Thursday, November 24, 2016

Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them

5 years after the last Harry Potter film was released, once again HP die hard fans are feasted with a magical HP spin off - Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them.

Spoiler Alert!

My first thought after watching the movie.
OMG can I have a Niffler?!!!!
I couldn't resist the quirkiness and cuteness of this rodent like creature which responds to shiny stuffs.

Ain't he a beaut?

J.K.Rowling and the entire production team had never failed to amaze me since the first HP movie, Fantastic Beast is definitely no exception. 10/10
And I'm a person with high expectation.

I've seen so many magical movies, non of them can beat any J.K.Rowling's masterpiece.
People say sky is the limit for creativity, well I say Rowling's imagination is infinite.
I don't think anyone in the universe can produce greater work than her.


The poster alone is damn wicked!

The cinematography, cast, plot, everything, it's just too overwhelming for a pottermore like me.
I was completely immersed in the story as if I was in there.

The story started off with a few escaped creatures on the loose, and the key characters are on the pursuit to find them. Some of the beast are adorable like the Niffler, some require certain embarrassing actions to catch them like the Erumpent, and some are very useful like a Bowtruckle, a stick insect like creature which unlocked Newt's chain during a crucial moment.


Then we have some deadly creatures as well.
Instead of an acromantula or a basilisk, there's obscurus which is the dark element of this movie.
It looks kinda like a dementor.

As you watch the movie, you'll notice there are a few differences between the American and British wizarding world, like no-maj vs muggles, Ilvermony vs Hogwarts (still the best school), and MACUSA vs Ministry of Magic.

Out of all the key characters in Fantastic Beast, I particularly like Jacob Kowalski.


Jacob is an important character, he is a representation of us, a no-maj. His expressions upon seeing these magical wonders are definitely spot on. I would totally trade anything to be in his shoes, even for a millisecond. 

News says that there are going to be 4 sequels. *squeaking and prancing around in the room*
CAN'T WAIT ALREADY!!!
Oh thank you thank you so much J.K.Rowling. 
You're the reason I still believe in magic. 
Please continue to produce jaw-dropping, mind boggling, heart pounding magical work of art.

Next movie on the list : Disney's Moana!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Almost got cheated!

So a few days ago, I went out to find my cheese, which is a job.
And...... guess what, I almost got fooled because of my naivety!

Ok, before I go into the story, let me ask you one question.
What comes into your mind when you see the word "management trainee advertising"?
Immediately you thought of work related to advertising right?
And what does advertising mean?
It means promoting other company's product through many means like campaign, tv commercial, giving out flyers, or through social media.
At least that's what I thought in the first place.

Alright, now back to the story.
I saw this job vacancy in Mudah.my. (A little warning, lots of stuff in Mudah can't be trusted!)
It stated there, advertising, event branding, ushers. I got excited cause I love events!
The pay is RM1800, no experience needed, no certificate needed.
Sounds too goo to be true right?
My mum who eat more salt than me doubted it for awhile. She said this job sounds like those salesmen carrying their product and walking around selling things.
Nevertheless I still applied.

The office is at Api-api centre, the agency is called Vision Group.
It was a small simple office.
There were a few brand's posters hung up on the wall to make it look convincing.
I was told to fill up the form.
A few others showed up and did the same thing not knowing they were about to fall into a trap.

So we waited for an HOUR before the manager came out of his office and started interviewing us.
I was the first one to be called.
He asked me about some work experiences and what are my current goals.
Then he introduced the company's name and background which is DNMC International.
He said that they will have roadshows and events.
His tone was very fast. I didn't really get the whole thing.
So I asked do they advertise through television, he said no, only face to face advertising.
So in my head was Ohhh, maybe my job is to find client through door to door method and ask them if they wanted to advertise their product. After all this is an advertising company.

Then he said I can start the next day, come at 9am wearing formal. If I got selected I will get a second interview. I was sooooo exhilarated and couldn't wait to tell my mum about the good news.

Typical me wanting to do some homework about advertising jobs and also research this company, I googled!

And...... that's how I found out this company, it is not what I thought at all!
I read from so many blogs, and they all claimed the exact same encounter.
This is a direct selling job! Just like a salesman. Just like my mother's thought!
Oh why is my mum always right?

From what I found on these blogs, they said, the pay is commission based. a van will drop the salesmen somewhere (offices, restaurant, commercial centers, residences) and they need to carry products like plushies, cheap toys, watches, makeup products, etc and sell them under the hot sun . Their commission is very low, some claimed each month only earn about RM300 - 400, can't even pay their bills. A lot of them quit after knowing the truth.

Do you know why people quit?
It's because these people felt cheated.
The companies are not being honest about their offered jobs.
It is not what is shown on the vacancy advertisement.
This is not even close to event!
The manager did not mention about selling stuff AT ALL during the interview.
There's actually nothing wrong with selling. Just come clean about it and maybe, just maybe people will join and won't feel CHEATED when they join this company.

I thank God so so much when I found these feedback and personal experiences from the victims or else my time and energy would be wasted.

If you go to Mudah, you'll find many similar job offers like Pembantu Event, Penyelia Event, Crew Event, etc. They are all under DNMC International with different agency names all around Malaysia.
Their offered salary is usually, RM1450, RM1500 or RM1800.

Always remember that when something is too good to be true, there's udang sebalik batu.
Hey it rhymes!

With so many bad reviews about this company online, I doubt that anyone who sees it will join them afterwards.

For job seekers out there, just go to jobstreet, it's one of the most reliable job seeking means out there other than local newspaper.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

谁搬走了我的乳酪?

今天又有一本好书要介绍给大家啦,《谁搬走了我的乳酪?》Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson。其实也不是什么新书,这本是书出版已经有18年之久了,但总是后知后觉的我最近才得知其存在。呵呵!

都完了以后,整个人感觉顿悟了好多东西,不愧是本改变人生的一本好书。
毕竟,这本书是关于改变

这本书里面的故事很简单,但却蕴含着很多人生大道理。

警告:如果你还没读过这本书,又不想看到Spoiler,我建议你先去读一读,网上有,然后在到回来。

每个人都有自己的乳酪,而我目前的乳酪是我的未来,一份适合我的工作。

就像故事里面的人物,我曾经天真地以为乳酪不会不见,每天可以安心地吃乳酪。
没想到乳酪真的不见了!来不及适应的我措手不及,不知如何应对,沮丧了好久。
在这3年里,我尝试不断地出去找我要的乳酪。
寻寻觅觅,结果都是徒劳无功,失败了,我又回到原点,我的安乐窝。

而每一次失败,都需要很长的时间恢复状态。
这些失败都让我觉得我无法生存在充满危机的野林。
我觉得好虚弱,好无助,好想放弃。

读完《谁搬走了我的乳酪?》以后,精神又振作起来了,对前途充满了憧憬。
于是我立即在网上寻找工作。

很侥幸的,我很快地找到了一分看起来很好吃的“乳酪”。
下一篇文章,我将会告诉你们我如何差点吃了“坏乳酪”。

《谁搬走了我的乳酪?》的重点是改变两个字!
很多人就是无法适应环境改变或不愿意改变而被淘汰,
尤其是正在处在科技迅速发达时代的我们。

社交媒体就是一个很明显的例子。没有参与社交媒体的人就会很严重地比别人落后。
失去的不只是和朋友们的联系,还有很多各方面的重要新闻知识。
我有个朋友到现在还是不愿意创建面子书帐号,她认为面子书会让她分心。

商家们更要懂得利用社交媒体来推广他们的产品。还在用传统的方式宣传的商家们迟早会失去很多“乳酪”的。

因此,我们要像“好鼻鼠”和“飞腿鼠”那样,及早注意事情的小变化,然后进入迷宫寻找新的乳酪。

好啦,希望你也可以尽早找到你想要的乳酪。

Saturday, October 29, 2016

《影响力》

最近刚用了一个月的时间读完一本关于营销的一本书,书名为《影响力》《Influence, The Psychology of Persuasion》, 是美国鼎鼎有名的心理学教授 Robert Cialdini 的原著。



《影响力》主要有6大心理秘笈 - 互惠、承诺和一致、社会认同、喜好、权威和短缺

读完了才发现原来我们每天都被奸诈的商家们围绕着,甚至掉入他们所精心设计的营销套全里面。

《影响力》真的让我对营销完全大开眼界,很多时候,我们被这些营销手段骗了都不知道,还沾沾自喜地认为自己做了对的选择。说到被骗就让我回想起去年发生在我身上的一件事。(其实不止一次了,回想起就有种想揍自己一顿的感觉 >_<!)

去年,我在面子书看到一则广告关于如何成为成功的销售者。当时我并没有任何产品可以卖,但从我点击那个广告的那一刻,我就被广告里面的主角的亲身体验深深地吸引了。
我单凭几个字就速速地下了愚蠢的决定,参加他所谓销售课程,之后便毫不犹豫地汇了RM160进他的户口。

您可以猜猜是哪几个字让我这么快做决定吗?

名额有限!”,“优惠价只限于这几天!”,“过了这段期间,你就得付更高的价额了!”。

就这样这位行家成功地让这条“笨鱼”上钓了。

书里面有解释到我当时为什么会那么冲动 - 短缺原理

其实这个销售课程到底有没有面临短缺问题?
又或则他所谓“优惠价”只限于那几天?

过了几天,我有到回去那个网页查看,事实证明这一切都是那个人所伪造的假象。
“优惠价” 仍然还在,“名额”仍然开放。
我当时愣了一下,还有点懊恼。

其实事到如今,我从未上过他所谓的销售课程。

他不时会举办一些免费的讲座会,而我每一次都会去。
但你要记住世界上没有免费的午餐,这个讲座会只是一个布局让你有机会听到他的产品。
而更耻的是,他的课程越卖越贵,但他的手段还是一样。
有趣的是,当你看透了他的营销手段时,你才发现原来他在运用《影响力》的几个心里因素罢了。

其实过往我也面对很多类式这样的经历,只是一直被蒙在鼓里,一直都没发现。
你有没有试过买了一些特昂贵却用不着的产品?
或则你有没有试过,明明只想要买一件物品,但从店里走出来却拿着大包小包的?

如果你的答案是“是”的话,恭喜你,你也和大部分人一样,掉进营销手段的套圈。
所以,我个人非常推荐你读一读这本非常有《影响力》的书。
里面举出了很多大公司所采用的营销手段的例子和实验证明给你看原来我们是多么容易的上当。

我是从Suria Sabah 的图书馆借来的,你可以去那里借来读。
读完以后,别忘了和我分享您的读后感哦 =)