Tuesday, January 5, 2010

hello 2010!

hello to a new year,
hello to man-made divisions in time,
hello to New Year Resolutions that are not followed, nor make any sense.

all throughout the year i have been working hard,
striving for new inspirations,
opening my mind to new things -
i started yoga mid last year,
Japanese classes late last year,
Einein and I jumped onto an EP project late last year and made the impossible possible, by releasing our EP in 2 months, just in time for our Hong Kong show (behold the power of fixed deadlines!)

and I know as New Year approacheth,
that 1 Jan 2010 is just gonna be another new day for all things possible.


I have 2 things to share.

1stly,
Was shopping for a new laptop (not for myself though), and it came down to PC vs MAC.
After much fussing around, we decided on a Fujitsu, which everyone knows is a Made-in-Japan high end PC.
We went to 3 stores to compare freebies, and landed a better deal each time.

Eventually we checked out the Apple store,
and fiddled around with iMovie and iPhoto,
and the deal was sealed.

With comparable specs, Apple provided simple straightforward solutions for the non-techie consumer (me),
at a lower price.

The website was super easy to use -
do you want whie or black?
do you want more RAM?
do you want more hard disk space?
Done.

Everyone knows there's a Mac, Macbook Pro, Air, Powerbook
and everyone knows, or can guess its function from the name.

Who can name me a Fujitsu model?


Dell, HP, Acer, Compaq, etc - everyone is fighting in their same field with little distinguishing features, it eventually boils down to price competition which can only hurt the brand and its profits.

Mac is languishing in its own field, miles away from PC competition.

No doubt it took time to build its reputation of COOL,
aided by musicians and artists who used its system,
musicians and artists who defined COOL.


In my business and career,
that's what I want to aim for.

To stop petty competition in limited markets, and to reach out and expand into areas that are unconventional - and to provide something different.

It's not easy, it takes time,
but it all starts with a vision.




Second morsel for thought -

I read Jason Mraz's blog from time to time and it inspires me,
his commitment to environmentalism resonates with what i believe in,
and his commitment to spread the word to live consciously
makes me want to reiterate again and again what i believe in.

I become a fan of not only his music,
but his style, and mostly him as a person.

It seem like his music is only a byproduct of his person,
a distillation of what he is and how he lives.

His enduring success is only a byproduct of his person,
a reflection of how his music can spread his message, his personality, and endear him to millions of people.

A lot of people want to write music that would be a commercial hit,
or write music that people would like,
that would appeal to the masses etc.
With this motivation, some will succeed, some will fail.

But i think what endures, is to live fully and consciously,
and to write what means something to you, and what matters,
and when your music becomes a byproduct of your person,
instead of a conscious effort to win hearts and to sell records,
that's when you will succeed.




I hope to share more meaningful stuff in the future,
than the food I ate and the things I bought, etc.

Thanks for following me in this journey :)

5 comments:

ayl said...

the food you eat keeps you alive, and the things you buy keep you entertained. =)

i use both macs and PCs but i prefer my mac. it's hard to explain in words why whenever anyone asks me that, and reading your post has made it a little easier haha, thanks!

nony said...

@kiwiSmiley: Found you two links that may have played a part in influencing Mraz's work(s).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ltAGuuru7Q
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aulOnsqOpe8

p/s Product Differentiation through Value Proposition, Emotional Appeal against Functional - you got a Blue Ocean Strategy in your pocket. =)

nony said...

Any aspiring researchers out there like to join in the salvation of the plastic mannequin? The call is on now @

http://app2.nea.gov.sg/data/cmsresource/20090624300663432833.pdf

MoonFlower said...

jason mraz is truly inspiring = )

kewei said...

thanks nony, am intending to read up on Blue Ocean!

as well as Inside Steve Job's Mind.. as a friend recommended :)

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