Monthly Archives: January 2010

The Weekend

Had an interesting discussion with The Weekend group ytd. This group started on the last day of 2009, when all of us, who were passionate about social media, felt that social media was becoming too ‘commercialised’.

Case in point: Blogging
What used to be bloggers who were passionate about writing or blogging for various other reasons, became bloggers who blog just to get noticed or to get paid. Yes, you know who you are.

I was asked this question: If a PR practitioner offered me money to blog about a particular product, would I do it?

My answer?. Yes, of cos I would. Who in the right mind would reject monetary gifts?. But if the person for whom I’m writing for were to take what I wrote, edit the whole thing and ask me to post it, I would flatly reject him/her.

Reason being the article has lost the essence of orginality. Look, I’m not saying paid advertorials are bad things and nobody should do it, but the orginality of the writing should be felt be the person who’s reading it even though there’s a ‘ADVERTORIAL’ screaming at the top of the post.

Well, even though after a few hours of discussion, which eventually came to nought, I learned something. I realised how difficult it was for PR practitioners to create the BUZZ that they want for a particular product if bloggers become to ‘commercialised’.

I can’t wait for the next meeting.



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Football has gone to the dogs.

Football used to be all about fair play and respect.

But sadly, there’s no such thing in today’s game. We have players who dive for to win a penalty, scream in to the referee’s face when things don’t go their way, and even knowingly score a goal with their hand.

And then now, we have a coach who comes out and order his players to handle the ball when they lose possession due to injury. This joker is none other than Arsenal’s coach, Prof Arsene Wenger.

Case in point:

Denilson was on the ball in midfield at the Emirates on Saturday when he suddenly collapsed in pain clutching his side, allowing Everton to launch a quick counter attack which almost won them the game.

But Wenger said: ‘I wasn’t upset that Everton played on. I said to Denilson that if that happens you have to commit a handball. I’m very serious.

‘If you go down and there hasn’t been a foul, you cannot ask Everton to stop their counter attack and not score. So, if you go down like that, at least put your hand on the ball and it’s a free-kick.’

What the hell?. I’m disappointed. Really. Such words coming from a learned man like Wenger. I’m a Manchester United fan, but I have great respect for Wenger. I admire how he build a team with players who are as old as me, and for giving good suggestion to improve the game of football.

But after his latest comments, my respect for him has gone down a notch. Remember, this is the same guy who claimed he was ‘blind’ when his striker dived to win a penalty.

For his latest comment, I believe that Arsene Wenger should be punished. Lest some kid in his school’s soccer team thinks its perfectly alright  to handle the ball when he’s fouled.

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Will this happen in Singapore?.

Reading about the churches that were petrol-bombed in Malaysia the past week set me thinking:

1) Will this lesson teach Singaporeans not to take our peaceful multi-religious society for granted?

2) This incident is too damn close to Singapore..

The whole incident in Malaysia started after the Kuala Lumpur High Court struck down the three-year old ban on non-Muslims using of the word ‘Allah’. This made some Muslim groups unhappy, so they went around bombing churches.

Here in Singapore, where different religions are able to live peacefully among each other, I fear that Singaporeans will dismiss this incident as a one-off and be complacent. We cannot afford to do that. The racial riots in Singapore was a good example. Do we want to see that happening again?.

The ability for different people of race and religion to live as one in Singapore is what makes us special. All it takes is one incident, e.g. The AWARE incident, to stir up discontent among the different groups and destroy this special relationship.

I pray that my Christians brothers and sisters will continue to trust that God will protect them. That Singaporeans too, will remember this incident, and never, let it happen here.

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Goodbye 2009, and no, I don’t do resolutions.

And just like that, 2009 is gone. If someone told me at the end of 2008 that 2009 would be an eventful for me, I would have laughed my head off. But really, 2009 was a great year for me. I achieved my dreams of organising my church’s youth camp and returning to Cambodia. Relationships wise, I would live to believe that I’m more mature in handling them now. People walk in and out of my life. I don’t care when they will leave, I’m only concern if I will be able to learn anything from them.

Social media has played an important role in my life, without me realising it. The friends I made on Twitter are an amazing bunch of people. Their tweets inspire me and help me see the world around me. I spent the last few hours of 2009 at hackerspacesg with a bunch of social media enthusiasts talking about the future of social media. Though I wasn’t able to contribute much to the discussion, I was impressed that these people cared so much about social media. I counted down the last hours of 2009 with them, and by the time we sing finish ‘Auld Lang Syne’, I was ready to do my part for the future of social media in Singapore.

New year resolutions. Whatever for?. It cramps my style of living my life. I don’t make a set of rules to live every new year. I follow God’s rules of living and that’s enough for me.

So here’s to 2010. Have a great one!.


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