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Quick Communication (and relationship) Tips I Learned From Being A PR Manager

A year back, I was appointed as my island's Toastmasters' District Public Relations Manager. The role was essentially to spread the good word about the organization, its people and programs to the general public. As I am winding down to my last month of service, I realized that there were plenty of learning points that … Continue reading Quick Communication (and relationship) Tips I Learned From Being A PR Manager

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3 Things Winners Don’t Post On Facebook

Been wanting to post this for a while, but never quite found the right reasons to. Until, someone showed me a profile of a whiner. Scrolled through the profile and had a bit of a laugh. Winners Do Not Post Questions Asking For Opinions On Mundane Stuffs - Seriously, who will wanna be wrecking their … Continue reading 3 Things Winners Don’t Post On Facebook

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Why Would You Wanna Embrace Your Demon?

I watched the movie "The Last Exorcism" with the missus a while ago. In a nutshell, it was kinda lame for a genre that I had always been fascinated by. Demonic possessions enthralls me, as the idea of your physical body being inhibited by a foreign entity is kinda mystifying. Anyway, that's not my point … Continue reading Why Would You Wanna Embrace Your Demon?

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When You Are Just Somebody That I Used To Know

“But I think we both knew, even then, that what we had was something even more rare, and even more meaningful. I was going to be his friend, and was going to show him possibilities. And he, in turn, would become someone I could trust more than myself.” I think I had one of those … Continue reading When You Are Just Somebody That I Used To Know

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It’s Only Food,Dimwits…

I recently went on an agency trip to Bangkok. It was organized with the intention of fostering camaraderie between the leaders,planners and to perhaps create an intentional sense of bonding. Whether this intention was successful or not, it is still open to judgement. For me, any trip that is not lined up with an agenda, … Continue reading It’s Only Food,Dimwits…

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When You Start Wishing For Utopia

            When everyone talks about love,relationships and commitments in the same breath as unicorns,princesses and castles, you know very much that you are listening to a stock market analysis. Having the privilege of listening in to commentaries regarding the ideal partners,women will probably fawn over, I could not help but … Continue reading When You Start Wishing For Utopia

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The relentless search for the soul mate.

The soul mate is that one person who does things beyond your comprehension. That one person who does things without the need for gratification or validation. The soul mate probably saw things in a way that is beyond your field of vision. Where you probably saw, a grassland of patchy mounds, he probably saw you … Continue reading The relentless search for the soul mate.

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How To Deal With Pretentious People In 5 Easy Steps

This might be the dumbest post I attempt to write, but I guess when I read this post again in eons to come, this might just be an insightful piece of blog post I could have ever written. The inspiration behind this post is very simple. I'm beginning to see how this "pretentious" "bug is … Continue reading How To Deal With Pretentious People In 5 Easy Steps

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5 Reasons To Understand Why You Should Not Forget The Past Too Quickly

I woke up from such a random dream, that definitely left me emotionally charged, with a plethora of feelings. As I walked to the train station, on the way to work, I asked myself the proverbial question,"Why?". These are probably the reasons I can think of. 1. Certain Individuals Are Just Meant To Stick Yes, … Continue reading 5 Reasons To Understand Why You Should Not Forget The Past Too Quickly

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Why There Should Be An Obedient Wives Club

The recent days had seen reports, official statements and opinions from scores of individuals within the community, about the intention of having an Obedient Wives Club being formed right on our shores. This establishment, that was supposedly founded and propagated by the splinter units of the now defunct Al Arqam was seen by many as … Continue reading Why There Should Be An Obedient Wives Club

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How To Deal With Frustration Without Killing Anyone

Have you ever felt the need to ask for murder to be legalized? It may be your nagging spouse, your intrusive in laws,.your domineering boss, your pesky colleagues or even your emotional blackmailing scandal. Whatever the case is, you are mad with them. And you are definitely sure that Mustafa Center do not actually sell … Continue reading How To Deal With Frustration Without Killing Anyone

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Stretching An Imagination [Part 1]

It's hard to escape into the realms of your inner thoughts, when you are besieged by the hectic lifestyle demanded in Singapore. In another lifetime, in another alternate yet parallel universe, I am very much an emotionally deranged busker who finds solace in having a cup of coffee after every evening when the sun casts … Continue reading Stretching An Imagination [Part 1]

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How To Defeat Your Office’s Political Voldermort?

      You may have been in this scenario before. By some freak accident, you are discovered to be a shining example of what superior performance is all about. People find you to be an amicable piece of art. A personality so engaging and influential that people just feel so alive by your vibes. … Continue reading How To Defeat Your Office’s Political Voldermort?

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…and the flow goes on and on.

An email that seemed so simple in its heading will probably turn out to be a defining read for me in this new year. A Toastmaster's acquaintance wrote to just highlight that she is currently recuperating. A recent biopsy has diagnosed her with malignant cancer in her pancreas, liver and several organs. In that email, … Continue reading …and the flow goes on and on.

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How To Pen An Apology Letter To Your Ex Girlfriend

As a guy, I find the above title repulsive. In an age where it is easier to just text, "Babe, m sorie for wat I did. Swear it will not happen again. See u tonite?", makes the whole apology letter genre so out dated. And this is where I believe the value actually lies in. … Continue reading How To Pen An Apology Letter To Your Ex Girlfriend

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What Are You Building?

I read something profoundly simple in a passage from a book earlier today. In it, was the story of the bricklayers. There is an old story about three bricklayers. One day, a curious child approaches the bricklayers to see what they are doing. When the child reaches the first bricklayer and asks,“What are you doing?,” … Continue reading What Are You Building?

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How To Embrace The Wolverine In Us?

Dealing With Options One of the beauties about growing wiser, is the ability to selectively position yourself in a state of mind where not everything may seem as important as they are made out to be. What I mean by this is that I no longer, press myself to think about issues that may sometimes … Continue reading How To Embrace The Wolverine In Us?

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It Is Always About The Right Question

The Toddler's Case Earlier in the week, I made an observation of an interesting dynamic. I saw a young toddler, perhaps barely three years of age, trying to climb over a gate. It was not a high gate, and I sincerely believed, that with several attempts, he would have made it. Standing beside the toddler … Continue reading It Is Always About The Right Question

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Why Lady Gaga Would Make A Great Financial Planner

Why The Gaga? I realize that all clients believe that they have a one of a kind financial product / policy. You can see it in their eyes, when you ask them if they have a financial portfolio. Without a moment of hesitation, they will be armed to the teeth with a list of products … Continue reading Why Lady Gaga Would Make A Great Financial Planner

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How To Be An Influential Underachiever

Most people associate achievements with influence. Meaning that if you are a teacher, the higher you rise up in ranks, the more influential you are perceived to be. It may also mean that you will be inaccessible to the students and occassionally hated by your peers and subordinates. Just maybe. In the sales world, such … Continue reading How To Be An Influential Underachiever

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The Next Bad Idea Please

Investments are price sensitive. And price are news sensitive. And news are circumstance sensitive. And circumstance are time sensitive. So in a nutshell, investments are time sensitive. If the CEO of a reputable company is fired, the shareholders will definitely affect the holdings, which will then affect the stock indexes, which will then affect investors … Continue reading The Next Bad Idea Please

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What Does A Serial Incompetent Product Pushing Financial Planner Look Like?

The bad news is, you will never know for sure. They probably come in all shapes and sizes. They probably even drive their BMWs and Mercedes into your car porch. Sometimes they may even let you sign your application forms with their gold plated Mont Blanc fountain pens. And sometimes, just sometimes, they may even … Continue reading What Does A Serial Incompetent Product Pushing Financial Planner Look Like?

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What I Learned From Superheroes

Financial planners are essentially super heroes. At least in my mind that is. Having read a paragraph of Seth Godin's Linchpin, I have to totally agree on the important need to bring a certain value to the table. Unique,indispensable and totally valuable. A superhero that claims that he can fly,has x-ray vision and can travel … Continue reading What I Learned From Superheroes