By Lionel Yeo
Okay, I’m gonna ask you a question, and I want you to answer with the first thing that pops into your head:
Where do you go when you wanna get some serious work done?
Is it a cafe? A meeting room? The library? At home after everyone has gone to bed?
Notice how almost NOBODY says “the office?”
I mean, it’s weird right? Our companies spend millions of dollars building these awesome offices for us: We have ergonomic chairs, high-speed internet, shared drives, good coffee, etc, yet somehow nobody seems to think that our offices are the best places to get serious work done.
Why is that?
The Revenge of the Ping
Partly, it’s because of what I call The Revenge of the Ping.
Technology is supposed to make us more efficient, but it’s also made us slaves to communication.
In the past, our parents would write a paper memo (remember those?), send it off to a colleague in another office, and wait 2 weeks to hear back.
Today, we’re reachable via WhatsApp, Skype, Facebook Messenger, and the ubiquitous, never-ending waterfall of email. That’s why our generation feels a lot more burned out than our parents’: Because we’re spending …read more
By Singapore Man of Leisure
Calm down now.
I can see you are full of excitement with that $20,000 of yours.
Can’t wait to put money to work is it?
Come. Sit down here with me.
Have a cup of coffee and a char shao bao. Eat!
Allow me to ask you a few questions…
1. Know yourself
Think of a skill or competence, where you can crush most of your peers hands down. It can be a hobby, sports, or what you do at school or work. Anything!
Why is this so?
Did you have to spend any time and effort securing this skill or competence?
Or was it because of some natural attributes that you were born with?
Maybe a bit of both?
Have you travelled on a packaged group tour before?
If no, take some of the $20,000 and go on one! Enjoy yourself!
If yes, have you planned and taken a DIY tour all by yourself? With no travelling companions? Just you and you alone?
No? Try it!
If you really timid kind of person and have never done things alone all by yourself ever, I can recommend Hong Kong or Malaysia. Still cannot? It’s OK. Don’t force it. But take note of the fears and emotions that’s keeping you …read more
By Alvin Chow
Changi Airport hits record high in retail sales was on The Straits Times two days ago (25 Jan 2016). I saw the same news on MyPaper and heard it on Kiss92 FM. It almost felt like an advertisement.
The first paragraph was written as such,
“Sales at Changi Airport hit a record high of $2.2 billion last year, on the back of growing passenger numbers.”
I was confused as I remembered 2015’s tourism was not significantly different from 2014, given my previous research in the hospitality sector.
There was no number provided in the news article except and it was reported that,
“Passenger traffic figures are expected to be released next week.”
I am even more confused. If the passengers numbers have yet to be released, how does one know that the record sales was due to growing passenger numbers?
Curious, I went to the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) to investigate the numbers.
The 2015 numbers were updated till Nov 2015 at the time of writing, but the amount of data was sufficient to make a meaningful comparison with 2014. I have hyperlinked the data for your convenience.
I will also spare you from interpreting the data.
First, we compare the number of visitors travelling …read more