Work

Wazzaup @ NextBlock

Before I kicked off; you can download NextBlock via both Google Play & App Store! Use my referral here!

So in short, what exactly is NextBlock? A few things to clarify;

  1. Are we a Blockchain co? Not yet
  2. Are we doing something like Grassroots or PA? In a way, yes but we are of a neutral stands, apolitical and we are not Goverment-funded or linked.
  3. Do we have a solid team? Yes, of course. The people in the team are seasoned entrepreneurs and not fresh graduates. We have went through all the 风风雨雨, nothing to be fearful of. Our tech team is in-house (mai siao siao)…
  4. Do we have a business plan/ monetization model in place? Yes! PING ME FOR MORE INFO!

So, what exactly we/ NextBlock want to do har?

In summary, we aim to build a vibrant neighbourhood network and ecosystem, connecting the neighbours (real and verified), the small businesses and the public agencies together.

In the good O’days, kampung spirit was strongly embraced thus everyone knew each other and their stories thus putting into the digital context, here we are building the digital kampung, helping one another to build cohesiveness and all.

What you can do with NextBlock?

  • Setup your own account however you need to get yourself verified (Either key in the verification code exclusive to your estate through the postal mailers OR submit proof of residency) to post things and connect.
  • Create interest groups and build your own kakis within or across the different estates.
  • Share deals, get updates of the latest event happenings and what’s trending in the neighbourhood.
  • Declutter your house through our Buy and Sell group!
  • And ohyes, do you know you have this NB User Perks that you can utilize?

Mai tu liao, go download NextBlock nao!

Crypto, Reflections, Work

Living with COVID (Edt 2022)

Yeap, alot of things happened for a reason and yes, I have close kins who didn’t get COVID once but twice.

Last week was an intense week, while doing market closure and officiate my offboarding process, the kids are all falling sick with a viral influenza spreading like no one business (it wasn’t C+, it wasn’t dengue, it’s just…. no one has any idea of exactly it is). Went in and out of A&E, 24-hrs clinics and also, prior to this my partner got C+ for the 2nd time. Adding onto the fuel, I need to bring my mum along for some of her appointments -_- until I was really shagged out.

But the level of focus was only 2 things, (1) health of the kids and (2) ensure my offboarding and market closure was a smooth sailing process for everyone in the team. It wasn’t easy to deal across the globe for all these but thank god, it went on well.

I often asked myself. What exactly am I chasing for again and again in life and realized sometimes, even when opportunity comes, family stands as the key priority and I had to let go of it when I have no confidence doing the best for it. D and R always mentioned that I have this habit of overthinking too much but I guessed, if I cannot attained a certain confidence level, it’s just not fair not to give the best self to others.

For me, this is the basic expectation that I required for myself. 🙂 Yes, a slave driver on own but it works for me in terms of growth. Not right and wrong answer but only, whether it suits one or not.

This is not the first time it happened and I guessed it’s the really a test by God. Right now, I looked back, with that 3 hours of sleep each day, it’s all worthwhile and despite the kids are still sick, at least they are better now.

Honestly, right now, I just hope that we don’t need to go through another round of non, I heard it’s another variation and whatever moneypox is. *Bleh*

Life, Quotes, Rants, Reflections, Work

I left Tiktok in 12 months.

08072022 – Official Offboarding Day

If your intention is to come here to dig some dirts about Tiktok/ Bytedance, I’m sorry — There ain’t such of it.

Looking back, yesterday, 08072022 was my official offboarding day with Tiktok Singapore as the project that I was heading has come to an end.

Past weeks (especially the past few days) have been intense and emotional. Getting all the clearance to share the updated product direction to the the existing users (who are already annoyed by the sudden plans) ain’t the easy feat. There were (less) angers, fears, disappointment shared among the community. Went through Round 1 with Partners and now Round 2 with Users.

I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who’s there for me, the team and of course the product. Being the sole headcount for the past 11 months ain’t easy, not everything is a bed of roses. Despite everything has to be done remote but thank god for the opportunity to work with some of the smartest and kindest people in Singapore and across the globe.

I will be taking some time off to spend the crucial days with family this month (so many things have happened concurrently and leaving no breather for anyone) and to work on NextBlock and piggyback in the meantime. And yes, will blog more!

Till then.

Mental Wellness, Rants, Reflections, Work

The Caregiver Stress

Well, not everyone knows about the stress of the caregiver until becoming one. True indeed. And stress doubled if you have a variety of household members who required different needs and care.

First of all, going through this is a super stressful one. One needs to deal wit the bad news of the household member being confirmed of whatever the illness is and on another hand, one needs to run parallels on the future care taking arrangements.

I’m sharing this very personal story of my own. My uncle has mental illness since half a century ago and my grandma was diagnosed with dementia few years back. Both of them have been living together with my parents as there is no other caretaker other than my parents who are willing and can cope with the tempers of theirs. Since then my siblings and I grew up to having to cope to react to my uncle’s outbreaks over times and my grandma’s temper and her transition to being more aware and sound to the diagnosis of dementia. All of them have other underlying conditions.

We grew up poor financially but rich in our bonds and I am amazed for my parents’ determination despite the fact that my father is the sole breadwinner and my mum is a full time caretaker of the family.

Due to the medical conditions, my uncle is not able to find jobs thus he is an urban recycler aka karung guni for the longest and his frugality and helping my father with the household spending is something that I will be grateful for.

Did I mention that my siblings and I grew up in a hoarding environment due to the nature of their tempers and jobs and there were times that I do not understand when I’m younger — why do I need to go through this? However such environment built up a strong character in me and the determination to break through the current and also helped us to conquer fears for all insects and creepy crawlies.

Okay, I deviated too much. What I want to say in this post is — I was amazed with my mum’s grit in this circumstances. As cliche as it sounds, we did ask her if she tried to walk out or break through this situation, she says she did not thought of it as a traditional woman, you can only give your best to your husband and his family once you are married into the family.

Although there is so much that I disagree with her but looking through how she took care of the family including the grandchildren, there is only max appreciation and gratitude for her.

During the recent weeks, I have also evolved to a full time caretaker for my grandma/ parents due to the COVID-19 situation back home. Everyone is going in and out of the hospital and in and out of the community care facilities and luck was never on my side as I have not really cleared a week free from quarantine and the necessary stress from all the policy changes and new rules. And because of this experience, I have realised the stress that my mum has been going through.

That level of ensuring that everyone takes the medicine, trying to keep them within the safe space and environment and the debate of getting them to fulfil menial tasks seems to be a challenged. Not forgetting the fact that she needs to constant remind and conduct the decluttering progress and accidents do happen.

E.g. My grandma accidentally threw away some of my uncle’s items and fused a heated argument as they are both mentally incapable to exercise a sound judgement. The incontinence that my grandma experiences on a daily basis and her refusal to wear diapers and etc. Despite all these, one still need to stay calm and resolve/ deconflict the tension on an immediate basis.

I felt that sense of 24/7 standby and tension almost every single seconds and everyone will have a bad day yet the caregiver cannot show too much of such negative emotions as it will affect the household members. Imagine that.

All I want to say, all caregivers deserves appreciation and also if one can render help, please do.

Many asked why won’t we hire a helper. Firstly the older generation does not prefer having a stranger around in the house and they are quite stubborn with their diehard habits. And all the siblings, the 4 of us chipped in to assist. So yeap, please care for the mental health and well being of all caregivers every moment possible instead of just because October is the month that supports mental wellness. 🙂

And these period with all the work stress, I decide to forgo to climb the corporate ladder but do more of the pay-it-forward stuff and build a better mental well being for the family.

Special shoutouts to the organizations, people who went in the extra mile to help us during our younger days and I will definitely pay it forward through piggyback and every methods possible.

Life, Rants, Work

以人為本,以誠立業

人生百態。何德何能,何時何刻周巡著。企業家的名錄包含著一份一絲的累(淚),血,萬分的付出。

“以人為本,以誠立業。”

建立于執著。

感恩。

Life, ongsisters, Rants, Reflections, Work

Time of Crisis – Being a Socially Responsible Person.

Okay, Bitcoin is mooning (yay!), so are the 2019-nCoV cases. Over the past few days, many of my groupchats had been flooded with tons of videos/ messages of nCoV virus news, prevention tips and many more. However I notice a trend that suddenly, everyone become é¼ (su)per duper paranoid, overstoring of:

  1. Surgical Masks
  2. Sanitizers
  3. Dettol Wipes
  4. Alcohol Swabs

And it hit me real hard when my family members started to stop me from going to the mall near home due to suspected case surfacing. Even the paranoid-ness set in with my daughters and it placed me in a dilemma.

I wondered. What will happen to the economy? Ok maybe for the fact that that the purchases of the masks and etc will thrive but what about the others?

To be real honest here, I always feel that we just need to be socially responsible and not overly paranoid, to protect ourselves and to others especially during this time of crisis.


And how should we start?

  1. Do not hoard supplies of the above 4 mentions. Some people might need it more than us.

  2. When sick, do not go out and loiter. Stay home or minimize contacts with anyone. Wear a mask when stepping out.

  3. Practise good daily hygiene. Wash your hands with soap thoroughly. Avoid constantly rubbing of eyes.

  4. Avoid touching handle bars, grips, metal surfaces and then rubbed your eyes/ put it into the mouth. Please note this for the kids.

  5. Drink the daily Vitamin-C and plenty of plain water. Plain water help to flush out the “toxic”.

  6. EAT YOUR GREEN VEGETABLES and less of raw foods and do not go near livestock.

  7. Squeeze/ Cough into tissue paper and fold it in and dispose into the trash bins.

  8. LASTLY, do not spread FAKE NEWS. Get the latest updates from the Government sites. Otherwise sign up with Gov.Sg WhatsApp via: https://go.gov.sg/whatsapp

Take good care of the babies, young children and elderly as their immune systems are lower as per compared. Oh yes and pregnant mummies~


During this time of crisis, we need to really be socially responsible for the benefits of others. Because imagine, if we really hog the masks, practise all the good habits and etc, and someone really sick decide to go out to shop and then we kana. It’s seriously a wtf situation and don’t make any sense at all.

I do understand that everyone will argue about the 14-days pre-hibernation period that the virus might not be detectable but as long we practise the good habits, there is a good percentage that the virus might not spread like wildfire or maybe “killed” by the soap and all before it penetrated into our body/ immune system.

And it really saddened me that some of the people whom I know that needs the alcohol stabs for their medical condition is unable to purchase what they need due to OOS.

On another random note; Oranges are good source of Vitamin-C and thus I used the left over Mandarin Oranges to make fruit juices and ice pops to make sure the kids are well covered with Vitamin C and minimize outings for them.

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Mandarin Orange Icepop! 🙂

Ironically, it made us more opportunities to bond together as a family nucleus, because the kids had already planned out what to cook for lunch/ dinner over the weekends as we will be “stuck at home”. Although many times when I passed by Orchard Central and all, there is NO/ lesser crowds.

My hearts goes out to the Business Owners, Patients, Kins of Patients, Frontline Personnels and the people in Hubei/ Wuhan – Bless you all.

Another lesson to remind that we must not take things for granted, heavily emphasized and validated by the Kobe Bryant’s case.

Crypto, Debt, Life, Rants, Work

Indifference.

Indifference will result in being a toxic being to self and others.

I once chanced upon this video by Ellen DeGeneres where she tried to seek help after she came out on her sitcom and everyone turned against her. She didn’t have a ring up for years yet she suppressed and won at her own depression to do her own talk show.

She says something along this line; If you feel different and depressed. Don’t worry… because:

“Things will get easier, people’s minds will change, and you should be alive to see it.”

And the above stuck in my head till now.

I decided to keep on trying. Suppressing my own demons within. There is nothing sort of giving up. Trying to find that winning formula through limited time and money but I know I will figure it, outgrown it and finally succeed.

The first thing on my mind is to create an ample runway for budget flow. Everyone have their own stories. Their debts, their commitments and there could be a way to figure something out.

I figure out mine through crypto investing and copy trading (forex trading). I learnt and made a lot of friends through this. And just kept on moving, to grow the pie. It’s a long tedious process but I made it happened. I had never thought I would grow from a Teletext-reader for my dad to a leisure trader/ investor myself.

No one ever thought I would one day become a Semi-SAHM and work from home and created a work-from-home empire. No one. So the key… Taking risks sometimes will lead you to surprises and perhaps, one will get to enjoy the whole process. 😉

Shall pen down more thoughts on my mumtechpreneur journey in my next post. 🙂

 

Life, Rants, Reflections, Work

Resolutions 2020

Late boomer, nay.

I just happened to be busy with all the unnecessary stuff since Christmas and furthermore, Lunar New Year seems to come real quick this year (less than 1 month FROM Christmas) and there is so much to do yet with limited time. And I realized that I did not set down a time to review and do up the resolutions so here I am.


Reviews for the Year 2019:

  • Changed a new job. Left the Blockchain world for some space and peace.
  • Completed a Prof. Diploma in Digital Marketing
  • Begin to spend more time home/ with parents/ with kids.
  • Begin my journey in leisure Crypto-Investing/ Investment Strategies (for self)
  • Joined an Accelerator for Piggyback.
  • Relaunched Scentimental Singapore.
  • Reorganize my thoughts and launch this space.

Year 2019 had been a year of soul-searching and understand what I want and need. A thorough awakening moment to redefine the core of things.


Year 2020;

  • <Priority> Less toxicity includes the environment and the people.
  • Focus on my goals in self attainment for business/ self/ family.
  • Spend more time with the girls/ family.
  • Spin-off Piggyback/ Scentimental/ Consultancy.
  • Achieve S100K
  • Learning to be a bigger person.

I need to learn to let go in the Year 2020 and by doing so, I held back on my social media postings where I am determined to go for the social media detox for a year and focus on my #willynn2020goals.

Seriously, this could be the only year where I focus on the business and leave the “stable” job for good. I only have 11 months left and my life is still “intoxicated”. I would be finding my winning formula to build my “Work-From-Home” empire and leverage on the gig/ sharing economy where the passion lives.

Cheers and Happy Lunar New Year! 🙂

Rants, Work

Entrepreneurship Journey Thus Far

Sometimes I don’t understand my mum because the double standard-ness is at sky high level that sometimes I can’t comprehend with her thoughts.

She always said that; “Wah, you can be a boss leh because you got the brains and the guts” but on another hand “Why you wanna be a boss ah? Find a proper job lah. You need to feed your kids. Be a boss hor, very stress one leh.

Like hello mum, a boss is a proper job. Ok perhaps my entrepreneurship was never a smooth sailing one. My first venture was into blogshops in Year 2011 if I remember correctly?

The idea came about during some free times during the maternity leave and it triggered me to explore a second income but it becomes a good learning ground despite the fact that it’s the blogshop bloom era where majority are hosted via either blogspot or livejournal.

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First Venture — Female Apparels Blogshop

But apparently I didn’t become the next Love, Bonito. 🙂 I feel that the reason was that the instability and the full-time job are already too overwhelmed to handle so it didn’t give me the diehard PUSH factor.

So I closed down the now-defunct blogshop and donated all my new clothing to SCWO for the name of charity and hopefully finder keepers theory.

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This is not the end. I didn’t give up and work on the — many ideas which came upon me during the pregnancy, maternity period and post-period. Helping to solve my “own” personal issue as a mother of one, two, three and now, four kids (plus 2 furkids) and this is how it evolved to Scentimental and Piggyback.

Failure is not everything. It’s a good lesson learnt and it made me a stronger person. Sometimes you win some, you lose some.

It was never easy to hold a full-time job and work on the other portfolios during the wee hours. Sometimes I only get to have 2-hours of sleep each day and at times when I got burnt out but at the end of the day, it’s to solve a particular problem, a common problem.

Perhaps will share more about each company in coming future. 🙂

Rants, Work

Workplace 101: Leaders versus Managers

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Managers versus Leaders

“Manager says: GO! but a Leader will always says: Let’s GO!”

Recently, there is so much negativity that overwhelmed me that I relooked back on what I’ve done, learned and where can I improve. Then it reminded and re-emphasized on the theory of leadership.

There is so much to learn and I sincerely hope that all these can be taught to the younger one since young.

One needs to create an impact and not just direct blindly.

Comfort zone should not be embraced that much if one wants to grow significantly. Saw this picture on Facebook and finally understand how much one can achieve if there is less resistance, So ta-da. 🙂

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Credits to DAN LOK.

Just got to keep reminding myself to look forward, keep going and stay sane.