Saturday, December 31, 2011

Resolution 2012

1. Get promoted - that is the only way to boost my salary dramatically from the current pathetic level, if I am to stay in the same job and company. I will give it my all for this to happen, but if it does not happen then... then... well... you know the standard BS that comes with it...

2. Investment - I have an amount set aside for this, and I'm gonna set a lowly target of 30% return from them this year. I don't wanna go with the usual BS of diversifying your portfolio. We are not gambling and praying for the best here. I believe you have a better chance of success if you keep all your eggs in 1 or 2 baskets a.k.a focus on 1 or 2 fields and become expert in whatever you are doing. It'd be precious metal and forex for me. Wish me luck.

3. Reduce weight - I'll be transparent, I'm at 102kg now (down from the disastrous number that I see from my scale the moment I came back from US last year, although it was 96 before I left). I'll aim to get down to 90, one way or another.

4. Save even more money - I'm hoping to save enough to buy a house, downpayment, fees and simple renovation. At any rate, I need to get this thing done either this year or next, assuming the world is still intact after 21 December 2012. At my current level, I can only barely manage a medium-low cost apartment, and that depends on whether I get allocated or not.

5. Blog more - Try to blog at least 10 times a month, I've been neglecting this place for far too long, sorry blog =(

I don't want to set any resolution to remain stress free, most likely I will fail that one... zzzzz

Retrospective 2011

I know it's New Year Eve today, and I should be laying my fat ass somewhere else instead of in my room running tests remotely. But fact is fact, I'm working on a pathetic Saturday noon, no point feeling sorry for myself eh?

So, while waiting for the test to run, I figured it would be a good idea to review the past 364.5 days from my perspective, see whether I meet my own expectations or not.

1. Save serious money - RM5000 minimally.
Meet expectation. I think I'm moving along quite well in this direction, not going to reveal how much I have, that's sort of sensitive information, but I'm staring at 2012 with more hope.

2. Investment - read 2 books on investing, increase my gold savings account content appropriately, prepare for investment year 2012. 

I've read 5 books, I didn't put as much money on gold as I would have liked, but that's because of some crazy things happening in the global economic scene. In fact I moved the money out for a couple of months, going to go back in again in the few weeks.

3. Sports - Basketball shooting accuracy to 70% field goal, at the moment it is 30% field goal rate; jog 1 whole lap around the company non-stop (2.5km), now only manage half lap.
I hit 60% somewhere in June, I think. Then it sort of stopped improving, so I switched to free throws and 3-point throws. Guess what, last week I tried 1 round of 5 point shots, I hit 86 out of 100! I didn't jog much though, so am not sure if I can last 1 whole lap now.

4. Turn from Fat Buu to Kid Buu - third time mention, this time must success!!! If I can manage to achieve #3, should be no problem for this.
I managed to get my weight from 104kg down to about 96kg. Granted, that was still some way short of ideal Body Mass Index (BMI) for me, which is 88kg and below, but it was like, what, 8kg reduction in about half a year. And that was achieved without involving extreme workouts and diet ala starving yourself, just regular basketball shooting sessions and not overeating.
Then I went to the US on business trip for 3 weeks in September, followed by another 3 weeks business trip to JB in November. I don't wanna mention what happened after that.

5. Improve EQ - remain stress free (which is easier said than done), and help friends to remain stress free.
Fail, I'm barely able to cope with the stress by sighing a lot to release the steam. And I don't sleep well, waking up at 3-4AM in the morning is the norm for me.

So, what d'ya think?

Friday, December 30, 2011

I used to be quite active in the dating friendship community websites when I was in high school, probably some 10 years ago. This hobby was forgotten after I got into an actual relationship some time in college, and it never really caught back on to me after the break up.

One such site was I know the name sounds ham sap, but trust me, it used to be a very casual friendship community where you look for friends. And I did find quite a few friends there. But that's not the point.

The point is, I received some sort of notification mail from this site just now, and I don't know what possessed me today, but I ended up opening that website again to check how it is doing now. I was given a nasty pleasant shock.

You see, one major agenda for browsing friendship community sites is to check out the photos in girls' profiles (or guys, in a girl's case). 10 years ago, the photos I see are more realistic. I mean, when we decided to meet up, at least 6 out of 10 looks the same in actual and in profile photo.

Today, what I see in this Ahmoi site is, most of the photos in the profiles are of hot chicks and leng luis. And instead of [Looking for: Friends], they are 90% [Looking for: Relationship]. I'm kind of baffled by this. It is my experience that pretty girls are usually not associated with online relationship search. Pretty girls are associated with not having much time to spend on the internet.

Shall I try to put 1 foot into this stuff again and verify if the pretty girls are just pretty photos, or reality has really changed?

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Plastic Bags

I'm sure many of you have encountered this sign or something similar... in the malls or supermarkets... it is becoming standard practice in Malaysia...

Which is all good... ...... ... according to the hippies and tree huggers, that is...

Don't get me wrong, I'm not against being environmentally responsible, I just don't agree with this whole No Plastic Bag fiasco...

If you step back and think hard, or a faster way is to go to your rubbish bin and look at what's in there besides rubbish, you will realize one fact.

We did not stop using plastic bags, we just stopped getting them from the supermarkets. What we used to get for free, now we have to pay some money to buy.

Of course there are some extremists who would argue that they use some other methods to store rubbish in the bins, but generally, I think most people would agree with the above statement.

So you see, by not getting plastic bags in the supermarkets, we did not do the environment much help, and we certainly did not do any good with our rubbish storage method. The only winner here is the supermarkets and shopping malls. They get to look good and save a bunch of money. Instead of spending thousands of ringgit every week on providing free bags, they now charge 20 cents for every plastic bag customers take.

I hate to say it, but unfortunately, our environmentalists and government got it all wrong. They should focus on making degradable bags and force the businesses to use these degradable bags, instead of coming up with a method that cause inconvenience for consumers at the misconception of being able to save the environment with it.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Ho Ho Ho

Merry Christmas to all you who celebrates*~

I shall be spending some quality time in my dog house cosy room with zhap farn 什饭 and a couple DVDs...

And to all you headed out for Christmas Eve Countdown a.k.a Mess,

Please for the love of God, be considerate on the roads, and drive safe... =)

Monday, December 19, 2011

There's nowhere left to fall when you've reached the bottom...

A simple telephone call would trump no telephone call at all, though...
I miss the good ol' days of boy band music...

Saturday, December 17, 2011

When the only buoy that's keeping you afloat is taken away from you, how long do you think you can resist drowning?