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Posted in Uncategorized on February 20, 2013 by crystalake

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article by Adam Khoo

Posted in Uncategorized on February 19, 2013 by crystalake

Adam Khoo: The expats will soon rule Singapore !

I have a prediction. My prediction is that in a couple of years, the expatriates (from China, India , US etc…) will rule Singapore . They will increasingly take on more leadership roles of CEOs, directors, heads of organizations, award winners etc… If you observe closely, it is already happening now. Last year’s top PSLE (Primary School Leaving Exam) student is a China National. Most of the deans’ list students and first class honours students in the local universities are foreigners and more and more CEOs, even that of government link corporations are expats. The top players in our National teams are expats.
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> As a Singaporean, I am not complaining. I think that in a meritocratic society like Singapore, it is only fair that the very best get rewarded, no matter their race, religion or nationality. Like Lee Kwan Yew said, I rather have these talented and driven people be on our team contributing to our nation than against us from their home country. The question I have been asking is, ‘why are the expats beating the crap out of Singaporeans?’ What I noticed is that these expats have a very important quality that many Singaporeans (especially the new Y generation lack). It is a quality that our grandfathers and great-grandfathers (who came from distant lands) had that turned Singapore from a fishing village to the third richest country in the world (according to GDP per capita).
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> Unfortunately, I fear this quality is soon disappearing from the new generation of Singaporeans. This quality is the HUNGER FOR SUCCESS and the FIGHTING SPIRIT!!! Expats who come here today have the same tremendous HUNGER for success that our grandfathers had. They are willing to sacrifice, work hard and pay the price to succeed. They also believe that no one owes them a living and they have to work hard for themselves. They also bring with them the humility and willingness to learn.
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> Take the case of Qui Biqing, the girl from Qifa Primary school who topped the whole of Singapore in last year’s PSLE with a score of 290. When she came to Singapore 3 years ago from China, she could hardly speak a word of English and didn’t even understand what a thermometer was. Although she was 10 years old, MOE recommended she start at Primary 2 because of her lack of English proficiency. After appealing, she managed to start in Primary 3. While most Singaporeans have a head start of learning English at pre-school at the age of 3-4 years old, she only started at age 10.. Despite this handicap, she had the drive to read continuously and practice her speaking and writing skills, eventually scoring an A-star in English!
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> This hunger and drive can also be seen in the workforce. I hate to say this but in a way, I sometimes think expats create more value than locals. Expats are willing to work long hours, go the extra mile, are fiercely loyal to you and don’t complain so much. They also come a lot more qualified and do not ask the moon for the remuneration. Recently, I placed an ad for a marketing executive. Out of 100+ resumes, more than 60% came from expats. While local fresh grads are asking for $2,500+ per month, I have expats with master’s degrees from good universities willing to get less than $2,000! They know that if they can come in and learn and work hard, they will eventually climb up and earn a lot more. They are willing to invest in themselves, pay the price for future rewards.
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> Sometimes I wonder how some of the locals are going to compete with this. Of course, this is just a generalization. There ARE definitely some Singaporeans who create lots of value and show fighting spirit. Unfortunately, I have found that more and more young Singaporeans lack this hunger for success. Instead, they like to complain, blame circumstances and wait for others to push them. Some hold on to the attitude that the world owes them a living. I shake my head when I see local kids nowadays complain that they don’t have the latest hand-phones, branded clothes and games. While I acknowledge that the kids of today are much smarter and well informed than I was at their age (my 4 year old daughter can use my Macbook computer and my iphone), I find that they lack the resilience and tenacity they need to survive in the new economy. Some kids nowadays tend to give up easily once they find that things get tough and demand instant gratification. When they have to work first to get rewards later, many tend to lack the patience to follow through.
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> So, how did this happen? Why is our nation of hardworking, hungry fighters slowly becoming a nation of complaining softies? I think the problem is that life in Singapore has been too good and comfortable. Kids today have never seen hunger, poverty, war and disasters. What makes it worse is that parents nowadays give kids everything they want and over protect them from hardship and failure. Parents often ask me why their kids lack the motivation to study and excel. My answer to them is because they already have everything! Giving someone everything they want is the best way to kill their motivation. What reason is there for them to fight to become the best when they are already given the best from their parents without having to earn it?
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> It reminds me of the cartoon movie MADAGASCAR where Alex the Lion and his animal friends were born and raised in the Central Park Zoo. They were well taken care of and provided with processed food and an artificial jungle. When they escaped to Africa, they found that they could barely survive in the wild with the other animals because they had lost their instincts to fight and hunt for food. They could only dance and sing. I see the same thing in the hundreds of seminars and training programmes I conduct. I see increasing more and more expats attending my Wealth Academy and Patterns of Excellence programme in Singapore. Not surprisingly, they are always the first to grab the microphone to answer and ask questions.
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> While many of the locals come in late and sit at the back, the expats (especially those from India and China) always sit at the front, take notes ferociously and stay back way after the programme is over to ask questions. I feel ashamed sometimes when I ask for volunteers to ask questions, and the Singaporeans keep quiet, while the foreigners fight for the opportunity. For my “I Am Gifted!’ programme for students, I have the privilege to travel & conduct it in seven countries ( Singapore , Indonesia , Hong Kong , China , Malaysia etc…) and see students from all over. Is there a big difference in their attitude and behaviour? You bet! Again, I feel really sad that in Singapore, most students who come are usually forced by their parents to come and improve themselves, Some parents even bribe them with computer games and new hand-phones to attend. During the course, some adopt the ‘I know everything’ attitude and lack the interest to succeed until I kick their butts.
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> It is so different when I go to Malaysia, Indonesia and once in India. The kids there ask their parents to send them to my programme They clap and cheer enthusiastically when the teachers enter the room and participate so willingly when lessons are on. I still scratch my head and wonder what happened to my fellow Singaporeans to this day. So mark my words, unless the new generation of Singaporeans wake up and get out of their happy over protected bubble and start fighting for their future, the expats (like our great grandfathers) will soon be the rulers of the country. At the rate at which talented and hungry expats are climbing up, our future prime minister may be an Indian or China PR or may even be an Ang Moh!

火山有3种 活火山 睡火山 死火山

Posted in Uncategorized on February 19, 2013 by crystalake

活火山-定时爆发的
睡火山-不定时爆发就像不定时炸弹
死火山-是不会爆发的

章容舫

Posted in Uncategorized on February 18, 2013 by crystalake

姓名:章容舫
性别:女
别名:暂无
国籍:中国
语言:国语;粤语;
出生地:香港
生日:1963-06-10
星座:双子座
身高:165cm
体重:51kg

章容舫简介:章容舫的父亲多年前在加拿大创办加拿大中文电视台,章于玛利诺中、小学毕业。1987年在纽约读书时与歌手钟镇涛闪电结婚,婚礼极尽豪华,两人育有一子一女。1997年亚洲金融危机后,钟镇涛因投资地产欠下债务而申请破产,欠款达2亿5000万元。其后章与钟镇涛离婚并搭上制衣商人陈曜旻,陈曜旻更因此与其妻子钟璧泽(已故)离婚。但多年后,陈曜旻亦因经济出现问题申请破产,章小蕙遂与陈曜旻分手,并在幕前演出,参演电影《桃色》。
她曾有“B嫂”之名,不过自从与钟镇涛离婚之后,她强调自己是“章小姐”,2005年6月底曾声称移居纽约。
由于章容舫的人生经历传奇,作风前卫,形象及言论开放,所以甚得香港娱乐新闻记者(尤其是狗仔队)追访,并“妖魔化”,创作娱乐新闻。
章容舫有一对子女,也算是单亲家庭,不过由于她有经济能力,在城中也算是名媛。
台湾电视节目全民大闷锅有一模仿她的角色,由寇乃馨扮演,名为章小惠(非蕙)。

姓名:钟镇涛
性别:男
别名:阿B;B哥;
国籍:中国
语言:国语;粤语;
出生地:中国香港
生日:1953-02-23
星座:双鱼座
身高:181cm
体重:67kg

钟镇涛简介:钟镇涛(Kenny Bee,又称“阿B”、“B哥”,1953年2月23日-),香港艺人,温拿乐队贝斯手。
2002年,钟镇涛由于负债逾2亿港元,7月向法庭申请破产,同年10月法庭颁布破产令,于2006年10月17日届满。
钟镇涛与前妻章小蕙(当时用“章蓉舫”的名字,其家族于80年代持有加拿大中文电视台,后卖盘予冯永发的新时代集团)于1988年结婚,并在香港圣德勒撒教堂举行豪华婚礼,婚后育有一子一女;
1999年,因为陈曜旻介入缘故,钟镇涛与章小蕙离婚。
2004年8月,女友范姜素贞为他再添一女,现时与范姜素贞同居。

Food in Japan

Posted in Uncategorized on February 18, 2013 by crystalake

If you are travelling to Japan for the food, there is no need, as many of the famous shop chains have come over to Singapore to open outlets. Singapore already has a lot of well known Ramen outlets, which can rival that of Japan. They are:

1. AJISEN Ramen

2. Hokkiado Aoba Ramen

3. RamenPlay

4. Ramentown (@Bugis+)

5. The Ramen Bar

6. Anymore?

if you like ramen.. you gotta check these out

1) Marutama Ramen @ Clark Quay Central

2) Menya Musashi @ Raffles Place Shopping Centre

3) Santouka Ramen @ Cuppage

4) Ramen Champion @ Bugis+

5) Baikohken @ Taka

6) Tampopo @ Taka

The layout of those supermarkets in Japan looks like those in Singapore, hard to differentiate unless you look at the words. Not much point to travel there, unless you are going for nature in their countryside provinces, which we have not much here.

Parents praising their own kids

Posted in Uncategorized on February 18, 2013 by crystalake

Much have been said about a mother’s love, but isn’t it also called self-love? The child is your flesh and blood, so naturally you love it like you would love yourself? I met a lady, who is praised more for her brains than her looks. Others often praise that her daughter is nice and helpful. There are no mention about the looks. She is telling everyone that her daughter is super ultra feminine and looks like a korean star. Is it self-praise, since she never had any on herself before?

温暖的那盏灯

Posted in Uncategorized on February 17, 2013 by crystalake

爱情开始时是诱惑,后来就变成了温暖。爱情的温暖,就是夜晚家中亮着的那盏灯,就是感冒时递到手中的那粒药,就是烦恼时轻抚肩头的那只手,就是伤心时靠过来的那个肩……爱情的火焰,不可能一直轰轰烈烈,否则,迟早会燃尽。只有柔柔的亮着,暖暖的照着,才能相守一生

Thank u for all the fancy dinners, you always make sure I am well fed and not hungry 🙂