Advertlets, Sharing, Video March 21st, 2013
I like to think I’m somewhat decent in badminton – my most impressive shot was shooting a shuttlecock that hit my badminton coach on the head and even compensating for wind (it was a windy day). He immediately remarked “on purpose is it?”. I like to think he would been too proud of my accuracy to be angry at me. Hahah. This was back in high school, but I did play last year so I haven’t gotten too rusty.
Story from my past aside, I decided to take on a challenge – create a video for Axiata’s Up Your Game challenge. Some of you probably may not know what Axiata is – they used to be known as TM International Berhad, and they own Celcom in Malaysia, as well as have majority stake with a Indonesian telco (XL). Given badminton’s popularity on those areas, it makes sense for them to sponsor a badminton tournament.
I hope you enjoy my video contest entry
Consider making your own – it’s pretty worth it and is open to both Malaysians and Indonesians – check out the link to the video gallery for the submissions. The deadline has been extended to the 25th of March 2013, so set a day aside and give it a try! If you’re stuck for ideas, do check out the contest site and view the gallery, however you’re strongly encouraged to come up with your own original idea…tell you why in a bit!
Click here for the contest site:
These are the prizes:
GOLD: Cash Prize Winning of MYR 5,000
SILVER: Cash Prize Winning of MYR3,000
BRONZE: Cash Prize Winning of MYR 1,500
The videos will be judged on the following criteria:
Basically make it fun, entertaining…and try something novel that someone else hasn’t done Besides the cash prizes, all winners also get:
- An exclusive ‘VIP experience’ to attend the Semi Finals and Finals of the Event to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on the 13th and 14th of April 2013 .
- Gifts from Axiata and sponsors of Axiata Cup 2013!
So give it your best shot! If you do enter the contest, drop a comment, I’ll love to check out the competition too lol
Advertlets, Personal Experiences September 10th, 2012
It has definitely been quite awhile since I’ve last updated my blog. With
so many things going on and all those cool events that have been happening
around lately, I could hardly find the time for a blog post.
But anyway, it would be a real sin not to share the below with you guys….this is my video blog of the event below!
What was that all about? Well, it is a programme called Sentuhan Kasih organized by Petronas. We had to wake up at 5am in the morning to get on a
bus which took us to somewhere deep inside a hilly area near Gombak where the Orang Asli settlement is located.
We had so much fun seeing and doing things one will never get to do on a daily basis. I will spare you the details – you can look up the other bloggers…Rosalyn Tan, Broframestone, Akubiomed, AudreyPuiyan, AmandaLiu, KarmunNg, Erica-T, VanesPhung and Zulaika to piece the stories together and find out what an amazing time we all had. It was great to be able to give back a bit to the community, and seeing the happy faces of the children.
Anyhow, here is the official video of the Sentuhan Kasih programme:
Till then, folks!!
Advertlets, Personal Experiences, Sharing May 4th, 2012
If you can, read this article before you read this post. It’s a great article written by a friend whom I often see while clubbing, Marina Suwendy.
There’s some juicy stuff in there about the AirAsia/MAS reverse share swap, but the most interesting quote I got from the article was Tony commenting on why he bought the Queens Park Rangers (emphasis mine):
“I watched us lose 4-0 to Bolton. Then I bought the club. You don’t buy a club for just one season. You buy something when you see the potential for what it could be. It’s in London. It has a good fan base. It has the potential to build a great training academy. A great stadium. My whole life has been about building things. If you buy Manchester United — what are you buying? You’re buying someone else’s success. What could I do for Manchester United? At QPR, I can do loads.”
Most of you are familiar with Tony’s story (Founder of AirAsia & the Tune Group, minority race in Malaysia, huge odds against him, etc) so I won’t elaborate, but its nice to see a once underdog root for another underdog.
I’ve made about 8 major ‘investments’ in people so far over the past few years. I can say that only 3 can be considered good investments. Enough to cover the mistakes made trusting the other five, and in time, to pay off many times in the next few years. Not being a drama queen about it, its not quite a simple “these fuckers hurt my feelings kind of thing”, but these people have made me lose friends and business, and two of them left me broke for almost a year. The worst part is for those four, the betrayal was intentional and it wasn’t quite a case of just abandoning me they got what they needed, they actively sought (and probably are still seeking) to wrangle what they can away. But that’s life.
You only attract thieves if you have treasure.
What’s interesting is that of the ones that let me down, most were already “somewhere” in their life, and skilled. And most of the ones that have not let me down, were young and inexperienced to start with, but had potential, which I was lucky enough to spot.
Investing in people isn’t quite just about money. How do you invest in someone? Spending time with them. Developing them, and accepting their weaknesses, and co-opting some of their dreams together with your own. Maybe even start a business with them, or work with them somehow and build something great together. Like how you get better returns from shares if you invest early, the same can apply to people.
I’ll write more about this soon, its actually makes for a much longer story. But meantime -
Do you think there’s anyone you should be spending more time with, that you could grow together with?
I’ve chosen 2 more to trust this year with some very big things btw. Let’s hope that works out.
Also, something else I can learn from Tony Fernandes is remembering people & faces better.
I remember there was a time when I first met and talked to him at Hannah Tan’s birthday in Mont Kiara a few years back, then later a few months later, he was giving a speech at a young entrepreneur’s conference. He remarked that I had cut my hair. How awesome is that. Tony Fernandes remembered that I used to have long hair. Wow.
Remembering faces with names is hard for me – I have many times, said to some people apologetically ‘Sorry I can’t remember your name, but we first met at X and you were wearing X”. Somehow faces just don’t ‘process’ for me. I even forgot a very hot famous local actress repeatedly, but thankfully she was sweet about it. Nowadays I make it a point to visually associate more distinctive facial traits and their placement (eg a mole, birthmark, etc) with names.
So here’s to hopefully the rest of the year spent making better judgements of people, remembering people’s names and learning Mandarin. Okay, maybe I’m too old to learn Mandarin.
Advertlets, General, Parties & Events May 1st, 2012
Been a while since I updated this. Let’s just recap on what’s been happening recently, before I attempt to come up with a more regular schedule. I won’t even try arranging them in sequence, but let’s just say that it was between February – April 2012.
First off, as of March this year…Advertlets is now 5 years old! That’s a while! Like if you take a 5 year old kid, that’s 99CM! More than half your current height (I often use this metaphor as a point to illustrate the passing of time). On a side note, when I first started Advertlets on 9th of March 2007, I was 24 years old. Now, I am still 24 years old. Isn’t that amazing?
Below: I cut my hair yeah. Like it? Also lost some weight. I’ve started on personal training…trying to up my sessions to twice a week at least but my schedule (and two bouts of falling sick) doesn’t really help. Below is me and some pretty ladies as usual at the Mercedes-Benz Stylo Fashion Grand Final 2012.
The below picture is at the Zouk @ Sepang rave with headliner Afrojack (who did not have an Afro, or was named Jack. But he played a really good set). Also, notably, it is the first time I’ve met a girl with a Japanese name that turned out to be actually…Japanese! She’s in the picture. Can you guess who?
That’s us at the launch of Sold.my – put together with Advertlets Blogger and psychologist / emcee / model / blogger extraordinaire Choo Mei Sze. Quite happy that its a first – an event we put together not just for bloggers, but the media as well.
So well, my bestest and fattest friend Jason Ong celebrated his 22nd birthday…it was an amazing mix of bloggers and good looking people, and above all, friends. To tell the truth I really feel pressured to top it with my upcoming birthday in August.
Mandy Chan celebrated her birthday too! Honestly it always makes me happy when our bloggers hang out on their own accord, not cause they are forced to And, low or high traffic blogger, everyone’s mostly nice to each other, and I’ve seen quite a few genuine friendships (and relationships) develop. Say no to elitist blogger cliques!
There was the Johnnie Walker parties. Good as usual – how could it be anything otherwise? Advertlets Blogger Audreypuiyan won the grand prize, so we got to party in style, and she got to meet Jensen Button on stage too
On the work side, notably this month I was happy to be part of two things :
- The Cradle Coach & Grow program as a mentor/advisor with MATRADE and Cradle. Imagine meeting 10 clients in 1 whole day, finding out what they do, and advising them on how social media can help their business. It was an exhausting experience, but a fulfilling one.
- Speaking on social media at a private conference on brand building. It’s been a while since I’ve done some public speaking, good to know I’m not rusty!
Oh, and there’s one blog post that is no longer here btw. It wasn’t removed because it wasn’t true. Every word was. One word – mercy. That, and the hope that some people can actually change, once they’ve learnt there are some things they can’t get away with.
Lastly, here’s something random. When was the last time you saw something which was both racist AND adorable? And before you say anything, its okay for me to post this because I’m Chinese, and I admit, we eat anything, seriously.
Toodles, peoples! The next blog post will hopefully be here in 1-2 days. There are hundreds of you that come here each day to see old content purely through the fact that my site is well SEO-ed, but I hope to give you new content regularly, because that’s the whole point of blogging la. Isn’t it ironic that as the founder of a blogging company, my work barely leaves me time to blog?
You can encourage me with comments on this blog post, or seductive private messages to my social network accounts urging me to reveal more of my mystique.
If you haven’t seen this video yet…where’ve you been?
Some of the highlights:
1:37 – Real passengers reacting, and of course, a Bollywood song
2:31 – Good impression of visitors from China…the clothing is spot on
3:11 – And I thought they were just makciks watching the proceedings, then they start dancing!
3:49 –The stewardesses’ trolley dance
5:56 – The Argentinian visitor really makes the video! “Does that happen all the time here?”
I did a search around, and was pleasantly surprised to find a behind the scenes blog post from Denna Ahmad (Advertlets Blogger, woot!) – Apparently she’s really a stewardess with Malaysia Airlines. You can read her posts here and here.
Coordination wise, it was pretty elaborate than your usual flash mob as there were several different scenes. Judging from the behind the scenes, there were 2 weeks of rehearsals, choreography and vocal training….and even midnight rehearsals at the airport itself. The talents in the video consist of professional dancers, first timers, as well as MAS cabin crew.
And if you’re curious to know the perspective from the performers angle…From Denna’s blog –
“By the time we came out for our 2nd and last performances,the arrival hall was even more packed than before.Strangers,families and friends have been surrounding the area to sing and dance along with all of us since they’ve enjoyed themselves doing it during the 1st round.We couldn’t be happier seeing all those people being supportive towards what we were doing rather than seeing us as fools who ‘syok sendiri’ dancing and singing in the middle of an unknown crowd.”
A picture of not all of the 200+ people in the flashmob, but close enough! As of right now the video has 824,000+ views and a 94.45% approval rating (by likes/dislikes) on Youtube, so that’s a pretty impressive feat. Congratulations to MAS and Malaysia for an international quality flashmob!
Advertlets February 7th, 2012
Given that you’re reading this, you’re most likely a blogger or an amazingly social person like myself. Thereby, you probably took lots of photos this Chinese New Year.
Perhaps you could win something out of it other than comments and likes on Facebook from your friends….
Have you heard of the Petronas CNY Photography Competition? You could win
First prize is RM2000, second prize is RM1000, and there are 5 consolation prizes – but there are 7 categories, so there’s a good chance of winning if you’ve got a few great photos. As you can be kiasu and submit in a few categories (most people would qualify for most categories, except for the ‘Petronas Employees’ category)
Joining is simple – it took me less than 5 minutes! Of course you have to have the photo to submit la.
Head over to the Facebook app here. Let me know if you’ve joined with a comment, I’ll love to see your entry!
Advertlets September 28th, 2011
Here’s something some of you might not know. My dad is actually a doctor. Dr Lim, obviously.
*Cue all the “so how did you turn out like that” comments*
Anyway – Honestly, my dad advised me against it. Namely because, to become a doctor isn’t easy – you have to spend roughly 8 years preparing before you can actually practice. 5 years learning (longer if you decide to specialize), and 3 years serving the government (unless you’ve served abroad for 10 years). You’ll have to relocate to serve even if you have a family – which is why I was born in Kota Bahru, Kelantan. Not to mention all the lifestyle sacrifices you have to make – can’t be treating patients with a hangover from partying the night before right? Something that I definitely can’t do, with the life I live.
Anyway, most of the children ended up following in our mothers footsteps, and ended up pursuing communications related degrees & careers. He’ll still like one of us to have an accounting degree though (none of us do). Sorry Dad.
On a brighter note, I did learn how to maybe one day save a life, and if I didn’t pursue this line of work, you wouldn’t be reading this now, would you?
So recently me & Advertlets Bloggers went down to MAHSA University College as part of a project to learn about Basic Life Support (CPR), and also to find out more about the courses offered. Check out this video, edited by none other than yours truly:
FYI: The girl hosting the first part of the video (interviewing Careen) is Nadia, and she’s actually a medical student. And Melanie Hwa who hosted the second part of the video (interviewing Andrew from MAHSA) actually originally intended to study medicine.
Here are the bloggers that attended all in one photo!
Here’s the basics of CPR, for your information:
Assessment & Activation
If you should find anyone collapsed, you should check responsiveness by tapping on their shoulders and shouting, “Are you alright?”. Well, if that person did not response, he should
be dead unconscious, so shout for help, call 911. And then comes #a. Airway.
Make sure that the airway of the person is not blocked, back by placing one hand on their forehead and 2 fingers of the other hand on the bottom of the chin and tilt their head back slightly. Then lean over and put ear close to victim’s mouth. Check for chest movement/ breathing sound/ breath on cheek. If there’s no breathing signs, open airway and provide rescue breathing. Yes, this is the romantic part.
Using the thumb and forefinger of your hand, pinch the victim’s nose shut. Be on your knees, shoulder apart and keep your other hand under the person’s chin, lifting it up. As you keep an airtight seal with your mouth on the victim’s mouth, give 2 full breaths. See the chest of the victim rising as you exhale.
After giving 2 full breaths, find the person’s carotid artery pulse to see if the heart is still beating. The carotid artery pulse is beside the person’s Adam’s apple. If there isn’t any pulse, then you will have to provide artificial circulation, that is to give external chest compression. Find the notch where the bottom rims of the two halves of the rib cages meet in the middle of the chest(in layman’s term, the middle line between two nipples). Then put the heel of one hand on the sternum next to the fingers that found the notch. Put one hand on top of the hand that’s in position. Keep fingers off chest wall to avoid injuries. It will be easier to do this if you interlock your fingers. Make sure that you keep your arms straight and locked throughout 50 intervals of relaxation and compression. The proper rate of chest compression would be 50 to every 2 breaths.
Now that you know some of the basics of First Aid, let’s tell you more about MAHSA!
MAHSA University College offers the following courses:
- Medical Imaging
- Biomedical Sciences
- Environmental Health
- Postgraduate Studies Centre
Some of you may have gotten the impression that is a government college. It’s not! It’s a private college. They wouldn’t have such a nice Facebook page if they were a government college. Some interesting things – the Dentistry course is mainly taken by Malaysian Chinese students (I wonder why). There’s quite a bit of diversity – for example, they have the MAHSA Chinese Language Society (recently organized a mooncake festival gathering), MAHSA University International Students & the MAHSA Punjabi Students & even the MAHSA Alumni society.
I figure the place seems pretty fun, and the students do love their college – check this pic to the right from the recent Mooncake festival organized by the Chinese Language Society.
Also, check out the MAHSA Operations blog – written by Andrew of MAHSA – it’s surprisingly personal, gives an insight into what it takes to run the place and the culture in MAHSA and isn’t about hard-selling the place.
What sets Mahsa University College apart from the rest is that it emphasizes on hands-on clinica training for its students, even during their first year!Mahsa also collaborates with various foreign universities such as The University of Northumbria (UK), Liverpool John Moores University (UK) and many others.
It also owns its very own Community Clinics and collaborates closely with Kuala Lumpur General Hospital.You can find out more info at www.mahsa.edu.my
It’s also located conveniently – they have two campuses, one in Jalan Universiti (that’s near Jaya One), and the other one in Pusat Bandar Damansara (near HELP College). So it’s great if you don’t wait to study all the way in Kuala Lumpur or Bukit Jalil or god forbid, OUT OF THE KLANG VALLEY.
Lastly, this is for you Dad. From your only useless son
Advertlets, Parties & Events September 18th, 2011
JOHNNIE WALKER® is also giving 2 Malaysian bloggers (and their plus ones) the chance to win the trip of a lifetime at the Singapore GP for three days while also attending the award winning JOHNNIE WALKER® JET BLACK race party for two nights. Winners will also be treated to full five-star hospitality and to top it all off, might just receive a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with one of the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes™ drivers, Lewis Hamilton or Jenson Button. Malaysians that desire a taste of the extraordinary world of Formula 1™ should take full opportunity of this offer by logging on to www.blackcircuit.com.my/facebook from August 24th through September 16th and participate in the Facebook contest” he added.
Sample the happeningness of the previous Johnnie Walker parties –
Passion for Fashion at Bakita, sponsored by Johnnie Walker.
Johnnie Walker Jet Black in Singapore earlier this year.
Johnnie Walker Black Circuit Lounge in Malaysia:
Okay now to answer some questions…
- JOHNNIE WALKER® is the global partner of Formula One™ team Vodafone McLaren Mercedes™ since 2005, who was the 2009 Formula One™ SINGTEL Singapore Grand Prix night race winner and which team did he drive for?
According to Wikipedia - The race was won by McLaren-Mercedes driver and reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton.
- The Johnnie Walker® JET BLACK race party is the most talked about party of the Singapore Night Race, featuring a stellar line up of the world’s best DJ’s, stunning interactive party experiences, and stylish JOHNNIE WALKER® cocktails. Tell us in 50 words or less why we should send you and a friend an exclusive invitation to the party and include 3 or more hi quality pictures of your version of a perfect JOHNNIE WALKER® race party to win yourself 2 passes each to both exclusive events.
I should be sent to the party because…I’m a loyal Johnnie Walker drinker. And…so far I’ve been to all the Johnnie Walker parties so far…which makes you think:
Is it a happening Johnnie Walker party because Josh Lim is there, or is Josh Lim there because its a happening Johnnie Walker party?
(Just bring me there, and you’ll never need to find out!
My perfect Johnnie Walker race party has…
Because there’s something particularly noteworthy about being able to party it up, have drinks AND still be able to photograph and write about it later.
And over the years, I’ve really grown to love the overlap between bloggers + friends that I have. It’s special how I can work AND party with people that are helping me fuel my dreams with Advertlets, and to know that they are having fun and gaining something along the way too.
(Also, whenever I’m out at any party, someone inevitably asks me ’Where are your bloggers?’, regardless of which party I go to, so its kind of expected that they are there…)
They say that without women, all the money in the world would have no meaning. I agree.
And of course,
Whether on the rocks, or mixed with green tea (my personal favourite), or any of the special cocktails that you’ll find at Johnnie Walker events…its the smooth taste that keeps you walking and partying all night. The third anniversary of Advertlets was celebrated with the opening of an ultra premium Johnnie Walker blue label btw
(Presented here by the lovely Daphne Iking, back at the Johnnie Walker Black Circuit Lounge party in 2010)
Lastly, I’m writing this cause I love Johnnie Walker and all the party experiences they’ve given me before – in fact I don’t even need to write this as Advertlets is organizing the contest and I’ll be going to the party anyway, but I decided to write it cause I love Johnnie Woot!
Advertlets, Advertlets Bloggers, Parties & Events May 25th, 2011
I was recently invited to go for a media trip to Penang thanks to Hennessy Malaysia, with other bloggers. Mostly Advertlets Bloggers (10/15), I’m happy to add Anyway, check this out – I put together a video of our experiences there! The full post & pictures will be up very soon, meantime enjoy a 2:30 video distilled from over an hour of footage. Hope you like it, and stay tuned for my upcoming full posts on the party, the night out in Penang after that, and Hennessy Artistry 2011 in KL!
(PS: Reduce the video resolution from 720P to 360P or 480P if the video is loading slowly. But view in HD for the full effect!)
Advertlets, Parties & Events May 13th, 2011
These past few weeks have involved quite a bit of travel. Penang for Hennessy Artistry…and now Cherating in Kuantan with Holiday Villa last Sunday! We were there as they wanted some bloggers to join them for their 21st Annual Sandsculpting Competition.
And so, I packed up my t-shirts and shorts, ready to leave for Cherating with 7 other bloggers. We stayed at the beautiful Holiday Villa Resorts and Spa Cherating where we where our tummies were pampered with buffets, all 3 meals of the day.
Advertlets had 2 teams and I was in team 1 with Feeqsays.net (Firdaus) and the Bolehland.net boys, Dan Khoo and Wai Kit. Here’s our team flag, with a drawing by the Bolehland boys!
The theme for this year’s competition is “Animal World” and we were cracking our heads open trying to figure out what to sculpt, seeing the fact that it was more than 10 years ago since I last build a sandcastle. We finally decided on doing a lobster for the following reasons:
- Lobsters have a good segmented body shape, easy to translate to sand
- Everyone is going to do turtles or snakes. Predictably. (Which was correct – there ended up more than 6 teams doing turtles out of 30 teams)
Though we came unprepared (other participants were all geared up with sandsculpting gears; buckets, shovel, water sprays and whatever nots) I am actually very proud to announce that our lobster is alive! In hindsight, we probably shouldn’t have made it so big. Couldn’t put in as much detail as we wanted to. I’m happy to note that the sand is very nice and fine, and the beach is very well maintained. Reminded me of the time I went to Boryeong beach in Korea.
Here are the other creative sculptures by other participants. This was Team Advertlets 2′s massive tarantula:
This is a elephant cum octopus hybrid:
And a shark and a octopus face off. This was one of my favourites.
I definitely had fun taking a short break away from the heavy workload and going to the beach for a change. Might just take part next year for the sandsculpting competition as well! (Next time I’ll come prepared and playing to win).
The video you’ve all been waiting for! Justin Bieber pulls up one VERY LUCKY Malaysian girl on stage to serenade her with “One Less Lonely Girl!”. This is from the recent Justin Bieber concert on the 21st of April, sponsored by Tune Talk which was held at Stadium Merdeka.
Here’s surprise encore guest at Justin Bieber Live in KL! Joel Madden from Good Charlotte sings “I Don’t Wanna Be In Love”.
Here’s his tweet:
I’m trending on twitter right now?? WTF man Thats what happens when you get on stage with @justinbieber Hell yeah
And here’s the video!
Apparently Selena Gomez was somewhere in the VIP section of the audience, but she did not go up on stage. More to be uploaded very soon! Thanks to Tune Talk for the tickets! Me and the Advertlets Bloggers had a great time!
Advertlets, Advertlets Bloggers August 23rd, 2010
Advertlets Blogger Jason Ong REALLY wants to meet Wayne Rooney!
In his own words:
“A brief of what I need to focus on. I’m in the running to meet the famous football player from England and Manchester United, Wayne Rooney in PERSON. I get to PARTY with him, hang out with him, have lunch with him, get his autographs, get some official merchandise, Q&A session and the best part is, I get to play some balls (I have no idea why Jason chose to word it this way) with him on the field.
I’m competing myself with 3 other regional countries in Asia. Singapore, Vietnam and that includes bloggers from Malaysia as well. Fellow friends of mine, I need some of your huge support to support me! I need 10 supporters to support me.”
And well, if you vote for him, I get to take part in a beer party as well, sponsored by Tiger! As I’m part of the support team
But okay, if you need a reason, here’s why I think you should vote for him:
Jason Ong is a really good photoblogger – over the past few years he’s been producing some of the best shots from our Advertlets events as well as many others across KL and more. He’s also a pretty decent at shooting video – so having him meet Rooney and cover it will be the next best thing to actually being there. Other than that, he’s a hardcore Manchester United fan – and won’t be asking stupid questions and embarassing us Malaysian MU fans when he’s over there. Also, lastly – this is a regional contest – wouldn’t you rather a Malaysian win than someone from Singapore, Vietnam or Indonesia?
So here’s what you can do to drop your vote:
- Visit his blog at this link: http://bit.ly/MYtigerJO
- Drop a comment (comments go towards the score!)
It’s that simple!