I am a Malaccan who studied in Malaysia all the way till Form 6 (equivalent to A Levels). After that, I furthered my tertiary education in Nanyang Technology University (NTU), Singapore. Course: B. Acc.
What Have You Been Doing?
In 2005, I joined a course which helped me realise on 'urgency' and on living my dreams. At that time, I've been involved in insurance and real estate, but I knew that I wanted something more than just being an agent.
I took my first real step into publishing when I published Batik Inspirations - featuring top batik designers, published in Nov 2005.
There was a second editon on the book, a localised Malaysian version - Batik Inspirations: Editions BLUE which featured messages by some prominent Malaysian leaders released in 2007.
The 2 editions are available in a few majore bookstores across Asia - Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia (Jakarta), Taiwan, Hong Kong and Seoul. It's also available in Amazon. And I'm proud to say, that up to today, the book is still going strong in the region.
In Aug 2008, I finally realeased the 50+1 Malaysia book. This is another dream project, bringing people who love the nation together to showcase what they love about the country. This book creates a first for being an independent view, not from us publishers, but really, the rakyat and tourists themselves.
Finally, I am glad to announce that I can embark on my other big dream - film productions, which is currently in the works.
A few new websites are also in the works + the revamp of The Malaysia Page site.
My aim is to lead my company to become a leading publisher from Asia - not in terms of quantity but quality and outreach. So far, there are not many Asian publishers making a mark globally. And I hope my company can change that and inspire as many people as possible :)
On Modeling & Acting
I do model for advertorials. It is a hobby & passion for me (and yes, a source of income).
On acting, in university, I played some main roles in the stage performances. And I've done a bit for Mediacorp and Jack Neo's Jteam.
My aim is to be an entertainer in my own way & style ie. not a 'manufactured product'. This may take time, but I think eventually it will be realised. Of course, that doesn't mean I don't need to work with the big companies which I think I will someday soon. The only difference is I have a control & direction in my works.
Business Ambition Defined
Apart from myself as an entertainer, my business goal is to build a global media network if I can humbly say so. It will encompass publishing (books, magazines, comics), films/movies, music and photography - with internet as the platform. That's why you can see my works are headed that way.
Of course, I have other dreams related to the lifestyle-entertainment industry as well like F&B, properties, and hotels. But, that is still a far dream at this point.
About This Blog
I started this blog in 2006 not knowing much about blogging. But recently, I've learned more about it, and it is really quite fun. I've actually known more blogging friends along the way - it really is a whole new community out there.
This blog is mainly my personal take on subjects close to me. As I'm living in Singapore and doing a lot of Malaysian business, so at this current moment, the focus is on things from both countries. Eventually, when my company expands regionally and later gloabally, hopefully by then I can give a more global outlook. But till then, let's focus on the 'lah' & 'leh' :) And also some bits of travels in Asia.
I've also created a new segment of this blog, where I interview and featured talented & inspiring Malaysians & Singaporeans every bi-weekly. I have always believed that we have the talents, and all that we need is exposure.
For this blog, I try to focus on the inspiring parts as much as I can, keeping this blog close to its initial aim - that is to inspire. In between, I do share my business & entrepreneur's journey.
Well, that's about me! Thanks for stopping by :)
*If you want to reach me, contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published: 26 April 2008
Last Update: 2 November 2008