Life’s Decision

Sometimes life is hard, sometimes life is easy, but life is full of decision making and sometimes decision are make in split second, sometimes decision takes from hours to days or even months.

Decision will affect what the outcome will be. Result for some will be fast for some it could takes years. Beside that life is really full of decision and every day you make decision. You decide on what to wear, what to eat and what tv shows to watch or watch movie online.

But ultimately, there will be times when you hate to make a certain decision. Which I am facing now. I really have been struggling with it for the past 2 weeks. Up till now, I still dare not make any decision yet, as I know this is a very big decision and it will ultimately change a lot of my things.

Hectic First Quarter

It was a hectic first quarter 2011 for me. First of all it is the relocation of my office, and then settling down to the new environment and next is the CNY 2011, and then it was my trip to China – Qingdao & Beijing.

This particular trip brings me to some of the most wanted visit places in my list of to visit places, one of it is the Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China. When I step foot onto the Forbidden City, the first impression was Huge, damn huge. The place is so big that if you wanted to visit every room and every corner, I think it would take 2 days to cover every corner.

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                          A view of the Forbidden City

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                   Another View of the Forbidden City

The great wall of china, the section that I visited was Badaling, the part whereby the Olympic 2008 cycling event was held. It was great going all the way up the Great Wall, initially I thought it was easy because it is just walking. But I was wrong, on some part the incline was so steep that I felt the slope was almost coming to 65 degree angle. 

 

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        The breadth taking view from the Great Wall of China

 

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              Another View from the top of the Great Wall

 

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                    A view of a portion of the Great Wall

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                    The Incline, as you can see, it is steep

 

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                Another view of the incline from the top

 

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          A good view of the Great Wall and the Mountain

 

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                                One World One Dream

Overall this was a very fulfilling trip and it is one of the few personal trips that I had made in the last decade.

Bad Breakfast Experience at Nex’s Mac Donald

Woke up early this morning and decided to head to NEX for breakfast. Had a craving for a cup of hot coffee, so decided to head to Mac Donald for Breakfast.

Reach and queue up to order, placed my order for Big Breakfast set with coffee. Waited for around 3 minutes at the counter, in the mean time, the staff could not make any coffee, it seems that the coffee bean has to be changed. I just stood there waiting, the Manager came by and ask me to take a seat first and will send the coffee to me.

Happily, I took my breakfast and proceed to take my utensils, sugar and creamer and head to an empty seat. Sat down and start to eat my breakfast, halfway through my breakfast, I noticed that my coffee has yet to arrive. Was wondering why, but anyway proceed to finish my breakfast. After finishing my breakfast, The coffee has yet to arrive. I was very disappointed because obviously the staff and the manger had forgotten that they need to send the coffee to me.

I went over to the counter to look for the manager, when he saw me, he said “ Sir, errm, waiting for your coffee!!, Give me a Minute”
I said “ YES, but obviously it is too late already right” and went out of the restaurant. I wasn’t mad, but was very very disappointed. The restaurant wasn’t very packed, there is less than 10 people at that time. How could they forgot something easily. If the whole restaurant was packed, then I could easily forgive them.

I just wanted to have a cup of hot coffee to start my day, but was terribly disappointed that things turn out this way. I paid for my coffee but get no coffee, I had to go to the nearby coffeeshop to packet my coffee, which cost much less and I had it in less than a Minute.

Talk about Fast Food and Customer Service. I think it would be a long long long time, before I step into that particular restaurant again.

Happy New Year Twenty Eleven

As I’m writing this Blog, my time stated on the computer is 12.42am 31st December 2010. with a bit more than 23 Hours to go, We are heading towards year twenty eleven.

How fast time flies, I can still recall writing the same blog last year, It seems like it happen just a couple of days back. Well but then we are talking about 364 days back.

I wish you all a Happy New Year and all the Best for the New Year.

Year 2010 was not really a fantastic year for me. I went through a lot of pitfall. But I still managed to pull through and I wish for year 2011 to be a better year for me, and it do seems to be getting better, a New Year, A new location for my business, I’m relocating my office to a new location, and the real cool thing is that it comes with a big balcony with a fantastic view of the surrounding. 

Over here, I hope that everyone is looking forward to 2011 and also has already make plans for the new year, and as mentioned in my previous post. Please do make time for yourself and your family. Treasure your time and your love ones, Don’t regret only after you lost them. Time and tide waits for no man and no one will know when he or she will no longer be around. God Bless you all.

Happy Holidays and see you in Year Twenty Eleven Smile

Merry Christmas

Wishing you all readers a Blessed and Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday.

Times flies and as we are reaching the closing of year 2010, It is now a great time to reflect on this year and look forward to the new year 2011. I’m not talking about setting resolution, because for most of the people setting new year resolution will not be met. Most of us set targets and goals and make changes to our habit for the New Year, A New Year and a New person. But then as the days goes and as work load and stress get the better of you, You will gradually forget your target and goals set.

Why not for this year, do some changes. We try to overcome ourselves, overcome the time that we have on hand, As what I felt, time is what will change us. Imagine a life whereby you can control your own time, wake up and do not have to rush to catch the train to work, rush through breakfast on your work desk and lunch in office.

I believe that when you have time in your hand, you will be in a better position to think and path your days ahead, I’m not saying that you quit your job right away and workout your roadmap straight now. You can be a better time Manager when you do simple planning one day to a week ahead. For example, Sunday night, Plan how you want this week to work out, Plan for dinner and lunch with friends and family, and plan your work schedule, look at your deadlines, prioritise which are the most important and which are the least important, give yourself time to complete the most important thing. when you have proper planning and scheduling, you will find that you have more time to yourself and giving yourself more time is giving you life. You can enjoy a full hour of lunch with your family or friends during the work week.

Give it a thought, Give yourself more time. Wishing you all A Happy Holiday…

Latest Shopping Mall in Singapore NEX

I really like the idea of checking out this latest shopping mall in Serangoon, especially since it is so near to me and I watch it go from nothing to fully built up. But never did I knew that Singaporeans like this too.

I met one of my part timers at the mall on Tuesday afternoon to catch up on projects and future jobs, I was thinking that since it was a Tuesday afternoon, the crowd should be less than what I experienced the previous night when I was there with one of my colleague after work.

Phew, I was wrong, Definitely wrong. When I was outside the mall I could see lots of people inside the mall, it feels like a typical Sunday in one of the shopping malls at Orchard. The place was simply overcrowded with shoppers of all ages. I definitely had a hard time locating a restaurant to stop my stomach from making noise.

The mall is not officially open yet, but most of the shops are in operation already, except for a handful still undergoing renovation. In fact most of the eatery place are open already and it’s packed definitely packed to the brim even at non meal time.

From my two visit to the mall, I can say that this is definitely the biggest or one of the biggest heartland malls i have been to. Definitely it will be a place which I will often frequent since it is so close to my office. Lots of restaurant and 2 food courts inside. Food Junction and Food Republic. 2 super market, NTUC and Cold Storage. I have yet to cover every inch of the mall, but then I felt that this is definitely a much welcomed place for people living in the north east, since before we have NEX, we only have Compasspoint and Hougang Plaza.

Life is Fragile

I lost my Dad 11 days back, All of a sudden both my parents are now gone, as if this year is not bad enough, why must it happen, I still miss my mum and now my dad is also gone.

I felt lost, Going back home, I cannot greet my dad anymore. I will no longer receive a call in the mid afternoon from my dad asking me if I will be back home for dinner. I won’t be able to dine with him anymore.

I don’t know where to go after work, I have to think of a way to move on. I have not done anything much for the last week and it seems to me that I have nothing to strive for. When my dad was around, I work hard to support him, I wanted to give him a cosy life. I’m always home for most of the evening to have dinner with him. I wanted to be there for him. Now that he is forever gone from my life, I felt lost.

I know I will be able to pick up myself and move on because up above in heaven, where both my parents are now united, they also want me to be well and their biggest wishes to see me have my own family. I know that they are now happily united back in heaven and catching up with one another for the 2 and a half year that they were separated.  They are praying for the 3 of us also.

Mum & Dad, we love you, we thank you for bringing us to this wonderful world and being a wonderful parents to us.

Life is very fragile, treasure your love ones when they are around.

A new friend

He saw my blog and read out my posting to me. A new friend. “ken” I engage him to work for me during one of the MOE event in Suntec somewhere in March this year.

I actually wanted to write this post earlier, but was busy with other things and keep pushing this back. After the March show, I went on to engage his services for a couple of times more.

Typical “Ah Beng” style will be your initial thoughts when you get to know him. but then I find this young man full of drive and he is willing to go the extra mile to finish up works and this is what I had when I started business 13 years back. Always going the extra mile for my clients handling late night servicing calls and so on.

When I see the way he works and the attitude, I saw something familiar which over the years become lesser and lesser in me. Customer are always demanding, our level of service has to be always there for them. With the increasing business cost and the dropping of service dollar, how long can we keep up with this high level of service with diminishing income. Well that is something we have to think and work out on.

Coming back to my friend, Ken. He kind of motivated me again, but for how long, I won’t know. He also make me rethink my business strategy and the level of service I’m providing. He is now serving the army, but then I would like to take this opportunity to thank him and wishes him all the best in his life. This post is dedicated to you.

3rd quarter coming to an end

In a zoom, we are soon finishing the 3rd quarter of this year 2010. a little more than 6 weeks and we will be in the last quarter of the year. This seems to be a very fast year for me, lots of happening things this year and I really have not enough time to express my thoughts on this blog.

I just got my company site redone, put in new products and new pictures to enhance it. Still have lots of works to be done but then hope to be able to roll out everything smoothly and quickly.

Life is really hectic for the past 4 months or so, after the stationery business starts rolling. No time for any other things. Servicing my clients is more than enough to flatten me out. Really tiring but fulfilling. Friends asking me to go for a holiday with them, but then cannot commit. I wish to go but got no idea what is holding me back.

Late May Posting

Phew! It has been more than one month since my last posting, It has been a very hectic month for me and that explain why there is lesser posting on my site. Work and work and more work for the past month. Business is slightly picking up, had a couple of projects on hand and need to follow up closely.

But the cost of business is also going up, fuel prices are increasing and in fact if you do notice, everything seems to be on the rise slowly. This is something we have to live with. Right now, we have to monitor our numbers very closely, we have to check on our expenses and also bad debts, which is increasing. Clients are buying, but some are deferring payments, they are trying all means to stretch their credit limits. If this still carry on it might cause a chain reactions and business will be in deep trouble. I really hope it won’t, we just have to keep our finger crossed.

Went past Marina Sands a couple of times, but have yet got the chance to walk in to take a look. I took a couple of pictures of the building from the outside and it does look nice from some views, especially through buildings inside Shenton way, if you do get what I meant.

On the food side, went with an overseas business associate for dinner at PuTien restaurant at City Square Mall 2 weeks back. Had a great evening chatting and eating, the ambience was not that good, slightly noisy, the food I can say is above average, the waitress are friendly and attentive. Overall I would rate it as a nice place for a family gathering or family dinner. Not that good for a business dinner. But since we have decided to go there, we just proceed on. It was a close business associate so we do not need to place too much on the ambience. We went through the menu and ordered our food, it was an ala-carte buffet. side dishes, fruits and drinks are on the free flow buffet counter.