My Top 10 Most Memorable Moments in 2010

What’s your top 10 moments in 2010?

Before you set new resolutions for 2011, it is always wonderful to reflect on the year and celebrate every wonderful moments so that we can grow from strength to strength.

My very best Top 10 Most Memorable Moments in 2010 are:

10. “The backup Plan” movie launch

On 29 April, Sony Pictures and my company (Table For Six) jointly organized the Back up Plan Movie and Dinner event. Our company conducted a survey on Singapore’ ladies’ backup plans should they remain single for the rest of their lives. The results were insightful and the press/media given us a lot of coverage.

9. Authorised Training Provider for NCSS

In early Jun, I was informed by National Council of Social Service (NCSS)  that I am granted the status to be the Authorised Training Providers for Charitable organisation and VWOs under the VCF Training Grant. I created courses:

  • Developing a Winning Social Media Strategy for NPOs
  • Social Branding for NPOs
  • Getting Sponsorship for VWOs and Publicity for Business
  • Coaching and Developing your Volunteers

8. Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment – Certification.

From 9 Apr till 15 June, I took 6 modules, get through the assessments under Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF). With this Advanced Certificate, I am able to Develop, Train and Assess courses under WSQ framework from WDA.

7. Singles Cruise Asia

Many people would have heard of Dating@Sea since 2007 where it is only open to singles from Singapore. It was all along done with Star Cruises as our cruise partner. Finally from 6-10 Dec, the 1st ever Singapore-Malaysia social event (Single Cruise Asia), a 5D/4N cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Legend of the Seas was organised.

6. Interviewed by Ian Wright for Discovery Channel

It’s not everyday you get to be interviewed by a host from a international media, much more a international celebrity host – Ian Wright. He was in Singapore in May to do a special 10-part episode on Singapore. At the very last part, there is always the angle of singlehood issue in Singapore. I was contacted to create a social event where his team can film the entire event with interviews about myself and some of my participants.

Picture with Ian Wright & Vernetta Lopez

5. Marrying Charity with Art

I had always wanted to do my bid for charity in forging strategic alliance between charities and business entities. I am glad in 2010 I have helped my good friend Ocean Wang to launch her career by painting 3 portraits of F1 drivers : Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber. The Alonso portrait was successful auctioned silently for $4000 in the charity dinner of Lutheran Community Care Services (LCCS) with the kind planning and organising service of Annie Chan.

LCCS Gala Dinner - 191110

Ocean’s blog – The Hand over ceremony is done on 24 Nov


4. 938live guest speaker for Positive Business Minute

3. 1st Malaysia media exposure

Though I have enjoyed more than 120 media and press interview and coverage of myself, business or events in Singapore and international main media, Malaysia was not one of them. This changed in August where I was invited to be interviewed on Malaysia radio BFM 89.9. From then on, i enjoyed 4 weeks of NTV 7 Breakfast show as a regular guest, 2 Newspaper features about being a Dating Coach for Singles Cruise Asia

2. Hosting 200 friends for Walking with Dinosaurs

Walking with Dinosaurs is the most successful and money-making family entertainment theatrical production in the world. For the first time ever, it came to Singapore from 1-12 Dec for a 10-day 20-show performance. My company won the tender to manage the social media marketing platform. One of my deliverables was to raise social brand ambassadors. I was given 200 tickets for the very first show and I invited charities and brand ambassadors to be the first few people to watch it. The turnout was 4000 so I had 5% of the stadium on 1 Dec.

1. Successful Entrepreneur award 2010

Since receiving the Spirit of Enterprise award as an honoure in 2008, this is the 2nd business award I have received in the space of 3 years.

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Calling all aspiring entrepreneurs in Singapore

Calling all aspiring entrepreneurs in Singapore : The Business of Social 3.0 – Workshop One – Transformation –


A Series of Workshops on Making Social Media Work for Your Business

by Catalyst Connector


16 September 2010 – Brewerkz Riverside Point

THE BUSINESS OF SOCIAL 3.0 is a series of Workshops on Making Social Media Work for Your Business by Catalyst Connector.

WORKSHOP ONE – TRANSFORM addresses the issues of how to make Social Media work in the business world and provides guidelines on the role of corporate Persona Management.

Whether a corporation or start-up, companies nowadays have to face and deal with many communities – its staff, suppliers, customers, partners and regulatory bodies. While it maintains a single outlook and projects a distinct image, it has to maintain multiple personas, carefully balancing each with the other to maintain credibility toward success. Balancing and maintaining all these various personas is a delicate act.

In the age of Social Media, the power of blogs, tweets, feeds and Facebook, are forcing upon businesses an onslaught of messages, feedback, critique and commentary. Business partners and potential business partners form opinions prior to a meeting. Rumors, opinions and reputations spread at the speed of light – often without the participation, or even knowledge, of the protagonist. It is critical that businesses, especially startups and SMBs, develop the ability to monitor, measure and manage their online personas to enhance their business networking and matching opportunities.

About Catalyst Connector

At Catalyst Connector, our strategy capitalizes on social voice as a policy, utilizing infrastructure and applications with a proven methodology to manage and maintain positive energy to pro-actively acquiring prospective customers and partners.

The Business of Social 3.0



Summary: Making Social Media Work in the Business World and the role of corporate Persona Management

Intended Audience:

  • Entrepreneurs and Senior Management in New Media and Business Development
  • Developers seeking to understand how to sell technology or services into a social space, and how to leverage on use of social media to generate business leads.
  • Agency Directors in Account Service and Media Planning.
  • Senior Executives in brand activation and marketing operations.
  • Anyone who seeks the use of digital marketing and social media for international business networking and matching to achieve revenue opportunities.

Date: 16 September 2010

Venue: Brewerkz Riverside Point, 30 Merchant Road #01-05/06, Riverside Point

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Registration starts at 1:30pm

Time Agenda
1:30pm Registration
2:00pm Workshop Series Overview : The Business of Social 3.0

  • Overview of Workshop Series
  • Networking and Business Matching in the Age of Social Media
  • How businesses can harness social media to give them the competitive edge
3:30pm Workshop: Transforming your Business with Social Media and the Role of Persona Management (Part 1)

  • Persona – It’s Not Personal
  • What is Persona Management
  • Why is it so important in your journey
  • Persona communication techniques and tools
4:30pm Tea Break
5:00pm Workshop: Transforming your Business with Social Media and the Role of Persona Management (Part 2)
6:00pm Networking & Business Matching
8:00pm End
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CXO Breakfast Talk – How would you plan for your business 2010?

How would you plan for your business 2010?
Business as usual is not sustainable.

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Where: Spice Sutra Restaurant & Cafe – 200 Upper Thomson Road, Thomson Imperial Court #01-03 (next to the Thomson Community Club and opposite the Long House Hawkers’ Centre)

When: Tue, 1 Sep 09 – 9am to 11am – Breakfast start at 8.30am

This new series of ASB executive breakfast talk is for all individuals who have the capability to make a significant contribution to the current and future performance of the company. Also for all Business Owners & Self-employed people that are building their business

Four key-speakers will charge you up with a peep to your future.

1. From Normal to NEW Normal – Will it be different? How so and why. What can I do to protect my business? By Rajan Ramchandani
2. Meeting the Challenge of Mastering the New Normal – How to Overcome stress and lack of clarity while cultivating innovation and new ideas. By Dr. Derrick Siu
3. Ways to forge a friendship with Media/Press – Dealing with personal interests, informal lunches, quality of a story, reporters, controversy, volunteering, and staying connected in Social Media. By Andrew Chow
4. Sustainability of the internet companies – Threatened by business and reputational risks on the issues of human rights, online freedom of expression and privacy. By Rajesh Chhabara

Rajan Ramchandani started his career in the financial service industry as a Financial Consultant in Dubai (UAE) in the mid 70′s and soon climbed the corporate ladder to Vice President and Portfolio Manager. Rajan is now based in Singapore and is actively involved in training, coaching, mentoring and managing money in the U.S. stock and forex markets using a tried and tested system he calls AIM. He is a published author (Spend & Grow Rich), an actor, a businessman and a speaker/trainer sharing his experience about Investments and the Power Of The Mind.

Dr. Derrick Siu has spent the last decade on a journey of discovery. After graduating from medicine and working as a Doctor, he began to explore the creative arts and human potential. He became obsessed with personal and spiritual development and created and delivered a number of self-help programs as well as working in HR delivering 360 Feedback with national companies in Australia. More recently he has also worked as an actor and presenter in the entertainment industry appearing in award winning tv series, documentaries and corporate videos.

Andrew Chow is a certified Life Coach, Serial Entrepreneur, Speaker/Author and Modern Match Maker. He has a nickname given to him by his peers as IdeasAndrew, a name he assume on many social media platforms. He has several accolades including Top South East Asia Distributor Award in 2004, Most Innovative Marketing Initiative Awards (Finalist) in SBEA 2007, and Spirit of Enterprise Award in 2008.

Rajesh Chhabara, director of CSRWorks International, is a corporate responsibility expert with over 17 years of experience in private and non-profit sectors. He advises organizations in developing corporate responsibility, sustainability, and climate change and emission reduction strategies. He has authored a globally acclaimed book ‘Social Accountability’, the first of its kind handbook for the global retail supply-chain. His forthcoming book is titled ‘Corporate Responsibility for Competitive Advantage.’

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IDEAS and CONCEPTS won the tender to become the 1st Managing Agent of Romancing Singapore Festival

More than 2 months have passed since we submitted the Proposal to Social Development Unit (SDU) on 2/2/05.
The instruction was to select the 3 best proposal and invite all vendors for a final presentation to award the tender.
Nothing was heard. No email was sent. No letter received. No phone calls were made. Nothing at all from SDU.
We thought the tender was given to someone else.
We logged on GEBIZ and found our name as the winner of the award! We contacted SDU and were told only 3 companies submitted the proposal out of an initial 10 companies which went for the briefing on 19 Jan 2005
One company was disqualified as they sent the tender by post instead via GEBIZ.
A 2nd company didnt adhere to the instruction given in the tender.
In the end, IDEAS and CONCEPTS was the last company standing and was awarded 2 days ago on 12 April, the same day as my niece was born!

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