Saturday, January 26, 2008

My trip to Melaka and Malaysian Bread???...(YAKITATE MALAYSIA!!! )

It has been almost 2 weeks I'm stuck in front of my computer, watching the super duper hilarious anime, Yakitate Japan. The story is about a boy's dream to create a Japanese bread. There are many kinds of bread in this world and each bread present it's own country. There are French Bread, German Bread, English Bread and many other breads bearing their country names. AzumaKazuma, the ambitious 16 years old who possess solar hands and natural talent as a baker is going to put Japan on the map and introduce Japanese bread to the whole world. That is what basically the story about. It revolves around Azuma Kazuma's life with his friends and the bread tournament and championship. Not to mention the super extreme and hilarious reaction from the juries who taste the bread firsthand.

Enough about the Japanese bread. I'm not going to waste another minute of my time sitting in front of this computer just to write about Japanese Anime hahahahaha lol:)

I just got back from Melaka yesterday and while listening to the radio and plus a little sightseeing in Melaka suddenly the thought of creating a Malaysian bread came across my mind. Can we create and bake a new kind of bread while adding some Malaysian elements in the new bread?
A bread with multiracial elements just like our multiracial country. The bread is going to present our country, Malaysia. Can we really do that? Can we add and mix various elements and ingredients in our bread that represent every race in our country without destroying the taste? The bread has to be extremely delicious and how exactly can we do that? I cant possibly answer the question as only a baker could answer such question.

A baker or professionally known as bread artisan would know exactly how to put those ingredients fairly without destroying the taste, so we live all the bread making task to them. The decisions made while adding and mixing the ingredients must be accurate and just nice and that is why they were known as bread artisan as they are the professionals in making bread. They have been trained especially to bake breads and cakes. Most of them have their own natural talent, while those who succeed to be an artisan without talent are those with mighty spirits and determination to be the very best.

What does going to Melaka and baking a Malaysian bread got anything to do with each other? It makes no sense at all, right? As everyone in Malaysia can see, the election is coming very soon and our government along with the opposition has start the campaign slowly and preparing for the next election. However, the closer we are to the new term, the more tragedy occurred or should I say, challenges that the government should face.

Since 2 months ago, riots were everywhere,BERSIH illegal assembly, HINDRAF riots, and many other NGO gathered among them just to protest the government. I'm not very clear the purpose of every destructive actions that those protestants did as some of them demand for fairer election, fairer treatment to their race,and many other demands. Enough of all this craps, not to mention the assassination, murder,kidnapping case that revolve around us nowadays.

I'm just a normal citizen who grows up listening to government propaganda and read government newspapers but for me, and for all Malaysians,(i think so??) we just want to lead a peaceful life. I want to live peacefully without putting myself, my family and my friends in danger. I don't know why and I don't know how,but I came out with this bread analogy. I'm not sure if anyone understand what I mean though....

Analogically, I imagine that our country is a bread and the government is the bread artisan. The government should treat everybody equally and fairly just like how the artisan would add the ingredients in the bread,accurate and just nice. The taste of the bread symbolizes peace and harmony in our country. The jury who will get to taste the bread first hand is the foreigner who will judge our country and introduce our country to their fellow friends,colleagues and families. A bread that is too sweet could kill as sweetness lead to diabetes. Therefore there shouldn't be too much sugar added

The baker, in the other hand, must be a great bread artisan in order for the bread to be extremely delicious. What happen to the bread if the baker carelessly forgot about the bread in the oven?Fall asleep while waiting for the bread in the oven?
Answer this yourself.

I want to eat a Malaysian bread baked by a healthy(so that i wont be infected with any bacteria), smart, sharp, and responsible baker. And the most important thing, the bread artisan did not sleep while baking my bread.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy- Martin Luther King Jr

Thursday, January 24, 2008

My First Post-Intro and e-book(CAN WE REALLY MAKE MONEY BY SELLING THESE THINGS?)

Thoughts have been running into my mind since this morning as i don't have anything to write at all in this blog. Actually it has been some kind of a trend to write and have a blog. Millions of people are having their own blog and i just want to be among these people. Even my mum has her own blog. Cool huh.

Everything started off this morning when I was bored to death, I decided to write something and start off a new blog in this blogger account. I spent the whole morning thinking of a good title and URL but still I cant find anything that satisfies me..at last, I just give a 'cincai boncai' blog title and URL grrrrrrrr what the hell

These few days, i am very busy reading my e-books that i bought for RM50. Though maybe some people might think it's not worth it, I found those books that i read have their own value and quality. At least when we pay for something, we'll tend to appreciate it more than when we get it for free. Do guys agree with this? I read all the stuff to familiarized myself with business prospect on the internet and learn some tricks to success in this online business. At the very least I have something to do, to occupied myself rather than doing nothing. Those books that I got are really good ones and I am suppose to resell them but hell no I am going to do that.

First of all, do you guys know what the term reselling and reseller mean? To make it short, we buy something on the internet in bulk,and in this case e-book, and we sell them off. This is the way people nowadays making money. Crazy huh? I don't know what to believe as some people claim that they make millions by selling those stuff on the internet. Well, people believe what they want to believe but I am quite skeptical on that. However I can see the logical prospect in it and I believe that it can be done but not among Malaysian. I don't know if any Malaysian ever become a millionaire by doing this reselling thing. Correct me if I'm wrong. For Malaysian, they want to become rich without doing nothing. I'm tired of reading this tag line from certain blog

"tidak perlu kerja boleh kaya"
"modal kecil boleh kaya"
"goyang kaki boleh kaya"
"mari kaya"

To me, after reading those e-books i realized that being a reseller is not an easy job and not an easy task.First of all, you need to have patience.Patience to sit in front of your computer and advertising your product in many web pages. Second, you need to have money to pay for the web hosting cost, advertising cost, and any other internet charges.Next, creativity is a must. You must design your own web page to attract people. If you don't have this, there are always freelancer web designer and you are going to spent more money. After busting your time, money and energy doing all these things, You will have to wait and make research on market demand and many more things.

I'm not saying that by just sitting down and be static you cant get any money at all,no..hell no.
If luck is on your side, you will get your customer and resell your things. The probability and chances are 1 in every 10000000.

Yes,we can make money by being a reseller but marketing strategies and IT knowledge play a vital role. In the first world country, people can make a living out of the internet as everything are internet based. They do their shoppings online and sometimes even groceries are ordered online.We, Malaysian people are still very new to this kind of stuff. Tell me how many people in Malaysia shop online?The crowd are there but still very small. Thus, we can make money from the internet but not to the point of being a millionaire.

Back to reselling e-books, from my point of view, Malaysian people are still not into this kind of things but will be someday in years to come. At this moment, they wont pay for something that is not physical. They assume everything on the Internet are free and people will share everything with each other. That is what my mind speaks either. Why do we have to pay for something that we can easily get, right? Limewire, Bearshare, Arestar, Torrents, P2P downloads and everything under the sun. Just key in the right word and popppppp!!!!!you'll get what you want for free. I don't know if this kind of tricks does work with e-book as i was told that e-books are fully protected but duhhh, aren't those songs and movies that we download from torrents, protected?

Straight to the point,what I'm trying to say is that anyone who wants me to share those e-books that i have, feel free to e mail me at shahrizwanzainal@gmail.com as I will share those books for free. I'm just glad i got to share one piece of my knowledge with others. I'm doing this for the sake of my personal satisfaction, trust me.For those who want to start online business, feel free to ask me for the e-books.Enough about the e-book thing.

However, share with me your thoughts on this matter.Do you guys really think you can make money by being a reseller in Malaysia? What do you guys think of internet business prospect in Malaysia? Share with me your thoughts and opinions.

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Yesterday is a cancelled check; tomorrow is a promissory note; today is the only cash you have, so spend it wisely - anon