Saturday, March 26, 2016

How Time Flies

On March 26 exactly 5 years ago, I was at this place.  Kind of miss my purple Alza and the moments of joy and adventure that we shared. Time flies, and nothing stays the same except the flashbacks and memories.

We should always create and leave beautiful imprints on our minds, as well as create values in our own lives and that of others.

The hot issue in Johor right now is the Causeway --- whether the first link between Johor and Singapore stretching 1.05 kilometre that was completed in 1923 and opened for traffic in 1927, is going to be replaced.

In 1998, the 1.92km Second Link came into operations.

Both were jam-packed with Johor-bound traffic due to Good Friday, which was a public holiday in Singapore.

All work and no play is only going to dampen our spirit, so a little playtime is good for the soul.  That's our people-oriented MB Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin who is ever willing to go to the ground to visit the grassroots.  The pic was snapped in Taman Scientex, Pasir Gudang where the MB was there today to launch a Futsal competition organised by Umno Taman Scientex branch.

Soon this March 26 will be a memory too as midnight is approaching. Tomorrow, I have a big assignment.  It's my day off, but I have a personal victory to achieve.

A new challenge. Embrace it.  Good night Purple Alza. May you be well and happy wherever you are right now.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Journey of Purpose and Love

Datin Maznah Mahbob

"Understand the cycle of the market. There is constant change.  Ride that change.  Understand the wind and position your sail to go into the right direction.  If you are not swayed by emotions  --- on what is reality and what is perception ---  that gap is where money is to be made" 

It was so inspiring to listen to Datin Maznah Mahbob, the CEO of Aminvest, who was among the top 50 ISLAMICA 500 (in collaboration with Forbes) list of the most influential people in the World Halal Economy.

She was one of the speakers of  The TALK, a social entrepreneurship initiative mooted by AIM Communication S/B and supported by the Youth & Sports Ministry, Higher Education Ministry, Johor state government and the Johor Economic Planning Unit.

Maznah also told her audience, made up mainly of some 200 youths, that being constantly in the company of smart people in the fund management world, she considers her daughter, who has special needs --- a gift.

Maznah also said that the goal in life is to have fun, and to see work as fun.

To this, 20-year-old Mohamad Rizal Omar, asked during a Q&A session whether someone from a poor family could afford to find a job that was fun, when the family situation should be the priority.

And Maznah's reply to that was: "Everyone is better off and has a better life from the creation of value in people's lives.  That is fun. Different people find different things fun.

"My work is my ibadah (obedience, submission, and devotion to Allah)My mother has Parkinson's disease, my father had a stroke, my mother-in-law has cancer, my only brother died of cancer and one of my four children is a child with special needs.  I like taking care of these people.  I find my fun through this and not from skydiving."

"I also serve my clients, the stakeholders and the employees, the not so savvy investors, the breadwinners and the innocent children."

It is so beautiful to create values in people's lives.  Another story which I found exceptionally inspirational is the one about the jellyfish or starfish thrower.  I came across this story only last night.

I think getting people to save money creates values in their lives.  They may not know it now, but somewhere in the future, that little bit of savings may come in handy.  What you do today can make a difference in the future, in someone's life, in the world.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Recipe to riches

A friend excitedly told me she earned USD600 from online trading yesterday. 

Some get their thrills from placing bets on 4D, some like horse racing and some are into forex trading.  Whatever works, and to each his own. 

For me, I prefer something slow and steady --- like what FIMM CEO Nazaruddin Othman is advocating.  Someone recently told me this form of investment is for people who are not very smart. 

There are risks in any kind of investment, but not investing to make your money grow is also a form of risk.  One thing's for sure, the only way to accummulate wealth is to save little by little.

For unit trust ---  when the market is good, you get higher returns.  When the market is bad, you get to accumulate more units.  Your investment will fluctuate in the beginning, but it will stabilise after a five to ten year period.  No doubt, you will not see much gains and may even encounter a loss in the beginning --- depending on the market movement.  But the market will not stay down forever, just like the cyclical nature of all things, so what goes down will rise again.

And when the market recovers, that is when you enjoy capital gains.

You also need to build the fund by accumulating units little by little, so that the fund will one day become your source of income that replaces the monthly salary that you are so used to getting.

Everybody's facing financial constraints and challenges, from traders to lawyers and unversity undergraduates.

Make use of the time you have to compound the interest from your savings. The power of compounding interest is quite fascinating.  Develop the discipline to save and conserve your savings.

Save first before spending, choose a vehicle that makes it difficult for you to withdraw the savings and save regularly.... these are the three simple ingredients of a recipe to success.

No matter how hard times are, if there's a will, there's a way.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Love and Peace

one of the stunning models in a floral headwear

It was the first in a series of fundraising activities organised by the Metta Lodge Buddhist Centre Johor Baru, and what a promising start!

A total of RM119,500 was raised from the event called the "Love and Peace High Tea and Floral Exhibition and Show", which attracted a crowd of some 400 to the Grand BlueWave Hotel in Johor Baru on March 12.

"Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!"

or should I say "Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!"

Well done, brothers and sisters of Metta Lodge.  We are here to spread love and peace, and hopefully, this can drown all the hatred and war in our midst.

Among the sizzling highlights of the event were a Spanish dance, high tea, ballet performance and a catwalk featuring models clad in flower-themed outfits that pay homage to the power of flowers.

Event organising chairperson Doris Looi, a past-president of the Johor Baru chapter of Ikebana International, mooted the idea of the flower extravaganza, which featured the creativity of Peter Chin, Thong Weng Seng and Lim Li Jun.

The trio displayed their talent in a flower arrangement demonstration as well as in adorning the models' outfit with flowers.

Heng Chai Teet (right) receiving the mock cheque from Lim Hock Teck.

The centre's chairman Heng Chai Teet was seen thanking Peter, Weng Seng and Li Jun on stage, and later receiving a mock cheque of RM119,500 from event organising chairman (fundraising) Lim Hock Teck.

Construction of the new building (artist impression) on a piece of land in Taman Johor Jaya acquired in 2013, is scheduled to start at the end of 2016.

Anyone who wants to donate this cause to spread more love and peace, or if you have any enquiries, please email:

Friday, March 11, 2016


It shouldn't be too difficult to guess where I took this picture.  Notice anything that seems out of place? 

A heart-shaped gold ear ring. So lovely.

Well, not so lovely when the screwback gets embedded into the skin, making it impossible to unscrew the ear ring.

The doctor applied some kind of spray that produced a numbing effect before attempting to get the ear ring out.   It was still very painful, so the doctor suggested that my friend apply some antiseptic cream and wait for the swelling to go down before removing the ear ring herself after a couple of days.

But a minute later, the doctor decided to give it another try.  While the doctor was performing the task, I began to pray.  The doctor's deft fingers coupled with the power of a prayer eventually got the screwback dislodged.

This was taken after the ear ring was removed.  We were at the clinic for about 20 minutes, and the medical fee was RM65.

Screwback ear rings are more secure than the pushback types, but they can be "deadly".  Ok, I'm exaggerating but please be careful.

I think my friend will never wear another screwback ear rings ever again.

Oh, my friend's okay.  She's a tough girl.  I probably would have pengsan already, and most likely two days mc.

Good night, everyone.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Borrowed Light

Borrowed Light

I'm mesmerised by this poignant shot by Wilson Teo from Batu Pahat.  A software developer by profession, Teo's love for photography has taken him to places far and wide.

More on Teo's travels and passion in an upcoming article.

Wilson Teo

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