Can We Make Singapore Tourists More Happy?

November 26th, 2014   •   5 comments   

Oh dear! Customer satisfaction has dropped this year, according to a survey done by the Institute of Service Excellence (ISES).

Reading various reports in The Straits Times, TODAY and Business Times, several sobering statistics await us:
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Enterprise Messaging Comes of Age with sqoope

November 10th, 2014   •   no comments   

sqoope with sendQuick Diagram

Easy enterprise messaging with sendQuick (SMS) and sqoope (data messaging)

Everybody’s on an instant messaging app these days.

Fast, convenient and almost idiot-proof, they allow us to communicate quickly with each other via text, photos, videos and more. Tapping on our data connections – be it 4G or WiFi – data-based messaging is just as instantaneous as SMSes without incurring higher mobile charges.

However, messaging on a consumer platform becomes a little dicey when it comes to work. For a start, what happens if an employee leaves the organisation? Would the organisation still be able to access his or her message files and records?

Consumer instant messaging platforms may also be subject to various security risks like phishing attempts or “poison URLs”. In addition, archiving key decisions made via messaging may be virtually impossible due to personal privacy issues.

What then should companies do?
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Have You Got a Successful Mindset?

November 3rd, 2014   •   no comments   


Courtesy of ITPRO

Why do some people perform amazingly well while others falter despite starting off at similar positions in life?

The difference, according to eminent Stanford psychologist Dr Carol Dweck, is in the mind. Or more accurately, one’s mindset.

Speaking at an episode of Knowledge for Men, Dr Dweck believed that success isn’t predicated on one’s intelligence or talent. Rather, it is embodied by how one perceives and copes with failures and setbacks. This difference accounts for why kids who are academically on par may achieve vastly different outcomes in their eventual careers.

How one views failure and success can be determined by whether one has a fixed mindset or a growth mindset.
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The Power of Right Believing: Book Review

October 19th, 2014   •   no comments   

The Power of right Believing

What should we do when life throws us lemons? After all, we are living in a flawed world and are prone to anxieties, guilt, torment, depression, and all kinds of problems.

The answer, according to Pastor Joseph Prince, is to believe right. In his latest book, The Power of Right Believing, Prince teaches that “right believing always produces right living” and allows us to “let go of a life of defeat and step into a life full of victory, security, and success”. Focusing our thoughts on God’s love and mercy yields far better outcomes than believing in unhealthy emotions which lead to “toxic feelings of guilt, shame, condemnation, and fear” and ultimately negative behaviors, actions and addictions.
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How Lee Kuan Yew Foiled Communists Through Radio

October 11th, 2014   •   no comments   

Let’s do a little quiz.

How many of you know who Lim Chin Siong or James Puthucheary were?

Or this formidable sounding dude called “The Plen”?

Stumped? Don’t worry. I was just as clueless.

Hopefully that will change with the re-launch of The Battle For Merger. Narrating how our first PM Lee Kuan Yew wrestled control for Singapore from communist insurgents, the book is published jointly by the National Archives of Singapore and Straits Times Press.

Brainchild of DPM Teo Chee Hean, the reprint of The Battle For Merger chronicled the series of radio broadcasts by former PM and Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew (LKY). Updated from the original edition published way back in 1962, it contains the transcripts of 12 radio talks written and delivered by Mr Lee between 13 September and 9 October 1961.
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Clover Films Unveils Exciting Line Up of Asian Movies

September 30th, 2014   •   1 comment   

Bloggers posing at Clover Films’ first blogger engagement event

How often do you watch an Asian movie? What about a locally produced one?

Given the intense competition from Hollywood movie studios, churning blockbuster after blockbuster, many Singaporeans do not regularly watch Asian movies. In fact, we probably can count with one or two hands the number of Asian movies we watched in any one year!

Hopefully things will change if Clover Films has its way.
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Investing in a Penang property? Read this first!

September 21st, 2014   •   2 comments   

Investing in Penang Properties

With Singapore property prices hitting stratospheric levels, many are inclined to look at the wider South East Asian region. After all, we do have a pretty strong Singapore dollar right now, and many Singaporeans are flush with cash.

Right now, residential properties in Makati, Manilla (Philippines), and the Iskandar region of Johor Bahru (Malaysia) appear to be the hottest ones in the market. Those who prefer to venture further afield are also considering properties in the white hot Melbourne and Sydney markets or even properties in the UK.

What about the island of Penang? Are Penang properties still worth investing in? Let us take a closer look.
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Transforming Lives Through Culture – Project Intan 2014

September 11th, 2014   •   no comments   


Alvin Mark Yapp, Founder of The Intan; DPM Teo Chee Hean; Mr Koh Choon Hui (Chairman of Singapore Children’s Society) and Minister for Manpower Tan Chuan-Jin at Project Intan 2014 (courtesy of The Fat Farmer)

Alvin Mark Yapp is a man on a mission. Boss of outdoor advertising specialist Bus Ads, the Peranakan entrepreneur opens up his beautiful Peranakan-themed home every year to raise funds for the needy. And boy are his tireless efforts making waves!


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Turning Silver into Gold: Book Review

September 10th, 2014   •   no comments   

What is the fastest growing yet often neglected consumer group? One that has contributed to a demographic bulge of about 77 million people in the US?

Yes, I’m talking about the Baby Boomers, i.e. those born from 1946 to 1964. Hitting their silver years over the next decade or so, Baby Boomers represent the largest age-related demographic group in the world today. In China alone, it is predicted that the 50+ marketplace will swell to a staggering 525.8 million people by 2025.
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Retiring in Singapore – how much do you really need?

August 24th, 2014   •   2 comments   

Retiring in Singapore - PM Lee Hsien Loong
PM Lee at National Day Rally 2014 (courtesy of Prime Minister’s Office)

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s recent National Day Rally speech got me thinking about the challenges of planning for one’s retirement. Are Singaporeans aware of how much funds they need to retire comfortably? Do they know what their true retirement living costs will be?

I like how PM illustrated the case of a fictitious 54 year old senior technician named Mr Tan, and how his estimated living costs of $2,000 per month could possibly be met. Through the example given, PM showed that a CPF Minimum Sum of $155,000 – to be adjusted to $161,000 next year – isn’t an unreasonable amount to be considered in one’s Retirement Account (RA). In fact it can only cater to a very basic lifestyle and is probably insufficient for those who retire earlier (at say 55 rather than 65 years of age).
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