Driftwood drifter

via Photo Challenge: Transient

Am I a drifter? Like a driftwood?

Sometimes I wonder if it is good to be drifter, someone that wanders aimlessly from place to place; perhaps like a “globe drifter” would be ideal. Seeing places, meeting people, building friendship, try new food and culture, understanding geographical issues and the list just go on; perhaps they can only fit in an encyclopedia. Moving wherever I would like to bring myself to, nothing to worry for and just focus on learning new stuff. Or reporting what I have seen and learn in my blog, sharing and inspiring others to do the same; living a free willy life seeing the globe.

I know we are drifters in many ways, some are time drifters (would that be a “wait to see what happen”?), some are peers drifter (doing what peers are doing and just follow aimlessly?) and some were just plain life contented (nothing really excite them all the time, business as usual I guess).

But like the driftwood, drifting from shore to shore, leaving waves that washes them whenever the wing blows or the planet moves; would be interesting. I akin the driftwood that travels and sees shorelines and beaches, letting the waves to polish them before sending them to dry on the beach. Some will half buried by sand and some totally washed ashore. It is like life, drifted by circumstances, sometime it polishes us and sometimes sending us to the most difficult corner of life. it is also unfortunate that in most cases, you have no control over the circumstances; just like the armless driftwood or marine debris.

I know what you are thinking or responding now. Having control over your life!

I knew that, it is just my thoughts being free to drift across the globe, learning and experiencing. I would like to do that when my financials are of no worries! What’s your take?

It would be nice to document the drift journey of a lifetime! I have very high admiration for the many that travels the globe, some walking, some cycling, some on motorcycles and cars; and even on planes. They seems to have high priority for seeing and learning, something I really love to do and I hope I can just carry my knapsack and just go!

That’s my exact thoughts in this picture. Good luck, the drifter in me!
















I am writing this in condemn of the attack in Manchester. As I am writing this, two other attacks were launch in Jakarta, news from the morning papers. Cruelty to mankind has conquered the minds of the attackers. I pity the attackers as they lose their mind further. Remembering the sadness of the victims’ family, I can only offer an advise for the attackers.

Sound of comfort is soothing

Mesmerizing the soul in contend

Calm and unsuspecting

Trust and friendliness, the beginning


They bash you, in kind and love

Unsung affection binds the soul

Knowing no wrongs the soul believes

You have no return, just trust


Dwelling deep, comfort overrides

Soul lost and rational gone

Orders rule the head in despair

Own life in danger, in honor


Unlike heroes, you are trapped

By your own greed of comfort

We have no comfort for you

Only advice, stop the senseless deeds!





Seeds of life

A seed dropped not too deep,
nurtured and fertilized,
by the guardian ground
grows into a handsome tree.
Leaves grew by the day
changing colors to inspire
some stay and otherwise
drop to add nutrients
Soon the tree grew old
branches losing leaves
dry, cracking and falling
onto and feeding the ground
Yet the tree has not died
her leaves and branches nurturing
another small seed
waiting to grow like another good tree. ~heng sum


The SuperMom
Supermom has an ability to do wonders, usually at the most unexpected time and situation.
She can cook you the best food you want, for example she will go all out to buy a chicken to cook your favorite chicken curry.  She knew your favorite are the wings and you ended up with THREE chicken wings in the curry. It is amazing!
She works faster than any dhobi would. She knows when you need that clean pair of pants and as you return from work, the pair looks brand new, iron and folded! Amazing!
She somehow has the super memory even Intel could not possible proviides without the best programmer in the house, but she can locate the smallest pin whenever you desperately needed it. Amazing!
She has been using the same pot that boils your soup for the past twenty years, and yet our break pads on the car couldn’t possible lasts two years, With some rafia strings, the handle still holds and the cover knob somehow is a spare part from undisclosed source! Amazing!
As you are reading this, I am confident to tell you that you are reading old news. She somehow has the intelligence that can match the FBI or CIA, connecting you and your siblings better than Facebook does and tell you something more accurate than Utusan would! Her source of information, somehow remains a mystery! Amazing!
Now, get your butt off the lazy chair and buy her a cake. It’s MOM’s day!
Happy Mothers Day Supermomm!

Butcher saves cat.

There was once a young boy that found a cat by the river. He decided to take her home. On the way, an old man had asked him what he is doing with the cat. The boy explained.

The old man went home and his wife asked why he was late. He said that he saw a young boy rescued a cat from the river.

Then came their neighbour, a carpenter,  and asked what they have been discussing. The couple said that they saw a young boy risked himself to save a drowing cat.

The carpenter went home and told his wife that their neighbour helped a young boy rescued a drowning cat by the river.

The carpenter’s wife went on to the market the next day telling the butcher that her husband, had help the young boy saved their neighbor’s cat from drowning.

The butcher, later that morning told some customers that the carpenter family’s cat almost drowned in river near the boy’s grandparents’ house.

One of the customers happene to be a reporter and made a headline “Butcher saved boy and cat with the help of a carpenter”

These are just some of the glories that the management at the higher level always gloried themselves leaving the story untold. The poor boy was spanked for playing near the river by his parent. The middle level management usually also looked good by producing exceellent reporting just like the old man, his neighbour and the carpenter.

I bet you have forgotten about the cat. The   whole organisation usually forgets the main topic, busy leveraging themselves and behind the glories, the poor boy was grounded for a whole week!

Pass on the story if your boss is the butcher! ~ Heng Sum April 24, while waiting for wife to finish shopping.

Letter to the CEO, again!

Dear CEO,

Are you a designer?

Not that I have not known you all these time, but I must ask if you are a designer? Why am I asking?

I think me and you, like many other younger entrepreneurs, especially the techpreneurs have to change what we do. I have read about the many successes around the world where newer stuff (those techies are ruining our plans!) are ruling the customers! Ours too!

They seem to be able to magically come out with something that the world wanted them so much. Something that they have not seen or tasted before, but surely, they are buying. It is mind boggling. Do you know why?

I am not sure if those ideas have something to do with the fact they understood the Gen Y better than us. I mean with the fact that Gen Y guys will be our top CEOs by 2025 and you and me already in our grey hats surely, we are missing something.

Just cross my mind, if we could not do it perhaps, we should allow someone from within can be given the opportunity to do so. I believe the younger blood, if not us should take the challenge to rework on our prized horses and our processes. I think it is just more that the process re-engineering we learnt back in the 90s. I think a radical change in our office here is necessary. We need a real transformation if not magical immediately.

Could you look out for someone that you could promote within your area that can see differently? Someone younger and probably, those who are able to understand the demand better? I mean look at Howard Shultz, he is actually stepping out to allow Kevin Johnson to work on the more tech stuff with so much as stake for Starbucks. I mean he knew he would probably can do the job but eventually, like our prized horses Starbucks know that the corporation is what matters.

Honestly, me and you have proven ourselves but eventually the younger world of customers that we are dealing with is changing so fast in taste and buying patterns are going to rule. We need someone to redesign how we open for business tomorrow!

The designer must be someone with that conviction that we had when we started this business, someone that is so passionate about the need to grow the company the way he or she wanted it. I mean in creating a demand for our brand name. Customers associate their needs to our brand name knowing that there are thousands of the same goods in this market. The designer must make them associate it to ours. Just like the one we are having now for the past thirty years.

Please give this a thought overnight and I am ready to discuss with you and the team in the next few days. We have to show them the way, getting them to seriously focus on designing a better in whatever we do to serve our customers. I believe this is out next growth path.

Let us start from our thoughts!

Letter to the CEO

Dear CEO,

Do you see the next S-Curve?

I am wondering if you are on the lookout for next S-Curve. I can sense that our sales are good as usual, only that it’s unusually flat for the last few months. Our prized horse doesn’t seem to give a good run for our money. Even our second fiddle slowed in her own class.

Our beloved customers, as I accidently heard from our neighbor, have been seriously betting on some tech stuff. Not that they are all the Gen Y, most of our loyal ones seem to be hinting that we need another prize winner.

Seriously, our vendors don’t seem to be interested anymore with the older stuff that we get from them. Some tells me that they are also moving to some greener pastures where they can race better. I am seriously worried that we have no more feeds for our horses, let alone that there could be very difficult race ahead of us. I wonder our rivals are secretly breeding better horses or even racing down some tech stuff!

Are these tech stuff ruining our races? Or is it just my fear that the races will soon be over? Some bankers are telling me that they are not betting the races anymore, they have indicated to me that they have more exciting past times elsewhere.

Are you looking at the next S-Curve for us? Stuff that can move us to win races every time. I love those days when everyone recognizes me more that our horses! The time when those betting were behind our horses and not our money! Do you have feedback from our rivals of what they are up to? Or what they have been up to with their betters?

Seriously, what do you think of our race track? It doesn’t seem to be straight anymore as in the past three years. Our horses seem to slow down before they finish. Our rivals have the same adrenalin level I believe. I hope everyone’s taking have not been jeopardized by these slow downers!

Give a thought on these tonight and maybe can discuss the in the morning.

p.s. if you still wonder what I am talking about, it is our corporate’s growth path!