Archive | October, 2014

Going Almost Viral On Facebook – Yusuf Taiyoob Meme

Almost viral? Isn’t that like almost famous, or almost rich? Yah it’s not famous, or rich or in this kind viral (even though it kinda is). Anyway.

I make funny videos on instagram sometimes, I made a bunch in Europe in different countries (I meant to do one for each country, but yah I failed at that). You can see them on Instagram with the hashtag #daviesfunnyvids.

So I always knew the formula for success was a white dude speaking BM, so I did a video in that format around Hari Raya because the Yusuf Taiyoob adverts on the radio are too hilarious. If you’re not familar, they are near pornographic.

The most famous Yusuf Taiyoob meme image would be this one I guess:

Yusuf Taiyoob

Anyway I did my video about this, and it was kinda popular. It was ok on Instagram but it got a little bit wild on Facebook.




Yusuf Taiyooh by Omputeh

I loves dates, yah really.

Posted by Gareth Davies on Thursday, 24 July 2014

Ending up with over 600 likes, over 250 comments and over 1300 shares. Not too bad right, I thought it’d could have gotten much more but I just don’t have that kind of audience.

But then someone stole it, who did have the right kind of audience, guess what happened? Yah it went nuts haha with almost 16,000 likes and almost 6000 shares but no credit back to me and it wasn’t shared from the original video (they basically downloaded it, then re-uploaded on their own page).

Stolen Viral Video

What can I do? Nothing really, just enjoy the fact that I did get some kind of popularity from the video haha. I still have about 400 pending friend requests from that period.

There was even some people meme-ing me, as apparently to every Malay person I look like the WWE wrestler Big Show. Yah every time I buy a Ramly burger, it’s almost guaranteed the chap selling the food will say “Wah, abang macam big show lehh”.




Big Show Makan Kurma

So yah, it was fun, it was interesting, I shall have to think of more funny videos that I can do speaking BM.

That was my 20 minutes of fame I guess.

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Learn Stock Trading – It Can Be Fun!

I’ve always had a certain interest in stock trading and finance and always wanted to learn stock trading, learn more about how it works, how to benefit it from it etc. But most of the resources about it are dry, tedious and cover fascinating topics like technical analysis.

I have some investments in the stock market, but not directly, via a Unit trust. And I do have some investment in Gold, which of course is a completely different market to stocks (with it’s own challenges). I do like numbers though and challenges, so through-out the years I’ve always been picking up knowledge here and there about the different types of investments and trading (futures, forex, stocks, shares etc).

Learn Stock Trading

I even bought this book more than 10 years ago, but it put me to sleep every time I tried to read it. And all the new language to learn (bullish, bid size, ask size, ask price, percentage spreads, closed-end funds etc).

Financial Times Book

It can be quite a daunting subject to learn about, and of course it concerns money so people’s first instinct is to play it safe. So yah, that didn’t help much.

Now I have a child, I have to think about his future too, and of course it’s important to me that he be financially smart and make informed choices on what to do with his resources. What I found recently was an interesting online virtual trading challenge based around real-time data from Bursa Malaysia by KenTrade by Kenaga.

It simulates real equity market trading very closely and can demonstrate it’s not actually that complex, with the added bonus if you do find yourself really good at it – you can win yourself a Volkswagen Jetta worth RM130,888. And well, how else are you going to get to trade with RM1 Million? Haha.

KenTrade by Kenaga

You don’t have to be top to get something too, if you are one of the top 66 participant with the highest percentage growth in your virtual portfolio, you stand the chance to win a cash prize (to get the car you have to be in the top 20).

You don’t have to be top to get something too. If you are one of the top 33 participants in the public and student category respectively with the highest percentage growth in your virtual portfolio, you stand the chance to win a cash prize (to get the car you have to be in the top 10 in these categories).

If you do wanna try it out, head over to https://game1.kentrade.com.my/KenTradeGame/ and sign up for the Kentrade Trading Challenge by Kenanga or you can head over to https://www.kentrade.com.my/KenTrade/ to find out more.

Contest runs from October 13 to November 7, while registration ends on October 20. Upon signing up, send a screenshot of your registration and quote ‘ShaolinTiger’ over to KenTrade@kenanga.com.my and stand a chance to win a mystery prize!

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Bangkok – Our Favourite City in Asia? And Some Tips

So yah, Bangkok..I was supposed to write this post back in 2011 sometime I guess haha, I started with 1 picture in October 2011 but it got kinda stuck there.

We really love Bangkok, we’ve been back a couple of times since – but this was our first trip so it was kind of special and it was a surprise birthday trip for Kim as well. I was trying to be more romantic, proactive etc as I was a bit of a bum most of the time haha. Plus she’d mentioned MANY times she wanted to go shopping there, check out Chatuchak etc.

Anyway I decided on Bangkok as I’d heard so many good things about it, we’d both been to Thailand and absolutely loved the food and people there but we’d never really explored Bangkok properly, and definitely not together so I went for it, I booked with AirAsia go and chose a cute boutique-ish hotel bang in the middle of Chinatown called Shanghai Mansion.

Bangkok has a whole bunch of cute and quirky hotels at reasonable prices, so do have a look outside of the chains for something different.

Anyway we arrived safely and checked in, and we were hungry, seen as though it was birthday girls weekend I let her choose what to eat…she chose to eat a whole suckling pig right next to the hotel and it was AWESOME. You can see her post about it here – The suckling pig in Bangkok.

Roast Suckling Pig

It was a bit different from the style we get here in Malaysia, it was nice but honestly we preferred how they do it here. The cool part was though they stir fried the rest of the meat with salt and pepper, which made a delicious dish to eat with our rice/veges.

We lucked out staying in Chinatown too and discovered one of our absolute favourite restaurants in Bangkok just walking distance from our hotel, more here – T&K Seafood in Bangkok’s Chinatown.

What we really adore about Thailand and especially Bangkok is the street food, it’s EVERYWHERE, it’s cheap, there’s loads of pork and it seems impossible to have a bad meal in Thailand. I mean just look at how amazing their chap fan/mixed rice is:

Thailand Mixed Rice

One thing you fast learn about Bangkok is, stick to taxis if you want to get somewhere in comfort. Taking a tuk tuk is fun, but only do it for that reason. A tuk tuk is not really any cheaper than a taxi (unless you’re perhaps a local), there’s no aircon, if it rains it sucks, if you get stuck behind something spewing diesel fumes it sucks and they will constantly hassle you to make ‘stops’ to help them out.

Every stop you make will reduce your fare by 20-40baht but take about 10-20 minutes each time, it’s worth doing once maybe just for fun. We actually did 3 stops just for shits and giggles and got the tuk tuk ride for free.

Tuk Tuk ride

But if you want to get anywhere just take a taxi, another important lesson to note – ALWAYS hail a moving cab, never take one parked at the road side (they tend to be the lazy, unscrupulous drivers).

As far as food goes there a few dishes you absolutely must try the authentic versions of in Thailand, one is Pad Kra Pao (or Krapow) which is basically minced pork fried with loads of basil – super delicious. This one was inside Chatuchak market:

Pad Kra Pao

The other is of course braised pig leg rice which you can find everywhere and the good ones will simply blow your mind. Talking of Chatuchak, the place is immense and there’s a LOT of people, if I can give you one tip for Chatuchak it is – if you see something you like, just buy it, because the chance of you being able to locate the same stall again is slim to none.

Chatuchak Market

The birthday girl had a great time shopping of course and LOVED Chatuchak market as expected.

Kimberlycun at Chatuchak

The other place we’d heard a lot about was Platinum Mall so we spent a day there to check it out. Talking of stewed pork leg, the one at the Platinum Mall food court is definitely one of the best ones I’ve had, so if you do head there – check it out!

Platinum Mall - Bangkok

Platinum mall is like a smaller, more comfortable version of Chatuchak with aircon and much easier to navigate. The major downside I noticed was there’s very little mens stuff in Platnium, compared to Chatuchak which also has other interesting sections (home, gardens, pets etc).

But the shopping experience at Platinum is much less sweaty and the food in the food court is tops! But even then, we still headed back to Chatuchak the next day for another go haha, and we managed to locate the legendary coconut ice cream, another memorable food from BKK.

Chatuchak Coconut Ice-cream

So yah that sums up Bangkok pretty much, shop, food, shop, food, massage, pass out – wake up and repeat. Super awesome!

Kinda miss Bangkok actually, can’t wait to take Liam there! Although now I’m older, I kind of enjoy the serenity of Bali too. Ah so many places to go…haven’t even been to Japan at all yet!

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