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Black Humour @ Melbourne International Comedy Festival

April 2nd, 2009   •   no comments   

P1040379Melbourne’s Town Hall shakes off its sobriety to host the comedy festival

Humour is huge in Melbourne, especially when the Melbourne International Comedy Festival hits home.  Launched in 1987 by Barry Humphries and Peter Cook, this massive celebration of mirth is apparently the largest cultural event in Australia with close to 400,000 attendees each year. 

Some of the show venues were huge, like this hall here hosting headlining international acts
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Melbourne at Night

February 24th, 2009   •   2 comments   

Took these night photos while going on a tram ride throughout the city of Melbourne. The view of the Yarra River at night was simply stunning and the cool weather made it all the more pleasurable. I guess this also showcased the capability of my trusty Panasonic Lumix LX3 in handling night photographs – without a tripod!

View of Yarra River from St Kilda Road

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Seniors Going the Blog Way

November 25th, 2006   •   3 comments   

Yesterday afternoon, fellow Friends of Yesterday, Ivan Chew and Chun See did us all proud by showing seniors the basics of blogging at Queenstown Community Library.

The capacity crowd of about 100 seniors were rather engaged and sat on the edge of their seats, some copiously taking notes, while others asked questions. Many of them braved the heavy rain just to attend this session. I have not seen such a picture of earnestness in a long time.

Personally, I hope that they can contribute their stories, photographs and reflections on life at yesterday.sg, the blog which was set up by NHB and the Museum Roundtable. We would love to hear from them!

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You don’t have to be rich to be clever

November 21st, 2006   •   4 comments   

In my years of experience in the leisure attractions business, I have learnt – often through the hard way – that drawing people can be a challenge. There is just an incredible amount of competition from other leisure and recreational options, plus lots of advertising clutter. You just can’t out advertise the FMCGs, fast food chains, or big shopping malls.

How does one hope to compete against well-heeled shopping centres, restaurants, cinemas, and other places of urban air-conditioned splendour? Especially if one only has a miniscule budget.

Well, here are some tips that you can consider. I wouldn’t say they are foolproof but at least they improve your odds.
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Blogging USPs

November 19th, 2006   •   3 comments   

Ever wondered why people blog and visit blogs so often? Well, here is an elegant way to depict the virtues of blogging courtesy of the Church of the Customer blog by Ben McConnell and Jackie Huba. It talks about what the single most important factor in blogging is all about, and consolidates views into a nifty PDF file.
Nice and useful stuff when lobbying your internal stakeholders!

Lion Dancing – in Full Costume (Almost)

November 17th, 2006   •   no comments   

Finally, Ethan the lion dancer performing in costume!

Mystical and Magical Biennale

November 11th, 2006   •   2 comments   

Went on a recent tour of 3 Singapore Biennale sites with a couple of board members – Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple, Sri Krishnan Temple and City Hall. It was quite inspirational and magical. Here are some highlights.

Our intrepid guide Yishan explaining Tsai Charwei’s work Lotus Mantra, which is inscribed on the lotus leaves.

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Singapore Service – a Slippery Slope?

November 10th, 2006   •   2 comments   

HK Street
Are we losing out to Hong Kong?

The recent news about Singapore’s service standards further slipping to 26th position according to the World Economic Forum proved particularly sobering for me. What is especially ironic is that it comes just after we have practically pulled out all the stops to improve our customer service. Everybody would have heard of the national GEMS movement, as well as the ubiquitous four million smiles campaign, timed to coincide with the recent IMF-World Bank meetings.

Certainly, I don’t think that we have failed for lack of trying. We have an entire smorgasbord of service enhancing main courses on our national platter – Singapore Service Class, Excellent Service Award, Tourism Host Award, Model Workers of the Year etc. In fact, we now have a stunning 13,000 Excellent Service Award winners from nine industries, compared to a measley 377 from three sectors 11 years ago.
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Analogies and Metaphors

November 9th, 2006   •   2 comments   

Analogies and Metaphors

An example of an advertising analogy and metaphor (source of image)

One of the great secrets of eminent speakers and leading management gurus is the ability to use vivid examples to illustrate a particular theory or idea.

These anecdotes help to make difficult concepts come alive and to be more contextually relevant and interesting to readers, listeners and viewers alike. What I would call the wonderful and whimsical art of story telling.
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Equipping the Lion Dancer

November 7th, 2006   •   no comments   

Took half day this afternoon to spend some time resting plus bonding with the family. Brought Ethan down to Hong Lim Complex (near one of my favourite turtle soup hawkers) and bought him a set of his favourite lion dance gear, namely a set of authentic Chinese drums made with pigskin and a real (well almost) lion dance costume, complete with eyes that blink.
Ethan was stunned at first, or perhaps awestruck would be the more appropriate word. He gazed with mouth open and eyes wide at the interesting array of toys initially, and simply nodded his head vigorously when we asked him to select his favourite dancing animal. Later, he warmed up to the act and strutted down the toy shop, selecting party hats, bags and other merchandise for his upcoming birthday celebrations on 27 November. That’s when Ethan will be 3 years in age.
He has certainly started working on his drumming skills – and this included inflicting his first “lion dance” induced injury on his little thumb. I just hope that he doesn’t tear the lion head apart before his birthday, which is about 3 weeks away!

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