Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Defeat is not the worst of all failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.

It's past midnight and although I am tired, I just feel like putting down some thoughts before I go to bed. Today is a drop-dead tiring day, work..appointments and business talks...reached home almost around 11pm and there is a part of me asking, is it worth it? So I decided to list down the reasons why I would venture into business although I have a secure, non-stressful job which pays alright. Here goes:

1. Minus my mountain of commitments (a better word for debts), I am left with little at the end of the month. Sure, every year I get good increments...but then, every year my needs changes too and I'll probably accumulate more debts. In short, I need more money.

2. Someone who joined the business told me he achieved so much now, however too late to contribute to his father as he has passed away. I still haven't contributed much or gave any big rewards to my parents as I am myself struggling to survive in this cruel world. I want to give them the world if I can.

3. I want designer handbags, a closet of fancy clothes, expensive holidays, sport cars, a big house...the list goes on...Yes, people tell me that I should be grateful for what I have and stop dwelling on what others have. But there is this inner voice telling me that as much as I am grateful, I KNOW I can have what others have...if I put my mind and heart into it. So why tell myself this is all my life could offer?

Right now, I can think of 3...cos my brains are already half asleep! Kesimpulannya, I am working my way towards financial freedom. I dont want my future kids to limit what they want, or vice versa...I dont want to limit what I want just because I have kids later...

Some people may not be supportive, but I am not gonna dwell on them wanting to see me fail. Even if I did (which in God's will, it wouldn't), defeat is not the worst of all failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.

Goodnite.....Abu (the cat) has been calling me to ciao people for now...I'm gonna continue dreaming...until the dreams come true :)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Family Holiday 2010 - KK & Pulan Mantanani

Fuhhh penatnye rasa sepatutnya rasa lagi relax, tapi rasa lenguh badan...sakit satu badan naik bot yang dok enjut selama lebih sejam! ceritanye begini, percutian ni actually dah lama me and my sister plan for our family... alhamdulillah, hubby yg sentiasa sibuk dengan businessnya pun dapat participate, so since all six of us are finally available for a few days duration, so teruslah book tanpa nak fikir banyak's actually planned for my lovely parents nyer 30th Anniversary, which dah lepas in September, but the present kirenye came in December lah ni.

Just the 6 of us

Sambil tu, me and hubby treat this as 2010 nyer honeymoon lah...alhamdulillah duit pun masyuk je semenjak join business baru ni, so we pampered ourselves lah lebih sikit kali ni..janji happy! :)

Dynamic Duo on holiday mode

DAY 1: Check in hotel and relax - buat suka hati

We took the morning flight and when we got there, terus check into Meridien. Bagi those yg suka jalan2, duduk sini paling senang...dekat ngan shopping complexes, Filipino market, pasar (kalau nak beli udang bawak balik KL), and easy access to tempat2 makanan. But me, hubby and Mummy terus ke Warisan Square for foot massage. Ala, murah2 nyer je...RM50 for foot massage + foot scrub for an hour. Oklah tu. Then lepak2 until dinner time...masa yang ditunggu2...SEAFOOD!!!:)

These are huge kerang...lagi besar drp sudu tau!
Saje ambik gbr ni nak tunjuk kerang ni besar! hehe...
Chilli Crabs...sedapppp!

DAY 2: Mantanani Island Adventure
Perkataan "Adventure" tu ada sebabnye...hehe...siapa yang faint-hearted tu, tak payah lah pikir nak ke sini, especially time Monsoon ke, angin kuat ke...ombaknye sangat besar...

Pulau Mantanai..paling dekat ngan South China Sea
It takes 1.5 hours to reach Kota Belud and kena amik boat dekat ngan Tuaran (if I tak silap lah, bab Geography ni mmg I fail...hehe)...ada jetty kecik...then from there, it took about an hour naik boat...siapa yg suka rollercoaster, feels like an hour of rollercoaster!!! jugak actually...tapi ada yg mabuk laut jugak i nampak...well, for was worth it lahhhh....SANGAT LAWA!!!!

This awaits when you reach the island

I can just laze by white sandy beach all day!

Clear blue for snorkeling n scuba!
All of us went snorkeling except Mummy and hubby. Mummy tak suka main air, phobia pun ye jugak. Hubby pulak nak try out scuba. I wont go into the details of his near-death experience trying out scuba for the first time...but yeah, kesimpulannye is, make sure the person who guide you is really experienced and follow the steps to train a first timer. He hasn't given up anyways and we shall find time to scuba again - banyak lagi islands nak explore lagipun kannnn.....

Hubby nak tunjuk corals yang disusun...layan jelah
Kalau terkena jellyfish ni, terasa mcm tangan kena potong!
Beach ball with the island people
Big catch! The fish, I mean...hehe
Masih romantika after 30 years! :)

DAY 3:  Recuperation
Everyone mostly in bed, recuperating from the boat ride from Mantanani Island back to the main jetty. The ombak was way too rough!!! Mummy wanted to vomit, seasick. The guys from Scuba Paradise was really cool, made all kind of jokes to distract us from looking out to the rough sea. I must admit, the journey to the island was alright, but the journey back was SCARY!!! I hugged hubby most the time, although with life jackets on, I cant help thinking if I tercampak and the life jacket terbukak, will anyone find me? What if no one rescue me til night, mesti scary terapung dalam gelap...and all kind of scary thoughts ran through my mind.

Tapi selepas semua dah tido and massage puas2, sempat gak makan nasi padang. Food is the cure to everything :)
Sedap betul nasi padang kat sini!
Percaya tak ni untuk 6 orang makan?
Oh, we managed to go to Filipino Market to get some souvenirs lah. Nothing much, just bought some borneo pearls for myself and some friends. And we had seafood dinner again. Most of the pelik2 shell type of seafood seem to be finished by the time we got there. Damn.

DAY 4: Packing seafood bawak balik
We beli udang besar, udang pelik and sotong giant. Packed it in ice, khas untuk diterbangkan ke KL. Yum yum...makan seafood jelah we all seminggu dua ni...hehe

Dia paling excited nak gi pasar!
Catch of the day! was an awesome family holiday! Next trip, insya-Allah when the business grows, target 6 months from now...I nak bawak my whole family gi London! I nak shopping di sana! To my family, I hope you had a gr8 time as much as I u loads! And wishing my parents a Happy 30th Anniversary once many more wonderful years to come with God's will. And to hubby, looking forward to honeymoon again in April, Hong Kong here we come!!!! :)

Til the next holiday!!! Muahhhssss!!!!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Dare to dream BIG and the dreams will become a reality

Look throughout the world at those who have achieved the most in life. People like Bill Gates, Donald Trump, Warren Buffett. These are the people who have stretched their imaginations to unforeseen levels. They have dreamt at levels we have never imagined. Many people believe they have gotten lucky. The reality however, is that its that simple skill, of dreaming big, that has guided them to their success, fame, and fortunes.

Tapi cerita yang I nak sampaikan is about successful women who reached the top at a young age. Look at Kim Kardashian for example. People may think oh, she got the looks so easy for her. But following her blogs, I know for sure she is just another simple girl who works hard at what she is good at. Marketing herself and pursuing her business. Do you think a dumb woman could have done what she have done?

Takpe, lupakan my obsession over Kim Kardashian and get back to topic....hehe...I got the chance to know Hanis, a successful businesswoman who had climbed up to the top in less than a year...and I was immediately IMPRESSED! She is a loving mother of 2 children and oh, did I mention she is only 25? Oh and btw, she is earning min RM50k per month!!!!

Me and Hanis after brainstorming ideas..the biz rox, I am all hyped!!!
Let me go back in time, when I was 25, what was I doing?
- Working in a bank with a salary of RM2.5k, which more than half goes to my car and credit cards
- Savings? None! (Dont judge me, I'm just being truthful here)
- Psycho Shopaholic (Yes, I shop like I was a millionaire)
- Spending more money on entertainment 

I am glad I got the chance to know Hanis, I am more motivated now to expand the business and grow together with her and the team!!! I always believe that if someone successful want to guide you, take that opportunity! Don't let chances slip you by, just because you are scared of the "What if I fail?" question. 

You never know until you try, and I truly believe, deep in my heart, that if you dare to dream big, the dreams will become a reality. If you limit your dreams, that is by far the furthest limit you will go.

Hong Kong, here I come!!! This is soooooo exciting!!! Free tickets for me and hubby!!! All expenses paid, bestnyerrr!!! WEEEHOOOOOOO!!!!