3 Hollywood Actresses that I think are awesome

My wife and I watch a lot of movies together and we generally find ourselves talking about the actresses rather than the actors. For some reason we hardly talk about Robert Downey Jr or Brad Pitt from the movies we watch but we’ll always talk about Emma Stone.

There are 3 actresses that I generally really like though:

  1. Emma Stone

I like Emma Stone because she’s this really pretty girl who doesn’t seem like she’s afraid to make fun of herself.  Like this.

She also comes off in talk shows as really friendly, like if you saw her in public you won’t be as intimidated going up to her to say hi as opposed to say seeing…. Beyonce?

2. Anna Kendrick

I first heard of Anna Kendrick from Pitch Perfect.

I think it’s amazing she can sing but there’s one thing I love even more about her than her singing and that’s how witty and hilarious she is on Twitter.

Here are some of my favourites.

3. Blake Lively

This one really because of this movie.

I first saw her in Gossip Girls years back but I always just thought she’s okay but wow in Age of Adaline… it was really something else.

She’s coming up with another movie that looks pretty interesting too.

One of those lone survivor against all odds kind of movie. I normally don’t like watching movies like this because man it’s stressful but I might watch this one just for Blake Lively.

Also I kinda like her husband Ryan Reynolds too (from Deadpool).

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How much will Limited Edition Shell Collectibles cost in future?

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I’ve been doing quite a lot with Shell Malaysia lately and it’s a relationship that I enjoy because I use Shell. Heck my whole family uses Shell for our cars and just a couple of weeks ago I was at Wisma Shell giving a talk to their IT staff about my own story.

So anyway they recently gave me a set of these Limited Edition Canisters.


Each of these boxes carry the design of Shell Stations and pumps from the 1920s and 1980s. They’re limited edition and you can get them at Shell Stations around Malaysia. You just have to spend RM40 on any Shell fuel and you’re entitled to buy the big canisters at RM12.90 each (they come with fridge magnets) and if you spend RM6 or above at Shell Select you’re entitled to purchase the small ones at RM7.90 each.

The Limited Edition Shell Tanker that you see in front there is available on the 16-22th October for RM12.90 each if you spend RM40 and above at Shell.

I thought it’s cool that Shell’s allowing us to own a piece of history. Of how the petrol stations used to look like all the years from when my parents were born to before but I had one bigger question.

Since these are Limited Edition and Collectibles, how much will they be worth say a couple of decades from now. I decided to look around online and here’s some interesting vintage Shell stuff I found.

  1. This Shell Station Attendant collector Doll – $135.15 

$135… that’s like RM560 for this collectible doll. HOLY COW!

2. This pin badge for $39.99 

I have no idea how much the original price of this pin badge was but I can’t imagine it being more than say $5 which is about RM20. How did it over the years become worth almost $40 which makes it about RM160.

3) This Tin Shell Service Station Toy for AU$ 103 (approx RM324)

The seller here doesn’t seem to be sure how old this is yet but he estimates that it may be from the 1950s.

4) Vintage Shell Oil Gas Station Sign – $324.99

I like this one. Haha if I had one maybe I’ll put one outside my study so it lights up to tell people that I’m inside busy working.

5) This Classic Shell Oil Gas Pump and Towel Bus ($599) 

This is my favorite.  It’s actually a reproduction but it’s so cool. This however looks like the pumps overseas, if there was a Malaysian version of it I’d totally put one in my office or something.

I’m no expert in collectibles but all in all it seems that some Shell collectibles seem to really appreciate in value over time. It’s just a matter of when or what.

So my big question then is how do you pick the right collectibles, and will the Heritage canisters above appreciate in value? Does anyone have any experience in this?


(Decided to add in Fighter’s toys and oh look it suddenly looks like a busy petrol station)

While we’re at that I wanna give this set away to any of my subscribers. So if you’d like it shoot me an email at lengmoublogs@yahoo.com and tell me why you want them and if you can share with me how do you decide what to collect.

The journey of the watches I wear and how you can win one from this 135 year old brand

This article is in collaboration with SEIKO.

I have worn a watch every single day of my life for the past 2 decades. I wear them because they tell the time with just a flick of a wrist (rather than bringing out my phone) and because it’s one of the few fashion accessories men have to wear.

The past decade though has seen an interesting change of my interest in watches. It all happened when I first discovered Swiss watches. I can’t explain why I ended up owning a few of them. I think it’s a combination of peer pressure, love of the design and well just thinking that they’re the kind of watch I should have or aspire to have at that age.

As the years passed though, owning them became less and less fun. For starters they started to miss minutes. That’s right. MISS MINUTES. For all the craftsmanship that these luxury watches were known for, they weren’t accurate.

On different occasions when this happened I would bring them to the shop and ask what’s wrong. The feedback I had was that it’s not uncommon for them to miss some minutes every now and then but it’ll be better once I send it for servicing.

How much you might ask would servicing cost? Well… depending on the watch but anywhere from RM500-RM8,000. That is insane!

After I realised how these luxury watches had become a burden rather than an asset to me I started wearing a different type of watch. The type of watch that would never miss a minute. Electronic watches or fitness wearables and that’s what I wear now but these electronic watches have a downside:

There are times when it just doesn’t fit your style. Whether it’s when you’re wearing a suit or a work shirt. It just doesn’t look good.

So I started looking around for other watches. I wanted a watch that was well made, wouldn’t miss a tick, looks as good as any luxury watch and affordable.

About this time I came across SEIKO.

I only want to write about brands or things that I believe in and I have a very good impression of Seiko.  Remember this article I wrote a year ago that got over 80,000 shares.

I view Seiko very positively because it’s a watch maker with a lot of heritage. It was founded in 1881 by this man.

Kintaro Hattori.

Kintaro went on to make the first wristwatch in Japan and his watches were known to be so accurate that in 1929 it was appointed as Japan National Railway’s “Official Railway Watch”. I’m guessing because it kept time really well and we all know how timely all Japanese trains are.

Over the next few decades SEIKO would grow to innovate the watch. In the 1960s they invented the World’s First Quartz watch. You know the battery operated ones that many of us wear around our wrists today.

In 1973 they invented the world’s first 6-digit LCD display watch.

And for one of the more crazy ideas, in 1998 Seiko released the World’s First watch powered by your body heat. I kid you not. Body heat!

Today, a 135 years since SEIKO was founded, this is the watch I now have. SEIKO Model No: SSA319J1


From the beautiful SEIKO Premier Collection. It has a stainless steel case and band, Sapphire crystal glass and automatic winding. It’s also 10 bar water-resistant and has a see-through case-back and a 24 hour indicator.

The very same one that’s Wang Lee Hom endorses.


I love it. I think it fills the gap between having something that is reliable and affordable and yet looks great enough to wear with a suit.

The one thing I asked SEIKO in addition to them giving me this watch was whether they could give one to my subscribers as well. And they said yes.


To guys if you’d like a chance to win one of these here’s what you can do:

  1. Share on any of your social media platforms why you want this watch and link this blog article.
  2. Extract the link of your social media posting and send it to lengmoublogs@yahoo.com. Make sure you use the e-mail that is registered in my subscriber base or if you haven’t subscribed yet then do subscribe to my subscriber list first.

That’s it.

Closing date for all entries is 12PM on the 26th October 2016.

Good luck guys. If you don’t get to win one though you can find out where to buy at Tel: 03-2141 5163. Visit  SEIKO Malaysia’s Facebook page and website for more details.

12 ways to save time and money while traveling

When I was a kid my fortune teller told my mom that when I grow up I will have to travel a lot to earn a living. 30 years on, the prediction seems to have come through. I spent the past 10 years traveling a lot for work. At the peak I was overseas for as many days as I have been home.

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Over that time though I’ve learned how to travel more efficiently. Here are some of the things I’ve learned. Note that I don’t consistently follow each and every one of these so pick the ones that you think makes sense for you.

1) Don’t wear a belt and wear easy slip ons like Toms when traveling.

If there’s one thing that Osama Bin Laden was successful in, it’s wasting hours of our travel time. Post 9/11, security check points at airports have become increasingly more complex. From banning everything from bottled water and hand cream to having to remove your belt and shoes.

What I find myself spending the most time doing after each security check is wearing my belt and shoes again.

So lesson learned: Don’t wear a belt and wear shoes that you can almost slip on and off so you can breeze through security checks like the wind!

2) Pack a Medikit

Many years ago I made a business trip to Shanghai and my friend brought me for some super spicy and oily Sichuan food. I walked away from that dinner with some major food poisoning, spending the next few days locked up in my hotel room with a severe case of diarrhoea and vomiting.

I also couldn’t believe how hard it was to find a western style pharmacy like a Boots or Watsons that we’re so used to in Malaysia or Singapore. So I resorted to a lot of chinese herbal medicine that didn’t seem to do anything for me.

It was in that time of crisis that I remembered my Dad’s advice. My Dad has this habit of carrying a medikit with him with medicine that treats everything from flu, diarrhoea, fever and all the bad stuff that could happen to you. He even packs two courses of antibiotics in it. One mild one and one strong one like Zithromax. He says you’ll never know how easy it is or how expensive it might be to see a doctor when you’re traveling so bring your own medicine just in case.

I ignored his advice and learned things the hard way.

3) Carry a travel wallet with a combination of major currencies.

Having to constantly change money in and out whenever I travel is difficult. So I have a pouch with all currencies of the countries I visit the most and also of all major currencies so I can use them to change to local currency whenever I need to. I’m not sure how widely accepted the Malaysian Ringgit would be to money changers in say Mongolia. But I’m pretty sure they’d take USD or GBP.

4) Always pay with cash when you can. When you pay by credit card, use the local currency option.

The rate you can negotiate with money changers is more often than not better than the rate your bank would give you on the credit card. Worse…. if you buy something and the merchant offers you a chance to pay in your home currency… don’t do it. Always pay in the local currency. If you thought the bank rate was bad, the merchant’s rates are just outright daylight robbery. You know they’re trying to cheat you right there and then when they by default give you their converted rates at the poor exchange rate and as part of the slip make you sign on a waiver that says you were offered bank rates but you chose the merchant’s rates.

5) Always have PENS in your travel backpack/handbag.

This is for filling in the arrival cards that almost every country requires you to fill in (except Malaysia now so I hear).

6) Have two sets of face wash, toothbrush, toothpaste and other toiletries. One for home and one that is permanently kept in your travel suit case.

Have you ever been on a trip then forgotten your contact lens case, or your toothbrush, or shaver?

Well… do this and you’ll never forget it again. Use travel sized toiletries when you can too so you can get away without having to check-in your luggage.

7) Don’t check-in luggage unless you absolutely have to.

Some airports are better at others when it comes to delivering your check-in luggage to you. KLIA is one of the worst. I’ve waited so long for my luggage I sometimes wondered if it was being sent on the next flight.

8) Uber is almost always cheaper than taxis.

This is true to me even when compared to places where taxis are cheap like Bangkok. It’s not just the price though. It’s also to save time negotiating with the taxi drivers that don’t want to go by meter and not having to dig your pockets for cash when you can just pay by credit card with Uber.

9) When you’re traveling with the family, AirBnB is almost always more cost efficient than booking multiple hotel rooms.

This is a straightforward one.

10) Always carry a power bank with you.

Another straightforward one. My Dad used to say that when traveling there are only 3 things you need. Air ticket, passport and money. Everything else can be bought if you forget.

Well in recent times, I think air ticket isn’t necessary anymore and that position is quickly replaced by your phone. So always have enough juice for your phone.

11)  Get free data roaming plans

We need data wherever we go and the thrifty Penangnite in me makes it a point to buy a local SIM whenever I land at the airport. It’s often cheaper than data roaming itself but it has its downsides. Often the queue to buy SIM cards at airport are long and sometimes you get cheated and overpay (like in Bali.. watch out for that).

My favourite solution for this now is U-Mobile. I pay RM70 a month for unlimited calls and 15GB. Do you know what the best part is? Is that I get unlimited data roaming in 12 countries around the region which includes Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan and more. So whenever I travel I roam for free and just use my local data package. It’s cheap.

If you talk a lot on the phone while roaming though Maxis’s RM38 a day is pretty good because it covers data and also allows you to receive calls from telemarketers without having to pay the GDP of a small nation. Never again will you be pissed off when telemarketers call you when you’re roaming.

12) If time is important to you, always weigh in the delay costs vs the price of each airline.

Not all airlines or budget airlines are equal. Many of them have a different track record of delays. For example Air Asia is often cheap but it has a really bad track record when it comes to being on time. Every time I fly Air Asia I always prepare myself that the flight will be delayed for 15 minutes (if I’m lucky) to just under 2 hours (if I’m not). The air crew make it a point to apologise after each delay but it happens so much you can’t help but feel like they’re not even trying to be on time. We all have that friend who is always late for appointments no matter how many times he apologises.

I believe Air Asia has a policy that compensates you if their flights are delayed longer than 2 hours so I think they try not to let that happen but when it comes to delays under 2 hours, expect it.

For full service airlines, in my experience Cathay is really bad when it comes to being on time.

So okay guys that’s all I got. Hope it helps and safe travels!

So my wife and I just completely missed our anniversary

10th of October 2009…. oh wait was it 2008. Okay I just said to my wife sitting across me “We got together in 2009 right?”.

And she gradually lifted her middle finger to me in slow motion. Ok so it was 2008.

Yeah so we got together on 10th of October 2008 although I neither of us can really confirm the exact date because it’s not like I officially asked the question. We just gradually started acting more and more like a couple. So in the end we chose the date 10th of October because it was easy to remember and we celebrated that date every year.

Well every year except for this year. Ahhh we just realized that we completely… like completely missed the date. Like the whole day went by and we did our things, worked, took care of kids and all that and it was only the next day did Shorty remember it was our anniversary.

There was no celebration, no wish for each other, no kiss, no hug and not even a dinner. I don’t know what happened. I guess we’re too focused on taking care of our kids now that we forget about us sometimes and I know that can’t be good.

We both know that we need to spend time and work on us. Rather than just the kids. So I don’t know… I’m thinking of maybe going for a holiday, just me and Shorty. But when we did that last year we missed the kids so much we really suffered.

Ahhh so I don’t know. Maybe we should just go for a staycation or something. Somewhere in KL, just for one night… so we can come back the next day and see the kids again. It’s like we never left.

Does anyone know some place in KL that serves as a great staycation?

Building a Lego for my son

I used to really enjoy playing with Lego as a kid. Although come to think of it, I think I spent most of my childhood playing with Duplo which is the bigger Lego pieces for kids rather than the proper small Lego ones. If I remember it right, I played with Duplo all the way till I was like 10 years old.

Anyway last week we went to Legoland in Johor. I really enjoyed the experience with the kids and I would totally go again.


Especially considering that I didn’t even manage to cover the Water Park on my day there.

At Legoland my wife decided to buy Fighter this.


When we got back to the hotel room, Fighter wanted to open it and was trying to get Shorty to do it when Shorty delegated that task to me instead. She was tired and wanted to rest for a bit.

So there I was… about to relive my childhood experience and build this when I opened the box and out came all these parts.


I was like … “Wtf? That’s a lot of parts”.

I tried to just look at the picture and put things together but I couldn’t figure out what goes where. I finally succumbed to doing something that I haven’t done in a very long time. Reading the instruction manual.
I gotta say I struggled a little.


All the pieces were so small and my eyes were found constantly squinting to try to find out which piece goes where.

Halfway through I called out to Shorty
“This isn’t easy! Are you sure it’s for ages 1-7???”.

She said yes. I mean Fighter is 3 years old now and I don’t think he’s going to be able to put that together. I wanted to just give up, then kick back and play my game but Fighter was persistent. He kept asking me to build the helicopter for him so fine fine I carried on.

After some 20 minutes… yes a proper 20 minutes… I managed to do it. Tadaa.


I was expecting a hug or a high five or something from Fighter but by the time I was done, he seemed to have lost interest in the Lego.


Unimpressed Fighter is unimpressed.

I’m only glad my wife didn’t buy him this.

My first time at the F1 in Sepang

Believe it or not I’ve never been to the F1 in Sepang before. Many a time I was tempted to go to see what the fuss was all about but whenever I heard about the heat and how hot it would be in the outdoors I shied away from it.

Then just this year Heineken offered me an experience of a lifetime: Tickets to watch the F1 from the Paddock Club which is this corporate box right opposite the grandstand, fully air-conditioned, catered and serviced by staff flown in from overseas. It was amazing.


The unfortunate thing is that I’m not going to be able to make it for the race day, but I did make it for the qualifiers’ today and that was all I needed to experience the whole thing.

Here’s how it felt:

  1. Everyone from the host to the waiters and waitresses in the corporate box had the highest levels of service. I found it hard to finish a glass of water before a waitress would come around and top it off. The food was great too.. the dessert… to die for.
  2. It was a nice bonus that they served ice-cold Heineken in the box.
  3. The only other F1 I’ve ever been for was the Singapore F1. The thing about that one though was that I spent a lot of time walking the grounds and while I could often hear the cars go by, I didn’t have a Grandstand kind of view.
  4. There’s something about the sound of the F1 cars whizzing by that makes your heart get really excited. I saw even my wife who normally would meh about these kind of things… get excited.
  5. For some reason on TV all the cars look like they’re going super slow but in real life the cars drive past you at such a speed you’d think they were flying.
  6. There really is much more to the F1 race in Sepang than the race itself. On the grounds we saw little Go-kart type of race tracks for kids to play in, and little game tents as well. The whole thing felt like a carnival. Shorty commented that maybe next time we should bring the kids.
  7. There is no air conditioning in the F1 cars so I couldn’t help but wonder how hot those drivers must be the whole time. Then again I think about how they probably make more in an hour than I do in a month… so it’s not too bad.
  8. The Sepang race track is really something. I can’t help but admire the aerial shots of it. I remember when I was growing up how some people were like “Why do we need to spend money on a race track in Malaysia?”. Well now that we have it, I’m really proud to have an F1 race in KL every year.


All in all a great experience. Thanks again to Eileen and Steph from Heineken for the wonderful time!

This movie tells the story of how the largest accidental oil spill in history happened

Back in 20th April 2010, the largest accidental oil spill in history took place in the Gulf of Mexico leading to one of the largest environmental disasters in the world.

An estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil were discharged into the ocean in the 3 months that it took to plug the leak. Even at today’s low oil price of say $46 per barrel, that adds up to about $225 million in dollar terms.

The real cost to that accident though wasn’t the money. It was the 11 lives lost on the Deepwater Horizon when it happened and the damage to the environment.

The aftermath of it (and I quote from Wikipedia):

  1. Oil cleanup crews worked four days a week on 55 miles of Louisiana shoreline throughout 2013. Oil continued to be found as far as the Maconda site as the waters off the Florida Panhandle and Tampa Bay.
  2. Dolphins and other marine life continued to die in record numbers with infant dolphins dying at six times the normal rate.
  3. Tuna and amberjack that were exposed to oil from the spill developed deformities of the heart and other organs that would be expected to be fatal or life shortening

Last year, BP which operated the rig was fined $18.7 billion, the largest corporate settlement in US history.

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The movie Deepwater Horizon that just came out is the story of the people on the rig and how the accident happened. So when my friend Stephanie from GSC engaged me to go watch the movie and write about it, I jumped at watching what is now an event that will go into our history books.

The movie stars Mark Wahlberg, Kate Hudson, John Malkovich and Kurt Russell. Yep I said Kurt Russell. When I first saw him on screen I was like “This guy looks soooo familiar!” and it’s only when I IMDB’ed it at the end that I realized it was action hero Kurt Russell.

The verdict for me: I loved it.

Here’s why:

  1. The characters: This is one of the movies that told the story of not just one hero but of a group of people. So how the character development was done took some care and I think they nailed it. By the end of the movie I felt for the characters in the movie, sympathized with them for being in that situation and found myself cheering for them to get through it.
  2. How an oil rig works: This is the first movie I’ve seen that gives me a real insight of how life on an oil rig is like. What they do and how things work. Sure the movie Armageddon had an oil rig scene but that doesn’t really count as “life on an oil rig” if you know what I mean.
  3. How they explained what happened: My friend Zhon works for an oil company and spends a good amount of time on oil rigs. When I told him about this movie he said he was eager to watch it because he wanted to know how they would explain why the accident happened (which is very very technical) in very layman terms. This they nailed. I found it very creative how they went about explaining what they did and why each thing happened in different ways – Beyond just having characters talking. Sure you still really have to listen out and pay close attention to get it but I feel like I got what they were saying.

All in all I really liked this movie and I would really encourage everyone to watch it if they have the time. I’ve come to a stage where movies with just fancy special effects and explosions after explosions don’t quite do it for me anymore. What does it for me are movies with real stories and/or cover historical events. Deepwater Horizon meets all that and throws in great special effects too.

The movie is out in cinemas this week so go check it out.

This guy speaks a lot of sense!!

This morning I was just on YouTube watching some other stuff when I saw a suggested this suggested video.

I really thought nothing about it at first but I decided to check it out to see what this guy had to say and I was blown away.

The speaker here is Gary Vaynerchuck. He’s an entrepreneur that used to run a wine e-commerce business and now runs a successful social media agency that does $100 million in revenue. He also happens to have a sizable following on social media.
When I googled him though he had his fair share of detractors. The harshest really likening him to a motivational get rich scheme kind of speaker and maybe he’s just that. But listening to what he said in the first 5 minutes of the video made so much sense.

Here’s my key takeaway from it:

  1. We live in a world now where everyone thinks they have to be an entrepreneur but it’s not that. Entrepreneurship isn’t for everyone. What’s important is being self aware of who we are and then deploying our skills on things that suit it best. Maybe we aren’t good entrepreneurs but we’ll be good number 2s or 3s or 4s or 5s.
  2. Startups are chasing paper valuations but driving user numbers of whatever metrics in the hope of raising a higher round and eventually exiting. What happened to building a business that makes money?
  3. Stay in your lane. Know what you’re good at and what you’re known for and keep to it. Don’t deviate.

I think this video is really worth listening to if you’re an entrepreneur or setting out to be one. Or even if you’re just interested in entrepreneurship.

So check it out!


How having kids changed the way I viewed crimes against children

Yesterday I read this article.

It’s an article that has a video of a man who threw his 3 year old step daughter into a hotel pool and watched as she struggled to stay above water, eventually drowning.  All this while her mom was sleeping in the hotel room. I can’t imagine what the mom must have woken up to.

There’s a video attached to the article but I couldn’t get myself to watch it. Just looking at the pictures alone was heartbreaking enough. So heartbreaking I even had a nightmare in my dreams last night after reading the article.

Before I had kids, watching the news about how kids get harmed as collateral damage whether to war or abusive parents used to affect me but all that is nothing compared to how I feel now that I have kids. Maybe it hurts me more now because I imagine “What if it was my kids”.

Whether it’s looking at the picture of the Syrian refugee boy who washed up on a beach, to a video on CNN of how a little girl got hit by a bomb blast, it stabs me like a knife to the heart.

Once I go through that shock and pain, anger seeps in. Angry that there are people that exist in this world who would harm kids that have nothing but innocence on them. I then ask myself why does God allow these kind of things happen to children who have done nothing to deserve the pain they go through? Children who hadn’t had the chance to live through life long enough to see the good and the bad that exist in this world.

I feel like there should be harsher punishments for crimes against children. That for this man here who drowned the 3 year old girl, even a 100 year prison term isn’t harsh enough.

Why does the world we live in have so much violence? How can we leave a better world for our kids to grow up in?