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Once again, we have reached that moment in time where we sit back and reflect on our life at large… … and then perhaps set some New Year resolutions that we will forget all about in just a week or two 🙂 Anyway… what I can say that this year end, I could at least spend an hour penning this on ‘cyber paper’ before the year is through! Well… I could have at least wrote this 3 hours ago if life isn’t so complex…

 

Life Is Complex. Period.

fb_toshiba_laptopLess than 24 hours ago, I purchased a new Toshiba laptop, so as to have longer lasting battery life — they say that the battery these days can last up to six hours — as compared with my existing Fujitsu Lifebook which battery can only last me 30 minutes at best.

However, much to my surprise — sitting at a cafĂ© — I simply cannot get this red beauty to connect up to the Internet whether through my broadband dongle or via my personal hotspot!

No matter how I fiddled despite my over ten years of computer system integration experience does not help. However, when I got back to office, the laptop connects seamlessly to my broadband router without even a whisper 🙂

Well… we have really reached or shall I say, exceeded the James Bond age!

Want proof? Only last Saturday have I conducted a workshop where I teach people how to make home movies, not even on their laptops, but on their mobile devices like iPhone or iPad!

Now… We Can Make Movies On The Go!

Isn’t that fascinating? Making movies on the go!

That was something totally unthinkable two to three decades ago!!  Just a few years after the IBM PC launched in the mid to late 1980s, I dreamed about shooting videos on my tours, putting them into a movie, adding sub titles, etc but the price tag was exorbitant and proved to be beyond my budget which would be a hefty 5-figure at least!

Today, you can just buy any tablet (Apple iPad or Android) or even smart phone in some cases (eg. Apple iPhone), download an app for just a few dollars (only USD4.99 in the case of Apple iMovie app), attend a short workshop and voila! you can make movies on the go! Anytime, anywhere!

Having said that, I just made this video last night in just a couple of hours, just before going to bed:

Facebook INSPIRATION Video

Well, as far as business goes, we had a fulfilling year building up Autoprofit Marketing Pte Ltd which is a new age NON-MLM, referral marketing business. In fact, we doubled the number of vendors as well as marketers working with us in this win win business!

How does it work? Here’s the low down…

Everyone is sitting on a Gold Mine!

 That’s because everyone has at least 250 contacts in their network even if they do not deliberately go about networking. For those who network at least once or twice a week, after a few years, they will have at least 500 to 1,000 contacts!

And Robert Kiyosaki of ‘Rich Dad Poor Dad’ fame has mentioned that ‘your network is your net worth’ So, what can you do with these contacts?

That’s the reason why we built this platform whereby we work with a bunch of vendors who provide high quality service and willing to share a portion of their revenue with people who make successful referrals to them. So, in that sense, they are spending on marketing but only when a sale is made!

Plus, since we do not charge them upfront but help to market them, they have zero risk as compared with spending thousands of dollars on traditional advertising like TV, radio, magazines, newspapers, flyers, etc!

So, on the other hand, we have a few hundred marketers who are happy to recommend their friends to use the services of our vendors and earn a thank you or referral fee. It’s simply a win win for everyone.  If you wish to find out more about how this works and even be a part of this, visit www.autoprofit-team.com

What’s worth remembering this year also is that

We had three wonderful holidays…

Firstly, we went to Beijing in March…

then a longer trip in the middle of the year to Vancouver, Canada (and visited Steph Soh, my good friend) and visited Seattle and San Francisco, USA.  Oh yes, that period, I was much too busy to make any videos, so here are some pictures:

With my wife at Vancouver, Canada

With my wife at Vancouver, Canada

With Steph Soh at Vancouver, Canada

With Steph Soh at Vancouver, Canada

With my wife (centre) and Steph Soh at Vancouver, Canada

With my wife (centre) and Steph Soh at Vancouver, Canada

At Pike Place Fish Market, Seattle

At Pike Place Fish Market, Seattle

At Pike Place Fish Market, Seattle

At Pike Place Fish Market, Seattle

At the Gay Pride Parade, San Francisco

At the Gay Pride Parade, San Francisco

 And then to Seoul, Korea to celebrate my birthday in October:

Seoul Changing of Guards

With a royal guard in Seoul

Enjoying my fav noodles at Myeongdong

Enjoying my fav noodles at Myeongdong

Visiting the Korean Ginseng Center

Visiting the Korean Ginseng Center

Last but not least, I have made a lot of wonderful friends, both in Facebook as well as in real life. Frankly, if you ask me, that’s what makes life worth living – to know another fellow ‘traveler’ on the same journey from cradle to grave on Planet Earth. And what else can I ask for, making at least a dozen good friends in 2012!  (You know who you are, so I rather not mention you by name ^^ ).

To me, 2012 is a fulfilling year! Frankly, I’m contented to have another year of 2013 just like the one in 2012 where I can make more videos, continue to do some teaching, and see the Autoprofit referral marketing business continue to grow and we continue to travel. In fact, we have plans to tour Europe and China again in the coming year and really looking forward to it!

See you in 2013!!