I seem to always be in the right place at the right time or coming to Kuantan seems to provide a great source of inspiration for a soul seeking person like me!
We have fond memories of and convey our Best Wishes of Joy and Happiness to all the June babies named below who celebrate birthdays with our own memories stored at www.familylane.info & (PC view) www.familylane.info/photolinks (Phone view)
Several other extended family members and friends who also are born in the month of JUNE may have their photos included in this post. Some of them are part of our Supermen group of family members and friends too:
Back to the coloring contest
Here is wishing all Fathers a HAPPY FATHER'S DAY
Being a Sunday, I was at our Church group meeting again at Horne's Learning Services home.
One father out of the many fathers I know out in the world today that came to my mind at this time of writing is pictured below. They are a family of 7.
The Bird Story coincidence
I shared with the children about the coincidence of finding a Bird Story here in Kuantan after experiencing one in Singapore earlier before I left for Kuantan as recorded in this post.
Entrepreneurial Coincidences :
In this trip to Kuantan, I must say it started with lots of anticipation of inspiring events to occur and half way in the course of this trip, as I am trying to record live as much of the happenings here as possible, I am finding it hard to catch up. I began to realize here in Kuantan, where I first conceived the title of a book I wish to publish i.e. 'What if...', what type of writer I am becoming or have become over my years of writing. I did write a post just last October, during the month of what I call 'October babies' that gave a clue of my style. Today I am able to describe the type of writer I am officially. I am a Contemplative & Critical Thinking writer! (The 2 Cs) Click the links given to see the descriptions given in wikipedia to review for those who know me, if they are accurate descriptions of my character or personality that defines my writing and speaking style too.
Out of a billion over people in facebook, I would coincidentally run into Carlos E. Jean-Gilles early in 2012. He is also a writer and I shared the dedication section of his book in this post.
...continued at 7am plus the next day!
This break is more significantly pointed out on this blog post that has somewhat been made into a live-recording post of anticipated events while here in Kuantan on this trip. Why so? Let me expain. My need to explain things is the part coming from my Critical Thinking self that always triggers to answer these questions :
Some coincidences occurred when I randomly googled the the topic of critical thinking as the above webpage was found. I discovered that the webpage was owned by a Malaysian named Rasmi Md Desa. I found him on facebook and made a friend request to him.
I have asked these questions of Carlos E. Jean-Gilles and the things he had shared with me since we first started our written conversations on facebook (• Conversation started January 10, 2013 ) The date is traced back by searching the history provided in facebook. I am fully satisfied with the answers I discovered with respect to who, what, where, when, why, how up to this date of writing, especially when he recently invited me to be his co-founder of a business entity that will have a life changing impact to the world!
Then there is my Contemplative self to understand the coincidences that have been happening to us, in terms of our similar interests, passion and past experiences which made me use my 'multi-sensory' optimal state as shared in My Heart and Mind website.
The optimal state of my Heart and Mind allowed me to appreciate the Character and Competency (The 2Cs again!) of Carlos. Wow I am getting some vibes here now on tying up or relating My Heart and Mind with first being a Contemplative and Critical Thinking writer to talking about my discovery of the Character and Competency of my new found friend and business partner. Do you see the link i.e. metaphorically speaking, the Heart makes a person Contemplative or soul seeking in my opinion, and is the basis of determining Character while the Mind as I see it is the source of Critical Thinking and when mastered makes a person become more Competent in his work.
Something else struck me as I reviewed the pages of My Heart and Mind website that if you check on the link address of each page is not properly numbered. This special website written with both Contemplative and Critical Thinking processes has not been updated with any new pages for quite a while now. Somehow I felt it was sufficient or comprehensive enough for anyone reading it to know of My Heart and Mind which I was specifically sharing as a synopsis of all my blog pages that may have been merely the ramblings of my Heart and Mind in a disorganized fashion. So with excitement I started to meticulously count the exact number of pages on the website. Lo and behold it turned out to be a total of 7 thus qualifying the coincidence to be shared in my continuing Story of 7 blog post!
See besides knowing Carlos first as the proven tech guru of Facebook with his record of achieving the highest number of facebook questions answered in a volunteer support role, soon I discovered that he was also an aspiring writer. He shared some of his personal stories like this one which gave me a a good idea of the man whom I've never met but have become close to due to the sharing of our writings with each other! Later he started to share with me the business plan he has been working on for the past 7 years stating that he fully trusted me to share it with me. Recently he invited me to be the co-founder with him of the new company, I am to be the Chief Operating Officer COO of the company while he will be the Chief Executive Officer CEO.
It was before this trip to Kuantan that the invitation was given. I felt it was an appropriate timing as he had been sending me consistently much information of the business model he had been working on and I needed to collate and digest it all to get the knowledge and vision as close as his in order to be able to fulfill my role as his partner. Coming to Kuantan I felt was the ideal place to get my juices flowing so that I could apply my contemplative and critical thinking skills to digest all the information given to me and begin to work on achieving an optimal business plan together with Carlos.We have been so far having our discussions online. We have already decided the best time for me to meet with him in the US to legalize the company's incorporation and opening of bank accounts with our presence and work on any other matters required in the pre-operating stage of the business.The CEO has promised that our company was going to be as transparent as possible and you can read from the information he has released in an Office Circular as provided for by the Security and Exchange Commission, pursuant to Regulation A+. You need to be logged into facebook to view his statement of transparency by clicking here.
As I contemplate this opportunity before me, thanks to the offer made to me by Carlos who said he did it after talking to his wife, many things rush through my mind that I can simply summarize from the years of contemplative writing listed in the following points with a link given to the relevant written blog post :
1) My actions since I started engaging in the business world as an independent entrepreneur in my 20s, as expressed in my unique resume, has prepared me for this opportunity
2) My time spent in raising a family and preparing the next generation for a fast changing world taught me how to contribute in making this world a better place starting from the home itself.
3) My experience in the spiritual dimension has always given me tremendous energy of love, hope and willingness to sacrifice to help others become better and truly happier people.
In short, I feel I have the experience for it, the passion for it and a vision big enough to catch up with Carlos to become a key implementer of what he has worked on for 7 years.
1) The timing. E-commerce had been talked about for a long time and the timing seems ripe to create big names in the industry like Amazon, E-Bay and lately Alibaba with its staggering initial public offering of $25 billion that shattered all records and became the largest IPO ever.
2) The resources. The technology has advanced to such a state today that changes the game of business today with intrusion into families and their lifestyles. Investors are looking for companies that lead in the creation and implementation of technology. The next generation of smart kids are available to supply the geek workers for visionary ventures.
3) The demand. The world has become more and more flat. From the fall of communism, to the digitization of information made readily available to all people across the world and today's airline slogans saying, "Now Everyone Can Fly" makes it very believable indeed. The rapidly increasing interest and importance of social media throughout the world is evidence of a great demand out there for a fresh approach to all we do in society i.e. in the way we do business, in the way we educate and learn or even the way how leaders should govern a country. This demand will ever be increasing beyond my life time.
In short, I know that it is timely to implement what Carlos has worked on for the past 7 years. I am not concerned about a lack of resources to carry it through to fruition as there is no lack of it. With all the preparation behind us, we are unlikely to make the mistake of climbing up the wrong tree to get the right fruits. We can only make the mistake of not satisfying the demand of what the world wants if we don't begin soon enough to turn our experience and vision to create a real world-wide company that would optimally fulfill the educational, economical and emotional needs of real people out there.
I am further charged-up by this game to know I can help Carlos win our world championship entrepreneurial contest that we are entering together. He definitely has multiple skills for it especially in the field of social media and mine to match with my achievements reported by public media but I am hanging on to his tail as he moves with speed so that I can measure up to his exacting standards that I am aware of. If required, I know I can surely increase the lucky component factor for us to win but my philosophy in life has always been the harder we work, the luckier we get!
Here is a funny coincidence. I had just typed my philosophy on luck above and went to check my Google+ page to find that Ameer Rosic, an online coach whom I had met and chatted with on Skype and Zoom not too long ago posted his video below about luck I've embedded below.
All the while, I had overcome the slower wifi connection in his home with my own faster mobile Celcom connection to do my online work. As it is a post paid billing account that had only 5G capacity, it would run out when I spent extended time in Kuantan doing my work. Also I had coached the house maid how to use her Android phone also and as she down loaded or up loaded more pics and videos using WhatsApp and Facebook, my mobile wifi ran out of capacity quicker too as she had asked for my password to use my faster internet connection! It would not stop working when the 5G capacity is exceeded but it would throttle down the speed to a level where it would be crawling to surf the net or download/upload any files etc to allow messaging only to be done! It isn't a big problem as I just had the small inconvenience to call up Celcom to add another 5G at RM50 each time. 5G a month was usually adequate for me each month as both my home base in Singapore and KL has fast internet connections for me to work on and the mobile wifi was adequate to cover my short trips around Malaysia when I do make them.
On Sunday night, after some time over the weekend entertaining a family from KL whom I had invited, I followed up with my brother with a short coaching session. Things were going well and since I didn't hear any feedback from him or his personal assistant on the upgrade of the wifi system at home, I told him I would follow up the next day, Monday, with Telecoms or Telekoms in Malaysia. I also added that I would look for a new notebook for him as since he has made progress with his iPad, it's time to use a serious computer and really make full use of the power of IT today as I have been doing since I started the IT business in the 80s!
On Monday morning I spent time with his wife to answer her questions on using the old notebook they had in their room. Then she got me to assemble together a new juicer before lunch that cost RM3,000 telling me that I could do it after lunch. Well when she came back down from her room and saw me eating, she was surprised to see that the juicer was all assembled together already ready to be tested or used after lunch! Then I informed her that I was going out to town to look for that new notebook for them, which I did costing RM1,950, an HP Pavilion notebook featuring the AMD A10 processor with a 15.6" HD(LED) wide screen, 2 Terra byte hard disk, 4GB ram with free original Windows 8 etc! I did ask the vendor about UNIFI availability in Kuantan and he seemed doubtful if it was available in the city. He did confirm though that the streamyx could support up to 4G speed but agreed with me that UNIFI would still be much faster. With hope and energy I drove quickly to the Telekom office to enquire about the fast UNIFI for myself. In fact I had check with 2 vendors as I was shopping for a good deal for the computer as well as to ask about UNIFI and all were doubtful about it or didn't really know.
When I was sitting in front of the customer service desk of TM point, the outlet of Telekoms that handles applications for all installations, the officer himself was doubtful if Telekoms had launched any UNIFI in Kuantan yet as it seems the progression comes from up north in the oil town of Kerteh down to Berserah before reaching Kuantan town. Well I told him to check his computer terminal and gave him the exact address of the residence. Lo and behold, he gave me a printout that is extracted below :
So I drove home happy to report to my sister-in-law. She was playing mahjong with her friends and I came in with a loud greeting in Hokkien, "Oo Hock Ah!" meaning "There's Luck!", feeling it appropriate since it was a game of risk they were playing! hahaha She asked me why and I showed her the printout and shared in brief that since no one booked any of the 7 ports made available from since when I do not know, we can go tomorrow and immediately book one of them as the phone line was in her name and she needed to be there to sign the application form!
The next morning my sister-in-law and I was at the TM point outlet again and got all the paperwork done to expect installation in 3 or 4 working days later. Next was to the computer shop to pick up the new HP Pavilion notebook. Here is where the 'Story of 7' type incident occurred again. The computer shop was beside the large Mega Mall shopping complex and my sister-law being the driver decided to try luck for a parking lot beside the mall where the computer shop was rather than driving up the multi-story carpark. All the side parking lots by the road around the mall were full!
My feelings and thoughts after all the above coincidental experiences are consistent with all my experiences of the past about success and being an entrepreneur. One never knows what the future is but if you don't work on it or even run for it when others are throwing doubts at you, you will never achieve anything let alone the wish of being lucky. Indeed, my belief still holds that THE HARDER YOU WORK, THE LUCKIER YOU GET!
A sideline to my story of how I spent 2 hours in an afternoon to get something done quickly as a habit of my life, I stopped by the 'Popular Bookstore'. This is a successful bookstore chain in Malaysia, and another habit of mine is to scan a bookstore and see if anything attracts me. I had already brought enough books for my reading or rereading in Kuantan but this one was in Bahasa Malaysia and I am always interested to practice my languages. The title also seemed interesting, Trust No One, so I bought it.
It is basically all about conspiracy theories of the world and it is interesting to have a caucasian writer living in our midst in Malaysia who speaks the Malay language of the majority of Muslims to share his theories in public speeches and books in the Malay language, who is also a Muslim himself!
More spiritual experiences to follow
I woke up early about 3am to wonder why so early when my alarm clock was set at 8am. My only consciousness was to know that it was the first day of the 7th month of the year and wanted to update my June's babies list of birthdays to add those I had just discovered who have birthdays in June. I do the same for the months of November and December as these are the 3 months of the year where all the children's fall on. As we celebrate the birthdays of our children, it was always nice to include those birthdays of our extended family members and friends as well to be thought of and wished in my blog post.
Then a facebook post of our oldest daughter who was born in June caught my attention.
Then I came across a facebook group post by Carlos, Founder and CEO of Group Emporium Corp. It was a lengthy deep article written by him but it captivated my attention to read it to the end. You can access it here with a facebook account to read it for yourself which carries the title below :
(Post-dated event Jan 16 2017: Carlos had terminated his facebook account and the same article can now be read in his LinkedIn account here. An explanation for why he would delete his facebook account for good is can be found in detail here. With this deletion, note that any links that connect to his facebook account in this journal post will no longer be accessible.)
"LOVE, COMPASSION, JUSTICE AND TRUTH ARE ABOVE ALL RELIGIONS!"
I will attempt to critique his article, like the way he does with other current writers that I am aware of such as Robert Bach, the author of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull. Here goes...
Knowing Carlos and his style of writing, he knows how to capture the attention of readers with strong words like in his first line, "As of today, I vow to never step foot in a Catholic Church again until its leaders remove the ludicrous proposition that the bible is the word of God." It is a very bold statement almost as if he is denying God and the scriptures, in this case the Bible as a word of God.
Then he quickly follows up with a very logical statement, showing no disrespect of God but a believe that God expects us to use our intelligence or gifts given to us, "I am a scientist at heart. And I proudly stand with Galileo as I proclaim my own personal creed, "I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.” Galileo Galilei."
Another strength of Carlos as a writer is his vocabulary of words as he uses the word telesthesia to describe a form of communication that one can acquire with practice suggesting that a perfect God uses it as a more perfect language which Man will struggle trying to acquire it. Carlos ascribes the difficulty of learning it to... in his own words, "The problem with telesthesia is that only God knows that language perfectly. And when we communicate to our Maker through that language, we often don't quite get it right."
He therefore cites the obvious problem of miscommunication in this world either between Man and Man or God with Man, "It amazes me sometimes when people read my writings and arrive at totally different conclusions that I never intended. So it happens with any communication with God through telesthesia. Regardless how clearly I try to communicate with my readers, misinterpretations or errors will happen because none of us is perfect. In a similar way, my communication with my Maker through telesthesia is not perfect although His mastery of telesthesia is perfect." (Grammatical check : 'None of us is perfect or None of us are perfect')
Using his 'scientist at heart' nature and strong intellectual mind, he spends time to write another 4 paragraphs to lead to this strong stance, "So, I'm tired of repeating the aberration that the bible is the word of God when both in my heart and in my mind I know for a fact that's a blatant lie that was designed by white men to justify their delusional superiority over other races. From henceforth, I absolutely refuse to utter the words, "The Word of God," in my association with any organized religion when I know for a fact that there are many ideas in the bible that had absolutely nothing to do with God."
Many paragraphs follow until the end where he made more bold declarations to conclude. His whole article is well structured to sandwich many clear convincing explanations in between two strong top and bottom layers of his well crafted attention getting words from his heart. He introduced his well substantiated contents simply with this two lines, "Despite my differences with the Catholic Church, I still consider myself a Christian. And here's why!" (Typographically error on one paragraph starting with this line, "Regardless what our DNA is, the only way to write wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them,". The word 'write' may have been intended to be 'right'.)
He began with a bold statement, he concluded his writings consistently with a bold conclusion, "What I'm saying here is that the Catholic Church itself has become an impediment towards our quest for truth with its absurd sophism that the bible is the word of God. It may be right on many other things, but one should question whether the good things that it does outweigh the negative consequences of its ubiquitous indiscretions.
And if my reader is still in denial about the church's propensity for ubiquitous indiscretions, think about how they protected the priests who abused innocent children? It was okay for those priests who committed these atrocious acts to be resume their practices but it's not okay for homosexuals to engage in sexual acts between consenting adults. There's simply no way that my heart could possibly condone that huge hypocrisy.
Think about their senseless crusade wars? Think about their participation in the Inquisition? Think of indulgences? Think about how they seldom say a word about racism so as not to upset the very same racist people who contribute every Sunday to heir offerings? (Typographically error on heir which should be 'their'.) The Catholic Church is morally bankrupt. It should file for moral bankruptcy in order to start fresh with the truth instead of drivels. Yet it insists on trying to pass itself for the cradle of morality. I wish all Catholics the best of luck, but please, please don't confuse me with a "devout imbecile," who is ready to swallow hook and sinker the crumbs that his or her masters are willing to dangle in front of his or her mesmerized eyes.
I'm all for forgiveness and redemption. But I'll take my chances before my own Maker instead of relying on the intercession of any church's absolution. As far as I'm concerned, the Catholic Church's intercession isn't worth the price of the paper its influence is written upon. In sum, let it be known to all men and women that I excommunicate myself from the Catholic Church and I hereby express without reservation whatsoever that I never recognized its authority over me and never will I recognize its authority over me from now on and forevermore."
One can conclude that Carlos writes with a very critical thinking mind, sparring no harsh words, the trait of a lawyer's mind who can lead the reader/listener to feel the emotions that he feels and the impetus to initiate a change of mindset.
END OF CRITIQUE
If you haven't read his full article yet, you can read it now by clicking here. My critique of his article, after receiving his approval to reproduce it due to his clear copyright notice, is based purely on his style of writing. with some grammatical comments leaving out commentary on the contents of his article. I prefer to do the commentary on the subject contents of his article at the end of this section of the post as I have to write it not just with my mindful self alone as I did in the above critique, I have to use my whole optimal self using my Body Mind and Spirit. It will done at the end of this section of the post.
After I read his article briefly for the first time, it was clearer to me that what was intended for me to contemplate early this morning stemmed from the news of the US Supreme Court Ruling that Makes Same-Sex Marriage a Right Nationwide on 26 June 2015.
Then I came across a link from my Mormon friend, now Bishop of Geelong Ward in Australia whom I got to meet up again last December in my spiritual trip there.
I am not a bird watcher by any means due to my active busy life with multi-tasking activities if I'm sitting in front of the computer. Being by the 'Garden of Eden' writing, guess it is my luck again to look at the tree where the birdlings have grown up and left an empty nest, to capture the video clip below of the same tree at the right time :