1st December 2017 – Time to reflect and plan

Time flies, too fast too furious. In the blink of an eye, 11 months have gone by in the year 2017 and today is 1st December 2017. As I start counting down to the end of 2017 and I will be very happy to bring a closure to year 2017. For those who have been following my updates via my article posts here, thank you for following, reading and supporting me along this journey.

This journey that I embarked on, was much much more tough and difficult than I prepared myself for. Behind all the scenes, I hide my pain, sorrow, stress and pressure from some friends, some people. Having to deal and handle people who passed on (6 people in a 1 year time frame from 2016 to 2017 if you had been following and reading my stories here), a very emotionally and mentally draining life experience and journey.

Taking the first step to reflect year 2017, wrapping up year 2017 and planning ahead for year 2018. Changes will take place, new strategies and directions. While it might not be too private and confidential, it will not be too openly shared, might not even be shared at all.

One of the areas that I am working on is my computer workstations setup for year 2018

  • Photography workstation
  • Business / Admin / Digital / Social Media marketing workstation
  • Trading / Forex investing workstation
  • Tablet
  • Photography printer
  • SOHO printer
  • Monitor (For photo editing and trading)

Business development directions and strategies, it’s still in the thought and planning process (some preliminary, some advanced, some still thinking further ahead). I am most likely not (and unlikely) going to share much into them. Not so much of competitors or copying, it’s more of keeping the “big loud noises” around me out of my ears, I need anti-noise cancellation in-ear monitors.

Next year 2018, I am going to upgrade myself, gain more new skills and knowledge, looking into these few areas:

  • Advanced drone flying
  • Learning videography and short film making
  • Improving and learning photography genres that I haven’t embark on
  • Learning Adobe Photoshop

There are many people out there whose full time job is to judge and criticise other people, telling other people what to do, how to do, when they themselves are not in the other person’s shoes and situation, as well as, thinking that they have/are successful and more knowledgable than others when they are not and they have not.

Why can’t we spend the time to upgrade and improve on ourselves, knowledge, skills and experience, instead of spendng time to judge and criticise people?

Imagine a society with citizens constantly and willingly upgrading their skills and knowledge. We worry less about disruption and displacement. Together, we can make a difference to the future ahead in many different ways possible.

Alright, it’s time to wrap up, finish my backlogged technology related articles, get my photographs uploaded into my Flickr, 500px and Tan Geng Hui Photography portfolio websites.

In our current world and society norms today, if you are still reading up till this last paragraph, thank you for taking the time to read my article that I wrote. Considering our attention time span is probably a minute or less, it really takes something to read an article online (or a hard copy book) today.

1st September 2016

Today is 1st September 2016, this also marks the beginning of a new Chinese Lunar Calendar month, the first day of the 8th Chinese Lunar month. It has been 6 months since 1st March 2016 when I started a new journey due to the unforeseen circumstances that took place prior to that.

These 6 months had been a period of rest and recovery from my situation, it was also a period of a lot of in-depth thinking, planning and strategising. I wasn’t planning to rush into executing actions due to a very volatile and uncertain market economy along with many changes to how the market economy is moving, transforming and changing.

To some people who always judge me, I am slow and procrastinate a lot. Being truthful to myself, my heart and soul, I am just being extra careful and cautious, taking into consideration the current economic slowdown/uncertainty, the huge potential massive headwinds and downturn ahead for the remaining months of 2016, potentially a bottoming of the economy in the year 2018 (I sincerely hope that is not the case)

The traditional business model that any industry is working on might not be able to handle and sustain moving forward into a new era and millennia. It has to change, on a personal level, business level, society and government level. I am not saying that I have the perfect solution and answer for the next business model for the business that I am embarking on. I just hope that my willingness to think beyond and change the current business model would help me to establish my foundation and grow a small business.

I was reading “How to Grow as a Photographer – Reinventing Your Career” by Tony Luna. There is a sentence inside the book ~

“If it is true that it takes a village to raise a child, then it takes a community to write a book.”

Like my sacred Canon 1DX Mark II moleskine book, I am writing my own stories and adventures. It had been a pretty rough ride for the past 6 months, the new ride ahead is not going to be smooth, it might be even more rough and turbulent, no thanks to the volatility and uncertainty of the world economy.

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What are the key themes, changes and ideas? Strategic partnerships and collaboration, special project themes, personal projects, constantly adapting and preparing for changes to the world, social media 2.0 to 3.0, learning new skills across and beyond your generic specialisation. Think Win-Win.

Some of you folks know what I am going through, some don’t, some don’t care, some don’t seek to listen and understand first before passing judgement.

Today is 1st September 2016, new things will take place soon.

All-New Gillette Fusion ProShield

Personal grooming is important to everyone of us, it makes a person looks better, feeling more refreshed and presentable in our professional career or social life. For guys, part of our personal grooming is shaving and it is essential to keep ourselves well groomed and looked after, thus we can present ourselves in a more professional and pleasant manner.

Gillette is a leader in global shave care, I personally owned a Gillette Fusion Power for a number of years, it was really good and reliable! I am currently using the Gillette Fusion Power for the past 3.5 years (bought in November 2012). To be honest with everybody, it’s still in good working condition! Just remember to replace the blades regularly!

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Gillette recently launched an all-new Gillette Fusion ProShield shaver, this is even better than my Gillette Fusion Power shaver, an improvement in design and innovation. I attended the media launch event for the all-new Gillette Fusion ProShield, saw and understood on the improvements and innovations to this all new shaver.

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I was given a gift during the media event and it was the all-new Gillette Fusion ProShield shaver (Standard Edition)! Thank you very much for this heartwarming gift! Just nice to replace and take over my current, trustworthy Gillette Fusion Power shaver, it’s a worthy successor!

It’s the Best a Man can get for his personal grooming / shaving needs!

Let me share with you more information of the Gillette Fusion ProShield shaver from the press release information below –

Gillette, the leader in global shave care, today revealed its latest innovation: the Gillette Fusion ProShield. According to a study by Gillette, most men take about 170 strokes while shaving. However, many men shave on auto-pilot and can re-stroke up to 120 times during the shave, after the initial 50 strokes wipe away most of the shave gel, unintentionally causing irritation.

With its rich history of innovation, Gillette looks to combat this problem and reveal the secret behind great skin with a surprisingly simple and hassle-free solution. The new Gillette ProShield features a new Lubrication Bar before the blades, in addition to the Lubrastrip after the blades, to shield from irritation. The new ProShield Lubrication Bar is activated by water and designed to deliver additional lubrication before the blades without compromising blade geometry and shave closeness. Great skin starts with a comfortable shave and this combination of Gillette’s best handle with its breakthrough ProShield cartridge provides the most advanced and closest shave experience yet.

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“At Gillette, intensive research and a consistent drive for innovation helps us to thoroughly understand the way men across the globe shave,” said Lakis Vasileiadis, Brand Director Asia Pacific, P&G Shave Care. “The new Gillette Fusion ProShield represents our efforts to continuously improve the shaving experience for men without changing their daily regime.”

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Enjoy a premium shaving experience with Gillette’s newest razor

From 26 to 28 August in partnership with Truefitt & Hill, recognised as the finest traditional gentlemen’s barber and perfumer in London, Gillette brings to shoppers the Best a Man Can Get shaving experience at Guardian, VivoCity and Watsons, Ngee Ann City from 6 – 9pm on Friday and 12 – 9pm on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

Shoppers who purchase $30 worth of Gillette products including the new ProShield razor receive a luxurious Hot Towel Shave experience complimentary from the barbers at Truefitt & Hill.

In addition, shoppers will also be able to meet Mediacorp Artiste, Elvin Ng in the flesh on 27 August, at Guardian, VivoCity from 2 – 3pm and Watsons, Ngee Ann City from 4 – 5pm.

Suggested Retail Price*:

Gillette Fusion ProShield Razor S$24.90

Gillette Fusion ProShield Chill Razor S$24.90

Gillette Fusion ProShield Cartridge Refill 4S S$31.00

Gillette Fusion ProShield Chill Cartridge Refill 4S S$31.00

Gillette Fusion ProShield Cartridge Refill 8S S$56.00

Gillette Fusion ProShield Chill Cartridge Refill 8S S$56.00

*All decisions on pricing, promotion, distribution, assortment and shelving are at the sole discretion of the retailer

Key product specifics of the all-new Fusion ProShield Razor include:

What’s New:

  • New ProShield Lubrication Bar before the blades, in addition to the Lubrastrip after the blades, shields from irritation.

With All of the Great Features of Gillette’s Most Advanced ProGlide Blade Cartridges:

  • Our thinnest, finest blade edges with less tug and pull
  • Gillette’s most advanced blade coating
  • Blade Stability Bar maintains optimal blade spacing for exceptional comfort
  • MicroComb to help guide stubble to the blades
  • Precision Trimmer for accurate edging

FlexBall Technology Handle:

  • FlexBall handle with innovative pivot to respond to facial contours for maximum contact

Two Varieties Available:

  • Standard (Yellow)
  • Chill™ with Cooling Technology (Blue)

ProShield blade cartridges fit on all Fusion and ProGlide razor handles.

* Information and pictures courtesy of Gillette Singapore and Porter Novelli *

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?