SPH is hiring at the same time it announces job cuts

Singapore Press Holdings is cutting up to 10% of its workforce due to business slowdown etc etc. The cuts will come in the form of: attrition retirement non-renewal of contracts outplacement retrenchment After reading the Tripartite Guidelines on Managing Excess Manpower, which advises on alternatives to retrenchments, such as redeploying staff, I wondered if there…

What would help millennials make babies?

It’s not always about the sex hor… I’m a millennial, and we have been exposed to sex ever since we started watching Friends, or even shows like Beverly Hills for those born in the early 1980s. With the proliferation of the internet during our teens, we probably learnt more about sexual pursuits, conquests and consequences…

Does Neil Humphreys know Singapore better than Singaporeans?

Who is Neil Humphreys? He’s a self-declared ‘white trash’ bloke from England who decided to come to Singapore for 3 months in 1996, but ended up staying here till now (except for a period Down Under which made him miss Singapore even more). Neil Humphreys at his ‘Rich Kill Poor Kill‘ book launch at Kinokuniya While…

Should We Stop Condoming Singapore’s Economic Growth?

The MOM Labour Market Report has completely eclipsed Zika (for now) as the “oh shit” topic on Singaporeans’ minds. Basically, don’t be surprised if you lose your job, and if it takes more than half a year to find a new one. By the way, there were more foreign jobs (11k) created and Singaporean jobs…

3 Reasons You Should Hire Candidates with SME Work Experience

Don’t waste a chance at hiring good talent just because you’ve never heard of their SMEs before. When I was an unemployed mum and desperately looking for a job, I sent out about a thousand job applications, secured less than 10 interviews, and only received one job offer. I also applied for around 30 jobs via careers@gov but…

The Most Important Schooling In Life Joseph Gave Singapore 

At first, we didn’t really take notice. Olympics again ah? So fast?  Live telecast or not, does it even matter since I get my news off social media anyway? But on Saturday morning, many Singaporeans were tuned in to watch Joseph Schooling beat 7 respected competitors, including the superhuman Phelps, with an Olympic record no…

The curious case of Singapore’s diversity

What makes us special? What makes us strong? Singapore is not a perfect country, but to me, we’ve come quite a long way from the racial riots more than half a century ago, which messed everything up. Today, in an increasingly Islamophobic world, Singapore, its leaders (not just the political ones) and society, continue to…

5 Pokémon Go Business Ideas To Catch ‘Em All

Since Pokémon Go was launched in Singapore last Saturday, enterprising businesses have tried to leverage on this insanely popular game to attract customers. Here are five business ideas to catch the attention of Pokémon Go players. 1. Catch a date Single and available?  Lunch Actually has actually organised a date to let you catch Pokémon…

Stanchart Robbery and The Importance of Security Assessments

The recent robbery of $30,000 from Stanchart was big news among my friends, while the countless reminders about being vigilant against terrorist attacks are already relegated as background noise (yawn!). Source There wasn’t even a security guard at the Stanchart branch yesterday when the robbery happened – CCTV enough meh??? This is unheard of in…

Why Living In Singapore Isn’t As Horrible As You Think

We’re still pretty angsty when it comes to whether Singapore is the place we wanna stay in or not. I know many people who hate Singapore, fellow Singaporeans and the whole shitty system here. I also know many people who love Singapore regardless of the imperfections they encounter, and count their blessings every day that…