Tuesday, January 24, 2012

How to Sustain (and Survive) the Festive Cheer like an Artiste and made it look Effortlessly Easy (ahem)



Arduous Journey Ahead?
Chinese New Year is here. And everyone (almost) are back to their families. There's always some degree of "stress" when coming to visit a family home. What's more if you have appeared on TV or some other forms of media where your family members might recognise you? This year I am going to Klang, since it's the nearest place from KL. The journey started from KL Sentral, where I will go to the komuter station to take the train. Surprisingly, now the train coach is divided between  the male and female. I noticed this to be really discriminatory. At one point, I noticed a policeman stationing at the train, shushing the men from entering the "Female-Only Coach". What is this? Enough already some simple jobs even men cannot apply like receptionist, now this?





No Man's Land
So I went and search for the "Men Only Coach" sign and there were none! I have to assume that space without the "Female-Only Coach " sign belongs to the men. When the train arrived, I rushed in with quite a feeling of indignation. Thankfully, I found a seat. It was facing the opposite side of the moving train, but it was nice for me for I can see and enjoy the view longer as it whizzes by. I saw clouds and more clouds, it happens today to be a clear day. It also gets my mind moving....
Notice the pink "Females Only Coach" sign? 
Outrageous.

Looking around me, I notice this coach to have a woman! Why, isn't this the Men-Only Coach? Again, the presence of that lady robbed the other men of their seats. Looks pretty unfair to me. Oh well, scenes like these if left unchecked could turn up to be something of a standard and acceptable form of social norms. You have to nib things at the bud, before it becomes bigger than you can handle.When some form of negativity creeps in me, I have learned to control it and not blow it out of proportion. Here's where I remembered the tips I've always carry with me whenever I have to be with family or in a gathering.



My nephew, Chan Zi Chong at my feet
1) Have an Open Learning Mind
Upon arrival of my uncle and auntie's house, I saw my 2 cousin brothers with their wives already at the table having their lunch. As usual, being the only single there can be quite awkward. So I just smiled and regard myself as some kind of an alien, until one of my cousin brother's wife blurted out the subject of seeing me acting in one local Malay drama. My uncle's side is actually a very typical Chinese family. The men really do seldom talk among themselves, but the women is totally the opposite. They shared, laughed, practically do most of the communication outside from their immediate family, while the men are very quiet and reserved. An open learning mind comes in when you simply and pull yourself away from you - and observe yourself and others as a "third party", similar to an out-of-body observation.

I noticed one of my cousin, whom was very caring and often played with me, as far as I can remember in my childhood memories. He's the youngest among my 3 cousins - 2 men and a woman. He also has that mischievous streak in him, which most of my other aunties would laugh and adore, just like me. So we're both in the adorable and cute category (and believe me, parents, aunties and uncles DO play favourites!) since we're both the youngest before we've all grown up. But from a distant, I could sense that he has changed, he in turn becomes quite reserved and leave most of the talking to his wife. I love the polite way she behaves and treats a family member, not getting in your way and respecting your small effort when helping in a chore. Very traditional Chinese way a woman behaves in front of the male family member.


A row of wedding potraits to "warn me that I'm next"
2) Have Pride in your current Status and Situation, no matter how good or bad it is
After lunch, a group of my my auntie's side of the family - meaning her sister and her children came over to chat big time, meaning laughing loud, joking and shouting without care. Secretly, I know she came to survey who will be present on the 1st day of Chinese New Year, so as to prepare the amount of money to stuff in the ang pows (red packets, and she's the calculative sort but talks big). My married cousins already been informed by my presence, hence, the preparation on their side is settled and cleared. Being in the midst of my cousins, who are around my age but only a few years older, and seeing all of them married, settled and with children can be very uncomfortable at times. Of course we are all humans, and we tend to feel sorry (maybe a little) of why should we be even celebrating any festive season in the company of others? Then again, especially if you are single, you have to be proud of your status and not shy away from it. The reason is because it's the festive season. Not only for singles, but those who own their business or currently out of work. Even if your business is not going as well as you've hoped for, just be honest about it when asked. You'll feel easier inside to enjoy the festivities when you're honest to others of your situation. Below are the links to my past SUCCESS stories in helping shape my students of all diverse backgrounds and industries to be more HONEST of themselves:
Full Attendance
Fashion Students Showcase
Bigger Class
Taking Students on Roadshows
International Students
Student on Magazine Cover
Student Casting Session for Real Jobs
Students Photo Shoot
Students Performing for Event


Don't bring the whole house!
Just pick ONE "Legitimate Distraction"
3) Bring along a "Legitimate Distraction"
Sometimes it's hard for a person to keep up a cheery face in the presence of others. I've learned now that somehow one needs to bring along a legitimate distraction (like your book, walkman, novels, laptop, tab or smartphone), to pull yourself away from the group. Like my trip to my uncle's side of the family, I brought along the laptop. It's perfectly legitimate because of my work, and I did helped one of my cousin to transfer all his digital photos from the memory card to his USB capsule. If your family have children, then you need to be firm about letting them use your "legitimate distraction". Especially with my cousins' children - 5 girls and 2 boys - can be quite a headache to stave them away from touching your "legitimate distraction". Secretly, I was thankful to God of Prosperity for not letting me buy any latest tablet or smartphone before this Chinese New Year. But it's worth the trouble of stopping these brats from flying around my gadgets like flies, because if you're spending the night, then your legitimate distraction could keep you entertained through those long, boring hours.


My other nephew and nieces
4) Try to Connect with a Relative
I notice a lot of Chinese families, especially the men, can be quite distant with each other. Unlike the female members, where there's plenty of talk, you wouldn't want to stay silent for so long. Try to connect with a relative, could be your cousins, or just about anyone, depending how big the gathering is. As for me, I managed to have a good connection with my eldest cousin and his 3 children. That way, you feel the real meaning of all this so-called family gatherings. I even learned their names already, which I still haven't with the other children. It's interesting to watch how children interact with you, when you know their names. Of course, the children wants something from me in return - my laptop!


This dessert goes up, but it's coming out below
5) Have an In/Out Hearing System
Being single sometimes the worst thing could happen is to have your relative condemning you or pushing you in some way to get married, settled down faster. But in my opinion, getting married and settle down is not for everyone. But you mustn't react too emotionally at what your relatives are saying, for some do feel genuinely. But in my case, it was my auntie's sister that condemned me. I listened politely but immediately I totally forgot about it. During night time, I opened the red packet envelope and found her to be so cheapskate. And I am not exaggerating, she is. So it's worth to clear the tunnels in your left ear to let the flow come out from the right. No point keeping what everybody is saying.


6) Be Creative in Exit Strategy
Sometimes one can have too much of the "good thing". Or when one senses a bad thing is about to crop up, one simply must exit in a polite way before the ugliness rears its head. Speaking from experience, I often find timing is the best. Especially when my cousin asked me what time I want to leave, that's a cue for me to find a legitimate excuse. "Oh, my stomach cramps - must be the food". But in a group of family members, you have to present your back story way ahead in the early stage, so as to give you a leeway when all the "family loving" gets too unbearable. Use this exit strategy, when even your "Legitimate Distraction" is not useful anymore to stave off the nosy relatives who wants a piece of your mind....or worst YOUR ARSE!


My Grandparents Funeral Portraits (mom's side)
7) Simplify the "Hard" Experience into Lessons
On my way back to my place, I have the pleasure to sit and contemplate all that has happened at the family gathering (my uncle's side). I truly enjoyed scaring the children of the fireworks and watching them scream for help. Of course, my connection with my cousin and his wife makes me more accepting of other people's behavior and perhaps even put some faith in humanity. The more deeper lesson I come to realise is we are all alone, even when with family. There are times I noticed a family member trying to get the attention of another. Then I saw the pictures of my grandparents who have passed on so long ago, and now my uncle and auntie are showing the signs they are slowing down too. The point is we will all die, and all the bitterness and pain of the past ceased to put on any weight in value, making me realize that it will all go away, and nothing, even family, friends or relatives truly belongs to any of us. So what's the point of coveting other people's haves or have-nots, showing contempt over other's physical appearances and awkward traits? The value comes to live only when we stop adding misery to others and putting on hope in ourselves that we may do good more than harm.

A good Communications Strategy Coach will do you even more good like preparing you for (sample tips here):
How to Excel in Reality TV Shows,
How to Make Your Casting Enjoyable
How to Handle Rude Casting Agent
Exude Your Inner Star Quality.
Points to Consider before you strive for Fame
The Art of Networking
How to Handle the Media
What to do during Pre-Production
What to do during Production
How Should an Artiste Travel for Work
The Value of Preparation


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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Asus Transformer Prime, Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 or Ipad 3? The shortlist of tablets I am considering for purchase. Let's take a look in my crystal balls.








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Screen Resolution War
I need my crystal balls once again, to take a peek into the Future since the last time I used it.The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 and Asus Transformer Prime T201 (NOT the T701, which has higher screen resolution) are finally coming here. I was surprised by the price for Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 at close to RM2300, where else the Transformer Prime is less than a hundred at close to RM2200. The screen resolution for both of these devices are the same 800X1280 pixel per inch. I am not a techno expert here, just my first try at balancing the weight of specs spectacular on both of these devices because I am planning to use either one of it. So far, Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 is getting an advantage here because of the Super AMOLED screen. It's an advantage, but apparently for that, the price went waaay over!

Price Range Lopsided-ness
The reason is because of the Samsung Galaxy Tab's other "siblings", especially the Tab 10.1 costs only RM1,899, and the screen size is so much bigger. Of course the selling point is the Super AMOLED Plus screen estate is apparently costlier. But mind you, it is the "Plus" not full "HD". So I have to think again, what am I going to do with a tablet in the first place? Let's forget about the specs hoo-ha and the frenzy of the hype. What can I actually DO in REAL LIFE with a tablet? I already have a laptop, fulfilled all my net surfing needs for the time being. Am I just buying a tablet to keep up with the trends of the times? Am I so shallow? Unless of course if I am earning the big bucks, then should be OK. Even my more well-to-do friends ain't buying any of the latest tablets, and complained about the price and specs.

In-exclusive Sales People for
the Exclusively-Priced
Of course with the impending Chinese New Year around the corner, the urge to splurge is always there. But seriously, with a price tag of RM2300, I stopped for a moment and figure perhaps I should get the Asus Prime instead. It is quad core, meaning three times the processing power. The screen resolution for both devices are the same, and why not take Asus since it's RM100 cheaper? I've been to the Samsung outlets, and find the salespeople at The Gardens are quite "lan-see" and arrogant sort, except for this one chubby fellow. The outlets are Low Yat are just as bad. I've never been to an Asus shop before, so it could be a welcome change? I'm not betting on that either. The "market" atmosphere at Low Yat is generally very pushy and in-exclusive.


No Phone Calls, No Ipad-lah
Then we have the super brand Apple's Ipad. I was tempted to purchase the Ipad 2 when the website had a Red Friday offer in conjunction with the Chinese New Year, but the discount was just so unattractive. The whole websphere is raving about the Ipad, and the upcoming third generation. But again, all the predictions about the Ipad 3 don't always turn out to be true on the launch day. For example the Iphone 4s. Can I wait for Mr.Tim Cook to introduce the new version in March, as some had suspected the date of launch? Can the new Ipad even make GSM phone calls?


Help, I still need a Tablet or Smartphone!
Today happened to be quite challeging day for me. I dropped my Sony Ericcson phone (not the smart one) on the ground again! Ai-yai-yai! Due to its many hard falls, this handphone of mine is already beginning to show problems - I can't see my outgoing calls and sms. In the middle of a busy season, I need my handphone to be functioning at its tip-top condition! Geez, is this a sign from my crystal balls predictions to push me to get a smartphone (or even a tablet?) Only time will tell....and the available budget of the moment, of course. Oh, mighty crystal balls, what are thy predictions for my future tablet purchase? Someone sponsor a new tablet in exchange for a positive review here?

Below are some links to my past SHOPPING TIPS for PRODUCTS:
The Buyer's Psychology
Money-Saving Tips
How to be a Smart Shopper (Grocery Goods)
Tips for Buying Shoes (Sneakers)
Instant Noodles (Mee Goreng) Review
The Perfectionist Shopper
Shopping Tips for Electronic Gadgets
Music Player Review
Taking Care of Your Umbrella
Tips for Buying the Best Diary

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Know Where You are Going - The Value of Preparation Outweighs Your Lack Thereof

As an Artiste Training Coach, I do receive a lot of meeting proposals.All my students I advised to be prepared before they embark on anything. Preparation is key to success. Of course, one must always be professional when entertaining requests, given my past "bad" experience". A lot of people doesn't realise how much preparation one has to go through even before the meeting. Like casting sessions and auditions, it's the same preparation method I apply for business meetings. For first-time readers, you can access to all the tips here.




A good Communications Strategy Coach will do you even more good like preparing you for (sample tips here):
How to Excel in Reality TV Shows,
* How to Make Your Casting Enjoyable
How to Handle Rude Casting Agent
* Exude Your Inner Star Quality.
Points to Consider before you strive for Fame
The Art of Networking
How to Handle the Media
What to do during Pre-Production
What to do during Production
How Should an Artiste Travel for Work



No Last Minute, Please
For one, identifying the location is utmost important. I've never talked about this point, but if you don't know where you are going, how are you going to even start? For this meeting I'm supposed to attend tomorrow, by today already I have to make the effort to find the location of the office. Of course, you must find the time. I dislike doing things in a hurry, or last minute, because it actually makes you look unprofessional and waste energy.

Prep Yourself for Adventure
For me, I try to make my search for the location a form of adventure. For this meeting, the location is at Pudu. It's a whole new "world" to me, for I've been there before during an assignment where I followed a chap to his sales pitch. I noticed a lot of Chinese-operated shops and plenty of food stalls available. The whole cacophony of shops and roads turn this "adventure" even more exciting.



Save Your Time and Money
I took my sweet time, which is a luxury and important for me, since I hate doing things in a hurry. Besides, when I prepare early to identify the location of the office, then I wouldn't have to waste my energy searching for the place on the day of the meeting itself! Plus, I also save on taxi cab fare, and ask the driver to find the way for me. No need! If you're unfortunate, you might get a dishonest cab-driver who will take you a big turn-around just to get his meter running at its max capacity, causing you to shell a few ringgits more, sometimes even more than that!


Expect to "Get Lost"
So be smart and prepare early. I also get to enjoy the bustling side of Pudu. Now, I usually call the office first to enquire the location. Sometimes I masquerade as an outsider and ask for the direction. For this one, the admin officer lady told me to walk straight ahead after I departed from the LRT station and turn left until I find an oil station. I did exactly what she told me, but I couldn't spot the oil station! But along the way, I saw a lot of street peddlers, like a marketplace, I cannot call it a "pasar malam" (night market) since it was daytime when I set out. Most of the stuff they were selling are gadgets and cheap electronic stuffs and shoes.




What is an adventure without some challenges?
Then the rain came. This actually makes the search harder, for how am I going to look for the sign when I am holding the umbrella? Yes I can, but it's actually make the search more challenging for me. I tried to ask a few pedestrians about the petrol station, but it was a different brand from what I was told on the phone by the admin officer. So you need to be able to handle the dilemma of misdirection sometimes, and find ways to endure the punishing weather as well. What's my solution? As you know, Pudu is a place full of shops - I simply went into a bakery and bought some puffs. I took the opportunity to enquire at the counter, but no one seems to be able to help me spot the elusive location.



Treat Yourself
The rain was pouring in heavier as the minutes went by. My sneakers are now soaking in the water. So each step, I tried to avoid puddles of water, but not easy. I crossed the road and sat at a Chicken Rice stall. I've passed over this stall a few times before, and took this chance to try out the dish, I love that they serve chopped ginger, which is my favourite! Ginger is very good for your health, and especially if you have flu, it helps to clear your nostrils and bloodstream. The only thing I disliked about the food is the price, which does not commensurate with the portion of chicken served. But I love the copious amounts of ginger. Yummy...


The tinge of white light at the tunnel's end
After gaining some energy, (I didn't finish the chicken rice) I stood up and continued my search. My internal compass told me that the road is along that way, and the centre must be along that stretch. It's a centre for students, so it cannot be too far away from the food shops and convenience stores. I notice a lot of photocopy and stationery shops, so I suspect I must be near. Right before the moment I discovered the office, I enquired from a man walking by, and he was very kind to show me the road. I can feel he knows what he's talking about because he has none of the air of uncertainty. I felt very good to have encountered him, and right when I turned into an alley, right there is the office! Mission accomplished.


Allow my emotions lead me astray
As I head back to the train station, I reminded myself again of the direction and which turns to go into. I kinda visualise the whole place, and at the same time snapped some pictures for my perusal later. I noticed that I took the long road and went through a huge circle, where else the actual location is just a few metres away from the point of exit from the station. I guess I must have allow my emotions to lead me astray. Or perhaps the adventure side in me prompted me to give a longer chase in the search. But then again, how else am I going to be aware of my emotions when this is just a straightforward search for a location? No matter how focus one can be, emotions tend to creep in at the most unexpected moment...

Below are the links to my past SUCCESS stories in helping shape my students of all diverse backgrounds and industries:
Full Attendance
Fashion Students Showcase
Bigger Class
Taking Students on Roadshows
International Students
Student on Magazine Cover
Student Casting Session for Real Jobs
Students Photo Shoot
Students Performing for Event


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Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Art of Quality Networking - 7 steps to connect with quality people in any industry.

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It's very hard to get quality networking, especially in Corporate Malaysia. One of the main reasons is because we take ourselves too seriously, think too narrowly and inability to communicate well. But of course, if you're not any of those things, then you should have no problem networking. Recently, I was invited to attend an SME seminar organised by CIMB Bank at Sheraton Imperial. Noticed that I managed to receive many quality contacts, ie:business cards from bosses of a law firm, audit firm and other companies in various industries. The theme of the seminar is about Feng Shui. Apparently now, the bank is targetting at the Chinese market small medium business segment. The invitation is quite appealing, given the location and the promise of luncheon. Of course now I am on a strict diet, I cannot binge too much on the food, hehe. Below are some tips for aspiring artistes who wants to learn to network well:


A string of cards I received
1. Have an attractive business card
Being pretty or attractive is not good enough. It's not how sharp you dress. It's not how good-looking you are in person. It's not even how you carry yourself in public. Seriously, in Malaysia, the rules are different. I notice people don't even take a second look at some of the sharp and well-dressed men and women during the luncheon. So what's the most important thing you must have? An attractive business card that speaks who you are. As for me, it's simple. Given that I have an artiste background, my business card directly portrays who I am. An attractive business card will subconsciously give you the extra confidence.

2. Be selective in approaching people
In a crowd, one must be aware of the thrash from the jewels. Of course, sometimes, you have to throw the ball first and see if it bounces back. Unfortunately, there's more thrash than jewels at the luncheon I attended. You have to be selective in approaching people, because some are simply not good at communicating or not interested in networking at all. Mostly they lack the skills to interact with people, so you must avoid such crowd for the sake of conserving your energy. There are other people around. If he/she responds awkwardly at your gesture, quietly move on to the next person. Thrash is contagious.

Some artwork with feng shui theme
3. Have an open body and facial expression
This technique works well for a seasoned actor. For those who doesn't know what acting is about, you may have a problem applying this step. You should take my Artiste Training Course, because this technique pushes you to total body and mind relaxation. But it does not mean you stay still, but rather you concentrate your energy at your best reflexes and moment. Your whole body and facial expression outwardly, gives you a warm aura that attracts only quality people during networking.


The seminar talk started with the slide of a fiery dragon

4. Maintain casual topic of conversation
Some people approached me during the luncheon, and immediately they launched onto their sales pitch to me. "My company offers this and this service, and you'll benefit greatly from us" Wrong start. At first meeting, one should always start with a general topic of conversation. The best point to start off is the theme of the seminar. This is because when you have a general point, everyone can contribute into the topic. You also won't offend others who may not be there solely for your business proposition.


Dessert section - love the green cheese cake on top
5. Balance your Food Intake/Words Outtake
During the luncheon, I cannot help but notice so many delicious food being served at the buffet table. One tends to forget the purpose of the luncheon, (and many do) and went walloping the food without a care. Here's when the true artiste should shine - balancing the act of eating and carrying on a casual conversation with your networking partner. You simply cannot eat and talk at the same time! You need to be able to steer the pull of the topic to another direction so you can take a bite of your food, without appearing to act like a glutton. Yes, we are all there to eat too. But the art of appearing not too over eager about the food is just as subtle and important for a quality networking artiste.


6. Connect by Completing Tasks with Others
During the seminar, I had a wonderful learning about the numerology in feng shui. Apparently, all the numbers on my birthdate determines the person I am, and how my future would be. I was given a paper with notes, and I started to calculate all the numbers into a chart format. It gets a bit complicated at times, and I usually involve my networking partner into solving the charts. This is the best and most fulfilling part of the whole networking event, because it brings in teamwork and a sense of purpose where you and your partner can help each other out. I pointed out a mistake my partner made when calculating his birthdate chart. The sign hypen on the chart is not a minus. And remember to be gentle when correcting your networking partner's mistake, you wouldn't want to hurt his feelings. The one who made the mistake is an auditor, but I did it in a way that promotes teamwork, NOT showing off that "I am better than you".


7. Smile and give a genuine but firm farewell
After the seminar, you must remember to smile and give your fellow networking partners a genuine expression of leaving. The truth is, we don't know where or when we might bump into each other again. Forget about those "thrash" you unintentionally met along the way. Pull yourself together and show an expression of honesty that says I'm glad to have known you here, but hopefully we'll meet again someday. You don't have to say the words, but the expression you've shown is what truly matters and captures the heart. That's why as an actor, I have so many networking skills at my disposal, simply because it translates into the  actual world of business too. Below are the links to my past SUCCESS stories in helping shape my students of all diverse backgrounds and industries:
Full Attendance
Fashion Students Showcase
Bigger Class
Taking Students on Roadshows
International Students
Student on Magazine Cover
Student Casting Session for Real Jobs
Students Photo Shoot
Students Performing for Event


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Fire-Breathing Dragon Display this Year of Dragon, and other Non-Dragon "Fire-y" Display Worth Mentioning.


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Santa's Boy turns Dragon's Toy
Usually we get oranges and tanglungs (Chinese lanterns) for Chinese New Year. This year is quite special because it is the year of the dragon. Expect to see plenty of dragons coming out to grab your attention. Of course, being the central motif for every fashion display can be a tad boring. So I've planned to throw in a few non-dragon displays that are equally as charming, at least not breathing fire down my neck. So what does our commercial city has in-store with their imagination and ideas in store for the upcoming Chinese New Year? Let's take a ride on my dragon's back, hold on tight, you wouldn't want to fall off into the fireworks just yet.....

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:
Christmas 2011 Display
MaSIF Fashion Review
Spring/Summer Fashion Display @KLCC
IFTC Students' Fashion Show @Sungei Wang



Your Basic Dragon
Love the minimal dragon pose, with its tail up in the top. Quite similar with my picture above. Again, it's very minimalist, no other adornings to make this display pop out. Except for one element you can spot in this display. Notice the dragon is wearing sunglasses? Hello? Must be hot and harmful to its eyes when spurting fire out from the mouth, ain't it, Mr.Dragon?











Longest, Biggest Dragon Train
For this type of humongously long dragon, you definitely need a large space, only at Pavillion. The train of the body is absolutely sumptuous with gold letters around. For chinese, the long train of the dragon's body may suggest longevity.







Oranges of a Tangy Dragon
I truly love this simple concept. Now the long strains of oranges can be miscontrued as something else other than a dragon. It could be a snake. Or the branch of a tree. But seeing that this year is the Year of the Dragon, it's safe to assume it is the form of a dragon. Or some form of tentacles from an orange-y octopus? The flavour for this display is one word - sweet.






Nature's Dragon - No fire please...
Dragons do take many forms and shapes this year. This one particular is made of branches and straws. Of course to add more natural flavor, you get the flowers on the mannequins. This dragon don't breathe fire. Instead, it's so domesticated, it'll let you sit on its body and tail. If it does breathe fire, the whole display will go down in flames...in a minute.






Golden Dragon on Lantern
At KLCC, this is the display that is pretty safe and back to traditional form. You see the lanterns. I even spotted a choi-san-yeh (God of Prosperity) walking around this display. This centrepiece doesn't do much in terms of creativity but it'll do just ..... safely.








 Some Peacock
A change of gear. Too much dragon, now let's get some peacock. Lovely and rich display from British India. My fashion students would learn a thing or two. The whites on the clothes do stand out in the rich colours of the peach. It has that nature theme, but a picnic is in place. Notice the woven blanket where the mannequin sat on?



Below are the links to my past SUCCESS stories in helping shape my students of all diverse races:
Full Attendance
Fashion Students Showcase
Bigger Class
Taking Students on Roadshows
International Students
Student on Magazine Cover
Student Casting Session for Real Jobs
Students Photo Shoot
Students Performing for Event

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Are Malaysian Chinese Men profile being "emasculated" in the popular media spotlight? A case of mis-perception that needs revising NOW before it's too late. If you're serious about being fair in media, read this.


Am I being made the "villain" in my industry?
Recently, I welcomed a friend who came back from Singapore. He's planning to settle in KL after working in Singapore for 10 years. We had a good talk. Interestingly, we fall into the topic of why being a Chinese male in Malaysia can be quite unwelcoming.You see, he was at the Immigration check-point, and the officer was quite rude to him. But personally, I know how he felt. That's because I myself am aware of this kind of second-class treatment. I've acted in a few Malay drama productions before, and have encountered a few times where I'm being given "the treatment". Don't get me wrong here. This is NOT a complaint or some senseless rant, but merely an honest observation. The purpose of this entry is to help readers be more conscious of how popular media is sub-consciously shaping your mind and perception everyday towards yourself and the society you're placed in now. It's time to be mature and take a mirror for evaluation.


Anyone missing in the picture here?

To Create a Hero, You Must First Conjure a Villain
Especially in the local production, I feel the growing hostility that is quite strange to me at first, but soon I realised the source of it. We can blame the political parties or the media, either way, the Malaysian Chinese Male segment suffered horribly in terms of representation in the entertainment media. I can only speak for my own profile, since it's only fair to write from experience. You see, in any village group - to emerge as a hero, one needs a villain to fight and to blame all sorts of misfortune. And here's where I believe the Chinese male is being lighted and defamed as the villain.. I've encountered many times being treated like a pariah by production managers, even though I have been punctual and remembered my lines correctly. I'm not saying all production managers are like that, but a few too many still exists unfortunately.


A group of multi-racial talents, 
and not even one Malaysian Chinese Man?
All Chinese Men Well-to-Do Meh?
The thing about me - I must find the root cause of being cast as a villain in our multi-racial society. Some people hated me you know, for no rationale reason except that I'm a Malaysian Chinese male. As I delved deeper, I discovered the first most common misperception about the Chinese Male is - they think we are all very well-to-do, rich people. That's the problem about money, a form of hardware. Where on Earth do people from other races think that Chinese men are all from rich backgrounds? This group of people needs to get out from their homes more, and go visit the night market and Chinese food-stalls on the street. They are all Chinese folks trying to earn a meagre living. And you can label them as rich?


Billboard ad, but where's 
my Malaysian Chinese Man?
Apa-apa Saja (Anything goes)
The second reason why Chinese Male are being targeted is because simply we the men just let it happen without consciously realising the subconscious "messages" being transmitted by the media today. We do not make a stand or explain the real situation to certain bigots in our society. What made the situation worst is that there's really a lack of positive media portrayal of the Chinese Male in its proper light to other races (not just among the same race). Personally for me, this year I have a secret resolution to, in my own small way, make other segments of our society to view Chinese Men differently and not in a stereotypical way. My language skills is limited to only good in BM and English. Yet, there's very very limited acting roles for a profile like mine. I consider myself to be the smart and intelligent sort, not the gangster, cina-apek, that the majority of our society is so accustomed to view us in the media. That's why I rejected some of these roles offered: gangster, Japanese soldier, cina apek, typical uncle. Unlike our Female Chinese (ah-moi), they are greatly worshiped on the pedestal. Same as the Malay Male.


Definitely not buying anything there
Lopsided Portrayal of Society in Media
If you go around the city today, you will notice all these giant billboards advertisements. How many Malaysian Chinese men you see being represented in a big, positive way? (not the funny, nerdy, geeky or silly roles) And how many Malaysian Chinese Female and Malay Males being represented in a sophisticated, mature and attractive roles? Plenty. The disparity is so obvious and wide. Is it because there's this some strange code that restricts the Malaysian Chinese Male profile being lifted up to the air and NOT given the proper positive main star representation in mainstream media outlets? Is there some form of dislike from the entertainment and culture ministry that prohibits Malaysian Chinese Men from being portrayed in a big way for any commercial brand? Do you know that only 15% front-camera talent work (which encompasses acting for local TV and advertising) goes to Malaysian Chinese, and more than half of that percentage goes to Chinese Female. An even smaller percentage actually goes to local Malaysian Chinese Male.  If a woman has a lopsided breast, she has to go for operation because that means cancer. If a society has a lopsided portrayal of all societal profiles, that means there's a growing dissent brewing. Consciously or sub-consciously, we need to be aware what is happening. Or else this "cancer" just eats us away. Don't tell me the only "media representation" we, the Malaysian Chinese Male get is through a small drawing in the bear statue below.


The funny little cartoon spot is all we get?
No balance representation in media means no balance everything else
This unbalanced hierarchy of profiles portrayal has seeped into personal relationships as well. I have a Chinese gay friend who totally worships his Malay boyfriend. Everything he gives him. All for the sake of sticking with him. In bed, I asked him who makes the most effort? My Chinese friend said he did all for his Malay boyfriend. And what does his Malay boyfriend do to reciprocate his feelings and goodwill? Nothing. I advised my Chinese friend, there's no point for him to stick it out for him. Do you think you could marry him? Even whatever properties he has can never be shared with you due to the difference in profile. And worst, his boyfriend already feel his position is much more superior than him, thanks in large part to how the media is affirming his image and perceived self-worth. Better lose him and start putting more value in your own self-worth as a Malaysian Chinese Male. Another example is the Malaysian Chinese females, not all, but they are more empowered in many ways than their male counterparts in the media spotlight. I have done business with a few Malaysian Chinese female bosses, and they are all very confident. There's one Chinese male boss however, which I've dealt business before, and perhaps, due to his lack of confidence in himself as a Malaysian Chinese man (perhaps sub-consciously lack of positive representation of his profile in the media today), resorted to cheating me of the pay for some advertising works I've completed for him. Shame on him or forgive him? There are weird bosses festering in our Corporate Malaysia today. And that affects the workers greatly. Our culture and system indirectly profuses the half-hearted attitude towards work, conscious racial profiling and blind pride towards our own self-proclaimed superiority.


I'll buy anything he endorses.
My friend Kumar, from Myanmar.
What you get today is inherited. No self-made man, really.
The third reason other races can taint the image of the Chinese Male profile is because we lack the confidence. I see many of my other Chinese friends being very adherent to the rules and fearful. But that kind of attitude would actually make other people be more daring to put you down. This is a question of confidence. Dare not speak up. Scared to lose their jobs or something in that category. I cannot blame my fellow brothers on this issue, simply because the mainstream media does nothing to uphold the image of the Malaysian Chinese men. Our roles are sort of inherited from our forefathers, so probably the media feels no need to keep up-to-date the change. The Chinese male role is to make money, to become a businessmen and to make more money. But how about some of us who wants to be an actor or be in the arts in our own country, without caring so much about money? Isn't there any opportunity for us to make a decent living like our Malay brethren who are able to make a living in all artistic fields imaginable and excel (even though hardwork is less required on their part)? The solution to all these lopsided-ness is confidence.


Remember we're all on the SAME side
So what is there for a Malaysian Chinese Man to be confident about? At least the very confidence to face the world and attend classy events. Here's where a Personal Development Coach like myself comes in. Not all of us are born rich, yet still exists certain narrow-minded folks in the production field that thinks we are. Yet, many of these attributes that Chinese Men have could be the very reason other people hate us for or even jealous of? But why? What we have could easily be theirs too. Except some political people usually wants to divide us from them through mainstream media. You from me. He from she. Again, I can only speak for myself as a Chinese Male. In so many ways, I feel that we are "emasculated" from our position in the media spotlight, probably out of some unspoken loathe or some unsubstantiated fear (and even hatred). The image concocted by others on us are so lack of depth, borders on the old, tiring and boring stereotypes. It's sickening to watch all our local shows who cannot think beyond their own race, religion and culture. Stop, please. This is affecting my self-image as a Malaysian Chinese Male. I want to be proud of 1Malaysia, but that is not happening at the moment (not superficially, please). Most people don't use their software (mind) because it's harder to think, or maybe they're just too plain lazy? Their brains are hardwired already in the hardware (religion, culture and race). Look around you today. Try to predict what is the "unseen" in the seen. See beyond the obvious. The truth is around us - portrayed in the media now. You look around, decide and take action. Not like my friend who went overseas to work. More like action to change this mainstream perception and break stereotypical roles right now, right here. This is because Malaysia is the only country we have.

Below are the links to my past SUCCESS stories in helping shape my students of all diverse races:
Full Attendance
Fashion Students Showcase
Bigger Class
Taking Students on Roadshows
International Students
Student on Magazine Cover
Student Casting Session for Real Jobs
Students Photo Shoot
Students Performing for Event