Friday, September 02, 2011

Turning 30 & Looking Back

Age is just a number. So the saying says.

Well, I've just touched that number recently.

And I can't help but do a reflection of my life - more so of what I've done the past decade after college. I know I did a semi reflection post a while back (This Time, Last Years... And This Time, This Year).. but well, I can't help but to do a more thorough one... one that highlights the highs of the past few years..

PS: Not wanting to boast here, but really just a reflection :)

So, here are some mini achievements (jeng, jeng, jeng... hahaha):

1. Appearing in full page newspaper ad!

citibank ad
Ok, I must say I am so proud of this... I couldn't help smiling when I saw my pic on the papers. This happened on the MRT. Someone was reading the papers, and then when he flipped the pages, I saw a 'familiar' face. I wasn't sure at first.. but then it became clear...

I was on the newspaper! Full Page! Woohoo!

And so, like a lil boy, I went on to buy a few copies and gave them to my family members!!! Hahaha.

2. Appearing on the bus & MRT - Singapore & China too!

I did clinch a few more modeling jobs in Singapore - with the Pizza Hut ad appearing on the MRTs & busses in the city. Pity I didn't see those - but my friends did SMS me with words like
"Hey, I'm seeing you here on the train/ bus".

Oh and the ad I did for HP - that apparently went exclusively to China! Oooooo!

3. Publishing 2 Dream Books & Meeting The PM!

Remember the moment when Pak Lah won with a big majority? And he 'was at a all-time-high'? Well, it was around then too that I met him.

I must say I was touched that he came to my booth - a simple set up at the KL Batik Convention/ Exhibition.. Meeting Pak Lah then was more sweet because some of the people around him were actually blocking his view to my booth (that's another story), but yet he came by! DOUBLE WIN!!! Hahaha!!!

4. Getting Forewords by Ministers!

batik book
In 2007, I wrote an updated version of the book - and lucky me, I actually got some Malaysian leaders to write forewords for this book... including the then Tourism Minister, Tengku Adnan & also the then Minister of Culture Dr Rais Yatim.

Oh do I know them personally? Or have friends who know them? Errr.... no, I don't... and so getting those forewords were really sweet.

5. Producing a Webseries!

I've always been keen on going into productions (I still am!).. and in 2008, I had the opportunity to produce one.

The most memorable part about this?
Well working with actor Kenny Chan who is an actor whose shows I watched when I was a kid!

6. Getting Featured on Magazines! (& Newspapers)!

Ok, I love being featured (ehem, ehem).. So of course, I'm happy to be featured in a few newspapers & magazines both in Malaysia & Singapore, English, Chinese & Malay.. for the works that I've done! :)

the star
The very first article that I've been featured on...! (I still have the original copy hehehe)!

7. Being Men's Health Finalist & Category Winner!

mens health
I joined the Men's Health competition in Singapore - had a good time, took some very cool photos, made some very cool friends... and won a prize as well! 

mens health

Oh, and apart from being featured on some outdoor ads, they even featured me in the papers for the win! :)


8. GoneTo Germany!

frankfurt book fair

One thing I enjoyed a lot the past decade is the many travels I had..both for business & leisure. I've traveled to fair bit of places in Asia. For a while it seems that I would not be able to travel out of the continent (minus Australia that is).. but then came Frankfurt, Germany for the International Book Fair!

And that is the furtherst I've traveled so far! :)

9. Interviewing Celebrities (& Working With Some)!

jaclyn victor
Interviewed Jaclyn Victor in Singapore!

Some of my projects like the 50+1 Malaysia book saw me interviewing a list of Malaysian personalities & celebrities... and that was a good awesome feeling. Mainly so cos some of them were really inspiring - and yet very humble too! (of course, there are the negative & big headed ones... but hey, let's look at the bright side here :) ).

10. Started & Sold A Business!

This is the more serious side of me.. the book distribution business which I founded in Kay El has been sold after 1.5 years of hardwork. I'm proud of this as it goes to show that if you do something well enough - it can have value.. and provides a good exit strategy for the entrepreneur!

11. Organising An Online Reality Show!

While this is one of the projects that sure gave a big challenge, but hey, I can proudly say that I actually did an online reality show - Web 2.0 style.. Project O&O!

Memories here? Prema Yin singing the theme song - Fight, judges coming for the event finale.. and simply being part of 'history'! :)

Now, while I listed 11 happy moments/ accomplishments, but there are many more happy things that I've achieved in my 30 years of life - especially those small ones too.

I had a pretty happy 30 years. Life really has been good so far. 

But of course, there are many things which I wished I had done as well. However, I'm not regretting.

Instead, I know I have more to achieve in the coming years. There are way many others out there who achieved far greater stuffs than me before hitting 30. I still find myself a lil behind, but catch up is on the way!

Owh, I can't wait to go ahead & accomplish more things & dreams this coming decade!!! Stay tuned - and may you continue to share this journey of mine! Hehehe :)


  1. You are only 30 and you achieved so much bro. :)

  2. The numbers are flying past so fast...

    Happy Birthday!

  3. inspired by your achievements! happy belated birthday and may more awesome events happen in your life! :)

  4. Happy birthday Quachee. You are going up, up and up. :)

  5. all that before you hit 30?! Whao! Congrats congrats! I like the water pic :D


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