Alvin Cheong on November 27th, 2011

When someone says time flies, I can literally relate to that. I’d just found it hard to believe that I have being happily “unemployed” for 11 long years. Why is it only now that this reality has finally sunk in? Well, it was just like very recently that I’ve left my job to be a full time homemaker taking care of my children. It is still so clearly in my mind that Amanda was only 8 and Amos 6 years old when I left my job as a senior manager in one of the big multinational companies.

This year (2011) has been a significant year for me. Amos was not even schooling yet in year 2000 when I left employment and now he has just completed his school life. Amanda was in Primary 2 and now second year of college, also an internet marketer. Starting next year (2012), I am going to miss the rush in getting them to school. I am going to miss all those reminders like “Have you taken your school bag?”, “How about your bread and water?”, “What time do I need to pick you up from school today?”, etc……………

Life is gonna wind down another notch for me and I may probably takes up something to fill the gap. Working as a volunteer in a charitable organization in the morning may be a good idea. We’ll see how it goes!

Looking back, I am very thankful to God for all the many blessings that came my way, allowing me to be where I am. I have the privilege of being part of my childrens childhood, growing up together with them. This is something not many fathers will get to experience. Today we are like good friends with very little father-children barriers. Their friends are also my friends and we could even share our little secrets sometimes. We joked, played and also fought together, and not forgetting playing practical pranks on April Fool’s Day which I have to prepare days ahead. We accepted each other as friends in our Facebook and we occasionally teased each other even though we are in the next room to each other.

Through them, I’ve gotten to know who is Lizzy McGuire, Kim Possible, Miley Cyrus, Totally Spies, Power Puff Girls, Samurai Jack, and many others. Basically Disney Channel became my favorite TV channel too. :)

If I am ever given a choice again, I would definitely choose the same path even though I may have to leave a great job behind. I have not even the slightest regret for doing that 11 years ago because no amount of money in the world could ever buy me that great moments in my life. So I am very thankful for everything. Seriously, I will have no second thoughts to exchange a tie with an apron. Oh! Did I mention apron? Well, I can cook too. Want to see some of those that I’ve cooked? See Amanda’s Blog.

Most people sees me as a full time internet marketer but I see myself as a homemaker instead. Simple reason: I spent almost my entire time as a homemaker being with my children, and very little on my online business as it has been running passively on auto-pilot for the last many years.

So if you are ever presented with a golden opportunity like mine, please grab it!

Happy Belated Thanksgiving Day!

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Alvin Cheong on November 26th, 2010

So which comes first? Website content or SEO? Personally, I would place the importance of content over SEO. I do not mean any content but rather unique content as the search engines frown upon duplicates found in the internet. And content is important because that is the main reason why most visitors visit our websites in the first place. With content, we can also promote our website using article marketing which will contribute towards the SEO aspect in generating inbound links to improve our website page ranking.

I’ve personally worked (FOC of course) with more than a thousand people who tried to create content websites and found that almost everyone have the same problem, which is creating unique content for their sites. It is even made harder if one is not proficient in the “Kwai Low” language (in Cantonese it means English language) And of course one could actually engage ghost writers or copywriters to write content for them for a fee but to create lots of content would mean having to spend lots of money to do so, and not everyone could afford it. More so when we need to submit articles to those article directories for link buildings too.

Honestly, I do face similar problems because I was not born a writer (never was and never will). In school, essay writing was never my favorite subject (sorry, cannot reveal my score though). So to overcome the shortfalls, I’ve been using a software to assist me in creating content. This process is also known as content spinning. All I need is just to produce one article and then use the spinner to assist me in creating many more unique contents by doing a randomizing (note that I did not say words replacement). To compete in the internet effectively we have to work smart instead of working hard!

However, a word of caution. Not all content spinning software are the same. Most of these spinners are churning out nothing but spam content. Instead we need to use only quasi-automated content spinners that will enable us to actually rewrites the content easily by ourselves before allowing the content spinner to randomize those rewritings to create multiple unique versions of the same content in a much shorter time-frame, and not simply replacing words within a sentence.

Besides, do not just spin content and use it as it is. Most of the time, the articles could be badly spun and turned out to be a badly written article and we don’t want that to be used in our websites. Before any articles can be used, we need to re-edit them to correct whatever that needs to be corrected.

I have personally tried a few content spinning software previously but those that I’ve tried so far were actually software that do nothing but merely replacing words in the articles with thesaurus. By simply replacing word for word, the article could have deviated from its original meaning. Or worst,¬† it may even be grammatically wrong too. That would be akin to a butchering of human communication with crap articles which I am totally against. Unfortunately, this is usually what an automated spinner will produce…..crap and spammy articles.

Semi or quasi-automated spinners required us to manually re-write the articles first. Paragraphs by paragraphs or sentences by sentences before the process of randomizing takes place. What we are actually creating is more of a varieties of ways to express our writings, not simply replacing words only.

I know that there are always 2 schools of thoughts when it comes to content spinning. Some will be vehemently against it (cursing and swearing) while others will embrace it with great tender love. For me, I use it as a tool to assist me in creating content as well as to leverage on it to save time. I am running a small shop of a one-man show from my bedroom. So time is an essence. How you view it is entirely up to you.

So I am going to close the comment for this posting as I don’t have time to argue with anyone on whether it is good to use spinners or not. Its my blog, my business and its my opinion. Not everyone have to agree with me. I’ve survived full time on the internet for 10 long years (since 2000) and I love what I am doing.

In case if you’re wondering what spinner I am currently using, it is The Best Spinner. Unlike other spinners, this one utilizes a huge and massive database of synonyms built by thousands of other users. So I am not only leveraging on a software but also a great pool of more than 1.3 million synonyms created by many real people like myself to make my job easier.

If you’re interested to give it a spin, there is a 7 days trial for US$7. Check out The Best Spinner.

** Please note that the above is an affiliate link. If you buy from that link, the developer will actually pays me a 50% commission. However, since I have not created this blog with the intention of making any monies, all revenues made from this blog will be donated to the Hospice Centers in Penang.

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Alvin Cheong on November 21st, 2010

Kaspersky Anti-Virus

AirAsia is currently giving away 2 million licenses of Kaspersky Anti-Virus. If you are interested to get the free subscription, head on to http://megastore.airasia.com

Register with them and the license key will be emailed to you within 24 hours. Better hurry up before the 2 million licenses are snapped up.

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Alvin Cheong on October 9th, 2010
Penang Shan Childrens Home

Entrance to Penang Shan Childrens Home

Last Sunday (3 Oct 2010) started just like another weekend for the boys and girls of the Shan Children’s Home in Mount Erskine. They knew someone was coming to visit them, probably 5~6 people like what they usually got. However, little did they know that more than 80 adults and children will be ‘invading’ their home with gifts, foods and loves. They were truly and pleasantly surprised, and that includes the home’s executive administrator, Dr Chandran as well. In fact, Dr Chandran called the next day and let us know that it was a history in Shan Children’s Home to have such a big crowd of visitors.

3 October 2010 was the day when members of PECC organized a gathering at the Shan Children’s Home. It all started when YB Sim Tze Tzin (Pantai Jerejak State Assemblyman) contributed RM3,000 for PECC, as an NGO to organize an event. A committee was immediately formed from volunteers within the PECC members. Planning took about 1.5 months, with numerous visits to the Home to inquire about their needs, requirements and wish list. Read the rest of this entry »

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Alvin Cheong on August 22nd, 2010

I’ve practically spent the whole day trying to resolve the issue of not being able to access to my FTP server with Filezilla. Each time I tried to login, Filezilla hangs at the command that says MLSD and unable to proceed further. Actually, I’ve already login but just that the server refused to list the remote directory.

Contacted support at the hosting company and they tried every ways they could to get it resolved but to no avail. All we knew was that it could be due to some firewall issues in the server.

Previously it was working perfectly until my VPS was migrated to a new server and that was when the FTP issue cropped up. Finally, I’ve got no choice left but to access the server via SSH myself to check on the configuration files. What I’ve found out was that the PassivePortRange has been commented out from the file pure-ftpd.conf. So I just removed that comment and the FTP starts to flow again perfectly.

In case if you’re faced with¬† similar problems of not being able to access your server as it hangs at the MLSD stage, this is what I’ve done:

  1. Login to the server using SSH as root user
  2. Open the file /etc/pure-ftpd.conf
  3. Scroll down and look for the line that says “PassivePortRange 30000 35000″
  4. Make sure it is not commented out (with a # at the front)
  5. Save the file
  6. Restart the FTP server

And it should work now!

usin/etc/pure-ftpd.conf

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Alvin Cheong on February 15th, 2010

Hmmm...looks more like a press conference than lunch gathering.

Chinese New Year is the best time to get in touch with friends. Time when most people will return to their old “nest”. This year as usual, I have managed to get the guys to hang out for lunch at Tao Cuisine, Egate Penang on the 2nd day of CNY (15/2/10). Though our current contact list still has 38 names of very old friends we have known for 40 years, since the day we were in standard 1 (primary school), only 12 managed to meet up this year. Now what happened to the rest? :(

Annual lunch like this is very meaningful to us because we have known each other for 4 decades. And how many people actually still have the privilege of being able to keep in touch with their old childhood friends. I’ve known these people for nearly 85% of my lifetime. Other than my own family, I just couldn’t think of anyone else whom I’ve known longer than them. And not just a few, but 38 of them (almost the entire class) still in contact with each other either via emails, phones, or sometimes bumping into each other. So far, this is the 4th year that we had our annual lunch together, and I only hope that we will continue to meet in the many years to come. Read the rest of this entry »

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Alvin Cheong on January 30th, 2010
Beatrice Chew at PECC

Beatrice with the senior folks teaching them Facebook on 29 Jan 2010.

PECC is very fortunate to have many volunteers of all ages who are ever willing to freely teach the community on the usage of internet. Currently there are about 20 volunteers with different internet experiences conducting free internet classes for the local community. Among them is Beatrice Chew, a 13-year old school girl from St. Georges Girls School in Penang. Do not underestimate the internet knowledge of this petite little 13-year old girl who happened to be PECC’s youngest volunteer.

Beatrice is currently one of the volunteer/trainer in the PECC Internet Savvy Program for the senior citizens. She teaches the topic of Facebook to the senior folks, some of whom are actually 6 times her age. It is commendable to see a little girl of such young age doing community service and having the desire to share her knowledge with a group of senior citizens.

It seems like community service runs deep in the family of Beatrice as her dad, Alfred Chew is also a very committed volunteer/trainer for the internet marketing program in PECC.

Beatrice Chew showing how to use Facebook to Mr Lim Hock Huan

Beatrice Chew showing Mr Lim Hock Huan how to use Facebook.

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Alvin Cheong on January 9th, 2010

PECC conducted the 1st session of the free Internet Savvy Program for our senior folks last Friday (8 Jan 2010) and 36 participants attended. The most senior was a 76 year old member. This only proves that senior citizens are not interested in technology like the internet is not true. Given an opportunity, they will be more than willing to make an effort to come and learn. 80% of them came without an email and when they left 1.5 hours later, everyone went back with one.

We are also grateful that we have many volunteers on hand to assist. Our PECC members never failed to come forward when there is a need to educate the community. This is the first of the 12 sessions program designed specially for the senior folks to ensure that they are not being left behind in this internet age.

PECC Internet Savvy Program for the senior citizens

PECC Internet Savvy Program for the senior citizens

PECC Internet Savvy Program for the senior citizens

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