Tony Chi

 tonyI only got to know about Tony Chi when he designed the Ritz Carlton in Singapore and that was about the time I left Singapore and migrated to Canada.  And if you’ve ever been to the Ritz in Singapore, you will know that Tony Chi is not an ordinary interior designer.  Hotels built by him are known as the Tony Chi’s hotel to folks who worked in the hotels before and the Ritz is not only beautiful but very classy.

Inspired by his work, I too stole his idea for some  sliding door for lofts  that we have in Canada , that we were renovating for rental.   This interior designer started designing restaurants and then moved to hotels  in Asia after the stock market crash.  And of course, Asia benefited from his expertise  In fact, Tony Chi started with small jobs like designing a restaurant in a hotel in Jakarta.  And even though he has been awarded into the Hall Of Fame Inductee for Interior Design, in 2009, he still kept his company small, with only 50 employees.  I am inspired by Tony Chi and even though the spouse’s business is doing well, I too am pleased to do it small like Tony Chi.

Casey Neistat


You don’t need to be super rich or someone who have done a lot of good to inspire others.  And why I feel that everyone will be inspired by Casey Neistat is because after watching his youtube videos for months, you cannot help but feel this very, very strong and positive vibe that anything is possible.  If it isn’t – look at Casey Neistat, only 34 yrs old, this guy definitely has done more things and accomplished more than most of us have in a lifetime.

This guy is a dare-devil and even though he is from a very normal family and didn’t finish his high school, a school drop out at 15, he definitely, definitely is an inspiration to everyone out there as someone who is motivated and hard work and willing to try anything, you will get somewhere.

I love this guy and I highly recommend everyone to watch his youtube channel – oh did I forget to tell you that he is also a film maker, an entrepreneur and co-founder of a social media company that introduced an app called Beme.

Chet Atkins


My first classical guitar tape that I listened to was from Chet Aktins and that was like 35 yrs ago.  Yes, it was that long and I remembered that he was using a  Gretsch  to play on tv one year during Christmas.  I was so obsessed with him, I went out to buy a tape to listen to every day.  And it was probably because of Chet Akins , that I took up guitar lessons from a church friend and wanted to play the guitar too.

 Died at the age of 77, Chet Atkins received numerous awards, from Grammies to being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame and Musician Hall of Fame.  Born in Tennessee , started out with a ukelele and traded his brother for a guitar and some chore’s money. Playing the guitar was a comfort to him at first because of his illness, he had asthma.  At that time, having asthma was a big deal and many a times, he was found fast asleep in his chair and his guitar on top of him.

Chet Atkins did not become famous immediately, in fact it was because he played in his school charity concerts that got people talking about him and his talent.  When Atkins dropped out of high school, he landed himself a job at the radio station.  He played the guitar as well as fiddle for Bill Carlisle and became a member with a  swing instrumental combo. Chet Akins later not only became a musician but was a producer as well.  He made his own records in his own home studio and would retune the recording till he thinks they are perfect.  While he didn’t have any particular style when he started playing the guitar, other musician gradually came to admire him for  his unique ideas.

Tracy Chapman


Born in 1964, I truly admire Tracy Chapman because she came from humble beginnings and was busking with her guitar when she was a student in Tuft University.  She didn’t have any expensive equipments like the  jbl eon 210p  or an expensive guitar but that didn’t stop her from singing and playing on the streets and in coffee shops before she cut a record and became famous.

She started playign the ukelele at 3 and writing songs and playing the guitar at 8 yrs old.  Kudos to her mom who raised her on her own and even without a lot of money, she recognized her daughter’s talent when she was very young and did her best to nurture her.  Even after cutting her record, she didn’t gain instant fame, Tracy had to work really hard to build a fan base but after her she performed for Mandela for his 70th birthday tribute, then she became more commercially successful.

Also well known for being one of the most politically and socially active musician and tries to work with a lot of charitable organization to help them.  You can see her involvement thru’ her lyrics and during her many performances to create awareness about Human Rights and various charities like the South Africa’s Anti-Apartheid Movement.  There are so many more events that is associated to Tracy Chapman’s name that she is also known as an activist .  Tracy has won many Grammy awards and nominated for a lot more.

Charity Concerts

catsSummer is on full swing in our town and some very kind and charitable business are putting together a charity concert for our local non – profit organization.  We’ve bought some music gears at a very good price from  and for the rest of July and August, there will be singing and many talented local artistes invited for this charity concert.

Everything and every event at the water front is for a good cause and I can’t see nothing better to do then to support your local artistes and your local non-profit organization.  And for those businesses in town, who’ve spearheaded this event – I salute you.

Multi-Millionaires Sleep Well

I’ve often wonder how the spouse can just jump into bed and sleeps immediately and mostly sleep well.  I’ve always thought that only multi-millionaires sleep well because what have they got to worry about right?  But I’m sure they are able to sleep well because they are people who give back to the society and are as nonchalant as the spouse when they are home and relaxing.  As for myself, I need a good body pillow to be able to sleep well, so I’m always on a look out for body pillow deals  and get some for the entire family.  I go everywhere with my body pillow even when I’m traveling and or need to go away for the weekend.  I don’t need a pillow for the head but a body pillow is a must.  I loved my body pillow so much that I can sleep without the spouse but not without my body pillow.

Which makes me come back to how multi-millionaires sleep?  do they sleep with body pillows too?  or what makes them sleep so well at night. I’m sure that they buy the most expensive and comfortable bed and pillows to sleep on but I’m sure they do worry about their work and businesses as well.  We are not rich but we do live comfortably, we are no multi-millionaires but to some people we do pretty well, and if you ask me if i sleep well at night, or how do i sleep well at night, I have to say, my body pillow does the trick for me.

Burt Reynolds


Now who would have thought that famous Burt Reynolds filed for bankruptcy in 1996 right?  I bet it was a wise move and he didn’t get free consultation bankruptcy  like most ordinary people of course.  But by doing so, it protected him from a foreclosure of a $11.2 million debt from both bad real estate investments and a divorce.

But at the age of 77, who would have remembered he filed for bankruptcy and only remembered him for being a famous actor, director and also voice artist.  Reynolds who was married to Loni Anderson, the cop in a tv sitcom back in the 80s was the envy of all men around the world.  Yes, despite filing for bankruptcy and all, Burt Reynolds is a very famous man in his own rights.

Nobutada Saji

Nobutada Saji is a very private billionaire, he is the CEO of Suntory Ltd the 4th largest brewer in Japan.   His net worth alone is 7.9 billion. Nobutada was educated in the States, thus his excellence in the English language. Suntory was founded by his grandfather and he is considered the 3rd generation running a family business.  An avid reader and serious swimmer, it is said that after his takeover of the company, Nobutada also acquired non alcoholic drinks company like Orangina Schweppes Group and a New Zealand Beverage company.  2 months ago, I read that Nobutada will be raising $4billion to bring his company into IPO, so I’m watching closely to see how well, Suntory will do.

Jewel Kilcher

Jewel Kilcher was homeless before she became famous ! who would have thought of that ?  not me for sure ! this sweet and pretty young thing – homeless?  no way ! but yes ! it is true.  And truthfully, she can definitely be proud of herself for where she is today.  Of course, things weren’t as peachy as they are now for Jewel Kilcher but here is a person you can look up to if you are an aspiring singer, musician or actress.

Jewel Kilcher didn’t have anything spectacular  to start off her career but she was persistent and never sold herself  to get where she is now.  She is a song writer, guitarist, producer, actress and also dabble in poetry so I was told.  Sold 27 million albums, she was nominated 4 times for a grammy award.   I remembered clearly in 2000 – with just a guitar, Jewel sang to the US troops – it was truly touching I’ll have to say.  But that was 13 years ago and today you see Jewel has branched out to sing children’s albums as well.

Joyce Banda

Joyce Banda is not only the first female President in Malawi but a women right’s  activist as well – so when it comes to sexual harassment, i bet she knows it better than anyone.  Of course, if you are in San Diego,   sexual harassment San Diego  is the place to go to, to get help and to stop sexual harassment.

Before she even became the President of Malawi, Joyce Banda was very active already in politics and was the founder of the Joyce Banda Foundation and the National Association of Business Women and had a active role in a Hunger project and the Young women leadership network as well.   Forbes named Joyce Banda the 71st most powerful woman in the world and also the most powerful in Africa.