Archive for February 2009

Waste our time and money

Seriously, our local sporting scene is really in a pathetic state. Straits Times called it “Promising shuttler quits“. I prefer to call it “Wasting our time and money”.

ONE of Singapore’s rising foreign badminton talents has quit the national team, complaining that he was told to either take up citizenship or go.

Doubles specialist Riky Widianto, 17, who has been here since 2005, flew home to Indonesia yesterday after tendering his resignation to the Singapore Badminton Association (SBA) earlier this month.

Badminton officials had wanted him to become Singaporean in time to represent the country at this year’s South-east Asia Games, but Riky said his parents felt he was too young to make the move.

‘I wanted to stay and fulfil my dream as a badminton champion for Singapore,’ he told The Straits Times. ‘But I had no choice because the association told me I had to become a citizen now, or quit.

‘My family told me to wait another year or two, but the SBA couldn’t wait.’

The full-time player was also unhappy with his monthly pay of $1,350, saying it was barely enough to cover his living expenses.

What the difference between converting to Singaporean now and converting one or two years later? He already had 3 years to decide. In fact, the decision should had been made since day one. I was quite surprised when I read this article. You mean the Singapore Sport Council actually train foreigners before they convert to Singapore citizen? What if the person refuse to convert to Singapore citizen like Riky Widianto? Isn’t that wasting taxpayers money? Sigh, when will the Singapore Sport Council ever learn? Why are we wasting so much money buying foreign talents to help us win medal? Is medal so important?

Is Riky Widianto taking Singapore for a ride? Come on, he should have decided if he want to take up Singapore citizen when he take up the offer from Singapore Sport Council. Who does he think we are? Suckers?

Collaboration

Couple of weeks ago, I was reading SG Entrepreneurs when I came across an article on “4 issues with Singapore Startups“. I must say that the article really hit the nail on the head. If you are an entrepreneur or aspire to be one, this article is a good read.

Personally, I can really relate to the part about the lack of collaboration among Singapore startups. I still remember sometime mid last year, I came up with an idea to collaborate with 3 other local startups to form a consortium. All 4 companies has their own strength and weakness. I felt that it would be great if we could team up and help each other along the way. And maybe even pit ourselves against the big boys for some project. I thought it would be a perfect collaboration. But one of the company strongly oppose to the idea. Another company wasn’t ready yet, but agreed to join once they are ready. The last company was very supportive of the idea. With just 2 companies working together, we didn’t manage to reach the intended target. The collaboration soon fell apart as it didn’t meet the target that I envisioned. We could have created a bigger impact if 4 companies work hand in hand together.

Looking back, I still feel that it was a great idea. It’s a pity that we didn’t manage to form the consortium. Yes, we really lack collaboration among the startups in Singapore. And I do believe that Singapore companies (Not just startups) need to collaborate if they want to pull thru this recession. The road ahead is going to be tough. Every companies has their strength and weakness. Instead of spending time, money and effort on fixing the weakness, why not collaborate with someone who can help fill the gap? And the time, money and effort can be better spend elsewhere.

One thing I must add is that instead of collaboration, local startups like to engage in mud fights among each other. Over the past one year as an entrepreneur, I’ve seen countless startups (and companies) engaging each other in mud fights. Most of the time, they resort to unethical tactics just to win the battle. I personally encountered a few myself. Usually I’ll just sit at my chair, look at the senseless fight and laugh at them. So what if you win the battle in Singapore? It’s just 4.8 million population in Singapore. Why are all the local startups fighting for their lives over this 4.8 million population? Why aren’t Singapore companies collaborating among ourselves to fight with other countries in the global market?

My company, BLOG2u, just announced yesterday that we are collaborating with SBA Mobile Solutions. SBA Mobile is a local startup that specialized in mobile phone game development and BLOG2u will be selling ads space on their mobile phone games. This is just a small collaboration, but more stuff are on the pipeline.

Grab my dinner and go for a drink after that

This is one of those moments where I didn’t notice anything wrong with the things I’ve said until a couple minutes later.

Bump into my cousin while on my way to find dinner. I was deep in thoughts for an upcoming project and was kinda blur when talking to her. She asked me where I’m going and I said “Grab my dinner and go for a drink after that.” We went on separate ways after a short conversation.

While ordering my dinner, I suddenly recall my conversation and discovered that I might have cause a misunderstand. I intended to have dinner then go have a cup of coffee at Starbucks after that. But by saying “go for a drink”, she might think that I’m going for alcoholic drink like beer.

Now, if she were to go back and tell her mum and her mum go tell my dad, then I’m going to have no peace again. Confirm ganna questioned by my dad. Not that he don’t know I do drink, but he must be wondering how come I go drinking alone after work. Some more its a Monday night. While everything can be easily explained, it’s unnecessary questioning which I prefer not to have.

Can’t explain to my cousin because I don’t have her hp/email/msn/facebook/plurk/twitter/blog/pigeon/whatever.

Oh well, for the record, when I say go for a drink, I mean this drink.

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PS: On the side note, I’m beginning my 4th Starbucks Passport.

HTC Touch HD first look

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The first thing that you’ll notice about the HTC Touch HD is the extra large screen. I was caught off guard by it actually. Never knew that a 3.8 inch look so big in real life. Yet the phone’s form factor remains just like your average smart phone. (11.5 cm X 6.28 cm X 1.2 cm) And it weighs just 147g.

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The 3.8-inch touch-sensitive screen is able to produce a 480 x 800 WVGA resolution. Pretty impressive. Like most smart phones out there, it comes with WIFI, Bluetooth and GPS. I think this has more or less become the standards for smart phones. I like the fact that it is using 3.5mm audio jack instead of proprietary port. There is also a microSD slot for expansion.

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The 5.0 megapixel auto focus camera looks great. The best part about it is that you can touch the screen to change the focus point. Neat feature. There is also a 2nd VGA CMOS camera for 3G video call.

The HTC Touch HD is running on Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional. But like most HTC smart phone, it comes with the great TouchFLO 3D which makes the entire Windows Mobile experience more bearable.

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We should be doing an review on Gear65 soon. Don’t miss it.

Many thanks to Gina from The Right Spin and HTC for passing me the review set.

Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me

One of those oldies that I like. I first heard of this song when watching the movie “We were soldiers”. It’s a great movie. The soldiers were dancing to this song with their partner the night before they are deployed to Vietnam.

Mel Carter – Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me

Hold me, hold me
Never let me go until you’ve told me, told me
What I want to know and then just hold me, hold me
Make me tell you I’m in love with you

Thrill me (thrill me), thrill me (thrill me)
Walk me down the lane where shadows
Will be (will be) will be (will be)
Hiding lovers just the same as we’ll be, we’ll be
When you make me tell you I love you

They told me be sensible with your new love
Don’t be fooled, thinking this is the last you’ll find
But they never stood in the dark with you, love
When you take me in your arms
And drive me slowly out of my mind

Kiss me (kiss me), kiss me (kiss me)
And when you do, I’ll know that you will
Miss me (miss me), miss me (miss me)
If we ever say, adieu
So kiss me, kiss me
Make me tell you I’m in love with you

(Kiss me) kiss me, (kiss me) kiss me
When you do, I’ll know that you will
Miss me (miss me), miss me (miss me)
If we ever say, adieu
So kiss me, kiss me
Make me tell you I’m in love with you

(Hold me, thrill me)
Never, never, never let me go
(Never, never, never let me go)
(Hold me, thrill me)
Never, never, never let me go
(Never, never, never let me go)