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Bloggers’ calendar 2009 at SMU

We have a wonderful Sunday evening at SMU Ice Cold beer. Nice ambience, great people and of course lots of beer!

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Hey Nicole! Are you the ambassador of Barcadi?

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(From Left) DK, Vincent, Huishan and Mic are playing Nintendo Wii

 

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Me, Me, Me, Me, Me! These photos (all contain me) were taken and given free to me on the spot! (I absolutely love this idea! Cool and professional photos for free!) These photos are sponsored by Livestudio 

For those who are interested to know how the calendar look like, there is an online version at http://bloggers2009.album.sg/ (if you look diligently, you will see my link in the January calendar)

Lastly, thanks to Daphne for organizing such a wonderful event.

Unexpected Christmas Greeting

I received a letter which is attention to “Neo”. I have only been using this name ever since my army days (Hey! I didn’t use this name because of the movie “Matrix“! Neo is my last name! and Army like to address soldiers by last name) I guess most probably it is sent by people whom I got to know in university or Army.

 

 

Indeed, it is sent by a lady whom I got to know in Nanyang Technopreneurship Centre. Here’s the message

“Seasons greeting and may your wishes come true.

All the best in your job search and hope that you will obtain a job that you’ll fancy”

It is a simple gesture on her part. I certainly appreciate that! A simple words of encouragement from friends does moltivate me to move on. I would like to say to this friend, 

“Thank you for being so thoughtful! I will continue to propell forward no matter what kind of obstacles that I will face.”

Last and foremost, I would also like to wish you a wonderful christmas and a happy new year!   

HungryGoWhere Big Eat Out!

Are you a food gourmet? Wondering where to find good hawker food? Look no further for the HungryGoWhere Big Eat Out! this Saturday(22 Nov 2008) at Peranakan Museum.

 

Besides indulging in the most happening Heritage Hawker foods from around Singapore, you may get to meet Mark Lee, Singapore’s most famous comedian and Dr Leslie Tay, Singapore’s top food blogger!  Early birds could even get a special tour of the museum guided by Mark Lee!

 

 

HungryGoWhere Big Eat Out! is one of the exciting events from Explore Singapore! It is held in conjunction with National Heritage Board. For more information, please visit the official site at http://www.exploresingapore.com.sg/event-details.php?event_id=1

 

BLOG2u (website: http://blog2u.sg) is the social media agency for Explore Singapore!

 

 

Date: 22 Nov, Sat

Time: 12 pm – 5 pm

Venue: The Peranakan Museum, 39 Armenian Street

Fees: Discounted Museum Admission – $2 per person (Usual: Adult – $6, Concession – $3)

 

p.s. I am going down for the Mark Lee’s tour. If any of you guys are interested to go with me, please drop me a note.

 

Don’t know how to go to Peranakan Museum? click 39 Armenian Street for directions.  

Giant Dog Spotted in Singapore

I can’t believe in my eyes! I haven’t seen such a big dog in my life. I was recommended by my sister to go shopping at U Petgamart, a warehouse-concept pet store.  When i walked into the store, this dalmatian look-alike was lying on the floor. When it stood up, its head is about my chest level! (guys, I am about 1.78m tall)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This shot is not well-taken!


It is a Dog Life?! from Neodimension on Comiqs

 

 


It is a dog life! from Neodimension on Comiqs

 

 

 


It’s a Dog Life! from Neodimension on Comiqs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are a lot of pet stuff over at U Petmamart. It is located at Pasir Ris Farmway 1. 

The Only Goat Farm in Singapore

 

The whole world knows the success of Singapore but little do they know that we have farms in such a small Lion City.

 

As part of my weekend activities, I spent one of my Sunday morning at Hay Dairies, the only goat farm in Singapore. It is located at very ulu place (a Malay word that used to describe remote place). It was not a very easy place to find if you intend to drive (for convenience, you can consider an express bus service from Kranji MRT station). Although it took us some time to drive to the place (we needed a map to navigate!), I take this opportunity to enjoy the nature scenery. It was enjoyment to look at the beautiful tropical trees and plantations.    

 

We reached there slightly later but still managed to see the milking in time. 

 


 

What a pity?! It would be great to see the uncle use his hands to do the milking.

 

Then the milk is channeled to this machine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We enjoyed feeding the goats.

 

 

 This is what they had


 It didn’t have a strong taste like lamb perhaps it’s because I am not that particular. For those who think they can’t stand the smell, chocolate flavour might be a better choice for you. If you want to compare the nutrient level between goat milk and cow milk, you can visit this site. By the way, you can’t buy goat milk over the shelves. You have to buy directly from Hay Dairies.   

 

For more information of the goat farm tour, the contact details are as followed:

 No.3 Lim Chu Kang Agrotech Park Lane 4

Singapore 718859

Tel: (65) 6792 0931

Fax: (65) 6794 1580

 

Office Hours: 9am to 4pm (everyday)

Website: http://www.haydairies.com.sg/

Entrepreneurship in Meltdown

 

A follow-up of Ridzuan’s email – “Keep it going. Don’t lose heart!” It is pretty clear that the market is filled with pessimism especially of the poor performance in the US retail sector. The retail sales in US declined to 1.2% in the month of September. (Read article here). It is pretty obvious that export-driven Asia economies will be badly affected as the demand of US falls.

 

In Ridzuan’s email, I understand the anxiety faced by many startups in Singapore as funding activities will be greatly reduced due to the US subprime crisis. The market sentiment has been worsened when Singapore government has announced that Singapore has entered into a technical recession. A technical recession refers to 2 consecutive quarters of contraction. (Read article here)

 

For those who are involved in a high burn-rate technology early-stage startup, it is going to possess a really big problem in your venture as many PE/VC are reducing their positions instead of investing more on new ventures. In fact, big MNCs are taking the opportunities to look for “bargain” in the market. M&A will still remain strong despite the global meltdown but that only benefits private companies which have reached a certain scale (Read article here). For those startups that are still in the infant stage, better know how to control your spending. Only the Fittest Survive! If the company can pull through the bad weather, the market will definitely value it differently.  

 

This blog post is not meant to discourage passionate people who are starting up. In fact, I admired people like Ridzuan and Kelvin for taking the path of an entrepreneur. Bad time doesn’t always mean problems. It possesses opportunities too. As mentioned by Ridzuan and Bernard, it is the best time to hire talented people since the big players have already reduced or froze hiring. 

 

If you haven’t read Ridzuan’s email, you can access from here.  

Hot babe in JJ’s new song – 熟能生巧

This is the new song by JJ熟能生巧. So who’s the hot babe in his new song? Her name is Akemi. She is a Taiwanese model. She was born in Brazil, but growed up in Tokyo (wanna know more about her, visit here).

A follow-up from my previous post – 林俊杰的赤壁之战. I think the chinese oriental type of music (which Jay Chow usually sings) may not be suitable for JJ. He sounds too modern for that. What did you guys think?

林俊杰的赤壁之战

As I was googling for the game – 赤壁online, I found this song by JJ Lim. The title of the song is called 醉赤壁, theme song for the movie 赤壁. Not too bad but it can be better given the fact that 方文山 has involved in writing the lyrics (you can access the lyrics of the song here). 


By the way, 隋棠 and JJ are the celebrities who endorse the game.

Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road?

I am glad to participate in the seminar: Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? organized by LCI Executive Seminars. Thanks to BLOG2u for informing me of such enriching seminar!

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The seminar is about effective communication. David Goldwich is the instructor of this seminar. He has a BA degree in political science with a focus on political communication, organisational theory and psychology. He also has an MBA with a specialization in Business Mgt and Organisation and a JD degree. In the United States, David practiced law for more than 10 years and is also trained as a mediator.As a trainer, David’s specialisation is in communications and presentation, negotiations, creativity and innovation.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The seminar is a whole day event yet David is able to make what seemingly long-hours lesson into one that is filled with laughter and learning values. All of us have enjoyed the seminar. Rest assure, you will discover the secret of effective communication.

 

Basically, David’s seminar can be summarized into the following:

 

  1. Communicate to express, not to impress
  2. Seek first to understand, then to be understood
  3. you learn more by listening than by talking
  4. People do things for their reasons, not yours
  5. People have two reasons for everything: One that sounds good, and the real one
  6. People often act based on emotion and justify their actions with reason
  7. Perception is reality. People see what they want to see, and hear what they want to hear.
  8. Whoever frames the questions wins
  9. Make it easy to say “YES”
  10. People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.  

 

Something in the seminar that is new to me is the Chinese character shown in the below picture.

 

The ancient Chinese has placed a lot of emphasis on the importance of listening. Very interesting.

 


 

Besides using your ears to hear, listen with your heart, watch very carefully for nonverbal signals and treat the speaker like a king. I think this is the most fundamental of effective communication.

 

If you want to know more about the upcoming event from LCI Seminars, please visit http://www.lciseminars.com/programmes.htm#SES

 

 

Contact Details

LCI Executive Seminars

10 Anson Road

#15-14 International Plaza

Singapore 079903

Tel (65) 63762018

Fax (65) 6376 2260

Email info@lciseminars.com

Website: www.lciseminars.com