Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Year, New You? Why in Malaysia, hardware (lowest common denominator) rules supreme over software.


Package Delivery from Future 2021 
of the New You - Anybody home?
February 12, 2021
My Love can only go so far...
As the new year 2012 already dawns upon us, I began to notice so many glaring missing puzzles in our nation's macro social frame. I love my country, because it's the only one I have. But my love can only go so far. Unfortunately, there's a limit to my love. How I wish I could say my love is as wide and deep as the ocean. If I say that, then I would be no different than the other hypocrites on the street. I question about so many things the past year. How far have I progressed. How I view people in general, and the way I view the world in general.

Any thinkers here? Hello?
Other countries in the West, they have great thinkers. Serious intellectuals who actually thinks about solutions to solve problems in their own countries. I wonder how many of these thinkers we have here in Malaysia. Or at least the ones I could admire. I walked around the city in the last few days of 2011, and discovered plenty of constructions going on around me. Some were brand new walkways and bridges that connect one infrastructure to the next. Pretty cool, and lovely to see.



Of course, in order for these new constructions to take place, old infrastructure has to go. This is what I call the hardware transition. In Malaysia, we are so vibrant and constantly changing our hardware. KLCC is expanding its east and west wings. The old UO shopping mall near to Central Market has already closed to make way for the construction of a new rail. The pounding and clanking sounds of lorry and dirt movers regurgitated my mind into deep thought.

Hardware Only
Why, hardware is ALL Malaysia is good at. Not just the buildings, but race, culture and religion are considered to be a form of hardware as well. My Muslim friends who wears the tudung and songkok is proclaiming proudly to the world that they are Muslims. My Catholic friends who go to church every Sunday is affirming their faiths. Unfortunately in the entertainment industry, race and religion do take precedence according to a specific style of hierarchy. But I am only speaking for my own profile - a Chinese male. I find it so offensive that there's a great lack of representation and the misuse of the media in stereotyping the Malaysian Chinese male as some form of nerd, geeky and always-funny form of caricature.


Spanking new station
Social Hardware
Again, this is all hardware. Social status is another form of hardware Malaysia can be proud of. We grant datukships to high society or some Malaysians who "made it" overseas. Or some other forms of title which honors, usually a person of wealth, power and fame. You will notice how many TV personalities are busy hooking up with millionaires and datuks. They have to in order to "survive" and upkeep their image. I am not condemning, I am merely stating a fact that celebrities are NOT true artistes. Celebrities are merely chasing a form of hardware in order to survive. True artistes don't chase after hardware.



Hardware Misuse
New Block (carpark?) at Chinwoo
How about non-celebrities? Well, they also chase the same form of category, but in a different form factor - the content is the same. Jobs, positions and money. These are hardwares too that are fundamental in a materialistic and commercial society like ours. If I am the manager and you are an officer, you better listen to my instructions. Unfortunately, the drive to go after these hardwares cause a fundamental fallacy in any type of system. One will tend to be greedy and misuse the system for one's own selfish benefit. Or lie and steal to get the hardware. So many times in politics, you hear people calling to protect their religion, race and culture. All hardware, zero software.

Especially in a creative industry, your ideas can be stolen: be it a script you wrote, your performance or copy you wrote for an advertising campaign. It happens. This one "friend" of mine has been using my services as a copywriter for some years now. And everytime I have to chase him for payment. When the work is given, he would not acknowledge that piece of headline, for example, and claimed it was done by him. Another personal example I've encountered was for a ringtone company. The manager asked me to translate the ringtones into Chinese speaking format. But where's my offer letter to dictate the terms and payment of my services? You may see a lot of job advertisements, but please be careful. There's plenty of hoax out there due to software non-existence.

Goodbye UO
No Software Here
Believe me that all these dishonesty of no payments for work completed are still rampant in our entertainment industry. But how can these dirty practices still exist in our country which is developing so many wonderful hardwares around us? The answer is simple - our software is simply non-existent. Even under-develop, you may say. The ringtones company director who hired me to translate their ringtones is a Muslim, so why didn't his religion stop him from cheating? The advertising company who stole my ideas is an established business with an office. The boss is  Chinese, why didn't his high position stop him from cleverly taking my ideas without paying?

Thinkers Transcend Barriers
It's all about the software too. In our country, the biggest failure is in instilling the best practices for thinkers to thrive. There's virtually zero well-known thinkers in our country. Why's that? Simply because our current hardware system does not reward or even nurture quality thinkers. Everyone is going for the HARDWARE: religion, culture, status quo, money, salary etc. Most of the so-called "thinkers" with some form of name or media coverage, are merely defending their own race, culture or some other form of selfish enterprise. I'm talking about thinkers who knows they are in a precarious situation and would not allow themselves to be mistreated and treat others unjustly. Are there any like that? It has nothing to do with your race, religion and social standing. You could be a garbage collector and be a great thinker at the same time!

More skyscrapers surrounding KLCC
Here's where my aspirations are for my Artiste Training Course. Real artistes are so rare, perhaps even non-existent in Malaysia. Are you ready to become the first one? Artistes understands the situation and sees things as they are, not in any colored fantasies or falsity hyped up by others or by some form of out-dated hardwares. True artiste stand on their own, at the expense of being unpopular even. Now what we have in our industry are simply followers, Yes-men and women. We become like that because we are afraid to lose our hardware - jobs and money! Really, I'm not saying it is a bad thing, just the way we are conditioned, hence the results.

Anyone out there NOT afraid to lose their jobs?
If I don't follow my boss orders, I could get fired. Fear is actually an illusion. A form of convulated belief that you will lose something for doing something else. But the truth is, nothing in this world ever belongs to any of us in the first place. Eventually, everything has to go - to make way for the new. Like money. If you don't spend it, what good would money do for you? I believe fear is a misnomer. Fear to think is a misnomer. If thinking is what you do the whole day, you should be put on the front page newspaper and made a star. Unfortunately, thinking is not something Malaysians are encouraged to do by anyone. Hence, the greatest mistake was made for putting priority on hardware over software. Seriously, you cannot blame people for doing so due to conditioning from young. It's easier to just follow a set of existing hardware conditioning. Simply follow A in order to get to B. If you don't, you will never get there, period.

New bridge
No wonder so many people are repressed by fear, in the midst of all the hardware superiority. Fear to take action. It is this fear that produces a generation of sub par quality of people. No doubt we have Malaysians who studied abroad and such, and came home with their hardwares - degrees, masters, PhDs. But does it matter? Some who do come home, complains about the very infrastructure that enables them to go overseas to study. Notice how much trouble hardware causes? People with Masters aren't all that quality people. Their minds are just as common as everybody else.


New bridge connecting Star and Putra Masjid Jamek


Lots of Hardware Work, Zero Software
How about in the workplace? I remembered my last stint as an English Teacher for this food and beverage company, and notice this very young manager. She obviously has the ambition, hence she does a lot tasks, but unfortunately the people working around her aren't cooperative with her. The staff working under her were my students, and I hear many complaints. This is a great problem because in the restaurant business, teamwork is essential. The manager thinks she completed all the hardware tasks would enable her to succeed further, and that's what the boss approves too. But she failed to notice the software part is abandoned. That's why as an English Teacher, I tried to instill the software skills, but was stopped half-way due to the priority placed on hardware tasks. You see, I'm not afraid of losing my job because of some silly software malfunction. Let it be.

Empty space - devoid of machines
The point is: I'm  a Communications Strategy Coach, and the one thing I do best is to fine-tune the software part. A lot of people failed to see that - what with the examination importance placed on the education system? I notice so many students spend time on tuitions to make the grade - but essentially failed horribly to understand why should they even learn in the first place? The answer from them is to get the grade, get a degree, get a good-paying job, build a family then retire. Notice all these answers are skewed only in one direction? The hardware direction. Not even one answered or aspired for the software aspect. Worst, to prove how hardware is gaining superiority is to look around you. Indians still mingle with indians. Malays still with their own race in social gatherings.

Hardware deteriorates, Software Endures...
A lot of people failed to notice that hardware deteriorates faster than software over time. Your thinking is what made who you are - not your job, family, friends, race or religion, where you stay or what kind of connections you have. How can you spot the symptom when a hardware is deteriorating? The most visible form of deterioration is rudeness. The quick dismissal and belittlement of others of their opinions "Ai ya, it is like that arrr. Don't bother...". Bad customer service from the electronics shop where I purchased the walkman. Rude remarks from food stall operators who thinks you owe them the favor for becoming their loyal customer. Family members who pretends to offer a helping hand, but with conditions attached and accusatory assumptions being placed on you first before the help even arrives!

Improving Software, Not Hardware
Again, I am not saying hardware is not important. It is imperative, even a prerogative that we must let our minds be developed first and lead the hardware later, not the other way around. The saying "Build first, the rest will come" is a dated thinking. Can you imagine watching a movie that only have beautiful and famous actors but lousy story/plot lines? It's a waste of ticket money. We have so many of those thrash coming out from the pipeline. Even the story and plot lines are treated as some form of hardware, meaning lack of depth with no thought whatsoever. Simply just follow. Or go back to their original hardware.

Software. The single most important thing everyone should fix and upgrade despite their hardware condition. Millions, even billions of ringgit are spent on building infrastructure hardware around us - the new SmeCorp at KL Sentral, Iskandar etc. Don't you agree that money should be spent on upgrading your software  too? You are different from an electronics gadget because if you were an electronics gadget - the hardware and software must be compatible with each other first before it could function. That's the amazing thing about being a human being. You can upgrade your software now, without waiting for the hardware to arrive. Software changes, hardware seldom do. When a virus infects, simply change the software. That's how easy to change  software - and voila, you are brand new again. Truly, this new year 2012 should be the clarion call for all of us to better our software before the hardware. If not, you might just stuck and remain frozen in 2011.


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Monday, December 19, 2011

Confessions of a Paranoid Shopper - How to Survive the Post-Christmas/New Year/Chinese New Year Madness? Get an education.

New sandals
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Paranoid. We all experience it once a while. From experience, or just naturally, paranoia is a form of condition that makes one extra aware and over cautious in certain situation. It is for me when I'm shopping during the festive season. You see, I enjoy shopping like everybody else. It's just that I can be such a perfectionist when it comes in purchasing a particular product. Let's take 3 examples of product I've bought for Christmas - a swimming trunk from Philosophy, swimming goggles and Walkman from Sony.

Way Ahead the Curve
The thing about paranoia is - I am always ahead of the curve. While others might still be shopping for a Christmas present, I've already set my mind ahead of the holidays madness. I think one need not think too much about what to do, when you already have the end in mind. Which I have already. Thinking ahead really helps too. Personally, I hate Christmas, New Year and Chinese New Year. Simply because this is the season where all the fake-ness concregate in its maximum. Everyone is pretending to be jolly. As an artiste, pretending is sick. Sorry to those who actually enjoys the holiday seasons, but for those who don't, this is a great time to reflect.

We lie to ourselves about our real self-image
Personally, I hate buying swimming trunks, because I am often in a dilemma of of my own size.. I always aspire to be thinner, so in my head I have this ideal waistline. But when I have to buy a swimming trunks, I have to give in to reality. My ideal waistline is 30, but in actual, I am a 32. Like the Sony Walkman, due to its brand name, I always consider Sony as supreme in sound quality. But when I pluck in the earphones and listen, I find out the sound somewhat out from what I expected. Same as the swimming trunk. When I tried to put it on, I find out that it couldn't fit me. Then why on earth in the first place, did I bought these 2 stuff?

I SWEAR - this is my LAST purchase from Sony






We are all impulsive buyers
Like last Sunday, when I was reviewing the Christmas displays, I suddenly found the new swimming trunks on display. Frankly, I need a new pair, because the last one was stolen. And this new pair looks really cute with all the stars decorated on the front and back. I didn't even try it on - I just told which size I want and bought it on the spot! Same as the Sony Walkman. Since my last Zen Creative went bonkers and needed repair, my music addiction kicks in and forces me to purchase that damn Sony Walkman. It's all impulses no doubt.




We are all tricked by sales promotion
Office shoes 
When I first noticed the swimming trunks at Philosophy, I remembered that I have their membership card. What's good is that I get 15% off on the purchase without having to buy anything else. And since it was Christmas, and I am in serious need of a pair of trunks to do my swimming exercise, what the heck. In my mind I am foreseeing the late night parties and all the celebrations will make my weight balloon, so as a precaution, I needed those damn pair of trunks. As for the Sony Walkman, in actual fact, I hate feeling bored. There weren't any sales promotion that time when I purchase it.







The after-effects of shopping
I got very upset with the Sony customer service, because a month after my purchase, it came with 3 freebies. I felt cheated and under appreciated as a customer for buying it so early and missed the freebies that came after a month or so. So I went to them, and demanded - only I get to redeem the silicone casing, but not the USB charger. In other countries, the customer service wouldn't deny my privilege of getting those freebies, because I am the customer. In Malaysia, the customer service is very gangster type.


5-tier plastic cabinet RM50
Perfectionist Extreme - "I spot a strand of pubic hair, aaargh!"
The thing about me that I've discovered is I'm such a perfectionist. Everything that I ever buy, I would compare and check, double-check the product first. As for the Philosophy swimming trunks in which I bought at an impulse, I noticed there were some hair-like elements in the inseams of the trunks, yet I scrapped them away. Imagine that! In my mind, I was so determined to buy this, and my head is playing all kind of mental pictures. Only the next day, when I tried out another pair of red swimming trunks in size 1, I couldn't pull it up at all - it got stuck at my knees! But I want to wear the trunks now, and go for swimming now.





Driving Salesperson Mad!
The very next day, I went over to the shop at KLCC. Apparently, I can only change the size of the trunks at the shop where I purchased, and doesn't apply to its branch. So I have to went to Pavillion and exhanged it. This going back and forth really takes up effort, in which I take it as a form of exercise. But I can tell you, it drives some salespeople irritated. And I couldn't care a fart! Really, the salesperson needs to provide all necessary information, but in their haste, they didn't. So they deserve it, when the customer return the product and demand a better size.

Sweet Puffs, RM16
Customer Service or Excuse Service?
When I was refused the USB charger from the Sony KLCC, I went over to the Mid Valley office. Now they don't have the ground lounge, but I went up to the 8th floor (the spare parts) and demanded for it. The person in charge was readily to find excuses to redirect the customers away from them, instead of actually helping to find a solution. That is the worst kind of attitude. And I notice that, even though I was polite and all that. Call it lazy or inefficiency, whatever. The customer service in Malaysia is doomed, with their giving excuses attitude. They certainly need to go through some form of communication class (or take mine for only RM950 per pax). My friend advised me to write a letter to the manager and demand for the freebies.

Chocolate Cheese Cake, RM7.90
Product Dis-Uniformity
When I purchased the new Sony Walkman E Series, I thought I could plug in my noise-cancellation earphones into it. But it can't! Then I ask the salesperson whether they sell anymore walkman with the noise-cancellation feature, and they said no more. Discontinued? Sometimes, it gets frustrating for a faithful customer to ask so many questions before they can receive the answer they want. Now, both of my noise-cancellation earphones are deemed useless. I just have to settle for the poor quality sound or resort to forking out about RM450 for a pair of noise-cancelling earphones!

Conclusion - Intangible Products is worth the money more...
Finally what have I learned about the festive season day shopping? Well, I shouldn't have put myself through it at all. But who can resist not to spend? I notice I get frustrated more with the stuff I bought at a higher price range like eletronics. Come on, I've been waiting for the Galaxy Nexus and Tab 7.7, and until now it's not release yet. I think by the time they do, other better models like the Ipad 3 would have already been announced, and I could hold onto my wallet for that. I think tangible products are more frustrating to buy to say compre to education or coaching lessons which is more satisfying when purchased. This is because coaching is meant to uplift you and give you knowledge in the subjects that you're interested in like Acting, Modelling, TV Hosting and Film Direction (all starting at only RM 950 per student for 20 hours of lecture + 10 hours of practical. Original price RM 1500). Email to krislawfanclub@gmail.com for details.

Products can be classified into tangibles (like all the stuff I bought and went the trouble with) and intangibles (like education, coaching session - worth spending the money for). How about food? Yes, it's definitely worth the money, if you can get the best deals. If I have known sooner, I'll put all my money into improving myself with communication skills and not upset myself again with all the paltry, sub-par products currently flooding into our Malaysian market today. Ooops, not today. My mind is already way ahead in February 2012 already.


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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas Display 2011 Review & why it's all same old, same old. Except one new and really good too.

Exactly one year ago, I did a review on the various Christmas fashion displays. Now after started a new syllabus with my new batch of fashion students, hopefully they can benefit and even get some tips on how to do their various assignments. Those students who are SMART enough will remember what I lectured in class that day, but so far, I can only count a few who are truly smart. Now back to the display, I set out again to the city and try to uncover some beautiful gems of Christmas display at a few megamalls in the city. Of course, at the same time, I also wanted to buy some presents for friends. For the benefit of my current students, I have assembled the various reviews I've written in the hopes that it could help guide them in designing their own fashion window displays, links for the reviews below:
MaSIF Fashion Review
Spring/Summer Fashion Display @KLCC
IFTC Students' Fashion Show @Sungei Wang



KLCC - My Music Box is bigger than yours.
I choose KLCC to be the first Christmas display for review because they actually set up all their props way back in November. I love the Christmas music box idea and supposedly the Christmas tree would pop out from it, rather than a ballerina figure or a nutcracker soldier. Anyway, the look is still cliche, the only saving grace is the music box concept.






Pavillion - Please "bear" with me in Wonderland.
Next we head off to Pavillion. I love the gateway entrance to their "Christmas Wonderland", except I dont's see any "Alice", but rows of international bear figures. If you walk to the centre concourse, then the whole concept sort of fizzles back to the cliche - Christmas trees, lights etc. It borders on the same old, same old. The "box-office" attraction is of course, those lovey-dovey bears surrounding the main entrance. I noticed a lot of shoppers snapping pictures with the bears of their choice.






Fahrenheit - Wedding Cake or Christmas Tree?
This shopping complex is still new, I think it should be their 1 year anniversary. Last year I did a review on it. This year, they have a fairy tale dome, with bouquets of flowers and lights strewn all over it. This concept looks very similar to a wedding reception, and might not have the total Christmas atmosphere? Of course, again, the cliches of having a Santa Claus mascot around and the sleigh in the front to make the last impression.










Sungei Wang - Little Show Girls Extravanganza
There's a nice platform stage in the middle, and little christmas trees, unlike those giant ones around the city. I enjoy the performances of this extremely young girls, doing a Chinese number - and these girls can dance. I love the simple presentation, and quite a relief from all the giant Christmas trees and lights.






Berjaya Times Square - Toy Fun Christmas
I truly enjoy the giant toy figures, like the 2 shown in the picture. Of course, again, you simply must have the Christmas tree in the middle, and the red closing drapes. Other than that, this display appears to be just .... plain fun.









And the Winner is.....Mid Valley! In the Garden of Christmas Dreamscape
Truly magical. The labyrinth-like structure of the garden really mimicks the royal garden of King Louis XIII. I love the "personalised" touch of the entrance, and how it makes me feel as a visitor, somewhere in between a royalty and a little child. All the elements are in perfect harmony, the little gazebo in the middle, flowers and shrubs and well-manicured leaves, of course they're all fake.


But just the feeling it evokes to the shoppers is simply whimsical and magical. I am transformed back into a child again! Well done, Mid Valley!










Being Thankful
Of course, after all these Christmas shopping malls reviews, one tends to feel so "hungry" to go shopping. Those beautiful old Christmas songs playing, bringing back nostalgic memories being a child during Christmas, and expecting presents. Of course now, as an adult, you don't receive as many presents as you do back then. But still, no reason not to buy something for myself. As you guys know, my swimming trunks was stolen by someone at the public pool, and so I went over to Philosophy and spotted a nice one. Well, here's my Christmas present for myself. I think this year, I am much better at restraining myself from over-splurging on unnecessary material shopping. Besides the material, I'm also thankful for my health, good fortune and many other blessings - one prime example is my Coaching Practice is Getting Bigger. So what's in store for 2012? One can only wait and hope.



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Friday, December 16, 2011

Started the day "badly". But does it mean it will end badly too? Think again.



Rain, rain, go away....



Need extra energy for today
It was a rainy day. It started out with a rainy feel. I could already feel the darkness of the billowing clouds. Before I leave the house, the thought of wearing sandals came across my mind, but have to wear proper shoes due to today's first class with a new batch of students. So I wore my shoes, took my umbrella and had my lunch. I didn't save the other half portion like I used to, and walloped everything because I knew I would need the energy to teach, plenty of it! Besides, the lunch was very simple, so it was easy to chow it all down. I had drumstick with some vegetables. At the restaurant, the rain finally poured in buckets! I couldn't stay in and wait the rain out, for I have a class timetable to meet. So I left in a jiffy after my lunch.

Rainy day means bad luck? Think again.
In the train, I noticed the rain splatters on the windows and snap a picture. I always believed this to be good luck on the first day of class meet with my students being greeted by the roaring rain. It means good fortune for me. But in actual fact, when I arrived the LRT station to renew my monthly pass, the customer service personnel informed me their system is down. What? And I have to fork out money and get the new plastic coin to access the train. So I buggered off to the machine and found out I don't have the appropriate change for the machine. I remembered the Masjid Jamek station has now converged with the Star LRT station, so I should pick my final destination instead of transiting like in the past. The total is RM3.20.

Petty stuff
My lovely new batch of student!
It's a funny little plastic blue coin, where I just slipped it through the scanner and the door is opened. The buying and exchange at the counter eats up my time, so I have to really hurry up my pace. The rain water soaked into my socks weren't that comfy, but will have to do, for the big first class lecture. When I transit at the Monorail station, I was looking for a toilet where I can change, and unfortunately it was closed. So in the end, I have to go up to the college and change there. Finally, I met my new batch of students - some come from as far as from Pakistan and China.

My class attendance sheet





Full attendance, all cannot wait for me to start.
Usually at first meet, I'll definitely have trouble remembering all their names. But I managed to kickstart the class in a fun and congenial manner. I'm the sort of teacher who can double up as your friend, so there is no boundary between you and me. Unlike my other friend who is also a teacher, he really builds up a solid wall between himself and his students, and that usually means he has something to hide. In person, my friend is a total opposite of how he portrays himself to his students - he's a big baby, meaning he is demanding and careless with his words, but when it is directed back at him, he becomes even more offensive. Oh well, most men are babies? In the end, I have to be the bigger teacher and endure his nonsense. (which was many, by the way, witnessing a teacher throwing his undies around to make a point). Geez...



Management headache, but still calls me back
My lovely Myanmar students 
Chef from Spain was a student of mine










After the class, I have to look at the attendance sheet. The headmistress is quite the "power lady" sort, meaning she screamed at her staff (luckily not me, but I feel bad for her staff) to do this and that. When in front of me, she's a totally different person, but she still give orders around her staff. But the thing is, it truly made me uncomfortable. One cannot use his/her good looks as a front for long, the shield will wear down. I remembered my last stint as an English teacher for this restaurant and bar company, where I taught about 50 students from Myanmar. We had such a wonderful teacher-student relationship, nearly 100 percent proficiency after my classes. Unfortunately, the stint was cut short due to my inability to meet the writing assignments given by the so-called "management", which to my opinion, does not fall in my job description. It could be an excuse the "management" took to get rid of me, I don't know, but at least I left the company in good stead. I suspect the company hired me to teach and maintain one of its master chef, because he left afterwards. Like everything in life, there's no good or bad. When they let me go, in fact, I'm glad to be free. Because of that, I am able to pursue more of my interests. And now I am back with my fellow fashion students! And they're all pretty bright and zesty, like fresh oranges, haha. If you're good at what you do (for me is teaching and coaching), people will surely call you back. Thank you, God!


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Even established artistes should take some private coaching. 6 hardships that will motivate you to start my coaching class today. Don't be self-enslaved, simply say TAK NAK (don't want) to hardships!


Like an unwilling SLAVE BOY, my heart screams "TAK NAK"

Being attractive, an artiste or someone with a familiar face in the media is hard anywhere, period! That's why as an Artiste Training Coach, I am there to help anyone willing to be helped. It's not all about Reality TV ShowsCasting and exuding Your Inner Star Quality , it's actually WAY MORE than that. It's not the aspiring to become an artiste that is hard work, the AFTER is also filled with hard work and tricky too. The most common example, when the temptations to smoke comes, how are you going to say "#TAK NAK" (don't want)?Speaking from experience below are some of my very own observation in which I've personally encountered in the course of being an artiste.


Hardship 1: You are given advise by weird people, when you didn't even ask for it. TAK NAK!
Personally, I hate people whom I don't know really well, or those fair-weather "friends", came up to me and offer their "advise". Be it make-up artist or silly production coordinator who offers their opinions about certain aspect of the talent. "Oh, you should wear a tighter shirt" or "the make-up is not right". Hello? Worse, away from production locations, in public places, like in the pool, one man was offering his advise about my swimming. I don't even know him! For what's it's worth, just shut your trap, ok?

Smoking? TAK NAK!
Hardship 2: You are being looked at funnily when dressed a bit differently. TAK NAK!
Our society is made of people who are processed from childhood to conform into their birth categories of religion, race and status. During school days, we are given uniforms, When we're working, each are assigned to their own dresscodes. What's worst is, in social settings, if an artiste dressed a bit differently, you'll be looked at as if you don't belong or pathetic. Sorry, of course I'm different from you. I'm an artiste, hello? Unless you're judging me in a PHOTO CONTEST, then you can look at me indiscriminately.

Hardship 3: You are asked selfish questions only to benefit other people. TAK NAK!
I hate it when people asked me how much I earned in all my commercials. Or the amount of money I earned from those local TV dramas.Psst..psst...being a Chinese Male talent in Malaysia who only speaks English and BM (Chinese can converse but cannot read), my status in the whole scheme of things in our entertainment industry is very LOW. My height is only 170cm tall and body not that hunky, come on. Hence, my pay is also very low. I mean, what's the point of you knowing anyway? (unless you're my student in Artiste Training Course and thinking of DUIT FREE or easy money). I'm talking about people on the street who asked these kind of questions. The thing with these questions is it is hooked with an ulterior motive - "so how can I become a talent like you?" Well, I don't have a clue, darling! You need to qualify to become my student first, then I'll know what are your strengths and weaknesses. How on earth am I going to tell you on the spot? It'll be unfair to you for me to assess you so quickly.

Hardship 4: You are invited to press/job interviews not for the intended purpose but to give others a chance to judge you. TAK NAK!
I've been invited by this well-known English daily newspaper to come to their office for a so-called interview, only to have 3 or 4 of unknown fellows in the conference room with me, just looking at me up and down like I'm some kind of latest gadget in the market. I was expecting those few fellows to be jotting down what I have say, but they were just smiling and looking curious. Also there were a few incidents already, I've been called for a job interview, and the interviewers are just keen to see how I look like in person. See, an artiste couldn't get a job that easily. What's worst, I am perceived as some kind of non-committed freak in the employment market - someone who cannot stays long in a job. So hard to earn a living.....

I want to be free!
Hardship 5: Your stuff could be stolen. TAK NAK!
I cannot count how many stuff I've lost in my lifetime. The most recent is my swimming goggles and trunks at the pool. My gosh, I just left it at the shower for a moment, and poof it was gone! At that time, my mind was so caught up with the ideas for this entry. I don't know who or what the culprit is going to do with my stuff, since its a worn pair of Philosophy white trunks and the orange lenses goggles are taken without the container (if anyone of you identified anyone wearing these at the pool, report to me asap with details!). Probably he'll auction it off at ebay and make big claims of the stuff being worn by some unknown celebrity so the price would skyrocket. Not only my stuff are stolen, artistes themselves are cheated by the production companies (even established ones, mind you) with their talent fees cut and reduced substantially for some unjustified "mistakes" concocted by unscrupulous people.

Hardship 6: Your health could be at risk. TAK NAK!
Being an artiste, you'll be offered all kinds of temptations that could risk your health permanently. Like cigarettes or drugs. During my course as a working artiste, believe me, people do come up and offer me cigarettes. But I know since I was young that SMOKING KILLS. I lost my father at a young age, so I relied on my uncle as a sole male figure in my young life. But my uncle died from lung cancer, stolen away from me forever by cigarettes! What irritates me the most is even my step-brothers smoked and I hated it so much since from young, hence I'm repelled automatically. Smoking also makes a family break up and in turmoil. But for young aspiring artistes, don't think holding out a cigarette is cool and make you feel part of a group. Truth is, after the smoking session is long over, where is this group of yours? Long gone, baby. And you are left with a nasty habit. If you're an artiste who smokes, your looks will take a dreadful toll. And who wants to look old before their time? Hello, wake up. It's time to be healthy. For more info on healthy lifestyle, go to LINK: GAYA HIDUP SIHAT  www.gayahidupsihat.my .

There you have it. All the interesting weirdos crawling freely in our societies these days. So how can an artiste protect him/herself? It's never easy, when facing these hardships in real life. It's totally different vibe from reading it here. That's why I come up with the personal coaching for artistes through my Artiste Training Course (not only for aspiring artistes, but for established ones as well). Take heed of these 6 hardships, and make a stand for yourself towards freedom! Simply say these 2 simple words: TAK NAK.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

How my "Friend" gives Plus-sized people everywhere a bad name. First Rule of Happiness - Stay Away from the Unlucky and Unhappy (doesn't relate to plus-sized)



NATIONWIDE SURVEY, HURRAY!
On the side note, as a reference for my upcoming blog entry, I am launching a national Race Confidence Index (RCI) survey for my Malaysian readers here, kindly submit your answers (only once) to KRISLAWFANCLUB@GMAIL.COM. Your answer should have a headline "RCI", followed by your answer either A,B,C,D,E or F. You can remain anonymous upon submitting your answer.


QUESTION: If you are race-less and gender-less new talent/aspiring artiste, which of the following categories you would prefer to be identified as in light of the perceived privileges or exposure accorded in the entertainment industry?
A) Indian Female
B) Indian Male
C) Chinese Female
D) Chinese Male
E) Malay Female
F) Malay Male

Stay Away from Me!




Derogatory but Necessary
Fat and ugly. Two derogatory words I NEVER use on anyone, except for this particular "friend" whom I now vowed to stay away from recently after an incident. He gives all plus-sized people a bad name, seriously, he himself is in that category and he truly personifies the two derogatory words I've just mentioned. You see, I befriend anyone who are willing to be my friends regardless of their physical traits, status, sexual orientation etc. These second tier criteria such as physical traits are something beyond anyone's control. But things that are within the control of everyone is their attitude and manner of articulation. And oh, the words that come out from the mouth of this "friend" of mine is simply made for friendship-wrecking.

All sizes and shapes are Accepted 
Plus-sized leaning on the soft train buffer
The year 2011 is ending soon. Isn't it time to give yourself the happiness you truly deserved? A lot of my past students after completing my course are much able to get happiness, because of their changed perception. My course in Acting, TV Hosting, Modelling and Directing isn't just about the technical aspects, but also involves the mentality development as well. (to enquire more, simply email to krislawfanclub@gmail.com) My students treat me as their friend, not like a teacher.A teacher becoming a friend, I must be cautious. This is because eventually you do become part of your friend, and he/she will become part of you. Friendships are meant to be shared, and you do become your friends whom you mixed with. Take this plus-sized "friend" (a non-student mind you) of mine. He constantly needs to shove stuff into his mouth! Crackers. Bread. Roti Canai. Simply anything! Since becoming his friend, I myself am influenced by his snacks-binging. I noticed my weight ballooned the last time I was out with him.

You Become Who You Mix With
People with uncontrollable eating habits are not usually good at articulating threats and cynicism. But not this "friend" of mine. He talked like nobody's business! And a lot of times he hurled some extremely cynical words at me, on topics that are totally none of his business - on my career, my personal life, my schedule, my friends. I don't mind sharing, but he did it under the pretense that he cared for me. What's worst is, he would use back the info with a threat to expose me to other people. Fat and ugly, isn't it?


The Sponge-Effect
Happiness - only when you mix with the right crowd or the right teacher!
From this bad encounter, I felt it infuses me the purpose to really make my body fit and better. I am not happy with my current body since befriending him, for he has a way of telling how ugly I look, as if he is some kind of image consultant (in his dream, since he has a lot of self-delusions about himself). Well, he should look at himself! I weighed 10kg less than him. Again, your friends' insecurities will slowly seep in and become YOUR OWN insecurities. That's why it's important to mix with friends who are positive and with the right mental attitude. I know a few plus-sized people who doesn't have any of those insecurities mentioned and they don't force on their friends to think like they do.

Plus-sized checking himself at wash basin

Delusions of Grandeur
Looking at him, he truly does give all plus-sized people a bad name. He has an awful state of delusions in his head - like the people he has slept with, and the need for a big one from Egyptian men. By now, we all know which sexuality he is, which I am not against, just his boastfulness and conceit. He constantly heaped his stories from his past love affairs onto me - a kind of nostalgic escapade from his current state of sadness, in which he's trying to hide with all the puffery of his grand high-class self delusions. I never think that plus-sized people could be as delusional as he is. As for me, I have no choice but to listen to his stories during that time simply because I am being a friend, in which I don't think he realise.


Plus-sized walking up the stairs
Consciously Sabotage this Friendship
So beware who your friends are! You do become like them. Spending time with him has made me to become a little bit of him - causing a kind of sponge-like effect on my personality and thinking. So in my attempt to cut away from him, I went to visit him at his place. He has the tendency to criticise other people's clothing and how bad it smell. So I took the opportunity to comment on his sofa and how smelly the pillows surrounding it. A few times, some cockroaches flew into his house, and I made a huge dramatic gesture at it, hinting to him how dirty his house has become now when even insects began to flock inside. He ate a lot of crackers and the bits and pieces are let fall on the floor without care. And when we were watching the television, and news of suicide bombers in Egypt was on, I reminded him to becareful not to mistaken a dynamite in his ass with the real thing during coitus. The final blow was on his underwear smell. I came into his place quite unannounced and he would be in his underwear in front of the laptop! There were a few instances where he even tried to seduce me, urgh!

Plus-sized at the mamak
Intimates Hurling (Sorry, not me)
From that comment, he immediately tried to prove how clean his underwear was, he even suggested we take off our intimates to exchange to smell, in which I immediately refused on the spot! Sorry, I won't do such crazy thing to prove such a small point. I have taken his cynicism and turned it back against him. He suddenly went into a rage and walked inside his room for a moment. When he came out, he attempted to shove his underwear right into my direction! Good fortune on my side, in which I was able to push it away in good reflexes with my hand. After that, I told him that I wouldn't come visit him anymore, for his rude treatment of his guests. There's the cut-off point, which I made very clear. Again, not all plus-sized people behaved this way. But for my own sake, I have to forego this so-called friendship, for it is detrimental to my mental and physical.



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Friday, December 9, 2011

PC Fair 2011 Review - Construction, Ambience & Product offerings. One word to sum it up - CRAMPED!




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The Good Type of Cramped vs The PC Fair Cramped
Go PC Fair, not Credit Card Fair
People go to PC Fair to buy IT stuff. I went to PC Fair to apply for a credit card. Funny isn't it? Well, come to think of it, I didn't actually set out to apply for credit card at the fair, it just so happened. You know, the recent PC Fair was held at KLCC Convention Centre. The last time I was there was to attend a conference. The last year I was at PC Fair, I bought a new camera. The timing for this fair was fantastic, because it happens to be the school holidays - throngs of people were exodusing to the main hall. Notice the word "exodus", for the journey was a LONG one! To review a fair like this, one needs to consider these factors: construction, ambience and product offerings. A world of difference compared to my Fashion Reviews . This fair was cramped with people! And the feeling wasn't as pleasant as me being cramped with my dear students at the picture above.
Long walk ahead!

Buckle Your Walking Shoes
Here's where the construction bit comes into play. Imagine if you're a normal folk like me, taking the LRT. From the train station, I have to walk all the way up to the shopping mall. People were quieuing horrendously long, some with their whole family in tow! Some with their girlfriends and boyfriends. Some were in a group of friends. I think the best form factor when in such a situation is to travel singularly - meaning don't bring anyone with you. Imagine the hassle of taking care and making sure all your friends or family members are not gone astray.

Notice we are at the underground carpark


The Art of Walking - Cut Everyone!
After I reached the mall, I have to pass through the shoppers, all with their big bags. Gosh, it was indeed a hassle. Some folks were walking so god-awfully slowly, I have to cut them unapologetically. Upon arrival in the mall, I have to further walked through the carpark underground which leads to the ground floor of the convention hall. I've been through this long walks before, and took the opportunity as a form of exercise. You will see the "Pusat  Konvensyen" sign. For first timers, it seems like a labyrinth and get lost! But one tip - simply follow the crowd.


"Slaughterhouse", Here We Come!
Once you enter, you'll see a food court. At the center of the court, there's an escalator leading you up to the convention hall level. When you reached the floor, again you have to walk to the designated huge door where the signs will lead you to the fair. I think the word fair is used quite unjudiciously for an event like this - the more appropriate word could be "market". You see, when I entered, I heard screams of offers and best buys everywhere!

The sign to warn visitors on their way to the "slaughterhouse"!
There were people standing on top of chair, holding placards, shouting about their products. A flurry of noise just rushed into my head. It suddenly shuts my mind from all these crazy noise. My purpose is to apply for a credit card, so I better set off to find the booth. Now it's a very funny contruction for this event hall. You actually have to pass through the whole hall, in order to get through to the exit. Mind you, there are 2 entry points but only 1 exit! In a way, it feels so trapped to be in this fair.



Cramped walkway further cramped by human displays.

So many offerings, so little of interest
So to ease my journey, I try to savour every moment of all the hustle and bustle. Maybe I could even spot some nice offers here. Of course earlier, you guys know I have a desire to get either a Smartphone or Tablet. You may think I found paradise here, but I assure you I was very careful and asked all the necessary questions. Products that interested me where Samsung Galaxy SII, where Digi is offering, but looking at it, no matter how appealling, still have that 2 year commitment, and the model is not even the latest anymore. Then there's another booth offering Sony products. But the caveat of these products are the accessories. I got disgusted when I see the silicone casing with the Chelsea logo at the back. Come on, is there aren't any other more generic look?

It's like cruising through a sea of water and not one is worth a drop. Finally I found the credit card. The Maybankard is surely hard to apply, I was rejected before. Then when I noticed how gung-ho the sales people were, I relented. Actually, the freebies are what pique me most, but Maybank offered this measly free gift not even worthy of the trouble - a small tumbler. Urgh! After I've submitted my details, it's time to go exit. Imagine my horror, when I saw lines of sales people gathered in rows - all begging or harrassing visitors for business or some sigh-ups. I got stopped by another credit card salesperson from Hong Leong Bank, which is offering free movie passes. These salespeople are expert at making you feel like a Star.



Freebies Wallop!
After one salesperson, comes the next from RHB Bank that offers a very nice free gift, actually, a pair of headphones, which will be useful for my listening to my Walkman. After that comes UOB with its offers to stay at the Palace of the Golden Horses and also a small pocket Swiss knife. And finally the Citibank were also there to sign me up for the free chequebook services in exchange for an umbrella. of course, I walloped all these free gifts, hahaha. But this is the season to be giving , so I felt a bit "guilty".





A much needed break...
After exiting the fair, I walked up to Secret Recipe for some much deserved rest. I ordered a Cheesecake with lots of nuts in it - very rich and nutty. At my seat, I began to count my "blessings" of all the free gifts, mostly useless stuff except the headphones. The ambience at the cafe was one in which I can rest and observe and contemplate, unlike at the fair which was all crazy! The product offerings at the fair is mainly driven by PRICE and the free gifts, that is pretty much. I was adamant to purchase any branded stuff there, for I heard a rumor that some of the specs weren't up to par, or even original? Oh well, for now I can say the PC Fair 2011 was another resounding success on the organisers' part. Next time, can we make more exits at the fair?

NATIONWIDE SURVEY, HURRAY!
On the side note, as a reference for my upcoming blog entry, I am launching a national Race Confidence Index (RCI) survey for my Malaysian readers here, kindly submit your answers (only once) to KRISLAWFANCLUB@GMAIL.COM. Your answer should have a headline "RCI", followed by your answer either A,B,C,D,E or F. You can remain anonymous upon submitting your answer.


QUESTION: If you are race-less and gender-less new talent/aspiring artiste, which of the following categories you would prefer to be identified as in light of the perceived privileges or exposure accorded in the entertainment industry?
A) Indian Female
B) Indian Male
C) Chinese Female
D) Chinese Male
E) Malay Female
F) Malay Male