A Mercedes-Benz as a Graduation Present

When I first started trading and going into small-time ventures here in Australia, I had set an objective. I told myself, when it’s time to return to Malaysia, I was going to bring back a Mercedes SLK 200 Kompressor with me. Hehehe ๐Ÿ˜›

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One of my early trades… and the most memorable one!

I’ve done many trades since I first began participating in the financial market a number of years ago. But I have to say that this particular trade was the most memorable one.

What company did I trade? It was Zinifex Ltd., a mining company that has since been taken over by another company.

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What’s turning me off from applying for a PR in Australia?

What’s turning me off from applying for PR in Australia?

Just a few points:

1. It takes a long time to actually get an answer on whether or not you get your PR. During the waiting period, it’ll be very hard to get a permanent/full-time employment anywhere.

2. You need to work in your nominated industry for a certain period of time. God knows I’m not too keen in being in the accounting profession. I was actually contemplating jobs related to the finance industry (trading, financial planning, and etc.) before proceeding to flying.

3. Unless you get a good-paying job, things can be rather expensive over here.

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I’ll be returning to Malaysia for good next year… And that decision’s final!

After thinking everything through and writing pages upon pages of projections and plans, I’ve decided that I’ll be returning to Malaysia by the end of March next year. Unless something of significance happened before I return home, that decision’s final. I’ll be finishing my studies by the end of February 2010 and will probably attend my graduation sometime in May (if I do attend that is).

So, why the change of heart? Probably beause I feel that applying and waiting for PR just takes too long. A friend of mine took 8 months before he received a green light from the Australian Government while others still haven’t received any news yet. Plus, to look for jobs after that will take even longer. There’s just too much uncertainty involved. Time is of the essence for me, so I don’t think I’ll be gambling away my time.

I also think that the prospect of breaking into business is much higher in Malaysia, albeit all the red tape.

Upon returning to Malaysia, I plan to work for a few months, and then put full concentration on my flight training (if I still unable to land any airline sponsorship). My money’s on Malaysian Flying Academy (MFA) at the moment.

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How to become a financial planner in Malaysia?

I’ve always wondered what is it like to become a financial planner in Malaysia? How do you become one anyway?

Here in Australia, you need to hold the Australian Financial Services License (AFSL) or be an authorised representative of that licensee to be able to give out financial advice.

How about in Malaysia? What are the procedures? Do you need to get a green light from the Securities Commission?

Also, is the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) qualification from the Financial Planning Association of Malaysia (FPAM) qualification imperative? How about wanting to become an Islamic Financial Planner?

Is there such thing as a part-time financial planner? Perhaps, on a freelance basis/work at home sort of thing?

For those in the know, please share your knowledge so the rest of us could benefit. Thanks guys!

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Pictures from the Sunday Market (17.05.2009)

As requested by Nazarios and Farahreen, here are some of the pictures from the Sunday Market. For more photos, go to here.

We are currently in the process of winding up our Sunday activity, so, not many items up for sale anymore.

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Why are you doing STPM? A Levels? Foundation Studies? Diploma? International Baccaulerate (IB)? Ausmat? SAM? Which one is better?

For Malaysians, there are so many options after high school. Talking about tertiary education, there are so many pathways out there. Some of them are:

1. Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM)
2. A Levels
3. Pre-U Foundation Studies
4. Diploma
5. International Baccalaureate (IB)
6. Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT)
7. South Australian Matriculation (SAM)

The question is, which one is better? Better in terms of quality (i.e. which one prepares you better) as well as which one opens up more opportunities later on.

Before university, I did my foundation studies in a Malaysian college. After that, I applied into a university in Australia and got accepted into its dual degree in Bachelor of Laws & Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) program.

However, if I was better informed back then, perhaps I would’ve done things differently. At the moment, I actually see merits in A Levels and Diploma. It seems like with these two, your options of what to do later on is much wider. Correct me if I’m wrong though.

Anyway, what do you guys think? Which one is better in your eyes?

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Brisbane Sunday Market: 10.05.2009

It has been an interesting day last Sunday trading at the Brisbane Market, Rocklea.

I have been selling there on Sundays for over 2 years now with a friend of mine.

I reckon we did quite okay on that day. Met some colourful characters in the form of customers. There’s this one kid who bought three battery packs from me for AUD6. He handed AUD6.50 to me and told me to keep the change. That was interesting. It’s the first time ever for me to encounter a person who voluntarily hands over loose change and say “keep the change mate!”. Well, lucky me I guess ๐Ÿ™‚

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Really, what’s the point?

What’s the point of us attending lectures and gaining knowledge? Is it for the purpose of passing exams? Or is it because it might be useful for us in the real world?

Starting from a couple of days ago, the lecturer for one of my subjects in university will be spending the weeks up till the exam season preparing for that dreaded day. As a result, she will rob us of the time that could have been used to discuss case studies and learn about the real world.

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Persatuan Pelajar Melayu Queensland (PPMQ) in Brisbane Australia

There’s an organisation here in Brisbane, Australia to help those who need assistance in establishing themselves as students in Queensland, Australia. They are run by fellow students as well. The name of the organisation is Persatuan Pelajar Melayu Queensland (PPMQ).

They may assist you in matters of:

1. Getting short-term accommodation when you arrive.
2. Getting you to your place of accommodation from the airpot.
3. Getting long-term accommodation.
4. And other matters related to the initial stages of arriving in Australia.

Contact them here.

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