AirAsia Group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes unveiled his book – Flying High – at Marini’s On 57 in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. The man himself said his memoir reflects on his journey from a young boy growing up in Malaysia, and a homesick British boarding school student, to his time at Warner Music and finally as AirAsia chief, and is ‘a story about the power of dreams.’ “When I first started AirAsia with Datuk Kamarudin, everyone thought we were crazy. They said we had no business running an airline and it wouldn’t work. If we had listened to them, we would have given up before we even started and this book wouldn’t exist,” he recalled at the launch.“This book is proof that dreams do come true, and I hope it will encourage others to pursue their true passion. Believe the unbelievable, dream the impossible and never take no for an answer. Even if you fail, it doesn’t matter because at least you’ve tried and you can do it again, so trust in your gut feeling, don’t listen to anyone else’s advice and go ahead – write your own incredible story.”If you want to know what drives Tony Fernandes, and the moments that shaped him – including a chance encounter with Virgin Group founder, Sir Richard Branson, that eventually led to Fernandes’ first job out of university –grab a copy of Flying High.Retailing at RM86.95 (inclusive of GST), Flying High is available now at all major bookstores, on board AirAsia flights, and on bigdutyfree.com from 6 November 2017.
0% Tags: Business • Music Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% In early 2015, he went months without paying the store’s rent. He just wasn’t making enough money. James Chow, the property manager, said the building’s owners were willing to hold out for a little while, but that before long, “it didn’t look like he’d be able to catch back up.”The owners decided to evict Villacorta for not paying his rent. And though Chow said that these factors didn’t affect that decision, he noted that recent roof construction had cost almost $60,000 and the building’s insurance had grown more expensive this year.Today, Villacorta said that he probably still owes eight months’ rent, though he couldn’t say for sure. Chow said that figure sounded right, adding, “The owners can’t survive without rent.” Both men described a series of difficult correspondences with each other. They sounded tired.Villacorta seemed as resigned to his fate as to the neighborhood’s shifting character, which he speculated was tied to his drop in sales. “Things are changing so fast in the Mission,” he said. After years spent converting regular customers into his good friends, he recently noticed that many of them were popping up less frequently. When some of them finally did surface, he learned the explanation. “They all moved out. It was just too expensive,” he said.And the people who had moved in? Villacorta said they have no interest in his shop. “They just go to the bar or the restaurants.”Today’s Mission District is nothing like the one where he grew into a man. In his late teens, he and his mother had moved to the neighborhood from their home in El Salvador. She worked at a restaurant called Grand Tacos at 16th and Valencia streets, and when he wasn’t in class at Mission High School he was working at Música Latina Records — the job taught him about music and let him practice his English.“I used to come out on the balcony and look at the low-riders,” he said, recalling his Mission Street apartment, which was within a block from where he’d later open his shop. “But that was in the eighties. The good old days.”Now, he said he might earn his living by driving for Uber, and his emotional ties to the community incline him toward volunteering at neighborhood organizations. He’d most like to help at-risk youths at Instituto Familiar de la Raza.“At some point, we all need help,” he said. Yet another business in the Mission District is about to close its doors for good.The cash register at Julio’s Música * Regalos will ring up its final transaction sometime in early March, after the store’s 22-year stint in operation. Now, Julio Villacorta, 52, must start boxing up his many T-shirts, accessories, Latin American albums and other wares as he prepares to depart his store at 25th and Mission streets. It will be the end of a career that began when he was six years old, selling thread alongside his mother at a market in San Marcos, El Salvador.Villacorta saw this coming. When people started downloading their albums off the Internet at the turn of this century, it knocked down music stores one by one, eventually reaching those near Julio’s Música * Regalos. Villacorta was sad to see Música Latina Records and Discolandia Records both shut down, but he hoped that he would absorb some of their clientele, he said. That didn’t happen.About five years ago, he might have sold 10 CDs in a single day. “Now, I’ll sell one,” he said.