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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.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – 2017 Movie

In 2014, Peter Quill, Gamora, Drax, Rocket and Baby Groot are renowned as the Guardians of the Galaxy. Ayesha, leader of the Sovereign race, has the Guardians protect valuable batteries from an inter-dimensional monster in exchange for Gamora’s estranged sister Nebula, who was caught attempting to steal the batteries. After Rocket steals some for himself, the Sovereign attacks the Guardians’ ship with a fleet of drones. The drones are destroyed by a mysterious figure, but the Guardians are forced to crash-land on a nearby planet. The figure reveals himself as Quill’s father, Ego, who invites Quill, accompanied by Gamora and Drax, to his home, while Rocket and Groot remain behind to repair the ship and guard Nebula.

Meanwhile, Ayesha hires Yondu Udonta and his crew, who have been exiled from the greater Ravager community for child trafficking, to recapture the Guardians. They capture Rocket, but when Yondu shows reluctance to turn over Quill, his lieutenant Taserface leads a mutiny with help from Nebula. Taserface imprisons Rocket and Yondu aboard Yondu’s ship and executes his loyalists while Nebula leaves to track down and kill Gamora, whom she blames for all the torture inflicted on her by their father, Thanos. While imprisoned, Rocket and Yondu bond. Groot, together with Yondu loyalist Kraglin, frees Rocket and Yondu and they destroy the ship and its crew as they escape, though not before Taserface tips off the Sovereign fleet.

Ego explains that he is one of the god-like Celestials, and exists in the form of the planet on which they are standing. He assumed a human guise to travel the universe and interact with other species, eventually meeting and falling in love with Quill’s mother Meredith. After Meredith’s death, Ego paid Yondu to collect the young Quill, but Yondu never delivered the boy, and Ego had been searching for his son ever since. He teaches Quill to manipulate the Celestial power within the planet. Nebula arrives at Ego’s planet and tries to kill Gamora, but fails and the pair reach an uneasy alliance when they discover caverns filled with skeletal remains. Ego reveals to Quill that in his travels to thousands of worlds, he planted seedlings upon thousands capable of terraforming them into new extensions of himself, but they could only be activated by the power of a second Celestial. To that end, he impregnated countless women and hired Yondu to collect the children; they all failed to access the Celestial power, so Ego killed them, until he found Quill. Ego uses Quill to activate the seedlings, which begin to consume every world. Quill is hypnotized into helping Ego, but fights back after Ego reveals that he deliberately caused Meredith’s death.

Ego’s pet empath, Mantis, grows close to Drax and warns him, Gamora and Nebula of Ego’s plan just as Rocket, Yondu, Groot and Kraglin arrive. The reunited Guardians reach the core of the planet, where Ego’s brain is housed, and fight the Sovereign’s arriving drones. Rocket makes a bomb out of the stolen batteries that Groot plants on Ego’s brain, while Quill battles Ego with his newfound Celestial powers to allow the other Guardians to escape. The bomb explodes, killing Ego and causing the planet to disintegrate. Yondu sacrifices himself to save Quill, who comes to realize that Yondu did not deliver him to Ego in order to spare him from the fate of Ego’s other progeny, and that Yondu was Quill’s true “daddy”. Having reconciled with Gamora, Nebula still chooses to set out and attempt to kill Thanos. The Guardians hold a funeral for Yondu, which is attended by dozens of Ravager ships, acknowledging Yondu’s sacrifice and accepting him again as a Ravager.

In a series of mid- and post-credit scenes, Kraglin takes up Yondu’s telekinetic arrow and control fin; Ravager leader Stakar Ogord, inspired by Yondu’s sacrifice, reunites with their ex-teammates; Groot starts growing back to normal size, exhibiting typical teenage behavior in the process; Ayesha creates a new artificial being with whom she plans to destroy the Guardians, naming him Adam; and an astronaut discusses several experiences on Earth with a group of uninterested Watchers.

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.

Oprah Winfrey on Career and Life

Wikipedia states Oprah Winfrey as below:

Oprah Gail Winfrey (born Orpah Gail Winfrey; January 29, 1954) is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. She is best known for her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, which was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. Dubbed the “Queen of All Media”, she has been ranked the richest African-American, the greatest black philanthropist in American history, and is currently North America’s first and only multi-billionaire black person. Several assessments rank her as the most influential woman in the world. In 2013, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama and honorary doctorate degrees from Duke and Harvard.

In the video, Oprah shared a pertinent issue, and this is to follow your instincts on what you do not want to do and follow your heart and do something you like. She is admired by the world especially women for being so successful and also as a philanthropist. It is very rare for a black woman to rise up so fast and become a mega success over time from her talk shows.

This is no longer about me nor how to earn and my travels. But it is a breather of change from all the usual stuffs like work and so on. Oprah has also been very generous to her staff of dozens of people, bringing them on cruise ship holidays to Australia and even gave a key to a brand new BMW to all her spectators. Such is her kindness and it is not surprising, she gets back what she gives.

On a more sombre mode, here is what Wikipedia wrote about her difficult life:

Winfrey was born into poverty in rural Mississippi to a teenage single mother and later raised in an inner-city Milwaukee neighborhood. She has stated that she was molested during her childhood and early teens and became pregnant at 14; her son died in infancy. Sent to live with the man she calls her father, a barber in Tennessee, Winfrey landed a job in radio while still in high school and began co-anchoring the local evening news at the age of 19. Her emotional ad-lib delivery eventually got her transferred to the daytime talk show arena, and after boosting a third-rated local Chicago talk show to first place, she launched her own production company and became internationally syndicated.

Many successful people today were born into poverty which gives them the drive to succeed and work hard as reported in the local press some time back. Whereas, rich people tend to take things for granted and live the easy, lazy life, since everything is provided for and there is nothing to strive for or goals to achieve. They live like bosses and some of them which is a distant worker that I know of, cannot even work for others because he’s just like the mother; they have the boss mindset, very quarellsome and cannot work under other people. It is just a matter of time before he gets sacked again and again. He is just unemployable.

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.

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.

Going to KL Tomorrow

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.

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