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At the end of the day, what is your purpose of your life? #WilliamPao

Posted: June 30th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Experience, Review, Self Image | 2 Comments »

Dr. William Pao is my final year supervisor. He graduated from Swansea University and then became a lecturer in Manchester. Later, he was recruited by Shell regional manager after he gave a talk at a CMS event. He then spent over two years working in Texas and moved to Nederlands afterwards. He came back to Malaysia to join UTP last year. Yesterday, we spent nearly three hours talking about life and its reflections. I thought it was really a thoughtful and meaningful conversation. There were a lot of key takeaways, and I would just like to share three of them in this post.

  1. At the end of the day, what is your purpose in life?
  2. Monetary reward can only bring you so far. You won’t go too far without knowing what you really like to do. Keep finding.
  3. There are five things that you really have to take care of in your life. They are your relationship with God, your relationship with your family, your relationship with people, your finances, and your health.

He also told me about his Ph.D. life, his collaboration with oil and gas experience to complete his thesis, how Shell recruited him, why he came back to Malaysia, why he joined UTP, Harold Vinegar, how a CEO got fired, life with love, and many more that I can’t remember now. Deep in my heart, I keep asking myself, What’s life? What do I really want to accomplish? You know, money, fame, and ego are not always the answers.

Review on Interview with Joyce Tagal – Co-Founder of Otak2

Posted: January 19th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Review | No Comments »

I came across this interview with Joyce Tagal on UKEC CEKU. These are three things that I found it meaningful from the interview. (Reference:

The idea of Tin Kosong was about empowering other people to have a platform to talk about themselves. Two other friends and I recognised this need and realised that we could fulfil it; we decided we weren’t going to just sit around and think about it but actually do something about it.

~Joyce on her initiative on Tin Kosong.

In almost every industry you need to understand basic economics, basic statistics, you need to know how to use Excel, how to work with people, and manage projects. Companies look at hiring people who can adapt to different situations. So it doesn’t matter the subject your degree is in, but it does matter how you learn in university, the kind of people you engage with, and how curious, passionate and enthusiastic you are.

~Joyce on what students need to learn during their undergraduate studies.

Instead of measuring our achievements on paper or by the amount of certificates we possess or the number of hours put in, I strongly suggest young people to measure your achievements on a social impact scale – how many people have you affected, how many lives you touched, and how many individuals you have inspired.

~Joyce on meaning of achivement.

Thought these are all meaningful especially if you are still a student.