mom that I love her one more time before she passed away.
I've learned.... That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.
I've learned.... That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.
I've learned.... That when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist, that you're hooked for life.
I've learned.... That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it.
I've learned.... That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.
To all of you.... Make sure you read all the way down to the last sentence.

Monday, April 6, 2009

My ex-student, YongLi emailed this to me and I find that this is what we all experience everyday in life. We are really taking advantage of our short and precious life. Read on...

The Formula for Failure and Success
by Jim Rohn

Failure is not a single, cataclysmic event. We do not fail overnight. Failure is the inevitable result of an accumulation of poor thinking and poor choices. To put it more simply, failure is nothing more than a few errors in judgment repeated every day.

Now why would someone make an error in judgment and then be so foolish as to repeat it every day? The answer is because he or she does not think that it matters.
On their own, our daily acts do not seem that important. A minor oversight, a poor decision, or a wasted hour generally doesn't result in an instant and measurable impact. More often than not, we escape from any immediate consequences of our deeds.
If we have not bothered to read a single book in the past ninety days, this lack of discipline does not seem to have any immediate impact on our lives. And since nothing drastic happened to us after the first ninety days, we repeat this error in judgment for another ninety days, and on and on it goes. Why? Because it doesn't seem to matter. And herein lies the great danger. Far worse than not reading the books is not even realizing that it matters!
Those who eat too many of the wrong foods are contributing to a future health problem, but the joy of the moment overshadows the consequence of the future. It does not seem to matter. Those who smoke too much or drink too much go on making these poor choices year after year after year... because it doesn't seem to matter. But the pain and regret of these errors in judgment have only been delayed for a future time. Consequences are seldom instant; instead, they accumulate until the inevitable day of reckoning finally arrives and the price must be paid for our poor choices - choices that didn't seem to matter.
Failure's most dangerous attribute is its subtlety. In the short term those little errors don't seem to make any difference. We do not seem to be failing. In fact, sometimes these accumulated errors in judgment occur throughout a period of great joy and prosperity in our lives. Since nothing terrible happens to us, since there are no instant consequences to capture our attention, we simply drift from one day to the next, repeating the errors, thinking the wrong thoughts, listening to the wrong voices and making the wrong choices. The sky did not fall in on us yesterday; therefore the act was probably harmless. Since it seemed to have no measurable consequence, it is probably safe to repeat.

But we must become better educated than that!

If at the end of the day when we made our first error in judgment the sky had fallen in on us, we undoubtedly would have taken immediate steps to ensure that the act would never be repeated again. Like the child who places his hand on a hot burner despite his parents' warnings, we would have had an instantaneous experience accompanying our error in judgment.
Unfortunately, failure does not shout out its warnings as our parents once did. This is why it is imperative to refine our philosophy in order to be able to make better choices. With a powerful, personal philosophy guiding our every step, we become more aware of our errors in judgment and more aware that each error really does matter.
Now here is the great news. Just like the formula for failure, the formula for success is easy to follow: It's a few simple disciplines practiced every day.
Now here is an interesting question worth pondering: How can we change the errors in the formula for failure into the disciplines required in the formula for success? The answer is by making the future an important part of our current philosophy.
Both success and failure involve future consequences, namely the inevitable rewards or unavoidable regrets resulting from past activities. If this is true, why don't more people take time to ponder the future? The answer is simple: They are so caught up in the current moment that it doesn't seem to matter. The problems and the rewards of today are so absorbing to some human beings that they never pause long enough to think about tomorrow.
But what if we did develop a new discipline to take just a few minutes every day to look a little further down the road? We would then be able to foresee the impending consequences of our current conduct. Armed with that valuable information, we would be able to take the necessary action to change our errors into new success-oriented disciplines. In other words, by disciplining ourselves to see the future in advance, we would be able to change our thinking, amend our errors and develop new habits to replace the old.
One of the exciting things about the formula for success - a few simple disciplines practiced every day - is that the results are almost immediate. As we voluntarily change daily errors into daily disciplines, we experience positive results in a very short period of time. When we change our diet, our health improves noticeably in just a few weeks. When we start exercising, we feel a new vitality almost immediately. When we begin reading, we experience a growing awareness and a new level of self-confidence. Whatever new discipline we begin to practice daily will produce exciting results that will drive us to become even better at developing new disciplines.
The real magic of new disciplines is that they will cause us to amend our thinking. If we were to start today to read the books, keep a journal, attend the classes, listen more and observe more, then today would be the first day of a new life leading to a better future. If we were to start today to try harder, and in every way make a conscious and consistent effort to change subtle and deadly errors into constructive and rewarding disciplines, we would never again settle for a life of existence – not once we have tasted the fruits of a life of substance!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Something worth reading...

Within your control
When life throws you unexpected challenges, how you handle them is what really matters. Albert Einstein said: "In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity." During tough times, the solutions you come up with are proof of your mettle. Of course, you do not have to wait for a problem to turn into an opportunity. From time to time, you may make mistakes, but you can learn from them. When something does not got the way you want, you must start taking steps to amend it. Similarly, if opportunity does not knock on your door, then you may have to initiate the knocking yourself. Recognize that there are times in your life when you have to make your own luck. Being optimistic and enthusiastic gives you the energy to face uncertainties and seek out new opportunities. Here are some steps you can take to open new doors in your life:

Re-invent yourself
Take stock of the times when you have done well as well as when you have met with setbacks. In those areas that you feel you have not done well, try to think of alternatives to how similar situations can be handled should they occur again. Doing so will allow new ideas to flow. Make room in your life to try out different things. This can include trying new route on your way to work or home, discovering another place for lunch or reading books by an author who is new to you. Making these small changes in your life can give you fresh perspectives.

Upgrade yourself
Look at your abilities and see how else you can employ them to good use. If you are knowledgeable in a subject, what else can you do to enhance your expertise? Can your skills be put to other uses? Be alert to the changes that are occurring around you and decide whether you need to upgrade your skills to stay relevant. There may be ample opportunities in your organization to upgrade your skills. Even if you do not see immediate returns, approach such opportunities with zeal because you never know when your proficiency will come in handy.

Break your routine
People are creatures of habit and tend to settle into a comfort zone when tasked to do the same thing over and over again. Although there is nothing intrinsically wrong with it, you may fall into the trap of becoming complacent. To counter this, vary your patterns once in a while. You can do this by looking at other ways of handling a task at work that you perform regularly. If you are already good at a certain duty, volunteer to do something else from time to time. Exploring uncharted territory lets you discover possibilities or opportunities you never knew existed.

Grow you knowledge
Creating opportunities in your life requires you to expand your knowledge. This, in turn, broadens your mental parameters. A liberal mind allows you to see things from different perspectives and come up with fresh ideas. Develop the habit of reading a variety of subjects to improve your general knowledge. If you have no time, listen to audio recordings of a book or motivational speech while you are commuting to and from work. The internet is an extremely good source of information. You can pick up nuggets of facts and news even if you are surfing leisurely. The secret to creating opportunities is not to always think big. Sometimes it is the little things that give you the edge. Do not waste time waiting for your big break to come along. You have to make things happen. As American comedian Milton Berle said: "If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door!"

Source: ST/ANN Article by Daniel Theyagu, a keynote seminar speaker and principal training consultant of Lateral Solutions Consultancy.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

To kick start something is most difficult

People always say to start something is easy, but to sustain/maintain it is difficult. We need alot of passion and hard work to sustain something. I do agree with it and I used to believe it. However, recently I realise its not alwys sustaining that is tough. To begin something is as much difficult as to maintain it. Be it a task, job or a relationship; not to mentione ending it :P

In order to sustain or to grow, one must start well. The begining is very crucial as it will lead to the sustainability of yourself, days to come. A very good example is the F1 race. Every driver try to get the pole position, hoping for a good start. The moment lights turn to accelerate. The grip, handling, horsepower..all together, it will determine you starting line up. If a driver starts last...well, the chances of wining the race becomes slim. Of course, unless you crash your car or long pit stop time, or engine blow off...if you starts well, it will ends well. So, its better to protect the pole position rather than to do the chasing.

I do not know how well I've started but I do know that I am not at the pole position yet. Being in the mid of life now, I think I got to re-examine my current position and to determine where I want to be for the future. Lets put everything to an end and re-start the race (if that is possible). Lets hope for a new begining every morning when sun rises....

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

CNY - Chor Yat (1st Day)

Heading back to Ipoh on 1st day of CNY. Early in the morning, departed at about 6.00am, when sky was still dark.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Today is the last day of work before Chinese New Year. Next year will be Bulls year (cow). So, it should be a year with strengths and dedication. This year (still got 2 days to go) is Rats year and its nothing much to talk about, since it was a purposeless year for me.

Lots of things happen but nothing much achieved, just some life experience gained. As such, I think I've learned how to be a wiser man. Good or bad, we have to accept it in life. Thinking positively won't help to solve all your problems but at least will help you to feel more calm. Then only you can make rationale decision. Well, easy to say :P

I've been struggling to settle down with my career for the past 2 years but all I got, were still painful experiences. All I could have done, is to appreciate what I have and move on..but I didn't. I have not been consistent and lack of patient. End up..I am still struggling. I wanted to be like what Eason Chen sang in his song "Aren't You Glad": looking back, I think I've done alright.

After CNY, I will need to quickly secure a new job, hopefully in education or marketing field. Then, I will need to really beef up in my career life. As long as we are happy with what we are doing, nothing really matters. Most important is that you must know what you want. Sometime, a good career doesn't mean you need to sacrifice your family.

I always believe that we work because of the family. Not the other way round. Many people may say, we sacrifice family time NOW by spending more time on work, hoping that we will able to enjoy a better life in future. For me, future is so uncertain. You never know what will happen tomorrow, so what about future. Also, once you start to sacrifice your family, it will go on and on...cause it becomes a norm. Not until you finally lost something in life, you will never realise how crucial is your NOW, not the FUTURE.
Well, maybe this is my thought and that is why I am here today. Its difficult to achieve a balance in life. Yin & Yan can be easily identify but not everyone can understand and practice the yin & yan philosophy. Until we can do that, I believe we will reach the self-actualisation state... For now, may God bless us all and Happy Chinese New Year :)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

A "late majority" voice

It was a sudden move for me to sign up a blog for myself. Before this, I've been using multiply to post some view of life but it was not a consistant one. For now, I hope I can at least leave something on the Internet, something bout me, the surroundings and the things happening around. Intention is very simple, "you never know when you need it" here I am.

I've read lots of blogs and I enjoy doing so. I am so impress with some of you out there, whom able to tell us so much bout your life and experience. I hope I can do that too, although there could be nothing interesting at my end here. Maybe sometime, soon, in the future, there will be changes in ma life (this is what everybody is looking for).

Hope that this blog will also help me to keep in touch with all the "Choe" out there... Lets keep the mileage moving... (this is my little Kenari dashboard meters)