Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri

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- Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri -

Something To Ponder

Ah Kau is a guy who sells newspaper every morning next to your apartment,
and you are one of his daily regular customers. Before dashing off to your
office every day, you will go to his small stall and buy The Star
newspaper. Wearing a newly pressed shirt, a tie, and a pair of Clarks
shoes, you grab a copy of The Star, pay
RM1.20 and exchange smiles with Ah Kau and greet him.

'Apa macam Ah Kau ini hari? Bisnes ada baik?'

The normal greeting like you do every day. Yes, Ah Kau doesn't speak
English. He speaks Chinese and knows a little bit of Malay. He speaks a
little bit of Malay but with a very thick Chinese accent.

'Biasa saja! ini bisnes aa, kadang kadang baik, kadang kadang tada untung.'

'Biasalah hidup. Kadang kadang ok, kadang kadang tak ok.' You give Ah Kau
a pat on the back. You smile and walk away and get into your car. You
start the engine and start driving to your office, a multinational
semiconductor company located in a premier industrial area. You are a
young and promising finance executive and the future looks bright for you.

A year goes by and things look pretty good on the track. You decide to
marry your fiance and have your new wife move in to your place. Both of
you feel happy because you can save more money as the two of you will be
sharing one apartment and can live as one.

Ah Kau is still selling the newspaper as usual. Sometimes in the morning
your wife gets the newspaper from Ah Kau instead of you.

A year later a child comes along, and you decide to buy and move into a
newly developed condominium just across the street. This place is bigger
so it will be perfectly fit for the 3 of you. But since both of you are
working, you decide to get a maid to take careof the household and your kid.

By this time you're offered a managerial job from another multinational;
the remuneration package offered is much better in terms of the pay,

contractual bonus, medical benefits, ESOS scheme and a few others which

make it impossible for you to decline. So you join this company happily.

You get busier. You realize that you spend less and less time with your
family. When your department is busy preparing for the next audit, your

working hours become more and more ridiculous.

Any internal issues arising in the office means you'll be
stuck in the office until 8 or 9 pm. Sometimes, during the weekend,

you'll spend your time in your office, buried under paper work

and documentation' s, instead of taking your family for a walk in the park.

One morning, on your way to get your copy of The Star, you realized that
Ah Kau is no longer in his stall. So is his rundown motorbike.

Instead, there's another young Chinese guy at the stall.

'What happen to Ah Kau?' You ask out of curiosity.

'Oh, he is still around, but he is no longer taking care of this stall as
he has opened up a new grocery shop down town. I am running this newspaper
stall for him.'

'Ok.' you smile. You feel happy for Ah Kau. At last he manages to improve his life.

Your normal life continues. A year passes by and at the end of your
company's fiscal year, you're rewarded for your effort with a 5 months bonus

pay-out by your employer. Wow. Now that is a very handsome reward.

You feel your effort has been equally compensated.

To celebrate, you decide that it's time to trade your 5-year old Proton Wira

to the latest Honda Civic model. It won't be much a problem to you

to get a loan scheme from the bank as your pay slip will provide

you an easy gateway to access financial help from any bank.

One day, the hardest reality of life hits you right on the face. The
company that you've been working for years
announces that they're moving their business to China for cost and
competitive reason and has asked you to find a job somewhere else. 'What?'

You scream out cold. 'I got a lot of liabilities on the card! Who's gonna
pay for my mortgage? My car? My credit card? My gym fees? My bills?' You
yell like there's no way out.

This is the first time you feel let down by your own employer. All your
hard work seem to go up on the smoke.
You feel sick. You now hate your company. On the way home, you stopped by
at a mamak restaurant for a cup of teh tarik while pondering about your future.


Suddenly you saw this new, shiny BMW 3 series being parked nearby. And to
your surprise, it was Ah Kau. Yes, Ah Kau who used to sell newspapers
nearby your old apartment. 'What happened to old Ah Kau?'

You whisper to your self.

Ah Kau still recognizes you, and sits next to you, and shares his story.

To make it short, Ah Kau accumulated his money from selling newspapers
to open more stalls, one after another.

Every new stall is run by his workers so that he focused on
opening more and more stalls, which in turn gives him more and more money.
Over the years, he had accumulated enough cash to open up a new grocery
store while at the same time buying more assets to grow his wealth. And
his current wealth and success is achieved without any loan or financial
help from banks and other financial institutions.

There you go. That's the story. While Ah Kau is set to become financially
free, you're back to where you're started before. Ground zero . Even with

your degree(s) and working experience.
Before leaving, Ah Kau gives you a familiar quote,

' Biasalah hidup. Kadang kadang ok, kadang kadang tak ok.'

He gives you a pat on the back and walks away.

In reality, if you're observant enough, there are a lot of Ah Kaus out
there, that you will see every day and
every where you go. The names are different, but inside them is every
character of Ah Kau. They might be Uncle Dorai, Ah Chong, Pak Abu, Makcik
Gemuk, Pak Man nasi lemak or others.

They look to be struggling on the surface, but if you look carefully and
compare with you life, many of them are living with little or no liabilities.

They ride an old kapcai bike. They live in an old rundown house.
They don't have credit card to swipe. They wear a 10-year old shirt and
short. No new, shiny Toyota Harrier. In short, their living means are far below
than yours. But what you don't realize is that many of them
can save more money than yours, and over the years generate enough money
to expand their business, or invest in properties. Their asset columns are
much thicker than that of yours..

So the next time you see Ah Kaus, never look down on them, and never under
estimate them. Or else you're up for a harsh reality lesson.

2008 1st day of fasting was a bit tiring even though i'm done nothing.haha.
being a couch-potato without the potato da whole day long..
i'm totally lazy sister asked me to tidy up da room but i rather to stay on da couch watching tv bcoz i know i'll end up sleeping instead of clean up.haha

i'll be back to kemaman dis thurs..
so b4 get back to 1 of d uncivilize part of malaysia..(
not so so r..but still..u get wut i mean right??)
i'll spend da rest of my holiday praising d beauty of modern development in kl.\
haha..i miss it so damn much..

(if giordano sell d "I Heart KL" instead of "I Heart Malaysia" i might buy it doesnt mean dat i doesnt luv Malaysia..i luv it seriously! but it just to general.)

p/s: dun be like me..dun ever judge or put rating in any of our city or district bcoz they r part of Malaysia..n we r suppose to take part in developing it.thank u!!

(sum part of me is still in da Merdeka mood.ahaha)

signing off..halla