Friday, March 30, 2007

Day Trip To Bruge, Belgium

Bruge, Belgium


Simon Stewenplein


Calais, France


On The Ferry Back From Calais, France


Bruge , Belgium


The City Center

Saturday, March 24, 2007

London Here I Come

When I told my sister that I will return to London this year, I did not knew how or was even anywhere near the possibility of my company sending me there. With that said, I am now seated in the International Departure terminal of KLIA (proudly displaying that they are the winner of the Best International Airport 2 years in the row) awaiting my Malaysia Airlines flight to London. The point I want to emphasize here is that of the Power of Thought. If you have been there in the mind, your body will also.

I am returning to London this time around for a project roll out that I am more than excited about. Expectation wise from speaking to my new boss is that there are heaps to do as this is a pilot and I am expected to stay for a month with the possibilities of extension.

I will be staying at Marlin Apartments same as last time but the one near Mansion House instead of in South Bank. It is about three tube stations away from Globe House at Temple Place where I am working. I will walk to work daily and hope it will be able to offset the food intake during lunch. The office in Globe House is well known for its food and is provided free to the employees.

That’s all for now and let me see how I am going to kill the next 1 hour and 55 minutes. Since I haven’t leisure surf in ages, that will be a start.

Take care.

Benny Ong

P/S: This post is courtesy of the FREE WiFi offered at KLIA. Please note that most airports charge for WiFi Access. Kudos to Malaysia!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

From Good To Great

I was privileged to have been a participant for the past two days in a training called From Good to Great based on the book written by Jim Collins. The books highlights the distinction that make a company great which involves High Motivation and High Profits at a sustainable level.



Hotel Equatorial Bangi


Just Before The Training


Just Before The TrainingThe training was facilitated by Mr Simon Ng of Dynamic Team whereby he combined both the principles of the book with his own training known as the Bruce Lee Power Punch Shaolin. He has a wealth of experience and handles the whole course well.


whereby he combined both the principles of the book with his own training known as the Bruce Lee Power Punch Shaolin. He has a wealth of experience and handles the whole course well.whereby he combined both the principles of the book with his own training known as the Bruce Lee Power Punch Shaolin. He has a wealth of experience and handles the whole course well.Just Before The TrainingThe training was facilitated by Mr Simon Ng of whereby he combined both the principles of the book with his own training known as the Bruce Lee Power Punch Shaolin. He has a wealth of experience and handles the whole course well.The course was held at Bangi Equatorial which is a place that would never have been on my visit list. There were about 23-35 of us consisting of a majority of BTAs (GSD’s term for Management Trainee) and a good mix of managers.



From Good To Great


 



Group Picture of Participants and Organizers


To me, the training came at a perfect time as I was getting a bit sidetracked in my performance at work. Being out of the office was something healthy and what was needed. The whole two day training course made me reflect on my actions so far and managed to change me in a certain level.



BTAs at The Training


 



The BTA Participants


I will be selling you short if I were to reveal what was in the training program. This is simply to ensure that you obtain similar or even better results from the training.


Photo with the Trainer
Mr Simon Ng (Trainer) & Me


Some of the portion of the course was similar to what I have picked up previously in Money & You which incidentally I will miss the upcoming one in April because of work related travel.


I will be off to London for a month starting this Saturday and with the learning experience at the back of my mind, I would definitely strive for excellence. Hopefully this will be working to my favor as my final evaluation is in roughly a month’s time whereby the outcome is whether I get to join the organization or I should try my luck somewhere else.


That’s all for the moment, till my next post. Do take care.


Benny Ong

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

An Inconvenient Truth

Greetings bunch,

I heard about the Academy Award winning documentary by the ex Presidential candidate Al-Gore sometime ago. It also managed to earn him a Nobel Prize nomination for climate change. I manage to ignore it for a while because I thought it was just a cheap publicity stunt until recently when I kind of got hold of the video.

 
An Inconvenient Truth DVD

 

It was on a weekend evening and me being curious decided to watch it over my computer and what I saw was revealing. The funny thing is, we do realize it happening everyday but do we take any action to prevent or control the outcome?

For example, I can clearly tell you from growing up in Malaysia that the weather has gone bonkers with the heat reaching intolerable levels months after months.

Well, I use to be a skeptic of the effects of Global Warming but I will be lying to say that I have completely switched over after watching the documentary. I do sometimes question that maybe all of this is meant to happen after all? But at the rate it is going is alarming. If you do feel the same way and want to make a difference, never underestimate the power of one voice.

For starters, you may download the 10 things list which is a pdf file that describe the little things you do that can make a difference. Remember, every little helps.

For more details, visit http://www.climatecrisis.net/



Cheers...

Benny Ong

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