A Week Put In Pictures

I found it really hard to leave my peaceful home in Johor Bahru for the rinky dink, rented room back in PJ. After almost a week… here I am again in Johor Bahru! πŸ™‚ The lifestyle and going-ons in PJ is highly hectic and energy-draining for me. It made me more sure than ever that if I were to maximize my creative juices and productivity – my peaceful in JB is the place to be.

Cozy, quiet, relaxing, no crazy people knocking on my door telling me they weren’t happy about losing at a computer game the night before and demanded a rematch… and probably the Earth magnet is stronger in the south (or is it the Feng Shui?).

It had been an interesting week in PJ, nonetheless. My Apprenticeship contract with Sen Ze had expired recently, and since the rented room is still in effect for the next 2 months, I might as well leave it as it is, since I foresee coming back to PJ and forth now and then.

Okay, here goes…

25th July – Launch Party Night At Gobi’s House

Vince Tan Smirking

Vince Tan smiling to himself. Sales rolling in from the “Big Hype” launch (which turned out to be one involving funding their trip to the US).

Khai at Laptop with Yuenn

Khai doesn’t want to be excluded from the fun, too. Accompanying him is Yuenn.

Gobala Pigging Out

Gobala: While you guys work hard, I’ll help myself with the Domino’s Pizza.

Bang Bang

Come, let’s play “Bang” (the board game).

Melvin: I bang YOU, Vince.
Vince: Bring it on! πŸ™‚
Gobala: I’m leashing out my Indians *bwo-wo-wo-wo-bop!* (immitates Red Indian sound)
Khai: I’m the Sheriff!
Yuenn: Please don’t kill me in the game early, k?

Brainless Game

Vince: Alright, let’s play “That’s Life”. It’s a brainless game so heck, let’s roll.
Melvin: Hmm… finally, a game more of my speed. πŸ™‚

The Wee Hours of Thursday Morning…

No pics on this one, but it’s worth mentioning that I actually met a frequent blog reader by the name of Ben Chin – at 3 in the morning, at a mamak stall in Damansara Uptown! πŸ™‚ If you see him appearing on the MyBlogLog roll on the left of this website, yep, that’s him.

Small world…

Meet Eve Soh…

… the one responsible for keeping me from losing my hair to insanity stress. πŸ™‚

Eve Soh

Dinner with Mindvalley Team and Luna Bar

I’ve met up with Khai Lee and his Mindvalley peeps for the last 2 days, just before I returned to Johor Bahru town today.

Interesting, interactive, crazy and creative bunch of people! Hard to find people of the similar species nowadays.

HSBC

Apparently Khai Lee’s favorite restaurant that we dine in Bangsar. No it’s NOT the bank; it’s a restaurant named after it – Hot and Spicy Bangsar Cuisine!

Luna Bar View

We went to Luna Bar, which is situated at the extreme top of a hotel, in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Very nice view from the top! That’s 33 storeys above the ground.

It made recall me standing at the top of a tall building, enjoying the similar view, some 3 years back. At that time, I didn’t really know what to do next (never thought about Internet Marketing whatsoever) and yes, future seemed kinda bleak at that time. Funny how things can turn to be out of expectation, right? I’ve experienced many incidents of what I call “Then, the impossible had happened“. More on that some other time.

I took this opportunity to be acquainted with almost every member of the Mindvalley team – asked them what they do, what they are good at, their opinions and ideas on a few things, what on earth is Ruby on Rails, what is this “SocialRank” thingy, etc.

Me: So what is SocialRank?
Mike Reinings: You already know what it is.
Me: … why do you think I already know what it is?
Mike: … you already know why you already know.

Sounds almost just as absurd as the cheesy dialogs between Neo and the Oracle in The Matrix trilogy, don’t you think?

Edmund Loh

Me at the Luna Bar.

Xin Ci & Edmund

Xin Ci with me. She’s currently working at MindValley as an Intern for 2 months (1 more month to go). She hails all the way from the North i.e. Penang!

3 Crazy Dudes

L-R: Aslak the Programming Whiz, Khai Lee, me.

And one last pic to seal the post…

Tiberium Spike Hair

Think Dragon Ball… πŸ˜‰

Catch up soon – and don’t forget to check back often!

A Short Retreat… :-)

Hey Everyone!

I’m currently taking a short retreat in my humble home in Johor Bahru now, and will be here for another less than a week or so before I find myself in the PJ/KL grinder again. The PJ/KL lifestyle is hectic (and it has always been!) – this is one of those times I could appreciate a short vacation.

Now I know why people often say, “there’s no place like home“. πŸ™‚

Okay, Some Important Updates…

2 posts back, I made a special mention about marking the 24th of July on your calendar. Because that will be the grand day my next Product Launch, Resell Rights Xtreme, goes live.

Or so it should.

Unfortunately, due to time constraints and the issues Khai and I have been facing in setting up the CMSInfusion script, we felt that the best course of action is to postpone the Product Launch to a later date.

We know that a lot of our JV Partners and waiting-to-be-customers are waiting for it – and we sincerely apologize. Like you, we too hate delays. However, weighing between the customer satisfaction and rushing to push an untested package into the marketplace, we’d take serving customer satisfaction anytime of the day.

We’ll keep you posted on RRX soon…

Some Photos

The Workplace

My workplace a.k.a. work station a.k.a. home office. I know, it doesn’t look like one. But I prefer to keep things neat and simple – no papers and folders scattering around the desk and floor. πŸ™‚

Edmund Loh

Yup – that’s me. I really miss working from home in casual!

Small Kuras

Meet Kura and Kura…

Kura & Kura

… and Kura and Kura (no typo – all of my pet tortoises share the same Last Name. ;-))

Auwlithe

Meet Auwlithe, my Chief of Security.

So you see, my house/home office is teeming with life… πŸ˜‰

A Day in the Office

Da Team

L-R: Nalini, Daniel, Karan, Sen Ze, Thulasi, Hugo Fung, Edmund (me), Michael, Khai, Jesper, Foo.

** Our friendly programmer, Azhari, was on leave thus isn’t in the photo **

Michael Teh

Michael Teh – the lead programmer and wizard of all things technical.

Where did we see this pose?

Hmm… now where did we see this pose before? It was on a statue, if I recall it correctly.

Blue Collar Khai

So that’s how the term “Blue Collar” was coined!

Mr. Foo

Foo handling the hot ashes at the Support Ticket Helpdesk.

Lazy Karan Caught on Camera!

Karan day dreaming.

Thulasi

One of those lucky secret admirers must have got hold of Thulasi‘s MSN contact again.

Jesper Staring into Blank Space

Jesper, what’s up with the stare into the blank screen??

Programming Team

Programmers Hugo, Michael and Daniel hard at work…

Counter-Strike with Edmund Loh

… while I was playing hard.

Until the next time!

Selangor Revisited

It’s Labor Day today. One of those few special days in a year when working folks are spared from the drudgery of working around the clock.

But I’m still in the office as I am typing this.

Believe me, when you’re working at hours you please – and have great passion for what you do – you will no longer want to look forward to the next holiday on the calendar.

Seeing that this is the third post to my new Personal Blog, I’d like to share a little more about myself with you.

You see, it’s funny how many Malaysians bore this misconception that:

MYTH: I am a Johorean.

FACT: I have a home in Johor Bahru, but my original hometown is in Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Dig? πŸ˜‰ We got that out of the way finally.

I was staying in the town area of J.B. for the last 2-3 years until recently, I was given an apprenticeship offer from one of the leading Internet Entrepreneurs in my country.

While most of the apprenticeship details are confidential, it involved me relocating my workstation for the next 6 months at the least, 1 year at the most – depending on the project workload and how well the partnership progresses.

Incidentally, this place I will be heading to is only 5-10 minutes away from my hometown so this is also a revisit opportunity for me.

Now that I am back here for the time being, I aim to achieve all of the following goals:

1. To learn as much as possible. I have to admit that I was pretty fortunate and lucky to have been offered a chance to learn from someone else who is already doing and achieving what I want to do – and at a small price. Not many people had been given such a lucrative opportunity, which is why I am very bend on making the most out of it. Because I know that no amount of money in the world could possibly replace the priceless education and wisdom that awaits me in the 6 months to a year to come.

2. To meet new people. Personally, I crave anonymity and as it may come as a surprise, I don’t fancy the idea of being seen in a crowd. But I know that if I were to always stay at home, I would be missing out on a lot of things in life.

3. Take my crack shot at executing my first 6 figure launch. I have executed 6-figure launches on 2 different occassions before… in Ringgit Malaysia only, though. Don’t get me wrong: the money’s good. However, I’d like to step up and explore the limits of my marketing power – and funnel them into executing my first 6-figure launch in US Dollars for a change. πŸ˜›

These are just some of the many goals I have in mind and heart, but you get the idea. πŸ˜‰

Ultimately, I will want to take a nice retreat to J.B. at the end of the ordeal, and later accept the new challenges in wherever my next adventure would take me to.

So do check back often. Because the next couple of days, I’d like to introduce to you some of the key people in my Internet Marketing career. They’re interesting people, really.

Until then…