Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Every morning to work was torture for Fem (not her real name), every meeting that she sits in and listen as they discuss "big" goals seem like a piece of dream...or maybe nightmare. Her superiors, seemingly people who were supposed to run an organisation just do not seem to be able to function as a unified body for the people except for themselves.
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"Why is this like that? Why were you not informing me? Why do you need to take such measures?" Fem found the micromanaging part really terrible. It's talking about the minimal level of faith and empowerment in the staff to be able to do their work well but she felt constrained by the up close and personal tabs which her superior want to place on her.
This micromanaging effect was brought from the meeting to the office to everywhere else in existence. Whenever anyone brought up an idea, without any strong justification, it will be slammed down with courtesy and moved on just like that. It further jammed the creativity of an individual to an all time low.
Some days, Fem just asked herself "can I still do this?" but she had the passion to help the organisation and she knows where it can be helped. With that, Fem stayed on to persist with the challenges.
In US, a survey was done in a company of about 450 staff where nearly 60% said they had worked for a micromanaging Boss before in their career. Over 55% of those mentioned that it decreased their productivity and 68% said it dampened their morale.

To me, those statistics do not seem man-made or fake. Even I have my fair share of working with people who likes to micromanage and I do have to agree that there are some people who needs them. Those type of people cannot work on their own or without supervision and having a micromanaging superior would definitely be beneficial for them.

So for the rest of us, what do we do when we are tied down with a micromanaging superior? Here are possible ways which can make the situation better...or not.

1) Have a talk with the superior and get to understand, what do they expect from you.
Communication within a team is really important and it takes two to have a misunderstanding and create a bigger whirlpool. It is also important to know what do they expect from you and have all these communicated out so as to prevent assumption from either party.

2) Ask for the sense of direction which they are planning to head to. Empathise and Understand.
When sharing the responsibility or challenges that they are facing, it may be a feat. Planning strategic plans for the organisation takes a lot of wisdom and trials. So as much as we can not understand all the technical stuff, if knowing what they are going through will be able to allow ourselves to empathise and understand their situation. Its always important to do the right thing to the right people at the right place in the right time.

3) Be proactive.
Now we know what our superior wants and expect, thus we can always be onward looking and be prepared before hand. To me, it is basic knowledge to communicate whatever work that was tasked to me. So when I was given a task, at every stage which I was at, I emailed everyone whether or not they were involved to update them. Unless they stopped me (which they did not).

4) Move on.
When we have tried our best and as you know bad habits die hard. People may not be keen to change. Communications have been meted out, being proactive was key and empathising starts to put you at a lower place, Fem gave up. She just did her work as she was supposed to and started to move on. Sometimes a little change will do everybody some good.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

We had a whole load of fun last Saturday at the Padang! NTU Fest had a concert in the evening and they had a few Mediacorp Artiste along with current Project Superstars contestants AND also Kang Gary and Jung In.

Now woah woah they, zsiti aint a fan of running man or Gary or Jung In. For obvious reasons, the concert was free and I have a friend who is like a die-hard fan of Gary. So I am just accompanying her for the free concert. I have heard their songs before the concert day and well let's just say if you like then you do, if not then shut up. 

At least during the concert, the songs were likeable enough for you to move your body to the beat and have some fun just jumping around. But the moment we left the place, the music simply drained from my memory. Guess its not meant for me then, but I still had a lot of fun and thankfully for such cooling weather in the evening, that was simply a bonus plus.

The NTU Fest however was not simply a concert in the evening, they started earlier from afternoon with carnivals full of games and food stalls under the tent. Subsequently, they had a run in the late afternoon about 4pm. The purpose of this event was to raise funds for the needy ITE Students.

There was a significant number of people who showed up from all walks of life showing their support for the event. Bringing Kang Gary and Jung In was definitely a super plus point to their advantage.

The main entrance to the NTU Fest tent
Carnival ticket booths is where you convert your cash to tickets ;)

Queue, queues, lines everywhere....

Food, drinks, clothes, games, you name it, they had it...

This was the stage set for the evening concert at Padang

The Fan of Kang Gary

I'm happy when there are free stuff....hahaha #cheapskate #singaporean #donatetocharity

Some sample of Information boards on display
 There was also information boards being put up on display to showcase the work portfolio of the students doing volunteer work or helping the society in any way they can. It was a good set-up along with the layout of the carnival tent as this was really smack in the middle of the huge tent. With the colourful display and vivid, clear images that they put up, it really attracts you to go and read it.
more Information boards available
Slogan "by Students for Students"

The winning slogan which got me "by students for students". Aiming to help raise funds for ITE needy students, the group of NTU students set out to hold this carnival and bring in the funds.

Meanwhile, do check out my latest video on "tips for travelling" you will definitely thank me after that and stay tuned to my next trip post coming up soon, while I will be on the road next week! Onwards Malaysia..


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Gifts, we have all the different occasions to celebrate and buy gifts for people we care. All the more, it gets more challenging as we celebrate birthdays after birthdays, travel souvenirs, holiday festivities and what not.

So how to give the most perfect present for your loved ones?

Monday, August 11, 2014

On sunday after Singapore's birthday, I made a short trip to Suntec City for the Alive Museum which has the hype from all the kids to parents to teenagers alike. I was curious myself as to what would I be able to find inside. So armed with a pair of complimentary tickets (thanks to OMY), I set out on a short adventure (let's go get it!).

The entrance gives off a strong suggestion that its like a kid's playground but the moment when I entered-BAM the first item on display was far from that...

A sexy picture of a voluptuous woman graced the entrance as she welcomes all the guests. You have to be ready with your camera as soon as you step inside as every display is art-worthy picture taking material. I wished that I could put up all my pictures here for fun, however that may bore you from the fun that I had. :). These however are a few of my favourites...
 Me not wanting to go home, so need a kick to the face to wake up

It's good to recognise talent when young...or old....or wait...old babies? 
Alfred forgotten to feed Batman and now he is HUNGRY!!!

Going back to the Hans and Manchurian time to fight some battle for chicken rice

I was so busy that I had to close up the zoo in my polar bear suit

It was definitely a one in a million chance for her to be "tall"

Someone tilt the frame and the penguins are falling...HELP~

I needed a ride and only Dumbo's cousin were free...

Oh my goodness, naughty naughty you...

Oh, Stop it you! #Lick

Former Table Tennis Player having a go at a game, hope your skill ain't rusty yet ;)

My friend is a true talent, she can now show her KPOP dance teacher her splitting "skill"
Having Superman send you home...

By the end of the day, we were so tired out from the pictures taking and posing that you would be happy to have Superman send you back home... This is what I would call posing to another level.
On the whole, Alive Museum Singapore was a fantastic experience for me and you can enjoy with your whole family-young and old. Come on down and have a look at the 81 pieces of amazing artwork on display. 

They are located at:
3 Temasek Boulevard #03-372, Suntec City Mall (between Towers 3 & 4), Singapore 038983
Get the tickets right now from the counter going at:
Adults $25, Child (aged 3-12) $20, Family Package $60 (2 adults, 1 child, $10 for each additional child)
Their opening hours are: 10 am – 10 pm daily (last admission at 9 pm)
Now, if you are like me a total Singaporean and love discounts and promotion, click on this link now as they have a great 20% off ticket prices just for you: 

Remember to key in the promotion code! You are welcome :)


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Happy Birthday Singapore! Every year we celebrate our Nation's birthday on 9th August and this year she turns 49.

I am a proud Singaporean to say that I have lived and grown up for the past 30 years in Singapore but in life we have choices to make and with all the different needs and challenges in the environment, it becomes a tough choice to just stay in Singapore. 

Who doesn't want to go out to see the world, to roam and travel and flourish and yet when it is time to come Home, Singapore will be the place. To roam around while young,wild and free may not take forever and nothing last forever. Everything changes over time, nothing stays the same but the love for our country is the same as the love for our family which will be the only constant.

Happy Birthday Singapore and to all the people of the nation, have a great celebration with her! Let's recite the Singapore Pledge together:
We, the citizens of Singapore,
pledge ourselves as one united people,
regardless of race, language or religion,
to build a democratic society
based on justice and equality
so as to achieve happiness, prosperity and
progress for our nation.

Malay original

Kami, warganegara Singapura,
sebagai rakyat yang bersatu padu,
tidak kira apa bangsa, bahasa, atau agama,
berikrar untuk membina suatu masyarakat yang berdemokratik,
berdasarkan kepada keadilan dan persamaan
untuk mencapai kebahagiaan,
kemakmuran dan kemajuan bagi negara kami.


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

If you own a smart phone like me, you would definitely love the functions that it has. Most importantly, we love to take pictures after pictures of everything in sight. Keeping them for keepsake memories or sharing the event with others, may be our common reasons. But I am also sure that some of us would want to go beyond just taking pictures and share videos instead!

I do a reasonable amount of video editing for youtube on my macbook but sometimes I want to get a quick fix and editing done on my smart phone as well. As an avid Apple iphone user (and supporter and lover and fan),  I do have a few favourites which range from simple to truly simple (if that ever make sense) and they are totally FREE.

Here are my top 5 favourites, let's begin:

5- MeiPai (美拍) | zsiti Review: truly simple

This has got to be the mostly used app for me right now, all I have to do is point, shoot and choose not just the filter of the video but also the music of the background. Choose from the various edits and format provided in this free software. One aspect of it which I do not like is the fact that I am not able to change the words or the fonts in the template. 

4- Animoto | zsiti Review: truly simple

Using this app, you can take all the pictures and videos in advance and then when you are ready to create your video, just choose your preferred template inside the app and place your pictures accordingly. This software gives the flexibility of editing the words and you can also choose the background song from your album. The thing that I do not enjoy would be that you would not be able to download the file into your phone if you are using the free version. You may however share the link to your facebook account after the video have been produced.

3- Magisto | zsiti Review: truly simple

Similar to MeiPai, this app is more of a point, shoot and choose the filter. The basic version which is free comes with limitations such as limited pictures and clips which can be uploaded to make one video and you have limited storage space for your movies. But unlike MeiPai, which is also a free software you are not allowed to download the created videos from Magisto. I realised that US based apps are always that anal and rigid (ughh feel my wrath right now), and with that limitation it does not propel me to buy the programme at all (Good try Magisto, but I ain't falling for that).

2- Video Editor for FREE | zsiti Review: simple

For some of you who would like an app which gives you 100% free control and flexibility in creating your videos, this is one app which I also use (although less frequent but yes I did use this). The best thing also is the fact that it is for FREE! You can select, arrange, edit and add in words to the video. Merge different clips easily and add in your preferred song as easy as ABC. I do not use this often because of the other easier tool which fed the lazy ol' me better but when the occasion calls for me to be able to edit different clips together which the earlier ones do not really allow that, I will turn to this Video Editor app.

1- Splice | zsiti Review: simple

Splice is a close one to Video Editor. I do not have much trouble creating a video within seconds using this app as I was looking for an alternative to Video Editor. Splice also have options for you to buy borders, frames or sound effects (if you do not have any in your mobile). The prizes range from S$1.28 onwards. But the downside of Splice and Video Editor would be that there are no filters or cool settings to edit your video with. It does not have any effect for you to play around your video with. Which means that I will have to stick to my macbook software when I want to do specific type of editing.

Check out some of the videos which I have created Instagram : @zsiti_ using some of these apps. My top 5 list, shows apps which are definitely compatible to iOS for I am an iphone user, if you would like me to review video creation apps for Android, do leave me a message down below or you can tweet me at @zsiti or go to my  Google+ and talk to me. Be Happy!


Saturday, August 2, 2014

After my last few episodes of bright colours that I have done, it is time for a break. Due to different work commitments and projects which I have on hand too, I had to change my hair colour to a colour accepted by the society.
With that, I asked myself sometimes are people that judgemental? They look at the tattoos you have, your hair colour before dealing with you and regardless of your achievements and studies just because your hair colour is too striking- does that mean you are UNRELIABLE?
Well, I wanted to make a difference on that opinion. We are now in the era of creativity and digital media. Everything is about skill set and let me tell you, people are getting much more smarter, more educated as they practised everything hands-on. It is no longer a case where you must attain that paper certificate from some university before you are considered "useful" to the society.
Before I go for my long stay in Europe in a couple of months time, I have took to the salon to let my colour tone down while I am serving my clients with their work.
I have already planned my next colours which are gonna be amazing so stay tuned to that. Since I do not want to bleach my poor hair again, I told my stylist that she had to do some magic for me.
With the latest heat season in Singapore too, I had to go for a haircut to keep myself cool (Hot weather hate me, vice versa).
First, I went to Hair De Light for a haircut, cause my usual hair salon was closed so I held back my hair colouring for another day.

New Short Hair

 A few days later, I went to Kami Hair Salon to get my hair colouring done. In order to allow my hair to be able to be coloured again in future with a lighter colour (without bleaching required), she chose an ash tone to colour up my blonds and greens. I have a lot of assurance in my stylist as she is really good with her work and her advise are top notch so far.
New Brown Colour with my short hair
With the frequent hair colouring I do to my hair, a lot of people have been asking me what do I do to my hair to prevent spoilage or brittleness. I practise a simple methodology of weekly hair spa, monthly treatments and daily conditioner, when I go to the salon to dye my hair, my stylist would avoid colouring too near the roots so as to care for my roots. Apart from that I have a hair cut as frequent as 1-2 months dutifully done.  In order to get the colours that I want, I have to do my due diligence to maintain and protect my hair, from roots to tips. I must stress that if you are lazy then you may have problems dealing with the after effect of frequent hair colouring.

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