Don Q book preview #1 & #2 updated
The book is now available at amazon.com Kindle store eBook and Kindle paperback format. Look out for some nuances of living life to the fullest here and in the other three book previews.
. . . No regrets at Sixty-four was Don Q’s vocation even as he fought off treacherous windmills and taking time off to embrace kindle affection of close kin gripped by his sometimes shadowy rhetorical homilies and more often spirited enthusiasm for life to be lived to its fullest.
The fleeting interaction with the Division of Entrepreneur division in the early 1990s could be engraved as Don Q’s first wild windmill encounter, only to be spoken among pebbles of the straits.
. . . After another three years of dismay he took to high profile international based consulting firms which also leveraged on value chain analysis and organization transformation or step-up innovation in business performance improvement. His cheerful enthusiasm for small business development had become only dormant and after leaving full fledged consulting he reverted to what’s deep in his heart.
. . . The Don Quixote styled commentators challenging oppressive customs might be viewed as fighting rogue windmills in one sense; instituting austerity measures on the other hand should not be a laughing matter. Ask the working class in Greece and risk a punch in the face. Going against the grain in managing change is the root cause for the need of austerity measures and every instance of inertia for betterment constitute a rogue windmill.
. . . The villain windmills of Don Q in 1990s were steeped in attitudes of complacency and mischief of policy makers. He had conducted communication workshops for improving productivity in Malaysian Railways maintenance division. Out of the blue one of the Big Five consultancy firms were procured to implement structural measures in the same division. The workshop superintendent remarked to the Don: “You have done the hard work of changing the attitudes of supervision in seeing lost opportunities in the workplace. The next step of implementing action needed programs ought to be in your hands. The management rather engage expensive alternative consultancy.” Sadly no significant improvement on the ground was accomplished because only impressive management templates were given.
Excerpts from chapter two:
“The point we need to get across to saintly elders is that we’re all at odds with one another because of bad religious guidance but no matter what side of the community we come from money unites us in the most enthralling manner. And the enchanting and riveting pull of raffling is as mesmerizing as any beguiling pastime goes. The wagering outcomes can make us mad, but we’re still united,” Don Q asserted without apologies to Aristo, his guru of the creed of Abraham.
Yonder years ago circa 1980 a young, slim Don Q was gallivanting midst small publishing houses and film production studios in the nation’s capital Kuala Lumpur. Intrigued by the insidious trappings of glamour and then wanton state of affairs in the local film industry the youthful spirit served as a lowly paid production manager for a local feature film.
Practically the only university graduate in Malaysia to be then involved on the ground he was noticeably straitjacket and naive. The production schedule fell back because the core team could not surmount the lack of funds and untoward developments of the actual feature movie directing. Shooting albeit almost eighty percent completed came to a standstill, but the sordid situation was salvaged by new intermittent funding. In between shooting and editing sprees he was good company for one of the film producers in the latter’s after office hours rendezvous with “Genting”.
At “Genting” – the euphemism for gambling and infectious emotional high outing, the unassuming film producer constantly lost at the tables. Observant and analytical by nature Don learned a little about how not to lose especially when it was your lucky day. Soon when he had spare change he too dabbled at the roulette table. “Till today I cannot but wonder how things worked out for me during a four-month stint in Genting in yonder days,” chuckled Don Q whenever he delivered his rhetoric “Is there a life of living to the fullest without a cause?” understatement during quiet moments of family gatherings.
With a tiny budget of two hundred ringgit each time he invariably left the casino for home with a handsome sum of three to four hundred. Not bad extra change for a “nobody” whose retainer was merely five hundred ringgit a month. But that was in the 1980s when there were two-ringgit wagers.
To be sure he traveled up to Genting without own costs for only two or three days a week during those glorious four months, even then it was more of an after seven o’clock affair. Yours truly had a system then that worked for him. After spending much time observing the constant losses of other persons and the subtlety of roulette random outcomes he devised a simple plan to wager on double-dozen bets when one particular dozen had wins three times in a row.
“A wager of ten ringgit each on the 1st dozen and 2nd dozen of outside wagers will net you a gain of ten ringgit when the 3rd dozen is vacant after the ball drops. At times in Macau I today see wagers of the same sort with hundred dollar chips placed on the dozen wagers. I must say upfront the method does not work for me now,” reminisced Don Q to wide eyed family youngsters.
To those attentive listeners who now in the year 2017 had easy access to online gambling Don Q’s casino cities rambling bordered on poignant truth. Anyone and everyone will discover moments of joy and grief. In conducting lessons pertaining to change in the workplace for productivity gains for twenty years Don Q was adamant that lecturing was no good substitute for helping another person self-realize improvement and it was imperative for him to journey the process of change himself.
Human traits understandably were obvious yet common sensed folks more often chose to accommodate weak traits to their own detriment. Anyone could win on his or her lucky day. Or was it so? No one would experience lucky streaks the whole day. “At the roulette table don’t expect “your numbers” to come up hour after hour,” the enthusiastic hearers would eagerly repeat Don Q‘s enigmatic mantra to their also gullible gambling friends.
. . . The picturesque rainbow fire and two bespoke gold investing charts with a Draco celestial formation allude to imagery of ancient gods and to be partial to them is Quixote in character. That’s Don Q, along with imagined rogue windmills in the setting of the quaint city of Melaka, ever in retrospection and somewhat empowered by invisible antennas to scan and decipher absorbing unbalanced things not in place or merely to crystallize nuances and unrelated matters into some cohesive deductions.
On 24 March 2017 the metadata scanning antennas of Don Q encapsulated that the world precious gold price day’s chart was symmetrical to the month’s chart in a Draco celestial formation. Atypical of Don Q he updated a bespoke investing feature article on his blog three days later with an eye popping image box text purportedly suggesting an imminent gold price surge by the end of the year. The original write-up published just a few days earlier had already ruffled comfort feathers of readers with the hash tag “taking the plunge” with regards to gold investing.
‘It’s not our crystal balling for a Nov/Dec gold price surge – it’s just a teaser’ was the opening text which rightly had a judicious twist. He acted discretely in further emphasizing that it was prudent to merely observe daily price movement through each day, consistent with the overall philosophy of his Bespoke Investing newsletters. The investing features bulletin time and again prompted small investors to leave it to the big boys to day trade or to horde their gold investments even up to five years.
In a much softer hue he went on to say that it was easy to be smitten that the inkling of developments in the economic giant China will spur greater world prosperity and physical demand for precious gold. Precious gold being at the ecliptic center of a reformed world order will soon realize an inimitable price surge and that China could not build success by damaging the interest of the United States, the world’s largest economy.
The Bespoke Investing category in the Hope Tribute Malaysia blog no doubt promoted the notion of propitious signs and promising world developments conducive to a rejuvenated gold price surge far surpassing the heights of 2011 price peaks. The caveat was that a reformed world order must kick in to eliminate world gold price manipulation and for the mid-range gold price outlook there must be a breakout of the USD1300 per ounce area.
Two months later Don Q wrote in Bespoke Investing on Hold Money pertaining to world issues which mattered most to business and economics. He alluded to what some pundits conceded as the centrists soundly defeating the right-wing anti-EU contender in France’s presidential elections but the EU still faced many threats to its existence. He also deliberately highlighted a report mentioning that Macron won with 65.5% of the vote on a turnout of about 74%, lowest since 1969. Marine Le Pen’s high-spending , anti-globalization, anti-immigrant manifesto attracted an estimated 11 million votes. Don Q’s take was that’s France’s loss.
There was not any real loss in the perspective of the abundant life because the EU currency and cross member nation rules just could not jive with sovereign nation-states’ unique homeland needs, social-economic priorities and fundamental sovereign rights of actual control of movement across state’s borders, and that any particular non-domestic church or non-domestic political organization ought not have influence over the prevailing domestic authority.
The headwind might be good for interim gold prices because the French political risk had not diminished. Bespoke Investing was more bothered with developments such as the United States and China had agreed to take action by mid-July 2017 to increase access for U.S. financial firms and expand trade in beef and chicken. That certainly was a concrete result of the on-going planned 100 days of trade talks that began after the Trump-Xi summit. A news-break on 15/5/17 that China investing $124bn in the Belt and Road global trade project enabled a strengthening of the nation’s links with its trading partners. That was especially heartwarming for him. It was also earmarking billions to aid developing international institutions that form part of the project. The China factor in world order reform could now be seen as real.
Still about Don Q’s blogging, he posted an opinion piece on 22/5/17 in Hope Tribute Malaysia. With the feature entitled ‘Prayer should make us better, right?’ Don Q touted the central point of if all the bowing, kneeling, chanting and pilgrimages did not make a difference to daily life, then what is the point? The article by Rev Dr Clarence Devadass had appeared on MalaysiaToday, a phenomenally popular blog and in Don Q’s mind the Visiting Fellow at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, UK was indeed also a Quixote character.
As stated in the blog’s page Hope Tribute Malaysia leanings were on coverage of what was posted on the internet or social network for the non-partisan surfer of benign viewpoints, upright character building and promotion of all things gracious and benevolent. Multi-ethnic customs flourished in Malaysia. Whatsoever the focus everyone ought to be in a race for virtues and foster unity and a peaceful way of life. Promoting an impartial stance to counter extremist viewpoints of partisan blogs and general news media could then become an enabler for realizing the abundant life in a resource rich nation.
Political and economic systems and specific thrusts of the day cannot be perfect, yet need to be appropriate for the nation’s stage of development. Affirmative action must be attuned to current circumstances of various communities. Peace, harmony and stability must be the foremost considerations and that the populace at large has affordable recourse to heath care, education and the rule of law must comport with the practicalities of excelling communities. Basic liberties for entrepreneurship and to advance oneself in honest livelihood too must prevail. Stable status quo should not be risked to go asunder by untoward aggressiveness and mischief in the land based on mere appealing rhetoric without plausible alternatives and capable substitute leaders of upright characters.
Excerpt from chapter two:
Developments in the U.S. with Neil Gorsuch in the Supreme Court would head the way of building trust again in the nation. It could for instance revert to our innate instincts of “Let there be no change in the work fashioned by God” in regard of marriage.
. . . By all means have legislature to legalized unions of same-sex relationships but do not affirm it as “marriage” because marriage is between a man and a woman with a view for procreation. You could still have laws to govern consent to adopt, termination of parental rights, tax laws, conflict of interest rules, probate of wills, the granting of letters testamentary and of administration; even rights of executorship of a deceased partner’s estate.