Don’t get no face

Who would you prefer to handle your company project?

The person with green highlights in his hair wearing a polo shirt and very torn jeans. Or, the lady who’s dressed sexily but slutty in a tank top inviting you to look deep into her cleavage?

If there’s 1 thing I’ve learned being around business owners and lessons from the recent image consulting class is that first impressions not only count, you can persuade a deal before it happens.


This was the sketch I did to educate more than 25 business owners the importance of dressing appropriately. And man, it’s been such a long time since I drew something.

So forgive the haunting “no face” people. Lol.

Turning Three Zero

My birthday this year had been nothing but eventful and memorable. The digit of 30 aside, I’m very pleased to know that my life is filled with true friendships and relationships. I can’t thank them enough for being there for me.

My 1st ever surprise party

Seriously, I’ve never had a surprise party in my life. Not when I turned 21, not when I returned from Melbourne. Best part about the surprise was that it was thrown together by people whom I didn’t expect – my business associates.

A day before my birthday, all of them including my wife schemed to surprise me at Artisan Coffee. I only thought that we were going there for drinks since the weather didn’t allow us to go for our jogging routine. Then even when I arrived, I never thought that the orange balloons were for a party for me.

I was really stumped on how to react when everyone jumped out to surprise me. All I could throw back was a face of blur-ness. Lol. I guess that’s me.

Then, my other mutual friends started to walk in and join in the party. It was this moment I thought, I really felt blessed to have them in my life. T_T

On my birthday

I had decided to take a day to treat myself. No work. Just filled with what I wished to do.

So I started the morning with a full body massage. And then, it was off to Las Vacas for a juicy Wagyu steak for lunch. I’ve only seen the meat through the glass but never ordered it because it’s a premium meal. So I guess today was that right moment to indulge in it. And it was so awesome!


The next thing I wanted to do was catch a movie. I was looking forward to maybe watching Beautiful Creatures or Parker, but cinemas only had them at midnight. In the end, I just settled for Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. It was pretty interesting and makeup was really done well. Why I noticed the makeup was that for the dark witches, they had cracked faces and it looked really well done.

When night came, me and Ariel headed to my friend’s restaurant; Top Shelf, for a dinner I organized with friends of mine. It was a great way for me to wrap up my eventful day, accompanied by my friends, filling the air with laughter and smiles.

Throwing in the towel by throwing up

Why did I go for it, I don’t know. I know I could’ve just left, but I went.

I joined one of my friends at Tom, Dick and Harry’s for 1 drink after dinner. Ariel headed back first so I went there with my 2 other friends.

Again, I know I could’ve picked a safer drink. But I guess I wanted to be adventurous that night. Or, just be plain stupid. So I got a friend to choose my drink. And to no surprise, I was to drink the legendary Graveyard. Plus, because it was my birthday, they had me drink with a bong!

Never again I tell you.. NEVER!
Never again I tell you.. NEVER!

I managed to finish the drink and hold up for awhile. But the ride home killed me. I threw up the moment I got to my house gate and threw up some more when I was inside.

Instead of the toilet bowl, I chose the kitchen sink as my best friend. Guess it was because I instinctively knew I needed water to wash it away. Ariel comforted me and asked if I needed help heading to bed. However, I waved away the option and stuck where I was. She brought over a chair for me to sit down by the sink. Thanks dear.


I fell asleep by the sink, but then woke up when my sister-in-law came home. Not noticing me as I sat up, she got a fright when she saw me sitting there. I must have had a very drunk look for her to tell that I was throwing up and I was asleep there.

I forced myself to leave the sink and head to bed. There wasn’t anything else on my mind except to crawl into bed. That was about 4-5am.

All in all, it was a great 30th celebration and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Thank you to all my family, friends and associates for making it a truly memorable life experience. 😀

How Simpleet started

Simpleet is the website design company me and my partner; Hawk, started. However, we never started Simpleet as Simpleet. So I’d like to share how we started Simpleet and keep this as my note of historical events.

Back in the days

Me and Hawk made our first contact in our secondary school years. It so happened that our friend; Terry, put us in touch because I had some web questions. From then on, Hawk was always my go-to-guy when I had technical questions. However, we kind of last touch when we went to college and university.

just like fate

My lecturers in Australia had me motivated and inspired as I completed my multimedia degree. This gave me my higher purpose to return to Malaysia, help and show students interested in pursuing a career in the Internet industry that there was a future and they should pursue it if they had the passion for it.

Just like fate, a website project brought me and Hawk working together. At the time, we were both freelancing under a project manager. However, a fallout happened in a project between the customer, our project manager and even, us.

The first step

Of course, the story didn’t end there for me and Hawk because we were both doing what we loved. We both saw how our skills complemented each other and not long after distributing my business cards like confetti, we got a project from my brother’s friend.

We didn’t call the company; Danny and Hawk, or had a cool name at the time, but we did agree to start calling our makeshft company; Websites Made Simple. And because the domain was taken, the default website for our outfit was my personal domain;

People found us

Ever since we started, it’s been about people finding us through the search or having referred by friends or relatives. And I do find it weird sometimes when people say they found us online, because we never exactly optimized the website for targeted keywords. *shrug*

World of business networking

I was invited by a friend to experience word-of-mouth marketing. It was an event that started at 7:00AM in morning and all I was told was it would be a great opportunity for me to network with business owners. And honestly, the word “network” worried me and thought what I had gotten into. Because the word was easily misconceived as mutli-level networking. Thank God it wasn’t!

The organization called; BNI or Business Network International, was me and Hawk’s first serious step towards marketing our business. I really liked the idea and experience of how a room of business owners exchanged business referrals for one another AND didn’t expect commission in return. It was fantastic!

But…yes, there was a but. In order to qualify for participation, we had to be a real business with registration and all. Though this would sound embarrassing, this was the truth. When me and Hawk ran Websites Made Simple, it was sheer simplicity. All profits were split 50-50 when projects completed, that’s it.

How we ran the business changed when we joined BNI. We approached a company secretary to register our company. But we didn’t want to call it; Websites Made Simple, because it was a mouthful. And our research showed, a good name is between 2-3 syllables.

Simple 1337 gamers

We cracked our heads coming up with names. But the one which stuck is now known as; Simpleet.

It was really tough deciding on a name. So much so, I started to read articles how web company names were made – joining 2 words and how choosing a good company name is between 2-3 syllables.

One night over mamak, Hawk and I tossed names for the company. We both wanted to keep the word “simple” in our name because we built websites made simple for users. But being a mamak session, conversation detoured to games we were playing too. Then, I asked if he knew about the leet language so he told me about the hackers language and origin of 1337.

From that point, we slowly came to the name from simple and elite to simply elite then Simpleet. And the rest they would say, is history.

Simpleet’s higher purpose

I just finished reading the book; Delivering Happiness: A path to profits, passion and purpose by Tony Hsieh, CEO at Zappos. I was absorbed through the whole part of Tony talking about company culture because this was what I want in Simpleet ever since we started and I know we will be doing it.

But other than that, reading this book made me feel it’s time I sat down with Hawk to find out, what is Simpleet’s higher purpose now.

To Tony Hsieh: Thank you for writing this book and making it really real. Thank you for sharing your experience and I know that I would’ve wanted to work for Zappos if I finished my degree in the US and worked there. Thank you for the motivation and inspiration from your book. And if given the chance, I would definitely love to tour the Zappos office, experience the WOW, bump chest with you and give you a hug as a final thank you. Thank you.

BNI day and a good start to 2012

It’s been a long day for me since 6am this morning. Started with substituting a member from a sister BNI chapter. I don’t necessarily dread these mornings since I get to meet familiar faces of business owners, plus you’d be surprised how high energy a group of business people can be that early in the morning. But I suppose the joy of the morning was offering my calendar to another member because she hadn’t gotten one – that was the 1 nice thing I did today.

After the morning event, I met up with Hawk to discuss Simpleet’s new direction and what we had to do in order to move forward. It’s always easy to push back things and without realizing, it would’ve been push back and back and back. So hopefully it would stop there.

Tuesdays is what I would call my BNI day. If I substituted in the morning, I’d continue to attend my official meeting in the afternoon at 3.30pm. Between moments it wouldn’t leave me with much time to do a lot. Hence, BNI day.

Once the meeting was done, my evening appointment got cancelled and I did ponder joining my other BNI friends for mamak. However, I had work to catch up on being BNI day.

Generally, I would say my 2012 goals are onto a nice start. Hooray!

Recent Gist of My Life

I’ve not been putting my mind much into writing. It’s been visualizing what I wanted to write more than penning it down. Hence, I’ll share snapshots of my recent activities.

Having dinner with t00tie
Relearning to tell my business story in 1 minute
Quenching my thirst until 12:30am
Found this representation confusing
Visited the Cosplay-Comic-Anime-Games-Exhibition in Tropicana Mall and found Danboard
Bought my new favourite bubble tea but found the quality not as good that day
Found out I got an unknown cut - not sure if it was from basketball

That pretty much was the gist of my life last week. Obviously excluding the meals and sleep – work too. And wished it didn’t rain as much in the evening because I wouldn’t get to practice my basketball much and get some much needed exercise.

Other than that, my life has been pretty casual and by June/July, I’d definitely be feeling I need an exit from Malaysia awhile. An island or Singapore getaway might be good. Or maybe, just a weekend escape to the mountains. Hmm…