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Had a quick trip to Saigon to spend some time alone with my dear ex-girlfriend aka wife and also to checkout Ho Chi Minh city in more details.

There are a lot of people around the globe who still thinks that Vietnam is very back dated but here are just a few things which surprised me. For instance … the picture above was taken in a shopping mall in the city.

Now … for Lambo having their showroom in the Mall … that shows that the spending power of locals here is really strong which is sign of a strong economy of the country.

In fact, you can even get large concept stores by Samsung showcasing all their gadgets in one store. Most likely that the income of individuals working here is decent.

The Coffee culture here is picked up a lot as well. Vietnam has been an attraction for digital nomads and therefore a lot more coffee outlets such as these with really fast internet … about 50 – 100 mbps is available almost everywhere for free.

Well .. not only coffee .. but everything else. Now this cheesecake was just delicious and had to be in my post. This drink .. i really wished I’d written down its name … its some sort of soya based drink with jelly in it.

Ho Chi Minh has really become a city that does not sleep. This was take about 1am in the morning and it sure looks really busy.

There are many eateries around Ho Chi Minh and some of the best ones are really hidden and out of sight, as you seem to find it in some alleyway then boom ! a really awesome restaurant serving amazing food is there. My suggestion is to checkout trip advisor

Time really flies when you are having fun. The main reason for this trip is to spend time with my wife and Its her birthday … so Happy Birthday @ireenchew …. the love of my life.

Share STEEM to the world

I decided recently that I was going to start creating content and start sharing Steem and its projects in my other social media. So i began by creating videos, participating in twitter conversations & telegram groups as well. Then now I’m publishing on LinkedIn, this to gauge which social media would work for me.

Here are the two videos which I used for YouTube

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/share-discover-amazing-products-steemhunt-simon-pang/

A basic intro to Steemhunt , I then went to start with other videos. One of it was actifit.

There was other videos which I did however it was not a great video so I did’t put it up.

The whole idea is to be able to reach a larger audience and explaining to them about this amazing social media which we all own.

I do suggest that everyone follows suite in promoting steem on other social networks as there is no one else who would be doing it if we ourselves do not take up this task.

Cheers and hope you are having a brilliant week !

Sharing the STEEM blockchain to Crypto enthusiasts

Now what happens when you get a STEEM fanatic / addict / evangelist going to a crypto meetup. I will surely talk about STEEM of course !

Had the pleasure of going to a impromptu meetup with some of the community leads in the crypto scene here in Malaysia. Its always great chilling with this bunch as you get to hear updates from various projects around the crypto scene.

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Sandra from ZCoin and Marcus from Invech had so much stuff going on at their end that its exciting to chat with them as you know even though its a bearish markets, these projects is still around and moving strong.

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Manage to meet up with Salamantex CEO and CTA as well and discuss opportunities in integrating STEEM into their payment gateway. They would be pushing for marketing in Malaysia and South East Asia real soon. It would be great to be able to get merchants on the Salamantex to be able to use STEEM as one of the payment. I’m sure its a solution which people are looking forward to

https://www.salamantex.com/en/

Also had to promote my next event in Penang on the 6th April 2019

For those who are in Penang on the 6th April do signup for our STEEM sharing session https://steemxpv2.peatix.com/view

DRUGWARS ! When it starts being a game once more

When DRUGWARs was launched and it runs off the STEEM blockchain, there was so much hype that everyone wanted to try it out and play it.

Indeed it was fun and addictive and yes I really enjoyed it , however it started becoming annoying seeing that there were so many people botting and abusing the game to the point that finding battles became a chore.

This was all because the economics of this game allowed people to earn STEEM on a daily basis and bots will always find its way into the game.

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I remember the earlier days in World Of Warcraft where almost everyone was botting …. this was because people can sell gold for some good ole $$$

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Even in games like Clash Of Clans people was using attack bots to farm for gold just to get the upper edge on the game.

So whatever that DRUGWARs is facing is nothing new, however how these problems are resolved will either make or break the game and keep the community interested in playing it.

Today DRUGWARs announced that they would be rolling out new updates which highlights were

  1. There would no longer be STEEM as daily heist payouts
  2. Introduction of FUTURE tokens to be paid instead of STEEM – without much information on FUTURE tokens.

I think its a bold move and one that is required. People who plays DRUGWARS purely for “investment” purposes is not wrong however it does really takes the fun out of the entire experience. Its suppose to be a GAME !!

So I do hope that DRUGWARS will be able to enhance the gameplay and make it fun for all types of players. I’m looking forward in more information of this FUTURE tokens and its functions.

Here is the link to the announcement beware it may take time to load as there are tons of comments.

https://steemit.com/drugwars/@drugwars/drugwars-introducing-the-new-token

Paycent now accepts STEEM

Have you guys heard ? Paycent a CRYPTO-FIAT card … just a bit about Paycent ( https://paycent.com/ )

Paycent is a financial platform powered by Texcent, a Singapore-based company dedicated to deliver fully integrated mobile applications. Texcent has received a remittance license from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and is a proud member of Singapore Fintech Association (SFA). The company is headquartered in Singapore and has offices in the Philippines and the U.A.E.

With them now accepting STEEM as one of the currency we would now have access to a larger option of liquidation especially in South East Asia. I guess all the events and the shout-outs in this part of the world has started to gain traction.

Do drop by and at least give a quick like to let them know that the community in STEEM supports this move.

Looking forward in seeing more payment gateways / exchange and other companies take on STEEM as one of their accepted cryptos as this is great publicity and helps in the growth of the community.

Taking Steemit to the mainstream

Only a 2 weeks left before the event. Here is a update to our events which would be happening on the 6th April 2019 at The Block Signal’s spanking new office.

Event Details
Event : Steemit Sharing Sessions 2.0
Time : 2.30pm
Location : Level 3-3A, Anson Cube, Anson Road, 10400 Georgetown

Parking : RM 2.00 *flat rates
Google Map : The BlockSignal

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A quick agenda of the event :-

What’s gonna happen at the meetup?

2.30 pm Registration starts
3.00 pm Opening Remark
3.05 pm A quick intro to Steemit and some case studies (including how a simple group photo taken at 3.00pm can make money by the end of 2 hours!)
5.00 pm Q&A and next steps
5.30 pm Networking, Check on how much everyone is making(yes, you too, if you wrote a post on Steemit)

Seats are filling up and would love to meet all of you there if you are able to join us. Do signup in the links below.

https://steemxpv2.peatix.com/

Do checkout The Block Signal website. Looking forward in running more collaborations with them once this is over.

https://theblocksignal.com/

Using STEEM promo videos to promote our offline events

If you’ve not been around for awhile now, I guess you may have missed a little competition created by surfermarly on creating a 60 second video promoting STEEM.

My personal favourites are these 2 videos which I would be using to promote our offline events.

This was done by @ashtv and I personally think its just brilliantly done simple and straight to the point.

Here is the other 2 videos which I would be using to share onto social media prior to the event.

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To watch the ad on DTube please click on the picture

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These amazing videos really showed how amazing the community is in terms of creativity and I’m just blown away with the professionalism in these videos.

I would be incorporating these videos into my presentation as well as it pretty much explains STEEM in 60 seconds.

So do support our offline events we have a number of it coming and our next one would be on the 6th April 2019 in Penang Malaysia.

Our fundition campaign link is below. Hope you would be able to support it.

https://fundition.io/#!/@bitrocker2020/9hgoog5b8/news

To signup for the event if you are in Malaysia here is the link

https://steemxpv2.peatix.com/view

Steemhunt – The hunts going live on Probit and IDCM

The Initial Exchange Offering is going to happen very very soon on both IDCM and Probit exchange !

Its a very bold move for HUNT token a supposingly SMT ( Smart Media Token ) to debut in a global exchange. Hopefully the other SMT candidates will follow suite quickly.

This would give a huge benefit to the STEEM ecosystem and may increase the volume trade of STEEM as well.

Read more about this in this article from STEEMHUNT https://steemit.com/steemhunt/@steemhunt/hunt-token-ieo-live-on-idcm-and-probit-exchange

I’ve been with the STEEMHUNT team as the moderator for about 1 year now and I’m truly impressed with the team behind STEEMHUNT and hope that you would all support Steemhunt ‘s IEO … btw if you become a early investor you will get extra bonuses.

steemhunt IEO details

A little bit more information about HUNT Tokens, its going to go at 0.02 USD per token. Grab it fast as there are numerous projects by these guys which would be released soon increasing the value of those HUNT tokens.

To find out more about HUNT tokens and its roadmap.

Please check HUNT token website, whitepaper, and pitch deck.

A simple EXPLANATION as to what Non-Fungible Token (NFT) is.

When CryptoKitties last year was launched , it took the world by storm and everyone fell in the craze of buying some unique collectable Kitties to be able to breed and then make tons of new kitties and sell it off for profit.

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Some of these Kitties pulled in HUGE value as it gives out very unique stats and it can breed out rares as well.

Now it all sounds nice and cool however at its peak, CryptoKitties ate up just below 35% of the entire transaction of the ETH blockchain making everything else slowwwww and super high fees.

OK … why am I talking about Cryptokitties ? And what’s it got to do with Non Fungible Tokens ?

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Non Fungible Tokens or NFT , is a token which is represented as something UNIQUE , IRREPLACEABLE and NON INTERCHANGEABLE.

To explain it in a easier way in the game CryptoKitties. Everyone has a unique Kitty even though it looks the same, and seems to be the same however it could have very different parents or even different time of its birth. This makes every Kitty unique and the value of these Kitties are determined by the characteristics of its parents and so on.

So imagine what else this can be used for, more games … unique art work, school certs which are unique and can’t be changed and many more. However the easiest way to understand NFTs is to relate it to game or arts and crafts.

Because of NFTs getting into the limelight, we now have exchanges which is use to trade collectables. For example

RareBit ( https://rarebits.io/ )

You can buy some of the most unique items here. But in my honest opinion, this is just the start to many new use case for NON Fungible Tokens.

Within the next few months, there would surely be more games or apps coming up and utilizing NFTs , like it or not this is here to stay and who knows we may get some of these mainstream games like World of Warcraft or Pokemon adapting to these changes.

Hope this gives you a brief understanding as to what NFTs are as there would be people asking you about it real soon ! That’s something which is almost guaranteed.