Weird, Quirky and… Successful?

December 12th, 2012   •   no comments   


OK, maybe Lady Gaga’s meat dress is a little too weird (courtesy of Crushable

Eccentricity isn’t a liability. Run-of-the-mill is.

Think for a moment about the most successful rock stars in history.
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6 Reasons Why I Love Japanese Food

December 8th, 2012   •   1 comment   


This platter of sushi and sashimi tastes every bit as good as it looks! Oishii desu ne!

“Irrashaimase!”

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Which Social Media Strategy Should You Adopt?

November 7th, 2012   •   no comments   

A picture often paints a thousand words. A great comic or cartoon, on the other hand, paints tens of thousands.

“Marketoonist” Tom Fishburne recently created a wonderful graphical depiction of 5 different types of social media strategies as depicted below:


Courtesy of Tom Fishburne
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Tales from the Tenement Museum

October 25th, 2012   •   no comments   


Courtesy of Gadling

Have you heard of the Tenement Museum in New York?

Founded in 1988 by Ms Ruth Abram, the Tenement Museum is a historic house museum located in the Lower East Side of New York City. Occupying a former block of apartments and shops, it depicts the gritty lives of immigrants to New York and the US from the late 1900s to early 20th century.

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Can we attract Millennials to tourism jobs?

October 17th, 2012   •   1 comment   

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Can we attract these youths to tourism and hospitality jobs? (courtesy of Singapore International Foundation)

Hilton, we’ve got a problem.

On one hand, the travel and hospitality industry is desperately in need of workers. Labour-intensive and high-touch, tourism sector jobs in hotels, retail outlets, visitor attractions, F&B, and transport are always available.

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Have You Dived Deep Enough?

October 15th, 2012   •   2 comments   


Courtesy of Time Travel

We’re besieged by “short-termism” in an age of 24/7 hyper-connectivity. With the empowerment of social technologies, everybody can be a pundit, proffering an interminable stream of quick fixes.

When faced with a problem, you can virtually hear the “guns” firing away…
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SCORE-ing a Second Chance

October 7th, 2012   •   no comments   


SCORE Chairman Chng Hwee Hong, representative from an award-winning company, and Senior Minister of State Heng Chee Chow

Are we truly ready to embrace ex-offenders in our society? Would we give them a second chance?

I pondered the above questions as I attended the recent SCORE Appreciation Awards held at Grassroots Club. An acronym for the Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises, SCORE was established as a statutory board under the Ministry of Home Affairs back in April 1976 to assist offenders and ex-offenders through re-skilling and employment assistance. This is done through training, work, employment assistance and community engagement.
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HBR’s 10 Must Reads On Change (Book Review)

October 2nd, 2012   •   1 comment   

Harvard Business Review or HBR has always been one of the mainstays of my reading list. I love how its editors seive out business and leadership articles which are meaty enough to provide a good intellectual workout without unnecessary academese.

Its latest compilation “HBR’s 10 Must Reads” is a selection of carefully selected journal articles centred on the most pressing issues of management.
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Do These Bus Handle Ads Work?

September 28th, 2012   •   1 comment   

As I was commuting to work one morning, I noticed these advertisements sitting on the handle bars in the bus. Perched strategically where your hand would be, they offered a special promotion for a new F&B outlet for those who bothered to bring them there.

While the idea was pretty novel (kudos to SBS-Transit or Comfort-Delgro), I thought that the adverts could be further improved with some enhancements:

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