Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Everyone can be charitable NOW!

As a follow-up to my earlier post on Besides IQ, EQ and FQ, What About CQ?, thought maybe it is apt to share an positive experience that I've encountered through one of the volunteer event I attended recently. 

Two Saturday ago, decided to attend a volunteer event organized by Direct Life Foundation in bringing wheel-chair bound uncles/aunties to Jurong Bird Park for half-day excursion. 

It is half-a-day well spent as each of us (volunteer) are paired with one auntie or uncle and the mission is to bring them (in their wheel chair) to watch the shows/performances at various places (within the compound of Jurong Bird Park). It is a well organized event. Besides able to spend some quality time to chat with our paired auntie/uncle, it is a joy to see many of the young volunteers are not new to such event, it shows that they are having high CQ (Charity Quotation, you can refer to my earlier post to find out what is CQ) which is an encouraging sign.  

In fact, I got to know this charity event through a whatsapp group, so, it is really easy to get involved in such charitable event and most of the organizer welcome anyone to participate.

So, no more excuse, you no need to be rich or wait until FF to be charitable, everyone can do it NOW!


Friday, October 12, 2018

Is There Any IPO like Venom?

If you have not already know, Venom is the latest superhero movie (or more accurately anti-superhero) movie starred by the competent Tom Hardy (as Eddie Brock/Venom). Before its wide release last week, it has received terrible reviews/rating from the so called professional movie critics (including those in the reputable site like Rotten Tomatoes). 

However, audience from around the world didn't take heed from those "professionals", instead, they (include myself) thronged the cinemas and made Venom the top movie in its first week of release (amassed USD80 millions in the US Box Office along, the reported budget of the movie is USD100). In fact, majority of the reviews of movie goers are quite positive. 

Interesting, Venom is the latest blockbuster movie whereby professional movie critics and general movie goers are having two different extreme opinion, the good news is, the general movie goers get it right! 

So, if I were to use Venom's phenomena in stock, is there any recent IPO whereby the professional brokers are generally having a bleak review but has it has since garnered a very strong IPO opening (because the retail investors like it a lot more than the brokers).If yes, which one is it? 

Lastly, let's go back to the movie Venom, if you have not watched it yet and can understand Mandarin, do check out my simple movie review with a friend of mine below (in Mandarin though):


Sunday, October 7, 2018

Besides IQ, EQ and FQ, What About CQ?

Wait! What Qs am I talking about here? 

The Q that I am referring here is "Quotient", so you have the common ones like IQ (Intelligence Quotient), EQ (Emotional Quotient) and FQ (Financial Quotient), what about the last one, CQ? Anyone want to make a guess? 

No, I am not talking about cultural quotient, what I am talking about is "Charity Quotient" i.e. how charitable are you (voluntarily i.e. not due to peer pressure or assignment by your company but do it from the bottom of your heart)? 

Also, "charity" here need not be something big like involving in mega charitable event or donating big sum of money, it can be as small as just spending a couple of hours with seniors from the charity home, as long as it does make a difference in some body's lives (regardless of how impactful the difference is). 

If we can put some ratings for such a quotient, how would it look like? Just for fun, I am basing on my usual ratings for movie review to generate a scale loosely for Charity Quotient as per follows:

Of course, it doesn't mean that if you score a "5", it automatically make a good or successful person (reverse is true too), it just mean that you are more charitable and being charitable, I do believe that you are enjoying life more meaningfully.

Personally, I am at the average of "3", what about you?


Monday, October 1, 2018

5 Things I Learnt From Billion Dollar Whale (Book)

Being an ex-Malaysian and most of my siblings and relatives are still in Malaysia, I am still very much interested in the political development in Malaysia. With the new twist of development in the political scene up there, a new era has began. 

Finally, the first book that provide an inside account of 1MDB (1 Malaysia Development Berhad, Malaysia's Sovereign Fund) is arrived! Authored by Tim Wright and Bradley Hope (Wall Street Journal reporters) with an apt title of Billion Dollar Whale. It took me less than 4 days to complete this 360+ pages of chronicle recount of events. a true page-turner. 

Finally, all the dots seem to be joined together. Following are the 5 things I've learnt from Billion Dollar Whale.

1. If your main focus is always on money (in whatever form), greed is not far behind
In whatever you are doing, if your main focus is always on money, sooner or later, you will become "greedy" in getting/amass more money. Of course, not everyone will be as dubious as Jho Low but I think it would be a sad state if all you think about in life is money. There is a saying in Chinese: 穷得只剩下钱!(loosely translated as "Being poor with only money").

2. Greed is a greedy MONSTER
Greed will eat you alive by swallowing your soul and emptying your conscientious in no time! And most of the time, there is no turning back. So, before you went into the dark side of GREED, think twice before you are joining Darth Vader.   

3. Networking is important, even if you are doing something bad 
From the recount in the book, if not because of Jho Low's well established networks of liked-minded conspirators (especially those from UAE and well known financial institutions), his scam would not be this "successful".  

4. Money can truly buy temporary "happiness" but at the expense of your empty-soul     
From crazily luxurious parties to mega-yacht to supermodels/socialite and celebrities at your whim, I am sure you will be as happy as Jho Low at that particular moment. However, it is at the expense of your empty-soul as all these happiness are pure transactional. So, if you are looking for true happiness, "give/share" instead of "take/buy"!    

5. Greed and Lie are good friends
When you are greedy, you almost always need to tell lie to get more of what you want ; When you lie, greed is almost always your ulterior motive. So, they are good friends in a bad way, please stay far far away from them. 

Have you read the book? What do you think about the book?


P/S: Based on the latest news, the book will be adapted into an Hollywood movie soon. Wonder who should be cast as Jho Low? lol


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