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SingPost crosses 100th POPStation and Introduces P-POPS

The POPStation by SingPost recently arrived at their number 100th POPStation since their launch in 2013. It was an interesting and innovative method for customers to pick up their parcels from central locations near their homes instead of the post office delivery person delivering it to their homes. I personally like the POPStation since I can get them to deliver it to a POPStation booth instead of delivering it to my home whereby nobody is around to collect it. I ordered a Xiaomi Redmi 2 smartphone recently and it was delivered to a POPStation smart locker near my home. The process was simple and easy from being kept updated on the delivery stages/schedule/arrival at the designated POPStation location, collecting it from the POPStation was also simple, straightforward and fast!

The 100th POPStation was rolled out at KPO, Killiney Road Post Office on 16th May 2015 and with over 100 POPStations in Singapore, consumers will find it even more convenient to have their items delivered to the POPStation smart locker near to their home and they can collect it at their own time and convenience. Consumers can also post or return their parcels using the POPStation too, all at their own convenience and timing, 24hours 7 days a week.

PPOPS

SingPost also introduced a new service known as the P-POPS. Let me share with you more information about the P-POPS by SingPost from their press release.

The wide adoption of digital technologies like the smart mobile devices and internet has led to increasing online interactions. POPStation is well suited for urban cities like Singapore as it lets the parcels do the waiting, catering to busy lifestyle of Singaporeans in this digital age. SingPost first launched the revolutionary parcel delivery and collection system — POPStation in April 2013 as a pilot to better serve Singapore’s growing $4.4 billion ecommerce industry[1].

Innovative smart device/phone-driven P-POPS

Riding on the popularity of its POPStations, SingPost showcased a prototype unit of the individualised version of its revolutionary parcel delivery and collection system — P-POPS (Personal POPStations). P-POPS is tailored to address the needs of SMEs and individuals.

The innovative P-POPS leverages mobile technology to offer a seamless, cool and fun customer experience for both the consumers and our parcel ambassadors. It has no user interface as it is entirely managed by smart device/phone. It does not require 3G/4G or WIFI access to unlock the locker. P-POPS will communicate direct with the consumer’s smart device/phone via the Bluetooth technology. It will be fully integrated into POPStation network, offering consumers an omni-channel experience.

Ann Nee continued: “P-POPS will dovetail SingPost’s plans to transform how we serve our customers and strengthen our parcel delivery service in Singapore.”

[1] Source: Singapore Management University/ PayPal

On a personal note, I don’t buy that many things online since I am not an avid online shopper. For local purchases, the POPStation service is great and I can collect it at my own time and convenience! I hope overseas sellers can also use the POPStation and deliver our parcels/purchases there for us to collect!

* Information and Pictures Courtesy of SingPost *

Branding, Marketing, PR and Publicity

These four words have been an integral part of my work and social media engagements. I didn’t learn it as a specialisation in university, just as a subject that was part of my business degree curriculum. When I started working in the financial services industry 10 years ago, the nature of the industry taught me many real life work experiences relating to branding, marketing, public relations and publicity.

They were extended into my social media exploration adventure, from a social media consumer in 2006 to a social media influencer today. The branding, marketing, public relations, publicity and a bit of fame doesn’t fall from the sky. They were built through lots and lots of hard work, sweat, tears with emotions going high and low at different cross roads in time.

My Hokkaido Photographers Invitation Program in November 2014 was probably my maiden start into a higher level of branding, marketing, public relations and publicity. I was very grateful and full of gratitude for everybody that had supported me in this journey.

Fast forward into the May 2015, having a management and leadership role in my family business. I began to apply my various experiences in branding, marketing, public relations and publicity to my organisation. This efforts took a while and it began to see some fruits of labour from them. As I began to enter the third quarter of 2015, there are a number of events/things (3 to 4 of them) happening in the month of May and June, that puts me, my work, photography and social media sharing into a bigger limelight.

I would not know how I would feel when the 3 to 4 events/things come in, the excitement, anxiety and euphoria. Nevertheless, I must always remind myself to remain humble, down to earth, continue to learn and improve. I must not let fame get into my head.

Had I finally make it? Maybe Not Yet, I still have a lot more to learn, improve, grow and lead. Yes, I have punched through this level and can hold my head up high, to reach a top and see that my journeys ahead are going to be even higher and bigger summits, for me to carry on forward and conquer them.

Will you walk with me?

Jawbone U24 Review

The emergence and arrival of fitness trackers wristbands have been a great addition to the sports, recreation and leisure industries and users like me. While I had not been actively exercising regularly like before, I do like the idea of the the wristband fitness tracker and I would love to own one in the near future, helping me to keep track of my leisure and sporting activities.

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I was given the opportunity to test and review the Jawbone U24 recently, that was launched in April 2014. During the two weeks period that I had with the Jawbone U24 wristband tracker, it was more than just a lifestyle tracker, it was also a fitness tracker for my runs. Pairing with the UP app on iOS was easy and the data was able to sync and transfer over to the app without too much of a hassle. The battery life was pretty good and can last up to 7 days before you need to charge it again!

Not only did the Jawbone U24 tracked my sleeping patterns, this is something very useful for me to know how many hours and minutes of deep sleep, light sleep and how times I woke up and for how long. In our modern and stressful society, our sleep patterns and hours are affected and the Jawbone U24 does help me to understand and learn more about my sleep hours and patterns.

My food intake (the quantity and types of food) is another interesting and useful feature that can be used together with Jawbone U24. Pair it up with a food app and UP app, it can tell you how much you ate, the calories you consumed and how many steps/walks do you need to do!

For the runner in me, I paired it up with RunKeeper app and it sync seamlessly with the UP app, recording my distance, runs and timing on both the UP app and RunKeeper app. This is something that I liked and find it very useful for my runs and exercises! Jawbone U24 regularly notify me on how am I doing, the number of steps I took, my sleeping patterns, comparing my results over the days before that. It encourages you, not just to hit the targets that you set, it encourages you to consistently achieve it.

The Jawbone U24 is ideal for both leisure lifestyle and a sporting lifestyle together, it looks fashionable too when you wear it around your wrist! The Jawbone U24 was recently replaced by a newer model known as the UP2 in April 2015, with an all new industrial design at 45% smaller than its predecessor, the UP24.

After reviewing the Jawbone U24, I am really keen to own a Jawbone wristband for myself! Keep you all posted in my sports, fitness and exercise posts in the future!

* I would like to thank Jawbone and Ogilvy Public Relations Singapore for the opportunity to review the Jawbone U24 *

Ups and Downs

It’s the 1st of May 2015, Labour Day holiday! 4 months of the year 2015 had gone by forever. It had been a busy busy 4 months of 2015 and I had not been able to write/share articles on a regular basis, it also affected my photography and writing too. There were a few things good and bad that happened to me recently that got me writing and I am trying to kickstart my writing on my personal site here again.

Life is of Ups and Downs, never smooth sailing. There was a recent incident in the real world, the society whereby my inexperience in dealing with the matter, also due to me being too kind and too naive. Yes, looking back, I was stupid too. This life lesson served as a reminder to me again, have I stopped learning? Such kind of life lessons in the University of Life, will serve me well. The life lessons and experiences learned, I must not repeat such mistakes again.

We all had to pay our tuition fees, our dues, to the society for life lessons. This is not my first tuition fee and neither will it be my last tuition fees to society. Learning is a life long journey, I must never stop learning, whether through books, additional education or society life education.

Life gives you the Ups when you are least expecting it. The year 2015 might just turn out to be a bit more special year for my photography journey and this quote really fits in nicely by Brian Tracy –

“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.”

My maiden photography photo book, a unique and special Hokkaido Black and White Landscapes Photo Book, is coming soon. Inside my heart, I am excited and anxious, an achievement that I can unlock when I receive the 50 photo books prints in the first week of June. This is very special and very personal to me as a photographer.

Life is full of Ups and Downs, looking ahead towards the next 8 months of 2015!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Teaser #2

Star Wars fans worldwide, I am sure you are looking forward to The Force Awakens in December 2015! Being a fanatic Star Wars fan, this official teaser 2 is making me very excited to the new movie in December 2015!

May The Force Be With You!

Reflecting Back on Q1 2015

Time flies pretty fast, it’s like in the blink of an eye, the first quarter of 2015 is gone. The relentless pace of modern life today can be daunting and we do need time to slow down, relax and catch up. There were many times during the past few months when workload was heavy and at times overwhelming, along with personal matters.

Now as I sat down and reflect on my past few months, it’s a journal, a collection. For my work, doing work in a family business has its own unique challenges and stress; it can be very different from working as employee in another organisation. I have to play leadership role, management role, support, administration and clerical role. This is probably something that people around you may not, will not and do not want to know and understand. Time management is another aspect that has got me looking into it a lot more; this gets even more important when you take on leadership role in work and areas outside of work.

I am now going back to my books again, reading my personal development and leadership books again such as Dr. Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and Principle Centred Leadership, for honing my leadership in work and outside of work. There was some pretty down period and reading the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People again helps me to pull myself out and re-align my thoughts, thinking and emotions.

Photography for me, took a back seat for the past few months, ever since I came back from my Hokkaido Photographers Invitation Program 2014, a huge travel and photography portfolio for me, it was kind of hitting a peak and now I have to relook at myself. I am looking at not just improving myself, at the directions that I plan for my photography. I cannot deny the fact that my job commitments prevented me from carrying out my photography that I would like it to be.

I picked myself up again, started my own personal Hokkaido Black and White Landscapes Photo Book. At this junction in time, it is in the final stage of editing before making an appointment to visit the printer and get 50 copies printed (very special and limited edition). There was also a plan to hold my own photography exhibition and I held to push it back due to financial constraints and time constraints. Nevertheless, it’s still in my radar and I am looking forward to do it together with my fellow photographers who went with me for the Hokkaido Photographers Invitation Program. There’s still a lot of work to be done!

Photography for me today is likely to be heading in the direction of quality instead of quantity, whether it is in the area of assignments or personal projects. Time will tell what I am doing or going to do.

I wrote something about Fate on my 1st January 2015 post. So mysterious, so magical, what is the Fate for you and me? I think I just have to leave it to Fate.

Thank You Mr Lee Kuan Yew!

The time has come, the inevitable time that every human being on earth faces. It’s the moment when our time on Earth is up. That is when people looked back in time and asked, what is the legacy that the person has left behind? As Singapore mourn and honour Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, the Founding Father of modern Singapore, who passed away on 23th March 2015 at 0318hrs. We all began to learn even more about Singapore’s Founding Father.

I was thinking really hard; there can be so many things/topics to write about Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, what should I be sharing? After a day of pondering and reading various articles, I decided that my personal article post is to pay my utmost respect and gratitude to Mr. Lee, giving thanks for everything that Mr. Lee did for Singapore.

There are different groups of camp that have different types of affection, views and opinions on Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, his style and policies. No matter which camp you are in, that is no denying the facts that

  • Lee is the founder and the mastermind behind modern Singapore’s phenomenal transformation and growth
  • Lee has the vision to plan ahead for the future of Singapore to ensure leadership renewal and transition to ensure peace and minimum disruptions to Singapore’s growth in the new era

What I have today, what I enjoyed today, the peace, and prosperity and growth opportunities, you also have it too. We are now enjoying the fruits of labour from Mr. Lee’s tremendous hard work, vision, sweat, tears, leadership and ideas that brought Singapore to her stature in the world today. Mr. Lee is a great leader who inspires and rallies great leaders around him to form a team that transformed Singapore from almost nothing, into what a modern prosperous country in the world.

I have the utmost respect and gratitude for Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, for everything that he had done for Singapore. I may not agree with all of his policies and ideologies, sometimes it was very strict and very stressful for us. I grew up in an era when failure was frowned upon in studies and work, thus the fear of failure strike a big fear and dislike in some of us (or maybe many of us). However, as we entered adulthood and started working, facing the local and international economies. We finally begin to understand why we need to keep on our toes in the working world, whether we are working in Singapore or overseas countries.

Mr. Lee Kuan Yew legacy goes beyond country and economics, his love for his wife, the late Mdm. Kwa Geok Choo, is very touching and heartwarming. Mr. Lee’s wish is to be reunited with his wife together in the afterlife again. His words and wishes touched many people, including myself. Their love stories, Mdm. Kwa love and support of her husband, are very sweet, caring and loving. They are a great loving and faithful couple, excellent role models for couples. I hope that one day I can find my life partner and be a loving and caring partner to my other half.

While Mr. Lee Kuan Yew passing saddens many of us, let us honour and remember his legacy that he had done for us Singaporeans. It is now up to us the current generation to ensure modern Singapore’s legacy laid by our Founding Father, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, is carried on for many generations and beyond, that Singapore continues to prosper and progress to greater heights.

Mr. Lee gave many interesting and inspiring speeches and one of his speeches was from 1988

“Even from my sickbed, even if you are going to lower me into the grave and I feel that something is going wrong, I will get up. Those who believe that after I have left the government as prime minister, I will go into a permanent retirement really should have their heads examined.”

– Lee Kuan Yew speech during 1988 National Day Rally

Dear Singaporeans, let us continue the legacy laid down by Singapore’s Founding Father, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew. It is now up to us to shape the future growth and prosperity for Singapore for generations and beyond. We don’t want Founding Father Lee Kuan Yew to get up and start lecturing and whipping us in the correct directions, do we?

Thank you Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, for everything that you done for Singapore! We will remember your legacy and hard work that you have done for Singapore and it’s up to us now, to continue Singapore’s growth and progress in the new century!

Lest We Forget, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew!

Dell at IT Show 2015

It’s Saturday 21st March 2015! It’s the IT Show 2015 now happening in Singapore, at Suntec City Convention Centre from 19th to 22nd March 2015. If you are looking for a new laptop, desktop and a powerful gaming system laptop/desktop  Look no further, let me share with you the great deals by Dell at IT Show 2015!

Here are the great deals! Check them out and come on down to IT Show 2015 and buy them!

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Happy weekend shopping for Dell’s products at IT Show 2015!

* Pictures Courtesy of Dell Singapore *

Canon at IT Show 2015

It’s the weekend and The IT Show 2015 is back in Singapore, happening now at Suntec City Convention Centre from 19th to 22nd March 2015. If you are looking for DSLRs, compact cameras and printers. Look no further, let me share with you the great deals from Canon at IT Show 2015!

Here are the great deals from Canon! Check them out and come on down to IT Show 2015 and buy them!

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Have a great weekend fun and happy shopping with Canon at IT Show 2015!

* Pictures Courtesy of Canon Singapore *

Logitech & UE Sweet Deals at IT Show 2015

The IT Show 2015 is back in Singapore, happening now at Suntec City Convention Centre from 19th to 22nd March 2015. If you are looking for IT accessories and peripherals such as gaming keyboards, portable music speakers, headphones, bluetooth keyboard cases for your tablets. Look no further, let me share with you the sweet deals by Logitech and UE at IT Show 2015!

Here are the sweet deals! Check them out and come on down to IT Show 2015 and buy them!

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Happy shopping for Logitech and UE Sweet Deals at IT Show 2015!

* Pictures Courtesy of Logitech Singapore *