Feed on
Posts
Comments

Archive for October, 2009

A carcinogen is something that can cause cancer with high chances. Scientists have discover many carcinogens since then. But the most popular carcinogen is known as aflatoxin (AF) which is often found in peanut butter (yummy!). When you feed rats with AF, they will develop liver cancer very fast (and effective).

Before I begin, please be open minded and ready to investigate. This is very important while reading all my writings because everything I write will be controversial and unconventional. People familiar with my blog know this (and thanks for coming back for more!). But new visitors are usually too influenced by standard academics. Their “contaminated” brain will reject anything that doesn’t match what they already known. This is a pity because the one who loses is you, not me.

In my cancer is not a disease post, I mention that we should use statistics to serve us, not to screw us. Where if 1 out of 10 people is healed from cancer, we should learn what that 1 people is doing and learn from him.

And in the post don’t let modern medicine screw you, I challenge a lot about why “scietific approach” can lead to many wrong assumptions, observations and theories. I even say that in the end, all theories all meant to be wrong! In this post, we can demonstrate just that, how “scientific approach” will always prove themselves to be wrong again and again.

Let’s get back to our story today.

While the worst peanut butter might contains over 300 times the acceptable level of aflatoxin (AF), this post is not asking you not to eat peanut butter. This post will develop a very long story from AF to peanut butter, to protein, to soy beans, to North Antartica… It will be like a movie, getting you deeper and deeper. I hope it will be an eye opening one.

We live in a complicated world and it is when we try to simplify things that we make a lot of mistakes.

AF is a “proven” carcinogen because when scientist feed the rats (poor rats) with it, almost all of them get liver cancer. There is really no dispute on it because no matter if it is a Chinese rat, a Malay rate or an Indian rat, you feed it with carcinogen, it will get liver cancer. It comes with a very high probability in statistical terms.

Colin Campbell is an expert in protein (a “PHD”). He wrote a controversial book known as “The China Study” (which has nothing to do with my Chinese post by the way). It is a book of discovery from his research for a few decades. And most of the story today, are from that book.

Dr Campbell was sent to Philippines to help solve a problem many years ago. Many Philippines kids died before the age of 5 from liver cancer. At that time, the statistics shows that the countries with the less protein intake have the highest occurrences of liver cancer. So they believe Phillipines kids were poor and thus lack of nutrition (protein in this case). So they sent Dr Campbell (the protein expert) to solve the problem.

But funny things happened. After increasing the protein intake (mostly milk) which was thought to be the solution, instead of seeing a reduction of liver cancer, more kids were getting it! (wtf!!!) This is of course very shocking and disappointing. Isn’t that science and statistic were saying “protein is the solution”?

And later, a doctor who worked there before Dr Campbell came told him that, he noticed most of the kids who got liver cancer are not the “poor” kids but the “rich” kids! The kids from rich families who can afford to eat better than the poor (got money to eat more “nutrients”, i.e. meat, milk and proteins).

Dr Campbell is those researcher who can get a lot of money to do research. His “China Study” is named so because he has the power and money to run his research on hundreds of thousands of the Chinese in China, tracking all sort of patterns and statistics.

At that time, a research report came from India and caught Dr Campbell’s attention. A research that people like Rak999 (an unfriendly commenter in my blog) will definitely say is “statistically impossible” and “I know for an undisputed fact that you’re wrong”. Unfortunately, there are just too many Rak999 in this world.

The research said something like the more protein you eat, the higher chance you will develop cancer. With their own supporting research and experiment of course. This type of announcement will probably be laughed by anyone because protein are highly worshiped at that time (almost the same today). 

But Dr Campbell didn’t want to merely ignore it. He is open minded and ready to investigate. As I said, he always got a lot of money to do a lot of research in a very large scale.

He tried to duplicate what the Indians did and see if he could get the same results. He divided rats into 2 groups. He fed both group lots of AF (aflatoxin, the carcinogen) which based on all previous experiments will guarantee the rat to get liver cancer. The only difference to both group is the protein consumption. The first group took the “normal” consumption of 20% protein, while the second group took just 5% protein. (There will always be control groups in these experiments that I will not write about for simplicity sake, test groups are rats that are not fed with AF but just proteins to make sure the experiment results are “more reliable”)

[I highlighted the text “normal” because as in my blog, I have repeated again and again that a lot of things that we think are normal are far from normal! BTW, a “normal” 20% consumption of protein a day for human is around 7 pieces of nuggets, just for you to benchmark]

The results? The rats that took 20% protein, like expected, 100% (repeat 100%) developed liver cancer. The other group? 100% (repeat 100%) DIDN’T develop any cancer! Read this paragraph again. Something that is “statistically impossible” and “I know for an undisputed fact that you’re wrong”. To prove AF does not cause cancer is “statistically impossible” before this and it is an “undisputed fact that you are wrong” if you say protein cause cancer!

So, can we conclude that protein causes cancer and by reducing it, we can avoid cancer? Scientists love breakthrough discoveries. But most of the time their breakthrough discoveries is another breakthrough mistake. We live in a complicated world and it is when we try to simplify things that we make a lot of mistakes.

At first AF was blamed to be the cause of cancer. But later they find out even rats that took a lot of AF can avoid cancer by reducing protein consumption to 5%. And please remember the statistical probability is 100% which is very significant.

Luckily, unlike other researcher, Dr Campbell didn’t stop there, claim victory, announce his breakthrough discovery and take all the fame (or maybe Nobel prize). He did a lot more experiments to dig deeper.

Instead of giving the rats either a 20% or 5% protein, he adjusted them time to time. That means group A will start with 20% of protein for 3 weeks, 5% for 3 weeks and repeat. Group B will start with 5% of protein for 3 weeks, 20% for 3 weeks and repeat.

Wuhahahaha. Know what happened? It turns out that we found a way to TURN ON and TURN OFF the cancer tumor growth at will! They discover that when the rats were taking 20% protein, the cancer tumor grew very fast and when the rats were taking 5% protein, the tumor actually stop growing!

It is like a “magic” button. You press it, the cancer grow. Press it again, the cancer stop growing!

Now we can make a further conclusion that while AF is proven to cause cancer, protein will affect it’s growth rate. AF is like the seed of cancer, and protein is like the fertilizer/water. We can eat a lot of AF (the cancer seed) but still won’t get cancer if we didn’t provide it with enough fertilizer (protein).

Getting something? Can we conclude now? Nope, far from that.

The question comes to, is protein to be blamed? Are all proteins equal? What protein was they using in these experiments? They are using MILK protein! A protein known as casein extracted from cow’s milk! Hmmm, tasty milk, tasty yogurt, tasty cheese, provide you with “good” proteins to make you “strong” and “healthy”.

More experiments was done to see if all protein are equal. They fed the rats plant based proteins (such as soy proteins) and the result?

Plant based proteins have no effect whatever towards cancer, no matter how much you take it!

So we now know that it is animal protein (meat and milk) that is the problem! That means protein is not that evil. It is still very important to our dietary but the source of protein (animal or plant)  is the key!

We are taught in school that we should eat animal proteins because they contain all the essential amino acids. We are told that plant based proteins are “not good” because they don’t contain all the essential amino acids.

Amino acids are the simplest form of protein (after being broken down) and essential means our body can’t make it on our own and has to rely on our diet (food) to get them.

Correct observation, but wrong conclusion and solution. While it is true that meats and milks contain all the essential amino acids while plants do not, that doesn’t mean plants protein are not good and we should eat more meat.

While plant A, B and C might contain only 50% of the essential acids EACH, eating ALL A, B and C will give you ALL the essential amino acids your body needs! And hey, there are significant more type of plants in this world than meats!!! Meats that we eat most of the time are either chicken, pork, beef and fish. There are plenty of vegetables and fruits that you don’t even know their names.

That means for someone who didn’t eat chicken and drink milk (and other animal proteins), he can get all the proteins he need by eating, say, just soy bean + brown rice + carrot (example only). While each of them lack certain essential amino acids, overall they cover each other and provide all the essential amino acids that you need.

Dr Campbell goes on his research. The whole book will link animal proteins towards many other “modern” diseases including high blood pressure, heart attack, diabetes, etc. I am not going there now, I will continue with another part of the story I want to tell.

Michael Pollan (not a health expert but a journalist!) wrote a book called “In Defense of Food”. This is a great book that gives us a lot of new perspectives on looking at our “food” problem that we think are “normal”.

[This is the first time I have to put book names here for references because many people thought that I made things up myself. I do read a lot dude, more than 10 books on health topic alone from food to running to chi-gong and 300+ others since last 7 years. The figure is not for showing off. It is to give you some confidence that I am not really just talking cock! There is really something for you!]

The more perspectives your have, the more ways you can look at the same thing. While Mr Campbell is ingenious, still he can miss a lot of things. For the third time, I want to say, “We live in a complicated world and it is when we try to simplify things that we make a lot of mistakes.

Repetition is the mother of skill dude. This blog is about repeating all the unconventional stuff to you again and again so it becomes conventional to you.

Is the answer and solution so simple as “animal protein”? While it is true that it is a BIG advantage to stay away from animal protein (which I do strongly encourage myself), what if there are more that we don’t know yet? What if there are some “black swans”?

[Black swan means if you have seen 1,000 white swans doesn’t mean you can conclude that all swans are white. All it takes is just a black swan and your theory/conclusion will be wrong]

There are just too many “black swans” as we will see. And this might be a good news for those who want to eat MEAT! :)

If animal proteins are evil, why cancer only become so common in the last 30 years? People 100 years ago might not even heard of cancer. [clue: modernization]

And how come the Eskimos, who eat almost 100% animals meat from sea (you can’t plant vegetables on ice dude!) have very low rate of cancer?

Or looking at it from the other way, why do so many vegetarians got cancer?! Why housewives who never smoke, never drink, eat nutrition supplements and even eat only vegetables can have lung cancer and breast cancer?

Because for the forth time-

We live in a complicated world and it is when we try to simplify things that we make a lot of mistakes.

Nothing is a mere simple cause and effect. Everything involve thousands of causes and thousands of effects cross linking with each other. We have 100 trillion cells in our body, we have multiple organs working together with millions of chemical reaction happening in our body each second… and we are trying to figure all this out with our overrated mind…

While we are far from knowing the real truth, we will look more about the black swans that I have just mentioned. We will see why this Eskimos are not cursed by animal proteins, why the housewives who live a “healthy” lifestyle could get cancer, how you can eat meat but not getting cancer (or how you can eat vegetables and die of cancer!).

We will bring more causes and effects to the surface (although is still be scratching the surface) but I believe it is sufficient for us to become lowest 10% of people who will get cancer in the future. Stay tuned as I will give you the knowledge that I have summarized from my own “study” (stolen and concluded from many books actually).

Akan Datang! Before 2012!

Sometimes, I will come across a song that I like so much that will loop it the whole night and this is one of it! Same song, different videos, all good entertainments. Enjoy! :)

The Original Version – Korean (The “duck hand” move is very “signature”)

The US Debut Version – English (Oh Jacky Cheung’s 头发乱了!)

Piano Version (I wish I can play myself)

Street Version! (Taken from many different public scenes! But how come all the Korean can pretend they see nothing?)

Robot Version! (They are real physical robot! Not animation!)

Rock Version (The guy is a bit ugly, eye too small, but bring new taste to the song)

Sohai Version (But the spectacle guy is good!)

Mr Bean Version! (I was drinking water and I nearly blow it out! He is “serious”! Look at his face expression.)

Remix Version (More different taste)

Slow Version

Fever Version (This one sum up the fever and all the sohai in 1 video)

Wonder Baby Dancing with Wonder Girls (Shameful with your own dance skill?)

For the lyrics I can only remember these:-

NOBODY NOBODY BUT YOU!

NOBODY NOBODY BUT YOU!

NOBODY NOBODY NOBODY NOBODY NOBODY NOBODY NOBODY!!!!!!!!

And why Korean girls all leg so long?! xD

<object classid=”clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000″ width=”560″ height=”340″ codebase=”http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0″><param name=”allowFullScreen” value=”true” /><param name=”allowscriptaccess” value=”always” /><param name=”src” value=”http://www.youtube.com/v/vxIGJ7JohlE&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;” /><param name=”allowfullscreen” value=”true” /><embed type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” width=”560″ height=”340″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/v/vxIGJ7JohlE&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;” allowscriptaccess=”always” allowfullscreen=”true”></embed></object>

Weird enough, our brain really knows nothing other than comparing. Or should we say everything has a “meaning” only if we are able to compare it with something else.

East means nothing if there is no West. Woman means nothing if there is no man. Tall means nothing when there is no short.

When you say something is cold, it is because you compare it with something that is hotter.

[If you hold a snake or lizard, yucks, it is cold to you but it is hot to them!]

When you say it is on the east, it is because you are standing on the west. You are comparing it to where you are standing.

[If you ride a rocket up to the space where you can’t see the earth anymore, where is EAST? Where is WEST? Where is UP and where is DOWN?]

You say “this is woman” and “that is man” because we compare their … … type of fruits?

— —

Since now we know everything is about comparing (the old Chinese masters caledl it yin yang) we can now use it to derive our rule of happiness and hope that we can be “happily ever after”. First we start with 2 observations.

Observation #1

If we compare ourselves to someone richer, we feel poorer and thus unhappy. On the other hand if we compare ourselves to someone poorer, we feel richer and thus more happy!

De deeeeeeeeennnnnnggggggggggggg!

And then,

Observation #2

If “what we want” is more than “what we have”, we feel unfulfilled and unhappy. On the other hand if “what we have” is more than “what we want”, we feel very fulfilled and happy!

De de de deeeeeeeeennnnnnggggggggggggg!

So using this 2 basic observations, we can derive the formula/rule of happiness.

Rule #1

To feel rich and happy, always compare yourself with someone poorer than you! (~don’t laugh!~)

Rule #2

Always make sure “what you want” is so little that “what you have” looks like a lot!

— —

Is this a joke? Isn’t this sounds like cheating yourself?

No it is not a joke. And Yes, it is cheating! It is a mind trick. Since we know how the mind works, we try to trick it. Just like how we trick people do to what we want by offering them choices.

And who cares if it is cheating or a trick? All we need to know is that it works! The ancient Indians and ancient Chinese has been using this philosophy since a few thousand years ago! [Unfortunately, “smart” people today who are supposed to be “smarter” than ancient people seems to forgot about this ancient wisdom]

If you score 99 in you test, you can be unhappy if you compare yourself to those scoring 100. Even if there is no one scoring 100, you can still be unhappy focusing on the 1 mark you didn’t get.

If you are second in the whole school, you can be unhappy if you compare yourself to the first, even if that is Harvard or Oxford.

If you are Warren Buffett (the second richest man on earth), you can still be unhappy because you compare yourself to Bill Gates (the richest man on earth)

On the other hand, you can be happier than Bill Gates if all you want is to watch 8TV and eat strawberry.

You see, why we are suffering today is because we set different rules based on the same observations. Thanks to all the bestselling motivation and “You can be rich” type of books. Thanks to the instant idol reality programs. Thanks to the few instant internet millionaire story that we heard from Google, Facebook and now Twitter (which get rich faster and faster)!

Unfortunately, we all (including the “motivators”) set the wrong rules. What rules?

Based on Observation #1, if we compare ourselves to someone richer, we feel poor and unhappy. So they set their Rule #1 (their solution to observation #1) as

Their Rule #1 (probably yours too)

To avoid feeling poor and unhappy, make yourself richer and richer so everyone else is poorer than you!

And then to tackle observation #2, they set their Rule #2.

Their Rule #2 (probably yours too)

In order to get “what we want”, we must increase “what we have” (double/triple/1 million dollar/4 wives…)!

Yep, it works too. Same observations, same problems but different solutions/rules/mindset.

But the problem?!?

Why so many celebrities who seems to have everything in the world, take drugs or even suicide (or die of drug overdosed)? Remember Ko Ko Alan Cheung? Remember Michael Jackson? Remember the Joker in Batman? Why do people like Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan, which is supposed to be our role models, are always linked to drugs?

The problem is that when we set the wrong rules and go the opposite direction, what we get is not happily-ever-after but never-ending-suffering.

You see, at the moment you thought you need to be richer than somebody, or to have x amount of money before you can be happy, you can’t be happy right now. Then you thought you need to change that. Instead of using the “dirty” trick by comparing to someone poorer or reduce the x amount to y so you have more “what you have” than “what you want” that can happened right now, you decided to put your happiness into the future.

You do what you are “taught” by the books/society/parents/teacher. You try to tackle it with the “normal” ways that other people do. You want to make more money than the person that is richer than you. And you set your financial goal to x amount of money “you want” in the future that you don’t have right now.

Whether you reach your goal or not, you have made a decision. You have made a decision to put your happiness into the future in exchange with suffering, unfulfillment and unhappiness right now. You work hard for the “future,” hope that one day you can be happy in the “future”. You suffer now.

But then 2 things can happen. The future never comes and you live your entire live in full regrets. Or the future came and you hit your “ultimate” goal. But what’s next? After 30 years of fighting and struggling, you finally made it. You open up a RM48,888 champagne to celebrate with your wife (or mistress since your wife might be too old for you at that time), buy a big bungalow with 20 rooms and 40 maids and park 20 Porsches in front of your house to show the guy that used-to-be richer than you that have “motivated” you the last 30 years.

Then what? Because of 30 years of hard root conditioning to your brain, it is now WIRED (or a better word “FUCKED”!)! Your “mind” is “set”! You now have a “mindset” that can be driven only by unhappiness and goal, you won’t be able to stop that! You won’t be able to get happy!

A trained muscle is very hard to be untrained if you do it wrongly! A kid who is a virgin has no experience in badminton can easily be trained to be a world champion rather than an OK-OK player who has been practicing and playing with the wrong tactics! The same goes to the conditioning of your brain and all the wiring of your brain neurons (Once it is fucked, DHA and EPA can’t help anymore,they call it “Fucked up brain”)!

After so many years of “practicing”, it becomes a habit. You can’t just stop after you reach your goal and be happily-ever-after! You have been living in the “suffering now for the future mode” for so long and when the “future” really comes, you can’t experience it because of your poor habit, there is no “now” but only “future”!

So maybe after 2 weeks of fulfillment and satisfaction, your will get uncomfortable and unhappy again (like Robert Kiyosaki having a vacation in Fiji Island after he is “free” but can’t even finish his planned vacation and have to return earlier!). For the last 30 years, you never really learn how to be happy. Your “happy” software is not installed in your “brain”. The software you installed, based on the 2 rules you set earlier, is to always compare with someone better than you!

De deeeeeeeeeeeeeeennnnnnnnggggggggggggg!

So after 2 weeks, you will start back your old routine, your old habit. You simply can’t stop. The momentum is so big, the brain is so fucked up. So now, you find someone even richer and compare yourself to him. You “enjoy” being “unhappy” again. You increase your “what you want” from x to 1,000 times x so you need a higher “what you have” to make yourself happy. You set new goals only to curse yourself more, to a never ending stream of suffering. You live again in the “future”, expecting one day you will be happy. Unfortunately,

To be HAPPY, it is not in the future. It is RIGHT NOW.

— —

Homework #1

Find 6 people (friends/relatives/neighbors/enemies…) that are poorer than you and remind yourself everyday that you are richer than them!

[If you end up being 1 of the 6 that is selected by your friends, be proud because you just make someone happy! :) Bill Gates will even envy you because he can’t serve that role, no one can put him in their list!]

Homework #2

Take out your bank account book, divide the balance by 2 and set it as the amount “you need” to be happy. And remind yourself that anytime you have that amount, you are happy.

[If you account balance drop, divide it again by 2 to get a new  “what you need” but on the other hand, don’t increase it when you have more money so your “what you need” is always kept at a low base, making you “richer and richer” in the future]

— —

It sounds very “ugly” and “unethical” but it is definitely a better alternative than to set up painful goals such as “I want to be richer than you” or “I want to make more money .”

Of course, we do have more “beautiful” spiritual ways to attain even better results, which is the “no comparing” method which should be our ultimate goal in the future. If you don’t need to compare, how do you know if you are rich or poor?! It is even more powerful and effective because you don’t even need to “think”!

But since our mind still like to think a lot and compare a lot, it is a difficult to stop comparing right now, but it is easier to change the object of our comparison right now. So we try to cheat by changing the object of our comparison, by selecting something “better” to compare with! And “mind” you, cheating the “mind” works! Even this method is “lower standard” like Proton, it is still a car dude!

Mummy Dog and her Bibi Doggie

Bibi doggie keep chasing its own tail but no matter how fast he “spin”, bibi doggie still can’t reach his tail!. The mummy dog tells her bibi, “You don’t need to chase your tail because you will never get it! But it’s already with you RIGHT NOW, no matter where you go, it will follow you”.

Oh, by the way, your last homework -

Homework #3

Leave me a comment if you like, dislike or even ‘no comment’ about this post. Do you really have a choice? :)

— —

Recommended Reading:

*Malaysian can buy books online with 1 day delivery and RM8 shipping from Kinokuniya!

I need to learn how to write shorter posts so I can make more frequent posts so you won’t assume that I am dead!

All the coming posts will be about China, investing and health. These are the topics I am interested in. Will try my best to write in proper English but can’t promise you anything! :)

My Initial “Biased” View About China

I always thought China is not-that-good. I believed in all the ‘bad’ things ‘newspaper’ says about China, you know the ‘immoral’ Chinese businessmen that make poisonous toys and foods, the environment ‘unfriendly’ Chinese that cause pollution and global warming, the ‘inhuman’ one-family-one-child policy, the ‘undemocratic’ communist government, the ‘evil’ Mao Zedong, etc.

And because some of my Malay readers can’t wait to kick me back to China because they don’t like my post on sohai and prostitute, I decided to study more about China and see if going back there is a good choice!

[Actually I am researching China for investing opportunities lar.]

The more I study, the more I find out that we have been brainwashed by the newspaper (especially the Western media) about China. What we read in the paper is not reflecting the real truth behind the scene. The price you need to pay, if you are now aware between the ‘truths’ and the ‘lies’ is like digging a hole in the sand and hiding your head in it while keeping your big fat ass outside. In the short terms, things can look cloudy, in the long term, everything will be clear and you will know who is the biggest liar.

What’s So Special About The 4 Developed Countries

After world war 2, economy in the whole world is booming and we have over 100 emerging economies. We call them the developing country. They are doing very well. These include Malaysia, Vietnam, Brazil, Mexico, Taiwan, Singapore, India and a lot more.

Out of these 100+ developing countries, only 4 rise to become developed countries. Which 4? Knowing which are these 4 countries will explain everything about today’s post and serve as a STRONG support and proof or what I am writing.

The 4 countries are:-

1. SINGAPORE
2. TAIWAN
3. HONG KONG
4. SOUTH KOREA.

Many countries didn’t make it. Some even create multiple financial crisis and disaster for themselves. So what makes the above 4 countries rise above the pack and become developed country?

Answer: They Are Mostly ‘Chinese’

“Fuck You, Koreans are not Chinese!” I heard you. But their people and country are very “Chinese”. Their tiny country is sticked to Mainland China like your balls are sticked to your body. Before they invented their own characters that look like “boxes”, they write in Chinese characters. Seoul is known as the “Han City” in Chinese before they change it to “Sou Er” 3 years ago. Chinese people are also known as Han people and 90% of the Chinese in China are from the Han ethic. When I went to Korea a few years ago and visit their ancient University, there is a statue of Confucius in the school! They study the teaching of Confucius. And the Koreans even claim that Confucius was a Korean instead a Chinese. At the end, they also like to eat gin seng like the Chinese.

So, Korean are heavily influence by Chinese culture and traditions. They are influenced by the teaching and virtue of the Chinese great old master like Confucius. So while they don’t speak Chinese, they are very similar to one. And I bet a Westerner can’t differentiate between a Chinese and a Korean.

So what’s so special about Chinese?

Chinese are simply the greatest capitalist in the world. In plain English, Chinese are the greatest businessmen in the world. It has been demonstrated again and again for the last 5,000 years. While China didn’t look good until recently, just look at how the overseas Chinese are doing, especially the 4 Asian tigers that I mentioned earlier.

China encountered a series of ‘unfortunate’ events before they have the chance to rise up again. They are fallen far behind because of the mismanagement under the late qing dynasty, the opium war by the westerners (and later by selling drugs to the Chinese), the invasion of Japan and later the Civil war between the Republic of China and the Communist Party. There were all sorts of mess in China. Everything is just ugly.

The people are poor. Living is difficult. So it make sense for many Chinese to try to make a living overseas! Exactly like a Bangla coming to Malaysia to work at Kopitiam and serve in Ipoh’s Dim Sum restaurant! Because of this, you can find Chinese in every corner of the world. My mum’s father is one of them. His mum sold the only pig at home, buy him a ship ticket and took 1 week to sail Malaysia through the South China Sea.

While mainland China was doing poorly at that time (now is different story), overseas Chinese are doing a better. Look at Taiwan, look at Singapore and look at Hong Kong. Singapore GDP per capita is 6 times bigger than Malaysia. Which means 1 Singaporean produce 6 times more than a Malaysian. Knock! Knock! The hypocrites 47 years ago (1963) voiced that Singapore would not survive for more than 3 years because it is a just a tiny dot. 47 years later, the hypocrites say that Singapore is “supposed” to be better off than Malaysia because it can be managed more easily because it is just a tiny dot. Fuck!

Dot or not a dot, it has something has to do with the people! In the last 50 years after world war II, we also place very high hopes on economies such as Mexico, Argentina, Vietnam , Thailand and Philippines. But then they are not able to make it! So what is differentiating them with Singapore? (and Hong Kong and Taiwan).

Again, it is about the PEOPLE. This is the key you need to remember, disregard to whether you are a Chinese or NOT a Chinese! Knowing this fact alone will allow you to make smart investment choices in the future!

If you are non Chinese, especially when you are Malay, you may not like what I just wrote. You may again want to kick me back to China. But if you are the new open minded Malay that is willing to learn, knowing Chinese are great capitalist and great businessmen allows you to know where to invest your money with! While feeling inferior to another race is not fun, making MORE MONEY for yourself because you know where to put your money with is VERY FUN! While face is important, think about your wallet and your bank account! You will always got your “Face” back when you have thick wallet! Pretending and ignorance will not.

Remember: Chinese Is Just Too Good About Money

I am not trying to glorify Chinese, I am trying to bring the truth to the table. Truth is something that doesn’t care whether you believe it or not. If gravity will pull us down, it will pull us down. Not believing on it won’t cause gravity to stop working. That’s call truth. Truth needs no defending! [For those who like to use war to defend their religion, please remember “Truth needs no defending”. Something that needs to be defend is not truth]

Chinese invented their own “calculator” known as abacus. Abacus is so powerful that by training yourself to imagine a virtual abacus in your brain, you can do powerful mathematics with your brain without any electronic devices! Not only you can do it without a device, you can do it FASTER than a device because you don’t need to press the number into your calculator or your computer. You just look or listen to the numbers and you can spit the answer out with your mouth! This is what all the super-genius-math class is about, a virtual abacus in your mind. Send your kid to learn!

While it look like I am saying it is the Chinese “genes” that do all the wonders, it is actually more to their virtues, culture and traditions pass down since 5,000 years ago.

Virtue #1 – Hardworking

The first virtue is Chinese are very very hardworking, i really mean “HARD” working. They are willing to work very hard, survive in very bad circumstances and still make money out of it!

Many Chinese in Malaysia have to work overseas too in places like Ireland and Japan. My aunt used to work in Japan for almost 10 years. She (and others) didn’t sleep on bed, they sleep in “cages!” A room will contain several “cages” with multiple few levels. While you might have a double deckers bed in your children room, they have 6 deckers or 7 deckers. When you go to work, you lock all your belongings in your cage. When you come home, you sleep in the cage.

So maybe your address will look something like “Cage Level 6B …”

My father’s mahjong mate used to work in a ‘black’ zone in US. It’s black because they are mostly black people that don’t follow law, they can come to you and take your money and stuff, or maybe even rape you (your ass) and beat you to death.

But Chinese can still make money in such a world! They adapt by opening stores with thick iron grills and bulletproof windows! They hire security guards armed with real guns! They only let 1 customer in at a time. And man! These are not banks and jewelries shop! They are only selling Shampoo and Maggi Mee!

Virtue #2 – Saving

The second virtue is that Chinese are very good at saving money. Unfotunately, the worst habit that Chinese have is exactly the opposite – Gambling! Don’t simple stick with Chinese friends! Stick with the savers and stay away from the gamblers!

The American (the biggest spender in the world) spends $70 for every $40 they made! I still don’t know how to do the math! Where will the $30 come from? They borrow from the future. If you are still young like me, you will have a chance to witness how US has to face this problem in the future, which will be very very ugly.

Chinese on the other hand save a large portion of their income. While the Americans buy house by borrowing from the banks, many Chinese don’t! Most Chinese (inland and overseas) prefer to use their own savings (and their parents savings) to buy house! Even when they borrow, it is their habit to put bigger down payment and pay off the loan earlier. Chinese don’t like to owe people money. (Disclaimer: Gamblers excluded).

When 1 + 1 is greater than 2

If you are hardworking and at the same time a great saver, imagine what is the outcome? These Chinese that can’t make a living in Malaysia and choose to work hard and save a lot in oversea as an illegal foreign worker that get little pay for lots of work can actually come home, buy house and car and live a lot better than their peers! Some are using their savings to start some small businesses and make a better living.

[They always come home. They come home to Malaysia, not China.]

Bringing these Virtues to Businesses

The MOST SHOCKING TRUTH that I ever got is after I reading several annual reports of the Chinese companies listed in the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. I find out that most of these Chinese companies DON’T BORROW to run their business! Not only that they are not borrowing, they are also keeping a lot of CASH in their bank accounts! American business don’t operate this way. Not only the American consumers like to borrow, the American businesses also like to borrow.

Chinese businessmen are more conservative and I prefer to invest my money with them. How about you?

How China Will Be Affected?

Now I want to ask you a question that is worth 1 million dollar, what country has the most Chinese? :)

This is the main difference that separates China with any other emerging countries, including India which most people like to compare China with. And you know it now, it is the people that makes the difference.

The China Miracle, the economy booming that we are witnessing right now, where the westerners like to call it “fake” and “make up” is something that you need to pay special attention to. Now I want to explain to you why China is so special to you and to the world.

As I’ve pointed out, the Chinese people is very good with money. You don’t need to teach them how to make money. You don’t need to send them to business school. It is already in their genes, in their traditions, in their virtues, in their brain or in whichever body parts you like to name.

The KEY so special to China compare to any other country is, once you are able to set the platform and the stage for these Chinese to perform, YOU DON’T NEED TO DO ANYTHING and they will perform themselves.

All that the Chinese government needs to do is to set the stage for their people to perform! There are just too many smart people out waiting to perform! Once you open up and let them do their work, they will perform and deliver, no spoon feeding and Harvard Business School require.

And it is not only the inland Chinese that is performing right now! The overseas Chinese play an even bigger role in the miracle! And it has to go back to Singapore, to Hong Kong, to Taiwan and even to Malaysia!!! (I think Korean will regret renaming “Han City” to “Sou er”)

When the Chinese government open up and says to the Chinese overseas, “We Need You And We Welcome You Back!” The BIG CHUCK of successful Chinese all over the world start to invest money back to their homeland. Because they are already very successful overseas, they have lots of MONEY and lots of EXPERIENCES. Imagine having all the greatest player in a football team! China is having all the greatest players in their “business” game.

Do you know the MOST SUCCESSFUL departmental store in China is known as PARKSON?!?!?!??!?!? And the founder and owner of Parkson is Tan Sri Cheng Heng Jem who is an experience businessmen in Malaysia? If there is a Malaysia brand that Malaysian can be proud of in China, that must be Parkson.

The largest electronics and computer components manufacturer in the world is known as Foxconn. They produce your iPod, iPhone, PS3 and many more on a contractual basis. They have 550,000 employees working in their “factory city” [Ipoh has 700,000 people, KL City 1,800,000 for comparison sake!]. Foxconn will provide food and accommodation to their factory workers and I bet they have the biggest hostel and canteen in the world! They also setup the most number of ATMs in their “city”.

Foxconn is founded by Terry Gou, an incredibly successful entrepeuner from Taiwan, who owns Hon Hai Precision Industry. Terry is already very successful in Taiwan, and see how his money and experience can do wonder in China, providing 500,000+ jobs and cheap iPod to you!

There are much much more people like Cheng Heng Jem and Terry Gou who are bringing their money and experience back to China. I am sure you will know who is Li Ka Sing! And even our local Genting’s Lim Kok Thay keep dumping money into Macau.

Many successful businesses in Hong Kong are expanding fast into China. Oversea Chinese investor will always have a head start compare to the westerners because they simply are closer to China in distance, cultures, language, name and skin colour!

Aiya….

Diu, I overwrite again! Isn’t that I am suppose to write short?! Let’s continue in Part 2 next time.

Page 1 of 11