Monday, May 21, 2018

Big Bad Wolf Box Sale

All opinions are solely mine & subject to
my own discretion. 

 It was such a tensed GE14 for me on Wednesday 9th May. It really drained out all my energy from all the anxiety, worries and excitement from watching the slow results reported through the television and smartphones. I am sure many Malaysians, young and old were all glued to the live telecasts to hear which party had won to form the ruling government. It was the first time the whole country came together in unity to vote out the corrupted politicians. 

Most of the voters slept after 4.00am and I was no exception. I woke up late in the morning with a blurry head and decided that we needed to get out of the house for some fresh air. I saw this Small Kuching who alerted everyone about her visit to the book fair at The Starling Mall. It was a coincidence as I wanted to eat my brunch at their food court as they have very good iced coffee that could keep me awake & alive. So I had planned to walk into the fair and browse some books since we are allowed to claim from our income tax.

I was very surprised to see the huge crowd of shoppers who came with their whole families. It was so merry and happy to see everyone with their index fingers all inked. Some shoppers smiled at me when they saw my long hands exposed my inked finger while grabbing some books on display.

My old friend Desmond just showed up at the fair unannounced. We all 3 book worms decided to pool our books together and bought the big box at RM97.90 which was a good bargain. We could only fill the box with over 20 books which would cost averagely RM4.50 per book which was still a good bargain. Some of our books were valued and sold at over RM100 at their original retail price.

We paid for the whole loot and checked out of the book fair which was held on the top floor of The Starling Mall. We passed a backdrop of boxes for their "Snap And Win Contest". My wife took out her smartphone. Desmond and I just started to act very silly without qualms. Many book shoppers walked pass and laughed at the 2 uncles like us, clowning & fighting away in full public view.

 10 days later...

What a nice surprise today. I received a text message to congratulate me!

This is our winning photo entry!


Monday, May 7, 2018

Practical Rattan Furnitures

I have been driving past this mobile truck for a long time and always admired at his rattan wares. The seller would display them all over the sidewalk outside the 7-Eleven. At one glance, it could transport my mind to all my childhood days and my late grandfather.

Last Sunday, I had to make stop outside this particular 7-Eleven along Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi at Taman Tun Dr. Ismail. I needed to top up my Touch & Go card which had RM2.00 left. So I took a good look at all the rattan wares on display. I thought of my late parents and grandfather as they used to have several pieces of the rattan furniture and baskets at home.

I used to ride those rattan rocking horses and rocking chairs at the houses of my cousins. It was something that I truly enjoyed and happy childhood memories came flooding back to me. I chuckled when I thought of myself riding the rocking horse today. My heavy weight would definitely flatten and kill the poor horse!

I was excited to slowly browse at all the useful kitchen wares and lazy chairs for the living room. I find that they are so strong, very light and cooling to relax on the rattan chairs. No wonder I could play overnight mahjong that lasted over 10 hours as the chairs I sat were made of cane & rattan being bound together. Seriously, I am thinking of slowly converting all my living room sofas & dining chairs to rattan pieces instead. Would you agree with my ideas?

I had to run off to top up my T&G cash card when I realised the owner was sitting on his truck. He was busy firing the strips of cane with a portable flame gun and bent all into the desired shapes. It looked so easy and interesting that I am planning to visit him again this weekend. If you are interested, I would snap photos of this talented man in action making all the wares by himself! Voila!

All opinions are solely mine & subject to
my own discretion. 


Thursday, May 3, 2018

Good Dinner @ Le Pont Boulangerie

All opinions are solely mine & subject to
my own discretion. 

Our close & generous friend Bruce Lee & wife treated us to a sumptuous dinner. It was so delicious that a non foodie blogger like me need to share it here. This dining place has a very cozy ambiance and comes with very good service which was very prompt, efficient and indeed thoughtful. Le Pont has the same perfectionist boss as the Xenri Japanese restaurant which I had my buffet earlier on. Both the outlets are located along the same quiet lane off Old Klang Road (Opposite Pearl Hotel). They have just opened another branch at Sri Petaling which the thick skinned yours truly, is waiting for Bruce Lee to host another dinner treat and invite me. Sadly, he doesn't read my blogs cos I didn't tell him it still exists.

I am not good at describing all the details of the food and taste like these famous bloggers Kris, Ah Hong Chee, Mun and Sean. I would just chomp and swallow big mouthfuls as usual which often irritates my wife for all my bad manners. I often forgot the names of the food and overlooked the photo taking as usual. This round, I took photos of all the pages of the menu so that I would not forget the names! So clever me. I have spiced up my photos with colorful graphics to excite my readers instead of writing. Hope you like it.

Meitako Pasta - RM23.90 / Mushroom Carbonara - RM23.90 / Spicy Marinara Cordon Bleu Pasta - RM28.90 
/ Le Pont Signature Uruchimai - RM27.90

On the ground floor of the premise, they have a popular bakery section which has many trays of European styled breads, buns and healthy baked cakes for the customers who could sit with friends over coffee and tea. There is an artistic staircase that leads up to the dining area which is often packed until its closing hour at 1.00am daily! I wonder how many dining outlets would be so thoughtful to close at this hour?

BBQ Hawaiian Pizza - RM26.90 / BBQ Chicken - RM16.90 / Hibiscus Rose Tea - RM16.00+

I am very convinced that they have a team of dedicated chefs who always strive to achieve the highest standards of quality. I have observed them several times for their skill and craftsmanship in their culinary presentations where they only used top notch ingredients.

Teh Tarik Pavlova - RM17.90 / Rose Latte - RM12.00+

I was told that their well experienced Chef de Cuisine has designed a menu which serves a diverse mix of snack & comfort food and main courses that all reflect the French-European dining connections. Everything was cooked to sedap perfection to please me. We ate more cakes and drinks but I forgot to snap photos as usual. Give me time and practice to learn how to blog about food instead of just juicy gossips and spooky tales.

Le Pont Boulangerie
6, Lorong 1/137c, 
Batu 5, Jalan Kelang Lama, 
58000 Kuala Lumpur, 

Tel: 03-7783 0900
Business Hours: 10.00am till 01.00am


Monday, April 30, 2018

A Trendy & Modern Food Court

All opinions are solely mine & subject to
my own discretion.

My wife and I often head to Cafes and Starbucks in our neighbourhood to meet up with friends and associates for discussions. Sometimes my wife would spend all day there alone to finish her thesis and project assignments without distractions like the comfy sofa and television at home. Recently, we discovered this exclusive and trendy food court. The developer is very thoughtful and had planned so well before they completed this new & popular shopping mall.

It is located on Level 3 of Starling's Shopping Mall. 
Get to this level and head to FOODIES' NEST.

The whole section is so spacious and well ventilated with natural lighting besides the chic and modern furnishing.

They have so much green plants and sitting areas with different seats & stools for your comfort.

They have so many private corners to bring your darling to sit inside the bird cage or chat with friends and do some classroom projects. Here my friend was with us and looked serious in rushing his paper work for us. You can order the delicious food and beverages from the food court to enjoy at any corner you fancy, without extra charges. You can sit all day without ordering and this has become a popular haven for many students to revise their studies with friends. The interior decor is simply fabulous.

This thoughtful developer has planted so many trees to liven up the whole vicinity & transformed it into a green hub. They tidied up and tiled all the pavements in order to create the bicycle lanes. Honestly, the whole area is very busy now with many more cars! They still double park or choose to park in the multi levels parking space below The Starling's Mall. That's a bonus.

I plan to ride my bicycle around the whole area and probably reward myself with ice cream at Family Mart after burning some calories. Come join me for a ride

Happy Holidays!


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

8 Tips To Be A Good Speaker

It was always a torturous routine for me when I had to attend seminars on behalf of my office. It might sound like a nice escapade from office for one whole day from morning till late evening. I would get to enjoy the luxury hotel's ambiance with buffet food spread and free flow of beverages. I have had enough of those pain when it was often an all day torture trying to stay awake. I realised many speakers are not good speakers in reality. Have you ever been tortured by similar occasions? Some speakers could be so boring and dragged his speech like a sad funeral's eulogy while I had to use toothpicks to keep both my eyelids opened!

The Majlis of Petaling Jaya hosted this seminar at the roof top of a hotel and invited selected participants from various media companies in Klang Valley.

This important event was graced by the Datuk Bandar (Mayor) who started off with his opening speech. He is a good speaker and has natural charms & humour. It was the first time there is a safety awareness seminar after seeing too many fatal accidents and careless mishaps that happened in the year 2017. They shared many real live videos of shocking accidents that were often due to human's negligence and oversight which could be prevented. Overall, I truly benefited tremendously from the safety awareness they have shared.

The all day event saw several speakers taking the rostrum to deliver their speeches. Some spoke too softly and one spoke all the way in Bahasa Malaysia using his slangs at top speed. Many of us including me could not catch what he rambled at the top of his voice yet no one raised their hands. The last speaker was simply the best because he was just so different and prompted me to blog it: 

1. He constantly made sure that his loud and clear voice was being heard by all the audience.
2. He made eye contacts with everyone and smiled warmly.
3. He frequently walked up and down the aisle between the tables which made the audience swing their heads away from sleepiness. It was a head swing exercise for us.
4. In between, he would scream suddenly and jolted everyone up to wake up.
5. He would frequently swing, raise and pound both his hands. Those little actions made the session fully alive.
6. He spoke precisely and delivered all his important points of safety measures.
7. He got all the audience to participate and interact in individual group discussions.

The individual group's meeting session made all the participants to get to know each other which broke the ice. They had to document all the minutes and email directly to the council, just like a real life interaction. A good practice!

How would you rank yourself as a Public Speaker? I would hoot my own trumpet that many people had applauded me as a stand up comedian instead, which in other words I am a confident and brave speaker who blabs all nonsense only. Relatives and friends would love to swarm around my table during wedding dinners and gatherings just to hear my mouth uttering the most juiciest gossips and scariest tales from the crypt. Anyway that doesn't label me as a Great Speaker at all. I am just brave and confident due to my upbringing. I went up to my school's stage to deliver my story telling at the young age of 8. From then on, I went on stage to deliver pantuns, poetry and grandmother stories until 12 years old when I directed my own "Graveyard Horrors" drama which received thunderous laughter & applause from the audience at my school. It was a very silly drama that drew so much laughter instead because my pontianak came running out with my mother's bed sheet over his body. That was my childhood history.

During my advertising studies, I had one semester of Business Presentation class that made me a wreck and gave me sleepless nights just days before I had to speak to a hall full of American students. I was the only Asian with chinky sharp eyes as they called. I had to speak behind the rostrum on certain given topic by the lecturer who would stand behind me throughout my presentations. I would be given marks scored from the evaluation after the toughest part where the American students would ask me the most nerve wrecking questions from other planets and universe. Phew! I would suffer instantly from fever and cold sweats but I survived always. I have successfully spoken many times at the various big property developer's companies during the open tender presentations after getting valuable tips from my ex Hong Kong boss.

This is my own 
8 Easy Tips For Public Speaking:

1. Start With A Bang - Even the most experienced speakers would still get cold sweaty palms and jitters. Drink some really warm water before you deliver your speech. Start off your lines with some entertaining topics to calm yourself with mild jokes like pointing out to the bad traffic or weather that morning.

2. Practice Makes Perfection - Read through your prepared notes many times and practice by talking aloud inside a room with a mirror to reflect your actions. This method would definitely assist you to eventually discard your stage frights.

3. Don't Memorize Your Lines - Write out your full script and practice reading the outlines many times. Do not read out your speech word-for-word which is a total failure.

4. Avoid Filler Words - Many local speakers had the habits of using words like "aah", "lah" , "errr", "hmmn" and the list goes on. That is terrible and should be avoided at all costs as the audience expects the speakers to speak flawless without grammatical errors and filler words.

5. Practice To Articulate - Speak loud and very clear with your lips moving. Do not mumble and stammer. The audience would give you Zero score in the evaluation sheet if they could not hear or understand you.

6. Dress Well To Impress - Wear smart attires that makes you very comfortable. Try to avoid wearing gaudy and shocking colours with big prints that could make you look like a clown instead. I would avoid using perfumes too as some people could have allergies or dislike my choice of fragrance.

7. Make Audience Work Their Brains - Prepare your speech with good topics that is new, interesting, unique and beneficial to the audience. When they start writing down all the notes and points taken from your public speaking, that shows you are on the right track.

8. Video Yourself - We have smartphones with sophisticated features today. Use it to video yourself while you speak and deliver your topics after many practices. Review the videos and it would give you better confidence as you progress by improving all your shortcomings. It would be helpful if your colleague could observe your practice and point out all areas for improvement.


Thursday, April 19, 2018

Coffee Date with Actor Kenny Gan

I think I have suddenly become a paparazzi or crazy stalker for showbiz celebrities! My recent coffee date with Actor Fai Chen had progressed into going to see his next filming shoot which was held at the Endah Parade in Sri Petaling. I dragged my wife along to that half-dead shopping mall as we had to collect the leftover breads to feed the homeless later that night. 

When I arrived on the 3rd floor, Fai Chen smiled and welcomed me with cheeky words - "Does this place reminds you of the earlier days of your career?" His statement gave me a chilly surprise as that happened more than 15 years ago and he still remembered vividly. To cut my granny stories short, that shopping mall was launched by the developer who had engaged the best Property Advertising Agency from Hong Kong to handle their launching project which was a 100% sell out. That advertising agency was owned by the comedy actor Stephen Chow's best buddy - HKG Canto-Pop singer & actor Eric Kot Man Fai. Soon after, he was invited by the happy developer to set up a branch in Kuala Lumpur to handle all their future projects. Fast forward, I was being head-hunted as I had the exact long string of TV Post Production experience which all those Hong Kong bosses wanted. It was such a very bitter sweet agency yet I lasted for over 10 years there.

That night I met a fellow famous and very talented young actor Kenny Gan at the set. He is only 32 years old yet he holds amazing credentials in his brilliant acting career on stage, TV commercials and movie screens besides being producers for many movies.  I am honoured that I will be having coffee with him this evening to catch up some latest updates. Yes, I repeat this evening!

 To watch - Click HERE

He made the above short movie some years ago and I watched it. It is a story about himself losing his memory and how his loved one had to suffer by watching him deteriorate. It made me cry rivers of tears to recall how my late father had suffered the worst dementia and could not remember himself & his family. It was so painful as my father was feeling lost, confused and frustrated. Adoi! What a movie! I would give Kenny Gan 5 Academy Awards for breaking my heart into pieces!!

All opinions are solely mine & subject to
my own discretion.

Monday, April 16, 2018

How To Rent Your Property?

I am so relieved and happy that I have managed to rent out my condo at last. It was a very long short and stressful wait of 3 months due to the economic downturn and over supply of condos around the vicinity of Taman Desa. I also had a headache to encounter a few "bogus tenants" who were actually international scammers out to cheat which I had posted in my blog HERE (Beware of Scammers)

I would not hesitate to share about my greed & stupidity to advertise my unit over the Mudah.Com as advised by a friend. It positively attracted many viewers and the response was fast as so many desperate and hungry agents also wanted to help me to seek tenants too. So it took up my time to respond to all of the agents and would-be scammers.

The mistake I made was that I showed my real mobile phone number in the free advertisement online which the website had indicated that response would be faster than getting inquiries through their own chat box. I had hoped that I would get a tenant quickly and need not fork out one month's rental for the agent's fee but I was wrong.

Having a good agent saved all my precious hours to respond to so many potential tenants and driving all the way to open my unit for their viewing. Sometimes the potential tenants would be tactless and gave rude comments or opinion after seeing your unit. It would escalate my wife's blood pressure instead but not mine. I have many years experience and hundreds of encounters dealing with property agents and potential tenants. I am always very calm, very thick skinned and cool like a cucumber with ever ready words that could blast them back like missiles if they provoked me. You know TM's fiery lava mouth lah! Muahahaha

I need to share this good service by Ms Jun Soh (H/P: 012-3801780) from Chester Properties who was so patient and very different from all the agents I have dealt with. I understand that Chester Properties Group is very new in the local market but they are the most aggressive today with so many branch offices all over Klang Valley. They strive to please both the owners and customers (tenants/buyers) by going the extra mileage to offer their professional services. I had previously rented my unit to 2 other foreigners through another agent who just collected his fees & bade 'good bye'.

This agent Ms Jun had found me a tenant who is a diplomat from the Embassy of Korea. His wife had viewed 4-5 units in my condominium before seeing mine. She immediately confirmed on the spot when she saw the fabulous view from all my unit's windows that overlooked the million dollar bungalows on the hills of Taman Desa from my highest floor unit. I actually enjoyed my earlier years staying there and could see the KLCC Twin Towers, KL Tower and Genting Highlands from my bed. I could also view the big firework displays like 2-3 times a year around the KL's downtown. It was actually a big waste of money to burn away millions of dollars each year to show off the firework displays when our country's debts and hungry homeless people are increasing!

Just remember to engage a good and reliable property agent when it is not the right time to be a hero.

Happy Voting For GE14!
Ini Kali Lah!

All opinions are solely mine & subject to
my own discretion.

Big Bad Wolf Box Sale

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