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Reflecting Year 2022 (Technology | Business | Personal)

Today is 31st December 2022, we are now into the last day of this year 2022, soon we will say Goodbye 2022, Hello 2023! Taking this time reflecting year 2022 (technology, business and personal) – Year 2022 in review. A regular feature on my portal/blog, you can read my year in reviews for 2016 Part 1 and 2016 Part 2, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021.

Photography by Ryan Cheng

A Recap – Yearly Theme 2022: Onward

My Yearly Theme for 2022 was “Onward”, moving into 2022 from 2021, I felt that this was most suitable at the point in time as the world was edging closer towards reopening of the economy and lifting of risk management measures for the global pandemic COVID-19 that impacted us so much from 2020 to around mid 2022.

Technology

Consumer / Enterprise / B2B

Consumer technology media coverage has been a regular and consistent coverage feature for my TGH Technology and Business portal/blog since its inception. On the enterprise / B2B technology sectors, I am gradually and slowly adding more to my overall technology media news coverage portfolio.

I am probably at a stage whereby I can only handle so much media news coverage workload on my own. Although I tried to cover and publish technology media news regularly, I found it harder to do it on a consistent and regular basis, my publishing pace kind of dropped in Q3 2022 onwards.

How would I be able to manage my consumer / enterprise / B2B technology media news coverage better? A closer working relationship with brands and PR agencies would be the best way moving forward.

StartUps

I have always been interested in the startups scene since I started learning more about this sector when I entered into enterprise / B2B technology sector at technology conferences and exhibitions. This year 2022 wasn’t too bad in my startups coverage, considering that there weren’t any physical in attendance conferences/exhibitions for the past 2.5 years.

When Singapore gradually reopened her doors and risk management measures from around the half year mark, the meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) were taking this opportunity to make a push to return back to face-to-face networking events.

During this period, I met and chatted with a few startups. Moving forward in 2023, I would look at covering specific sectors in the startups community.

Future of Work

The future of work has been in the limelight for the past 2.5 years (and still counting), accelerated by the onset of the global pandemic situation in 2020 forcing us to work from home. A hybrid future of work is probably going to be the norm moving forward, even as businesses and organisations are  gradually returning back to working in office, they are also adjusting and adopting their own rules and working styles in a hybrid future of work environments, giving rise to new gadgets in communications and work for both office and remote.

How would the Future of Work change in the years to come? There is an area that I am planning to explore more, from both technology and human resources perspectives.

Business

Social Media Marketing / Digital Marketing

An area that I was planning and I did expand into, social media marketing/digital marketing didn’t take off as I thought it would be for me. Another set of big business and life lessons learnt from this hiccup, how would I change and approach this business segments in a new financial year 2023?

It’s back to the drawing board again, back to reality, back to basics and start from scratch again.

Future of Social Media and Trends

Have you asked yourself how you feel about using social media nowadays, as compared to 5 to 10 years back? How much has social media changed over the years? How much has you changed because of social media platforms and usage over the years?

The future of social media and trends are areas that I always observe closely though, on both professional and personal basis. For those who are on Twitter, the recent saga with the new ownership has caused quite a bit of upheaval, concerns and thinking, what would happen to this platform in the near future? As a avid heavy user on Twitter, as compared to the other social media platforms that I am on, that got me thinking a lot, finding alternatives to Twitter platform and how I would do my engagements and networkings differently.

Social media trends are changing and evolving, while the current media landscape is dominant and favours videos, we might be seeing a new video era, it’s like version 2.0. The other areas of interest would be Web3.0 and a return back to analogue or basics as we could be getting more tired of social media.

I would talk more about future of social media and trends in another article sometime down the road.

Other Business Interests / Reopening of World Economy

Beside working on social media marketing/digital marketing, I was on the lookout for other business interests. There were some preliminary thoughts on some sectors, still a lot more homework to be done before making any major moves. With a new set of uncertainties coming in Year 2023, I have to be more cautious.

The world economy reopened in 2022 with the lifting of risk management measures and borders in many countries worldwide, bringing back the much missed business trades, movement of people, revival of the travel and tourism industries. It’s not an exponential climb back, it’s slow and gradual, probably with some dips here and there.

Dark Clouds/Challenges looming ahead in 2023

In this year 2022, just when the world is relieved and happy to be recovering, reopening and moving away from this global pandemic that turned the world upside down for the past 2.5 to 3 years, the world economy is facing a new of economic challenges (high inflation with a recession looming over us) and political instabilities in some parts of the world.

Personal

Recovery from an uneventful down time in 2021

A few uneventful events got me spiralling down into a rabbit hole in 2021, it took me a while to get myself out of that situation, allowing me to enter 2022 with a clean slate of mind, personal well-being and mental health.

JOMO versus FOMO

JOMO = Joy of missing out, FOMO = Fear of missing out. The world of social media in recent times had been getting more messy and complicated, oversharing, excess showing off, all wanting fame, likes and first to post/share.

There was a time when I was FOMO, however I got so delusional on some aspects of social media, even though I am still actively using social media platforms, just more selective. I am moving into JOMO mode.

Maybe JOMO would free me up from those shackles, allowing me to concentrate on honing my craft, creativity and writing even further and better, as a writer, a visual storyteller.

There were still struggles

I am not going to paint a beautiful scenario or picture, like people posting on their FB or social media platforms, smiling, enjoying life and living a fun and exciting lifestyle.

There were still struggles over the whole year 2022, hidden away from social media. Not many people or nobody can really know what I am going through.

Year 2022 Theme: Onward vs Year 2022 in Reality

Year 2022 in reality was definitely Onward for me, even though the economy wasn’t giving us a smooth and easy recovery, I have to ride out the usual ups and downs like the rest, even as the world economy is working towards reopening and returning back to a more normal living of pre-pandemic days.

Last But Not Least

Reflecting Year 2022 in my technology, business and personal segments is just one half of my equation of my Year 2022 in Review. The other half of my equation of my Year 2022 in Review can be found here in this article: Reflecting Year 2022 (Photography | Travel) on my TGH Photography and Travel Portal/Blog.

I would like to say a big Thank You to the various technology brands and PR agency folks that I worked closely with in Year 2022, to my readers for their utmost support for this year. Keep a lookout as my website is marking a 15 years milestone in January 2023!

Wishing you a Happy New Year 2023! Good luck and all the best in the new year ahead!

Updates 1st December 2022

Thursday 1st December 2022, we are now entering into the final month of year 2022, we can countdown 31 more days before we usher and welcome a new year 2023. This would be a mix of technology, business, writing and personal updates before I start my Christmas gift guides sharing, as well as technology and business media news coverage before taking a short break from writing and publishing during the last week of December 2022.

Final month of 2022 – Final sprint

This is the final month of 2022, this would be the final sprint to the end of year 2022, wrapping and closing up my year 2022 before starting new and fresh for year 2023. I am aiming to clear as many backlogs as possible, from media coverage news to product reviews.

Consolidation and preparation for 2023

The last week of December 2022, the period from Christmas leading up to New Year 2023, I am designating this week to be a rest week, consolidating and reflecting on my year 2022, strategising and preparing for my year 2023, choosing my yearly theme for 2023, goals and objectives.

What is a yearly theme all about? Visit and read this earlier article that I published in the first quarter of 2022 – my yearly theme for 2022 (Technology, Business and Personal) and yearly theme for 2022 (Photography and Travel). If you like to learn more about using a yearly theme instead of goals and objectives for the year, I strongly encourage you to visit Fernando Gros article on “How To Choose A Yearly Theme”.

Writing – personal, technology, business, social media

A number of topics are on my mind, ranging from a wide personal, technology, business and future of social media, that I am planning to write about. They might not be published in December 2022, they would probably feature in Q1 2023.

Topics on my mind:

  • Future of Twitter and social media usage
  • Business and economy outlook for 2023
  • Cryptocurrency – what lies ahead in 2023 and beyond?

Some battles that you will never know

A few days ago from this day 1st December 2022, there were two consecutive days when I met with friends who made their views heard, on asking me if I am considering to give up my business and return back to employee work.

While it’s out of friendly and genuine concern, I am also feeling the hurt and disappointment. Each of us have our own battles to fight, some if not all the battles that you will never know.

Nothing lasts forever, even though people make plans, goals and objectives, we don’t exactly know what the future lies or might change. Tomorrow is a mystery, some might say.   

Christmas (December) + Birthday (January) gifts – Any sponsors?

The December Christmas festive season is upon us, before we know or even realised it, we will be starting off a new year in January 2023, preparing for Chinese New Year (CNY) 2023 during January 2023. Since my birthday is somewhere in between Christmas and CNY, any kind sponsors would like to sponsor me a 2-in-1 gift?

The story continues

Every updates that I wrote and published previously, it’s a never ending personal journey, in writing and visual storytelling. The story continues, yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery. A door closes, another door opens, this is life as we know it, my story continues, somewhere, somehow.

Samsung launched #TeamUnstoppable 2022 Campaign

The youth of today, they are creative, ambitious, and driven, they have shown time and again that they are indomitable in their pursuit of their passion and purpose, creating new paths for themselves in the fields of choice, while striving to make a difference with unwavering spirit and determination. To celebrate this phenomenon, Samsung Electronics launched its second edition of #TeamUnstoppable 2022 regional brand campaign, daring Gen Zs and millennials of Southeast Asia to face challenges head-on and strive for greater heights.

The theme is “Together, We are Unstoppable”this campaign gathers a group of young changemakers who are passionate about gaming, food, sustainability, social good, education and fashion, and calls on youth from across the region to share their own inspiring stories and galvanise others into action.

For year 2022, in order to better engage younger audiences, the #TeamUnstoppable movement will be centred on TikTok, where a brand new generation of “Unstoppable” young individuals will share authentic stories in snackable, mobile-first episodic videos.

“Throughout the ups and downs of the past year, it has never been clearer that Gen Zs and millennials in Southeast Asia are unafraid to defy barriers and tap on technology to do good. Through #TeamUnstoppable 2022, we hope to build upon our successful run last year to inspire even more young digital natives in the region who are unafraid, undeterred and unwavering; to push their boundaries and creatively express how they will effect positive change in their communities on TikTok,” said Roy Lan, Regional Senior Brand Marketing Manager, Southeast Asia and Oceania at Samsung Electronics.

@samsungsg Meet #TeamUnstoppable: Six young individuals who defy barriers and inspire others to do the same. Look out for their Unstoppable stories and discover how you can share your own for a chance to win the latest Samsung products. Stay tuned! #TeamUnstoppableSG ? original sound – Samsung Singapore

Introducing Samsung #TeamUnstoppable 2022 and its Go-Getters

Introducing Samsung #TeamUnstoppable 2022, they kickstarted with this regional film spotlight. Here’s a quick introduction to Samsung’s #TeamUnstoppable 2022 go-getters:

Jason Chua (@bengwhocooks) – The Brash Chef with a Big Heart

Having to fend for himself from the age of 15, Jason Chua was determined to find success on his own terms in Singapore. At 26, he turned his passion for cooking into a career by starting his own food stall, Beng Who Cooks. At the height of the pandemic, Jason gave out thousands of free meals to hardest-hit Singaporeans, and today continues to make a difference by imparting valuable life skills and providing employment to those in need at his now expanded F&B business.

Chau Bui (@chaubui_) – The Unconventional Fashionista

One of the top fashion influencers in Vietnam, Chau Bui rises above conventional beauty standards by remaining unapologetically true to herself in building her unique identity, while inspiring others to do the same. Beyond bringing fashion from Vietnam into the global eye, Chau Bui is also on a mission to build a more inclusive and accountable fashion industry, leveraging her social media network to promote health, wellness and sustainability efforts while helping the less privileged.

Karla Golosinda (@queenwrckr) – The Gamer with a Cause

In the male-dominated field of e-sports, Filipina gaming content creator Karla Golosinda breaks the mold by using her platform to spread warmth, inspiration, and laughter to her fanbase. Harnessing gaming as a force for good, she channels funds raised via live streaming towards needy local students and those affected by natural disasters. Karla also utilises her social channels to raise awareness and garner support for issues surrounding animal conservation and female empowerment.

Jerome Polin (@jeromepolin) – The Champion of Fun and Accessible Education

When you think of Mathematics, “fun” is probably not the first word that comes to mind. This is where Jerome Polin from Indonesia seeks to shift mindsets. Through engaging videos on YouTube, he shares his love for Mathematics along with stories from his life as a student abroad and seeks to inspire other youths to reach for greater heights. Jerome’s long-standing passion for education feeds into a higher goal – to better the education system in his home country.

Jabir Meftah (@jabirmeftah) – The Leader of Youth Leaders

Despite playing many different roles onscreen, Malaysian actor and model Jabir Meftah sees himself as an activist and civic leader first. His showbiz influence is key in his mission to shed light on and make a real impact on climate change and other issues surrounding inequality, and the need for future leaders. Jabir’s non-governmental organisation, YouthCare, aims to rally young people around helping others and the environment, and to train youth leaders to continue building a better future.

Neng Sarun (@nengnn) – The Champion of Mindful Pet Ownership

Having spent much of his childhood in his father’s veterinary clinic, Neng Sarun’s love for animals led him to establish Thailand’s first pet wellness center, offering a novel combination of health and grooming services for better pet care. As a vet and actor, he works tirelessly in mobilizing veterinary teams and harnessing the power of technology as well as medicine to champion mindful pet ownership across Thailand – including education to improve the quality of life for animals in rural areas.

Join the #TeamUnstoppable Movement in Singapore

Each of these #TeamUnstoppable influencers will be featured in their very own mini-series – with the first episode of Jason’s (@bengwhocooks) story now available here. Episode 2 will also be launch on 16 September on Samsung Singapore social channels.

Are you keen to be part of the #TeamUnstoppable movement?

Do you belong to the youth of today, creative, ambitious and driven, wanting to make a difference through your field of choice and passion? Are you keen to be part of the Samsung #TeamUnstoppable movement?

Simply share the personal barriers that you want to defy and how Samsung can help you overcome these hurdles via TikTok and Samsung Members Community. Be someone’s inspiration and stand a chance to win attractive prizes from Samsung, such as the Galaxy Z Flip4 5G (128GB), Galaxy Watch5 and the Galaxy Buds2 Pro.

Terms and conditions apply.

For more information and updates on Samsung #TeamUnstoppable movement

If you like more information and updates on Samsung #TeamUnstoppable movement, follow Samsung Singapore TikTok and Samsung Singapore YouTube and catch the #TeamUnstoppable episodes!

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

Reflecting H1 & Q2 2022 (Other Business, Technology and Personal)

We are now into the second half of Year 2022, time flies in the blink of an eye. How was your second quarter (Q2) and first half (H1) of 2022 like for you? Overall for me, it had been a mix of ups and downs on the various side of things for my other business, technology and personal side of things. Taking the time to look back and reflect on H1 & Q2 2022 (Other Business, Technology and Personal), planning and aligning myself for Q3 2022 and H2 2022.

Social Media Marketing/Content Creator/Writer

An area that I developed and expanded from my early days as a writer, expanding into content creator and social media marketing. A business area that I am currently building on, with a mixed bag of results.

My first social media marketing work gig didn’t go well as planned, I reflected and analysed this gig. I won’t go too much into details due to privacy and confidentiality matters. All I can say is I can and should have handled it a lot better through proper communication.

Lessons learnt, moving forward for future social media marketing gigs, I would be much better prepared.

Other Business Interests

In the earlier part of Q2 2022 and H1 2022, there were other business interests that were floated up on joint business venture. A number of discussions took place, it didn’t go ahead as planned and it had to be KIV, a number of reasons and considering the circumstances at that time, pushing it back for future consideration might be a more prudent and safe decision.

Meanwhile, should there other business interests, ideas and projects that pop up on my radar, I would definitely take a look.

Technology Writer

A stabilised and established segment, much like my photography writing, both areas honed over more than a 10 years period. Nevertheless, that’s always room for improvement and expansion, one of the sectors that I am expanding on would be enterprise technology/B2B technology as well as niche technology topics that I had a stronger interest in e.g. cybersecurity, fin-tech, as well as environmental issues.

One constant challenge for me is to consistently publish technology news coverage, not only do I  receive more technology media news releases, there is also an emphasis on content creation for technology, photography and travel content.

Nonetheless, if you have interesting media pitches for technology or on other industries, chat with me personally and let’s see what we can do.

Personal

On a personal note, I didn’t get into much personal stuff and situations that might spiralled me downwards into a rabbit hole again. That’s definitely a good thing as well as a sigh of relief for me. As for the usual stressful and pressurising life of a small business owner is pretty much routine and normal, sometimes it just got more stressful and under more pressure at times.

Other than that, you can say I lead a “boring life” with low social economic status (SES) lifestyle, keeping low profile, private and confidential. My sharing on my insta stories don’t reveal much of my life at large.

Viewing those high SES lifestyle on my Instagram stories and posts, it can be so mentally exhausting.

Please be kind, Please do not Judge!

The world is getting more difficult to live and work in, we are not helped by the world economic situation as well as our social media driven and instant gratification glamorous lifestyle. The world needs more kind and understanding citizens, less judgemental people.

Please be kind, Please do not Judge! A reminder to myself too.

What’s next for Q3 2022 and H2 2022?

Just when we were working towards exiting a global pandemic situation that had caused so much disruptions to our economy and daily living from 2020 to 2022, the world entered into another crisis situation, the world is facing high inflation, ongoing conflict situation in Europe, a recession is looming above us, throw in possible stagflation too. Not to forget that we are not officially out of this global pandemic situation.

From a set of uncertainties to another different set of uncertainties, we have to be fluid and nimble that we can adapt should the need arises. While I am restricting and pivoting my other business interests/plans, writer, social media marketing with my commercial photography and content creation, I have to be nimble, be ready for changes and opportunities that might pop up.

What’s next for Q3 2022 and H2 2022? Let’s see where this journey brings me in the next quarter and 2nd half of 2022. Do check out my Reflecting H1 & Q2 2022 (Photography and Travel) article as well!

Anyway, in this era of instant gratification of showing off photos and videos, who still reads?

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.

Starting FY2022 on a right note

Monday 3rd January, first Monday of the first week of Year 2022. Some of us would be starting work today, some might be having their public holiday off-in-lieu since New Year Day 2022 was on a Saturday. As for me, while my FY2022 starts on 1st January 2022, I am back in action today, starting FY2022 on a right note with a few updates.

Media Relations

Since this is the start of a new year, I would like to reach out to the various pr agencies, organisations and brands that I worked/engaged with over the years. Thank you for the trust, good working relationships and engagements.

There would be some discussions and matters that we need to follow-up, please drop me an email if I missed out or those that you like to work together on for this Year 2022.

CES 2022 Coverage

CES 2022 is taking place in January 2022, I would be starting coverage on them with the media news updates that I received from the brands/organisations that have sent me media news in December 2021.

I would share more CES 2022 news over this week and maybe the following week, depending on my articles publishing schedule and more CES 2022 media news come in over the next few days.

Yearly Theme and goals for Year 2022

During the last week of Year 2021, I spent some time reflecting as well as planning and strategising for Year 2022. I have tentatively selected my yearly theme for my photography and travel and technology, business and personal in this Year 2022, along with goals that I am setting for myself in the Year 2022. I would be publishing them soon, keep a lookout for them!

Photography (Business and Leisure) Quick Updates

Some quick updates here as I usually post my photography business/leisure updates on my TGH Photography and Travel Portal/Blog.

  • Time to update my photography business portfolio website
  • Finishing up my second photography zine, tentatively announcing and launching it at the end of January 2022
  • Back up my Q4 2021 photographs
  • More updates would be announced along the way

Administrative Work and Back Up Time

A new FY2022, administrative work needs to be done, backing up and keeping FY2021 records and documentations, whether it’s hard copies or files stored inside my computer. Next would be setting up FY2022 folders.

Spring cleaning in preparation for CNY 2022

Chinese New Year (CNY) 2022 is just 4 weeks away, CNY 2022 falls on 1st February and 2nd February 2022. Spring cleaning in preparation for CNY 2022 starts this week, I would clear, pack up, rearrange and replace my things in stages, every small step/spring cleaning leads to a bigger picture of a lesser packed/messy WFH.

A New Journey has Begun

A new journey has begun, what lies ahead is still unknown due to the ongoing global pandemic situation. I would share more of my thoughts and views in my 2022 yearly theme and goals. Personally, I am cautious for Year 2022, I don’t wish to get myself into another false sense of optimism when Year 2021 started.

Stay safe and take good care of health, mental and emotional well-being as we continue to battle and find a way out from this global pandemic situation.

Wishing Everyone Happy New Year 2022!

Today is 1st January 2022, the first day of the New Year 2022, wishing all a Happy New Year 2022! May Year 2022 be a good year for everyone of us here, wishing all great health, love, kindness and happiness!

I am taking a rest during this New Year long weekend break, consolidate and prepare myself for a new year ahead. This is going to be a quiet weekend, writing on personal topics, I would be sharing my yearly theme soon, along with some of my plans, thoughts and views for this year 2022 before returning back to media news coverage on the technology and business sectors.

In case you missed it, here’s my Reflecting 2021 (Technology, Business and Personal) and also my Reflecting 2021 (Photography and Travel) on my other portal/blog. Today marks the start of a brand new year, a new hope and a fresh new beginning.

There were so many twists and turns of events and many more ups and downs during last year 2021. After reflecting on the year as a whole, I am now taking both the good and bad lessons from there. There’s a lot of things to let go and put it behind me before starting my new journey in Year 2022.

Another new chapter is starting, a new hope, a New Year 2022.     

Once again, wishing everyone a Happy New Year 2002! Stay safe and healthy as we continue battling this ongoing global pandemic. Let’s spread love, kindness, compassion to the people around us, our society and around the world!

Reflecting Year 2021 (Technology, Business and Personal)

Today is Friday 31st December 2021, the last day for the Year 2021. A lot of things had happened during the year, here I am, reflecting Year 2021 (Technology, Business and Personal), writing down my inner deep thoughts, feelings and emotions on a very turbulent, difficult, tough and testing year for me.

Technology

Consumer Technology

For this segment, it has been stable since establishing this website in January 2008, consumer technology news take up approximately 70% of my technology content media news coverage.  While I am still covering consumer technology news, I have also diversified and expanded into the fields of Fin-tech, blockchain, cryptocurrency and NFT that I have a keen interest in. They are not just for news coverage, I have an intrinsic interest in them for both business/investments as well as cross-disciplinary work with my commercial photography.

Enterprise Technology

This is still a relatively small and growing segment for my website. This is not an easy sector to cover and write due to the niche industries, you might/usually need industry and technical expertise as well. I am still working on growing enterprise technology sector news coverage, I would also like to thank the agencies that I am working with by linking up relevant enterprise technology companies with my website.

Business

Digital Marketing/Social Media Marketing/Digital Agency

An area that I identified earlier in the year that I can diversify into that integrates both my photography and travel website, social media, digital marketing and writing together. I went for upgrading courses to get myself certified too. The establishment of TGH Digital Studio is still relatively new and unknown, a lot of work still needs to be done, strategic planning and directions, and finding suitable partners to work together with.   

Media Relations

Although Year 2021 had been a very difficult year for me in many aspects, there were some good growth and developments in media relations segment. My networks and engagements went beyond the shores of Singapore, I am getting media news updates from agencies based in Hong Kong, Australia, Malaysia and England.

I hope to build on those new connections and networks, expanding not just in the fields of technology, business and in the areas of my photography and travel sectors as well.

Personal

Mental Health and Emotional Health

Year 2021 was my most emotionally and mentally drained year till date in my life. This was also the time I started to know more about mental health, the issues, awareness, why it matters. The ongoing global pandemic has disrupted not only our daily and working life, it has also seriously impacted and affected our mental and emotional well-being.

The elevated stress and pressure from running and operating a business during a global pandemic crisis with many uncertainties and unknowns, add in family matters concerns and a very personal situation, combining all together resulting in falling and spiralling into a rut. That period was very dark for me personally. I am very grateful and thankful to a few friends who pulled me out from a tipping point.

Photography by Ryan Cheng

Running a business brings many additional levels of stress and pressure, throw in a global pandemic crisis into the equation, the levels are at an unprecedented level that we can ever imagine, understand and handle, unless you are right in the deep end of it.

There were many lessons on life, business, mental and emotional health/well-being that were bestowed upon me, in both good and bad ways in the Yr2021. I will learn from them, from both good and bad points.

A reminder to myself to constantly remind myself to never let myself fall as low as I did in Yr2021.

Last but not least

Year 2021 had been a very turbulent year of many ups and downs, disappointments and heartaches from unnecessary expectations. There were many life and business lessons handed out to me, priceless and painful.

Do visit my TGH Photography and Travel Portal/Blog too! I have also published a reflection, thoughts and views article in my photography (business and leisure) and travel segments.

Signing off Year 2021 with a beautiful sunset to say goodbye to Year 2021, good riddance to bad rubbish. It’s been a very painful time, very difficult and tough, mentally, emotionally and financially for me personally. I will learn, remember and apply the good and bad lessons from this year. I will also make sure that I will never let myself fall as low as what happened to me in 2021.

Year 2022 is starting soon, a new year, a fresh and brand new start in an ongoing global pandemic situation. I would share more about my plans and directions in the Year 2022 for my technology, business and personal segments inside my upcoming Theme and Goals for Year 2022 article.

To all those who had pulled me up when I was down at the bottom, as well as those who supported and encouraged me throughout this very difficult Year 2021, I sincerely thank you from the bottom of my heart, no amount of words can show my utmost appreciation towards what you all had done for me.

It’s time to say Goodbye Year 2021 and Welcome Year 2022.

Merry Christmas 2021 and Happy New Year!

Today is Saturday 25th December 2021, it’s Christmas Day! Wishing all a Merry Christmas 2021 and Happy Holidays! Year 2021 had been a very tough year for us, taking a huge toll on our mental and emotional health/well-being, some of us are also affected financially too.

Using an old photo of Christmas Wonderland at GBTB

This is time for family gatherings especially for those whose home country is elsewhere, those that are able to make the trip back home and be reunited with family, relatives and friends after close to a 2 years hiatus whereby international travel was curtailed. This ongoing COVID19 pandemic has been very disruptive, not just in economic impacts, the social, emotional and mental impacts are just as huge and disruptive.

While I am not going into reflection mode yet, I am grateful and thankful for the small opportunities gifted to my technology writing/media coverage, content creation as well digital marketing/social media marketing segments. Running a small sole proprietorship photography business, coupled with covering and writing on technology sectors, content creation and social media during this ongoing global pandemic is nothing short of many mountains to climb and conquer, falling down and climbing up, repeating the viscous cycle again and again.

Photography by Ryan Cheng

I would also like to take this time to thank various technology brands, organisations, pr agencies from back home in Singapore to countries around the world such as Hong Kong, England, Australia and Malaysia, fellow technology media/writers friends and supporters for this great working relationships, friendships and support for my technology and business portal/blog during this very difficult and turbulent year for all of us.

Last but not least, a very big thank you from the bottom of my heart to those few friends that helped me and pulled me out during a very dark period that I went through during May and June 2021.

Wishing all a Merry Christmas 2021 and Happy New Year! Enjoy and have fun, feasting and spending time with your family and loved ones!