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Showing posts with label Advice. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Advice. Show all posts

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Removing Indelible Ink

I thought of letting the ink go off by itself but it too too long. It started peeling.

Finally, I was told that it could be removed using bleach. Bleaches available these days are rather mild, so I did not feel anything when I soaked my finger in it. My wife was more sensitive so she felt some heat when she soaked her finger.

This was how my fingered appears immediately after voting.

After dipping into the bleach, the ink was removed except for some on my nail.

This was the bleach I used.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Just Do It

Whenever I have a decision to make but do not know what to do I have to remind myself to just take action. I may not have all the answers or information at the moment but too often the delay will make things worst. I realize that taking immediate action may result in making taking the wrong choice but I found that the odds are more positive than negative. There are also times when doing nothing may be better. Therefore, before taking action and making the choice, it is important to look at a couple of things:

  1. What do I know about the different choices?
  2. What are the known risk with each choices?
  3. What would happen if I do not decide?

If the risk is high then more information or some delay is necessary. Talking to some friends may also help. In the end,  I will still need to make the decision. Once the decision is made and the action is taken, everything needs to be done to increase the chances of success, this includes:

  1. Follow through. If I start but take the action half heartedly the action is doomed to fail.
  2. Reduce the risk. Identify potential risks and take steps to mitigate the risks.
  3. Keep your eyes open. Yes, I have taken action and am fully committed to the choice, however, I need to continuously have checkpoints and see if changes are needed or evaluate the soundness of the decision.
  4. Keep the faith. Lack of confidence and experience makes it difficult to move but believing that I can will help.
  5. Failure is an option. Sometimes, the decision is not the right one so I should allow ourselves to fail and admit that the decision is wrong, I just need to make sure that I do not admit defeat too early. A lot of results need time and if I quit too early, then I will never see those results.

I still have to remind myself to take action. How about you?

Friday, November 28, 2014

Problems With S View Cover for Note 3

Note 3 is already more than a year old and is superseded by Note 4. However, I have had it for slightly over 6 months.  I decided to treat myself with the S View cover mainly because it allows me to take pictures without unlocking my phone. I missed a few photo opportunities while struggling to unlock my phone.

Sadly, I was not aware of the many issues plaguing this product. The following are the ones I am aware of.

Repeating Calendar Events

Calendar events keeps repeating themselves even after we dismissed them. Initially I thought it was because I did not dismiss the event correctly. However, I found the following thread discussing the issue. The problem is the S-Planner for Note 3 which comes with KitKat is not compatible with S-View cover.

A temporary fix is to install the S-planner for S5. The apk is available from XDA Developer. Note that you will need to reinstall the apk each time you reboot the phone.

This problem does not affect everyone. Some of my friends are not affected.

Google Apps Device Policy Hangs the phone

A few of my friends who connects their Note 3 to our corporate email system. In order to do that they have to install Google Apps Device Policy.  The S View cover will cause the phone to be unresponsive and sometimes cause the screen to go blank.

They have placed a card between the chip and the phone in order to regain the use of their phone. However, they lose all functions of the S View cover.

Issues with S Voice

I used to enable the hands free mode while driving. However, with the cover, I get a message that S Voice can only be used with the S Cover open. Sometimes the message goes away on its own. However, the message stays and cannot be removed unless I reboot the phone.

The message blocks the row used for swiping to access the various functionality of the S View cover (take photo, play music and action memo).


I was told that there are three windows in S View, the third window option will appear when I receive a message but I have yet to see that option.

I am aware only these problems, feel free to comment on other problems you face with S cover and Note 3. I am really disappointed, to find out Samsung’s accessories do not work with its own products, more so since I have to pay a premium for it.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Danger to the Public

We just had lunch near The Store in Sri Petaling for my mother's birthday. It was a lovely lunch, food price was reasonable. However, one the way back, my mother fell down after hitting an exposed bar on the lighting post at The Store.

The bars are used for hanging Bunting banners. Without the banners, the bars are not obvious. My mother fell down after hitting the bar. The height of the bars are dangerous and may blind children if they walk into them. We highlighted the problem to one of the workers in The Store but do not know if they will take any action. Frankly, I am not that optimistic since he kept saying that we should approach the manager. He did get his supervisor to see the problem but the supervisor appears to have the same attitude.

Here is the bars:

This is the picture of The Store

The location of the Store

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Be Considerate to Your Neighbor

Dragon from Straw
Recently my neighbor had a celebration the night before their son’s wedding. We knew about the wedding and my parents were invited for the wedding reception the following day. We were fine about not being invited, however at about 8 pm, they asked us over. It seems a bit inappropriate and my parents were offended. The last minute invitation was more of an insult. It was an after thought invitation and does not appear sincere.

To make things worst, they burned some fireworks at about 12:45 am - way past midnight. If they planned to play with fireworks, they should have done it before 10 pm. Most of us have to wake up early and would like to get our rest. Burning fireworks on the eve of Chinese New Year is accepted because it is expected.

As good neighbors we should think of how our actions will affect our neighbors and give some considerations. For example, if you are sincere about inviting your neighbors to your celebration, invite them at least one to two days ahead. That way, they will know to plan accordingly. If you are going to have a loud party or play with fireworks do that before 10 pm.

Also make sure when you park your cars do not block the drive in. I get very irritated when I find a car preventing me from entering or exiting my driveway.

Nowadays, most of our neighbors are strangers to us but we should at least show some courtesy to each other to make the neighborhood enjoyable to be in. For many of us, our home is our refuge and a place to relax. So I send a plea to all of you reading this, “Please be a considerate neighbor!”

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Interviewer's Note

Careers Books

In my many years as a manager, I have interview hundreds of candidates and hired some. Interviews and identifying candidates who are suitable for the position you try to fill takes time.

Some positions are more challenging than others. The few things that I look for in identifying the right candidate are as follows:

  1. Can the person do the job?
  2. Does the person have the right attitude?
  3. Can I retain the person within my organizations?

I remember hiring a woman many years back. She was a top scorer from her university and very capable. Unfortunately for me, the job I had her for was not challenging at all. After a few months, she found that she was wasting her time with us and left for another company. Based on her drive and capability, I am sure that she is very successful now.

In another case, I had an impressive interview with a candidate. He brought his notebook and gave a presentation of a web page he created. After hiring him, we found that he had difficulty gathering requirements from the users and delivering results. Later I found two issues with my selection.

  1. His university major did not match what we do.
  2. I failed to test his technical skills.

Interviewing skills consist of both art and science. Parts of it can be learned but others will come through experience. My success rate has been pretty good so far but I find that there is still a lot to be learned. The most challenging part of the interviewer is to identify hidden signs during the interview.

An excellent series on interviews can be found here.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

What Makes Us Bad Investors - a good reminder

I recently came across the following presentation in It is a good reminder of how to approach investment.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

What You Need to Know About Medical Insurance

My recent accident got me to think about insurance when I found out that my medical card did not cover for the bridge needed to replace the three teeth I lost. We consulted an agent from another insurance company who happen to be a close friend to my parents. According to her, bridge should be covered since it was to restore the function of my mouth before the accident. The other two insurance cover maintains that bridge is considered cosmetic and is therefore not covered.

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Sadly, it is usually the case when it comes to insurance. We get insurance for the peace of mind that we will be covered when we need it but when we really need to coverage, we are told that we are not covered.

I am switching my medical insurance for now. I hope the new policy will provide a better coverage than the one I am switching from.

  1. For a comparable premium the lifetime limit of the medical insurance is RM 1 million compared to the old one is only RM 720k.
  2. The old policy contains a co-insurance deduction while the new one provides full coverage. The co-insurance expense could be substantial.
  3. The new policy has a guaranteed renewable clause which means that the Insurance company guarantees that you can continue to renew your medical coverage. My old policy has a clause that shows that the insurance company may end or decide not renew my policy.

Other than the insurance product itself, the agent is as important. It is very important to have an insurance that will help you when you need to submit a claim. The agent is your best friend in advising how to go about submitting your claim. Both insurance agents I have appears to be equally responsive. One of them is a brother to my wife’s friend and another is a friend of my mother. The mother’s friend appears to be more experience and has trained her son to take over when she retires.

A good insurance agent will:

  1. Be available whenever you need them day or night.
  2. Will usually come to you.
  3. Is knowledgeable and should provide accurate answer with any questions you have about your coverage. If he or she does not have the answer should get to you with the answer in a timely fashion.
  4. Should provide you solutions instead of excuses.

Some insurance agents will not disclose to you the limitations of your policy. You have to be careful. Some policies are cheap because you have to pay first and claim later. The sad thing about those kind of insurance are usually bought by those who cannot afford to pay first.

So when it comes to insurance, make sure to ask as much questions as possible. If you are not sure ask for a second opinion. Take your time to discover more about the coverage before committing to the policy.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Cranky Old Men

This was shared with me in Google Plus.  Very touching.

When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in an Australian country town, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value.
Later, when the nurses were going through his meagre possessions, They found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital.
One nurse took her copy to Melbourne .. The old man's sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas editions of magazines around the country and appearing in mags for Mental Health. A slide presentation has also been made based on his simple, but eloquent, poem.
And this old man, with nothing left to give to the world, is now the author of this 'anonymous' poem winging across the Internet.

Cranky Old Man.....
What do you see nurses? . . .. . .What do you see?
What are you thinking .. . when you're looking at me?
A cranky old man, . . . . . .not very wise,
Uncertain of habit .. . . . . . . .. with faraway eyes?
Who dribbles his food .. . ... . . and makes no reply.
When you say in a loud voice . .'I do wish you'd try!'
Who seems not to notice . . .the things that you do.
And forever is losing . . . . . .. . . A sock or shoe?
Who, resisting or not . . . ... lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding . . . .The long day to fill?
Is that what you're thinking?. .Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse .you're not looking at me.
I'll tell you who I am . . . . .. As I sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding, .. . . . as I eat at your will.
I'm a small child of Ten . .with a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters .. . . .. . who love one another
A young boy of Sixteen . . . .. with wings on his feet
Dreaming that soon now . . .. . . a lover he'll meet.
A groom soon at Twenty . . . heart gives a leap.
Remembering, the vows .. .. .that I promised to keep.
At Twenty-Five, now . . . . .I have young of my own.
Who need me to guide . . . And a secure happy home.
A man of Thirty . .. . . . . My young now grown fast,
Bound to each other . . .. With ties that should last.
At Forty, my young sons .. .have grown and are gone,
But my woman is beside me . . to see I don't mourn.
At Fifty, once more, .. ...Babies play 'round my knee,
Again, we know children . . . . My loved one and me.
Dark days are upon me . . . . My wife is now dead.
I look at the future ... . . . . I shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing .. . . young of their own.
And I think of the years . . . And the love that I've known.
I'm now an old man . . . . . . .. and nature is cruel.
It's jest to make old age . . . . . . . look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles .. .. . grace and vigour, depart.
There is now a stone . . . where I once had a heart.
But inside this old carcass . A young man still dwells,
And now and again . . . . . my battered heart swells
I remember the joys . . . . .. . I remember the pain.
And I'm loving and living . . . . . . . life over again.
I think of the years, all too few . . .. gone too fast.
And accept the stark fact . . . that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, people .. . . . .. . . open and see.
Not a cranky old man .
Look closer . . . . see .. .. . .. .... . ME!!

Remember this poem when you next meet an older person who you might brush aside without looking at the young soul within ... . . .
we will all, one day, be there, too!
The best and most beautiful things of this world can't be seen or touched.
They must be felt by the heart.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

8 Quotes from Steve Jobs

1. “Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.” – In other words, don’t settle for anything less than amazing work for yourself and for others. When people see that you expect greatness, they will give you what you expect. The same goes for investing, you will never go wrong with buying excellent companies.

2. “Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.” – When you are wrong, stop what you are doing, admit your mistakes, cut your losses short, and move on. This will prove to be valuable in investing as well as in life and in business.

3. “Our belief was that if we kept putting great products in front of customers, they would continue to open their wallets.” – Simply put, no one can say no to great. If you want to live a life that matters, do great work. If you want a portfolio that kicks ass, put in your research and buy great companies. Yes, it’s that simple.

4. “Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. It’s about the people you have, how you’re led, and how much you get it.” – Never underestimate the value of people, especially the power of teams. If you want to come up with excellent work, choose excellent peers.

5. “The problem with the Internet startup craze isn’t that too many people are starting companies; it’s that too many people aren’t sticking with it.” – Success comes from hardwork, commitment, true grit, and passion. Steve was so passionate with his work that he used to cry when things don’t turn out the way he intended.

6. “Stay hungry, stay foolish.” – This was Steve’s closing note on his commencement speech at Stanford University in 2005. In this speech, he advised the graduating students not to live according to other people’s thinking, and to have the courage to follow their hearts and intuition. Staying hungry and foolish means never becoming complacent, to strive and work for what you truly believe in, and to be “foolish” enough not to listen to so-called experts and authorities when it comes to what can and can’t be done.

7. “That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” – Simple is better. The less clutter in your life (and in investing) the more focus you have on what’s truly important. And naturally, the more focus you have, the more impact you make in your life and in others’.

8. “That’s how I see business: great things in business are never done by one person, they’re done by a team of people.” – Always remember that the RIGHT PEOPLE are a company’s greatest asset. Whether you’re starting a venture or investing in a company, make sure that the right people are involved. A lone person can only do so much, but a great team can literally move mountains in terms of results.

The following quotes were obtained from this url.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Power of Money, By Adam Khoo

 A friend shared this with me more than a year ago, I thought I would place it here to share it with others.

Power of Money, By Adam Khoo
( Singapore 's youngest millionaire at 26 yrs.)

Some of you may already know that I travel around the region pretty frequently, having to visit and conduct seminars at my offices in Malaysia , Indonesia , Thailand and Suzhou ( China ). I am in the airport almost every other week so I get to bump into many people who have attended my seminars or have read my books.

Recently, someone came up to me on a plane to KL and looked rather shocked.He asked, 'How come a millionaire like you is traveling economy?' My reply was, 'That's why I am a millionaire. ' He still looked pretty confused.

This again confirms that greatest lie ever told about wealth(which I wrote about in my latest book 'Secrets of Self-Made Millionaires' ). Many people have been brainwashed to think that millionaires have to wear Gucci, Hugo Boss, Rolex, and sit on first class in air travel. This is why so many people never become rich because the moment that they earn moremoney, they think that it is only natural that they spend more, putting them back to square one.

The truth is that most self-made millionaires are frugal and only spend on what is necessary and of value. That is why they are able to accumulate and multiply their wealth so much faster.

Over the last 7 years, I have saved about 80% of my income while today I save only about 60% (because I have my wife, mother in law, 2 maids, 2 kids, etc. to support). Still, it is way above most people who save 10% of their income (if they are lucky).

I refuse to buy a first class ticket or to buy a $300 shirt because I think that it is a complete waste of money. However, I happily pay $1,300 to send my 2-year old daughter to Julia Gabriel Speech and Drama without thinking twice.
When I joined the YEO (Young Entrepreneur' s Orgn)a few years back (YEO) is an exclusive club open to those who are under 40 and make over $1m a year in their own business) I discovered that those who were self-made thought like me. Many of them with net worth well over $5m,travelled economy class and some even drove Toyota 's and Nissans,not Audis, Mercs, BMWs.

I noticed that it was only those who never had to work hard to build their own wealth (there were also a few ministers' and tycoons' sons in the club) who spent like there was no tomorrow. Somehow, when you did not have to build everything from scratch, you do not really value money. This is precisely the reason why a family's wealth (no matter how much) rarely lasts past the third generation

Thank God my rich dad foresaw this terrible possibility and refused to give me a cent to start my business.

Then some people ask me, 'What is the point in making so much money if you don't enjoy it?' The thing is that I don't really find happiness in buying branded clothes, jewellery or sitting first class. Even if buying something makes me happy it is only for a while, it does not last.

Material happiness never lasts, it just give you a quick fix. After a while you feel lousy again and have to buy the next thing which you think will make you happy. I always think that if you need material things to make you happy, then you live a pretty sad and unfulfilled life..

Instead, what makes me happy is when I see my children laughing and playing and learning so fast. What makes me happy is when I see my companies and trainers reaching more and more people every year in so many more countries.
What makes me really happy is when I read all the emails about how my books and seminars have touched and inspired someone's life.

What makes me really happy is reading all your wonderful posts about how this blog is inspiring you. This happiness makes me feel really good for a long time, much much more than what a Rolex would do for me.

I think the point I want to put across is that happiness must come from doing your life's work (be it teaching, building homes, designing,trading, winning tournaments etc.) and the money that comes is only a by-product. If you hate what you are doing and rely on the money you earn to make you happy by buying stuff, then I think that you are living a life of meaninglessness.