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To Cough Or Not To Cough

Should i or shouldn’t I?

I just wished that there weren’t so many things that I’d like to do and chase, and that I would simply be contented with living day to day, of which I am. But don’t get me wrong though I am extremely satisfied and gluttonised with where I am standing at the moment, where I am thankful for everyone who has been there riding along with me, there is soooo much more that I wish I could do or learn.

This dormant promises of more to come and of subdued potentials have left me wanting, and for the records I’m not talking about girls or cars or bikes or anything materialistic, but rather of nascent business ventures/opportunities.

I still recall my first business venture, and surprise surprise, it was way back during my primary school days. Remember Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (or TMNT)? I can’t recall everything, like how I got my supplies, but I do vividly recall selling their badges and stickers during school hours! Of what I made, I think I invested them in erasers with little flags of countries printed on them. You smile, cos you know what those erasers where for rite? So I loved the cartoon dearly and back then I just wanted to share them with my fellow classmates. Of course by nature of selling the TMNT stuffs all on my own.

Fast forward to today and I still find myself in a not so distant position as I was back then. The good news is that I’m still trying to realise a proper business venture of my own (apart from Jacky Printing). The better news is that I can actually count on trusted partners this time around. Though the timing is now ripe, there’s just something that’s holding me back. Something that’s keeping me on the fence and not giving me enough conviction to release anchor just yet.

So should I cough the $$$ for an office/studio space or should I curb the  gurggling instinct and stick to a virtual space? Should I get a printer in or should I just let someone else do it? Do I upgrade to a DSLR or stick it out till times are better? But is there ever really a better time? Deep inside I’ve been telling myself that the only time that it’s better is when you tell yourself that it is so.

I have struggled badly to come to a decision, and being down with a whoopingly bad cough hasn’t made this past week any better. Taking a 1 day MC last Friday certainly eased it a little but instead I spent the day gaming away — and with my potential venture buddy too! We were supposed to discuss about our photography venture, and though we ended up gaming anway, I’d still say that it was a win-win situation.

And then bro caught me by surprise as he finally dipped his toes into a little bit of internet marketing. Persistently asking me to promote his newfound interest, I gladly obliged. In fact, I think I might have more than just a little bit of relation to what it is about. Want to know more? Head down to my brother’s informative assisted internet marketing page of making money online while you’re sleeping. Lol.

I dare you to give it a visit and in fact, your first 15 seconds will definitely be filled with.. wtf? wth? this is rubbish or confirm just another scam thingy. Like who the fish1 needs web hosting space right? Well I thought so too. Though thank god that with whatever little business experience that I have, it implored me to read further and analyse deeper, and I’m truly glad I did.

I know most of us shun and detest internet marketing as if its the online H1N1 virus, but I actually applaud my bro’s desire and courage in jumping onto the bandwagon. Though I first thought it was a scam, on closer scrutiny I realised just how brilliantly simple and dumbfoundingly effective it can be. Though you’re welcomed to give it a visit (seriously. no obligations here… ) I think I might just do more than that and maybe I’ll just, ahem,  cough up the requirements for this.

If you asked me why then I’d simply  say ” I think we good guys deserve a little break.”

Seriously, no obligations please..

*nudge – nudge*

1Refers to a certain f-worded noun which more often have been in used as a verb, punctuation, slang, noun and even  interjections. You knew I wasn’t really referring to a fish right?

New Shoes!

New Shoes!

Not for me but for my sis though I do wished someone had bought me a pair too — if I had just received my official and legal driving license!

Sweet-as-a pea pair of Le Coq Sportif sneakers for a celebratory occasion right? The pastel colours and the calming green should nullify any anxiety that sis could be feeling upon sitting behind the wheel some day while driving me around — yeah, like that’s gonna happen but I’m glad she liked it, cos it’s been a long while since I got her something.

Would I wear something like this? Not too sure cos it’s not my kinda style but if it’s free I don’t mind le. It’s got a nice stitching going on around the front and along the sides. The green that fills the inner shoe is a very nice touch too with a velvety soft feeling.

Thankfully I got it at a near 50% discount from it’s shelf price and at times like these, any cutback on spending is more than welcomed. But it’s still spending? Haha, gotta spoil yourself or your loved ones sometimes. ; )

Talk about shoes, a Malaysian outfit which custom design shoes have their own professional store now! Visit them at and get your one-of-a-kind shoes there! Happy splurging!

July 6th

This month marks Jacky Printing’s 2nd year of establishment. Feels real good to see how far we’ve come to achieve. With a basic mission/vision statement of ‘Quality at your service’, it’s certainly no surprise that it is one area where our customers trust us on.

Mission/vision statements or tagline/trademark statements are indeed the lifeblood of any company, I dare say. Take for example Nike’s ‘Just do it’, Adidas’ ‘Impossible is nothin’ or Macdonald’s ‘I’m loving it’. Very simple, succinct and tells-all statements which justify the success that such companies have enjoyed thus far.

It makes you think just how brilliant, and lazy at the same time, a copywriter can be. It’s all about laying the law with that one statement and filling it up with punches and kicks altogether.

Did someone say law? Hais. Seems like I’ve got about a month or so left before I’m drafted back into my reservist unit. When the nation celebrates national day, I’ll be dragging myself into camp. Though it means I’m free from work stress, it also means that I won’t be getting any commission for that month! T.T

No commission = no late night gaming sessions, no ordering of fast food delivery and also the heavy praying that the Fireblade stays smooth from breakdowns.

At times like these, I long for passive income… Heh.

Experiential Upstart

Funny term eh? Someone I know calls herself an experiential upstart. Interesting actually. Maybe I could call myself an Experiential Upstart Failure, after a few mundane experiences in my various ventures thus far.

Lately I’ve found that it’s not an easy feat juggling games night, enduring a day job, maintaining an online store, searching for ad spaces, doodling little fishes and stuffs, learning a new song, becoming a good son/brother, befriending 2 persistent felines, completing a venture proposal, expanding your list of watched movies, updating all the various websites/blogs, cracking your mind for a new pasture and trying to find time to buy food.

Unfortunately I tend to skip that last item while spending wayyy too much time on the first item, while I would have really wanted to dive deeper into my ‘lost’ passion for the arts. Arts, meaning drawing, illustrating, editing, songwriting and even photography.

At work, I don’t know what to make of it. It seems that there’s a lost cause going around lately. The ship’s not sinking anytime soon but the crew are growing restless. The original 3 founders of Jacky Printing are starting to lose grip of each other. New colleagues have added a pinch of tension and contempt into the working culture. I’ve realised that once given a little sense of ‘power’, some people do really lose touch of their sense of gratitude and perhaps respect. There’s a Malay saying “Bagai Kacang Lupakan Kulit”. Bah.

I recall the days when the 3 of us would work our ass off, in tandem in trying to lift the company up. Those were the days. Now, I suppose the term ‘familiarity, breeds contemp’ aptly and succinctly describes the new kids on the block. It’s still a happy-go-lucky-never-say-die culture that we’ve carried on but a lot of our old mojo has gone. I’m starting to feel like I used to back when I was with my old company, where all I wanted to do was finish my to-do list and get home as quickly as I can (‘cos work was too toiling!), except that there’s no nagging bossy boss harping me now and anyone who is constantly ordering me around.

Heh, at least there’s respite but I think that there’s not a lot of management going on, because the management are working with their hands tied behind their backs, and it’s starting to create tiny cracks here and there among the crew. I’ve never doubted the importance of adequate management, without which work gets clustered and cluttered and ultimately people will want to move on.

When one of the original 3 voiced me his intentions of ‘moving on’, I thought that he echoed my sentiments exactly, and though I was taken aback and a little shocked, I wasn’t surprise. We may be the founders of the company but these past months it’s never seemed so and I sort of understood his position.

Anyway, I’ve considered my options too many times already. I’m Still looking for that big break and still searching for that one evasive spark that’s eluding me, but it feels like time is never on my side. Then again, time’s never on anyone’s side. Time never picks sides, but one gets to pick time, and I suppose I haven’t been picking and spending my time wisely enough, like still blogging away while it’s way past 4am already, where the evening clouds are making way for dawn.

Ahhh, I sense something promisingly beautiful to be experienced. I sincerely hope that it’s beautiful. I suppose before day breaks, night commences right? *crosses fingers*

What songs should I pick?

Jacen, his buddy and I have a plan. Or sort of. Come July, oh wait, its already 1st July! (Wow, time does travels…)

Ok, so I messaged him that perhaps we could get a jamming session somewhere in the middle of July. He recommended Coheed & Cambria’s ‘Feathers’ while I gave him my opinions on Sum 41’s ‘Over My Head’, which I’ve been practising for a very long time already.

(As I’m typing this, my orange cat is laying down onto my typing arms — how irritating and full of cuteness at the same time. And now she’s sitting on top of my mouse, sensing that I’m typing away and probably won’t be doing any clicking for some time.)

Anyway, I’d love to do a Linkin Park’s number but Chester’s range of vocal would probably leave me in a pile of drool before I can complete any of his songs. Sure I’ve done his numbers during KBox sessions but there’s a lot of difference from sitting and singing in the dark and strumming a guitar while singing at the same time! Try it, and I bet that it’s never easy figuring out what the next strumming chord is and the next lyrics are. So I’m still practising and thus far it’s been ok-ok only. I’ll probably need to practice more.

And then I’ve found out that an open invitation to a free movie can only dampen any practice session that I might have, like how Dal got me to watch Autopsy, a seriel killer thriller which I found to be comedic, at best. It’s a B-grade showing and despite the theatre sporting an almost full house (it was the smaller theatre at Shaw Lido) audience couldn’t help bursting into fits of laughter at all the wrong moments.

Indeed if there was any scare, it was during the first 15 minutes of the movie where audiences are probably less expecting of any shocker, but I think the majority girlly crowd added to the tense anxious, atmosphere of the movie where every dramatic sound effect is greeted with silent anticipation of another shocker — or comedic moment in my opinions. No disrespect to the director for it was an ‘ok-ok’ thriller but it failed to thrill me, unlike how Freddy Krueger used to scare me during my youthful era.

Oh well, I need to find something thrilling one of these days. Perhaps I might just pucker up, be silly, ignore any hesitations and give her a visit? I’d probably bring along a teddy bear too. Teddy bears are better  than flowers right? Or am I in the wrong era now? Anyway, before I choose between a Teddy and Flowers, I gotta pick more songs to practice! Hmmm.. what songs should I pick now? Nsync’s ‘This I Promise You’ or Wet Wet Wet’s ‘Love Is All Around’? Oooooh~