Tuesday, September 1, 2015

My next talk......Times Pavilion KL :)

Hi there!

For those who might be interested and are around the Klang Valley this weekend, do drop by for my wee talk at Times Pavilion in KL this Saturday, 5th September, 2015 at 3pm

It's been awhile since I have done a public talk! So far, it's been with schools but I guess it should be fine hehe

Well, there's only one way to find out!

Hope to see you this Saturday! 


Saturday, July 11, 2015

We were LIVE on National TV!! :)

Hi there!!

A few days ago, I received a call from a TV host, Sayed who was interested to do a live interview with me about my book on national TV!! He told me it was going to be a 10 minute segment. Actually, he reminded me that he did ask me before about 2 years ago but the timing wasn't right then.....

Now, if I thought public speaking was nerve-wrecking, try being interviewed on LIVE TV! Triple the anxiety!! I tend to freeze up when the camera is shooting at me and to make matters worse....the interview was done in Bahasa Malaysia (BM), our national language which I am not so fluent in! Help!

So you can picture me trying to answer his questions in BM, mixed in with a good dose of English, while trying to stay as natural as I can be in front of the camera! It was the longest 10 minutes I have ever endured!

I didn't let anyone know about the upcoming interview because I knew I would be like a robot but alas, someone who knew me watched it and he was kind enough to send me a snapshot of the interview! But actually, that worked out fine.....just a snapshot will do for marketing purposes.

So I thought I got scot-free without having to watch my own interview and nobody else could either !! Yahoo! I was a happy camper for all but 5 minutes when I found out some of my friends managed to find it on youtube and were watching it! Yikes!!!

But wait a minute.....how did they find out so fast??!!! I thought it was owned by the TV station??


So now that I know it's already out there, .do I want to watch it?? Err....not really! But I felt I had to because if I wanted to improve myself in front of a camera in future, I have to see what needs to be improved on. Just take a look at my host.....such a natural in front of the camera but then again, he had 18 years of experience!

So with a thumping heart, I searched for the segment online and found it and started watching.When I saw myself talking at the beginning of the interview, I cringed! I felt so embarrassed! I couldn't continue watching it....

Then I told myself to stop being such a drama queen and to step it up! So I forced myself to watch the whole segment again with critical eyes. Yes, I know I am my own worst critic!

Well, the more I watched, the more I realised it wasn't as bad as I thought it was because some parts, they did focus on my books and not on me! Phew!!

But still, there were some parts that still made me cringed inside!

Anyway, I am very thankful to have had this opportunity to be on air to promote my book. At least, now I can say that my book has been promoted nationwide!

Besides, how often do I get a chance to say that I have been on TV? (although it was only 10 minutes of fame!) hehehe.....

Oh....life is indeed full of unexpected surprises!!! :)

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Finally...my promotional video clip!! :)

Hi there!

You know something? There's always something new and exciting for me to learn everyday and for the past few days,  I actually learnt how to make my first promotional video online! Woohoo!

Ever since my book was published 3 years ago, I had to learn how to make video and powerpoint presentations for my talks but I never attempted to make a promo video and upload it online because it always seemed so complicated! But then, I discovered PowToon and that opened up a whole new experience for me!

Well, I was introduced to PowToon quite by accident actually. I was doing my last book talk in Penang at an international school and they were having a short presentation before my turn and boy, when I saw their presentation, it blew me away!! It was so fun and captivating! It certainly kept the students alert and attentive the whole time!

What got me thinking after was that I needed to do one promotional video for my book.....a short but interactive one that will keep my viewers interested until the very end! I found out from the librarian that she was using a programme called PowToon.

I then spent 2 whole days learning about this wonderful programme and playing with it and I am very excited to share my video to the world, although at a beginner level!!

So without further ado, let me introduce you my very first promo video clip....just remember to switch to HD first!!

Enjoy......and don't forget your popcorn!! hehe....

Pedalling Around Peninsular Malaysia
from Sandra Loh on Vimeo.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A week long of talks!!!

Hi there!!

Recently, I went to Penang to do a week long of talks to schools, both public and international schools. It was seriously tiring for me since I have not attempted such feat before and travelling to an unknown territory sure added to the stress!

But it was a good experience for me, an opportunity for me to practise and improve on my talks and also, to see the response from these schools. Well, I must say, out of the 6 schools I visited, only one school really stood out for me......Convent Light Street, Penang.

From my past experience, I now know that it is the principal or the teacher in charge who plays a big role in making my visit either a huge success or a mediocre response. For this school, it was their school counselor who made that impact, Ms. Shirley Capel.

Ms. Shirley is a cyclist and she was very enthusiastic about me coming over to do some sharing with her students. So excited was she that the whole school attended my talk! And I did receive a very warm welcome from the whole school, which was very heartwarming for me. 

These are the times when I really felt appreciated and that my time and effort to promote Malaysia and cycling didn't fall on deaf ears! 

They had everything ready for my talk....the laptop, projector and PA system. All in good working condition and we started on time, without any technical glitch in between! It was certainly a great pleasure sharing some of my tales with them and hopefully, this school will start a cycling club soon!

It would be awesome if my talk did help to encourage some of them to take up cycling and to venture out of their comfort zone eventually. Like what Ms. Shirley said, my sharing might have helped to plant the seeds in their mind and hopefully, it will slowly grow in the years to come!

Go forth and start pedalling, girls!

Ms. Shirley Capel, a shining example and me

See....I wasn't kidding when I said the whole school attended my talk!

 Future cyclists??

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

My First Talk For 2015! :)

Hi all,

I started the year with my first talk at Dignity For Children Foundation in KL recently. Well, I have to admit it was pretty nerve wrecking since my last talk was about 3 months ago at an international school in KL. 

I tend to get the butterflies in my stomach the first few minutes but once I have warmed up, my stories come out more naturally and I'm on a roll!.

Judging from the many questions the students had for me, the teachers said they (the students) seemed to have enjoyed my sharing....phew! The teachers themselves found it to be an eye opener and educational as well! Now that's pretty encouraging news for me!

But as always, I will still look back at my presentation and think of ways to improve it for the next talk. (must be the perfectionist in me!) 

Well, I do foresee more talks in the horizon and this will give me plenty of opportunities to practise, practise and practise until I get it to near perfecto! :)

Stay tuned!


Thursday, January 1, 2015

It's A Brand New Year!! :)

Hi there!

Happy, Happy New Year!! :)

Well, 2014 has been an interesting year for me, meeting people from different parts of the world and learning a bit about their experiences. I like to say thank you to 2014 for being a year of reflection and contemplation as well. Thank you for all your blessings and also for the lessons learnt throughout the year. 

2015 is finally upon us and I will continue to work on my goals :)  I'd like for this year to get me closer to my goals or even close the gap between  me and my goals! Whatever it is, I will definitely make big strides forward in all areas of my life (just like what the above sign states!) hehe.....
Here's to a GREAT, GREAT year for everyone !!!


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Weee......KL CAR FREE DAY!!! :)

Hi all,

Here's an update on the KL Car Free Day that went on yesterday morning......

A day before I was about to head down to KL, I was encouraged by Gus Ghani (the guy who was so kindly promoting for me) to bring my panniers along for the event. I was reluctant to do so at first because that would mean setting up my rack again....which meant me fiddling with it again after a long time...hmmm

Well, eventually, I bought into the idea and decided to set up my rack and boy, did I have a "fun" time! But surprisingly, it didn't take me that long to set it but I had a minor problem with one side that needed cable ties instead of bolts and nuts but it was easily settled by my friend, Chin :)

And then, I got a sudden inspiration to print stickers of my book cover to paste it onto my panniers, as part of my marketing strategy....luckily, my printer friend managed to print out 2 stickers for me in a jiffy and i stuck them onto my beloved Ortlieb panniers....sorry Ortlieb, had to cover your brand for a short while! 

Have a look and of course, I had to bring my bicycle and paniers to the seaside to have some promotional photos!

Taa daa....my bicycle, helmet and panniers by the beach!

 Hmm....simple advertising :)

On the event day, which was on 7th Dec, 2014....I woke up early and eager to get to the venue because I wasn't familiar with the roads of KL anymore. Gus had already given me clear directions to the carpark but trust me to get them mixed up! I had to call Gus for directions again but still it was a bit confusing because I had already past the turning! Sigh! In the end, Gus had to end the call and he told me to try to find a parking somewhere along the way.....

Luckily, it was still early and the roads were very quiet.....so after some turns and stopping to ask an early jogger for directions, I finally made ti to the designated carpark where I was supposed to meet up with Gus but of course, there had to be a running event at that very same place!

So I had to park along the roadside. Good thing I came early! Informed Gus about the running event and he was running late! So we decided to meet at the start line.

I saddled up my panniers, which was loaded with my books, onto my bicycle and rode down to the starting point. The crowd was slowly growing but nobody I knew was insight.....

Then, one guy came up to me and asked whether I was Sandra and I said 'Yes" He introduced himself as Lim and he asked if he could have a photo with me :)

Well, little did I know that he and his friends would help me out during the short ride....my rack gave way as we were heading towards the Petronas Twin Towers and I lost a screw!  It must have been all that rattling from Kuantan to KL in my car that the screws got loosen....and in all the excitement, I forgot to carry my tools with me! Great! 

Now what??

Luckily for me, Lim and his friends came to my rescue! We pushed my bicycle to the side and they began fixing up my rack again. One of them decided to take out one of his unused screws from his bicycle and it fitted perfectly! Phew!!

And they tightened up my rack and it was so much sturdier now!Thanks a million guys!

 My heroes!! (Lim, second from left)

I finally met up with Gus in front of Petronas Twin Towers! Somehow, we seemed to have missed each other at the starting line! Anyway, good thing he stopped there as there were some cyclists who wanted to have a go at his ELLIPTIGO. Check out his special bicycle.......

 Gus with his ELLIPTIGO! :)

Lim and his friends decided to cycle on while I waited for Gus. We took some photos in front of the Twin Towers and there, I met an avid cyclist Jotaro Yen. He came over to say hi and decided to get a copy of my book then and there! Wow...my first sale for the morning! :)

 My first customer, Jotaro Yen :)
After spending some time in front of the Twin Towers, Gus and I rode to the finish line which wasn't very far. Soon, people started to gather around us because of ELLIPTIGO! Then, some cyclists came up to me to say hello and I also managed to sell some of my books then! Thanks guys for all the support!

Book signing session! :)

 Met up with Jeffrey Lim, the guy who so patiently came up with a map 
for cycling around KL area! Kudos for his amazing work!

Ok, one for the road :)

Soon, the event ended about 9am and the crowd slowly dispersed and cars were now allowed back on the roads again. As Gus and me were cycling back to our cars, we stopped to say exchange farewells when a runner suddenly stopped and asked Gus about his ELLIPTIGO. This lead to Gus promoting me and my book and we eventually found out that the guy was on his own solo tour to the islands of Malaysia! Small world!

We let him have a look at my book and he wanted to get a copy! But we had to follow him to his finish line because he didn't have any cash with him (he was actually taking part in the same running event that morning).

So we rode to the finish line and waited for him to come by.

While waiting for him, another runner came up to me and asked if I was the girl who rode around Malaysia! Wow! Really?? His girlfriend Dion, was fascinated with my journey and they wanted to get a copy of my book!! Crazy or what??

So in the end, I managed to sell another 2 books unexpectedly and what's most rewarding is that they really wanted to read about my journey!!

Thank you all for your support!!
 (Left to right - Zulkifly's wife, Zulkifly, Dion & Hujan)

Boy! What a great morning! I followed Gus to his car and thanked him for all his great help before heading to my car. Gus told me it would be easy navigating through the roads around Lake Gardens......


Yup, you guessed right.......I got lost the minute I left Gus!! It took me about 30 minutes (and many hills in between!) to finally find my way back to my car!!

But it's all good......I had a great morning, did some workout (when cycling up those hills!), sold some books and met old and new friends along the way!!Life is good! :)

Well. until my next update....have a great week ahead! :)