Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Avoid abbreviation that are not commonly understood

I received a call from SingTel. "Sir, your online trial for QBO has expired. We call to ask if you wish to extend it".
QBO ?????I asked, "what is QBO". She replied, "Quick Book Online".
Why does this telemarketer not use the full name? I had no clue what she was referring to !!!

One response to PM Lee's message for 2014

Here is a response to PM Lee's message for 2014

From Cass
1. So after all that discourse on the Population White Paper, what is the government’s stand on this issue? Are you going ahead with your plan?
2. Is Ilo Ilo the government’s effort? Don’t take credit for something that took no effort on your part.
3. Has being ranked in top 3 in PISA helped closed the gap between the high achieves and low achieving students? If not, PISA can only be put down to a regimented education successfully fuelled by expensive tuition to achieve high scores in regurgitation.
Also, many Singaporean graduates are either losing their jobs or cannot find jobs. Is our high PISA ranking translating into employable skills for our children?
5.What are your specific actions and what are the measurable outcomes to your promises? Words are cheap.
The Singapore spirit burns bright not because of the anything the government has done rather, it’s because of Singaporeans who are passionate for their own people and country who step forward to help another worse off Singaporeans. Did the government help the family that had to sell their HDB flat to pay for a father’s kidney dialysis? Did the government cover the medical costs of the young girl needs urgent surgery so she won’t go blind? Did the government help the single mother get into her own HDB flat so she and her children don’t have to sleep in the streets? Did they government give a scholarship to the orphaned teenage boy so he can continue his studies instead of dropping our of school to support his younger school-going siblings?
6. Did the government step in to stop runaway cost of living? Did it come down hard on companies that discriminate against Singaporeans in their hiring practice? Did it give a job to the many jobless PMETs instead of putting foreigners in civil services? Did it stop depressing wages for Singaporeans?
Instead of seeing Swiss standard of living, we are going back to theirs world status with unreliable transport system, unaffordable healthcare and overcrowdedness. All these are thanks to PAP’s continuing failed policies!

World's funniest joke

This has been voted as the world's funniest joke:

Two hunters are out in the woods when one of them collapses. He doesn't seem to be breathing and his eyes are glazed. The other guy whips out his phone and calls the emergency services. He gasps, "My friend is dead! What can I do?" 
The operator says "Calm down. I can help. First, let's make sure he's dead." There is a silence, then a gun shot is heard. Back on the phone, the guy says "OK, now what?"

Opt-in to receive the advertisements that you are interested in

Do you like to receive advertising flyers in your mailbox? It is a nuisance, right?

If you find it a nuisance, here is an alternative. You can register in the Opt-in Register and select the types of advertisements that you like to receive by e-mail. It allows you to receive only those advertisements that you are really interested in, and will also help to save the environment.

The registration is simple. On successful registration, you will receive a free book entitled "Financial Planning For Young People" (usual price $6). You can change your preferences at any time, or even to unsubscribe altogether.

Tan Kin Lian
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Reduce National Service to One Year

I like to create a Facebook Page to allow Singaporeans to support a move to get the Government to reduce full time national service to one year and to reduce the call up for reservist training. The message is shown here.

Do you support this move? Are you able to help to promote this Page?

If you can help, please give your reply below. I need many volunteers before launching the Page.

Personal appraisal using the bell shape curve

Several people have said that the civil service and armed forces use the bell shape curve to rank employees into category A, B, C, D and E.
This performance appraisal encourages the employees to work hard, but forces employees to compete against each other and creates stress, back stabbing and "office politics". 

Read this:

Is this a good or bad system? Give your views here.

Managing personal risks

As a start to the new year, how about spending a few minutes to read about "managing personal risks" and reflect if you have done it correctly.

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