I am actually quite hesitant to upgrade my phone to the so-called smartphone, because of the following reasons:
- It uses more power and it may not last more than 12 hours. At least that’s what I am experiencing with the phone that I am using at the moment. I really wish there will be more solution to ensure these phones can stay charged longer instead of forcing us to plug it onto the socket twice a day for a few hours just to make sure it has enough juice to keep it going.
- You tend to spend too much time on it scrolling through facebook. I’d rather spend that time doing more productive work.
So does a smartphone make you smart? Well, I am not too sure about that. I think it’s just causing a lot of headache to parents to see their kids spend so much time on their phones. And when they spend so much time online or playing games, our future generations will get dumber, not smarter.
So, think twice before handing your kids a smartphone as a birthday present.
As I look back to year 2013, I see that I have a lot of things that could have done better, but didn’t. Some people would say, it’s easy to say that now that it’s over.
The first few months of my life in 2013 was pretty fucked-up because of the many bad decisions that I made. I was in KK to do a few small projects with an old friend. I would have made a few hundred thousand dollars if things worked according to our plan.
I came back to Miri in April 2013, just in time for the General Election. I came back with a broken heart. The last project that I was working on was a travel project for Sabah tourism package and we have already started with the marketing campaign for the website when Lahad Datu was invaded by pirates.
I spent about 3 months, April to July staying at my parents home before I got a job here. I managed to spend more time with my mom & dad. I think that was the longest period I stayed at home ever since after I finished my studies. I moved out in the last few days of July so I can have a place closer to workplace.
My brothers and I was planning to buy flight tickets for my mom and dad so they can go visit my aunt and uncle in Johor. He was quite happy about it. I never thought my dad would leave us all so soon in September… sigh… sorry dad I let you down on so many things.
One month later, my grandmother passed away…
These two deaths shows me how vulnerable we are as mere mortal.
Let me end this simple blogpost by wishing all of you a happy new year. And I am wishing all of us a better year in 2014. May us grow wealthy, healthy and wiser.
The past two months has been quite depressing and sad for me. I lost my dad in September, followed by my grandma in October.
I still remember the last conversation that I had with my mom and late dad sometime in late July, we were talking about how cheap the flight tickets are these days (AirAsia), and that he should go with mom to Johor to visit my aunt there. My brothers and I were about to start saving money so that we can book tickets and prepare some money for their expenses there when he starts to get sick and admitted to ICU…
Fast forward 1 month later, he passed on the 9th of September. Cause of death: Severe pneumonia & kidney injuries.
He was cremated on the 12th September. Sorry & thanks for everything dad…
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The health ministry of Malaysian government has banned the ecig as well as shisha, but it was not a good decision and shows that the ban was imposed without performing duly research. Lately there have been more concerns about the youth indulging into the excessive use of Shisha and e-cigarettes. The Malaysian government has proposed steps to nab the rising trend and this has triggered a debate over the issue.
The alternative smoking methods, which include Shisha and e-cigarettes, are gaining popularity in the Malaysian youth along with the conventional cigarette smoking. The government has planned to put a ban on e-cigarettes yet it is inspecting various legal and health related aspects of the sale for Shisha before it concludes upon its ban.
There have been speculations why government is mulling against the ban of the alternative methods of smoking and ignoring the sales of tobacco cigarettes. Many questions have been raised to this decision. It is understood that smoking is injurious to health , be it in any form and its use must be curbed , then why cannot the government takes any firm decision to ban Tobacco cigarettes too?
Many contemplate that the sale of tobacco is in the interest of the government for it brings greater revenues in the form of tax payments. Also, the tobacco industry has its own contribution in the agriculture and economical sectors, it has been a source of employment for many and thus has a significant contribution in GDP and in providing livelihood to many. This can be the key elements to define the governmental policies.
Another powerful determinant is the pressure from the Perlis Fatwa Committee to announce an edict to forbid the sale and smoking of Shisha in the state. So, the government has more obligation to render to this rising demand to consider the devastating health aspects of Shisha. The government has adapted tougher tax regimes, strict measurement and raised the price for the sales of the cigarettes to discourage the consumers from purchasing them. Still it has been unable to curtail the use to an effective extent. The people debate about the freedom of choice to buy tobacco, which is a legal item for sale. As far as Shisha is concerned, the ministry could take a legal action against the use of flavored tobacco In Shisha, but according to law, it cannot take any action against the sale of the canister/ instrument used in the Shisha as it may not contain nicotine and hence it falls outside the legislature.
I am not against the banning of shisha and ecig, but why not ban all forms of active and passive smoking if the Malaysia government is serious about saving our youths from the harmful and addictive habit of smoking.
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I should have typed out this post and thanked Freelancer.com last month but I was so damn busy and forgot to do anything about it.
It all happened when I decided to bid for projects and I decided to get an account on freelancer.com. I took 2 tests to improve my profile and place bids on several projects.
I finally managed to secure a project and was about to start working on it when the project owner suddenly decides to cancel it and look for another freelancer.com. That’s when I realize, it’s ok to cancel a project but there’s no way to cancel the fees!
I freaked out and was furious. I contacted the project owner and demanded an explanation. He responded and told me that he didn’t agree with the pricing and wants to look for other freelancer.
I contacted the support on freelancer and they responded with lots of generic replies saying they will not be able to cancel the fees because it’s deducted the moment I accept the project. I gave up and decided to open an account on several other freelancing portal. But somehow I don’t really like the layout, or the system that they have.
A few days later, I received an email from the freelancer.com support staff saying that they have looked into my issue and gave me a refund for the fees. I was relieved. He also told me that I should clarify everything with any project owner in future and make sure that I ask for milestone payment.
I learned my lesson and will be a lot cautious before I accept any project that was awarded. And thanks a lot freelancer.com for the assistance. You guys rock!