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.

Mid Of March 2010

The first quarter of the year is coming to an end soon, 16 more days to be exact.

For those who drop by recently or if you happen to read this post, please bear with me, I did not abandon this site. I just could not bring myself to write out my feelings for the past 3 months. Life was bottoming out for me, Nothing goes right my business and my personal life, too much things happened, I got no time to think and to react. I just could not bring myself to write out my feelings for the past 3 months.

I don’t want to write out anything that happen during the past 3 months, My life was turned upside down because of failure and bad unforeseen events that just happen. Things that I fear most happen, I just can’t believe it, I have no one to turn to, I have no place to pour out my woes. I hope that I can forget all the events that took place during the last 3 months soon and move on.

As I’m writing this post, I have not recovered fully from all the events, but I’m picking up the pieces and slowly standing up to face the world again. I believe that I’m able to do that, as all along I had survived other failures, this is certainly one of the worst, but I’m not going to give up, I’m not throwing in the towel, I believe that I will be able to stand up to face the world again.

I pray that GOD will show me the way and guide me back to the correct path to take. I place all my trust in him and I know that he will definitely guide me back onto the path, which I was supposed to take but got derailed.

For those who is reading this post, GOD bless you and you family. If you are also facing any difficulties in life, Don’t give up, Miracles happen when you believe. GOD will always be around us to guide us. He will carry us when we are facing difficulties in life.

Outlook For Year 2010

This is a very fast year, hectic and lot of things to do, in a flash, we are now in the mid of the second month of the year. I haven’t got much time to sort out my thoughts for the past one and half month. Everyday pass by in a flash, from the time I woke up till the time I went to sleep. I felt that I didn’t do much thing, but sometimes I also felt that I accomplish a lot of things in the day.

Maybe it because I suffered defeat after defeat both in my business and also personal life. It make me grow up faster, which I also felt it make me aged faster also. There are days where I could just not stay focus at all. I’m caught up with too many things to do and too little time to handle them, making me shift some work behind and also purposely forget some jobs.

I have to sort out my internal thoughts fast now, time and tide waits for no man, I’m already in my mid 30s, I don’t have much time to waste. I have to make changes and also make it fast. If I don’t make any changes soon and continue to stay in this comfort zone of mine, then nothing will change and maybe at the end of the day when I reach my  60s, I might regret, this has to be the make or die year, and I have to make it. I cannot lose as I cannot afford to lose.

Days after days, and very soon, it will be the end of the year again, I hope that when I summarize the end of this year, I can happily tell you all that I have make changes to my life and I’m happy with the changes.

5th Day of the Chinese New Year

Another defeat, another blow to my confidence level, I’m wondering how many more defeats must I suffer for this year. I have been staying very focused and I think I have done to the best what I have done so far, But the Ice could not melt. My heart bled for a couple of times within these two months. But I’m not giving up. This will be a fight to bring out the sleeping tiger within me.

I will not throw in the towel so fast, or maybe I won’t throw the towel at all. I know I don’t have that much chance, so I cannot give up. I must continue to stay focus and hope that everything turns out fine.

A visit to Pinnacle @ Duxton

Pinnacle@duxton the latest HDB estate in town standing tall at 50 Storey high, Featuring 2 unique Sky bridges at level 26 and also level 50. Please also note that level 26 is only accessible to the resident and level 50 is open to the public, 200 public visitors per day are allowed onto the Sky Bridge. Offering a panoramic view of the city skyline, It surely is a must visit place if you want to have a good view of Singapore.

I went at around 8 plus in the evening. I believe the view will definitely be much better during the day, or during sunset but the night view is just as good. Looking at our busy port and our business district from this height do bring me new thoughts and new aspiration. 

It’s a waste that my friend was in a rush and we stayed less than 30 minutes at the sky bridge. I did not bring my camera along and only took a couple of pictures with my nokia E71, The pictures was not well taken. But I will still post a couple of it so that you guys will have a better picture of how it feels like. 

 

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A View of the Business District

 

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Another View of the City 

 

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Another View of the City 

 

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A View of our Busy Port  

 

Getting there is very easy. Alight along Cantonment road, Right at the last block along the main road, just after the bus stop. You will then be at Blk 1G, outside the block, you will see a ticket kiosk showing you how many tickets are still available for the day and for now, there is a security officer stationed at the kiosk to guide you on how to buy the ticket. Just present your EZ-Link card onto the scanner and click on the purchase button to purchase the ticket. A receipt will be generated and hold on to you EZ-Link  card, Also do note that each EZ-Link card is valid for one person only. You cannot use your EZ-Link card for multiple ticket purchase.

After getting your receipt, Proceed to the lift and you will be on your way up to Level 50. Once you reach level 50, Present your EZ-Link card at the gantry for access to the Sky Bridge. That will be it, Enjoy your View. You will also need your Ez-Link Card at the gantry when leaving the Sky Bridge.