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Trust Agent?

With Sam Tan of Core Fitness. Sam is a great young man with fantastic vision and ideas.

Two words that are likely to define me. It all started 3 years ago when I started to run a hotel called Imperial International Hotel, then be the coordinator for Sabahan Bloggers group and finally being part of Breeze magazine. This helped me to get to know a lot of people from different walks of life. Then I started to be more involved with collaborations with some of these people in the form of events and  marketing. Though some people might think so, it is not entirely business for me. My main goal was to live up my passion to see others live up theirs and make the city I live in grow into something wonderful for everyone to be excited about. It is a long shot though. I can't do it alone and I am blessed to cross paths with some really amazing people that share the same goal as I do. Best of all, I get to be friends with these people and shared some really great moments with them.

Standing up with Datuk Masidi and my Breeze team mates

My connections are growing each day and I realized people start coming to me to help them promote their business or cause. More than often, I usually get them connected with the right people that will suit their needs. I am always trying to make sure the people who approach me get what they want and reach their goal. At the end of the day, I am just really a friend who is there to help out. Yup, I became a middle person or the hook-up. But it was when I met Rob Angeles, I found the right words... Trust Agent.

Awesome Rob Angeles!

Thanks to Daniel Doughty(another Trust Agent) from Borneo Colours, I managed to meet Rob Angeles of Social Media Philippines. A fantastic person with a big heart that has a great insight on the current social media scene. The three of us sat down for a drink one day and discussed about the current social media scene and how it works to benefit people. We all got to know each other better and Rob thinks I have a huge potential of becoming a good Trust Agent. See his comments here. He also recommended me to read this book called Trust Agents to further understand the term and discover how I go bigger than where I am now. I bought the book and still reading it at this moment. An eye opener indeed and I recommend it to anybody who shares the same goal as I do.

my current favorite book

So where I am now as a Trust Agent? I wouldn't say I am a great one but I am getting better. It is a very tough role but a rewarding one indeed.

Sunsets in KK

There is something about sunsets in Kota Kinabalu or shall I say Sabah. I've seen sunsets in other places, but the ones in Sabah are always special. For me, watching sunsets here not only makes me more relaxed and calm, but sometimes also gets me in awe at how amazing they look. I also noticed the sunsets here look different almost every time you view them. For example, the sunsets are not just beautiful by looking at the sun directly but that amazing view when they are behind clouds. Check out these photos I took this year...


looks like there is a massive tornado or whirlwind among the clouds


volcano eruption effect

Great stuff, don't you think? I recommend anybody especially outsiders to check out the sunsets whenever they are in Sabah.

a weekend with Hannah

Last week has been incredibly physically and mentally exhausting for me with a pile of stress on top. I'm glad I have someone like Hime and friends by my side as a listener and supporter. It is also good to take some time out on the weekends and spend it with my daughter Hannah. Went to the saloon and played some Ultimate Frisbee with her. Here are some photos...


getting her washed


time to dry up that hair


patiently reading a magazine while waiting for my haircut session to finish


here we see her reading again with her favorite book while I was playing Ultimate Frisbee

Didn't get to take any photos of her playing Ultimate Frisbee but I had a really good time playing with her. She is loving the sport now just like her dad. Overall a nice weekend with her that took my mind off a bit from all the stress that has been going on around me.

Air Conditioning: Love it or hate it?


In one whole 24 hours of a day in my life, I think I spend more than half of it in indoor air conditioned areas. My home, my working place, my car, outlets in malls and such, etc. Not really healthy right? I'm actually starting to feel the effects of it. Spend time in an air conditioned area long enough and I will start to feel discomfort in breathing. That is why nowadays, I make a point to go out for a walk or something and get some air or do some outdoor sports activity. But I can't deny the fact how good it is sometimes to be in an air conditioned area. Simply because how hot the weather can be out there. Kota Kinabalu city seems to be packing quite a heat during these past years. Which makes being in an air conditioned area, feels like heaven at times. So it is a toss off but I still prefer to be outdoors. Especially when there is a nice natural cool breeze. That beats air conditioning anytime!

A fantastic Liverpool win!


The 2-0 win against Chelsea last Sunday was too sweet. And that 2nd goal by Torres is just awesome. After a disastrous start in the Premier League, Liverpool fought from the dead to start winning matches especially the big one against Chelsea. Congratulations Liverpool! A somewhat inspiration to myself after a not so good week that has gotten my mood down. Time to fight back!


Liverpool v Chelsea

YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE! :)

Astro brings casts from 'BEYOND THE REALM OF CONSCIENCE' to 1Borneo!


ATTENTION TO ALL BLOGGERS IN SABAH! Please read the following content from ASTRO regarding the title above. ASTRO is actually inviting up to 15 Sabahan bloggers to be officially invited as media to this exclusive event. To be invited,  please email to dinoza@gmail.com with your name and blog url  with the email title 'BEYOND THE REALM OF CONSCIENCE' as soon as possible! Limited to only the first 15 bloggers!


Astro brings casts from ‘BEYOND THE REALM OF CONSCIENCE’ to 1Borneo!

In conjunction with the premiere of ‘Beyond The Realm Of Conscience’ on Astro Wah Lai Toi (Channel 311) coming 30 November, Astro is bringing the casts from the renowned drama - Moses Chan, Susanna Kwan, Edwin Siu and Selena Li to meet and greet the media and fans in Kota Kinabalu on 6 November. The drama is scheduled to air every Monday till Friday at 9.30pm.

MOSES CHAN

SUSANNA KWAN

EDWIN SIU

SELENA LI


Exclusively for the media, we have arranged for an interview session with the casts prior to the mall show.

And at the mall show, fans will be able to participate in stage games with the casts to win prizes. On top of that, the casts will be sharing experiences from the drama and updates on their recent activities. Also, Susanna Kwan and Edwin Siu will also be performing on that day.

Details as below:


Date: 6 November 2010 (Saturday)

Time:

5.30pm Media Arrival

5.45pm Artists Interview

7.00pm Mall Show

Venue Media Interview: Function Room, Tour Eiffel 1, 2nd Floor, Novotel

Venue Mall Show: 1 Borneo Shopping Mall, Kota Kinabalu


See you guys soon!


Thanks.


Azaria Loh
Assoc, Communication

no blog posts for a while

Hey people!

I'm sure most of you noticed by now that I haven't been blogging for quite some. Been really busy lately with a lot of personal and work matters. Will be back to blogging soon! Till then, check out the following side project I'm working on for Sabahan Bloggers.


B2.0 Preview: Dinner with Sabahan Bloggers - http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=155429717813339

Hennessy Artistry magic


Without my trusty Lumix LX3 camera, I'm down to my Blackberry Bold 9700 to take photos and videos for the much anticipated Hennessy Artistry at Whiteroom. So apologies in advance for the low quality of the photos you see in this post. Anyway, enough of my woo on my media gadgets. The most important thing is the first Hennessy Artistry at Whiteroom in Sabah or shall I say East Malaysia was a blast. I was one of the lucky bloggers from Sabahan Bloggers group that got the privilege to be invited to this exclusive event.


scenes from the entrance section...


registration point for those who were invited


special dj counter for guests to come up and have fun being a dj for a while


crowd and crew packing the entrance area


a shot with other bloggers


And sadly thats pretty much it when it comes to photos... All my other photos taken inside Whiteroom turned out to be very blur... Can't wait to have my Lumix LX3 back...



What I can say is being inside Whiteroom and experiencing the performance of Joe Flizzow, Sona One, DJ Siera Lee and DVJ G Mix coupled with great sound and lighting system was amazing. The artists delivered a really good show and crowd were busy partying the night away like there is no tomorrow. And I must say the Hennessy Artistry crew did an amazing job treating the bloggers nicely by providing any info required for the event plus helping us out to find good tables and seats. A shout out to Jason regarding this matter. Of course a really big shout out as well to Helenness who gave the opportunity to the bloggers to experience this event. Overall Hennessy Artistry rocks! Truly the best party event yet for the whole East Malaysia to experience.


For those who are hungry for more photos and details, check out...

Post-event Review: Hennessy Artistry - The Global Art of Mixing, White Room KK Times Square - http://thewanderingsumandak.blogspot.com/2010/08/post-event-review-hennessy-artistry.html


Hennessy Artistry - The Art of Mixing @ White Room, KK Times Square 31st July 2010 - http://anakjagung.blogspot.com/2010/08/hennessy-artistry-art-of-mixing-white.html

online and real battles


Interesting Wednesday today. Topic related to battles. What kind of battles? Well to start it off, StarCraft 2. If you're a pc gamer for quite a number of years, you're likely to remember the game StarCraft, which was such a big hit worldwide. A game that consist of the human race, aliens experimental creatures battling each other. I remember the days when me and my friends played StarCraft on our own home pc or at internet/cyber centers. We would play for hours and hours.



So the past two days I heard so much about its sequel, StarCraft 2 from friends who still play pc games. Specifically and recently during my lunch session today. StarCraft 2 was actually released just yesterday. Almost every pc gamer around the world is either already playing it or ordered a copy.



If you're a parent to a son/daughter who plays pc games or has a friend that does, you're likely to see them play StarCraft 2. Or shall I say hardly see them as they engage themselves playing the game for hours especially online with the multiplayer mode. As for me, those days are gone as I can't afford to spend long hours on video games.


That was battle done on online. As for real life battles, I visited Kinabalu Fighter's dojo located somewhere near Seri Insan school. Kinabalu Fighter - http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=311009427882 is all about a place for all Martial Artist, Brawlers & Fight enthusiast to meet and share. My buddy Julian who happens to be a regular has been inviting me like forever to check out the dojo.


Finally tonight was the one fine night I accepted his invitation. I love martial arts. Took a bit of Kendo and Brazilian Jujitsu but kinda stopped a few years ago. The moment I entered the dojo, I was just in time to see some Muay Thai and grappling sparring sessions. It was great and kinda revived my interest to join back and learn martial arts again. But 'when' is still another issue...


Coz reality is I have my own battles to go through every single day. Major work and other personal issues to be solved. Battles to better myself everyday to achieve a better life. Nowadays, the battles are getting tougher and I don't really have much time for anything else except quality time with loved ones. Perhaps a little sports here and there for health's sake. I'm sure everyone else has their own battles. All the best. May we all succeed. :-)

two dudes with lightsabers


12.30am. Time to sleep in a bit. A long Monday at work later when I wake up. This is just a simple post with an awesome video to kick start everyone's Monday. Check out François Wunschel and Fernando Favier using their 'lightsabers' to perform a one of a kind audio-visual performance that will blow you away.



Enjoy. The performance is called Euphorie. :-)



p/s: So I thought my legs will sore after my futsal tournament(my team won!) today. Instead I got this annoying bruised left point finger. But it is already recovering now. Hopefully fully by the time Monday is over.

OLE! OLE! OLE!


I'm the one with the goalkeeper gloves. Maybe I get to play a different position this time...

Tomorrow morning I have to wake up early for a futsal tournament. Haven't been in one of these for ages. My dad used to be a state soccer player but I was no where as good as him. I do love soccer though, which is why futsal is the one of my favourite sports. Gosh, I don't even think I'm fit enough for the tournament tomorrow. But I'm sure I'll have a blast though. Itching to play in a tournament since all the commotion with the recent World Cup.



You'll never walk alone!

Besides playing, I also love to watch the English Premier League. The new season starts next month and I can't wait to see my favorite team Liverpool in action. Liverpool didn't really do good last season but I hope that is all gonna change for the better. Any other Liverpool fans out there? Please drop a comment. :-)



Go Sam!

Last but not least, something that is not soccer related. My buddy Sam Tan of Core Fitness just got featured in of the pages of August 2010 Men's Health Malaysia magazine. Happy for you bro! Proud of him and wishing him much success to come.


When the day ends tomorrow, my legs are sure gonna sore...

past week


image by Pascal Campion

The weekend is near. I'm so exhausted. As I sit down and relax a bit, my mind wonders about whats been going in my life for the past week...



Wonderful Vimeo. I'm watching more and more videos on Vimeo now. Videos of all sorts of genre with most of them being very creative and inspirational. The latest one I watched was entitled Inspirational Artists: Pascal Campion. A great video about Pascal Campion who happens to be an amazing sketch artist.



Inception fever. I can't stop praising this movie that is currently showing in the cinemas. Everyone is talking about it and there is a reason why. Mind boggling, intriguing and simply movie of the year material. I won't spoil anything here. If you haven't watch it, DO SO! More on Inception here.



image by Pascal Campion

Birthday special. Planning properly for someone's birthday coming up next month. Not a simple task but it is going to be well worth it. All about putting a big smile on her face.



Cupcakes galore. I was part of cupcake project last Saturday. A really cool project about making more than 5000 cupcakes in less than 12 hours! Read all about it here.



image by Pascal Campion

Eating spree. I've been eating like mad lately. Average of 4 meals per day. Am I gaining weight? Not really due to high metabolism. If there is any weight gained, it goes to the wrong area(aka TUMMY). I need to start going to gym again soon. 



image by Pascal Campion

Non-stop rain. I blogged about it like a month ago. So there you go, it is still raining every single day here in Kota Kinabalu city. Honestly I don't mind the rain but lately it has been depressing. Especially when quite a number of my sport activities are canceled due to the rain.



image by Pascal Campion

Work stress. It has been stressful at work. Problems pop out here and there with some serious decision making to be done. Keeping a strong and cool head as much as I can. It helps to think about my loved ones as one of the reasons why I'm working. Its 10.20pm. Half an hour from now after this blog post, there is still work to be done during this late night. Plus, I'm missing someone already.


Have a good weekend people!

Facebook privacy


click to see larger image

Facebook. Who hasn't heard it? It is almost impossible that anyone hasn't. Someone or somebody in this world is bound to have a Facebook account. It is a great way to communicate and be up to date with your friends, family, celebrities, products and such. For now, one of the biggest issue hitting the US and other countries is user privacy in Facebook. Basically Facebook is being blamed for all the problems users are facing for having their privacy violated when their personal info are exposed.


cool short movie about Facebook

As much as we all might love Facebook, not all of us are that keen to have our personal info to be known to everyone in the world. But really, if we use Facebook long enough, there are settings for you to tamper to prevent your personal info from being known to certain individuals. And if that is not good enough, easy... Don't bother to open an account or simply delete it if you already have one. There is also of course, terms and policies in Fcebook for you to read and understand before you share your personal info. So as Facebook gets sued or complained about user privacy, don't you think we probably got ourselves to blame? Hmm...

Spain wins the World Cup!



Nuff said. Spain wins the World Cup and I'm a happy man especially when I supported them from the very beginning. Staying all the way till 5am to watch the game was very much well worth it. History is made and Spain is finally one of the greats that won the cup.

VIVA ESPANA!

BRACE YOURSELVES KK, HENNESSY ARTISTRY IS COMING TO TOWN!


A shout out to all the party people in East Malaysia as Hennessy Artistry storms Whiteroom, Kota Kinabalu this coming 31st July 2010! Known for bringing quality clubbing and music party experience, Hennessy Artistry is all about being a global music campaign to promote the art of mixing various genres and blending the talents of the world’s top artists. The campaign has been going on in Malaysia for quite some time now and has been quite successful. So be prepared to experience a really good night out! Who will Hennessy Artistry be bringing to rock this event? Check 'em out...


DJ Siera Lee


Headlining the night is DJ Siera Lee, who is undoubtedly, one of the world’s hottest DJs. Born in South Korea, grew up in Canada, and currently residing in Sydney, Australia, Siera Lee represents a new generation of female turntable phenomenons.



Over the years, she has risen up the ranks to become one of Asia’s best female DJ icons. Armed with her sexy looks and banging up-tempo R&B and Hip Hop sets, DJ Siera Lee promises to blow the roof off White Room.


DVJ G Mix


Expect to be blown away by DVJ G Mix, one of the few individuals in the country with the ability to ‘visualize sounds’ and to provide audiences with hypnotic, head-turning visuals.



He has performed as the closing act for the Bangkok Invaders and most memorably, as the guest DVJ at Korean superstar Rain’s concert VIP after party in Kuala Lumpur.


Joe Flizzow and Sona One


Local hip-hop extraordinaires, Joe Flizzow and Sona One are in the house! Joe, who is one half of the internationally renowned Malaysian hip-hop duo, Too Phat is definitely no stranger to the Malaysian music scene. As Too Phat, he released multi-platinum albums, sold over half a million records and even achieved international recognitions from MTV Asia and Channel V – incredible feats for a local artiste. He has also collaborated with various pop acts from Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada and the United States. Among some of his standout credentials include performances for Linkin Park, the Black Eyed Peas, and Kanye West.



At the upcoming H-Artistry party, Joe will be collaborating with his protégé and one of the fastest rising hip-hop stars in the country, Sona One. By every account, 21-year-old Sona One is the consummate artist. He continues to break barriers and deliver results way beyond his young age. He began his career as a graffiti artist at the age of 10 and is widely recognized today as one of the leading “graph-heads” in the region. Musically, Sona One’s sound is distinctively “European” and reminiscent to the early 90’s hip-hop, an era where conscious lyrics were often met with soulful production. He is a huge fan of the golden oldies and this is reflected in his sample-heavy musical compositions.

This unique collaboration between guru and protégé is surely not to be missed. Expect a power packed performance from both Joe Flizzow and Sona One as they look to blow your minds away as they hit the Hennessy Artistry stage in KK for an electrifying one-off performance.


Need more convincing?



A video of Hennessy Artistry in Penang last year to wet your partying appetite a bit.


Are you now ready for Hennessy Artistry? Here is what you need to know...

Passes to H-Artistry ‘The Global Art of Mixing’ is by-invitation only. To obtain invitations to the party at White Room, logon to www.h-artistry.com.my. Alternatively, to relive the experience of past H-Artistry events or to receive updates on the upcoming party, visit the official Facebook fan page: www.h-artistry.com.my/facebook or follow H-Artistry on Twitter: www.h-artistry.com.my/twitter. The party is strictly opened to non-Muslim guests aged 21 years and above only. ID verifications will be carried out at the door.


Have fun at the event! Peace.

Can Spain repeat victory over Germany?


4 more hours and the semi-final match between Spain and Germany for the World Cup 2010 will commence. I want Spain to win so badly but then I have to admit Germany is a very, very tough opponent. After becoming winners of the European Cup 2008 by defeating Germany in the finals, I really hope Spain will be world champions this year. 



VIVA SPAIN!

The Science Of Motivation

Months and months back, my buddy Sam Tan of CORE Fitness introduced to me this fantastic video of a speech by career analyst Dan Pink. In this video, Dan Pink talks about the science of motivation. It is a very, very good talk and exposes to people what really motivates them nowadays. Most people would think rewards in terms of money, would be the solution to work harder and achieve goals. Just watch the video to have your eyes and mind open up to what really creates motivation in the world today.



Hope you enjoy this video as much as I did. Look for out for more interesting talks like this at http://www.ted.com/.

Janet Hsieh


fun loving and down to earth host for Fun Taiwan

Who is Janet Hsieh? For those who watch Discovery Travel and Living, she is that fun loving and down to earth host for Fun Taiwan. I first noticed her when I watched the Fun Taiwan show earlier this year. I'm not a regular for Discovery Travel and Living but I have to admit that I enjoy watching her show when it is on tv. She has a great natural on-screen presence that makes her a joy to watch in Fun Taiwan. So why am I blogging about her? Well, I never thought in a million years, I would have a chance to meet Janet in person. But I did!


a shot with Janet and her crew after dinner

Due to work, I was recently presented with the opportunity to met her and the rest of the Fun Taiwan crew. We all had dinner together last week and I had a great time getting to know Janet and her crew. Apparently they are here in Sabah to do a shoot for their new Fun Asia show.  That is right. Sabah will be featured! After Sabah, they'll be heading to Sarawak.  While they were in Sabah, it was strictly all work and they prefer not to have the attention of the media. That is why I am only blogging this post after they left for Kuching last Sunday.


busy staring at a scene from the FIFA World Cup 2010 on tv

A woman of many talents, Janet has exactly the same fun loving and down to earth character as you see her on-screen. We had a good conversation and laugh almost about any topic under the sun throught the whole dinner. Its like talking to a really good friend. The crew and her really liked Sabah and they plan to come here again in the future to shoot at other locations they haven't been. Overall it was truly a great experience meeting Janet in person. Hope to see the crew and her again soon!

Get to know more about Janet here at http://www.janethsieh.com/.