Let’s Get Social at Singapore’s First Social Media Day!

June 23rd, 2011   •   no comments   

Happening 25 June (that’s tomorrow!) from 2 to 9 pm at *Scape, Singapore’s first Social Media Day promises to be quite a hoot with games, performances, blogshops, food and more. The event is one of more than 500 Social Media Day events around the world celebrating how social technologies have democratised media and made it so much more… ummm…. social!

Organised by a dedicated and hardworking team of Omy.sg bloggers, Social Media Day (or SoMe! for short) promises fun with a warm and fuzzy heart.  Every dollar spend will help to raise funds for The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (SPMF).

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Gadgets, Gears & Geeks Galore at CommunicAsia2011

June 22nd, 2011   •   no comments   

Communicasia 2011

Thanks to the kind folks at MSL Asia and the organisers Singapore Exhibition Services, I had a chance to visit CommunicaAsia2011 during lunch. With over 2,000 exhibitors from 59 countries in Asia, the integrated event for broadcasting, digital media and infocomm (ICT) industries is a veritable paradise for techies, auteurs and anybody who needs to work with the latest hardware and software. 

Communicasia 2011
Blackberry’s tablet shows they’re no longer just thumbing the competition
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What Wildlife Photography Has Taught Me

June 20th, 2011   •   1 comment   

Wildlife in Canada
This black bear near Whistler Village was a mere 3 metres away from me 

One of the things I’ve gone gaga over during my recent trip to the Canadian Rockies was photography. Wielding a new Olympus PEN EPL1 camera, I’ve taken tonnes of amateurish photos and videos of every imaginable living or unliving thing.

Wildlife in Canada
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TART – A Recipe for Good Marketing

June 17th, 2011   •   no comments   


Courtesy of Poverty Project Salt Lake City

In its simplest and most basic form, there are four things that we need to take note of when rolling out any marketing strategy. This can be represented by the acronym TART as a yummy mnemonic device.

Target Customers
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Why We Love to Dine Out in Canada

June 15th, 2011   •   1 comment   

Contrary to our initial perceptions, Canada (well at least the Vancouver-Banff-Jasper stretch) generally offered a decent dining experience. While the variety and pedigree of their cuisine can’t quite match that of Singapore, I do enjoy the experience of dining out in Canada.

First, almost every place offered a vegetarian, vegan, or healthier dining option. This was great for a semi-veggie like me trying to eat more healthily, ethically and sustainably. Many of the restaurants or cafes were also quite flexible and willing to make changes to their menu to suit your taste.

Dining in Canada
Enjoying a veggie sandwich and a vegan burger at a pub-diner in Jasper
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11 Things We Love About Canada

June 12th, 2011   •   6 comments   

11 Things About Canada
Moose Lake in Mount Robson Park

After a 16 day trip to Canada’s West Coast, principally Vancouver, Kelowna, Banff, Jasper, Kamloops, and the Whistler Mountain, we’ve been touched in so many fabulous ways. There are many wonderful things about this sprawling – its the second largest nation after Russia in terms of area – and northerly country (average annual temperature is 1.5 deg Celcius across the country) but I’d simply focus on 11. Note that I’m speaking as a traveller of course, so my views could be skewed towards the tourist’s gaze. Let’s hope that things will continue to stay this way for Canada, a land of extraordinary experiences.

Fantastic Mountains
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Universal Studios Singapore Opens in Grand Fashion

May 28th, 2011   •   4 comments   

Universal Studios Grand Opening - 28 May 2011
Ethan’s certainly enjoyed his first visit to Universal Studios Singapore

Lights… Cameras… and so much action! That sums up the grand opening of Universal Studios Singapore this morning.

After allowing members of the public to visit parts of the park in stages, Universal Studios Singapore finally had its grand opening party. Thanks to the kind folks of Resorts World Sentosa, I was able to bring Ethan along to soak in the hot and festive fun. Participating in the extravaganza were big names like American Idol and pop personality Paula Abdul, Chinese martial arts superstar Jet Li, screen goddess Maggie Cheung, doe-eyed Chinese actress Vicki Zhao (of “Huang Zhu Ge Ge fame”) and Kimberly Caldwell, a finalist from American Idol.
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Climbing the Canadian Rockies

May 27th, 2011   •   2 comments   


The awesome Moraine Lake at Banff, Canada (source of image)

Today, we’re busy preparing, planning and packing for our upcoming trip to Canada’s British Columbia and Alberta.


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Amateurs versus Professionals

May 22nd, 2011   •   no comments   


Don’t merely listen to the experts even if they look as good as this (courtesy of Strategy of Wealth)

In today’s social-technology-enabled world, customers and citizens alike wield considerable influence over the decisions of corporate and political captains alike. In such an environment, we can ill afford to adopt a “I know best” attitude in dealing with our stakeholders (unless of course we are Steve Jobs and Apple).

While there is a rise in the cult of the amateur, as claimed by Andrew Keen, there is still a time and place for the professionals. I’m sure nobody in their right minds would want to be operated on by a surgeon who is fresh out of med school, or to be rescued by novice firefighters.

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Remembering to Recharge

May 13th, 2011   •   no comments   

Sunset and Moonrise

How do you regain your balance in life?  What helps you to “top up” your inner resources after a particularly trying and hectic week?

Often, the simplest pleasures in life can bring forth the greatest sense of joy and well-being. 

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