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!

Hong Kong Revisited

I didn’t think I’d come back to Hong Kong again. Not so soon, that is. This is where I stayed this time.

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Yeah, this is some ghetto alright. I’ve played video games and watched films where they have settings in the dirty suburbs of Hong Kong (think Sleeping Dogs, Pacific Rim, Call of Duty: Black Ops, etc.) – and I never imagined it more horrible to live in one.

My friend Nick booked us a hostel to stay in the short notice, and my friends and I spent 3 nights living in what I would rate as the worst hotel / hostel I’ve stayed ever.

The room is very small and claustrophobic. The walkways are creepy as hell I bet this is where games like Silent Hill and Resident Evil drew their inspiration from. The toilet door is flimsy and the towels… damned towels always disappear! The military compound I stayed in Palembang a while back is a luxury in comparison.

It’s unfortunate that we couldn’t secure the same hotel I stayed in months earlier due to the holiday season and the short notice – no thanks to Nick’s poor planning! (In a twist of irony, Nick arrived one day later and spent his birthday in the same shit hole as us LOL)

So what brought me to Hong Kong again so soon? New batch of friends want to do their shopping spree this time. And while we were at it, might as well sample some of the food here. 🙂

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We also managed to ‘self invite’ our way into Redwolf Airsoft (my second time here) even though it is in their policy not to entertain walk-in visitors. Their impressive armory of airsoft guns always make my mouth water. 😛
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We spent the last night with our Hong Kong friends Leo, Sasa, Kit, and Ah Chi eating a prosperous dinner, sampled some nice desserts (their cold red bean soup is the best!) and ended the night with an amazing (also spooky experience) of CQB airsoft in abandoned school 🙂

This time’s trip to Hong Kong is just as rushed as the first one. If I come back again, I will definitely want to visit other places – I’m bored of Mongkok and Nathan Road already!
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Month #32: Once A Week Gym Training

qls-fitnessNot good. First, I was plagued with Internet problems at home that forced me to work from Starbucks or friends’ homes and offices since May. For all the time spent on driving to and fro these places, it ate into my time to train my regular 3 times a week schedule at the gym.

While Internet speed improved miraculously two months ago, it was already time I hit the seminar and workshop circuit which demanded even more of my time. Thus my gym training had been reduced to a frequency of just once a week or less.

Now that my 3 day workshops are done with, I am now gradually resuming my training at the gym starting with two times a week.

However there is an upside to it: the lesser training frequency bought me time to gain the much needed weight that I had been losing all these while (since I am poor at weight gaining).

The most important thing right now is not to discontinue the training that I had started in May 2011, as I promised myself to keep this ongoing.

I had seen how the Yonif Raiders trained while I was staying in their camp in Palembang. The Green Mountain Rangers team training together outside of their regular Sunday airsoft game also motivates me. There is no reason to slack. After all, I have all the time in the world to sleep after I am dead. 🙂

 

Post Continuity Income Workshop

1. I had just returned from conducting my last 3 day Continuity Income Workshop in Singapore! The weekend before, I ran the same program right here in Malaysia. Not counting the weekend workshop that I casually did in 2009, this is the first two ‘serious’ workshops I’ve done and there’s no looking back – I am already this far into the seminar business.

2. Admittedly, I did not put in a lot of preparation for the workshops the same way I did for my 90 minute presentations. I thought I could pull it off nearly flawless because I practice Internet Marketing as a second nature. However looking at the feedback forms submitted from my students, there is indeed a lot more room for improvement. Way lot more.

3. It’s a different ball game in the seminar business. I realize that all my years selling information products is still inadequate to prepare me for fame and glory in this arena. While I plan to conduct the Continuity Income Workshops again next year, I have to start making changes NOW. Simplify my course. Create a lasting and fun experience.

4. I will also need a dedicated team for this. Now I totally suck with people overall, which is why I had been putting off the idea of having an office and a full-time team. Right now it’s go big or go home, and I’ve been sitting at home for years. Will be checking out some potential office premises in Petaling Jaya this week, and make an appointment with Jonathan Quek to pick his brain on how to build a team.

5. Also booking a Skype session with Eugene Hennie on his Facebook marketing skills. Shared with him how to draw people to his workshop, now it’s time to call in the favor.

6. It’s a dangerous time to rest on my laurels just because the workshops are over. So I am keeping myself occupied with 3 product launches in November – in 3 different niches. Good to have Elle back really… we are partnering up again for the first time in 2 years to get into the graphics niche. 🙂

7. My next speaking engagement brings me to Cyberjaya – the DARE BIZ Showcase. Nov 22 & 23. Need to get ready for that one, and polish my presentation and closing before that!

“No one writes down a plan to be broke, fat, lazy, or stupid. Those things are what happen when you don’t have a plan.”

The Art Of The Startup @ MindValley HQ

Busy month this month! But on a short notice, I squeezed in time for The Art Of The Startup seminar at the MindValley HQ just before I drive to Johor.

Vishen delivering the seminar on stage at The Hall of Awesomeness.
Vishen delivering the seminar on stage at The Hall of Awesomeness.

Right now I’m on a speaking circuit and workshop gigs and while I’m picking up steam for the last several months, I am looking to get fresh ideas and strategies to grow my business to the next level – or heck, start something new altogether!

Splendid 1-day presentation from Vishen Lakhiani "The Art of Startups"!
Splendid 1-day presentation from Vishen Lakhiani “The Art of Startups”!

It is also interesting to note that I met Vishen and his then partner Mike Reinings for the first time back in 2006. At that time, their office was in KL Sentral and their employees numbered no more than the fingers on both my hands. Me? I had just got myself out of the mountain of debt I was in the year before, LOL they’ve been experiencing Quantum Leap ever since!

What do you know? 4 of the Wealth Summit 2013 speakers are here in the same room! I didn't think we'd meet again so soon, let alone altogether! (Not In Picture: Cayden Chang, cos he needed to catch his flight back to SG)
What do you know? 4 of the Wealth Summit 2013 speakers are here in the same room! I didn’t think we’d meet again so soon, let alone altogether! (Not In Picture: Cayden Chang, cos he needed to catch his flight back to SG)

I didn’t expect to meet a lot of familiar faces at the same event – 4 of the Wealth Summit 2013 speakers to name one.

Adam Wong (bestselling author of Lucky Bastard!) and Joel Chue came from Singapore – too bad, like Cayden Chang, they had to leave and catch their flight back… so no opportunity to take a photo with them 🙁

L-R: Aaron Teng (Incitement Youth founder); me; Jonathan Quek (Silver Malaysia); Chon Giap (TEDxKL)
L-R: Aaron Teng (Incitement Youth founder); me; Jonathan Quek (Silver Malaysia); Chon Giap (TEDxKL)

On a trivial note, I have met many mutual friends between myself and Michael Teoh, and even though we have known and interacted with each other online since 2009, we have yet to meet in person until now! Hope that comes soon… before we get any older!

Now, the big question: to start my own office or no? Hmm…