Laid-back Langkawi

10359913_10152589797477731_4239179947851472962_n 10613133_10152589797757731_1858856819738482873_nAfter 12 years, we finally made it back to Langkawi! Hubby and I were still newly weds and our friends invited us to stay with them for 2 nights in the island. 12 years laters, same friends invited us over. Upon reaching the ferry terminal, I noticed that not a lot of things has really changed in the terminal building except for new shops here and there. The town still has that laid-back charm which only tourists crowding the place.

But to my surprise, the Cenang beach has changed quite a lot. There’s already the Cenang Mall and more restaurants and souvenir shops. In front of our hotel, they’re already building a bigger and more modernized mall.

oh, I hope this island won’t become too developed and too modernized. I like it the way it is.. a little more laid back with less noise and less bars.. except for a few places with pro dj .

I like the charm of Langkawi, I like it for the fact that it’s more family friendly compared to the beaches and islands in Thailand.

I hope to be back here soon and find it the way it is like now.

Shopping at Lazada

I’ve heard about Lazada’s online shopping and have been checking their site for good deals and promotions. At one point, I wanted to buy an SD card and a USB flash drive, but then I found a cheaper deal at the mall.

Online shopping has been a great experience for me. It’s very convenient and not to mention the  excitement to receive the packages right at our doorstep. But I’m a bit stingy, and I only get to shop online when there are really great promotions. So, I’m always on the look out for great online deals. Who knows there will be good deals for famous brands like G-shock or other good brands .

Chili’s, Malaysia

10370830_10152384389037731_3837452557941016165_nWe’ve heard about Chili’s a long time ago. A friend of ours  talked about it and we thought of trying it out whenever we go to Malaysia. But somehow, we forgot about it. But then, another friend of ours brought us for dinner there last week! It was actually like a 2nd birthday treat for our li’l girl.

We had tortillas, nachos, pizza, steak and etc. And wow, their food is just amazing! Our family has even been talking about it on our drive back to Thailand. And that’s actually rare, Hubby seldom talks about liking ‘western food’. He is a full blooded Indian.. so, he ‘only’ loves Indian food! LOL! But I guess, now we all love Chili’s. We are really grateful for our friends who brought us there… and TGI Friday’s the night before. :)

Effective Ways To Measure Your Company’s KPI’s

smallKey Performance Indicators (KPI’s) form the scorecard by which to measure your company’s progress, efficiency, and direction.Whether you track them in reports, spreadsheets, charts, or a combination of methods, tracking and measuring KPIs well is an important part of any successful business. Here are a few ways you can employ to measure KPI’s effectively in your own company.

Start on the Right Foot

Useful Key Performance Indicators must be specific, measurable and actionable to be of value to a company.A good way to determine useful KPIS is to consider your business strategy and goals, then align these ideas and values to more specific actions, of which performance can be evaluated on a high-level basis. Involve your department heads to gain wider perspective and input on company KPIs.

Only Measure What You Need

A common trap for KPI measurement is to record too many, or irrelevant KPIs. Remember that just because you are able to measure something, does not mean that monitoring it will benefit your business. Go back to basics and consider what is most important to your business – visitors, profit increase, units sold, return on investment – and create and measure your KPIs from that perspective.

Know Your Current and Future Needs

While you may be a modest-sized company now, it’s likely that your business will grow, and HR and training needs will grow with it. This is an area that can be managed from a more solid basis, through a reputable Registered Training Organisation (RTO) or relevant software. Axcelerate (axcelerate.com.au) is a good example of this.

Review Regularly

Measuring and recording KPIs is important, but if you are not reviewing and updating (where necessary) on a regular basis, all the work you put in to create them is worthless. KPI’s need to act as a snapshot of your business. If you never develop the film, how do you know what it the photos look like? Many small businesses get caught up in working inside their business and forget to work on their business. If you keep your eyes on the KPI’s, you will have a much stronger business strategy in the long term.

The condensed version is: create and measure your KPI’s with the end in mind – stay focused on the result and keep it relevant.

How do you measure KPI’s in your small business? Is KPI measurement/review on your agenda?

Music Lessons at Yamaha

For those interested to take music lessons here in Hat Yai, the Yamaha center in Central Festival Hat Yai are offering lessons for musical instruments and dance. Our kids has always been interested to take music lessons and up until now we haven’t enrolled them yet. We will have to check out the center and see what lessons they can avail whether they have guitar (using sr300 , maybe?:) or drums lessons for the younger ones. I would like my daughter to take dancing lessons but it seems I’m more interested than her. ;)