Monday, May 30, 2016
Friday, May 27, 2016
IBM failed in its true identity years ago when management started making more than their top technical staff. It was not unusual for top rated staff making more than their management chain in the early Watson years. Matter of fact it is the core issue for most US based companies, management seems to thing their job is more difficult than the high end engineer developing the next generation of products. via CringelyOh my, this statement is so direct, to the point, of the whole issue with tech MNC companies. It’s actually kinda sad. It is happening in IBM, hp, Microsoft, Oracle. Even Dell or Lenovo. And it is the reason why tech startup is becoming successful such as Google, Facebook, etc. The money should go where the skills are. Not where management, project managers who just know how to track progress.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Well, well, well. What do you know? I saw this advertisement in The Curve. I didn't expect MoE, Ministry of Education, to advertise about education in a popular mall. Why? Are people not going to schools? Are people sending kids to private schools? To international schools? Or perhaps home schooling are getting more popular. Ever wonder why, Mr MoE?
What's interesting though, is that the photo above featured students from SKTM. My daughter said she recognise the girl in the photo and upon inspection of the badge in the photo, she's right!
In my quest for the perfect Blogger iOS tool, I'm trying this oldies called IFTTT. This is a popular tool that connect two apps together to create a workflow. IFTTT stands for "If This Then That". I could connect Evernote to Blogger which means if I create a new Evernote document, it will publish to Blogger. Pretty nifty huh? There's thousands of this "recipe", one of the popular ones is "If I create a new contact, update Google Spreadsheet". That's really cool.
Now what happens if I create a note in Awesome Notes, the best notes taker for iPhone, sync it to Evernote. Will IFTTT take this recipes and publish to Blogger?
May 26, 2016 at 11:10PM
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Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Ravi Menon, managing director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, said BSI’s behaviour was "the worst case of control lapses and gross misconduct that we have seen in the Singapore financial sector”. via FTMonetary Authority of Singapore - want to keep image of Singapore as being clean! Kudos to Singapore! And shame on you, Malaysia.
Monday, May 23, 2016
The BlackBerry’s success came to an end not because RIM started releasing worse smartphones, but because the new job of the smartphone shifted almost entirely outside of their capabilities, and it was too late to catch up. via marco.org
Today, Jane was having slight fever and didn't go school. This evening, as she laid on the bed, she asked if she could go to school tomorrow. She said she really want to go school because she missed her class teacher. Her class teacher WhatsApp my wife asking if she was ok. Cikgu said missed Jane's inquisitive questions. Jane asked her 'macam macam soalan' (all sort of questions) because she sits just in front of the teacher's table. What surprised me was Jane's willingness to open up and ask questions. It's not something she easily do with people she does not know. That means, she must have really liked this Cikgu and is very open towards her. The other time, in the group WhatsApp, another parent share a picture of another sick child, being comforted by this Cikgu in the canteen. Such compassion she has. It is teachers like this Cikgu that bring faith into the system, no, faith in humanity.
Friday, May 20, 2016
We started to question.. have we done the wrong thing by sending Ryan, an obviously non-Chinese speaking and pretty much a banana boy, to a Chinese Primary school. He went thru a very tough time during Standard 1.. to the extend that he dreaded going to school. His results other than English and Math, weren't encouraging then. His spirit was really low. Now that we realized that with this approach, we could be doing it at the expense of Malay literacy. Is it worth while? via Mom SaysStumbled upon this article while Googling. All Chinese Malaysian parents have this dilemma. Sigh!
One of the reasons we pulled Jane out of Chinese school was because of the fear instilled by the teachers. But if the parents themselves put this fear, whether consciously or subconsciously, it will have a longer, permanent damage.
Myself is a product of threats and beating via belt. My results were good during Primary school because of the fear of the leather belt. But come Secondary school, when my father was not able to teach me due to more advanced level, I was not able to do as well as my peer. I was hardworking and disciplined. But I wasn't using my brain a whole lot more.
I don't know if things will be different for Jane, since we didn't put a lot of pressure on her. Her results were not stellar, for example, her Maths was 70%. When she told me about her Maths, I said "Well done! Bravo! That's great, Jane! Did you know what was the reasons you didn't get a correct answer for this and that?". I think these were the right words to use, but I sometimes doubted myself.. Bravo for 70%? What if she decides that 70% is good enough? Am I encouraging mediocrity?
On the other hand, she sometimes told me her friend is so good, can get 90%. She already have peer pressures on her own. And pressure from teachers. I think she does not need pressure from her parents. Our house should be a house of comfort and trust.
Parenting is a balancing act...... I hope I am juggling the right balls.
Monday, May 16, 2016
To date, Malaysia’s average monthly disposable salary is RM3,505 (US$869.10) while Singapore’s is S$4,152 (US$3,028.38). The bad news is, Malaysians do not only earn less than their neighbours across the causeway, the weaker Ringgit currency compared to the US dollar (with an exchange rate of roughly 3.9 versus the Singapore dollar’s 1.36 at this point in writing) also means that imported goods that are sold in Malaysia often cost more in the Ringgit quantum. via iMoney.myThere’s a really nice Infographics posted in iMoney on the monthly expenses incur by working professionals in both Malaysia and Singapore. The Infographics gives a nice pictorial and will be useful for Malaysians thinking of moving to Singapore.
The Infographics ended by saying that:
You need S$8218 to maintain the same standard of living as RM9,500 in Kuala Lumpur, assuming both are renting.I believe that this conclusion is very key to many Malaysians. If we chose to go to Singapore, naturally, we will be renting a place to stay. And by renting, it doesn’t sound like Singapore is going to be cheap for you. This is especially true if you already at the tail end of settling your mortgage loan, which means you will have a house you don’t need to bear the burden of monthly instalment in Malaysia. By going to Singapore, you will have that rental amount to pay for. The Infographic listed a S$2,000 monthly rental for a 1 bedroom apartment outside the city centre. OMG!
Recently, I have a few colleagues who found a job (in the same company) in Singapore and they moved their family there. One big question that is always on my mind is how much do they pay an experienced worker? Both my colleagues told me that it is roughly 70% of what you get in Malaysia. That means, if you earned RM10,000 today, moving to a similar position in Singapore will get you S$7,000. Which sounds pretty good because that’s RM21,000 after currency conversion! (S$1 is RM2.90 now). But don’t forget, he’s gonna rent an apartment for his family of 2 kids and a wife. And rental is around S$3,000 or more. That left S$4,000. He said that he’s currently not a PR, and that PR is a bit challenged now because of the control and so his children’s education in Singapore is very expensive - going to be like an expat. Probably that takes another S$1,000 cut for 2 kids education. That is why his wife has to look for a job as well, otherwise, it’s unsustainable.
While it’s not a bed of roses, there are still many who wanted to start a life in Singapore. The main reason is that Malaysia has degenerated into a shit hole of slump in the past 5 years, which such a corrupted administrations, super high cost of living and a host of safety concerns. Going to Singapore may be tough at first, but you do get a peace of mind and soul.
What are your thoughts?
Friday, May 13, 2016
In all three interventions -- absent minded, emotional and texting -- the researchers found that the drivers' handling of the wheel became jittery with respect to normal driving. This jittery handling resulted in significant lane deviations and unsafe driving only in the case of texting distractions. In the case of absent-minded and emotionally charged distractions, jittery steering resulted in straighter trajectories with respect to a normal drive and safer driving. via Sciencedaily
So study shows that if you are thinking of something or when you are emotionally distress, you can still drive well. That’s because your 'sixth sense’ can still help you control your steering wheel. But when you are texting, your sixth sense is not in control and as such, it’s easier for you to drive out of you normal lane.
Please don’t text and drive. It’s not worth your live. That other party can wait.
Thursday, May 12, 2016
There’s no secret really. I spent half the years in doing technical roles, solving problems. Technical is hard - but it’s binary. Can do or cannot do.
Sales, on the other hand, is a web full of intrugue and black holes. There’s a lot more things to juggle - clients, partners, internal politics, your bosses, weekly reviews, pointless reporting! No wonder people can’t survive.
In the past 3 years, I have been involve in sales and I find myself struggling to keep my sanity.
Why does sales have to be so complex. It’s really just a question of profit and loss. Of discount level and selling price. And yet, the redtape of this company complicates it hundred fold.
No wonder no one is selling. We are busy arguing!
"Fintech is challenging the status quo of the financial industry. New business models will emerge. Delivery channels will challenge existing norms. Transaction costs will be reduced.Fintech is disrupting financial sector. This is really nothing new. We see things like Pay Pal, Ali Pay, Wechat payment, etc become more and more popular. What I think is interesting is that Malaysia banks are recognizing this and is now taking steps to embrace this technology. Another technology that is also coming in strong into the industry is blockchain, the technology powering bitcoin. Innovation is such a wonderful thing as it is challenging the norm and making our lives, as consumer, so much easier and better. And innovations breaks tradition and breaks apart any hold that corporations want to shackles on consumer. I wish I have the knowledge and tech savvy to be part of this revolution. Back to the books maybe?
"Rather than looking at the fintech revolution as unwelcoming, financial institutions ought to embrace it as an opportunity,” Muhammad said yesterday at the Global Islamic Finance Forum 5.0 (GIIF 5.0). via thestar
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
I will not be seen as failed because of the failure of the company.It’s very true, you know. He may be a star salesman. But he can’t sell because of the beauracracy of the company. But if he continue to stay in this company, he will not be able to meet his quota, quarter after quarter. It’s not because he can’t sell. He’s bound by the red tape.
Sure enough, once he left the company and joined another, he excels.
He had written: "This is not my chemistry paper but the last exam I am writing. I am so bored of my life. I don’t want to live any more. When I am dead, I do not want my body to be taken to India.” via TheNational.
This has to be the most outrageous news that I read this week. A 16 year old hanged himself because he wanted to make a statement to the school board to reform the teaching methodology! What the hell is the world coming into, these days, where we give our kids so much pressure to perform in school that they have to find another way out? Does the problem lies with the school board, the parents or the society?
Friday, May 06, 2016
One interesting thing though - in SKTM, the exams is always before the school holidays. Just like in my old times when we can celebrate the exams with a long break. But in the SJKC that she left, the exams come AFTER the school holidays! The kids must be so stressed during holidays with the impending exams over their mind. I just don’t understand why.
Thursday, May 05, 2016
It’s funny. When we have visitors, we usually treat them when we take them out for lunch. When I took my American colleague out, he insisted on paying for his own lunch. When we argued, he said that he’s on expense account and it is the company that is paying for it.
Similarly, when I am in the States, my colleague would take me for dinner and a drink, and they will ask, you are on expense account, right? And so, we will go dutch.
I am sure they are not cheap skate. It is just their culture of being independant and paying for their own food.
I had a really nice noodle soup this morning. It’s nothing special, just that the hot soup felt so good and comforting. This caused me to think about life in Western country where the food will be different. I can imagine having cold sandwich for breakfast and I am not a fan of waffle or bagels. So, maybe overseas living is not something for me. Sure, we can get used to it but I will surely miss Malaysian fodd. There is a charm to having warm stomach, eh?
Wednesday, May 04, 2016
Anyway, I stumbled upon this Pringles commercial. Sounds like stacked potatoes is a new thing back then! Amazing.
Reader of DubiousQuality wrote in on this topic:
Finally, about 20 years ago, all 3 things converged at once. Depression, anxiety, and panic. I suffered for about three weeks. Could not sleep, could not eat, I was barely functional. I suddenly realized I was like a drowning victim. I felt like I was being pulled under and that my system was being pumped full of adrenaline. I felt the fight or flight instinct, but there was nothing to fight or flee from but my own mind. At that point in my life, I had a rather poor opinion of psychology as a science, but I realized I needed help. via dubiousquality
Hmm, interesting. The stress for the past months sounds eeriely similar.
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