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Date: Thursday, 27 Mar 2014 18:54

<p>Last year I wrote about how you can <a href="http://www.kennysia.com/archives/2013/10/mad-1.php">get a pack of illegal ciggies for RM3</a> in Malaysia.</p> <p><img title="" style="border-left-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; background-image: none; border-bottom-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-left: 0px; display: inline; padding-right: 0px; border-top-width: 0px" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2014/Ops-Outlet-2014_2FD5/IMG_0009.jpg" width="550" height="413" /></p> <p>Well, looks like somebody has finally decided to clamp down on this menace!</p> <p>In Ops Outlet, anyone found selling cigarettes without Malaysia stamps will be put under remand up to seven days. According to the papers, there are now 44 strike teams across the country now raiding errant retailers. </p> <p>FORTY-FOUR! That's more than the amount of traffic cops hiding in dark corners of the roads during Hari Raya!</p> <p><img title="" style="border-left-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; background-image: none; border-bottom-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-left: 0px; display: inline; padding-right: 0px; border-top-width: 0px" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2014/Ops-Outlet-2014_2FD5/IMG_0012.jpg" width="550" height="413" /></p> <p>I think it's good that at least the government is acknowledging the problem that our streets are flooded with the Johns, the Luffmans and the Gudang Garams.</p> <p>Smoking is a disgusting habit. Illegal cigarettes make the already bad problem even worse. By taking action on this, At least it sends a clear message to these illegal cigarette sellers - if you &quot;forgot&quot; to put your tax sticker on your packaging, you're gonna go to jail. </p> <p>Suddenly that RM3 per pack profit don't seem all that attractive anymore, isn't it?</p> <p><img title="" style="border-left-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; background-image: none; border-bottom-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-left: 0px; display: inline; padding-right: 0px; border-top-width: 0px" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2014/Ops-Outlet-2014_2FD5/illegal_-ciggarettes_140305.jpg" width="500" height="345" /></p> <p>Anyway, I say it's about time they shut down the sale of illegal cigarettes. </p> <p>Cancer statistics is already bad as it is. We don't need RM3 cigarettes to drive more people into hospitals.</p> <p><iframe height="315" src="//www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/-5GvoHODUbM?rel=0" frameborder="0" width="560" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>As it is, our country has the dubious honour of being number one in the world contraband cigarettes sales. </p> <p>Adults are smoking them. Young kids are smoking them. Even non-smokers have to put up with breathing in second-hand smokes filled with elevated toxins. Question we should ask ourselves is: are we really gonna put up with this? </p> <p>Basically, no one benefits from the sale of contraband cigarettes.</p> <p><img title="" style="border-left-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; background-image: none; border-bottom-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-left: 0px; display: inline; padding-right: 0px; border-top-width: 0px" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2014/Ops-Outlet-2014_2FD5/DSC00022-001.jpg" width="500" height="334" /></p> <p>No one, except the criminals behind them. </p>


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Date: Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014 05:01

<p>What's the point of renting a bridal gown and paying thousands for a photoshoot, when you can just do this?</p> <p><img title="" style="border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-left: 0px; display: inline; padding-right: 0px" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2014/Because-Traditional-Chinese-Engagement-A_B53F/ENGAGEMENT-AD-FB.png" width="550" height="367" /></p> <p>#kennyandming</p>


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Date: Sunday, 09 Mar 2014 23:04

<p>They say in life, it is not just what you know, it is who you know.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2014/EO-Tour-de-Malaysia_1875/DSC00369.jpg" width="550" height="367" /></p> <p>I first heard of the <strong>Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) </strong>through Marcus Luer, who served as my mentor for <a href="https://www.sc.com/privatebank/gb/resources/pdfs/press-releases/Winners-Announced-for-First-Ever-Enterprise-Development-Challenge.pdf">MillionaireAsia's Enterprise Development Challenge</a> two years ago. In fact, joining EO was the very first advice Marcus gave me.</p> <p><em>&quot;It is very important that you surround yourself with like-minded individuals,&quot;</em> he said. <em>&quot;When you are in the company with other individuals in similar position in life like yourselves, you get access to a whole group of people who supports you, mentors you and gives you opportunity to mentor back. When that happens your whole thinking and approach to life and business changes.&quot;</em></p> <p><em><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2014/EO-Tour-de-Malaysia_1875/IMG_1765.jpg" width="550" height="413" /></em></p> <p>Alright I'm interested. So how do I get sign up for this EO thing?</p> <p><em>&quot;Well, you cannot just join like that. They are quite selective about who gets into the organization. First, you must be the founder or shareholder of a company that makes USD $1 million a year.&quot;</em></p> <p>Okay. Not quite there yet.</p> <p><em>&quot;Next, there's the membership fee, which is around RM8,000.&quot;</em></p> <p>Once off?</p> <p><em>&quot;No, a year.&quot;</em></p> <p><em>*gulp*</em></p> <p><iframe height="360" src="//www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/ShfehSI1qgg?rel=0" frameborder="0" width="480" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>With that, I put off my thought of joining this elusive club called EO, until late last year when these two letters popped up again.</p> <p>Joanna Ling, a friend of mine who is probably the only EO member in Kuching, asked if I would be interested to go on an bicycling experience of a lifetime organized by EO called the <strong><em>EO Tour de Malaysia</em></strong> - 5 Days, 4 States, 300+ km, 1 bike. <br /></p> <p>Sure, why not? After all, what's there to lose... other than my pair of legs?</p> <p>With that, I packed my bags and my bike to KL to have a glimpse into what this exclusive organization called the EO is all about.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>DAY 0 - PREP TIME</strong></p> <p>What do founders and directors of companies making more than US$ 1 million in revenue look like?</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="DSC00320" border="0" alt="DSC00320" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2014/EO-Tour-de-Malaysia_1875/DSC00320.jpg" width="550" height="413" /></p> <p>Well, they look just like you and me. But one common thing that stood out is how open, friendly and unreserved members of EO are. </p> <p>Everyone goes out of their way to talk to you or help you out, even if they don't know who you are. There's no such thing as who is more senior or who makes more money. Everyone sees everyone as an equal.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2014/EO-Tour-de-Malaysia_1875/DSC00281.jpg" width="550" height="413" /></p> <p>When EOers organize events for other EOers, they always seek to create magical moments that money can't buy. Examples in the past include shutting down Petaling Street for a Chinese New Year celebration, or getting toured around Manchester United by actual former football players.</p> <p>For the EO Tour de Malaysia, you know this event is highly exclusive when the special guest invited to give a lecture is a Tan Sri from Royal Selangor.</p> <p><strong>Lesson Learnt:</strong> Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep on moving.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2014/EO-Tour-de-Malaysia_1875/DSC00309.jpg" width="550" height="367" /></p> <p>Malaysian cycling legends honoured by the organizing committee.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>DAY 1 - PUTRAJAYA &amp; TELUK INTAN</strong></p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="DSC00337" border="0" alt="DSC00337" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2014/EO-Tour-de-Malaysia_1875/DSC00337.jpg" width="412" height="550" /></p> <p>Woke up at 5:30am. Just in time to take a selfie clad in lycra.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="DSC00344" border="0" alt="DSC00344" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2014/EO-Tour-de-Malaysia_1875/DSC00344.jpg" width="550" height="413" /></p> <p>This is probably the only time in my life I would be seeing 65 company bosses carbo-loading in preparation for a 100km ride ahead.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2014/EO-Tour-de-Malaysia_1875/DSC00356.jpg" width="550" height="367" /></p> <p>The morning of Day 1 is a 50km ride around Putrajaya.</p> <p>It's such a joy riding in the administrative capital of our country. The roads are relatively flat and the the boulevards wide. As one rider remarked, <em>&quot;Finally, we have found a use for Putrajaya!&quot;</em></p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2014/EO-Tour-de-Malaysia_1875/DSC00405.jpg" width="550" height="367" /></p> <p>I thought it's also pretty cool we were given a police motorcade around Putrajaya, like we're some VIPs in a city with no shortage of VIPs.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2014/EO-Tour-de-Malaysia_1875/DSC00388.jpg" width="550" height="367" /></p> <p>Ironically, the official colour of our jerseys for Day 1 is yellow.</p> <p>Wonder if Najib got worried when he looked out the window, and thought a bunch of BERSIH protestors were riding towards him!</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2014/EO-Tour-de-Malaysia_1875/DSC00428.jpg" width="550" height="367" /></p> <p>It's a crime to still look this good after a 50km bicycle ride.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2014/EO-Tour-de-Malaysia_1875/DSC00441.jpg" width="550" height="367" /></p> <p>Anyway, we kinda cheated and took a 2.5 bus trip up the North-South Highway to the sleepy town of Teluk Intan, Perak - where the local's claim to fame is this leaning clock tower. </p> <p>Of all the designs we could have copied from the Italians, we copied their lousy building construction method. </p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2014/EO-Tour-de-Malaysia_1875/DSC00453.jpg" width="550" height="367" /></p> <p>From Teluk Intan, it's a 70km bike ride to the Lumut jetty.</p> <p>It was a tough ride, and the leisure riders have opted to take the bus to the destination instead. The hardcore ones gulped down a few cups of FruitBank juices and continued the journey with no complaints.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2014/EO-Tour-de-Malaysia_1875/DSC00477.jpg" width="550" height="367" /></p> <p>The skies turn golden just as we were about to depart for Pangkor Laut.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2014/EO-Tour-de-Malaysia_1875/DSC00500.jpg" width="550" height="367" /></p> <p>And after a gruelling 130km first day, we finally &quot;kaw liao&quot;.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2014/EO-Tour-de-Malaysia_1875/DSC00536.jpg" width="550" height="367" /></p> <p>Time to celebrate in Pangkor Island!</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2014/EO-Tour-de-Malaysia_1875/DSC00538.jpg" width="550" height="367" /></p> <p><strong>Lesson Learnt: </strong>Good entrepreneurs must learn how to take risks. </p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2014/EO-Tour-de-Malaysia_1875/DSC00557.jpg" width="550" height="367" /></p> <p>Snagging a photo op inside a ring of fire probably isn't one of those risks.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>DAY TWO - CAMERON HIGHLANDS &amp; BANJARAN</strong></p> <p><strong><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2014/EO-Tour-de-Malaysia_1875/DSC00601.jpg" width="550" height="367" /></strong></p> <p>The day barely broke, and we're already departing Pangkor Island. Some EOers probably haven't even slept!</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2014/EO-Tour-de-Malaysia_1875/DSC00622.jpg" width="550" height="367" /></p> <p>Day 2 of the EO Tour de Malaysia commences at Cameron Highlands, Pahang. </p> <p>Despite being a Malaysian, it's my first time here and I like it! It's so picturesque!</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2014/EO-Tour-de-Malaysia_1875/DSC00642.jpg" width="550" height="367" /></p> <p>Our first stop is the 'BOH' Tea Centre in Brinchang. </p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2014/EO-Tour-de-Malaysia_1875/DSC00631.jpg" width="367" height="550" /></p> <p>Like primary school kids, we line up two by two, holding hands, as we visit the very fascinating tea factory to see how tea leaves are processed.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2014/EO-Tour-de-Malaysia_1875/DSC00650.jpg" width="550" height="367" /></p> <p>An obligatory group photo before we journey 120km downhill!</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2014/EO-Tour-de-Malaysia_1875/DSC00685.jpg" width="550" height="367" /></p> <p>The downhill bike ride is super easy. All I had to do was control my brakes!</p> <p><strong>Lesson Learnt: </strong>In life, you must learn to take plenty of breaks and enjoy the smell of tea leaves.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2014/EO-Tour-de-Malaysia_1875/DSC00769.jpg" width="550" height="367" /></p> <p>Our next pitstop is my most favourite out the entire trip - the Banjaran Hot Springs near Ipoh, Perak.</p> <p>I have long heard about The Banjaran, and how it is the only true 5-star wellness retreat in the whole of Malaysia. I'm glad I wasn't disappointed.</p> <p>The Banjaran is truly beautiful. Set amidst lush green rainforests and vertical limestone hills, I felt serene as soon as I stepped into the gardens.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2014/EO-Tour-de-Malaysia_1875/DSC00778.jpg" width="550" height="367" /></p> <p>Nothing beats soaking my tired legs in these geothermal hot spring waters.</p> <p>I didn't wanna leave, but I have to be careful my eggs don't get cooked.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2014/EO-Tour-de-Malaysia_1875/DSC00793.jpg" width="367" height="550" /></p> <p>Massage is not included in the price of entry. But heck, after riding almost 200km in two days, I could care less paying nosebleed prices for a 45 minute treatment.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="DSC00837" border="0" alt="DSC00837" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2014/EO-Tour-de-Malaysia_1875/DSC00837.jpg" width="550" height="367" /></p> <p>Next, we were given a tour of Sunway Group Chairman Jeffrey Cheah's private wine cellar set inside a limestone cave. </p> <p>This was another one of those magic moments that the EO team sought out to create.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="DSC00843" border="0" alt="DSC00843" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2014/EO-Tour-de-Malaysia_1875/DSC00843.jpg" width="550" height="367" /></p> <p>When Jeff's Cellar was first opened, only his families and close friends are allowed to enter. Eventually, he opened it up to his hotel guests, but still, it remained the most spectacular wine cellar in Malaysia that no one has heard of.</p> <p>Thanks to some &quot;connections&quot; within the EO group, we were able to wine and dine with stalagmites. </p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2014/EO-Tour-de-Malaysia_1875/DSC00846.jpg" width="550" height="367" /></p> <p><strong></strong></p> <p><strong>Departure</strong></p> <p>Sadly, I had to leave the EO Tour de Malaysia prematurely. </p> <iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/78506550" width="500" height="313" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/78506550">Tour de Malaysia 2013 Century Ride</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user11138650">Kim Boon</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p> <p> <p>But the few days I spent with this bunch of EOers is enough for me to appreciate the unique bond and camaraderie they have with one another. </p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2014/EO-Tour-de-Malaysia_1875/DSC00893.jpg" width="550" height="367" /></p> <p>In a short course of two days, I had met a real estate consultant from Hong Kong who taught me how to &quot;read&quot; shopping malls, a young Harvard graduate who is also a CEO of a drink manufacturer, and a brash businessman who said being in EO &quot;saved his life&quot;. </p> <p>All of them I wished I could spend more time with. All of them have lessons I could learn from. All of them have stories I could be inspired from.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2014/EO-Tour-de-Malaysia_1875/DSC00414.jpg" width="367" height="550" /></p> <p>Unfortunately I had to leave because after cycling 2 days straight for 200km - dammit... MY BUTT HURTS!</p></p>


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Date: Saturday, 18 Jan 2014 03:56

<p>#AttemptAtFacebookClickBaiting</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="IMG_4000" border="0" alt="IMG_4000" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/Qatar-Airways-Boeing-787-Dreamliner_18EF/IMG_4000.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p><em>"Finally, it's happening."</em></p> <p>I made it. My dream has come true - I finally got to fly business class on an international long-haul flight for the very first time.</p> <p>Granted, I was on board as a guest of Qatar Airways, but still - this was a very special moment for me. With repeated awards and accolades such as <em>"Best Business Class"</em> and <em>"Airline of the Year",</em> I knew I was in for a treat. </p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="IMG_3929" border="0" alt="IMG_3929" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/Qatar-Airways-Boeing-787-Dreamliner_18EF/IMG_3929.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>"So this is how the one percent travels," I thought to myself as I stepped into the front cabin of Qatar Airway's brand-spanking new Boeing 787 Dreamliner. </p> <p>Maybe it was the dynamic LED mood-lighting overhead, or the large oversized windows that resembled those on a spaceship, but my first impression is that I was stepping into something futuristic. </p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="IMG_3867" border="0" alt="IMG_3867" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/Qatar-Airways-Boeing-787-Dreamliner_18EF/IMG_3867.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>"Welcome on-board Mr Sia," a cabin crew greeted me by name and took time to introduce herself. "Would you like something to drink before we take off?" </p> <p>Yes certainly, miss. Maybe something to calm down my excitement. </p> <p>I knew immediately this will be a flying experience like no other.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="IMG_3886" border="0" alt="IMG_3886" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/Qatar-Airways-Boeing-787-Dreamliner_18EF/IMG_3886.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>Qatar Airways is the first airlines in the Middle East to launch the Boeing 787. Described as an advanced aircraft built for travel in the 21st century, it generated a lot of excitement in the aviation industry when the first aircraft rolled off the production line two years ago.</p> <p>It's not difficult to see why. </p> <p>They say the Boeing 787 was designed for passenger comfort in mind. I say they certainly got the goods to back that claim up.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="IMG_8096" border="0" alt="IMG_8096" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/Qatar-Airways-Boeing-787-Dreamliner_18EF/IMG_8096.jpg" width="375" height="500" /></p> <p>As my flight rolled off Munich International Airport, the first thing I noticed is how blissfully quiet everything is. Compared to the noisy engine sounds of other aircrafts, the Boeing 787 barely whistled when it took off. It's as if the aircraft magically levitated into air, instead of using any form of jet propulsion engines.</p> <p>This is just one of many little things the Dreamliner did to minimise the stress on taking a long-haul flight.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="IMG_3828" border="0" alt="IMG_3828" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/Qatar-Airways-Boeing-787-Dreamliner_18EF/IMG_3828.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>The Boeing 787 Dreamliner feels spacious, and even more so in the Business Class cabin. </p> <p>There's only 4 seats in each row in Business Class, compared to 9 each row in Economy. What this translate to is plenty of leg room. </p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="IMG_8102" border="0" alt="IMG_8102" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/Qatar-Airways-Boeing-787-Dreamliner_18EF/IMG_8102.jpg" width="375" height="500" /></p> <p>You can even prop your feet up on the cushion if you like.</p> <p>I love the Business Class seats! They are so cleverly designed to maximise usage of space, making them both private and spacious. A very rare feat indeed!</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="IMG_3843" border="0" alt="IMG_3843" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/Qatar-Airways-Boeing-787-Dreamliner_18EF/IMG_3843.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>Qatar Airways' Business Class amenities are the stuff of legends. </p> <p>It's not just the standard pillows and blankets that they provide. They went all the way - giving each Business Class passenger fluffy pyjamas to ensure a comfortable sleep. </p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="IMG_6838" border="0" alt="IMG_6838" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/Qatar-Airways-Boeing-787-Dreamliner_18EF/IMG_6838.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>I'm not surprised if these get taken home by passengers after their flight as souvenirs.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="IMG_3898" border="0" alt="IMG_3898" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/Qatar-Airways-Boeing-787-Dreamliner_18EF/IMG_3898.jpg" width="500" height="376" /></p> <p>Another bag contains ear plugs, combs, compression socks and...</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="IMG_3896" border="0" alt="IMG_3896" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/Qatar-Airways-Boeing-787-Dreamliner_18EF/IMG_3896.jpg" width="500" height="376" /></p> <p>Errrrr...?</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="IMG_3904" border="0" alt="IMG_3904" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/Qatar-Airways-Boeing-787-Dreamliner_18EF/IMG_3904.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>Actually, it's an eye mask. Hehe.</p> <p>It's so big it wraps around your ears, and even comes with nose rests so it doesn't slip down your face.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="IMG_3851" border="0" alt="IMG_3851" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/Qatar-Airways-Boeing-787-Dreamliner_18EF/IMG_3851.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>Each Business Class seat, of course, comes with a multitude of adjustments. </p> <p>For the ultimate comfort, it's possible for the seat to lie fully flat with a press of a button. Your feet goes underneath your monitor screen, and your arm rests also slide down to give you a wider sleeping area.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="IMG_3846" border="0" alt="IMG_3846" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/Qatar-Airways-Boeing-787-Dreamliner_18EF/IMG_3846.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>In terms of toiletries, each Business Class passenger gets a stylish Salvatore Ferragamo toiletry kit specific to their gender. </p> <p>I must admit, it looks so nice I didn't even use it. I just wanna bring it home and stare at it every so often to make me happy.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="IMG_3841" border="0" alt="IMG_3841" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/Qatar-Airways-Boeing-787-Dreamliner_18EF/IMG_3841.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>Again, there's never a shortage of space to store your belongings. </p> <p>Apart from the humongous overhead compartment, there's also no less than 5 mini compartments on the left side, right side and underside of your seat to put your stuff away discreetly.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="IMG_3889" border="0" alt="IMG_3889" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/Qatar-Airways-Boeing-787-Dreamliner_18EF/IMG_3889.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>As expected, there are USB charge ports and power sockets cleverly tucked away on the side. Economy passengers also get USB ports and power sockets in every seat.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="IMG_3999" border="0" alt="IMG_3999" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/Qatar-Airways-Boeing-787-Dreamliner_18EF/IMG_3999.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>Oryx - Qatar Airways' Inflight Entertainment System is also legendary. On the Android system, it's feels even more high-tech and awesome. </p> <p>The 17" screen are touch-enabled, but there's also a touch screen remote... you know, <em>just in case you don't want to lean forward.</em></p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="IMG_3908" border="0" alt="IMG_3908" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/Qatar-Airways-Boeing-787-Dreamliner_18EF/IMG_3908.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>Then there's the beautiful noise-cancelling earphones - something only Business Class passengers get to enjoy.</p> <p>Once you put those cans on, and choose from over 1,000 movies, games and songs, it's easy to forget you're even on a flight.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="IMG_3931" border="0" alt="IMG_3931" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/Qatar-Airways-Boeing-787-Dreamliner_18EF/IMG_3931.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>Wanna log on the internet at 30,000 feet in the air?</p> <p>It's possible on Qatar Airways' 787. Of course there's a fee, but at RM15 for 10MB, it's comparable to typical data roaming charges, and very, very, very, very reasonable.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="IMG_3930" border="0" alt="IMG_3930" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/Qatar-Airways-Boeing-787-Dreamliner_18EF/IMG_3930.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>Not a fan of high-tech? </p> <p>There's a huge selection of internationally magazines neatly arranged at the back. I think these were barely even touched by the passengers throughout my 6 hour flight.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="IMG_3861-001" border="0" alt="IMG_3861-001" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/Qatar-Airways-Boeing-787-Dreamliner_18EF/IMG_3861-001.jpg" width="500" height="376" /></p> <p>Meal time on Qatar Airways' Business Class is when things start to get interesting.</p> <p>No longer are airline passengers held ransom to bland food, or God forbid - instant cup noodles! Qatar Airways has teamed up with an incredible line-up of globally-renowned chefs to ensure the dining experience in the air is as close as possible to dining at these chef's Michelin-star restaurants. </p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="IMG_3938" border="0" alt="IMG_3938" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/Qatar-Airways-Boeing-787-Dreamliner_18EF/IMG_3938.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>Forget eating your meal out of an pre-packed aluminium box. </p> <p>In Business Class, you get food served in real ceramic bowls, placed neatly in between real silverware, served on top of luxurious Frette tablecloths. </p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="IMG_3948" border="0" alt="IMG_3948" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/Qatar-Airways-Boeing-787-Dreamliner_18EF/IMG_3948.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>This is Chef Tom Aikens' grilled seabass. </p> <p>Tom Aikens is a famous for being the youngest British chef ever awarded two Michelin stars by perfectly combining British and French influences.</p> <p>And his creation is amazingly good. I never imagined airplane food to taste as good as this, but this is something I would take my date out to a romantic fine-dining restaurant for.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="IMG_3966" border="0" alt="IMG_3966" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/Qatar-Airways-Boeing-787-Dreamliner_18EF/IMG_3966.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>Delicious dessert accompanied by a glass of Bloody Mary to finish off my meal.</p> <p>I swore I gained more weight stepping off the plane than when I stepped on!</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="IMG_3996" border="0" alt="IMG_3996" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/Qatar-Airways-Boeing-787-Dreamliner_18EF/IMG_3996.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>And a quick nap to take advantage of the fully-flat seats.</p> <p>Interestingly, I didn't feel as dry as a prune when I woke up. I attribute this to the higher humidity and lower cabin pressure of the Boeing 787 compared to other aircrafts. </p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="IMG_3879" border="0" alt="IMG_3879" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/Qatar-Airways-Boeing-787-Dreamliner_18EF/IMG_3879.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>Although I was travelling alone, I rate this was one of my favourite flight experiences. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a technological wonder, I was very impressed with Qatar Airways' service and attention-to-detail. </p> <p>Compared to other airlines, Qatar's airfares from Malaysia to Europe is consistently one of the most competitive, yet their service standard is always one of the highest. </p> <p>The Business Class experience on Qatar Airways, for those who can afford, is an absolute indulgence at around RM8,000 return. </p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="IMG_8093" border="0" alt="IMG_8093" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/Qatar-Airways-Boeing-787-Dreamliner_18EF/IMG_8093.jpg" width="375" height="500" /></p> <p>With over 250 aircrafts on order and new routes to many interesting destinations, a Qatar Airways experience comes highly recommended from me!</p>


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Date: Friday, 20 Dec 2013 15:31

<p><em>"All the Music on Earth, in Every Room, Wirelessly."</em></p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/Sonos-Playbar-Review-for-the-Everyday-Pe_2448/DSC02301.jpg" width="500" height="334" /></p> <p>That's all the introduction you need to know about the makers of the world's most sophisticated wireless speakers.</p> <p>Picture this scenario.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/Sonos-Playbar-Review-for-the-Everyday-Pe_2448/DSC02030.jpg" width="500" height="334" /></p> <p>You have a huge stack of music sitting somewhere - it could you on your PC, your network connected hard disk, your phone or even somewhere in the cloud on the Internet. </p> <p>Our homes are silent. Yes, we can all do with some music in our lives. </p> <p>So, it's the weekend and you wanna enjoy this treasure trove of music throughout the different rooms in your house - could be your living room, bedroom, your bathroom or even the kitchen. </p> <p>Now. You got several choices.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/Sonos-Playbar-Review-for-the-Everyday-Pe_2448/hooking-up-the-speaker-wires.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p><em>Do you...</em> buy some Bluetooth speakers? Which is nice, but it means you can't stray more than 10m away from them?</p> <p><em>Do you... </em>spend lots and lots of money to place a speaker in every room and wire them up to a central console? Meaning nobody can change up the music unless they are near that console?</p> <p>Or do you simply play the music from the tiny holes you called "speakers" of smartphone? And bear with the tinny hollow sound quality?</p> <p><iframe height="281" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/v7gL9EGFALo" frameborder="0" width="500" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>The idea behind SONOS is simple. </p> <p>You can place any amount of SONOS speakers throughout your house, all wirelessly linked to your central console. </p> <p>You can have can set these speakers to play different songs in every room, or play the same song throughout.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/Sonos-Playbar-Review-for-the-Everyday-Pe_2448/DSC01946.jpg" width="500" height="334" /></p> <p>Best of all, you don't need to me near the central console to do any DJ-ing. Everything can music selection to volume can be controlled from your Android, iPhone or iPad. </p> <p>No wires.</p> <p>Pretty cool, huh?</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/Sonos-Playbar-Review-for-the-Everyday-Pe_2448/DSC01926.jpg" width="500" height="334" /></p> <p>I have heard of SONOS before. But it wasn't until I tried the SONOS Playbar that I truly realised what I was missing out on. </p> <p><em>(Disclosure time: My SONOS Playbar is provided by Tat Chuan Acoustic, the exclusive distributor of Klipsch and SONOS products in MY &amp; SG.)</em></p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/Sonos-Playbar-Review-for-the-Everyday-Pe_2448/PLAYBAR_3_med.jpg" width="500" height="376" /></p> <p>Like other sound bars on the market, the SONOS Playbar is designed to hook up to your TV to take over the job of your typically pathetic-sounding TV speakers. </p> <p>UNLIKE other sound bars though, the SONOS Playbar can stream music from your computer/network harddisk/Internet at the touch of a button. Obviously this works better if you already have other SONOS speakers located throughout your house.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/Sonos-Playbar-Review-for-the-Everyday-Pe_2448/DSC02314.jpg" width="500" height="333" /></p> <p>Appearance-wise, the SONOS Playbar is like the speaker version of Wong LeeHom - it's slim, it's handsome and it's also very down-to-earth. </p> <p>Minimal buttons on the outside gives it a nice Apple-type feel.</p> <p>It is sophisticated without being complicated. With a built just nice enough to slide underneath your TV, the Playbar certain looks good in any living room setting. </p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/Sonos-Playbar-Review-for-the-Everyday-Pe_2448/DSC01928.jpg" width="500" height="334" /></p> <p>Hidden beneath it's minimalist looking exterior is a plethora of high-tech goodies: nine speakers, various sensors to optimize tweaking of the EQ, and the wireless ability to hook up with other SONOS speakers to create a 5.1 surround sound system - if required. </p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/Sonos-Playbar-Review-for-the-Everyday-Pe_2448/DSC01924.jpg" width="500" height="334" /></p> <p>Enough about the looks. How does the Playbar sound?</p> <p>In two words: bloody amazing.</p> <p>The audio experience is rich and immersive. This is astounding, because the Playbar is so much more compact than your traditional set-up, yet it is capable of delivering&#160; the illusion of surround sound. </p> <p>The bass can be a little weak, so pairing it with a subwoofer would obviously help. But make no mistake about it - on it's own, it is sweet as it is!</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/Sonos-Playbar-Review-for-the-Everyday-Pe_2448/DSC01939.jpg" width="500" height="334" /></p> <p>I haven't even begun to rave how easy it was to set up the SONOS Playbar. </p> <p>Because there are no wires, the set up suddenly becomes so simple. Quick Start literally means quick start - download the app, launch the software, press a button, and everything's configured. </p> <p>From unboxing to music... less than 15 minutes!</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/Sonos-Playbar-Review-for-the-Everyday-Pe_2448/DSC01940.jpg" width="500" height="334" /></p> <p>The only negative I can think of with the SONOS Playbar is perhaps the price. A S$1,299 price tag puts it firmly in the premium category. And although it is nice on its own, the SONOS system truly shines when there's at least a couple of SONOS speaker products scattered throughout your house.</p> <p>For a more lengthy, geeky review of the SONOS Playbar, you can read reviews from sites like <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2013/03/25/sonos-playbar-review/" target="_blank">Engadget</a>, <a href="http://www.mrbrown.com/blog/2013/12/my-home-theatre-set-up-with-the-sonos-system.html" target="_blank">Mr Brown</a> or <a href="http://www.hardwarezone.com.sg/tech-news-sonos-playbar-wireless-hi-fi-system-released-updated" target="_blank">Hardwarezone</a>.</p> <p>To get your hands on these awesome speakers, look out for them in your local Harvery Normans or Machines. If all else fails, you can always buy them online from <a href="http://www.sonos-sea.com" target="_blank">sonos-sea.com</a> - they would even deliver to Malaysia!</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/Sonos-Playbar-Review-for-the-Everyday-Pe_2448/DSC02330.jpg" width="500" height="334" /></p> <p>SONOS - really they should have named it <em>So Nice</em>!</p>


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Date: Thursday, 28 Nov 2013 11:37

<p>30 Things I Did When I Was 30.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>1.</strong> Celebrated my “Big Thirty” with the important people in my life. </p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/30-Things-I-Did-When-I-Was-30_DCA7/IMG_1177.jpg" width="500" height="376" /></p> <p>My girlfriend knew I was under a lot of stress at the time, so she did something I never thought she would do - she contacted our common friends and asked to write some words of encouragement for me. These words were printed out and stored inside a box, so whenever I needed a power-up, it’s there.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/30-Things-I-Did-When-I-Was-30_DCA7/IMG_1211.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>(I also got a lot of <em>“marry this girl, Kenny!” </em>from our friends.)</p> <p><strong></strong></p> <p><strong>2.</strong> Took the long way home from KLIA.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/30-Things-I-Did-When-I-Was-30_DCA7/IMG_1516.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>It was Christmas week. I was in KL for a business meeting, but on my way back I missed my flight. </p> <p>It was a grave mistake. All MAS and AirAsia flights from KL to Kuching were full for the next 5 days. Not only that, all Penang to Sarawak, Johor to Sarawak and Singapore to Sarawak flights were full. Basically, there are no flights plying between Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia whatsoever for the next several days. It means I’ll be stranded with no accommodation, unless I think of something wild - which I did.</p> <p>For a moment, I thought about sailing from KL to Kuching on a boat, like in<em> Life of Pi</em>.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/30-Things-I-Did-When-I-Was-30_DCA7/IMG_1497.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>In the end, I booked my flight my KL to Jakarta, then Jakarta to Pontianak on Garuda, then took a 9 hour bus ride from Pontianak in West Kalimantan, to Kuching, Sarawak. By the time I arrived home, I smell like an Indonesian.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/30-Things-I-Did-When-I-Was-30_DCA7/IMG_1551.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>Lesson learnt: Never miss your flight during Christmas week.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>3. </strong>Sold my apartment and bought a house instead.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/30-Things-I-Did-When-I-Was-30_DCA7/IMG_2199.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>I got hitched shortly after purchasing my apartment. By then, I realised an apartment wasn’t right for the both of us.</p> <p>Thinking long-term, I put the money down on a landed property and most likely this will be where we’ll be staying for at least the next few years - my first major responsibility as a grown-up.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>4.</strong> Slept inside a campervan for the first time.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/30-Things-I-Did-When-I-Was-30_DCA7/DSC_1620.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>I took my girlfriend on a long holiday to the UK for our second year anniversary, but because hotels in the UK is so expensive, I thought it might be a better idea to rent a campervan and sleep in the back instead. </p> <p>It was winter when we travelled to UK and Iceland, so we braced for the worst, but turns out sleeping in a vehicle didn’t turn out as bad as we had thought. We had a rather comfy Toyota Estima. In the morning, we would drive the vehicle around. When we felt tired, then we just parked wherever it’s quiet, popped down the back seat and slept till the next morning. </p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/30-Things-I-Did-When-I-Was-30_DCA7/IMG_3301.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>The best thing is that we saved a ton of money: the car hire costs us RM700 for 4 days - that’s roughly the cost of a single night in typical hotel in London!</p> <p>Definitely gonna be doing this again.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>5. Saw the Stonehenge.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/30-Things-I-Did-When-I-Was-30_DCA7/DSC_1519.jpg" width="500" height="332" /></p> <p>Yeah, the world’s most famous pile of rocks.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>6.</strong> Watched a Liverpool match at the Director’s Box in Anfield.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/30-Things-I-Did-When-I-Was-30_DCA7/IMG_3235.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>It was a money-can’t-buy prize from the Enterprise Development Challenge competition I won last year.</p> <p>(Come to think of it, I experienced many things for the first time during this trip to the UK and Iceland.)</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>7.</strong> Travelled to Iceland.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/30-Things-I-Did-When-I-Was-30_DCA7/DSC_0656.jpg" width="500" height="332" /></p> <p>It’s the furthest north I have ever travelled to in my life.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>8.</strong> Made snow angels for the first time.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/30-Things-I-Did-When-I-Was-30_DCA7/DSC_1072.jpg" width="500" height="332" /></p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>9.</strong> Went horse-riding in the snow.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/30-Things-I-Did-When-I-Was-30_DCA7/DSC_2399.jpg" width="500" height="332" /></p> <p>And got a horse that loves me <em>a little bit</em> too much.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/30-Things-I-Did-When-I-Was-30_DCA7/DSC_2422.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>10.</strong> Dived in a lake for the first time.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/30-Things-I-Did-When-I-Was-30_DCA7/IMG_4086.jpg" width="375" height="500" /></p> <p>But not just any lake - it’s a lake filled with glacial waters.</p> <p>The dive site is Lake Silfra - a crack between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. It was also the first time I donned a dry suit to scuba-dive instead of the traditional wet suit. </p> <p>The water in the glacial lake is so clean, it’s like diving in Evian water.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>11. </strong>Walked on a glacier for the first time.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/30-Things-I-Did-When-I-Was-30_DCA7/DSC_0760.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>Sounds romantic, until I fell inside a hole. </p> <p>Lucky I didn’t get stuck, ‘cos I’m too big-sized.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>12.</strong> Went dog-sledding.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/30-Things-I-Did-When-I-Was-30_DCA7/DSC_0185.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>13.</strong> Saw the aurora borealis.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/30-Things-I-Did-When-I-Was-30_DCA7/IMG_4218.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>And it’s as breathtakingly beautiful as I had imagined it to be.</p> <p>The aurora borealis is like weather - it is difficult to predict when exactly it is going to happen. All we can do is stay in Iceland as long as we can and hope for the best. </p> <p>We were in Iceland for 5 days without seeing a single shred of green light.</p> <p>Then, on the night when we were supposed to depart, the northern lights came out to play in all its glory.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/30-Things-I-Did-When-I-Was-30_DCA7/IMG_4236.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>It was magnificent.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>14.</strong> Celebrated two years with my girlfriend.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/30-Things-I-Did-When-I-Was-30_DCA7/IMG_7727.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>After one week of sleeping in cars and saving every single cent way we can during our ten-day break in UK and Iceland, we splurged on the last day on our two-year anniversary trip at a Gordon Ramsay restaurant in London called Petrus.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>15.</strong> Voted for our country.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/30-Things-I-Did-When-I-Was-30_DCA7/IMG_5058.jpg" width="375" height="500" /></p> <p>Note to self: Don’t scratch your forehead when there’s still indelible ink on your finger.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>16.</strong> Saw sunrise at Alishan.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/30-Things-I-Did-When-I-Was-30_DCA7/IMG_8420.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>17.</strong> Experienced an earthquake for the first time.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/30-Things-I-Did-When-I-Was-30_DCA7/IMG_8735.jpg" width="500" height="376" /></p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>18.</strong> Ran my seventh 42km marathon.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/30-Things-I-Did-When-I-Was-30_DCA7/IMG_6171.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>The Perth City to Surf was the first ever running event I participated in. Back in 2001, I took part in the 4km run and swore to myself I don’t want to run again.</p> <p>The event has since grown to include a marathon. </p> <p>Although I didn’t beat my personal best (the route was easily the hardest I have ever competed in), there’s a nice sense of nostalgia to complete a marathon in a city where I spent most of my teenage years.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>19.</strong> Trained to become a Les Mills GRIT Coach</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/30-Things-I-Did-When-I-Was-30_DCA7/IMG_5773.jpg" width="375" height="500" /></p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>20. </strong>Opened my third gym outlet.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/30-Things-I-Did-When-I-Was-30_DCA7/1.-LUF24HR-at-Arena-Sukan-is-Kuchings-first-24-Hour-Low-Cost-Gym.-Membership-prices-start-from-R.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>My latest outlet is located next to a Buddhist temple where my father’s soul resides. And interestingly, the YB who officiated the opening of my gym was a former student of my late father.</p> <p>I don’t think even my father knew that one of his students would grow up to become a politician, to officiate the opening of the business of his youngest son.</p> <p>Guess it was meant to be. </p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>21.</strong> Flew business class on long-haul for the first time.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/30-Things-I-Did-When-I-Was-30_DCA7/IMG_8096.jpg" width="375" height="500" /></p> <p>Thanks Qatar Airways!</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>22.</strong> Went on a solo backpacking trip through Central Europe.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/30-Things-I-Did-When-I-Was-30_DCA7/IMG_2272.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>Although I flew on Business Class using Qatar Airways (sponsored) from Kuala Lumpur to Poland, I travelled from there to Czech Republic and Southern Germany on the cheap. I slept in hostels, buses, trains and train stations... basically, any place that does not have a hotel reception desk. </p> <p>Instead of taking subways and taxis, I cycled everywhere as much as I can.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/30-Things-I-Did-When-I-Was-30_DCA7/IMG_1258.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>Flying on a broomstick is also a viable mode of transport.</p> <p>Going on solo backpacking trip is something I enjoyed doing this during my single days in my early 20s. It’s good to get lost in a foreign country every once in a while. Makes you wiser.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>23.</strong> Saw two of World War II’s most infamous and horrific sites of mass murder.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/30-Things-I-Did-When-I-Was-30_DCA7/IMG_7348.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>The Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Poland...</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>24.</strong> ...and the site of the Nanking Massacre in China.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/30-Things-I-Did-When-I-Was-30_DCA7/DSC01310.jpg" width="500" height="376" /></p> <p>You lost a bit of faith in humanity after seeing those two places.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>25.</strong> Experienced Oktoberfest in Munich.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/30-Things-I-Did-When-I-Was-30_DCA7/IMG_3592.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>26.</strong> Continued to learn, learn, learn and be better at my job.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/30-Things-I-Did-When-I-Was-30_DCA7/1-1.jpg" width="500" height="376" /></p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>27. </strong>Appeared on a poster of a warung in Bali.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/30-Things-I-Did-When-I-Was-30_DCA7/BX--0uVCcAAR06G.jpg" width="381" height="500" /></p> <p>It all happened last year when we went cliff jumping at a spot in Nusa Lembongan. </p> <p>I knew our photo was taken. Next thing I know, our sweet young Malaysian faces appeared on their poster. #SocialExperiment</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>28.</strong> Participated in a cycling trip organized by the Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO) of Malaysia.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/30-Things-I-Did-When-I-Was-30_DCA7/DSC00375.jpg" width="500" height="376" /></p> <p>This was such an eye-opening experience for me. On the surface, this may be just a bicycling trip from point A to B. Yet, I learnt so much just from having small talks and little conversations with members of EO Malaysia - all of whom are movers and shakers, founders or owners of very successful companies.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/30-Things-I-Did-When-I-Was-30_DCA7/DSC00894.jpg" width="500" height="376" /></p> <p>Full story coming up!</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>29.</strong> Completed my Invisalign treatment.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/30-Things-I-Did-When-I-Was-30_DCA7/DSC00078.jpg" width="500" height="376" /></p> <p>I’m smiling so much more now, thanks to <a href="http://www.mydentist.com.my" target="_blank"><strong>mydentist.com.my</strong></a>. Again, will do a follow-up on my journey soon!</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>30.</strong> Asked my better half for her hand in marriage.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/30-Things-I-Did-When-I-Was-30_DCA7/IMG_6578.jpg" width="500" height="376" /></p> <p>She said yes. :)</p> <p>You know you have found the one when you’ve dated for two and a half years and you never even had a single argument. </p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>Today, I am 31 years old.</p>


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Date: Thursday, 28 Nov 2013 04:28

<p>More often than not, transiting in airports between long-haul flights can be a dreadful experience.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/a29a5dc0225c_2B92/IMG_4003.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>But not at Doha. You see, there are airport terminals. </p> <p>And then there is Qatar Airways Premium Terminal.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/a29a5dc0225c_2B92/IMG_6948-001.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>If you're flying first or business class into other airports, most of the time you have access to a nice and cushy VIP lounge, inside a noisy, crowded airport terminal.</p> <p>Well, if you fly Qatar Airways' into Doha, you don't get access to a lounge.</p> <p>You get access to THE WHOLE ENTIRE VIP AIRPORT TERMINAL.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/a29a5dc0225c_2B92/IMG_1124.jpg" width="500" height="374" /></p> <p>Seriously, I don't even know how I'm gonna step foot into LCCT anymore.</p> <p>Recently, I experienced not just my first ever long-haul business-class flight, but have the privilege to have my flight sponsored by Qatar Airways. </p> <p>This Middle-Eastern Airlines recently took home awards for World's Best Business Class and World's Best Business Class Lounge at the 2013 Skytrax Awards. Naturally, my expectations were running high.</p> <p>Fortunately, I was not disappointed.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/a29a5dc0225c_2B92/IMG_1158.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>Qatar Airways' Premium Terminal is the world's first premium terminal exclusively for First and Business Class Passengers. </p> <p>It is so exclusive that it isn't even linked to the main airport terminal used by <em>*cough*</em> Economy Class passengers, or even <em>*cough*</em> passengers from other airlines. </p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/a29a5dc0225c_2B92/IMG_1156.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>The experience began as soon as I stepped off the plane. </p> <p>There are no aerobridges at Doha International Airport, but the shuttle bus waiting to whisk us off ain't your ordinary airport shuttle bus either. </p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/a29a5dc0225c_2B92/IMG_6825.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>It's a Premium Terminal shuttle bus, with premium seats specially contoured to fit our Business Class backsides.</p> <p>15 minutes later, we arrived at the Qatar Airways' US$100 Million 10,000 sqm Premium Transfer Terminal. </p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/a29a5dc0225c_2B92/IMG_4002.jpg" width="500" height="376" /></p> <p>The first thing that greeted us was the Concierge Desk. This is where you stop if you have questions about your connecting flights.</p> <p>A quick security check later (where the security staff actually smiles at you), we were greeted by the mandatory Duty Free shops. </p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/a29a5dc0225c_2B92/IMG_1161.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>This can be useful if you travelled 10,000km from home and forgot to bring along a gift for a friend you're visiting, like I did.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/a29a5dc0225c_2B92/IMG_1168.jpg" width="500" height="376" /></p> <p>Otherwise, where you really want to go is up the escalators to where the magic is.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/a29a5dc0225c_2B92/Photo-24-9-13-5-12-03-am.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>The Business Class Lounge at the Premium Terminal is a massive hall, decorated very tastefully with Middle-Eastern influences. </p> <p>Even at 12 midnight, the terminal was bustling with people. Yet, it wasn't so busy to the point of feeling cramped and crowded.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/a29a5dc0225c_2B92/IMG_6818.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>They even went as far as to transplant artificial palm trees into the Lounge.</p> <p>Maybe next time they can even bring in a camel for kids to ride while waiting for their flights. </p> <p>I won't be surprised you know. </p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/a29a5dc0225c_2B92/IMG_4018.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>A lot of praise have been given on the food served inside the lounges.</p> <p>Let's face it,&#160; the quality of the food is indeed really, really good. Not only that, the selection of buffet spread is amazingly extensive. I counted no less than three separate buffet areas, serving cuisines as far ranging as Asian...</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/a29a5dc0225c_2B92/IMG_4021.jpg" width="500" height="376" /></p> <p>... to Western...</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/a29a5dc0225c_2B92/IMG_4022.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>... to exotic-sounding Middle-Eastern food such as <em>Lamb Kibbeh?</em></p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/a29a5dc0225c_2B92/Photo-24-9-13-5-15-33-am.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>There are even little packets of dates and nuts nicely wrapped up in Qatar Airways ribbon. Good for more munching en route to the plane. Or as last-minute gifts for all you absent-minded folks.</p> <p>(I used them as last-minute gifts for my friend I'm visiting in Poland.)</p> <p><em><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/a29a5dc0225c_2B92/IMG_4027.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></em></p> <p>Then there's the dessert selection - lots of them.</p> <p>And if self-service buffet isn't your thing, you can always choose to sit down on a proper table, complete with white table cloth, linen napkin, ceramic plates and metal cutleries, and choose your food from a menu.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/a29a5dc0225c_2B92/IMG_4028.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>It's obvious Qatar Airways' spared absolutely no expense in making the tummies of their Business Class passengers happy.</p> <p>Whatever it is that passengers want, Qatar Airways give back with multiple options to choose from. </p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/a29a5dc0225c_2B92/IMG_4026.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>I was impressed with their tea selection, which comes with no less than six different types of whole tea leaves to choose from.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/a29a5dc0225c_2B92/Photo-24-9-13-5-15-15-am.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>Even if I just wanna sit down and order a bottle of water, there is still a choice to make between still water from France or sparkling water from Italy. </p> <p>I wished I could have stuffed myself with food, food and more food during my 2 hour layover. Alas, my stomach has already been pampered very nicely by the air crew during my flight from KL to Doha (more on that next time), and I couldn't possibly stuffed myself with more food without violating the weight-limit on the Airbus 330.</p> <p>Instead, I peruse the shower facilities to freshen myself up before my 7 hour onward journey to Poland.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/a29a5dc0225c_2B92/Photo-24-9-13-5-55-26-am.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>I was surprised to see L'Occitane shampoo and bath gel inside the shower cubicles. I must admit - I couldn't resist putting the leftovers in my pocket after my shower.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/a29a5dc0225c_2B92/Photo-24-9-13-5-17-48-am.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>How I wish I could fit these OSIM massage chairs into my pocket too.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/a29a5dc0225c_2B92/Photo-24-9-13-5-51-10-am.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>Apart from the yummy food and the delicious buffet spread, there are lots of other interesting areas to explore within the Qatar Airways' Premium Terminal.</p> <p>There's a fully-equipped Business Centre, a nursery for kids, a Playstation gaming area, and get this - a <strong>24-HOUR MEDICAL CLINIC</strong>. </p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/a29a5dc0225c_2B92/4727823778_32ba10e7e4_o.jpg" width="500" height="311" /></p> <p>I bet they treated lots of patients with <em>"severe food overdose".</em></p>


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Date: Tuesday, 12 Nov 2013 20:58

<p><img title="" style="border-left-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; background-image: none; border-bottom-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-left: 0px; display: inline; padding-right: 0px; border-top-width: 0px" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/photos/Mad_A1C1/2348179-u_mad.jpg" width="411" height="375" /></p> <p>U mad?</p> <p><img title="" style="border-left-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; background-image: none; border-bottom-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-left: 0px; display: inline; padding-right: 0px; border-top-width: 0px" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/photos/Mad_A1C1/IMG_6982-001.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>iMad.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>Drug smuggling and weapons trafficking from your RM3 cigarettes</strong></p> <p>They say you can buy a pack of cigarettes for RM3 all over Malaysia.</p> <p><br /> <p></p> <p><a href="http://www.kennysia.com/archives/2013/11/03/Poster-Anti%20Illicit%20Smoking.jpg"><img alt="Poster-Anti Illicit Smoking.jpg" src="http://www.kennysia.com/archives/assets_c/2013/11/Poster-Anti Illicit Smoking-thumb-500x636-199.jpg" width="500" height="636" class="mt-image-none" style="" /></a></p> </p> <p><br /> <p>Considering the average price of cigarettes are usually RM10 to RM12, it goes without saying that these RM3.00 cigarettes are probably illegal.</p> <p>Heck, we all know cigarettes are bad, but illegal cigarettes are <em>badder-er.</em></p> <p>These are smuggled into the country without duty paid stickers. Not only do they carry unimaginative names such as John, Canyon and Luffman, they are also the works of criminal syndicates. </p> <p>If buying illegal cigarettes just a case of enriching one or two fat <em>taukeys </em>to pay for their China dolls, maybe it isn't quite so bad. </p> <p><a href="http://www.kennysia.com/images/photos/Mad_A1C1/nst9.jpg"><img title="nst9" style="border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-left: 0px; display: inline; padding-right: 0px" border="0" alt="nst9" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/photos/Mad_A1C1/nst9_thumb.jpg" width="493" height="375" /></a></p> <p>The problem here is that the sale of illegal cigarettes have been linked to funding <a href="http://www.nst.com.my/nation/general/cigarettes-and-the-terrorist-link-font-color-red-exclusive-font-1.365536" target="_blank"> criminal syndicates who are also involved in drug smuggling and weapons trafficking. </a> Yeah I know, smuggling cigarettes may look innocent enough, but its links to greater crimes has far more sinister societal implications. Cigarette smuggling provides a lucrative form of funding for criminal syndicates because of its high demand and low risk. It's worth it to smuggle cigarettes because the law enforcement of it is piss weak. And the penalties for getting caught are piss weaker.</p> <p> Well, when the buying stops, the crime stops too. If you come across any smuggled cigarettes in your neighbourhood such as John, Canyon and Luffman, go ahead and report them to the Customs Department at 1800 888 855. </p> <p><iframe height="375" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/XTHgYMAK1kM" frameborder="0" width="500" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>And stop supporting those damn criminals!</p></p>


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9/9/2013   New window
Date: Tuesday, 22 Oct 2013 03:11

<p>The day I proposed to my better half.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="IMG_6578-001" border="0" alt="IMG_6578-001" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/647e30f817e5_45E4/IMG_6578-001.jpg" width="500" height="376" /></p> <p>She said yes!</p>


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Date: Tuesday, 07 May 2013 17:34

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Author: "Kenny Sia" Tags: "Thoughts & Musings"
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Date: Saturday, 04 May 2013 11:43

<p>Dear Papa,</p> <p>&#160; Here I am writing to you again. </p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/188fa8882f85_CCA6/IMG_2629.jpg" width="550" height="413" /></p> <p>&#160; You left us 8 years ago, after a brave but painful fight with cancer. Here I am, remembering you once again. </p> <p>&#160; Yes, I still remember how it felt like 8.5 years ago, when you sat us down in our living room after a visit to the clinic, and told us the doctor had found cancer cells metastasised to your lungs. </p> <p>&#160; You didn't know how you got them. You didn't know how long you've had it. All you knew was that the doctors gave you 6 months to live.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/188fa8882f85_CCA6/IMG_4981.jpg" width="550" height="413" /></p> <p> Some call it the calm before the storm. The lull before the tsunami. The feeling of unease because something big was gonna hit very hard very soon.</p> <p>&#160; We didn't know what to expect. We didn't know how to handle your illness. All I knew back then was that a major chapter in my life was about to end. </p> <p>&#160; Something was about to change. I must get a dose of manhood. I must grow up real fast. Whether I like it or not, that was what I must do.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/188fa8882f85_CCA6/DSC_0891.jpg" width="550" height="366" /></p> <p>&#160; And that's the reason I started this blog - to document the changes that I was going through that particular phase of my life.</p> <p>&#160; Eight years since then, things have been falling into place more or less like a routine. Found some success in blogs. Started my business. Found a girl. Things has more or less become very... predictable.</p> <p>&#160; Until now.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/188fa8882f85_CCA6/IMG_7845.jpg" width="550" height="413" /></p> <p>&#160; Papa, that feeling of unease is coming to me again. </p> <p>&#160; I'm in the process of starting a new business concept. So far, things has been exactly smooth-sailing. If anything, the project has been continuously delayed by contractors and impracticalities in design. </p> <p>&#160; I'm feeling uneasy because although I'm optimistic about my project, I do wonder if others share my optimism. </p> <p>&#160; How I wish you were here to guide me!</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/188fa8882f85_CCA6/DSC_0197.jpg" width="550" height="366" /></p> <p>&#160; Two, I am very, very happy in my relationship with Ming. And I understand eventually I must settle down and start a family. At the same time, I know being in a relationship is so different than having to provide and care for a family. </p> <p>&#160; How different will things be when I eventually settle down? Truthfully, I don't know. I just hope I have the ability to be a good husband and father, just like you are to me. </p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/188fa8882f85_CCA6/IMG_7834.jpg" width="550" height="413" /></p> <p>&#160; The Elections is tomorrow. </p> <p>&#160; Although I think the current administration is doing a decent job thus far, the response from the ground is overwhelmingly pro-Opposition. It is almost as if the only people left supporting the Najib are those related to the candidates, rural folks or Bangladeshis.</p> <p>&#160; The Opposition-led rallies night after night have been crazily massive. If these sentiments were to translate into votes, I think we'll be seeing something quite unprecedented in history. Never thought I would be seeing a two-party system ever happening in Malaysia in my lifetime, but after tomorrow, who knows?</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/188fa8882f85_CCA6/IMG_7839.jpg" width="550" height="413" /></p> <p>&#160; I can only hope that whoever leads our country tomorrow is able to restore our confidence in the education system, so we can happily send my children to school here, and stay as a family in Kuching. Last thing we want is to see our family unit split apart again because of the lack of opportunities here - like the way it had split ours.</p> <p>&#160; What they say is true. Tomorrow, we'll be voting not for ourselves, but for our future generations. </p> <p>&#160; Papa, all your life, all you ever wanted is a better future for us. How I wish you were here to see change happening right in front of our eyes.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/188fa8882f85_CCA6/IMG_5033.jpg" width="550" height="413" /></p> <p>&#160; I miss you, Papa.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>Love from your youngest son,</p> <p>Kenny</p>


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Date: Thursday, 07 Feb 2013 03:44

<p>I wrote this entry more than a year ago: <a href="http://www.kennysia.com/archives/2011/08/dont-go-to-univ.php" target="_blank">&quot;Don't Go To University For The Sake Of It&quot;</a>.</p> <p><img title="" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2011/aac61e303318_22F0/Weights-6.jpg" /></p> <p>Till today, I still get feedback from students who agree with my piece, show my blog to their parents, and then make me kena abuse from their parents because they think what I wrote was too controversial.</p> <p>Of course lah, I wasn't saying don't go to University and just lepak lepak scratch your balls do nothing.</p> <p>I was simply saying that if you haven't found your passion, don't spend too much time and money on higher education. </p> <p>Rather than spending 3 years in University doing engineering, another 3 years doing Masters, then after 6 years realizing that wasn't what you love to do for the rest of your life... why not just spend more time discovering where your passion lies in the first place?</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="3096036_700b_v2" border="0" alt="3096036_700b_v2" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/403ab9d264af_1189/3096036_700b_v2.jpg" width="548" height="1346" /></p> <p>I wanna write this piece as a follow up to that blog entry.</p> <p>Some students say, after finishing SPM, they still have no idea where their love lies. To that I say, start doing research lah!</p> <p>Most Gen Y-er are clueless about what they expect out of a job. A good way to learn how to marry your career with your passion is to start reading up on anecdotes written by those who have already done it. The <a href="http://mystarjob.com/careerguide/" target="_blank">myStarjob.com Career Guide</a> (available both online and in print every Saturday) is a good place to start.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="Fullscreen capture 17012013 124423 PM" border="0" alt="Fullscreen capture 17012013 124423 PM" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/403ab9d264af_1189/Fullscreen-capture-17012013-124423-PM.jpg" width="545" height="408" /></p> <p>I feel every student, out there gotta be doing this as early as possible. Find out as much and as early as possible about what your future job might entail, because what you imagine your job to be and what it actually is might be very different. </p> <p>Don't say you want to study to become an Oil &amp; Gas Engineer because of you &quot;heard&quot; people say the money is good, then later regret when you discover you don't actually wanna live on an oil rig with seagulls as friends! </p> <p>But hey, if taking a helicopter to work everyday sounds exciting to you, then by all means - chase your dreams!</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/403ab9d264af_1189/do-what-you-love-1.jpg" width="550" height="412" /></p> <p>Once you got a target career to work towards (even vaguely), start educating yourself. Not just in terms of completing your assignments and University degree, but also by attending seminars, workshops and talks by industry leaders. </p> <p>From my experience, many industry people are very frank with students about the realities of the working world. I don't mind walking to a seminar full of fresh college graduates and tell them straight that they can't go into a job interview, expect to get a senior management position and a fat pay cheque that comes with it!</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/403ab9d264af_1189/Fullscreen-capture-17012013-13548-PM.jpg" width="550" height="414" /></p> <p>Next, start applying for your dream job!</p> <p>I get tons of application from graduates every we advertise for it. One thing I always enjoy doing is reading resumes written by those who put an extra effort onto it. </p> <p>Nowadays, pretty much the only acceptable way to apply for a job is via the Internet. And please, don't just send a one-line e-mail with an attachment of your resume. Always write a cover letter.</p> <p>Here's how not to write a cover letter:</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/403ab9d264af_1189/graphic_design_resumejpeg1.gif" width="550" height="714" /></p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>And this is one of the best, perfectly-blunt and brutally-honest cover letters I have seen:</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/403ab9d264af_1189/cbe007f1-eb25-46b8-b459-2608d2ea0e70_1-summerinternshipcover-1.jpg" width="634" height="465" /></p> <p>Gotta love an honest job applicant sometimes.</p> <p>Nowadays, you can even send in VIDEOS instead of your cover letter. <a href="http://mystarjob.com/careerguide/" target="_blank">myStarjob.com</a> called it a <em>Visume.</em></p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/403ab9d264af_1189/Fullscreen-capture-17012013-12653-PM.jpg" width="412" height="550" /></p> <p>I love it. </p> <p>It's so much more enjoyable to watch videos of potential candidates than to read boring resumes that almost all sounds the same!</p> <p>When you upload your resume to <a href="MyStarJob.com" target="_blank">MyStarJob.com</a>, you have the option of uploading a video of yourself too so your potential employer have a chance to see how you're really like. Perfect for those applying for positions like model, actor or Old Town Kopitiam waiters who like to pretend customers don't exist.</p> <p><iframe height="309" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/o8GT1J7Rq6M" frameborder="0" width="550" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>But there’s more! From now until mid-March, you stand a chance to win a weekly prize worth RM100 if you do the following: </p> <ol> <li>Register as a <a href="http://mystarjob.com/contests/car/">myStarjob</a>.com member (registered members can proceed to Step 3). </li> <li>Upload your resume (Word or PDF format). </li> <li>Answer 1 question correctly. </li> <li>Click submit! </li> </ol> <p>If you're lucky, you might even with the overall grand prize – <a href="http://mystarjob.com/contests/car/"><b>an awesome car</b></a>!</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/403ab9d264af_1189/mocks_03-01.jpg" width="366" height="1049" /></p> <p>Not bad eh?</p> <p>So once you got your dream job, you too can join the rest of us working crowd and get stuck in a traffic jam every morning to work!</p>


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Date: Tuesday, 29 Jan 2013 18:59

<p>Because I haven't updated for a while, here's a picture of a cat.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="IMG_4650" border="0" alt="IMG_4650" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/Its-My-Blog-And-I-Can-Cry-If-I-Want-To_26DD/IMG_4650.jpg" width="550" height="413" /></p> <p>In other news, life and work has been challenging. Extremely challenging. But what else is new?</p> <p>Odd thing is, I actually relish the workaholic life quite a bit. Must be a sign of maturity. </p> <p>I am, after all, 30.</p>


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Date: Tuesday, 18 Dec 2012 04:39

<p><b>ADV: The Year 2020 According to PEMANDU</b></p> <p>Now, let's get the obvious out of the day.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/photos/a485c3705f34_DCFF/clip_image001.jpg" width="554" height="417" /></p> <p>This blog entry is sponsored and paid for by PEMANDU, the Performance Management And Delivery Unit, an agency under the Prime Minister's Department of Malaysia. Although sponsored and tagged with an "ADV", all opinion expressed in this entry is of my own.</p> <p>I recognize some people who read this blog may be supportive of the government of the day, and some may support the opposition. Let me just say that this blog entry endorses neither. This entry is simply a collection of thoughts of what Malaysia was like before, what direction our country is moving into and what our country will become in the year 2020.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/photos/a485c3705f34_DCFF/clip_image002.jpg" width="554" height="417" /></p> <p>As citizens of Malaysia, we sometimes can be very critical of our own country. Yes, we love the food, the shopping, the culture and the low costs of living in Malaysia. But the biggest gripe in our country by far, is our <strong>low income</strong>. </p> <p>I know this first-hand.</p> <p>7 years ago, when I moved back from Perth to Kuching, I took a HUGE salary pay cut of up to 70%. In fact, my salary was so low, I was earning salary lower than a bus driver from China working in Singapore. </p> <p><iframe height="309" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/DQu6G0HXLdU" frameborder="0" width="550" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>It didn't used to be like this before.</p> <p>Between the 1960s and 80s, Malaysia was a strong developing country on par with countries like Singapore and Japan.</p> <p>My late father often told me the story of Singapore rise to prominence. </p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/photos/a485c3705f34_DCFF/clip_image003.jpg" width="554" height="417" /></p> <p>30 years ago, Singapore was just a fishing village no richer than Malaysia. Now, they are leaps and bounds ahead of us in income, to the point that Singapore now has the most number of millionaires per capita and the third richest country in the world.</p> <p>Meanwhile, an IT Manager in Kuching is earning less than a fresh graduate in Australia.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/photos/a485c3705f34_DCFF/clip_image004.jpg" width="554" height="369" /></p> <p>How did we slip so bad? I think you know, I know. </p> <p>But is it too late to make amends? Is it too late to become a high-income nation? Is it too late for Malaysia achieve developed country status by year 2020 as Mahathir envisioned?</p> <p>Well, PEMANDU didn't seem to think so. Which is why the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) is envisioned.</p> <p>Yes, we hear about the ETP a lot. But what exactly is ETP?</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/photos/a485c3705f34_DCFF/clip_image005.jpg" width="304" height="209" /></p> <p>Simply put, it is a series of projects initiated by PEMANDU that are designed to create jobs, improve quality of life and raise the overall income of Malaysian citizens.</p> <p>Some projects are well-publicized, and we knew about them already.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/photos/a485c3705f34_DCFF/clip_image006.jpg" width="554" height="417" /></p> <p>The Klang Valley MRT.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/photos/a485c3705f34_DCFF/clip_image007.jpg" width="554" height="350" /></p> <p>The Iskandar Johor region, together with its EduCity, LegoLand and Pinewood Iskandar Studios development.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/photos/a485c3705f34_DCFF/clip_image008.jpg" width="554" height="394" /></p> <p>Building of pedestrian friendly footpaths throughout KL City.</p> <p>Some other projects, we either don't know a lot about, or are still work in progress. </p> <p>Such as...</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/photos/a485c3705f34_DCFF/clip_image009.gif" width="396" height="389" /></p> <p>Improving the regional distribution network for Malaysia's electronics industry.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/photos/a485c3705f34_DCFF/clip_image010.jpg" width="554" height="369" /></p> <p>Phasing out the incandescent bulbs in place for LED.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/photos/a485c3705f34_DCFF/clip_image011.jpg" width="554" height="337" /></p> <p>The building of a high speed railway linking Penang and KL to Singapore in 90 minutes.</p> <p>And of course, there are many, many more such projects being carried out right now as part of the ETP.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/photos/a485c3705f34_DCFF/clip_image012.jpg" width="554" height="251" /></p> <p>Like it or not, our lives will be impacted by these projects. The way we live, work and play will all change.</p> <p>So, what are we gonna be like in Year 2020?</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/photos/a485c3705f34_DCFF/clip_image013.jpg" width="554" height="416" /></p> <p>To answer that question, the team behind PEMANDU created an online personality test, so we can experience for ourselves what things would be like in the future.</p> <p>For example, if I own a house in the future.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/photos/a485c3705f34_DCFF/clip_image014.jpg" width="554" height="269" /></p> <p>And I fill it up with an air-conditioning, an energy-efficient fridge and a hybrid car.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/photos/a485c3705f34_DCFF/clip_image015.jpg" width="554" height="312" /></p> <p>I would be scoring some good rebates and be exempted from paying import duty on my hybrid car. </p> <p>Or, if I need to get around KL.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/photos/a485c3705f34_DCFF/clip_image016.jpg" width="554" height="340" /></p> <p>I can save money and avoid the traffic jams by taking the trains.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/photos/a485c3705f34_DCFF/clip_image017.jpg" width="554" height="326" /></p> <p>Even the heavily polluted Klang River will be transformed into a vibrant waterfront.</p> <p>At the end of the test, I'm told I'm an <em><b>&quot;Early Burt&quot;.</b></em></p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/photos/a485c3705f34_DCFF/clip_image018.jpg" width="554" height="437" /></p> <p>I find this most amusing. Possible career paths: <em><b>Famous viral video blogger.</b></em></p> <p>Watch out, PSY.</p> <p>Wanna know your results? Try out for yourselves at <a href="http://etp.pemandu.gov.my/citizen2020"><em><b>www.etp.pemandu.gov.my/citizen2020</b></em></a></p>


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Author: "Kenny Sia" Tags: "Thoughts & Musings"
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Date: Tuesday, 11 Dec 2012 00:39

<p>What is the purpose of a business?</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/ac9f90ebdcb9_1C70/IMG_4132.jpg" width="550" height="413" /></p> <p>Some may say the purpose of a business is to make money.</p> <p>That is true, but if the one and only whole purpose of a company is to make more money and get rich quick, then whoever's running the company won't be happy for very long.</p> <p>The purpose of a company must more than just profit. The purpose of a company gotta be to be to inject meaningful colours into the lives of their customers. </p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/ac9f90ebdcb9_1C70/IMG_0596.jpg" width="550" height="413" /></p> <p>When a customer says thank you and leaves with a smile on her face, that, to me, is the true measure of how successful a company is.</p> <p>It is sad to say though, in this day and age where half the things are done online and the other half are done interacting with a machine, many old-fashioned things companies enjoy - such as watching a customer walk out the door with a smile on her face - are getting rarer and rarer.</p> <p>One good example is the banking industry.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/ac9f90ebdcb9_1C70/IMG_5835.jpg" width="550" height="413" /></p> <p>During my grandfather's era, paying his suppliers meant going to the bank, fill up a form, queue up behind shitloads of people, then wait 30 minutes for his turn to speak to a bank officer just to access his own money. </p> <p>At least in this case, the bank officer gets to see how satisfied my grandfather was with their service.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/ac9f90ebdcb9_1C70/IMG_5836.jpg" width="550" height="413" /></p> <p>During my father's era, it changed with the arrival of ATMs. Instead of queuing up to speak to a human, my father would instead punch in a few buttons on the machines outside the bank to transfer money to his suppliers. </p> <p>At least in this case, the bank officer can still walk out and see how satisfied my father was with their service.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/ac9f90ebdcb9_1C70/IMG_5838.jpg" width="550" height="413" /></p> <p>Then our era came, along with the Internet, the iPhones and the Galaxy Tabs. Now, we don't even have to go to the bank to use an ATM. </p> <p>Even if, say, we want to send money to our loved ones living halfway around the globe, it is possible to do so with a few clicks of the mouse button (or a few swipes of the finger on the iPad) while sitting in our homes half-naked in our underwear.</p> <p>We have certainly come a long way in embracing technology. But poor bank officers... this time they really have no chance to see whether or not their customers are happy or not. Worst, the customers have no chance to say thank you to the bank officers or how much they appreciate their services.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/ac9f90ebdcb9_1C70/Fullscreen-capture-6122012-40142-AM.jpg" width="391" height="552" /></p> <p>Having said that, I still can't live without online banking. I can recall more than one occasions that Maybank2U saved me a great deal of time and money, especially when I'm overseas and forgot to settle my credit card or phone bill on time.</p> <p>Although we use this services all the time, we never really thought about saying thank you to the people behind them: <em>The Maybank Team.</em> </p> <p>And as I mentioned earlier, if the purpose of a company is not beyond profit-making, then whoever's running the company won't be happy for long.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/ac9f90ebdcb9_1C70/IMG_4638.jpg" width="550" height="412" /></p> <p>There are heaps of people like me out there that Maybank would like to hear from. Specifically, they wanna know: <em>&quot;How Has Maybank2U Saved You?&quot;</em></p> <p>Here's the catch: they want it in the form of a Maybank advertisement. </p> <p>Starring you.</p> <p>The pic below says it all.</p> <p><em><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/ac9f90ebdcb9_1C70/banner_m2ustar.jpg" width="520" height="385" /></em></p> <p>It is simpler than it sounds.</p> <p>Go to <a href="http://www.maybank2u.com/savemem2u" target="_blank"><strong>www.maybank2u.com/savemem2u</strong></a>, upload a photo of your face, write a true story in 80 characters how Maybank2U has save your life, then click to create your very own Maybank ad, starring... yourself!</p> <p>They give you 15 Facebook credits upon submission of your first entry. </p> <p>If you win, they give you RM5,000 cash. </p> <p>Or RM3,000 second prize. Or RM1,000 third prize.</p> <p>If you're a blogger, they give you an Asus Nexus 7 Tablet on top of those cash prize.</p> <p>Sounds good huh?</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="Fullscreen capture 6122012 50730 AM" border="0" alt="Fullscreen capture 6122012 50730 AM" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/ac9f90ebdcb9_1C70/Fullscreen-capture-6122012-50730-AM.jpg" width="550" height="401" /></p> <p>Then <a href="http://www.maybank2u.com/savemem2u" target="_blank">go send in your ad loh</a>!</p>


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Date: Tuesday, 27 Nov 2012 10:30

<p>29 things I did when I was 29.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>1.</strong> Received 5 stalks of roses.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/f787aa9818b9_2551/IMG_4936.jpg" width="411" height="550" /></p> <p>Then got blindfolded, bundled into my own apartment and had the most romantic 29th birthday dinner intricately planned by my girlfriend. :)</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>2. </strong>Began my adventure fleshing out my bare apartment.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/f787aa9818b9_2551/IMG_5583.jpg" width="550" height="413" /></p> <p>Buying an apartment is only part of the cost. A huge part of the expenses is fleshing it out with bits and pieces of furniture.</p> <p>I'm proud to say that the first piece of &quot;furniture&quot; I got was actually a super-comfy large-sized bean bag sponsored by <a href="http://www.doofindustries.com/" target="_blank">Doof</a>!</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>3. </strong>Won an award for Best Micro-Blog at the Nuffnang Blog Awards 2011.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/f787aa9818b9_2551/IMG_5517.jpg" width="550" height="413" /></p> <p><em><a href="http://www.twitter.com/kennysia" target="_blank"><strong>twitter.com/kennysia</strong></a></em> - So much love in 140 characters or less.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>4. </strong>Started my Invisalign treatment with <a href="http://www.mydentist.com.my" target="_blank">MyDentist.com.my</a> to straighten my teeth. Last time my teeth looked like this.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/f787aa9818b9_2551/IMG_5665.jpg" width="550" height="413" /></p> <p>And now my teeth looks like this!</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="IMG_5789" border="0" alt="IMG_5789" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/f787aa9818b9_2551/IMG_5789.jpg" width="550" height="412" /></p> <p>Still got about half a year left to go, though.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>5. </strong>Gave a kiss to this pale ass dummy. </p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/f787aa9818b9_2551/IMG_8096.jpg" width="550" height="413" /></p> <p>Thank goodness I got a First Aid certificate from the Red Crescent in return.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>6. </strong>Spent Valentine's Day with my girlfriend at the upmost luxurious beach resort I have ever stayed at in my whole life.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/f787aa9818b9_2551/IMG_0366.jpg" width="550" height="413" /></p> <p>It's called <a href="http://www.sripanwa.com" target="_blank">Sri Panwa</a>, and it's located at Cape Panwa in Phuket, Thailand. </p> <p>To call it a hotel or a resort would be an insult. Sri Panwa is a village and a Hollywood celebrity favourite - Jeremy Renner and Gordon Ramsay all stayed here before. Room rates normally go for USD2,000 a night, but if you buy it through <a href="http://www.theluxenomad.com" target="_blank"><strong>Luxe Nomad</strong></a>, the rates can go to as low as RM800 a night.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>7.</strong> Won the top prize at an entrepreneur development challenge organized by MillionaireAsia magazine.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/f787aa9818b9_2551/IMG_6216.jpg" width="550" height="413" /></p> <p>The prize was a RM20,000 Lalique trophy and 2 directors box tickets at Liverpool Football Club's stadium. But the real prize I got was some extremely valuable advice from my mentor Marcus Luer of <a href="http://www.totalsportsasia.com" target="_blank">Total Sports Asia</a>.</p> <p>When I put his advice into practice, it really enabled my company Level Up Fitness to grow.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>8. </strong>Made a wish and released a floating lantern into the air.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/f787aa9818b9_2551/IMG_2631.jpg" width="550" height="412" /></p> <p>Thank you, <a href="http://www.kennysia.com/archives/2012/07/club-med-phuket.php" target="_blank">Club Med Phuket</a>!</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>9. </strong>Saw the Taj Mahal.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="IMG_3595" border="0" alt="IMG_3595" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/f787aa9818b9_2551/IMG_3595.jpg" width="550" height="413" /></p> <p>Seeing Taj Mahal means I have successfully visited half of the New 7 Wonders of the World.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>10.</strong> Witnessed the cremations at the holy Ganges River of India.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/f787aa9818b9_2551/IMG_4296.jpg" width="550" height="413" /></p> <p>Varanasi is a pain to get to, but it is one the most unique and unusual sightings in the world. </p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/f787aa9818b9_2551/IMG_4131.jpg" width="413" height="550" /></p> <p>I spent only half a day there. No, it's not the cleanest cities in the world, but the experience was so much more worth it than the crowds at the Taj Mahal in Agra.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>11. </strong>Slept in an overnight train in India.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/f787aa9818b9_2551/IMG_4388-001.jpg" width="550" height="412" /></p> <p>Despite so many horror stories I hear about trains in India, my experience was nothing like it at all. Although it was rather cramped, the train was extremely clean and I felt safe the whole way through. </p> <p>The local middle-class Indians were quite surprised to see a Chinese face amongst the crowd and attempted to have conversation with me despite the language barrier.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="IMG_4373" border="0" alt="IMG_4373" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/f787aa9818b9_2551/IMG_4373.jpg" width="413" height="550" /></p> <p>Unfortunately, I smelled like coconut oil for the next 24 hours.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>12. </strong>Had my first volunteer travel experience.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/f787aa9818b9_2551/DSC_0328.jpg" width="550" height="366" /></p> <p>With my dentists Dr Melissa and Dr Foo, we participated in <a href="http://www.kennysia.com/archives/2012/04/operation-smile.php" target="_blank">Operation Smile: Vietnam</a>. </p> <p>Volunteer Travel is so different but so spiritually fulfilling from all my other travel experiences. We went up to central Vietnam and even travelled to Vinh Long, a tiny village deep in interiors of the Mekong Delta just to give dental treatment to the local kids. There really is no better way to experience a foreign land's local culture and not just spend money and buy souvenirs, but also give back to the local community.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>13. </strong>Suffered from frequent bouts of excruciating stomach pains. </p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/f787aa9818b9_2551/IMG_8116.jpg" width="550" height="413" /></p> <p>Went for an ultrasound scan and discovered I have stones in my gallbladder. The pain persisted for the next 3 months, but I changed my diet to mostly vegetables and water. Eventually the pain stopped (but I think the gallstone is still inside there.)</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>14. </strong>Facing increasing competition in my business!</p> <p>Before I started Level Up Fitness 3 years ago, there wasn't much options when it comes to gyms in Kuching. Suddenly, 3 years after I started business, everyone and their doggie wants to run a gym.</p> <p>Someone told me that to have competition in the business is to have validation that the industry I chose to be in was right. If there were no competition and I was the only player in there, it could only mean that nobody have faith in the industry. </p> <p>Oh well, bring it on.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>15. </strong>Became an American Council of Exercise Certified Personal Trainer.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/f787aa9818b9_2551/IMG_8296.jpg" width="550" height="413" /></p> <p>Then trained some of my gym members to run their first half-marathon!</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>16. </strong>In Sri Lanka, climbed a sacred Buddhist / Christian / Hindu / Muslim mountain called <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Pada_(Sri_Lanka)" target="_blank">Adam's Peak.</a></p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/f787aa9818b9_2551/IMG_1787.jpg" width="550" height="413" /></p> <p>Got a local dog as our guide who followed us from the foot of the mountain all the way up then all the way down. </p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/f787aa9818b9_2551/IMG_1794.jpg" width="550" height="413" /></p> <p>Cute!</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>17. </strong>Rode an elephant for the first time.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/f787aa9818b9_2551/IMG_2264.jpg" width="550" height="413" /></p> <p>Got splashed.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>18. </strong>Stuck my head out of a moving train.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/f787aa9818b9_2551/IMG_0855.jpg" width="550" height="413" /></p> <p>There's a inexplicable feeling of childlike-glee when you are able to stick your head out a moving train.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/f787aa9818b9_2551/IMG_0902.jpg" width="550" height="413" /></p> <p>I realised I have done a lot of train journeys this year - in India, Sri Lanka, Japan and China. </p> <p>Nothing comes close to the experience travelling 9 hours by train from Colombo on the west coast of Sri Lanka, to the town of Ella in the mountainous interior. The smiles on the faces of the locals, the ability to access little towns untouched from mass tourism - it all adds flavour to the travel experience.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>19. </strong>Stuck religiously to my marathon training routine, even throughout all my travels.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/f787aa9818b9_2551/With-the-local-kids-at-a-small-Indian-village-off-the-beaten-track-from-the-Taj-Mahal-Agra.jpg" width="550" height="412" /></p> <p>I packed my running shoes whenever I go. Some of my training runs took me off the beaten tracks. My running shoes have brought me to places I would never have gone myself and meet people I would never have met otherwise. My most memorable run was through a poor tiny Indian village hidden from the riches of the Taj Mahal. </p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/f787aa9818b9_2551/IMG_8436.jpg" width="550" height="413" /></p> <p>My girlfriend never understood why I enjoyed running in foreign lands so much until I took her for a run through a tea plantation in Sri Lanka. </p> <p>Halfway through our run, she was tickled with glee as half of dozen of curious village kids followed her behind, all screaming &quot;HELLO! HELLO!&quot; </p> <p>I say, don't be afraid to get off the beaten track when you travel. The enrichment of the soul far outweighs the fear of getting lost or getting mobbed.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>20. </strong>In Sri Lanka, rode the most crowded local bus I have ever boarded in my life! </p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/f787aa9818b9_2551/IMG_8412.jpg" width="413" height="550" /></p> <p>I was literally hanging off the side of the sardine-packed bus with one foot in the bus, another inches off the moving road.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>21. </strong>Signed the papers to open two more outlets of Level Up Fitness!</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/f787aa9818b9_2551/DSC_5646.jpg" width="550" height="414" /></p> <p>After three years, it's time to expand the business.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>22.</strong> Definitely my biggest source of pride this year.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/f787aa9818b9_2551/IMG_3127.jpg" width="550" height="413" /></p> <p>Ran my sixth full 42km marathon. This time I did it in Gold Coast, Australia and achieved my new personal best of <strong>5 hours 28 mins</strong>!</p> <p>That's like a full one hour off the first time I did my marathon. My 4 months of religious marathon training has definitely paid off.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>23. </strong>Dived the Great Barrier Reef.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/f787aa9818b9_2551/IMG_3303.jpg" width="550" height="413" /></p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>24.</strong> Lost my Australian Permanent Residency.</p> <p><img src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2011/Its-Been-Seven-Years_AFFA/IMG_7866.jpg" /></p> <p>:(</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>25. </strong>Did an authentic Japanese homestay at a place called Hirayu Onsen, high up in the Japanese Alps. </p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/f787aa9818b9_2551/IMG_4897.jpg" width="550" height="413" /></p> <p>Using Google Translate, I managed to make my reservation with the homeowner and completed the stay without being able to speak a word of Japanese. </p> <p>And what a lovely experience it was! We ate the yummiest pieces of Wagyu Beef (called Hida Beef), bathed in an outdoor <em>onsen</em>, and even took the home owner's dog out for a walk. </p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/f787aa9818b9_2551/IMG_4936_3.jpg" width="550" height="413" /></p> <p>Highly recommended!</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>26. </strong>Went hiking in a place high up in the Japanese mountains called <em>Kamikochi</em>. </p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/f787aa9818b9_2551/IMG_5174.jpg" width="550" height="413" /></p> <p>Saw the most beautiful autumn colours in the nature.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>27. </strong>Became a calendar model.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/f787aa9818b9_2551/IMG_0172.jpg" width="550" height="413" /></p> <p>Unfortunately it's not for Men's Health, but for the Sarawak SPCA to raise funds for an animal shelter.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>28. </strong>Survived one week in China without getting cheated from the locals.</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/f787aa9818b9_2551/IMG_5753.jpg" width="550" height="413" /></p> <p>Considered an achievement because everytime I travel to China, I get cheated by everyone from taxi drivers to market merchants to money changers.</p> <p><strong></strong></p> <p><strong>29.</strong> Lost 12kg of weight!</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/f787aa9818b9_2551/IMG_5798.jpg" width="550" height="413" /></p> <p>No secrets. No shortcuts. Just blood, sweat, tears and no fried food.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" src="http://www.kennysia.com/images/2013/f787aa9818b9_2551/IMG_1177.jpg" width="550" height="414" /></p> <p>Today, I turned 30 years old.</p>


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