Prepare for an Outsoucred World???

It has been quite some time since our dept outsourced some of our work to china. And I must tell u, the quality of their work remains bad… if not worst….

Few days ago, we attempted something ‘foolish’. We pass them a complicated request. Usually, complicated request like these would be done by staff in singapore since china can cock up even easy request. But we wanna test our luck, have some faith in them. And we regreted it.

The job they submitted keep being rejected by the requester. Either they miss out something parts or they key the figure wrongly. Even the start date of the contract also make mistake. Okie, it was partly the requester’s fault, they gave the wrong date. But common sense would had told them that they can’t have a contract that already started weeks ago. Yet they didn’t voice out the error by requestor, and just follow blindly.

Sometimes I told Ik Tjen that the guys working for us in china are just like AI, but with super good user interface. They can accept telephone call and email as command. No need follow any standard set of command, so long as the required data is available, they will be able to filter out those non-required info and take the required info for the job. BUT, they do things like AI. Simply follow a set of instructions blindly without any understanding. They are just AI with good interface.

Sometimes I’m worried. Serene is no longer here. Amanda and I are busy with other stuff and unable to babysit them every single moment. I feel that they will create a big error soon. Been checking the coding that they do but still feel that an error might slip thru our check. There is nothing much we can do. Top management wants to outsource and save money, what can we do? Money vs Quality…. tell me, if you are the boss, which 1 would you choose?

Funny, come accross this banner at SIM. “Prepare for an Outsourced World”. What kind of education can prepare someone for an outsourced world? If outsourcing is so good, how come they don’t outsource top management post too?

Pay Who Lives Near You?

Havent been logging into my wholivesnearyou account. So decided to drop by to see if any new people in my block just join us. Was greated by a rude surprise. Pls pay $2.

You got to be kidding. I need to pay to communicate with other users on Who Lives Near You? Why should i?

Here what I got….

You may continue to use the service but are required to upgrade to a Verified Account to communicate with other members and enjoy exclusive features.

What do you mean by a Verified Account?
A Verified Account proves that you are a genuine member of your neighbourhood, as identified by your unique mobile number. It deters people who try to misuse the service by creating multiple accounts to harass others with profanity or obscene messages that ruin the community-building spirit that WhoLivesNearYou is trying very hard to create. Offenders will be banned and refused membership indefinitely.

How much does it cost?
Verification is simple and very affordable. It works by sending an SMS at a one-time cost of $2; your participation supports our efforts in creating better features for you and to keep this a safe, genuine place to make friends.

If you read betweens the line, it actually says: We just wanna charge you for using the service.

No big deal, since they charging money, might as well stick to Friendster lor. Haha. Anyway I din log in for many mth liao. haha.

Oh wait…. now i know why….

WhoLivesNearYou is operated by a small team of people and jointly partnered with Pacific Internet Ltd, a Nasdaq listed Company. The team constantly work to recreate the Site with interesting ways to connect your neighbourhood. We certainly hope that you will enjoy the service for many years to come. You can expect quarterly updates that present either new or updated features.

No wonder…..

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A photo a day

Okie, just some crazy idea. Don’t know how long will I keep it going.

I’m playing with my flickr account, and I’ve decided to create a Set call “A Photo A Day“. This is where I will post a photo of something that happened to me everyday. Just wondering how long will I keep it going. Haha….. we’ll see….

Moment of beauty

Mum always like to watch fireworks. I remember her bringing me to watch NDP fireworks year after year. I grew up also enjoy watching fireworks.

I love fireworks because it reminds me that beautiful things don’t last forever. Of cos, beautiful things don’t disappear as fast as fireworks. But they do disappear some day. Fireworks taught me to treasure the beautiful things around you before they disappear.

But of cause, there were people who tried to capture the moment using camera. Yes, you can capture images of the fireworks, but you cannot retain the feeling of watching the fireworks appearing right infront of you. I remember once when I tried to capture the fireworks on camera, taking shot after shot until the fireworks is over. I’ve been so busy trying to take photo until I didn’t really enjoyed the fireworks. Not only that, when I watch the photos I took, the feelings is not there too.

It’s just like real life. We’ve been busy trying to hold on to the things that we love until we forgot to enjoy the moment. Why bother? Beautiful things will disappear one day no matter what you do. Just enjoy the moment of beauty while it is still with you.

I’m not saying that we should just sit there and see the beautiful things in our life pass us by. We should always fight for what we love, but while trying, we should also remember to enjoy the moment….. and yes, I’m re-learning how to enjoy the moment again……

The Night ERP Theory

Ok, as most people know, the CTE will start the night Electronic Road Pricing from 1st Aug. Meaning drivers who use the CTE at night between 6 to 8pm will need to pay. This, according to the govt, will ease the traffic jam.

Since everyone need to pay when using the CTE before 8pm, they might as well stay back and go home later. Maybe stay in office and do some more work. Or go window shopping along orchard road.

Sound easy? Not quite.

You see, everyone stay back to work overtime will make them tired. That reduce the productivity and performance. Everyone go shopping after work will make them bored of shopping. Besides, people are not much of a buying mood after work. They spend more during weekends. But if they keep shopping during weekdays, they will go out less often during weekends. Going out less often during weekend means shop earn less.

Okie lah, still not so bad. But here is the real ERP theory.

You see, CTE is always jammed up not just because of the poor design. It is also a major road serving many New Towns. If you live in Bishan, TPY, AMK, YCK, Yishun, Woodlands, SengKang, Hougang and Ponggol, you’ll need to use CTE to get home from city. This is unlike the town in Eastern and Western side of singapore where it is served by 2 expressway.

But the New Town in Eastern and Western side of singapore are mainly matured town. While those in the north are still fairly new estate. Where many young newly wed couple make their home there.

Now, if young couple go home late, they have less time for “intimate” moments at home. Thus resulting in less sex and falling birth rate. The birth rate is already declining. The night ERP will further decrease the birth rate. This is what we call action and effect.

Which 1 would you prefer? A small jam that cause people to reach home slightly later, or night ERP that make everyone go home late and falling birth rate? You do the caculations.

I’m not kidding. We will not see the impact now, but wait a few yr, and you will notice a drop in birth rates in those new town. Hope the govt know about this and make a U-turn now before it’s too late. As for me, it’s none of my business. I don’t drive, I don’t work in town area and I don’t drive.