Posted by: Financial Sith Lord | February 9, 2014

The Horse has arrived.. An aggressive one..


31st January 2014 marked the new lunar year in the Chinese Calendar, which welcomes the year of the Horse. According to the website, it quotes “The spirit of the horse is recognized to be the Chinese people’s ethos – making unremitting efforts to improve themselves. It is energetic, bright, warm-hearted, intelligent and able. Ancient people liked to designate an able person as ‘Qianli Ma’, a horse that covers a thousand li a day (one li equals 500 meters).”

I’m not chinese and neither do I believe ancient Chinese zodiacal beliefs, but neither am I discarding it as well. I’m well exposed to the art of Feng Shui but neither am I a 100% believer, and I do not discard or disregard it 100% as well. Even in Islam, it teaches us to gather and learn as much knowledge as possible, even up to China. But for me, the year of the Horse surely made major impact in my life even from day one.

Firstly, I learnt that I had been betrayed by my foreign partner (which I had graciously helped him during his troubled times, and provided massive monetary assistance for him to get back on track, yet when the opportunity comes knocking on our door, he tried to sway it towards his personal gain). This resulted to his expulsion from our company. On the positive note, due to his removal, I had secured a new management team line up which were much stronger than before. We also secured new local investors, which were hesitant to participate with us due to my ex-partner’s affiliation… 

Then, my brother met with a minor accident while doing his weekly road bike cycling session on DUKE. If it was on a normal road, it would have not been a great deal, but for the fact that he fell on the middle of the highway, it was very fortunate that at that point of time, the traffic were very scarce. Had the traffic been much heavier, it would have been a more disastrous story. Then about a week after the accident, someone actually climbed the gate and stole his Giant TCR Advance road bike.. Estimated market value is RM 4,000.

ImageSo anyone of you should discover or been offered cheap Giant bike like the one pictured above, either on, or any other community sites, please be very vigilant. It might be my brother’s stolen bike.

About 3 days after the bike stealing incident, my whole family, myself included, had diarrhea and fever. My niece even had dengue… Shortly after that, there was another scare when my aunt aged 70, had a serious allergy to a newly prescribed medicine by a Specialist Doctor attached to a Private Hospital in Kuala Lumpur. She went into muscle spasm and seizures, stopped breathing for about 2 minutes, and was foaming from the mouth only after 5 minutes of consuming the antibiotics. She was taken to the ER, where the emergency personnel flushed her stomach, and revived her. After about 10 hours in the ICU, she was released and transferred to a normal ward, and released for home about 3 days later. When we visited her, my Uncle was clearly distraught, but him being him, still played jokes on others..

WIth all these incidents within such a short period of time, and it so happens to be the beginning of the Horse year.. All I can gather is that the horse surely starts the year with a kick to everyone’s butt.. WIth hope, that with such forbearance at the beginning of it, it would eventually lead to positive change and prosperity, based on the saying, “susah susah dahulu sekarang, senang senang nanti kemudian”… (which translates to go through hardship now, and you will gain prosper later)…


What say you?   

Posted by: Financial Sith Lord | January 12, 2014

Movie Review: Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

ImageToday, I had the chance to watch a movie with my loved ones, at Cathay Cineplex Damansara. It was a night show of “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”. Despite encountering some disturbing ill-mannered couple that sat next to me in the cinema (it was a Malaysian young  boyfriend and girlfriend, snuggling giggly anticipating the movie, and the boy would narrate out-loud what he sees on the screen to his girlfriend. I was just not about to let these obtuse and unintelligent beings disturb my movie experience, thus I stomped off to the row ahead of us, where seats were empty), I totally enjoyed the show and the experience that the movie brought to me… 

“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” (TSLOWM), is an adaptation of an original short story written by James Thurber, first appeared on The New Yorker in March 18, 1939. In 1947, TSLOWM was turned into a silver screen movie with Danny Kaye playing the lead role, but portrayed in a totally different scenario than the original. The TSLOWM in 2013 is an adaptation directed by Ben Stiller himself, loosely and cohesively based on the original version. Its a story of a day-dreamer Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) who works as a Photo Asset Technician with Life Magazine, escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-workers and love Cheryl Melhoff (Kristen Wiig) are threatened, he takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.


Throughout the movie, I was entertained by the simplistic approach and treatment of Ben’s direction, with hints and touches often found in an Indy movie. Ben uses a fine mixture of artistic impressions, astounding exploitation of nature’s beauty, a dash of hollywood commercial elements, coupled with some hard facts of real-life human-like day-to-day situations, which can be easily related to all of us. Ben successfully transported me into Walter Mitty (WM)’s real world, by visually aiding me into feeling what WM felt, smelling the freshness of air that WM inhaled, there was the road biking on an empty long beautiful country road when he was in Greenland, the thrill of skateboarding downhill on a wonderful waving road in Iceland, the unexpected plots, the emotional roller coster.. It was just breath-taking. 


Ben, Kristen and Sean Penn delivered honest and effective acting, with minimal dialogues. Expressions and gestures were their key deliverance of messages, almost throughout the movie. Ben also smartly used text motion graphics to deliver important plots in the middle of the story. 

In my honest opinion, this movie is unlike those other Hollywood movies I’ve seen before, as I could sense, feel and taste honesty and sincerity in almost every part of this movie. I’m not too sure whether this is Ben’s first attempt in directing, but he has managed to convince me to anticipate and look out for more of his work in the future. 

The last time I reviewed a movie was “The Tourist” casting Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp, and that time, when the credit titles rolled out, I headed straight to the toilet.. And surprisingly this time around, the same thing happened. But despite having to fight the urge of running of to the gents midway the movie, I managed to put it on hold until the end.. That’s how good the movie was.

Financial Sith Lord’s Verdict: 9.1



Posted by: Financial Sith Lord | January 3, 2014

Hello 2014…

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, Most Merciful..

It has been 3 days that we’ve entered 2014, and only today I had the mood to put in my new posting. 2013 has been a sluggish year for me, especially in the area of blogging, as I was distracted with many side issues particularly involving myself managing my relatively new Islamic Private Equity firm in Kuala Lumpur. 2013 had chanced me with opportunities of establishing new partners and contacts especially those in the Middle East, when I took the trip to Dubai and Doha somewhere in September 2013. Taking baby steps was always my primary objective in 2013. I also managed to spearhead the firm to shift its operations to a more reputable business location in Kuala Lumpur (that was in June 2013), and to close up the year, I took a very short trip to Bandung, experienced the ever friendly locals, bought cheap branded stuffs and enjoyed very very tasty food (particularly the Padang Food and Bakso).. Off course, before the Bandung trip, there was the movie 47 Ronin.. My honest opinion, Keanu Reeves need not be in the cast at all. Hiroyuki Sanada stole the lime light from everyone..

All these, as well as those mundane daily routines of managing professional staffs, kept me away from actually taking time out to blog. Whilst sitting in my sanctuary last night (toilet..), playing Bingo Blitz on my Android, a small idea crept into my head, suggesting that I actually do a new year resolution for 2014. Now, I’ve tried this before many many years ago, and somehow, I would loose steam of following up with the listed resolutions in just after 3 weeks. After exhausting all my Bingo Blitz credits, I decided to give it a try. 

I’ve made 2 lists. A list for my personal targets and another, targets to be achieved by me as the CEO of my Islamic PE. Amongst my personal target is to Blog more.. At least 1 post each month. But looking at what’s going on in Malaysia, price hikes, JAIS raids, boo boos my both the BN and Opposition, I may be able to write more than 1 posting each month.

I will also be posting on cycling (since I’ve started Road Biking since August 2013), share health and exercising thoughts and ideas (I’m suppose to shed at least 10 kilos and have a healthier lifestyle in 2014), share travel and holiday experiences (since I’m suppose to take my family for holidays at local and overseas destinations, twice this year), and will also include some financial and stock trading tips along the way (as I’m targeting to kill the market this year).. So as you can see, the contents of the target list is rather wide spread, involving many many things in my life.

Whether or not I achieve the set targets, it remains unseen, but most importantly, a path has been established, and I shall strive to walk on it, for as long as I can. Whatever it is, I shall start my journey by saying ‘In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful’.. To my non-Muslim readers, please do not be intimidated of me beginning my postings with that saying.. Its for me. 

What say you?

Posted by: Financial Sith Lord | August 7, 2013

Eid Fitri Mubarak Wish

Ramadan Al Mubarak for 2013 is drawing to a close. As always, every year, the month of Ramadan never fails to enlighten us in every physical, mental and spiritual of being, enabling us to discover, experience and learn a variety of new things, thinking and lessons. It’s safe to say, you come out from the month of Ramadan a different and better person compared to the you that had entered into it.

I don’t have much things to elaborate and share as the overall experience is just too overwhelming for me right now. I promise to write a detailed journal of my spiritual journey soon.

For this, I shall leave by wishing to all my wonderful readers, Eid Fitri Mubarak 2013. Forgive me for any mistakes that I might have done to you. To those who are traveling to their hometowns, drive safe. To those who got back their city from outsiders (like me), enjoy the peace and tranquility of traffic congestion-less (you only get this during Raya and Chinese New Year). To those who gained, may Allah bless you.. To those who lost, may Allah bless their souls and protect you from any harm.

Posted by: Financial Sith Lord | May 16, 2013

Honest and down-to-earth Gourmet… Petite Millie (1 Utama)

Last Tuesday, I managed to wiggle some free time and spent some much needed break with my loved ones. Off course, our empty stomachs and epitome-state hunger (for not having lunch earlier in the day), drove us to scattered directions within 1 Utama, in search for some good food. Though the initial target was Carl’s Junior, our sight were side-tracked, drawn to gaze into a relaxed mood ambience restaurant, which had scribbled menu on chalkboards, soft lights and, most importantly, not too many patrons… The sign spells ‘Petite Millie’…

My wife and I are ardent fans of Food Network Asia, and often enjoy spiritual escapades by mentally savoring the images of Quick Bites and Great Eats segments of the channel, not to mention the mind-blowing ‘Best thing I’ve ever had’ video bits.. These mental galavanting would normally induce us into unnecessary hunger spikes, resulting to a bed covered in crumbs of snacks, whilst watching these shows.. So we decided to change the channel nowadays.. to History Channel, in hope that it would bore us to sleep instead. Anyway, that’s another story. Back to Petite Millie..

We were greeted by professional staffs and presented with a very simple, yet straight forward menu, besides the specials of the day, which were proudly portrayed on their walls like how you would portray an original Mona Lisa. First thing I noticed was that their repertoire were no ordinary listing. They had some serious French gourmet food on their menu. We tried the Beef Cheek Poutine, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Luv a Duck (for my wife) and I had the long beef spicy sausage on mash.

Of all the dishes we tried, the champion goes to….

Beef Cheek Poutine

ImageAccording to the menu, they braised the beef cheek for 6 hours before serving it. I tell you, the beef is so tender, that I mistook the beef fat as melted cheddar cheese. The accompanying sautéed onion and mushroom sauce truly highlights the beef texture and taste to the maximum, accompanied with pinky finger sized blanched fries. The beef chunks were cut into manageable size too, making the effort of sticking the fork into the meat so minimal, you might have thought that its a cheese cake instead. The price was very reasonable for this kind of food standard.

I know I’m no Michelin Guide Reviewer, but I personally would give these guys a 2 Michelin Star. I can’t give them the 3rd star as that would take away their down-to-earth, humble yet powerful and resonating presence. Its great that French food has managed to penetrate the Malaysian food lovers market, other wise dominated by Italian, English and Japanese delicacies..

All I can say is… la nourriture merveilleuse, une ambiance agréable, des prix abordables, très bien situé. Une expérience française en effet.

Petite Millie
G146 Ground Floor,
1Utama Shopping Centre
Bandar Utama
Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03-7732 0395

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