A Gentle Descent


Speak For Yourself


Sharing an interesting article by Dave Mather, Epoch Times

“Over the years, I’ve listened to thousands of business people in conversations ranging from one-on-ones to those in front of audiences of several thousand.

A common speech phenomenon is “universal speaking”. This involves speaking for others as if we are all the same. It’s innocent enough, except if clouds our speech and tends to alienate others.

I’ve heard people switch almost mid-sentence, shifting from speaking for the “I” to speaking for the universal “we” or “you”.

For example, instead of saying, “You need to set meaningful goals,” we might say “it’s important we set meaningful goals,” and this including both the speaker and the listeners.

…Reason? We develop this competency first through awareness – observing how others use universal speaking, then reviewing our own thoughts and disciplining ourselves to clean up our speech. “

The Heritage Shop Singapore

One man’s thrash is indeed another man’s treasure. What’s old fashioned and out of style to one person is a vintage find to another. Stumbling upon The Heritage Shop is like discovering a treasure trove. Vintage magpies would love sifting through thousands of collectibles found in this shop. They carry a huge collection of watches, tingkat cans, telephone, fans, pots and pans, typewriters etc. which are mostly available for rental/sale. Be sure to pop by this store if you are looking for a statement vintage piece to add to your home! I’ll let the pictures do the talking…

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The Heritage Shop
93 Jalan Sultan
Tel: 6223 7982

Your Body is A Wonderland

This is so refreshing and Willy-Wonka-ish! Body painting  artist, Trina Merry paints nude models into New York City skylines. She seamlessly blends their body parts into the surrounding urban environment.

‘my surface is living, breathing human beings, making this a highly relevant & immediate medium.’ merry describes ‘I use non-toxic hypoallergenic paint applied with a brush or airbrush. the painting is temporary, like a tibetan sand painting, beginning to change into another work as soon as I stop painting, changing texture & color.’”

via designboom


The crown fountain is an interactive work of public art and video sculpture, designed by artist Jaume Plensa. Made of glass bricks, each tower measures 50 feet tall and use light-emitting diodes behind the bricks to display digital videos. Entertaining, engaging and enthralling!

Fine Nights

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It was my first time at UBS Command House last week. We were there to co-organize “The Business Times Wine Challenge – CEOs’ Choice”. In partnership with UBS, the wine awards is in its second year.  Wine merchants and distributors participated in this challenge by submitting their top wines for shortlisting. 10 finalists were then narrowed down by a panel of CEOs cum judges during this event.

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Initially, I was not really looking forward to this event because honestly, the focus was on wine tasting and appreciation which I have zero interest in. I have no qualms against drinking alcohol, whenever I drink beer or wine I just don’t find the experience enjoyable. Based on personal experiences, I don’t think alcohol has the effect of making me more talkative or sociable. Instead, I become more sluggish and will not contribute anything substantial to a conversation haha.

The whole experience didn’t turn out as boring as I thought it would be though. I figured that a little wine knowledge and occasional exposure to wine etiquette goes a long way in this profession. Also, I was given an impromptu opportunity to interview some of the CEOs (e.g. Richard Eu of Eu Yan Sang, Michael Su of Pontiac Land and Susan Lim of ARA Trust Management) to share some of their opinions and insights about the entire judging process. I adore the fact that most of them were engaging, friendly and down-to-earth people.

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