Building Lean Startups – 2 Day Bootcamp

Attended a 2 day bootcamp at The Hive, Pollenizer with various entrepreneurs and winners from Coca Cola Hackathon. It was good to see Sam as the coach, who was also a mentor at the SingTel L!fesparks Hackathon last November. 

The Lean Startup Bootcamp is a training course for entrepreneurs on lean startup theory and hands-on exercises on the practical tools in ideation, manual testing and most importantly, pitching. It was a great experience for me as it was highly engaging! There were never-ending hands-on exercises to make sure you know how to apply the concepts, interacting with different people and sharing openly about your ideas. 

One thing I learnt is never to be afraid to share your ideas. The more you share, the more you learn and understand. It is absolutely fine to look stupid when you’re sharing your idea, focus on listening to what others have to say and share with you. Ultimately, if you nail your idea, no one is gonna think you look stupid anymore 😉 

It is also a great exercise to pitch someone else’s idea! It strips away your emotionally attachment and defensiveness for the idea. Giving it a fresh set of perspective and just giving yourself a chance to brush up on your confidence level of speaking in front of others! 

There were just too many learnings for me the past 2 days to list out now. Shall continue again… (: 

What you get out of conflicts

Through conflicts and positive arguments, you learn more about the problem you are facing, the options, perspectives and solutions.

Most importantly, you learn more about yourself, your upsides and downsides. How you should try to be a better person tomorrow (: TRY being the keyword hehe 

And at the end of the day, reward your bad day (with good outcomes) with overwhelming amount of kimchi and teokkboki! 😀 

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The Beginning of Sydney

Here I am finally updating this space cause this is the best way to share with everyone what’s happening here in Sydney. Its only a 3 hour difference from Singapore and I’m finding it difficult to FaceTime people. Imagine the US vs SG time difference >.< 

Just a summary of why I’m in Sydney – SingTel Hackathon happened in Nov last year, our team won the chance to get our ideas incubated here in Sydney and bring this out to the world (: Simple. 

We reached on Friday afternoon, got our 3G and keys to the apartment. Gen-Y-ers really cannot survive without the internet. There’s no WIFI in the apartment on the first night so we practically sat in the living room and whined. 

Here’s my beautiful spacious room with a great thinking-space outside at the balcony. (And awesome for hanging my clothes :p) 

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Gorgeous morning view. First thing I see when I wake up! What’s good is that I’m a day-person and days are looonnngggg in summer in Australia – from 730am to 830pm? The sky only turns dark at 830pm! Then thats when all the beer kicks in.

Did some touristy stuff over the weekend before work really started today. Just gorging, visiting weekend markets with queer & unique lil ding dongs and some iconic areas in Sydney.

First day at work today in a cozy office with great coffee around the corner to perk you up when you almost fell asleep during the morning meeting 😉

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Will probably post on the idea we are working on soon (: 

Good night Singapore. 

Best Instagram Moments of 2013

Just reminiscing on 2013 and found a cool site that does a mini-video-recap of your best moments (on instagram) of the year. Interestingly, some of my most liked instagramies are really special moments of the past year. Lovely brunches, NUS Graduation that came long after I graduated, special colleague’s wedding and of course, my Seoul Trip (:

New year, new beginning! Looking forward to what opportunities 2014 will bring and how I am gonna make the best out of it.

Some good old rules I have for myself every year regardless.

Treasure old friends, make new ones (:
Know your priorities and always go an extra mile for those who are worth it.
Be humble always.
& never be afraid to love with all that you have.

Happy New Year everyone and may 2014 be awesome for you!

Forgive & forget

What triggered me to write a new post after a really long time…

Was at Toa Payoh Central tonight, got on to the car where my dad was waiting for us. A guy came knocking on the window and started the conversation with an impatient and interrogating tone

“Are you a resident here? Do you know you are at a red lot?”

Nope, we are not residents here at Toa Payoh and yes we know we are at a red lot. We were merely waiting in the car for the rest of our family members to get in (5 minutes later).

And the argument began.

My parents were fuming mad because this man started arguing, shouting and ended with “mother fucker”. Of course my dad started rising his voice after awhile…

But to me, this is such a saddening scene.

Why do we only realise the goodness of humanity only when a plane comes crashing in to world trade centre, SARS come knocking on our doors, earthquake and tsunami hits Japan, painful bombing scenes at a marathon, and nuclear war threats…

Things would have been different even with the smallest effort in making the world a more peaceful place. We need to reflect on our actions, to forgive & forget, and think of how to become a better person everyday. Its normal to be selfish, but its not normal to not realise you are selfish and reflect.

Hiatus

I took a really long hiatus from WordPress ever since life was all about projects and summer internship. But Life was never better actually (: Great satisfaction and enjoyed every bit of it. Felt like I am no longer my old self, no longer someone who aims for nothing because I never believed I could achieve so much. 

Now, I need to overcome this down period.

& the first baby step I took was to immerse myself in unrealistic korean dramas 😀 sounds dumb but watching dramas always make me happier. Its more of like an emotional and visual experience that you don’t get in your normal daily (real) life.

Will need to bake soon too! But I will need people to eat the stuff I baked cause thats the fun and satisfying part! Any volunteers?(:

After a long week

Impromptu friday night dinner with colleagues and bosses at Da Paolo Group’s, Da Paolo Pizza Bar @ Holland Village. After a HILARIOUS and FURIOUS work out at the kinect room back in the office, we were able to free up some space for awesome pizza and drinks(:

Located at a nice quiet lane next to the landed properties. The restaurant has an open air and a clean open kitchen concept with wooden furnishing, ceiling-high wine shelves and a unique cow skin ceiling finish.

Service was pretty good there, in fact overly friendly and intrusive in my opinion at times. Guess the Indian waiter was just a passionate dude(:

Fairly acceptable calamari as one of the starters, mainly saved by a nice tangy mayonnaise dip. The second starter was better: Pear and Mushroom bruschetta. If you happen to forget your order, don’t be too surprised to bite in to mini crunchy toast topped with sweet sweet pear (looks vaguely similar to pale smoked salmon)!

Pizza there were categorized in to Tomato+cheese base or Creamy/cheese base. The six of us ordered 5 pizzas :

1) Toro (Beef with greens pizza, image above)

2) Meat Lover with extremely flavourful Iberian Chorizo!

3) Americana (Simple Hawaiian style)

4) Creamy Chicken (didn’t get to try but looks too creamy to me, and heard its a tad too sweet)

5) Seafood Pizza, with fragrant smoked salmon

 For those who knows me well, I am easily thrilled by sweet girly female wine/beer(: Wanted a glass of Moscato but it wasn’t served although it was listed on the drinks menu. So I went for Strawberry-Lime Fruit Beer and I was not disappointed. A whiff of strawberry fragrance hits you before the “beer” even touches the tip of your tongue!

Relaxing friday night, great company and thanks boss for the treat:D

Next up, really must try – Dean & Deluca Singapore at Orchard Central. Would love to see who fairs better, my good old Jones the Grocer or this! Absolute cannot resist that alluring smell of BREAD, huge selection!

Five Lovely Things

Inspired by one of my favourite blogs, I’ve decided to have a weekly post of 5 lovely lil things I encounter over the week(: Things that brighten up my day!

#1 Canele Coffee Hazelnut Cream Cake with 3 KR Besties(:

#2 Forty Hands Mocha, a long awaited time well spent with bff!

#3 sweet lil gesture from colleague, and at the right time when my stomach was making so much noise.

#4 Cappuccino from Oriole Cafe during brunch on Mothers’ Day ❤

 

#5 BEST Oreo Ice Cream yet! Better than Australian Dairy Oreo Ice Cream!! This one has loads of hidden goodness within! Chunks of Oreo crumbles you can’t miss 😀

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Kudos to this wonderful man! I know its all TV and $$ some way or another for him, but you can really tell he put his whole heart in to this Food Revolution.

Got started off after watching his Nugget experiment video, which actually failed for the first time. I can’t believe how unhealthy Americans are! And it annoys me to see that the cooks in elementary schools are so reluctant in making changes! Kids there don’t freaking know what a potato is and they have never used a knife in their life. goodness…

Not done watching all the videos, check it out too, its inspiring(: