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.
A day after my wedding, I tendered my resignation from my old firm. Few days later, I was flown to Fukuoka by LexisNexis SEA, a multinational legal information provider, to attend the LexisNexis Customer Engagement Workshop at Fukuoka.
My yearly social media reflection article on Putik Lada “What lies ahead for social media” was published.
My Putik Lada article was the most read article in The Star online on that day.
Stay tuned for this year’s article in The Star’s Putik Lada!
I was interviewed by BFM Radio on the topic “Msia I Can Series: The Right To Your Privacy“. I was reliably informed that the podcast was one of the top hit links on BFM Radio.
In the same month, my firm commenced business.
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 attended the International Trademarks Association (INTA) held at Washington D.C with my wife. It was the first time I attended the conference under my law firm’s banner. We also stopped by New York City.
The trip was fine except that I accidentally cut myself on the forehead and had allergy probably due to dust mites/beg bugs.
I also attended the Marcus Evans Intellectual Property Conference at Marina Sands Bay. Many thanks to Eddie of eLawyer for the free ticket.
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 was featured in The Malaysian Observer.TV (also known as www.mobtv.my), an internet TV portal and also Malaysiakini. Again, it was about s. 114A of the Evidence Act 1950.
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.
Wife and I attended Timothy Tiah & fourfeetnine’s Wedding.
I climbed Mount Kinabalu and conquered it with altitude sickness.
FCL&Co also had its first attachment student. Chia Ann joined us for a month. We wrote an article together and it was published in the December 2012 issue of The Bridge, a quarterly magazine published by the Malaysia Canada Business Council.
I spoke at the International Malaysian Law Conference (IMLC) and shook Tony Fernandes billion dollar hand.
#Stop114a campaign in the China Press.
I wrote the “Personal notes on the #stop114A campaign” blogpost.
My wife and I attended the Nestle Gala Night. We won a 40 inch 3D LCD TV which was sold for RM2,500.
My wife and her friend launched an online party ware store called “Think Party Thoughts!“.
My wife and I travelled to Melbourne to attend Gavin Tan and Christina’s wedding. We also stop by Sydney to visit Sui Lin.
Lastly, my inaugural column Bread & Kaya was published on Digital News Asia. It’s my first permanent column.
I notice that I’ve been slacking in recording my life through the 2012. I hope I won’t repeat the same mistake in 2013.
I also hope to have a little one by this year. But there’s no rush.
I hope 2013 will be as good as 2012.