Saturday, April 30, 2022

Ramadhan Mubarak

 Alhamdulillah, we have reached another Ramadhan this year.

Insya Allah we will face next year, amiin.

I think I had this Ramadhan going rapidly. We went to Indonesia for 2 weeks in the early Ramadhan. Alhamdulillah, we had our tarawih and ate sahor on the first day in Indonesia. It was a luxury as we had not had a chance to return home since 2020.

This Ramadhan is very different for me. I have a new role and responsibilities. I have new responsibilities which are barely understood at the first time. And we are so busy making this project happen. We are still in the middle of the delivery. But I learned a lot of things, and hopefully, I could do better and more robust than now. This is my first project.

Previously, I managed my project as a product developer as well. This is a different situation as, currently, I have to work with the stakeholders and the developers from various parties. It is challenging yet worthed. 

Alhamdulillah, I could have more things to do in this Ramadhan. I hope to become a better person in the next Ramadhan, better as a human being and professional. I hope all I have done and will do will become good deeds. Amiin.



 Just read a book about psychology,

something is interesting in this book. This is based on the background and inner child experience. After I saw the incident in the Grammy Award when someone slapped a Stand up Comedian while he was roasting this actor's wife. It relates to the feeling of the inner child (based on a psychologist column)

I was in a scenario about achievement. I do always remember that achievement is the number one priority in our family, or at least that is what I understand from what my mother said. However, there were positives. Maybe that is why I pursued my Ph.D. So, I have some inner child that I have recently become aware of. This internal child background forces me to do more in education level. Which is I believe it is a good reason and it is a good cause. 

The one trade-off that I realized that mental health. I do like compliments and praises. I always love how people praise my work and like my work. That becomes the minimum threshold for my happiness. Unfortunately, we could not make everyone happy with our work. Everyone has a different mindset model and taste. So, I was in my low form when I did my Ph.D. when I did not know what happened and what should I do. It was the lowest point in my life, I think.

But alhamdulillah, I went through it. I was able Allah gives me a perfect support system. I had supportive supervisors, surrounded by fabulous friends and a caring family. 

And this may happen again sometimes, but Alhamdulillah, Ph.D., was the lowest point. So now I have a mindset that failures are good things. We could learn, and we could thrive from the losses. This book also suggested I forgive myself and other people. I have to realize that I am good enough, that my work is good enough. If someone does not want it, it is their problem. I promise to try to fix it towards the expectation, but I cannot promise it will be straightforward. I do need steps and a learning curve. Hopefully, this journey will shape me into a better me. Insya Allah. Amiin


Thursday, January 27, 2022


Sometimes I do need my perfectionist to be more flexible than now. More often, I do not feel satisfied with one or another thing. Especially for the one that I love, like the mobile phone, or that time was my car. I could not see any scratch, even a spot. This has become my habit. I tried to fix it, but unfortunately, sometimes it is beyond my capability.

So, at this time, I tried my best and tried to embrace that was the best thing I could do. The result is reflected later. As long as I tried and worked it out, at least I gained something, learned something, and knew something that I did not know beforehand.

So, I have to always remember silver linings between dark clouds (Japanese proverbs).


Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Our ride in Town

 It has been a while since we have our own car.

We thought that having a car is the best way to commute in here, especially when there are 4 of us, 3 and 6 yo children. It is quite a challenge when we were waiting to Grab or use public transportation. So, we decided to buy a used car here. Compare to Malaysia, the price of the car is more expensive than there. We are able to buy a new car, proton saga, which is brand new when we were in Malaysia. The price is affordable as we are able to buy it by installment. And the most important aspect is the economical consideration. New car's devaluations are higher and we prefer to use the money for another thing. So, here we go with our option of looking for a second-hand car. 

All right, what car then? so we are looking for a 7 seater car. There were a few options, Pajero, Fortuner, BRV, Innova, Sienta, etc. Then, it comes to the range of the manufactured year. We decided to have a maximum of 4-5 years old car which we assume may have fewer issues than the older one. We have done long research and sought from all online marketplace, mostly; And the conclusion comes for Sienta. a Toyota, which has been our reliable brand in the family. We had Soluna and then Vios when were in Indonesia. So Sienta, a 7 seater car with compact dimension we picked as it may give us convenience when we are driving through the alleys in here.

Then, we have found the car that we want. The research has been narrowed down until we find the best showroom car dealer. We choose Toyota Sure, based on our friend's recommendation. They have inspected and checked the car and refreshed it to almost as like a new one. So we did look for a couple of Toyota Sures across the river, First dealer had one which is beyond our budget. Then the second we have found two Sienta which were in our budget range. We checked and tested the car in the parking lot (which is a huge parking lot). We have found that this is the best car for us. We asked the price, negotiate the website's price. and voila, the car is booked.

for a 4 years car, we think it is very good. Pricewise and peace of mind have been given as it is a certificated by the Toyota itself. Hopefully, it will give us a fortune (berkah) for our family here.

NOTE: The pictures I got from my son and the agent that sold the car


Music Recalls Memory

 I had just recently bought a speaker for my son's laptop. The newly replaced sound module seems does not to work well. However, a second-handed bought from Facebook gave us a promising solution. 

The most interesting part is when I tried to play some music from the website and Spotify. The music list that I have reminds me of the exact time when I was listening to the music. For example, I am listening to Ikhlas by Dato' Siti Nurhaliza, my mind flies back to the moment when I was onboarding an AirAsia aircraft. I was back and forth Jakarta-Kuala Lumpur for a couple of months at that time. And this song has become my soundtrack every Monday morning. 

Currently, I am listening to sunflower, ost spiderman in the multiverse (apologize for the title). It reminds me of my son who is fonded to listening to this song and dancing. It was before his younger brother was born. We went to the movie to watch this and he was very happy. It was a joyful moment. 

I had an experience in studying in the UK. So, Coldplay and King of Convenience were the ones who accompanied me when I did my research and worked on my research on the weekend :)  

So, Alhamdulillah I do still remember each moment of the music I was listening to. 


Monday, November 01, 2021

Make a Scene Part II

So, now I have set my scene here. A scene where I am staying in Bangkok. Moving from Malaysia to Thailand with my family. In the time of the pandemic. 

This scene may relate to the others. I am setting the stage to attract other people who may be assisted with my story or blog. That is the best thing that I could do now. I would not like people could face something that we have encountered. I hope they could take our experience for their more significant goods. 

So I am learning this as part of training which my company is holding. The training is called 'Telling Stories". I do love how our trainer/ facilitator invites us to think like a movie director. Give the best of your effort in the first 3 minutes of your presentation, then tell the story. So he gave us a lifetime of homework to watch a movie in the first 3 minutes. The central theme could be obtained in the first 3 minutes.

For example, in Harry Potter, the first 3 minutes of the theme show the spectators how Harry lost his parent. That is it, it is a story about an orphan who is looking for his identity. The wizarding world is the prob of the main themes. He also showed us about Walking Dead, the clip from Lalisa, etc.

When I tried to understand, it gave me a lot of things to think about. It is not only telling about stories, working in making presentations, and so on, but it also has a more profound philosophical idea. It is also about finding ourselves, how we are trying to sell ourselves or develop ourselves. 

I related this when I gave a sharing session to an online class. I realized that telling the stories of myself gave me a better perspective about myself. It also gives me more confidence in sharing what I have done and what skills that I have. Telling myself, telling my skills, telling my experience on how it could relate to the class. What are they required, and what are the expectations. All are related, and the theme is telling it all.

I feel thankful and grateful for this training. I hope I can learn more and am very keen to take more insight from the training. Insya Allah.


Sunday, October 31, 2021

Make A Scene


So I would like to share what I have done and what I have learned in the past few weeks back.

Alhamdulillah, we have been in Bangkok for more than two months now, and we are counting. Hopefully, we will stay longer here, and Allah blesses us. Insya Allah main. We had been in Bangkok for two days for a visit as a tourist. We do love Bangkok, and it is like a dream comes true when we have an opportunity to stay in Bangkok. Alhamdulillah.

So, we have started the challenges that have also become our opportunity to learn a new language, culture, and way of life here. I admire people here for their hospitality and how they respect others. How they live, how religious they are, is being represented in their daily life. 

I am learning many things in terms as a new boy in the neighborhood. It is a learning experience. Hopefully, we could extract all the values not only for us but also for our sons. Insya Allah amiin,

We have stayed in our permanent house now, I mean the one that we were waiting for in the first month after the company provided the quarantine. It was a great place. However, many things have been taken into our account, so we decided to move. We are now staying in Din Daeng, near the Rama IX. It is primarily local people staying in this neighborhood. Around the location, we have found a place to shop and also near to public transport. The best thing is that this location is close form our son's school. That is our first priority right now. So alhamdulillah.

We have found a few differences in terms of renting accommodation. As an overview, it is almost the same as in Malaysia. However, it only needs two months deposit, without any utility bills required as a deposit. However, the rental price in hire is slightly higher than our previous accommodation in KL. 

The most important thing is that we are now happy here, and we are very excited to start our journey here. 

Wish me luck, please. Bismillah...


Saturday, September 25, 2021

CoE Application Thailand: Visa duration

 After the previous blog about applying for the Visa, now we would like to share about the CoE.

This CoE stands for Certificate of Entry. We applied it in two sequential phases: the pre-approval and approval phases. In this approval, you have to have your Passport, Visa, reference letter applying for a working permit (in my case, I used WP3), medical insurance. Then in the second phase is the approval, we need to add the booking flight confirmation and the hotel booking for quarantine.

I think all was straight forward and the website gives very detailed directions on how to do it. It will be easy even for a first-timer like me. However, we would like to share more about the medical insurance/ travel insurance that we have to submit in the application. We were confused about the needed duration of the insurance that we needed to buy. To be honest, we did concern about this as we have to apply for all family members (4 of us). I could imagine we need to spend quite a fortune. And after we do check the price, the country where we come from, Malaysia, the price is higher than if you come from Germany. The price is almost twice if you go from Malaysia for the same duration of time. Due to this, we asked the embassy through a Facebook fan page. The admin was very helpful and gave us prompt response. 

We can buy for three months instead of a year (as mentioned by a few websites and youtube) to submit the CoE. So it saved us some fortune to spending on others things. Although the company will reimburse this, we have to spend our money first. So the problem was solved. Thank you to everyone who supported us.

Disclaimer: Please do check again with the embassy, as the policy may change. I just shared what we had, and it may differ from others' situations. 



Sunday, September 19, 2021

Share: Visa Application

Halo There!

We got our car sold, now it is time for us to share how we apply for the Visa. And due to this pandemic, there is also another document called CoE (Certificate of Entry). Both have to be issued consequently. CoE can be given once we get the Visa issued. 

The first thing first is to issue the Visa. The Visa or working permit for a single entry only (similar as I have when working in Malaysia). This temporary operating permit visa has 3 months duration. The issuance process was very rapid and smooth. I have all the required documents sent by the company then I did add few requirements such as based on this list:

  1. Filled Visa Application Form (which is downloadable from the Thai Embassy website). I applied B Visa and O Visa.
  2. A Copy of Passports, 
  3. A copy of the Birth Certificate (for dependant child), 
  4. A copy of the marriage certificate (for dependant spouse).
  5. Visa Photo to be attached in the form.
  6. Documents provided by the company (Working permit application from Thailand authority, other additional documents I just submitted at the counter).
  7. Cash to pay the application (each of us paid RM320 that time)
  8. Book an appointment date and time online
Once the day had come, we drove there using our car (it has not been sold yet). We parked in the Ampang Mall, which is very convenient and safe as well. Cars were parking on the street beside the embassy. However, we found that it has no parking sign. So the Ampang mall is the best option we have. We paid RM3 for parking using a Touch n Go card only. 

We came at the same time as we arrived, so our name was called in the monitor at the same time once we entered the building. The staff is also amiable as we have all the required forms and documents. So no hassle, and it took us less than 30 mins as the team needed to check and do the transactions. While giving us the payments receipts, the staff recommended we book a slot to collect the Visa on the next working day. So we booked the collection for Monday (We submitted it on Friday). The collection time is after 2.30 pm. 

And we had our Visa on Monday at 2.30pm. The collection only took us less than 10 mins. It was so smooth and very efficient.

Foto oleh Porapak Apichodilok dari Pexels


Sunday, September 12, 2021

Selling Our Car in Malaysia

 As I promised in the previous post, I will try to share my stories on how to sell a car in Malaysia.

As a background, we had a car in Malaysia. We bought this car as we need a car to mobilise from one place to another in this pandemic. Previously we used to grab and public transportation, which we found that they are very convenient. 

So, long story shorts, we bought a new car in December 2020. We bought a new car as, after considerations, a new car is the best option. We are foreigners, we have not known about the maintenance and so on in Malaysia. We also found that the new year manufactured car has a slightly different price from the used car. So we looked for a Perodua Bezza, a manufactured year that is not older than 2017. surprisingly, the price is not much different with a new Proton Saga.

Comparing our cash flow, needs, and availability, we chose a new Proton Saga Premium 2019. It is a brand new car. We had a sales agent contact and conducted all the transactions and paperwork online. After we paid the booking fee and paid the price of the car a week after, we received the car in three weeks. I still remember it was on 12 December 2020, the sales agent contacted us that the car was ready. We were happy with the car and the quality of the car. 

After 7 months, we have decided that we are moving to Bangkok to taking an opportunity to work there. Selling the car is the only option. It was very challenging as the car is under hire purchase. Not many banks can provide a hire purchase for a used car proton to the buyer. The best option for the buyer was a personal loan. However, it will be slightly more expensive to have a personal loan compared to the hire purchase. So because of this reason, the first potential buyer cancelled the deal.

Alhamdulillah, on the same day of the cancellation, a new potential buyer would like to see the car. And I do believe that finding a car is like destiny. You have to be destined to own the car. Alhamdulillah the second potential buyer agreed with the price, and the best thing he agreed to buy it with cash payment. Once the payment had been made, I did the settlement for hire purchase in the Bank. It was an instant procedure. I went to the bank on Wednesday, and on Thursday, the JPJ e-battle was confirmed. I did ask the bank through an email.

Before the settlement, on Monday, I went to the Puspakom to obtain the B5 form (Transfer of Ownership). I did fail the first test as the windows film was too dark. Please do follow the regulation from JPJ. I removed the front windows films (inc the windshield) by myself. It was a fun thing to do, but I really care about the sticky residue left on the surface. If I know this may happen, I prefer not to install any windows film in front of the car and the windshield. But the options are from your preference. I asked guarantee from the Shop who installed the windows film. They only guarantee if the car stopped on the road, not in the puspakom. This is a new thing for me as a foreigner who has a car in Malaysia.


Then, we also need to go to JPJ to transfer ownership. This has to be easy work; however c, we need to arrange an online appointment only in this pandemic. With the new feature of the scheduling, the system was so intuitive. The buyer and I chose the earliest slot available, and it took us to do the transfer in Cheras. It is quite far from our place, but it is all right as we need to wrap it asap. We got a week to wait until the appointment. It was an instant process and very fast. Bring your passport and a copy of it. That's it. The buyer should pay the transfer of ownership. Once everything is settled, all done. The car is now in the buyer's possession. We do have to return the tax tag, and the insurance is cancelled as well. 

So if we are willing to buy a used car, we have to be prepared with insurance on hand before buying the road tax. 

So that is how it has been done if I could summarise the process:

1. Obtain a B5 Puspakom

2. Settle the hire purchase in the Bank

3. Set the appointment date with JPJ

4. Transfer Ownership in JPJ

I hope this may help. Alhamdulillah, in my case, Allah sent me a potential buyer that willing to pay the car in cash. So it had been an easy process for me. 

Extra: Our previous Proton Saga



Saturday, September 11, 2021

A Journey to Bangkok


Yesterday we reached a milestone in our life. We were reallocated to Thailand. It is Bangkok mainly. I have started working for a big company in Thailand on 1st September 2021. I have begun worked remotely and was expecting to move physically to Bangkok by early September.

However, our plan was adjusted from early September to 10th September yesterday. We had to sort out paperwork, such as the tax clearance, working permit clearance and EPFwithdrawal. It all happened in the same week as our departure to Bangkok. It was a challenge, and it has been an adventure for us.

This is the first time we have moved all together from a country to another country. We were not expecting that it would be this challenging. We sorted out how we sold our car there. We manage to find a shipping company to do the sea freight service to us, visa application, exit clearance from the previous company, settle down the housing tenancy, scheduling the departure to our destination.

Due to this pandemic, the challenges were also unavoidable, such as the PCR Swab test for our pre-departure. We had to pay some amount of money to obtain travel insurance to grant the Certificate of Entry. Alhamdulillah, Allah is the Greatest. His assistance has lead us to our situation today. We arrived at the hotel in the evening and sorted all of the journeys with our two children.

I will try to put each of the processes into detail to share what we did and how we managed to do it. 

Alhamdulillah. We are also grateful how Allah managed everything for us...


Sunday, June 06, 2021

Atomic Habits in My life


I read this book titled Atomic Habits! This book is so amazing.

And I have found a new thing about implementing the book towards my experience and myself. This is related to the video about fast reading on Youtube. I tried to do the fast read method in reading this book. Amazingly, I could digest the idea of this book and implementing it towards my own experience. If I compare to the normal speed reading that I used to do, normal reading seems boring and too long for me. I am the one who can be bored easily. Interestingly faster reading gave me a good reason to start reading again. Alhamdulillah.

Oh yes, I would like to reflect this book on my weight loss journey. It started last year. It was started from the Naluri Health App that my company gave me. Naluri gave me a template or idea to start small and do it. Once in a while, you could feel bored right, but the best thing when they give you accesses to all the experts, nutritionists, physicians, psychologists, and so on. What did I do is start recording my meal, what I did eat every day. I took all my foods captured and uploaded them to the software. This habit can be retained and encouraged as I have been given marks by the expert (nutritionist). 

The same things about the exercise, I start small things, like walking and make a low impact. With the help of my smartwatch, I could record things in my journal. And I also linked the data to this app. Getting this routine for almost a year now, and Alhamdulillah I managed a 13 kg loss. Keeping moving forward to keep healthy! Bismillah!

 Photo by Terry Vlisidis on Unsplash


Thursday, May 27, 2021


I am a reader!

I love to read and refound a way to read fast and smart!

I lost my read behavior when I was doing my Ph.D. I was too busy reading mostly papers and articles. So the fond of reading a book, either a fiction or a non-fiction book, has gone. Too much pressure that time I think.

However, I have found that how to read fast on Youtube. It reminds me to do the read, and I have tried it this morning. I managed to read almost 80 pages in 2 hours. Which is quite an impressive result of the smart reading method. And reading faster means that your mind is working faster as well. It has made you think and revisit what you have read. Which is the thing that I need.

Currently, I am reading a book titled Atomic Habits. This book full of beef and made me want to finish it as soon as possible. Once I finished reading the book, I will write a review on my blog. 

One preview for what I read is that changing my identity to redevelop my reading habit. That is why I use the opening sentence as 'I am a reader!.'


Monday, May 24, 2021

You Deserve It!


I have found this phrase on Youtube!

There is a thing that only Allah and I know. It is on how our feeling and how things have been worked for us. How was the situation through our lives. Our situation in our childhood, family, working environment, you name it. We are fighting our own fight!

I always think this on how to put on the other side. Unfortunately, I was totally correct. I have to think from my perspective. I have to take into mind our fight as well. What we have done and what we have gone through. So any which you obtain something, please bear on your mind that 'YOU DESERVE IT!".

Yes, indeed, we deserve what we have. We deserve to have an obligation to live happily! 


Knowing Yourself


Photo by Amanda Jones on Unsplash

It has been a while that I am underestimating myself, either in daily life or in the professional world. I did not think that I have reached something or have something that I could be proud of. Until I found a video on youtube and watch it, there is a series from on Youtube. 

I have just found that this is interesting and relate to me. I was looking for my weakness and what I have done, so I thought like that. I have found that this situation relates to my after PhD life. I did not think that my PhD was great enough from the others. The others have published paper or journal in the good one. I do realize that I am still working on it. In addition, at work, I did not find myself has something to be proud of as well.

When I was relating this situation to that video, there was something wrong with myself. I was too harsh to myself. I have made a list of what I think I have achieved and how I could feel proud of it. There were so many things that I could be proud of. There are ranges from the small things to the bigger ones. Basically, I always compare myself to others. 
I have seen posts from Instagram, Facebook or other things. I saw my age range. People have their own business, have a sports car, have billions, and have a house with a swimming pool. 

If I reflect on myself, I could not be compared with others in this area. We have a different path. My path was staying in the UK for few years. I have gained experience as a global citizen, shaping my mind and way of thinking. I do believe that not many people had the same experience as mine. Staying and working abroad has made me and my family more independent, I could say.

Last but not least, this pandemic has taught us many things as a family. We do have financial planning now. We realise that there is an important thing to prepare everything and mitigate the risk. We do also have a financial recording system which I could proud of myself. I could foresee what will be our budget and what should we do with the cash flow. It was hard for the first time, but we have found the best flow on recording our financial history in a matter of time. Maybe I will share this someday in this blog.

As an employee, I learned a lot of things. There are totally new things for me. I was more on the sales side previously. Sales and marketing were more into relationship management and how to build the relationship. I did really notice how things work. I just know about the product knowledge itself. How the product made or delivered, I was not an expert about that. However, with this new role, at least I know that I could make something happen. Alhamdulillah, Allah gave me a good mentor, boss and colleagues. I learned a lot from them. So I could say that I was a different guy from last year.

So I have found many things that I could be thankful for and grateful for. The most important thing is that we have to realise that We are enough for us, and we deserve it! I did try my best, and I realise that those are for me.