Category Archives: General

My 2-Month Old Pomeranian

Yesterday, my partner bought me a 2-month old Pomeranian female puppy named Leia. The puppy was dewormed and vacinated. Amongst all the poodles and other dogs, it was the most subdued and quiet. So, I chose her and bought the cage, water dispenser, cushion, vitamins, dog food, leash, etc for a total of $2,100. Should we go to KL for business, then I will put her in a pet hotel – all fuss free for the grandparents. 🙂 So far it refused to stay inside its cage and keeps barking incessantly until we let it out. It is still young, and perhaps we might send it for dog training at Straits Quay, when it is much older so that it does not anyhow pee and poo all over the floor instead of inside its cage.

Despite the inconveniences, it has brought me joy and those who keep pets are known to live longer, according to Astro pet channel. It is like a furry ball bouncing about and skipping all over the condo. The only place it is not allowed to go is the master bedroom, which has my carpet, and many things on the floor, especially reading materials.

The leash has a bell, so I know where it walks around in the unit like a curious puppy. It asks for lots of attention, but sometimes we have to ignore it to work and for me, to moonlight part time. Afterall, it needs moolah to eat and to groom it.

Article Writer

I am also an article writer for 2 sites in Singapore that pays via my Paypal. The curated articles require lots of time with a minimum of 1,000 words plus free pictures from Instagram. Yesterday morning, took an Air Asia flight in KLIA2 to JB and went to 3 places before returning on the same day by Firefly to Subang Airport. I booked a Grab car and a driver was found rather quickly when I touched down. He was already waiting for us outside McDonald’s where I noticed a few police officers around in case the normal cab drivers want to bash up the Grab driver for taking a slice of the pie.

Now technology rules and without using smartphones to find customers on the go and get directions to their destinations, it would be getting more difficult for conventional taxi driver to find a living. Eventually their jobs will be replaced by Uber and Grab drivers who are very efficient and don’t charge too exorbitantly.

This morning, I receive a feeback from my editor requiring further editions to my article on Top 10 Best Places to Eat in Penang. It is a curated article, meaning research needs to be done online.

Also noticed that there are so many Mainland China labourers in JB taking flights home to KL while working in construction sites as they spoke extra loudly and were crude. China had already stopped capital outflow from its country and I don’t know how this will affect the development in southern Johor.

NAWEM – Inspire Women in Business

I was browsing around when I found this website that inspires women in business – NAWEM. You can visit their site at https://www.nawem.org.my/. They have organised several workshops and seminars for business women. Just the other day, I was reading the Straits Times and the government had helped a woman bumi earning from barely $1k per month to making $1 million in revenue every month simply selling babies’ diapers and exporting to Indonesia, Philippines, etc. Even her trip and hotel stay at the first attempt were all paid for! So easy peasy for bumis to get started and connected with the right channels, if only they are willing to work hard and put in effort.

The learning curve is cut short very much unlike for others who have to slought it out themselves. We may not even have the financial means to do so and even have to learn from trial and error. As it is, I have a booking site that is still not ready even after 2 years of hosting and it has not brought in any business. If only I have a mentor to guide me through how to strike it out on my own on a part time basis, as I have a full time job at home, I would gladly grab the opportunity.

Stayed at Mid Valley Cititel Hotel

I just came back from KL 2 days ago and we stayed at Mid Valley Cititel Hotel for 1 night. We were on our way back to Penang when there was a call for an interview on Monday at the last minute. Hence, we had to stay back for a total of 4 days and 3 nights in KL. I also redeemed my Manis H&M voucher for $30 at 20% discount with a minimum spend of $150. After coming back in the evening, the following day, went to Alor Setar to meet up with someone which we may not accept due to the stringent rules of completion.

I also signed up for UOB credit card and got a sign up gift of Hello Kitty selfie stick, power bank, USB light, key ring and wire. The box of 5 pieces cost $70 online or rather $69 that I got for free just for signing up at Mid Valley. Always sign up with young people, they will give you the sign up gift; never with old people who might even keep the gifts for themselves and tell you there is no sign up gift! Utter balloney.

I am now in the midst of updating the work and profile and it requires some time to complete. My boss had gone out on site project and won’t be back until later. Also just received a parcel of Pastor Joseph Prince’ message CDs of 4 in a set that is long overdue by the postman.

Be Kind to the Poor

Dad taught me to be kind and generous to the poor. Who knows, some of them could be angels in disguise. Coming from a single parent background, he understands what it is like to be poor while growing up. His dad or grandpa died at the young age of only 39! Hence, we should be generous and not look down on the poor, the disabled, etc. Just imagine ourselves in their shoes and it is not a nice experience. No one wants to be poor, homeless nor disabled by choice.

The other day, I went to post letters and saw a few homeless people sleeping on the walkway at KOMTAR while another group was probably waiting for their free meals by Lighthouse or Kechara Kitchen soup. We should not let wealth get into our heads but remain humble and forgiving. This is because pride comes before a downfall. Many deaths could have been avoided due to pride and ego. Fighting to see who wins is not a solution. We should learn to let God take over and forget the unhappy incidents.

The poor, homeless, disabled and the marginalised should not be ignored. We should channel our resources whether labour or wealth to help these people. We ought to give a comfortable amount and not give till it hurts our pockets. These are desperate times and it calls for action on our part. Many are jobless with some graduates unable to pass the interviews in both Singapore and Malaysia and jobs opportunies are getting scarce. Hence, we should not job hop for greener pastures but instead remain loyal to our company and be grateful for a job with constant income.

Visited Grandpa’s Grave

Yesterday, my youngest sister drove dad, aunt and myself to grandpa’s graveyard to pay respects and then to grandma’s urn in a temple next to her sister-in-law and also uncle’s urn nearby. May perpetual light shine upon their departed souls and that they be in a happier place. Grandma was my roomate for many years before I left for Singapore to study and work. She taught me diligence, hard work and saving up for rainy days. She was also a very strict disciplinarian.

Anyway, grandpa departed at an early age of only 39 due to sickness. My dad was around 8 or so at that time. Being a single parent for grandma, they endured hardship, what more with her constant gambling to make money. In the end she lost more than she gained as the 3 other gamblers colluded with each other cheat her of her cash. Finally, to put food on the table, she sold laksa in the streets and dad had to wash the dishes besides serving them.

Such was the hardship of growing up for my dad and he values working hard, teaching us how to fish to feed for a lifetime. Well, he had earned some but lost some in the share markets and tontine too. Now, his focus is on serving God and volunteers in an old folks’ home.

I was at Quayside for 1 day to read and relax. It was good and enjoyable to be away from the small condo, packed with files and papers all over the tables and counter. It is like an office with a bed where you can take power naps in between work.

Did Micro Jobs

This morning, I did some micro jobs which promptly got approved and my revenue increase a little as I did several of them. Maybe 12 or 13 of them. Then went downstairs to meet up with my priority relationship manager to apply for credit card and then continued with more quotations for clients. Thereafter, went to Sakea Sushi for dinner, bought some vitamins at Watsons at 1st Avenue Mall, went for a ride and then came back to type a BQ quotation and emailed it out. By the time I was done, it was almost 11:00 pm.

Since I am free now, took the liberty to blog and update this site. There is no such thing as get rich quick scheme that works and most are nothing but scams where you cannot withdraw your money but just enjoy the benefits while your hard earned money is being channeled elsewhere for other business or development. You have to read the fine print carefully and if there is nothing in black and white, then don’t invest, even if it is for testing. Nothing beats the old hard work where you save bit by bit and spend less than you earn to become a millionaire.

Real millionaires don’t boast and don’t have to wear out to get rich. Those who wear to get rich and look expensive usually have empty pockets or bank accounts. How do I know this? Well, I was there before and also it was written in the news and financial magazines. They also don’t live in expensive neighbourhoods and pay through their nose of the exorbitant monthly mortgages. Worse still, some even borrowed money from the loan sharks to buy a nice bungalow to look rich. As long as you are confident inside and feel peace, there is no one to impress.

Now in Quayside

I am now in Quayside condo to do my laundry of washing my bedsheet, pillow and bolster cases. There is also a machine dryer to dry up the washed items. I packed dinner along which was part of lunch in half portions. Brought along my book and magazine to read while waiting for the laundry to finish. Also am pleased that I got paid USD 70 via my paypal for 7 articles written for a Singapore website of around 1,000 words plus with free pictures included. It is about things to do in Switzerland and is a curated website where you have to do some research for approval. There are dozens of writers on this content rich site, hence I am lucky to be accepted for all my articles written so far.

Tomorrow is pay day as today is a public holiday and all banks are closed. I took the opportunity to change the bedsheets as my partner has hinted it some days back. Also signed up for some surveys to do in my free time. There is no way to get rich using the quick scheme which cons many people of their hard earned money. Beware of money games, binary systems that predicts whether the stocks will go up or down and promises of software that is automated and correct 70% of the time to help you make money! In fact, it is just the opposite; it helps the owner to make money while you lose money. In stocks, someone will make cash at the expense of another who will lose it instead.

Nothing beats the old traditional way of studying hard and working hard to save up bit by bit to become rich. How do I know this? Well I read the newspapers and 2 articles were written by different experts with sound advice. They are more practical and teach you the delayed gratification method of getting there while eschewing speculation and gambling. In a nutshell, there is no short cut to success. And don’t get hoodwinked into network marketing or MLM of alkaline water, aromatherapy of Lampe Berger and such. Don’t let greed get the better of you, but use common sense to protect your money from tricksters, conmen, etc.

Received 1,000 Manis Points

I am happy to announce that I received 1,000 Manis points for my previous blog post on this amazing free App. From about 5,000+ points or so, it went up to 6,000+ immediately after I emailed back my Manis account name to Carmen. When I checked the rewards, I noticed a new Robinsons’ Marks & Spencer voucher of $10 and promptly redeemed it on the spot as I have purchased from Marks & Spencer before and they have a branch in Gurney Plaza and in Sunway Pyramid Shopping Centre. This is my 4th redemption. For each $1 that you spent, you get 1 point.

We were in Langkawi recently for a project and bought some liquer, chocolates, nuts, etc. We had lobster and requested for butter style, but instead it was fried lobster which was a disappointment. And it cost us RM 20 / 100 gm for supposedly 700 gm, but looks more like 400-500gm in size. Anyway, the meal of almost $200 for 2 to celebrate my friend’s birthday was snapped with the receipt given and it was accepted. You will need bright lights to snap the receipts for a clearer picture and not grainny in the dark. After cropping to appropriate size, it was uploaded to Manis app for approval.

Above is the snapshot of my iPhone 6 of a successful Manis redemption of the $10 voucher that will arrive in my address in around 10 days time by Pos Laju or registered post. I love this App and I guess I am addicted to snapping receipts both from my own purchase and that of my partner’s to collect points. They also have a Facebook page and you can check it out.

You can also track your expenditure per month, per week and so on. I just wonder how Manis makes money back from all the given vouchers. Otherwise, it is a Great free app for anyone and you will get 500 points immediately upon successful referral and sign up by your friends.

Writing Articles for a Travel Website

My more than 1000-word article got acccepted for a travel website and 2 more needs revision with a fourth one on the way plus 6 more to be submitted as drafts. I am also very preoccupied with my full time job, but the good thing is that I work at home; hence I am able to take power naps in between work. I work best when I am alone undisturbed, just to earn a little extra for my retirement.

Yesterday, dad took me to sign a will of 2 copies – an original and a duplicate to bequeath my assets to my sisters and also Little Sisters’ of the Poor Old Folks Home. I used my dad’s lawyer who happens to be his church friend of the same moniker with an office at Green Hall, a few doors away from the high court. Finding a parking space is difficult, hence most law firms are set up here so that lawyers can just walk to the high court for litigation work, etc.

Today is “all souls day of the dead” or ‘cheng beng’ where the living honour the dead. My partner will attend with his siblings, leaving me some free time to myself and I can update the articles by today. Frankly speaking, the bed is still too tempting and I wish to take naps and turn on the air-con and sleep under my silk duvet. But too much sleeping will lead to poverty and one is told to work hard with one’s mind and hands.

Even if I can afford to retire now, I will still continue working to keep my mind active. An idle mind is the devil’s workshop and the devil is ‘Alzheimer’s disease’. Hence I buy books and read newspapers plus magazines to read to keep my mind active and to prolong my life. This is a fallen world, since’s Adam’s sin with sickness, disease, pestilences, wars, etc.

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