Life Changing Money Challenge

9 years ago I joined the first Life Changing Party (now renamed Life Changing Money Challenge). Here I am again… So so so different ! Game is more app driven now, sumptuous food and great company!

What Is Life Changing Money Challenge?

Think of it as Monopoly or CashFlow 101 carried out in a live event. When you walk into the Hall, the year is 2016 (current). Every participant goes on the app and plays the game, Life Changing Money Challenge.

The game is driven by a virtual currency called LCD or “Life Changing Dollars”. The objective of the game is to amass as much LCDs as possible. Top 3 players with highest net worth wins.

 

How Is It Played?

The game is divided into two Phases. Phase 1 is basically played BEFORE the event itself. You start off with LCD 1 Million, and there is an incentive to start collecting LCD as all these carries over to the main event on the night itself.

Players get LCDs by referring friends, answering Q&As, or take a chance with Fate Codes (akin to gambling).

Phase 2 begins during the live event itself.

You start off with whatever you’ve earned in Phase 1 + LCD 10 Million.

Mirroring reality, players can do a variety of things to build (or lose) their wealth: buy Businesses, Franchises, stocks, properties, even gamble (lol), Auction, make deals with other Players, etc.

And just like real life, there are huge investments beyond individual players that it requires team work and negotiating.

Theoretically, every 20 minutes means 1 year has passed in the game – but some technical difficulties with the app and some events like Lively Larry and Auctioning took a bit more time than it should.

However the game ended at Year 2021, 5 years later…

What Do You Get For Winning?

Top 3 winners from Phase 1 and Phase 2 win various prizes.

As a sponsor of the event, I was not eligible for winning. But I still went all out to play. ūüėõ

Even so, the players sure are crazy even if I were eligible, I wouldn’t have won any prizes haha…

In Phase 1, I finished 5th place.

In Phase 2, I finished 7th place – even with a windfall of LCD10Million from playing a silly ‘human jackpot’ game LOL

It was a fun night overall – it also doubled as a mini reunion with some of my workshop students and other business friends.

I’ve also learned what a saver I am when it comes to money. I suspect if I threw everything I had into stocks (I had good pickings) I would indefinitely make way more and possibly top everyone… then again, it’s not something I would’ve dare done in real life.

Learned a lot about my own money habits that night!

New Car!

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Finally, I’ve fulfilled the promise I made to myself 23 year old self –¬†that is to get a BMW while I’m still in my 20’s!

And¬†I¬†sure held it off for years… With only one year plus left to hit my target (going to be 29 years old in less than a week)

Sometimes I think I could have had achieved it faster if I had kept the fire burning and hustle at high intensity. Maybe I could have gotten a new car at least 2 years earlier?

However I don’t regret the process. I am very glad I followed the process of accumulating my material gains in an ‘orderly fashion’ and stuck to it.

Take care of my mom’s side first -> build and grow the business -> secure a house first and get out of rented property -> squeezed in at least 1 property purchase for investing -> then finally¬†I move in to¬†reward myself with a new car!

I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

I know most people would have splashed on a big car almost immediately after making some money. Which is totally unwise no matter how I see it.

I know with 100% conviction that I earned my new ride the right, smart way and that I took care of my bases very well before anything else.

So what’s next? Just gonna grow my digital publishing and online marketing business further, and buy more assets! That’s the name of the game. ūüôā

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Good Men Go (R.I.P. Jayshe Han)

One of my Airsoft friends, Jayshe Han,¬†had contracted cancer and been fighting it for around a year. We received a message passed onto us that he was in critical condition and he didn’t have long to live.

I detoured from the gym and head over to his residence in Cheras. The atmosphere was heavy and the once cheerful, fit and larger-than-life man was now reduced to nearly skeleton.

I was at a loss for words and even though I said to “stay strong” I knew it was false assurance. I wanted to hug him but he was too frail and weak, and in the company of his wife, family and close friends holding onto every part of him, we could only be careful. As he laid¬†suffering on the recliner chair, it¬†was the day even the toughest of men cried.

To give an insight into what kind of man he was: when I was new to the team 4 years ago Jay was one of the first people to talk to me and welcomed me with open arms; I was pretty much a loner then.

His looks might had been intimidating but he always had the best of intentions. Although without children, he had been a father figure to his nieces and nephews and stayed loyal to his loving wife up to his final day; his get well cards were gold testaments to his character and how he lived his life.

Alas, it is with great sadness that our friend, brother and comrade passed away 7:25 this morning. It was just two weeks ago that celebrated his 49th birthday.

Jay, it must had been a tough 3 weeks but you’re now free at last. We already miss your cheerful presence and great sense of humor and friendship. Rest in peace Jay.

Not only were you a great brother to me and others, you also touched lives when you were not wearing the uniform. I am truly and forever honored to have fought by your side for the last 4 years!

 

Rest In Peace Brother, Comrade, Amazing Friend, General.

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SHORT ACTION FILM: HVT Run

I didn’t want to announce this until I was sure it was complete – and here it is! During the Raya season I collaborated with a group of friends to direct and produce a short action film of our own.

Presenting… HVT Run!

Behind The Scenes And Bloopers:

In 2011 and 2012, I made two attempts to put out a short action film for the fun of it. Even though we shot the pre-production footages – painstakingly – they never got past post-production because we were hinging our hopes on one guy to do it… and well… he sucks balls.

That was in spite of working with the likes of Dan Khoo, Joseph Germani and JinnyBoyTV on the second round and at the time, it seemed so surefire that the short action film will be out.

I was upset about it though I know that the opportunity will come again, and I will do it myself when I meet the right group of people and find someone reliable to do the post-production, even if it means paying my way through for a non-profit film.

And I finally did this time!

So in more ways than one, I feel accomplished that the completion of this piece has redeemed me of my past failed attempts, YES!

It’s not without its mistakes but then again, which movie makes no mistakes? Haha!

I look forward to making more like this in the near future, when I am not working. ūüôā

Setbacks and Responses

1. I should be going to Pattaya, Thailand tomorrow… except that Thai Sky Adventures inevitably had to call off all skydiving trips because they are expecting new plane parts coming from the US. This means I had to change my flight ticket too. Was really looking forward to the second jump off the plane in my life.

RESPONSE: Well nothing I could really do about it. So yes, I changed my flight details online at the expense of an extra RM200. But since Thai Sky Adventures offered to compensate with free videos and photos, I consider the deal even. Will be going there in 11-13 August.

Unfortunately, I won’t be able to join Muizz Hasnani and his gang from Brunei given the unexpected change. I doubt they would go since the fasting season is just around the corner… which means, I’ll be going alone.

2. My personal fitness trainer Quling just measured my results today after 4 weeks. Not good. While I gained 1KG in weight and 600g in muscles but so did my body fat – I went from 16.9% to 17.2%.

The culprit is obvious – I had been eating out more often than I cooked at home the past 4 weeks to satisfy my growing hunger.

The good news is that I’ve been progressing with the training in spite of the increasing intensity. I am able to lift heavier weights now (average 30-45 kg vs. 5-20kg when I first started, depending on the workouts). I coped well with running even though speed had gone up from 8 miles to 10 / 10.5 miles and incline 2.0% to 3.0%.

RESPONSE: it’s really the food I’ve been taking. My skin doctor warned me before that I put on weight easily after my harmonal check up results came in. So it’s back to basics for me – cook and eat at home most of the time and cut down drastically on eating out.

My protein shake came in last week and I’ll be drinking it after my work outs and substitute some meals too.

3. My latest launch with Tony Sanders and Dylan this month didn’t go as well as planned and it certainly didn’t justify our efforts put into it.

RESPONSE: We big boys don’t sulk. ūüėČ We comin’ back strong with another launch in November. LOL mean time I’m working with Desmond Ong on another ClickBank launch and it’s been a great learning experience so far as it’s totally different from what I do in the Private Label Rights niche.