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I remember the first time I set foot at my car mechanic’s workshop, plastered on the entrance of their office was the following line:

“Life is full of choices, take off your shoes before entering, or mop the floor”

That was a lighthearted instruction/joke, but if you think about it, life is indeed full of choices that we must make every single day. Many of them are small, but some are big and can have huge impacts or long term consequences.

Celine & Kimberly holding the Life-O-Meter signs
Celine & Kimberly holding the Life-O-Meter signs

Joyce, Kim, yours truly, a few other bloggers, and a whole group of attendees were invited to the launch of Great Eastern’s Life-O-Meter Facebook application at Paradox Art Cafe on the 10th this month.

More on Life-O-Meter in just a bit.

Dato Koh Yaw Hui launched the Life-O-Meter application
Dato Koh Yaw Hui, Director and CEO (right) and Nicholas Kua, Chief Marketing Officer
officially launched the Life-O-Meter application

The emcee of the night was Hanson, who kicked started the night by calling An Honest Mistake, a popular local band to rock the house. This was followed by the launch of Life-O-Meter application by Dato Koh Yaw Hui, Director and CEO (right) and Nicholas Kua, Chief Marketing Officer.

An Honest Mistake rocked the house, and we had dinner too
An Honest Mistake rocked the house, and we had dinner too

Dato Koh then explained the aim of Life-O-Meter as a platform to inspire and help people to live healthier and better by encouraging the sharing of preference and opinions through the use of Social Media.

Dinner was served right after that, and I must say that the buffet dishes at Paradox Art Cafe was actually pretty decent. Joyce had second servings too, if I remember correctly 😀

Joyce, myself, and Kimberly had a short Q&A on the stage
Joyce, myself, and Kimberly had a short Q&A on the stage

Joyce, Kimberly, and I then shared the stage with Hanson in a Q&A session that exemplifies the theme – choices. I remember all three of us picked “Live To Eat” instead of “Eat To Live” when asked about our choice under “food” theme. It was a pretty short session and we had fun.

Home and How To page of the application
Home and How To page of the application

Now, what is Life-O-Meter?

It is very simple, really. Life-O-Meter is an application that calls for action “Like, Post, Share”, or LPS. Go to the LoM application on Facebook, check out the current week’s question and like one of the two choices by clicking on either the blue or red thumbs up.

Once you do that, share your reason of picking that choice to your Facebook friends. There will be a different question each week, and the Life-O-Meter will swing to the answer picked by most users (either blue or red)

Weekly Meter and Winners List pages
Weekly Meter and Winners List pages

To make it more exciting, there’re prizes to be won as well. Weekly cash prize of RM 100 will be determined by Great Eastern’s panel of judges (no need for trying to get votes), and for the month of December, there is also a grand prize of either

  • 4D/3N Bali trip
  • 4D/3N Kota Kinabalu Park and Island Snorkeling Trip

I’ve never seen a grand prize that the winner actually gets to choose, but again, this is what Life-O-Meter is about, choices!

Head to and LPS today!

I just spent over 30 minutes looking for a specific picture of myself, but because I was usually careful not to let those photos be taken of me, I couldn’t find one in my album, so here is a substitute.

coagulated blood at Hong Kong

Now I want you to use your imagination a little bit and mentally replaces the chopsticks in the photo with a cigarette, and the styrofoam bowl with an ashtray – that would be the picture I was looking for.

Yes, I used to smoke quite regularly. It wasn’t something I was proud of, but it was an addiction that I enjoyed despite knowing the health risks associated with it.

On the 31st of December, 2010, along with a few close friends, we kicked the habit once and for all.

The first 2-3 weeks was the most crucial. The urge to pick up a stick was always hovering right on the shoulders, you had to fight it with pretty strong determination to stay off the smoke.

The good news is, I am now no longer a smoker, and among the handful of friends who decided to quit, only one went back to the habit. Over the past couple years, I’ve also picked up more exercise routines, cook at home more, and generally try to live a healthier life style.

So far it’s been working pretty good, and I urge you to do the same.

For those who are interested in making a new habit or kicking a bad one, Great Eastern comes up with a mobile application that can help you get through the first 21 days of change. The theory is that if you do something for 21 days straight, it becomes a habit. I believe this is very true, and as far as quit smoking goes, after 3 weeks, not smoking became the “new habit”.

The application is available on Android and iPhone from Great Eastern free of charge. If you use one of these smartphones, click on the links to download. I think you will find it useful.

In a nutshell, the application lets you declare an intention and make it a promise to someone important to you (or even yourself), then track the progress for 21 days. You can set notification and get reminder if you miss a day. Of course, you can share your progress on facebook and twitter too (nothing like adding peer pressure)

On the Great Eastern website  there is also a nifty Wellness Profiling tool that you can use to help you find out how healthy you are in a variety of areas. Simply answer some questions with honesty and you’ll find out your risk level score. Below is mine, and it seems like I have some improvement to make in the “work and daily routine” section.. ermm.

For more information and other tools/tips, check out Great Eastern website, and for the 1% of you who does not have a facebook account, there’s a phone number you can call to contact Great Eastern Life Planning Advisor at 03 4259 8877.

Live long and prosper!