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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Formula For Success

After reading my daughter Meilina’s post about Life Strategies yesterday, I remember one of Dr. Phil’s Books especially about “Formula For Success” as I have quoted below. 
Being real with yourself is hard, but it needs to be done if you're going to live authentically. Be honest. Know your patterns. Recognize your typical excuses, rationalizations and justifications for failure. Look ahead and see which excuses you are most likely going to rely on and write them down in a story. 

The winners in life know the rules of the game and have a plan. Whether you want to begin a new career, shed pounds or find the love of your life, consider these characteristics which Dr. Phil says are common to people who succeed. 
Have a vision
Champions get what they want because they know what they want. They have a vision that keeps them motivated and efficiently on track. They see it, feel it, and experience it in their minds and hearts. What is success for you? You won't get there without knowing what it feels and looks like. 
Make a strategy
People who consistently win have a clear and thoughtful strategy. They know what they need to do and when they need to do it. They write it down so they stay on course and avoid any alternative that does not get them closer to the finish line. 
Find a passion
Are you excited to get up in the morning? People with a passion are, and they're energized about what they are doing. You need to live and breathe what it is that you want, and be passionately invested in both the journey and the goal. 
Live the truth
People who consistently win have no room in their lives for denial, fantasy or fiction. They are self-critical rather than self-deluding, and they hold themselves to high but realistic standards. They deal with the truth, since they recognize that nothing else will make their vision obtainable. 
Be flexible
Life is not a success-only journey. Even the best-laid plans sometimes must be altered and changed. Be open to input and consider any potentially viable alternative. Be willing to be wrong and be willing to start over. 
Take risks
People who consistently win are willing to get out of their comfort zone and try new things. Be willing to plunge into the unknown if necessary, and leave behind the safe, unchallenging, and familiar existence in order to have more. 
Create a strong nucleus
Surround yourself with a group of people who want you to succeed. They will move with you toward your goal. Choose and bond with people who have skills, talents and abilities that you do not. Winners give and receive by being part of other people's nuclear groups. 
Take action
Do it! People who succeed don't just sit and think about what they want to do. They take meaningful, purposeful, directional action consistently and persistently. Every step they take puts them toward the outcome they're looking for. 
Set priorities
People who are consistent winners manage their challenges in hierarchical fashion. They commit to managing their time in such a way that does not allow them to keep grinding along on priority number two or three if priority number one needs their attention. 
Take care of yourself. 
People who consistently win are consciously committed to self-management. They are the most important resource they have in achieving their goals. They actively manage their mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health. 
Good Luck ! 

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Cambodia Today

After reading the description of the building and it's history in Cambodia on my previous post, some friends want to know more about on the country today, especially after Pol Pot's regime . 
In rural Cambodia today, agriculture accounts for 90% of the gross domestic product or income; representing the traditional mainstay of the Cambodian economy. However, rice has always been the principle commodity. As a matter-of- fact, rice is a vital economic factor in Cambodia’s agrarian society. Secondary crops that contribute to Cambodia’s economy is maize, cassava, sweet potatoes, soy beans, sesame seeds, ground nuts, dry beans, and rubber. Second to rice, the primary commodity is the commercial crop, rubber. Rubber is one of the country’s few sources of foreign exchange. The exploration of rubber began in the mid 1980’s. The Soviet Union was and continues to be a major customer. Other commercial crops after that,included sugar cane, cotton, and tobacco. The Cambodians or Khmers also raised livestock as an essential part of their economic life. For example, water buffalo and ox en played a crucial role in the preparation of rice fields. Cambodians generally ate freshwater fish as it provided a major source of protein. 
Unfortunately, as a result of the Khmer Rouge regime rule that occurred during the 1970s, many residents were forced to move out of the cities. Therefore, most of the population resides in the rural areas. Only about 10% of the citizens of Cambodia live in urban areas. During the Khmer Rouge period, families were separated and killed. The period also dictated the overall dynamics of the country. For Cambodians that reside in the rural lands, poverty and farming is the only life they know. Although, poverty also exists in the urban lands, there is immense opportunity for economic growth and power. 
Related article : - Cambodia Today

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Recommended Next Destination : Cambodia

The Royal Palace was one of my favorite buildings. Originally, when King Noromdom first came to Phnom Penh from his previous capital Udong, he lived in a small, simple building made of wood and bamboo. Even though it might have been romantic, by French standards it was hardly a palace for a great lord. That is why, in 1865, they start to build the palace that we can see today. Its style is traditional Khmer, but the architect used modern materials and contemporary methods to build it. In this way, it brought together the old and the new. At the time that King Norodom (1860-1904) signed the Treaty of Protection with France in 1863, the capital of Cambodia resided at Oudong, about 45 kilometers northeast of Phnom Penh. Earlier in 1863 a temporary wooden Palace was constructed a bit north of the current Palace site in Phnom Penh. The first Royal Palace to be built at the present location was designed by architect Neak Okhna Tepnimith Mak and constructed by the French Protectorate in 1866. That same year, King Norodom moved the Royal court from Oudong to the new Royal Palace in Phnom Penh and the city became the official capital of Cambodia the following year. Over the next decade several buildings and houses were added, many of which have since been demolished and replaced, including an early Chanchhaya Pavilion and Throne Hall (1870). The Royal court was installed permanently at the new Royal Palace in 1871 and the walls surrounding the grounds were raised in 1873. Many of the buildings of the Royal Palace, particularly of this period, were constructed using traditional Khmer architectural and artistic style but also incorporating significant European features and design as well. One of the most unique surviving structures from this period is the Napoleon Pavilion which was a gift from France in 1876. King Sisowath (1904-1927) made several major contributions to the current Royal Palace, adding the Phochani Hall in 1907 (inaugurated in 1912), and from 1913-1919 demolishing several old buildings, and replacing and expanding the old Chanchhaya Pavilion and the Throne Hall with the current structures. These buildings employ traditional Khmer artistic style and Angkorian inspired design, particularly in the Throne Hall, though some European elements remain. The next major construction came in the 1930s under King Monivong with the addition of the Royal Chapel, Vihear Suor (1930), and the demolition and replacement of the old Royal residence with the Khemarin Palace (1931), which serves as the Royal residence to this day. The only other significant additions since have been the 1956 addition of the Villa Kantha Bopha to accommodate foreign guests and the 1953 construction of the Damnak Chan originally installed to house the High Council of the Throne. Today the Royal Palace has had some modifications to its buildings; some have also been demolished completely. The Throne Hall there today is actually not the original one King Norodom would have used when the palace was first built. The Silver Pagoda has undergone a tremendous face-lift with its tiles replaced and buildings given new paint. It has become a popular tourist attraction in Phnom Penh. Visitors are able to wander around the Silver Pagoda compound and the central compound containing the Throne Hall, however, they may not enter the Khemarin Palace compound. The Khemarin Palace compound is where Norodom Sihamoni, the present King of Cambodia currently resides. 
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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Your Business Should Be Using Social Media

There are some comments on the previous post. 
Colson said : “Actually I think these advantages are valid and count. However only if the blogs are updated frequently and regularly and if the design and content are kept up to professional standards. Which may be costly and time-consuming” 
Another friend commented as follows : “In the vagaries of this life we are often faced with all sorts of problems whose solution we sometimes can not solve its own but requires help from others. In this connection the experience and knowledge we spread through the website may be very beneficial for those who need such help. . Thus through the Internet blog we can share experience or knowledge for the good of others” 
While A Welcoming Hearth said : “ I think every business needs a blog, it is the way of the future….” 

Furtherly Brian Gardner recommended the using of Social Media as he described below Social media has opened up an astounding number of ways to stay connected, and these are the top reasons why you should use social media for your business. 
1. You Stay Visible 
With everyone and their brother currently using social media to promote their brand, it’s important for any business to take advantage of the visibility social media allows you to have. By constantly updating your social media accounts you stay visible, connect with potential customers and remain in the forefront of someone’s mind when you’re constantly working on creating a visible brand. With that being said, you need to think of ways to connect to your customer base in order to remain a visible brand. For example, you can share your company’s story in order to help other social media users feel connected to you and invested in your success. You can also highlight a product or service that you offer in a casual way, getting the word out about your company and what they offer without being too “promotional.” There are numerous ways to stay visible as a business using social media; it’s simply a matter of getting out there and connecting with people. 
2. It Helps with Customer Retention 
Any business will benefit from customer retention, and social media allows you to do just that. You can direct consumers to your Facebook page and Twitter account via your regular business website or blog, giving customers an easy way to follow your business and stay updated on the latest company news, product offerings and the like. Additionally, social media allows you to connect with your customers in a way that makes them already feel like they know you, especially if you share your personal stories and anecdotes about your business. In this way, they are more likely to make a purchase via social media without a lot of sales pitches needed. 
3. Customer Service is Easier and Quicker 
So many people use social media that many of them choose to engage with businesses regularly in this way. Not only is it easier than being put on hold for hours via a telephone, but it’s a lot quicker as well. Any time a customer has a question, a problem or simply wants to compliment your business on a job well done, they can do so quickly and efficiently using social media. In turn, your company can respond to all customer inquiries just as fast. By using social media to improve your customer service, this also helps with customer retention. As you can see, there’s really no reason why you shouldn’t be using social media to help connect with your customer base! 
4. It Can Increase Search Engine Rankings 
Facebook and Twitter rank among the highest when it comes to social media sites, so make sure to update those frequently if you want to increase your search engine rankings for your business. Will this happen overnight? Likely not, but with frequent updates and staying on top of your customer base, you will be directing targeted traffic back to your website and helping your business rank higher in search engines. You can also ask your current customers to post reviews about your business on popular review sites such as Yelp; the more reviews your business has, the more people are talking about it and getting the word out. Of course, it’s important to search frequently for what is being said about you, so you can also stay on top of any negative reviews that may be posted that you need to address. 
5. By Golly… It’s Free 
As far as a cost-effective form of advertising goes, using social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn are your best bet – because they are all free! By signing up for accounts with these social media sites, you can begin advertising and promoting your brand and products/services right away, without spending a dime on other online advertising methods. There really isn’t a reason you shouldn’t be using social media for your business, especially when it allows you to connect with customers on a deeper level and help you grow your brand quickly, efficiently and cheaply. Within a few moments, your brand can have a visible presence in social media and will only continue to grow if you stay on top of it for the long-term. 
Good Luck !

Friday, January 13, 2012

5 Reasons Why Your Business Should Have a Blog

Fortunately I have a senior blogger friend Brian Gardner who always sends me his experiences in blogging through e-mail as I have quoted below. 
While you may not think your business needs a blog, there are a number of reasons why it should. With the availability of both free and inexpensive blogging platforms, your business can set up a blog in a matter of minutes and begin promoting your brand and connecting with customers. If you still aren’t convinced, here are five reasons why your business should have a blog. 
1. It Builds Traffic 
There will always be a correlation between traffic and sales. The more traffic you have coming to your website, the more likely it is you’ll make a sale. With that said, having a blog you update frequently will allow you to direct targeted traffic to your business website, thereby increasing the chances you’ll make a sale. By linking your blog to other social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, you’ll also be building traffic and connecting with your customer base. Whenever you publish a new blog post, make sure to post a link to it on your social media accounts to attract more prospective buyers and build your brand. 2. It Increases your Credibility 
People are more likely to purchase products or services from businesses they feel like they already “know,” and having a blog that you regularly update can help foster a community and allow your readers to feel like they know you, even if you’ve never met face to face. Every time you interact with your readers, by encouraging comments and responding to comments left, you are building your relationship with potential customers. By building those relationships, you are effectively creating a face for your brand, thereby increasing the likelihood of more sales. A blog is a simple way to do this, and allows customers to consistently reach out to you and stay updated on new developments, products or services offered by your business. 
3. It Allows for Better Customer Service 
By creating a blog for your business, it allows your customers to contact you. They don’t have to be put on hold, or wait for office hours to call you. All of the info about your company should be found on your blog, so customers who have any questions or want to find out more about your business can easily do so. Additionally, a blog is one of the best ways to update customers on new products or services being offered. You can also respond to customer inquiries quickly and more efficiently, and you can gain valuable feedback from your readership while using that feedback to make improvements and build a better business, as well as business relationships, with your client base. 
4. It Establishes you as An Expert A blog helps establish you as an expert in your field, and if you regularly update it with relevant content, you reinforce the idea that you know what you are talking about. Making sure you update your blog frequently with content that is valuable to readers also helps establish you as their go-to person when it comes to your particular niche, be it consulting, editing or any other type of business. By blogging regularly, you are building a visible presence on the web and also fostering relationships with potential customers while establishing your expertise for your particular niche. 
5. It Gives you a Voice Every business needs a voice, and a blog is a simple way to do that. These days, anyone can post anything online about a company, be it good or bad. By starting a blog for your business, you can help manage your reputation and give your business the voice and authority it needs to thrive. The marketplace for any business is normally competitive, so by starting a blog that you update regularly, you are giving your company a voice on the internet. Customers can read your posts and establish in their minds that you are a credible authority, and you can interact with them frequently while establishing your reputation on the web. While there are many reasons your business should have a blog, these are the most compelling reasons. If you haven’t started a blog for your business yet, you definitely should – it’s a cost effective, easy way to interact with your existing customer base, gaining new customers and establishing your expertise. 

Good Luck and Happy Blogging !

Monday, January 9, 2012

How Tablet Helps You Work Anywhere

One day me and my daughter Meilina went out of town for a New Year vacation . We were driving for Puncak, a famous and beautiful tourist spot in the mountains of West Java. All the way from Jakarta which takes about 2 hours, I saw my daughter was busy typing an article in the PC-Tablet. Many people say that she is work-alcoholic). Especially when she’s blogging on the Internet. Actually she has a fashion-blog , which extensively covered the ultimate fashioned clothes for adolescent girls. She has studied for 4 years in Japan about Media and Online Communication including creation of models for fashion design. At home she makes her own patterns and sews the clothes . Many college friends when Meilina studied at the University of Indonesia, Jakarta, often visit her butique studio at home. They praised her skill in making modern design and exclusive clothes.
At Puncak we stayed in a bungalow which is rather far from the bustle of the city. Here I used the time to take a break from the busyness in Jakarta. But my daughter was still busy working with Samsung Galaxy Tablet that’s ready to help her getting the job done anytime and anywhere. 
She told me that her Tablet has several advantages such as  ::
 • Compact and Lightweight
 • Easy to use
 • Large capacity 
• Rapid in Virtual Speed 
 Excellent display it realy gives you the wow factor for brightness and contrast out of the box. Also the battery life is good as you would think playing games would drain the battery but you get a full days use without charging. The weight and size are great very easy to hold in one hand in portrait or landscape mode. Multitasking works and does not slow down the device. You tube Hd video and web browsing are fast with minimal buffering but you must first download flash 10.3 as it is not preinstalled. Very short charging cord so if you plan on using this while plugged in you will need a USB extender. Device takes over 3 hours and still does not get a full charge it went from 40% to 75%. After flash download some websites still do not play video like phillies and mlb and you can watch them on your android incredible phone.

Friday, January 6, 2012


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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Best Tours in Asia

The Borobudur Buddhist temple in Java is one stop on a cultural tour of Indonesia offered by Journeys International.
Indonesia: Sumatra Quest
New this year; good value; volunteer opportunity True to its name, the outfitter offers trips that are heavier on culture shock than coddling. Enter the island of Sumatra, where you’ll stay in a traditional Batak Karo village, climb the active Sibayak Volcano, and camp among the orangutans in the rain forest of Gunung Leuser National Park. Spend two days in Banda Aceh, an area recovering from civil war and devastation by the 2004 tsunami; at a nonprofit learning center, you can help local kids practice their English.Intrepid Travel: “Sumatran Highlights,”15 days; $1,825.
Thailand: Lending a Hand 
New this year; good value; volunteer opportunity Known to travelers for its beaches, Phuket is also home to some of the country’s neediest children, many of whom lost parents in the 2004 tsunami. Spend a day pitching in at a school near Kuraburi where they learn life skills. Then stay with a local family in Ban Talae Nok to see how the community is developing artisan cooperatives as a means of recovery. Finally, head north to the rolling hills of Chiang Mai for a hike through the countryside to visit hill tribes. Planeterra Foundation: “Volunteer with Children in Phuket,” 13 days; $1,249. 
China: Old-World Tradition 
This insider tour is an immersion into a rural culture that’s fast disappearing, from the traditional peoples of Longsheng, known for their longevity, to the Huizhou-style houses of Nanping, built in the Ming and Qing dynasties. Big Five: “China: Captivating Visions & Timeless Horizons,” 15 days; $5,490. 
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Have a Happy and Nice Journey !