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The New AdWords Interface 3.0 – 7 things I Like About It & 5 Things I Don’t!

Mar 26th, 2009 | By | Category: Analytics & Testing, Google AdWords, Motivation, News & Updates, NLP, Website Branding

Google AdWords is making huge changes under the hood as we speak. A few minutes ago, they announced a brand new interface at the SES NY. It’s been in internal testing for several months, and some agencies in the UK have been testing it since Feb. It’s Ajaxy, and very much like the desktop software [...]



I’m now an Qualified Analytics Individual!

Mar 25th, 2009 | By | Category: Entrepreneurship, Google Analytics, News & Updates, Online Marketing, Personal Stories, This Site, Website Branding

Okay, time to congratulate me – I just got another certification from Google! (Okay, if you’re not my biggest fan – the first one was the AdWords Qualification back in 2005)
I’m now a Qualified Analytics Individual, which basically means I’ve gone through a pretty rigorous training to set up, understand and analyze Google Analytics for [...]



Celebrating 3 Years in Business & 5 Years in Online Marketing!

Jan 24th, 2009 | By | Category: Entrepreneurship, News & Updates, Personal Stories, This Site, Website Branding

January 2009 was an anniversary for two important things – the 5th anniversary of my entry into Online Marketing – and the 3rd anniversary of setting up my consulting & services business.

This is a special post to recount my journey from 2004 till today – and thank my clients – the people whose trust made it possible for me to come so far and continue loving what I do.

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Featured in India Se Magazine

Aug 13th, 2008 | By | Category: Entrepreneurship, News & Updates, Personal Stories, This Site

Last month, I got interviewed by India Se magazine on a feature on Young Entrepreneurs. It’s not terribly enlightening on the marketing side of things, but it was a fun interview.

You can download the PDF “India Se” of the article by clicking here, or click here to view the Flash version of the interview on this site.



Losing A Giant – Goodbye Tim Russert

Jun 16th, 2008 | By | Category: Motivation, News & Updates, Personal Development, Public Speaking

Last friday, one of my personal hero passed away. He wasn’t a marketer, an entrepreneur or a motivator. Still, Time magazine did put him in the list of “100 Most Powerful People In The World” in 2008.

This man was Tim Russert. There are many reasons why I loved staying up on Sunday night (here in Singapore), to watch “Meet The Press” at midnight. But one reason stood clear … I wanted to watch a Giant at work.

Before I sign off, here are 7 lessons I learnt from Tim Russell …



Visiting Startup @ Singapore 2008

May 26th, 2008 | By | Category: Entrepreneurship, Online Marketing, Personal Stories, Technology Brands, Website Branding

Saturday was a very interesting day – I was judging business plans at Startup @ Singapore 2008. S@S is a business plan competition that allows young entrepreneurs to put their bright ideas into a plan, and if its good – earn about $30,000 in prize money to get it started.

In this article, you’ll find overviews of all the business plans I judged, and my own tips for what makes a competition-winning business plan (Hint – the criteria is quite different from a successful business).



I Can Bend Spoons!

Feb 12th, 2008 | By | Category: Health & Healing, Hypnosis, NLP, Personal Development, Personal Stories

Do you remember the great scene from The Matrix, when Neo meets a little kid who’s bending spoons?

A couple of weeks ago, some friends of mine had gone for a spoon bending class  here (Singapore) and they came back to show off their spoons. At that point I started believing that if they could do [...]



Are You A Right-Brainer Or Left-Brainer?

Oct 10th, 2007 | By | Category: NLP

Here’s a very simple test to see if you’re using your right brain more … or your left brain. I found the awesome graphic at news.com.au here …
Look at the image below – is the dancer turning clockwise? or anti-clockwise?

As the link says, people who see the dancer turning clockwise are using more of their [...]



3 Hot, Sizzling Models To Get More Out Of Your Life …

Aug 24th, 2007 | By | Category: NLP

All of us want more out of life.
Some of us want $$$. Others want love/sex. Still others want health & happiness. And we all work hard to keep getting better and better.
Some of us read books, exchange our lessons with other junkies. Others go to events, put the lessons into practice and experience the transformations [...]



Say Hello To A Master Practitioner Of NLP!

Aug 21st, 2007 | By | Category: NLP

If you’re reading this, you might be wondering why I haven’t blogged for the past few months at all …
I’ll tell you in a minute – but before that, let me give you some great news!
Something that I’ve been working towards, for two years … has finally happened. It required over 600 hours of work, [...]



The Pros & Cons Of Self Development

Jul 18th, 2007 | By | Category: Happiness, Motivation, NLP, Personal Development

Patterns of Excellence (or POE) is a self-development program that focuses on learning NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) to achieve more success & more happiness in life. It is conducted by Adam Khoo & Stuart Tan.
Just today, I was checking out the wikipedia entry for NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) … and I was shocked at [...]



(Part 2 of 3) Nothing To Lose – Wear Your Left Shoe On The Right Foot

Jun 19th, 2007 | By | Category: Entrepreneurship, Happiness, Motivation, NLP, Personal Development, Personal Stories

This is part 2 of a multi-part series on how to shake your life up to shape our life up. Part 1 can be found here.
The Story Of The Old Businessman Who Couldn’t Handle It
This is the story of a guy named James Duwell, I read many years ago. As far as I remember, [...]



(Part 1 of 3) Spice Things Up – Wear Your Left Shoe On The Right Foot

Jun 13th, 2007 | By | Category: Entrepreneurship, Happiness, Motivation, NLP, Personal Development

The following was a speech I gave last night at Pungol Toastmasters Club …
It stemmed from my own experience last weekend, where I took an impromptu visit to Malaysia. At 11PM at night, I took a bus to JB bus stop. Found the next bus to Kuala Lumpur. And wasted one crazy day in [...]



Crazy Stories From The Bedroom

Jun 7th, 2007 | By | Category: Romance

I originally started this thread – because about 10 months ago, I heard some crazy sex stories from a biker chick.
When this biker chick told me her stories – my mouth was half hanging. Such explicit details!
(Actually, that might have been the inspiration for the candidness I show in my posts …)
Over time, I kept [...]



Nice Clients. Naughty Clients. And Some Horror Stories With Them.

Jun 4th, 2007 | By | Category: Entrepreneurship, Happiness, Motivation, Peace

This is going to be a multinational post.
I started writing it from my home in Bangalore, India. The bulk of the stuff is being written here at Bangalore Airport. and on flight SQ503. And by the time I get Internet access to publish this, I’m going to be back at the office in Singapore
Long [...]



In the wise words of Perry Marshall …

May 7th, 2007 | By | Category: Conversion Strategies, Copywriting, Email Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Google AdWords, Pay Per Click, Technology Brands, Website Branding

If you wanna learn about selling with pure substance & ZERO HYPE, then you must know about Perry Marshall. Let me just cut things short and include 4 of his recent emails.
All Internet Marketers should be reading these emails – it’s an awesome lesson in selling without hype and storytelling (by the way, none of [...]



Who’s The Aunty Killer Now?

May 2nd, 2007 | By | Category: Personal Stories, Romance

I have a dubious gift. I attract older women.
(Before I continue, I must warn you that this post may offend you. If you are one of the women in question here, an “aunty” … or an aspiring aunty-killer, this article will probably offend you”)
Now now, I know what many desperate men reading this blog are [...]



3-D Sun, Earth-like planet & Personal notes …

Apr 25th, 2007 | By | Category: Happiness, Motivation, News & Updates, Peace, Personal Stories, Romance

3-D Images of the Sun
On my morning news rounds … I just found this very interesting news article. Recently, NASA had released 3-d images of the sun (very pretty) …

Read More: 3-D Images of the sun | Did you know the sun sings?

A New Earth?
So, a European institute decided to go one better and release [...]



NLP Persuasion Demonstration – How To Induce Amnesia, Open-Eye Trance & Easy Anchoring

Apr 17th, 2007 | By | Category: NLP

A few weeks ago, I got this free video tip over at the Speed Seduction members-only newsletter. And it was so damn amazing I promised myself I just HAD to blog about it …
So, this post is meant for everyone who’s ever wanted to be a more “stealthy” & adventurous communicator.
Everyone who’s been curious about [...]



Hair Coloring – A Lesson In Customer Service

Apr 10th, 2007 | By | Category: Conversion Strategies, Entrepreneurship

I’m sitting here in a hair salon in Tanjong Pagar called Hair Graphics. My friend Dave’s getting his hair colored to a crazy brown (go get him ladies!).
But the important thing is this … as I sat down to hang out with him in his 1 hour lazy hair coloring session, the nice lady who [...]



Coach Carter – Do You Have A Hero’s Story?

Apr 5th, 2007 | By | Category: Entrepreneurship, Happiness, Health & Healing, Peace

First, some good news for my readers – My job’s all finished up, I’m a free man again!
Last night, I wrapped up the project I’d been working on for the last 6 weeks. (Like a good boy, I stayed at the client’s office until 9:30PM).
So, to celebrate my first day of my return to the [...]



Sigh Of Relief … The Decision That Puts Me At Peace Again …

Mar 29th, 2007 | By | Category: Entrepreneurship, Peace, Personal Stories

Before the deep stuff, some good news!
My last post apparently made a lot of noise on the blogosphere (for those who don’t know, just scroll below and check out the cute bikini pics). Good job pebbles!
And I even got on the top of ping.sg for 24 hours. It wasn’t my first time, but definitely was [...]



Help This Young Lady By Looking At Her Hot Red Bikini Here …

Mar 28th, 2007 | By | Category: News & Updates, Personal Stories, Romance

Ha! That got your attention didn’t it?
No worries, I do have a real life picture & story to satisfy your horniousity (get it? horny + curiousity?).

But first, the back story behind it.
About a year ago, Stomp.com.sg was conducting a bikini contest and getting people to vote online. As a full-bodied-young-man, I thought it my duty [...]



Congrats Kloudiia – For An Awesome Book Launch!

Mar 23rd, 2007 | By | Category: News & Updates, Public Speaking, Romance, Website Branding

Just a quick note to congratulate my friend (and coach), Kloudiia – on her first book launch! I heard it went awesome dear … and I’m the whole world will soon be knocking on your door for love advice
Please check out Kloudiia’s very popular love blog – www.kloudiia.com



Even Celebrities Reply To Emails!

Mar 19th, 2007 | By | Category: Conversion Strategies, Entrepreneurship, Website Branding

Last week, something interesting happened.
Usually, I read a lot of blogs, I’m on a chosen few email lists and rarely personally email other bloggers & marketers.
But I do leave comments whenever I have interesting thoughts …
And recently two celebrities – Jeff Walker and Avinash Kaushik actually replied to my emails!
Avinash Kaushik of Occam’s Razor
First, I [...]



Would You Rather Be Happy Or Rich?

Mar 19th, 2007 | By | Category: Entrepreneurship, Happiness, Motivation, NLP, Peace, Personal Stories

This will be a tiny post (although I AM itching to blog about my new job, my existing internet businesses, NLP coach training and some awesome sex stories!)
Over at Calvin’s blog, there’s an interesting discussion going on about “Would You Rather Be Happy? Or Rich?”
You can head over to read it there … but here’s [...]



A Long Hiatus

Mar 12th, 2007 | By | Category: Motivation, Personal Stories, This Site

Honey, I’m home!
Yep, I know I’m been away for a long long time … I missed you too.
The reason I’m away is that I’ve taken a new job. Well, technically I’m a consultant and it’s a consulting relationship … but the client prefers me to work 9 to 7 … so it feels [...]



Take a break from the web, Have A Laugh!

Feb 23rd, 2007 | By | Category: Happiness, Personal Stories

Yes, yes … I know it’s a marketing blog. But just trust me and watch this video.
What a great way to live every day, right?
If you can’t see the video, try this link -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAr8RjHszG8



Take care of your butt, Be Happy!

Feb 23rd, 2007 | By | Category: Hypnosis, News & Updates

Haha … are you having a hard day/week/month/year?
Fret not, I can promise to take your worries away in just 45 seconds … guaranteed! (ain’t I a true marketer, keke)
Just watch this short video below and I bet you’ll laugh the next time something bad happens



Happy Chinese New Year … Now Let’s Plan For The Future!

Feb 20th, 2007 | By | Category: Motivation, News & Updates, NLP, Peace, Personal Stories

Before I begin, let me get the usual rants out of the way. Happy Chinese New Year everyone!
(If you live outside of Singapore, then you ought to know that it’s the start of the new year for chinese – and it’s the year of the pig. We had a very long weekend, Saturday to Tuesday [...]



Hello E27 Singapore – version 4.0!

Feb 15th, 2007 | By | Category: Entrepreneurship, News & Updates, Personal Stories, Technology Brands, Website Branding

Today is E27.
In case you don’t know what that means, let me explain things a little bit to you. E27 stands for Entrepreneur 27, it’s an informal organization of enterprising young people who promise to change the world before 27.

Well, 27 is close to it anyway … we’re flexible enough to accept people around that [...]



Aint’ My Daddy Sweet?

Feb 7th, 2007 | By | Category: Entrepreneurship, Happiness, Motivation, News & Updates, Peace, Personal Stories

3 Quick Things … Random Updates, POE & Daddy Talk
1. Random Thoughts …
In the middle of writing this post, I went down to pick up dinner. Now, near my office there’s two kinds of eating places. There’s the ordinary working man “Food Court”. And there’s a Ah-Beng “Food Centre”
I didn’t really know the difference in [...]



7 Days Of Celibacy … The Horrible Experiments I Conduct On Myself

Feb 2nd, 2007 | By | Category: Personal Stories, Romance

(Yesterday, *somebody* read my blog as said “Another boring post ah? Where’s the funny stuff??”. Thank for the feedback my dear. This post is at your expense )
A few weeks ago, I was reading Alvin’s Post on Paiboon and wondering about the changes he’s made in his life … wearing scant clothes, life without [...]



Do You Feel Victimized?

Jan 30th, 2007 | By | Category: Happiness, Health & Healing, Motivation, NLP, Peace

I have two friends – A & B.
A & myself go to a class conducted by B. Be is an unusual character. For strangers, he is rude, obnoxious and meaningless. For his friends, he is the greatest inspiration of life’s wisdom … seriously.
Over the past weekend, I was talking to friend A. In one [...]



This Holiday Season, Did You Cherish Your Friends?

Jan 19th, 2007 | By | Category: Happiness, Health & Healing, NLP, Peace, Personal Stories

In the beginning, we are all alone.
We spend 9 months in a closed, confined space just letting our body learn how to operate itself. We grow vital organs, ensure that we will survive to see the future … and all, in all are too busy to worry about anyone else.

Then we are born.
The first [...]



Apple Marketing (for MacWorld 2007) … What Do They Have Up Their Sleeves?

Jan 9th, 2007 | By | Category: Entrepreneurship, Technology Brands

Apple’s always been a role model for innovative marketing – their interfaces are always clean and usable. Their products are always cutting edge and stable. And they follow the marketing concepts of branding and anticipation so well … that books have been written about them.
One of the things they do frequently is introduce new product [...]



How To Bitch Your Heart Out … And Yet Make Sure Nobody Hears You!

Jan 9th, 2007 | By | Category: Happiness, Health & Healing, Hypnosis, Motivation, Peace, Personal Stories

What a stupid, gloomy morning! I woke up in the morning at 830, and I saw both my roomies had left for office/school already! And I was hoping to be the first one. Grrr …
Then, I pulled up the blinds and it was raining like mad! Damn, stupid rain … depressing me early in the [...]



A Bunch Of Inspiring Posts

Jan 8th, 2007 | By | Category: Motivation

Okie, this will be a real short post … but instead of typing myself, I’m gonna give you two great posts to read:

Jiayu’s 4 Major Lessons Learned in 2006 – JY is the sweetest young woman. She’s smart, sweet and very motivated. Oh, and she’s a great writer. Oooh, and I was her coach when [...]



Light Or Dark?

Jan 3rd, 2007 | By | Category: News & Updates, NLP

I saw an interesting personality quiz on Andrew’s Blog and Darren Rowe’s Problogger.
If you were to be a Superhero … which one would you be? What about Supervillain? I took the two quick quizzes, and here were the results …
Which Superhero am I most similar to?
Superman! I was a little disappointed … Superman is so [...]



A Tough Ending To My First Year As An Entrepreneur

Dec 29th, 2006 | By | Category: Entrepreneurship, Happiness, Peace, Personal Stories

I haven’t talked about this on my blog. In fact, I haven’t spoken about this to anyone but my closest friends.
But I’m going through a real tough time – professionally.
And I’ve wrestled with talking about it on this blog for a long long time … A part of me thinks that putting my vulnerabilities out [...]



"Do You Love Me?"

Dec 4th, 2006 | By | Category: Romance

This conversation happened 4 nights ago.
Me and her were lying in bed.
Faced each other with our eyes closed in a light, late-night embrace.
Thinking about the things people think about … at the end of another infrequent date (yep, we both have such grueling schedules).
And out of nowhere, came the question that I hadn’t quite thought [...]



An Inconvenient Truth … A Review

Nov 21st, 2006 | By | Category: Online Marketing, Peace, Website Branding

Last night (before an evening of pool, cards & beer with the boys), I saw a movie.
An Inconvenient Truth … is a movie by Al Gore (the guy who was supposed to be America’s next President in 2000, remember?). Unlike all the recent politi-documentaries … this one was about something different.

This was a movie about [...]



A Weekend At The Beach!

Nov 13th, 2006 | By | Category: Entrepreneurship, Personal Stories

Last weekend was fun! I was working all week, writing my book … and I had a very nice invitation to a party over the weekend. So I decided to go ahead and take it up!
It was a weekend chalet with my PoE coach friends at Pasir Ris (I’d never been to Pasir Ris before, [...]



Who Says Elephants Can’t Feel? An Introduction to NLP Logical Levels … (Part 1)

Nov 1st, 2006 | By | Category: Happiness, Motivation, NLP

American scientists just found the first evidence that Elephants can recognize themselves in the mirror. For us humans, that doesn’t sound like a big deal, right?
But in the animal kingdom, that’s a very unique gift to have! Only humans, apes, dolphins and (now) elephants can look in the mirror and see themselves. All other animals [...]



If You Could Go Back In Time … The story of POGs vs ROGs

Sep 9th, 2006 | By | Category: NLP

If You Could Go Back In Time …
This afternoon, I was watching a chick flick on HBO – 13 Going on 30.
Yes, I admit … I was bored out of my skull and didn’t want to work … so I decided to subject myself to the torture of a chick flick.
Surprisingly, there was some interesting [...]



Confessions of Cynical Women …

Sep 9th, 2006 | By | Category: Happiness, Peace

This thursday evening, I saw a wonderful hindi movie – “Lage Raho, Munnabhai”. For the first time (in a long time), I see an Indian movie worth recommending to all my friends!
The movie is about a lovable goon, who instead of beating people up … spends time playing Robin Hood and falling in love with [...]



The Coolest Road Trip Ever!

Sep 5th, 2006 | By | Category: Entrepreneurship, Happiness, Online Marketing, Website Branding

(And no, I wasn’t in it)
I just got an email in my inbox from Yanik Silver. Now, Yanik’s one of the most successful Internet Marketing gurus out there. And he deserves all the $$$ & family success he has.
What I didn’t know was that he was best bums with so many other famous people! He [...]



I Just Pulled An All-Nighter!

Sep 4th, 2006 | By | Category: Entrepreneurship, Personal Stories

Phew … it’s 5:57 AM, and I’m just getting ready to leave the office. I haven’t done an all-nighter doing actual work since I graduated a year ago! As the picture below shows, I’m pretty dazed & tired …

But let me tell you what I was doing all night (No, not that you pervert). For [...]



The Struggling Entrepreneur …

Sep 1st, 2006 | By | Category: Entrepreneurship, Happiness, Peace

I lost a big deal today. It sucks. I really thought I could take on a serious role in that organization and help them make some revenue … but … urggggggh!
Logically, I’m perfectly at peace with the situation. Both sides made the best decisions they could … and now I should logically move on, to [...]



Reflections On Coaching …

Aug 31st, 2006 | By | Category: Entrepreneurship, Happiness, NLP

This weekend was awesome … I was coaching AKLTG’s PoE program for the 2nd time … and the 2nd time is really so much easier than the first time. If any of you are considering it, please make sure you commit to come back … because that’s where the real fun is.
I had a bunch [...]