Anything Under the Sun
Saturday, January 26, 2008
In your Shoes - Different perspectives.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
A Tribute to Sir Edmund Hillary
Listed below are some of his Famous Quotes
* It is not the mountains that we conquer, but ourselves.
* Nobody climbs mountains for scientific reasons. Science is used to raise money for the expeditions, but you really climb for the hell of it.
* People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things
* You don’t have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things – to compete. You can be just an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated.
Sir Edmund, while descending the 8,848-metre peak, had announced his greatest achievement to a fellow climber with the words: "We knocked the bastard off".
New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark said "He was an heroic figure who not only 'knocked off' Everest but lived a life of determination, humility, and generosity".
Acting Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said Sir Edmund's name was "synonymous with adventure, with achievement, with dreaming and then making those dreams come true".
Tim Macartney-Snape, who has twice followed Sir Edmund's lead in scaling Everest said "His fame didn't change him at all, he just used that for his work for the people of Nepal."
New Zealand Governor-General Anand Satyanand said "Sir Edmund was an important role model, a leader who showed how to set goals and achieve them".
Hillary's conquest was barely a week old when he was honoured with a knighthood at the age of 33, one of the new Queen Elizabeth's first acts, but he reacted with typical modesty.
"I could see myself walking down Broadway, Papakura, in my tattered overalls and the seat out of my pants," the former beekeeper recalled, "and I thought 'That's gone forever. I'll have to buy a new pair of overalls now'."
Without fanfare and without compensation, Hillary spent decades pouring energy and resources from his own fundraising efforts into Nepal through the Himalayan Trust he founded in 1962, building hospitals, health clinics, airfields and schools.
The words that says it all - Hillary's loss was "a loss for all those who sought to improve our world".
Although most of us could not achieve even 1 % of what Sir Hillary has contributed to the world , let us remember him and work hard to be a better person.
We may not be able to scale the Everest and " knocked the bastard off " but we "can be just an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated"
Saturday, January 12, 2008
The Silver Opportunity
Opportunity need not be golden to bring in big bucks; They can also be "Silver".
With the rise in ageing population all over the world, industries and firms that initiate strategies that cater to the special needs of the elderly will become the early birds to catch the "silver" worm.
It is estimated that worldwide, middle-income retirees will spend US 23.6 billion on travel in 2014.
So, do you operate a tour agency? What features have you incorporated in your itinerary to encourage the retirees to sign up with you? Some good feature that you could include are:
1. Tours that have less strenuous activities in their itinerary
2. Larger sized fonts on maps and brochures etc.
3. Tour buses or other vehicles which have facilities for wheelchair bound passengers.
Resorts and other travel destinations can also jump in to get a piece of the "silver" pie. They could
1. Incorporate infrastructures such as barrier free facilities and elderly - friendly features in shops.
2. Arrange for activities and wellness programmes for the aged.
3. Provide meals that cater to special dietary requirement of the aged.
4. Provide larger sized fonts on menus, maps and brochures etc.
5. Sell large print books for the benefit of the elderly.
6. Have Doctors or nurses in hand to help out in emergencies.
Increased life expectancy also means good news to a lot of industries like finance and insurance, hospital and medical care, day care and retirement homes and many more.
As for financial services they should gear up by increasing retirement and estate planning services. Insurance companies can look into the possibility of providing annuities that are packaged with long-term care plans.
As for hospital and medical care, some products that are beneficial to the elderly include:
1. Fall detection telemonitoring system where A camera will help to detect if someone has fallen, and the system will automatically send an email, SMS or MMS alert to the caregiver.
2. Height-adjustable wash basin that helps to reduce the chances of falling. The basin can be raised or lowered for those who need to sit or cannot bend.
3. Robotic suit that is specially designed for stroke patients that helps them to retrain the use of their paralysed limbs in the comfort of their own home.
As for day care and retirement home providers, they can start a consultancy services or even start franchise programmes to increase the number of facilities all over the world.
These are just some ideas about the glittering silver industries and there's many more opportunities waiting to be dug up!
This is definitely a huge "niche" market.
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Getting Prepared for the Best Buys
For those of you who had just gone through the harrowing experience of buying lots presents within the last few days before Christmas, these tips give you 12 months for you to prepare for the next Christmas!
Make a list
If you had just crossed off all the persons to buy presents from last year's (2007) list, copy it into your 2008 diary, not the pen and paper type, onto your PDA as this will save you unnecessary repetition. If you are not the type to make list, Get into that Habit!
On your list, jot down notes such as what you gave person A last year, what is his hobby, likes , favourite colour, what was his reaction to your gift and any hints that he gave you for his next present etc,.
Look out for Bargains and Sale
If your present is not going to be fashion ware such as clothes or shoes were trends changes within the year, or IT products such as phones , PDA, notebooks etc that are constantly replaced by newer models, then consult your PDA list and look out for gifts whenever there is a bargain or sale.
When Person A or B or C etc, mentioned that she got that loooovely present from Aunt Sue, who happens to be your Arch enemy, and you just have to do better than her, Whatever the Cost, do some Research. Beat her at her own game, get that Lovely Gift at a bargain of course!
Get on the Mailing List
Once you have done your research, sign up with shops that have a mailing list so that you can know in advance of all the sneak preview Sales organised by these shops!
Many online retail sites will pump out special offers and bargain deals especially for their e-shoppers during THE SALE seasons. So, while everyone else in your family and especially Aunt Sue is getting crushed in the packed retail outlets, queueing up in long lines to pay up and getting very tired because they let their feet do the walking, Use your fingers instead and shop online!
Grab a Partner
If you insist on getting your hands dirty and tiring your legs by wanting to be in the midst of the Action, then grab a partner.
You have three choices, your hubby / boyfriend, girl friend/s or teenage daughter (if you have any).
Your husband is a good choice if you intent to buy lots of stuff and need an extra pair of Muscular hands. He can be put in charge of carrying all the packages while you are busy Shopping, shopping and more shopping. If your husband / boyfriend is the type who cringes when the word Shopping is mentioned, then you might have to tempt him with a carrot. Induce him to tag along by stating that his favourite sports and / or IT shop is having a Big discount sale. If you are in luck, they are bound to have a sale too.
Instead of having a Day / night out with your girl friends, go shopping before you go out for a late dinner. There is nothing like honest input from a friend when you select that gorgeous looking but definitely not your type of dress. Don't forget the aim of this shopping trip. Yes, you can have fun and buy yourself some great buys but don't forget that you are shopping for Christmas gifts. So if you friend oohhhs and ahhs over a particular handbag and it is within your budget, get it for her - discretely of course, when she is in the changing room, for example.
Make this shopping trip an excuse for some bonding time with your teen and treat her to hi-tea after you both have shopped till you drop.
Another great thing about these Sales is that there will usually be lots of contest and lucky draws organised by the malls or retail shops during these sales. Make sure you fill out all the forms, please note that husbands are also good at this chore, so pass it to them, of course.
If you should get a real yucky prize in the lucky draw, do wrap it up nicely and give it to Aunt Sue.
Don't forget to have fun while you shop.
Here's to a Wonderfully Prepared Shopping experience!