Wrote 1,000-Word Article Today

Today, I wrote slightly more than 1,000 word article for Booking.com on hotels in Veysonnaz, Switzerland. It is a curated article, meaning that research is required with pictures added for eye candy including the address, opening times, cost in USD and how to get there. It took me the whole morning till lunch time before it was completed and sent for submission. Today, I was surprised to see on Adwords, advertisements on Booking.com on 2 of the hotels that I covered and also on Facebook.

Writing to me is cathartic, and never a chore. Wait till you have to do hard core programming! I disliked programming in my university days and know very little about it. But now with a clear mind and peaceful heart, I bought a book on PHP and reading it in my own sweet time when I am in the mood. There is no more pressure anymore to perform unlike in the university days.

I have also registered for an online course to learn up for free some tips on PHP that was conducted by UTM – Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in Johor. The course was introduced by reading a book written by a Malay author that was bought in Kinokuniya bookstore at KLCC. Such is my determination to relearn what I need to know from my IT background. But I am more of an admin person working on Microsoft Office applications, editing brochures and typing quotations.

Once in a while, I will update the company website with reference projects that are completed all over Malaysia. Working and travelling is now part and parcel of my life. It is a blessing in disguise that I don’t have children to bog me down with chores, so that I can concentrate fully on my job at hand. Sometimes I will also freelance writing articles and do microjobs, take surveys, etc.

In the past, getting approved by Adsense was easy. But now with so many high quality websites and lots of content, I have to be more stringent and include more news about my working life and just about anything that comes to mind to be approved again. There is no free lunch in this world. You have to labour and work hard for it to save up for your retirement; so that it will be golden and not woeful having to beg in the streets on the extreme side by comparison.

I also need to change by complaining less to my partner. The Bible tells us this: “Be careful for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, lets your requests be made known to God”. Thus, I also spent more quiet time with God sharing my issues in life so that He can answer my prayers in His time. From experience, by complaining to fellow human beings, it only brings added pressures, stress and wrong advise that makes things worse than they are.

And the advantage is that, it is a secret. Nobody knows your issues in life and neighbours don’t have to know all your secrets. And don’t wash dirty linen in public. It only makes things worse where your home should be a sanctuary instead.

Free Website Builder

Paradise Hotel sea view

You can check out on www.wix.com which is a free website builder with hundreds of templates for mobile friendly smart phones and desktops. There are various prices from the most affordable to the premium ones with e-commerce supported. Note that the prices are in US dollars. So, for anyone staying in Malaysia, that means multiplying by 4.5 into Ringgit. I just came back from a free 1 night stay at Paradise Hotel with stunning view outside the balcony. Using the voucher for pay for 3 adults, free for 2, the 5 of us had a buffet dinner last night at Paradise Hotel where my partner was forced to be a member since he did the tennis court for them.

The buffet dinner was worth the money. It has flower crabs, satay (marinated barbequed chicken on skewers), ‘char koay teow’, salad, soups, drinks, lamb shank, vegetables, noodles, and much more. Should there be any leftover, we will keep them in a plastic bag to bring home for free meals instead of going out to buy.

Paradise hotel hill view

Above is another shot of the hill view while the first photo was sea view. I guess our room was both sea view and hill view facing in Tanjung Bungah. Paradise hotel was formerly owned by Berjaya which was unsuccessful and the elevator took 15 minutes to arrive in the good old days! With the new management, they have upgraded the elevator and it was faster now, even though we had to wait some time due to peak period as many guests were checking out before 1pm. Otherwise it will be chargeable after 1:00pm.

Overall, the stay was worth is since it is located by the beach with splendid views of the hills and seas. It is a getaway for 1 night from all the stress of work and busyness in the daily grind. I was rejuvenated and felt relaxed and it was therapeutic for the soul. Going for holidays now and then such as this is certainly worth the time and effort in driving up the winding roads to Tanjung Tokong in Penang.

I am not saying work is a burden. It is good as I need to put food on the table for my family especially dad with my monthly contribution of RM 1,050 for the household expenses. With this, they are able to eat out every day and mum does not have to cook for a regimen anymore unlike in the past.

MBI : Management Buy-In

MBI Tedy Teoh

MBI is now a well known acronym in Penang, partly due to the success of M-Mall in Penang Times Square. When I took a Grab car taxi, all the drivers have heard of MBI. The other day, dad asked what MBI stands for and I could not answer. So I google that up and out came this : Management Buy-In of big companies by rich investors like Teddy Teoh of M Mall. Yesterday, the new supermarket which is higher end compared to Sam’s Groceria at Straits Quay was opened at Times Square, formerly occupied by Sunshine Supermarket which left and 4th floor was left vacant for a very long time.

It has 4 restaurants including a sushi counter bar, juice and muchroom soup restaurant, rest areas and many seats with more than 30 Chinese edition newspapers for the tourists from China to rest and relax. They sell high end products that you consume daily like Nestle Omega 3 powder milk that I take every morning. A packet cost around $42 which is much cheaper than a tin of Ensure for $70. Moreover, it has ingredients that helps to prevent heart disease which was its selling point compared to other brands of milk powder.

It also sells Japanese seaweeds of different flavours, canned drinks, tit-bits, fruits such as bananas in a blue Austin Mini made famous by Mr Bean, other types of fruits and vegetables and sofas like those of Starbucks serving only coffee and breads. There’s also Kit-Kat by Nestle, my favourite snack in beween meals.

Now I am going to take a short break, bathe and go donwstairs to 4th Floor Galleria which is the new high end supermarket. I shall take fruits for dinner to lose more weight. I am not on austerity drive but need to maintain a healthier BMI in order to continue working for a long time to come.

Eating Less to Lose Weight

I lost 6 kg already from 83kg and will keep eating half or less to lose more weight for a healthier BMI (Body Mass Index). Just Google that up. For dinner, today, I shall have ‘pink jambu’ bought from Tapah Rest and Relax area along North-South Highway as I was coming back to Penang from KL. I gave a packet to my parents and they enjoy it. I have a digital weighing scale that can measure up to 1 decimal point like 76.9kg. At the moment, the car is sent for repair because of too much leaking of the engine oil and it was bought second-hand. And we took a Grab car back for only RM 5 per short trip. I gave the driver a maximum 5 star review so that he can continue to pick up passengers.

The Mercedes Benz centre is located along Weld Quay and the boss specialises in repairing old and new Mercedes. Just directly opposite is CF cafe where most of the hawker stalls are and it also belongs to the same boss, Chin Fook, hence, the initials CF cafe. He has a datukship and drives a brand new Merc. He proposed to sell a white rather new second hand Merc for RM 50k, but my boss is hesitating because he needs the cash to run his business and pay suppliers, although he may have the money to purchase it.

Blessed to Work at Home

Working at Home

I never take my job for granted and am appreciative for the blessings to work in a home office – a dream job for many with average income from a few sources such as my fixed deposits, rental income and commissions from projects secured via my company website OlympicVenture.com. I also write articles now and then for some allowance, sell stamps and used printer ink cartridges. My boss is my spouse at the moment and 19 years my senior. We may be partners in business, but he is still the commander-in-chief.

As long as I complete the company work like preparing invoices, Purchase Receive for GST input tax, etc, he is ok. But if I pay too much attention on my own work, he can go ballistic. This is also probably because he had set up 7 different companies in the past including a hardware shop in Johor which never really took off. As a result, he had to downgrade from a double storey semi-detached house to a small single storey terrace house due to financial difficulties. Now we make enough money to pay back his various debts, including income tax which he was not supposed to pay but due to wrong move, he is now liable for payments every 2 months. It has reduced to about RM 10k now from RM 35k in the past. He is also paying back his second sister. I find it strange that all the while she never asked for her money back for more than 10 years and it appears to have been given to him. But since he is making some cash and more prosperous than before coming to Penang, it is payback time to the debtors.

Through God’s grace, we met online, he became my website customer and now business partner staying together in a condo in Penang Times Square. We get a few enquiries almost every day from our company website that I built and based on search, clients find us through Google. I am thankful for the knowledge and skill to build a fully functional website that pulls in customers and brings in projects for our Bangladeshi workers so that all of us can put food on the table for our respective families. At the moment dad asked for RM 1,050 or 233.33 USD a month as contribution to the household expenses from me, with RM 250 going to the Catholic church construction and the rest for his expenditure.

I am happy to be able to contribute this much and it is pay back time to him who taught us this: Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; Teach a man How to fish and you feed him a lifetime!

Going to KL Tomorrow Morning

I shall be travelling to KL tomorrow morning for business and site visit where my partner does the driving and meeting with clients. Sometimes, I just wait in the car and check emails, Whatsapp, Facebook, etc. He is qualified as a Civil Engineer, so site visit is not so suitable for ladies. The construction work is ongoing and they may be nails, pieces of steel jutting out from the ground, etc. And all the workers are men and it would be very rare to see a lady engineer or supervisor giving instructions to the male workers. By right, men should handle men only and not involve women.

Generally, women earn less than men in most of the countries as they are seen to be the weaker sex. To be honest, I could not earn so much now if I am on my own doing website designing and such. But thank goodness I met my boss from the website and he was the one who propelled the company to greater heights from his past experiences as a director in various sectors. He is very determined, working hard every day, giving instructions to workers, pay them their wages every few days via internet banking, handles logistics and replacement of the materials. He also attends interviews to secure the job at hand. I am a silent partner doing all the computer work which works very well for me since I have a long term sore throat since a few years back. There is very little contact with fellow human beings unlike in the MNCs or factories in Bayan Lepas in Penang – supposedly the Silicon Valley of the East.

By the way, today is International Women’s day and The Star red banner on the papers are coloured purple just for today to celebrate this special day for women. I shall be departing for KL tomorrow around 8:00am and be back before Sunday for my youngest sister’s birthday celebration at Fong Wei Chinese Restaurant in Penang.

Issues about Adsense

Google Adsense

When it comes to click frauds, Adsense will definitely banned your website/s permanently. There are 2 types of publishers: 1) those who click or ask friends to click on their ads. 2) those who pay for traffic to artificially inflate the impressions of their site, thinking that this will bring in more traffic. But it is a definite no no for ubiquitous Google. Of all the Adsense Alternatives, none can compare with the real thing. These are all competitors who don’t measure up and give you pittance 1 cent or so. And you can withdraw by hitting USD 10 which takes very very long to hit the target without clicking yourself. I just applied for Adsense and hope that Google Mountain View will approve my application as I have read the terms and conditions carefully, albeit very long.

This site does not support pornography and any comments that lead to sex movies or soliciting for hookers will be deleted. It also does not support article spinning which is garbage and unreadable. Everything is hand typed by the blogger who updates this only WordPress site regularly. With that said, I hope luck is on my side. Hope this will be a win-win basis for both Google and myself and I have my other work to keep my very occupied instead of taking shorts cuts to do click frauds which will get you banned for life.

This site was disabled due to insufficient content since I normally type about 100 words per post. But Google Adsense sites have more content than this and therefore, I am typing more information so that the search engine can detect my site based on the content and keywords typed in. This is certainly hard work on my part, but I can type fast and think on my feet on the spot. After having experience with blogging since 2006, I have become accustomed to typing and working hard for my saving and more allowance.

This time round, I have to be more cautious, not to buy traffic that artifically jets up the impressions that caused the ban in the first place, years ago. Otherwise, I was getting some income on the side from Adsense for many years.

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