MICHAEL YIP

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Hello,

I'm Michael Yip

With 20+ years in the video and photography industry, I've been engaged to cover quite a number of historical events that happened across the Asian region in the recent years. From the 1st Formula 1 race in Malaysia to the SEA Games in Laos and Olympics in Australia. Since 2010, based out of Kuala Lumpur, my team and I have been engaged to cover a number of corporate clients and notable individuals as well as festivals in the Asian region. To get in touch with us to use our service, Just head over to the contact section and drop me a message.

Through ABOOD PLT., my team and I also provides Event Production as well as Procurement services. Our core team has a combined 30+ years of experience in the event industry organizing festivals and corporate functions as well as corporate training services. We also have a team that has a strong network in the business world that enabled us to provide procurement services to various businesses looking for specific items or services. To reach out to us, you can drop me a message via the floating button at the bottom right or write in to us at info@mikeyip.com or aboodmediamy@gmail.com

If you are stumped by the photo, yes, I dance as well, mainly Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, West Coast Swing and Argentine Tango. I have since stopped performing due to injuries but if you are looking for performers for corporate events/functions/parties/festivals. Do drop me a message as well as I manages some of the dance teams that is currently making the rounds performing for various clients.


Education
Kolej Bandar Utama/Central St. Martin

Diploma in Arts and Design

Kolej Damansara Utama

Diploma in Telecommunication Engineering

SMK Damansara Utama

SPM


Experience
Photographer/Video Producer

MIKE YIP STUDIO

Abood PLT

Procurement Services and Event Management

Digital Marketing Solutions

Abood Media Sdn Bhd


My Skills
Photography and Video Production
Brand Management and Solutions
Public Relations
Digital Marketing Solutions

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Confirmed Bookings for 2018

4

Confirmed Destinations for 2018

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Confirmed Dance Festivals for 2018

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Talks Confirmed for 2018

WHAT CAN MY TEAM DO

Photography and Video Production

As our core business, this is what we are good at, capturing visuals that brings out the best for your brand.

Procurement Services and Event Management

Through Abood PLT, we specializes in helping brands in 2 big ways, providing a customized procurement solutions for their business needs. We also tailor make events for organizations from corporate training to roadshows and tournaments.

Social Media Marketing

Abood Media Sdn Bhd's core strenght in Digital Marketing Services focuses on Social Media Management and promotions.

Web Design

We also design and revamp websites as part of Abood Media Sdn Bhd's services.

Live Event Streaming Production

As part of a new offering from MIKE YIP STUDIO and partners, we also provides Live Streaming services for Events through dedicated sites or onto social media platforms.

Efficient

We pride ourselves at being good and efficient in what we do and we always try our best to deliver services that exceeds our client's expectations.

I also blogs
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Phantom 4 | Seksyen 17, PJ x Dusk


Time: 7.21pm
Location: Seksyen 17/1

Settings:
Camera: DJI Phantom 4 x 3.61mm (FC330)
ISO800
Aperture: f/2.8
Shutter: 1/39

Leadership Peak 2018 Signing and Official Launch


QUEST Entrepreneurs Mastery (QEM), an entrepreneur community builder, WeStyleAsia Academy, Malaysia’s leading personal personal grooming education platform and Focus Malaysia, one of Malaysia’s top business weekly officially sealed their partnership in the organising of
Malaysia’s inaugural Leadership Peak 2018 that is scheduled to be held on 25 January 2018.

The MoU was signed by Mr. Ivan Yap, Executive Director of QEM, Mr. Arthur Tan, Founder and CEO of WeStyleAsia as well as Mr. Dan Loh, Chief Operating Officer of Focus Malaysia along with the unveiling of Leadership Peak logo, the event was graced by Guests-of-Honours,
Datin Winnie Loo, Founder of A Cut Above and Mr. Raja Singham, Founder & Managing Director of Brickfields Asia College.



The signing ceremony officiates the launch of Leadership Peak 2018 and announced that registration
open to those who wish to be part of this value-packed conference. The Leadership Peak Conference
2018, with the tagline “No Title? Who Cares! You Are Still a Leader” is mainly aimed at corporate
leaders, C-Level management, SMEs, business owners, start-up owners as well as aspiring
entrepreneurs so that they can impart the theme to their team of executives. To be held on 25 January 2018 at Zebra Square, Kuala Lumpur. The 1-day conference will encompass topics revolving around leadership, personal empowerment and business management.

“The entire idea of running this Leadership Peak Conference is to disrupt the traditional approach of
running a business in order to revitalise and bring innovation to the entire business community,”
said Mr Ivan Yap. “And to do that, we focus on inspiring change at the core of every business –
leadership.”



The full day conference will feature power house speakers and panelists such as Raja Jesrina Arshad
from Purely B, Ehon Chan from MaGiC, Brian Tan from Futurelabs, Ili Sulaiman from Dishbyili &
Agak-Agak, Angel Tashveer from WanderClass and Andrew Tan from CrowdPlus Asia for the start-up scene as well as Ken Lim from Kens Apothecary, Hugh Koh from Pestle & Mortar and Joanne Kay from Ultron for the SME scene. An interesting session featuring Unsung Heroes of the business
scene include Giden from BloomThis and Jonathan Quek from Owners’ Circle. A session focusing on women empowerment is also scheduled to feature inspiring and influential women such as Hannah Tan. Speakers that will speak to inspire during the conference are Raja Singham of Brickfields Asia College and Datin Winnie Loo of A Cut Above Group of Salons. Other topics that will be included also throughout the day are branding, investment, relationships and management.

“We hope that through this conference, we can bridge the gap between market leaders and
entrepreneurs from all company sizes so that they can learn and inspire from one another,” said Mr.
Dan Loh, COO of Focus Malaysia.



This event is also one-of-its-kind where the organisers initiated a charity movement titled
“#LeadersAreGivers” in conjunction with Leadership Peak. With this, the Organisers hope to
empower participants of the event to ‘walk the talk’ as leaders by taking part in charity with their
effort and time. The charity is in partnership with Brickfields Asia College. “As leaders, we also need
to take the lead in giving back to the society,” said Mr. Arthur Tan.

An early bird rate of RM299 per person is available until 24 December 2017. A normal rate of RM499 per person will be applicable after that. Each entry ticket holder is entitled to get a goodie bag worth no less than RM1,500. To register or learn more about Leadership Peak Conference 2018, head on to www.leadershippeak.com or follow their progress via facebook.com/leadershippeak.


All-New Subaru XV (2018) appears in Malaysia


TC Subaru Sdn Bhd (better known to most as Subaru Malaysia) recently launched the 2018 All-New Subaru XV on Malaysian soil. It's a full model change since the original Subaru XV that was launched in 2012, the new XV is the 2nd model to employ the revolutionary Subaru global Platform.

As a happy owner of the Subaru XV STi model, my 1st impression of the car is that it has a lower stance compared to the previous version. It gives the car a whole new sportier look. While the older XV looks and is higher due to the suspension set-up, the new one rides low, as a 5' 10" man, the top of the new XV was about 15cm lower than my shoulder. Appearing in the 2.0i and 2.0i-P variants featuring Direct Fuel Injection, the N/A engines which produces 156PS at 6000rpm, it does feels lighter on the pedal and supposedly have better fuel economy (that's what was written on papers but real world drive always give a different result). And I thought the XV I'm using is already quite economical despite my semi-aggressive driving style.


It also features the Lineartronic CVT transmission that is 7.8kg lighter and have auto-step shift control with 7-speed manual mode functions. I won't bore you with the technical jargon because I personally prefers to judge the car based on how it feels on the road. But with a sales personnel beside me when I took the car out for a spin, I can say it is quite comfortable, responsive shift but was unable to try out the torque and roll of the car (There was quite a heavy traffic flow in the area).

For those that fancy the Steering Responsive Headlights, it is fitted in the 2.0i-P variant which looks like a sportier version of the 2.0i with touches of carbon fibre in and around the car. OTR price starts from RM118,819 inclusive of GST w/o insurance, the 2018 XV will be available in 6 colors: Sunshine Orange, Dark Blue Pearl, Pure White, Ice Silver Metallic, Dark Grey Metallic and Crystal Black Silica. Check out the ride at the nearest Subaru Showrooms, they are available now for you to touch, feel and test drive. Anyone planning to get one so we can take it out for a test up the mountain pass?



UYA Asia's Grand Launch



Earlier today, along with my team, fought through the early morning rush hour to get to Sheraton PJ, a new hotel across from the Asia Jaya LRT station. Should have just taken the train over from Kelana Jaya instead of driving but then, it was early in the day and my body was moving on auto-pilot while my brain is still in sleep mode.

The occasion was the launch of UYA Asia, Asia's first ever Entertainment Market Hub, an emerging player in the e-commerce industry led by a team of individuals who are experts in the marketing industry. UYA Asia officially open their 'doors' for business today, creating a unified online business hub via www.uyaasia.com.

UYA Asia did not hold back when they say they want to launch the online hub with a bang, with 300+ guests in attendance, they wowed the crowd with interesting dance performances & a series of booths featuring some of the major brands they are working closely with.

“UYA Asia offers more than just an online shopping experience,” says Philip Chow, the Founder & CEO of UYA Asia. “We are dubbed as Asia’s first Entertainment Market Hub because our online platform also offers a range of entertainment for free including short movie clips, games, mingling with ambassadors and even an area for our customers to win attractive prizes!” Philip adds. 

While UYA strives to provide a platform that caters to people from all walks of life, the team behind this online platform ensures that businesses that would want to take up a space on their site will need to go through a stringent quality check before going live. “At UYA Asia, we are extremely diligent in ensuring that the merchants that sign up at our site are of quality. This will ensure that both the customers and business owners can enjoy a seamless online shopping experience at UYA Asia,” says Philip.

In addition, customers can read or watch reviews of the products they intend to purchase at UYA Asia. A pool of influencers and bloggers will be engaged to do reviews so that customers can make informed decisions before purchasing any product or services through UYA Asia. During the launch, Philip highlights that UYA Asia is placing customer service as the pinnacle of its service. While other major players in the market offers personalised customer service to large account holders, UYA Asia has recruited a large team to service every single business account holder with UYA Asia.

I've yet to put my faith in the local online market space, a lot of the sites are still not 100% secure and read enough horror stories of actual products not appearing as seen on the sites, so let's see if www.uyaasia.com can change that. 


Post event, on December 8, 2017. UYA Asia's CEO, Mr. Philip Chow was interviewed by Capital TV to talk more about why he came up with UYA Asia.





US wants Airlines to Ban Cameras in Checked Bags



Recently, the buzz that got around the photography world is that the American government is encouraging the Airlines around the world to ban cameras, laptops and various other electronic devices from checked luggage, citing risk of batteries causing fires.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the recommendation was made in a paper that was recently filed with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), an agency that’s part of the U.N.

The FAA conducted tests that involved placing a heater against a fully-charged laptop’s lithium-ion battery, causing the battery’s temperature to continually rise. The agency found that overheating batteries and aerosol cans in close proximity to one another can cause fires and explosions in less than a minute — events that could bring down a passenger plane.

Batteries packed with other permitted items such as rubbing alcohol, hand sanitizer, and nail polish remover also caused large fires. These fires can burn up to 1,100 °F (594 °C), close to the melting point of aircraft aluminum, and are responsible for 3 cargo jet crashes and 4 pilot deaths since 2006, the Associated Press says.

As a result of these findings, the FAA is recommending that electronics larger than a smartphone should be banned from checked luggage unless they’re specifically approved by the airline. Other major agencies and companies, including the European Safety Agency (the FAA’s European counterpart) and Airbus, agreed with the recommendation.

The ICAO is responsible for creating global airline safety standards, which may then be adopted by member countries and airlines. This proposed ban will be considered during an ICAO meeting within the next two weeks.

Here’s the proposal that was submitted by the FAA:



If the ban goes into effect for international flights around the world, it could cause issues for photographers who need to transport large amounts of camera equipment in checked baggage. One possible solution, however, might be to separate your lithium-ion batteries from your cameras and equipment and bring them into the cabin with you in carry-on baggage.

Transporting camera equipment on flights has become much more regulated in recent years due to safety and terrorism concerns. The US temporarily banned cameras in the cabins of planes from a number of Middle Eastern countries earlier this year, and the TSA recently started requiring a separate screening of cameras in security lanes.

(via Chicago Tribune)

REVIEW: DJI Osmo Mobile


Recently, I got hold of the DJI Osmo Mobile as I was looking for a hand held stabilizer to shoot videos. Several reasons why I went for the Osmo Mobile instead of buying the other range of products is quite simple:

1. Price wise, it's quite ok (RM1,099 or USD300).
2. I can mount any phones to it.
3. I can use the GoPro with it (with an adapter)

What I don't like about it:

1. It only came with 1 battery
2. The USB to RCA cable used to charge the Osmo is so small that you will easily misplaced it
3. Should have come with the external charger + extra battery (cause getting those added unnecessary cost for me)
4. The angle of the hole for tripod mount on the side of the joystick is in a weird angle



The Osmo Mobile gimbal itself is quite easy to use, charge it up with the supplied cable, download DJI Go into your phone, sync the 2 devices together (brand new ones will require a firmware update that takes about 15min to do) and you are ready to go.

I've used it for about 2 months now, and I must say that I did not regret buying the Osmo Mobile. I've used it on several shoots and with phone technology these days, I am shooting at 4K with great results. Most of my clients doesn't even realize that some of the footages they receive was shot from a phone! Yes, I'm still learning and figuring out how to smoothly do certain stuff but in general, it is easy to use. Much more easier than my old steady-cam rig that I had to mount a beta cam onto.


With an adapter, I even save money on a GoPro Karma gimbal as I can mount the GoPro cameras to the Osmo and use. Only downside to it is, the GoPro do pick up a bit of noise from the Osmo (Might be due to the gimbal constantly moving to right itself due to the weight of the GoPro). So if you are not planning to use your GoPro with sound, it's a good fit.

That's about the gimbal itself. Now, the DJI Go software itself. It connects to the Osmo via Bluetooth so you can still use your wifi to do Live Streaming when you needed to. Overall, the software is quite intuitive, simple to use and with a bit of practice, easy to navigate around (it is less cluttered compared to the DJI Mavic interface).


The one part that I wish they'd improve on is the tracking system. If you intend to use the system to do vlogging, it's OK. Slow moving objects, just walking about (as long as the side you want it to track faces the camera) works smoothly. The problem came in low light, it will hunt for the subject even after you lock the box in. And if you intend to track a faster moving object, it'll go haywire. I was trying to use it to track a dance routine, but when we go into the fast movement, I can see the Osmo going bonkers and start rotating about looking for the subject it was locking into even though I am just in front of it. If they found a solution for that, I would say it's going to be my go-to device for all my dance demos and performance.

Photo quality wise, it works off your camera's sensor, so on that, I won't comment much as I am still using an old Note3 and you know how the quality of a Note3 is like. The DJI Go app itself does not shoot in 4K but a workaround to it is, I do the video recording off another app while I use the gimbal. It doesn't really affect the device itself, you can still rotate, tilt and move with the Osmo, only thing that will be disabled is the ability to control when you want to start recording on the Osmo itself and rely on poking the screen with your finger.

Overall, I am quite happy with it, didn't regret spending money on it as it's one of the things I carry with me whenever I work. A little "Pro-Tip" for you before you start using yours, always balance the phone or the GoPro (adapter mounted) on the gimbal first before you turn the Osmo on. It will work less hard in making your camera balanced which means your device consume less power.


A friend of mine used his without balance and the battery lasted only 2 hour ish (continuous use) with the joints heating up fast while I managed to use it for up to 4 hours and there was less heat coming from the joints. A balanced Mount would mean that your camera will be facing upright (like the photo) even without the power turned on. An unbalanced mount will have the camera dropping to the side before getting upright after the power turned on.

Well, hope this helps. Will update this post with more things as I discover more about the device. Until then, here's a video montage I shot in Bali using only my phone with the Osmo Mobile.



*This is not a paid review, I bought the device and used it for work and was asked by some friends about my thoughts on the Osmo Mobile. Rather than repeating myself, I write a post about it.

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How to earn money from your content on Facebook, esp video!


On Wednesday, Facebook released a post with guidelines on what publishers and what content can earn money from sharing to or posting on the site. Making money from Facebook includes content sponsored by a brand, sites featuring ads from Facebook Audience Network, ads in Facebook Instant Articles, or ad breaks in Facebook videos.

The standards are pretty clear about nine categories banned from making money via Facebook:


  1. Misappropriation of Children's Characters
  2. Tragedy and Conflict (ex. natural disasters, crime, self-harm)
  3. Debated Social Issues (ex. attacks on people or groups) 
  4. Violent Content (against people or animals) 
  5. Adult Content (ex. nudity, explicit or suggestive positions) 
  6. Prohibited Activity (ex. sale or use of illegal products) 
  7. Explicit Content (ex. blood, medical procedures, gore)
  8. Drugs or Alcohol Use
  9. Inappropriate Language

There's also a new tool to update publishers if their content is disabled from advertising. You can then appeal within the system directly on the site. A step forward in terms of transparency for publishers to take immediate actions.

Along with this update, Facebook is cracking down on fake news as well, Pages that repeatedly share fake news by third-party checkiers will no longer be able to participate in revenue programs, this along with the fact that Pages that share fake news will not be allowed to pay for promoted posts on News Feed.

Publishers making money from Facebook is, as always, a work in progress. Facebook is instituting its new feedback loop to videos with ad breaks first and later expand the effort to Instant Articles.

Hopefully, soon, they'd allow more pages and profiles to join the ranks of those who has started to earn from posting contents on Facebook.

Is your page getting monetization from Facebook?

Google Drive Apps for Desktop Going Offline in December 2017


Don't let the big hoo-haa that is going around scare you. Google Drive, the desktop (pc/mac) app is going away, but the service itself is basically intact and not going anywhere. So if you use the service via your web browser, then you won't notice much difference. But if you rely on the desktop app, you might want to download the Backup and Sync and start familiarizing with the app before GD app goes completely offline.

Google Drive for Mac/PC will no longer be supported starting on December 11th, 2017, and it will shut down completely on March 12th, 2018.


The real motivator behind the Drive app’s deprecation is a push to move enterprise users over to the new Drive File Stream app. Launching on September 26th, File Stream is intended to be used as a sort of collective hard drive for teams and organizations. All files are kept in the cloud and can be edited from anywhere. Say, for example, you’re a designer—you wouldn’t be downloading that PSD file, opening it in Photoshop, making some changes, saving it on your hard drive, and then re-uploading it to the cloud. Instead you’ll just open it straight out of File Stream and save it in the same place.

A few important things to note:

In October, Drive for Mac/PC users may start seeing messages in the product notifying them that Drive for Mac/PC is going away.
  • If a user is running both Drive File Stream and Backup and Sync on the same machine, they’ll be prompted to stop syncing My Drive with Backup and Sync in order to save disk space.
  • Team Drive editors won’t be able to edit their Team Drive files when they’re opened in Drive File Stream; they’ll only be able to view them. 
  • To edit these files, they’ll need to open them in Drive on the web.
For more about the updates, check out the GSuite's post about it.

Google tools for Business Owners and Managers absolutely Free on Re:Work


Google through their HR Blog just released a treasure trove of data and document to help business owner and managers grow. The data-obsessed company spent years studying the attributes of effective managers, determining that technical expertise was less importance than less-sexy attributes like consistency, delegation, and basic human decency.

These data Now that it has determined what makes a great manager, what does Google do with that information? The company has used them to develop a host of training and support documents to help newer managers learn the tricks of the trade, elicit great feedback, mentor colleagues, and run effective one-on-ones.

And here's the best part: Those documents are available completely free online to anyone who might find them useful. Via the company's HR-focused Re:Work blog, entrepreneurs and bosses can download the following:

  • Manager feedback survey [Google Forms survey] -- Managers need actionable feedback to understand how they're doing and how they can develop. Use this sample Manager Feedback Survey from Google to gather developmental feedback for your managers.

  • New manager training course materials [slides, facilitator guide, and student workbook] -- Learning to manage other people does not necessarily come naturally when someone becomes a manager. Management is a set of skills that can be taught. Review Google's new manager training materials and adapt them to your organization's culture and needs.

  • Career conversation worksheet [document] -- Google encourages managers to have regular, dedicated career conversations with employees. Help your managers structure these conversations with this simple conversation framework.

  • "One Simple Thing" worksheet [document] -- Google's best managers show care for their teams not just professionally but personally as well. Managers can use this popular goal-setting practice to openly discuss nonwork goals with team members.

  • 1:1 meeting agenda template [document] -- Frequent meetings with individual team members give managers a regular opportunity to provide feedback and guidance. This meeting agenda template can help your managers hold effective 1:1 (one-on-one) meetings.

    The generous data dump is part of the company's ongoing efforts to share its knowledge with the world. (Previously, it's also released a treasure trove of tools for better hiring.) Don't let the company's generosity go to waste -- test these tools out and see if they can help your managers support your people to do their best work.

What to wear on your 1st day at work?


These days, many companies have begun to relax on their rules for employees but that doesn't mean that you should just show up on the 1st day of work in your pajamas or t-shirts and shorts. Like the good old saying goes "First Impression Matters".

Whether you are an intern or ready to start your career with the company, how you dress to work makes an impression.And you really don’t want to mess that up.

Stylist Andreas Rose says that in some cases, an inappropriate wardrobe choice can even call into question their commitment to work.

Tricks to find out what to wear to the new job

“You’ll get an idea during the job interview what the company’s dress code is,” says Rose.

A glance at the company’s website may also help.

Colour or no colour?

“Dress yourself as simply and as un-colourful as possible,” says Rose, especially if it is your first day.

You may be viewed as a newbie in a new place and showing up overly colourful may not be helpful.

Rose recommends choosing a muted wardrobe as a sign that you are ready to integrate.

Grey, blue and brown are the colours of choice in this case, but not black.

Don’t show up in black

“For me, black symbolises power and dominance,” says Rose.

Therefore, black is not suitable for someone in the position of an apprentice.

But what if your coworkers dress stylishly? Should you follow?

Well, that depends on what the type of work is.

In the world of cosmetics and fashion, it’s possible that a business will provide a dress code or even a uniform.

Otherwise, Rose believes there are clear no-nos.

“Do not do anything to highlight the hips, bottom or cleavage.”

Skirts should be no shorter than the width of the palm of one hand above the knee, and shoulders should always be covered.

“Just how much I match my colleagues’ style depends on my own personality. Perhaps I’m aiming to achieve a very reserved look in the beginning,” says Rose.

“Definitely do not wear a belly top to work,” says the stylist.

Trendy cutouts or pants with holes should also not be worn in the workplace.

What about makeup?

Although it’s important to take care of your appearance at work, Rose advises against wearing too much makeup.

“It’s best to pick natural tones,” he says.

Rose also recommends highlighting the eyes rather than the lips.

A deep red lipstick will send the wrong signal.

And the fingernails?

An employer may ask for fingernails to be kept short for safety or hygiene reasons.

Rose recommends that women should have short nails and not use eye-catching varnish.

“Those types of fingernails always signal for me a desire not to work.”

Customers don’t like to be dealt with by cosmeticians with long fingernails.

And the hair?

When it comes to hair, an employer may ask for it to be tied back for reasons of hygiene.

A good outfit can quickly lead to success with customers.

Find a good set of attire and some well-chosen accessories.

“Definitely place emphasis on value. That’s a sign, for me, of professional competence,” says Rose.
Budget

You don’t need to have a big budget for clothing.

Rose recommends designing your wardrobe around the modular system of a certain brand.

For example, you may want to get a skirt that matches more than one blouse or shirt.

Another example would be a nice blazer that can be worn with either a skirt or pants.

The trick is, when one piece of clothing wears out, you can easily replace it without having to get a completely new outfit.

Source: dpa

Guide to using the ‘one-win-everything’ negotiating technique

extract from Virgin

This is a new, thoughtful way to negotiate where everyone wins. And I do mean everyone - you, me, the other people at the table, the public, the environment… the whole entire word.

With the Dalai Lama being the peaceful type, you may be thinking to yourself - does negotiating like the Dalai Lama mean laying down? Well no, it doesn't.

It means getting exactly what you want, while making sure the other side gets exactly what they need. On top of that, you make sure the good of everyone else gets met as well.

Here’s how you can negotiate like the Dalai Lama


Step 1: Smile (and have a sense of humor). Remember, after the negotiation the people at the table do not disappear. When the deal ends, you'll be doing business together so be nice, have fun and make friends when ever possible.

"Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other." - Dalai Lama

Step 2: Sit together (be on the same side of the negotiating table). When you sit across from others, you're often seen as the challenger. You want to be on the same team, and friends sit together. Lose the table, or find a glass one because transparency and closeness is the key to friendship.

"I defeat my enemies when I make them my friends.” - Dalai Lama

Step 3: Find out what problems they want to solve (then help them solve those problems) In 'one-win-everything' we have added a new technique to negotiating, it's called 'helping'. Discover the other side's problems, then help them solve them. Simple.

"An open heart is an open mind." - Dalai Lama

Step 4: Never get angry (No matter what - don’t get angry). Someone will probably offend you, it’s nothing personal so don’t get mad. Take a calming breath in, then out. Think, one-win-everything.

"The way to change others’ minds is with affection, and not anger." - Dalai Lama

Step 5: Ask 'how does this effect the rest of the world'? If this is a win for all, move forward. If not, figure out if and how you can make it a one-win-everything before moving forward. And if you cannot, walk away.

"When you lose, don’t lose the lesson." - Dalai Lama

Step 6: If someone is rude, start over (return to Step 1: Smile). Begin again - never let others influence you in a negative way. Instead, do your best to influence them in a positive way, or walk away.

"Someone else’s action should not determine your response." - Dalai Lama

Step 7: Never say no (instead, give the other person an 'mpossible "yes, if"). This is a very sly Dalai Lama negotiation tactic... never say "no". Always say, "yes, if", then add an impossible contingency.

Here is how it works:

Let's say you are negotiating with a big oil company who want to drill a well on your bird sanctuary. They tell you: "Our study shows it's impossible not to spill any oil, and it kill many endangered birds, but we want to drill anyway."

You want to say: "No way," however using the Dalai Lama's technique you won't have to. Instead, you say, "yes, if you find a way to do it where not a single drop oil gets spilled and not a single birds gets harmed. Plus, you pay me $10,000,000,000 dollars for every harmed bird - do we have a deal?"

You won't have to say no because they'll say it for you - because of your impossible contingency.

The Dalai-Lama says "yes, if" and lets the other side say "no".

I hope you'll only use your new found negotiating powers for good.

And for now, i'll leave the last word to the Dalai Lama: "There is no hundred per cent winner, no hundred per cent loser - not that way but half-and-half. That is the practical way, the only way."

Reporting Lost MyKad or Passport via Online for Klang Valley Folks



For people in the Klang Valley looking for faster ways to lodge police reports for non-criminal cases such as lost identity cards or passports can do so online now. The Online Police Reporting System, which is available at http://ereporting.rmp.gov.my, means complainants no longer have to go to the police station to make a report. E-reporting is open for Malaysians aged 18 and above.

“In 2015 and 2016, 80% to 90% of reports lodged in Kuala Lumpur involved people losing their IC or passports, misplacing handphones, and runaway maids,” said City police chief Comm Datuk Amar Singh. "E-reporting would make the process easier for these people."

“There was positive response, so we decided to expand it to the whole contingent in Kuala Lumpur. “Perhaps in the future, it will be open for the whole country,”

Besides e-reporting, there is also the Online Checking System at http://sso.rmp.gov.my, which allows people who have lodged police reports to check the progress of their case.

What about those of you who wants to apply for Replacement of lost Identity Card (MyKad Or MyPR)? You can use JPN's portal to do it at http://www.jpn.gov.my/en/kp/permohonan-gantian-hilang-kad-pengenalan-mykad-atau-mypr/

I tested it over the weekend as the chip on my MyKad is faulty but there was a bit of bounced connection from the site. Hopefully they will improve on the backend to keep up with the incoming traffic.

Of Parameswara, Hang Tuah & Malaysia's History that is more Fiction than Facts


A number of common errors regarding Parameswara and other matters need to be clarified. Historical records referring to Parameswara are attributable to 3 sources:

1. The Portuguese Gordinho D'Eredia, son of a Portuguese mariner and a Malaccan lady from Macassar, referred (circa 1600) in his writings to a Malaccan ruler called 'Permicuri.' Not much more information emerged from this source. The Sejarah Melayu for example, makes no mention of a Parameswara at all.

2. The Portuguese mariner Tom Pires who lived in Melaka, referred to a ‘Xaquem Darxa’ and a ‘Modafarxa’ in his 1513 Suma Oriental .

3. The Chinese Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) archives have records of the visit to Nanking of the envoys and rulers of Melaka. These were:

(a) Pai-li-mi-su-la in 1405

(b) his son Mu-kan-sa-yu-ti-er-sha in 1414 and

(c) his grandson Hsi-li-ma-ha-la-che in 1424

These visits to China and the court of Emperor Yung-Lo were to pay tributes to China and seek protection for Melaka against Thai and Indonesian invaders. The three above have been interpreted respectively as:

(a) Parameswara

(b) Megat Iskandar Shah

(c) Sri Maharaja

The two visits to China in 1414 and 1424 were also to report the deaths of Parameswara and Megat Iskandar Shah respectively, and to re-affirm the close relationship between China and Melaka. All three Rulers of Melaka and their envoys made their respective journeys to China in one of Admiral Zheng He's (Cheng Ho) several fleet-ships.

It is clear from these records that Parameswara never converted to Islam. He was an Indian Hindu or an Indian/Malay/Aboriginal Malay mixed Hindu who fled Palembang in Sumatra to eventually found Melaka circa 1400 AD.

It was Sri Maharaja who converted himself and the court of Melaka to Islam, and as a result took on the name of Sultan Muhammad Shah (possibly the ‘Modarfaxa’ of Tom Pires) sometime after 1435.

Megat Iskandar Shah was thought to have changed his name after marriage to a Pasai princess, the name ‘Megat’ signifying a marriage between a commoner and one of royal stature. But his conversion to Islam is in doubt, given that his son was named Sri Maharaja and therefore, the possibility of another non-Malay wife emerges.

These details of Parameswara and the succession to the Melakan throne were resolved definitively by our own Professor Wang Gungwu in his paper ‘The First Three Rulers of Melaka’ published in 1968. This is the basis on which current school history text-books are constructed vis- B -vis the Melaka Sultanate.

With regard to Raja Chula, we can take a more definitive stance, ie, that without a shadow of a doubt, this is a reference to Raja Chulan/Cholan of the Chola Dynasty (7-13 century AD) of South India. The most famous of these Indian Hindu Kings were Rajaraja Chola and his son Rajendra Chola who invaded Southern Thailand, Kedah, Perak, Johor and Sumatra about 1000 AD.

With regard to the legend of Hang Tuah and questions about his origin/ancestry, I believe that many have been misled that Tuah and his musketeers were of Chinese descent. That it was verified by DNA tests. Such a claim can be found on the Internet and refer to a source, viz., The Federal Association of Archaeology and Research of Michigan, USA.


This is a spurious claim and the association referred to, in fact, does not exist.

There is also a hypothesis that ‘Hang’ is associated with the Chinese Princess Hang Li Po from China who married Sultan Mansur Shah of Melaka in 1459. But there is nothing offered by way of tangible proof/evidence by those who espouse this line of thinking. What is true though, is that, Hang Tuah is dismissed in a single line in school history text-books. The Education Ministry will have to answer this mystery.

But what is really sad is that our children are taught as though Malaysian history suddenly began in 1400 with an Islamic Melaka. The cultural influences of India in particular, and China, in South East Asia span over 2,000 years, starting perhaps with the arrival from India of the Brahmanical prince/scholar Aji Saka in Java in AD78, through to Vietnam, Cambodia (Indo China), Thailand, Burma, Indonesia, Bali, Borneo, Brunei and beyond.

We are led to believe that the Indians and Chinese first arrived on the shores of Malaysia in about 1850 as desperate indentured labourers, farmers and miners. Nothing could be further from the truth. The findings at Bujang Valley speak of an ancient Indian/Hindu presence in Kedah. There were Chinese settlements in Pahang and Kelantan around the 13 th -14 th century and in 12 th century in Singapore. The early Brunei Sultanate had a Chinese Queen. One need not ponder at length the implications of Angkor Wat and Borobudur or that 40%-50% of Bahasa Malaysia comprises Sanskrit/Tamil words.

Why is the study of Hang Tuah taken out from our school history text books? Even if Hang Tuah’s a different race altogether, what significance does it do to our history? The time has arrived for us to record our history as the facts tell us and not as we would like to wish it for. The truth will never hurt anyone. Lies, always will.

My advice for parents? Let your children fail - Richard Branson


By Richard Branson

I am where I am today because I have been allowed to fail. Learning from failure builds character, and teaches us so much more than not trying ever will. But don’t just take my word for it, read this letter from my mum, Eve Branson.

Dear Ricky,
We saw it in you from virtually the first moment you began to talk. But even before that, when you learned to walk we realised we were going to have our hands full; you were just a toddler but you were clearly someone who liked to do things his own way and on your own terms.
To make matters even more interesting, as you grew you perpetually had some crazy new scheme or other up your sleeve that you were convinced was either going to change the world, make lots of money, or both! 

On a few such occasions we would say things like, ‘Oh don’t be ridiculous, Ricky! That’s never going to work.’ More often than not, however, your father and I instead opted to give you plenty of scope to learn by your mistakes and so left you to get on with your Christmas tree growing, bird breeding and all the other weird and wonderful enterprises you came up with. 
Almost without exception they all ended in some form of a disaster with us picking up the pieces – literally and metaphorically – but we’d soldier on and just kept hoping that one day the lessons learned would help you in life.
And that certainly would seem to have turned out to be the case. After a rocky beginning, once you and Virgin had become an established success, Ted and I would often ponder on just how differently you might have turned out had we been more controlling, or some might say ‘better’, parents. 
What if we had insisted that you not take so many silly risks and, rather than allowing you to drop out of school at sixteen, forced you to buckle down and complete your education? Like your headmaster at Stowe, who famously (now) predicted that by twenty-one you would either be in jail or a millionaire, we too shared some very serious misgivings about what the future might have in store for you. 
As we now know, of course, we needn’t have worried. What we saw as being a pig-headed little boy who was utterly determined to do his own thing, turned out to be nothing more than the growing pains of a budding entrepreneur. If only we had been able to recognise that at the time we might have had a lot fewer sleepless nights! 
Love,
Mum



Too often adults keep kids safe, ‘protecting’ them from the hurt that’s associated with failure. This is a big mistake. The more children are told they can’t do something, the more they will lose their curiosity and determination.

I am grateful to have had encouraging parents, who instead of blockading and trouncing my curiosity, allowed me to figure things out on my own accord.

Why dreaming is important for entrepreneurs - Richard Branson

Am always in the path of learning and one of the person that is inspiring with what he does at his organizations is Richard Branson. Here he shares why it is important to dream as entrepreneurs.



"Like many people, I sometimes think to myself: what if this is all a dream? I feel like one day I might wake up and be 20 years old again, with my whole life ahead of me. That thought doesn’t scare me, though, it excites me. I’d quite like to go back and plot my life all over again, and have even more big dreams," writes Richard Branson.

"Dreaming is one of humanity’s greatest gifts. It champions aspiration, spurs innovation, leads to change and propels us forward. In a world without dreams, there would be no adventure, no moon landing, no female CEOs, no civil rights. What a half-lived and tragic existence we would have. We should all dream big, and encourage others to do so, too."

For Richard, his personal dream was to be able to travel into space, opening the door for others to do so along the way.

"Throughout my life, space has always held a special place in my dreams. After witnessing humans land on the moon, my generation thought that we would all be making routine trips there and exploring it together. But as the years passed, we learned that government officials were not in the business of taking you and me to space; they had other priorities.

"Eventually, when it came to space exploration, it became obvious that private enterprise would have to take what the government started and pave the way for other discoveries. This is essentially the reason our team started our commercial space line, Virgin Galactic. We wanted to help ordinary people reach the stars by doing what we do best: innovating. When Virgin Galactic was merely a name and a vision backed by a small founding team, I didn’t know where this journey would take us nor how long it would take for us to get somewhere."

Like so many of the Virgin businesses, Virgin Galactic started off as little more than a dream. But something Richard and the team realised from the start was the importance of embracing their vision.

"Decades ago, after we watched the moon landing, the idea of space exploration was new and promising. Later, the obstacles made even considering it seem out of reach. But, as our experience with Virgin Galactic demonstrates, taking dreams seriously - even the ones that seem wildly out of reach - is essential.

"When you have an idea and you’re thinking of starting a business (whether it’s in space exploration or not) remember not to be self-conscious about having high expectations. Don’t judge yourself too harshly, and don’t let the naysayers convince you that your idea is way too optimistic, or that you’re being too idealistic or not serious enough."

So, what have all these years of dreaming taught the Virgin Group founder?

"It’s important to look at the world with wide-eyed enthusiasm, and believe that you are more powerful than the problems that confront you. We are only limited by our imagination. Also remember that the benefits of having big dreams far outweigh the perceived risks, because their value isn’t just measured by the outcome, but by the inspiration that comes from the journey of achieving them.


"Dream big, and you could be presented with the opportunity to lead the world on an incredible adventure - even one to other worlds."

Is the Generation X Forgotten?


Forget the Baby Boomers, and yes, there's a buzz about the Generation Y. What about those of us from the Generation X? Generation X-ers were born from roughly the mid-Sixties to the start of the Eighties. We didn’t even get a name until Douglas Coupland wrote a novel about us in 1991, and for a long time people thought Generation X meant we were nihilistic slackers who would never amount to much. But, oh, we’ve come of age now. We’re mainly in our forties and fifties, and this is our time.

Generation X has the benefit of possessing the best characteristics of both the boomers and the millennials, and none of the downsides. We know how to work hard and we know how to play hard. Generation X-ers are very industrious. Boomers don’t understand the internet and millennials were raised on it. Generation X created it.

We stripped off and dove into the glittering waters of this brand new thing, and made it what it is today. We had a dot com boom (and a couple of busts), we took those progressive late-boomers Bill Gates and Steve Jobs under our wing and showed them what we could do with their stuff. We walked around with phones the size of rucksacks and sent the first halting text-messages. We knuckled down and worked hard and now we write books and make TV and direct movies, we get up early to go to work, we come out in the middle of the night to fix your burst pipe.

Generation X was breast-fed punk and invented indie, and grunge, and techno, and any bloody musical genre of worth that you care to name. We transformed the Eighties and we owned the Nineties. We had alcopops and ecstasy and we were fearless and stupid and happy, but we still got up for work on Monday morning, no matter how bad we felt.

Boomers live in the past and have ransomed the future. Millennials fear the future and are ignorant of the past. Generation X acknowledges what has gone before, learns from it, and resolves to shape the future into something better. We don’t throw our hands in the air and say the job’s a bust, let’s give up. We know we can’t go back to mythical halcyon days and we know we can’t just rip it up and start again. We work with what we’ve got and try to make it better. We change things from the inside out.

Boomers’ lives were defined by a war they have no memory of. Millennials fear a war they can never survive. Generation X: we knew war. Some of us fought and died in Bosnia, in Afghanistan, in Iraq. Some of us protested those wars. We lived through the mistakes and we can make sure they don’t happen again.

Yes, Generation X had some things easy. We were paid by the state to go to university. We’re the last generation to be able to afford home ownership and get a mortgage. We remember when it was easier to get a job. Generation X is unique because nobody has had lives like we’ve got. Boomers were old by the time they were 40; millennials have yet to hit that milestone. Generation X is pushing back the envelope of old age, through attitude and health, like never before. We can do the shopping and read comic books and pay the bills and play video games. We can “adult” all you like, but we’re still kids at heart.

The problem with you millennials and boomers, though you’d never admit it, is you’re too alike. You’re both insular, in different ways. You’re both selfish. You’re both so blinkered, you think you’re the only two factions in this petty little fight of yours.

You forgot about Generation X.

But don’t fret, we’re still here. Working hard, playing hard, innovating, learning from the past and planning the future. So have your little generational war, and when you’re done, don’t worry.

We’re Generation X, and we've got this.

Disabling Windows 10's Keylogger

Did you know that Windows 10 has the keylogger function enabled by default? Because of that, users are unknowingly sending every keystroke to Microsoft which in turn, allow the company to collect excessive data and browser tracking by users without their consent.



How do we go about disabling the keylogger function?

1. Go to Start, then select Settings > Privacy > General.


2. Turn off Send Microsoft info about how I write to help us improve typing and writing in the future.


Keyloggers are a very real privacy and security threat. If you must use Windows 10, make sure to disable the default enabled Microsoft keylogger, but be aware that Microsoft has other holes that make keystroke logging possible still.

Using Public Transport vs Personal Transportation - My Take


I was asked by friends to write about my experience comparing driving and using public transport (including GRAB/UBER). Why? Because since the start of 2017, I've been using the public transport (MRT) a lot as there's a feeder bus in front of my residential area and the MRT was fully operational between Sungai Buloh and Semantan (Bukit Damansara).

With the convenience of the public transport + uber/grab, I don't have to think about traffic congestion (especially during peak hours) and parking cost/spaces at the destination. Do I still drive? Yes, when I need to go pick up my children from school/tuition or when I need to go groceries shopping at the market (as a single dad, I have to be the maid as well). Aside from that, going to meetings in KL is mostly via Public Transport.

Doesn't it take longer time to get to the destination? Of course, but having used the MRT+Feeder Buses for 4 years while I lived and worked in Singapore, I'm used to planning ahead of time if I need to get to my appointments at a certain time. So far, the only time I gotten late to an appointment before was when I drove as I got stuck in a post-rain jam despite leaving my home early.

For now, the MRT only reaches Semantan (Wisma UN) area at the time of this post so I will update this part once they have open up the rest of the route (remind me if I didn't update this post when you stumble upon this)

For this post, The destination of choice was Publika in Solaris Damansara which is 16 km away (from my home according to waze) which usually takes me about 30 - 40 minutes (during non-peak hour) and 1 hour to 1 1/2 by car. Also, this post does not include BIKES as it's cheaper to move around if you are riding a small cub bikes as a full tank of below RM10 can get you far and most malls and offices charges a flat rate for bike parking space.



Public Transport

Duration: 55 min (Per Direction)
Transportation Cost:
Feeder Bus : RM1
MRT : Kota Damansara - Semantan : RM3.20
Feeder Bus : RM1
Total Per Direction: RM5.20
Total For Entire Trip: RM10.40
(I usually don't have to wait long for the Feeder bus as it goes by my area every 15 minutes and I can roughly gauge the timing so I can head out just in time for the bus)


Using UBERX: RM17.42 (Both Direction: RM34.84)
If you to use UBER and have not signed up before, use my invite code: uberzique.

Using GRAB: RM22 (Both Direction: RM44).
If you to use GRAB and have not signed up before, use http://invite.grab.co/A69F66.

The prices for UBER/GRAB are what I got when I request for ride at the time of the screenshot. It also varies depending on surges/peak periods.

I also use a combination of the MRT/LRT with GRAB/UBER as the timing RapidKL bus that goes by my place to the Kelana Jaya LRT Station is not consistent. At some time, I've seen people waiting for an hour before we see the bus in the area and on some occasion, the bus totally bypass the route as they assumed that there's no passenger in that route. I hope the Feeder Bus will remain consistent for my area as the 15 minutes between each bus is just nice. According to the bus driver, they'll still go into the area even if there's zero passenger at the time of their shift.

This is just an estimate based on the taxi calculator website

TAXI: RM16.76 (This is just an estimated fare, we'll round it up to RM17 for easy calculation)
Toll: RM1.80 (You'll have to stand-by small change if you know you are using the toll)
Total Per Direction: RM18.80
Total For Entire Trip: RM37.60

Do request for the Taxi to always use the Meter before you get into the taxi. If you don't want to risk it, use the GrabTaxi app as the payment is paid based on the rate shown on the app and you can immediately lodge a report via the app if there's any issues.


Own Car

Duration: 35 min + 15 min searching for a parking space
Petrol Cost: RM2.65 (estimated)
Toll: RM1.80 (Kota Damansara - Jalan Duta)
Parking: RM4 (I was there for 4 hours) (RM2 for First 2 hours + RM1 every subsequent hours)
Total Per Direction: RM4.45 
Total For Entire Trip: RM12.90 (including RM4 parking charges)

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Now does it mean that it's better to just drive than to use the Public Transport? Personally, it's a preference. There's no right or wrong. If I know it's easier to go by Public Transport without the hassle of traffic jam then I'll do that. There's times I know I'll be out until late, only then will I drive.

So tell me, do you prefer to use the Public Transport or drive yourself?

Apple Hack: How to free up space on your iPhone/iPad

A friend of mine showed me this trick while we were talking about one issue that plagues apple products (the lack of an external microSD card to have more space) and the constant need to find best way to get more space out of our devices.

So he showed me this simple trick, and I was wondering, how come no one shared this with me before? Here's the step-by-step!

1. Go into Settings app and tap General > About to look at your current storage space. That is the "before" number.



2. Step 2: Open the iTunes Store app, head to movies, and find any really large title. One of the HD videos would suffice. The idea is to find a movie that requires more space than what you currently have in your phone. Tap the Rent button twice, you're not actually end up it (and therefore won't be charged anything). If you are worried, I can assure you that because there's no space, the movie won't be transferred so charges won't be imposed on you or do what I do, remove the credit card information from your account.



3. Once you see the message that there's not enough space available to download your rental, go into Settings. Head to General > About and you should see a some free space shown. Think you can squeeze more out of your iPhone/iPad? Repeat Step 1 - 3 again until you maxed out the space saving.



Interesting right? I believe what the system automatically clear out caches that's been taking up space to squeeze in more products into your devices and repeating it a few more times will help clear more.

I've repeat this process on my devices about 5 times but the limit is always the 1.9GB so I guess that's the only space I have left to play with unless I remove my music and portfolio videos.

5 genuine signs of intelligence people can't fake


You may think that a high IQ and bilingual tongue are sure signs of intellect but experts have shared the genuine signs of intelligence - and they're rather surprising.

From being an avid reader to having the ability to learn from your mistakes, psychologists share the clues of authentic intelligence.

1. You learn from your mistakes

Psychological studies prove that smart people are the ones who can recognise and accept their failures - and, crucially, learn from them.

Rather than viewing mistakes as setbacks, intelligent people see them as learning curves and opportunities to grow.

2. You read for fun

People who are avid readers and pour over a good book for pleasure rather than actively trying to seek out new knowledge are naturally more intelligent.

According to research, these avid readers have better memory function, communication skills, and focus.

3. You can argue against anyone 

Arguing is a sure-fire sign of intelligence - but it's the way in which you do it that sets you apart from others.

Travis Bradberry, author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0, says those who argue articulately and convincingly - and can argue from every angle - are more gifted.

It isn't just those who can argue from their point of view, but from everyone else's, that have genuine intelligence.

4. You think before you speak

Truly intelligent people have a brain that is quicker than their mouth.

If you take your time to answer people's questions and think them through to provide a genuine answer that you've thought about, you're one step ahead.

5. You don't care what others think 

Seriously intelligent people don't consider other people when making decisions.

They don't think about how others will feel as a result of their own actions and do things irregardless of other people's judgement.

SIGNS OF REAL INTELLIGENCE  


  1. You learn from mistakes
  2. You read for fun
  3. You can argue against anyone
  4. You think before you speak
  5. You don't care what others think 
So how many of the above do you possess?

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