Sunday, December 24, 2006

Christmas Eve Dinner @ Seoul Garden, Penang

Christmas Eve Dinner

Lin Kooi, Pik Jian, Yih Chaur, Lin Hu + Me

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Penang Pesta

Penang Pesta

Picture With A Monley Lantern @ Penang Pesta

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Month of Weddings


Rico + Sew Wei


Picture with Sew Wei and Rico (The Husband)




The Wedding Couple


Derrick + Sally, The Bride and Groom

Thursday, December 14, 2006

PHP on Windows XP

Just got back from Crowne Plaza Mutiara hotel in KL after visiting my dad. If you are curious on what I have been up to lately, I have decided to design my own Wordpress template for this website and might be distributing it for free when I am done. As this is my first time undertaking such things on my free time, I believe the template should be ready latest by February next year. You might say that it is too long of a time to get it done but I believe that it is reasonable with the spare time that I have got.

First and foremost I just installed Xampp to get an Apache server with PHP and MySQL running on my Windows machine. This will allow me to work locally without consuming bandwidth from my hostonfire.com servers. The above mentioned program is handy whenever you which to test PHP scripts on your local machine.

After the installation of the server was completed, I proceed to install the latest version Wordpress which I am planning to upgrade my blog into.

Well, that’s all for the moment, I hope I have manage to share some valuable tools that you can mess around with. I am planning to come up with a list of recommended free tools in the next upgrade of my blog maybe in mid 2007. We will see how it goes, till then, take care.

Benny Ong XXX

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

What Does BAT GSD Do

It has been countless times that people ask me what does the company that I currently work in do and my answer will be a shared services company. Sure after, the question regarding what a shared services company will pop in. I would then need to explain what the whole thing is about.

This time around, I found an interview conducted by ZDnet with Dominic Holland, the head of BAT GSD which I believe will be useful for anyone who wants to know more. Click on the link to find out more.

Benny Ong XXX

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Last Day @ London

I woke up this morning with the same feeling about a year ago when I was about to leave London. I was not ready to leave. I do not know why but I believe that there is still so much to do and places to see which might just be a personal preference. You may want to challenge me that I do not like my home country but you are wrong. I love Malaysia to bits and it is where I will always call home. I would eventually spend most of my life in Malaysia and it would be a struggle if I do not love my home country.

One of the key attractions I have for London might be because of the life I experienced there both as a student and when I first started working. Looking back, I have no doubt enjoyed my time but I would not relive those days again as that chapter of my life is over. If I were to get a chance to work there, I would not hesitate but it needs to be something different.


Kensington Palace

Me, Soon Shuen + Song Yia @ Kensington Palace


Enough of me spilling my personal feel on the subject matter. I accompanied the girls in the morning to Buckingham Palace to see changing of the guards before walking through Hyde Park to Kensington Palace. Shortly after we had Taza kebab on Queensway where I use to live. It was soon for me to make my way to the airport when we headed to service apartment to collect my luggage before boarding the Heathrow Express from Paddington.

The airport was as busy as usual and since the failure of the recent terrorist attacks, we were not allowed to bring water through the security checkpoints and certain liquid products such as gel were only allowed in small portions placed in a clear plastic bag that they provide.

After clearing security, I did some quick duty free shopping before boarding the 6.05 p.m MH0007 flight back to KL.

Benny Ong XXX

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Friday, December 08, 2006

Last Day in The Office

BAT London Office

The Main Entrance of The Office


Chairman's Cocktail Party

Chairman's Cocktail Party


Reunion @ Buzz Bar

Daga, Margeritha + Me @ Buzz Bar


Reunion @ Buzz Bar

Roberta, Daga, Me + Robert @ Buzz Bar


Reunion @ Buzz Bar

Loreto, Me + Robert @ Buzz Bar


Reunion @ Buzz Bar

Eva + Me @ Buzz Bar

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Spanish Food for Dinner

  Tasos and Eleni are part of my Greek family. I met Tasos in University as he was my flat mate at McLaren House unit D-15 of London South Bank University. It was a great time to catch up with him because I last saw him about a year ago when I left London. We met up for dinner where Eleni suggested that it will be a good excuse to try out the Spanish Diner nearby which we did. I ordered Pasta and we shared a jug of Sangria. I took the tube home to the service apartments and called it a day.

 

Spanish Food for Dinner  

Spanish Food @ El Molino with Eleni & Tasos

 

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Team Dinner @ Globe House

Today is particularly a huge day for me as it is one of the highlights of my visit to the London office. I was required to present the findings and progress of a joint management trainee project. It was something that has been haunting me for about a month since I knew that I will be going to the UK.

The slides that have gone through countless rework and modifications will finally make its debut to a crowd that will probably eat us alive if we did not know our stuff. Luckily enough, I will be presenting with three project team members. The diversification of presenters we believe will make our findings more credible.


Smoking Cigars

Smoking Cigars


The time of the presentation was at 2.00 at Savoy Hotel just off the Strand. We have spent the whole morning on mock presentations which did not go on as smoothly. All the words we uttered and mumbled did not make sense and was indicating being incompetent. It is not usual for all of us to be like that. I was puzzled to see how pressure can affect our presentation skills. We never ever realize this seeing each of us presenting countless of times previously. It might be that we never did a presentation of this scale before to an audience who might not even know we existed in the company.


The Lobby of The Office

Mark Chow, Chris, Me, Brian Lane and Soon Shuen


The good news was the presentation went really well. Although we did not escape without questions, I believe the team handled it very professionally and calm. After the almost 2 hour session, we headed back to the office for fine dining dinner on the eight floor of the office building. I tried Dunhill’s cigar for the first time after dinner where a lady was walking around offering them.


After Malt Whisky Session

At the Pub after trying Malt Whisky


The night continued after that when we headed down to a pub close to Trafalgar Square for Malt Whisky on the rocks. I took three of them with increasing level of alcohol each time. I honestly did not like the taste as they were too strong. I use to mix my whisky with coke but according to them, those ones are cheap and the expensive ones are meant to be drunk the way they are.

We stayed quite late chatting the night away until everyone else left.

It is certainly another memorable day for myself.

Benny Ong XXX

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Gourmet Burgers for Dinner

If you had read my blog a day earlier, you might have realize just pictures being posted and not the accompanying write up like this one. Well, a quick report to wrap up my third day back in London.

Work went well for the day and Chantal from the Amsterdam’s office invited us to join for dinner at a place recommended by one of our Leadership team, Darren Eastland. The place is called Gourmet Burger Kitchen. According to him, it is a great place to dine and there is only one way for us to find out which is to try it out for ourselves.


Dinner at Gourmet Burger Kitchen

Chantal, Jasvin & me @ Gourmet Burger Kitchen


We decided to walk there from the office where we first made a pit stop at Thistle Charing Cross to drop off Chantal’s bag. It took us about 15 minutes of walking before we arrive at the restaurant. All of us feeling famish after a hard days of work were delighted to hear that dinner will be on Darren. All five of us took our time to scroll through the menu before ordering different burgers and drinks which included 4 flavors of Milkshake and 3 portions of chips. I settled for the Chicken Camembert & Cranberry burger with a Vanilla milkshake.

All of us chatted away and struggled to finish our burgers. Due to the huge serving, it was tough to hold it in our hands like how people usually have their burgers. Like most of the time, I manage to make mine look like a huge mess.

Feeling guilty on eating that much for dinner, we took a walk back to our service apartments.

Benny Ong XXX

Monday, December 04, 2006

Day 1 @ Globe House

Day 1 at Globehouse which is the london office, I did not know what to expect. Although I know the whole day will be packed with a workshop, I still did not know what to expect. Seeing my other friends who are on assignment there definately did lift off the stress. We took a cab from Marlin apartments and reached the office at Temple Place.

Once I got myself signed in, I started exploring. My department was located just on the first floor and it was nice to see a huge part of the management team at their desks. Usually, I will only see them when they are visiting the KL office and not in their working environment. I settled down and went to much spoken about company restaurant on the ground floor for a full english breakfast and some exploration.

Shortly after, the meeting of the day started. I went into a room with about 5 others and stayed there till lunch. I have to admit that it was a very good and productive meeting. We left for lunch at noon which was once again served at the restaurant I mentioned earlier. The food was of abundance although we are ethically entitled to one main course.


Dinner @ The Oldest French Restaurant


Dinner @ Monplaisir


Meeting resumed till the end of the day when we were further invited for drinks and dinner at a place near Covent Garden to complete the evening. I was struggling to stay awake during dinner most probably because of the Jet Lag.

That's all for now and do await my next few posts.....

Benny Ong XXX

Report From London

Today is day 2 that I am back in London. Having met less than half of the friends that I have made appointment with, I still have a week to finish that all. Busy busy busy week ahead!

I woke up at 3.00 a.m. London time this morning to go through all my templates and presentation slides that I am due to use throughout the week. I have this nature where everything never seems to be good enough but we will see the outcome later when I will be presenting my work on Wednesday afternoon in Savoy Hotel.

I brought my camera with me but haven't taken much pictures really. Most of the pics are on Sasha's camera which I will post up here once I get a hold of them.

Well, I need to end my quick post here but I promise I will be constantly updating my blog throughout my stay here.

Take care.

Benny Ong XXX

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Free Wifi @ KLIA

The time on my status bar shows 10:33 p.m. and I am seated just outside gate C32 of KLIA where I will be boarding plane MH002 on a 13 hour plus flight to London. I am obviously excited as most of you may know that I spent two years of my life in the 7 million population city.

I can't help it but feel stress at the same time as I will be there to finish up some work. If you are unaware, I am back in London not on leisure but on assignment. My company is sending me there for just a little over a week. One cool part of this trip is I will be able to meet up with another 4 of my Malaysian colleagues. It is more of a coincidence that we are there at the same time as we are on different projects.

There is now a queue in front of the gate after the announcement of the opening of it. I will just sit till the queue dies off.

Well, I have made arrangements with heaps of people and I do hope that I will be able to keep my appointments when I am there. Whatever it comes to, work will have to come first this time around as I am there for work rather than leisure.

That's all that I need to get off my chest for the moment. Well, as the title says, this blog post is courtesy of the free Wifi at KLIA.

Take care and I will keep you updated from the service apartment that I will call home for the next 10 days.

Benny Ong XXX

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Corporate Lessons

A quick post here, an e-mail that I just received that is worth sharing,

Corporate Lesson 1

A man is getting into the shower just as his wife is finishing up her shower when the doorbell rings. The wife quickly wraps herself in a towel and runs downstairs. When she opens the door, there stands Bob, the next door neighbor. Before she says a word, Bob says, "I'll give you $800 to drop that towel."
After thinking for a moment, the woman drops her towel and stands naked in
front of Bob. After a few seconds, Bob hands her $800 dollars and leaves. The woman wraps back up in the towel and goes back upstairs.
When she gets to the bathroom, her husband asks, "Who was that?"
"It was Bob the next door neighbor," she replies. "Great!" the husband says, "Did he say anything about the $800 he owes me?"

Moral of the story: If you share critical information pertaining to credit and risk with your shareholders in time, you may be in a position to prevent avoidable exposure.


Corporate Lesson 2


A priest offered a lift to a Nun. She got in and crossed her legs, forcing her gown to reveal a leg. The priest nearly had an accident. After controlling the car, he stealthily slid his hand up her leg. The nun said, "Father, remember Psalm 129?"
The priest removed his hand. But, changing gears, he let his hand slide up her leg again. The nun once again said, "Father, remember Psalm 129?" The priest apologised, "Sorry sister but the flesh is weak." Arriving at the convent, the nun went on her way. On his arrival at the church, the priest rushed to look up Psalm 129.
It said, "Go forth and seek, further up, you will find glory."

Moral of the story: If you are not well informed in your job, you might miss a great opportunity.


Corporate Lesson 3

A sales rep, an administration clerk, and the manager are walking to lunch when they find an antique oil lamp. They rub it and a Genie comes out. The Genie says, "I'll give each of you just one wish."
"Me first! Me first!" says the admin. clerk. "I want to be in the Bahamas, driving a speedboat, without a care in the world." Poof! She's gone.
"Me next! Me next!" says the sales rep. "I want to be in Hawaii, relaxing on the beach with my personal masseuse, an endless supply of Pina Coladas, and the love of my life." Poof! He's gone.
"OK, you're up," the Genie says to the manager. The manager says, "I want those two back in the office after lunch."

Moral of the story: Always let your boss have the first say.


Corporate Lesson 4

A crow was sitting on a tree, doing nothing all day. A rabbit asked him, "Can I also sit like you and do nothing all day long?"
The crow answered: "Sure, why not." So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the crow, and rested. A fox jumped on the rabbit and ate it.

Moral of the story: To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very high up.


Corporate Lesson 5

A turkey was chatting with a bull. "I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree," sighed the turkey, but I haven't got the energy."
"Well, why don't you nibble on my droppings?" replied the bull. "They're packed with nutrients." The turkey pecked at a lump of dung and found that it gave him enough strength to reach the lowest branch of the tree. The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch. Finally after a fourth night, there he was proudly perched at the top of the tree. Soon he was spotted by a farmer, who shot the turkey out of the tree.

Moral of the story: Bullshit might get you to the top, but it won't keep you there.


Corporate Lesson 6

A little bird was flying south for the winter. It was so cold the bird froze and fell to the ground in a large field. While it was lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on it. As the frozen bird lay there miserably in the pile of cow dung, it began to realize how warm it was. the dung was actually thawing him out! He lay there all warm and happy, and soon began to sing for joy. A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate. Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung and promptly dug him out and ate him.

Moral of the story:
Not everyone who craps on you is your enemy.
Not everyone who gets you out of crap is your friend and when you're in deep crap, it's best to keep your mouth shut.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Advice From Bill Gates

A Mail I Received That Is Worth Sharing.

Subject: 11 Rules from Bill Gates

To anyone with kids of any age, here's some advice. Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a High School about 11 things they did not and will not learn in school. He talks about how feel-good, politically-correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world. Love him or hate him, he sure hit the nail on the head with this.

Rule 1:

Life is not fair - get used to it.

Rule 2:

The world won't care about your self-esteem. The world
will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you
feel good about yourself.

Rule 3:

You will not make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won't be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.

Rule 4:

If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

Rule 5:

Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping - they called it opportunity.

Rule 6:

If you mess up, it's not your parent's fault, so don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

Rule 7:

Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they now are. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites your parent's generation created, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8:

Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools they have abolished failing grades and they'll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This does not bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9:

Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.

Rule 10:

Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11:

Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.

If you agree, pass it on.
If you can read this - thank a teacher.
IF you're not in jail or on the street - thank your parents.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

RM1,299 Flushed Away

Greetings everyone,

How was your weekend spent? Mine was pretty good as now I can say that I am a proud owner of a Zara Man’s leather jacket. As I will be going to the UK shortly, I needed some winter clothing and with the allowance that I was given, I totally blew it. It is the most expensive piece of clothing that I have bought even the shop-a-holic girls at work was shock to hear of my purchase. Curious on how it looks like, check the picture below.



My Zara Leather Jacket

My Zara Leather Jacket



Now, tell me if it is worth it or not? I believe people will say that you can get much more stuff for that amount of money or there are cheaper leather jackets. Whatever people’s opinion are, I knew that I had no regrets when I swiped my credit card.

The main reason I got it was because of the smart formal look and I was convince by a friend’s opinion when she was there.

Now, shortly after, I headed down to Cineleisure to catch a flick which was Flushed Away. I was surprise to see that there was something different from the trailer as I believe seeing Roody (If I got the name correct), which was the posh Mouse living in Kensington having two butlers. My sister realized the same thing as well. Maybe the producers decided to make a last minute modifications before the release.

This movie was brought to you by the same gang that gave us the claymation Wallace and Gromit’s The Curse of The Were Rabbit.

Any how, it was a good movie as the story was very original and it might be the best animation of the year so far. Speaking about computer generated animations this year, this possibly might be my favorite in the sense of the originality of its story line. Just a reminder of some other animation that was release this year, Disney’s The Wild, Disney’s Car, Over the Hedge, Monster’s House and what is to come, Nickelodeon’s Barnyard.

I am planning to catch Happy Feet this Wednesday as I have heard good reviews about it so far. So we will see how that goes.

And 1 last thing, I spend the two days stuffing myself which explains why my face is so puffed up and now I need to work out the whole week. (Planning to work extra hard on tomorrow’s Body Combat lessons)

Until next time, take care.

Benny Ong

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

New Recruitment Method

An e-mail received that is worth sharing.

HOW TO RECRUIT THE RIGHT PERSON FOR THE JOB?

Put about 100 bricks in some particular order in a closed
room with an open window.

Then send 2 or 3 candidates in the room and close the door.

Leave them alone and come back after 6 hours and then analyze
the situation.


If they are counting the bricks.
*Put them in the accounts department.*

If they are recounting them..
*Put them in auditing.*

If they have messed up the whole place with the bricks.
*Put them in engineering.*

If they are arranging the bricks in some strange order.
*Put them in planning.*

If they are throwing the bricks at each other.
*Put them in operations.*

If they are sleeping.
*Put them in security.*

If they have broken the bricks into pieces.
*Put them in information technology.*

If they are sitting idle.
*Put them in human resources.*

If they say they have tried different combinations, yet
not a brick has been moved.
*Put them in sales.*

If they have already left for the day.
*Put them in marketing.*

If they are staring out of the window.
*Put them on strategic planning.*


And then last but not least.


If they are talking to each other and not a single brick
has been moved.

***Congratulate them and put them in top management***

Thursday, November 09, 2006

BTA Graduation + Bowling With The Bosses

Today is the graduation of the first wave of BTAs (Business Technology Associates) which I am part of but the only difference is that I am in the second batch. My graduation will be in May or June next year.

The graduation is the celebration of 38 BTAs that was absorbed as permanent staff. Following the long list of events in my office, this is meant to be the last of the lot. I arrive in the office as early as I can after last nights late gala dinner.

We were told in earlier communication to dress up formal as we had the Minister of Human Resource, Datuk Fong Chan On (Don’t know if I spelled the name correctly) present.

The day revealed as planned and as usual, there would be free food throughout the day and this time around catered by Le Meridien.


Picture of Sih Wei & Me

Sih Wei The Usher & Me


The graduation also coincides with the grand opening of GSD’s Lifestyle Center called Chillz@8. It was also announce to us that we will be getting monthly subsidy of RM150 to spend in our cafeteria for food.

I rushed out of the office to get the bowling event with my department leadership team sorted out. Bowling was to replace the paintball match that has to be cancelled because of poor weather conditions.


The Whole Gang

The Team at The Bowling Event



My team won the bowling after three consecutive games with a lead of 39 points. A very close margin I would say which translates to about two strikes back to back. The most important thing was that everyone seems to have had heaps of fun.

We later proceed to Avanti at Sunway Resort Hotel for dinner which I had the chef’s recommendation of Sea Bass. Dinner lasted till about nine when most of them need to leave for the airport.

I continued by visiting another group at Flam’s before calling it a day.

Benny Ong XXX

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Gala Dinner & BoB Awards

Finally, the night that everyone was waiting for has arrived. It is GSD’s first ever Gala Dinner with a Best of the Best (BoB) Awards presentation. Well, my company decided to have this event align with the earlier mentioned Zone Meeting.


Picture With The Bosses

Picture With the Leadership Team


It was the talk among my group for weeks when it was first made known and we were discussing about what to wear. I might sound a bit vein here but I pressure myself to dress up well as a majority of global staff was around. I definitely wanted to project myself as an image conscious person. I did not know how I look to others but I am pleased with what I wore.

It was a Victorian shirt that I bought when I was working in H&M Knightsbridge accompanied with a suit from G2000.


Gajana With Red Hair!

Look at Gajana with Red Hair


One major thing worth remembering of the night is how everyone managed to leave the meeting which ended late and get ready on time for the dinner. I especially salute the girls for being able to even get their hair done for the night.

It was no disappointment for everyone who did so as everyone look amazing in their suit, tux and gown. The theme of the evening was a masquerade which I kept visualizing of the movie Casanova.

The evening began with a violinist followed by a singer with a live band. Appetizers were served followed by the main course which then the awards were given away. I am not nominated this time but am pretty sure that I will make an appearance in the list of nominees next time around.


James Bond Pose

James Bond Pose


The awards ended and it was announced that it was also my companies head of HR’s birthday where the crowd started singing the birthday song. I wondered how he felt?

The young bunch (of course me and the gang) started to convert the stage into a dance floor where we dance the night away.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

DJ Benny Ong

Greetings all,

Today, I spent the whole day at Sunway Convention center manning the GSD radio booth for the Zone Meeting (Something like an annual meeting) and this is what I will be doing for two days with the exception of tomorrow where I will be a participant as well.

GSD radio is an initiative in my company to reach out to the staff and the BAT group about what our company is working on and what we are all about. There are currently four episodes featuring interviews with top management on life after work and the latest happenings. It is broadcast bi-monthly in the internally within BAT.

I was told to help out on taking care of the booth past midnight on Friday which I did not hesitate at all to do so as it can help to add variety to my work life. It is also a great opportunity for me to learn something about event management.

My colleagues stayed to help me till past midnight the day before to decorate the booth. Although it looks simple in the picture, lots of effort was put into it but I am glad everything turned out pretty fine.


Dj Benny Ong

GSD Radio Booth


BTW, if you haven’t notice, I wore Red Shoes and a matching top to go with the theme and the logo of GSD radio.

To spice things up, there was a competition to win Ipod shuffles.

That’s all for now and this is just the start to a busy busy week!

Adios…..!

Benny Ong XXX

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Loy Krathong

Today, I participated in the Loy Krathong festival together with my loving mum and sister in Chettawan Buddhist Temple at Jalan Gasing. Loy Krathong is a Thai water lantern festival celebrated on the full moon of the 12th lunar month of the Thai calendar. It is a day to pay homage to the Goddess of Water for providing seafood for the whole year and also to apologize for pollution caused to the water.



Mum + sis + me


My Mum, My Sis + Me


You might be curious on how I would have got myself involve in such a celebration. Well, I was there a week ago when a lady seating over the counter at the entrance of the main shrine has some decorative flower pieces with price tags of RM 10, 20 and 30. Being me, I asked what it was about and it was totally what I had in mind. I remembered hearing about this celebration when I was much younger and never had a chance to participate in it.

I asked for a RM10 float where I was given a ticket with the number 75 for me to proceed to a hall downstairs where there were shelves and shelves of the floats. There was a keeper which brought me to the section with floats of my purchased value where I was asked to select one of my choice pictured below. I took ownership by proudly sticking a flag with my name on it.



My Loy Krathong Float


My Loy Krathong Float


I arrived at the Temple at after enduring the heavy showers. I collected my lantern and proceed to a hall with a small raised platform in the front where there were eight throw pillows on it with a Buddha shrine on the left side. I took a seat on the matted floor and chatted away before the monks started to arrive and filled up the eight spots.

The chants began at approximately half past eight and lasted just a little bit above half an hour. The fun thing was I can understand the instructions as the monk was speaking Hokkien. I can’t confirm whether it was a Thai dialect with similarities to Hokkien or he was indeed speaking the language.



Me & my Lighted Float


After Lighting up the candle and joss sticks


The procession started later with a huge crowd walking towards a nearby lake passing through a housing area. This is where we release our lanterns into the water. It was certainly a beautiful sight to see hundreds of work of art floating randomly on the surface.

I left that night feeling contented and it was a symbolism of me sending away bad luck.

That’s all for now and let me see what event I will be crashing into next time.

Take care!!!

Benny Ong

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Light A Candle

I received this mail today and believe your support can help. The e-mail are as follow:

The innocent victims of Internet child abuse cannot speak for themselves.

But you can.

With your help, we can eradicate this evil trade.

We do not need your money.

We need you to light a candle of support .

We're aiming to light at least One Million Candles by December 31, 2006.

This petition will be used to encourage governments, politicians, financial institutions, payment organisations, Internet service providers, technology companies and law enforcement agencies to eradicate the commercial viability of online child abuse.

They have the power to work together. You have the power to get them to take action.

Please light your candle at lightamillioncandles.com or send an email of support to light@lightamillioncandles.com.

Together, we can destroy the commercial viability of Internet child abuse sites that are destroying the lives of innocent children.

Kindly forward this email to your friends, relatives and work colleagues so that they can light a candle too.

Feel free to copy this mail and send it to your friends.

Benny Ong

Monday, October 30, 2006

Body Combat Classes @ Work

Today, I tried Body Combat for the first time at my company’s newly built Lifestyle Center. They have recently introduced Yoga, Latin Salsa and Body Combat classes. Me being a sucker for free lessons did not hesitate to sign up for a free Body Combat trial courtesy of the instructor.

I changed into my matching working out outfit in the office and was all pumped up and ready for the lesson. Since I do exercise regularly (yeah… rite), I though the class will also be breeze but I was more than wrong.

Well, as a quick intro as extracted from a website; BODYCOMBATâ„¢ is the empowering cardio workout where you are totally unleashed. This fiercely energetic program is inspired by martial arts and draws from a wide array of disciplines such as karate, boxing, taekwondo, tai chi and muay thai. Supported by driving music and powerful role model instructors, strike, punch, kick and kata your way through calories to superior cardio fitness.

Here is a video from Youtube on how it is like:



Gyms like Fitness First, True Fitness and Celebrity Fitness should have such classes but I am not sure. However, I do encourage that you find out more. I recommend Body Combat to those who would want an intense cardio workout.

Apologies for not having any pictures from that session as I did not see a point in bringing a camera to the gym.

Well, I need to bare with the sore muscles and aching back as reminders of my encounter with Body Combat. It will definitely not be my first and last Body Combat class as I actually sign up for it if my Latin Salsa class is bad.

That’s all for the moment and till next time, take care….

Benny Ong

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Benny On Tour (Strictly For Work)

Greetings all,

Let me write a quick one for today, I just read the mail about my work travel and guess what? I will be leaving for South Africa on 19 Nov and London on 2 Dec.

I have always wanted to go to South Africa and my dream is about to come true.

All the travel has certainly got me excited and I have already made arrangements to meet up with my buddies back in the UK.

Let's all hope that this are tasters of what is to come in my career.

Benny Ong XXX

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

A Pleasant Day with Friends

Greetings all,

Yup, I am officially back in Bukit Jalil, KL and ready to get life back in the rat race. (although my ideology is to get out of it) The stay in Penang was a much needed one and I somewhat have sinked in to my life in KL.

I had an appointment with the girls at work for Dim Sum breakfast at A Little Dim Sum Place (That is the real name) in Hartamas that was organized by JC. I picked up JC (My GPS Navigation system) before making a stop at Bangsar to grab Gajana.

We were of course the earliest there and we started ordering as we please. The selection was reasonable and it was served to the table as ordered by looking at the menu instead of the traditional methods where trolleys were pushed around.

The others soon arrive and we ended up talking about a lot of stuff. Although I am not too particularly proud about it because my manhood was attacked numerous times. I am surprise about how open they can be and the range of diverse topics that can be covered within that duration and how it can smoothly progress from one topic to another. I salute Women for that ability!

Angie (with make up on) left earlier for a movie at Mid Valley and I was left to accompany the girls shopping at the small boutiques around Hartamas before having lunch at Old Town Restaurant.

I soon parted with the girls and headed to Ikea to see Chuen Ping, she is down here from Singapore for a short visit. She was one of the closest friends of mine when I was in the UK. I kidnapped her from her host to have pancakes at Paddington House of Pancakes (I hope I got the name right). I had a drink called fizzy ginger and orange which I believe was the cause of my constant burping and gas emissions for the rest of the evening.

I soon parted with her and went home to watch 5 episodes of Desperate housewives back 2 back.

That's all for now....

Benny Ong XXX

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Selamat Hari Raya!

First of all let me take the opportunity to wish all my muslim friends from around the world, Happy Eid or Selamat Hari Raya!

I can't believe that I have spent three days already back in Penang and in about approximately an hours time, I would be in the car heading back to KL to avoid the much anticipated jam tomorrow. It was a nightmare on the way back to Penang and I would have been able to reach faster by walking. Enuff.... said.....

My return to Penang was a much needed one and it is like escaping reality where I have projects due by Friday and a presentation on Tuesday. I try to forget it during the duration of my stay but can't help it reminding myself of the things that needs to get done when I return.

I just did some shopping today at Sunshine Square in Bayan Baru to add some clothings into my collection. What I have now is very plain unlike when I was working with H&M in Knightsbride, London. That is when I will always spend my lunchtime trying on new clothes. Can't believe that is one year behind me and I am almost ending the chapter of my life for this year.

I can't find any cool stuff any discovered that I have developed a liking for brown pastel colours. Don't ask me why but 3 of the 4 tops that I bought was such.

I can hear my Mum's voice outside advicing my sis to drive carefully on the road. Well, I guess that it is about time I turn off the machine and load my rubbish onto the car for my trip back to Bkt Jalil....

That's all for now!

Benny Ong XXX

P/S: Congrats to JC for piercing her ears for the first time!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

FREE! US Greencard Lottery Opens Again

Greetings bunch,

The US Green Lottery for 2008 opens again. I am posting this to create an awareness that this is a FREE scheme and there are unethical companies charging for it.

http://www.dvlottery.state.gov/

One key thing to take note when applying is your photo. They have strict requirements for it and I advise you to take necessary steps to ensure that your photo meets the criteria. All the details are on the site.

Other than that, good luck!

Benny Ong

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Buka Puasa Buffet @ Palace

Reading the heading of the post, you might have assumed that I was a royal guest at the King's Buka Puasa or something. Well, I wished!

I was with Vince & May at Palace Of The Golden Horses (Again, the same hotel) for a Buka Puasa buffet. We arrived at about 7.30 p.m. after work to the packed restaurant on the basement called Carousel. Food there was ok and I particularly enjoyed the Ice-Cream selection.

I will try to grab a photo from Vince since he snap some shots using his new Canon Powershot camera. Just to make it clear, I am still a die hard fan of Sony Cybershots.

That's all for the moment, catch you later....

Benny Ong

Friday, October 13, 2006

Friday the 13th : Double Celebration

TGIF, and as yesterday was my 22nd Birthday, I might as well make it a double celebration. It was more convenient for some to turn up today than for yesterday’s dinner as tomorrow will not be a working day.

Me Downing A Submarine

Me Downing A Submarine

So, we headed down to Oasis Food and Beer Garden in Bangsar. The cool thing of being there was people that I place close to my heart showed up. My mum and sis even gave me a surprise visit with a cake.

My Mum and Sis


My Mum & Sis

It was funny to see everyone behaving well and not as wild when my mum turned up.

Another Shot?

Another Shot?

We proceed to Bar Flam’s after that to continue the party where I stop taking anymore alcohol to stop myself from getting super drunk.

Pictures From Oasis

Group Pic Taken At Oasis

We all left at approx 2.30 after a mamak session to sober up.

Another Group Pic

Yet Another Group Pic

It was an amazing night although I had loads to drink and even puked.

That’s all for the moment, till next time, take care.

Benny Ong

Thursday, October 12, 2006

22nd Birthday

I can’t believe that I am celebrating my 22nd Birthday as I felt my 21st was just yesterday. Well, a year has passed and here I am, probably wiser I hope so.

As expected in the office, my close peers manage to get me a brownie from Secret Recipe and I blew out the candles in the Lifestyle Center.

The celebration continued after work when we headed to Leo’s for dinner. This time around, the service wasn’t as good anymore but it is the company that I had with me that matters.

Here are some of the pictures from this memorable day.

My Birthday Cake

My Birthday Cake

The bunch doing a crazy pose.

Crazy Pose

Dinner at Leo's

Dinner Time


Benny Ong

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Higher Chance To Travel

Greetings everyone,

As you may realize that I have not posted anything major in a couple of weeks. This seems like a trend and if you study it carefully, I am sure that you can discover a pattern. Well, don’t waste your time doing that and let’s get down to business.

There are no major reasons why I have not posted up anything interesting but nothing seems cool enough.

Today, I just got good news on my next rotation. To those who are unaware of what I have said, there is a scheme going on where I will be switching departments periodically.

I will be moving to a role that was my preference which gives me ample opportunities to travel. If you ask me where, I can’t answer that yet as I am still unsure.

The actual department move will be at the end of the month and I don’t really mind which country that I am going to be sent to. I am up for anything.

I promise to share with you my experiences of the countries I travel to. My cool camera can now breathe new life as it hasn’t been traveling abroad in a while.

Benny Ong

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Graveyard of The Fireflies

I have been a die hard fan of Studio Ghibli ever since I first watch Princess Mononoke while I was studying in London.

Thanks to a friend, I can now watch the whole box set of Studio Ghibli feature length presentations.

Till date, I have watched in no particular order:

1) Howl’s Moving Castle*
2) Spirited Away (Academy Award Winning)*
3) Kiki’s Delivery Service
4) My Neighbour Totoro
5) Graveyard of The Fireflies
6) Pom Poko
7) Princess Mononoke*

I recommend that you watch those marked with *.

I just finish watching Graveyard of The Fireflies which is one of the saddest cartoons besides Disney’s The Fox and The Hound. It was a tale during the war times in the land of the rising sun.

I particularly like how the animators can portray human emotions through their cartoon characters. It is no doubt a job well done.

That’s all for now as I am selecting what I am going to watch next.

As Tigger always like to say, TTFN. Ta Ta For Now!

Benny Ong

Sunday, October 08, 2006

I Strike Lottery

Yup, you read the heading right and I am not joking. I won the lottery. Today I spent RM 12 on three different lottery number agencies and called my mum to check on the results later that night after the draw.

I was really surprise to hear that I have won. Suddenly, it was not about the amount but the sense of luck.

I never usually buy lottery numbers as I don’t gamble but what triggered me was in the morning, I somehow manage to scratch the bumper of my car on the raised barrier of the drain next to the parking lot. Mind you, I have amazing side parking skills. With that mentioned, I felt a big superstitious and decide to try my luck on buying my car’s number plate.

Well, enough said. You can call it coincidence or once in a lifetime occurrence but I firmly believe that there is more to it.

I wish you all the luck in the world!, Wish me luck and we will see when it is the next time I will strike it big.

“Feelin’ Lucky� Benny Ong

Saturday, September 30, 2006

The Secret Is Revealed (Free Download)

I was at JW Marriot KL for a mini private screening of the Secret. My impression before going to watch it was a feature length film as how they market it on their website. However, it turn out to be more of a documentary type of thingy.

There are some good points that I picked up from the video and am currently practising positive thinking. Do check the following links below to find out more about the secret.

What Is The Secret

Click here to download and view a snippet from the video for free. You will need the latest version of quicktime player to view the file.

For those privilleged to own an i-pod Video, click here for a compatible version.

The video is also available on Youtube.

Benny Ong XXX

Friday, September 29, 2006

La Bodega Lounge, Bangsar

Sardor, the DC Manager in Singapore that I last met during my visit there was in town for business. My colleagues and I took the opportunity to bring him out.

A colleague suggested The La Bodega Lounge in Bangsar which we eventually made reservations based on the pictures on the website.

I drove there after work and parked my car at BHP Petrol Station (A good tip from JC since it is hard to get parking in Bangsar) and made my way to the La Bodega. I couldn't find my guest although I am pretty sure they have arrived.

It took me a while to realize that the lounge was above La Bodega.

We ordered three Tapas sets which was priced at RM 60 and a couple jug of beers during happy hour. We continued on playing UNO which took ages to complete followed by Black Jack.

During the Black Jack game, the winner will be able to choose a person to be punish. The punishment was 30 secs riding on the I-gallop machine in our company Lifestyle Center.

To those unaware of what I-gallop is, it is a machine that simulates horse riding and is suppose to be good for your back and posture. It all sounds good but riding it in front of a crowd is a whole different story.

All of us came out of the Black Jack as criminals with a sentence of 3 minutes average on the I-gallop.

We stayed till after midnight before I started sending Sardor, Lincoln and JC home.

Best thing of the night was there is 15% discount for HSBC card holders that I was not even expecting. We saved quite a lot from that discount.





Lincoln, Me, Sardor, JC and Song Yia


If you were to ask me whether I would go back to La Bodega Lounge, the answer is YES!

That's all for now!

Benny Ong XXX

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Phixr.com : Web Based Image Editor

Greetings bunch,

Phixr


I discovered this nifty tool while trying to edit some pictures on my work laptop that has restriction on installing applications. I believe it will be useful for some that require to do some basic editing (obviously better than Microsoft Paint!) but it can't match a full fledged image editor (obviously nothing like Adobe Photoshop or Macromedia Fireworks). However, this is a start of what are to come and can expect from the future. Picture yourself starting all applications from a web site. Cool isn't it, most probably all will be free as well, even better!

Well, Phixr do have it's weaknesses but I believe that it will improve over time. You may use it by generating a temporary account that requires no registration but I advise you to register if you are going to use it frequently.

Here are some other cool links to other image editing tools that exists.

1. Flickr Toys
2. List of Image Tools
3. E-Cover Maker

That's all for now!

Benny Ong XXX

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Can't Creat Folder Name CON

I received this e-mail, tested it out and it really works. Attached is the exact e-mail..

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An Indian(J.R.Guhan) discovered that nobody can

create a FOLDER anywhere on the computer which can be named as

"CON".

This is something pretty cool...and unbelievable... At Microsoft the

whole Team, including Bill Gates, couldn't answer why this happened!

So, inform about this to all your friends. TRY IT NOW , IT WILL NOT

CREATE " CON " FOLDER

Try To rename the New Folder as CON Or con It will not Accept ...

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I won't be surprise if Bill Gates can't answer it as I don't think he is that techie and is as involve in the development anymore. Looks like a flaw has been discovered.

Benny Ong

Monday, September 25, 2006

Three Hairs

There was once a woman who woke up one morning, looked in the mirror and noticed she had only three hairs on her head.

"Well," she said, "I think I'll braid my hair today," so she did and she had a wonderful day.

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and saw she had only two hairs on her head.

"Hmm," she said, "I think I'll part my hair down the middle today," and she did and she had a grand day.

The next morning she woke up, looked in the mirror and saw she had only one hair left on her head.

"Well," she said, "Today I'm going to wear my hair in a ponytail." So she did and it was a fun, fun day.

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that there wasn't a single hair on her head. "YEAH!" she exclaimed, "I don't have to fix my hair today!"

Remember you may not be able to control what someone says or does or some of the situations that life throws you, but you can sure control the way you react.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Excellerated Sales Team Program

I spend the past two days attending the Excellerated Sales Team program which is a sign up bonus of the Money + U course I mentioned that I will be participating in November.

The two day event was fun with lots of games that I can easily reflect upon. It totally changed my opinion on sales.

One fun part that I will remember is during an activity, we were suppose to sell a product to other participants that we have earlier categorize or profiled. Our first activity was to sell Lingerie and then followed by Men’s Underwear. One team presented their brand as Victoria’s Secret in the Lingerie portion and cheekily as Benny’s Secret for their Men’s Underwear. Funny isn’t it!

Here is the picture taken after our graduation.

Graduating Class

Other Participants & Me

Friday, September 22, 2006

Getting 4th Placing at Bowling League

After spending the previous night in Batu Pahat, Johor; I headed straight back to KL for the much awaited company organized Bowling League. It was being held at Sunway Pyramid Megalanes. Off course in true Benny spirit, I was playing to win.

I was fortunate enough to be randomly placed with a capable and talented bunch as a team. We started out strong and maintain good scores throughout the three set of games with each players contributing on average 130 points.

After getting our arms sore, we waited anxiously for the score as we were place fourth in two games. My hopes were crashed when I found out we remain at the same position short of 9 points to get third placing. There were nice trophies and cash vouchers as prizes that I wished would have been mine.

However, I am still glad as I ranked 7 out of 53 male bowlers and my team being 4th out of 20 teams was definitely an achievement.


Team 7

Team No. 7

Haslinda & Me

Haslinda & Me,

Chris & Me

Chris & Me,


Can You Spot Me

Can You Spot Me?

Benny Ong XXX

Monday, September 18, 2006

Lifestyle Center Soft Launch @ Work

Today at 5, everyone in the office gathered around the newly renovated unit that will be our "Lifestyle Center" or leisure center to relax after work or during breaks. There was a competition earlier on naming the center and the winning name was "Chilzs @ 8" which is catchy one I believe. Now, there is a competition on designing the logo which I am more than keen to join.

If you are curious on what is in the center, there is a fully equiped gym, a karaoke room (for the old chaps), a TV room, a training room, two massage chairs, an i-Gallop (seriously), a cafeteria (Due to server food in October), Shower rooms (No Water at the moment), Snooker Table, Internet PC Stations and Fusball that everyone is excited about. (See the pictures below of us testing it out)


Fusball Action

Serious Fusball Action

Fusball Posing

Serious Posing

Ailton & Me

Ailton & Me