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Have a Huat Lunar New Year!


Gong Xi Fa Cai! May the year of the Horse bring you an abundance of peace, health and wealth. And keep riding them hard!



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Loyal to your job?

A lot of the people we talk to about job-hoppers speak about them with great contempt. These people are described as failures, dysfunctional and inherently defective. They are further dismissed as bad hires with flawed personalities, destined to live out mediocre careers of limited potential.

We read a recent article on CNBC claiming that 87% of workers in Singapore expect to have new employers within the next 12 months. We are pretty sure if you exclude those who are on work passes, this number will edge even higher. Whichever way you look at it, this is a staggering figure.

However, we don’t necessarily think that this is a bad thing. Employers increasingly claim Singapore is a pampered and smothered nation, filled with lousy workers. Employees constantly complain about their bosses and their pay packets. Hence, there are more reasons than ever to have a mercenary-type mindset.


1. Loyalty does not pay, anymore

Loyalty to companies is an outdated ideology that does not work anymore. Workers often feel bereft of advancement opportunities as new hires come in to take positions above them that they feel they can fill. It is frustrating teaching new employees under your management how to do their job, it’s infinitely worse teaching your new manager on how he or she is suppose to do their job.

People increasingly see their hard work and overtime in under-paying jobs rewarded with bigger expectations of how they can contribute more. They are often passed up for promotions and given more work as their stints within the company increase. If they are unlucky (or lucky depending on how you see it), they get laid off during times of bad years.

Bosses prioritise loyalty to profit margins over employees in tough times. Gone are the days of roughing it out together or getting a golden handshake after giving your best years to an employer. Even companies like SingTel are finding ways to terminate long serving staff with more creative ways to offer minimal gratitude. Read this article on how workers were “moved” to a Chinese business partner. We can’t afford a legal team so we will just leave you to decide on what this move actually means.

Progressively, bosses are moving towards hiring contract staff that do not get any work benefits and are treated like second-class employees in their own companies. So why should employees show loyalty in return? It makes more sense to show yourself some loyalty, to go after jobs that you want, that pays a fair salary that commensurate with the high cost of living in Singapore and not the salary asked from workers in other Asian countries. To get a job where you can actually spend time with your partner, your children and your parents.

Most importantly, get a job where your bosses actually appreciate having you in the team.

There are also the delusional bosses who think they run the best companies in the world, and that you should be thankful for the opportunity to work for their company. They think they are creating jobs for the local economy while hiring the maximum number of foreigners they are legally allowed to. They’re also out of touch with young people and make remarks that sink morale in every member of their staff.

Under these bosses, you get no job satisfaction; and you actually get annoyed a lot, and feel claustrophobic even with your Marina Bay view at the desk of your 27th floor office.


2. Job hoppers are go-getters, quite a few of them

Being a job-hopper comes with many perks. You’ve acquired a quick wit after being put into many background cross-examinations by potential employers. You’re always learning fresh things and meeting new people. You feel reassured when you meet your school mates who are still stuck in the same old job with the same lousy work terms after four years of selling their souls and putting in hours of unpaid overtime at their company, which is also, coincidentally, the company they hate the most in this world.

People who are willing to switch up jobs just when it gets comfortable are risk-takers and go-getters. Bosses should want them in their teams. Rather than getting someone who doesn’t mind being stagnated in life, isn’t it better to get a person who wants to constantly be forward moving in his or her career? Wouldn’t you want that type of personality in your company? Someone who takes initiative in his or her life. Or as what we like to call them: outstanding workers.


3. Generation Y workers – chasing dreams, and having strength

Another reason why more and more workers are staying in jobs for shorter and shorter durations are because young people are not afraid to chase their dreams now. The younger generation wants more than just well paying and stable jobs, they want jobs they enjoy.

They also want jobs where they learn, become better workers, meet new people, work in dynamic projects and the rest on the list. Gen Y workers grew up having it all, and want more. This may appear as a demanding trait but it should not be seen as a flaw. Instead it’s having the strength and character to reach for your dream, and when a worker has that kind of ambition, he or she will put in their best effort in everything they do.

Bosses should strive to have such ambitious workers (outstanding workers) because these are people who will want to challenge themselves and how work is traditionally done. So don’t tell them to accept the same old HR policies that have been in place for the past 20 years, because all they really want to do is to make it better. Be it at your company (ideally), or elsewhere.

They want their work to be an experience of self-fulfillment over the traditional role of money worshipping. That’s not to mean they’re any less committed, they want to have the freedom to do the best job they can instead of committing their working lives to be “yes”-men to please their bosses and be subservient to them. Good bosses will know the difference.


4. Nature of the times we live in

This is perhaps the only reason where strength of character doesn’t come to the fore in the short life span of a worker being in a job.

In modern times, more and more people are being offered contract jobs doing very specific roles that do not have shelf lives beyond their contract period. It does not guarantee a permanent job, and workers are left to find new employment after their contracts. This takes us back to the “Loyalty does not pay” point earlier.

We are also living in a time that is good for Asia, and where unemployment is vastly lower than in Europe or the USA. The unemployment rate in Singapore is at 1.8% right now, so the current generation does not feel as blessed to have a job as much as our parents or grandparents did, or even fellow workers in Europe and America.

Gen Y workers here want more than jobs and careers, they want passion and fulfillment in their jobs and careers.



All that said, the modern worker must remain relevant, resourceful and effective. Because of their long resumes, hirers have some validity in questioning their commitment. They must avoid falling into the trap of being considered as a difficult person to work with, or someone who has shoddy work attitude.

Also, logically, as a boss, you will resist filling your entire staff with people who are “flight risks”. Sure a couple of mavericks littered here and there could work wonders, but the dangers of high attrition rates at the office can have negative impacts on morale, office stability and consistency of work.

There are many positives and some persisting negative in being a standout job-hopper, and bosses should start seeing the benefits of having such employees as well. These worldly workers could turn out to be better hirers for their employers with their broad based experience, various skillsets, familiarity with the industry, its challenges and inner workings as well as the network of people they know. And relevant bosses will be able to tap into these reservoirs of insight to get the best out of this new breed of highly driven workers instead of always bemoaning the job-hopping culture and constantly critisising such people.


Article courtesy of: Dinesh Dayani, dollarsandsense.sg

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The award winning Jersey Boys, The Musical – is a Must watch for everyone!




Wait no more, Singapore. The runaway worldwide smash hit musical, JERSEY BOYS currently playing in major cities worldwide including New York, Las Vegas, London, Auckland, Brisbane and across USA, makes its Singapore premiere at the Sands Theater, Mastercard Theaters at Marina Bay Sands for a 14-week season.

This multi-award winning musical tells the true real-life story of how four poverty-line kids from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records globally – all before they were thirty!


The Four Seasons? Frankie Valli? These names may not be instantly recognisable but for generations since the early ‘60’s to modern day the unique sounds of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons are often echoed with responses such as “I know that number!” when familiarity and recognition of the band’s hit songs such as Sherry, Walk like a Man, Rag Doll, Oh What a Night and Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, kicks in. These and numerous other Four Seasons songs have been covered by many of today’s pop artists, proving the diverse appeal and appreciation of this music as it lives on through the generations.

Milan Rokic, Managing Director of BASE Entertainment Asia said, “Singapore will be the first Asian city to experience this powerful piece of International theater with extraordinary music and a real life story line. We are extremely excited to be involved in producing this Broadway version of JERSEY BOYS for Asia. It runs at breath-taking pace and audiences will be left wanting to come back for more. This is an evening of exceptional entertainment.”


JERSEY BOYS opened to critical and popular acclaim on Broadway on 6 November 2005 only to break this theatre’s box office record 30 times! The production has since been seen by over 13 million people across the globe. Critics the world over are saying: “Too good to be true!” raves New York Post, “The Crowd Goes Wild” explains the New York Times, “Best Broadway Musical in Years” says BBC Radio2, “Mesmerising – a Seismic Sensation” from the Los Angeles Times, “the wait has definitely been worthwhile … Jersey Boys promises a good night and it delivers … you will regret missing out!” urges Courier Mail, Brisbane.

Mr. George Tanasijevich, President & Chief Executive Officer of Marina Bay Sands said, “We are delighted that Jersey Boys, one of the most exciting musicals of all time, will make its debut at Marina Bay Sands. Jersey Boys complements the many other successful Broadway style shows we have brought to Singapore as part of our ongoing commitment to making Marina Bay Sands Asia’s best destination for business, leisure and entertainment.”

Jersey Boys is also the first show to premiere at the newly renamed MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands, which has just been included within the Mastercard Priceless Cities program, further elevating Singapore and the integrated resort in the world of entertainment. Under the program, the Mastercard Theatres will provide cardholders exclusive experiences and privileged access to the best shows and Broadway productions showcased at Marina Bay Sands.

JERSEY BOYS is written by Academy Award-winner Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe and is directed by two-time Tony® Award winner Des McAnuff and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo with music direction, vocal arrangements and incidental music by Ron Melrose. The production design team is Klara Zieglerova, Scenic Designer; Jess Goldstein, Costume Designer; Howell Binkley, Lighting Designer and Michael Clark, Projection Designer.

The remarkable aspect about this company is they begin rehearsing in Johannesburg and then finalise on-stage preparations in Singapore where the show first opens internationally at Marina Bay Sands today for a 14 week season before returning to South Africa to premier in April 2013, followed by a season in Cape Town and future Asian territories.


JERSEY BOYS is presented by Dodger Theatricals, Base Entertainment, Showtime Management, Joseph J. Grano Tamara and Kevin Kinsella Pelican Group in association with Latitude Link Rick Steiner.

Don’t miss the international phenomenon that’s Jersey Boys. Experience electrifying performances of the golden greats that took these guys all the way to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! It’s the hottest ticket in town for 2012 so hurry and book now!


For further information visit http://www.jerseyboys.com.sg




www.BASEentertainmentasia.comor www.MarinaBaySands.com/Ticketing

BY PHONE:                   +65 6688 8826


Marina Bay Sands Box Offices (Museum, Theaters, SkyPark, Retail Mall and Hotel Tower 1 and 3 Lobby). For more information please log onto – www.MarinaBaySands.com

For VIP, Hotel and Dining Packages visit www.showbizasia.com. Corporate and Group Bookings are available via Showbiz.  Email: corporate@showbizasia.com or call 6688 1029

See you at the theatres!


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A breakdown of 2012 NDP Music Video, “Love at first Light”…

Thanks to Alfian Saát, i had a great laugh dissecting this year’s National Day theme song + official music video that features Olivia Ong.

I though the music was boring, and i guess i was not alone….

“NDP 2012 Theme Song – Love At First Light”

Music by: Iskandar Ismail
Lyrics by: Paul Tan
Performed by: Olivia Ong, Natanya Tan
Directed by: Aaron Tan Mien Shawn

This is that Alfian thinks of it. Let me know if you didnt laugh… (you should be)

“Just saw this year’s NDP theme song video. It’s quite funny. 

1) The whole video is shot with pastel palettes beloved of high-end condo ads. There’s genteel lens flares, hazy light through white curtains and panoramic shots of the kinds of views that 1% of Singaporeans enjoy. 

2) We see the two singers at the beginning–Olivia Ong and Natanya Tan–with their backs facing each other. Not sure why this estranged posture, but it could be inspired by the Merlion and the baby Merlion–whose backs are also facing each other–at the Merlion Park. Quite nationalistic. 

3) We see a couple, just rousing in bed, making eye contact. They’re wearing quite thick clothing (the woman also wears smearproof makeup, because her pillows and sheets are pristine white) and are smothered in a duvet. It is obvious that they sleep with the aircon on. And it’s OK because whatever carbon footprint this wasteful couple leaves behind is offset by the fact that there’s a lot of nature shots (reservoirs, greenery, dewdrops) in the video. 

4) We next see a girl, in a reclining chair. She could be Indian, or Malay…or maybe Indian-Muslim…or whatever, the token minority box is checked. Next!

5) The next shot is of a guy, holding a guitar, and penning the lyrics to a song. By the way, the girl in the previous shot was also writing something (poetry, maybe?) in her notebook. Singaporeans are so creative and inspired!

6) We see the couple again, and they’re having a playful pillowfight. Are they not creative? They probably were, the night before, but you can’t show *that* in the video. 

7) We next see another token minority–a guy, this time, at a park, with his laptop. He spots something in the distance and closes his laptop. This something is an old Chinese man, who has brought along his pet bird, in its birdcage. The guy asks the old man what he is doing. “Oh, I am teaching my bird to read this information plaque here.” The guy replies “I, on the other hand, am trying to get Wifi connection in this park.” The old man says, “What a strange person you are,” and the guy replies, “You too!” The two lonely eccentrics bond. 

8) Poet girl walks across the frame, and in the background, an LRT carriage travels across an elevated track. At the same pace at which she walks. Which should be about right. 

9) Wasteful couple decide to ‘see how other people in Singapore live’ and thus visit a wet market. 

10) If you thought the park scene was bizarre, this next scene raises the bar. We see the Singapore skyline at night, and then we realise it’s an image in a crystal ball. Two young women are looking at it. They’re in some kind of a library/study, and they’ve switched on lamps and lit candles. What kind of occult shenanigans is going on? Who are these wiccans with rebonded hair? What ill-will do they harbour towards the Central Business District? Or is this just the future of HDTV? 

11) One of the wiccan sisters advances towards the window. She parts the curtains, and it’s actually daylight outside. And yet they’ve switched on the lamps in their room. The wasteful couple have met their match. 

12) Wiccan sister spots the guitar troubadour–who is now wearing a jacket–and they exchange smiles. In actual fact she is laying a hex on him: “may you meet other inappropriately-attired people in the course of your day.”

13) The wasteful couple, still in slum-tourism mode, are fascinated by the sight of someone making teh tarik. 

14) Poet girl is apparently in possession of some strong magnet (possibly her bangle) which causes LRT carriages to trail her wherever she goes. 

15) She stumbles upon a group of senior citizens practising taiji. She smiles meaningfully, and is inspired to write her next poem. Entitled “Movement Moves Me”, it will be about the juxtaposition of the modern and traditional, about the path of trains and the flow of qi, which she will submit to an anthology of poems about the MRT. 

16) The hex materialises. Troubadour guy (in jacket) meets laptop guy (with inner singlet) meets poet girl (with scarf around her neck). Together, they march in defiance of the climate and a song whose lyrics include the line ‘warm sunny days’. 

17) They are joined by other people, walking along a row of shophouses. Where are they all heading? As it turns out, to Changi Airport. To receive their friends and relatives. That’s quite a long walk! And not one of them breaks a sweat. Lee Kuan Yew’s dream of air-conditioned underwear has come true. The future is here. 

18) An orgy of hugging ensues. Laptop guy, who hugs another guy, makes sure that it’s more of a hybrid handshake-hug, because they’re like, bros, not homos. 

19) Natanya Tan’s parents turn up. They ask her, “where have you been?” She replies, “Oh, just singing a duet on a precipitous balcony with an aloof stranger who barely acknowledged my presence.” Olivia Ong looks at her with a strained, pursed-lip smile. 

20) Olivia sings, “When it feels this right…” and she looks blissful, her head framed against the clouds, the breeze gently teasing her hair. Natanya continues, “You know that it’s…” It’s what? Kotex? Whisper? Carefree? Which might explain why Olivia’s so frosty towards the little girl throughout the song. “Girl, you gotta go through puberty first before you start singing about sanitary pads!” But no, it’s “…love at first light”.

Muhahahahaha….. Told ya its funny.


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CUT by Wolfgang Puck is just…. (Sorry, I am lost for words)

CUT restaurant in Singapore is the third location for master chef and restaurateur Wolfgang Puck’s critically acclaimed, award-winning Beverly Hills steakhouse of the same name in the Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel. Widely acknowledged as one of the most popular restaurants in the United States, CUT has raised the bar within the fine dining industry and the Richard Meier-designed LA location has garnered high praise from prestigious publications including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times (Three Stars), Wall Street Journal and Wine Spectator and was named one of the top three steakhouses in America by Bon Appetit Magazine.

I was at Cut by Wolfgang Puck for a dinner recently and all I can say is that its worth every cent that you spent in that restaurant.

CUT's Entrance

CUT's Main Dining Room

The restaurant was busy when we arrived for dinner. We were escorted into a fairly large private room at the back…seats probably 40 packed. But that evening, we were about 30 I think. The decor is elegant and classy… dark with lighting accents. And walls upon walls of fine wine.

Before we get to order, the very handsome, suave, sexy and insightful server went with us a tour of the meat selection. There are so many to choose from, depending on what is your preference. Choices, choices, choices.

 Can you see the marbling of the meat? orgasmic!!!

So, now for the REAL meat.

For starters, I had a super yummy Maine Lobster, American Blue Crab And Shrimp “Louis,” Spicy Tomato-Horseradish .

The texture of the whole dish is surprising very light, refreshing and tasty at the same time. Although, there are too much parsley in the mix though… I like it!!

I also nibbled away some of the Tuna Tatare with avocado from my boss… Super yummy…

 The tatare taste very fresh and again tasty tasty tasty. I never had a tatare before so i was very surprised by the texture of it.

And now, for the mains.

I have decided for an American Wagyu / Angus “Kobe Style” Beef From Snake River Farms, Idaho. Woohooo! It was apparently not the so popular one but the whole sound of it is just…. exciting, isnt it?

 TADA! Yes, you order meat, they will serve you meat. ONLY.

I know it looks weird like that. but trust me, the moment you put a chuck of that in your mouth, it will just melt in your mouth. The steak was so tender, juicy and yummy yummy yummy. I had to stop making my sexy orgasmic face everytime i has a bite.

 Yes, of course we ordered sides to eat with our steak. I had a stir-fried mushroom.

My friend also had the Baby Chicken Cooked On The Rotisserie, Black Truffle, Natural Jus….

Well, not really a baby chicken i would say…

 And, we almost had a decadent moment cause some of us decided to have adult grape juice aka wine. We ask for recommandation and they gave us this one.

 Ok, this bottle of wine cost SGD40,000.00. Yes, thats a lot of 0’s in the price. We were told that the wine maker only made 500 bottles a year.

 Napa Valley wine. hmmmmnn……..

Nah, we didnt had the wine. its too expensive (you think) and we were told that thats not the best wine they have. its all marketing and hype and thats why they cost so much.

We had an Aussie wine instead. still as good and only 1/15 of the price.

 And for desserts, i had a  Dark Valrhona Chocolate Soufflé. The whole dessert thingy was such an experience for me, i actually took a video of it.

Just watch how they prepare my Dark Valrhona Chocolate Soufflé!

I am not going to reveal how much was spend for dinner last night but i guess you can make it out from the menu below how much we need to fork out.


So, if you have extra cash, and feel like having some meat, you should definitely go to CUT. Make sure you make appointment ok.

Cut by Wolfgang Puck
Marina Bay Sands Hotel Singapore
10 Bayfront Avenue

6 p.m. – 10 p.m., Sunday – Thursday
6 p.m. – 11 p.m., Friday & Saturday

6688 8517


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Gamelan @ the Gardens, and yes, I am performing!

National University of Singapore’s Singa Nglaras Gamelan Ensemble presents ‘Gamelan @ the Gardens’. And I am performing all over again!!


Venue: Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage, Singapore Botanic Gardens

Date: Feb 4, 2012

Time: 5 – 8pm.


Singa Nglaras has been formed since Jan 2004 and is managed by Prof Jan Mrazek. The name Singa Nglaras means “relaxing lion”; the word nglaras means both to relax and to harmonise, or tune. True to its name, the ensemble’s primary motivation is the relaxed enjoyment and appreciation of gamelan music.


‘Gamelan @ the Gardens’ also features guest ensemble Gamelan Naga Kencana.


As in the courts, palaces and community locales found in Java, come and gather with your family and friends as both ensembles entertain you with the relaxed, meditative sounds of the gamelan.


Bring your mats and i see you there! 🙂