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Social media is rapidly gaining popularity as a convenient communication tool to connect instantly with your loved ones, friends, colleagues, classmates, alumni and special interest groups online. Taken from my Facebook posting on 12 Oct 2018.

WE SHARE MORE THAN WE REALISE: On a daily basis, we share our thoughts here, and for many of us, it has become a pleasure and enhanced routine. I think sharing is at the heart of all social behaviour. Today, social media enables sharing to happen at breakneck speed. Within 24 hours of each of my early morning posts, FB friends would have probably made or given more than 100 comments and thousands of Likes. I think people share to look good, feel good and to connect. We also share to convince, and to teach and help. In real life, sharing has become a necessity. In the workplace, no one person can do everything, so teams have to bear the burden. We coexist in the office and at home, and we spend time with others which equals to sharing our time with them. When we do something with other people that makes us humble and happy, that is the true spirit of sharing.

 

Selected followers’ comments:

Azzlan Ismail: No man is an island. We need to share our life with others. Sharing brings about love, understanding, peace and above all blessings from Almighty.

Christopher Tan: You have been sharing your experiences and thoughts with us for many years. Exemplary!

Choon Pin Yoong: Any good idea not shared cannot get better. Good food not shared stays on the same plate. Love not shared is unrequited. Happiness not shared is shiok sendiri.

 

My other FB postings between 8 Oct 2018 and 14 Oct 2018:

8 Oct 2018

TASTE, NOT CASH, IS THE REAL KING: It looks like I’m doing an advertorial here. Maybe. But not many people know the HCK Group has a F&B subsidiary under its investment division, which is the Malaysian master franchisee for “Jamaica Blue Fine Coffees.” It also owns the “I Prefer Original” brand. The number of outlets is growing, and we expect food to contribute better revenue in the years ahead. But this is a tough industry where the roadside is strewn with fallen brands, local or foreign. As a keen foodie myself, I know fully well that taste is king, and will remain so. Nothing comes close to food and drinks that feel so right in the mouth. Once upon a time, the stories of “secret recipes” sold well. Not any more. I think the only intellectual property in this business is getting the taste right. My HCK guys know that the food business is very tough, but the success, with the hard work and passion put into it, can be very sweet.

 

Selected followers’ comments:

Alwin Yao: Taste is King in foods and beverages industry. It doesn’t matter the price if the taste is awesome good, people will buy the best taste to feed their hearts and hungry stomachs. The brand name is less important but the taste is paramount.

TW Kee: Depends though, as many reputable coffeeshop like Yook Woo Hin in KL has closed down mainly due to escalating rentals. So rather it’s a balance of both taste and rental.

Philip Lim: Good taste must also come with excellent service. We have seen too many times when outlets are shunned because or poor, lousy or even no customer service.

 

9 Oct 2018

WE’RE THE CAPTAIN OF OUR OWN SHIP: On my yacht as it cruised the high sea on a rainy evening, I thought about the similarity of Captain Tan Kah Ghee’s job with my own. There’re times when I would wonder if I’ll be piloting my business across calm seas or doing battle with a perfect storm. Capt Tan has been manning the yacht with two other crewmen for 5 years, and he has kept the 65-footer, which I hardly use, in tip-top condition. His son Chuan Kiat, whom I’ve fully sponsored for a finance degree, would be graduating next year, and Capt Tan hopes his offspring will find the sailing smooth in his future calling. Our children need an anchor, like a tertiary education, as a source of security and stability. We all are captains of our own destiny, navigating our ship with its cargo of hopes and dreams, and we shouldn’t let anyone else take the wheel.

 

Selected followers’ comments:

Jasmine Ang: Good morning. Our home is like a ship in the big ocean. Some got to the shore and walk up the hill. Others just stay at the harbour not taking risk and those who didn’t made it face drowning. Only lucky few got saved by bigger ships. Good luck to all captains of their ships. Pray for good weather, one thing we can’t control. 😊

Philip Lim: We are all captains of our own ships and there should be only one captain in any one ship.

Muhammad Huzaifah Mustapha: This is my dream to have a yacht , I guess u have a Private Jet too

 

10 Oct 2018

YOU DON’T ELIMINATE, YOU REPLACE IT: What are your bad habits? A friend often bites his nail, and he’s in his 40s. That probably isn’t as bad as nose picking or smoking in front of others. Maybe you swear, sleep late, overeat, drink too much, or spend too much time online or in front of the TV. These are the things many people do, even though they’re considered bad behaviour, and could be taxing on their pockets, time, health or energy. I could have been more disciplined with my sleeping and eating patterns, and the lax attitude has taken a toll on my health over the years. Doing things we shouldn’t do could be a response to stress or boredom. When I realised I tapped my foot too much when my mind was restless or full of thoughts, I got rid of that habit by constantly taking sips of water instead. I think it’s difficult to eliminate a bad habit, but it’s easier to replace it with a better one.

 

Selected followers’ comments:

Ong Phaik Kim: Takes years to cultivate good habit! But seconds to learn the bad habit! It takes determination n will power to resist!

Kpo Junnie: I would like to stop playing games but I always think today I can beat that level,ha ha ha and sometimes it takes a few days

Shenna Dot: These photos show disgusting scene, but aren’t we all part of that sometimes? 😊

 

11 Oct 2018

COURAGE IS MOSTLY MENTAL STAMINA: This country has its fair share of courageous people – like the Harapan polticians who persisted and succeeded in forming a new government against all odds, and the entrepreneurs who took great financial risks to build business empires. Courage isn’t about getting into physical fights or getting armed to the teeth. I feel it has a lot more to do with mental stamina and innovation. I once tried to show off by leaping down a flight of stairs, and got badly hurt. It was not a brave act, but mere goofiness. When you’re faced with a decision to step outside your comfort zone, would you do it? That would often be for the bold and daring, as it requires taking some powerful, calculated risks. In fact, the people we should admire most are those who’ve the courage – and the mental capacity – to achieve their dreams, and become who they really are.

 

Selected followers’ comments:

Jonathan Keung: Courage or mere stupidity lies with our own state of mind. America says we will bomb North Vietnam back to the stone age. Yet who won the war?

Christopher Tan: We need more courageous politicians and leaders. Most of he current ones are weak and distracted.

Birtha Blasius: It’s a courage of purpose that counts. For what ever it could land you to become , be it in a rewarding situation or for lose of your inheritance of your rewards of life as it depends on ourselves whether to go on to what we desire.

 

13 Oct 2018

TO DRINK OR NOT TO DRINK: We’re saying “cheers” and I’m actually holding a glass of Coke Light, while my buddies Dato’ John Hii and his brother Jonathan are doing justice to the bottle of red wine. I don’t drink alcohol and I never have. Since alcohol is a social juice and gatherings often revolve around beer, wine or brandy, does that make me antisocial or boring? It’s not due to religion or my wanting to feel morally superior. It’s also not due to my high uric acid or past bad alcohol experiences. It just makes me feel groggy, slows me down and it doesn’t increase my enjoyment of whatever I’m doing. I know people who drink in moderation, like John and Jonathan, can derive some health benefits from alcohol. In a social setting, I always find it hard to explain why I don’t drink. I don’t want to preach too, especially to guys (and gals) who’ve already a few beers in. I think we shouldn’t judge people for drinking, and we shouldn’t be judged for not drinking. TO DRINK OR NOT TO DRINK: We’re saying “cheers” and I’m actually holding a glass of Coke Light, while my buddies Dato’ John Hii and his brother Jonathan are doing justice to the bottle of red wine. I don’t drink alcohol and I never have. Since alcohol is a social juice and gatherings often revolve around beer, wine or brandy, does that make me antisocial or boring? It’s not due to religion or my wanting to feel morally superior. It’s also not due to my high uric acid or past bad alcohol experiences. It just makes me feel groggy, slows me down and it doesn’t increase my enjoyment of whatever I’m doing. I know people who drink in moderation, like John and Jonathan, can derive some health benefits from alcohol. In a social setting, I always find it hard to explain why I don’t drink. I don’t want to preach too, especially to guys (and gals) who’ve already a few beers in. I think we shouldn’t judge people for drinking, and we shouldn’t be judged for not drinking.

 

Selected followers’ comments:

Peter Wong: A very Good Saturday morning everyone…. I think the best drink after golf in a hot day is a cold beer. I don’t smoke though…I am going to the Siniawan Heritage cowboy show this evening.., so will drink in moderation n dance 😜

Latha Ravindran: Drinking tea is the only thing I know of. I dont mind people drinking unless and until they know where to stop and not be a nuisance to orhers. Otherwise its ok.

Jennifer Chan: I think u r one of the few tycoons who never drink. Even Malay tycoons drink, but in private. Even some Su***ns do. Respect you for going against the grain.

 

14 Oct 2018

SMALL GESTURES WILL DO: A fellow entrepreneur booked an entire restaurant to celebrate the 10th birthday of his daughter. The great lengths parents go to in order to please and bond with their children these days is amazing. They’ve days out and special occasions to cater to the kids’ every needs, with no expenses spared. During our own childhood days, we were left very much to our own devices while our parents were out there scraping a living. But it didn’t mean they loved us any less. Obviously, problems between parents and children are common and timeless. Like many fathers, I took a backseat in the day-to-day care of my kids when they were growing up, while their mum shouldered the key burden. My friends, some of whom are already grandparents, generally feel it’s never not too late to bond, or build new bridges, with their offsprings. I think bonding isn’t about big gestures, but doing the everyday things that makes up life.

 

Selected followers’ comments:

Linda Cheung: Kids who enjoy good bonds with their parents tend to do better in life. You can now bond with ur grandkids.

Jennifer Chan: You should make it up to ur kids by spending more time with them and their families, Tan Sri. Take it easy with work. Money cannot finish making one. Family more important one.

Sin Yueh: Very important message! Parents these days are too busy working n kids become their own masters.

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