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/

Forbes – Cleantech investment hits record $1.6B in 3Q,

 

Look like investors prefer solar energy than others. 

“A record level of venture capital is pouring into cleantech despite a global economic downtown and credit crunch that’s hitting more established players in the industry.

U.S. venture capital investment in cleantech climbed to a record $1.6 billion in the third quarter of 2008, a 55-percent jump from the $979.3 million spent during the third quarter of 2007, according to an Ernst & Young report released Thursday.

The firm’s research, based on data from Dow Jones VentureSource, shows seven of the top 10 venture capital deals in the solar industry, which recently hit the governmental jackpot when President Bush approved an eight-year extension of investment tax credits.

Investors pumped $990 million into solar during the quarter, bringing the year’s running total to $1.7 billion with three months of data left to include.

John de Yonge, Ernst & Young’s Americas research director of cleantech and venture capital, said the cleantech industry is seeing a cohort of companies funded a few years ago that are now reaching the capital-intensive commercialization stage.

“We’re seeing these large follow-on rounds to solar companies to get them to that next stage,” de Yonge said.

One of the quarter’s top solar deals went to Santa Monica, Calif.-based SolarReserve Inc., which will use $140 million in second-round financing on utility-scale solar thermal power plants.

The alternative energy legislation, which was wrapped into the government’s $700 billion financial bailout package, also gave one-year extensions for wind, geothermal, biomass and other renewable energy projects.

Investments in energy efficiency totalled $186 million during the quarter, with GridPoint Inc. leading the way. The Arlington, Va.-based company raised $120 million in fourth-round financing for its smart grid platform, which helps such customers as Duke Energy and Xcel Energy (NYSE: XCJ) control load, store energy and integrate renewable energy sources.

Alternative fuels attracted $95 million in investment, with the largest injection of capital going to Sapphire Energy, a San Diego company producing fuel from algae and other microorganisms.

The majority of third-quarter venture capital funds – $905.9 million worth – went to later-stage deals, showing a continuing maturation of the industry.

But de Yonge said later-stage cleantech companies are receiving additional funds from a host of other players including private equity firms, strategic corporate investors, hedge funds and sovereign wealth funds.

“To me it’s an interesting indicator that clean tech companies are successfully reaching out to sources of capital beyond the venture capital community to help them to reach a commercialization stage,” de Yonge said.

The total $3.2 billion invested in cleantech so far in 2008 has already surpassed last year’s $2.7 billion.

Startups, like all companies, will have to figure out to stretch their dollars during the economic slowdown, de Yonge said.

But venture capitalists investing in cleantech commit their money based on more long-term drivers such as anticipated growth in consumer demand and attractive regulatory incentives, he said.

“Their horizon is much longer than public investors,” de Yonge said.

Cleantech subsectors include alternative fuels, energy storage, water, environment, industry-focused products, services and energy efficiency and energy and electricity generation, which includes solar, wind, hydrogen, geothermal and hydro power.

Source: Forbes – Cleantech investment hits record $1.6B in 3Q, 30 Dec 2008” 

Business Times – S’pore firm scores mobile wallet success abroad

 

WITH Singapore’s efforts to promote payments via mobile phones slow to get off the ground, a local firm is dialling overseas to exploit the market potential of this emerging technology.  

 

 

Following the success of earlier trials, Cassis International is working with a Malaysian operator on the commercial rollout of its mobile wallet initiative, according to company CEO Chua Thian Yee. This comes on the heels of a similar deployment for Korea’s SK Telecom (stock quote: SKM)in 2007.

The homegrown tech upstart, formed in 2002 by a group of executives from the smartcard industry, plays an integral role in realising the payment promise of near field communication (NFC), the technology that is being used to allow consumers to tap and pay for purchases with their handsets.

This is because Cassis provides the solutions needed to allow financial services players to securely distribute credit-card and other payment applications over the air to NFC-enabled mobile phones. By loading the relevant applications, the phone can be used to pay for everything from train rides to burgers and movie tickets.

Cassis was roped in for all the NFC trials that were sanctioned by Visa International(stock quote: V),  and is the only Asian firm on the payment provider’s international mobile payment platform consortium.

Helped by the two overseas projects, the firm is expected to maintain its revenue growth at 30 per cent in 2008, but its big break could come within the next year with more commercial rollouts around the world.

‘2009 will be a big year for us,’ Mr Chua told BizIT in an interview on Tuesday, without disclosing details of the deals in the pipeline.

To tackle its overseas projects, the company currently has a team of 70 staff across Malaysia, China, Korea, France, and its headquarters in Singapore.

While inter-operability and fragmentation issues dogged earlier attempts to promote mobile payments, Mr Chua is confident that the outcome will be different this time around with NFC.

Instead of loading credit-card applications into the chip of a plastic card, the data is instead sent over the cellular network to an NFC handset. There is no need to replace existing payment terminals, Mr Chua stressed.

‘NFC uses a standard that has already been established. It’s not about introducing new equipment but merely using another form factor (the mobile phone instead of a plastic credit card) to pay using the same transaction terminal,’ Mr Chua said.

While telcos in countries such as Japan and Korea have introduced mobile payments, local operators here are just starting to dip their toes into the fledgling technology.

Singapore Telecommunications and its partners Nets and United Overseas Bank are assessing the feasibility of a new coupon redemption feature with NFC-enabled handsets.

Rival StarHub, however, has chosen to join hands with Japanese operator NTT Docomo (stock quote: NTT) to test out the latter’s Osaifu-Keitai mobile wallet platform in Singapore.

Source Business Times 20 Oct 2008

 

 

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

 

The very first TAWA Networking Forum

Guys, Finally, I am starting up a new organisation. My first event is on this coming Saturday. Please see below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Want to be in tune with the latest hype in the wireless scene? Then join us @ TAWA Networking Forum

Technopreneurs’ Association of Wireless Applications (TAWA) was set up in 2008 with the main objective of promoting the wireless sector in Singapore. TAWA aims to provide companies, academia, aspiring entrepreneurs and prospective investors focusing on the wireless technologies a common exchange platform through a series of industrial sharing sessions and social networking activities.

TAWA Networking Forum is a series of high-tea style networking event whereby young professionals and students passionate about wireless technology will come together to share their knowledge and opinions on trends and issues in the wireless sector. The main objective of the TAWA Networking Forum is to foster stronger ties between education institutions and the private sector.

Details of the event:

Date:    27th September 2008

Time:    2.00 pm

Venue:  NTU@one-north

Theme: Wireless Security in Singapore

Invited speakers:  Mr Ken Chua, CEO of iCell Network

                             Mr Paddy Tan, CEO of BAK2u

Be ready to meet up with other enthusiastic, technology-savvy people and have a fun, fruitful networking session! See you there!

This is the opportunity that cannot be missed! Sign up for our first TAWA Networking forum here!

Click here for more details