The Waiting Game
All our live we wait for something to happen. We wait for things to be better. We wait for luck to turn in our way. We have faith that every thing will be ok. Let me break it to you, it won’t get any better.
After living for 30 years (18 effective ones), I’ve made loads of mistakes and mistakes are good. Mistakes are platform for you to improve yourself. A lot of time I ponder in my sleepless nights, what if this happens, what if that happens and I realized life is filled with ‘what ifs’ that will never happen.
Nothing will change if I don’t.
So how do we get our asses up and not play the waiting game? I found one effective rule I applied to myself. “Do Something”.
It doesn’t have to be a rocket science. Could just be as little as sharpening a pencil, cleaning up the stained wall, pick up after you spouse’s mess (yes, eventually the wife will clean up, but why not help her?).. just do something.
Quit the Waiting Game, Do Something!
Written on 17 December '13 under Personal & Geeky
Pray for Kemaman
Last time when I was in Kemaman was in 2007. I was working for my father. I stayed over at Skis’s place. I remember sipping coffee everyday after work.
Today, the place looks horrible. It rained from Sunday to Tuesday, 1-3 December 2013. Skis was stranded in the office for 2 days. Luckily he had power supply, mobile coverage and bananas, our whatsapp group kept a good company.
Take care Skis. We’ll pray for you. InsyaAllah, everything will be ok.
Written on 5 December '13 under Family
, MCKK Life
, Serious Matters
GdayxKL – Google Business Outreach Programme
On Sunday morning, I attended GDayX KL with my colleague from Mesiniaga. The abbreviation doesn’t describe much, but in my opinion it stands for Google Day Experience. The event is about connecting entrepreneurs, leveraging on Google Tools, G plus etc.
It started of with the keynote from business outreach program manager, who’s in charge of the South East Asia region. Then notes by the head of Google Malaysia. He talk about the rising in internet users in Malaysia. YES CEO came and delivered his speech, I’ve got to say, hands down to YES on the education platform built for Kementrian Pelajaran Malaysia. The execution is important to make this happen.
The second session was with established online business users. There was the owner of edz.com.my, nails on wheels, and picture framing business. They shared a lot of tips on building business online. What I learned from them was,
- Just do it. Thinking about the strategy too much won’t get your anywhere.
- Do loads of marketing. Hire bloggers, pay for adswords and offer promotions to existing customers
- Focus on users. Find ways to help your customer, not on creating profits.
I have to applaud Google’s effort in engaging with their potential or existing customer, however loose ends must be tied. I believe the content is far too light. It should be what Google can do for business. Story telling about how a business starts by using Google products.
Secondly, the attendees were mainly geeks and students, not that I disagree with them, but I do have a feeling they know all this stuff so their challenge is not how to get online, but what? There were very little business owners there (as far as I can spot).
Thirdly, the discrimination of seats. There was media, normal and extra. We got the extra, and it was close to nothing. We can’t sit in front, it’s medias. No goodie bag or identification tag. The target market is business users, why are they sidelined? I guess these are the things they can work on.
We didn’t stay until the second half of the day since we have chores due (at least I do!). I have to thank Amanz for highlighting the event.
Do check out GdayX KL website. Between you and me, if you know the how to’s of blogspot, google plus and familiar with all Google products, and most importantly have an entrepreneur’s mindset, this could be for you. Go there and get inspired.
Overall, I enjoyed the event. Compared that with lazing around, this is a million times better. I look forward to attend more.
Written on 2 December '13 under Personal & Geeky
Your Name is Sara
Sara. This is your name.
Unlike your Malay peers who has 3-4 names, you have a very short name. Short does not mean you’re any lesser than anyone. It also doesn’t mean you’re weird. We picked a very short and simple name for many reasons.
The world is complex, you shouldn’t be. Today, the world is a huge clutter. We’re constantly talking about improving this, efficiency that, more of this, less of that. You’re a product of uncluttered. Pure and true in it’s form.
No one calls anyone by their full name every time. Most people call me, Edwin not Muhammad Edwin or Aisyah instead of Nur Aisyah. By calling a single name it resonates clearly what your name means. Maybe we’re just lazy to call out lengthy names every time we need you to pick up your toys.
I have always envied my Chinese friends who can have as little as 6 letters to their name. Having short name makes it easier for you to write your name in any application forms. This also reduces human error. Or maybe we haven’t got all the time in the world to fill up your name.
To be really honest, your name is Iman Sara or Sara Iman. Your mother prefers the first, I love the latter. Since we couldn’t agree where Iman should be before or after, we dropped it off. It’s a simple math.
Iman Sara Iman =
Iman Sara Iman = Sara
I remembered going to JPN to register your name. When my number was called, I showed the officer my application form. He asked, “Sara je”. “Ye bang, Sara”. He looked at me, puzzled by the shortness of your name.
He continued typing your name in the system and reaffirms me, “Betul ni, Sara je?”. I nodded.
As he was just about to press enter, he triple checks with me, “Bang, saya nak tekan enter ni. Kalau dah lepas nak tukar nama kena naik mahkamah, appoint bla bla bla… so ok betul Sara je?”.
“Ye betul tu”, I couldn’t help but feel annoyed. 15 minutes later he passed me the your birth certificate.
Now the ultimate question is what does ‘Sara’ mean? As I have mentioned to you before in previous post, it means happy girl. Every parent in this world wants nothing but happiness for their kids, so do we.
ps: While finishing up this article, your great grandmother has passed away. May peace be upon her.
Written on 27 November '13 under Family
Our Little Victories
Being new at parenting, victories come in many ways when we cared for you Sara.
Every time we changed your diapers without you pooping on us is a victory.
Every time we didn’t drown you while bathing is a victory.
Every time we pulled out a string of mucus out your nose is a victory.
Every time we managed to put on rompers is a victory.
Every time we put you to sleep is a victory.
Every time we calmed you down from loud cries is a victory.
Every time we burped you is a victory.
Shaving your head clean was a victory.
Putting mittens and socks on without flipping your finger is a victory.
Every time we swaddled you is a victory.
Every time we do anything to you is a victory. But most importantly,
Everyday we wake up seeing you breathing is our greatest victory.
Good night little angel. Her full name is Sara, I will explain my next post.
ps: Notice the we, no more me.
Written on 21 November '13 under Aisyah and Me