Tuesday, May 8, 2018

'Thank You, Mom' High Tea With P&G and NTUC FairPrice

Procter & Gamble, in partnership with NTUC FairPrice, celebrated its “Thank You, Mom” campaign for the fifth consecutive year with special guest Ms. Low Yen Ling, Senior Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Manpower.

Over a high tea event held at Blu Kouzina, P&G, NTUC FairPrice, and Ms. Low paid tribute to Special Olympics Singapore athletes and their mothers. Guests partook in an interactive photo booth, indulged in a special dish by celebrity chef Forest Leong, and enjoyed a lively sharing session from two mothers of Special Olympics Singapore athletes, Ms. Doris Lee and Ms. Karen Yeo. The afternoon culminated in a cheque presentation of S$20,000 to Special Olympics Singapore on behalf of P&G and NTUC FairPrice

This year, P&G’s annual “Thank You, Mom” campaign, organized under the theme of #LoveOverBias, recognized the key role of unconditional love and support of mothers to their children in overcoming the challenges and the biases they face daily.

P&G long-time partnership with NTUC FairPrice in support of the ‘Thank You, Mom’ campaign has enabled P&G to advocate for families across Singapore and highlight the crucial role mothers play within the community. ❤️

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Design Reboot With DesignSingapore Council

Last week, I was invited to Design Reboot with DesignSingapore Council that shared with us the principles of design in our own line of work. The design immersion that was led by DesignSingapore's incoming Executive Director, Mark Wee, had us interacting with industry experts on service and experience design.

I find it very enlightening because prior to this, when people tell me that they are a designer, all I thought of were shapes, colours, size and anything that has got to do with aesthetic appeal. We probably took it for granted and fail to appreciate that design encompasses many facets of problem solving especially in the building of infrastructures, giving instructions and inventing automation.

Accordingly, as the name says, design thinking is merely about putting in a functional yet thoughtful approach in design for the convenience of individuals and community.

One of the many interesting sharing was by Dr Wong Sweet Fu, Chief Transformation Officer at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) who had tremendously transformed the lives of our golden agers in many tremendous ways and this may be as simple as puting a ramp on kerbs for wheelchair accesiblity or getting them together to socialize. The first principle of being empathetic in design thinking is imperative to ensure that the services at Khoo Teck Puat gel well with their business ethos.

KTPH also has an initiative that allows the senior citizens to communally gather, have a shared interest in health and keeping up with the kampong spirit. These spaces are specially built with amenities functional for its demographics and its aesthetic appeal was also taken into consideration. It is equally important even if it is for the old folks it as it gives a sense dignity to their whole project.

I am no designer but I could be one in my own game. Just as this medium that has been around for ages, it has to be redeveloped empathetically according to my readership. Then, applying the remaining principles of design thinking. Hopefully it would be able to satiate my readers in a more meaningful way. Hope you benefit from this new knowledge as much as I did! Consider this, how can it be applied in your studies and career?

Monday, March 19, 2018

Weekend at Gardens by the Bay's Cloud Forest

Spent the weekend at Gardens by the Bay's Cloud Forest dome. Gardens by the Bay is a wonderful place for an outdoor workout. Apt for cycling, rollerblading and other forms of rejuvenation. Very hopeful to spend more time there then have lunch as a routine! The hot season is here. While everyone is complaining about the weather, I do not see the reason for doing so because there are several upsides to it. Especially now that I am spending more time at home, I appreciate fast drying laundry and adding some colour to my skin. Just remember your sunblock!

Ironically, when I was at Gardens by the Bay, I would rather spend time in the Cloud Forest given the cooling ambience! I was not really dressed for a sweaty day anyway. If I had, you would have not found me in either dome. Managed to throw in something and churn a montage. Kudos to me!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Working It at K-Champs Health and Fitness Academy

Very happy to have this officially completed and published. When I got this a few months ago, I thought it was plain as it was just a sequence of clips and nothing else. I thought it would be nice to have a message, something value-added and sentimental that could benefit you and me in many ways. Then, an idea to add several quotes struck me. I thought was an apt thing to do. I hope this video motivates us to better ourselves be it at work or play. If you ever need a trainer, just holla K-Champs Health and Fitness Academy, anytime!

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Career Guidance Day 2018 at PRPS as an Alumni - Follow Up For You From Me

Hi everyone! I am excited to share with you guys that I was recently invited by my primary school to share about one of my careers with the graduating class of 2018. Our age gap while immense did not hamper our communication because what I shared was something very close to heart and at the tip of their fingertips. Anyway, addressing this as a follow up to all of you who were there, and partly a reminder to myself that in today's modern world and ever-changing times, it is imperative that we keep ourselves up to date. The knowledge we know today will be history tomorrow and it does not matter whether you are a social media person whose job is 24/7 on the internet, or accountants and tellers who never thought their job would be replaced by binary codes and machines.

It will not be easy that is for sure. No job ever is. A career as a blogger (sometimes labelled influencer although I may not agree with this) is not as easy by sitting by the pool with a glass of tea. This very blog was the main platform where I rose in the blogging arena. As this slowly fade away, industry players like myself now move to other platforms like Instagram and Snapchat not only because of the outreach but the convenience for viewers like you and creators like me.

Also, blogging does not mean you cannot have another career. I spoke to one of the participants this morning and she had this perception that one should be a blogger to be a blogger. Sometimes, it is because of your illustrious career in an industry that allows you to be an excellent blog writer. It makes you stand out even more.

Remember that morning about what I said that, you could be a scientist, a doctor or a politician for that matter. That should not stop you from sharing your thoughts, opinions, expertise because, in the world wide web, there could be some people out there whom could be intrigued by your posts. Of course, it has to be coherent, salient and consistent. Just imagine how would you have felt if you are busy reading Diary of A Wimpy Kid then you turn to the next page and it is all about Geronimo's Stilton Cyberthief Showdown? Awkward right? You would probably cringe! 😂

At a point when you are matured enough in your social media skills - be it writing, editing videos and photographs, social skills, remember that they are sent through divine intervention. Honestly, not everybody will have similar skills and patience. That is the beauty of it. You may not possess a skill other people might have, vice versa. As such, be agents of the universe by doing good through social services. I feel elated and utterly blessed that through this avenue, I was actually able to expand this business in several ways like being a host at private and public events alike, help my friends promote their business(es) and other social causes.

I am glad to have started this in my early teenage years. Other legit and renowned bloggers would agree with me on this - after having done this for more than 10 years, this avenue has helped me a lot in good and bad times. Be it when the economy is not doing well or when I am emotionally low (I am only human!), it has served as a punching bag that no one could take.

While the career topic about me revolves around a career in blogging. This applies to any other job in any industry. Your parents (probably of my age?) would probably agree too. At no point giving you all these speeches saying I am the best blogger in town, but as a Pasirian, our motto should always Be Our Best - in any path you take, and that is how it should be delivered.

All the best for your final exam and remember, while our scores and grades should not, do not and never mattered, it shows a lot about our focus!