Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Exodus

CNY is round the corner. But the mood is not as bright and happy as befit a New Year. What to do, this year of 2014 is a year where we will see price hike in many things. Life is going to be hard. Business is slow. The feeling is worse than 17 years ago when we had a recession in '97. 17 years ago .. that means instead of progressing towards a developed country of 2020, we are regressing. We are going back to Ice Age. Our neighbours (apart from Thailand, who is now kinda sick due to their state of emergency) are progressing well: Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, etc.

Many more people are contemplating migration.

Even more brain drain.

The sentiment in the office is not that good either. With so many expense cut worthy of Edward Scissorhand, this company I am with has devolved into something worse than a Chinaman company.

All in all, a gloomy year.

Monday, January 06, 2014

Life in Malaysia

I have lived in Malaysia all my life - 40 years of it. We are all bracing ourselves for a tough 2014 - electricity tariff is increasing, so is toll rate, petrol, sugar, GST is coming .. all these are bound to create a lot of hardship for the citizens. It's almost like we are going backward, back to the olden days when life is hard for everybody.

But the strange thing is, we are seeing a lot more foreigners in our country. We are importing a lot more skilled workers. Talent Corp is getting Malaysians from abroad to come back to work for the country.

I often wondered why skilled foreigners and Malaysians want to return here to work? Is it the opportunities .. or is it the weather.. or is it because Malaysia sounded exotic and how often does one get opportunities to work in Asia and experience the culture?

A word of advice - the country is generally safe but there are many petty snatch thieves around. I'd think that things could get worse in 2014 when life is hard. One mistake Malaysia did was the influx of unskilled workers from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar and Nepal. But on the other hand, somebody has to clean the toilets. If Malaysians don't want to do it, then we need these unskilled workers. But then our problem is that there are just too many of them. You can't go into a restaurant these days and speak English or Bahasa or Cantonese and be understood. It is that bad. At times I wonder if I am in a foreign land.

But the snatch thieves are generally not by these foreign workers! It is by the same Malaysians who refused to do these odd jobs. We have jobs they refused. The jobs is taken by other people, so they resort to violence. What's happening?

This is one reason I thought minimum wages is important and it was successfully implemented in other country. But minimum wage will cause products to be more expensive because labour is expensive. And if things are more expensive, living expenses increase and Malaysia will not be attractive to other investors and therefore the jobs opportunities dwindles.

It's not easy to run the country.

It's not easy to live in a country run by someone who can't lead.

Have a good 2014!

Friday, January 03, 2014

Ringgit is in Google+

So I have now created a Google+ profile. Follow me there. The problem is, I am more active in Twitter than Google+ so I am not sure the point of the profile yet. And I wonder if every blog post I made appear in the G+, if it does that will be great. We will see how it goes.

9 Level of Consciousness

In our practice, we believe that when you are in rhythm with the Universe, things will go smoothly for you and you will meet people who will do the right things for you. It's very much what feng shui will teach you. When things are aligned, your life will go smoothly. So, if you can just employ a feng shui master to fix up your house, why do you need to spend hours chanting and meditating?

A friend once asked - if I am a very positive person, such that I truly believe that I can do things, do I still need religion? Sometimes, you see CEO of big companies. They are very positive guys. They can do big things and make lots of money. Do they need religion?

Another friend was reading the very popular book "The Secret" which says that when you focused your mind on the positive things, on things you want, you are harnessing the environment around you to move along that path you are focusing and thus you get the stuff you wished for.

So why do people need to then spend hours chanting and meditating when you can change your life for just a RM5000 feng shui master .. or buy The Secret book for RM70 or attend a motivational course for RM1000?

First and foremost - Buddhism doesn't cost you a sen.

Secondly, those motivational courses, feng shui master etc doesn't last long. One week after a motivational course and feeling extremely motivated and positive, you tend to slacken and drop back to your old habits. You need to sustain that. How do you sustain that? Chanting and making a vow in your spiritual practice is a first step to do so.

But what if you are the CEO and you have this strong determination and you can maintain and sustain your positive attitude?

That's where the 3rd point comes in. A little bit of fundamental first. In Buddhism, we believe that human have 9 consciousness. The first 5 are what we know: sight, hearing, touching, smell and taste. What you see affect how you think. What you hear affect your mood, etc.

The 6th consciousness is the conscious mind - meaning what are you thinking, your judgement, your perception of stuff. As stated in the above paragraph, what you see affect how you think; what you hear affect your mood. So if you have a positive mindset, meaning if you control your 6th consciousness, you can control how your eye view things, you can choose what you hear and you can control your reaction to something you taste or smell. This is the part the positive CEO can do.

The 7th consciousness is called the subconscious mind. You also know what this means. It means if we have the ability to control and command our subconscious, we can do wonderful things. People who can read while blindfolded have the ability to tap into their subconscious power. In Center Point, there is a school called Schida Method. They take children from 6 months to 7 years old to teach them the power of the right brain. To tap on the creative brain; to also tap on the power of the subconscious mind. I have seen children able to see through a thick cardboard card and call out the object or the colour of the object the teacher is holding. Some people get healed - because they are able to BELIEVE so strongly that their subconscious mind can tell the body to generate cells to heal themselves. Some people claimed they can travel through space to talk to someone else. This is the power of the subconscious mind.

You all heard it. There are many experience and testimonials. People witness this with their eyes. That guy who teach you about The Secret is actually teaching you the power of subconscious mind. Buddhism already talked about this 5000 years ago..

Now, what people didn't tell you is that there are two more consciousness - 8th and 9th. 8th being the karma consciousness. Karma is something we carry from past life and into future life. Karma bound people across generations. Some people have very good financial karma but bad relationship karma. They have issues with parents, spouses or can't make good friends. Some people has a lot of friends but cannot have long lasting and meaningful relationship for example marriage. Or some have children who are born disfigured. How do you change this karma that you carry? The Secret can't help you break the chain of bad karma. The positive thinking CEO can't break his health karma - do you remember the story of this young CEO of SAP who goes to gym every day - eat healthy, no smoke, no alcohol, but then died of heart attack at the age of 42? How do you break that karma that he has that he didn't realise even though he has a positive mindset?

My 4 year old already have OCD that I said it's part of the karma she carried from me (as I have some sort of OCD myself). I bet you her child in the future will have this karma unless we break this chain NOW.

This 8th consciousness is the one that people can't change - but in Buddhism, we believe we can change and break the karma chain in this lifetime i.e. no need to wait for next life. We can change this simply because of chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo.

It is through chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo that you are able to tap on the 9th consciousness which is your inherent Buddhahood inside you and bring it forward. As your Buddha nature inside you start to surface, it changes all the 8 consciousness above it - it cleanses your karma, it nurtures your subconscious, it helps you change the way you think and the way you see/hear/taste life. It helps you be in rhythm with the Universe and have stuff around you work in rhythm with you. It creates that positively around you and therefore you attract all the positivity from environment towards you. You get better, your children is freed from the karma that bound you. You changed both yours and their lives and people around you.

This was taught 5000 years ago........

Imagine that.

Perks

Yesterday in Facebook, I posted a simple status update: "Thirsty, no paper cup to drink water". The post was in jest of my company removing paper cups in the guise of being environment friendly and asking us to bring our own cups. But I was surprised when one of my FB friends actually asked me to bring a cup. That statement made me wonder whether I have over-reacted? Perhaps this is a common thing among other companies out there.

But I wonder which company:
1. does not provide any stationaries - no pen, pencils, staplers, rulers, tape, etc. As a new employee, you have to bring these at your own cost
2. does not provide coffee/tea - you have to use your money on the vending machine they allocated
3. does not provide paper cup for water
4. at one time, decided not to include paper to dry your hands in the toilet and instead use toilet paper rolls to dry your hand.

If this sounds to you like I am working in a Chinaman company or a local Malaysia Sdn Bhd company -  I am not. I work for a US-multinational company.

Oh, maybe they pay very well .. so they cut some of these corners..

Let's see: I have worked 10+ years in this company. The biggest bonus I have ever received is 2 months - ONCE.

Increment for the past 3 years are around 2%.

I question why am I even staying put!

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