by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - February 28, 2006 Posted: 6:48:31 PM EDT

CENDOL...image courtesy of

I will be travelling up north to Penang this coming Sunday for a next morning meeting with a MNC client. Apart from finally getting to do a face-to-face meeting with the project team members, I hope I will get to eat that famous 'cendol' at Penang Rd this time around.

As busy as I've been, I am looking forward to this. 

PS. As I was searching for a cendol pix, I stumbled unto a wonderful site about Penang, with an unflinching focus on its food.

Warning: Hazardous when viewed with an empty stomach.


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Jam at the petrol station?
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - February 28, 2006 Posted: 12:52:11 AM EDT

I was driving home after dinner with Flo and Lydia, at about 9.45pm when I realised that I needed to fill-up my car. I was out of petrol. I had made a mental note to pump petrol in the morning.

So, as I've always done, I drove from PJ to my neighborhood USJ 3 Shell station. For convenience sake-lah. But what I saw astounded me! There was a beeline of cars at the station! I think got 50 cars! Usually got 3-5 cars only. But just now I saw 50 or more! 

WTH? What's happening here? A riot? Serious bird-flu outbreak? Another war erupting? Another '911' incidence causing panic? 


Petrol prices going up today (I realised it's past midnight as I am typing).

Wah, liddat oso got? How much can you save leh? Traffic jam at the petrol stations. And I was stuck for 15 minutes when all the cars squeezed to the pumps from East, South, West, North. Entries became exits, exits became entries. 

First time I see. Terror!

Then I got 3 SMS to remind me to fill-up full-tank before midnight.

Scared la...liddat... 

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Botanical Garden, Putrajaya
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - February 21, 2006 Posted: 2:04:56 PM EDT

I visited the Botanical Garden, Putrajaya about 1 and a half year's ago.

It was a glorious sight. It was so amazingly inspiring seeing all those beautiful trees, flowers and green shrubs thriving on a hill overlooking a serene lake, with the imposing Putra Mosque standing tall, its shadows shimmering on the calm waters.

I remember feeling elated and inspired by this vision of a brand new Malaysia. I was amazed by the 'can-do' attitude that's reflected clearly in the planning and development of Putrajaya.

Last week, I took an American friend to Taman Botani, Putrajaya. I was boasting about what a great garden it was and I'd wanted to show her. But the Taman Botani I saw was a shadow of what it was. The shrubs had all dried-up. The flowers were all gone. The bushes looked overgrown. It looked neglected. As a matter of fact, it looked like a discarded toy in a room of many other discarded toys.

How could this happen, right in the middle of Putrajaya?

We Malaysians dream big dreams. We can execute. But we don't seem able to care for things we have. Buildings are falling apart. Bridges are cracking. Roads are pot-holed. Underneath the glossy surface, what are we?

Wasted billions? Indeed. Perhaps we Malaysians have one 'man-made lake' too many.

A crying shame!

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The Living Years
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - February 14, 2006 Posted: 9:30:25 AM EDT

I saw someone's (I can't say who) Yahoo Messenger playing this song a few days ago. Wow, it brought back memories.

The 80s. The anger, the hunger, the searching, the stupidity and all that ermm...Johnny Hates Jazz!?! And then there was this song by Mike & the Mechanics

What a great song! Enjoy. 


The Living Years
(From the album 'THE LIVING YEARS')
Click here to listen to the song at SmasHitsUSA

Every generation
Blames the one before
And all of their frustrations
Come beating on your door
I know that I'm a prisoner
To all my Father's household tears
I know that I'm a hostage
To all his hopes and fears
I just wish I could have told him in the living years
Crumpled bits of paper
Filled with imperfect thought
Stilted conversations
I'm afraid that's all we've got
You say you just don't see it
He says it's perfect sense
You just can't get agreement
In this present tense
We all talk a different language
Talking in defence

Say it loud, say it clear
You can listen as well as you hear
It's too late when we die
To admit we don't see eye to eye...

So we open up a quarrel
Between the present and the past
We only sacrifice the future
It's the bitterness that lasts
So don't yield to the fortunes
You sometimes see as fate
It may have a new perspective
On a different day
And if you don't give up, and don't give in
You may just be O.K.

Say it loud, say it clear
You can listen as well as you hear
It's too late when we die
To admit we don't see eye to eye

I wasn't there that morning
When my Father passed away
I didn't get to tell him
All the things I had to say
I think I caught his spirit
Later that same year
I'm sure I heard his echo
In my baby's new born tears
I just wish I could have told him in the living years

Say it loud, say it clear
You can listen as well as you hear
It's too late when we die
To admit we don't see eye to eye

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Sixth Sense
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - February 13, 2006 Posted: 9:24:49 AM EDT

Image source unknown.

A few days ago, after the extended CNY hols, I was in bed struggling to adjust to my morning wake-up time again. I'd set the alarm at 7.45am that morning. I remembered that the alarm went off a couple of times but I was trying to steal some more sleep. Then for reasons unknown, I opened my eyes quite suddenly and had the notion that my hand-phone alarm will buzz there and then. And somehow, I 'knew' the time would be 8.12am.

And the phone buzzed. And it was 8.12am.

How did I know?

Do we really have a sixth sense? Was it a sheer coincidence? Was my brain doing maths while I was trying to steal some sleep?

I'll never know.  

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Lifestyle Marketing Convention
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - February 8, 2006 Posted: 6:49:39 PM EDT

I've been invited to share my experiences on Blog-Marketing by The Asia Business Forum at its Lifestyle Marketing Convention to be held at the JW Marriott Hotel, KL on the 17-18 April 2006.

I feel very honored to speak alongside so many corporate luminaries from DiGi, Prudential Assurance, The Carat Club, Naga DDB, Oracle Corp, Swiss-Garden International Vacation Club, etc.

I intend to share some insights on how to turn the blogging phenomenon into a values-based marketing platform. I believe this is especially relevant today where people want to know what you stand for, what are your contributions to our world, and why they should do business with you and not the other guy. I have some very interesting, real-life, personal success stories to share too at the event.

But for now, I've got the 'jitter-bugs...'

Image taken from

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So glad to be back!
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - February 6, 2006 Posted: 7:19:05 PM EDT

After the long Chinese New Year holidays, this morning, I forgot how to get to my office at PJ and got lost along the way. I took the NPE, made a couple of wrong turns and arrived at Ipoh.


I was already back from Kulai last Monday. Nice traffic from Johor to Kuala Lumpur, unlike my previous years experience of getting stuck from Alor Gajah to Seremban for 3 hours. And back in SJ, after 3 more days feastings and tossing Yee-sang, (BAH! This is as meaningful as tossing money into the restaurant's bank account) Flo, Lydia, Andrew & I came back to office and did some 'brainstormings' on Thurs & Fri. Then it was the weekends again.  

Yee Sang
Image courtesy of AllMalaysiaInfo

Now, the problem with prolonged festivities is that you lose your momentum. You get lazy. You become slightly stupider. You forget how to wear your pants. You forget how to drive your car from your home to office. You become autistic on the first day of work, etc.

That aside, I had an excellent time this CNY with my family at Kulai. Let me see, this year has got to be the best CNY ever. Everything turned out as expected. No family melodramas, no kids falling sick on CNY eve. Just makan, tidur, watch DVDs and 'mengeratkan siratul-rahim' (yep, I never will forget this phrase I learned in uni) with people who are dear to me.

I bought a couple of great books to read and indulged in a RM100.00 DVD player. :-) With that DVD player, I now get to watch some of those great movies I had wanted to watch but didn't manage to.

All said, I am glad the CNY is behind us.

I am rearing to paint some bold new colors onto 2006.    

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