Monday, June 29, 2015

It's Called Part-Time Not Without Reason

Hey everyone! Believe it or not, semester break is over and before you know it you are now embarking into the new semester and then you will be sitting for your exams and poof! There goes one year... It's hard to accept that time flies so fast with so many things going on in our lives.

It is all the more important to live the life we want (morally that is) so that we will not regret it one day. Life is short. We don't know when's our time to go and when it's time, we have to ask ourselves, what mark do we leave behind during our breathing days?

While we ponder about that, life still goes on and to make the best out of our lives, it is all the more important to get the job and experiences you need. In school, you are exposed to many options about part time jobs in Singapore. Often times we consider salary but is that it? What about the hours? Where? What are the perks? And most importantly, who's your boss going to be?

It's called part-time not without reason. It should only take a part of your time, yet be a meaningful part of your life.

What's the hours like?
It's easy to say you'd take the highest paying job because of its short term nature - usually during holidays. If it's highest paying, does it really mean it's the job worth taking? It's semester break, if you're not going to spend time to socialise with your friends (which is quite important in school), you still need some time to settle school demands like completing assignments and attending supplementary lessons. You wouldn't want to be burnt out and not get the best of both worlds because schooling is one of the most rewarding times in your life.

It's hard to make our juniors understand that, but it's a perpetual cycle: when you grow up, you'd say the exact same thing. So, I wouldn't advise anyone to spend so much time doing their part time job to the extent of missing a huge part of their youth for work. It does supplement your experience but even so, that does not guarantee that you'd get a job these days anyway.

Pick a job that suits your schedule, not your financial ravenousness because what matters is your financial blueprint, not the size of your paycheck.

Tested and proven!

Location plays a huge part in your motivation to go to work. Odd jobs shouldn't require you to travel so far or a lot for that matter. I salute those who are working part time at places as remote as Sentosa, standing on stilts parading the Egyptian World at Universal Studios. It's one thing to be admired for their washboard abs, but to go to Sentosa every time to work? Thinking about it tires me already. If that's their motivation though, why not?

As for me, I'd rather work somewhere that's really convenient for me. It does not only saves time, it saves money too! I remember working in town once, it was all prestige and all - which is why businesses want a piece of the address for image sake. Unfortunately, as a student, it was not something for me to leverage upon because for someone who works to save, working in town was an expensive affair.

Oooh, what's in it for me? Like, really.
Part time jobs for students should be filled with hidden perks, really. Unfortunately we live in a state where there's no minimum wage like Australia and Monaco. Otherwise, schools would probably be closed by now because their minimum wages are pretty lucrative. Probably more than what a Singaporean executive would be getting in a month!

Our semester breaks are usually too short to even try to work overseas. So, we are still better off settling for something that is non-monetary, like free lunches and usable goodies perhaps?

As part time workers, you are usually different because you do not have as much perks as compared to the permanent staffs. Say if one were to work in a hotel, they don't usually get company benefits like a heavy discount on staycations or restaurants. Which results in comparable disparity of privileges because most of the full time workers in hospitality are usually foreigners, which a handful of Singaporeans come to look at with disdain.

I don't mean to be xenophobic. That's the reality of the situation when the fact is, most of the chain hotels are foreign owned. Woops! See the irony there?

I love working in hospitality back then because I see things differently. In hospitality, we need to be in our best. Be it our mood, our appearance and behaviour. So most hotels that I had worked with back then offered the basic pay - which I must say, small. However, food was all provided - which means if you're lucky, the soft croissant and muffins you see on the buffet will be yours after; specially delivered from the hotel kitchen to the staff canteen. If you are working till late night, transport is provided for - which I find it fun because there's no traffic and everyone in the hotel is asleep. So it's like being there to look pretty for no one. At the end of the day, you'll save up a lot because the only thing you spend on is probably transport because even your outfit is provided for by the hotel. Wearing the hotel uniform may not be the most glamorous thing but it pays!

Oh! If you are lucky, although one shouldn't expect, you get good tips!

And who am I working with? An..?
Hidden perks are just part of the environment of your workplace, here we are talking about the macro aspect of it. Be it work safety, your colleagues, or the work that you are dealing with, it is vital to crystallize your ideal environment so that you are able to work within your means.

As I said, after all, it's just an odd job.

In an imperfect world like ours, there are some things that we have to forgo; namely the opportunity cost. Some may like doing computer programming, but it may be bad ergonomically. Some may like dispatching, but there are dangers of doing late night delivery too, although I have never seen any correlation in statistics yet.

At the end of the day, we have to ask ourselves, what kind of work environment do we thrive in?

That is going to be a swaying factor to whether you are going to be on the extreme ends of being smitten with it.

Environment is something very personal. Say for some people (like myself), I used to work and help out at events as usher, games station in-charge, or even doing back end jobs like packing goody bags as part of my vocational training. It was fun because you learn to appreciate what we usually won't because we simply don't see it!

You have no idea how tiring it was. No matter, it was fulfilling because no one in the events industry would say they did not have a good sleep right after! That was definitely a valuable thing to learn when I was a student back then! I discern my beauty sleep outweighs all those heavy lifting.

Only kidding!

Employers too need to realize that with students taking on part time jobs Singapore opportunities, our country is geared up for a more vibrant economy where they know what real life work is about. Without morale boost or value-added tasks for them to do, it would be putting our human capital on a downward spiral. They now can think on their own feet thanks to technology. Wouldn't we want to make them relevant and more connected for their future?

Their future is going to shape our fate too. It would suck to be living in a world of inept while you are conscious and incapacitated on a wheelchair.

Hope you are entertained by my thoughts about part time jobs because many must have been asking about what type of job they should do. So here's just a thought on what you guys should look out for!

Good luck!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Trick Eye Museum Singapore First Anniversary

Last Friday was a blast at Trick Eye Museum Singapore celebrating their first anniversary! Happy birthday Trick Eye Museum Singapore! Trick Eye Museum Singapore is the first foreign Trick Eye Museum that branched out of its home country South Korea. Located at Resorts World Sentosa, Trick Eye Museum Singapore officially opened its doors to public in June 2014. It is the first 3D museum in Singapore!

At their anniversary event, Trick Eye Museum held a special activity Grab the Gold Key, it’s not a Trick! where there were ten gold keys for grabs! Weighing 3.75 grams each, it was given away to ten lucky winners!

The ten gold keys were locked up in a cage held captive by the Giant Baby. Everyone who were at the Trick Eye Museum Singapore, and shared a photo taken at the museum on their social media had a chance to pick a key out of a big pool of keys on that day. It would be the key which they can use for their attempt to open the cage. Successful attempts to open the cage would bring home a gold key.

Here was my attempt...

It started with a briefing after getting our tickets stamped and signed because it only allows you one attempt. Additional briefing includes not being allowed to take more than one key from the lucky dip, and declaring that you have posted with the relevant hashtags: #trickeyesg #trickeyeturnsone #goldtrickeye...


That was my expression with the hope that I might get the gold key. Anyone would go through that red tape for about SGD200 worth of gold! Anything that comes from mining is always better off than paper money.

I got my key! I tried putting it in into the keyhole to see if it fits in the first place. If it doesn't fit, why even have anymore hope?

It fits! I was half way there! Half filled with optimism! The key was to open the padlock, so fitting in the key does not do. I tried opening it.

I turned the key left and right, and kept trying! It did not turn! Oh my God! This is not happening!

Luck was not on me, not on that day! With reluctance I returned the key. If only I could return them with two keys, that would just add on to the number of keys in the pool. Hehe! Still, it was just a game in the name of fun!

Congratulations to all winners; especially if you are a tourist because you have brought home something valuable from Singapore!

If you did not win just like yours truly, we are on the same Merlion... Look at all the fins I give!

Drop by Trick Eye Museum today by making your bookings here and save up to 20%.

Trick Eye Museum Singapore
26 Sentosa Gateway
Resorts World Sentosa
Singapore 098138
Telephone: +65 6795 2370

Find out more on how to get the full experience at Trick Eye Museum Singapore here.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Valentino F/W 2015

Dropped by Valentino this week to check out their new collection! Looking forward to see their entire men's collection coming to Singapore soon! Anyway, here's an inspiration for some of you since we are moving into the second half of the year with more festivities coming up, we need to dress well for the occasion!

This season, Valentino features sensuality and independence.

For Valentino’s F/W 2015 collection, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli capture the essence of the world of contemporary women, portraying its changes and evolution.

From their modern perspective, the two creative directors recognize signs of modernity in two unconventional people, both artist and muse: Emilie Flöge and Celia Birtwell.

These two different women share a singular approach to life: they combine fragility and sensuality and give strength and depth to modest grace.

The inevitable icons of the new Valentino collection follow the season's moods and evolve. Rockstud comes in a color block version that contrasts with black, while knotted fringe and braids are boho touches.

Clothes become an artist's canvas on which exquisite intarsia from scenes and landscapes is harmoniously expressed through prints, seeking cosmic conjunctions and motifs of astral inspiration.

Opulent sensuality is expressed through floral prints and butterfly motifs that are the result of the collaboration with Celia Birtwell and are given a luminous touch through raised metallic threads and contrasts of stripes, triangles and geometric shapes.

Light materials such as chiffon and lace contrast with heavy felt, while shades of gold, ivory, green, pale blue and pink blend in the palette dominated by absolute graphic black.

These are just a few of its glamorous composition! To find out more, please visit VALENTINO at:

ION Orchard
2 Orchard Turn
Singapore 238801

Thank you Accesscomms for the invite!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Tomorrow: Trick Eye Museum Singapore's First Anniversary!

Hey everyone! If you have not been to the Trick Eye Museum Singapore, tomorrow will be the perfect time to go as they will be celebrating their first year anniversary!

Trick Eye Museum Singapore will be celebrating its first year anniversary on 19 June 2015, tomorrow! As a way of giving thanks to the tremendous support received over the year, Trick Eye Museum will be holding a special activity - Grab the Gold Key, it’s not a Trick!

The family friendly museum will be awarding ten gold keys (yes, talking about the real deal!) to ten lucky winners.

The highlight of Trick Eye Museum Singapore is the 2.4 meter Giant Baby exhibit which is the largest sculpture created by Trick Eye Museum. 10 gold keys will be locked up in the cage held captive by Giant Baby during the anniversary celebration.

Here's how to play - it's just a Singaporean thing, we prepare for everything even if it's just a game: Everyone who visit Trick Eye Museum Singapore and shared a photo taken at the museum on their social media platform will each have a chance to pick a key out of a big pool of keys on that day. It will be the key which they can use for their attempt to open the cage. All successful attempts to open the cage will each bring home a gold key! Easy!

So now all of us have an idea how to play the game! Since it's Friday weekend tomorrow, come down the Trick Eye Museum with me! As there are only 10 gold keys, come down fast and let's hope there's still chance for you when you're there. Otherwise, fret not!

We can always take selfies together or...

Get their limited and exclusively designed tote bags! So we have to be there early just in case it runs out! There will also be a do-it-yourself corner at the museum for us to personalize our bags with their rubber stamps. Cute!

Get your tickets to the famed Trick Eye Museum Singapore here and will see you there tomorrow at the anniversary opening! If this will be your first time, find out more how you can get the full experience at the Trick Eye Museum here.

Singapura: The Musical - World Premiere!

I have not been to a musical for a very long time so it got me excited when I heard about Singapura: The Musical for several reasons. I have never been to a musical that relates to Singapore's history because I felt like I know quite a lot about it from the textbook. Duh, so Singaporean. Everything seems to be on the book. Which is why to learn history in the rendition of musical could be an exciting alternative. Also, I am elated to be able to watch the musical about Singapore in conjunction with SG50, in one of most historical theatres in Singapore - Capitol Theatre!

I know right, there's so many hoo-haas and hype about SG50. In case you are out of touch with this little island, this republic will turn fifty since independence!

Capitol Theatre is beautiful! It's so modern and chic, with lots of vintage touch to it. It is a combination of Rococo, and Bickford-Smith's inspired designs in The Great Gatsby.

Singapura: The Musical, what is it all about?

This world premiere takes the audience through a journey of love, hope, and new beginnings while exploring the strength of the human spirit during the formative years of Singapore’s history from 1955 to 1965. Through the eyes of ordinary men and women, audiences will witness how hope and youthful determination transcend the struggles of everyday life during this time period as Singaporeans strive towards a better future for themselves and their loved ones. Their passion and drive sees them dreaming, hoping and creating – against all odds – a place where they can truly call home.

I read some reviews about the musical before going and it was hard to decide if I should even go.

I just went for it though because it's been awhile since I met one of my friends. Like finally we met after so long? It was unfortunate our timing was usually never right. Since both of us were available, I said, why not? If the show was going to be terrible and sluggish I could either walk out (which is rude to do), or fall asleep (lesser of two evils). Turns out, I did not walk out until intermission, and I did not fall asleep! I can't do them anyway, the show was not on me! Haha!

The musical was interesting but not all for good reason.

There were several reasons why I was awake. Otherwise I wouldn't be here sharing with you everything I am thinking about the musical.

The musical hugely portrays our history which an expected turn of chronological events so when it comes to that, reading would suffice. I expected it to be more theatrical for its dramatic appeal. Perhaps, we can have one of them harnessed up in the air as a metaphor she's dead? Rather than having her "dead character" literally walk up the a la scaffolding prop. Doesn't it add more symbolism and metaphor to the message? Not saying it should be anywhere close to a circus performance with trapeze and stunts but with a USD$2 million production cost, how expensive can that harness and its insurance be?

I would give the benefit of the doubt given Capitol Theatre being newly refurbished, and considerably small for a musical like this. The three huge a la scaffolding props are taking up a lot of space like they're right in your face. Wouldn't be much of a problem if it's a wider stage.

Casting wise, I would give an A for effort in terms non-skin picking attempt for diversity. Is it really diverse though? I have no opinion on that. Performance wise, I would give a C. Word has it they have a mix of Singaporeans and overseas casts. Sure they can sing and it can only be better if their character can be seen as naturally Singaporean. I think as actors, one should really be in the mood and living it up to the character. Which means to say you have to speak our pidgins or Singlish well, not just right! Haha! I don't think it would be Superman movie if he holds on to a Mjolnir would it, because the disparity in the act just won't add up.

The accent and assimilation to the character's language I feel is so important in setting the mood because it portrays the literal Singapore identity. This probably say two things about the casts. It's either they are not well assimilated to the Singaporean culture to live up to it in the act, or they're just not well taught by the Singaporeans who are part of the production. Shrugs.

Nevertheless, there's always a first!

Other than that, the musical could have had a better focus, can be improved or tweaked over time before it sets on world tour. It is applaudable that Singapore is a red dot on the world map, and they will be dotting the show all over the globe soon.

Despite all those, I would still recommend my friends to watch Singapura: The Musical because it covers certain aspect of very personal and touchy issues of that time. While portrayal of Hock Lee bus riots and the 1964 race riots was integral in Singapore's history, the rendering of reaction towards inter-racial relationship, and how some families provided asylum to people of different races during that period gives a broader viewpoint about how the political game can affect people's sentiment towards other races. If only they had dived deeper into that in the musical.

It is also heartwarming to know that Ed Gathcalian, the composer of this musical made an attempt to understand history through his art. It is applaudable for a non-Singaporean to have an interest in Singapore's history, something a true born Singaporean should learn from.

Since it's the June holidays for most of us, it's a good time to go and get cultured!

Thank you Elf for the wonderful invitation! It's been a long time since we met!

Click here to book your tickets.

The event is held at:
Capitol Theatre
17 Stamford Road
Singapore 178907