Busy start to Year 2017 and a difficult year ahead

6 days have passed into Year 2017. During this time, it was a busy start for me. On 01/01/2017, I took a huge leap of faith into a new hope, something that I had been planning, strategising, seeking advice and assistance from different people from all  walks of life.

In time to come, I will share what I have entered into for year 2017, some might already had known, some would have guessed it by now, upon reading my first two paragraphs or I have shared with you privately over the various messaging platforms. There are no guarantees in life except taxes and death.

During this period especially in the month of January 2017, there are quite a number of tasks and things to do, from administration setup, content generation, spring cleaning of my room and home. I would do my best to continue sharing and writing my articles, things might be a bit slower than usual . All of them are crucial to my content delivery, publicity, awareness, branding and marketing outreach.

The year 2017 ahead is going to be more difficult and slower than previous year 2016, in my personal humble opinion. We have to be ready for slower growth like this in the immediate future, considering our geography, land size, population size and resources, competition and changing trading patterns in a ever changing and disrupting world economy.

We may have the infrastructure and hardware, we need to upgrade and change our software inside our hearts, mind and soul. We need to remove complacency and self entitlement from our current DNA, if not, we are going to become worse and lagging behind others.

I still have two remembrance posts to write, once this is completed and uploaded here, I can safely close this chapter 2016 and archive them. The chapter for year 2017 has already been opened up and a landmark moment had been embarked upon.

Time to produce many outstanding chapters and achievements, moving ahead in another (more) difficult and challenging year 2017.

Happy New Year 2017!

Hello 2017, goodbye 2016!

The first day of the new year 2017, I just want to start everything new and fresh, a brand new start, A New Hope! I also want to put 2016 behind me, strive forward, ahead and climb higher mountains!

I also want to remind myself, not so much of setting new year resolutions

  • Be thankful, grateful and stay humble at all times
  • Adapt, change and upgrade in the age of relentless growth, change and disruptions.
  • Pay It Forward, Pass It On and Give back to society

A New Hope has started for me in 2017!

Happy New Year 2017! Good luck and all the best to everybody in the new year 2017!

Reflecting 2016 – Part 2

In an unprecedented move, I split my reflection of the year into two parts for year 2016, with Part 1 written on 30th December 2016. How this actually came about was that I started writing Part 2 first before I saw a number of various articles on my social media channels that struck a very deep chord inside me that were part of my reflection process for the year 2016.

For part 2, this would be more about more personal, more in-depth, inside my heart and soul. The life lessons will be some of the most invaluable life lessons that society is going to teach and impart to me. A friend mentioned to me that taking stock of the life lessons, take comfort in the trials that ended and focus on a greater year ahead.

Around the world, the year 2016 had taken away quite a long list of people from Earth to another world out there. Personally, I had to deal with the painful loss of three people close to me, a senior scout master, my university junior and my paternal grandmother. I would handle my own closure of the loss of my university junior and paternal grandmother in remembrance posts, similarly to the post that I wrote for my senior scout master in September 2016.

Amidst all the painful life lessons, picking myself up and getting myself back again. I am also very thankful and truly appreciative of all those people who helped me, encouraged and picked me up from the fall, walking with me through the storm, with my head held up high. This is a very humbling experience for me too.

This is also the time to put aside all those horrible memories somewhere behind and also to exile some people away from my life into space.

As I round up my year 2016, slightly earlier than the usual New Year Eve countdown to year 2017, this youtube video by Stephen Colbert & Michael Stipe during the The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, a very interesting and slightly remixed REM song to “celebrate” the end of the year 2016.

I totally agree with this song “It’s the end of the year as we know it and I feel fine”

Goodbye year 2016, you had taught me many valuable life lessons, many painful and disappointing lessons during this difficult year.

Hello year 2017! It’s A New Hope! A brand new year, a brand new and fresh start!

Reflecting 2016 – Part 1

Today is 30th December 2016, we are just 2 days away from the end of the year 2016, getting ready to welcome the new year 2017. Writing this post – Reflecting 2016 – Part 1 is influenced by a very talented friend, a musician, an artist, a writer, a photographer, Fernando Gros, whom wrote a post titled “This Week I Quit 2016”, during a few weeks back.

We all have something similar in certain aspects of year 2016 that bonded us together in writing an article to share our year 2016 journeys. Although we all led very different life in different continents, the things that happened to us in our personal life and the world matters drew some similarity. I was inspired by Fernando’s article, his article struck a big hit in my heart, mind and soul. Therefore, I wanted to write my own year 2016 article, in two parts, part 1 on the eve of New Year Eve, with part 2 on New Year Eve night.

Year 2016 had been a very difficult year for me in both my professional and personal life. Due to unforeseen circumstances, I left my workplace, basically hitting rock bottom, hurt, disappointed and lost. My mind and brains were definitely not in the best of shape and thinking. The damage took a bit of time to recover, climbing up from the rock bottom, to getting myself out of the rut, standing up and walking on my own again. If you would like to know more about what happened to me, the archives bar is on the side column!

I did not ask for sympathy, not judgement and putting me down, on my plans, why I do things much slower than before. None of you knew what I went through. All I ask for is just understanding.

During the period of recovery, I started planning to start something, met with delays and hiccups beyond my control that I also had to take responsibility for, in my slow start. Things in life are not that smooth sailing at all, besides that, I am also being more prudent and tactful, not lazy and slow.

In part 1 of reflecting 2016, I read a number of articles recently that gave me a lot to think about, deeper and further, that I also wanted to share here –

How and why I wrote my own year 2016 article was firstly inspired by his words in this article.

This article was shared on my Twitter lists, I read them with great interest. Which stage am I exactly in? The discussions inside that got a lot of my attention was on the areas of “inter-stage conflict” and “what gets us stuck”. The final phrase in the article “And life will go on”.

While the year 2016 had not been kind to me, it had provided me with a lot of life learning experiences that are priceless in teaching me more about life than I can ever imagine and wanted. Being grateful that I still have a home, a roof over my head and can do things to get myself back to life and work again, I am grateful. To be grateful and being able to appreciate and grateful for the things I have in life, to enjoy them. This is also a reminder for me to pass it on and pay it forward, to help, share and give back to society.

The inner critic is something that can be very powerful and dominate you, if you do not know how to manage, tame and control it. You might have heard of this before, the inner critic is life a bad wolf, that can eat you up. Sometimes we faced a lot of our inner critic, the voices inside you. Take a read and it might help you out.

Another article that resonates with me deeply, I might have found my calling, in some certain ways, similar to the points written inside, especially on point 2 ~ “Your calling often comes out of difficult experiences” and point 3 ~ “Calling often takes courage and ruffles feathers”.

Year 2016 had been a painful and difficult year for me. They had slowly moulded, shaped and toughened me up, after I picked myself up on my feet again. It’s true that in the earlier stage after the situation, I was a bit lost and out of sorts. There were still times when I still felt bitter and angry, slowly over time, I let it go (just like the Disney theme song)

Reflecting year 2016 – Part 1, yes, it was a painful, disappointing and difficult year. You taught me many universal life lessons. For that, I thank you for the teachings, to make me wiser and tougher.

Christmas 2016

Today is Christmas 2016, this is one of the most quiet Christmas for me. This year’s Christmas isn’t so much of a celebration and gatherings for me, this Christmas is a quiet time, to rest, relax and reflect for me, and to prepare to bid farewell year 2016 and welcome year 2017.

I am looking forward to say goodbye to year 2016, a difficult year, reached the rock bottom, lost and out of sorts for a while. It had taught me so many life lessons and trials in life. Now is the time to consolidate and learn from the lessons and trials that happened to me in year 2016. I am not going to repeat my stories here, they can be found inside my personal website if you are interested to know what happened to me in year 2016.

This year 2016, I lost three people from my life, a senior scout master mentor/friend, my university junior and my paternal grandmother. It wasn’t the easiest time for me. As a form of healing, I am planning to write remembrance posts for my university junior and paternal grandmother.

Today, Christmas 2016, I am taking the time to rest, relax and reflect for me. I am also using it as the start of the time to forget and put aside all those people, situations and memories that happened/impacted on me.

Today, on this festive holiday weekend, it’s all about being thankful, grateful and appreciative of my friends who gave me Christmas gifts, my family, relatives and friends who supported and encouraged me when I was at my rock bottom of my life in March and April, and also the time when people close to me passed on when I was really feeling very down and sad.

Thank you everybody who has supported me, encouraged me and helped me along my journey in 2016.

Wishing everybody Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

Singtel Festive Season Entertainment Programmes and Promotions

Today is Christmas Eve, for those who are planning to celebrate the festive season at home with family, loved ones and friends, there are great entertainment programmes and promotions for you and your family by Singtel.

Spread the love and joy during this Christmas and New Year festive holidays season, tell your family, loved ones and friends on the Singtel festive season entertainment programmes and promotions!

Let me share with you Singtel festive season entertainment programmes and promotions for Christmas and New Year –

Singtel is bringing the following channels free for their Singtel TV customers from now till 2 January 2017, where you can catch up on blockbusters, holiday tearjerkers, and enjoy great bonding time with family friends:

On Singtel TV set-top box:

  • FOX Movies Premium (CH 414)
  • FOX Action Movies (CH 408)
  • FOX Family Movies (CH 406)
  • Sundance Channel (CH 401)
  • Thrill (CH 415)
  • Turner Classic Movies (CH 420)

On Singtel TV GO (for both Singtel TV set-top box and catch-up channels):

  1. FOX Movies PLAY
  2. Sundance Channel (CH 401)
  3. Sundance Channel on Demand
  4. Thrill (CH 415)
  5. Thrill on Demand
  6. Turner Classic Movies (CH 420)

Blockbuster movies time !

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens (starring Harrison Ford, Mark Hamil, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega) – 25 Dec (6.35pm) and 31 Dec (11.10pm) on FOX Movies Premium (CH414)
  • The Peanuts Movie – 24 Dec (9pm) on FOX Movies Premium (CH414)
  • I am Number 4 (starring Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant) – 25 Dec (10pm) on FOX Action Movies (CH408)
  • Joy (starring Jennifer Lawrence, Robert de Niro) – 31 Dec (9pm) on FOX Movies Premium (CH414)

On The Go Entertainment 

For the K-pop and Asian entertainment junkie, why not try out Cast from Singtel?Cast allows you to stream your favourite serials from your device, anytime, anywhere.

Sign up now and enjoy 2 months free of Viu Premium or any Cast packs (usual price of $4.90/month per pack) – and start catch on top rated series including Goblin (starring Gong Yoo, Lee Dong-wook, Kim Go-eun); or Entourage (starring Seo Kang Joon, Chi Jin Woong and RM’s Lee Kwang Soo).

Promotions

Movies+ Pack

Get 2 free months of Movies+ Pack with a 12-month contract with Singtel TV. Promotion valid till 3 January 2017.

Singtel TV GO

Enjoy entertainment in and out of home with Singtel TV GO Plan 1 and DVR Set-Top Box bundle from $9.90/month. Promotion valid till 3 January 2017.

** Terms and Conditions Apply ** 

For more information on Singtel’s Christmas promotions, visit http://singteltv.com.sg/christmas/.

* Information and details courtesy of Singtel TV and IN.FOM *

Christmas Gift Guide 2016 – Parrot Drones

It’s just a few more days to Christmas 2016, there is still a bit of time for you to go down to the nearest retail store or go online and get your Christmas gifts for 2016! If not, you can always buy them as gifts for yourself or for your family, loved ones and friends after Christmas too!

For those technology gadgets fans and especially those who love drones (and those who are thinking of owning a drone), let me share with you Christmas gift ideas on Parrot drones! The Parrot drones are now available in Singapore and you can check them out! Do spread the word and pass it on, especially to those who are keen to own a drone in Singapore!

On a personal note, I am keen in drones, from a technology gadgets and a photographer perspective, a drone can be a working tool as well as a toy for me to play and enjoy. Hopefully in the near future, I am able to own a drone. With the availability of Parrot drones, there are now more choices to choose a drone from.

Let me share with you the Christmas Gift Guide for Parrot Drones –

For the Tech Geek – Parrot Disco FPV $2399

We all have that one friend who is a complete tech geek at heart; and we totally empathise with your challenge of getting a gift for someone who is always up to-date with the latest and coolest gadgets. But fret not! We have the perfect gift idea for you. Blow your friend’s mind away this Christmas with the Parrot Disco FPV drone. Indulge him with the sky’s vastness, and empower him with the ability to see the world from a whole new angle. Trust us, this drone is going to be totally up his alley with its high-tech essentials that enable it to reach speeds up to 80km/hr and its easy usability!

Key Features:

  • Combines all the latest high-tech essentials.
  • Comes with autopilot capabilities.
  • 45 minutes of flight time.
  • Reach speeds of up to 80km/hr.
  • Offers pilots with a first person view while in flight when paired with cockpit glasses.

For the Dad – Parrot Bebop 2 FPV $1399

Does your dad enjoy travelling and capturing memories with his camera? If the answer is yes, then the Parrot Bebop 2 is the gift for him. Not only does the Parrot Bebop 2 make a great companion for his trips, it also comes with a 14 megapixel fish-eye lens that captures quality images while in flight. Picture your dad enjoying at the Swiss Alps, sipping his hot coffee and capturing the picturesque views. The photo wall at home will soon be decorated with National Geographic-like images. What’s better? You are bound to be dad’s favourite child this Christmas!

Key Features:

  • Ability to capture quality images while in flight.
  • 14 megapixel fish-eye lens.
  • Propellers to enhance manoeuvrability.
  • Reaches speeds of up to 60km/hr in just 14 seconds.
  • Offers pilots with a first person view while in flight when paired with cockpit glasses.

For the Brother – Parrot Swing $269

Brothers can be annoying at times, but in them we will always find a little bit of our childhood that will never be lost. The Parrot Swing is the perfect toy for your thrill-seeker brother. He can now perform loops and flips in the air while reaching speeds up to 18mph. The X-wing-like design of this supersonic aircraft makes it look like it flew straight out of an action movie, and ready to take on the world! Remember to duck when he tries to disturb you with it… boys will always be boys after all!

Key Features:

  • Ability to fly vertically and horizontally
  • Ability to perform loops and flips in the air
  • Reach speeds up to 18 mph
  • Easy to control with smartphone

For your best mate – Parrot Mambo $229

Growing old is mandatory but growing up is optional! Do you have a best mate whom you can go completely crazy with without being judged? He is going to grin upon receiving the Parrot Mambo. Have heaps of fun with your mate by attaching a cannon to the top of the Mambo to shoot out balls at him when he is least suspecting it, or have a friendly match of air-tag. Fire at a pyramid of beakers or bring down light-weight targets. Alternatively, he can impress his girlfriend by using the arm grabber as a ring bearer for his dream wedding proposal at an exotic location! A friend in need is a friend indeed.

Key Features:

  • Ability to pick up objects.
  • Ability to load up to 6 balls.
  • Comes with autopilot capabilities.
  • Easy to control with smartphone

The above Parrot drones are available at the following retailers

  • Challenger
  • Popular
  • Courts
  • iStudio
  • Newstead Group
  • Cumulus Nimbus
  • Epicentre
  • Action City
  • SingaHobby
  • K Kopter
  • Parisilk
  • Gamemartz
  • Gain City
  • Skyhobbies
  • ToyKar
  • TOG
  • A-Mobile

* Information and pictures courtesy of Parrot and SG Story *

Christmas Gift Guide 2016 for audiophile

Christmas 2016 is getting closer and if you haven’t gotten your Christmas Gift yet or planning to do a last minute Christmas shopping, let me share with you some Christmas Gift Guide for the audiophile in you!

There is a gift for him or her, do check out some of the recommendations below –

* Information and picture courtesy of Brand Cellar *

Sony Christmas Gift Guide 2016

Christmas 2016 is coming soon and if you haven’t bought your Christmas gifts yet or you are planning to get it this week, do check out Sony Electronics Christmas Gift Guide 2016! There is something for everybody in the house!

Spread the word and pass it on, share it with your family, loved ones and friends who are planning to buy Christmas gifts for this upcoming Christmas 2016!

* Picture courtesy of Sony Electronics Asia Pacific and WE Communications *

Ultimate Bosch Christmas Gift Guide 2016

Christmas 2016 is coming soon! If you are planning to hold a Christmas party gathering and thinking of purchasing new kitchen/home appliances to help you in your cooking, or you are planning and considering kitchen and home appliances as Christmas gifts, look no further here with this ultimate Bosch Christmas Gift Guide!

There are some really good recommendations for your home (Christmas gifts for yourself and your family) or as Christmas gifts for your family and loved ones. Do share it and pass it on, this Ultimate Bosch Christmas Gift Guide to your family, loved ones and friends!

Let me share with you this Ultimate Bosch Christmas Gift Guide below –

FOR THE STYLISH ENTERTAINER:

For the hostess with the mostest, the gift of Bosch Filtrino Hot Water Dispenser (S$279) offers greater convenience to help your favourite entertainer throw a party in style. It dispenses hot water at the optimum temperature for different types of teas without wait: 70°C for white teas, 80°C for green teas and at boiling temperature for fruit, herbal and black teas. Featuring an integrated quality filter cartridge from BRITA, the Bosch Filtrino purifies the water, improving its quality and taste. Guests will also appreciate the added aroma and clarity, as well as the absence of streaks, in the finest and most relaxing cuppa.

FOR THE FIT AND FAB:

Fitness junkies would be grateful for a handy gadget to help them whip up the yummiest detoxing recipes. The Bosch EasyMixx Blender (S$89) features a powerful 350 W motor and stainless steel knives – all the power your healthiest loved one will need to grind, chop, mix and blend up a power boost. They can even enjoy greater multi-functionality with a variety of accessories, such as a smoothie filter for seedless smoothies and a mill for convenient and fast grinding.

FOR THE ASPIRING MASTERCHEF:

If your loved ones are future top chefs waiting to be given a chance, a tasteful gift may just be the opportunity he or she needs to take her skills to the next level. Consider the multi-functional Bosch MaxxiMUM Sensor Control Kitchen Machine (S$1,899), which features the most powerful motor on the market and a Sensor Control function for perfectly-whipped cream and egg whites. It is also capable to perform more than 120 functions – including food processing, pasta making, sausage stuffing – that will also satisfy the needs of a professional chef and patissier.

FOR THE NEW HOMEOWNER:

Whether you’re looking to congratulate first-time homeowners or helping a friend move into his new bachelor pad, the cordless Bosch Athlet Runtime Plus (S$789) is a gift that they will be thankful for. With a 2400 W cleaning performance and the longest runtime of up to 75 mins, this lightweight handstick vacuum cleaner provides pure comfort and ease as your giftee cleans without the restriction of attached cables – perfect for small kitchens and homes.

* Information and pictures courtesy of Bosch Singapore and Allison+Partners *