14 Breaking the habits

Hello everyone! Welcome to the 14th episode of Nightly. My name is Bosslee and I am your host!  So I totally broke my chain of schedule on recording podcasts for the last few days. Episode 13 was on 22 April 2018. I am so ashamed of myself. I do not have a specific topic to discuss about today but like to casually share some of the thoughts on my mind
1/ Habits
Do you still remember that I spoke about the habit loop in episode 5? In that I talked about how to build a habit. The key is to keep doing the thing for 66 days and you will build a habit. I said that i did it for Yoga. You know arh, this week my effort almost all gone down the drain. I missed 3 days of my yoga morning routine and I only managed to make a podcast recording today. So ashamed of myself loh. This habit thing really cannot missed it, if you missed one you think that it is alright to missed another one and very soon, you lose your habit. So tonight, I die die have to create an episode even though I do not have a specific topic in mind
2/ North and South Korea vow to end the Korean War in historic accord
This is like how sudden, when I caught the video yesterday I am also a bit shock. Not that I do not support it, I am totally inline with peace for both countries. Just a bit shock. Anyway, the video of both leaders walking past each of the border is pretty cute, you see both leaders holding hands and that really means a lot. Of course, there are internet comments that are skeptics on this matter, thinking if Mr Kim is planning something else. Let’s hope not. As this is truly a great start for both countries. Imagine how much N.korea can grow when they open up to the world market. It will be like the Chinese in the 2000s.
3/ Don’t believe everything on the internet
Mothership SG has a story about influencers on instagram starting to share investment scheme. Especially the one about owning part of a durian plantations. You pay $1796.62 one-time off and you will get a percentage of the payback every year from the sale of the durians. Exact details, you have to read the article but just wanted to let you know that financial advisory services can only be done by licensed financial advisors. If it is too good to be true, it is fake
4/ Happiness Is a Choice You Make
I am listening to this audiobook about “Happiness Is a Choice You Make”
It talks about growing old gracefully, how there are always to have unexpected things that could happen. And many of the ads that sells you the dream of sailing at the age of 70, doing those crazy stuff at 80 are truth but that is a very small portion of people. Many are either suffering or being stuck in an nursing home.
“Living too long scared them; dying was the antidote to living too long.”
― John Leland, Happiness Is a Choice You Make: Lessons from a Year Among the Oldest Old
Sometimes maybe facing death is a better option over trying to save someone on the hospital bed but in the long run giving the person lots of pain.

13 Fame, Power and Status

Hello everyone! Welcome to the the 13th episode of Nightly! Today I am a bit sad. One of the EDM DJ that I like has pass away. For EDM fans I’m sure you are aware. DJ Avicii was found dead in Oman yesterday (21 April 2018). He produced some of the greatest hits in the EDM scene, one of it is the “Wake me up” which has 100 million played on Spotify but my personal favorite is “The Night”
“The Night” is an very interesting and meaningful song. I got to know this song from one of my student when I was doing adjunct lecturing. There are two parts of the lyrics that i especially resonate.
If you listen to the song on Youtube, the starting message is “… When I died, I want to be remember for the life I lived and not the money I made”
The 2nd part will be “One day you’ll leave this world behind, So live a life you will remember.”
I believe Avicii had made it happened. He is truly remembered for his great works. We are not o judged but we all know that when a rising star is popular, he/she faced lots of pressure with fame / power and status. This is a very interesting topic I think most of us are looking for fame / power and status.Honestly, I think everyone wants it, if you are listening and if you tell yourself that you are not into fame, power and status. You might be lying to yourself. The challenge here is how these artists handled the stress of sudden surge of fame. I have not experienced myself but documentaries on Netflix for Beetles / Madonna / Lady GaGa all had a past of taking drugs / excessive drinking to escape the pressure. While we are all trying to chase fame, we have to be ready when it truly comes.
The 2nd thing I like to share is the word YOLO. You only live once. We all talk about it, we think about it but some of us never really take action on it, at least from my perspective, And the song is a gentle nudge to it.

12 The worst kind of colleague

Welcome to the 12th episode of Nightly! How is everyone doing today?
Today, I like to talk about who do you think is the worst kind of colleague you can faced in office? Why am I talking about this? Because the politics in my office is too game strong plus recently I have been back-stabbed so I like to open up this topic and talk about it
I believe there are three kind of colleagues in office

  1. The steady kind – the ones who are team player and also super reliable. You know working with him/her they will not let you down. They also treat everyone with respect.
  2. The boot-licking brown-noser  – the ones who always suck up to the boss, they look down or don’t care about others who are lower ranked. They are shameless and are not concern about showing these actions in front of others
  3. The double headed snake – the back stabber kind, in front of you they say A, behind you they say B. This in my opinion is the worst kind of colleague because you do not know what they are trying to do, very sly and you have to be aware of them.  Go office work, already “sian liao” still have to beware of these kind of people. #reallysimisai

What are you? Who do you think is the worst type of colleague? Love to hear your thoughts.

10 Getting caught up in a busy world

Hello everyone! Welcome to A Nightly Show
My name is Bossle and a big welcome to the show
I’m actually recording this overseas now, my friends got me the S20 music festival ticket as my 36th birthday gift. I cannot wait for the main stage performance tonight.
So today, I like to answer a question before I start the topic of the day
Why are you doing this? By this, my friend is asking about this podcast.
Are there anyone listening to it? If not, why bother?
Well I really hope that I can be a real radio deejay, I am hoping that recording this podcast will help me train up my voice and maybe build up an audience
Now for the topic of the day, I think this is turning into a podcast about Chromebook
I wrote this script on flight, I really think that Chromebook is super awesome. Everything that I need to get done on a laptop, I can do it even while offline. As for entertainment, I realized that I can install Netflix on the Chromebook and watch the shows offline just like an Android devices. Here’s a hot tip for you, if you try to download Netflix via the Google Play store, it will tell you that the app is not compatible with this device.
However, what you can do is to download the APK of the Netflix app. Go to setting and allow for unsecured install. After this, install the Netflix APK and you are on your way to an awesome in flight entertainment experience.
Maybe a little last thing I like to share is, we need to give ourselves time to think about what we want to do with our lives. You see a year ago, I joined the company telling myself that I am going to use this time to think and see if I can make out any business idea. A year has past and I am still here without any concerte business idea or tried anything yet. So this year, I must try out things, test ideas. I am sure you share the same experience. You set out to do something, but the random things in life get caught up with you. You just dive into the mess of it and you forget about the goal of starting something. So a little suggestion to everyone, maybe taking a short break just to think about what you want to do in life is what you need.
Love to hear your views on this, you can find my @bybosslee on telegram

09 Back-stabbed & Money

Hello everyone! Welcome to Nightly and I am your host Bosslee. Last two days were not really good. I got back-stabbed in the office. There was a project and I shared some recommendations. The recommendations were agreed by everyone but because I did not send an email out, it was not official. As expected the recommendations did not really solve the problem and the blame came back to me. I’m not saying it is not my fault, I am saying that it is painful when everyone starts pointing at you
Ok. Enough ranting. This is corporate world what do we expect.
Today, I like to share about money…
Money while travelling, how do you save when you are travelling. Personally, I do not think you need a large budget to travel. A lot of it depends on the lifestyle that you are looking at. So I like to share 4 personal tips on how we save while we travel.

  1. Cooking while travelling
    • especially nice to do, because you get to experience more from shopping local plus you get to taste of home-cook food
  2. Do not buy any souvenirs
    • more of the time souvenirs end up on desk not being use
    • the best is to buy food / snacks
  3. Budget for your trip before your departure
    • This is a must, when you know how much you can spend, you know the style of travel you are heading for
  4. Book your air tickets with a credit card
    • I have friends who are super good at these, they get find the best credit card to get miles or cashback for their trip
    • For me, I am lazy. I just used one card. The OCBC 365 which give me a simple cashback of 3% for overseas purchases

How about you? How do you save during your travel?
Looking forward to hear from you all

08 Going Freestyle

Hello everyone! Welcome to the 8th episode of Nightly. This is Bosslee and I am your host. Today, I am going freestyle. No script and I am just going to speak my mind. The main topic in mind is Macbook vs Chromebook. I have been an Apple fan from 2006 till now but that is changing a bit. My Macbook Air ended it’s life last year November, after that I decided to take a different approach. I went for a Chromebook because I thought I was coding less and the main purpose of the tool was to surf net. Maybe do some blogging and now I am using the Chromebook for podcasting. So in this episode I shared some of my views on how Chromebook could be the next enterprise machine. 
Love to hear your views
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07 Lose the battle, win the game

Hello everyone! Welcome to the 7th episode of Nightly. This is Bosslee and I am your host. Unfortunately, I wanted to make a recording at workplace yesterday but it did not take place because of time. Today is Saturday, how is your day coming along? Mine is doing ok, especially I stay up late yesterday night. Maybe the age is catching up, even though I slept late yesterday, I woke up early today. Like usual, maybe the body clock is in the work.
So today, I like to share a story of the experience I had yesterday. I went for paintball with the CX team. It was a really fun game and these kind of paintball games always taught me lots of things.

How was the game arranged?

It is broken down into 3 different rounds
The first round was 12 minutes, the goal was to press the buzzer right in the center of the field. On left is Team Black and on the right is Team Green. Each of us have a base.
The second and third round were 7 minutes each. This time the team was divided into terrorists and counter terrorists. Team Black was first the terrorists follow by Team Green. The goal of the terrorist team is to plant a bomb in a designated location and turn on an one minute timer. The goal of counter terrorists was to diffuse it. There were two designated locations to plant the bomb. One more easier to plant the bomb and the other was easier to diffuse. The terrorist team just need to plant the single bomb in either one of the location. Plus the planting of the bomb can only take place after 1 minute.

What did I learn?

I was in the green team. We lost the first game because we took a more defensive approach plus we did not had a good ground because we had lights shining towards us.
What we could have done is to rush to get the better grounds earlier. Because having better ground will also give us better cover. This is the situation kinda of like 孙子兵法.
So in round 2, Team Green was the counter terrorists. We took a more aggressive approach plus we had better planning. There are more coordination in the team. We have 4 man team guarding the location which is easier to plant bomb because we guess that Team Black would go for the easier option. The remaining of the team members were guarding the area that was harder to plant the bomb but we also hold the ground nearer to the area, giving us better coverage of the battlefield. We won this round.
Round 3. We were the terrorists. We followed the same plan to take on a more aggressive approach but this time round, we took the decision to aim at only the harder place to plant the bomb because we deem they might be arming more people to guard the opposite area. We were wrong on this and we end up losing the game. However we we had lots of fun in this, you see teammates rushing out shouting “go go go” like all of us have only a single goal and that is to win. That feeling feels really good even losing the game because it feels like a team United.
Have you all play these kind of paintball battles before? Love to hear your experiences!

06 Making a company work is like team sport

Hello everyone, Welcome to The Nightly Show! My name is Bosslee and I am your host. This is a talk show about life after work. We talk about the passion we pursue after our working hours and we talk about how to get out of the rat race! This is very important because nobody wants to be working for the big man all the time. The problem is that we always think about it but there are no action.
Now today I like share with you about a  team sport that I used to do and how I relate it work. The thing about team sport is that you need to work as a team. Duh, otherwise why would you call it a team sport. The team sport that I used to do was Dragonboat. There are different categories in Dragonboat, you can choose to row in a 10 or 20 man boat and depending if you are a right or left handed, you are assigned your seats.
Although we call it a 10/20 men boat but there are two additional person that are required to make the boat complete. It is the drummer and steerer. So in a 10 men boat race there are actually 12 men on it. So the core 10 men are like the engine, they are to make sure that the boat is moving. Now the role of drummer is to coordinate the rowing sequence of the rowers. If the rowers are not in sync, you can have the stringers man in the team but you will still lose. During my time, NJC Dragonboat team was the best. They are not like your typical Dragonboat rowers who are muscular and heavyweight. They are lean and light but they always outrow many other teams. Simply because they are rowing in sync. They have team work.
The steerer is also very important. They are responsible to keep the boat going the correct direction and keep the boat balance. Sometimes you might have more heavier people on the right side, so the steerer will stand on the left to counter the weight. Imagine your boat keeps going left and right, even your rowers will be tried after a short while. So everyone including the drummer, the engine and the steerer have to work together to win the race.
However, I don’t know why but often team win the race, they will often congratulate the 10 men who are the engine and sometimes forgetting about the drummer and steerer. Yes, these 10 men worked the hardest, they give all their energy to have their boat move as fast as possible but do not forget that it is the drummer and steerer that kept the boat in sync and correct direction. Plus there are times when a team lose, they will blame the drummer or the steerer for the bad drumming coordination / the little left and right swaying.
How do I relate this to work?
Drummer and steerer are like the operation team. They keep the company running and keeping the lights on. When a company is winning, first thing in their mind is the sales team or the commercial team. When a company is losing, first thing they think is the operations or maybe technology problem.

Do you see the similarity?

People forget that working in a company is like a team sport. Everyone needs to be working together. If anyone is not aligned, they should voiced out, they can choose to disagree but commit because we have to look at the company as a whole.
Leaders of the company should pay respect to the operations team. They should not forget that it’s the operations team that keeps the lights on.
What do you think? If you are in the operations team, do you experience the same thing? If you are the frontline / sales team? Ask yourself, when you win, do you remember about your operations team?

05 Building the habit loop

Hello everyone! My name is Bryan, I am your host and welcome the nightly show! This is where we talk about life about work and how do we get out of the rat race. So I missed recording one episode yesterday, I’m actually quite sad because I missed recording due to work. Haiz.. no choice 拿人钱才,替人消灾.
So today is 4th of April, Wednesday. Time flies and it is mid week already. I just have to endure another two more days and it is Friday. I have something interesting to look forward to this Friday, because our CS team will be having a team outing. We will be heading out for a paintball session and I am super excited because this is very first time doing paintball. (You might be wondering how am I going to record my daily podcast on Friday night then? I have a plan, no sure if it would work but the idea is to record while I am on the road to the paintball session)
Today, I like to talk about forming habit. If you google you will find that there are many articles talking about how to form a habit. There are many suggestions, ranging from doing things consecutive from 21 days all the way to 66 days.
According to Charles Duhigg, author of “The Power of Habit,” habits are not born, but created. Every bad, good or insignificant habit starts with a psychological pattern called a “habit loop.” And the “habit loop” is a 3 part process.

  1. A trigger that tells your brain to let a certain behavior unfold
  2. The routine itself
  3. The reward, or “something that your brain likes that helps it remember

This magic process is suppose to last 66 days and it has to be daily.
For example, there was this guy who got to meet the now famous Jerry Seinfeld before he was famous. How do you tell better jokes? Jerry Seinfeld shared that to write better jokes, the way to do it is to write it everyday. You see, daily action builds habits. It gives you practice and will make you an expert in a short time. If you don’t break the chain, you’ll start to spot opportunities you otherwise wouldn’t. Small improvements accumulate into large improvements rapidly, however if you start skipping one day, it makes it easier to skip the other.
I myself is trying to build this habit of making a new podcast show everyday, even though I know that no one might be listening. But I listen to it myself, so I can improve.
Are you trying to build any habits now? I love to hear your suggestions on how are you building your habits. I can reach via telegram @bybosslee and if you like the podcast you can join the telegram group at https://t.me/launchbyte

04 Why is the train especially crowded on Monday?

Hello everyone!

Welcome to the 4th episode of Nightly. I am your host, Bryan but you can also call me Bosslee. How was your day today? It’s Monday over here in Singapore, so I’m kinda of suffering from Monday Blue. Like I ask myself why did the weekend go past so fast 🤣

So today I like to talk about traffic. Have you wonder why traffic are always higher on a Monday? I mean I always leave home on time but usually on Monday, it is extremely crowded. I’m not sure why. I tried to Google it but there are no answers for it. Maybe it’s because on Monday, everyone feels like it’s a new start of the week so waking up early and being on time is one of the  goal. However as the time progress through the week, you get worn out by work this being less motivated to be on time.

This is what I think, who do you think?

On top of this traffic thing, I also like to share the worst kind of person you hate on Monday, it’s those kind who comes up to you 30mins before you get off work and say “hey any chance of this being completed today?”

Of course not! It’s another half an hour to freedom. Why are you doing this to me? Plus rushing work will only mess things up. I had this very incident happened to me today, once the guy approached me and put forward the request. I replied “yes” I can do it but I can only give you the answer tml.

This is what I think, everyone should respect each others time. I’m not saying I’m not going to do the work, what I’m sharing is that I will do the work but I have time allocated for it.

How about you? How do you handle such a situation?

I love to hear your side of the stories.

03 Where are the pranks?

Hello everyone! This is Bosslee & Welcome to another episode of Nightly
I just realized that when I write on Launchbyte, it actually sends out an email as part of a newsletter. So if you are reading this on a newsletter, please click on “view via browser”
Now, today is 01 April 2018, so on top of all fake news on the web. There are also a lot of April Fool Jokes, especially by those from the tech companies. But one thing is interesting, it seems like there are less April fool pranks out there this year. I found two which are quite good.

  1. From Google.
    Google having “Where’s Wally” on Google Map. Which is a pretty fun game I must say. I tried it on desktop, but it is much more fun on mobile.

  2. Another one that I found that is pretty good is from Coca-cola

– Coca-cola’s released three new flavors
– avocado, sourdough and charcoal
– not only do they taste great, they are great for Instagram shots too

02 Graber

Hello everyone! Welcome to episode two of Nightly
If you are reading this via the newsletter, you need to click on “view on browser” to access the podcast player 🙂
How are you doing tonight? You must be wondering why am I recording a podcast on a Sat night. Well, when you are over 30, very likely that you will not want to go out too late at night. It is very damaging for the body. It’s not like when you are in the twenties, you can go on days for not sleeping or maybe clubbing for two days straight. Once you are over 30, things start to change.
So less complaint and let us do the show!
Today, I like to share with you a story. By now you should know about the Grab and Uber merger in South East Asia. The news actually came out on the 26 Mar where Grab / Uber announced that as part of the acquisition, Uber will take a 27.5 per cent stake in Grab and Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi will join Grab’s board.
Shortly after this was announced, there were also clips about uber employees being ask leaving the office. So the PR was not very well done. There could have many reasons but I’m guessing it could be because the HR on both side was not prepared for it too.
Now our SG CCS aka Competition Commission of Singapore says that that it has “reasonable grounds” to suspect that the merger of Grab and Uber has infringed the Competition Act. It has also proposed interim measures to maintain market competition and invited the companies to present their positions before it decides whether to impose the measures.
This is like simi sai! The rumours have been going on for so long and CCS was not prepare for this? Anyway, how does it affect everyday people like you and me
First, we need to understand all businesses want to be monopoly and being it gives the sole provider more bargaining power. For example, for me, Grab have already won the game in Asia
When I was in VN/PH/MY/Th I have been using only Grab.
Second, how it affect us?
It’s not a good situation, there will be less promo codes for us and the price will go back to market level. However we do have a choice, we might not have the best public transportation but at least we can get to point to point.
Third, what’s next for grab?
I’m pretty sure you will agree with me is payments. For what it seems now, it looks like grab wants to your utility app. You take cab / bike and make payments with it. In the future, maybe having the options to do investments on it just like Alipay and Wepay in China. An app to do everything maybe except for social media.
As in all technology moving forward, either we reject it or accept it. We the people have the power to stop it no matter how big it becomes.