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Monday, July 25, 2016

The Ticking Bomb

The pessimistic part of me is at work. Sometimes we look forward towards certain days that we forget, that each day we edge closer to Death.

And since one can't really tell when Death is lurking, the fear of leaving this world behind without fulfilling your self created prophecy, is indeed mind troubling.

As emo as it may seem, I think this pessimism is a dose of self realization. That the one hour time spent on movies or drama can be put to feeding the mind and soul. Helping you grasp the future you want so bad to see it coming true.

I think I should sleep lesser since I start work later. So now I'm left with this big mental challenge to squeeze in more personal time in my life...

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Innovation & Renovation - Keepng It Simple, Stupid!

I think to create new things is in my blood.

Back then, I knew if I were to end up in the technical industry, I have emphasized strongly that I would want to be in R&D. I got my "official" first job as a Product Technologist with Nestle.

Of course launching and coming up with new stuffs has its own sacrifice. People like me put in more effort, time, sweat, tears and blood. As much as we sometimes curse, swear and yell, deep down inside that unimaginable and indescribable feeling of pride, joy when we see our products on shelves ready for consumers, it's a reward no money can buy.

I think we can also see the effect of product innovation when we compare life a mere 50 years ago till now. Of course we have yet to achieve time travel or go round places on "real" hover boards, the very improvements of the internet and smartphones have propelled us so much further in life as we embrace the very unknown of the future.

I am enthralled at new products in every possible way. Be it with tech, science, food, services, successful new stuffs with great impact has never failed to excite me. But let me focus down to the very basic innovations that I think are simple and mindblowing - Food.

Back then when we were cave men, the very basic rule of thumb of survival was "eat to live". But as we progressed, clearing out forests and building our own concrete jungles where we reigned supreme(sarcasm), eating became a choice. Eating become an enjoyment. Eating became an indulgence.

And that is why whoever able to come out with mind blowing awesome tasting food are the very champions in food innovation and renovation.

To go deeper, rather than focusing science and technology on the improvements on manufacturing, I would want to just focus on recipes. Simple ingredients that serves as a reminder - To innovate does not require fancy stuffs and requirements. Most of the time we have to keep it simple.

1. myBurgerLab

Where else can you find a burger restaurant coming up with wacky and funky burger recipes? The awkward moment you find the combination so weird when you read the menu but tastes so EPIC when you get your first bite? I am fortunate to have went to a talk hosted by Renyi, telling a story on how 3 guys without any culinary knowledge perfecting the art of making burgers in friggin' 10 DAYS! And Renyi himself admitted that myBurgerlab is an innovation machine that has never failed to churn out different recipes time to time to maintain their strategic advantage over other burger joints.

Fun fact - Every burger itself is a chicken/beef + cheese burger (well apart from the vegetarian burger). What makes each burger stand out is the additional ingredients. KISS indeed!



2. Roti Tiga Rasa (from Original Penang Kayu Restaurant)
The famous mamak store's roti tiga rasa is the perfect example of Steve Job's quote - "A lot of times, people don't know what they want until you show it to them."
How so? Imagine taking a small piece of roti tiga rasa and not knowing what it is. Is it the kaya portion? Or the margarine portion? Or the egg? Or a combination of all 3? It is the very best twist and combination of Roti Planta, Roti Telur and Roti Kaya. It is also one of the few examples where sweetness and saltiness can go so well together, to deliver the "WOW" factor. If you want to know, that is my favourite Roti. Hands down.



3. Fluffed

I don't always eat waffles. But when I eat do, I know whether if its good enough to be "Legend - wait for it - Dary"
Fluffed is indeed glorious. Apart from the quirky names, their waffles are stupendous! I have only been there for one time only and yet can't wait to go for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th time until I try all of their waffles. Special and signature enough. The burgerlab of the waffle category. Nuff said.


4. LEGO

Haha! You thought it was going to be another food post huh? GOTCHA
I remeber LEGO back then when I was a child. Endless creations by just putting bricks together. No matter how limited the blocks were back then (compared to these days), it has never put definite boundaries to creativeness.
But as the years goes by, more and more types of bricks came out. That further amplifies and extend the endless possibilities that the LEGO brick hold. Think about building a Millenium Falcon or Batman's Tumbler with LEGO bricks

"Capital isn't so important in business. Experience isn't so important. You can get both these things. What is important is ideas. If you have ideas, you have the main asset you need, and there isn't any limit to what you can do with your business and your life."
— Harvey Firestone



Monday, May 2, 2016

Time

It's funny that a guy in his twenties (ok fine late twenties) has a strong notion that time and life is short.

And fearing death... In a way that where dreams are set out not being achieved before time and earth consumes us...

I think it all started after I finished reading Jobs by end of last year. Through the book I saw a man so inclined to change the world. So aware that life is a ticking time bomb which can go off anytime. And making most of his life to create a dent in the history in mankind.

Jobs hit me hard. It helped create a mental checklist in my head. It reminds me time to time that life and time is finite. It reminds me that time is precious.

As we slowly walk through our twenties and enter our thirties, there are different stages of life expectations. What people expects of us, and what we expect of ourselves.

My wish of entering a new chapter in my life materialized during the early part of this year. I am thrilled and excited of the small changes and steps I have set and achieved as I caution myself to the looming half year mark of 2016.

There are goals and resolutions which I have achieved in this year. There are a number in progress. There are also a few yet to have started.

As much as I am satisfied of my progress, there's still a bit of worry. What I lack, is a solid long term goal. A 10 year, 5 year plan. A big life achievement in the horizon.

And then to dissect this long term plan, into tiny pieces. Key milestone to be achieved year by year.

There are plenty of long term goals going on in my head. But as I have mentioned, it is not solid. No strong urge to pushing it to be a reality. No proper planning to draw out this master plan, this blueprint and progress monitoring to ensure its success as the time comes.

I need to do this one of these days. I need to draw out my master plans that will not only change my life, hopefully mankind too.

One of these days.... Yes I must...


Sunday, January 10, 2016

What A Start...


I need another story
Something to get off my chest
My life gets kinda boring
Need something that I can confess

I need a break. I need a change. I am sick of not getting where I want but still remaining here...


Sunday, December 27, 2015

Reviewing My 2015

27th December 2015...

How time flies...

To be honest, I started off 2015 without any major resolutions in place even though a partially successful one in 2014 (I managed to have a well drafted one, up till the to-do's for my daily life. My resolutions slowly crept in along the year, which wasn't that bad at all!

Reading wise I set a realistic target for myself of 30 books. I'm at 27, not really hitting the target but as an overall, I would give myself a pat on the back for keeping that close to the target.

Health and fitness wise, that far off and almost died off dream to enroll myself in a full marathon (42km) is as elusive as ever. There was no urge to join up a marathon to cross that off my to-be-achieve list. But what I revered was the discipline I put myself through by joining up gym, in conjunction of my preparation for my Mt Kinabalu hike in the month of May. Although that discipline has been waning off in the recent months where work is taking off my time more and more, there is still that ounce of strength to push myself to gym during the weekends when I could be almost flat out.

I spent less and less time on entertainment (watching movies, playing games and browsing facebook aimlessly). That partially contributed to more reading time, I all but stopped watching dramas. I cut down on browsing through facebook. A 1G data quota ensure I minimize facebook on my phone significantly. I would want to keep up and improve on this if possible.

I am still on the starting line in learning more on investments. The thought of learning to invest, whether be it on shares or doing something to earn abit more money has been always cropping up in my mind time to time. But due to the not-so-urgent nature and time constraint, I haven't really been able dabble or venture more into it. I hope to put in more effort and time in this, as I know it will play an important part in the future.

Also what could I had changed in 2015 was to successfully take up a job offer in Singapore. Due to personal reasons and beliefs, I had took up the decision to looking into the possibility of working in Singapore. I missed the one and only chance I got back in September and I hope plenty of opportunity arises in the coming New Year. Needless to say I am desperate in a change for the better in my life.

The notion of having time calculated as years brings great benefits and sometimes despair. I am sure each of us would look back and ponder what 2015 has been to each of us. It will be sweet when we reminiscent the sweet times; sour and bitter when we revisit the sad and tragic moments... Like it or not, each year is different in its own ways, 2015 would soon be the past as 2016 slowly creeps upon us.

Let the lessons in 2015 make us better, and the triumphs and joy drive us to better heights. I know this sounds abit early but definitely better than late, here's to a Great 2016.

May The Force Be With You...



Saturday, November 28, 2015

Sick

One week of sickness is the worst I have gone through so far.

Usually it clears off completely within 3 days. After that I am fit and fighting once again.

This time round, it subsided last week, but came right back on Monday.

Ever since then it was dizziness, headache, flu, coughing and sore throat.

And today after what seems to be a good morning and road to recovery, the blocked nose comes back on. Not as bad as yesterday but still a nuisance.

It certainly impacts a lot on the mood. No one's cherry while down with a blocked nose.

Blue and moody...

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Quarter Life Crisis

I think this is the worst of em'all

But I think its normal to have quarter life crisis.

As I believe so that most of us has it.

Especially for those born in the 1980s. Most of us now have already started working for a few years already.

So what's next?

People who had gotten new offers or promotions, changed working environment perhaps will feel the effects less. At least a new challenge beckons. A life event. Becoming a manager. Climbing up the corporate ladder.

Things however, aren't just the same for someone who has spent going-to-be 3 years in the same position. And especially for a guy. The need of wanting to be bigger, bolder, better is in our blood, perhaps encoded in our DNA.

With a switch already anticipated in mind, the yet-to-come offer or chance is kinda taking a toll on me. Not in a bad way that it impacts my way of life.

It's more of like reading a chapter of a book, desperately waiting for the next brand new chapter.

side note: I think the mind cannot be allowed to slack or programmed to be routine. At least mind's is working that way. Sometimes people change not because of dislike. I think most of the time people change for a fresh perspective and challenge.