Thursday, October 18, 2012

Halloween in Singapore

When has Halloween became so commercial in Singapore?

Has anyone remembered in 2011, Halloween at Night Safari was cancelled even after 7 months of planning and marketing?

"Halloween Horrors" at Night Safari cancelled

Today, you pay about $50 to get in to a Halloween event in Sentosa, or at Singapore Flyer. It has became a money making event. In malls, many stores are all selling costumes and candy, but I wonder, how many families do allow people to trick or treat?

-- Iron Bowl

Do decision makers in Singapore Engage?

Don't really understand some of these things below.

1) Have you ever noticed many display screens near the entrance of MRT stations displaying video footage that is recorded live of people walking around? I thought these screens should show you the time the trains are coming and not yourself walking towards a camera!

2) When paying for petrol, having the right credit card saves you 18.3% (at ESSO), so if you are poor and can't have credit card, you pay more for gas? Just stop the monopolized high price and be done with it.

3) Singtel has a program to give iPhones to the elderly. (Perhaps iPhone has an app to tell where cardboards and cans are located?)

It is common to see old people begging to sell you tissue paper, collecting cans and cardboards for recycling (and making a living). Most of them work not because they want to keep active, but rather out of a necessity as there are no social safety nets and housing and healthcare costs are simple unaffordable.

Old people are also exploited in Singapore getting less pay for doing the same jobs they did previously as there is a large influx of cheap unskilled labor from foreign countries available in Singapore. And yes, Singtel believes giving old people an iPhone is helping them.

Guess what, when the elderly is addicted to 3G and smart phones, they will pay for a service they previously are not paying for in just a year. They did it for maids, low income foreign workers, and now, the elderly are targeted as "customers" and it is just part of their CSR.


So these decision makers in big organizations in Singapore, how many of them asks their customers or the public they serve, do they need what you are spending millions to do for them?

-- Iron Bowl

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Employee Burnout

Singapore is seeing the highest levels of employee burnout in the region

With all the foreigners imported to "boost competitiveness" of businesses in Singapore, the local Singaporean workers seem to see their wages suppressed and working hours increased.

If businesses do not want to pay fair wages, and they can easily get foreign workers willing to work for less, why should the businesses pay higher wages?

Even as the economy sees slower growth, the report says Singapore has the highest levels of employee burnout in the region. Over 60 percent of the workers surveyed said their workload has increased over the year, and almost half said they are now working more than 10 hours a day.

With the Million Dollar Public housing, long long working hours, expensive cars and COEs and ERPs and what not, the city state still claims to have low taxes to attract the rich, while causing uncontrolled inflation and degrading the standard of living.

I took public transportation at Clementi today at 6pm and was shocked at the crowds. The crush was insane, and I've heard horror stories at Jurong East MRT station where crowds are so huge near peak hours that the escalators have to be stopped as there is too much people for the infrastructure to support.

I don't understand how this kind of living is sustainable, and why anyone would subject their children to this kind of torture. If I'm settling down in Singapore, I'll not have kids or be pressured to kill my kids as I can bear to see them suffer this kind of life.

Strangely, some Singaporeans still focus on materialistic things and find solace in sale and bargains after their long hours of stressful work.

-- Iron Bowl