How I ended up building this website ...
... and owning a profitable online business.
Hi, my name is CA. I am a Malaysian of Chinese origin. My grandparents first came to Malaysia in the in the late 1800s. It was then Colonial British Malaya. They came from the southern Chinese province of Fujian, and were Hokkien. Hokkien is one of the many Chinese dialect groups that came to Malaya during the colonial days.
Both my dad and my mom were born in the beautiful island of Penang. During the Second World War, my dad was with the Royal Air Force and was one of the Prisoners Of War that survived the infamous Japanese torture. He told us many things that were done to the POWs and I can still remember some of them, but we'll leave that for another day.
Growing up in Penang
Growing up in Penang before the Penang Bridge, the 4th longest cable-stayed bridge in the world, was built, was like living in heaven.
I remember every weekend my mum would prepare nasi lemak or steamed rice with coconut milk, and other yummy stuff for our picnics. We would drive about an hour to reach our favorite beach in Tanjung Bunga called the Shamrock Beach. It was a quiet stretch of beach with lots of rocks. We would spend the whole day there before going home.
A few years later, we bought a house in Tanjung Bunga. And guess what? We stopped going to the beach. Life is sometimes funny. We cherish things that are far away and difficult to obtain. And when we have them, we don't cherish them so much anymore.
Cheap Thrills and Camping Trips
It was during my secondary school in the late 70s that had the era of the hippies and the Hari Rama Hari Krishna's. It was probably the height of tourism for Penang too, though not of the right kind. Being boys and very curious about life, I remember cycling with a bunch of school friends towards the Batu Ferringhi Beach. There we would sneak up toward the cliff or rocks.
We would hide behind bushes or trees and spy on these hippies who were either making out or were sunbathing in the nude. I can remember the thrill and excitement we had during those days. There were no internet or computer games then. Luckily we were never caught, or maybe the hippies didn't mind us learning about the facts of life.
Another fun activity was to go camping at Pantai Kerachut. This is an isolated beach facing the Andaman Sea. We had to hike about an hour through dense tropical rainforest to reach it from Teluk Bahang. It is now officially marked as part of Penang's Permanent Forest Reserve and Nature Park.
I spent almost every weekend there during my sixth form, or grade 12, days with some school friends who were just as crazy about camping. And we never bring along with us any tents for our camping trips. We just slept on the beach, directly under the stars and moon at night. If it rains we would seek shelter under the cover of trees and rocks. Ala Robinson Cursoe.
I must say growing up in the 70s was really fun and life was idyllic during those days. There was not much cars on the roads. Traffic jams were unheard of. However with the completion of the Penang Bridge in 1985, everything changed. The population and traffic increased tremendously.
Working in Kuala Lumpur
By then I was already working in Kuala Lumpur as a medical representative or medical detailer. Some call us licensed drug pushers. The job allowed me to travel the whole of Malaysia, including to Sabah and Sarawak and even Brunei. I even got to visit all the small towns and villages there.
I loved the traveling and income was good. However, I was bored of always having to wait for hours to see the doctors to sell them some drugs, besides I was not very good at selling anything anyway.
I also worked many years in the insurance industry, tried my hands at marine surveying, sold cars and real estate. I was involved in direct selling and multilevel marketing too. I was also employed as a network administrator for a multinational company for many years. I must admit that it was difficult for me to hold down a job for long. I get bored easily.
Finding the right occupation...
In 1992 I took a tourist guides' course to qualify as a Malaysian tour guide. The tour guiding profession is highly regulated, which is a good thing for the country and the industry. I have been guiding since then and would continue to do so as long as I am capable and have the time. Fortunately Malaysia has what it takes to make enough tourists happy and want to come back.
It is a great job and allows me to meet people from all over the world without having to go there myself. I must say I've learned just as much about the different cultures of people from different countries as they have from me. Sharing and comparing are great ways for learning.
I have wanted to set up a website to share useful information about Malaysia. A site where visitors can find useful and interesting information about Malaysia. However, I didn't know how to go about it.
In 2008, while searching for some information about Penang, I stumbled upon Site Build It or SBI for short. It helps people like me who wants to turn a hobby, passion or skill into a viable online business. I didn't know that one can make money with almost any topic with a website. All I wanted to do then was to share useful information about Malaysia.
The Malaysian Explorer was born, built with SBI.
SBI took me by the hand and taught me step by step everything I needed to know about building a profitable online business, not just build a website. It helped me to refine my topics, built it, get traffic to it, and then to even teach me how to make money with it.
I just write about something I know of and love. And it is genuinely helping people get to know Malaysia better. It is interesting to note that my traveling, research and cost of operating this website is actually tax deductible.
It was quite tough in the first couple of months. There was so much to learn and do. But it did not feel like work as I was doing something I truly love. Just like me, others have turned their hobbies, passion, knowledge or skills into profitable online businesses.
Just incase you are curious to find out, check this Video Tour to get an idea of how it works.
Also have a look at this: hundreds of successful SBI websites, built by normal people like you and me. All of these sites rank in the top 1% of the most successful websites on the internet, including this website you are now browsing.
How do I make my money online?
At present most of my income comes from advertisers. I also have some income from affiliate programs. You probably have noticed those links on my site that says "Ads by Google". Every time someone clicks on it, I am paid a percentage of the Google's advertising revenue.
There are so many ways to make money with a website.
- You can create you own e-goods to sell.
- You can sell other people's products and earn a commission.
- You can get paid leads and referrals.
- You can get sponsors (donor) who like what you are doing.
There are simply so many other ways to make money with a website. SBI will show you all that and more.
Here are some examples of what some SBI ers are doing. Have a look at these case studies.
Many people have emailed me to say how inspired they are by my story. They tell me how they have always wished they could do something similar:
- To escape from the 9 to 5 drudgery;
- To travel and see the world;
- To be able to earn a living while still being close to their family.
Now they know they can. And so can you. What are you waiting for?
You have just one life. Make the most of it!
Try SBI. If I can do this, so can you!
I hope this about me page will encourage you to take a look at SBI for yourself and decide if this is the kind of work, business or hobby you would like to have or develop.
If you have any questions or concerns about building a profitable online business, please feel free to contact-me.
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