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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

An Email which brings Positive Energy!

Dear Acap,

May you enjoy your life journey wherever it takes you. Knowing that it is your "self-reflection" day, I'm sure a happy memory would be one spent with your family who has always been there for you. Recalling that you once blogged about reminding yourself to be reminded shall you be emotionally tested, here's one: “Condemn not the past, but use it as strength for the future”. But I'm sure you have now improved and came up with better understanding on how to celebrate life to the fullest.

Have fun, take care Acap.

-Just another regular guy inspired by you-

Thank you for the positive energy!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

What is the meaning of Celebrating Life?


As we grow up we learn new things and meet new people – all the time. Both of which changes what we used to believe in and more amazingly changes our character as well. When I started this blog, I just wanted to share myself with the rest of the world. Obviously, at that time I was eager to express myself and what I think.

Why I picked ‘Celebrating Life’ as the blog’s title? I heard it during a public speaking competition and I kind of like the notion. ‘Living Life’ is like to go on with the flow but ‘Celebrating Life’ is like enjoying your life’s journey wherever it takes you.

I think the spirit of the blog has not changed. But, the way I look at things now is certainly different. In the past, I like to define the things that I want to do or say – making sure people understood me. Yet, over these years, I began to learn the opposite.

People is fascinating either you meet the good or the nasty ones. Their histories that shaped them are a collective experience more valuable than a thousand books. To be able to access that is not only a privilege but also an honour.

So what is really the meaning of ‘Celebrating Life’?

Honestly, I must admit that I don’t know. What is next? I have a career, a car, a house, a loving family and friends. Although I need to enjoy them more than I did, something about the future really made me hollow.

What is the next great challenge? Why I have not dedicated my energy and youth to that course? What are those courses? What will I become?

These questions bugged me. Somehow I need to find a higher purpose. Perhaps this is mid-life crisis. Ha-ha. Funny because isn’t it too early for me? I guess my brain and soul is older than my physical body.

Religion and Business are the two main areas where I want to excel. The question now is how?


Lirik Lagu One Thousand Million Smiles – Sudirman

There’s a gift I’d like to give you
That can’t be bought or sold
A ray of sunshine across the waters
That comes straight from the soul

Let us join our hands together
To bind the colours of our skin
A rainbow under GOD’s Great heaven
A sign that love will always win

One thousand million smiles
I bring toy across the miles
In my land of sunshine
Or in your land of snow
Makes no difference where you are
If you let your feeling show

One thousand million ways
To love each other every day
For the poet and the old man
For the mother and the child
These One thousand million smiles

If the world is full of sorrow
Then what’s the meaning of life
If war’s the master of the house
And hunger is his wife ooo…

But a shining bridge of lovin’ smiles
And tender helping hands
Will bind all men on earth together
And will forever stand

So here! Stand with heart in hand
I bring this gift from my homeland
So take these smiles and sweets hellos
Keep then in your heart where ever you may go

Monday, October 21, 2013

SDAR was built for Kampung Malays


Salam and Hi,

First of all, there is no racism here. Many racist-accusers are racist themselves. My point of showing this video is to celebrate the history of my school, Sekolah Dato’ Abdul Razak. One thing I know for sure, if this bumiputera school has not been built, thousands of Malay Kampung boys would not have the benefit of a secondary education.

It opens up opportunities and each and every one of us, Sdarians should not forget that the wisdom of our leaders made that happened. My claim is that there are many educated Malays nowadays, there is a need to soften the Bumiputera policies to give equal opportunity and level playing field for all Malaysians.

The Malays need competition and gradual reduction of government spoon-feeding. Help all the needy, you will still help majority of the Bumiputera anyways. That is the logical way to go to ensure Malaysia is in peace and remain vibrant to face the future. The biggest problem I think is the disfranchisement of the political leaders and the issues on the ground. Failure to adapt can be fatal.

p/s: Majority-minority conflict is happening everywhere anywhere – even in England. I spoke to a British national who wishes to leave Britain for good due to unfair laws to protect the minorities yet alienating the British native. Lets think. The world is meant to be this way. Globalization brings mobility of people of all races and they will move around, settle down everywhere. A nation must adapt and balance it out. US is a proof that a country willing to adapt and admit people without prejudice of race can survive and become strong.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Trump : The Art of The Deal

The book is as outspoken and commanding as Mr Trump himself. Simple and concise sentences deliver impeccable arguments and wisdom of Mr Trump's experiences in real estate business. One stark comparison that I want to make with other so called real estate books that I have read before is that it is written from a practical business point of view - a more valuable real estate insight, rather than lengthy unproven real estate investment theories.

Chicago Sun-times wrote, "The gamesmanship of deal-making is his sport" and I totally agreed. Some of the big deals he made such as the Trump Tower, Commodore Hotel, Atlantic City Casinos, Grand Hyatt Hotel, Trump Marina, Woolman Rink at Central Park are well described of the tribulations and strategies that made them them worked; on time and under budget. 

Another reviewer of this book, Christopher Hefele on Amazon summarizes it in this spot-on paragraph:

Besides the stories of his deal-making, Trump gives some tips for aspiring moguls. Although he believes you need a certain innate instinct for negotiating well, he thinks there are some tips everyone can use. For example: when planning deals, one should think big, always have a plan B, keep your options open, and use your advantages as leverage in negotiations. When executing a deal, one must deliver results, control costs, and fight competitors when necessary. Also, promotion of your project is important to get the word out. And finally, of course, Trump says one has to have fun doing all this -- if it's not fun, why do it?

I finished reading it after three days - showing how intriguing this page-turner is. You can also go to or Amazon and see what other readers have to say about this book. It received 4 stars out of 5 from both sites. Finally, let me share with you one of my favorite quotes from this book to end my review.

“I like thinking big. I always have. To me it’s very simple: if you’re going to be thinking anyway, you might as well think big.”

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