Remember the problem that I had with my heel? I blogged that I went to a Chinese tit tar to get it fixed.
It did work for a while but the problem persisted. Few months ago, I decided to go for western treatment and Anna-Rina recommended Optimum Chiropractic & Physiotherapy Centre to me.
The owner, Dr. Lee, took only few seconds to diagnose my problem. My painful heel was due to flat foot! He immediately recommended me to wear shoes inserts with arch support. I also changed my Crocs slippers to Birkenstock slippers which have arch support.
I’m glad to report that the problem is gone! I also got Dr Lee to sort out a muscle tear on my shoulder. He got it fixed within a few sessions. But it did costs me a bomb to fix my muscle tear – first session was RM150 whereas the remaining sessions cost me RM100.
M-1-12 Plaza Damas (Hartamas Shopping Centre),
50480 Kuala Lumpur
LexisNexis is organising a student debate at Le Meridian on 7 March 2013. If you remember last year, LexisNexis, an international legal information service provider, sent me to Fukuoka, Japan to attend the LexisNexis Customer Engagement Workshop.
The event will feature four teams in a British Parliamentary style debate. These teams are from Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines and Indonesia and the motion is:
“This House Believes That the ASEAN Declaration of Human Rights Is an Ineffective Safeguard of Human Rights”.
The debaters are students from the following institutions:
– International Islamic University Malaysia
– National University of Singapore
– University of Philippines Manila
– Universitas Indonesia
There will also be a panel forum discussion by Edmund Bon and Faisal Moideen, moderated by Syahredzan Johan on the topic “Do We Need An ASEAN Court of Human Rights”. Faisal and I were in the same panel for the forum discussion on s114A of the Evidence Act 1950.
The LexisNexis Rule of Law Debate 2013 will be streamed live on March 7th at 2.30pm (GMT+8)
2012 had been a good year. I got married, moved to a new home and started my own law firm.
My firm was up and running within two months. Work had been trickling in rapidly thanks to friends and clients’ constant support and referral. I have clients from my old firm trusting and following me to my new establishment. I also have clients who were excellent paymasters. One even pays me the day after I issue the bill! I must thank all of them for the great support.
I got married on 14.1.2012. It was held at the Grand Ballroom of Crowne Plaza Mutiara, Kuala Lumpur. It was attended by friends and family of over 400 people.
My article “Grave repercussions for internet users” was published in LoyarBurok. It was a turning point of my legal practice. The article caught the attention of the media and soon a campaign was started to seek for the repeal of s. 114A of the Evidence Act 1950.
I met many in-house counsels of many large or reputable companies. Frankly, I didn’t get any work from people that I met through this conference. Some law firms paid US$10,000 to US$40,000 just to attend this event. Hope they got some work!
I also spoke at the LegalTech forum. It was my first time speaking for my law firm. It was about “Social Media Marketing for Lawyers”. Presentation slides can be downloaded here. Unfortunately, it was a small crowd.
My wife has also caught the entrepreneur bug. On 12.12.2012, she started a new business by the name “Think Party Thoughts“. It’s a boutique partyware shop.
Currently they operate through Facebook. According to their Facebook page:-
Founded by two friends who share the love for planning & creating pretty parties.
Think Party Thoughts is a boutique partyware shop tailored for the busy but design conscious parents/siblings/friends who desire to put together the perfect party for their beloved ones without burning a hole in the wallet.
Put a smile on your beloved ones and guests’ faces today by dressing up your party effortlessly but beautifully with Think Party Thoughts’ partywares.
Think happy thoughts, think party thoughts. 🙂
At Think Party Thoughts, our aim is to process, package and courier your order as soon as possible.
Please place your order 7 days before your party date. Upon receiving your order and payment, your items will be packed and shipped within 7 business days via Pos Laju.
Payment is accepted via Maybank2U only (for now).
Please e-mail us at email@example.com with your order or enquiry.
You will recall that my wife did a social media themed party for me.
You can probably figure out what their products are used for. It’s quite popular overseas. If you check out western parties like birthdays or weddings, you’ll see quite a lot of these decorations. However, it’s still quite new in Malaysia.
Think Party Thoughts have other themes like:
Barnyard Animal. Notice that there’s no cat there? That’s because my wife’s partner has a phobia of cats.
Pink Lingerie. You can personalise the party poster with your guest of honor’s name and event details without extra charge
Pink Lingerie’s food toppers.
Other than that, you can also purchase party wares like Barber Pole Paper Straws.
Nestle celebrated its 100 years in Malaysia by having a gala night for its staff. My wife and I got invited for the event. It was a black tie event so we dressed in our best.
It was a large affair. So much so they had Sheila Majid and Zainal Abidin on stage to perform their famous songs. Harikh Iskandar and Daphne Iking were the MC for the night.
Sheila Majid looking stunning at 47. When I grow old, I want to be like her.
As usual, there was a lucky draw. My wife and I usually don’t get anything at lucky draws so we ignored it. The last thing I won was probably a signed helmet at a Speedzone event. I sold the helmet at eBay for RM1600.
During the lucky draw..
Harikh: This prize is a 40 inch 3D LCD TV.
Wife: 40 inch so small la. We got a 42 inch at home.
Harikh: 01471. .
Wife’s colleague: eh..A.. I think you won la.
So we won a 40 inch 3D LCD TV worth RM2700. We sold it at a discount price of RM2,500.
I remember when I first spoke to Timothy. Nuffnang just started and he asked me to be part of Nuffnang to help out on legal matters. I immediately took up his offer without hesitation. At that time, I had the same idea of having a blog advertising network but since Timothy has started it, I abandoned my idea and took up his offer. Now Nuffnang has grown into a multinational company with presence all around Asia.
I also remember when I asked Timothy on when is he getting married to fourfeetnine. He said, “Not so fast la!”. But shortly after that the famous meme proposal video came out.
Their wedding was held in Penang. After having a bad experience in New York city (bed bugs, permanent scar from bunk bed), I decided to spurge a little on hotel. We stayed in Lone Pine Hotel, Batu Ferringhi. Lovely place, good service and great food. Ah.
Awesome tub outside our room
Place to chill out and feed mosquitoes
We swam here!
Timothy and fourfeetnine’s wedding was a Disney themed event. Up! was the flavour of the night.
Loads of balloons and lanterns.
There were plenty of people from the advertising industry and also bloggers. My wife and I were seated with the famous Sultan Muzaffar and Vivy Yusof and her husband. Muzaffar is now an editor at Gua.com.my whereas Vivy and her husband runs an online shopping mall, FashionValet. Internet entrepreneurship FTW!
Unlike my wedding, I managed to speak to Timothy a few times. Most of the time, it’s quite hard to get to speak to the groom and bride as they are too busy. For this reason, I usually disappear in the background and enjoy the food and company.
The hall was large and spacious
You can read more about Timothy and fourfeetnine’s wedding at Timothy‘s website and fourfeetnine‘s website.
It’s Dettol’s new high performance range of products for men that keep you hygienic and smelling great. This anti-bacterial functions body wash and soap cleanses deep into the pores of your skin, to keep you protected from germs and smelling shower-fresh throughout the day.
It keeps you smelling and smelling like a man should and not like a garbage truck by the end of a day.
You can’t smell like a woman or a flower. When I was young, I never had the opportunity to use any of these great men toiletries. My Mum used to have a lot of those. I remember she had a bottle of perfume in her room. It was during Form 1 (just fresh from primary school) and we had our favourite physical education (PE) classes. I remember smelling terrible each time after PE classes. Mum’s perfume was the solution of the day. Now I remember why my friends looked at me funny. OH GOD WHY.
With this new Dettol Men product, I don’t need to share body wash with my wife anymore.
For an active person like me, smelling great (or at least not smelly) is important) during or after my..
Interviews/presentations. I can’t have potential clients running away once I finish my presentations.
Meetings with VIPs to lobby for change of certain laws. I will do no justice for civil society if MPs run away when they smell me.
Futsal session. I don’t want to be known as the smelly footballer.
Rock climbing sessions.
Marathons. It’s usually quite pack at the finishing line. But smelling bad during such time may give you some space to move around..hhmmmm
The Dettol High Performance series comes with two versions of shower gel and soap namely Extreme and Aqua. It smells great – just like a gentleman.
For all the events and conferences I attend as well as sports I do, Dettol Men’s shower gel do the job by keeping me clean and fresh-smelling, washing off all the grime and kills 99% of germs.
Last year, I was hospitalized for suspected dengue fever. I had to take 2 weeks off work to recuperate.
During the 2 weeks, I lost some pitches, potential clients and also business. Basically, if I didn’t work, I could not generate any income. Fortunately, I was a full time employee at that time hence the paycheque will come notwithstanding my absence.
However, things are different now. I am now self-employed. I’m like a taxi driver. If I don’t drive, I won’t get any income. Here, if I don’t do any work, I won’t get any fees. At times like this, I wish I have something that generates passive income.
While I try to save money to invest in passive income generating assets, I should take all steps to live healthily. Health is wealth as they all say.
Great Eastern (who also happens to be my insurer) recently launched an in rewards programme for their customers called Live Great. It is an integrated programme focused on Health and Wellness to help their customers live healthier, live better, most importantly, live longer.
In doing so, they came out with five great things.
This programme offers numerous benefits in the form of the following:-
1. Wellness Tools – find out how healthy you are and keep track of your progress.
2. Health Tips – a library of useful tips and information to help you achieve your intentions.
3. Mobile Apps – Mobile applications to help you live healthier, better and longer.
4. Workshops and Events – a full calendar of events promoting healthy living, including the Yoga for Life, Live Great Run and more.
5. Exclusive Privileges – Exclusive discounts and rewards at wellness merchants across Southeast Asia.
I went through some of them and personally found these to be quite interesting!
Ahem, to all my readers who smoke, do a calculation on how much you’ve spent on cigarettes. You could have bought a car with that amount!
I’m not a big fan of calculating calories but a 2700 calories a day seems like a good deal for me. Plus, if you’re looking at being on a diet this could really help you monitor your calorie needs and intake.
Ovulation Calendar..hmm..not sure what does this do xD
You should also check out the 21-Day App in their Wellness Tools.
Some people say that it takes 21 days to form or break a habit. Following this theory, this Android and iOS App is here to assist one to do so. Check-in every day to stick to your intention, set up reminders to motivate you to keep on track and share your goals with your friends on Facebook and Twitter so they can help support you as well. Check out the video below for more details.
By signing up for this programme, one can enjoy privileges, benefits and discounts from Great Eastern’s partners. Discounts are music to my ears.
These privileges are available throughout South East Asia ranging from spas in Thailand to Singapore Zoo. Nearer to home, there is a 25% discount off Health Screening Packages from Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur.
A Facebook page is definitely better than a Facebook group page. A Facebook page allows me to install all sorts of Apps into my page. One of the Apps I use is the RSS Graffiti app. It allows automatic update of the status of my page whenever I update my blog or TwitPic page. NetworkedBlogs looks like an alternative to RSS Graffiti. However, I’ve yet to try NetworkedBlogs.
As an employee in Kuala Lumpur, it is very difficult to get a decent place. I was saving money for a place since I started working but recently, the property prices shot up tremendously. 3 years ago, single storey houses in Happy Garden, Old Klang Road were selling at RM200,000. But now, they’re selling them at RM400,000. BIG FAT FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
Fortunately, my Dad was kind enough to give my wife and I a roof to stay. The only problem is that the house was a run down house. We had to renovate it.
When I first saw this place, I thought it was haunted. My contractor was scared when he first entered the house. He even did a little ceremony to “calm the spirits” before starting the construction. I even consulted a fengshui master to check whether it’s haunted!
Fengshui master said, “Not haunted-lar”. Suddenly the house doesn’t feel so scary anymore.
Here are some pictures showing the transformation of the house.
I always thought this toilet was haunted.
I had to smash some walls, change all the toilets, piping and wiring system, repaint the house, replace the tiles and kitchen roof, rebuild a kitchen and build a pergola. It all costs me slightly above RM200,000. It was all worth it! But now I’m poor. Please don’t rob me.
I had a little hiccup when my house got broken in by copper wire thieves. They carted away all my copper wires. Bastards!!
After that my contractor devised a way to seal the house..
He used an old door to cover the window.
As for furniture, I got mine from a local manufacturer by the name Hin Lim. Their stuff is reasonably priced but the only problem is that we need assemble the furniture ourselves. The dining table was fairly easy but the sofa was tough as their wood is hard.
Fortunately, my buddies KF and Umeng helped me to setup my sofa. I think we went home with blisters on our hands.
Another of my buddy, Hen sponsored my house an office chair. His family business manufactures and supply office fixtures. You can get some of his awesome office fixtures at http://www.ysbusiness.com.my/. Satisfaction guaranteed!
My wife and I moved in during Chinese New Year and we had couple of open houses. One of them was a Luk-Luk party. We had a Luk-luk truck to come our place for RM800. I didn’t need to prepare or clean up much!
I still have couple of outstanding furnitures that I need to buy. But without a fixed salary now (since I started my own law firm), I have to be vigilant when spending.