7th January 2018 – 1st Update post for the Year

It’s been only a week since the new year 2018 kick off, while it wasn’t a big kick off style for me, more of slow and low key, I was happy with the work, flow and things that I wanted to do at the start of the year 2018. There is something that resonates with me, this phrase “some things never change” and one of the things was life is never perfect, never smooth and there is always ups and downs.

First few days of year 2018, my photography and travel website/blog was down for a few days (around 2-3 days) after my hosting and domain services company, Domains Priced Right updated and upgraded my hosting account. I thought everything was fine after that, the next thing was that my login was lost and I had to request for my friend’s Brian’s IT expertise to help me out.

Over an afternoon of troubleshooting, he managed to resolve the login for me and I am able to enter into my wp-admin backend panel. Initially, I thought it’s back to running normally, after further checking, I realised that my 11 years of hard work, my categories and tags were all gone, my photography and travel website/blog is now in a mess (the contents are still there though, feeling very thankful!). I need to return back and ask Brian for assistance again.

This “repair and recovery” phase is estimated going to take 1-2 weeks, after that, I am going to back up and transfer my domain and hosting services to my friend’s company Business Network Internet (BNI) Hub. During this time, I might find a new template for my photography and travel website/blog, time for a fresh start to year 2018, a fresh beginning with BNI Hub.

During the repair and recovery phase, I would spend time editing photographs, uploading them into my Flickr, 500px and Format photography portfolio. Meanwhile, I would work on my personal website/blog topics e.g. technology, gadgets, fin-tech, business, forex investing etc etc.

As for my photography business, personal photography and travel goals settings, I would put on hold until my photography and travel website/blog is “repaired and recovered” before publishing it.

Not the most ideal start to year 2018, it’s also not the worst start at all. Basically, I should be able to handle the hiccups being presented to me, I just have to find my ways and means, finding solutions, asking for assistance to get them back up and running properly again.

Other than my photography and travel website/blog update, I am continuing to spring clean my room and my possessions, decluttering, throwing away, giving away and keeping those things that I want. Following that, I am continuing to do spring cleaning in my home, helping, cleaning and decluttering as much as I could.

In the month of January 2018, I hope to clear some backlogs that I didn’t manage to clear in December 2017. Another area that I am keen to start writing and covering more on is on cryptocurrnecy, let’s hope this segment can help me grow something out of them.

Getting year 2018 on the correct note, staying firm, steady and stable on the ground while moving forward to grow and expand (it may and need not be the fastest) in this year 2018.

I want to make a breakthrough for this year 2018!

Looking Back at 2013

This is last day of 2013, looking back at the year 2013 and beginning to look forward ahead to the new year 2014. How was 2013 for you? It is a good move to reflect upon the year 2013, from a personal perspective and a holistic perspective of the society and the world. The year 2013 has been a very interesting especially in how our society changes during this year 2013. This newspaper article “When Fortress Singapore lost its aura” by Chua Mui Hoong, there were a few things that crossed my mind upon reading this article, invoking deep thoughts into our hearts and souls of Singaporeans.

The year 2013 is like a transition year for Singapore, it’s like growing from a teenager to a young adult, entering into a new set of difficulties and challenges in a totally new era ahead. We are at a crossroad in our growth an development, where people are stepping forward to sound out and make a difference to how we want to change things and situations for the better and for the future. On the other hand, we are also seeing people who have turned more ugly and nasty, hiding behind the walls of social media channels and platforms, with their keyboard warrior typing skills delivering their words that would probably do more bad than good.

Have we become too successful (from a certain perspective) for our own good? Have we become too complacent and lazy? Are the current hiccups we are facing, the failures necessary to make us pull up our socks and get our act together, be more proactive instead of reactive, be more forthcoming and less lazy in everything we do (from work to social issues)? Can we complain lesser and instead work together towards finding a Win-Win solution for all? Are we able to chase less money and material wealth?

In this transition year 2013 as I felt it was, there were good, not so good and issues of both the First World and Third World Countries face. We need to embrace not only the good, we also need to work on the not so good together and improve on it. Everybody plays a part, no matter how big or small, to make the changes and make Singapore a better home, not just for us, it’s for the future generations and beyond.

What do you want to see in the new year 2014 from a personal perspective and a holistic perspective as part of the Singapore community? Can we all make the changes and make a difference?

One Year Later – Financial Crisis

One year ago, a world economy that was flying and moving strongly in the world markets and economy suddenly came to a halt and an avalanche followed, tumbling prices, crisis, bankrupt, spiraling from a financial crisis to a world economic crisis. This crisis magnitude was of such a GIANT size equalling second to the Global Depression of the 1920s and if you are experiencing this economic crisis, regardless of young or old, you have been a part of this financial and economic crisis that might not happen (hopefully) in your lifetime.

The financial crisis, the causes and aftermath are well documented and researched in today’s highly connected world, google any key words and many information and data would be easily available. It’s VERY IMPORTANT that we learned the harsh lessons of the financial crisis, realised our mistakes and remedy them, before we can embark on the road to recovery (that might be going slow).

First and foremost, remembering how it started, the timeline of the crisis done by CNN Business and Global Recession Timeline by BBC News, learning lessons of Lehman and 5 Lessons from the CRASH, great information and financial planning lessons for ALL. Do drop by this special insight reports by BBC News on the Special Report of the Global Recession.

Moving forward, the world economy and financial markets ahead are still uncertain, some experts said the worst of world recession is over – do check out the reports here. However, the world economy is still sluggish and most probably longer to full recover.

There are many lessons learned here, we all need to learn and move on, rebuild and grow again.

The Price of Economic Growth & Expansion ?

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On the 30th August 2009, I went on a photojournalistic walkabout with my LG Photobloggers Chester & Clayton, visiting Kampung Lorong Buangkok, the last surviving kampung (village) in modern Singapore. While we had our fun taking photos and capturing them in memories, do drop by my Flickr to view more phoots of Kampung Lorong Buangkok, we were experiencing the peace and tranquility of the Kampung spirit, the community feeling in the midst of a very fast paced Singapore.

We asked ourselves, how long more can they last before the needs and demands of modern Singapore’s economic growth and population expansion requires them to be cleared for building high rise public housing, private estates or factories ? Chester’s blog post invoked the same feelings too ….. To some people, it is just another village or kampung, different generations from different eras probably would have mixed reactions, for the older generations, they would love to preserve the heritage to be part of continuing education for the future generation. For the younger generations who did not experience kampung/village life, they might not appreciate it that much as their forefathers, nevertheless, there are still younger generations that would make the effort to understand and preserve the heritage.

For us, we are kind of a bit of a sandwiched generation, mid 30s, experienced the economic growth and expansion with capitalism, transforming Singapore into a modern metropolis. My kampung experiences was in Malaysia, whereby my grandmother and relatives lived, and I had fun times there, the days of play and no worries, troubles and pressures. As much as I understood the need to grow, expand, increasing knowledge and higher education, the balance of growth versus preservation had never became more difficult over recent years.

This situation is not just faced by Singapore alone, this issue had been faced by many countries, old buildings and places were removed to make way for modern complexes, some inevitable, some can still be preserved. At what price of economic growth and expansion that our heritage is lost forever except in photographs and books?

There is definitely a need to grow and expand, for the better. However, we need to strike a balance between heritage and cultural preservation and growing bigger and stronger for our future generation. This is the biggest challenge.