I’m in a bathroom at Kuala Lumpur Sentral. I just arrived in the capitol after a five hour busdrive. Earlier this morning I said goodbye to my friends in Johor Bahru. To be honest, I didn’t feel like leaving Dennis, Inah, Amal and all the others. We had a blast! Thank you for that.
Still in that bathroom, I look in the mirror and I splash water in my face. Is all of this really happening?
My thoughts are interrupted by a young man who walks up behind me. He asks me a question. After politely refusing him to touch my manly parts, I walk (ok, run..) out of the bathroom. It’s 20:21. In 10 minutes I’m being picked up by someone I don’t know for my third experiment. Better get to the meeting point.
I walk out of the station and look up to the sky. Is all of this really happening?
Fortunately for me, everything works out. I’m picked up by Eric Lim. He’s 68 year old. And to say the least, energetic for his age. While driving, he explains he has a second apartment he shares with others via Couchsurfing, Airbnb and through his social media channels. Over 500 people have stayed with him. He calls his project ‘Hypercube @ SOHOland’.
At first, it’s sounds a bit Star Wars to me. But I’m tired. And I have four days to help him simplify the story, because that’s why he hired me.
The next day, I wake up early to this beautiful view. Rested. After a morning swim and coffee, we get to work.
In the following days we weave and sharpen the story. In short: Eric wants to help young Malaysians to build their future by starting a social business. The Hypercube project is his example of how to do good, have fun and make money at the same time.
Besides working and doing experiments, my trip is about having fun with the people I meet. As mentioned, Eric has a lot of people over in his apartment. During my stay, these lovely ladies provided the ‘food part’ of the challenge by making the best taco’s ever!
‘Taco and beer night’ ends up into doing good old fashioned drinking games. The deck of cards we use displays a Kung Fu pose on every single card. There is but one rule: Losers take a shot and mimic a Kung Fu pose on a card selected by the other team. Finally I get to use a lightsaber at the Hypercube..
Eric, thank you for hosting me, keep up the energy, and good luck with your project!
So, what’s up next?
All of the above happened last week. Currently I’m still in Kuala Lumpur at Inspidea for three days. A 2D animation study with over 200 employees. They make tv series for international clients including Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon. So far an interesting (and completely new) world to be in.
Next Sunday I fly to Hanoi, to be a part of Knowmads Business School for a week.
And like this isn’t enough, it doesn’t stop here. Last night, I got a text from someone at Hitz FM. Malaysia’s #1 hits station with — according to Wikipedia — 1,9 million listeners. They wondered if I would like to come over for my two remaining days in Kuala Lumpur…
If I would like to come over?! Hell freaking yeah I want to come over!!
Long story short, it’s a rollercoaster. And I like the ride!
But seriously, is all of this really happening?