Month: September 2012

Work Life Balance

When it comes to work-life balance, I’m all for skewing it towards family. Even if I have to bring work on holiday and squeeze it in whenever there’s a time, I’ll do it. But I also understand that there are situations, very sadly, where people who want to spend more time with their family are seen to be less “committed” to their work and to the cause of their respective companies. To these workmates and superiors of these people, I say to you, “you suck”. There is a balance that can be struck, and as I see my son grow up before my eyes, I can tell you, I am happy I’m missing as little as possible of it. They grow up really quickly. Seriously quickly. Too quickly. I’m beginning to miss his baby-ness already. This is why it is important to get as many people to take the Philips’ “+” project initiative survey – the more we know about attitudes, the easier it is for us to fix it. The Philips + installation will …

What Kind Of Life Do You Want?

Vacations are usually the times when you compare how small and expensive Singapore is, and how life is so, so much better on idyllic locales such as the one I’m spending time with my family at right now. Instead of griping about how lousy Singapore is, however, I think it’s high time we thought of how to make it as good as the places we like visiting. Instead of “waiting for gahmen” to do something, why not start being thought leaders, and think of how we can make this place awesome? The survey at bit.ly/sgpplus is a small start – aimed at getting to know what Singaporeans think about their lives, their priorities. It’s a private initiative (not gahmen), and anybody also can join in. There’s a choice of five initiatives at the end of the survey for you to choose from, and Philips will support the one with the most support and make it happen. It’s part of an initiative called The + Project by Philips, which has had great success in countries like …

Switzerland Is Awesome, Pity About The Smoking

Switzerland was great except for one thing: the lax smoking laws which meant people smoked almost anywhere they liked. With the exception of the airport, the air quality in the great Swiss outdoors was marred by second hand smoke, comparable sadly, to the streets of Chinese cities. Otherwise, we had a really good time in Lucerne and Zurich. They’re such kid/family friendly places. The hotel we stayed at in Lucerne even prepared a kids’ bath kit with a Kai sized robe when they received our booking. Plus, the fact that you can have a kid in a pram and make your way up 2100m above sea-level for lunch on top of a mountain overlooking most of the country speaks volumes of accessibility. Our picks of this trip: 1. The Swiss Transport Museum, Lucerne 2. Mount Pilatus 3. The Glacier Museum, Lucerne 4. Carl Franz Weber’s Toy Museum, Zürich 5. The National Museum of Switzerland, Zürich 6. Viadukt Market Hall, Zürich 7. Chocolate shops in the Lindenhof neighborhood, Zürich The other thing of note is that …