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.

New Year Lunch at Pariss Marina Square

To celebrate the new year, I brought my friend out for lunch to Pariss Internation buffer restaurant. Called in the morning to make a reservation and confirmed the time with the counter staff.

We arrived at around 12.30 pm and the whole place was packed. I didn’t know that there will be so many people at the restaurant. Inside my heart I was telling myself that I was lucky as I called in first to make a reservation. Paid up and was led to our table.

Walking in, I notice the sashimi counter and the fresh seafood counter, The prawn was nice, and the sashimi counter is also filled up with different types of sashimi.  After the restaurant showed us our table, did not even bother to sit down first, I head straight to the fried food section and take some fried food whereas my friend headed over to the seafood section to take the prawn and sashimi.

 

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Prawn with Sashimi and Fried food.

 

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Close up picture of the sashimi

 

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My Favourite Oyster from Canada

The variety was quite all right considering the price and also the location which it is housed. Compared to Sakura International Buffet, It is considered more expensive, but then the fresh oyster make up for it, I think I took about 10pcs of the oyster. But be-informed, you have to take the queue tag from your table to drop onto the tray to queue up for the oyster, it takes approximately 10 minute for the oyster to be served to your table. I find that this is quite a good concept also, as there won’t be a mad rush for oyster and then someone would get tossed out of the queue and you won’t get to see inconsiderate people snapping up the whole tray of the oyster. Smile 

Over a nice place, except the place is very packed and also not enough staff  to clear plates. Maybe it is the new year day and they have difficulty getting staff.

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

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. 

Tough Times Ahead

5th April, I’m thinking again, this is definitely a tough year to get through. So many setbacks within the first quarter of the year. I have already tried to sort out everything and tried to give my brain more time to rest, but then it seems that I cannot rest my brain, I have to put it back to good use, I cannot keep thinking of those things again. I have to look forward.

Everyday is now a battle for me, I have to use my time to steer my business back on track. I have to allocate all my energy back into my business. Nothing is impossible, I have fallen before, I have stood up again and again after every failure. I won’t give up. I had already more or less come back to my sense already. I cannot change anything that had already happen, but I still can change things that have yet to happen. I still have the wills and means to change it and I must have it changed.

As I have said on the start of the Year, “Bad Start to A Great Year” This is a hard year, but then I have to change things and make sure the changes will be huge enough to become A Great Year. It has to be this year, I cannot wait anymore.

I pray daily to God to give me the will power and energy to overcome whatever obstacle that is waiting for me to cross. I will definitely cross every hurdle that is awaiting me and I will not give up. If I took a hard knock, I will just brush it aside and move on. Life has it ups and downs, I having some downs now, but I won’t fall, I will come back stronger and better than before.

End of 1st Quarter of 2010

Why am I so persistent ? I know that nothing good will come out of this situation that I’m in, She will never ever be able to get rid of the burden that she is carrying now.

I have countless time reminded myself again and again that I should just move on, My head is trying to get me to move on but my heart is so persistent hoping that miracle will happen, This is simply crazy, I must move on, I must get over it, I just can’t live with this additional burden on my back. Miracle won’t happen to me, I knew it. But my heart simply ignored what my brain instruct it to do. I’m troubled, I really don’t know what I should do now and in future.

How should I move on, I have no idea, I’m  deeply stuck. I can only pray to GOD for help. 2 Days later is Good Friday, I pray to GOD for strength and wisdom to wake me up from this terrible nightmare that I’m having for the past 1 1/2 months.

I wish you all a Happy Holiday, God Bless you all and you family. Take Care.

My headache with Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is a very common and painful foot pain that some people will have to live with, I myself first experienced it 4 year back, The pain was so bad on the heel that the very first few steps that you took in the morning will be the worst. it will improve and get better throughout the day, but then you will live in fear of the morning steps that you will be taking everyday.

Lots of rest and time will heal this medical condition, but then you will never recover from it, It will come and go by itself, The cause of this medical condition is normally overweight, and your walking style and also your foot condition.

Recently I got another bad attack of this Plantar Fasciitis again, I have been living with it for the past 3 weeks already. I have read up on it and also found out more information on this condition. I have been searching for a solution, I found some sole enhancements for approximately USD 50.00, but then I could not get hold of one.

While out visiting a client in Plaza Singapura today, I chance upon this little stall beside the escalator called 2ft. They are selling customised sole that will support the way you walk, because different people have different built, different formation of the feet and also different walking style, They provide a feet scanner to scan and analyse your feet and will customised an insole specially for you.

I got my feet scanned and the temporary insole provided did really help in relieving a certain amount of pain from my heel. I was won over, I place an order for a pair of customised insole for myself, It doesn’t come cheap. It cost me SGD 379.85. I know that it is very expensive and there is no trial for this insole, but then taking into account the warranty it provide and also the way I felt when I tried on the temporary insole. I think I must give it a try because there is no medication for Plantar Fasciitis, Only surgery and I do not want to do anything to my leg at this moment of time.

I will be getting my pair of insole come this Thursday April 1st 2010, Wondering will it be a joke for me, but then, time will tell and if it really help me, I will definitely update you all, because Plantar Fasciitis is really no joking matter, over time if your condition do not improve, it will definitely deteriorate and ultimately you might need surgery to repair the damages done.