Do you sell kaya?
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - May 10, 2007 Posted: 8:54:04 PM EDT

Kaya dan roti
Image taken from Our Awesome Planet

I love kaya (coconut-egg jam). Nothing beats thick creamy kaya with butter on toasted bread with black coffee on a rainy day.

I have a story to tell you.

There's this lady who sells pandan-flavored kaya in little plastic containers around the MBPJ neighborhood. It says 'Lemon-grass home-made kaya', I think. She would walk around with a basketful of kayas, visiting all the restaurants from tables to tables at night. One thing about her is though. She would hurry from one table to another, never stopping long enough for someone to respond to her 'sales pitch'.

Well, she doesn't really have a 'sales pitch'. She makes no eye contact and she doesn't even linger long enough for anyone to hear her say;

'Sir/ma'am, would you like to buy my home-made kaya?'

Before you could even look up, she'd be gone. Bit one time, I managed to stop her. So I asked her;

'Auntie, how come you walk away so fast? I love home-made kaya and the last time I'd wanted to buy, you just walked away. You should slow down...'

She replied quickly;

'I am sorry sir, I am afraid I am disrupting people's dinner. I don't want to interrupt people's conversation. People don't like it.'

'But I can't even buy what you are selling if you rush away so quickly', I said.

She looked away and smiled shyly and said, 'I am sorry sir.'

She's tallish and slightly on the thin side with short greying hair. I think she's about 50 years old. She speaks very good English. She looks like a loving mother who's doing what she can to earn extras to feed her family. In fact, she looks like a primary school teacher.  

I had wanted to tell her she needs to know her kaya is very good and she isn't really interrupting anyone's dinner or conversations if she sells something so delicious. In fact, she should think differently. She's doing me a big favor, selling me the delicious memory of my mom's home-made kaya. I couldn't understand why she does that everytime. She can sell at least 30% more of her home-made kayas if she could just linger 10 seconds longer.

But I think I understand her better now.

After what I did myself. 

What holds you back from sharing and giving your best gift everyday?

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by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - May 3, 2007 Posted: 3:59:46 PM EDT

A true sign of maturity is when someone can take responsibility for herself. Then she can truly lead. Because genuine leadership is about taking responsibility and accepting accountability for others. 

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Strawberry Fields Forever...
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - May 3, 2007 Posted: 3:52:34 PM EDT

This is too good a memory to be resisted. ENJOY!

Strawberry Fields Forever
~ The Beatles

Let me take you down, cause Im going to
Strawberry fields
Nothing is real
And nothing to get hung about
Strawberry fields forever

Living is easy with eyes closed
Misunderstanding all you see
Its getting hard to be someone, but it all works out
It doesnt matter much to me

Let me take you down, cause Im going to
Strawberry fields
Nothing is real
And nothing to get hung about
Strawberry fields forever

No one, I think, is in my tree
I mean, it must be high or low
That is, you cant, you know, tune in, but its alright
That is, I think its not too bad

Let me take you down, cause Im going to
Strawberry fields
Nothing is real
And nothing to get hung about
Strawberry fields forever

Always, no, sometimes, think its me
But, you know, I know when its a dream
I think, er, no, I mean, er, yes, but its all wrong
That is, I think I disagree

Let me take you down, cause Im going to
Strawberry fields
Nothing is real
And nothing to get hung about
Strawberry fields forever
Strawberry fields forever
Strawberry fields forever

(cranberry sauce)

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Wiley Chin
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An alchemist of the Internet and marketing strategies, leading the charge to put our creative and software talents into serving companies who are out to slay the global giants. Also known as Chief of Caffeine Consumption and hallucinates between projects. Yes, that accounts for his “giant slaying” stuff.

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