Why I Don’t Smoke, Drink And Gamble

I don’t smoke. I don’t drink. I don’t gamble.

And it goes beyond being a ‘good boy’. It’s personal.

My aunt died from lung cancer in 1999. My uncle is a chain smoker and as I am writing this, his health is deteriorating. Today he has to wash down dozens of supplements daily and watch his diet like a hawk. He hasn’t been able to cut back on his cigarette intake much due to decades of addiction to smoking, since the day he picked up his first stick in his teens.

When my father was still living with us, I would sometimes dreadfully accompany him to places that an underage shouldn’t be hanging out at. My father flirted with women, got drunk, got abusive with my mother by the time he gets home, and still pissed ass drunk.

I’ve also seen my father lose at the table every time he gambles. There were days it would seem he will be going home green, but knowing that’s too good to be true my feelings were always right. I kept telling my dad that the money would have been better spent putting food on the table or pay off our debts back then, but to this day I still don’t understand gamblers. Every time I see a gambler, I see a loser who doesn’t have his priorities right.

While my mother wasn’t a gambling addict, her lack of ability to get a higher paying job coupled with desperation made her resort to the only other means of income she knew: buying Toto. Unlike my father, my mother had better luck and there were actually several times she struck the consolation prizes, enough to get us by at times. But I hated the hopelessness we felt at the dread of having to pray and be at the mercy of luck.

So if you have always wondered why I don’t smoke, don’t drink and don’t gamble… now you know why!

Happy New Year 2014!

1. My continued effort to train at the gym got stopped by the all-too-familiar nausea feel again. The last two trainings lasted only about half an hour each instead of the usual hour long session, which means I didn’t complete them. It was embarrassing. I wasn’t lifting heavy yet I felt I was going to black out and throw up.

2. Since then, I had went back to Johor to rest at mom’s place and hopefully recuperate. The nausea feeling stayed with me for more than a month. I visited the doctor that mom recommended but I felt it was a rip-off and unnecessary. The doctor suggested I take a blood test – I already did that last year, and the results came back with nothing unusual. I also had a camera slipped through my nose and the doctor found nothing unusual in my throat either. RM400 and 2 days later and I found out nothing about the cause of the nausea, which still remains a mystery to me. It’s not serious – it’s ANNOYING.

3. So I have to be extra careful with the food I take now. It sucks that I have to be this cautious with my health while I am still in my twenties. The nausea feel is also putting a dent on my social life, and that’s why I haven’t met any of my friends for more than a month now. I wouldn’t want to keep excusing myself away when I feel like vomiting.

4. While I’ve started to feel better and less nausea since last weekend, I am still not too sure about it. Will try gymming again later this week and cross my fingers that my body is up for the punishment again.

5. I will be leaving for Indonesia on the 12th through 18th January. Will be in Bandung to meet some underground affiliate marketers, and then in Jakarta to deliver a short presentation at the Calibre Works office owned by my Indonesian friends Dee Ferdinand and Padro Widjaja. I better not start feeling dizzy with nausea on stage!

Work From No Home

Here is a quick stop gap update. It’s been 3 months and counting ever since Internet ceased to work at my new home. With interference from the nearby lake and surrounding house holds crowding in on the already weak signal, it is hopeless to try to get anything done at home. So I have been working from Starbucks almost daily – like right now.

1. Two weeks ago, I invited the representative from Telekom to my place to discuss how they can bring UNIFI to my residential area, and I could have sworn the whole neighborhood entered my house when I informed them on the meeting!

Turns out, our new area is short of 20 more applications before TM can consider coming over to install the fiber optics for the phone lines and UNIFI. I am now in charge of getting the remaining submissions from the neighborhood and once this is done, it will be another 3 more months until there are phone lines and reliable Internet connections at my area.

2. So in the mean time, I have been leeching WIFI from various Starbucks outlets, friends houses and offices. Next week I will be viewing a potential office space to rent so I can get my business going and growing. This predicament has forced me out of my comfort zone, literally!

3. In spite of the predicaments, I was still able to pull off my product launches, three of which were a success! White Label Firesale did 1000+ Front-End copies. My Continuity Income Videos PLR made JVZoo POTD. And a third covert launch took place under a pen name, which made to #2 on ClickSure marketplace during the launch week (if you know about ClickSure then you will know why I am secretive about my pen name there!)

JVZOOPOTD-CIVPLR2And being at Starbucks, I have been seeing friends by chance that I otherwise would have been too busy to catch up.

4. The success of Continuity Income Videos PLR happened at an impeccable timing. It was the same night I was doing my preview seminar “Continuity Income Secrets” to a group of 40 participants.

Continuity-Income-Secrets-Eastin-HotelConsidering this is a warm up to my speaking gigs, this weekend I will be in Singapore, speaking for the Wealth Summit event. 🙂

5. To sum it up, I have been flying by the seat of my pants for the past 3 months and there’s no sign of that stopping anytime soon. It had been very frustrating but it also reminded me how hard I tried when I was just starting out. As my friend Khai put it, “at least it makes you feel more alive now.”

Yup buddy. I guess if I were just rooted at home, I wouldn’t have conceived the idea or gather the courage to call her out. 🙂

Yee-LingMy Internet crisis is far from over, but exciting times are happening now indeed!

I’d like to write more but I better get going now. I just started printing my own hard copy DVDs for my upcoming seminars and workshops and I have to collect them soon!

Almost One Week Post-GE13

(A REPOST FROM MY LATEST FB STATUS)

It’s been almost a week since the PRU13. We’ve seen several cases of election frauds exposed. We’ve also read false news being shared without being checked from all sides. And for every one person actively working to fight corruption and for fairness, there are 10 other people playing the role of keyboard warriors and smartphone soldiers.

Question is, what are you going to do to UBAH?

I waited a week to write this because amidst all the angry and sad emotions, one niche of people in Malaysia stood out brightly from the rest to me: I call them entrepreneurs from all walks. And it is in them that I found renewed hope for a better change in our nation. I had been compiling their personal responses (read: actions) to the post-PRU13 and ultimately, I decide what I am doing next:

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1. Intensify the work-from-home revolution. Owning an office is out of option for many starting entrepreneurs and even so, there’s the horrendous jam to overcome every single morning and evening. My vision is to create more online entrepreneurs working from home, and in turn have at least two other staffs who don’t have to leave their own homes either. This way = save MASSIVELY on petrol + save MASSIVELY on toll + save MASSIVELY on time from useless meetings + earn MASSIVELY in any currency of choice. Wealth is not a zero-sum game.

2. Build a local online community for online entrepreneurs. This was an idea I had kept in my back burner for so long that needs to be brought forward now. Up until early this year, I have been selling almost exclusively to the international market and this time I will share my knowledge and know-how so that our local online entrepreneurs can compete and think globally. The membership entry will be FREE and in dual languages (English and Malay).

3. Through speaking engagements, I wish to connect with more local audience now than ever for the above two reasons, when I am not sitting in front of the computer.

4. Continue ‘boycotting’ papers. I’ve not bought a newspaper since 2008 (except occasionally to smack cockroaches cos that’s all they’re good for now, and that one time I appeared in the papers) – it’s nothing new that the newspapers are choke full of shit and highlights that don’t empower your day. Don’t stop at boycotting for a month; stop buying it altogether. Anything that’s newsworthy will find its way to you through social media, and even so it should be controlled… like food intake.

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No one can wait another five years so UBAH has to start now. Follow the true builders of the nation and you’ll realize there’s actually more you can do than just wearing a black shirt.

What will you do?

Big Plans in November

It’s nearly 4:00 in the morning and I am nearly done with my tasks at hand! Totally busy month, this one.

Weekend Skirmish

This is going to be the only skirmish I will be taking part this month but it will also be the most intense one for the year, second to the 3 day 2 night Seri Menanti skirmish I participated in March.

I have been training regularly and my weight’s exceeded 60 kilos again, body’s developed some more definition… good start for a come back! Also for the past two weeks, my nausea feeling has dissipated in spite of the intense work out. I am glad I fixed it just by eating on time regularly.

 

Internet Sales Machine ClickBank Launch

I was about to relaunch Internet Sales Machine under a monthly membership model when Peng Joon approached me with a deal I can’t pass up. He’s agreed to help me publish my product on ClickBank with the help of his team.

I’ve done a couple of launches with him before but this time it will be mainly under my name, thus marking my first serious foray into ClickBank. This is exactly what’s keeping me up into the wee hours of the morning!

I need to make some substantial changes to make my training system “ClickBank worthy” and some of my business associates are keeping tabs on this launch now. It’s going to be a big decision maker in more ways than one because for the past several months, nearly everyone I spoke to is fed up of the low-ball prices marketers are throwing on JVZoo and WSOs.

Will this rally marketers into the blue ocean as far as finding better quality, better paying customers is concerned?

I am working to launch this with Peng Joon and his team on November 20, which isn’t far away from now!

 

Doing Webinars

Khai Ng and I started our Big Ticket Machine webinar gig last month, and I’ve arranged for some of our Joint Venture Partners to seat their subscribers for our upcoming sessions this month.

The first two we did was a success with both our own subscribers and even Facebook friends 🙂

To me, I consider this as a ‘warm up’ pre-cursor to my speaking engagements which I plan to be doing next year… on stage!

 

Cascadian Lakehouse – New House Update

Still waiting for the damned keys to the new property. It was my bad luck that I had to deal with a ‘tai-tai’ vendor and her idiotic lawyers who have been giving both my own lawyers a tough time.

It is already more than a month late. My lawyers today have successfully fought the disputes the vendor’s lawyer who have been throwing my direction for so-called ‘late payments’ – which is beyond my control on how my appointed bank had been approving the loans. Not to mention that a previous banking assistant screwed me over (he even quit his job and stopped picking up calls from his own manager!) thus causing unforeseen delays in the process.

I wonder if this is the kind of tedious dealing with people to expect often in the properties business, because this sure is a huge turn off if I ever want to dabble in properties for investment reasons.

(When I am working from home and it’s easier to build a website, I admit I get complacent that almost everything else don’t seem to be as bright an opportunity as Internet Marketing!)

I am expecting to get the keys anytime soon now and I cannot wait to commence with the renovations. From the looks of it, I think I can only move in by February 2013 earliest. This shall be my last house warming party. I’ve been moving from place to place for so many years, it’s time to settle down for good. Can’t wait to play The Sims in real life!

 

9 Days In Italy

I am in hurry to get most of my work done before I go on a holiday in Italy near the end of this month with my travel date. 🙂 I will be leaving right after my birthday so I don’t think I’ll have time to celebrate here. More on this later on!

BRB in December.