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From Nothing to Something: How to Make Passion Work for You


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From Nothing to Something: How to Make Passion Work for You
By Zan Azlee

Many years ago, I wanted to make documentary films. Unfortunately, I had totally no clue of how to begin such a career and I didn’t know any way to go about it.

I wondered if there was a job I could look for in the newspaper’s classified ads that stated ‘documentary filmmaker’? No, I couldn’t. Believe me, I tried looking!

So what I decided to do was to just shamelessly declare myself a documentary filmmaker. Luckily for me, digital technology and the Internet were just about to boom during that time.

If I couldn’t apply for a job as a ‘documentary filmmaker’, I could just buy a cheap camera and make my own short (and long!) documentary films.

So, I turned my films into DVDs and just started handing it out to as many people as I could and also submitting to different film festivals and competitions.

Of course, I also started a YouTube page as well as a website and posted many of the films I made for people around to watch online.

It was definitely not my intention at that time, but I had inadvertently turned myself into an independent documentary filmmaker.

Slowly, my work began to obtain recognition. I had my own style too (or that’s what I like to believe!), which was being a one-man-crew.

I wrote, shot, edited and distributed my own films. And somehow, that allowed me to turn documentary filmmaking into a career.

Here’s how it worked. Once I had completed a film, I would approach broadcasters with a proposal to see if they’re interested in my story.

If they were, we would negotiate a deal and I would sell my programme to them for a fee. And here is where it got interesting for me. [Click to read the full article at KopitiamEkonomi.Com]

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The Fat Bidin Vox Pop (Ep 3) – Trustworthiness of the Malaysian media… is plagiarism rampant?


We ask Subang dwellers how much trust they have in the Malaysian media. Especially after BERNAMA, the country’s national news agency, was recently accused of plagiarising an article from the Jakarta Globe about the Indonesian presidential elections. Is plagiarism rampant in the industry? Some think that all journalists do is sit in the office and write what they are told to!!

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The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 10) – Trustworthiness of the Malaysian media… is plagiarism rampant?


BERNAMA, the country’s national news agency, was recently accused of plagiarising an article from the Jakarta Globe about the Indonesian presidential elections. Is plagiarism rampant in the industry? Zan and Aizyl pontificate like the bumbling intellectual wannabes they are!

*Watch The Fat Bidin Vox Pop video where Zan and Aizyl take to the mean streets of Malaysia to find out the people’s view on the topic!

Produced by FATBIDIN.COM and hosted by Zan Azlee and Aizyl Azlee.

This podcast is made available with the support of Intel Malaysia.

Saying sorry and meaning it too!


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Saying sorry and meaning it too!
By Zan Azlee

“Please say sorry to Dylan, Athena,” I say to her after she deliberately snatches a toy that her cousin is playing with.

“No,” she replies.

“You have to say sorry when you do something wrong.”

“No.”

“Athena! You better say sorry now!”

“No!”

“You say sorry now or I’ll put you in your room!”

“No!”

(And she starts screaming and crying while I sigh a huge one!)

Being a father has it challenges. Especially when the kid is still a three-year-old mischievous girl. But you learn things as you go along.

One of the things I felt has been a major challenge is to teach my daughter right from wrong and, more importantly, to realise when she is wrong and to apologise for it.

I know that many parenting experts say that you should never force your child to say sorry. She needs to learn that what she does hurts others and that it is wrong.

Then she can sorry and really mean it. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]

Germany beat Brazil, thanks to Malaysia


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Germany beat Brazil, thanks to Malaysia
By Zan Azlee

Don’t underplay Malaysia’s role in contributing towards Germany’s record thrashing of Brazil in yesterday’s World Cup semi-final.

Yes, it’s true that Malaysia has never qualified for the World Cup. And yes, in the past decades, we have only been champions in the Southeast Asian region.

But did you know that one of Germany’s most lethal strikers in this year’s tournament, Thomas Muller, was actually discovered by a Malaysian?

Former Malaysian international footballer, Lim Teong Kim, trained a young Muller when he was based in Germany as the U-19 Bayern Munich assistant coach.

In fact, Muller even thanked Lim for developing his skills when he won FIFA’s Best Young Player award in 2006. So stake your claim Malaysia!

Also, remember the recent Thomas Cup tournament in India? The one where we lost at our best chance to win back the cup after 22 years?

Japan, who had never been a badminton powerhouse, beat the Malaysian team in dramatic and stylish fashion to win the cup for the first time ever.

But Malaysia shouldn’t be too upset about it. Kento Momota, their second singles player who thrashed Malaysia’s Chong Wei Feng in straight sets, had a coach.

And who would his coach be? Of course, it’s a Malaysian by the name of Izuan Ibrahim. So Malaysia can lay claim to winning the Thomas Cup as well!

Also, let’s not forget how we tried to also lay claim to one of the world’s best golfing talent, Fijian Vijay Singh, who lived in Malaysian for a few years before becoming successful. [Click to read the full article at English.AstroAwani.Com]