“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”, as claimed by a proverbial saying. Staying true to this age-old adage, Rentwise recognizes the importance of the play element in “resetting” our many hardworking employees! Rentwisers recently came together for a team building session of paintball at the Shah Alam Extreme Park; the most exciting and adrenalin-packed Sports Club activity of the year.

We had a total of 40 participants divided into 8 groups of 5 Rentwisers each. Creative but quirky-sounding names from “Dead Eaters” to “Ops Cantas” were given to  each group. Everyone was present at 8.30am for a safety and rules briefing by qualified official marshals. A large majority of Rentwisers had not played paintball before, so it came as no surprise to see the many looks of excitement and anticipation. Many questions were asked and doubts cleared by 9.00 am before everyone proceeded into the nearby shaded woods for the games to begin.

There was a mix of staff from across all organizational functions and even fellow Rentwisers from Rentwise Singapore were also flown in specially to join us in this event. It wasn’t just all male participants in this action-packed game; 7 ladies took up the fun-filled opportunity to prove their combat skills on the field too. You would have been surprised that 2 of the winning teams had ladies in them! In fact, the ladies treaded the field gingerly and maneuvered themselves with their small but flexible frames which proved to be a lethal combination against their largely male opponents.

The games started at about 9.30am after everyone got comfortable with putting on their face masks and protective vests.  Markers were loaded with vegetable oil-infused paintball pellets and pressurized before being distributed to players who were strictly warned not to remove their face masks upon stepping into the playing area. A team was disqualified for having one of its members remove this face mask while on the field even after a game concluded.  Safety regulations were extremely strict as a precaution to prevent anyone from being accidentally hit by stray pellets, which could cause serious bodily damage.

It was such a fun session. All work stress melted away the moment Rentwisers stepped onto the field. The playful characteristic of the “little kid” deep down inside everyone of us made us forget our work challenges with one another as we battled each other out. We cheered our team mates on from the side lines. We even made jokes about how some of our colleagues should or shouldn’t be playing. That only made us laugh even more, thus adding to a light-hearted and relaxed atmosphere. It definitely fostered a high degree of camaraderie amongst us.

Looking back, this reflects how we have and want to work in the office. The very same spirit of fun yet seriousness with our work just manifested itself in a totally new environment. While getting the job done is crucial to our success, it’s equally important to take a step back to unwind and enjoy ourselves in the process. This paintball team building event served up plenty of opportunities to strengthen the emotional and professional bond between us towards making a better and more cohesive organizational unit for our overall success.

Paintball, just like soccer, is a team effort. While the latter’s goal is to get the ball into the opponent’s goal post, the former focuses on eliminating your opponent by “painting” them or grabbing the flag from their base for victory. One needs to provide firing support for one’s team mates as they move forward into position. Communication is essential in alerting your team mates on the dangers ahead and planning your next move as the enemy threatens us with new strategy and tactics. We see no difference in our work from all these elements of the paintball game. There are many similarities which could be drawn from the game and applied to our working lives.

The 8 competing groups were narrowed down through many rounds of playing, leaving only 4 groups in the quarter and semifinal rounds. Eventually, after an intense round of battle between “Headshot” and “Ops Cantas”, the former emerged the winner while “Cricket” clinched the second runner up place after beating “Deadline Five” who did not go down without fighting.

By 12.30pm, everyone adjourned for lunch and cold drinks, much to the relief of the many Rentwisers who were exhausted from all the running, dodging, crawling and squatting! A small prize giving ceremony followed suit with gold, bronze and silver medals presented to the winners, along with gift hampers and other goodies as well.

This paintball team building event would not have been a huge success if not for the efforts of Fariz Fawzi, the main organizer who contributed much to helping the Rentwise Sports Club committee in realizing this event. This get together session was made even more meaningful by the participation of many sporting Rentwisers who put aside their personal time to bond over the weekend.

Paintball indeed is a fast-paced but fun game that promotes healthy competition among those who dare to give it a try. It never fails to deliver on its promise of an exciting and thrilling adventure of wits and tactic. More importantly, it is an excellent morale booster for all Rentwisers who seized the opportunity at becoming weekend warriors for once!

Rentwisers recently returned to the Pasar Borong Community Centre (PBCC) at Selayang, Malaysia, to host a Children’s Day celebration with the Myanmar refugee kids after the last visit back in May 2013. Children as young as 2, right up to their teens participated. We took this opportunity to get to know these amazing children better.

The event enabled us to have a closer interaction with the children and we gained a better understanding of their needs and how else we could assist. One of the activities we organized for the children was an arts and craft session. The older children made creative greeting cards while the younger ones made collages, an idea mooted by the Rentwise Sports Club, the dedicated event coordinator, led by its president, Joanna.

The highlight which caught the children by surprise and they thoroughly enjoyed was to find themselves the “Star” for the day. A studio photography session was arranged and very generously done pro-bono by Mudframes Photography. Each child had their individual portraits professionally taken. The children were pre-empted to come in their best dresses for A Party and to our delight, they indeed came dressed in their best and the girls even wore makeup!

The studio photography session organized and conducted by Mudframes captured the very true nature and essence of these children. Most importantly, these photographs will make good and valuable mementos to remind the children of this very particular moment in their lives. Mudframes also presented A4-sized portrait prints to each and every child. These beautiful low-key, all-black background pictures depicted the rather somber experiences of these children. The lighting effect painted hope in an otherwise “challenging” existence.

It was so obvious that most of the children were experiencing their very first professional studio photo shoot session; some looking confused, others, giggling and excited at all the attention and interesting -looking contraptions coupled with the occasional flashes of light. Each and every one of them came with their own story written all over their faces.

The photography and arts and craft session lasted about an hour and a half, before the children were treated to a sumptuous meal of nasi briyani, vegetables, rendang, fried chicken and savoury fruits. It gave everyone much pleasure to see them enjoying themselves, living in the moment, relishing the goodness of life and a delicious meal which we were told, some hardly get a chance at.

In maintaining our pledge to continually support and assist the underprivileged, many of our generous employees donated groceries, toiletries, stationeries, art materials, food items and other essential necessities for these children. The organizing Sports Club committee is very thankful for the dedication of time and demonstration of empathy by all Rentwisers and our Marketing Partner Mudframes Photography to show we care for these children.

31 portraits were made that day. We believe that every single one of these images speaks for themselves. Whatever the resulting conclusion drawn from these images, truth be told, these portraits speak of an underlying innocence and vulnerability prevailing in all children and why we need to protect and care for them. They are our future.

We welcome and urge customers, partners and members of the public to aid the Myanmar refugees in any way they can, by contributing either cash or in-kind donations, or even volunteer their time to teach the children basic computer skills or work with them on on-going card-making activities, both of which will help them carve a better future for themselves.

Greeting cards will then be sold by both the centre and Rentwise with profits going to the centre. Getting the children involved allows them to exercise their creativity and enables the children to pick up a good skill that can be useful in the future.

All proceeds collected will be used to purchase books, stationery, food and sundry goods such as canned food, milo, biscuits and hygiene items. Proceeds will also go towards helping upkeep the centre which badly needs maintenance work to be carried out to repair damaged windows.

You can make a difference in the lives of these children. We hope to get your kind assistance.

How You Can Help:

The centre welcomes donation of any kind from the public, NGOs and corporate organisations. Any enquiries can be directed to Mr. Matthew Ngoh (Email: matthewnth@hotmail.com | Mobile: 016-380 4463)
The Pasar Borong Community Centre (PBCC) Learning Centre is located at:
139-2 (2nd Floor), Jalan 2/3A,
Pusat Bandar Utara Selayang,
68100 Batu Caves, Selangor.

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The greatest and most prized  asset for a  company today is no longer its brand, inanimate tools or intellectual property (IP) but the very people who make up the workforce that breathe life into the business. Talent management and talent retention should therefore sit very high on the list of priorities when it comes to human resources (HR) management.

Earlier this year, we worked very closely with a group of specialized HRM consultants to specifically design and tailor a range of HR programmes for the different working levels within the company which we then embarked on, to top grade and up skill our work force. Recently concluded was the second series of a three-part series, “Building a Collective Performance Workforce” leadership programme; an intensive mentoring, training and coaching initiative for people managers to mould and prepare future leaders of Rentwise.

The first series of this programme, “Negotiation for Non-Negotiators” took place from 5 – 6 November 2012. This part one saw participants addressing challenges on internal negotiation. In the second series, participants were able to establish the 3 key leadership essentials, which are the “5S-1M” Principle, “The Power of Nine” and “The Sun Tzu’s Philosophy on Moral Influence” that the company needs at this current stage to align the workforce towards organizational excellence. Participants were also given the tools and techniques needed to drive the workforce to adopt the 7 organisational core values needed to ensure they deliver collectively the vision and mission of the company.

The final series, “Coaching & Mentoring: Empowering To Drive Intentional Results” which will  be held end of March 2013 will prepare leaders to manage the many aspects of Human Resource crucial in delivering outstanding results via a performance focused work culture.

The 18 personnel present for this training consisted of Production Executives right up to the Top Managers. Irrelevant of seniority, each participant was required to participate in working groups to ensure everyone’s opinions were heard. Discussions were engaging, critical points addressed with ideas exchanged as to how a highly efficient and productive working environment can be achieved.

All these people-centric key developments and enhancements that we eagerly champion are instrumental in the building of better customer relationships. We continuously strive to strengthen our employees in both soft and hard skills; to ensure customer satisfaction. Of course, all these were done to uphold our main philosophy of always putting our clients first by ensuring customer service excellence. This is only possible if we invest in our human resources.

At Rentwise, not only are we committed to building an all-rounder talented workforce; we help our staffs unearth and hone their skills at various levels to realize their true potential. Sir Ken Robinson, the English author and speaker aptly puts this into perspective:

“Human resources are like natural resources; they’re often buried deep. You have to go looking for them; they’re not just lying around on the surface. You have to create the circumstances where they show themselves.” ― Ken Robinson

The much awaited year-end warehouse sale of refurbished IT Equipment by Rentwise took place from 30 Nov till 1 Dec 2012 from 10am to 5pm, this time, bigger and much better! This much anticipated event last opened its doors to members of the public back in December 2010. So its arrival brought smiles to many value-seekers and bargain hunters who recognized the good quality stuff on offer as always.

The event was held at Rentwise’s Warehouse in Seksyen 7, Shah Alam. It just couldn’t have come at a better time, as most jumped at the opportunity of finding their perfect Christmas gifts for the fast-approaching Yuletide celebrations.

This 2012 Warehouse Sale boasted the biggest batch of high quality and branded pre-owned IT equipment for sale. As a reputable organization strongly rooted in servicing numerous corporate clienteles, the average consumers are never far from mind. This mega warehouse sale had PCs suitable for both business and home users as well.

Reconditioned and branded LCDs were going from as low as RM 99, Home PCs from RM 199 and Notebooks from RM 649! One may opine that this may be too good to be true but yes, it was. It was  just simply too irresistibly true. The early birds seen streaming in as early as 9.30am in those two days before carting away large trolley-loads of purchased IT equipment was a testament to this.

The products on sale carried with them a respectable amount of raw processing power; a definite value for money. For instance, a Dell Latitude business class D620 Notebook with a Core Duo processor, equipped with 3-4GB RAM and a reasonable 160GB hard disk drive was selling for just RM 649.  IBM T60/T61/Z61T Notebook models with similar specs but powered by a Core2Duo processor were a mere RM 50 more at RM 699.

All notebooks carried with them a 1 month warranty. However, customers who preferred just that tiny bit of extra assurance could opt for the extended 1 year warranty for an additional RM 200 only. As with most resource-intensive applications in this time and age, storage and performance issues are always at the forefront in any technology equipment ownership consideration. Rentwise is aware of this sensitivity and took upon itself to cater for customizable orders. An upgrade to a 320GB notebook hard disk drive would see you parting with only RM 95, while a 2GB DDR2 notebook memory booster would pinch your wallet for a measly RM 45.

The layout of the warehouse had been carefully designed. There was a section purely on Notebooks, followed by Accessories and finally, the booth displaying a range of branded refurbished desktops and LCDs. The methodical arrangement of the warehouse sale grounds was planned thoughtfully in advance to ease congestion and traffic flow. Customers who first walked in were required to register themselves for the free admission. Once customers decided on their purchase, they proceeded to have their orders taken. For any customization required be it memory or storage upgrades, the corresponding request was tended to immediately with just a mere 30-45 minutes wait depending on traffic.

The upgraded equipment ordered was then delivered to the Collection Booth for final specifications and physical condition inspection with the customers. Satisfied customers proceeded to pay accordingly at the cashier. Customers enjoyed the flexible payment methods available, as both cash and credits cards were accepted.

Business class desktop models on offer were the Dell Optiplex 760 USFF Core2Duo 3.33Ghz with 4GB RAM for no more than RM 889 (including a 17” LCD monitor!), or a Dell/HP/IBM range powered with either a Core Duo/Core2Duo processor. Packages were available for sale either with or without an LCD panel.

An additional 1 year warranty upgrade for desktop cost RM 100, while an extension of 1 year warranty for any LCD panel would set you back by only RM 30. LCD panel sizes available were 15”, 17” and 19” models; together with the decently equipped and reasonably powerful desktop or notebooks, more than catered to most average users for the usual usage pattern of word processing or internet surfing.

Truly, not just any warehouse sale but The Warehouse Sale of the year, given the attractive offerings.

A section of dedicated desktops pre-loaded with computer games were also seen at one corner, much to the relief and excitement of curious active children who waited for their shopping parents. Besides being a notable entertainment function, these powerful desktops were a live demonstration of the raw power of the refurbished desktop on sale.

Apart from notebooks, desktops and LCD panels which were clearly the main stars of the sale, there were a wide variety of Accessories available as well. The notable brand of Sandisk Cruzer pendrives of 8GB capacity was selling for just RM 29, while the Sandisk Cruzer Ultra 64GB was a steal at RM 155. A range of Logitech speakers and headset were also on display for sale right next to Bit Defender Antivirus 2013 software. Lastly, on sale were also the Toshiba 605/610/110 Series of pocket-size mobile hard disk drive.

Internet continuity is especially important with the increasing development of applications designed to run on various internet browsers. The need for minimal down time in internet connection is all the more evident with the hype on cloud-enabled services and proliferation of web-based applications that allow for easy access, anytime, anywhere. Recognizing the effectiveness and affordability of this cloud solution, Rentwise has chosen to partner with Netximizer, who was present during this sale to create more awareness to the public regarding their products and services.

As a provider of the components of a human computer interaction (HCI); i.e. desktop and LCD panels, the IT experience will not be complete without a reliable document management and print solution. Thus, Rentwise has partnered with Ricoh in this respect, given Ricoh’s many years of experience and proven reliability of its product range. These partnerships clearly underscore Rentwise’s dedication and ability in providing a complete end-to-end solution for the end user’s work requirements; from an increased uptime with

The Special 2 Days Rentwise Warehouse Sale was undoubtedly well received. In the end, it saw more than 450 happy buyers over the 2 days sale. Customers were clearly astounded by the rock bottom prices of products on sale and many Day 1 customers came back in Day 2 and added onto their initial purchases.  With reasonably priced upgrade packages for storage and memory; it was difficult to not consider this as a timely Christmas gift purchase either for oneself, family or fellow friends.

Most importantly, customers were clearly very happy with the help and assistance offered by the friendly staffs and engineers on deck to guide their purchase decision process. Not just any regular staff, but highly qualified technical personnel to advise and help clarify all the mumbo jumbo the average customer has to grasp in any IT equipment purchase.

Quality products sold by Qualified Rentwise personnel indeed. As always, Rentwise stays true to its principles on delivering and meeting needs cost effectively.

Dear Fellow Colleagues,

It’s been a few weeks since our company retreat and annual dinner at Janda Baik, Pahang but I’m still feeling the good buzz from the trip! How about all of you?

Let me just share a brief summary of this special event to enlighten our colleagues who couldn’t join us. Everyone gathered bright and early on a sunny morning on 15th September 2012, all excited and geared up to start the journey. We set off at around 7.45am and managed to reach our destination at 9.30am. Even at first glance, the Cherengin Hills Convention & Spa Resort was a beautiful, tranquil hillside retreat surrounded by lush tropical landscape and a stunning location perfect to hold our company event.

Our cheerful trainer for the day, Mr. Roy Tan kicked off the team activities superbly by getting the guys and girls to line up in two lines and giving each other massages to wake ourselves up! A great ice-breaker which made everyone feel more relaxed and comfortable with each other. After that everyone was split up randomly into four groups and the team activities began.

The first activity of the day was an entertaining one, sort of like playing the twister game where there were  rows of numbers spread on the floor and each player had to place their hand and foot on the numbers called out by Roy. The game was to test not only how flexible our bodies could be, but more importantly on the significance of trust, supportiveness and cooperation within the group. Sure enough there were several yoga masters showing off their poses there!

Next we all did a personality test to determine which type of personality we were, aimed at better understanding ourselves and naturally those we work with. There were 4 core personalities – Visionary, Nurturer, Commander and Analyser. It was definitely interesting to find out which personality type we all belonged to, as it will help to guide us on how to approach and work with each other better.

The major 3 Principles to develop High Performance Work Teams that were constantly highlighted during the team activities were:

Ideas: Tap into the creativity and potential of people of all levels to adapt quickly to the volatile economy.
People: Any successful organizations needs people who are high performers and also work well together.
Time: Be mindful of time, be punctual on meetings and deadlines, and always be ready to seize opportunities when they arise.

There were many other fun and engaging activities that day and it will be too long to describe all of them. The common themes were recognizing the different personalities that drive us, emphasizing that mutual trust and respect are the building blocks of lasting working relationships, realising that each of us has our own values and that the success of any organizations depends on strong teamwork and collaboration from individuals to produce high-quality results.

Let’s just look at the wonderful photos below that say it better than me:

At the end of the day, it was truly inspiring to see everyone regardless of departments or designations, united as one with great team spirit to solve all the tricky challenges thrown out. Ideas were bounced off each other, discussions were lively and healthy, and there were strength in numbers. We understood now how the word “Impossible” can be changed to “I’m Possible”.

Finally, the highly anticipated annual dinner! Everyone was dressed up in their finest following the 70s theme. A big round of applause must be given to all the group performers who put so much planning, effort and time to come together to give fantastic performances.

Group 1 – “The Funkadelics” presented a short play based on the popular Bollywood film “Bobby 1973”. The show was highly entertaining and the acting was hilariously funny.

Group 2 – “The Freestylers” were a quirky mix of multicultural diversity group. Started off by singing and grooving to the popular 70s Malay song “Seiring Sejalan”, switched to Bangra (Sikh) dance, Chinese Lion dance and ended by dancing to the current worldwide craze “Gangnam Style”. The group members are budding hip hop artistes who totally outdid themselves with crazy dance moves that left us all in stitches!

Group 3 – “The Continental Drifters” gave their best dancing to the classic 70s disco hit “YMCA”, then shuffling to the coolest dance moves of “The Sid Shuffle – Ice Age: Continental Drift”.

Group 4 – “The Singaporeans”. They took 4 weeks to create a touching, heartwarming presentation of Rentwise’s history and its people. Warm accolades were given to colleagues who had left but made their mark, while existing staff and new blood were celebrated, since they will be the ones to continue to build the company and push it to a new frontier.

When the winner of the group performance was announced, it came as no surprise that Group 2 – “The Freestylers” won by a landslide, as they captured the hearts of the audience as well as the judges.

Best Dressed Male and Female of the night also garnered the most votes as they really went all out with their 70s-style costumes. Mr. Timothy Mak aka Avis Mak won the Best Dressed Male category impersonating Elvis Presley, while Ms. Mandy Sam won the Best Dressed Female category dressing up in a blonde wig and retro clothes and accessories!

One of the sweet surprises of the night was that everyone who attended the dinner was eligible for the lucky draws! All 39 of us won something, no matter if it’s small or big prizes. So there were no losers that night, only happy winners!

Group Members: Naga, Vimalan, Perdip, Rosmima, Sharizal, Richard & Thaneswaran

Each of the performers received Parkson/Jusco Vouchers (RM 100/pax).

1st Prize: Timothy Mak, Runner up: Kelvin

1st  Prize: Mandy Sam, Runner up: Wendy Tan

*1st  Prize Best Dressed Male:
NTUC Vouchers SGD 100

*1st  Prize Best Dressed Female:
Parkson Vouchers RM 150

Runner ups:
Parkson Vouchers RM 100

1st  Prize – iPad 2: The Lady in Red, Yvonne Chen
2nd Prize – Microwave Oven: The Hip-Hopper, Thaneswaran
3rd Prize – HP Printer: The Photographer Extraordinaire, Termizi

* Other prizes included a rice cooker, Ipad docking, glass chess set, pendrive, wireless drive, multimedia speaker, HP printer, HP carry case, Jusco & Parkson Vouchers.

Special thanks to the Sports Club Committee Members for organizing the event and making it happen!

  • Vijay
  • Wendy
  • Aisyah
  • James
  • Chandra
  • Termizi

To sum up, it was a superbly successful outing at Janda Baik, Pahang. Firstly, we got to know each other in a more personal level during the trip and also found out the many hidden talents among our fellow colleagues. All of us learned the tangible value of communicating effectively with one another and that by joining forces together – we can overcome any challenges that come our way especially in these times of economic uncertainties.

We hope that our next company event will be even more successful and that all of you will participate as eagerly and excitedly. For those who didn’t make it this time around, make sure you do not miss out on all the fun and merriment during the next outing!

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Natalie Ng
Executive Assistant
Rentwise Sdn. Bhd.

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Are businesses in business just for business? We don’t think so. At Rentwise, we are committed to give back to society as part of our ongoing CSR program. In particular, we focus on helping impoverished, marginalized and vulnerable children and their families.

Our commitment goes beyond monetary support to the voluntary engagement of our employees and their families. In the spirit of sharing and increasing our collective impact, we are inviting you, our business partner, to join us and make a difference in the lives of those in need.

For years now, The Seventh Day Adventist’s Newstart Charity has helped communities with donations, health screenings, career training and special events. The charity’s next activity is the ASIAN Youth Orchestra Concert, to be held on 10 June 2012. Rentwise is a key sponsor of this event and we will be on hand to help make this concert a resounding success.

Date: 10-Jun-2012
Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Venue: Bentley Music Auditorium @ Mutiara Damansara (Next to IKEA)

Under the direction of Dr Claudio Gonzalez (USA), The ASIAN Youth Orchestra is composed of 40 musicians. This concert will also feature the Joyful Choir for the Blind.

ClassA (Red)B (Yellow)C (Blue)PriceRM 500RM 300RM 100

There will also be a matinee concert for the ASIAN Youth Orchestra under the direction of Dr Claudio Gonzalez. This matinee concert will be held on the same date (10 June 2012) from 2 PM to 3 PM at the same Venue: Bentley Music Auditorium @ Mutiara Damansara (Next to IKEA).

ClassABPriceRM 50RM 25

To purchase tickets for the matinee and evening performances and/or to join us in helping to organize and run these concerts, kindly contact Ms. Yvonne Chen at yvonne@www.rentwise.com  or +603-3341 6552 ext. 601.

You may also send us your donations via cheque payable to The Seventh Day Adventist Corporation (M) Bhd – Newstart Charity and forward it to our Rentwise office at the following address:

Lot 9 – Unit A1, Natco Industrial Park,
Lorong Keluli 1B, Seksyen 7,
40000 Shah Alam, Selangor DE, Malaysia.We will then forward your donation to the charity.

Thank you in advance for your support and we hope to see you on 10 June for what promises to be a memorable concert!

Sincerely yours,
Leanne Ooi