“Happily Ever After”, Not for Reality.

“And they lived happily ever after”. Indeed, this is how it always ends in the fairy-tales. In reality, however, not everyone is fortunate to find absolute happiness. Marriage for an ordinary couple is like a roller-coaster ride, filled with the ups and downs of intense and varying emotions. The reality is, anything associated with marriage is unpredictable…

Response Strategy Needed to Address Emerging Public Utilities Disruptions

Power or water outages are inconveniences for the general public.  So the relevant agencies need to have in place an effective response strategy to minimise such inconveniences. For instance, after more than 10 hours of halted water service, the relevant agencies have failed to provide counter measures such as provision of temporary portable water tanks…

Service Schemes, A Threat for Talent Retention in the Public Service

It is uncertain why service schemes were first introduced and how it managed to remain as a deep-rooted practice in Brunei’s public service employment. Some of the justifications for installing service scheme (I think) included the desire for proper career progression for specific schemes, providing structured capacity building program and systematic career management. Based on…

Leadership is about giving back the power

Recently I saw a video about this guy “Bob” sharing his experience as a leader and his definition of leadership. I was deeply intrigued by what he shared and I think it is something that I need to share with everyone who reads my blog. This guys simply said that you’re either a leader or your…

Introducing Innovation and Creativity at Work

How many of us really understand the meaning of innovation? The niche in new management today is to bring in greater innovation and creativity to the workplace. Based on my own work setting, I do hear the word innovation being uttered at different occasions but I am not seeing it in its physical form. There…

Difference between HR, Human Capital and Talent Management

Can you briefly explain the difference between (1) Human Resource (2) Human Capital (3) Talent Management? Here are my explanations: (1) Human Resource is the physical being. (2) Human capital is the investment made on the physical being in order to be equipped with relevant and useable armours (competencies). What I am saying here is…

Confrontations at the Workplace

When two people disagree on an issue, the ensuing behaviour would be to either confront each other or just leave it. Personally, I detest confrontations, especially the type of confrontations where the other party is adamant to merely let off some steam and not to actually resolve the problem in question. I have had few…

People are not machines

Being in a position where I have staff to look after can be a daunting experience. As we know it, different people will have different levels of needs, expectations and perceptions. With that said, it is impossible to make ‘everyone’ happy with whatever decision that I make pertaining to my staff. When I was a…

Workers are humans too

Striking a balance between work and life has always been a challenge for most people. But in a uniform organisation, the general expectation is for you, as the uniform bearer, to relinguish all non-work-related commitments, in the name of fulfilling the responsibilities and commitment of the uniform. Seriously, this sounds non-human and only possible for…

Investing in People

I’m a great believer on people being the driver of all change. But in most great plans for change, people seem to be forgotten and are placed at the seats on the furthest end. And when change is not achieved as planned, too much focus is given toward improving the process rather than on the…

PR and New Media

The advent of New Media technologies has changed the world for good. Gone are the days when we are kept in the dark about important issues that involve the lives of those we know and the world that we live in. At the click of a button, an abundance of information is accessible. Globalisation has…

Child Care in Brunei

In one of the deliberation during the 10th LegCo session, an interesting topic on Child Care was raised. I am 100% supportive of establishing child care centres especially to help those with small children. My only concern is on the execution and sustainability of such facility. Prior to launching such project, it is important that…

Challenges in Keeping the Corporate Website Current

Corporate website is one of the platforms that Public Relations practitioners opt for when socialising relevant and updated information about an organisation and on the services that it provides. In catering to the urgent needs of netizen, it is essential that information displayed on the corporate website is always updated and current. But how easy…

I Wear a Survival Mask

Are you a different person at work and at home? Why do some people project different personalities when at work and when at home? I am such a person. At work, I’m more tolerant, mentoring and inclusive (very social). At home I’m impatient, authoritative and exclusive (prefer being alone). So why do I do this…

Movie: The Croods

This is a must watch movie. I really enjoyed it and so did my 5-year old son. Its about the evolution of mankind and the sacrifice of a father. Beautiful! I rate it 10/10.

Movie: Oblivion

Another movie with Tom Cruise as the leading actor and alien dominating earth. The movie will keep you at the edge of your seat. Action, romance, and death. I believe it’s a must view movie. I rate it 8/10.

Introducing a Baking Mom

I have been meaning to share with my readers the talent of a dear friend, Ms. Lina Pang. She is a working mom and she loves to bake. She does take orders for her pastries and bakeries, just give me a holler if anyone is interested and I’ll be more than happy to connect you…

Pizza Hut’s Salad Bar

Just sharing my recent visit to Pizza Hut. They have free unlimited salad bar with purchase of a large pizza or pasta dish. The salad bar was relatively small but sufficient to assuage your green cravings. And of course, my primary meal was not the salad plate. I am a pasta person and naturally I…

Dinner at Empire

To mark the conclusion of a regional uniformed meeting, I had the privilege of being invited to a grand dinner at the Theatre, Empire Hotel and Country Club. The dinner menu included the following:

29th National Day 2013

Every year I would join in the National Day Parade, and this year was no exception. The ambience on that day was high spirited and filled with pride. Here are few photos of that memorable day.

Promoting Excellence in Civil Service

A few weeks ago, I attended a roadshow on ‘Anugerah Cemerlang Perkhidmatan Awam” (or Civil Service Excellence Award). The objective of the award is basically to inculcate a culture of excellence through idea sharing of transformation or improvement in service delivery or processes. This initiative is monitored by the Management Service Department, which was appointed…

Burgers

I have this high craving for lamb burger, that I just could not resist making a few today… Made one for each member of the family.. but someone ate two :p lol This was mine.. the tallest burger🙂

Job Satisfaction

After conducting interview appraisals on my staff, it is interesting to note that “job satisfaction” for an individual is not always defined extrinsically. Some are just as happy and satisfied with the intrinsic value the job provides for them. Even the idea of getting a promotion is not as important as just being in a…

Catering Service

Are you looking for a catering service (for Brunei only)? Well, I usually use this service🙂  

Handling Difficult Employees

Being second in command is not a glamorous position to be in. Depending on the first in command,  a deputy is usually expected to pick up all the unfinished work and take out the trash. My most challenging experience is dealing with difficult employees. I hold strong to my belief that people deserve a second…

Happy 49th Anniversary to RBAF!!

The Bestest of all Celebrations to all the soldiers of green, white and blue!! Today is YOUR day.. Happy 49th Anniversary to RBAF!!

19th May Events in History

On the day that I was born, numerous events had taken place over the years around the world… 1976 – Gold ownership legalized in Australia 1976 – Liverpool wins 5th UEFA Cup at Bridge 1976 – Senate establishes permanent Select Committee on Intelligence 1976 – USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 1977 –…

Media Operations

Participating in military operations as a media personnel is indeed a challenging task. Not only do you have to worry about your own safety and survival, in all the shambles and chaos you are burdened with responsibility of gathering stories for the public consumption. I was recently involved in a military exercise in which my…

What is PR…

There’s actually not one sole definition for PR (Public Relations). It can mean different things to different people. For an organisation, the function of public relations is really dependent on what is required by that organisation itself. But the sad thing is, there is this incorrect assumption that PR equals multi-tasking. This is absolutely wrong…

90/10 Principles

I received this lovely email from one of colleagues and it was about the “90/10 Principles” by  Stephen Covey. I loved the deduction from this principle.. and when I enjoyed something, I just have to share it with all my blog readers.. Discover the 90/10 Principle. It will change your life (at least the way…

Who’s the Boss?

I was chatting with my friend the other day and she was complaining how her current boss is a back stabber and always seeking to make a name for herself (the boss). I was quite surprised by this sudden outburst and I happen to be close to both persons. I don’t want to be judgmental…

Public Holidays 2010

At every start of the new year, the first list I would be looking at is the new year’s list of dates for public holiday!! In total we have about 14 days of  public holidays and here’s the list for my beloved country, Brunei Darussalam. 1. New Year (Masehi) 2010:  Sat, 16 Muharram 1431 /…

Inferiority

“Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission.” Eleanor Roosevelt. I totally agree with this quote. It’s so frustrating to see some people easily succumb to feelings of inferiority. What’s worst is if it was caused by what someone told you or make you believe it to be. In this case, self esteem or…

Women, the Best Manager.

It’s an undeniable fact that women make better managers than men do. Probably this statement may come off as feminist, but I’m merely stating what has been proven from the days of our great, great ancestors. Women started off as playing a more domesticated role in the olden days. Yes, the men were always the…

Democratic Management

I was reading a book on public administration a few days back, and I came across an interesting view on the topic. The book stated that the public sector has been cultured to do things just because the top authority tells them to do it. And they will not do things beyond the instruction given….

Mentoring and Youths

I was browsing through the bookshelves at the library the other day and I came across this book on Mentoring. I didn’t actually read the book, but the title itself made me recall an article I read on that same topic. There was this notion of applying Mentoring on troublesome youths. Somehow I was kind…

Public Affairs vs Public Diplomacy

In reference to the book ‘The Public Diplomacy Reader’ by J.Michael Waller. I haven’t finish reading the book, but the first few pages have given me very refreshing insights on the definition of Public Diplomacy given by various influetial figures/ quotations. But for the sake of discussion, is there really a difference between public affairs…

Website and Portals

Technological change and globalisation has brought with it the never ending challenge of competition. One of the effective mode in boosting our competitive edge is the capability to optimize usage of the internet. Whether you’re in the public or private sector, utilisation of I.T is a must if you wish to ensure that people are…

Behave Confidently, To Be Confident.

I know it sounds like a mind-twister but that is exactly what we have to do if we ever want to be confident in whatever we do. So how can we behave confidently? Well, there are five procedures to follow: 1. Be a Front Seater The next time you have a function to attend, make…

8hrs Sleep is Essential!

Good sleep habits are essential to a strong immune system. A good night’s sleep might also be the best way to prevent colds and flu. Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh exposed people to a cold virus (rhinovirus) and found that those who slept 8 hours a night were 300 percent less likely to…

Know who you are to know what you can achieve.

A recent seminar brought to my attention the concept of Personal Brand. It is an element that adds value to the brand or reputation of an organisation, derived from the person running the show or business. Usually it is associated with the leader of an organisation. I’ve always believed that in the mission of sustaining…

Empowerment is just an illusion.

A lot of people make attempts to relate to empowerment without really understanding what it truly means. One way of looking at empowerment is that it is a multi-dimensional social process that helps people gain control over their own lives. It is a process that fosters power in people for use in their own lives,…

Anger.. What’s the point?

Emotion is a very complex matter. And different people handle it in a completely different way. Anger is the most hazardous emotion of all. It not only has the potential to hurt oneself but also others whom we’re angry at, both physically and mentally. For me the feeling of anger is more visible when we’re…

Effective PR

I had a very interesting discussion with my colleagues in the PR business. There seems to be a shared concerns on what effective public relations really means. Current understanding on public relations, specifically in the public sector focus mainly on the dissemination of information to the general public. Probably, in my opinion, too much focus…

Wonders and Horrors of I.T.

As I look back at my younger years, I.T. was not something that is familiar to me or to people around me. Back then, it was still fine and normal to go out and roam around without having a handphone in your handbag or even a laptop doning the coffee table when you ‘lepak’ with…

Public Relations

Public Relations is what I do in my line of work now. But I didn’t start off from there. Initially I was in research and policy formulation. And by some good fortune, I was promoted to a completely different post. Despite the total change in my career path, I treat it with renewed enthusiasm and…

Communication vs Communicating

Ten years of working experience has taught me a lot of things about the challenges facing the working population. But what I have found out to be ultimately useful in gaining fast momentum in climbing the career ladder is that we have to be able to COMMUNICATE our ideas. Some may make the mistake of…

Media Relations

In any big event, the organiser would inevitably be seeking the assistance of Media partners to ensure they get the publicity and coverage they need. In my line of work, dealing with media is a routine matter. As part of our policy, projecting a positive image of the oganisation is crucial not only to garner…

Misconceptions about PR

PR, acronym for Public Relations, is an area that people in Brunei vaguely have a clear understanding on. In the government, there is the perception that PR is the job of the PR Officers, and nobody else. Whether the perception is just a guise to relinquish   oneself from PR tasks (considered as additional burden…