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Yearly Theme 2023 (Technology | Business | Personal)

It’s Monday 2nd of January 2023, the start of a brand week in a fresh New Year 2023,. Looking back at Year 2022, it was a mixed bag of an onward journey, results and outcomes, filled with its fair share of ups and downs. As the world economy reopens in 2022, reopening their borders and lifting of risk management measures, it’s a much awaited return that the world desires, the route to recovery was gradual as we return back to a more normal lifestyle.    

Inspired by Fernando GrosHow to choose a Yearly Theme”, this is my 4th year writing and announcing a Yearly Theme, an approach that I personally feel that it’s more forward looking for a new future, a new era of working, thinking and how we connect as an individual, as a collective, society and the world. It’s not that goal settings or setting resolutions are no longer popular or useful, they still have a purpose and it still works for some people or industries

Recap of previous Yearly Themes

Before I announce my Yearly Theme 2023 for my technology, business and personal, let me bring you back into my previous Yearly Themes through a recap below:

Yearly Theme 2023 (Technology | Business | Personal) – “Transform”

Now let me introduce and announce my Yearly Theme 2023 for Technology, Business and Personal – “Transform”.

Why “Transform”?

This word “Transform” was chosen for its connection to a 15 years milestone for my TGH Technology and Business website, how can I can change, transform and improve, from my media news coverage, business and technology analysis, social media marketing/digital marketing and as a writer?

15 Years of TGH Technology and Business Portal/Blog

My TGH Technology and Business Portal/Blog is marking and celebrating a 15 years milestone in Year 2023. How has my website and writing transformed over the past 15 years and how am I going to transform my website and writing moving forward? There are probably more questions than answers right now. The answers might appear when I do more in-depth and write more, on both professional and personal basis.

In an upcoming article, I would share more thoughts and feelings behind my 15 years (and still counting) journey, that brought me a lot more than what I could have asked and planned for.

 

Technology and Business Media News Coverage

How am I gong to transform in how I cover technology and business media news coverage? With more in-depth interviews and thoughts? Should I cover and build up more enterprise/B2B technology media news?

Key technology topics and trends that I am looking to cover more in this year 2023 – Impacts of AI technology, Digital Transformation, B2B technology for SMB, Future of Work, Future Cities, Sustainability, Fin-Tech, Blockchain, NFT and Web 3.0.

Writing and Thought Leadership

I am spending more time writing on topics of heavier load nature, as well as sharing more about thought leadership in the business and technology sectors. How can I improve and transform my technology, business and personal writing onto another higher level of thought leadership, thinking and writing?

My personal writing on a technology and business content heavy website, gives another different perspective and dimension to my articles writing. I am still constantly honing and improving my writing and craft. A personal voice in thought leadership topics, we need to see more these from writers around the world.

New set of Uncertainties and Dark Clouds in 2023

How can I transform, change and adapt in a year of new set of uncertainties in 2023? What are the uncertainties that world economy might be facing in this year? Could the economic and political situations turn for the worst in 2023? We are facing inflation, higher costs of living, economic slowdown (or even possibly world recession) and geo-political worldwide crisis in a worst worst case scenario.

In a period of uncertainties and political crisis in some regions (hopefully it doesn’t escalate beyond that stage into bigger crisis), there might be new opportunities. Time to explore other opportunities as a new set of dark clouds (challenges and uncertainties) looms over 2023.

Yearly Theme 2023 (Photography and Travel)

In this year 2023, I decide to try something different again, I chose two themes, one for my TGH  Technology and Business Portal/Blog, one for my TGH Photography and Travel Portal/Blog. What did I choose for my Yearly Theme 2023 (Photography and Travel)?

Join me in my “Transform” adventures in 2023

I would like to invite all of you, come join me in my transformation exploration in my technology, business and writer journeys in 2023.

Together we can and we might discover something common to work on, advocate together and transform the way we work and live, and on special themes that we can push for more awareness and publicity.

SolSwipe – World’s First-Ever Solana Debit Card

SolSwipe – World’s First-Ever Solana Debit Card provider, launched its premier debit service to global customers in September 2022. This launch is in line with SolSwipe’s roadmap of providing a unique service for Solana holders to transact in a seamless and convenient fashion through popular cryptocurrencies.

What is SolSwipe all about?

The SolSwipe card is the first Solana debit card in the world that allows Web3 reloading with Phantom wallet, a Solana-based wallet built for DeFi and NFTs. This SolSwipe debit card is created for accessibility and supports SOL/USDC and other major chains, such as Ethereum and Binance Smart Chain. Solswipe will be available on multiple chains shortly after its launch.

Solswipe is available globally and can be used for digital purchases, point of sale (POS) and on any Visa-compatible ATMs.

The SolSwipe NFT collection

SolSwipe’s debut NFT collection was launched on 12th September 2022 for whitelisted and the general public, with 40% sold within half a day at launch. The remaining supply will be available for mint by any users.

The SolSwipe NFTs are available for mint at 1.25 Sol with a low supply of 6666 NFTs. Holders will enjoy reduced loading fees and are eligible for exclusive rewards shared from a portion of the royalties and loading fees incurred. Other perks for NFT holders include crypto or NFT airdrops and premium metal SolSwipe debit card redemption.

SolSwipe is available globally and can be used for digital purchases, point of sale (POS) and on any Visa-compatible ATMs in 200 countries.

SolSwipe NFT Details

  • SolSwipe NFT Supply: 6666
  • Mint Price: 1.25 $SOL
  • Mint Date: 12 September 2022

NFT Utility:

  • Reward Sharing [ From Transactions & Royalties ]
  • Reduction in Loading Fees
  • Prestige Metal Card

For more information on SolSwipe

If you are into blockchain, cryptocurrencies and NFT, the Solana Blockchain would not be new to you. Moreover, SolSwipe would be of great interest to you and how you would be able to further utilise them. For more information on SolSwipe, please visit and check them out on:

* Information and pictures courtesy of SolSwipe *

Safeguard your digital assets with UKISS Hugware® crypto hardware wallet

Safeguard your digital assets with UKISS Hugware® crypto hardware wallet by locally founded tech company UKISS Technology. Your digital assets, crypto assets, and documents can now be safeguarded securely with their patented recovery technology that eliminates the common pain points of conventional cold wallets. Hugware® is the world’s first seed phrase-free wallet, officially launched at an event on 16th August 2022, after rigorous development and testing. The UKISS Hugware® will be retailing at US$139 which comprises an Authentication Key (A-Key), a Rescue Key (R-Key), and a five year warranty.

The Hugware® crypto hardware wallet is the epitome of state-of-the-art security that every crypto novice needs. It’s safe and easy to use, it provides a reliable recovery plan for your investments. Users can rest assured that their private keys will always be at their fingertips with this new must-have tech accesory.

Who is UKISS Technology?

UKISS Technology was founded in 2021, they are a locally founded Singapore technology company. UKISS Technology is a cryptography-based security startup that aims to make enterprise-trusted data and asset security accessible to everyone through Hugware® and its forthcoming eco-system.

The founders of UKISS Technology are James Gan, Desmond Hsu, Ben Chan and Tan Ze Chong. They have over 30 years of experience in blockchain, data security and FinTech. They are pioneering the next-generation wallet solutions that enhance the strength of cyber protection for Web 2.0 users, while equipping them with the necessary tools for a gradual and inevitable transition to Web 3.0.

To date, UKISS Technology’s self-recovery technology has been tried and tested in the past decade among major FinTech players as well as leading medical healthcare providers and enterprises based in the APAC region. They also have an active community of more than 13,000 enthusiasts who regularly contribute on their Telegram channel.

By developing a decentralised security ecosystem built on blockchain, UKISS Technology offers both security, convenience, and autonomy in managing digital assets.

Introducing UKISS Hugware® crypto hardware wallet

Introducing Hugware® crypto hardware wallet by UKISS Technology. This is a great solution for people who tend to forget or lose their seed phrase and are looking for a self-custody wallet with a simpler recovery process, thanks to its master seed synchronisation capability.

Hugware® boasts seamless key pairing, which ensures that private keys are generated and stored in the hardware while enabling backups through device pairing. In this way, the seed does not have to be translated into recovery phrases and will not be exposed to human error, phishing or theft.

Hugware®’s safe and secure technology is patented in more than 20 countries and significant markets, including the United States, Europe, China, India, and Southeast Asia. Each Hugware® comes with a Certificate of Authenticity recorded on blockchain.

How does Hugware® works?

How does Hugware® works? It’s pretty simple and straightforward. Each Hugware® comes in a pair, you have the Authentication Key (A-Key) and Rescue Key (R-Key). During the setup, the master seed is generated in the A-Key and synchronised wit the R-Key.

Authentication Key (A-Key)

The A-Key is used to manage crypto assets, and is the gatekeeper of your private keys. You can simply plug it into your device to provide authentication or confirm transactions.

Rescue Key (R-Key)

The R-Key can be kept for when users need to recover access in the future, and this is going to be your life saving gizmo. Plug it into your device to recover private keys in case you lose the A-Key. The R-Key backs up your master seed for fast wallet recovery.

Design and Aesthetics of A-Key and R-Key

Both A-Key and R-Key features a sleek and streamlined design, they are pocket-sized, enabling users to carry it around easily wherever they go. Hugware® also comes with USB and USB-C connectors that users can plug into their devices.

Additionally, Hugware® comes equipped with a security system that is programmed to lock the device after 10 failed logins. This offers an added layer of security in the event that you lose either one of your keys.

This fuss-free solution supports multiple blockchain networks and is available on desktop for Windows and MacOS, and soon on Android.

For buyers of the Hugware® and other UKISS services, UKISS Technology is rewarding buyers with KISS Tokens to offset their next UKISS purchase.

Coming Soon – New Features by UKISS Technology

Coming soon! New features by UKISS Technology! The multi-purpose UKISS Hugware® crypto hardware wallet device offers dynamic functionality with new features such as U-Archive and U-Hide in the works.

U-Archive

Many of us have cloud storage backup, it’s becoming more common nowadays. You can now fortify your backup in the cloud. Secure your archives without compromising on space.

The U-Archive encryption software allows you to encrypt large folders in your computer or in the cloud, and only the holder of the associated Hugware® can access the archive. U-Archive software is slated to launch in September 2022. Keep a lookout for U-Archive!

U-Hide

We all have files and documents, some a lot more than others. You can now hide your files while keeping them within reach. You can also protect your sensitive files and media assets with ease. U-Hide allows you to encrypt individual files in your computer while keeping them accessible: only the holder of the associated Hugware® can access the archive

U-Hide software is slated to launch in November 2022. Keep a lookout for U-Hide!

Hugware® Pricing and Availability

The UKISS Hugware® will be retailing at US$139 which comprises an Authentication Key (A-Key), a Rescue Key (R-Key), and a five year warranty.

You can purchase it from UKISS Technology website Shop.

For more information and updates on UKISS Technology

If you like to know more about UKISS Technology and keep up to date with its news and updates, please visit https://www.ukiss.io/ or https://t.me/UKISSTech to keep up to date.

Follow UKISS Technology on their social media platforms

* Information and pictures courtesy of UKISS Technology and White Label PR *

LISA joins MetaCity M as a Model!

MetaCity M, the world’s first ever Metaverse mobile game developed by Gamamobi, officially announced LISA, a member of BLACKPINK, a K-Pop girl group who is world famous and massively popular across the entire world, will join MetaCity M as a global model under YG Entertainment.

This news of LISA becoming MetaCity M’s global model has taken the industry by storm. LISA is well known for her cute and lovable style off-stage, as well as her overwhelming dance performance, making her a perfect match for the wholesome style of the MetaCity M. This collaboration, therefore comes as a bombshell for fans worldwide, who are eagerly waiting to find out what surprises will come next in this exciting collaboration.

Where all dreams come true in the world’s first open-world Metaverse mobile game!

MetaCity M begun development in 2020, they precisely focuses on the concept of the “Open World Metaverse”. Each planet in MetaCity M features more than 1,600 small towns, 690 second-tier cities, and 55 first-tier cities. The world is a massive 510 million square kilometre, allowing players everywhere to play with friends and neighbours nearby, and drive, walk or even fly with people far away from all over the world.

Explore different countries every day and see the world in all 4 seasons, or you can take part in the simple joys of life such as watching the sunrise and sunset, or enjoying a mountain top view. You can take a spaceship to other planets and experience interplanetary exploration to visit players on alien planets. Use your life construction skill to develop your hometown with a global player base to create a truly unique town in the Metaverse.

With LISA joining MetaCity M as a global model, fans are getting more excited with the anticipation on the release of MetaCity M more than ever before. To learn more about LISA, MetaCity M newest model, check out the links below and keep up to date with the latest news on MetaCity M.

<MetaCity M> Website: https://metacitym.com/

<MetaCity M> Discord: https://discord.gg/JEFGR2FRt9

<MetaCity M> Twitter: https://twitter.com/MetaCity_M

<MetaCity M> Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mcm.gamamobi/

<MetaCity M> Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/metacitym/

* Information and pictures courtesy of Gamamobi and Ogilvy *

“Better V-niverse” – Asia’s first big data technology conference in Metaverse

“Better V-niverse” – Asia’s first big data technology conference in Metaverse. An upcoming event in May 2022, a strategic partnership by Asia’s leading big data company Vpon Big Data Group with metaverse service company BetterArena. This is Hong Kong’s first conference held in the metaverse.

“Better V-niverse” brings together leaders of the 4As agencies across the globe, members of the Interactive Advertising Bureau Hong Kong (IABHK), top creative talents from the advertising sector and digital advertising specialists. There are over 15 global brands gathering in an unprecedented form in the metaverse, all forward thinking experts that will be sharing their professional knowledge, dive deep into challenges of data technology development, big data solutions and prospects of the industry.

The conference also showcases the boundless potentials of the metaverse as the breakthrough technological advancement, coinciding with “Better V-niverse”’s theme to project into the future of technological economy by fostering in-depth discussion, exploring the latest form of business interaction together with industry experts and companies for the first glimpse into the age of the metaverse.

Mr. Arthur Chan, Vpon’s Chief Operating Officer, said, “We are honored to partner with BetterArena to host the first big data conference in the metaverse. The collaboration is not only a huge step for Vpon into the metaverse, but also an important milestone for the big data industry. Big data applications are not unlike metaverse’s virtual reality. Both create interaction by bridging online and offline realities (O2O), such as programmatic DOOH, which provides double exposure through linking outdoor advertising boards (offline) to mobile advertisements (online) by data importing. Vpon will work ceaselessly with leading figures in the technology industry to create a diversified and distinctive world of big data.”

“Better V-niverse” is coming to you in May 2022. There would be 13 sessions that integrate cutting-edge technology and knowledge exchange, covering the following topics in multiple-angles:

1) How tightening data usage policies affect data collection and digital marketing planning

  • Mainstream technology companies updating their mobile operating systems (e.g. iOS, Android), corporates’ policies to eliminate third party cookies, etc.

2) How Vpon provides the solution to businesses through purchase intent data and POI data (point-of-interest data)

3) How Vpon enriches its database through upcoming data solution products

  • Programmatic DOOH
  • Wee Global Data Marketplace

4) Future development and trends of the big data industry

The boom and rise in the metaverse, a new visionary virtual world is attributed to the global pandemic that gave rise to online events as many offline events were suspended or having to migrate online. Vpon and BetterArenea have a mission to connect the offline world with the online world, both organisations are joining hands to revolutionise conference platforms and the foundation of business interaction.

In Hong Kong’s first metaverse conference “Better V-niverse”, guests from various companies can exchange ideas and hold forums without the constraints of physical distance. Through the metaverse, attendees can immerse into a realistic experience with audiovisual experience comparable to face-to-face conferences.

BetterArena is a multi-function metaverse platform for entertainment, sports, brands and multiple intellectual properties. With the latest artificial intelligence and virtual reality technologies, BetterArena creates a three-dimensional virtual space which provides immersive entertainment experiences and allows an effectively unlimited number of audiences.

As the extended arm of reality, the metaverse starts becoming the next stage for business and social activities after the Internet, writing a new page for human interaction. The metaverse can be integrated with leading technological products such as virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR), artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain technology, arming businesses for business expansion and bringing endless opportunities for the industry. The tech giants have seen the apparent potential that the metaverse holds and started betting big on it. Perceived as the next world-changing technology creation, metaverse cultivates a brand new series of business opportunities, such as activities and events held in it, its products and services, pushing the boundaries further beyond imagination.

Mr. Ivan Lau, CEO of BetterArena said, “As one of the world’s fastest-growing metaverse platforms, we are very excited to become a strategic partner of Vpon and to co-host Asia’s first big data forum in the metaverse, showcasing the unlimited potential of BetterArena. The metaverse is slated to be a game changer in the next few years, with the potential of radically changing the way people interact. At BetterArena, we will continue to invest in the latest technology to enhance virtual reality experience and explore more application scenarios.”

* Information courtesy of Vpon Big Data Group, BetterArena and Ascension Communications *

Round Up Jan 2022 and Short Break for CNY 2022 (Technology and Business)

Today is 31st January 2022, last day of January 2022, this is also the eve of Chinese New Year (CNY) 2022, a time for reunion dinner and family gathering. I would like to take this time to do a quick round up Jan 2022 before taking a short break (from Monday 31st January to Sunday 6th February) for CNY 2022 for my technology and business segments.

The month of January always seem to be hectic since it’s a short turnaround time from Christmas weekend to New Year weekend, followed by 4 more weeks to Chinese New Year festive holiday. It takes a while to get up to speed while there were ongoing adjustments, adapting and settling into new gig/role, on top of getting my business back on track.

Round Up Jan 2022 (Technology and Business)

Technology writing / media news coverage

A regular segment on my website since the founding of my technology and business website. I started off with consumer technology (B2C) market, and I expanded into enterprise / business technology (B2B) market some years back.

This sector can be pretty taxing at times, depending on the frequency and number of press releases received in a week. That’s a good and bad headache to have.

Social Media Marketing / Digital Agency

As part of my business diversification and integration with my photography business, as well as my technology writing segment, I am in the midst of building up and developing my social media marketing / digital agency business portfolio.

I previously mentioned about a social media marketing gig, I am transiting and settling into this new role. In this year 2022, I hope to expand this segment further, getting one to two more accounts under my charge.

Crypto / Blockchain / NFT

Crypto and Blockchain are the next two technology sectors that I would be covering, not just because it’s linked to my NFT photography plans. I see potential in the cryptocurrency world, their use case scenarios in a digital world and as an alternative investment tool. There are a number of discussions on crypto and blockchain  industries, both pros and cons.

This is an area that I am keen in, still learning and exploring. There are quite a lot of discussions on the NFT field, both pros and cons, and how it can be part of my diversification for my photography. I am reading both sides of the NFT equation, I believe in its potential and future prospects. I would be doing more research before embarking on this platform and share more updates on my NFT photography journey along the way.

Short Break for CNY 2022

I am planning to take a short break for CNY 2022 from my technology and business media news coverage, content creation and writing. There would definitely be some more backlogs piling up. Do also check out my Round Up Jan 2022 for my (Photography and Travel) segment too!

While I am not publishing media news and content creation for a week, that does not mean I am totally not working. I would be working on my photography and videography areas.

Wishing all a Happy Chinese Lunar New Year 2022, good health, happiness, luck and prosperity in the Year of the Tiger!

May the Year of the  Tiger be the year whereby we can truly and surely lift ourselves up from this global pandemic situation and embark on a route to economic recovery and a more normal way of living.

Yearly Theme 2022 (Technology, Business and Personal)

It’s the start of a brand New Year 2022, looking back at Year 2021, it was probably one of my most difficult and toughest years till date, those few lessons that tested my mental, emotional, as well as how to run a business in an ongoing pandemic world situation. Many life and business lessons were learnt through the hard ways, I would take note of them as I announce my Yearly Theme 2022 (Technology, Business and Personal).

Inspired by Fernando GrosHow to choose a Yearly Theme”, this is my 3rd year writing a Yearly Theme (you can check out my 2020 Yearly Theme and 2021 Yearly Theme), an approach that I personally feel that it’s more forward looking for a new future, a new era of working, thinking and how we connect as an individual, as a collective, society and the world. It’s not that goal settings or setting resolutions are no longer popular or useful, they still have a purpose and it still works for some people or industries. I also published a Yearly Theme 2022 (Photography and Travel) for my other website TGH Photography and Travel Portal/Blog.

Let me introduce my Yearly Theme 2022 for my Technology, Business and Personal: “Onward”.

Theme for Year 2022 (Technology, Business and Personal) – Onward

Onward – What is the reason behind this theme?

Why “Onward”? This is actually my alma mater school motto. Let me introduce my alma mater, Gan Eng Seng School (founded in 1885), I am also an old boy from the Gan Eng Seng Dragon Scout Group (founded in 1922) where I spent some of my best and fun years learning Scouting skills, knowledge, in the the great outdoors, life skills and camaraderie.

Dragon Scout Group (DSG) is celebrating its centenary milestone in Year 2022, this is no mean feat! The DSG extended family is going to celebrate DSG100 Years in Scouting!

Onward – Strive forward as we work our way out from this ongoing global pandemic mess, it’s not just an economic and financial crisis, the world is facing other crisis in the areas of healthcare, mental health, emotional health, psychological and sociological issues.

The whole world is trying its best to move forward, with setbacks and hiccups that are going to be a common sight for this year 2022. Hopefully, our lessons learnt in Year 2020 and 2021 would come in handy for us as the world move Onward in the journey to recovery. Let’s hope the world can really start to see the true light at the end of the tunnel.

Goals and Plans

This is not the usual way of doing goal settings that you would normally learn or see in your job/training. What I am doing is a bit of a hybrid format sharing of my goals and plans for my technology, business and personal segments.

Technology

Consumer Technology

I have been covering consumer technology sector since the launch of this website. It is stable and well-established, covering about 70% of my total news coverage here. I would take this year to review where I can change and improve in the areas of consumer technology news coverage, gadget reviews etc.

Enterprise Technology

A small segment that is slowly growing and expanding. Enterprise technology/B2B technology is not the easiest to cover and write about this segment.

Business

Media Relations

My media relations and networks with pr agencies have expanded out of Singapore, reaching the shores of Malaysia, Hong Kong, Australia. I would continue to build new media relations and networks whenever possible.

As for my existing media relations and networks, I am thankful and grateful for the working relationships and engagements over the years with brands, organisations and pr agencies. Let’s continue to work closer together in this Year 2022.

Just in case, I might have missed out replying to your emails, please do not hesitate to email me again or have a chat via the various communication channels.

Digital Marketing/Social Media Marketing

I announced TGH Digital Studio in April 2021, a digital agency that combines my digital marketing, social media marketing, writing, photography and videography into an entity. In Year 2022, I am going to build and expand on this business model.

Cryptocurrency / NFT

During Q4 2021, I mentioned about cryptocurrency and NFT on this website. Approaching and entering from a technology news coverage and business opportunities perspective, I am threading with caution and optimism in these two areas for this year.

These 2 sectors cryptocurrency and NFT would be interesting and exciting yet cautious at the same time for me in this Year 2022.

Photography Business

On my photography business segment, you can find more in-depth thoughts and views on my TGH Photography and Travel Portal/Blog.

The past 2 years, 2020 and 2021, our life and work has been severely disrupted due to the global pandemic that is still ongoing. For those who run a small business like myself, the past 2 years had been very difficult and tough, mentally and emotionally exhausting.

Year 2022 is not going to be smooth sailing, let’s hope the whole world can get themselves together to navigate our way out from this global pandemic situation.

Personal

I may be tweeting/sharing a lot of thoughts on Twitter, some of them are transferred over to Instagram. However, you don’t see me sharing a lot on Facebook. As compared to some of my friends, I might be sharing a lot more, while versus to another group of friends who who share a lot of their personal and family photos, I am very quiet and private on my personal Facebook.

Photography by Ryan Cheng

You are not going to see too many photographs of a personal basis on Facebook or Instagram. I am exercising more privacy on sharing personal photos, social media in recent years has been mentally draining at times.

Yes, I tweet a lot a.k.a. “speak a lot” on Twitter. Some of them are my thoughts, views and feelings ranging from business, issues that I am concerned with, as well as key opinions, thought leadership. They are different from sharing what other people do, share their lifestyle, what they ate, where they went to … etc etc on social media.

Last but not least – Onward in Year 2022

Last but not least – Onward in Year 2022. After some harsh lessons from Year 2021, I decided to be cautious, not fearful, be brave, Be Prepared, ready to take on more challenges, hiccups and changes as I trek my way Onward in Year 2022.

I really hope this Year 2022 would truly be the year where we can see some light at the end of the tunnel.

Final month of Year 2021

It’s now the month of December 2021, the final month of Year 2021. Time flies for some, time stagnated for some, especially during this ongoing global pandemic that has been around for close to 2 years whereby the constant daily battles in work and personal life, how the society and economy has been adapting, there were many a times when one might feel it’s not going anywhere.

I just want to pen down some of my thoughts, feelings and views, it’s refreshing sometimes to take a break from reading my technology and business media coverage news, reading some personal instead.

Don’t look back in anger

“Don’t look back in anger”, a classic rock song by Oasis, if you know, you know. Don’t look back in anger, put down and put aside the hurt, disappointments, the turbulent periods, the ups and downs.

We have to keep on striving moving forward, try not to look back, we can’t forget the past, we can’t change the past. Let’s look forward to the new future, even though it’s still a very rocky journey ahead in Year 2022.

Preparing for transition into a new year 2022

As we are preparing to welcome the New Year 2022, I am also preparing for the transition into the New Year 2022.

Backlogs

The backlogs can be a bit of real hassle and headache at times. Even after writing and publishing for 15 years (and still counting) for my two portals/blogs, I still need to work on this aspect. There has been some increase in engagements from brands/pr agencies over the years, thus an inevitable rise in backlogs.

For those brands/PR agencies that have worked with me for a long time, thank you for your support and engagements over the years. To all the new brands/PR agencies, I look forward to work more closely with you in the new Year 2022.

Meanwhile, I am going to work on clearing my backlogs as that would allow me to start Year 2022 on a new and fresh note, kickstarting my key themes for Year 2022, in the following sectors below.

Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, NFT

In the last quarter of 2021, after some months of learning more about blockchain, cryptocurrency and NFT, the future and how my technology coverage and photography come together in those fields. I am entering into NFT space as well as cryptocurrency trading/investment together, combining both my photography and technology fields together as my key themes for Year 2022.

Omicron variant – it’s not going to be a smooth sailing recovery

Just when we thought a new Year 2022 would mark the start of a real and genuine economic recovery (amidst a slow yet positive recovery), the emergence of a new variant Omicron has kind of rock us, spook us, sending fears and shivers down our spine. A spinning curve ball that might throw us off our track to recovery. While we still need to know more about this Omicron variant, how viral and potentially lethal it can be, let’s keep our fingers crossed. Nevertheless, with this Omicron variant, it’s not going to be a smooth sailing recovery in the Year 2022.

Coming soon – a new gig

A new gig is coming soon, I don’t know how much I would be sharing on this. in a nutshell, I am bringing my content creation, photography, videography and social media management all together.

Return to trekking in the great outdoors and back to nature

This is the time for me to return back to trekking in the great outdoors and back to nature, for nature therapy, photography therapy, a time for peace and tranquility. Now is the time for me to finish up my second photography zine project.

Photography by Ryan Cheng

Bring a very difficult year 2021 to a close on a high

We had been through a lot, ups and downs, disappointments, 1 step forward 2 steps backward situations, the emotional and mental distress for the past 11 months in 2021 and close to 2 years of this ongoing global pandemic situation.

Year 2022 is starting, a new year, a new hope, a new start, even though there are still a lot of uncertainties ahead. Keeping our fingers crossed that we can truly see some light at the end of the tunnel in 2022. Let’s bring a very difficult year 2021 to a close on a high, on your own personal terms.

December is also the Christmas festive season, let’s make this month a merry and festive time with your family, loved ones and friends, in a safe manner while we are adapting to an endemic lifestyle with this global pandemic situation.