Singapore

It was the second time I visited Singapore, and this time it was with the family. I always loved the way the country has transformed to the current state from a fishing village. Anyone would get inspired by the work they have done to make themselves a financially strong nation in the world, and once you land in the nation, there are glimpses of those efforts clearly visible everywhere you see. The city itself has been transformed every year to the next level to cope with the competition with the other developed nations. It is obvious that as a traveler from a developing nation would see things differently than the ones who travel from developed nations. But I feel the efforts and attitudes which have caused the nation to plunge forward shouldn’t be neglected.

It was a short four-day visit, and mainly to relax from the usual daily jargon. Main purpose was to enjoy the time being there, by visiting theme parks and to enjoy the other leisure activities. Nobody would doubt the way they have created those to attract foreigners from the neighboring countries, and those parks have become main foreign income sources to the country. The quality of those should be appreciated as well, where they have successfully managed to let the visitors forget about their personal problems for a while, soon after they entered inside of those places. The main target was the children and teenagers, but there was always something for the adults to indulge in the scene, and some opportunity for them to go back to their younger ages to experience the memories once again.

Universal Studios was one of the great places of attraction by the tourists, and there are various rides created to various themes, such as, Sesame Street, Transformers, Ancient Egypt, Treasure hunters, Shrek, Puss in Boots, Madagascar etc. I loved the transformers ride above all, as that made me to live in the middle of a battle between autobots and decepticons. It was truly a ride worth of waiting one hour in the queue, and the experience was remarkable.

Another magnificent experience was the Gardens by the Bay. They have made a heaven of flowers by artificially simulating weathers of five continents, and the plants and flowers of those countries could be seen under one gigantic roof. Flower dome was truly a miracle, and the visitors are made to roam through a jungle of flowers from different countries. It was a heaven for nature photographers as well, and majority of the visitors try to capture a perfect photograph of almost each and every bush of flowers. Next to it was the Cloud Forest where they have created the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. Another miracle for sure, where visitors were given a chance to climb an artificially made mountain. (Via elevators and cloud walks) The main purpose of it was to display wide variety of plants, mainly from rain forests, even the plants from pre-historic period were amazingly preserved and they have made separate sections to display those.

So, Singapore is planning to create another surprise by 2020, by opening up doors to a rain forest within the country by combing the bird park. It will be a definite visit once that’s open for public.

 

 

Travesty Of Reality Of Social Media – Part 02

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As promised, these are my thoughts about social networking as a whole. As I have mentioned previously, social networking has become unavoidable to everyone in today’s world. For those who use them effectively gain so much into their lives, and with that they have elevated their standards of living in a pace that wouldn’t have come through, had such platforms weren’t available.

But, there are some concerns regarding them. Think about the people who feed contents to such channels and pages. My target is not the large scale, business related media. Think about the other small and medium size businesses and even the individuals who publish contents. Clearly they want many followers and subscribers as possible, as that is one way of attracting new customers to their businesses, or even generating a passive income source.

Anyway, carefully watch what sort of information they publish in them. I come across so many such materials as I’m passionate about trading, and since there are no proper mentors in hand, I need to do constant internet search to read articles regrading them.

Almost all of them publish the life they have succeeded and how they enjoy the results they have taken after so many hard work. It’s not the hard working part you can find in them, but the life after that. Remember, that is crucial to boost your motivation. But remember that’s not enough to get there, too. How much you read and watch such material, you won’t be able to get there unless you start working today. That’s what you need to figure out by yourself. They won’t teach exactly what you need to do to get where they are right now, and it’s nearly impossible to do so as well. So, it’s important not to waste time following similar materials over and over again, and spend time by watching and reading them only.

Plan your life as early as possible, and use the social media to help remind your goals over and over again. Stop wasting time by just enjoying what you see on them. I know, they are highly addictive, and who doesn’t love to watch and read the success stories or some luxurious lives lived by others? Keep asking the question whenever you enjoy them, “How have they done it? What should I do to get there?”

Also remember, people won’t usually publish their difficult times, heart broken moments, how they screw up daily basis while they are trying to achieve their targets. Mostly, those lessons are invisible to the outside world. It’s an individual’s job to find them out, by themselves.

Keep in mind, if you are comfortable and utterly happy about your life, and haven’t got your heart broken, or screwing up your emotions, and even money; you might not have tried to do anything new!

Keep pushing forward, while keeping the stories about soaring by others only to make you focus on your goals and to motivate yourselves. Try to take calculated risks in life. The more you get matured, the more you will regret not doing so in the past!

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Travesty Of Reality Of Social Media – Part 01

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I just stumbled upon something while I’m doing some research for the MBA module, International Business. Since the subject itself is somewhat broader to address, I spent some time going through some statistics available on the internet from various sources. They are figures depicting the current situation of people in the world. It’s interesting to see how things are changing over the period of time, and to tell you the truth, the world is changing in an immense speed in every possible direction.

This article is about using social media by modern generation. It has become a common practice today to use them by almost every company, institutions and even individuals. With the availability of different types of websites and other mobile applications, people tend to follow many types of resources at a given time. I don’t say that’s bad, and it’s clear that it’s the future we are heading in to. But, my consideration here is whether people are aware of how to use them and the consequences they’ll come across by doing so.

This is a broad subject to talk about. I’m glad to cover some important aspects of things I’d like to point out to people out there. (These are my personal views of things, and the reality or the understanding of someone else may be completely different from what I say here)

First of all, I personally follow some of the famous social media sites and apps, and the experience is amazing. Almost all of them are having a feature to attract all of our senses in the same time, and for a moment we completely forget our existence in this world. We completely glue ourselves in to those beautiful worlds, and for a moment we go around the globe with just moving our fingertips. Every time we do so, we are temporarily disengage from the real we are living in, from the tasks we do in a day-to-day basis. For some, this can be treated as a little break from the usual work. As long as you treat it that way, it won’t affect your life much. But unfortunately, they are highly addictive, which means they have a tendency to bypass the fact that the clock is ticking!

For what sort of content people are attracted in to? With the new platforms, people decide what they want to watch or read, by following and subscribing to pages and channels. In that way, that particular virtual space becomes the ultimate fantasy world for anyone. Simply put, the exact sort of things an individual would like to do instead of what they are doing right now. This can be used as a great motivation as well. And I believe the people posting such content, market those materials in the same manner. Ultimately people start jumping into the same world, by start posting and making videos and other imagery contents.

My focus here is not for those people who have already taken an initiative. But, for the others who just enjoy surfing through those contents, and may be, over spending time in the virtual world. Unknowingly, a gap is being created between the creators and watchers.

In my next blog, I’d like to point out what the gap, and how it’s created. And why people are not aware of it. Also the dangers which would impact up on individuals for not making an attempt to understand it and to do something about it.

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Towards Financial Freedom

Generating a passive income was one of the major things I believed in, and still do. Other than the primary source of income, one should plan out a secondary or may be even more ways of cash inflows. It’s quite appealing to think this than actually putting it into work. Not all will come up with the alternative ideas straight away, but it’s worth spending time to think and try out to reveal your inner strengths.

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As I’m in the software industry, I tried freelancing at first, may be in the first few years in the industry. But soon I realized how competitive the market was and how little an individual could make an impact unless there were other connections with the prospective customers. But that didn’t stop me from figuring out other potential areas I could try. Which made me to try at least one or two new things per year to start generating some extra income.

Not all of them worked out, I must say, and the number of times I failed in the journey was greater than the successful ones. But I didn’t want to give up as I knew for certain that there is light at the other side of the tunnel. As I believed everyone has many strengths which can be put in to work, I also took the chance of exploring my other skills, like marketing, writing, social media advertising and trading.

Which brings to realize my inner strengths and very powerful opportunities to shape up my future. After eight years of struggling, I found myself good at trading (especially stocks and forex) in online platforms. I did a trial run for four months and I was quite impressed with the outcome. I also didn’t forget to get feedback from other traders as well, to make myself comfortable in my results, and with their recommendations, I put my skills in to work.

Voila! That really works!

Now I know what I’ll be doing in the future to generate a passive income, and to make it even more interesting, I chose to trade in a social trading platform, where others can also benefit from my trading. That’s going to be the future of trading of course, even though the old ways of  trading still exist. I’d like to post my successes here as well in a timely manner, and the gates will be opened for others to get benefit as well in the near future.

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Office – OBT

Last couple of month I couldn’t gather myself to write something here, and now I regret it a little. Anyway, it was a busy couple of months with work and assignments. As usual, little bit of a breathing time at the end of the year, and almost all of us have lighter schedules toward the end of the year, mostly preparing plans for the next year.

Anyway, this is about the three-day OBT and annual trip from the office. We thought of changing the traditional way of going on the annual trip from the office, and added some adventure this time. Pushing ourselves to extremes in life is something I believe a lot, and this time we tried some of that, which we haven’t done or have happened to be forgotten for a long time. As kids we loved adventures, and we used to see some exciting things more regularly with the curious minds. But with time, we embrace quite a lot of responsibilities and bundle our lives with work and hardly find to time to explore the world, more importantly, explore ourselves.

 

 

So, first we head up to the mountains, for canoeing and then 3-hour trekking through the jungle. That sounded amazing, and we all were eager for the whole programme. Even though it got half an hour later to get there, we managed to get everything in order not to skip anything from the schedule. Since some rain was expected in the evening, we decided to do canoeing first and then the hike, as it would be even more interesting and challenging in a wet weather.

It was not an usual rowing exercise,  the canoe itself was so narrow that we could hardly fit into it. After a little bit of struggle, we managed to row in to the reservoir. It was pretty exhausting after an hour of fun in the lake, and by the time we came to the shore, a lot of energy has been drawn out from ourselves. But that couldn’t stop us from the next adventure.

It was the most thrilling experience I would say. Creeping through jungle bushes, and to make it more interesting, the beautiful Belihuloya stream crossed our path several times. We dipped our feet in icy cold water a few times, and felt the energy rising back up inside us again to head toward the end. The scenery was breathtaking as well, as most of the central hills were visible through the mist which covered most of the peaks of them.

After a hectic three hour journey through the jungle, we settled for a late lunch and relaxed ourselves in the tents in the evening. Dinner was a BBQ night with a campfire, and we had a pretty joyful time doing games and sharing funny stories.

The rest of the trip was to relax ourselves a bit in Udawalawa, where we stayed in Grand Udawalawa Safari resort. We played some cricket in a local school playground and in the next morning went to safari in the national park. On the way back home, we couldn’t miss out one of our favourite sports, which was carting. The track looked the same and the feeling was the same. Even though the ten minutes of speed and twisting our bodies with sharp turns made the body-pains even worse, the pure thrill of the event could soak up all of that at the end.

After three days of adventure, we managed to arrive at homes before the sunset, and it was something I would definitely try again next time, and may be, add a little bit of more time to spend in the wilderness.