Good news for me

GE Looks to Tap Local Financial Market

From Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR, July 21 (Bernama) — General Electric International Inc. (GE), is looking to tap the Malaysian financial market in a bid to expand its presence in the country, said its market development director, Megat Shahrul Azmir Nordin.

“The GE group at present, does not have a presence in the Malaysian financial market. But we are looking for an opportunity to work with local banks,” Megat Shahrul told reporters after a luncheon talk on “Developing, Inspiring & Retaining Great Leaders – the GE Way”, here Monday.

Megat Shahrul however indicated that, no formal discussions had yet materialised with regards to GE’s plan.

GE Group via its financial arm, GE Money, is involved in banking and credit services to consumers, retailers and mortgage lenders in nearly 50 countries.

Asked if the company was eyeing mergers or acquisitions, Megat said: “We are open to these prospects. But we believe working together is better than setting up new structures.”

GE is one of the worlds largest corporations with a market capitalisation of US$330 billion.

In Malaysia, GE investments exceed RM1.0 billion. GE works closely with local infrastructure providers – supplying equipment and services – such as Tenaga Nasional, Petronas, Malayan Railways (KTM) and local water authorities.

In June this year, the company invested US$5 million for the expansion of its aircraft engine overhaul and service maintenance shop in Subang. It also added the capability to repair and overhaul the high performance, low risk CFM56-5B aircraft engine.

Megat Shahrul explained that GE was delighted to continuously invest in Malaysia, as the country was highly forward looking.

“In the Iskandar Malaysia economic corridor, for example, we are working closely with the UEM Group and look forward to supplying high technology equipment.

“GE is always supportive of the Malaysian governments effort to develop the country,” said Megat Shahrul.

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As most of you already known, I will be working for GE Japan under the Financial Management Program (a prestigious GE program to nurture future global financial leaders, so to say) from next April and reading this piece of news, which was forwarded to me by a good friend of mine who’s also in GE Japan already under the same program (not disclosing his name for privacy but for those people who know both him and me would probably know who he is already by now), gave me some assurance that I am taking the right step in choosing GE as the start for my career. First of all, I was surprised to hear that GE’s not in the Malaysian financial market yet and getting myself prepared here in Japan under this very program for when they do start off in the Malaysian financial market, it does sound like something good.

Anyway, I have always wanted to be in the business area since young and after coming to Japan, I realized I wanted to go further on globally to see the world and at the same time, being involved in the development of a new business back at home. I had other choices besides GE FMP like venture capital in the local internet business (which did sounded real good as well because it was a chance to pioneer a new area from Japan) but I am glad to have made the choice because it is by far, the best choice I can make since it has cleared up all the conditions of what I wanted as an ideal future career. Tough it maybe, but I am up for the challenge. So, I consider this piece of news, a piece of good news for me to read. Thanks, buddy, you know who you are and I think this is just the good chance for the two of us, who had made the choice.

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“Little Wonders” from ‘Meet the Robinsons’

“Little Wonders” by Rob Thomas

From the movie ‘Meet the Robinsons‘ by Walt Disney Studios

Another simple heart-warming animation movie from Disney

Little Wonders

Let it go,
Let it roll right off your shoulder
Don’t you know
The hardest part is over
Let it in,
Let your clarity define you
In the end
We will only just remember how it feels


Our lives are made
In these small hours
These little wonders,
These twists & turns of fate
Time falls away,
But these small hours,
These small hours still remain

Let it slide,
Let your troubles fall behind you
Let it shine
Until you feel it all around you
and I don’t mind
If it’s me you need to turn to
We’ll get by,
It’s the heart that really matters in the end

Our lives are made
In these small hours
These little wonders,
These twists & turns of fate
Time falls away,
But these small hours,
These small hours still remain

All of my regret
Will wash away some how
But I cannot forget
The way I feel right now

In these small hours
These little wonders
These twists & turns of fate
These twists & turns of fate
Time falls away but these small hours
These small hours, still remain,
Still remain
These little wonders
These twists & turns of fate
Time falls away
But these small hours
These little wonders still remain

This song was really meaningful and it definitely hit the right spot for the movie when it started playing at the end before the credits came in. I was totally wrong when I underestimated by thinking it was just some lame kid show but certain kid show can turn out to be far more meaningful to grown ups like me when we could comprehend the significance when comparing to our own lives.

The first part “Let it go, let it roll right off your shoulder, don’t you know, the hardest part is over” really got me and things had been real rough and tough on me lately but I guess I should learn to just simply “let it go and let it roll right of my shoulder for I should know that the hardest part is over”. I understand everything happens for a reason and clearly, there is a reason for me to watch this movie at this time when everything seems to have been awful meaningless.

The final words by Mr. Walt Disney himself, “Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious … and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” were real meaningful as well and everything seems so significant to me at this moment. This may sound crappy but I guess I am definitely a person who was “raised up” with Disney movies (I remember how excited I was the moment I stepped into the dreamland, Tokyo Disneyland for the very first time and met up with Mickey Mouse). Anyway, “Keep moving forward” was the key lesson that this movie wanted to let everyone know.

Bloody matters

Scared of the needle ? I’m not.

The Japan Red Cross Society of the Chiba Port visits my campus about 3 times a year, to hold a one week campaign each time they do come, in order to collect blood from kind university students or staffs. According to them, their ideal target is to have 100 donors per day and reaching that target is not such a simple task for many are pretty selfish or just afraid of the thought of a big fat needle has to go through their vein which hinders them from intervening into the whole noble act. Anyway, I missed once last autumn so I was really eager to do it this time, the moment I noticed their tent was up to suck blood from fellow donors. I made my way to the tent, proudly slipped out my donor card from my wallet and got 400mL of my type A+ blood sucked out of my body after getting a simple blood pressure and blood concentration test.

Their tent has the words “Give Blood, Save Life” printed on it, although I think it should be more towards “Give Blood, Save Lives”, but I guess saving one life is good enough as long as we have the heart for it. Well, let’s say I am pretty much a frequent customer for it was my 7th time donating my blood here in Japan, wishing somehow my blood would be precious enough to actually save lives. I’m always happy whenever the nurses tell me that they really thank me on behalf of the people who were in need of it. Anyway, here in Japan, they will give you stuffs like instant noodles or snack bars as a token of appreciation for donating. This time I’ve got myself 3 bars of Soyjoy, a new snack bar made of soy beans and dried fruits, which is supposed to be some healthy diet snack (urm, they don’t taste that good actually so I think it is healthy.)

Actually, I’ve bumped into an article by COLORS magazine a while ago while surfing the net (a multilingual quarterly magazine developed in Italy by Fabrica, Benetton’s research center) on their latest issue #73 entitled “Money” and it is actually an interesting issue which is based on money, with sections divided by the different traces of materials found on paper money analyzed in a lab. Waste, blood, metal, ash, oil, cocaine, soil, skin, silicon, feces, plastic, cellulose, ink. Yes, among those it was the topic of blood, a common biological material that can be found on money. In this section, it touches on the blood black market issue in Iraq. Here’s a transcript from one of the related websites, “In Baghdad, on the other hand, blood is lost in litres and replaced in cash – US$3,500 to be precise; the amount Sayef paid on the black market for his son’s transfusions.” Anyway, if you want to check on this section, there’s a PDF version of it on this fantastic website version of the issue #73.

It’s pretty ironic that certain people get highly paid or even have to pay a big lump some in Iraq for blood and here I am in Japan, willingly to give out my blood for free but I believe some people out there in the world who would really want my blood to actually exchange for money to survive in this expensive world we are in. I’ve done 7 blood donations, 6 times of 400mL and 1 time of 200mL (the first time when I was in Kumamoto did not worked well so they only took 200mL) which equals up to 2.6 litres and I really wonder how much that would worth in Iraq for blood transfusion. Anyway, the world is pretty much a wrecked up place where such illegal deals have to be done but I’m happy that I am just doing my share of what I can do here in the richer side of the world.

I know there are people who are afraid of the needle but am I weird to say that I kinda like blood donation a lot ? *hehe* Well, perhaps there is something fetish in me when it comes to blood donation. Anyway, I really am inclined to bloody matters nowadays because I am actually working on my research now to actually find a method to actually separate the digital image of your face into melanin and hemoglobin components. It is a method that many cosmetics companies would want to get their hands on as an invasive method to know the concentration of melanin (the pigment that makes your skin tan) and hemoglobin (in simple term, blood) in your skin in order to prescribe a good product for your skin. Anyway, those are the bloody matters that I’ve been linked to lately and thought of sharing them with you. Comment if you want to. Peace.

Sheena Ringo, congratulations !

10th Anniversary. Congratulations, Sheena Ringo !

One of my all time favorite singer, the one and only Sheena Ringo.

New album 2CD compilation : “私と放電”

To commemorate her 10th year anniversary as an song writer singer artiste, she will be releasing a 2 CDs compilation album of her songs up to now, namely “私と放電” and also a PV compilation DVD “私の発電” of her main singles in the past 10 years. Both the album and the DVD will be released on the 2nd July 2008. There is also a special website for her 10th anniversary so fans out there, be sure to check it out.