This little 20 Euro cents coin that I found inside my grocery shopping bag made me ponder for awhile. How did it land inside that pocket where I put some £1 coins solely for shopping trolleys. The more I think, the more I got agitated. Really, I could have been conned!
The next thing I did right after I saw that coin was, to see if it is the same size as a £1 coin. I also put 2 £1 coins along with that euro coin and see if I could feel the difference. Guess what I found out?
The diameter of the 20 euro cents coin is possibly only 1 mm smaller, it definitely feels thinner.
I then did what most people in my situation would do… I tried to use that euro coin for the shopping trolley at Tesco. And effortlessly, I managed to pull the trolley off. Damn!! I definitely got conned!!
But why would someone do that?
My mind started to think on behalf of the person who did me a favor by saving me a few steps to get a trolley one fine day. Did he deliberately offered me his trolley with the euro coin inside, knowing that it was a 20 euro-cents coin in exchange for my £1??
Would someone with entrepreneurship, tried to do this scam just to make a quick buck or worse a living out of it? My business mind kicked in…
You see, as of today’s exchange rate, 20 euro cents can only buy you 17 pence. So each con act, will earn the scammer an easy profit of 83 pence. That is a 488% ROI. And if that person can do 50 such act a day, he or she could be making that’s a £41.50 net profit. That’s not an awful lot you may think, but multiply it by 30 days. That’s a £1245 non taxable income for this scammer. Wow. That’s not all, to maximize profits, he could get someone else to do the same at the same time, at the same venue. You can do the math.
Disclaimer: I am not encouraging anyone to do this scam on anyone, but please do take note when you want to save a few steps to get a trolley at your favorite supermarket next time. The money that you may potentially lose is much lesser than the frustration you will get. That’s all I am saying…. hehehehehaha.. Keep your eyes open!!
Great day, first laundry hanging out in the sun in 2014. Clear blue sky and great temperature, out we go…..
You may think: Allan you are so horrible, why did you do that? Well, I did deliberately do some things that made her cry, but it is all part of learning for her. Allow me to elaborate.
I was chopping some onions and she came into the kitchen. I told her to stay away, and told her the reasons. She didn’t believe me when I told her the onions can make her cry, so I put some right in front of her. Of course she started to tear and didn’t even know why she was beginning to cry..
She had a fall at school today and she knew that if she has any form of graze on her skin, as long as its an open wound, I would use alcohol swab to clean the affected area. She told me she will clean it herself with some water instead of me cleaning with alcohol swab. After a quick scan, I thought its very superficial and mild, so I agreed. IT was painful for her but she did well.
Next she requested for plasters to protect her wound. Because it was on her knee (joint) I told her that conventional plasters will not help, and I suggested spray plaster. She said she will use it if she can spray it on herself. I agreed. Oh boy, she sure felt the pain there when she did it to herself.
I was proud of her. Knowing that its painful, but it is required to make her recover well. My precious daughter…
Bill Gates has been on the top of the list, ever since I knew that such a list exist. Of course he didn’t top it for a few years, but now he is back on.
I have always wonder, how would it feels to be the world’s richest man. Does he feel threatened by possible kidnapping-for-ransom scenarios? Does he have an entourage of bodyguards? Who does he bank with, Swiss banks?? Does he go to the bank and ask the banker to show him $1 billion dollars in cash just for the sake of seeing how much volume is $1 billion dollars like?
I love his earth sheltering house.
Troubled MtGox Bitcoin boss emerges http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-26352442
It reminds me of what happened to E-gold. Not forgetting a few others including Stormpay.
Just for those people around me, please use/hold virtual currencies with caution. The more anoynomous the users can be, the more likely it will be misused and get into trouble.
Just my 2 pence worth.
Today Chloe counted 1 to 100. Boy was I proud of her. Not only because she can count to a hundred, but more of her eagerness to learn, her patience and determination.
I said to her. “Daddy is very proud of you Chloe. Not because you can count, but because you are determined, wants to learn, tries very hard and have the patience to do it. I hope you will continue to grow with those virtues and pursue your dreams in the future and do what you truly enjoys passionately.”
Of course, after hearing all that, she went a bit quiet for a moment and tried to digest what I said, few seconds later, she asked, “Daddy, what are virtues, and I do not know what I want to do in the future, I don’t want to do that. I just want to stay with Mummy and Daddy.”
My precious daughter….
I went on to share with her, what I have learnt after 33 years of life. I told her that, no doubt, it is very important to be educated and learn academically in formal schools, it is also very important to acquire other skills that formal school does not teach as part of their syllabus. It is also important that she does not become a slave to acquire “the knowledge” just so that she can make a good living (income) out if it in the future. It is vital that she truly enjoys doing something that she can see herself do for a very very long time. To me that is very important for my children.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not encouraging my children not to go to school or not study. I am just trying to tell them, that there is life outside school and academic achievements. If they wish to become a doctor or a lawyer, I will tell them what they will need to achieve academically in order to become one.
I feel that exposure to as much as possible is good for them to at least have a feel. They should have some sort of choice when it comes to their future as well, don’t you think?
We just missed our British Airways flight at an old Hong Kong Airport!! Adrenalin rushing whilst we tried to re-board the plane after disembarking for a toilet break for Andre. A lady was trying to guide us to the runway to board it but it was too late, the plane took off right above our heads. Damn… fortunately it was just a dream!!
The dream started as we board a British Airways flight, somehow for the second time, a home coming flight from Hong Kong to London. I was sitting next to Chloe on a row of four seats, Daisy with Andre somewhere else, in my dream, there were plenty of leg room, it might have been in the World Traveller Plus. I was showing Chloe the interesting folding table, which had a a couple of secret compartment where some mini toys were kept.
Somehow, the plane which was already cruising on the taxiway decided to stop by the terminal and its door was opened (pretty much like an MTR train door) allowing passengers to disembark for a quick toilet break. So without thinking about the strange occurance, as if we have done it before the four of us disembark from the plane.
Then it started to get exciting. Andre ran away from us, not listening to our verbal instructions. We had to run to get to him, which eventually we did within 10 secs. Phew.. But as we turned our backs to face the exit where we just disembark the plane from, the plane was no longer there. Damn I thought to myself, we have nothing on us, not evem our passports or money, everything was on the flight.
The next thing I did was approach one of the airport staff and told her our predicament. Not sure if it’s a typical HK or chinese thing, she started to spread our embarassed situation to some of her colleagues nearby as if she was saying, “Ha, another silly family that disembark a plane for a toilet break just before taking off time!”
Trying to make it back onto the plane desperately, I quickly interupted her little gossipy chat with her colleagues n asked, if it is still possible to board it before it take off. She gave it a good thought and said, there is still a small chance that we could. So she led us thru a passage.
It was indoor, and then outdoor, and the ground was wet and slippery. I was leading the way, it so seems as if I had been there before. I ran and I slipped, twice and each time I fell, it was at the corner-ed, turning edge of the path. Along the way, we passed 2 males (2 separate occasions). They were both dark, tall and very big.
As we walked we could see planes taking off. And eventually I saw a British Airways plane took off above our heads, and the lady confirmed that it was our flight.
Immediately my next response was, okay, fine , we have missed the flight, what can we do next? I mean we do not have out passports, money or luggages, is the airline going to fly our stuff back from London to HK, so that we can have our travel papers to identify ourselves. What are we going to do next? I remember I bought travel Insurance, I know that we will get compensated for “unable to continue onwards travel” and the policy numbers were 5810. I told the lady about the travel insurance and she made a call to the insurance company to get more information, and that was when the next tragic thing happened…… I woke up!!
Now, I will never know what happened and how such a situation could be resolved. Well it shouldnt happen anyways but I am sure it might have happened a couple of times some where.
Do you work in the airport and has anything like this happened before?
All along, I knew that Andre is a boy with high pain threshold, and he can be a bit rough when he plays with me. Sometimes I would be pinned down by our little 3 years old boy, and unable to move against his direction of force, and he seems to know which area he should use his force against me. It was to a point where I thought is Andre a Krav Maga master his last life.
One day he came home from nursery and told me that he does not like a particular boy from his class, reason being he kept chasing after Andre and he sometimes can be rough, and at some point will push Andre. I was initially very concerned, but I wasn’t sure what I should do.
Days past and I saw this bigger boy and Andre told me that this is the boy that kept chasing him. It was then that I thought, I should speak to the teacher, which I did, and the teacher reassured me that there shouldn’t be an issue, as she and her staff haven’t really noticed anything of that sort. Of course, as a parent, I thought, so did Andre lied?
Then came a birthday party and I knew I will be able to see how Andre plays with his friends and of course my eyes never left sight of that bigger boy (let’s call him B). Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t being nasty, I just wanted to see if Andre wasn’t lying about this chasing and pushing incidents.
Within minutes, I could start to see B was doing his routine, chasing, pushing and catching, and you can see that he is slightly rough and a real “boy”. He probably have more strength than his peers and even though he is genuinely playing, it looked like he was being aggressive. He did that to almost all his peers, so the good thing to me was, he wasn’t targeting Andre, and definitely he wasn’t being a bully, he is just a strong and rough boy.
I did see some incidents where our dear Andre was being pushed by him, and Andre did nothing about it, I was worried that, that is exactly what is happening in school. Then came the interesting incident. I witnessed a clash between B and my boy. I did not interfere when I saw it, as I wanted to know how Andre would react.
Basically B was chasing Andre and Andre ignore B’s chasing and B got annoyed and grabbed Andre’s wrist and also did a bit of a push to get Andre’s attention. Andre fell on the bouncy castle, and hurt himself. The next thing Andre did was the surprise bit. I am not sure if you will approve of it, but I personally thought it was a good retaliation.
Andre went down on B and pinned him down. B was totally surprised by Andre’s move, and B didn’t know what to do. B started to scream for help. Knowing that Andre is good at pinning people down, especially an adult like me, I ran over and break them off. Andre then started to cry (I did raised my voice a bit). B tried to explain to me what happened and I told B, that I saw what happened, and said to both of them, I do not want to see them play like this again. They both went separate ways and both were ok then.
In the back of my mind, I was actually very relieved and glad that Andre knows when to retaliate and how to retaliate. Andre knows self defence.. he probably instinctively taught himself some Krav Maga … who knows!?
This video plays one of the current favorite song of my playlist. It is Trauma by N’to (Worakls Remix).
It is one of my energy songs at the moment. It gives me energy when I play it, and I would actually feel empowered because my subconscious mind will bring me back to where I heard this song from.
This is a super energetic song, in the gym and in the car, even when I wash the dishes, enjoying my evening coffee. Yes despite my healthy lifestyle and diet, I still indulge in my caffeine input.
Enjoy my playlist here.
The children were asking how old everyone is in the extended family.
A: How old is Daddy?
D: I am 33 years old.
C: How old is your Daddy, Ye Ye?
D: He is already dead, children.
C: I mean when he was still real life.
D: You mean while he was still alive, just before he died. He was 55. *pointing 55 on their numbers chart.
It was then I realised that it is almost 7 years since he has gone. Time flies…
It also made me realised that no one is indispensable, because we have learnt to live without him. It sounds bad but at least that made it feel easier to grief I guess.
After going thru numerous griefs up till now, I always tend to tell others to treasure the present companionship of their loved ones, because that is what counts and matters.
Which in English reads
Cherish the present, utilise the future!
Whilst doing research for my work, I recently stumbled upon a person who can get amazingly crazy amount of facebook likes to any business’s fanpage at incredibly low budget. That is something very new to my knowledge and it was fascinating, as I could see what it can possibly do for my businesses. And today thinking about it, it still gives me adrenalin rush…
I have since decided to engage him to help consult and start our campaigns. Will update on this one on this blog again. Watch this space.
Last week, had to break off the routine of gym and swim due to family commitments and Chinese New Year (i know, no excuses). Did some statics (HIIT) during my free mins last week though.
Today got back into routine, started with a warmup run and i noticed improvements on my muscles. I could lift 65kgs comfortably, I could run a higher speed for a longer period, (was at 11 kph, but now can do 12.5kph for at least 3.5mins).
I know some of you may think that its nothing, but it is a big improvement for the current me. My target is to be able to do 16 kph consistently for 9 mins. So give me time and it will happen in 2014. Did it before, so will definitely do it again.
I just woke up from a dream. I was playing passing (a football) with Simon Pegg and another celebrity who looks like the late Paul Walker.
The place where we played together was in an enclosed field that is part of MRT’s land near Ang Mo Kio Mrt Station.
We were very close to the MRT train tracks.
The dream is as always bizarre, nevertheless I enjoyed the dream…
Time to wake up now! Rise and shine!
Today I am 3 kgs lighter compared to 2 weeks ago.
I am happy with the new diet, workouts and lifestyle. Will continue to work for even better health and fitness.
Thank you to Joe Cross and Phil Staples for the inspirations and nutritional information.
Not forgetting some great workouts….
Dear families and friends,
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“Time travels faster than you can count 1-100 sometimes.”
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The following are some of the things that happen in a leisure centre’s changing room on a weekday morning.
i) two 70+ years old gentlemen, discussing about their weekends, their medicines, treatments, appointments at the hospital, bragging about their “hey days” stories, simple stuff in life.
ii) some people who prefers one locker unit than the other.
iii) lost and found items: goggles, towels, running shorts, hair bobbles (careless Daddies maybe).
iv) man doing a full grooming session – brushing teeth, shaving, scrubs face, wash hair, showers, cleans ears, cuts nostril hair.
v) man flexing muscles in front of mirror after a gym or intense swim session. (Definitely me!)
Shameless…. But hey, be proud of yourself right!
Just thought this video was inspiring and my take home was, you can achieve a lot of success if you are not bounded by fears, and overcome by the passion that you have. Oh and did I say, at the same time, having lots of fun!!
Its time you find your passion, utilizes it, and overcome your fear to achieve your success, and enjoy doing it!
Editing and Selection: Zapatou (Luc Bergeron)
Music: N’to – Trauma (Worakls Remix) (inside my music playlist now, its awesome listening to it in the car, if your sound system is fab!)
There are plenty of fears and excuses that hold us back from becoming what we want to be, whether it’s a career or just life in general, but success and failure is a choice.
To me, I think there are 3 main fears that really held me back
1) disappointment for my loved ones if it fails.
2) fear of failure, what would happen if I fail.
3) fear that if I fail, the people that I love will lose that love for me.
The videos gave me more inspirations more than education, but I did learnt quite a bit. These videos does give you more knowledge about the man himself, and what caused him to want to be rich and successful, and what caused him to fall from such height of success. Pretty inspiring I would say.
So he said in the video, understand your fear and accept that it is there, learn to face it. I would like to add to his comment.
“Understand your fear and accept that it is there, learn to face it, live with it and let it work positively for you and your goals.”
So retrospecting about the fears that I have, its actually a bit ridiculous, because I know that the people that care and love me, will not leave me even if I am a poor old man. And if we live life thinking about what bad/disastrous things that could happen unto us, then would it be worth living?
“Calculate the risks but think positively for the outcome.”
To me, if you do not pant after the workout, its not really a good workout. If you do not sweat more than a usual walk in a park, its not a great workout.
If you feel sick (vommit) after a first workout, you are on the right track, do not give up.
If you have aches after a workout, you are on the right track, do not give up.
Going to the gym is for yourself, focus on your own goals than on what other people are doing, i.e the weights that they are lifting.. Focus on your own goals.
Have a great workout!!
Just watched Joe Cross and Phil Staples in the health-conscious movie Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead on Netflix, and it kind of help to reiterate the need and purpose to eat healthily in our household.
Just to clarify 2 points.
1) We (DnA) are not obese, nor are our children (CnA). So we do not need to lose weight dramatically, at least not like Joe Cross or Phil Staples in that movie.
2) We eat pretty healthily as it is, just not as “clean” as we would like to. So they have really gave really good information on some nutritional facts.
So, I plan to implement juicing and eating more micronutrients centric food.
Below is a trailer on that reality movie.
Inspired by Joe Cross, I decided to juice healthily for our dinner. I made the Mean Green from the movie. It tasted ok. I am actually one of those people who likes to drink fresh juice so it helps.
After drink half a serving and eating half the pulp each, we both felt really full. Let’s see how long this meal can last us.
“Mean Green” Recipe: 4 stalks of celery, 1 cucumber, half a lemon, ginger root (size of your thumb), 6-7 Kale leaves, 2 Green Apples.
I added some blueberries on top that is not part of the recipe.
Updated: It lasted us the whole night, and I could feel that my body is detoxing as well. We shall juice again tonight, but accompanied with cooked food.