Personal life

Lost In Penang.

Here I go again.

(Not to Penang, I mean. I haven’t been on this island for many years.)

Its “here I go again – wandering around some path I randomly followed”.

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It’s getting late, and I might be heading to the club Slippery Senioritas with some MDeC guys.

Waiting for their call.

I love the MDeC guys.

They flew me to Penang to speak at “Technopreneur Dialog & Web2.0 Sharing” with ex-Googler turned investor Colin Wong.

Hmm… what should I speak about.

I’m speechless.

If you look at the program, I’m slotted to speak on Ruby on Rails alongside RoR evangelist and master coder Kamal.

I’m not a RoR coder.DSCN9747 He is. Just look at him.

I took this picture just now as he sat around the large-ish hotel room.

We were just chilling, mind you. No hanky panky. He’s married with a kid, and he is not my type.

I prefer Slippery Senioritas haha! I’m kidding – FYI it’s actually a clean club from what I heard, not some dodgy place.

But being lost in Penang, I admit, is not about Slippery Senioritas.

Its on a way deeper level, yet just as petty as any other human worry. It’s about doing a “system reset” on myself… and deciding exactly where to put my chips on this year. Where to place my bets.

Coz I wanna really make something huge happen.

I haven’t decided yet, but I’ve already spoken to the MindValley guys. I might be moving on this year to do my own thing.

Well see.

Until then, I’m lost in Penang.

Finally… The Full Version of Bunch Out now open in 6 cities…

OK you know I’ve been working on this baby way too long. Finally the full version is out and about.

Here’s the Kuala Lumpur version.

What other cities? Here’s the list.

Personally, I’m really excited to create this… apart from “being ourselves” – we take on different social lives when we are with different groups of our friends. And now we have a way to easily find a new circle of friends in your city to you know, meet up and do stuff.

Yeah, if you’re wondering, this is sort of like a dating classifieds.

But only for groups to meet groups, and you don’t really need to date, or get laid. You can like, play Scrabble or football or just go out and talk, you know. You horndog. Is that all you think about? ;p

From the blogger’s media kit

“Bunch Out” lists all the interesting social circles in your city. Browse listings to discover who they are, and arrange to go out in a group!

Yeah che-che-che-che-che-check it out!

Bunch Out!

My Recent Speech at theStar Education Fair

UPDATE: If, for some reason you’re interested in me speaking in the first place, I’m speaking at Youth 08 on the 19th January, about prototyping your ideas and the internet. It will be very different from this speech.

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The session had already started when I arrived.

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Racecar driver Alex Yoong was already on stage, sharing some interesting ideas about alternative, possibly higher paying, more fulfilling career options involving your “being good with your hands”.

NTV7 Breakfast Show host, Jessica Teng spoke next about broadcast journalism and her lifestyle.

Then, it was my turn.

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Before I tell you about what really happened to me, there is a background story to why I was invited in the first place.

imageIt was theStar Education Fair 2008.

It happens every year, and its a whopper of sorts, attracting thousands of eager parents and children, shopping for their destiny.

They had career talks and such throughout the day, and the 3 of us were invited to speak on “University and working: Personal experiences”.

I was not entirely sure why I was invited, but I’m guess it was because theStar had written about me a couple of times, and they knew how much I loved infecting young minds with some crazy ideas on a Saturday morning 😉

Okay so maybe they didn’t know that. But it’s true. I love working with young-ish peeps like moi.

Anyhoo – my audience today were maybe a hundred over high school students, some college kids, and their parents.

We were in an overly formal setting, which tamed my usual animated character, but that didn’t stop me from being a beast.

I was swift… but reminded myself not to talk too fast…

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After my 10 minutes of anarchy, the deed was done. I know 90% of the crowd must have disagreed with some of my points, but I have always looked out for the misfits who were going YES YES YES.

Misfits aside, I was approached by students and parents, many of them had good questions. Such as this young lad the name of Aaron who may grow up to be doctor.

So.

What did I talk about?

Here is the full script…

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A Facebook Group with a Purpose

Yes. I’m dead serious about making a big whoop about next year.

I know it’s getting a bit freaky. But it’s freaky and I like it.

Check out the new FaceBook Group:

Who is this group for?

  1. You are optimistic, positive, and excited to be alive.
  2. You have control over the story of your life.
  3. You want to make 2008 the best year of your life.

Sounds like you? Maybe? Read on.

Members of this group are encouraged to

  1. TAKE ACTION

    … to make 2008 the best year of your life – even if you take small steps. Do something!

  2. REPORT WHAT YOU DID

    … by writing on the wall – or posting your blog post as “items”… posting a video, and image etc..”Yesterday I broke up with my smelly boyfriend!” or “I quit smoking”… anything you do to make 2008 the best year of your life.. report it.

The outcome?

Every time you visit the group page, you will see what millions of people worldwide are doing to make 2008 the best year of their lives.

Kinda like “post secret” except you’re posting the good stuff you do to improve your life. Why does this rock your socks?

  • Sharing your positive vibes can give someone that little nudge to action.
  • Reporting your life as you change it may inspire a stranger to change his life.

Will this change the world?

In some way, it probably will. It’s all up to you – Do you want to make 2008 the best year of your life?

Explore the group to find out

2008 Will Be the Best Year of my Life: Part 1

2008 When I was 19, I stopped watching TV, and decided I didn’t need to catch every next movie. Since then, my life went on without seeing advertisements, MTV, and harry potter.

Drastic move? Maybe not. Guess what happened half an hour ago.

Note: “2008 Will Be The Best Year Of My Life” is a series of blog posts detailing all the things I am doing to break old patterns and start new habits. This is part 1 of many.

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Social Experiment In Kuala Lumpur : 100 Groups Needed

 I’m about to unleash some chaos in Klang Valley’s social scene – and I need you to tell me if I’m crazy or what…!!!

Here’s what’s happening…. noticed how the Klang Valley can be a bit “clique-ish” and anti social sometimes.? I mean, KL is a great place don’t get me wrong.. but if you’re a fabulous person, with your own friends, hobbies, quirky interests etc… how easy it is to find a similar group of friends to meet up with?

Now, imagine if it’s dead-easy to browse a whole directory full of GROUPS OF FRIENDS, describing what they’re like… all of them, keen to meet up in the Klang Valley with other like-minds.

Wouldn’t it make it easier for everyone to shop around and choose new interesting people to hang out with? I imagine the Klang Valley would be a pretty exciting place. This isn’t just about dating – it’s about meeting up with new people you actually like.

Okay. So I think this is possible. I really do. But the experiment is, would other people believe in too?

( Side note: Bunchout.com is the international site. The Klang Valley version is http://kl.bunchout.com )

Here’s the deal: If 100 people sign up to this social experiment – I have proof that there is demand – and I will spend the rest of 2008 making this happen, and before you know it, your social life will never be the same again.

If you think something like this is worth a shot… even if it excites you, just a little, I hope you’ll take part, and maybe tell other people, and get more people so we can more quickly reach 100… see http://kl.bunchout.com to see what I mean.

When you're talked about as though you're not there ;)

A random stranger blogged about me recently as though I wouldn’t know about it. But I’ve got Google alerts set up, you see.

The moment she hit “publish” on her blog, Google sent me an email about:

http://about-the-arts.blogspot.com/2007/11/inhibitions.html

She wasn’t bitching about me or anything. If anything it’s on the positive side. But I found it so interesting. As I was reading it, I felt like

  • I was a strange side character in an episode from someone else’s life story.
  • An unlikely window opened into the story of my life.

I never expected my random conversation in social contexts could affect someone in that way.

Why did she have to use my full name anyway. Did she secretly want me to read that? If so, I guess using just “Khailee” is also fine (I have Google Alerts set up for everything I do or work on).

I decided not to leave a comment, or let her know I stumbled upon her blog. It would steal the honestly away from her journal.

And if she ends up reading about THIS blog post of mine about her, that’ll be pretty funny…

On a related note, a friend once complained that she felt her privacy was invaded by cameraphone wielding bloggers and the internet.

I’d like to think it can be a good thing…

Knowing that your antics can be easily recorded and shared across the world (in a matter of moments via a facebook photo tag?) would make you less likely to do things you don’t want people to know about.

As much as the internet gives you avenues for social anonymity, it seems social accountability is part of the package.

Sudden Escape Into Chiling Waterfalls

I usually leap outside my comfort zone by choice. Sometimes, I get dragged along.

Last year, my high school buddies dragged me off-track into leech infested areas of a shallow jungle.

This year, the same culprits chose some other jungle.

During the monsoon season.

Accidents have happened here, due to flash-flooding. Don’t make this trip in adverse weather conditions. The river will become impassable when the water level is too high.

Waterfalls of Malaysia

Being quite acquainted with the great outdoors, and in need of a break from the cityscape, I said yes.

Arriving on location with stormy clouds, I said no.

But there was no turning back.

Or at least, my 2 buddies was interested in driving an hour and a half back to the city without a glimpse of the 3 great waterfalls in Kuala Kubu Bharu’s Chiling River.

This post will contain some pictures, and later some instructions for you to head there, to see things for yourself.

The first set of pictures show you what you’ll see 10 minutes away from the entrance to the trek.

A really beautiful dam / lake thing.

See the menacing clouds I spoke of? Evidence. The clouds got clumpier later on, like fat diapers in the sky, waiting to explode.

Me in my “jungle look”. On the right of the photo is Wen Shan, with his normal look.

Alex was secretly taking pictures of us… As we stood by the lake, staring into our own reflections…

No, I’m kidding. We didn’t go that deep.

In fact, I remember being half asleep at the time.

Don’t ask me how I drove there.

From the lake we moved into the jungle.

We were too busy running in the jungle to take any photos.

My friends get their kicks from running in the jungle. As though being chased by predators. Escaping cannibals. That kind of running.

After all, we were prepared with the best equipment.

    Good thing no one else was in the jungle at the time, or we would be forced to slay them.

    I guess everyone else thought it was going to rain. So my two friends ran ahead, uninterrupted. I followed because I didn’t want to be alone leave them alone.

    We ran and eventually, we took a break.

    Wise men say….

     

    You should always stop and smell the fishies.

    And eat some fishies.

      And find treasure in the river.

       

      And leap into the river.

      (Pictured at the upper left corner is Wen Shan jumping from one 1/2 stories above the water.)

      As I watched them do their daredevil stunts, I wondered if it was already raining further up the mountain. I tried to be a bit more positive, and think about clear weather instead.

      Pictured above: Wen Shan and Alex… the daredevils.

      Me clamoring to be part of the photo. Damn camera timer…

      Finally, got it.

      And just when I thought the trip was getting cozy and comfy, they decided that running the trek was not fun enough. So, after the waterfalls….

      … we ended up running down the entire river.

      It was hard to take photos while keeping balancing between wading, leaping, treading and risking a bad slip. All of us slipped at least twice, and we could’ve sprained an ankle or broke a skull. Some parts of the river were so dangerous, we went on land for a bit.

      In retrospect, it was a very stupid risk to take.

      But I admit.

      By that time, I was sick of being the nagging aunt.

      I was sick of fearing rain. And some part of me wanted to FEEL something else… something I felt when I was 10 years old, with my bicycle accelerating downhill in the Endau Rompin jungle.

      I wanted to feel free.

      Free from all the caution and care and worry in our haste to preserve comfort, to preserve our “survival”.

      Free from worst-case scenarios and negative imagination.

      Free enough to just enjoy the moment as it happens… to enjoy my wet, cold feet landing on the next stone. The security and confidence I have with that step. And the excitement, as it brings me forward down a river of unknown detours.

      Considering I enjoy the same confidence I have with other decisions in my life, and the excitement as it brings me forward into the unknown… I should just run down the river and enjoy it.

      And I did.

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      The drive home was a quiet one.

      Again, not because we were still waist deep in personal reflection. We were catching up on lost sleep. Good thing my imagination and sense of duty as the driver of the vehicle kept me awake.

      I drove all the way home, and it still didn’t rain, as much as my cloud interpretation told me. Drizzle maybe, but not rain.

      Kuala Kubu Bharu’s Chiling Waterfalls turned out VERY comfortable and rewarding.

      • No leeches.
      • Easy path you can follow on your own.
      • Loads of scenery given the short hour+ trek.
      • Deep personal satisfaction, and a small lesson learnt.

      I recommend going for it.

      You can bring yourself there with Googled info, and these links.

      The whole trek isn’t difficult at all, as ru
      nning down the river during monsoon season is optional.

      If you have questions about the trip there, do email the bloggers above hahaha im kidding.

      Leave a comment if you like.

      Every Halloween Costume @ Laundrybar

      You have no idea how I love dressing up, being in character, or dancing like no one is watching…

      Last night I did all of the above ;p

      That’s not big news though. The shocker = so many people in Klang Valley are just like me!

      And they all came out to haunt Laundrybar… fully decked out in Halloween outfits – and turned Laundrybar into dance floor last night… hot hot hot!

      Here’s proof.

      Let’s start with best dressed for the night…. Freddie Krueger!

      And the runner up (a personal fave of mine)… the TV set! Pictured here with his HongKong rapist friend.

      Mind you, I am the bearded werewolf boy in all the pictures. The rapist is on the right of the photo.

      Here is another version of the rapist outfit. But this guy didn’t have money for the mask.

      You will also notice Crystal the vampire schoolgirl and YuRi “The Crow” in all the photos too. We werewolf types hunt in packs…

      And we met more noteworthy costumes, and moments worth mentioning, including…

      The mummy! And the face at the back of that dude’s head! OoooOOooooOOoOoh…!!

      Darth maul’s bitch! and Popeye! Aaaaargh! Hoooaargh!!!

      Some classics.

      Aaaaaaaaaaarggh!!!

      I was filled with envy when the gorilla showed up. My secret dream is to run amok in a gorilla outfit…

      I admit I wasn’t pleased knowing someone else had more hair…

      I was going to knock the gorilla out cold, tie the fella up in my boot, and then assume its identity and party all night long.

      Instead, I visited Scarlet (a new club at Cineleisure, which is nearby).

      My friends at Scarlet did NOT recognize me at all.

      Neither were they dressed up.

      So YuRi, Crystal and I went back to Laundry. Check out the staff at Laundry!

      Looks kinda similar after a while eh.

       

      LaundryBar’s Manager was different, though. He was dressed as “The Manager”. OooOOooOoOoOOooo!!!!

      Another staff member. Always happy to serve you drinks.

      Heck I’m not sure if this guy works at Laundry… fugly mask…

          

      Then there were girls dressed up as good-looking girls. Incidentally some were amongst my brother’s ex-girlfriends.

      I met a new bunch of people. Very friendly. Usually I get the vibe that Klang Valley yuppie types can be very clique-ish but they were cool.

         

      Claudine, in green hair accused me of being dressed as Osama haha.

      They called themselves “Halloween Whores”. I’m guessing it’s only a one night stand.

      Perhaps Hani is also offering the same deal.

      Man, I had so much fun. I’ve another Halloween party on Saturday, I might wear my beard on my chest instead and go as a bear. Or David Hasselhoff. We’ll see.

      Thanks YuRi for all the photos! And leaving shredded pants lint all over my house.

      YuRi is now a self-employed m
      usic producer / composer extraoridaire… He’s teamed up with other award-winning designers, filmmakers, and creative-types to define the creative scene.

      What this means, is I freeload his air-con in his pimped out, professional studio in Mont Kiara. (While his website is being set up, Contact him for more info on what he can do for you).

      And thanks Crystal as well – my fave party companion! We’ve been out dancing a total of 4 times since last Wednesday. I have never done this before. I usually watch TED videos at home. All this is your fault.

      It was a great night.

      I used to think KL was kinda lame – but really, KL is a great place to be with the right people and at the right places. And the scene here is definitely heating up!

      Especially the social scene… more on that when my new web application is released! Hohoho!

      Like my costume? Compared to my Optimus Prime outfit. Or my “Gangsta” wear.

      REVEALED! It’s a bunch of RM4.90 hair extensions plastered on me with masking tape. How uncreative haha

      Can’t wait till we have an “in character” party where not only you dress up, you BECOME someone else the entire night. If I threw such a party would you come?

      People tell me they would play along but sometimes I’m skeptical.. hmm…

      Till next time!

      Have a great year my friends.

      My Latest Project: Launching by end of week

      Update! We’re looking at early next week for the launch. I’ll have to squeeze something extra in over the weekend…

      My greatest idea yet!

      Or so I hope so… Great because it’s simple, easy to execute, and has a lot of potential to help people and *ahem* reward me financially.

      I’ve been thinking about it since mid year.

      Been working on it for a month. If this idea takes off, it’ll be a business its my own. I’m the founder, with MindValley (who is funding and developing it) taking a stake in it.

      Here is an early sketch :p

      I’d love to talk about it now, but I’d rather you see it without my salesmanship’s influence.

      One big hint, it’s a web application!

      Leave a comment if you want me to email you when it’s LIVE – so you can be the first to take it for a test drive 🙂