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We are all in our own timeline – And everything is in the right timeframe.

Posted: October 7th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Happy, Love | No Comments »

I love this sharing very much:

纽约时间比加州时间早三个小时,
New York is 3 hours ahead of California,

但加州时间并没有变慢。
but it does not make California slow.

有人22岁就毕业了,
Someone graduated at the age of 22,

但等了五年才找到稳定的工作!
but waited 5 years before securing a good job!

有人25岁就当上CEO,
Someone became a CEO at 25,

却在50岁去世。
and died at 50.

也有人迟到50岁才当上CEO,
While another became a CEO at 50,

然后活到90岁。
and lived to 90 years.

有人单身,
Someone is still single,

同时也有人已婚。
while someone else got married.

欧巴马55岁就退休,
Obama retires at 55,

川普70岁才开始当总统。
but Trump starts at 70.

世上每个人本来就有自己的发展时区。
Absolutely everyone in this world works based on their Time Zone.

身边有些人看似走在你前面,
People around you might seem to go ahead of you,

也有人看似走在你后面。
some might seem to be behind you.

但其实每个人在自己的时区有自己的步程。
But everyone is running their own RACE, in their own TIME.

不用嫉妒或嘲笑他们。
Don’t envy them or mock them.

他们都在自己的时区里,你也是!
They are in their TIME ZONE, and you are in yours!

生命就是等待正确的行动时机。
Life is about waiting for the right moment to act.

所以,放轻松。
So, RELAX.

你没有落后。
You’re not LATE.

你没有领先。
You’re not EARLY.

在命运为你安排的属于自己的时区里,一切都准时。
You are very much ON TIME, and in your TIME ZONE Destiny set up for you.


I thank whatever gods may be, For my unconquerable soul – I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.

Posted: March 8th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Experience, Happy | No Comments »

Over the past few weeks, William Ernest Henley’s poem “Invictus” has kept repeating at the back of my mind. I especially like these four phrases:

I thank whatever gods may be,
For my unconquerable soul.
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.

As I write this, I think about how I’ve been back from Singularity University (SU) for more than a month. It was my decision and a leap of faith to travel 13,000 km away, for the first time, for something I was not entirely sure about. I thank whatever gods there may be that I have been able to meet a group of highly successful friends in both career and personal life. We had an alumni meetup yesterday at Rubato, and it was really great to catch up with my fellow SU friends back in Singapore. We talked about life, work, ideas, trends, etc. However, what dawned on me was the blurry path to my future.

Sometimes, life is about managing risks and uncertainty and being totally responsible for whatever path you choose. I chose to be where I currently am two years ago, and the journey had been full of learning, growth, excitement, depression, anxiety, enlightenment, appreciation, and gratitude. I would not have exposed SU if I hadn’t decided on this journey 2 years back. SU was not the place where I found out my why, but it was the place that has connected those missing pieces within my why. Coupled with what I have learnt at work and my travels, I would like to share them in three quotes below:

  1. In technology, if done right, engineers can save more lives than doctors. I want to make a positive impact on people’s lives. And I believe through technology and engineering, I can achieve that.
  1. Love is what makes humanity worth surviving. Heaven is already all around us: the cry of the baby, the courage your friend shows, and the love a mom gives. Have faith even when there is no hope, for hope is needed when there is none.
  1. The stone age didn’t end because we ran out of stone. Disruptive technologies happened so quickly that the industry that was being disrupted couldn’t make necessary change to the disruptive force. The spice industry, which was a huge industry, was then replaced by the ice industry, which was then replaced by the refrigerator. What industry are you in?

In order to predict the future trend, just look around what had been failing for the past 20-30 years. Future is already here, and I’m glad that I’m part of it. What’s more satisfying is to be one of the pioneers for the future technology, and I know I’m on the right track. Again, I thank whatever Gods may be, for my unconquerable soul, I’m master of my fate, I’m captain of my soul.

Singularity University Campus

At Singularity University Campus at NASA Ames Research Center, Silicon Valley, CA.


The second most important day in your life – the day you found out why

Posted: September 8th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Experience, Happy | No Comments »

Mark Twain once said, “The two important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”

I found my why in August 2014. It was not a single event where I found my why. It was a series of things that happened in my life so far, especially those that happened in 2014. I would like to share them in 3 parts.

This first part –  A sense of responsibility.

In March 2014, I attended an alumni event at Hong Kong. It was my first time in Hong Kong. Having been working for about 1 year and 3 months, I believed it was time to bring my mom for a vacation. It was the first time I brought my mom for a vacation, and it was the first long-distance vacation we had in 10 years after my dad had left us 8 years ago. We grew up with TVB Hong Kong drama series, so Hong Kong is a place that I had wanted to visit for so long. Though I had not stepped on this land before, it has a special place in my heart, and I like Cantonese. Seizing the opportunity while attending the alumni dinner here, I decided to grab the opportunity to tour around the city of the Pearl of the East.

There were a series of talks and networking events during the alumni event. No doubt there were many intellectual discussions and debates going on. Two particular events stood out among the rest. The first was the mindfulness session, the first session on the second day in the early morning. I was seated beside another alumnus, Wu, and we partnered with each other throughout the session. The moderator of the activity brought us through a conscious practice by just feeling a raisin. The raisin was just a tool; the real purpose was to let us have a taste of what mindfulness is all about—being truly conscious and being truly curious about the world around you. I think it was the best opening that any event could have. I held that conscious thinking and deep curiosity throughout my three days at the alumni event. And that’s when I started to ask myself more questions, life questions.

Another event that stood out was the University Gala Dinner. I was seated beside Professor Roger Goodman during the dinner. The food that night was great; what made it even greater was the speech by Lord Patten (or Chris Patten). His speech, coupled with what Professor Roger told me, almost brought me to tears. Let me try to summarise both the speech and the table conversation I had with the professor. The education that we receive is a privilege; the intellectual discussion that happens throughout our education is an honour to our life. We as global citizens should utilise what we have learnt to improve the standard of living of our society. The true value of the education that we receive is a sense of responsibility. The responsibility is to the people we are dealing with and the world in which we are living. Whatever we are doing, we should push the boundaries of human limits and push humanity forward.

That resonated with me so much. I felt that I had finally found that missing piece in my life. I landed a great job in a FORTUNE top 3 company upon graduation. I loved what I was doing—life had never been greater—but I always felt I had a bigger calling: Pushing Humanity Forward. This is the beginning of a greater journey.

Lee Chon with Lord Patten (Chris Patten)

I took the opportunity to take a photo with this man: Chris Patten – the last governor of Hong Kong.

The second part – Push Humanity Forward – Where the journey begins.

Fast forward to June 2014. I attended Awesomeness Fest, organised by Mindvalley, at Phuket, Thailand. It was a combination of TED Talk style lectures, self-development sessions, including yoga and mindfulness, and a lot of parties! People from all walks of life were there. There was a wide age group there as well, ranging from people in their sixties to the youngest participant, who was 19. Everyone paid for themselves. Most of them were entrepreneurs who believed in making positive changes and impacts on the world. I was one of the odd ones out there – an engineer. Nevertheless, we all shared one common belief – we wanted to make a difference in people’s lives and push humanity forward.

Never before had I met such a diverse group of people— 40 nationalities were present— that talked so much about wanting to push humanity forward. At the end of the event, I was inspired to make a positive impact on the world. However, I knew that I needed to acquire some skills first before doing something major. True, I can always start something now to do good for society. Four years ago, I started Children Provision Charity. I still mentor junior committees from this charity. What I mean is a real impact that will eventually push humanity forward. Gandhi, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Christopher Columbus, and John D Rockefeller have all changed the world in a unique way. I want to change the world like they did. Ultimately, our quality of life was improved because of all these visionaries.

There were so many inspiring lectures during the four-day event. People are amazing in their own unique way too. But what really attracted me was Singularity University’s vision. There were no talks or promotions about Singularity University during the event; I just knew that organization through my informal table talk with Vishen, the founder of Mindvalley. Again, I had never stepped foot on American land before, and it was so far away that I was trembling when I made my decision to go to the US for this programme. It was an uncertainty to me, but I knew Singularity’s vision is what resonated with me. I want to impact a billion lives and ultimately push humanity forward. The event will be in January 2015 at NASA Ames research center at the heart of Silicon Valley, and at the time I’m typing this, it’s about four months away from the event. And the journey is just about to get started.

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One of those amazing nights at Awesomeness Fest.Four days with 40 nationalities truly opened my eye to the world of possibilities.

The third part – Pass it on

“If you’re asking me what to do with all this knowledge you’re accumulating, I say, pass it on … just like any simple cell, going through time” (Professor Norman, played by Morgan Freeman in the movie “Lucy”).

I watched “Lucy” during an unexpected visit to Bangkok after I was denied entry to Myanmar. (I re-entered Myanmar after I obtained a Visa in Bangkok the next day.) It is a movie that describes the concept of human potential. The movie was not that well received by the public in general due to its strangeness and the conflict of ideas about the usage of our brains. Some even saw it as an anti-drug movie. It didn’t matter to me. What mattered to me was the message, that I think came at just the right time, narrated by Morgan Freeman: “If you think of the very nature of a life, it’s to pass it on.”

I have learnt a lot throughout my life, most of which revolves around studies, volunteering, humanitarian projects, and work, and I will be going through more experiences that will teach me more lessons. The knowledge that I have accumulated, I wish to pass it on. The ultimate purpose is to die empty, not only in terms of financial standing but also in knowledge, love, kindness, and happiness. I will accumulate more and acquire more along the journey to achieve what I wanted to in my life. At the end of the day, I won’t be able to bring it all with me but will pass it on to the next generation. I thought that was a great and noble idea.

My visit to Yangon surprised me. The city, one of the poorest in Asia, is surrounded by colonial buildings and looks as if it has not developed much since the British colonization. This brought me to a bigger problem at large: 36% of our total population still relies on traditional biomass energy for cooking, and roughly 35% of the total population does not have access to adequate sanitation. This bothers me a lot. I want to make a difference. Though I currently lack management skills, I will find a way to acquire them and to help humanity at large. I have had the opportunity to lead many teams in my life. Those are all valuable, but I need more experience tackling more issues among the many issues we face in the company and in the country. Now, I have a direction.

Having access to clean energy, clean water, and electricity changed my life. It is the core, or basic, need before we even talk about education. I wouldn’t be able to learn and have conversations with incredible people without almost free, or mostly affordable, energy and water in my daily life. Now that I found my “why,” I want to make this world a better place to live in.


Shell Management Skill Game – Engagement between UTP Students and Shell officers

Posted: February 18th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Experience, Happy | 6 Comments »

It’s our final year, and many of our friends are starting to hunt for jobs. I looked for opportunities around me. Shell came into UTP today to have a Management Skill Game with UTP students. I never regretted attending it. I learned more then than during the graduate application process in Shell. The intrinsic part and hidden message throughout the games are the main key takeaways that I want to share with all the friends here.

Shell Management Skills Game

Shell Management Skills Game

With my team members. Another girl went missing. lol

We played four games to gather the reward points to purchase the materials for the Grand Prix Game at the end of the day. There are four games we played for that purpose. Every game took 15 minutes.

Game 1: Finding out who are driving the Ferraris and the one who drinks water.

What happens on the spot? Everyone reads and goes through the statements. Everyone tries to grasp what is happening and who is doing what, driving what car, and staying in which house. At the second half of the game, we decided to draw a matrix out to fill in the blanks. But we were too late in doing this. We got both questions wrong.

Key takeaways and reflection: I think we should know what the actual problem is before moving to the statements. Focus on the problem that we want to solve instead of going through the statements without direction. Human resources can be distributed to two groups too to solve each of the problems. In that way, we can check within the groups to confirm that the answers are correct. Analytical skill and logical thinking are one of the most important skills here. At the same time, the ability to deliver within a constrained timeframe given a load of information should also be properly managed.

Game 2: Puzzle and naming the island.

What happens on the spot: Everyone figures out which puzzle connects with which puzzle. Then we did trial and error here and there to complete the map. (It was an Australian map). Nobody answered correctly what the island beside Australia is. The island is actually Iceland (which they purposely moved there to confuse you).

Key takeaways and reflection: The puzzles scattered around the table are like the information scattered around us, i.e., the internet, libraries, the human experience, social media, and so on. All these are meaningless when they are fragmented. Our values come in when we gather all the information and put it in one place. Integration is where our value is. Also for the island naming, I believe that we should have a global view and wider horizon of what is actually happening around us. Not just what happens in our own campus, not just what happens around our friends, but also the current issues that are important in our world now. What are the latest updates in the energy and oil and gas industry? What are the issues that are pressing and affecting our world?

Game 3: Counting 1 – 10 in other languages.

What happens on the spot: We thought of some really interesting ways to remember 1 – 10 in Croatian. It was a really fun activity, I would say. If you were my teammates, you know how much fun we had!

Key takeaways and reflection: Working in real life later needs a lot of team work, especially when you are working in a company with diverse backgrounds.

Game 4: Arranging words to form a sentence (customer focus).

What happens on the spot: Trial and error, focused on grammatical errors.

Key takeaways and reflections: Instead of focusing on grammatical errors or trying here and there, we should take a step back and look at what “customer focus” really means. You can’t expect the merchants to exceed the expectations before meeting the predictable results! The sequence and logical thinking should be applied; it is not just bumping any random words. At the end of the day, we were wrong only in 1 word.

That’s all from my review. If you have better reflections, please comment below. Thanks, and I look forward to applying what I have learnt today to real life.

p/s: Thanks to all the Shell-UTP campus ambassadors who came today!


The Lucky Cookies – My imaginary encouragement

Posted: September 19th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Experience, Happy | 1 Comment »

When I was in Oxford, I used to visit this restaurant called Noodle Bar (Now renamed to Noodle Nation). My friend in the lab introduced me and we always have our lunch or dinner together.

One of the things that is very special is that everytime you have finished eating, they will give you lucky cookies, with each one per person. Inside these cookies, there will be a lucky note for you. (I remembered I ate the cookies + the notes the first time without realizing it until my lab partner told me! :p)

These are among the notes that I have kept with me. Some I have already thrown it away or misplaced it somewhere already.

Lucky notes in Lucky cookies in Noodle Bar. 🙂

Among the notes that I still keep are:

1. You’ll earn a lot of money in the future

2. Fortune Cookies will give you good health

3. A favour to a friend will be repaid in the future

4. Be direct, usually one can accomplish more that way

5. Fate has dealt you an unkind blog, but there is a bright and happy future ahead. Thought for today: Better be alone than in bad company

6. Your life will be happy and peaceful

7. Don’t worry; prosperity will knock on your door soon

8. Your companions will bring you luck 🙂 hehe

9. When you combine reflection with action, you will get good results

10. It’s not what we do but how we do it that matters (*And I personally think why we do it is even more important)

11. Adjust finances, make budgets, to improve your standing

That’s all notes I kept. Hope you guys learnt something out of it. 🙂


September – The happening month

Posted: September 15th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Experience, Happy, Malaysian mindset | No Comments »

I went to Mahathir and Marina’s Open house at the Mines last week on 4 September. Many people attended too, and I really love seeing people from all walks of life and all ethnicity groups come under one roof to eat and have a chit-chat session.

One thing that I really don’t like is the Malaysian mindset, still. For those who attended, you will easily observe that rubbish is everywhere. We like to take things for granted. We were given free food, and the used plates were dumped everywhere on the floor. Something is not right here again. Now that Malaysians don’t even respect our former Prime Minister’s home, will they respect any random roads all around Malaysia?

We then had dinner together at the Little Korea BBQ at Sunway Mentari. The food portion was huge, and I was satisfied, giving the fact that I seldom eat Korean food. Chris and I went to meet Firdaus the following Tuesday at KL Central Hilton. He gave a very good ‘lecture’ to Chris (LOL! I’m just kidding) and some advice to me. I wrote a post about that meeting Here.

Later on Friday, I went to the OUMC (Oxford University Malaysian Council) at the Ritz-Carlton. It was great having Dato Omar (another Oxford Graduate who started up Ethos Consulting in Malaysia) be the speaker there. I posted one line of his speech to my twitter feed – “I hope that you start with fear, but continue with hope for your journey” #datoomar. Later that day, Helmi, Theen Yew, and Irfan sent me back to Sunway (they are actually staying in Cheras). Thanks for that, bro!

I went to Animangaki that weekend and saw a lot of cosplay, including Yu-Gi from Yu-Gi-Oh, Kamen Raider, and Pikachu. (I hadn’t followed anime for a while so I don’t really know the other characters’ names).

 

 


End of Summer Review – Incredible August in Malaysia.

Posted: September 4th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Announcement, CEO, Happy | 1 Comment »

August has been pretty incredible. I have met with people like Hannah Tan, Ganesh Kumar (Group CEO of Friendster), David Lai, IDEAS, Otak2 people, MISC people,  Michelle Iking of CitiBank, JJ & Ean of Hitz.fm @ Astro AMP, Adibah Noor, Jeremy Teo, Prem (Malaysiakini CEO), and Jahabar (Malaysian Insider CEO).

Along with this is the passing of the century mark of SEC, one of the EYE Projects headed by Chris and Reza. Not to forget Nash, for sure! You can find the original message from the co-founder here in Facebook Notes. I’m now submerging myself in Investment Questions given by Chris, and three books bought from the KLCC book fest (Unfair Advantage, Common Wealth, and the Consulting Bible). I will write the reviews of these four books pretty soon (in addition to what I have done and experienced in my life)!


Incredible week reflection – The dawn of August 2011

Posted: August 7th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Blogger Party, CEO, Charity, Happy | 1 Comment »

This has been quite an incredible week, packed with fun and interesting activities. I would love to share some of these activities with you guys.

On Wednesday, Chris and I, along with Reza and Nash, went to Celcom Axiata Headquarter in KL Central, and we had the privilege of meeting with Dato Sri Jamaludin Ibrahim (President and Group CEO), Datin Badrunnisa Mohd Yasin Khan (Group Chief Talent Officer), and Grace Chan (Head, Branding and Corporate Responsibility Group Strategy) for a direct discussion and a pitch. I sat next to Datin, and she sat beside Dato.

The atmosphere was great, and, most importantly, I learnt a lot through the 45-minute meeting. One thing that I took away from what Dato Sri said is that whatever we are doing, we have to have a very clear objective and focus. At the same time, we have to define our end objective that we really want to achieve. Is it the process, or is it end results, you might ask? It doesn’t really matter—let me put the first statement and the second one together—as long as you focus on what you want to focus on. For example, Axiata has always focused on ‘we want to develop future leaders’, quoted directly from Dato Sri, driving the whole team of Axiata talent officers to work hard in that direction.

One of the end results is the production of many young talents below 18 through the Axiata Young Talent Programme. You have to clearly know your own motivation for doing what you are doing and always be guided by the same motivation to be directed to the correct paths. The destination that you are expecting might be slightly different from the real one, considering the improvement and struggles you will face along the way. The point here is your passion is always the first driving force that initiates your action, but to Dato Sri, you have to have more than passion to get you even further. You can get only so much, 1/5 according to Dato Sri, with your passion. It’s too bad that I didn’t have a chance to ask what the other 4/5 is for him. He was rushing after the 45-minute meeting. If any of you happens to meet him, please ask him, okay? =D

I had lunch with Jeremy Teo (the DJ of Red FM), along with Chris, the day before, but, unfortunately, I didn’t jot down everything he said. Nevertheless, it was a casual lunch, so I think he wouldn’t have expected me to write anything. Moving on to Thursday night: Chris, Joanne (@kaykaster) and I went to the Arthur’s Day Party Launch, and I lived the blogger lifestyle that night! (Haha, Chris!) I met a lot of bloggers, and some ‘famous’ ones, but I didn’t recognize all of them. It was a great night, too.

Next was Friday night: I joined the otak2 closing ‘ceremony’ where the otak2 interns shared what they had learnt and what they would take away from their internship period. I didn’t have an internship with otak2, so I was just an observer that night, LOL! Then, there was this guy named Joseph who invited me to join them at the YMCA overnight, and I accepted the offer. I stayed with Minshern and had a great chat with him and HooSiang that night. And we played Mafia until 4 something. LOL, it is such a great game that I’ve not played for such a long time. I was a doctor that night! =p

The following day, which was Saturday, I joined Teach for Malaysia (TFM) for a short visit to a refugee house. My team consisted of about 9 people, and the one leading was Dzameer (the founder of TFM). I would say that it didn’t really change me or produced a big impact on me as we were there for only less than 1 hour and we did nothing much except facilitating for them and drawing what they wanted me to draw (as usual, lah! =p). But there was one interesting chapter, where Ban Long, one of our team members, saw a lady who was trying to abandon her baby somewhere behind the alley and we went for a search for that. Searching to no avail and hoping that the lady had changed her mind, we went back to PwC to meet with the others.

The afternoon session was very interesting. I was in TalentCorp, and in a group of 6, we played a very interesting—to put it in a better way, meaningful—‘board’ game. I was sitting just in front of Azran (CEO of Air Asia X) as our opponents were led by us by one of the guys from McKinsey & Co. We defeated our opponents at our table and ‘global runner-up,’ there were five tables playing, during the session. Statistics aside, this game has been really thought provoking.

There are red boxes and the green boxes in the games. The red boxes represent the obstacles, and the green ones represent the opportunities. There are significantly more red boxes than green ones, a true representation of the world. We all started from the same position choosing the most-ethical solutions. However, we realized that we were not going anywhere and realized that we had to do something different to move forward (this is so realistic!). At some point, when obstacles were all around of us, we started to be very careful of what we were doing. Then one day our opponent was moving ahead of us, and we started to work unethically just to move forward. This is so true when the game coordinator revealed all these to us. To me, the game was too easy (don’t get me wrong) as compared to real life. In life, no one will tell you where the red boxes are and where the green boxes are. It was a really meaningful game, and I would really love to share with you guys further, but not in this blogpost.

And today is Sunday; I can’t wait for the next activities! =D