Swingsation 2016

I used to say I wouldn’t want to go for an Australian WCS event cos I would rather save my leave for events in the US. So it was really on a whim that I signed up quite last minute to go for Swingsation. The primary factor was that I really wanted to make it out of Novice and felt I needed one more competition after Asia West Coast Swing Open to do it.

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And so I did! The 4th place finish means I’m now in Intermediate. Yay! I didn’t jump for joy during awards but I did have a sense of satisfaction. Goal in attending Swingsation met!

Dance side, I also realised that because I don’t socialise much in Singapore in my attempt to balance family, bunnies, work and dance – Asia Open was pretty much spent getting to know the other local dancers in the scene – overseas events then is the opportunity to know some of the overseas dancers who often visit our shores but whom I didn’t get the chance to talk before.

The greatest take away from Swingsation was this to know some of the Malaysian WCS dancers. I found some very genuine, sincere and helpful people.

Anyway, I already know what I want to work on so time to further develop myself! 🙂

• Basics as a follower:

1. Good posture.

2. Take a deep breath and breathe out. Think of 4 tracks – left arm, left leg, right arm, right leg. 

3. Pitch – shoulders over front of heel, tits over toes.

4. The above constitutes our frame which should be maintained at all times.

5. Rope will be shorter – need to take a smaller 4.

• Shorter rope = more styling options. Play with angles and shape but always remember to maintain basic footwork – walk walk, triple step. Do not reset!

• Settling – always take either the back or a side away from the lead. Same whether in close hold or open position.

• Head should look for the lead. Focus on chin and chest so as to be aware of the angle he’s giving. 

• Grip – use first knuckle instead of second to avoid fingers slipping, which results in pockets of no connection. 

Cut Loss

To cut loss and reprioritise is akin to taking a pin and bursting a balloon you blew. Even if it’s an ugly looking balloon, it still means your hopes were not met.

Disappointments

So this has been bugging me most of the afternoon. I was quite disappointed that despite having done training at least twice, and preparing condensed notes on insurance law, my staff still didn’t grasp a very fundamental concept.

I didn’t want to spoonfeed him the answer so I told him to refer to the law notes I gave him before, and to let me know the correct answer to the question by the end of the day.

When evening came, he told me he had the answer… Unfortunately, it was wrong. I then glanced at his screen and saw that he googled the question and that made me even more disappointed. Not knowing a fundamental concept is already bad enough but to then ignore my advice on where the answer can be found?

I give up. 反正我的话都是耳边风。

Minions, to note

I think all minions should take note that when your boss says, “would you like to take back this document to correct it before submitting it to me for review again?”, there is only one answer.

And the answer is “yes”. Because it really wasn’t a question to begin with.

Consequences

Feeling bad abt telling a colleague off but also feeling annoyed that even after I said repeatedly that the client is on compliance leave and cannot work on any deals, my colleague wrote in his e-mail, “As spoken earlier…”

Luckily I stopped him before the e-mail went out. Unfortunately, my reaction was a little harsh – I said, “Are you trying to fucking kill the client?”

He just doesn’t seem convinced that breaching compliance leave has serious consequences if you’re in a bank. And I did say to address the e-mail to the client’s boss! ARGH!

Sense of Entitlement Indeed

I know we’re only 2 months into 2016 but I may have come across the most ridiculous thing for this year already!

I was proof reading a tender document today when I saw that an overseas colleague listed “sense of entitlement” as a positive trait of a broker. I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me so I showed my boss the slide. His response was, “WTF? So he thinks we’ll win the account just by showing up is it?”

A Tale of Two Dry Shampoos

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A quick note on the 2 dry shampoos I’ve been using from Bastise. I started using the one on the left and I liked it because it leaves my hair feeling soft and gave a nice shine. However, while my hair didn’t smell (when I picked up portions n sniffed), somehow I felt there was an unwashed scalp smell. I don’t know… Maybe it’s psychological. Haha. So I bought the dry shampoo on the right and lo and behold! No more smell whatsoever! The downside is, my hair felt slightly stiffer than usual.

In the end, I now use both. Hahaha. Seems to be the perfect combi for me. 🙂

Singlish

Ever since I came back from my US trip in Dec, I get very tickled whenever I hear waiter/waitress ask, “having here or takeaway?” because it reminds me of an incident that happened in the US.

One of my friends, a French chap and I wanted to buy lunch to eat in the ballroom. After taking our orders, this conversation with the waitress ensued…

Waitress: “Here or to go?”
French chap: ??
Waitress: “Here or to go?”
French chap: “What???”
Me: “Dabao?”
French chap: “Yes! Dabao!”
Me to waitress: “To go please.”

My oh my. How we have corrupted people’s English…

Nuisance

Because the insurance industry is tightly regulated, my company has a rule that when a broker visits a client overseas, the broker must be accompanied by local staff.

A colleague from India wrote to us about 2 weeks ago asking to visit our clients in Singapore. I don’t know why he likes to come here when I’ve told him more than once that our clients do not purchase credit insurance in India.

My boss also told him that these 2 weeks leading up to CNY is very busy for us so it would be better if he comes after that.

Said colleague replied that he’s actually visiting Singapore for other business and visiting our bank clients is just a secondary purpose of his trip.

As it transpires, this Indian colleague has NO other meetings planned. A colleague who is helping to coordinate the 2 client meetings we had to set up for him as well as some underwriter meetings thus asked us if we intend to lunch with him.

I said no. My point is, we’ve already said that this is not a good week for him to come. Since he insists on imposing on us, I don’t see why I need to inconvenience myself to entertain him during lunch. Even if I don’t have any lunch appointments, lunch time = break time and I’m particular about who I spend my lunch with.

I also hope, for his sake, that he doesn’t try to lecture or “teach” my team members how to broker deals. The last time he did that, I told him off over the phone and I cannot guarantee how much more blunt I may be in person.

I remember when I used to do life underwriting a long time ago, a senior underwriter said that some life insurance agents are like piles. You can treat them but they never go away.

Sums up how I feel now.




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