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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Managing in a Maelstrom

May 11th, 2011   •   no comments   


Charybdis (image source)

You’ve probably heard the saying over and over again – change is the only constant (this quote first came from an ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus), especially in this day and age. Beyond the cataclysmic calamities wrecked by Mother Nature, I bet that many of us also face major shifts and upheavals in various aspects of our lives.

How does one manage oneself and others in the midst of tumultous changes? Here are some thoughts on what one can do to brace and ride the storm.
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The Power of Emotions

May 9th, 2011   •   no comments   


“And Jesus Wept” (Courtesy of A View From The Edge)

Over the past couple of weeks, Singapore’s General Elections captured the attention of many Singaporeans, resulting in a Polling Night that had a nail biting finish. More than 2 million people casted their votes for the future of Singapore.

In reading, viewing and listening to what my fellow Singaporeans have to say about the elections, it is clear that the emotions play a key role in its eventual outcome. There has been shouts of anger, tears of sadness, and smiles of happiness throughout the campaign period for all parties. Much of the rhetoric employed by the various candidates in their speeches tug heavily at the heartstrings.

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The Royal Wedding’s Mind Boggling Numbers

May 1st, 2011   •   no comments   

Waving to the crowds
Prince William and Catherine Middleton now known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Courtesy of The British Monarchy)

By now, possibly every man, woman and child with media access would have read, viewed or heard about the royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine (Kate) Middleton. Many die-hard romantics around the world would have tuned into this once-in-a-blue-blooded-moon affair, oohing and aahing at the heart-warming courtship stories, elaborate regalia, immaculate trimmings, and pristine settings of this ethereal fairytale event.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
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Its Time to Nominate and Vote for Your Favourite Blogs

April 29th, 2011   •   no comments   

Singapore Blog Awards 2010
Do you have what it takes to be a winner like these guys?

Its Nomination and Election Fever – not just for the General Elections but also for Singapore’s top blogs of the year. Let’s get those flabby content generating muscles all warmed up for the Singapore Blog Awards 2011.

Organised by omy.sg, the Singapore Blog Awards “honours creative, hardworking and persistent “new age wordsmiths” who devote their time and energy to create and maintain informative and innovative blogs.”

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Visitor Strategies @ V&A Museum

April 25th, 2011   •   1 comment   

V&A Museum, Kensington

The V&A (formerly Victoria and Albert Museum) in the UK is one of the leading museum groups on the British isles and an international cultural brand. It comprises the V&A Museum at South Kensington, the V&A Museum of Childhood at Bethnal Green, and its archives and stores at Blythe House, Kensington Olympia. Like many British museums, all V&A museums provide free entry to visitors.

First opened in 1852 and named after Prince Albert and Queen Victoria, the V&A has a massive permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects. Its flagship museum at South Kensington has since grown to now cover 12.5 acres (51,000 m2) and 145 galleries, and is touted as the “world’s greatest museum of art and design, with collections unrivalled in their scope and diversity”.  Visitors to V&A at South Kensington can uncover 3000 years of cultural treasures gleaned from many of the world’s richest cultures. They include ceramics, furniture, fashion, glass, jewellery, metalwork, photographs, sculpture, textiles and paintings.
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