You are currently browsing the category archive for the ‘Dreams’ category.

I have this idea of integrating work and games together. I’ve told some people about it. 1/10 said it’s interesting. Another 1/10 told me to go for whatever i believe in. 2/10 said i’m crazy and 6/10 just said that it’s impossible.

They actually made me believe that it’s impossible until i found this article in Entrepreneur.com. Apparently, there’s someone in the US who is researching on the same thing.

So my dear readers, do you think this is a good idea? I know it’s not going to be easy especially to some people who are anti-games.

Here’s the link.

Are You Game?

Advertisements

Ok folks, the online voting is up. 12 finalists…and i’m one of them of course. My story is “Guardian:Invader” …*dohhh*…ok ok, I know, the title sounds lame. πŸ˜›

The online voting result will not affect the result in the Grand Final (to be held end of August in Tokyo). BUT…i have a feeling that the judges will actually look at the online voting result. Why? Well, surely they want to make an animation which a lot of people like. Right? πŸ˜€

By the way, voters get a chance to win USD 50…. For the finalists, the one who got the most votes will also get USD 50. Nothing more.

Just for fun ya. πŸ™‚

Thanks in advance!

Oh ya, and if you find the other stories are better than mine, feel free to vote for them πŸ˜€

Here’s the link http://animaxawards.spti.com/sg/poll.asp

I’m currently reading a book called “The Secret“. It’s a good book actually. Not because it teaches us how to ‘cheat‘ our way by using the “Genie of the universe“….by wishing what we want and imagine we have it, we’ll eventually get it.

To me, things like this do happen because our human brain is so wonderful and powerful that we can actually do many many things which only a mad scientist will think it’s possible. Human beings can heal themselves (ok…i speak as if i’m not part of human race) by just focusing on happy things etc. There are miracles happening around us…people who got their cancer cured within months. It’s not impossible.

I even came out with my own Vision Board or so-called Mission Statements board…where i post up all my “wants” and “dreams” so that i will look at them and visualize everytime i wake up. And i’m feeling grateful for the things i have now and will visualize the things I want (remember the power of daydreaming? yea..just don’t get too much of it, you’ll get addicted).

However, i believe the book or the Secret didn’t say one thing – efforts. You dream, you visualize and you hope…you feel grateful and you feel happy……but you need to make an effort to fulfill your dreams. Your dreams won’t come to you. You hope and hope and hope for a good company to come and hire you….but you will need to improve yourself, to learn more things, to excel in your field of expertise so that this company will notice you. When it does, it might come to you and offer you a job (oh ya, and you need to make an effort in the interview n stuff…u get what i mean). BUT, at this moment….you hold the key…you decide whether to accept or reject. True, you’ve visualized all you want before this…but if you say NO…in the end, whatever you have visualized will go down the drain. No?

The key is yourself…not the universe. I do believe there’s a greater force in the universe doing all these nice n wonderful things, but there are more things that YOU control.

Anyway, I personally love this book because it really made me feel better….feeling grateful, being happy with my life, and thinking about the positive things, focusing on the things i want to achieve, etc.

Not sure whether you’ve read it. Haha. And the author even came out with a DVD and some free video clips in Youtube.

Here are the links.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=phL0RLKL8bcΒ 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2MqciSMOmkΒ 

I’ve been debating with my inner self for months now……..whether to have my own domain and host it somewhere……or to stick to this default WordPress. I love WordPress, so I believe i’ll use their tools even if I do get my own domain and hosting.

Now…the million dollar question is… (no, you don’t get the million dollar if you help me answer this question)…. is it better for me to start my own domain?

I’m asking this because most of my friends who own a blog (or few blogs) do have their own domain and hosting…..and well, I’m from IT background…so i’m supposed to be more adventurous than just stick to my default WordPress thingy. So, for those who already own their personal domains………do give me some pointers ya?

Pros

  • I can have my own domain name…www.alvinlim.name? er…www.alvinlim.com has been taken. =_= so much for having a ‘famous’ name……too many Alvin Lims around.
  • I will be able to avoid all my previous articles from being washed away……..just in case WordPress starts to hate me.
  • I can put some advertising stuff to earn…maybe RM 10 per month? Currently, WordPress doesn’t allow any form of advertising.
  • I get to prove that i AM indeed IT savvy……
  • I will be able to add some ‘cool stuff’…erm, like the one Jamy has in her blog…the top commentator thingy?

Cons

  • I will have to restart my Google ranking…….
  • I will have to use my own stats counter.……
  • I will have to find a good hosting service….get a domain name….which will cost me around RM 100-300 startup fees.
  • I have no idea how the visitors can use their existing wordpress login account to post comments….and not having to register themselves again.
  • I have to go through the entire installation process for WordPress, which I believe is not THAT hard…erm..right?

Let’s see…I believe most of the cons are coming from my Laziness. πŸ˜› So, people, please advise. I know as a blogger……having your own domain name and your own SPACE (and not WordPress‘ space) is the first and most important thing to do. Well…if someone can just provide me with a proper instruction manual…? Just kidding, I can Google for it easily (but if anyone of you have such manuals…I don’t mind you know). Just let me know what are the nice tools, if there’s any. πŸ™‚

Do feel free to teach this ‘blog noob’…or as Jamy would say, ‘dinosaur’ anything…especially things related to blogging πŸ˜›

p/s ….hope my bosses won’t see this….malu la, IT people ler.

p/s ….this posting proves something……..i’m a victim of our ‘spoon feeding’ education system πŸ˜›

The line “The sky is falling!” sure sounds familiar especially to the Chicken Little fans out there. Well, it’s his fav phrase after all.

In the Chicken Little story, the character likes to run around the neighborhood shouting and alerting the neighbors that the sky is falling….but fact is, the sky is not falling.In our daily life, we are surrounded by at least one Chicken Little. Not the cute cartoon character….but the true, living Chicken Little. The person who likes to think negative and keep demotivating himself (and the people around him). The doomsayers.

They will come out with all sorts of things, just to demotivate you and made you feel bad about what you are doing or planning to do.

When you buy a property..they will say that the property is a waste of money and you should put your money in Fixed Deposit (and they don’t even know anything bout property investment). When you said you want to start a new business, they would say you are too young and immature (when inside their heart, they might feel regret for not starting their own business when they were still young) . Everything you say, they will try disagree and go on to explain why you are wrong and they are right. Fact is…most Chicken Littles do not know what they are talking about. They are being negative because they are afraid….or they’re jealous. Why? Because you are doing things that they do not dare to do.

Chicken Littles are everywhere. You can’t escape from them.

The only thing you can do is….follow your gut feelings. Do what you like, with proper research n studies of course. If you are not sure and need some advice…go seek the advice of professionals or experienced individuals. Need to know investment? Go ask the real investors…people who have been investing their money in stocks/bonds/funds, etc. Need to know about starting a business? Go ask the right people.

Never ever ask the wrong guy……and if you really did (accidentally maybe) ask the wrong guy…the Chicken Little guy, then please don’t get demotivated by the person. πŸ™‚

I often hear people saying “Stop daydreaming, Alvin!”, “Please concentrate in my class!” or things like “…*PIAK*”…the story of the flying chalk……

..ah well, those were the days…of me sleeping and daydreaming in the class.

Most adults would tell their children to stop daydreaming and face the real world. I do agree, AND disagree. One should always be brave enough to dream…..but make sure you don’t just DREAM, you should also take the necessary steps in making your dream a reality.

Recently, I’ve entered the 2007 Animax Award.Β  It’s an anime story writing competition. Actually, I really like this kind of competition because it promotes creativity and innovation among the younger generation. I’ve submitted one story for the Asia Pacific region (Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia) and someone called me that I’ve won the competition. *grin grin* Hmm, quite a big surprise for me since I feel my story was quite crappy. πŸ˜› Anyway, I haven’t obtain any proof (besides the e-mail and phone call)….so, we’ll wait then. πŸ™‚

To be honest, I really enjoy doing creative stuff. To dream…to imagine…….to fantasize (in a good and positive way), is always good. You can think of the impossible, think of the unimaginable (to some people), to think of anything. Your imagination is the biggest free world you can ever get. Use it.

Leonardo Da Vinci daydreamed and imagined a lot……he imagined things like helicopter during his time. If you were to think like him during that period of time…..and went on to tell people the things you imagined, people will think you’re a madman. He’s not a madman. He’s a genius. πŸ™‚

So, don’t be afraid to dream and to imagine. Without dreams and imaginations, we human are just an empty vessel.Β 

First of all, I must apologize for being away for so long from this blog. Been pretty busy with work….and i’m still busy actually. πŸ™‚ Just taking a break.

So here i am again…throwing this question to all of you who want to start your own business.

Let’s face it. Most people, especially in Asia, want to start their own business. But why? What’s the reason of you, wanting to start your own business? Is it for fame? To build an icon like Microsoft or Google? To pursue your dreams and ambitions? To work for yourselves rather than relying on someone else? Or is it you just want to be rich and become financially independent?

I’ve asked this question to a lot of people…..not just you. Most of the answers I’ve received, well…it’s quite disappointing. Most people gave me answers such as “I just want to be my own boss” or “I want to be rich”. And none of them actually say something like “pursue my dreams/ambitions”.

If you seriously want to start your own business….have you heard of people saying that 9 out of 10 startups will fail in the first 5 years? The 1 will actually survive the first 5 years….but after that, 9 out of 10 surviving companies will struggle and perish. The survival rate is actually 5-10%….and that’s only for the first 10 years…and jst to survive.

If your main objective is to get rich quick or be financially independent, then don’t start your own business. You can do that by using your money wisely – investing in the right place, generating money from money….etc. You don’t need to start your own business to be rich. You can use other people’s business to be rich. And also…even if you start your own business, there’s a very high possibility that you won’t get rich.

For myself, I still insist that i want to start my own business. Not to get rich from it….but more like to pursue my dreams and do what I want AND, be successful with it. πŸ™‚

What bout you? πŸ˜€ Ask yourself….and answer the question honestly. πŸ™‚ Hopefully, you’ll find the answer you seek. Β 

Many of us have asked this question over and over and over again, including myself. I’m going to tell you one pretty bad news…….. if you do always ask yourself this question, it means you are most probably trapped in the rat race like I do. A person who has no worries about money, will never ask that question……or maybe, the frequency won’t be as high as those caught up in the rat race. πŸ˜‰

Just a few hours ago, my dad called me up…(for your info, he’s my financial controller…in-charged of paying the loans on my behalf), and informed me I owe him **** amount this month. Thats is actually more than 50% of my monthly salary (the monthly salary before the income tax, pension fund, etc which one must pay every month to the government). And after paying my study loan, mutual fund investment, etc…….i’ll only have RM 400-500 per month to eat. Hmm… my brain is already trying to work out how to get “free meals” from my friends. LOL.

Sometimes, people tend to get trapped in the rat race without knowing it…..they work and work and work, hoping that the next increment will come soon. When it came, they then realized that it is not enough. Their expenses somehow will shoot up also. This is exactly what I am currently experiencing. My expenses used to be quite okay…..and then I changed a job, got a 30-40% pay rise……..and i went on to buy a car (I opted for a slightly more expensive Japanese car due to safety reason). Then I moved into my new condominium….renovation, furnitures, etc…..all these cost $$$. Before I realized…..i’ve become the latest victim of rat race. Working hard, just to pay the bills.

So, how do I intend to step out from this rat race? It’s not easy. Or rather…I’ll say it’s very difficult based on the number of commitments I have – taxes, mortgages, etc. Still, this will not destroy my ambitions. I believe I’ll figure out some ways to step out of this rat race.

Maybe working as a part-timer in Starbucks? LOL. Just kidding. There should be some other ways to do this. Taking a part-time job is not really recommended especially for those in the IT & Consulting line.

Sorry for reading my ramblings. My intention here is to tell you my first hand experience of being a victim in the rat race. I seriously hope that all of you will plan your finance better so that you will not end up being the next rat race victim. If you are already in the rat race…well, all is not lost.

Start asking yourselves…...why are you working so hard yet earning nothing? Why are you repeating the routine of getting more pay just to pay off higher debts?Β  How are you going to stop this routine?Β 

One of the simplest methods – start to buy assets and not liabilities….please refer to my previous posts on that. πŸ™‚

Hope it helps.

Something actually happened to me lately….something bad. My PlayStation Portable (PSP) which was bought less than a year ago at around RM 1000 (around USD 300-400 ?), was pronounced dead by the second doctor. I was feeling very sad (er…maybe i should use “I am feeling very sad”).

There’s something within me that shouts the line “Alvin, go ahead and buy another PSP for goodness sake. It’s only RM 700 now!” And I seriously mean it, I do have that urge to drive to the shop and purchase another PSP…especially with all the nice games coming up.

If this happened 6 months ago…..I would’ve bought myself another PSP…around RM 700 (total cost of owning a WORKING PSP will then be around RM 1700). But now…something within me, is telling me not to buy another PSP. Why?

Because it’s a liability.

A lot of things around us can be considered liabilities. Branded clothings, bags, shoes, luxury watches, video games, LCD TV….I’m sure you know better than me. True, some of you might argue with me (or with yourselves) that the NICE thing that you’re planning to buy (such as Nintendo WII) is NOT a liability. Well, let me ask you this question “How sure are you?

Asset is something that you should buy, if you want to be in control of your finances. Assets can earn more money for you. These are the things which will make you rich. These are the things which will make money work for you. Example? Shares, bonds, etc….of course…the right ones. πŸ™‚

Liabilities, on the other hand, are mostly our desires. The “nice-to-haves” such as …well, i just listed some of them down.Β  These are the things that will make you spend money….but there will not be much (if any) returns of investment.

One of my best buddies told me he plans to buy a new PC…cool. I asked him one question “Do you think it’s a liability or an asset?” He said…”It’s an asset“, and I asked “Can it make money for you?” and he said “Of course! I can start an e-business using it!“. Pretty relevant. You can indeed start an online business using your PC………but…….i pushed on with my last question “How sure are you that your main purpose is to start an e-business using this PC?“…and he went silent.

If you are pretty sure the “liability” you are buying can earn you some $$…then please, go ahead and prove to yourselves (not to anyone else). Most of us thought that these liabilities that we are planning to buy, will end up bringing some $$ to us….but most of the time, this “dream” of ours will not materialise.

So, the next time you are planning to buy something….think about this. πŸ™‚

p/s…of course, it helps to reward yourselves from time to time with nice-to-haves. Don’t be so stingy to yourselves. πŸ™‚ But please don’t overdo it especially if you have big dreams. For me…I don’t think I’ll get another PSP just yet. πŸ˜‰ …..even though I seriously want 1. LOL. Β 

Phew…last week was a pretty busy one for me. 2 of my good friends got married (yea, the husband n wife are my good friends). Congratz to Ryan and Andrea πŸ˜‰

Wasn’t been able to post up something until now (which I think, is late Monday).

I’ve been reading a book titled “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki. I’m sure some of you have heard about this book before. It actually enlightened some of my friends who have read this book. I’m still at chapter 2 or 3….so…don’t expect me to talk much about it. πŸ˜‰

What I intend to discuss today is the so-called “Rat Race“. In the book, the author mentioned that most people work for money…and not the other way round. Don’t believe so? Let me ask you a simple question. I am sure most people (including myself) have this big dream of doing whatever we like…pursuing our passions in life…abandoning our current job and go chasing after our dreams. But we didn’t. Why? Because we have something called commitments – families, bills, etc.

We need money to support these things.

In other words…we’re being controlled by money. We are working for money.

Also, most of us will say that a higher pay can actually help us to solve the problem. I can assure you, it won’t. The higher your pay…the higher your expenses. You will have more bills to pay, more desires (nice-to-haves) to fulfill. The cycle will go on and on and on…never ending, and this is what they called the “rat race“.

So if you are in a situation I’ve described above….do take some time to ponder…whether you are really in control of your lives…or you’re being controlled by money.

Think about what you really want. I know what I want…. and it’s not paying bills. I have the option to go to the SAP world…earning big bucks, but I chose not to because I realized that’s not the direction I wanted to go. Bigger bucks might be able to solve some of the short term solution……but the long term problem here is, I am still chasing after the $$…working for the $$.

Do take some time to think about this. πŸ™‚ Life is not just about chasing after money…or involving in the never ending rat race.