Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Pikom ICT Capsquare's Goody Bag is a scream. A review of what's outside because the insides are always better.


Contents of the goody bag.
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Everybody loves goody bags. We have become a breed of peoplep that cares about nothing except only what we can get for free. Don't care about creating a nurturing environment for everybody to grow mentally and holistically in the work place. Don't care if certain group of society is accused of tainting the morality of the country, without having concrete facts. Don't care about our own well being, only to work hard for money at the expense of our quality of life. This don't care attitude is being exploited by marketers and being used to lure consumers, which in turn makes the customer service also affected by the "don't care" attitude in their work.

Enough people on the line already.

End of the Line
People who goes for goody bags also have a reason for doing so, because it's possible that they are of minimum wage. A goody bag could possibly allow them get something they could enjoy, without having to pay, which is always a delight for the few. I was at ICT Pikom Capsquare 3-day launch event and they were giving out 100 goody bags for the first 100 visitors during that period. You see, I was more interested with the new Apple reseller store RM 1 promotion for a lucky draw at some of its third party products. Unfortunately, there's a limit for only the first 50 shopper, and I was the 51st, so I have to scoot out. Luckily that day, the goody bag queue is still not long, and I placed myself in that line instead. All of us have to produce our IC card and email to the registrar. There was this Malay man who came to collect the goody bag for the second time, and were asked to leave empty handed upon being found out that he collected already yesterday! Greedy *#@$.

For past artistic events I've attended can be accessed below:
Myanmar Art Review
Smartphones Unveiling Event
Fire-y Dragon Displays
Christmas 2011 Display
PC Fair Review KLCC
Student Art Fair
MaSIF Fashion Review
Spring/Summer Display Review
Fashion Show Review
Fashion Sales Preview Party

Barbie and Ken butchering my favorite song.
Lucky Number?
I also got a lucky draw number, which forces me to come back to the mall again in the afternoon. I suppose this was the advertising and promotion team's tactic in drawing crowds for that time. Seeing that I have to come back, I also registered myself for the Facebook Lucky Draw, where the grand prize was the new Ipad. I could tell you in advance that I win neither of the lucky draws, which was expected, knowing that lucky draws are always luckier for others. Or maybe some kind of nepotism was at play - seeing that the winners seem to be related with the sponsors' friend's friend? The Facebook Lucky Draw  requires me to log into my account and click "Like" on the mall's homepage. After smelling something fishy at the lucky draw, I quickly pop out my tablet and undo the "Like" button on my account.

Still not yet pop.
Balloon Blues
Knowing that I won't be getting anything expensive from this launch day, I fancied myself with a balloon being distributed by Darth Vader, one of the characters walking around the concourse in costume. The balloon was joined quite badly which came off easily at the top, but I still managed to keep the balloon intact all the way home, no popping. I'm truly proud of myself.

Upon reaching home, I took a quick nap, for I was feeling sleepy since waking up quite early that day. I also got the chance to leave the goody bag and balloon home. Funny how I managed to convince myself I might win a prize at the lucky draw on the way back to the mall. The crowds were swelling, and the host Joey was there. When he came up on the stage and asked who in the audience loves Angry Birds, I was ashamed to admit that I was the first person to raise my hand! Everybody in the crowd looked at me for a moment, and the host was surprised too that I was the only person in the crowd to raise my hand! Gosh, talk about being the only black sheep.

Who's this Miss World screaming?

Funnily degrading
In the middle of the afternoon, there was a drama group performing a comedy skit. A warning was announce by the main actress that the content of the skit is not suitable for children. Personally, I dislike comedy skit that downgrades others and making fun at their incompetence. And this comedy skit does exactly that! In certain degree, I do admit the content is true, but so many skits are doing that already. I don't find it funny at times, for the comedy skit is merely reflecting the negative aspect, and does nothing really to change the situation. Yes, we could all have some laughs, but a call for a revolutionary mind-changing action plan the skit is not.

I felt the skit were more self-indulgent in that the focus of the skit is nowhere. There were only one actress that seems to be getting all the "smart" dialogue and the other actors are merely jumping boards for the next joke. There was also an all-women quartet which sang songs with some famous Hollywood tunes thrown in with lyrics locally made to make all of us - well, degraded. From the songs, I've learned "new things" like bumiputra gets 40% off in their passport/IC renewal, there's a lot of impotent men in Malaysia and we're all racists?

Who's more handsome?
Hey, our skin tone's the same.
Delicious Inside
At the end of the day, the only saving grace is the goody bag. I cannot imagine what I've got! I'm still figuring how to use this little container of gel. The rest like the Hotlink pre-paid broadband comes quite handy when my usual data plan quota finished recently, except I always get the Hotlink homepage popping up and urging me to subscribe or top up one of their packages (horridly annoying). I also got the Senheiser earphones, albeit the lower end model, but still. The Super Junior 3D notebook courtesy of Hotlink looks interesting, though I don't use notebooks much since acquiring my tablet. There was also a Clark Hatch Fitness membership for a month, guess which center I'll be going. Haha, not telling.


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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Don't get too hung over with your problems. There are others who are worst off than you. The act of Giving replenishes your soul.

The next competition to Low Yat Plaza
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There are basically 2 types of celebrity in Malaysia. The first type of celebrity is either born into a family of celebrities or already comes from a well-to-do family. The second is the everyday normal folks who happened to become a celebrity, sort of thrust into the limelight unknowingly or by accident. I belonged to the latter. I'm just like everybody else, a normal folk, who happened to become famous. Some people mistaken me for the former. You see, I was invited recently to a men's fashion show, but I found out later that I have to pay some fees in order to get in.

Living life moment by moment
It's not all that unfortunate, per se. I don't miss much about fashion, since having covered a number of shows already. Recently, since being quite piss poor, which is a wonderful thing I recommend to everyone reading here. You see, being someone with limited means, truly opens my mind to enjoy the moment. You could not afford to plan or predict the future, being someone of limited means. You just have to live day by day, and enjoying every moment that you have. And to me, that's the meaning of life. You never going to know what's happening next. You simply have to be prepared, and go with the flow.

New competition
Foreign workers taking a rest
I happened to be in Capsquare, now the name changed to Pikom ICT Capsquare. I was there before the name change, and there were some shops like hair salons, eyewear and other interesting shops selling specialty foods and toys. Apparently, none of the shop businesses survived, hence the total transformation into an electronics and gadgets mall, very much like Low Yat Plaza. I'm quite happy with this new mall, because I simply dreaded shopping at Low Yat Plaza - plenty of crowds and the salesperson harrasing you left and right. The new Pikom ICT Capsquare would prove to be a breath of fresh air.


Popcorns anyone?
I'm having a picnic....at night!
Oh yes indeed. The air is fresher here. There was a huge screen erected at the entrance of the mall. And tonight was going to show a Star Wars movie. I really couldn't care much about the movies, but I enjoyed the ambience. There were sacks of colourful pillows for the public to sit on. I arrived on time, and the movie still haven't show yet - so I quickly found a nice sack (bright yellow colour) and made myself comfortable. The view was perfect - the movie screen just right at my eye level.


Multi-tasking in comfort
But I have to wait for almost an hour for the movie to start. I was happy to not waste my time, and instead did some work on my tablet. The sack were truly comfortable to sit on, or rather to rest my whole body on top of it. I could see the night sky so clearly, and of course there weren't any stars tonight. But to be able to rest so comfortably in a busy city like Kuala Lumpur is truly a wonderful moment to savor and enjoy. I mean, this is what it means to have quality of life! Nobody to invite you to some obnoxious fashion party, or some pretentious host to soothe talk you into making an expensive purchase. Please click on the links below for past events I've attended:

Smartphones Unveiling Event
Fire-y Dragon Displays
Christmas 2011 Display
PC Fair Review KLCC
Student Art Fair
MaSIF Fashion Review
Spring/Summer Display Review
Fashion Show Review
Fashion Sales Preview Party



My little picnic
Giving is better
Things just got better. A few moments before the show were to start, Starbucks gave out small complimentary cups of iced chocolate. That quickly reminded me to bring out my food and have some on the spot! It feels almost like a picnic, with all my stuff to keep me occupied. Soon, more folks began to gather. I noticed a majority of the public there were Pakistani or Bangladeshi workers, due to the various construction sites that are still on-going. Sometimes when I think of how piss poor I've become, they reminded me that there are others who are in far poorer situations than I am.  After spending like an hour or more there, I felt it was time to leave the place. I gestured to the Pakistani worker sitting next to me, and gave him my yellow sack. This feeling of giving lingers longer than anything else I've ever felt in my life.

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Best, Most Tummy-Satisfying Instant Noodles (Mee Goreng) for the budget-conscious Artiste who wants the extra kick in their meal - this review promise to save you time & money







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Instant noodles for the rainy seasons (and budget-conscious artistes who need a filling meal)
It's the rainy season and so many people love to cook instant noodles, especially Malaysians. It must be due to the extreme hot and sudden cold, that plunges our stomachs into uncertain depths, where it just keeps growling for food. So instant noodles seem to be the best solution, whenever a rainy weather comes suddenly, for it's easiest to cook. Like everyone else, I love instant noodles. For this entry, I will specifically focus on the more niche category of the instant noodle - the mee goreng section (fried noodles). I've compiled a list of instant noodles I've tasted, with the hope that it'll provide a guide for future consumers to select which mee goreng best suited their individual palates.  Instant noodles are also the budget way for artistes too who needs a good meal to keep them through the day. Hopefully this entry will help you determine the best mi-goreng best suited to you, and not causing you to buy every brand in the market, thus saving your money and time. In determining the best instant noodles (mi goreng category), I've personally selected these 3 criterias: ingredients, content size and taste.

Mie Goreng Indonesia (Mamee) - for thick gravy
The ingredients provided in this instant noodle is quite many: seasoning powder, seasoning oil, sweet soy sauce, chilli sauce and fried onions. After I've cooked the noodles, I tried mixing it with the ingredients and it took me some time to actually mixing it well. Make sure you do take the time in mixing in the ingredients into the noodles, to actually make it an orangey pasty sauce. The content of the noodles are quite standard, hence it will take you time to mixing it. The taste for me is very mellow, with some sweet undertones, which I find it similar to the rojak sauce I've tasted before. It will be wise to add some fresh tomatoes to offset the sweetness, like what I did, together with an omelette. The portions are filling enough to serve as dinner in a rainy evening. The yellow-ish gravy at the side comes to place, with the extra oil I've put into frying my omelette. Don't discard the extra oil off, for it's good for the mixing into the ingredients to turn into extra gravy.

Mi-Poh Goreng (Myojo) - for the mild & unique
This one I love for its curly and thicker noodle. It looks very much like the Italian pasta. The ingredients provided are not much, only 2 packets: seasoning powder and flavoured oil. I love the simplicity of it, for after boiling the noodles (or mi-poh), I can mix very easily with the ingredients and doesn't consume much time. Of course the noodles is the selling point, because it's different from other instant noodles for the word "poh" means actually claypot, so it feels like you're eating  the noodles made from claypot. The portions of the noodle is quite hefty, so it can really be satisfying to eat. Of course, to make my instant noodles healthier, I always mix it with tomatoes and an omelette.

Mi Sedap (Wings Food) - for the aftertaste
This mi goreng has an additional flavour advertised on the cover of its packet - sambal udang sauce. It's not overtly spicy when mixed together with the other ingredients, which consist of : dried onions, sweet soy sauce, fried chili sauce, flavoring and oil.  The portions of this mee is medium, not as much as compared to others. The taste is not too spicy either, and not too strong, which is suitable for those who likes a mild mee goreng, with some crunch in the taste. It leaves a very strong after-taste after I'm done eating.

Mi Goreng (Adabi) - for the fuss-free
The interesting thing about this mi goreng is it only has 1 ingredient packet, which consist of a pasty dark red that combines the cooking oil, chilli, soy sauce, sugar, garlic, onions, spices and even vegetables. The funny thing is, I don't see any greens. Hmm, could there be a mistake in describing the ingredient. This mi goreng is ideal for those who are lazy to use the scissors and cut open each of the ingredient packet. Just one packet to  do all. Personally for me, it makes more sense to a consumer who values plenty of ingredients. But then, one cannot judge to fast. One has to taste the end product. The noodles look very colored, due to the thick paste. The taste is slightly more spicy and stronger taste.

Koka - for health conscious vegetarian
This noodle has the biggest portion, if I'm not wrong. And there's a healthy benefit to it too - no MSG. I suppose that's why I find the taste rather unexciting as compared to other noodle brands. The taste is very straightforward. The content is big enough to fill in the hungry.  I could see the greens mixed in the ingredients, though it's only 1 packet separated in 2 satchets. This brand is actually for vegetarians.

Mi Goreng (Ibumie) - for Super Spicy Hot
The portion of the noodle is medium. But there are plenty of ingredients to make the noodles flavorful and spicy! It comes with seasoning powder, sauce, oil and chilli sauce. After it's boiled, put the noodles simmer with the ingredients and let it be. Even the smell already makes me sweat. This noodle is best for those who loves the extra kick.



And now the winner, my personal favourite - Har Mee (Mi Goreng)
Everything about this brand is simply balance. The taste is 3 fold - not too spicy, flavourful with a tinge of prawn taste at the top. The content size of the noodles is not too large and not too small - just enough to fill in a weight-conscious soul like myself . The ingredients provided are all good enough to mix and make the noodles delicious and satisfying.

There you have it! You don't have to do all the hard work, I just did it for you guys! Imagine a week of non-stop noodles for dinner, just for the sake of keeping everyone here in the know. I can feel for those budget-conscious artistes (I've been there), especially those who really are passionate in pursuing their goals, but haven't achieve it yet - instant noodles is a way to survive cheaply. But for those who aren't struggling, instant noodles can also be whipped into a delicious meal by incorporating some tomatoes and eggs or even with sardine and salmon to make your meal that extra special. Instant noodles can be a flexible meal to suit whatever you love to do with it. Much like our Artiste Training Course that is suitable for everyone, regardless of their age, race and interest level on the subject. Happy eating!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Myanmar Art Review (Performance) - Could the lack of nurture causes self-indulgence and chronic repression? Words cannot describe how they feel.

Performance on the streets
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I'm so tired of being negative. Seriously. But in order to feel positive, I believe one must "go into the ashes to rise again as a Phoenix". I don't blame myself for being negative, mind you. Studying psychology, it has to do with your environment. During the course of my own self-investigation, I found the negative symptoms of the mind and actions have a lot to do with lack of self-nurturance. Yes, I got it! Being nurtured from breast milk, and a loving environment are factors for a baby to grow healthily. But the missing link throughout this growth is as we progress into adulthood, and into the working society, the word "nurture" is lost in all the madness.

Stalking a Fella to Find the Place
In fact, I feel positive already. I feel up to the challenge to experience new forms of art. I received an update about an art showcase. I was interested to attend purely because the place where the showcase would be held, is situated very close to where I have my classes. But when I first went to the place, I still managed to get "lost". I followed the directions given and came up to a hotel. Then I walked down, and decide to go to the grocers to buy some refreshments. I was surprised to see a guy that looked a bit like our locals bought a bottle of beer. My mind quickly suspected that he could be Myanmar national, and the location of the showcase must be somewhere nearby! So putting on a normal pedestrian guise, I "stalked" that fellow as he went up to the stairs of the shoplot next to the grocery store, and voila, the Myanmar art showcase. The past artistic events I've attended can be accessed below:
Smartphones Unveiling Event
Fire-y Dragon Displays
Christmas 2011 Display
PC Fair Review KLCC
Student Art Fair
MaSIF Fashion Review
Spring/Summer Display Review
Fashion Show Review
Fashion Sales Preview Party

Props and whatnots
English please...
I was late for the talk, for really, the posting didn't mention the time! But I quietly sat myself down (there's no chairs for visitors) quite near to the glass door behind me. I tried to quiet my mind and focus on the speaker. With him was a translator (also an artist himself). I love how close-knit Myanmar artists can be among themselves. I've taught English language to Myanmar nationals before, so I can understand a bit about their history. Attending the art showcase is to further my understanding into their arts. And my....their arts can be quite "horrific" with plenty of blood-like stains and self-embodiment.


The "invisible" glass door one
 of the guests crashed into
First impression - where are the art pieces?
At first, I was really puzzled by the showcase for there aren't any tangible pieces of art to be seen. The open space of the area only have the projector and table for the speakers, and the rest of it is where the audience have to sit on the floor! What? It's like back to school again, but I understand. Maybe they don't have the budget to bring in chairs for the guests. As I was listening to the speaker and the translator in their half-baked English language, there was a loud thud on the glass door behind me! All of us turned, and a poor fellow walked right into the glass door! Thank goodness, he didn't collapse on the spot and luckily managed to pull himself up.




Blood and gore?
Blood and Gore, please, this is art!
To me, this evening seems like it's going to be unbearable. I was ready to be positive-minded again, and now this! Slides from the projector were shown. I noticed this group of Myanmar artists were more performance-oriented rather than actually producing art pieces. Most of the performances are done at public places. I see some of the performers tackled a lot of their country's issues such as agression, human rights, sexual identity and freedom. The performing artists used a lot of simple props such as umbrella, paper, bags, towels and other pots and pans to express their internally suppressed emotions. Their emotions are more towards the negative side, due to their militaristic government's strict regime. Silently, I kind of expect such forms of art to be produced because most artists would portray their works to reflect their surroundings. It could be also another symptom from the lack of nurturance, in psychological terms.

The artist's self-promotion brochure
Clip your art onto me
One of the artists was smart enough to hand out brochures about his achievements. This form of self-advertisement would surely makes him stood out among the group. I was impressed that he even have his own school! His works are mainly sculptures, and like the other artists in the group, he also performs. Now, I really don't know how to define their public performance as an act of art more or a political demonstration, very much like our country's Bersih 3.0 street protests. Myanmar artists are very politically sensitive, and most of their performances involves the crowds cheering them on. There was this female artist who cooked some food, and then give out the food only to the female audience - an act of protest of why only women have to cook. Another artist handed out balloons to the crowd and asked them to draw a smiley face, then paste it onto the artist himself.



Carved in Stone
It seems there must be a lot of sadness and anger and repression at Myanmar. In some ways, these artists seek to draw out the frustrations, anger or whatever emotions repressed among the crowd. I noticed an artist actually threw money to the crowds! I suppose these artists are filthy rich to be able to do that. Of course the crowds went wild and grab whatever they could. A lot of these performing acts are recorded on video and shown during the showcase.


Ceremonial dance?
Environment dictates its People
You can call it self-indulgence, childish or way out there, but watching these performances make me wonder the importance of nurture or the lack thereof. Environment truly dictates the people, not the other way around. In my mind, I feel these Myanmar artists are actually quite well-to-do, in order for them to pursue art the way they do. Their art speaks volume of who they are as a person, though I'm sure some of them are sincere to open the channels of thinking among the supposedly closed-minded Myanmar society. These artists feel more like actors, with the way they act out using the props provided. It's almost like a mime or wordless theater.


Take a pumpkin and
crack your gourdy head
A Cry for Nurture
Therein lies the similarity with the arts with us. Malaysians do that too. We act out our wayward ways, in the office, home, and most recently at the streets. This art form speaks volume of our environment, which in some ways are no different than our neighbor Myanmar. I believe the question boils down to nurture. Are we getting enough nurturance at our workplace, at home, among friends? If a baby does not get enough milk, the baby will cry incessantly! We must not deny the fact that even as adults, we still need nurturance! I'm not talking about food, cigarettes or your favourite TV show to keep you entertained. I'm referring more on the level of how nurturance can open up our minds and not limit us into shunning out possibilities.
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PS: Next week I'm attending a men's fashion show, so stay tuned on my blog. Perhaps I might review it for you here, but be prepared that the men will be clad in their intimates.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Barriers to Good Listening Skill. Are You Listening? Earth to Mars? Hello...hello...hello...

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Listening is such an important component in the communication process. Most people just prefer to open their big ugly mouths and talk incessantly rubbish. I am truly appalled by the extreme lack of listening ability in Corporate Malaysia. Now why do I say that? Imagine you're a subscriber to a telecommunications product, and you need some info about whether the package can be transferred to another account. Sometimes, the customer service officer doesn't get what I'm enquiring, and instead went into the whole little speech about the company's policy this and that. Hello, am I calling to listen to your know-all attitude?The whole point of making that call is actually a simple question, and yet she failed to understand my enquiry. This inability to listen extends beyond just the corporate realm, and into our daily personal relationships, our daily lives - be it political and economical like:
Street Protests
The Age of Haters
The Over Emphasis of Hardware over Software
How My "Friend" Make Plus-sized Looks Bad
City Folks' Sitting Culture (BM)
How to Identify Monsters Anywhere
Habits of Local Talent (BM)
Lessons learned from "Friends"
Malaysian "Mega-Structures" Hits & Misses

The inability to listen could cause major miscommunication, distortion of facts and misunderstanding that could in turn, positions that individual or company in an extremely bad light. What causes this inability to listen? I, for one, am a good listener. My students could attest to this fact, because I remembers what they told me. But it is very interesting to turn the focus around on people who refuses to listen, intentionally or otherwise. Below are 3 common factors that I've discovered in uncovering the reasons for the failure to listen.

"I must be perfect, I must be perfect,
I must be perfect." Are you mad?
1) Intolerance for Imperfection
This generation, or at least in mine, has such an amount of intolerance for people who are less than perfect than them. You earn less than me? Next. You're not driving a Mercedes? Next. You're still single? Next. Blame it on the demands of employers, who nowadays want qualifications that match precisely the job specifications. Blame it on your parents, who pushed you hard in achieving your best academic results. Anything less than perfect is out of the way. Everything must be A to Z, 1 to 10. Hence, if you're less than perfect, then you would get the least amount of my attention. Blame it on the media, where the magazines and TV shows only people who behaves in  a certain way (perfect?) that seem to always get the spotlight. Personally for me, I blame it on editing. Nowadays, most of us hide behind our cubicles or corner tables to avoid meeting colleagues to have a conversation. Why should we, when we can just IM or Facebook?

The problem with social media is its editing. They only show the "best" of who they are, and edit off the "imperfect" parts. Hence, who you are is actually an edited version of yourself, NOT your true self. Here's where we feed our self-worth with lies and seemingly unsubstantiated facts about who we are. We thought we are the best choice for this particular job, the best in everything to cut it short. To me, that is such a crock of nonsense. It's our world nowadays - nobody is real anymore, because nobody could even muster up a simple skill like listening.

2) Too Full of Yourself
When striking a conversation with another person, you need to provide a mental space for the other person to share his/her thoughts. Unfortunately, many people are just too full of themselves. Like a friend of mine who recently was single, but thanks to me got attached, is now so full of herself. She's the best example of the before and after scenario - the reason being when she was single, she possess the propensity to leave space for others to share their thoughts - no matter how dull or unimportant it may be. But once she got attached, her mind is all full about her relationship.  The other example is a single guy friend of mine, who babbled inconspicuously about all types of subjects without giving a second thought of the possibility that his opinions could be biased. To me, I can sense this is a cry for help for a person who is needing someone to listen to him - which I did, but then have to move on due to his overbearing persona. He's simply too full of himself. And not a pretty self, for that fact.

3) No Interest
It's so sad that so many people have very limited amount of interest that they pursue. Most of my so-called friends would tell me: go to work, come home, sleep. What a pathetic existence, isn't it? For me, I truly enjoy listening to even "rubbish" from strangers. The problem with people is now they only want to to listen when they can get something out of it to their benefit. It's a crying shame, because for the person with that intention, he/she will be suffering from a kind of myopic worldview. It's a mental illness, and thankfully it's curable. But many people are simply too ignorant to realise this fact. All they're after is their work and money, boyfriend and career. If you talk to someone who has totally no interest in anything beyond their current state, that person would simply not listen.

Put your hands out and say "I love myself"
Benefits from Listening
People doesn't know what great benefits await them - personally and even bigger things that will happen for them for simply listening. Firstly, through listening you learn more about who you are. Listening improves relationship. And one greatest benefit from listening - you might even change the world for the better. Yes, you can do all that, from simply listening.

So how do we become better listeners? Firstly, you must BE YOURSELF - your imperfect warts and all. Don't hide and be ashamed about anything because nobody really cares. To me, listening is so much fun. It's definitely a skill, no doubt - one that needs to be honed and sharpened like a knife. Listening opens up your mind. Especially hearing words from people who are so out of place, imperfect and some even downright scary, you should listen to them! This is the type of people that you'll get surprised of! Always remember, everybody has their own place in this world - it's not all about you. Lend a listening ear to people who has no importance or relevance to you whatsoever. If you have difficulties in listening, remember our Artiste Training Course is always here to, well....listen.


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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Samsung Galaxy SIII vs Apple Iphone 4S Unveiling Event Review - one is a Cowboy, the other is an Android.

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It sees. Listens. And responds. That seems to be the tagline for the much anticipated Samsung Galaxy SIII. I love the philosophy behind the smartphone. To launch such an anticipated product, Samsung definitely spent a small fortune in the unveiling event. Personally, I enjoy watching these type of presentations, because you get an idea of the company and its culture. Of course, Apple's Iphone 4S is the closest competitor to Samsung. I've also watched the unveiling of the Iphone 4S, and found these 2 giant companies are greatly different in their style of presentations. Below are the links to various events I've attended:

Fire-y Dragon Displays
Christmas 2011 Display
MaSIF Fashion Review
Spring/Summer Display Review
Fashion Show Review
Fashion Sales Preview Party


Style
Samsung fully uses the filmic element in portraying drama in its launch. There's plenty of video at the background. Compared to Apple's presentation, the drama element is more the presenter's job. Steve Jobs, for example, is the prime dramatic element in the whole brand - his fiery personality that drives innovation in the company. It has a "Demo" section, so the video part of the presentation feels more perfunctory. For Samsung, their drama element is more fantastic, infusing plenty of soothing shots. Apple's drama element still exists but more on its leader, Steve Jobs and the story that drives the product range.

Ambience
The event unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy SIII feels more like a red carpet event. There's an orchestra playing at the side. I love the huge cinema screen at the background. An Apple unveiling event, on the other hand, is more enclosed. The audience would cheered and shouted with joy whenever a new feature is announced, unlike Samsung's, where most of the audience is pretty much a quieter group. But both brands share a similar presentation tactic: Samsung and Apple unveils their commercial at the event itself.

Presenters
The Samsung presenters looked very corporate, even their presentations seem too rehearsed. There was a little mishap, if you notice, when its Marketing Director blurted out the word "Sounds bizarre" on the smartphone's ring tone during the presentation. For an observant viewer, this might not be acceptable because it might counteracts with the main purpose of the unveiling event. Being a Korean company, I'm surprised to see mostly European presenters. I supposed their target market is skewed towards more the West. For Apple, the presenters are all Americans, hence the very gung-ho, can-do energy. The Apple presenters wear sneakers, jeans and shirts - totally the opposite of Samsung. If Apple is the market leader, then its presentation should sound more like Samsung's. But if Samsung is the underdog, then it should sound more like Apple's.

In conclusion, I feel Apple is more emotionally-driven in its presentation compared to Samsung, which is more corporate in its delivery. But I am truly amaze at the ambience aspect of the Samsung unveiling event, which is truly epic and magical (thanks to the orchestra accompaniment), compared to Apple's more hometown feel (Cupertino). So will the unveiling of the upcoming Iphone 5 be bigger than Samsung's? I'm definitely seeing, listening and responding.
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