Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Malaysia - Georgetown, Penang

view of Penang as seen from our hotel room
After a chilly night at Genting Highlands, we packed our bags just before lunchtime, drove down the zigzag road they fondly call "bituka" and made our way to a butt tiring long hour drive to the charming town of Georgetown, Penang

Monday, November 28, 2011

Malaysia - Batu Caves

staircase leading to another cave full of monkeys
Sharing this set of photos during my visit to the Batu Caves in Malaysia. It's one religious tourist attraction nature lovers will surely love. After climbing the steep 272 steps and feeling tired but proud of the small accomplishment, I can't help but admire and be mesmerized at this religious site and its Hindu Community.  

Friday, November 25, 2011

Malaysia - Genting Highlands

Foggy Genting

Right after our Batu Caves exploration, we drove up the hills and dropped by Genting Skyway where we are scheduled for one big ride of our life. Personally, that was my first ever cable car experience and I totally fell in love with the whole experience. Being up there is pretty exciting yet also calming as you fly above forest trees while being surrounded by misty fog. I will be blogging more about this trip in my travel blog. Meantime, here are some more photos of Genting highlands:

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Malaysia - Beryl's Chocolate Kingdom

What makes Beryl's chocolate heaven in your mouth? Beryl's uses only the highest quality cocoa beans from Ghana to make the best chocolate in Malaysia. Stopping by at its shop in Seri Kembangan meant being pampered with free tastes at every corner, shopping for chocolates has never been this fun!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Malaysia Trip - Kuala Lumpur

Petronas Twin Towers
Being the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is rated as an alpha world city, and is the only global city in Malaysia according to the Globalization and World Cities Study Group and Network. During my recent stay, I find KL pretty welcoming, clean, conservative yet vibrant progressive city. Furthermore, it is known to cradle the famous and now the tallest twin buildings in the world, the Petronas Twin Towers. Kuala Lumpur is a centre for finance, insurance, real estate, media and the arts of Malaysia. Below are some more photos I captured along the city center (daytime and night time) in the course of my short 2 day KL stay.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Malaysia Trip - Putrajaya

Seri Wawasan Cable Suspension Bridge

Got the chance to visit Malaysia last week and stayed there for 5 days touring Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur, Genting Highlands, Penang and Alor Star. For this post, let me share with you some pictures I took in Putrajaya (read my blog post - An Afternoon Trip to Putrajaya). We visited a few tourist spots, among which were the Seri Wawasan Cable Suspension Bridge, Office of the Prime Minister and Putrajaya Royal Palace.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Partying with the Black Eyed Peas

Last October 25, I was lucky to finally catch one of my favorite groups of all time at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds, the Black Eyed Peas. We danced and sang to our hearts out and partied the night away.

The concert was a surprise invitation from a friend who offered me a free ticket on the day of the said concert itself. I was working on my usual online routine, something like that of Tim Ferriss 4 hour work week when I received her message. Thanks to my "no-definite-schedule" kind of work, I agreed to the invite of course, without much thinking. Who wouldn't want to see Fergie, Will.I.Am, Taboo and our kababayan pride Apl de Ap perform live?
Black Eyed Peas at the SM Mall of Asia concert Grounds
When we finally set foot on the concert grounds, my excitement was shortly cut with disappointed as we realized we're too far from the stage area and we can't see what's really happening on stage. They're like ants, so boo for the bronze section! But I couldn't complain, a free concert ticket is already a steal. Finding a good spot in a jampacked concert ground was tricky, but nevertheless still possible. Surprisingly, we found a better spot when we moved even further, now I can see the stage! Still small but with the heart pumping good music, perfect weather and when everyone around you is jumping and singing, what more can you ask for. Would love to take more photos but the beat is so irresistible, I can hardly stay still. Partying in a concert like this is also a good fun tip on how to gain muscle mass fast. Really, try jumping, dancing and singing for 3 hours and you'll see immediate results :)

This is definitely a good night! Check out a short video I took during the concert and know what it feels like to party with the B.E.P.

Sadly, later that evening, Fergie announced that they'll be taking a break. There was a short sad moment on stage as she started to shed tears, hugging his BEP brothers but the group wanting to continue on with the happy-party-vibe started singing with "I Got a Feeling". And it was definitely a good night with the concert ending with an impressive firework display.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Money Matters

A few weeks ago, my friend and I attended a seminar about investing in the Philippine stock market. I was a bit hesitant at first about stock trading since I find it too slow compared with my current investing strategy where I get to invest directly on the business and not with a publicly listed company. I can still remember the time I got my first stock certificate, I was so excited but consistently reminded myself that investing is not an emotional thing. Trading in the stock market was not an immediate step I plan to take but has always been considered as an option. Maybe why I've always wanted to attend a seminar about stock market investing because I always welcome new ideas. I am a firm believer that money matters and the more we openly discuss about it, then we all stand to have a better chance to getting that financial freedom. It's also good to look at other alternatives like Forex trading and penny stocks if you don't have much money to put like that of Tim Sykes penny stocks. 

How Do You Invest?

My idea of investing started after I read the book Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki when I was 22 years old. My first investment was for my health insurance but it was a different kind of health plan, then I invested for my pension plan. So my first two major investments were basically insurance, for security and protection purposes. Now I take more calculated risk, currently in constant partnership with other relatives in doing business with health related stuff as well as real estate. I still have a longer way to go but it feels good to have started early and in believing in delayed gratification. But if when I decided to put some money on the stock market, I would be surely aiming for green stocks. Why? Watch this.


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