Archive for December 2008

Auld Lang Syne

I think it’s becoming a tradition for me to title my last blog entry of the year as “Auld Lang Syne”, just like its a tradition to sing Auld Lang Syne at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Day. 2008 is coming to an end soon. Is time moving faster as we grow older? Why don’t I remember time passing this fast when I was young? Seriously, I haven’t had enough of 2008. It was an amazing year for me.

I always spend the last day of the year looking back at things I’ve done. It’s quite easy when you have a blog to refer to. 2008 has been a great year for me except for that one major screw up in life. Let’s hope 2009 can be just as good if not better.

I always end the last post of the year with this song. Auld Lang Syne is a song that everyone sings on New Year countdown. But not many people knows what does it means. Auld Lang Syne actually means old friends and days.

Here is a very interesting version of Auld Lang Syne, hope you enjoy the last few hours of 2008. Happy New Year to you.

Mairi Campbell & Dave Francis – Auld Lang Syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
For of auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
for of auld lang syne.
We’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

And surely ye’ll be your pint-stoup !
And surely I’ll be mine !
And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my dear,
for of auld lang syne.
We’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

We twa hae run about the braes,
and pou’d the gowans fine ;
But we’ve wander’d mony a weary fit,
sin’ auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my dear,
for of auld lang syne.
We’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidl’d in the burn,
frae morning sun till dine ;
But seas between us braid hae roar’d
sin’ auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my dear,
for of auld lang syne.
We’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

They are using my blog entry for assignment

The good thing about wordpress is that you can see the incoming links. I was kinda surprised to see an incoming link from an education blog. Wow… I didn’t know my blog entry can be use for discussion. Really honored. :)

OK, here is a hint for question 1 for those doing this assignment. That blog entry was written by my evil twin brother. And he only writes sarcastic stuff.

OK, enjoy doing your task. Hope you all don’t mind my Singlish. :)

Things to note while doing online booking for a 3D movie at Cathay

I’m writing this blog entry to warn everyone to be careful when doing online booking at Cathay website. Treat this as a Public Service Announcement (PSA).

We wanted to watch Bolt last Saturday. There are 2 formats out there, the normal one and the 3D version. Well, obviously we wanted to watch the 3D version to experience the “In your face and out of this world” experience. We tried booking at GV website but there isn’t any suitable timeslot.

So we hop over to Cathay website. We went to the “Now showing” page and found the movie Bolt.

Note that the 3D logo was shown clearly on this screen. We clicked on the book ticket online button and was directed to a page to select movie timeslot.

So we choose a suitable timeslot and book our tickets. When we reached the theater, I was shocked that there wasn’t any 3D glasses. It wasn’t the 3D version. We got the tickets for the non 3D version. After the movie, we went back to the box office to check with the manager. The manager said that 3D is only available at The Cathay. The remaining theaters are showing the normal version.

But I was directed to the movie booking page via the “Now Showing” page which has a big logo saying “3D”. The manager pointed out the “fine print” that says “Exclusively at The Cathay Cineplex!” For the uninitiated, The Cathay Cineplex means The Cathay at Orchard. Other Cathay cinema like Cineleisure and Causeway point is not THE Cathay Cineplex.

And when I asked why was I directed to a booking page for non 3D version when I click on a link that says 3D, the manager could not answer us. But he did pointed out that on the booking page, we should click “Bolt 3D” instead of “Bolt”.

But the “Now Showing” page shows the “3D” logo. Isn’t that misleading? Shouldn’t the “Now Showing” page lead you to book for 3D version? Or both the 3D and non 3D version? We feedback to the box office manager and ask him to feedback to the management. I wonder if the message will be passed down.

Now, take a look at what Golden Village is doing.

No wonder GV has better online booking website. The 3D and non 3D version is clearly stated to avoid confusion.

So, here is a warning to everyone out there. Becareful when making an online booking for 3D movie at Cathay. Make sure it state 3D on the booking page.

Upgraded to wordpress 2.7

Woohoo!

Posting this message from the Quickpress option. Haha

My 4 mentors in Entrepreneurship

Its been slightly more than a year since I took up the challenges and become an entrepreneur. Together with Paddy and my investor, we build BLOG2u to where it is today. It was a tough route, but filled with great challenges along the way which motivated us to push on and strive for higher ground.

I must say that 2008 is one of the best year in my life. I still remember someone saying that the best way to learn something is to dig a hole and jump in. Either you learn to climb out or you will be buried inside. I’m glad that I took up that advice and took the plunge. I’ve learned a lot during this 1 year. Things that can never be taught in school or business books.

And most importantly, I’ve learned tons of entrepreneurship skills from 4 person. These are my mentors in entrepreneurship.

Paddy – One of the main reason why I’m willing to leave my “so-so” paid job and become an entrepreneur is because I can learn a lot of things from him. And I’m really glad that I did. Working together with him is great. He always tells me the reasons for making certain decision or move. He is always quick to spot opportunities.

Cobalt Paladin – A very successful entrepreneur. His company is the leader in his own industry. I enjoyed talking to him. His way of doing business is rather unique and in my own opinion, rather different from Paddy’s. His analytic skills are fantastic and he is quick to come up with great ideas. Talking to him sometimes is like brainstorming session.

Eastcoastlife – Another very successful entrepreneur. Although until now I still not very exactly sure what’s her business all about. She is very straight forward and outspoken. And I admire her courage to venture into China to do business. Thru her, I’ve learn a lot about how to deal with difficult people and how to do business in China. It is always an eye opener when she tells me about her adventures in China.

My investor – Cannot be named as he doesn’t want to be in the limelight. All I can say is that he retired at 40+. I’ve learnt a lot from him while working together at BLOG2u. He taught me on how to do accounting and book keeping. He also has vast knowledge on dealing with salesperson. And that how I learn to manage our sales staff in BLOG2u. Something that you don’t learn in school.

Looking forward to the challenges ahead in 2009.