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Ah Lian

The older i am, the more ah lian i become. Went to get a third pair of ear holes pierced today. I wondered why and the only conclusion i arrived at was the older i am, the less i care about what people think of me. So that brings my inner lian to the surface. […]

Purpose of Insurance

I’ve recently had to fight over a few months with the claims director of an insurer to pay a valid claim to my client. The quibble the claims director had was over procedural matters and there was absolutely no doubt that the defaulting borrower owed money. In fact, the borrower already issued an confirmation of […]

Reflections: This is my second business trip to HK, which I always find ironic since it took 15 years of working life before work brought me to a country I enjoy visiting so much; and of which among my colleagues, I’m the only one who speaks Cantonese. I know TST area better than I know […]

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 […]

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 […]

US Open Swing and The After Party 2015

One of the best things about travelling is that it allows you to learn more about yourself and others around you. Being able to social dance, take private lessons, attend workshops and observe how people dance at both the US Open and The After Party (TAP) have me a deeper appreciation of what flight, quality […]

Never Miss a Good Deal!

So apparently in Aug 1949, there was a World Festival of Youth in Budapest where the Soviets used the Hungarians as hosts for this communist organised rally. The International Students Union in Britain invited groups in Britain to participate. Some Malayan and Singaporean students including Goh Keng Swee, Dennis Lee ( LKY’s brother) and Maurice […]

Competition

Competition is part and parcel of a broker’s life. As the class of insurance I do is largely non-renewable, it has been ingrained in me that I am only as good as my last deal. I recently had the opportunity to submit our value proposition and meet up with prospects to explain why they should […]

Singlish

From the book, From Third World to First, this is what LKY of his first visit to China in May 1976: “They had officials in their team who spoke every language and dialect we did. Whether we spoke Hokkien, Malay or English, they had officials who had lived in Southeast Asia, or had served in […]




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