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

Friday, September 15, 2006

Mogan's Farewell @ Bar Flam's in Bangsar

After not uploading any cool pictures for a while, here is one of me turning red after a couple of drinks at Bar Flam's Restaurant in Bangsar.

Me Turning Red

I was at Bar Flams Restaurant in Bangsar to join in the farewell of Mogan from his department as he takes on bigger roles in the company. Although it was raining, it did not turn down my spirit from partying.



The Bunch & Me

As there were free flow of alcohol, I drank a lot before I followed my sister home. It was such a coincidence that she was drinking at the other side of Bar Flams.

That's all for now, Take care....

Benny Ong XXX

Thursday, September 14, 2006

HR Policy

Just received another cool e-mail that is worth sharing......

Effective From Today Onwards


Dress Code

1. It is advised that you come to work dressed according to your salary. If we see you wearing Prada shoes and carrying a Gucci bag, we assume you are doing well financially and therefore do not need a pay raise.

2. If you dress poorly, you need to learn to manage your money better, so that you may buy nicer clothes, and therefore you do not need a pay raise.

3. If you dress just right, you are right where you need to be and therefore you do not need a pay raise.



Sick Days

We will no longer accept a doctor's certificate as proof of sickness.

If you are able to go to the doctor, you are able to come to work.



Holiday Days

Each employee will receive 104 personal days a year. They are called Saturday & Sunday.



Compassionate Leave

This is no excuse for missing work. There is nothing you can do for dead friends, relatives or co-workers. Every effort should be made to have non-employees attend to the arrangements.

In rare cases where employee involvement is necessary, the funeral should be scheduled in the late afternoon. We will be glad to allow you to work through your lunch hour and subsequently leave one hour early.



Toilet Use

1. Entirely too much time is being spent in the toilet. There is now a strict three-minute time limit in the cubicles.

2. At the end of three minutes, an alarm will sound, the toilet paper roll will retract, the cubicle door will open, and your picture will be taken.

3. After your second offence, your picture will be posted on the company notice board under the "Chronic Offenders" category.

4. Anyone caught smiling in the picture will be sanctioned under the company's mental health policy.



Lunch Break

1. Skinny people get 30 minutes for lunch, as they need to eat more so that they can look healthy.

2. Normal size people get 15 minutes for lunch to get a balanced meal to maintain their average figure.

3. Chubby people get 5 minutes for lunch, because that's all the time needed to drink a Slim-Fast.

Thank you for your loyalty to our company. Remember we are an employer of choice and we are here to provide a positive employment experience.

Therefore, all questions, comments, concerns, complaints, frustrations, irritations, aggravations, insinuations, allegations, accusations, contemplations, consternation and input should be directed elsewhere.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

WORK WORK WORK

Greetings Everyone,

Thousand and one apologies on not updating my blog if there is even anyone waiting for any blog posts from me. I have been tied down with work. I can't believe that I just said that. This is strongly because I have made a promise to myself that I will never get bogged down by work not by not doing them but by managing them well.

Lately, the amount of things to be done have sky rocketed high! Yup, you heard me right. The amount of work that has somehow fall on my lap has increase highly. However, I believe I will get everything cleared up by next week and things will be brighter again.

I've got to get back to work and promise to use the Advance Editing tool of WordPress to share my experience on what I have done on those blank post days.

Please be patient and everything will be up in due time.

Benny Ong XXX

P/S: Do watch out for my e-book coming out shortly.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

ORDER IN THE COURT!

Finally something worth sharing from my inbox. Read it and have a laugh or two.

These are from a book called Disorder in the American Courts, and are
things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and now
published by court reporters who had the torment of staying calm while
these exchanges were actually taking place.

ATTORNEY: What is your date of birth?
WITNESS: July 18th
ATTORNEY: What year?
WITNESS: Every year.
_____________________________________
ATTORNEY: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact?
WITNESS: Gucci sweats and Reeboks.
______________________________________

ATTORNEY: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?
WITNESS: Yes.
ATTORNEY: And in what ways does it affect your memory?
WITNESS: I forget.
ATTORNEY: You forget? Can you give us an example of something you forgot?
_____________________________________

ATTORNEY: How old is your son, the one living with you?
WITNESS: Thirty-eight or thirty-five, I can't remember which.
ATTORNEY: How long has he lived with you?
WITNESS: Forty-five years.
_____________________________________

ATTORNEY: What was the first thing your husband said to you that morning?
WITNESS: He said, "Where am I, Cathy?"
ATTORNEY: And why did that upset you?
WITNESS: My name is Susan.
______________________________________

ATTORNEY: Do you know if your daughter has ever been involved in voodoo?
WITNESS: We both do.
ATTORNEY: Voodoo?
WITNESS: We do.
ATTORNEY: You do?
WITNESS: Yes, voodoo.
______________________________________

ATTORNEY: Now doctor, isn't it true that when a person dies in
his sleep, he doesn't know about it until the next morning?

WITNESS: Did you actually pass the bar exam?
___________________________________

ATTORNEY: The youngest son, the twenty-year-old, how old is he?
WITNESS: Uh, he's twenty-one..
________________________________________

ATTORNEY: Were you present when your picture was taken?
WITNESS: Would you repeat the question?
______________________________________

ATTORNEY: So the date of conception (of the baby) was August 8th?
WITNESS: Yes.
ATTORNEY: And what were you doing at that time?
WITNESS: Uh....
______________________________________

ATTORNEY: She had three children, right?
WITNESS: Yes.
ATTORNEY: How many were boys?
WITNESS: None.
ATTORNEY: Were there any girls?
______________________________________

ATTORNEY: How was your first marriage terminated?
WITNESS: By death.
ATTORNEY: And by whose death was it terminated?
______________________________________

ATTORNEY: Can you describe the individual?
WITNESS: He was about medium height and had a beard.
ATTORNEY: Was this a male or a female?
______________________________________

ATTORNEY: Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a
deposition notice which I sent to your attorney?

WITNESS: No, this is how I dress when I go to work.
______________________________________

ATTORNEY: Doctor, how many of your autopsies have you performed
on dead people?

WITNESS: All my autopsies are performed on dead people.
______________________________________

ATTORNEY: ALL your responses MUST be oral, OK? What school
did you go to?

WITNESS: Oral.
______________________________________

ATTORNEY: Do you recall the time that you examined the body?
WITNESS: The autopsy started around 8:30 p.m.
ATTORNEY: And Mr. Denton was dead at the time?
WITNESS: No, he was sitting on the table wondering why I was
doing an autopsy on him!
______________________________________

ATTORNEY: Are you qualified to give a urine sample?
WITNESS: Huh?
______________________________________

ATTORNEY: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a
pulse.
WITNESS:  No.
ATTORNEY: Did you check for blood pressure?
WITNESS: No.
ATTORNEY Did you check for breathing?
WITNESS: No.
ATTORNEY: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you
began the autopsy?
WITNESS: No.
ATTORNEY: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
WITNESS: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
ATTORNEY: But could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?
WITNESS: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing
law.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Amazing Powerpoint Tips

I am currently attending a course called Dynamic Presentation Skills and learned a cool trick today regarding functions in Microsoft Powerpoint. Yup, all you slaves of Microsoft pay close attention and I will guarantee you that your presentation will never be the same again.

First and foremost is turning the slides into a completely blank black or white screen without turning your machine off. This is necessary for various reasons such as you want the audience to pay attention on the presenter instead of the slides or to pause for some other activities. It can be done by a single click of the “B� key for a black screen or “W� for white while your presentation is running in full screen. Simply click any key to bring your presentation back to life.

The other cool trick is to hide your cursor or mouse pointer. Just click on “A� or “=� to hide it and to bring it back. You can also turn it into a pen where you can scribble on your presentation slides and then erase it. This trick will be good for speakers to emphasize on a point or highlight something important. Just click on the CTRL key and P at the same time to get the pen. Click on your mouse and drag to start drawing and scribble on your slides. Click E to erase what you have added on screen or just proceed to the next slide. Please note that no change will be done to your existing slides. Key in CTRL + A to bring back the mouse cursor.

You may also schedule your slides to run on a preset time. This will require more reading and configuration on your part for it. There are simple keys available for you to rehearse your presentation.

For other cool tricks for Microsoft Powerpoint, click F1 and a small window will pop up above your presentation indicating the keys and functions available.

Please do share your tips on other cool tricks in other common applications.

Here is to a better and cooler presentation for everyone!

Benny Ong

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Creating Separate Headers and Footer in Words

There might come a time in your life when you are creating a word document that requires you to have separate headers for different chapters or categories.

It took me the weekend to understand the help file built in on Microsoft Words to do it but finally I did it. That is persistence for you.

Well, first and foremost, you will need to break your pages into categories. This is done by inserting breaks. To do so, click on Insert on your header menu and select Break. A window will pop up and click on Next Page under Section Break Types. You have now successfully created a break between the two pages or sections. You may repeat this process for all your categories and chapters if needed.

Now, click on View and then Header and Footer. Start inserting text into them and you will notice that all pages are still showing the same headers and footers. No worries, this is because they are set as default to be the same as the previous. Simple click a button on the screen to unlink the headers and footers from each breaks.

That's it! You have successfully created different headers and footers for your pages.

Until next time, take care.

Benny Ong

Monday, September 04, 2006

Do Not Talk To My Parrot

This one really got me laughing in the morning at work and is worth sharing.

Wanda's dishwasher quit working so she called a repairman. Since she had to go to work the next day, she told the repairman, "I'll leave the key under the mat. Fix the dishwasher, leave the bill on the counter, and I'll mail you a check."

"Oh, by the way don't worry about my bulldog Spike. He won't bother you. But, whatever you do, do NOT, under ANY circumstances, talk to my parrot!" "I REPEAT, DO NOT TALK TO MY PARROT!!!"

When the repairman arrived at Wanda's apartment the following day, he discovered the biggest, meanest looking bulldog he had ever seen. But, just as she had said, the dog just lay there on the carpet watching the repairman go about his work.

The parrot, however, drove him nuts the whole time with his incessant yelling, cursing and name calling. Finally the repairman couldn't contain himself any longer and yelled,

"Shut up, you stupid, ugly bird!"

To which the parrot replied, "Get him, Spike!"


See, men just don't listen !

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Free E-Cover Maker

You would not believe where I am right now, I am in Lim Kok Wing Cyberjaya Campus library writing this post.

Lim Kok Wing

 

Yup, it has come to a time that I am so desperate to get a decent internet connection that I won't mind travelling that far. If you think that I have enrolled for a Design course here, you are wrong. Story on how I ended up here then? Well, just face it that I am here on a Saturday afternoon.

By the way, yesterday, I uploaded an e-cover maker script over the internet that you can freely use to create the covers for your e-products. This is a good tool for all those budding e-marketers that are working on their first product and do not have much time or money to spare on coming up with the images.

On the sidelines, I will be working on my first major e-product soon that hopefully will be successful. On how much I will profit for it, it is not a major concern of mine yet.

There is all for today and enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Benny Ong XXX

Friday, September 01, 2006

Negotiation Skills

Here I am, in the office all alone on the Friday after Merdeka (A public holiday). The row that I am seated in is usually noisy with our presence, the trainees. However, more than half of the staff have applied for leave to enjoy an extended weekend off. I would have happily applied for it and drove back to Penang but was turn off by the massive traffic jam that will usually occur from such events.

It has been ages since I have spoken to my coach about what I wanted to achieve career wise. One of the major things that I wanted to improve was my Negotiation skills. The company training on Negotiation is over and the next one available will be in 2007. So, he suggested that I look up the internet for one and I stumbled upon this amazing site called Winxwin.com. They offer a free e-training on Negotiation which I am currently following.

Hopefully, after months to come, I will be able to improve my Negotiation Skills. Good luck to everyone else who have the same goals as me! Please do share with me other good sites that you have across.

Have A Nice Weekend!

Benny Ong