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I am in KL now and we managed to secure a project. After dinner at Da:men, my partner banked in a cheque and then we headed home to rest. For me, it is to update this blog. I hope to attend tomorrow’s event, Star Fit for Life of health and fitness, sports, leisure, beauty and wellness. Touted to be Malaysia’s biggest Health & Wellness Fair, it is sponsored by Star Media Group, Great Eastern, Nestle Omega 3, etc. It is held from 21 – 23 April 2017 (Friday – Sunday) from 10:00am to 8:00pm at Mid Valley Exhibition Centre, Kuala Lumpur.
There will be free gifts for first 1,000 visitors each day and tomorrow being the last day, I hope to get something too and not be too late for it. In the car enroute to KL, I managed to redeem Manis App for free voucher of RM 10 online for a Papadelivery cheesecake. You have to purchase the 1kg cheese cake online and enter the Manis code of CHEESECAKE10 that is available only in Klang area and we shall collect it ourselves from PapaDelivery.my around 5:00pm before they close at 6:00pm on Sundays.
There are 4 types of cheesecakes and I chose Oreo cheesecake, all priced at RM99 for 1 kg. With the voucher, you pay RM 89. It is not cheap but to justify the many snappings of receipts, this will make me satisfied and an incentive to keep snapping for more free vouchers such as this. It is my third redemption with the first being RM 20 bodyshop products purchased online using a code and the second one being a physical RM 10 MPH voucher that was posted to me.
I also borrowed some cash from my boss to pay for expenses incurred by credit card since my cash was put into Fixed Deposit. Next month May, he will deduct my income for the cash borrowed like he did for all his other workers who may need to borrow money now and then.
Come 1st April 2017, for the first time ever, you’ll get to meet 3 investing legends, Ms Mary Buffett, Mr Ken Chee and Mr Sean Seah, up close in person at the inaugural Investopia 2017 at Wisma MCA. By the way, Mary Buffet is the daughter-in-law of Warren Buffet, the richest investor and is highly sought after for his ideas.
Even rarer, is the chance to meet THREE of such titans in the world of investing, at the same time, at the same place, under one roof, right here in Malaysia. And it’s indeed a once in a lifetime opportunity where you can do this … for FREE at Wisma MCA on 1st April from 9:00am – 6:00pm.
A bit about the speakers:
Ken Chee is a highly successful entrepreneur who started his company with ZERO capital and turned it into a 9-figure business based upon the principals of value investing.
Sean Seah is a highly sought after financial writer who has appeared in front of international audiences around the world.
And of course, there’s Mary Buffett, best-selling author, international speaker who is flying all the way down from California, USA, to meet with each and every one of you LIVE in person.
Here’s a sneak peak at what will be covered in this FULL-DAY information packed event:
How can you invest even with a little capital?
Should you invest in companies in Malaysia?
What kind of companies can you invest in Asia?
What about the US market? Is the economy going up or down?
How can you protect investments and still profit no matter what?
And much more!
When you learn directly from these masters, you can’t help but leave the conference a wiser, more confident investor.
Here are the details of the event –
DATE: 1st April 2017
TIME: 9am – 6pm
VENUE: Wisma MCA
If you miss this event, you will never get to learn directly from the 3 investment experts under one roof ever again.
So go ahead and register for your free seat today! Enquiries please call us at 03-2201 8089 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
I have already registered and shall be attending this whole day event at Wisma MCA. At the same time, I have also booked to stay at Mandarin Oriental Hotel in KLCC from 1st April to 2nd April using corporate rate for RM 780+ total including 10% service charge and 6% GST. Mandarin Oriental Hotel is just 5 minutes walk away to Wisma MCA.
Now you can earn free travels by starting a travel blog through FlyMe360 at http://www.flyme360.com/start-a-travel-blog-make-money/ The details are in the link above where you can click to find out more on how to get started with step by step methods. It would be lovely if you are single and unattached, to travel the world and experience local cultures, food, buildings and the people.
There are a few travel bloggers who get their travels overseas all sponsored provided they blog about it and share their many travel photos. This takes lots of writing, photo taking, and much more work. As they say, travel while you are young and able; for when you are old and can no longer walk, you may be bedridden and no longer have the strength compared to your younger days.
On a side note, some WordPress Plugins that you need to have are listed below:
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2) Akismet – This will reduce the Spam comments in your blog.
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4) Conditional CAPTCHA for WordPress– Akismet is good at fighting spam comments and bots, but sometimes it will need help too. This plugin will produce captcha clues to help differentiate bots and humans.
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8) Zemanta – places related posts at the bottom of the current post being read.
With that being said, I will explore some of the above-mentioned plugins in my free time and select those that I find may be useful for this blog on business and the working life of the blogger. Being single has its benefits as you are not tied down to family commitments and have more freedom to do the things that you love.
Of course, I am also concerned about my old age and who will take care of me. But I shall leave that to God to find th right person to come along my life and take care of me in my twilight years or better still, golden years.
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.
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.
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.
I shall be going to KL tomorrow by car early in the morning and then my partner will meet up with his old client. On Wednesday, we will stay at Mandarin Oriental Hotel beside KLCC using our 50% discount voucher which will come up to about RM 640 per night with taxes. My partner wants to meet up with his Belfast University room mate, whose name is Megat. He was trained as a Chartered Accountant together with his wife there. They stay in a bungalow in Tun Dr Ismail enclave; but he will come alone since the wife has Parkinson’s disease a few years back. I will also stay in my room and read a book or two. Let the 2 old buddies enjoy and reminiscence their university days. I should be back on Thursday evening after checking out at noon.
I shall be flying to KL on Friday, and returning on Sunday evening for business. On Saturday, will stay at Mandarin Oriental Hotel at 50% discount using the Elite voucher which will cost around RM 550 after the discount and factoring in the service charge, 6% GST, etc. The Firefly tickets have been bought online using my credit card to collect points and also add to my Bonuslink points. I am in the process of doing something on the side on top of my full time job at home. It is e-commerce, dropshipping and Shopify. Just hope that I have enough to last me a lifetime in terms of savings to stretch until I am called home.
I flew to KL yesterday by Firefly from Penang Airport early in the morning, departing at 9:00am and booked Hertz car rental for 2 days and promptly returned this evening also by Firefly from Subang Airport. Attended an interview and site visit 2 places this afternoon before returning the car and had dinner at Secret Recipe without any promotion at the airport. But in Taman Connaught, if you purchase ala carte meals above $50, you will get a free cake and a cuppa of coffee for UOB credit cards and above $45 for Maybank credit cards. I had spinach lasagne while my business partner had pan-fried dory fish with lobster sauce.
Today is Thursday and it is morning at 9:25am. I will be going to KL with my colleague and return on Sunday, also to hear free public talk on Investment at Mid Valley CityMall Halls 2 and 3. There are several speakers talking for 40 minutes each for each day and divided into several sessions per day. There is a goodie bag, free ice-cream and other freebies dished out for the participants. There is also a talk by Bank Negara, PRS, EPF, etc. I hope to have a good time there and learn something to grow my savings. Wish me luck!
Above is the entrance to Legoland Hotel, located in Gelang Patah in Johor Bahru. The building is painted in blocks of various colours depicting the ubiquitous small toy blocks that you construct and build into a structure. The hotel is beautiful, well furnished and maintained for repeat customers.
This decoration is inside the lift or elevator which was about to open. You will notice Lego characters fill up the entire doors and there is also a ‘disco’ light ball at the top of the elevator rotating while reflecting pieces of blue light surrounding the insides. You will have a feeling of entering into a discoteche with moving lights jiving to the music.
After parking your car, and exiting from the car park inside the hotel, you will see this colourful collage of paintings that are hand drawn in a multitude of vibrant colours that stretches for a long distance as you walk toward the entrance to Legoland Park. There are various packages for families or tourists with different prices and for a senior citizen above 60, you get to pay only RM 122 or so while for the disabled, it is only RM 90.
These are blocks of Legoland chips built into characters of a short stomach-bulging tourist carrying luggage bags and a little girl showing her creations. To make it more real, fake cameras are hung around his neck for eye candy. They are certainly pleasing to the eyes. In Legoland Park, you will see many of such characters placed at strategic places as attractions.
There are restaurants inside as well and the tickets come with free RM 10 meal voucher for you to rest and relax while having a cuppa or cake inside. Near the entrance, there is also a souvenir shop with a wide repertoire of selections to buy like colourful themed towels, t-shirts for posterity, toys for children and the like. This picture of a Malay mother with ‘tudung’ or head scarf and a child reflects the culture and people of Malaysia.
This is project X where there is a thrill-seeking roller coaster for the free rides. You can go for as many rounds as you like since there were hardly any queue during the off peak season. At the end of the ride and as you exit, you can see and buy your photos taken during the scariest park of the ride with your mouths go gaga. The photos cost RM 60 for 2 and they promote it as buy 1, get free 1 of the same photos with covers.
This is a big floor to ceiling 1-storey height of Albert Einstein, the famous inventor and late scientist whose famous name has been inked in history and for future generations to learn from. The artist who built Mr Einstein must have painstakingly connected the Lego small blocks into a huge structure resembling the well-known scientist.
Inside Legoland Hotel is a nice pot of flowers constructed from Lego blocks resembling the real thing.
This is inside the Legoland hotel where you can see a mini castle of sorts in the lobby and surrounded by children with seats for adults to view and watch their kids playing.
There are thousands of mini blocks for toddlers and kids to play with and exercise their hand-eye coordination for dexterity as they construct the mini blocks into something bigger. This wraps up our visit to Legoland in Johor and we will surely come back to stay in the hotel when time permits, even for 2 adults who are young at heart.