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The sun was gorgeous today

When I left my place for my 1st appointment of the year, I thought the only way to describe the sun was that it was gorgeous. The rays were not overly blinding and the heat was just about there. Plus, traffic seemed smooth sailing all the way. It was a great feeling.

And I guess bringing that thought with me to the appointment really brought good things from the universe.

Fuck, I like it

My client was really happy with the website mockup done and hearing “fuck, I like it” as a compliment couldn’t have made it sound more real. So much so he even vouched to fight for this mockup to be approved by the management later. Gotta love clients like these.

Ask and you shall receive

Plus, I think the universe may have answered me because though it was some news which may not be good for business, to me, I felt it was a sign of a good thing taking its own place in my business.

Oh, I do hope tomorrow’s sun will be another gorgeous one.

My goals to achieve in 2014

When I think back of 2013, I only achieved 2 of my goals I set out to do. Well, maybe 3 if you count my business goal. Firstly, I told myself I wanted to go to Japan, so money’s all saved up and flight ticket has also been booked. Secondly, I was thinking of picking up Japanese so now, watashiwa nihongo ga sukoshi wakarimasu (I understand some Japanese).

Forward to the future

Twenty fourteen now. Here are some goals I have set myself to achieve this year.

Lose some fat and build back some abs

Back in the day

Back in the day

Towards the end of last year I didn’t set time to exercise. I became so lost in my passion, it started becoming work. On top of that, it was eating, working, sleeping and repeat. So much so I realize flab started building up. Nooooo…

Less coffee and wine, more water

Glug glug glug

Glug glug glug

And since I’m aiming for a healthier lifestyle this year. I’m going to drink less coffee and wine because some say it can help with dryness of the mouth. So I’m cutting down on the 2 and drinking more water this year.

Build myself a new workstation

My current rig is probably 5 years old (or more) now. Running on an Intel quad-core Q6600 (small upgrade after changing from a duo-core E6300) and a Gigabyte 965P-DS3. I’ve maxed out my RAM support for Windows XP. In lesser words, it’s time is due.

Convert my current desk to a standing desk

Illustration from: AGBeat.com

Illustration from: AGBeat.com

One of the habits having a passion which ties you to a desk is sitting. And I can’t run away from this. So this year, I’m changing up my desk panels to make it into a standing desk. Thank goodness it’s modularly built.

Blog more often

Websites Made Simple / I am Danny Foo

Websites Made Simple / I am Danny Foo

Of course, I’ve been telling myself time and time again to do this. And I want to accomplish it this year. Even if it’s not blogging for money over at Websites Made Simple, at least I’m going to jot some personal notes here more often. Bring back some of that personal side of blogging missing nowadays.

Create a stencil

Credit: Manifesta Journal

Credit: Manifesta Journal

This is a mini project I want to do for the purpose of something out of the box. Unfortunately, it may be safer for me not to say, just in case. What I can say is I want to do this for the good of a community.

Own 2-3 more suits

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

And if the year is kind to me, I’d like to purchase more suits and attend more formal events (so I can where them at least!) You could say this guy has probably become my motivation for smart dressing. :P

Pick-up a programming language

PHP

Though this won’t be my strongest point, I’m going to do my best to make it an effort this year. Most likely, I’ll be going with PHP. The next part of the plan is to allocate a time slot for Code.org every day.

Well, I’m not going to push myself right now to think of more goals. That may defeat the purpose of setting it up and probably put me in a higher position to fail.

So, best of luck to you if you’ve set your goals for 2014. :)

Why I’m unhappy with this Tourism Malaysia commercial

After watching the above supposedly official commercial, I was wondering…

Is this really the video used worldwide to promote my Malaysia?

As a Malaysian, I do appreciate our traditions. However, I can’t whole heartedly accept and be proud of this commercial because, to me…

50% shows nature

48% shows traditions

1% shows events

1% shows only Kuala Lumpur city

I felt like I’m living in a 3rd world country

Seriously. I get that our country is still filled with lush greenery and there is a LOT of it. But… I felt like I was a Malaysian who still lives in the jungle. Ouch.

And as much as I appreciate our traditions, watching all those traditional activities on top of feeling like I lived in the jungle, made me feel like I am now a citizen of a country with almost no progress. Ouch ouch.

By the way, what’s with showing clips of events without telling viewers what events they are?! #facepalm Why couldn’t it have been mentioned; GT race; LIMA and more?! #facepalmfacepalm Also, what happened to other international events like F1, golf, philharmonic orchestra, concerts and the list can go on and on. Sigh.

Then what I found sad was how the video could only show Kuala Lumpur city. As if it was the ONLY city in Malaysia. (I’ve face-palmed myself until I’m sore at this point)

Well, if you’re a tourist to so happen read this, please note we have 14 states in Malaysia. There is a West coast and East coast.

I pray this is not the only commercial

If it was, I’d feel rather disappointed being a Malaysian.

A country so rich with nature (yes), filled with great contemporary balance between tradition and modern lifestyle, together with many ethnicities living amongst each other and paving forward with many successful Malaysia business leaders…

All hidden. Soon lost.

A Singapore Christmas

Happy new years! We headed down to Singapore this year for Christmas to celebrate it with the rest of the family. In summary, I truly love Singapore’s transportation infrastructure; its safety and its breezes. Oh, how nice it was walking in the night in your shorts, when a whiff of breeze just blows across cooling your every being. Syok.

Double layer wha?!

After reaching Vivo City and wanting to rid ourselves of the hunger pangs, we couldn’t find the initial restaurant we wanted (looks like we’re far off from being called Masters of Malls) so we headed to some pizza place at the food court. And this blew my mind.

Double layer pizza

Double layer pizza

It’s a sandwich, but a pizza. Wha?! Anyway, taste wise was nothing to scream about.

Might fine fish noodles

The next time I come down to Singapore and I see a crazy queue at an eatery, I will put 80% of my trust in the Singaporean’s choice to tell me that the food must be good. Because damn, this fish noodle was super good to me.

Not far away from this stall, there was an even longer queue for Lor Mee but I’m not such a big fan of it.

Lor Mee queue

Lor Mee queue

However, I did catch a glimpse of the bowls ordered to the nearby tables. They must have ordered the large bowl because it was BIG! And I could see the gooey dark brown sauce; it looked tasty.

Esmereldaaaaa

In 2013, me and the wifey travelled to Singapore in order to catch The Lion King (which was awesome) and Wicked (which was awesome too). And since we were in Singapore, we decided to catch Notre Dame de Paris.

I’ve only watched the Disney version so I was kind of confused with the storyline this time.

Though, I must commend the male voices for being clear when sang. And surprisingly, I found it really challenging making up the words when Esmerelda sang – maybe English wasn’t her strongest language. *shrug*

Father-Son Time at golf

Nowadays, I rarely have the chance to golf, let alone play with my brothers and Dad. So we took the opportunity to head Johor for a round at Kukup Golf Resort.

Full quorum

Full quorum

The course had wide fairways and a good range of Par 3s to Par5s for us to play. On the other hand, what was stopping this golf course to me for being good was the maintenance of the grass length. Roughs were long enough to lose balls even after tee off, despite sure efforts identifying the ball definitely landed nearby.

And the midway rest area toilets were, well, to put it nicely…bad.

Johor-Tuas traffic congestion madness

Never in my life had I been stuck in a congestion lasting almost 3 hours or more. Thank goodness my bladder didn’t burst while in the car! And I do pray never to get stuck in it, ever again.

Now back in Malaysia, I miss the cleaner Singapore air, freedom from worries walking in the night and the cool breeze which moves. Sigh.

Attending my first ever K-Pop concert with Super Junior

This year I originally thought about attending the T-ARA performance. While I ended contemplating about it too much and not purchasing the tickets, I guess it was a good thing. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have been able to afford my concert ticket to Linkin Park inMalaysia. :P

However, my wife really wanted to see Super Junior perform and by the universe’s  will, a friend of ours mentioned having tickets to pass along because she wasn’t into k-pop so she gave it to us.

They have air-cond. Dang!

Super Junior’s Supershow 5 was at Stadium Putra, Bukit Jalil and it was an indoor stadium. Hence, air cond!

Fans already seated - click image for larger version

Fans already seated – click image for larger version

And seriously, this k-pop concert gave me a very good first impression of the show. Why? Because they were blardy punctual in comparison to other concerts. The show was suppose to start at 5pm and when it started, it was between 5.10-5.15pm! If it were an American band, expect to be waiting there for about 45 minutes or more.

I was also really impressed by the stage design and planned performance of the concert. Besides the raising platforms, they spent no expense to incorporate lasers, huge LED backdrop, pyrotechnics (yes, small fireworks!), bubbles and blowing of shredded paper.

This show of entertainment level for a k-pop concert made me felt the ticket you would buy is really well worth it. And it’s not easy to make someone feel this way!

This may be a Super Junior thing, but I noticed between some performances, they’d play a short video acted by some members. In my mind, I was thinking this must be used to give the members a break and give them enough time to switch between costumes. So it wasn’t only a concert, but a show.

Not to mention, it was different watching the Super Junior members interacting between each other and the fans. My observation was the group members had a really close relationship and they’d behave childishly between one another like how best friends would. I never expected to see such a thing during a concert but I must say, it makes you feel really good.

The show lasted for a good 2 hours or more. Although the encore chanting from the fans wasn’t great, Super Junior still returned to deliver a final performance and their farewell messages to Malaysia fans.

I really had a good time and enjoyed my first k-pop concert experience. Hopefully I’d be attending a few more next year and be able to witness more elaborate shows put on by other groups. :)