Wisdom From Proverbs 16:3

My pastor did mentioned before that the written word (bible) is the number one way God speaks to us. For the past 2 days consecutively, I chanced upon the same verse – Proverbs 16:3, first from mediate for success and the second occasion from youversion’s verse of the day.

Commit your works to the Lord,
And your thoughts will be established.
Proverbs 16:3 NKJV

I had previous encounters where a same verse would keep appearing to me, “smacking” me right into my face and I could resonate with it. Thus I believe it is Him who wants to speak to me and is trying to tell me something.

So, I knew I had to dig deeper and really understand what the verse is trying to bring across. On the surface, the verse looks simple just as it is – commit to Lord and thoughts be established (Duh! Simple English huh?).

But what does it really mean? Then I realized I don’t really understand “your thoughts will be established” (Ok, I confess that I am not that good with my English language)

So, I checked all the key words in the verse from Merriam Webster dictionary:

Commit = to put into charge or trust
Works = accomplished by effort, labor, perform something
Thoughts = a developed intention or plan
Establish = to bring into existence, to put into a favorable position

And here’s my revelation:

Whatever things you wish to have or struggling to perform (career, finance, health relationship etc), invite God into your situation and let Him take charge and trust Him fully. He will make your plans manifest, bringing forth into existence and you will succeed. We just need to rest upon Jesus’s finished work at the cross.

If you checked out the Amplified version, this verse will be much clearer:

Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.
Proverbs 16: 3 AMP
Yes, there are certain areas in my life right that I would like to let God be in charge. I know He will guide me continually and I believe all things will work out to be good!

Have A Blessed Christmas!

This year’s Christmas is a lot more special to me, which is going back to the root of the celebration, the birth of Jesus Christ instead of just a “festive holiday”. Yesterday was the first service of NCC to be hosted at The STAR. Amazing place and all the glory can goes to God. Of course, I also have had good gatherings with my friends. Lots of fun, food and laughter!

ncc the star first service

Actually, year 2012 has not been really a good year for me and it was tough on me emotionally. That was nobody I could depend on until I found myself back in the arms of the Lord and I can say His timing is really perfect. He is never late, never early… just on time. 🙂

Anyway, I wish everyone of you a very blessed Christmas.

Year 2013 will be a great year!

New Changes Ahead

It has been quite some time since I updated my blog and a lot of things happened within the past few months. I don’t want to talk much on them though. Anyway, I have changed and revamped my blog design. I like this new Studiopress eleven40 theme. It looks much neater with a more spacious feel. The only thing I kept is the colour orange. Somehow I just like this colour for my site.

I realized most of my recent posts are about investing and trading. After some thoughts, I think I won’t focus and write too much on investment topics in the future. Not because I don’t like it, but rather I would like to keep this alexyeo.com more like a personal blog.

I am still very active in trading. In fact, I have created a new website on currency trading. Will “open” the site to the public in time to come. I only trade currencies and commodities nowadays. Very rarely do I trade Singapore/US stocks. All my stocks that I am holding on right now are more for “buy and hold” – long term investment or value investing if you like to call it.

One good news… I am back to church and into the arm of my Lord Jesus once again. 🙂

No Longer Just An Internet Marketing Blog

If you didn’t look at the blog header and judging from the posts I have written recently, you would have thought that this is a blog that talks about investing. I have written way too many posts about trading, investing, stock market etc. LOL.

The reason I have not written much about internet marketing stuffs these days is because I really feel I have nothing much to write about. It is still the same now as was 4 years ago. It’s still about finding a profitable market. Create a useful website that will provide value to visitors. Offer the product to the visitors (be it your own product or as an affiliate). Build links and generate traffic via SEO. Profit and make money. The concept HASN’T changed at all although techniques might be slightly different now, because things changed so fast online.

I guess I will have to change my blog theme soon. Maybe a redesign of my blog header. It’s not just about internet marketing anymore. I have moved on and venture into investing and trading too.

I am an internet marketer, trader and investor. : )

Some Updates

I can’t think of a better title because it’s really just some random updates from me:

1. Hiring a part-time assistant

I will be hiring an assistant to help me out with data entry, articles submission and blog postings. I mentioned I will be focusing on my money-making sites on my last post.  There are a few older sites that I need to work on simultaneously. Even though I have article submitting software to help me speed up the process, it’s still taking up quite a bit of time. I need to free up my time to do more important tasks such as researching profitable niches, improving conversion etc.

2. My wedding videography site has leads and sales

After a few months of SEO-ing, the site is “up there” in search engines. Leads are coming in and closed a few deals in the process. But the conversion rate can be better. Will be working on that as well.

3. Wedding photography site is up next!

The photography website is a sister-site and similar to the videography one. This niche is much tougher to break into cos’ competition is fierce and I will take more time and effort to optimize the site.

4. My 7.5km run weekly.

Because I work from home, there is a need to have some kind of “activity” for me, or else I will be sitting on my chair most of the time at home. I am very proud to announce that I have been running consistently for the past 6 months. My usual routine now: Running 7.5km three times  per week. Hope I can continue this healthy lifestyle!

Yeah, that’s all for the update now. 🙂

My Directions for 2011

I know it is a bit late, but I want to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a wonderful new year ahead!

My plans and directions for 2011? Just gonna focus on these three:

1. Current money-making niche sites

About 5 sites of mine are getting good traffic and I believe I can increase the traffic further. I will be focusing the long tail keywords. Don’t underestimate those low traffic keywords. They all add up to form a sizable traffic.

Also, with the traffic that I am getting (~19,000 unique visitors per month for my bigger sites), I think I am not fully maximizing my income. So instead of starting from scratch, I shall work on my existing sites to bring in more moolah.

2. Physical Products Affiliate Marketing

The conversion rate for physical products is high. I have been testing out again recently by promoting Amazon products. So far: 9 sales from 55 clicks, conversion at 16.36% with commissions of $75.94. The income is nothing great to shout about. But the conversion is just awesome. Just need to drive more traffic, traffic and more traffic!

3. Local Lead Generation

Been working in the wedding niche to provide leads for companies. I want to earn some SGD! Cos’ USD=FAIL. Damned the diminishing exchange rates!

I do set some goals for myself for 2011.  But I am not going to announce it publicly here (I am a bit superstitious). So, I rather tell you my directions instead!

What’s yours? 😀

My Smartphone, My Samsung Wave

Just got myself a new phone recently – Samsung Wave

I have finally jumped on the bandwagon and become a smartphone user. Before that, my phone was strictly for calls and and sms.

Now I can check my emails on the go, surf the net, peep at facebook, take photographs (5 MP with AF and flash), play games, wi-fi tethering (using my phone as a modem) and lots more. This phone becomes my entertainment companion! No more boring rides on the MRT or buses. LOL.

I knew iPhone 4 is coming out soon. No doubt it’s a very sleek-looking phone with lots of apps and new features. But I hate to use a product that is so commonly adopted by the masses. I read from some articles saying that Singapore has the highest penetration rate for iPhone: 1 out 10 mobile users are using it.So it’s a no-no for me.

Well, I am very pleased with my Samsung Wave till now. So far so good….

My Life Only Really Started After 25 Years Old

I told my friends that my life only really started after 25 years old. I am now 27.

I was living a routine lifestyle from 7-25 years old, going through the standard Singapore education system. From PSLE to O levels to A levels to National Service to 4-year university degree course.

You get what I mean? I had to study 4 years to get O levels cert, another 2 freaking years to get my A levels cert, another 2.5 torturing years to serve the nation and then the university years. I knew what lies ahead. For majority of the people, I can predict the future for them.

I know what lies ahead for them as well – that is after graduation, work your ass off until you are 65 and retire. In between that, there will be a lot of grumbles: salary is too little, no time, work’s stressful, boss sucks, colleagues suck, incompetent people get promoted etc. Blah blah blah.

For me, after I graduated, life is no longer a straight path. I really have the freedom to do whatever I want. I chose the entrepreneurship route. And never in my whole life will I thought that I will be doing business in Cambodia.

Whether it’s my internet marketing biz or my cafe… I create my own path. I make my own decisions. Whether I fail or succeed, I am the one responsible.

That’s what I call – LIFE

You get to choose what you want to be, where you want to be and how you want to be.

That’s what make life exciting isn’t it? Of course, you need people to give you opportunities and a little bit of luck as well to complete the whole picture.

Dare to dream, dare to fail and live the life you want.

So, my life kinda just started! LOL

Things I Learnt

I am back in Singapore for now. 🙂

Will be flying back to Phnom Penh again on 20th March 2010.

It feels good to be back home. Nothing much to complain. Singapore is still the very best (maybe except the weather).

My cafe is finally opened. Well, technically speaking… it’s not a pure cafe anymore. I would prefer to call it an eating house that serve good coffee! LOL. Our cafe serve Hainanese chicken rice, Singapore curry, Japanese curry katsu, pork floss buns, Kaya toasts etc.

I can’t say our chicken rice is “up there” with ChatterBox, but many Singaporeans and Malaysians residing in Phnom Penh commented that our chicken rice is good. Maybe it has been a long time since they tasted authentic Hainanese chicken rice, cos’ basically the so-called chicken rice there suck. LOL.

Things I learnt while doing business – Don’t trust anybody. Not even fellow Singaporeans. It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there.

Just for your information… the alcohol I consumed in Phnom Penh is more than the alcohol I drank in my whole life in Singapore. 😐