Robber on the Roof at 4 in the Morning

Edmund: I meant to post this earlier but due to my tight Singapore schedule, I’ve finally got this up. This happened two weekends ago and some development came through when I was away, so I feel it’s only right that I post this now. Hope you find this an interesting read. πŸ™‚

I slowly paced up the street as I wielded my torch light to search the roof. My heart was beating fast, hockey stick held tightly in my left hand. I trained my eyes into the dark. Nope, not a single soul in sight. Not on the roof, that is.

I told Mom and Ashley to stay indoors. The robber could attempt to break into our house. Ashley was pacing around the living hall with a small baseball bat, probably anticipating action.

And suddenly, I saw a group of Chinese boys – armed with sticks and javelines – charging frantically in my direction as two other motorbikes zoomed past me.

Okay okay, in order for this whole story to make sense I’ll start from the beginning. Here goes…


It was almost 4 in the morning when I was still chugging into the night, working on my next ‘big project’. Yes I am normally awake at this hour. πŸ™‚

It’s always dead quiet at this time I could hear a pin drop. The only thing breaking the silence is the sound of my clattering keyboard. That was until I started hearing noises coming from the roof (my house is one storey tall).

Cat, maybe.

But the noise became disturbing, louder and quickly grew into rhytms of ‘thud’s and ‘thump’s.


Wait a minute. Too heavy to be a cat.

I stopped working and started examining the roof window with my torch light. Thank goodness I’ve bought the new batteries not too long ago. The noise didn’t stop abruptly though it became more subtle. I was in a semi-tired mental state but suddenly, my body grew alert. Kura, Kura, Kura, Kura, Kura, and Kura were scrambling in their tanks frantically — but I couldn’t take my attention off the roof window. I had to be sure.

In a blink eye, I saw a figure darted near the corner of the roof window. Not a cat. But SOMEONE. SHIT, someone’s on our roof!

Instinctively, I inched my way towards the side of the computer table for security: my hockey stick. Better used as a weapon than a tool for the turf.

I stared at the roof window for another good 30 seconds before I woke Mom and Ashley. Whoever was up there was crawling in circles. Sometimes the sound was near and then sometimes it faded away.

When I woke Mom and Ashley up and told them what was happening, Ashley immediately grabbed the mini baseball bat tucked under her pillow. We switched on every light in our house, especially the back door. However, the noises on the roof continued to persist.

Soon Auwlithe our watch dog was barking outside the house, looking in the direction of the roof. I went out of the house and started searching the roof with my torch light (from the road, of course – I didn’t dare climb up πŸ™‚ ).

As I was searching the roof, there was a car parked opposite our house – with 3 suspicious boys inside. Parked under the street light, they were making a lot of bodily gestures inside the car and I couldn’t help but wonder what were these guys doing at this unearthly hour. Could they be accomplices to the “roofwalker”?

After all, when I came back to Johor Bahru three weeks ago, Mom warned me that there had been robberies and break-ins lately; they’ve all been occuring in our neighborhood. There was also a rumor that there were people walking on roofs too, at hours like this.

For a split second, my gut feeling told me to remember the car’s number plate and call the cops. Wait, too late for that. The three boys in colored hair got out of the car and approached me.

I was holding a hockey stick in my hand at that time, and I didn’t know if I should keep my distance until I confirmed what was really going on.

I kept my guard up as the three figures approached me, seemingly to ask me “what is going on?” in Mandarin. It’s a shame I can’t converse in Mandarin so in simple English, I told them that there was someone on the roof.

The three boys looked at each other, and one of them asked me if I was sure about it. Well, of course I said YES.

In the next ten seconds, the highlight of the sleepy neighborhood came. A horde of boys in singlets, t-shirts and shorts dashed out of a small house – armed with sticks and javelines – those that you would see in a Lion Dance or Martial Arts performance.

The commotion woke up a lot of neighbors as houses started lighting up and more people were awake. The boys were probably excited for action, as they started combing the housing area in search for the slick suspect. Two motorbikes started circling the area as the boys were making a racket.

It was comforting to know that they were helping us, even though we were unable to find any trace of the “Roofwalker” after 30 minutes of search. He must have left before the boys did anything.

We were grateful that the boys offered to help, and we learned that they were actually part of a Lion Dance and Martial Arts group. They were just bunking over at one of their friends’ house (in the opposite row), preparing for the next day’s performance. So this explained why there were so many guys emerging from a small house, and why they weren’t asleep even at 4 in the morning. πŸ˜‰

We retired from the search party though word got around about the commotion. Even as I am writing this, the night patrol is frequenting this particular stretch more often than ever. Phew!


By the way, Mom and Ashley had their own suspect on whoever that “Roofwalker” might be. You see, when I was staying in Petaling Jaya for most of the time, a new family moved into the neighborhood. Overall, the family members are normal people – all except one old man. Very suspicious.

I’ve not met him before though I’ve seen him only once. According to my sister, he’s got a very suspicious character. He seemed to always be looking at her every time she takes Auwlithe out for a walk. He asked every neighbor questions like “how many people are there in your house?” and “what time are you normally at home?

To top it off, the old folk is unemployed and he’s often seen loitering in different parts of the neighborhood.


As I’ve said, I’ve not met this old timer in person before albeit seen him only once. So definitely, I don’t have anything concrete against him though Mom and Ashley have their own suspicion. After all, he IS relatively fit even for his age.


Just days ago, I learned that the old timer went to prison for a crime he committed. Robbery. One of his sons joined him in the two-man party too.

Coincidence? THE END? Let’s hope it stays that way for this episode. πŸ˜‰

The Meet Up with Singaporean Internet Marketers

Last Saturday, I took a trip down to Singapore to meet up with Dylan Loh, Joseph Then and Alvin Phang (first time). The meeting took place in Woodlands and it lasted longer than I thought – a few hours actually.

The Singaporean Internet Marketers and Edmund Loh

L-R: Dylan, me, Joseph, Alvin

It has been a while since I last sat down with a group of highly energetic individuals who are BIG thinkers, and dare to do BIG things. I think that’s how the words ‘movers and shakers’ came about. πŸ™‚

It was great to catch up with Joseph again, since I last saw him at Stuart Tan’s Subscribers Nite last October. I planned to bring my own laptop but foreseeing the hassles at the Malaysian-Singapore immigration I ditched that idea. After all, I already relied on Joseph to bring his trusty laptop. πŸ™‚ Haha!

My ‘evil brother’ Dylan shared with me his latest schemes to rule the world – well okay, actually BIGGER plans to make MORE money. Oh how I love to hear those words! πŸ™‚ In fact, I already started a mutual project with Dylan but due to time constraint, it hasn’t taken of just yet. But it will be real soon i.e. by next month!

This was my first time meeting Alvin in person. Definitely a big shot in his own rights and not to be underestimated on any account. This guy came from an I.T. background and I recognize him as a speedy Internet Entrepreneur. In just 2 short years, not only has he amassed sizable success for himself, he went on to teach others as well. AMAZING!

It’s unfortunate that Stuart couldn’t join us that day – not good timing perhaps. But I’ll be arranging another separate meet up with him soon.

Thanks for the generous sharing guys, and I hope I’ve helped you in some ways as well. We’ll be working together real soon! πŸ™‚

Less Fun to Myself?

If there’s any consolation to myself, I’ve already completed the revamp works to my current websites (at least, for now). Hoooray! πŸ™‚

Okay, there’s no money to be made in redecorating and merely ‘touching up’ websites. It may help make user experience better, your website looks nicer, and if you tweak your sales copy well enough the conversion rates can be optimized.

But the REAL bulk of the business profits are found in doing money-making activities: getting traffic, making new offers, doing Product Launches, networking with the right people…

Which is why I wanted to get over the ‘revamp’ phase as quickly as I could. Yet this was inevitable. I couldn’t do away with it because:

  • Some of my websites had obsolete information,
  • The current state of my websites are not intergrated well enough to adopt my latest business plans,
  • And well, the websites could use some touching up! (couldn’t resist)
  • Anyways…

    AMLOH Helpdesk

    Finally! Got around updating the knowledgebase and FAQs at the AMLOH Helpdesk. Didn’t realize a lot of information became outdated due to the changes I’ve made to my other websites! Glad I got around doing this. πŸ™‚

    I’ve also taken this opportunity to ‘formally’ introduce my network of websites through the AMLOH webpage, as well as my existing products and services. There!

    I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again: the newest layout makes me feel so proud, and my former helpdesk layout looked like a website for selling coffins. πŸ™‚

    The RRM Blog

    Thanks to Siah, The Resell Rights Mastery Blog now sports a brand new design too. πŸ™‚

    These are just some of the web pages and sites I’ve reworked for my lil Project: Total Revamp. I’ve also updated several sales letters and webpages to have up-to-date information.

    *PHEW* That’s truly one BIG itch off my mind! πŸ™‚

    I reflected on what 2008 is like so far to me, and I realized that I had been less fun to myself. I hardly post anything fun on my blog since the beginning of the year. I worked even on holidays (and a big bulk of the yearly holidays are at the beginning of the year, if you noticed). I rarely take any breaks.

    Sure, with my current level of income and the way business is moving for me, life can be comfortable. I can actually afford to peddle less faster than I did in the last 3 years.

    But why do I continue to work harder than before?

    I sincerely believe in making a living outside the comfort zone. It allows me to test the limits of my ability. Also, I am against having a complacent attitude. I don’t know about you but I can get dull very quickly when I’m not at my peak.

    Yes, I’ve been very accomplished and successful in my own rights. A lot of my former schoolmates have acknowledged that I am by far the most successful among my peers.

    Happy? Yes, but not quite (yet). I know I can do more, and I am still far away from seeing my full potential unleashed. I hope it will continue to be that way. πŸ™‚ But then, this year is more challenging than before. Not necessarily more difficult per se, since the situation is different from those I’ve encountered before.

    It involves greater skill in time management.

    More projects and business partners to work with.

    I foresee my personal and business commitments to grow along as well.

    And not to forget the resolutions and annual goals I’ve made for myself and my family.

    Well… I’ll still indulge in some fun, but sparingly. πŸ™‚ This is only temporary yet I have every reason to believe that the rewards to be reaped will be more than worthwhile.

    Hey, you don’t expect to gain something for nothing, do you? πŸ˜‰

    Taking Care of Your Baby: DOs and DONTs

    I got this forwarded joke e-mail from a friend. Usually, I quickly dispose these mails into the Trash folder, but the only reason I opened it was because it came from a credible source (thanks Dee F!).

    And I’m happy I did. πŸ™‚

    It’s hillarious really but I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. If you’re a parent or planning to have a baby, here are some of the DOs and DONTs:

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    Enjoy… and hope this puts a smile on your lips! πŸ™‚