Things are getting crazy here. I guess I do owe my readers some explanation as to why I’ve been updating my blog so infrequently since a few months back. Maybe I’ll take this time to do some honest blogging to express my feelings (since I’m sick with fever anyway, and been doing lots of mistakes, hence shifting my inability to sit down quietly to blog)
Okay let’s start with…
Am super engrossed with www.ecmmoney.com, a project I’m working on with ECM Libra Investment Bank (yes it’s a full time 8.30am to 5.30pm job!). I hope to revolutionize the share trading industry in Malaysia with this tool. If you are an investor, or if you could lend me a help in what you want to see in a financial portal please do give me a holler at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Also keeping me busy is one major event, called the Young Corporate Malaysians Summit, this year being our first every annual event after our CEO Series! It’s going to feature lots of big names like Tony Fernandez from AirAsia, Dato Justin Leong from Genting and Dato Johan Raslan from PricewaterHouse Coopers among others giving a talk on the future of Malaysia’s corporate scene.
Last but not least are my lesser responsibilities, such as being a tech admin for RandomAlphabets.com. The last event we had was the Merdeka Train Party followed by RA+d launch initiative (with our local celebs!). What is that, you say? Well, give the site a whirl (and the video below too) and you’ll find that you may have heard of us 😉
Have been getting more and more request for food coverage recently, including Dome’s gorgeous 10 dishes, Pizza Hut’s latest Crunchy Cheesy Bites and the one Malaysian International Gourmet Festival post that’s being featured also at their official site, the Tai Zi Heen Fashion, Food & Wine MIGF 09 Review at Prince Hotel.
It’s amazing that as much as this blog wasn’t intended solely for food, there are still those who believe in my love for food and nothing else, so much so that big guys like BigBoysOven, FoodPoi and Shaz among others would introduce me to PR agencies/hoteliers/restaurant owners as a “reputable” flogger! Thanks guys, you have all my gratitude 🙂
More of my food coverage can be seen via the Food Glorious Food link above 🙂
3. Event Coverage/Advertorials
I guess if there’s a term that people seem to refer me as, it would be “Mr Everywhere”. As much as I deny that title, I sometimes enjoy the little fact that I do sometimes get favours from many quarters especially when it comes to exclusive events. With the coming of Twitter age, Erin’s Twitterati’s effort couldn’t be any less helpful with invitations to not only A Cut Above’s Bangsar Grand Launch but also on today’s Dennis Lau’s Press Con on his debut album, DiversiFy, happening at Shook, Starhill Gallery.
But of course, as a blogger since 2004, I never would have thought that this blog could take me as far as to know almost everyone at the lifestyle blogging scene. Now, especially with the introduction of Social Media into many PR agencies, and of course, with Nuffnang’s great work in establising bloggers as a medium to reach out to the public, this little blog of mine has ballooned to a world with limitless possibilities.
Just by browsing through my Facebook albums and some of my entries, I could see the number of Press screenings, exclusive media invites (Black Eyed Peas Media Con invitation FTW) and crazy ass events where I even won a DELL XPS laptop for myself just by wearing a cow suit grow and grow, and it just won’t stop! So who says being a blogger is uncool, eh?
ooh lala, it’s cheesie.
I guess the most important thing is to build a personality for yourself, to find that special, unique presence in you, and to share it with the world. One biggest proof of how much it can take you, is when I was chosen to become Panasonic Lumix’s Shutterbug. I mean, to use the latest LUMIX cameras for free in all events like an Ambassador, now how cool is that? 😀
Lastly, it’s all about development. Recently I was interviewed for a homestay project in
Hokkaido, and the question was this: What makes you a great Malaysian Ambassador? Truth to be told, I think I make a good Malaysian Ambassador. Back then when Firdaus and I were rebuilding UKEC in the UK (duh) we fought against brain drain for the country. Little did I know that it would spark a whole series of relations in respect to the development of Malaysia in sectors including:
I needed to use the internet to spur a healthy change in the way we manage finance in Malaysia, and I find that I’m doing just that at work!
2. Anime (Japanese visual/pop culture)
I attended some functions (ie Daicon) and through other events I met an amazing person called Wise Freeman who I believe is an evangelist that I could work with, just because I believe all of us could learn a thing or two from the characters from anime like Naruto who never says die even with all odds against him!
When we left UKEC in good hands, we started YCM, which is all about corporate sector development in Malaysia. Also I’m spearheading the Imperial College Alumni Association of Malaysia together with prominent and influential Dato’s and Professors in order to build a policy-advising thinktank that would be beneficial to the country.
So much to do, this is by far the most attractive point for Malaysia. My love for cooking, tasting and exploring made all sense.
5. Entrepreneurship; and
Being part of the scene and watching our young entrepreneurs building such a craze this year is amazing! Check out http://entrepreneurs.my to see what I mean!
With Tim Fernandez and his Live & Inspire series, coupled with Khailee’s Youth Engagement Summit 2009 (check out the poster below) in which the Young Corporate Malaysians are partners of, I really see a bright, bright future for us young Malaysians. Even politically-inclined friends of mine are really, really competent leaders whom I can’t wait to see take leadership.
I will be covering these events, and very excitedly so… not because of the people speaking in it, rather, the excitement on seeing our Asian youths standing up proudly to look for CHANGE for the BETTERMENT!
Anyway, without going off tangent, all I really want to say is that I’m taken up with quite a number of events happening end of this year, and to me, it’s
all about sharing. And sincerity.
It’s tough, really tough, since I’ve got friends who are not necessarily interested in all the things I do, so they may not want to hear it. This is why I have my Facebook account, my Twitter account and my Blog, to split them all up into specific coverage. I want to share more, and the balance between sharing something relevant and something irrelevant to my friends and readers becomes the hardest choice for me.
I must say, though, that I enjoy whatever it is that I’m doing, and sacrifices are made without regret. It’s all part of my strategic gameplan into something big, something that could revolutionize Malaysia into a country that NOBODY would want to migrate off from.
So please help me and spare me, and do forgive me for not updating my blog. I’m already pretty honoured that this measly blog of mine could actually be in the top 100 Malaysia blogs, at least according to Riceblogger, even if it’s from the bottom up! Or could this be due to the fact that I wrote about this list before? LOL go figure, but at least I know I’m doing something right!