In The Stars and Kosmos

Been quite while this blog has been left without updates. So yeah. Finally all things and wedding ceremony has been done. Firstly before I brag myself appearing in the paper again, a lot of thanks and love to those who attended my reception. Your existence during my reception is really meaningful to me. And also thanks for even bring wedding gifts.

The most sweetest gift I ever receive is the 8-Bit Necktie & The Pulsating Heart. A gift that indeed make a geek extremely happy.

Plus lucky to have few bloggers around, if you want to see blog updates & pictures of my wedding go to the link below

Again I really thank those who come!

So for bragging on the papers now.

Alhamdulillah Thank God, on 1 December Kosmo covers the news about the mobileoffice I heavily involved with; PAPER + TOAST, in 3 pages woootness!


Click here or the picture to read the news in Malay language.Basically it tells you about the concept of the mobileoffice. For the sake of archiving, I also include the news inside the spoiler section below.

Konsep Nomad Paper+Toast

Konsep nomad Paper+Toast

Oleh NADZARUL AMIR ZAINAL AZAM

amir.azam@kosmo.com.my

BUDAYA melakukan tugasan dari rumah ataupun luar pejabat bukan perkara asing di negara-negara maju kerana faktor mudah mendapat gajet, perisian serta perkhidmatan komunikasi berteknologi tinggi.

Trend kerja sebegitu mengoptimumkan kelebihan dan kemudahan sedia ada bagi menjalani kehidupan harian dengan lebih efisien, menjimatkan wang serta masa.

Fenomena tersebut mula berkembang di negara ini seiring kewujudan komuniti maya dan golongan profesional yang aktif menggunakan teknologi maklumat komunikasi sebagai medium harian.

Bagaimanapun, satu halangan bagi mereka ialah mencari lokasi kerja yang ideal.

Menyedari permintaan semakin meningkat di negara ini khususnya di ibu negara, tiga anak muda telah bergabung idea bagi membuka sebuah kafe konsep yang mampu bertindak sebagai pejabat kepada golongan profesional dan pengkarya bebas.

Kafe Paper+Toast yang dibuka sebulan lalu adalah cetusan idea Norhayati Hamzah, 34, Pat Teoh, 27 dan Darren Zhou, 28. Terletak di One Residency, Jalan Nagasari, Kuala Lumpur, premis itu tidak hanya menyediakan kemudahan pejabat kepada pelanggan malah menawarkan hidangan menu yang berkhasiat.

Norhayati berkata, kafe berkenaan diwujudkan dengan tujuan menawarkan lokasi yang mudah dan selesa kepada mereka yang cenderung melakukan kerja di luar pejabat ataupun secara nomad.

“Sebelum ia diwujudkan, kami terlebih dahulu telah melakukan pelbagai kaji selidik untuk memenuhi keperluan pelanggan-pelanggan.

RUANG kerja nyaman dan hidangan berkhasiat menjadi satu daya tarikan di Kafe Paper+Toast

“Ia dilakukan kerana mereka yang melakukan kerja di luar pejabat kerap kali berdepan dengan pelbagai masalah sehingga menjejaskan prestasi hasil kerja,” katanya ketika ditemui Kosmo!.

Norhayati mengakui dia sendiri pernah berdepan dengan masalah apabila melakukan kerja di luar pejabat sebelum timbul ilham membuka kafe itu.

Walaupun konsep kafe tersebut masih baru, Norhayati berkata, ia sudah mendapat respons positif daripada pelanggan mereka.

“Senario itu telah memberi keyakinan kepada kami bahawa konsep yang dibawa oleh kafe ini mampu menjadi ikutan ramai dalam masa terdekat.

“Kami juga ingin memperkenalkan jenama buatan Malaysia dengan membuka Paper+Toast ini,” ujarnya yang pernah berkhidmat di sebuah syarikat pemasaran.

Ruang kerja

Kafe Paper+Toast menekankan konsep ruang di dalam ruang yang menggunakan setiap sudut kafe secara maksimum.

Susun atur perabot dan dekorasi yang cukup teratur dapat memberi suasana selesa kepada pelanggan-pelanggan.

PAT menunjukkan kubikal kerja yang boleh dilipat bagi menjimatkan ruang di Kafe Paper+Toast.

Bahkan, warna putih dan uggu yang diaplikasikan bersama perabot berkenaan menaikkan mood bekerja seakan berada di rumah.

Dalam pada itu, rakannya, Pat Teoh, memberitahu Paper+Toast menawarkan 15 ruang kerja kepada pelanggan-pelanggan yang mengunjungi kafe tersebut.

“Menariknya, ruang kerja berkenaan terdiri daripada sembilan kubik yang dapat memberikan privasi kepada pelanggan walaupun mereka berada di tempat awam.

“Terdapat empat meja kerja turut disediakan bagi mereka yang ingin bersantai sambil membuat kerja,” ujarnya.

Tambah Pat, ruang kerja di tingkat atas kafe tersebut juga boleh diubah menjadi tempat melangsungkan seminar yang mampu menampung sehingga 40 orang pada satu-satu masa.

Katanya, mereka yang ingin mengadakan mesyuarat juga boleh melakukannya di kafe berkenaan kerana turut menyediakan dua bilik mesyuarat.

“Perkhidmatan pejabat seperti mesin faksimili, fotostat, sambungan Internet, kurier dan lain-lain turut ditawarkan kepada pelanggan.

“Kami juga menyediakan alamat premis bagi mereka yang memerlukannya. Pelbagai pakej menarik disediakan kepada pelanggan-pelanggan yang ingin menikmati kemudahan dan perkhidmatan di kafe ini,” ujarnya.

Kesihatan pelanggan

Selain daripada kemudahan dan perkhidmatan pejabat, Norhayati menambah, kafe berkenaan tidak terkecuali dalam menjaga alam sekitar dan kesihatan pelanggan-pelanggan.

“Dari segi makanan yang ditawarkan, kami mengetengahkan juadah berkhasiat dan menyihatkan kepada pelanggan-pelanggan. Minuman jus yang disediakan juga adalah asli dan segar.

“Kami menggunakan beg kertas bagi tujuan pembungkusan makanan di kafe ini sebagai menyambut seruan penjagaan alam sekitar,” katanya.

RUANG meja di kafe berkenaan yang teratur dan kemas memberi privasi kepada pelanggan.

Norhayati memberitahu, alam sekitar memainkan peranan penting dalam kehidupan manusia. Sebab itulah kafe berkenaan menggunakan beberapa bahan kitar semula serta mentol jimat tenaga.

Sementara itu, seorang pelanggan, Ikhwan Nazri Mohd. Asran, 25, berkata, dia kerap mengunjungi kafe berkenaan kerana ia selesa selain harga ditawarkan amat berpatutan.

“Berbanding dengan kafe-kafe lain, Paper+Toast mempunyai tarikan tersendiri kerana pelanggan-pelanggan akan berasa seperti di rumah kerana ia sunyi dan mendamaikan.

“Keadaan sedemikian sukar dicari di kafe-kafe lain dan ia amat sesuai terutamanya bagi mereka yang bekerja di luar pejabat,” katanya.

Selain itu, Ikhwan Nazri yang merupakan penerbit multimedia bebas menambah, kemudahan dan perkhidmatan pejabat ditawarkan juga amat bagus serta terkini.

Menurutnya, suasana kafe itu juga membuatkan dia tidak segan untuk membawa pelanggan-pelanggan berkunjung melakukan urus niaga ataupun perbincangan.

Katanya, kafe berkenaan banyak membantu komuniti yang membuat kerja di luar pejabat dengan lebih efisien dan menjimatkan kos.

Then, at the same week just before my wedding reception (4/12/2010), Ian Yee from The Star called me to do phone interview. I was on the paper the following week, Great Ideas: Different Options inside R.AGE section, dedicated for youth.

Click here or the picture to read the news inside The Star. The article is about few young entrepreneurs. I’m not sure if I’m fit to that-preneur. Plus there’s two flaw inside this article. Flaw 1: While I do participate in Klue +5 competition, I didn’t win. Flaw 2: I was instructed to show Weddingkami website but the caption is about Officekami. Oh well not much damage done anyway.

And for the sake of archiving the news, here below inside the spoiler tab.

Great Ideas, Different Options

By NASA MARIA ENTABAN, IAN YEE and QISHIN TARIQ

AFTER graduation, many young people figure that their lifelong jobs will consist of long hours at a desk at an office, staring at computer screens all day long and braving traffic at peak hours.

Indeed, it has become almost a certainty that after university, you’ll log on to a job search website, send in your resume and land a job in the field you graduate in. While many choose this path, there are others that opt not to join the corporate rat race and instead, go their own way.

These are young people who have the imagination, and drive to make something happen.

Their businesses may not rake in millions of ringgit yet, but they are passionate about pursuing their ideas and executing them. R.AGE checked in with four youths who are doing their own thing, and loving it.

Orchard at your doorstep
Chan Shan Shan, 27, loves eating fruits, and has always wondered why her friends didn’t consume copious amounts every day like she did.

The most common reasons she was given was that they couldn’t bother with the hassle of cutting fruits or driving out to buy them. It inspired her to send out fruit hampers to friends and family.

“Almost every other month, friends would hold parties and I would send them fruit baskets, and they loved it,” explained Shan Shan. “So I thought, why not open a store and start a delivery business?”

Chan Shan Shan, who runs Dusun, a fruit delivery business, cuts a variety of fruits herself before driving around the Klang Valley area delivering them to customers.

Thanks to that lightbulb moment, she decided to do her own thing and start Dusun, a fruit delivery business.

“When you go to the mamak and you see fruits that are not properly refrigerated and have been sitting there all day, you don’t really feel like eating them. That is why I thought I’d make it easy, and have the fruits delivered, cut and packaged,” explained Shan Shan, who quit her engineering job to start her fruit delivery business.

“Health is something people don’t really think about that often, and having fruits in your daily diet is often low on everyone’s list of priorities, so I decided to make it easy for them,” said Shan Shan, who set up a store in Centrepoint Shopping Centre, Bandar Utama, Selangor, where customers can buy fruits and fruit juices.

Shan delivers a mix of cut fruits in lunch boxes to customers within certain areas in Petaling Jaya. She also sells and delivers fruits, which she handpicks from wholesalers.

Bringing your dreams to life is rewarding, but not always easy.

“The cut fruits sold well, people come in and don’t even think about spending a dollar or two on a package of fruits, but the challenge for me is selling the bulk fruit.

“People always compare my prices with those in the pasar malam, but I try to explain to them that they are getting quality from my store. We go to the wholesalers directly and hand-pick all the fruits we want to sell,” explained Shan Shan, who runs the business with help from her aunt, another employee and a despatch boy.

Even now, Shan Shan admits that she is still waiting for the bulk fruit business to pick up, but is glad that the cut fruits delivery is going great.

“We’ve reached 100 subscribers, and have worked out a good system where we cut the fruits at 8am and try to have everything delivered before 12,” said Shan, who often only gets home around 10pm every night after manning the shop in the afternoon.

She is thrilled at the response to her business so far.

“I’m glad people are responding well to having fruits in their daily diet and I hope to expand my business outside the Klang Valley,” she said.

Check out www.dusun.com.my for details on the fruits Shan Shan delivers, prices and so on.

Mobile working
These days, more and more people are starting to work in “mobile offices” – cafes, restaurants, parks or anywhere at all where you can sit down with your laptop, get free Internet access and be productive.

Ikhwan Nazri, 25, is one of them. He runs a small company based in Cyberjaya made up of just him and his business partner.

When his partner got married and decided to spend more time working from his home in Gombak, Selangor, Ikhwan found it quite pointless travelling to his office every day from his own place in Ampang in Kuala Lumpur.

So, he started to seek out “mobile offices”, meeting his business partner in shopping malls or coffeeshops instead of travelling all the way to Cyberjaya. After a while, he started to become quite familiar with the various office “amenities” available in the different cafes and restaurants they’d go to.

Ikhwan Nazri runs a crowd-sourcing website called OfficeKami (blog.officekami.com) where he and anyone else could post reviews of places suitable to serve as mobile offices.

“I started to notice things, like which places had WiFi, how many power points a place had, whether there were stationery shops around, and even if there was a facsimile service nearby,” said Ikhwan.

Armed with that kind of information, Ikhwan soon had a lightbulb moment – he started a crowd-sourcing website called OfficeKami (blog.officekami.com) in May 2009, where he and anyone else could post reviews of places suitable as mobile offices.

“So far, we have reviewed around 180 places. We have four to five regular ‘reporters’, who submit reviews quite frequently.

“One person who’s quite regular has even posted reviews of mobile offices in Kelantan, and he posted one from a trip to Genting Highlands as well,” said Ikhwan.

OfficeKami has helped Ikhwan win RM2,000 from the Plus 5 project by KLue, which helps to kickstart creative ideas to improve Klang Valley by giving start-up money to the creators.

Ikhwan says his website is most helpful to writers, those working in ICT (information and communications technology), the self-employed and people whose jobs require them to have lots of meetings outside of the office.

“If you have a meeting at a cafe or restaurant that can be a mobile office, you can start working on what you discuss from that meeting immediately, instead of having to waste time driving back to the office,” explained Ikhwan.

According to him, it’s all part of a concept called ROWE – the Results-Only Working Environment.

As long as you show results and you get the job done, it doesn’t matter where, how and how long you work.

“I think it’s already quite common overseas, but it’s still a relatively new concept here. They even have what they call ‘co-working spaces’ in other countries. These are places that cater specifically to people who work in mobile offices,” he said.

Though there are plenty of benefits to working mobile which most young people are more than willing to shout about, Ikhwan prefers to give a more honest assessment.

He said: “If you’re in an office environment, you won’t have people coming to you going ‘Eh, Manchester United kalah lagi la!’

“And it’s definitely more comfortable and relaxing at a mobile office, although you could easily fall asleep too!”

Slumdog millionaires
Three Bangi boys never imagined that what started as a coffeeshop griping session about the state of recycling in Malaysia could grow into a full time business.

“It’s very difficult to recycle in Malaysia. First you have to pack and bring your stuff to a centre. There, the unhelpful staff will usually only take the newspapers and plastic bottles, leaving you to throw away the rest,” said Muhammad Iqbal Baharum.

Green enterprenuer Muhammad Iqbal Baharum navigating through knee deep “garbage” that’s soon to be sorted and turned into valuable recyclable goods, inside the Recycle And Reward’s collection centre in Equine Park, Seri Kembangan.

In an effort to create a more convenient way to recycle, Iqbal and his partners Mohd Sharulnazli and Dhouse Shah El Hyatt founded Recycle and Reward (RAR).

Unlike most centres, RAR collects recyclables straight from their customers’ doorstep. Customers need only to place a booking via RAR’s website (www.recycleandreward.my) and the company would dispatch a pickup truck to collect their items. In return for their recyclables, customers earn points that can be traded for cash or prizes ranging from rice cookers to iPods and PlayStations.

There’s a one-off RM50 joining fee but Sharulnazli, or Nazli for short, said that’s just to ensure customers are commited to the cause.

“Customers usually make up their innitial investment within two to three months anyway,” he said.

The trick was to get people started. From their experience, RAR found that most people don’t recycle because they were clueless about what could or could not be recycled.

“On our first visit to a customer’s house, we take the time to teach them what is recyclable and how to get the most points from it,” explained Iqbal.

Recycle and Reward (RAR) co-founders Muhammad Iqbal and Mohd Sharulnazli demonstrating how to use the bags provided to customers and what kind of garbage counts as recyclable. Picture taken in their office, in Taipan USJ.

When the trio, who are all 26 years old, started RAR with an initial capital of RM10,000 pooled from their life savings, they could only afford to operate out of Iqbal’s back yard. They had to collect, sort and sell the recyclables themselves, while handling the finances and marketing too.

In fact, they found managing the company’s finances to be the hardest part. “None of us are from business backgrounds. Dhouse and I studied engineering while Iqbal was in programming,” explained Nazli.

Another challenge they faced was a lack of guidance. It turned out that it’s hard to ask for advice when you’re trailblazing into unchartered territories. “No one else had done what we had in Malaysia, so we had to figure it out ourselves,” said Iqbal.

Despite all that, within five months RAR had opened its first collection centre in Seri Kembangan and an office in Subang Jaya in Selangor, and had hired five staff to ease their workload. RAR now serves over 1,500 customers in the Klang Valley, with plans to expand to Penang and Johor.

“We’re even considering Sarawak as we’ve gotten a lot of requests from there,” said Iqbal.

For now, the three have their noses to the grindstone, but they hoped that with a little more fine tuning RAR would be able to run without their constant supervision.

“It’s a trade off: we have to work a lot now for our freedom later, but with a 9-5 job you’ll never break free,” said Nazli. He jokingly added that the team hoped their message of recycling would spread to a point that in the future people would literally fight over garbage.

Isabelle Wong(left) and Ng Jo-Han run berryberryeasy.com, an STPM and SPM exam tips website which also provides study notes.

Easy learning
School teacher Isabelle Wong and PhD student/researcher Ng Jo-Han have their day jobs, but they enjoy working on their passion “Berry Berry Easy” at night and during weekends.

Isabelle, 30, and Ng Jo-Han, 27, run SPM and STPM exam tips website berryberryeasy.com, which gives useful exam tips, predictions and reference notes to students.

“We realised years ago that there are many students who can’t afford to go for extra tuition, or purchase extra reference books, but they do have Internet access at their school, so we decided to give them another option for studying,” explained Jo-Han.

“There are a lot of sites out there that attract students’ attention with taglines like ‘soalan bocor’ (leaked exam questions) but they require payment,” said Jo-Han. “Our site is a free online resource for students to level the playing field.”

On the site, which is just over a year old, students can access notes put together by Isabelle (a Chemistry teacher) for chemistry, biology and physics, as well as exam tips.

“Of course, you should do your own studying with notes you wrote yourself,” said Isabelle.

“Our site is meant to be an extra tool, and ideally, you should never wait until the last minute to revise your studies. But if you really can’t help it, or just need a few last minute tips and notes, you can check out our website.”

The duo keep the site afloat by putting in a few extra hours after work.

“Isabelle is the content provider, being the teacher. My job is on the technical aspect of maintaining the website,” explained Jo-Han. “We have a clear distinction on our duties, but sometimes we take over each other’s work when one of us is busy.”

Thanks to some advertising on the site, Jo-Han and Isabelle are making a little profit. But instead of keeping it for themselves, Isabelle rewards her students at school (with permission from the school).

“I give cash incentives to the top scorer in each exam, and the student who has improved the most,” she explained. “Just to motivate them to work harder.”

Again much thanks to everyone who involved in Officekami. I will continue to lead it to help mobilewarriors in Malaysia.

P/S: Next year is 2011. 2007 is the birth of Al-Quran PSP. 2009 is the birth of Officekami. Get my drift?

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8 Responses to : In The Stars and Kosmos

  1. nadiah says:

    2011 the birth of tekong jr? Hehehe

  2. tekong says:

    nadiah – honestly not that fast. But if it’s rezeki, that would be another matter :p

  3. oDiN says:

    another flasher is born to thy world 😛

  4. myadlan says:

    I’m predicting something big will be launched in 2011. Need to work hard for it!

    Congratulation again for all the achievement. I’m proud of you.

  5. tekong says:

    odin – lekluu belum lagi

    myadlan – I can’t comment much on that :p

  6. Sham Hardy says:

    aaaaaaaaaaa… masuk paper? aduhh.. kalau tau aku pegi arituh.. *tsk *tsk

  7. bubbles182 says:

    weeee tekong femes masuk paper!!!

    erk. abg sham ni. dah jd artis tu sket2 cukup ah. asal dengar masuk paper je dia nak jugak ada. isk3. bg can org len plak. 😛

  8. tekong says:

    shamhardy – ko kan banyak kerja takleh join :p

    bubbles – saya biasa2 je mana leh compare ngan sham hardy hehe

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