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March 12th, 2014

This is a social media ad for myself

It’s funny that over the past few years, a big part of my time has been helping brands reach out to consumers using influential people online. Whether it’s blogs, Instagram, Twitter… you name it. Nuffnang and ChurpChurp have both done work for brands like Samsung, Sony, P&G and Unilever.

The one thing I realize I don’t do enough though is use our own reach for ourselves. But of course… that’s another thing altogether. I don’t own a restaurant or have anything that I could really tell people about. So today I thought about the most personal things that I need in my life right now… and I came up with two.

1) I need a tenant 

Last year I bought a house. It’s in a 4-storey semi-d with about 3,700 square feet  build up (it has a small land area) in a gated community near Publika. It is a property that Shorty absolutely loved. Something she described as her dream house. However I never bought it for the reason of moving in because I really like the place we’re staying in right now. Besides I think the house is way too big for the few of us… just me, Shorty and Fighter.

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So I’ve decided this year to rent it out and I’m looking for a tenant. If you know anyone looking to rent a house like this please drop Shorty an email: fourfeetnine (@) gmail.com.

2) I need great people!

Let me tell you about my work life this year. It’s only mid-March now but this year is looking like a very very good year for us at the Netccentric group of companies. Just within the first two months of this year, our Malaysian operations alone has seen a revenue growth of 50% vs the first two months of last year, an insane number considering the size of our current revenue base. Our innovation teams have built products that are experiencing exponential growth rates and we’re coming up with even more.

With our growth though comes the need to hire great people. When I say great people, I don’t mean people who can just get a job done. I mean people who share our enthusiasm and believe in our vision. I mean people who would fit in well to our team and be part of the future of this great company.

If you think you’ll fit in, please apply at our website www.netccentric.com/career.

January 25th, 2014

Can’t wait for Robocop!

Shorty and I used to watch a lot of movies together. It was our thing. Every time there’s a Nuffnang or ChurpChurp screening we would make it a point to go. Lately though with the birth of Fighter, that has kinda changed. After work each day all I want to do is go home and see him… and when I go watch a movie I miss him.

So last weekend we decided to watch a movie together. I wanted to watch an action movie like Lone Survivor but Shorty wanted to watch Her. We debated for a while but somehow after a few minutes both of us were okay with giving in. So in the end okay we went to watch Her… which wasn’t my kind of movie but Shorty loved it. On the flip side, Shorty now owes me an action movie… and that’s gonna be Robocop.

Well that was a 20 second parody video of Robocop but you get the gist. I grew up watching Robocop… I remember having the video tape of Robocop 3 at home and watched it over and over again over meals. Can’t wait to watch the new one.

The only thing I’m not sure about is whether Robocop is something Shorty would wanna watch anyway. If that were true… then I might have just wasted my one opportunity for a movie I want to watch. Anyway can’t wait to watch it!

January 12th, 2014

5 Things I never Knew about Cycling before I started

My New Year’s Resolution this year is to do more cardio. In the past year I’ve done some swimming and some running but I haven’t been very consistent in it. What I’ve been quite consistent in doing is golf. While I think golf is exercise (and some people would debate that), one thing clear is that it’s not cardio.

I tried running and I kinda found it boring and people always say it’s bad for the knees. So I decided to try cycling. I’ve always loved cycling as a kid, heck maybe I could reignite that passion. So a couple of weeks ago I went out and bought myself a bicycle. I named my new bicycle, Fat Fighter

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I’ve only cycled twice so far but I’ve already learned quite a number of things that I never knew about cycling. I thought it would be interesting to share… for general knowledge sake.

1) There are two main types of bicycles for serious cyclists.

The road bike and the mountain bike. The road bike is like what Lance Armstrong rides. It has a thinner wheel which minimizes the traction on the ground so that the bike moves faster.

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The mountain bike has a thicker wheel with deep grooves on its tyres so it can grip the ground a lot better. It’s more stable on the road and off terrain. I ended up buying a road bike because a lot of my friends were riding it.

2) Bicycles are really expensive

When I grew up I used to write really simple bikes. Then one day my Dad bought my brother and I a mountain bike each and it cost a few hundred bucks. It didn’t have that many gears but it had some… and I naively already thought that’s among the best of bicycles.

So I was really surprised when I went to a bicycle shop a few weeks ago to buy a bike I learned that bicycles whether road or mountain bikes cost in the thousands. The budget models cost RM2,000 and the higher end ones can go all the way up to RM40,000. What the heck…. who knew bicycles could be so expensive.

3)  There are specific purposes of clothing for cyclists

Especially when it comes to road bikes, I used to wonder why everyone I see riding a road bike really decks himself out in the whole spandex outfit. I thought it was just because all road bikers are serious. Then I recently learned why.

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Clothing for cycling is spandex and tight because it’s supposed to minimize drag against the wind. That’s common sense. What I didn’t know was that cyclists’ pants had a special feature. Right below the crotch area there is a lot of padding. So much padding till it’s almost like a pillow. The padding is to protect the riders’ balls from the hard triangle seat. If you ride without those pants…. lets just say you’ll have two triangles, as opposed to two balls by the end of your ride.

4) The Cycling Community is very friendly

When I was riding up Genting Sempah this morning I noticed a lot of fellow riders who passed me greeted me with a “Good morning”. At first I was surprised and I didn’t know how to react. Then I realized that the community of riders in Malaysia come from all races and they’re all friendly. On my way down the hill this morning I greeted everyone I passed and they mostly acknowledged it or greeted us back.

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5) Mobile Apps has made cycling more fun

From my very first ride my friend Jeremy got me to download and track my ride with an app called Strava.

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I learned that there are many more of these apps where you can track on a map where you rode, the distance you traveled, average speed and more. Then you can also follow your friends to see where they have been riding. It makes cycling a lot more fun.

I just started cycling but I’m loving it so far. I hope I keep up with it. The one other thing I enjoyed about today’s cycling adventure was the breakfast we had right after at Imbi market. Was so much fun.

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December 25th, 2013

Merry Christmas Everybody!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Last night Shorty and I made the foolish mistake of going out for a Christmas Eve dinner. We had forgotten how full the restaurants and how jammed the roads were going to be. So in the end we ended up just eating at our club. Even then the restaurant was fully booked except for one table just enough for our little family.

Here’s our Christmas family photo this year.

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Fighter as usual is not looking at the camera. I wanted to take another one to make sure he looks at the camera and Shorty was like “No need… it’s more natural this way”.

Merry Christmas everyone!

December 16th, 2013

Christmas Decorations in the Nuffnang and ChurpChurp Offices 2013

Hi Guys,

Remember last year when we had the competition among departments in our office to see who had the best Christmas Decorations? Well this year we did the same and boy did the teams up the ante.

I’ve posted some pictures on my Dayre but here are the rest of them. This is the front door.

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There was a little sign board for Candyland and Techland. Candyland is the design team’s theme.

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This is what Candyland looks like.
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Candyland has a big rainbow too.

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On to the rest of the office. Here’s the admin and sales teams.

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The ChurpChurp team decided to dedicate their decorations to the popular memes of 2013. One of them being the Wrecking Ball. So they put in a Wrecking Ball and had all our faces hanging on the ball. I had Fighter on my back.

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This is a reindeer made out of our water jugs.

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This is a home made Christmas tree. Made with 1,600 little strings put together. Goodness it’s beautiful.

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Look at the right side of this picture, you’ll see the golden Wrecking Ball.

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The Tech Team here made reindeers out of LCD monitors and had a Santa’s sledge on it.

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What was really awesome about the Tech Team is that when we visited them they did a bit of a flashmob. Started with one guy singing a Christmas song then everyone joined in.

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The decorations were really really awesome.

I love my team and the effort they put in for things like this. Our office is the most Chrismas-sy place to me this year :)