NETS launches NETS Prepaid Card

Network for Electronics Transfers (NETS), Singapore’s leading payment services group recently announced the launch of its NETS Prepaid Card. This is their first “smart” stored-value card for retail and transit. Customers can use this card at over 120,000 acceptance points, making NETS Prepaid Card the stored value card with the largest number of acceptance points locally.

A wide acceptance together with the smart features enabled by NETS App, that makes the NETS Prepaid Card an ideal choice for families looking to better track and manage their household expenses. They also make a perfect gift card that can be tailored to consumers’ preferred value and design. Commuters can also link their NETS Prepaid Card to TransitLink SimplyGo app, this is an initiative to introduce contactless payments on trains and buses through the partnership with various payment schemes, to view their trip details.

Smart and secure contactless payment, with budget tracking capabilities for the family

Customers can link up to 10 cards to one NETS account through the NETS App, they can access features such as topping up on-the-go, locking and requesting refund for remaining stored value for misplaced cards, setting daily spending limits, and monitoring transactions made on each card.

Customers can also easily top up their NETS Prepaid card via the NETS App through various means, which include NETS bank cards. The user’s preferred payment card can also be stored on-file to speed up the process. Once a NETS Prepaid Card has been linked to a NETS account, customers can review the transaction history via NETS App and also configure auto top-up whenever the card balance dips below a certain amount.

Up to S$1,000 daily spending limits can be set for each card, which takes effect immediately and can be changed while on the move, making it an ideal stored value card to help family members and domestic helpers to pay digitally while ensuring that they stay within budget.

In an unfortunate event of the NETS Prepaid Card being misplaced, customers can lock the card with the simple tap of a button on the NETS App, this would help to minimise possible fraud or abuse of this card. Locking and unlocking the card takes effect immediately, there is also an option to permanently terminate the NETS Prepaid Card to refund the stored value.

Lawrence Chan, Group CEO of NETS said, “The NETS Prepaid Card is part of our continued effort to connect communities and empower lives. Families will be empowered to take control of daily expenses as they can provide their dependents and domestic helper with contactless payment options that can be easily tracked. Additionally, this card can be quickly disabled if it is lost. This card is most valuable as it can be used at all NETS acceptance points and mass transit.”

The perfect gift card for family and friends and for retail 

The NETS Prepaid Card is the perfect gift card for family and friends, and for retail shopping too. Customers can spend at any NETS accepting merchants for shopping or for public transport. Customers are also not limited to fixed denominations in their gift cards and they can top up auspicious numbers such as $88, up to a cap of $100 per top-up.

Whether you are buying a nice cup of coffee at a cafe, getting some additional groceries at the supermarket, or a shopping spree at a nearby mall, the universal acceptance of this card means that recipients of the NETS Prepaid gift card can spend it on their preferred options. From S$5, customers can also customise the card face of the their NETS Prepaid Cards at www.customcards.com.sg/nets-prepaid-card/

Hassle-free purchase, smooth public transport travel

Commuters with the NETS Prepaid Card can used it for public transport, allowing them to top up the card on-the-move instead of spending time queuing at physical top-up machines. The NETS Prepaid Card can also be topped up and managed via the NETS App, available on both Apple App Store and Google Play. Through the NETS App, customers can also set up automatic top-ups for the card to ensure that there are always sufficient funds for their daily commute.

Owning a NETS Prepaid Card is simple and easy, there is no minimum age or income requirement, there are no annual subscription fees, no credit checks for the purchase of the NETS Prepaid Card. Consumers can purchase the NETS Prepaid Card t 7-Eleven convenience stores, Buzz, Japan Home, Mustafa, Sir Handphone, TransitLink Ticket Offices at MRT stations and bus interchanges, NETS Customer Service Centre as well as Lazada and Shopee. The card will alos be sold at Sunshine Star and J.B.I Trading from December onwards.

* Information and picture courtesy of NETS and Gloo *

Adobe Research Reveals: Time To Get Personal

Adobe announced a new research in October 2022 that revealed the growing importance of brands understanding customers at a personal level and interacting with them as individuals, in real time. How are the consumer market sentiments, trends and styles changing in this modern era of social media and internet driven environment that we live in? How do all these trends, sentiments, trends and styles differ across different countries and regions? The key takeaway from Adobe Research reveals: Time to get personal.

Singapore Market

For the Singapore market, the majority (88%) of consumers in Singapore want to be treated as an individual with unique interests and preferences, with almost 2/3 of consumers (65%) saying they feel negatively towards brands that interact with them based on broad assumptions and labels, including age-based stereotypes such as “Millennial” and “Gen-Z”.

Asia Pacific Market

Across Asia Pacific, customers are calling on brands to demonstrate that they know them, show them, and will help them in the moments that matter – not once, but all the time,” said Duncan Egan, Vice President of Marketing, Adobe Asia Pacific and Japan. “To meet that standard, brands need to unlock preferences in real-time through customer data, and use it to deliver relevant interactions and content at the right moment. Scaling that across up to millions of customers is the next step.”

Adobe’s research shows the emergence of a new consumer that is not defined by age, that refuses to be stereotyped, and expects to be understood as the unique person they are today. For brands and organisations seeking to meet the modern consumer’s new expectations, they must ensure that they are equipped with the latest customer data platform technologies, whereby they can create a complete single view of every customer capable of delivering personalised experiences in real-time.

Time to get personal

The Adobe survey of 5,000 APAC consumers (2,000 Australians, 2,000 Indians and 1,000 Singaporeans) reveals 3x as many APAC consumers feel closer to people who share their passions and interests (62%) than those of a similar demographic (19%). The vast majority (86%) of consumers want to be seen and treated as individuals based on their unique interests and preferences.

Singaporeans feel strongly about this, with more than one-quarter (28%) rejecting the stereotypes of their generation and 88% wanting to be seen and treated as an individual.

Individuality is key

Individuality is a key factor in today’s climate. Consumers today have high expectations for the brands they are engaging with – they expect brands to see them as unique people, keep up with their changing habits and interests, and respect their privacy preferences. Almost 2/3 of Singaporeans (65%) now expect businesses to have a clear understanding of who they are as individuals, and only contact them with information relevant to what they are interested in at any given moment. 65% of Singaporean consumers, the same proportion think negatively of brands that use broad assumptions and stereotypes to engage them.

73% of Singaporean consumers, almost 3/4 say they expect personalised experiences from brands they share data with, with 65% wanting real-time offers relevant to them. However, more than 27% of Singaporeans, a quarter of them say brands are not doing this well or are inconsistent in their efforts to keep up with their personal preferences. Regular efforts to engage consumers with bespoke offers related to their current interests is of the highest importance – more than 4x as many people want frequent, thoughtful gestures (70%) over bigger one-off moments (15%).

Change is the only Constant

Change is the only Constant holds true, it’s getting faster in recent years. Adobe found out that consumer preferences and tastes are constantly evolving, reinforcing the need for brands to move away from simple groupings based on age or other fixed demographic factors. The consumers’ collective experiences over recent years and months has only added to that rate of change.

Most consumers across Asia Pacific se themselves and their peer group differently from how they were pre-pandemic , and 79% have adjusted their preferences and tastes even further in the past three months. The average person takes on a new interest or hobby 6x a year, rising to 10x a year for people under the age of 25.

To understand Singapore market better, brands need to take note on their ability to keep pace with them because this is a significant expectation for Singaporean consumers. In the survey, 60% of Singaporeans responded that they have changed their favourite brands as their tastes and financial situation has changed. Real-time visibility and delivering experiences in line with emerging preferences is vital to keeping even the most loyal customers on side.

Meeting consumers where they are

Adobe Real-Time CDP empowers brands to continually meet members of this new generation where they are. This customer data platform allows organisations view and manage customer profiles, make updates in real-time, and activate customer insights through Adobe Experience Cloud applications across the entire customer journey.

Experiencing Adobe Digital Experience at Adobe Experience Makers

My experiences with Adobe is mostly at Adobe’s Creative Suite side of things, as my photography (business and personal) and my content creation are key areas of my business services. I would be sharing about Adobe MAX on my TGH Photography and Travel portal/blog.

Experiencing Adobe Digital Experience at Adobe Experience Makers, I was introduced to Adobe’s business market segments. From a technology writer, digital marketer and formerly from a local small medium business (SMB) background, I am able to relate and understand digital transformation for businesses and organisations.

Attending Adobe Experience Makers allowed me to hear first hand real life case studies of businesses from both local and regional, on their digital transformation journey and engagements with their customers. Digital transformation and SMB related topics are areas of interest in my technology and business topics coverage.

Understanding your market, consumer behaviour, sentiments, trends and styles are crucial especially in this fast paced ever changing social media and internet driven world. Businesses and organisations also need a holistic digital platform that would allow them to cater and handle digital transformation, not just for themselves, they would make the engagement with their consumers a better experience for all.

Whether you are a business owner, management staff, IT head/lead or handling digital marketing, a new age of digital transformation is ushering a new transformation and change in a constantly changing digital world that is changing faster than before. Having a solid digital experience platform and diverse suite of digital services and tools are a must have for your businesses and organisations.

The time is now for businesses and organisations to embark on your Digital Transformation 2.0  or maybe even Digital Transformation 3.0, and transform your workplace digital experiences for a new Future of Work, if you haven’t done so.

Adobe Digital Experience

For business organisations and institutions that are exploring new holistic digital experiences for your organisation and how you can go about implementing or transforming your current digital experiences, you can visit Adobe website https://www.adobe.com/sea/ and learn more about how Adobe is changing the world through its digital experiences.

* Information courtesy of Adobe and WE Communications *

Casio EDIFICE SOSPENSIONE Honda Racing Red Edition

Motorsports and racing fans/enthusiasts, especially Honda Racing fans, take note! Casio, an internationally renowned watch brand, maybe known for its toughness, they are also a watch with a spirit of racing pulsing through its DNA. With a respect for speed and technological feats of racing, Casio is proud to introduce the Casio EDIFICE SOSPENSIONE Honda Racing Red Edition model in collaboration with Honda Racing to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Suzuka Circuit.

Year 2022 marks the 60th anniversary since the construction of the Suzuka Circuit by Honda Motor Limited in 1962. This motorsport race track circuit is 5.807km long, located in Ino, Suzuka City, that was first designed as a Honda test track featuring an iconic figure of 8 layout with a 1.2km long back straight passing over the front section by means of an overpass. Suzuka Circuit is one of the only two FIA Grade 1 licensed track to have a figure of 8 layout, the other one being the Fiorano Circuit in Italy.

For F1 fans and drivers, Suzuka Circuit has openly touted by them as one of the most enjoyable, it’s also one of the oldest remaining tracks of the Formula One World Championship and it has a long history of races as venue of the Japanese Grand Prix since 1987. Its traditional role as one of the last Grand Prix of the season means numerous world championships have been decided at this track. Four years consecutively in its early history, Suzuka Circuit saw the world championship being decided. This include the 1988 championship, which went to Ayrton Senna, the controversial 1989 championship, which went to Alain Prost, and the 1990 and 1991 world championships, which both went to Senna.

Casio EDIFICE SOSPENSIONE Honda Racing Red Edition

The Casio EDIFICE SOSPENSIONE Honda Racing Red Edition model is infused with Honda Racing’s spirit of racing in all aspects. The X-frame of the dial is painted with the same paint used in the Honda red badge, which symbolises the racing spirit of Honda and can only be seen on Honda racing cars such as the RA271 and the Type R commercial vehicles.

The HRC brand logo is featured prominently on the dial of the watch, while the Honda logo and the Honda Racing logo are engraved on to the case, band ring and back cover. The back cover is also dressed with the engraving of a logo celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Suzuka Circuit.

This Casio EDIFICE SOSPENSIONE Honda Racing Red Edition model is using the EQB-2000 as the base, which was inspired by the double-wishbone suspension used in racing cars, and features Honda NSX GT3 motif with red accents on a black background. The band of it is made from the material Alcantara, which a synthetic material known for its durability and comfort and used for the interior of Honda’s Type R cars.

The EQB-2000 also comes with a chronograph for precise timekeeping and is equipped with Bluetooth smartphone links that offers auto time adjustment, watch setting, approximately 300 World Time Cities, stopwatch time transfer, and an iPhone finder all accessible via an app on your mobile phone.

Wear the racing spirit of Honda Racing and the Suzuka Circuit on your wrist with the EDIFICE SOSPENSIONE Honda Racing Red Edition.

Pricing and Availability

This Honda Collaboration Model will be available at Honda official authorised distributor, Kah Motor form 2nd November 2022.

It will be available at EDIFICE retailers and https://gshock.casio.com/sg/ from 23rd November 2022.

EQB-2000HR-1A
SGD $849

Technical Specifications

Casio EDIFICE SOSPENSIONE Honda Racing Red Edition EQB-2000HR-1A

Construction Solar Powered
Communication Specifications Bluetooth® low energy

Power saving

Stopwatch 1 second (1:00’00”~23:59’59”); measuring capacity: 23:59’59.99″; flyback, direct timing start from the timekeeping mode
Alarm Daily Alarms
Mobile Link Features
(Wireless linking with Bluetooth® devices)
Auto time adjustment
Easy watch setting
Approximately 300 world time cities + user-added point
Stopwatch data transfer
Time & place
Phone finder
Other Functions Dual time home city time swapping; day display; full auto-calendar (to year 2099); day indicator; regular timekeeping; 12/24-hour format
Power Source Tough Solar power system (solar-charging system)
Continuous Operation About 5 months after full charge, using all functions but without solar charging

About 19 months with the power-saving function ON after full charge

Size of Case 55.6 × 47.8 × 10.8 mm
Total Weight Approx. 96g

* Information and pictures courtesy of Casio and Brand Cellar *

Writer’s Day and Thoughts

A writer’s day and thoughts, today I am writing from my own personal writer’s perspectives, thoughts, views and plans. It’s something different from my personal updates and reflections, also away from my technology and business media news coverage.

Official launch of my second photography zine

It’s finally official, I finally announced the launch of my second photography zine, a special theme zine on photography therapy and playbook. A personal project idea that came out from me handling my own personal situations during the ongoing global pandemic situation in 2021. Photography and writing were key factors that got me out from that rabbit hole.

More deep and personal insights can be read here inside this article that I wrote and published on my TGH Photography and Travel portal/blog. If you like to purchase my 2nd photography zine titled “TGH Photography Therapy Zine and Playbook”, it’s available on MagCloud.

TGH Photography Therapy Zine and Playbook

TGH Photography Zine Collection: TGH Photography Therapy Zine and Playbook

The motivation and story behind my second photography zine came about from some personal crisis in a middle of an ongoing global pandemic situation. There were a series of situations that took place in 2021.My second photography zine has a unique and special theme – photography therapy theme,…

Find out more on MagCloud

Reading Not Enough

I am not reading enough books, even though I am reading articles online, from both news outlets and writers from different genres. My books inside my cupboard are waiting for me to read them again or start reading them since I bought those books.

Time to go back reading “No Missing Tools: Creativity In An Age Of Abundance” by Fernando Gros, “The Little Book of Ikigai” by Ken Mogi and Taiwan street travel by Emico.

New books to read are “Klopp Bring The Noise” by Raphael Honigstein, “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck* by Mark Manson and “Goodbye, Things on Minimalist Living” by Fumio Sasaki.   

Writing Not Fast Enough

I am not writing fast enough, on both media news coverage, media events coverage, as well as personal and visual storytelling side. On one hand, it can be really exhausting, it’s also more challenging to bring my writing to the next level.

Would I be able to get back to a faster pace of writing? Let’s see how it goes, I realised that quality writing takes a bit more time than usual, I do produce better quality articles too.

What’s up next for my writing topics/projects?

What’s up next for my writing topics/projects? I would break it down into a few areas that I am working on:

Personal writing

This is where I provide updates and reflections on personal and business side of things aka ranting on a quarterly basis, sometimes along with half yearly and full year review updates as well. My personal writing is where I am able to write freely, sharing what I want to share on a personal basis. This is my personal avenue and platform to release them in my own words, thoughts and feelings.

Special interest

Over my years of writing, media news coverage on both technology, photography and travel sectors, I have also developed interests and concerns in topics that are close to my heart and mind.

Some areas that I am planning to go more in-depth are sustainability and climate change, future and developments of cryptocurrency and blockchain, and future of work.

Visual storytelling – photography and travel

A genre that I started in 2006, my visual storytelling adventures and journeys on my TGH Photography and Travel portal/blog, accompanying my photography portfolio website TGH Photography, in my content creation and social media marketing/digital marketing journeys.

I am thinking of a new book project for year 2023, either a photo book or a visual storytelling travel book. More information and updates would be shared when I am ready to announce.

There could also be a chance for projects or commissioned work here in Singapore or overseas for my visual storytelling skillsets and experiences as well.

15 years young in 2023

Founded in 2008, TGH Technology and Business portal/blogs turning 15 years young in January 2023. Since I haven’t celebrate any major milestone for TGH Technology and Business portal/blog, I might do a milestone celebration, maybe something similar to the 15 years milestone for my TGH Photography and Travel portal/blog in April 2021.

Journaling and Writing – Old School + Modern Technology

As I am making changes to my WFH workstation by adding a used 2017 Apple iMac 21.5, and hybrid remote working setup recently, adding a used Logitech Slim Combo keyboard for my Apple iPad Air 3, looking to add a few more peripherals soon to complete my content creation, photography and writing work, portable and on the move. I am trying out the Day One journaling app on my Apple iPad Air 3, typing down notes, thoughts and ideas while I am on the move.

During this period, I am also thinking about my journaling with notebooks for work/daily usage as well as a travelers notebook. Would I be able to combine old school + modern technology in my journaling and writing?

Next Stop – What would it be?

On board my writing and visual storytelling journey, coming to 15 years for this website. Next stop – What would it be? What are my goals, objectives and plans for my writing?

Let me think, let me plan, let me write it down.

Stay tuned, coming soon.

Vision Beyond – Epson Celebrates 40 years in Southeast Asia

Epson, a global technology leader leveraging on its efficient, compact and precise innovation since 1942, they recently marked a significant milestone of 80 years since its establishment, and 40 years in Southeast Asia (SEA) region on 20th October 2022. Epson reflects on its success over the past eight decades and key milestones achieved together across four decades in SEA.

Vision Beyond – Epson Celebrates 40 years in Southeast Asia

To commemorate this special occasion, Epson held its 40th Anniversary Seminar and Solution Tour that welcomed Epson Global President and CEO Yasunori Ogawa as the esteemed guest-of-honour. This was titled, “Vision Beyond“, representing how Epson has paid homage to its long-standing heritage of excellence while demonstrating foresight into the future of the business inkjet, large format printing and robotics industry.

The Epson regional Southeast Asia headquarters is anchored here since 1982, Epson launched its new regional HQ office last year at Alexandra Technopark in Singapore, alongside two Solution Centres to display new corporate and industrial products across the region.

Southeast Asia is poised to become the 4th largest market in the world by 2030, this represents huge market potential that the wider ecosystem can tap into for a wide range of business benefits. On the other hand, Epson has also expanded its presence across Southeast Asia over the last four decades, with significant investment to the region, including office openings in Malaysia in 1991, Thailand and Philippines in 1998, Indonesia in 2000, and Vietnam in 2018. Most recently in 2022, local Epson Solution Centres were launched across Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam.

The progression and expansion of Epson’s regional footprint is made possible due to its track record within the industry – consistently retaining its number 1 market share in the SEA region for their Ink Tank printers, Projectors, Dye Sublimation Textile Printers, SCARA Robots, Timing Devices and many more.

Epson’s commitment and presence to B2B innovation can be seen in its key product launch milestones across Southeast Asia, such as introducing the World’s First Ink Tank Printer in 2010, Epson Industrial Robot Series in 2012. More recently, Epson welcomed the launch of the World’s First 25,000 Lumens 3LCD Laser Projector in 2016; the Line Inkjet Business Printer in 2017; the Direct-to-Fabric Printer in 2019 and the 2021 launch of PaperLab – the World’s First in-office dry paper making system.

In this year 2022, Epson SEA strengthens its EcoTank leadership position with the launch of monochrome EcoTank printers, M1170 and M2170. Powered by PrecisionCore Heat-Free Technology, these compact office EcoTank printers deliver fast print speeds and enhanced productivity.

The future of work is here, workplace norms are changing and ever-evolving. Epson’s business inkjet printer series are tailored to suit hybrid work environment. With solutions that enable printing on the go as well as cloud printing that ensures confidentiality and ease of print, Epson is able to meet the changing requirements of printing to go “Beyond Boundaries”. To further complement the hybrid work and learn environment, Epson has also launched CO-FH02, a versatile projector that can accompany an office worker from day to night. This Full HD Smart projector has a lightweight and compact design, making it easy for the users to bring it to work and home.

With the theme ‘‘Beyond Transformation’, Epson has brought digital transformation impacts to industrial and commercial printing verticals like signage, textiles, labels and many more via its wide range of large format printers. With decentralisation being the key industry trend, cloud solutions are embedded within Epson’s large format printers to enable seamless business scaling across multiple sites while maintaining consistent quality and efficiency.

Going ‘Beyond Tomorrow’, Epson leads the way into the future with smart manufacturing. Its robots provide flexible configuration for end-to-end automation. This enables manufacturing floor optimisation with higher output, precision and accuracy while reducing environmental impact.

Epson’s success and achievements in the B2C market, highlights their dominant market leadership across B2C product categories and they are making significant headways to capture major market opportunities in B2B categories. Epson’s mission for “Vision Beyond” is to emulate the level of success Epson has achieved in B2C products and pivot this commitment to capture significant market share in B2B segments.

Epson’s Sustainable Solutions to Transform the Industry

Sustainability is the core of Epson’s solutions to drive customer’s businesses forward. Epson is dedicated to creating a sustainable business model via advocacy and influence in corporate responsibility – ultimately enabling socially responsible manufacturing and consumption to be realised across its comprehensive business and partner ecosystem. Leading by example, Epson promotes responsible manufacturing by incorporating more recycled material within the main unit of its printers and product packaging, while minimising consumables.

Epson is progressing towards its Global Environmental Vision, Epson’s manufacturing sites are on track to run on 100% renewable energy by 2023. The Epson factory in the Philippines is the first factory to achieve this target, with Indonesia following suit this year – entirely generated by biomass energy sources.

A Sustainable Future by Enriching Communities and Co-creating Value

Epson aims to instil a business mindset that focuses on sustainability, accomplished through tripartite collaborations involving social enterprises, channel partners and end users. This is underscored by Epson Southeast Asia’s alignment with 5 United Nations Sustainability Development Goals (UNSDGs), namely: UNSDGs 8 (1), 9 (2), 12 (3), 13 (4) and 17 (5). These have been carefully selected due to 3 key factors: They are most material to Epson Southeast Asia’s business operations; potential to create the biggest impact and alignment to its Global Environmental Vision.

Locally, Epson and WWF are supporting a pilot habitat restoration programme within Singapore’s Southern Islands, where research insights will be used to restore a degraded reef area. Passionate individuals are also empowered to be a part of the solution via the citizen scientist programme.

“As we celebrate our 40th anniversary, we remain committed to the vision of empowering lives with sustainable innovations. With sustainability being an imperative in today’s business environment, we recognise the pressing need for collective action,” said Siew Jin Kiat, Regional Managing Director of Epson Southeast Asia. “As an industry leader, we must make tangible commitments to the communities we operate in. Thus, sustainability will always be at the core of what we do in Epson. By harnessing a cohesive ecosystem effort, we will continue to drive societal solutions with our technology that will benefit community livelihoods while contributing towards environmental conservation.”

Epson’s regional efforts mirror the company’s global commitment towards sustainable innovation. Through the establishment of closed-loop metal recycling facilities in Kita Industrial Park, Epson Global has made significant strides to pioneer pathways towards net-zero aligned towards its Global Environmental Vision 2050.

“We marked our 80th year in business in May of this year. Exercising constant creativity and challenge to deliver on products and services that continuously exceed customer expectations, we continue to be guided by Epson’s unique philosophy of efficient, compact, and precise innovation that we have evolved since our founding. Our aim is to take advantage of the tremendous value that this innovation yields to address sustainability and other societal issues, with the ultimate goal of helping to create a better world and enrich people’s lives.” said Yasunori Ogawa, Global President and CEO of Epson.

Epson’s goals are to transform the industry with sustainable solutions, to enrich communities, and ultimately mirror the position of market leadership for both B2B and B2C categories. Through collaborative initiatives with industry partners and customers, Epson envisions its ‘Vision Beyond’ by leading the frontiers of innovation for a sustainable future.

Notes:

  1. UNSDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
  2. UNSDG 9: Industry Innovation and Infrastructure
  3. UNSDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
  4. UNSDG 13: Climate Action
  5. UNSDG 17: Partnerships for The Goals

* Information and picture courtesy of Epson Singapore and Hill+Knowlton Strategies *

Casio G-SHOCK unveils new Ignite Red Series

G-SHOCK, a world renowned brand, a watch that has constantly been testing new limits in timekeeping toughness since 1982, unveils new Ignite Red Series, a new collection that combine its first colourways of basic black with bright red accents.

There are 5 base models that make up this new Ignite Red series collection, they are the octagon case, Bluetooth solar GA-B2100, big case solar GAS-100 and big case GA-100, GA-2200, and GA-700. This range of cool, practical designs now come with bold colouring that lets the burning red accents stand out for a statement.

GA-700BNR-1ADR
SGD$179

The Colour of Unshakeable Spirit

The Ignite Red series collection showcases the colour of unshakeable spirit throughout the series, with a colour-blocked accents of red stand out strong and stark against an otherwise all-black design, all at once contrasting the black’s strong presence with lines of confident composure. Additional red touches appear within the dial of the watch, highlighted through metallic paint and alumite treatments, further providing a touch of luxury through the Ignite Red series collection.

GA-B2100BNR-1ADR
SGD$239

The GA-2100 is the featured watch of this new Ignite Red series collection. This watch comes with Smartphone Link that wireless links with a host of Bluetooth enabled devices. With the simple download of an app on your smartphone, you can access auto time adjustment, simple watch-setting, approximately 300 World Time cities and even activate a Phone Finder feature. They also boasts a Tough Solar Power feature that recharges itself on solar energy for longer battery life.

All the new Ignite Red Series models come with the complete technical specifications of the G-SHOCK seal of shock resistance, 200m water resistance, hourly time signals, countdown timer and hand shift feature.

Pricing and Availability

The G-SHOCK Ignite Red Series will be available at all G-SHOCK stores and https://gshock.casio.com/sg/ from 3rd November 2022.

GA-100BNR-1ADR
SGD$199
GAS-100BNR-1ADR
SGD$239
GA-2200BNR-1ADR
SGD$199

Technical Specifications

GA-B2100BNR-1ADR

Construction Solar Powered, Shock-resistant
Communication Specifications Bluetooth® low energy
World Time World times selected from 38 cities (38 time zones,* daylight saving on/off) and Coordinated Universal Time, city name display, home time/world time city swapping, auto summer time (DST) switching

* May be updated when connected to a smartphone.

Stopwatch 1/100 second (00’00”00~59’59”99) / 1 second (1:00’00”~23:59’59”); measuring capacity: 23:59’59.99″; measuring modes: elapsed time, lap/split time
Countdown Timer Measuring unit: 1 second (range: 60 mins)
Alarm 5 daily alarms
Mobile Link Features
(Wireless linking with Bluetooth® devices)
Auto time adjustment
Simple watch setting
Approximately 300 world time cities + user-added point
Time & place
Reminder
Phone finder
Other Functions Hand shift feature; hourly time signal; battery level indicator; power saving; full auto-calendar (to year 2099); 12/24-hour format; Button operation tone on/off; date/month display swapping; regular timekeeping; day display
Power Source Tough Solar power system (solar-charging system)
Continuous Operation About 7 months after full charge, using all functions but without solar charging

About 18 months with the power-saving function ON after full charge

Size of Case 48.5 × 45.4 × 11.9 mm
Total Weight Approx. 52g

GAS-100BNR-1ADR

Construction Solar Powered, Shock-resistant
World Time World times selected from 48 cities (31 time zones,* daylight saving on/off) and Coordinated Universal Time, city name display, home time/world time city swapping.

* May be updated when connected to a smartphone.

Stopwatch 1/100 second (00’00”00~59’59”99) / 1 second; measuring capacity: 59’59.99″; measuring modes: elapsed time, lap/split time, 1st-2nd place times
Countdown Timer Measuring unit: 1 second (range: 100 mins)
Alarm 5 daily alarms
Mobile Link Features
(Wireless linking with Bluetooth® devices)
Auto time adjustment
Simple watch setting
Approximately 300 world time cities + user-added point
Time & place
Reminder
Phone finder
Other Functions Hand shift feature; hourly time signal; battery level indicator; power saving; full auto-calendar (to year 2099); 12/24-hour format; Button operation tone on/off; date/month display swapping; regular timekeeping; day display
Power Source Tough Solar power system (solar-charging system)
Continuous Operation About 8 months after full charge, using all functions but without solar charging

About 19 months with the power-saving function ON after full charge

Size of Case 55.1 × 52.5 × 16.7 mm
Total Weight Approx. 72g

GA-2200BNR-1ADR

Construction Solar Powered, Shock-resistant
World Time World times selected from 48 cities (31 time zones,* daylight saving on/off) and Coordinated Universal Time, city name display, home time/world time city swapping.

* May be updated when connected to a smartphone.

Stopwatch 1/100 second (00’00”00~59’59”99) / 1 second; measuring capacity: 59’59.99″; measuring modes: elapsed time, lap/split time, 1st-2nd place times
Countdown Timer Measuring unit: 1 second (range: 24 hours)
Alarm 5 daily alarms
Mobile Link Features
(Wireless linking with Bluetooth® devices)
Auto time adjustment
Simple watch setting
Approximately 300 world time cities + user-added point
Time & place
Reminder
Phone finder
Other Functions Hourly time signal; full auto-calendar (to year 2099); 12/24-hour format; Button operation tone on/off; date/month display swapping; regular timekeeping
Power Source Tough Solar power system (solar-charging system)
Continuous Operation Approx. 3 years
Size of Case 50.8 × 47.1 × 13.1 mm
Total Weight Approx. 57g

GA-700BNR-1ADR 

Construction Solar Powered, Shock-resistant
World Time World times selected from 48 cities (31 time zones,* daylight saving on/off) and Coordinated Universal Time, city name display, home time/world time city swapping.

* May be updated when connected to a smartphone.

Stopwatch 1/100 second (00’00”00~59’59”99) / 1 second; measuring capacity: 23:59’59.99″; measuring modes: elapsed time, lap/split time, 1st-2nd place times
Countdown Timer Measuring unit: 1 second (range: 60mins)
Alarm 5 daily alarms, with 1 snooze alarm
Mobile Link Features
(Wireless linking with Bluetooth® devices)
Auto time adjustment
Simple watch setting
Approximately 300 world time cities + user-added point
Time & place
Reminder
Phone finder
Other Functions Hand shift feature; LED Light; hourly time signal; full auto-calendar (to year 2099); 12/24-hour format; Button operation tone on/off; regular timekeeping
Power Source Tough Solar power system (solar-charging system)
Continuous Operation Approx. 5 years
Size of Case 57.5 × 53.4 × 18.5 mm
Total Weight Approx. 69g

GA-100BNR-1ADR

Construction Solar Powered, Magnetic-resistant
World Time World times selected from 48 cities (29 time zones,* daylight saving on/off) and Coordinated Universal Time, city name display, home time/world time city swapping.

* May be updated when connected to a smartphone.

Stopwatch 1/1000 second (00’00”00~59’59”99) / 1 second; measuring capacity: 99:59’59.99″; measuring modes: elapsed time, lap/split time
Countdown Timer Measuring unit: 1 second (range: 24hours)
Alarm 5 daily alarms, with 1 snooze alarm
Mobile Link Features
(Wireless linking with Bluetooth® devices)
Auto time adjustment
Simple watch setting
Approximately 300 world time cities + user-added point
Time & place
Reminder
Phone finder
Other Functions Hand shift feature; LED Light; hourly time signal; full auto-calendar (to year 2099); 12/24-hour format; Button operation tone on/off; regular timekeeping
Power Source Tough Solar power system (solar-charging system)
Continuous Operation Approx. 2 years
Size of Case 55.0 × 51.2 × 16.9 mm
Total Weight Approx. 72g

* Information and pictures courtesy of G-SHOCK and Brand Cellar *

Samsung brings Pokémon-themed accessories to Singapore

Samsung and Pokémon fans in Singapore rejoice, I have great news for you! Samsung brings Pokémon-themed accessories to Singapore, they are a special edition range of Pokémon theme for the Galaxy Z Flip4 5G, Galaxy Buds2 Pro, and Galaxy Watch5 Series. Inspired by Pokémon from the Kanto region, the collection features the beloved characters as well as the iconic red-and-white Poké Ball.

The Pokémon Cover with Ring for Galaxy Z Flip4 5G boasts four beloved Pokémon characters. The cover is also embellished with Poké Balls, which adds an adorable spot of colour to the overall aesthetic. The silicone casing protects the smartphone against bumps and scratches and has a ring on the back for a more secure grip and easier handling.

The Poké Ball Cover for Galaxy Buds2 Pro is inspired by the Poké Ball that is bound to turn heads! Just like every trainer needs a Poké Ball for their adventure, the cover is great for users who need a protective cover for their Galaxy Buds2 Pro. It is also compatible with the Galaxy Buds2, Galaxy Buds Live, and Galaxy Buds Pro. 

To complete the look, consumers can change out their Galaxy Watch5 with the Poké Ball Watch Strap for Galaxy Watch5, which incorporates a playful design with Poké Balls on the band.

Pricing and Availability

The Pokémon-themed collection will be available in Singapore from 23rd November, exclusively through the Samsung Online Store and Samsung Experience Stores.

Samsung Singapore will also be offering limited-time promotions* from 23rd November to 30th November. Consumers who purchase the Galaxy Buds2 Pro (S$328) will receive a complimentary Galaxy Buds2 Pokémon Cover Edition (worth $58).

*While stocks last.

Model

RRP (incl. GST)

Pokémon Cover with Ring for Galaxy Z Flip4

S$78

Poké Ball Cover for Galaxy Buds2 Pro

S$58

Poké Ball Watch Strap for Galaxy Watch5

S$58

** Information and pictures courtesy of Samsung and IN.FOM **

Updates and Thoughts – 15th November 2022

We are halfway through the month of November 2022, getting nearer to the end of year 2022. My last updates were in September, on this website, followed by my month of October articles: reflecting Q3 2022 and plans for Q4 2022 (technology/other business and personal) and reflecting Q3 2022 and plans for Q4 2022 (photography and travel). A month has passed, here’s another updates and thoughts – 15th November 2022.

There are a number of updates, thoughts and feelings on my mind right now, it’s not going to be everything written and published below, just selective and focusing on the bigger news/stuff that I am working on or taking place right now.

Twitter Saga

If you are on the Twitter platform, you would have already knew about the ongoing Twitter saga under a new ownership and Twitter users are now facing a lot of uncertainties and challenges ahead.

I started my journey on Twitter in June 2009, it had been a great platform for me to know creative folks from various genres, from photography, writing, filmmaking etc etc, to technology and business networks as well.

That’s a number of stuff, thoughts and feelings going through my mind now. Initially, I wanted to write and publish them early, however after chatting with Fernando Gros on Twitter (he’s someone whom I respect a lot, a huge inspiration to me especially in my writing and unlocking my creativity), I decided to hold back first, let me observe and follow the developments and changes on Twitter before I summarise my thoughts, feelings and future plans down the road in a separate article.

Oh yes, do follow me on Twitter! Here’s my profile – https://twitter.com/tangenghui

New WFH workstation configuration setup

My Apple MacBook Pro (MBP) 15” Early 2013 laptop is coming to a 10 years usage lifespan pretty soon in 2023. Therefore, I have to make adjustments to my workflow setup by adding a 2nd hand Apple iMac 21.5 2017 to my workstation setup (and I have been wanting a desktop computer too), not just as a backup computer, it’s also another work computer too.

My case + keyboard for my Apple iPad Air 3 has also deteriorated, the case was peeling off and rubber components breaking off, the keyboard was also a goner. With recent concern from others on my iPad Air 3 that looked terribly bad, I decided to look for a new keyboard case and I managed to get a good condition used Logitech Slim Combo Touch keyboard case for Apple iPad Air 3.

This is my new WFH workstation configuration setup for now, adding more accessories to my WFH workstation configuration setup, as well as my remote working setup. In the pipeline, a new MBP 14” with the M1 Pro chip is on the cards for Q1 or Q2 2023. I have pushed my 2013 MBP 15” for a solid 10 years, the time is now to get a replacement.

Ongoing discussions for photography business collaborations / projects

I decided to write and share some quick update for my TGH Photography business segment here, there are ongoing discussions for my photography business collaborations / projects, that would not just encompass photography, my visual story telling and videography would be coming into play as well.

New / Second photography zine would soon be officially announced and launched

Yes, finally finally, I am going to write and publish an article to officially announce the launch of my second photography zine. I am trying to get some photographs of my final 3rd mock up zine in a suitable setup/surrounding that I can use inside my article. If you like to know more about my 2nd photography zine, more information can be found inside this article!

Keep a look out for my announcement on my TGH Photography and Travel portal/blog!

Why am I posting lesser on my technology and business portal/blog?

I am not going to lie, I am posting lesser on my TGH Technology and Business portal/blog, it’s getting more challenging to strike a balance finding revenue for my business while maintaining media news coverage (non-paid).

Would I be able to handle more technology brands (consumer and enterprise) media coverage news down the road? I am not too sure yet, on the other hand, I am planning to work on a few areas that I am more interested in.

Anything happening in the final Q4 2022?

Is there anything exciting or happening in my final Q4 2022? I don’t know yet and I don’t think so, as I am keeping a low profile even though you will see tweeting away on Twitter a lot more than you can imagine. I just don’t show and share as much on social media with pictures.

Thank you for your support! Stay tuned for more updates!

I would like to sincerely thank everyone reading for your support! Stay tuned for more updates, let’s see where my final sprint in Q4 2022 would lead me to at the end of Year 2022 and my start to a brand new year 2023!

G-SHOCK FROGMAN 30th Anniversary Limited Edition

The G-SHOCK Master of G FROGMAN watch was first released in 1993, making waves for its capability withstanding the ISO standard of 200m to effectively certified as a dive watch. This year, they are celebrating a 30 years milestone, G-SHOCK is proud to release a new G-SHOCK FROGMAN 30th Anniversary Limited Edition timepiece that commemorates the milestone by recreating the look of the 2nd generation FROGMAN DW-8200. The DW-8200 became an instant hit when it was first released, thanks to its iconic asymmetrical FROGMAN form and impactful design created by the resin bezel and titanium case.

G-SHOCK FROGMAN 30th Anniversary Limited Edition

This new revival model deviates slightly from the original with a bezel and band made of biomass plastic, a first for the FROGMAN series. It also features a new solar panel that more faithfully reproduces the shape of the dial of the DW-8200 and supports the watch’s Tough Solar power system.

The colouring of the new model, matte black with pale gold, also recreates the look of the popular DW-8200B-9A. Turn the watch over and you’ll find a special FROGMAN 30th anniversary “Shock Resist” logo engraved on the back cover of the titanium case. The logo also appears on the display when the illumination is turned on.

The model comes with G-SHOCK’s standard specifications of shock resistance, electro-luminescence backlight and afterglow and flash alert that rings with a buzzer sound for alarms and hourly time signals. Other technical features include 1/100-second stopwatch, countdown timer, multi-function alarm, hourly time signal, full auto calendar, 12/24-hour time format and regular timekeeping. They come with an approximate battery life of two years.

11.11 Shopping Special for CASIO ID Members

CASIO ID members will be able to get their hands on the limited-edition FROGMAN watch from as early as 11th November 2022. Only a limited number of units will be made available between 11th to 13th November 2022 specially for members.

GW-8230B-9ADR
SGD$899

Pricing and Availability

The G-SHOCK FROGMAN GW-8230B-9ADR timepiece will be available at https://gshock.casio.com/sg/ from 11th November 2022 and at all G-SHOCK stores from 18th November 2022.

Technical Specifications

G-SHOCK GW-8230B-9ADR

Construction Solar Powered, Shock-resistant
World Time World times selected from 38 cities (31 time zones,* daylight saving on/off) and Coordinated Universal Time, city name display, home time/world time city swapping, auto summer time (DST) switching

* May be updated when connected to a smartphone.

Stopwatch 1/100 second (00’00”00~59’59”99) / 1 second (1:00’00”~23:59’59”); measuring capacity: 23:59’59.99″; measuring modes: elapsed time, lap/split time, 1st and 2nd time place
Countdown Timer Measuring unit: 1 second (range: 1min to 24hours)
Alarm 5 daily alarms with 1 snooze alarm
Features
Dive Time & Surface Interval Measurement function Moon Data (Moon age of specific date, moon phase graph)

Tide Graph (Tide level for specific time and date)

Other Functions Hourly time signal; battery level indicator; power saving; full auto-calendar (to year 2099); 12/24-hour format; Button operation tone on/off; regular timekeeping
Power Source Tough Solar power system (solar-charging system)
Continuous Operation About 14 months after full charge, using all functions but without solar charging

About 36 months with the power-saving function ON after full charge

Size of Case 52.0 × 50.3 × 18.0 mm
Total Weight Approx. 84g

* Information and pictures courtesy of G-SHOCK and Brand Cellar *

People, Technology, and Spaces – Critical Elements to the Future of Work and Return to Office

The role and significance of a workplace has changed over the years, with the recent global pandemic situation accelerating changes and disruptions to how we work and our workplace, transforming a new future of work as the world economy gradually seeks a return back to normal in a post-pandemic world. Work today is no longer a place, it’s now what your employees do, and how they do it. The future of work is upon us, a hybrid future of work is here to stay and it’s an increasingly permanent fixture. How are organisations coping and figuring out how to optimise this new future of work model setup, amidst ongoing challenges with the Return to the Office. People, Technology, and Spaces – they are the key elements to the Future of Work and Return to Office

There have been a lot of discussions and ideas on what organisations should do when building out strategies for a new Future of Work, whether it’s changing the nature of work for employees, what technologies should come into play, or the need to redefine the office space.

Recipe to Success in the New Future of Work

At Poly, they believe that the receipt to success in the new future of work over the long term, starts with three key central ingredients

1. People: They are the most important asset for a company.

2. Technology: Organisations need to properly define the needs and work styles of employees, this would lead to the ability fo discern the rich technology solutions that can enable both effective work across different spaces, regardless of where that might be.

3. Spaces: Organisations need to understand the work styles more prevalent among employees, the organisation can then better design experiences across spaces that increase both engagement and innovation by eliminating friction to create seamless transitions from the home office to spaces across the office, or anywhere in between.

The former approach to planning an office work setup is defining requirements based on space, the new approach is a people-focused approach, a radical departure from the old ways of setting up an office workspace. The best way forward for a modern organisation is to strategise for the Future of Work, is to understand the people who perform it.

Poly has been studying work style evolution for nearly a decade, they have identified six distinct work styles, often referred to as personas – which make up 97% of a typical enterprise, each with different character traits. By identifying the attributes, pain points, and communication preferences associated with each persona, businesses are better equipped to match work styles and employee behaviours to devices and technologies, thereby increasing organisational productivity.

Samir Sayed, Managing Director, ASEAN and Korea, Poly, says, “For organizations to succeed in this new world of work, they first have to understand how their people do their best work, how to configure work spaces to enable their workers to get the most out of their working hours, and by extension, where to best invest their money in technologies that enable a seamless, flexible, and more equitable working experience.”

Here are some key takeaways:

  • There is an ongoing and dramatic shift to remote-centric work styles: From before the pandemic to 2022, there has been a 25% increase in workers adopting remote-centric working styles and preferences.
  • The ability to connect is driving a return to the office: While there are numerous barriers hindering the return to the office, the ability to connect to one another remains a key element in driving people to return to the office.
  • Connecting employees driving a shift in office space reallocation: Pre-pandemic, up to 70% of office space was geared towards individual desks and support spaces. Post-pandemic, the shift to more remote-centric roles is driving a shift from individual space, towards space that supports activities that connect employees for collaboration.

Low Hee Bun, Senior Solution Architect, Poly, comments, “Organizations are getting serious about implementing their long-term hybrid strategies, which also includes plans to refit their office spaces to better fit the new purpose of the office as a center of corporate culture. Planning for the return to office is about designing experiences for this new hybrid world of work that will drive people to the office to build connections, and at the same time maximizing the experiences for those in the office and those who are remote.”

How can your organisation setup for the new Future of Work?

Board Room

Photo courtesy of IN.FOM

Small Meeting Room

Photo courtesy of IN.FOM

Home Office

The Hybrid Future of Work is upon us, a hybrid format of remote/working from home and working in office. As both organisation and the workforce find the balance point in this Hybrid Future of Work, the recipe to success in the new Future of Work – People, Technology and Spaces. They will play their crucial roles together to transform and usher in new Hybrid Future of Work.

If you would like to learn more about setting up your workforce for success in a new world of work, please visit www.poly.com and check them out!

* Information courtesy of Poly and IN.FOM *