Friday, December 8, 2017

My first experience in Giant Flagship Store Penang

Sometimes I heard some outsider said, even if you don't know anything about cycling, Giant is not unfamiliar. I guess the fact is that Giant is the largest bicycle manufacturer in the world and they are responsible for Original Design Manufacturing for other big brands like Colnago, Scott, Specialized etc.

I will leave the rest for you to find out about them, now let's get back to my experience in shopping with Giant Flagship Store Penang.

My first Lapierre Audacio 300 was stolen in April, second bike Eddy Merckx Sallanche 64 was cracked in September...and I get my third one in December!

People like my size is hard to find a suitable size because I am short (161.5cm), Asian....initially, I was considering Canyon Endurace AL 8 disc for its new Ultegra disc brake build, however, after thinking that Giant is providing free fitting service upon purchasing new bike from them and Canyon is shipping directly from German (which means you really have to get your size correctly, otherwise you will be guilty over the wrong purchase). Given that I insist on trying disc brake build for future road bike preference, I finally decided on Giant Contend Sl 1 Disc (2017)
The communication between the boss and I was smooth, filled with various trading craps, too (he happens to be a stock trader, too)...

So, fund accumulated, let's go!

Good thing about fitting in Giant Penang, you get to try Wahoo Kickr and Zwift for free during the process (hmm, indirect marketing? hehe...). Of course, prior to hoping on the bike, I had to be measured on my inseam,

76.5cm, official
It is important to get saddle height correctly when you are pedaling because riding too high or too low may hurt your knee where cycling is suppose to protect it (by building up gluteal muscles group aka thigh). Of course, it takes more than inseam height to get your saddle height correctly, like riding posture,

handle bar angle (not really picking up by photo),

All is taken care by careful fitting by the mechanic here in Giant Flagship Store Penang, just the boos said, we would make sure you get everything correct and comfortable before leaving our store. Of course, we are welcome to come back for any tuning or servicing after the purchase.

Since I had my own cleat pedals, they adjust my cleat position, too!

Lastly, a ceremonial gift from Giant Penang for every customer who buys a bicycle from them!

Feel free to drop by because they provide more than just Giant products, here are some other products they have,

By the way, they are selling Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT GPS Bike Computer Bundle, too!

Photo credit to Kenneth Wong, my lovely team mate who drove me to the store and taking these photos! (Hope you get your next TCR frame soon!)

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Unboxing Cateye Auto Sensor Reflector Tail Light TL-AU165

Reflector and back light 2 in 1? Yes, or not surprise from Cateye which has wide range of bicycle lights for consumers. We are having this in our online store now.

Without further a due, let's see what is inside the package!
The light unit, instruction manual and light holder bracket. Simple and clean, isn't it?

Wait, how do you turn on that thing? Well, you probably may wanna check out its features:
  • Automatically turns on and starts flashing when darkness and motion are detected by the motion and light sensors (light turns off automatically when you stop)
  • Stays on function (continues flashing around 1 minute to ensure safety after you have stopped at traffic lights)
  • Reflector compliant with JIS Japanese Industrial Standards (Even if battery runs out, the reflector works to reflect light from vehicles, ensuring safety)
  • Runs for 6 months without replacing battery (when used for 30 minutes a day)
You get a cell (Lithium battery, CR2032) within the light unit. Depending on when the unit was manufactured, the cell may loss its potential since it was inserted in the light despite the unit was turned off. However, a full charge of a CR2032 cell will make sure the unit lasts in run time of approximately 100 hour. Cool!

So, how do you turn on this thing?
Notice that there is a embossed line design on the cover/light/reflector layer and the bottom layer with indication (in this case, it is "OFF"). This unit is designed to turn the upper layer to power it on or off.
The unit is turned on (as indicated with "AUTO"), but hey, why there is no light emitting? Notice that little round sensor at the bottom later, near the locking mechanism? The sensor is detecting lightness of environment so that this light unit will emit light when the environment starts to turn darker. Try blocking the sensor with your finger and you know what I meant.

How bright is this light? I would say it is about the brightness of Cateye Rapid 3 Tail Light (rapid mode). Light holder bracket supports seat post or any tubular part of bicycle with diameter of 24.8 - 32.5 mm. This light unit is weighted 35gram.

Check it out!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Are you ready for next financial crisis?

Got this from my broker newsletter, Halifax NZ this morning and I think it is quite helpful (despite you may not be Millennial),

Like I mentioned in my Facebook page, I think a lot of people (including me) find #3 is a challenge for them because we are living in an instant gratifying era where we forget that the key to success includes delayed gratification and patience is virtue.

You are not alone.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Company Halloween party

I guess it is more than just Pumpkin head, Frankenstein, vampire for costume selection nowadays. It more colorful and cheerful selection in 2017, like zombie, Hatsune Miku, Gundam (yes, there is a guy who cosplay this mecha series...) because we are living in Cosplay era!

I was actually thinking of this,
but the cheapest I can find in various online shops are at least RM200+, so forget about it.

What do you plan to do for this coming Halloween?

Saturday, October 28, 2017

The Reformation and Ecclesiology: Calvin's Ordinances ~ English-Mandarin Bi-lingual Open seminar

While the world is crazy about what to do on Halloween (especially in this Cosplay era) which is next Tuesday, the Reformed Christians are commemorating the 500th year since Martin Lurther pinned Ninety-five Theses on churches in Wittenberg, which is also serves as the foundation of Protestant Christianity. It is also known as Reformation Day (31st October).

I attended public seminar by China Horizon which focused on the above titles because this kind of topics usually attracted me (ya, I love boring subjects...). This will help me to understand the basis of my belief, too. On top of that, it was hold at my church (so ya, it is good to go home...)!
It was taught by Dr Samuel Ling (my favorite pastor, too due to his prowess in Chinese, English and music) and just in case you are not familiar with him, he taught in bilingual simultaneously and he told us why during the seminar.

Here are the notes distributed during the seminar and below are some more points by Dr Samuel Ling, from my memory (correct me if I am wrong, OK?):

  • Calvinism is not equal to predestination, the latter is just part of what John Calvin taught. Predestination was first mentioned by Augustine of Canterbury (long before John Calvin was born).
  • Puritans were technically Calvinist which gathered like Congregational and belongs to Church of England.
  • Education, since it was established during the Academy (1559) should includes both academic and non-academic subjects because we need to understand God' world (liberal, humanities) first before we can understand God's words (bible).
  • Instead of reading bible as a magazine (by gossiping on the content like is Jonah saved?), we should read it with thinking (by asking proper questions, refer notes above).
  • Reformation, is not about creating something new, as depicted by the literal and secular meaning of this word. It is about going back to where it all started.
  • With slight irrespective elements to a lot of churches nowadays (political correctness), churches today, especially those independent churches, Church should be built on biblical foundation where it is neither authoritarian nor democratic, it should be like those during Calvin ages where Presbyterian (teacher, pastor, deacon in today language) was elected by the Congregation yet rules over them but any individual pastor is subject to supervision within the Council so that there is mutual support and discipline among the ministers.
  • In order to help ourselves in deepening our faith, try spending 90 minutes a day in reading bible and complimentary good study materials, pray. In long run, this help to increase our English/Chinese literacy, too.

There are few further reading materials, 3 of them we used for this seminar were,

Friday, October 27, 2017

Distant World ~ Music from Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary edition (Jiritsu 而立)

If you do not heard of Final Fantasy, you probably are not a electronic gamer or don't have someone near to you as one, but it is ok, life is more fantastic outside of gaming world....

Just like how Square Enix is able to turn all its game OST (original soundtrack) into an orchestra performance since 2007 (thus this year marked the 10th year anniversary of this stand alone business entity). Final Fantasy, however was born 30 years ago, to be precise, 12 December 1987 (ya, as old as me).

Distant World is actually not the first attempt for Square Enix to try sell OST as separate entity, in fact the great composer of FF, Nobou Uematsu actually formed and disbanded a rock band that play FF OST before, they called themselves The Black Mages (I still have their original CDs, gosh it is priceless...).

I am not the one who is very keen to go for live performance but since my sister did not want to go unless I accompanied her so.... She is quite upset when Distant World first released the 2017 world tour schedule without including Malaysia...and I guess God answered her prayer but including it somewhere around August (based on organizer's posting on Facebook).

Yay, they have backdrop for people to "punch card" now!

Yep, the chocobo is priceless, unique and one-and-only (by my sister)
So here we were, quite nice seat compare to our last visit to KLCC Plenary Hall for Kingdom Hearts Orchestra World Tour. My bad, because I didn't know that we can choose our seat during ticket purchase phase at TicketPro site...

Well, it ends up better than my expectation despite the fact that the merchandise counter queue was crazily long. These were what they sold that day,
and we only bought this,
not the Moogle (by the way, Chocobo was sold out)
...because we think the art leaflet was the only thing that worth our money...

The track list for the night was printed in the leaflet with some surprise addition...

Oh ya, there was a new trailer for FF7 Remake broadcasted during Opening - Bombing Mission (FFVII) so ya, a real surprise for a FF gamer like me...

OK, I can't remember most of the addition but it definitely ends with this....
Like he said, it is not a FF Orchestra performance if there is no One-Winged Angel (片翼の天使 Katayoku no Tenshi). In fact we were asked by Arnie Roth, the conductor to sing along when Sephiroth was sang by the choir!

For more photos from official site, you can check this out!

Friday, September 29, 2017

My very first option trade

The only way to complete a learning cycle is to practice it, acknowledge the outcome, learn from the outcome (mostly failure, if you got it right, you are just plain lucky) and repeat the cycle again. Cognition is defined by encoding, restoring and retrieving information. Most people with average or above intelligence can do first 2 steps with ease but the last step, usually tested an individual confidence level and I found that a lot of people are stuck at this phase because it involves something so dear to them (e.g. money).

In my experience mixing with people who took up a financial workshop or tutorial, especially those catered on investment, a lot of people took months to begin to start their first step even though they actually have nothing to lose except for their time (because you can practice your learned skills with virtual money or we called it paper trading). This will somehow define are you a person with high or low confidence and I will leave this for some other days.

I am one of the 6th batch of Pattern Trader Tutorial (Penang). I have graduated from the course and our real trading journey begins since the historical high hours of classes (yes, even the sensei aka teacher himself agreed about this!). It is by a very humble trader named Conrad Alvin Lim who is running his business under his company Financial Scents.

Having complete the tutelage last week, I decided to test one of the safest technique among our sensei's arsenal on the instrument which I had not touched before, Options.
Those who are trading/investing US stock or derivatives should be familiar with this chart. I plucked this from Think Or Swim, the analysis platform I used. Since I have closed this position so I guess this will serve as my postmortem report for my very first option trades.

Looking at my Stock Trader's Almanac, I found that I can take my Buy Call entry on SPY (SPDR S&P 500 ETF) by 26 September because it was a day with 40+% bull followed by 2 higher average bullish days (we always buy on the low/dip) and I was swing trading this position, I did not want to hold this over a week, thus I started my position by the entry point as labelled in yellow circle as depicted on above chart.

It went down to touch the first support of that day (S1). Since I have planned my trade and laid my stop target, I decided to call it a day and went to sleep (after it was a nice rainy night and I had just coming back from my stall). The next morning, I woke up from my first surplus in option trade and of course, it helped to enlighten my day. I continued to monitor the position to make sure the position went at least hitting my profit target. By the 2pm (EST) when it went parabolic and broke the resistance level (S2) which served as a new support for next day, I closed half of my position to secure parts of the profit and raised by stop target to entry point. You guess, our stall is closed on Thursday so that means I was working on Wednesday night so tiredness kicked in and knocked me to bed. No surprise as you can see, it forms another new high which formed the resistance (R1) as of the point this article is published, but it was well supported on S2. It broke the last diagonal support, though...Back then, the market was quite chaotic and I actually planned to close remaining contracts before today market open because it is quite bearish according to the Almanac and I remember there is October Effect.

I forget to put a stop on the ideal profit target on the blue circle (as in the chart) and went for this local made movie instead...
OK, I supported local made films and frequent visitor of JinnyBoy TV. I will just review it in another post and let's just get back to our position, shall we?

So after 2 hours off from the screen the movement of the position was quite clear that it was unable to brake R1 and began to slump with divergent patterns. In order to keep Greed and Fear in check, I decide to close all position as showed in chart and here is the summary of whole process since Tuesday,
$1088 capital with $270 return (24% ROI) within 3 days, some preparation, lots of checking (cognitively and emotionally). Again, this is not to boast anyone but to show you that if we are willing to learn, there is always something new to explore. How many times you ask that we can do this? I don't know, because I cannot foretell market condition (unless you are a psyche) and we shall never do so because it is not helpful to prove ourselves right in the market. Blessed to those who are humble (a reminder for myself), for they continue to know that they can be wrong and learn.

Should you wanna learn more about what I am learning, why not meeting up with my sensei? Next preview session:
Otherwise, you can always keep an eye on Pattern Trader Facebook for further info about next preview session and course date.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Team DNA (Penang)

I was introduced by my primary school mate, Samuel Shee into this team since he influenced me into serous cycling 3 years.

Here are some of them (photo taken during Permatang Pauh Fellowship Ride 2017 by one of the team mates),

Amos Cheok, the insurance agent + your-friendly-problem-solver

Henry Yeoh

This is me

Hwa, the big brother looking after everyone in the team

Samuel Shee, my bestie, cycling business partners

Jesse Kong, the serious rider in our team who is constantly in the quest of becoming stronger in cycling performance

Nicholas Hor, the photographer who is always ready to serve your photography need

Beng Hooi

Fong, civil engineer and yep, don't judge a person by his skin (color)

Sean Wong, eldest member in our team, climber

Kenneth Wong, the banker whose wife is running an online boutique store

Clement Ooi, another serious rider who is constantly growing stronger. (This photo was taken somewhere in Sungai Lembing, Pahang)
Now, I know who is missing in this series of profile photos, our team captain, Locus Lim (rider in red, that's captain's jersey, to differentiate from normal member)

credit: Specialized Concept Store Penang
A photographer himself, looking for a girlfriend (suggesting he is single), and if you want to join us, try messaging him. There are more members who were not mentioned in this post because they were either not here during the event, I didn't get the phtotos during this profile shooting or some other reasons. We are a team of active cyclists in Penang (Malaysia), raging from leisure to semi-professional level so anyone is welcome (especially ladies, as captain always yearning for...). I will tell you why lady should consider cycling as an active sport some days in future, seriously.

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