Category Archives: Work

Common Non-Verbal Job Interview Mistakes for Women

Above is an infographic from savvy.com on common mistakes made during job interviews for men and women in particular. The picture speaks for itself. In a survey of more than 2,000 hiring managers, 33% claim to know whether or not they would hire someone within 90 seconds. Statistics show that first impressions are determined by 55% – the way you dress, act and walk through the door. 38% – the quality of your confidence and grammar. 7% – the words you choose to say.

The things that have an impact on first impressions: 70% of employers claim they don’t want applicants to be overly fashionable or trendy. 65% of hiring managers say clothes can be the deciding factor between 2 similar candidates. And don’t wear jewelery to give a hint that you are wealthy. Be prudent in your dressing.

About 1/3 have a bad posture and fidget too much. 26% have a weak handshake. 26% play with their hair or touch their face. 9% use too many hand gestures.

Anyway, back to the infographic, one of the common non-verbal mistakes make during job interview is failing to make eye contact and knowing little about the company. Some cross their arms over their chest and don’t smile. Hence, for newbies and fresh grads, look out for these little mistakes before it is too late.

Doing Your Best

Doing your Best

Dr S.L.Tan has the same moniker as me, except that he has a PhD and called Victor while I am Diana Tan S.L. Credit should go to him for authoring the book, “The Secret of Change” which got into the Malaysian Book of Records as the first motivation book in poem. Below is his inspiring poem:

BEING THE BEST

Choose to be the best,
in a field to better than the rest.
Believe it to be a worthwhile conquest.
Be willing to take the test,
endure the stress.

When you are hard-press,
discipline yourself at the work desk.
Do whatever it takes to achieve progress,
take it all as part of a contest.
In the journey to achieve success,
being the best is not what you profess.
The true mark is when others attest.

To be the best,
have a passion on a quest,
which you work with zest,
where every motion is a fest,
every moment a great fun, no less,
in the process to reach the crest,
is not working without rest,
or engaging others in wrest.
Remember how to de-stress,
laugh often and indulge in jest.
At work, put on some jazz,
Whistle to the beat to achieve your best.

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.

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.

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.

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