Archive for June, 2008

Redang Island – paradise (3)

Posted on June 30, 2008. Filed under: Personal | Tags: |

It amazes me how the movie, Summer Momo Tea, a movie shot in 1999, would influence the audience till today.

Starring Sammi Cheng and Richie Ren, the movie was shot on Pasir Panjang of Redang Island. With the signature white sandy beach and clear sea waters, the movie motivated many to visit Redang Island.

In fact, I got to know about the island from the movie too!

movie poster – Summer Momo Tea

In commemoration of the movie and it’s contributions to the tourism industry for the island, a resort, Laguna Redang, rebuilt the “momo tea inn” that was featured in the movie along the the ‘long beach’ (Pasir Panjang).

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Redang Island – Paradise (2)

Posted on June 30, 2008. Filed under: Personal |

When we bought our package at the NATAS fair, the voucher booked us into the Deluxe Garden View resort at Berjaya Redang.

There was a glitch and they had not prepared the rooms with double beds for us. In fact, they had ran out of rooms with double beds.

The hotel gave us a RM200 discount per room/night to upgrade to a sea-view room. This was two categories higher than the garden view.

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view of the garden deluxe room

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Garden Deluxe Room Toilet

The Sea-view room is located on a hill, overlooking the private Berjaya beach. The white sandy beach and the clear sea waters offered a stunning view. The atmosphere of the room was also substantially different. The deluxe garden room had a more resort feel whilst the sea-view room had a more elegant look. Complete with a king-sized bed, and a day bed placed beside the window, it was worth the upgraded price.

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View of the sea-view room – it had an open window that shows the bathtub. This means that from the bathtub, you could actually get the sea-view.

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This was the view from the room.

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Another view of the room.

Redang Island, an island where ‘the sun, the sand, the sea’ fully describes the place, was a beautiful place and an excellent get-away from the hustle of city living. Here are some random shots of the island paradise..

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Redang Island – Paradise (1)

Posted on June 30, 2008. Filed under: Personal |

Over the weekend, I went on a short trip to Redang Island, Malaysia with my god-brother, his girlfriend and mine as well.

For the first time in my life, I was on a propeller plane, and took off from Seletar Airport instead of the conventional Changi Airport.

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Bejaya Air, was the company that ferried us to Redang Island, over an hour and a half long flight. The experience was good, there were two stewardess on board and they offered us complimentary mineral water and wet towels. This, according to the ticketing officer, differentiated them from the regular budget airlines.

The plane’s capacity was about 40+ pax, and the seats were much wider than my experience on board Tiger Airways.

The flight to and from Redang was smooth sailing and not at all bumpy. The noise level was also bearable.

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Moving On

Posted on June 30, 2008. Filed under: Personal |

After two and a half years of working with one of the world’s largest International Communications Consultancy, Fleishman-Hillard, it’s time to move on.

It all happened when I was applying for an internship in 2005. After a couple of cold calls, I knocked on the doors of the great consultancy. That started my relationship with the firm.

Over the two years, I’ve had the chance to work with some of the industry’s most talented consultants. I’ve learnt much during this time.

As the team was small, even as a junior consultant, I was given opportunities to work directly with clients and offer communications strategies. After being evaluated by the senior consultants, they were offered to the clients.

This model of learning gave me much space and flexibility to flex my creativity and experience real-life consulting.

As the Singaporean advocate and correspondent for the firm’s Next Great Thing practice, I spent time researching and learning about the social media space, the space that is the ‘Next Great Thing’ for communications.

But alas, there’s always an ending to even the most beautiful chapter. It’s time for me to go and see the world!

And my next step of the journey? One of the world’s most repectable consultancies. Let’s hope that the experience would be as overwhelming as it had been for me, over the past few years.

More to come. And as the  MD from my previous firm would say, “the best is yet to be..”

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Facelift

Posted on June 10, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Just felt that the site needed to look fresh.

We continue to discuss why public relations continue to matter in everyday lives.

Perception management is equally relevant for PR 2.0. I call it Building Credibility 2.0.

Kevyn Eng

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Twiddict

Posted on June 10, 2008. Filed under: Social Media |

So there you have it, the netizens are responding fast and furious to the constant downtime of Twitter.

First came devices to test if Twitter was down. Solutions like this help users ‘investigate’ if the problem existed. ISTWITTERDOWN seems to be an excellent example of this.

Then the net sprouted Plurk and new platforms that seek to REPLACE twitter. These platforms offered new applications, new forms and created new databases. Some loved it, others find it a hassle to move on as they face the inertia of transporting their existing network to the new platform. Mostly, users are not sure nor confident about the new platform as well!

Then comes the third wave. Netizens trying to remedy the problem. Here’s one great example, TWIDDICT. For users who are die hard fans of twitter, they created a temporary platform to host the number of posts whilst Twitter remains down. When Twitter goes up again, your posts will automatically be made.

Let’s see what’s next..

Twiddict

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Countdown 2009

Posted on June 9, 2008. Filed under: Grassroots |

I’m helping my grassroots organisation plan for a countdown party at the end of the year.

Countdown parties are usually a friends affair for me, and typically, it’s a really late decision I make as well.

So, what turns you on for a countdown party? What attracts you to one?

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Kudos Kinokuniya!

Posted on June 6, 2008. Filed under: Social Media |

Prof Michael Netzley recommended the book Groundswell by Charlene Li over the week.

I went over to PageOne @ Vivocity on Wednesday 4 June 08, which is near my workplace to see if I can get a copy of the book. I was also looking for Naked Conversations by Robert Scoble and Shel Israel and Public Relations for Asia by Trevor Morris and Simon Goldsworthy.

After asking the counter girl for the books, she promptly told me that the shop didn’t carry any. I asked her if I could order the books, and she took down my particulars. I was told that PageOne would check with their suppliers and I would get a response thereafter. I haven’t heard from them since.

Anyway, I was sourcing around for the books on Amazon it will take weeks before they can deliver the books over to Singapore.

I decided to try the other big name, Kinokuniya. They have a really functional website that opens with a ‘bookweb’. It’s much like the amazon search engine that makes it fairly easy to find the books you are looking for.

I found all three books there and they were all available for sale.

My next pleasant surprise was that they deliver, free of charge, if you spend more than $50. That’s amazing since mostly, if you buy books, you will actually spend more than the amount.

I placed my order at about 6on Wednesday, and ordered all three books. I, of course, capitalised on the free delivery to my office.

The next pleasant surprise was the speed of which they responded. Thursday morning, I received an email to confirm my order, and also to alert me that my delivery will on Friday (One day later)!

I got my books this morning, all in good order. I paid cash on delivery and there was little hassle.

Absolutely an experience that I recommend to everybody.

Kudos Kinokuniya!

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Is Twitter Down?

Posted on June 6, 2008. Filed under: Social Media |

Twitter, after successfully drawing crowd to join its services, it’s now facing issues with bugs and bandwith. The site has constantly been showing problems with either its functions or complete goes down.

It’s quite sad when there’s a site that is set up, dedicated to help users find out if twitter is down www.istwitterdown.com and half the time, the screen shows…

Of Course

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Plurk is the new Twitter

Posted on June 5, 2008. Filed under: Social Media |

Twitter, the micro-blogging facility is indeed drawing a lot of crowd! The site is now facing overloading more frequently then ever.

To be successful, the guys at Twitter need to work fast to resolve these bugs. Early innovators of the platform have already been sourcing for alternatives as their patience run out from the constant downtime of the site.

One of these alternatives that is picking up real fast is Plurk. Plurk allows users to mico-blog as well, much like like Twitter, but better! It allows the user to form cliques and have discussions with short messages in real time. It also has much better visual elements and more features than its counterpart.

Treads are also easier to read. As traffic grows for Plurk, let’s just hope that it doesn’t show bugs and instability like twitter has…

Oh..btw, if you haven’t added me

http://www.twitter.com – user = kevyn

My Plurk Page

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