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Re-Opening of Malaysia and Scanning Everywhere

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I don’t even know where to begin, really. The last time I blogged here was early June when we (my siblings and I) were clearing out some old stuff cramping up inside of my parents’ loft. That felt like just yesterday but here we are…nearing the end of June 2020.

Time doesn’t just fly. It is giving me whiplash.

It’s strange, though, for me, because this was (is) the year my kids are supposed to be entering college, stepping into the new world, getting their driving licenses, flapping their kid-adult wings, flexing their human-ing muscles…whatever you call it. 

And yet, we’re still in partial lockdown. 


I have to say that Malaysia’s done an exceptional job (touch wood and more wood) so far in containing this virus. As frustrated and angry and PMS as we Malaysians can get about not being allowed to step out of the house and required to cover our faces like we’re robbers, we know it’s the right thing to do. 

Some of the shops are open again but driving to near-empt…
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When Words and Silence Matter - Happy Saturday!

Happy Saturday!

I don't usually comment on what's happening in other parts of the world because I don't have all the facts. But sometimes, when something happens and you have enough conviction to feel it warrants a word or two, I think we should say something about it.

Silence is powerful. Where you lend that silence, it grows. And I cannot agree with the use of force, abuse, violence, and power to silence people who stand up for something.

'When the looting starts, the shooting starts'? Man...that's really something.



Donald Trump is not my President so, I don't care. In fact, I don't even like my own Prime Minister at the moment. A lot of us have kind of given up trying to figure out what is going on in our country because we can't keep up with it all, partly due to the onslaught of Covid-19.

But who on earth compliments himself as much as this man? LOL! He refers to himself in third-person twice, not including his own Twitter handle. OMG...

Really…

Internet Connectivity in the Age of Covid-19

In living the life of a Covid-19 Lockdown, it seems that the Internet is now not just a luxury. It's almost a necessity.

53% of Americans Say the Internet Has Been Essential During the COVID-19 Outbreak and a large number of people from the lower-income group are worried about the digital divide and digital homework gap. Whatever 'homework gap' means.

We're now talking, working, doing homework, learning, watching, looking for references, read the news, shop, compare prices (...) all completely online.

Honestly, I can't imagine life without it right now.

I'll admit this much. Before this, I tune out of the internet. There are deep, dark moments when I feel like slamming my head onto my keyboard really hard and just chucking my smartphone out of the window,

Instead, I settle for merely silencing it or just putting it out of sight. For some peace of mind, you know.

This has earned me the ire of my family members who suddenly can't reach me or my clients or co-…

Cooking Video: Chicken Breast Stew with Tofu and Bean Sprouts

I've honestly been cooking so much at home that I have exhausted all avenues for inspiration. Books, apps, websites, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube videos...everything.

On Monday, I threw something together which turned out perfectly fine...which meant nobody complained.

Today, I, once again, threw something together based on what was in the fridge, pantry, and what I bought yesterday from the grocery store and came up with a one-pot-solution dinner.

Maybe my kids are just angels, so, no complaints still!

I am currently experimenting with some video editing software and apps for work as well as some graphics stuff, so, I thought I might as well give filming the cooking thing a go.

This is what I figured out - you need bloody good lighting, a good camera and a sidekick. It's hard because I can't cook and film at the same time. It boggles me how those YouTube people manages to do it all the time! Do these camera people get paid or something?

Anyway, here's the short vide…

HairCut and America

Source: Joshua Tan

That's it. I've taken the plunge and cut my own hair.

All I know is that I need to get my hair out of my face and I can't take a decent photo regardless of how many times I wash and dry-style my hair. Not that I am going to be meeting anyone any time soon, but still...it was making me feel like shite.

I was watching out for news about hair salons opening around my nook but NOPE, it was a fruitless scavenger hunt. The chances are slim.

Do I look great? Am I going to be Instagramming or YouTubing it? HAHAHAHA...don't hold your breathI look fine (as far as my low standards are concerned) from the front but I 't have no indication about what looks like on the back.

As long as no hairstylist gets to run his/her comb through my hair, it'll do. All I know is that my head is lighter and I don't have annoying strays sticking into my eyes or nose.

Am I going to attempt cutting my kids' hair? I don't know. 
It's a really touchy topic ri…

Online, Listening, Sale, Management, TikTok, and Gwyneth Paltrow's Kid

Well....a little update then.

I know that came out of nowhere but since we're all in lockdown, things pounce on us for no reason all the time. So, we better get used to this, anyway, right?

I've just updated my website with a new article, Becoming Awesome at Copywriting: Differentiating Digital Content Writing from Copywriting while listening to this, At The Beginning by Richard Marx and Donna Lewis on Lite.my.

No, I am not an exceptional copywriter or content writer.

Despite the years of writing under me, I dare not say I am anything exceptional because the goal posts keep moving.

I stand by my mantra of 'The day you think you know everything is the day you'll learn that everything was BS."



I've also gotten quite a number of questions on both Quora and Linkedin about how to get a business online, so I published this article: Here’s How to Get into eCommerce and Sell Products Online.

And while I was creating a video for a corporate Youtube channel, I chanced …

Update: May 2nd, 2020

So....it was announced yesterday that things will be easing up a little bit over here in Malaysia when it comes to the Covid-19 lockdown. We don't know what the situation's going to be like because...we don't really know how to be human anymore. #lol

There's been some arguments floating around on the Internet. Some are 'for' the lifting of the Movement Control Order while others...not so much.

For: Because we've been locked-up long enough at home and we've GOT to resume life somehow. Things have been at a standstill and it's about time 7-11 returns to being a 24-hours convenience store, for Crissakes. At some point in time, before there is a vaccine, we have to be uncuffed. It feels like being locked up against our will, in all honesty. Come on, don't lie. You feel it too.

Against: If things go South again, we're back to square one. Considering the fact that the end of the fasting month is coming right up, I am not so sure, lifting the MCO at…

Update: Apr 27. 2020

We've been in lockdown since...gosh, I don't know anymore. How long has it been? All I know is today is Monday because my messages and emails rudely woke me up and this only usually happens on a Monday when everyone's frantic to get things done.

We're hanging in there, in all honesty.

My older son is happy that his college assignments and tests are now conducted from the comfort of his tiny room.

My younger son has not been able to pop into the gym for his usual routine and is basically displaying signs of boredom that I wish I could help him with.

The good news is that:

His guitar skills is getting betterI think he's still sticking to learning Chinese (and maybe even Japanese) through online videos and classesHe's been helping me out during dinner timeMy boys and I have been more collaborative in keeping the home clean and making dinnerThey're absolute gems when it comes to doing the grocery runsI'm getting back into the groove of a regulated working h…