Sunday, September 11, 2011

Nasi Lemak 2.0 Movie Review

As a Malaysian, we all knew the incidents about Namewee who uploaded Negarakuku music video in youtube. Today he successfully making a Movie that he claimed to deliver a unity message to Malaysian.

So I did watch the Nasi Lemak 2.0 in cinema and I find few hidden messages inside the movie content.

-national car is unreliable, especially window n door problems
-Malaysia’s internet service provider (Streamyx) is not stable, and can’t make a decent for video call
-TNB always blackout of nowhere and it’s never get fixed
-Police doesn't solve citizen problems
-Malaysia have no minimum wages
-Municipal Council always issue summons based on race.
-The market value for local and overseas graduates has been spoiled by foreigners
-Scholars having good results have to get loan to study overseas

Some jokes are pretty racist, one of them is about chinese people should be pure white skin, and tanned and darken skin are unacceptable.

The storyline… you have to watch it yourself, it is pretty good as it portrayed what Malaysian are experiencing and I believe this is truly worth for local people to watch it because it is about unity among races.

The ending was pretty meaningful, it delivers a message that people should mix around with other races (be humble). This message clearly showed when he learnt how to make sambal from Malay, curry from Indian and then put it together with rice then rolled it with egg to create a mix cuisine.

Friday, September 09, 2011

Why study Accounting?

This is the question my lecturer gave to one of my classmate. Even though I didn’t given the opportunity to share with the class, I will just share it here.

Personally, I see accounting as a business language, also the key to business world. I don’t see a reason why people always think that people who study accounting should end up as accountant or auditor. However, I never think to become an accountant, but to do something that involve business, accounting is the fundamental knowledge that must be learnt before enter the world of business.

So, how accounting knowledge affects our life?

Well, we do know most people who do business will always look for the opportunity and therefore take advantage on people who know less about business language.

-For example, if you want to buy a house or a car, what is d best way to pay less interest? agent or businessperson will always suck your money as much as they can.
-Another example, if you are a taxpayer, what is the best way to reduce your tax payable?

Sometimes people feel unsecured with their earning activities because they never take account of their spending, or they don’t even bother to set a daily/weekly/monthly budget. This principal is similar to time management, where you allocate your time effectively, same as budget, where you allocate your money to things that necessarily to spend rather than wants.

-With accounting knowledge, I can see my financial position on the next few days and month.

I have done lots of business transactions and also in virtual world, I have experience more than 100 types of scamming tactics, but they never succeed to scam me because I manage to control my 7 deadly sins. The human weakness that fall on scam are the deadly 7 sins, which are pride, greed, envy, wrath, lust, gluttony and sloth. If you can control your 7 deadly sins, you can avoid it and go with the seven holy virtues, such as humility, charity, kindness, patience, chastity, temperance and diligence. At first, it was very hard for me to acknowledge the 7 sins until I realized it by myself in a hard way. Then I start to care and precaution at all the time.

This is my definition of 7 deadly sins:

Gluttony – For example, eating too expensively, when you can choose not to.

Greed – For example, material wealth, don’t jump into the bandwagon.

Pride – For example, never put yourself more important than everyone else or you will always work alone.

Envy - For example, what others have, you must have too. It is the most senseless and waste of resources to get what others have which you don’t even need it.

Wrath - described as inordinate and uncontrolled feelings of hatred and anger. Which may caused by selfish or jealousy.

Lust - Never falls for appearance.

Sloth - Stop been lazy. To obtain, something of equal value must be lost.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Skills and knowledge, both equally important

Frankly, I mean why do people always don’t believe I studying accounting and leadership but not photography or computer or cooking. Well, my answers always stay the same, these are my interests and my skills, and these don’t teach me anything about money. I won’t go far if I don’t take accounting, I mean, you have to master your money before you can make profit. As for leadership, it’s gave me the knowledge I always wanted, which is about how a successful organization made of, and to sustain in a competitive world today.

Some people might not know, but in accounting world, avoiding cost or get discount is a profit. If you want to make full use of your money, try budgeting yourself as tight as possible and you will see how much you can save at the end of the month.

There are significant differences when you hold lots of cash and few cash. As for myself, I have tried it before. If I hold less cash, I mostly think how I can make more from it, or what should I do to maximize it. It is always that moment I am eager to sell my skills for money, make use of surroundings and become more creative to cut cost as much as possible.

During my secondary school, I can turn 20 pages project become RM60, 9 pages for RM30, 1 drawing for RM6, and 3 months of my gaming skills can turn into RM350. The most expensive project I ever sold out to my classmates was RM90. Including numbers of DVD copies I sold during my last 3 years in secondary sch. So you might have questions how is the price set and who do I find. Well, when I have insufficient cash, I am totally feel differences of myself, it motivate me to sell myself. For customers, I always analyze and categories them, and I always sell to big wallet people. Whereas, the price is set by me, and I am strictly on my offer, I always tell them deal or no deal, therefore no negotiation was took place. From my previous earning record from online gaming, I earned USD35 per day continuously for 18 days, tats like RM120 per day. With that amount of money, I bought nearly RM600 of gaming gears, RM200 for my brother birthday gifts, RM1,200 for my Nokia mobile phone :) and lastly treats my friends to buffet to celebrate :D It gives me a great feeling when I used my own earned money to spend.

Even now, I always hold less than RM50 cash, sometimes not even RM10, if I have more than RM50, I always hide it somewhere I can’t see it. This is because the more I hold, there’s tendency I will spend it. I believe human mind is vulnerable, either you get persuade to spend or you see something and you get amaze by it, you will spend on it. That’s why credit card is not advisable to get if you can’t control your greed and lust because you will end up dying as a slave to money AND that’s not going to be you or me.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Activities in the past and present

When we are young, back in 6 to 12 years old, we use to do lots of activities with friends without worrying so much because we don’t take anything for granted. For example, playing hide and seek is costless activity that most of us grow up with. But now, when reaching teenagers or adult stage, everything needs money.

I will break up the parts:
Kindergarten and Primary School = play game tag at no cost
Secondary school = go for food in coffee shop to chit chat only cost RM1-2
College = Go to restaurant eat for chit chat cost RM10-20
University = Go to celebrate cost RM30-50

The question is do we need money to maintain or enhance friendship/relationship? YES!
Keep in touch with friends use phone/internet need money, go out will even use more money such as transport and foods. Even though I have reject countless invitations, sometimes it is so embarrassed to let people treats me because I have no enough money. In some cases, it is cheaper to find your old friends than getting a new friend these days.

Nowadays, more people want to become “friend” because of advantage they can get. Luckily, good friends will care about your financial status unlike some people who are inconsiderate about your financial problem and insist you to go out to spend money on activities.

All these can be summarize into 1 line:
No working > no money > no talk> no friends

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Photography – A life change

Sometimes we never knew why we love what we are doing and yet we addicted to it without bother to know what the reason is. Relax and sit back, and ask yourself one simple question, how my life changed, before and after joining the photography world?
As for me, it opens a door for me to see and love the beauty this earth still has to offer.

Picture 1: Twilight alongside the river

Ask me, how many times I look into the sky and what time can I see the sun set, sun rise, twilight and moon. I never bother about it until I have my first DSLR camera. Seeing and catching the nature was so amazing and refreshing.

Before I own a camera, I am referring to a camera that allows you to have full control on your setting. I always thought it is pointless just to capture a subject with a phone because it just a picture, nothing special, but I bet for difference with DSLR or any other camera with megapixel higher than 8MP and manual setting. The feel and experience by observing the image captured was jaw dropping. Its feel like the color of the picture pop out the subject to be so life and real right in your eyes.

shuttlecock- set up
Picture 2: experiencing light from diff angle.

There is no end in photography, there is no limit to your creativity, subjects are in your surroundings, the room you are living can be your studio, and the sun can be your light source. All you need is press the shutter button and see with you own eyes.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

I love pork

After few months away from pork, Today, I finally eat it, in the most delicious way that’s it.

Pork belly or known as 3 layers, also give you 3 different textures. Never forget the crispy skin, the tender meat, and lastly the juicy chewy melted in ur mouth.

I marinate it with apple cider, salt, pepper, sugar.

I don’t know why, but it taste great with honey, it was a great fusion.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sometimes in life, we can’t have everything at once, that’s comes the decision making process. Which will serve you better compare to others? So I came out with my own evaluation on what choice should I make.

Crumpler 7 Million
Why should I buy?
1. Can use it daily on any occasion.
2. More comfortable to carry it around.
3. Easier and faster to take out camera.
Why I should not buy?
1. I have a backpack.

Phottix Battery Grip + Remote
Why should I buy?
1. Lengthen the battery life.
2. Comfortable in vertical shot
3. Can achieve more possibility shot with remote
4. Camera looks more appealing
Why I should not buy?
1. Not a necessary.

YN 560 Flashgun
Why should I buy?
1. Create more possibility to capture impossible
2. Low light no longer an issue
3. Can increase creativity in images with light
4. Great pair with my external flash to become two light source
Why I should not buy?
1. Not often used
2. Consume lots of time to learn the techniques.
3. Extra weight and time needed to set up in each session.

Before the final decision, I have to find what situation I am facing rite now.
- I need time to do all assignments.
- I have less time for my hobbies.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Continue or Stop?

As a university student of business school, I learnt few things that it surprises me. Eavesdropping or not, nowadays people are so reluctant to study once they are mentally weak or unprepared to face the failure. What are they thinking? Is it all about certificate they worry? Is it all about who graduate faster the matter?

Put everything aside, I myself once thought of giving up studying because I believe myself I can make more money if I take that tuition fees to fund my business plan. I have told my parents before and I really push my time and effort to work on the business plan. However, I changed my mind after some lecture from my uncle. I learnt something that I never thought of and it drive me to continue my studies till now. The question is not how good you can score in your studies, but do you have set of skills that can offer to the world. I believe skills do not refer to knowledge only but experience as well.

To be truth, I learnt more about myself and my surrounding better than the business course I studying right now. I not sure if this applied to engineer or other courses but in my case it does. The most important thing that I can learn beside the course I took is about dealing with people. Let’s just say you have group assignment, how you will do about it? What role you will you take? A leader? A Follower? A Motivator? The most important, how do you adapt to the environment you never been before? How do you deal with difficult people? Do you ever think of your own behavior can affect the outcome of the group performance?

Are all the above questions important to me? I will say YES! Can you learn from book? If not, where can you learn yet you can be forgiven if you perform poorly? There is no better answer than in University. Think of two situations! Trial/test and Real Life situation. Trial is meant to be forgiven and you can attempt over and over but it is different case if it is in real life situation.

As long you work in a group, either in presentation or writing report. How do you make the decision? How to reach consensus if there are certain arguments? Does everyone happy with your leadership or roles you took? I took a leadership role before, five members, four to be from different city, one is foreigner and we been ups and downs together, and I gained lots of experience from it. Significant event are when I have to make decisions and get everyone to reach a consensus. It is not an easy task for me as it is my first time; I have to take many responsibilities and take account of everyone involved. It is not about me, but WE as a Group.

To answers all above questions, you have to ask your teammates/group mates to give feedback about your contribution to the group and observe how they behave to you in return. There is one characteristic that will be dislike by most people, which is Arrogant. Everyone have strengths and weaknesses and I believe its hurt to accept the truth about your own weakness. In my case, I am glad to know my own weaknesses because I can work on it.

The best moment is when you shine. Everyone will notice you. Focus on your strength; acknowledge your own weakness and put attention to it, you may turn your weakness into strength.

Monday, April 04, 2011

Photo sharing websites


Good day everyone, as a photographer, I love to share my pictures and view on them anytime I want. Year ago, I registered account in each photo sharing website such as photobucket, imageshack, picasa, flickr and others that I can’t remember the name.

As a user of photo sharing online, none of them are more user friendly than Flickr. I still can’t forget the moment I register Flickr and play with it. It’s just so easy to set up and upload, what’s more! It’s had a large community and groups to join. With its interface, I fall in love with it until I reach the maximum limit of free account. I feel kind of angry with it because it limits my photos not more than 200 pictures, anything beyond will be unseen.

After few days of thoughts and experiments which photo sharing website should I purchase as my portfolio, without a doubt I choose Flickr.

My Flickr Account, bought it @ USD24.99 for 1 Year, no regret ever!

Friday, March 18, 2011

My new gear !! Strobist!

Hi guys, it’s been a long time I didn't update my blog due to my unplanned schedule and assignments that rush me all day long. I want to introduce my new gear that will change the way the photo looks and it is also the hardest tools to master. In photography terms, it is called strobist, which also mean off-camera flash.

Do you have problems with the harsh light or very flat photo when you shoot with your camera phone's LED or on-camera flash? Do you hate taking photo when the sunlight is too bright until the subject have too much shadow?. Well, it’s not a matter anymore if you can master the off-camera flash techniques with the right setting.

I bought this from a nice gentleman who turns up to be a secondary school teacher, part time lecturer on weekend and also a photographer with experience of 7 years. He taught me a lot of techniques I can achieve when I enter to the strobist photography world.

Off-camera flash photo.

Ok. I will lets the pictures do the talk. I run 2 tests for it.

Test 1:

This is normal exposure without flash. (look how bright is the light in the sky until the upper part of the plastic bottle color over exposed)

This is manual setting with off-camera flash. the colour just right

Test 2:

Both of this photos are without flash...look how under exposed is the subject when sunlight is in front of me.

This is using off-camera flash... I know it might not have good lighting but this is to show that sun light is not the limitation for portrait outdoor photo shoot :D
If you compare, this 2 have light on wall n subject while the above 2 actually Not.

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Light Trail

Hi guys,I took all these shots from pedestrian bridge.. you will find each pic with distracting bright light..or it might appear to be attractive to some1 perhaps? I edit all the pics in lightroom with blackness n exposure. Might take this photos again when I can meet the dusk.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Composing a badminton related video

Composing multiple videos into this 9 minutes length video clip. Actually I did this for my friend's friend's friend..yeah .The best part of making this is recognize my own wrongdoing while learning n improve at same time.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Self-serving bias

Self-serving bias. What does it mean? It’s mean “the common human tendency to attribute one’s successes to personal characteristics, and one’s failures to factors beyond one’s control. The reason people tend to personalize success is because it helps their self-esteem levels. Most people demonstrate this behavior on a regular basis. It is human nature to take credit for things like an A on a test or a job well done at work. It is also human nature to avoid responsibility entirely for mistakes or problems”.(quote from

I realized that this is more common to happen around us. For example, as a student, when you get low expectation mark, you have tendency to blame your lecturer teaching skills or blame the subject for been difficult than your own understanding of the subject you took.

The term "self-serving bias" is most often used to describe a pattern of biased causal inference, in which praise or blame depend on whether success or failure was achieved. For example, a student who gets a good grade on an exam might say, "I got an A because I am intelligent and I studied hard!" whereas a student who does poorly on an exam might say, "The teacher gave me an F because he does not like me!" When someone strategically strives to facilitate external causes for their poor performance (so that they will subsequently have a means to avoid blaming themselves for failure), it may be labeled self-handicapping (Wikipedia)

What is self-handicapping?

Self-handicapping is described as an action or choice which prevents a person from being responsible for failure. Self-handicapping behaviour allows individuals to externalise failures but internalise success; accepting credit for achievements, but allowing excuses for failings. Self-handicapping can be seen as a method of preserving self-esteem but it can also be used for self-enhancement. People may self-handicap to manage the impressions of others, or of themselves.
For example, if you weak in Mathematic subject, you will tell yourself you can’t get any better even if you put much effort on it. So before the day of your examination, you have tendency to play rather than studying.

How does self-handicapping happen?

Relation to Mood

Previous research has looked at the consequences of self-handicapping and have suggested that self-handicapping leads to a more positive mood (at least in the short term).However, based on past evidence that positive mood motivates self-protective attributions for success and failure and increases the avoidance of negative feedback, recent research has focused on mood as an antecedent to self-handicapping; expecting positive mood to increase self-handicapping behaviour. Results have shown that people who are in positive mood are more likely to engage in self-handicapping, even at the cost of jeopardizing future performance (Wikipedia).
This is true; we always wanted to stay in our own comfort zone if possible. There’s why we give lots of reasons to avoid anything that will discomfort us.

What is illusory superiority?

According to Wikipedia, the effects of illusory superiority have also been found to be strongest when people rate themselves on abilities at which they are totally incompetent. These subjects have the greatest disparity between their actual performance (at the low end of the distribution) and their self-rating (placing themselves above average). This Dunning–Kruger effect is interpreted as a lack of metacognitive ability to recognize their own incompetence.

Now what is metacognitive?

Metacognition refers to one’s knowledge concerning one’s own cognitive processes or anything related to them, e.g., the learning-relevant properties of information or data. For example, I am engaging in metacognition if I notice that I am having more trouble learning A than B; if it strikes me that I should double check C before accepting it as fact. (J. H. Flavell 1976, p. 232)

Back to the topic, people who are Self-serving bias tendency to be have more hatred in them. Why? For example, when you did something wrong and your superior advice you and you found it disinterested you and in fact you hate him/her after that incident happened. This is because you reject to accept the fact and you blame the people who discipline you. You want to twist the fact that you did nothing wrong to make yourself feel better. Now, ask yourself, how you learn to improve in life or what do you learn from that kind of attitude? Again, what does comment/feedback and critiques means to you? How you take it?

Monday, February 07, 2011

“who are you?”

I have been thinking this question in my head for couples of months since my lecture ask me to think about it during our class activity. Instantly, I get excited to dig up my past.

Reflecting back what I loved to do as a child, I love to see people happy with what I doing and involving earning money. That’s one of the reason I always give away what I have in exchange for their friendship. Their smiles and compliments are the reason I want to live for another day. Even as now, I still helping my friends solving sort of problems. When I was young, I am total failure when it’s come to academic no matter how much effort I put in, I just fail over and over for many years. I have been trauma by my failures back then; it’s hard for me to get my confidence back. O coz I'm different now than before.

I don’t believe in myself even when my friends compliment me. I never took it seriously because I thought they just purposely want to cheer me up with those encouraging words. But what if there are same compliments more than 5 times, and from different people? Seriously I shed tears of happiness when one of my friend talk how capable I am in certain areas for more than a minute during our outing with his friend that I not known that day.

I find myself pondering, am I that good? I love what my passion lead me to, I can never get bored or tired over it as long my passion burn inside me. For the first time ever in my life, I get out from my comfort zone just for the love of photography. Why? Because I go where my passion flow, that’s how I get my inspiration.

Most people around me give me a simple question yet difficult at the same time. Some of the questions were asked was “why accounting and not computer science, “I thought u taking business but accounting? and “are you taking the right course”? I always answer them right away “why I need to take a course for business/cook/photography when managing money is the most important thing to do to achieve self-actualization. The saddest part of me choosing the accounting path is that, everyone aspect me to walk into audit firm to work after graduate. I never set that in my mind, that’s why I can’t answer where I will work. Perhaps I should consider to walk into audit firm, but still.. l wondering do I have choices or options to choose?

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Random post #2

I realized that studying in University is not all about been profession in one significant subject but rather the journey. Such as handling different kinds of people, and utilize the available resources to the max.

I admit that I am inexperience in working world but the three weeks internship, make me realize of my misconception in my early days, I always presume that people who pursuit their study in their course or job because of their interest in that field, but it’s not. It’s all about money in the first place. I never thought of taking auditor job in the first place after I graduate, I always thought of mastering the money flow and to improve my abilities, but do I have a choice? It is hard to say.

In the modernize world, everything get competitive and tough to survive. It’s like living as a modern soldier, where wisdom is your weapon. I believe everyone who is healthy is born natural knowing nothing and they might inherit some talent. You don’t tell me you are dumb at memorizing because of other reasons. I presume reasons are just a wall around you; you put a limit to yourself. Why? Basically I think it is because of past bad experience. Else, tell me why you can read and write?

I once attend a seminar, they told me passion is what you need to have and you have to love at what you doing. I am strongly agreed, because only passion can truly motivate a person and their enthusiasm will be notice. But is this been practice? No, why? Because of money again, from what I experience from my peers, they are force to make the passion out of what they doing, even though they are not happy but they have no choice. For example, some people who like drawing but been advised by their parents to take accountancy path. If money is not the factor, will that even been happen? I believe the answer is NO.. after all, it is about been employ in the firm that they concern the most.

False passion, fake motivation, and you will see some people who posting at facebook about why they dislike Monday.

But the question is what money actually gives? There’s no doubt, its mean a lots such as security, status, and power and its sacrifice everything in exchange for it (That’s life; you have to sacrifice in order to gain). I have seen it and experience it sadly that’s how most people abuse and visions it. We are given two choices, find happiness within ourselves, and find happiness in possession.

God Bless Humanity.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Random post

Nowadays, most people are just getting careless about money; inflation does not affect much on these people. They are moving to the other way, what I try to say is that inflation should be change the lifestyle of household by saving or control expenses, but in this current society, it’s does not affect teenagers at all. What happen? Based on my observation, the only suitable answer is “hipster”.

Why are people chasing technology? As in buying the latest gadgets such as iphone, upgrade computer parts yet they know they have limited money and many other alternative thing to spend? Why choose to be poor by buying because of hipster when you can stay wealth by avoid this bandwagon?

The question is why finding happiness in an object rather than inner self?

How far can you explain the word “happy” in your life?

There’s actually different between rich and poor people, rich people can buy because they can and they still rich. Whereas, poor people have to go through installments, loan to join the bandwagon. What are the differences? Rich people buy because they can, and poor people buy because they want to obtain “rich status”. By common sense, why you sell your land in order to obtain something that will change other people impression on you but that “something” will depreciate in long term? Dumb?
Most rural area or small town are not affecting strongly by this hipster trend but gradually WILL in slow pace.

At the end of the day, every people have their own interest, if a person prefer phone, then he/she will spend more on that, if a person prefer car, he will spend more on that, unlike them, I love to have these baby in dream lens, omg I am so poison by it :D:D yea, that was my interest.

Going to cut my daily expenses for this drooling glass baby