What Book Are You Reading?

My morning ritual starts with swallowing two frogs, working out and reading a book.

While reading, Amira curiously came to me and asked,

“What book are you reading?”

Business Made Simple by Donald Miller.

“I have a business too!”

Oh that’s great. What are you selling?

“My notebook that I made.”

How are you selling it?

(I have quite some experience at selling products)

“I went around the classroom and asked my friend, ‘awak ada 3 ringgit?'”

(this is starting to get interesting … )

“How about you exchange that RM3 with my notebook?”

I laughed hysterically at how innocent and naive this girl could be (I shouldn’t be laughing at an innocent attempt, but it’s too cute!). I can tell you one thing, though, she has GUTS. It’s not easy to have the courage to sell.

Did anyone buy it? – I asked

“Nope. Their parents won’t allow purchase”.

Did you ask other kids?

“Yeah, some only had RM 1. That won’t do”.


The truth is, kid, selling is not much about exchanging money for a product but about how you can tap into their mind and interests. But of course, the first step is not to fear rejection.

Great attempt, but let’s see where this goes. I hope she continues trying to sell.

ps: The notebook that she made, has a hand-drawn Doralin (from Doraemon), crooked-line inside and 5 pages thick. Definitely questionable quality.


Can I Have a Phone?..

It’s MCO, the school is closed and it sucks. But we deal with it anyway, because we have no option.

Sara is at that age where she asks for a phone. She needed the phone because the school has been giving AR all or Sara’s homework through WhatsApp. Yeah, lazy.

Do you know how unenthusiastic the teachers are?

“Buka muka surat, 29. Jawab semua”.

When I read it, I feel bummed. Are the teachers sitting on their asses? Are they not concerned about nation-building? Are they so lost for directions that they have to follow ‘orders’ from the top? When are they going to pull their head out of their asses?

We’ll save this later.

There’s Google Classroom. It’s free. If you can manage a Facebook profile, IG, then GC is no different. The question is, are you willing to change? – I guess not.

Sara got her phone, my old Mi A1. It’s a 4-year-old phone. Good enough to chat with friends, play ‘among us’ and ‘Roblox’. We’re on Google Family. I get to control her time on the phone.

ps: Now Sara is in the family group. I feel old.

Family Serious Matters

If 100k doesn’t Make You Happy..

Last year, what I truly wanted from my business was to make RM100k. Hard solid cash.

Despite achieving it. It didn’t make me happy.

I’m happy I achieved it, I’m grateful to reach such goal, but overall, just unhappy. Unhappy because of Covid 19.

We work hard, No Play.

When this is all done and over with, I want to take some time off, go to an island. Just take my time to withdraw some negativity.

“If 100k doesn’t make you happy, at 1M you’ll feel the same.”
– Scott Oldford

How to be happy? Gratitude.

I need to do more of that.