Marriott Hotel Singapore: Gym

I knew the Marriott Hotel Dinner Buffet would be a hearty affair. Hence I made my way to the gym after check-in at 2pm. On level 4 of the hotel is the Fitness Centre and Spa.

The gym is of a decent size (fairly large, actually), with free weights and all.

Marriott Hotel Singapore

And if you need personal training…

Marriott Hotel Singapore Marriott Hotel Singapore

Imagine my surprise when I saw this basketball court right next to the gym! It’s been a long time since I last played basketball, so it was a really nice workout today!

Marriott Hotel Singapore

Outside the gym, there is a beverage corner. After sweating it out in the gym and on the basketball court, a cup of milo and some crackers was definitely welcome. :) All free of charge! :D

Marriott Hotel Singapore

Gonna head to the gym again in the morning! I have to. Because of tonight’s dinner *burp*. The dessert segment was awesome! Review will be up soon!

Read Also:

My Review of Marriott Hotel’s Deluxe Room

Marriott Hotel: Staycation Review

Thanks to influr.com and Marriott Hotel Singapore, I am currently on a weekend staycation at Marriott! :D Deluxe Room rates are at about S$390++ per night and I’m not surprised. The location is fabulous – right smack in the heart of the Orchard shopping belt. Now I’m torn between staying indoors and checking out the gym, pool and buffets, versus heading out and hitting the stores. And I’ll show you why…

My room on level 24! :D

I love it when I am given more pillows than I’ll ever need. Hahaha! Good for pillow fights, maybe? :D

Marriott Hotel Singapore

And you can imagine where I am blogging right now…

Marriott Hotel Singapore

The bowl of snacks is definitely a distraction. Thankfully, the prices are steep so I am not moved.

Marriott Hotel Singapore

Here’s the view from level 24. The cars look like little plastic models and I feel like a voyeur peeping into people’s homes. :D

Marriott Hotel Singapore

Marriott Hotel Singapore

My eyes keep landing on the bowl of snacks. Gah. Strategic placement right across the workdesk and in front of the TV. :P Those KitKats are definitely tempting but it’s 245 calories per bar and cost S$5.50 each (twice the price you’ll pay outside)!!!

Marriott Hotel Singapore

The mini bar prices – if you’re curious:

Marriott Hotel Singapore

Lots of drinks, but I’m not about to touch any of them :D

Marriott Hotel Singapore

The bathroom is a let-down. No bathtub! There’s a rainshower. And a vanity desk but… no bathtub. *Also, there’s just one toothbrush in the bathroom. Shampoo and bath foam come in really small bottles too – might be insufficient if you shower more often due to the hot weather.

Housekeeping staff came by around 6pm to give out Marriott horse plushies and top up anything we might need – from toilet paper to additional toothbrushes or mineral water bottles. :D

Marriott Hotel Singapore

Marriott Hotel Singapore

I have hit the gym though, after checking in at 2pm. Review coming up next. :)

Threatened By A World Ventures Rep!

[Further comments on this blogpost by a certain WV rep, Alvin Tan, will not be allowed. Any further comments by this individual, believed to be of unsound mind, will be referred to the police.]

I know that my blogposts get some World Ventures reps really PISSED because it hinders their recruitment process. So, here’s one rep named Alvin, who commented on my ‘World Ventures: EPIC FAIL‘ blogpost:

*The Norway incident mentioned is regarding THIS – about World Ventures being closed down in Norway as a “pyramid game”

World Ventures

Quote:

“Thanks for your perspective. I did my due diligence; researching not just the company, I’ve also researched on the respective directors in the company, as well as legislation compliance, prior to taking up this platform as an additional income source.

Till this day, 8yrs & the company has opened up in 26 countries, numbers going strength to strength.

Those who saw the potential, signed up, and later quit bcos their friends told them it’s a scam… r the ones that have been scammed by their doubting friends.

Can anyone categorically say that Harvard, MIT, Cambridge or Oxford aren’t any good? Can we agree that there will be failures & dropouts despite how good the varsity is?

Just bcos there r jokers that failed miserably, doesn’t mean that the platform isn’t good.

Those with guilt r those who failed since day 1. Introducing something to a friend is not selling. If the product is not any good, a salesman can talk till his mouth goes dry, nobody would buy.

Ppl who buy in, r those who saw it with eyes open. They take it up, bcos they see the value in what they buy. Hence, is also their stupidity to allow others to tell them, that what they bought is no good.

There’s always a cup of tea that suits someone. so if what u see is not for u, it doesn’t mean it’s not for someone else. All the more disqualifies anyone from suggesting that it’s a scam, just bcos its not for them.

Concerning the Norwegian issue, rest assured that the corporate legal team will be ironing out the creases.

With regard to darma & karma, I’m fully aware of it. Which is why I’m taking WV as a platform for liberating modern slaves. And I believe kindness begets kindness…

Although, I’m not sure if the legal team will be in touch with u soon enough, if you would kindly provide contact details.”

My Response:

A company, regardless of its size, can still scam people. Often, the most shocking scams are those which involve huge companies and large sums of money, triggering questions of why it was not uncovered earlier since it was so huge. But it is PRECISELY because of its size that people assume it is legit.

If they had signed up and realized it is awesome and NOT a scam, why would they quit? Hello?

The last I checked, WV is NOT a university so why the comparison? I have already said that yes, there will be some who do amazingly well in WV and there will be dropouts, of course. But the MAJORITY of people in WV will simply be the stepping stones for the “high fliers” and “success stories” in WV. Simple pyramid. ;)

“Introducing something to a friend is not selling”?!  So it is just flaunting your dreamtrips and nothing else? If you “introduce” something to your friend with the INTENTION of making the person sign up, it is SELLING. Of course, wv reps who trick people into attending seminars to “make passive income” or “travel the world and make money doing so”, etc, are “not selling”, they are just tricking people eh? Those who pester their friends to sign up even when the friend already said no, are not selling eh? That is simply harrassment? And those who keep spamming pictures of them waving blue banners on fb are not selling… just being a nuisance and asking to be ‘unfriended’, right? Ok, got it.

Hahaha don’t say it like you are the head of the legal team. Friendly word of advice: get out of there. And tell those you recruited that you made a mistake.

Yes yes, I am quite sure WV has taught you that you are “liberating modern slaves”. Read some of the comments on my other posts. Such as this woman who quit her job for WV and makes 200 dollars a month though she has already been in wv for a year. If this is the kind of liberation, I believe we would rather be corporate slaves, thank you very much!

Of course you are not sure of what the legal team does. Are you even sure of anything? Making vague threats as if that will scare me. My toes are laughing! My email address is all over this site. Email me. I will be waiting. :)

~

I’m very glad to note that former members of World Ventures are actually offering their take on why they left and who is suited to WV.

Here’s a comment from Elaine:

World Ventures

Quote:

“I was with WV for a year before I finally decided to leave. The WV business not only requires great amounts of time and effort investment, but is only suitable for a very select section of the workforce, i.e. those who can simply jet off at anytime to enjoy a holiday. For those like me who have school-going kids, it is seriously not a business model that works. Since I am neither an aggressive SR nor have I had any success garnering a cheaper holiday deal by booking through WV, getting out was the best business decision I made. Grace is right. There are many, many good travel deals out that on the internet that do not require a monthly membership and allow us the flexibility to determine our travel arrangements.”

And one from Beth:

World Ventures

Quote:

“wow!! totally true!! i feel so free after leaving those people… I have never regretted leaving it and that’s the greatest correction that i have done…”

~

There are many more similar comments on my various blogposts about World Ventures, so feel free to browse:

5 Reasons Why I Refuse To Join World Ventures

World Ventures: Scam Or Not

Why I Believe Some World Ventures Members Are Wasting Their Time

World Ventures: EPIC FAIL

5 More Reasons Why I Refuse To Join World Ventures

World Ventures: When Dream Trips Become Nightmares

World Ventures: “Losing $360USD Won’t Kill Anyone”

“Quit Your Job! Earn Over $200 Per Month With World Ventures”

I Saved One Person From World Ventures

Oh wow! That’s a lot of blogposts! I must have gotten carried away. No wonder Alvin got pissed off. :D

~ Signing Off,

Your Friendly World Ventures “Dream Stealer”, Who Steals The “Get Rich Quick” Dreams Of Reps And Keeps The Public Safe From Scams

~ Update ~

I have already mentioned in my comment to Alvin that “*Please note that responding to your comments is a waste of my time. If you have nothing constructive to say, or which makes sense, this shall be your final published comment.”

Apparently, when I went off to the gym and left his lousy comment in moderation, he had a party on Facebook celebrating what he thought was a win on his part. LOL

Alvin Tan World Ventures

*He obviously could not understand my comment, written in good English, and thinks his one minute of fame is in actual fact, one hour or one full day?!

Alvin, in case you think I am SO FREE as to stalk you on Facebook, nope. Someone ratted on you and sent me your facebook link. Go figure.

Glad you tagged Dyna and Jeremiah too. Have always wanted to know who that lady is since she teaches reps to be spiders and all, and a guy wearing eyeliner? Wow. Uber credible. I rest my case.

Final Update:

I have been stalked relentlessly by this Alvin Tan. If you come across this individual, please be warned. 

(1) He has made himself known on my Facebook page and tries to engage me in a war of words, pretend he doesn’t understand English and that his threat was never published.

Alvin Tan World Ventures

I have since banned him from my page.

(2) If I engage in a conversation with him, he taunts me with “Lol. I thought u said your time is too precious to engage with me?”

Alvin Tan World Ventures

If I ignore his comment because (a) he posted his comment while I was ASLEEP, (b) I actually have work to do, unlike him, (c) this is my blog and I think his comment is stupid, he questions me with a further comment on “what’s taking so long for approval on [his] responses”.

Alvin Tan World Ventures

This individual, Mr Alvin Tan, a representative of World Ventures, is being intentionally antagonistic, and a plain nuisance. All the evidence above is being collated for a police report, and likely, his subsequent referral to a mental health institute for a mental health check.

Staying At Amoy Hotel and Exploring Chinatown

Singapore Chinatown

Chinatown

I enjoyed my stay at Amoy Hotel primarily because of its awesome location – Chinatown is a foodie’s paradise. Read my Amoy Hotel review here and a little piece on the Fuk Tak Chi Museum right here. I’d checked in on a Sunday, when most of the restaurants and shops around the hotel were closed. It was no cause for worry because just 5 to 10 minutes away is the rest of Chinatown where I can shop and mainly, eat to my heart’s content. So here’s a quick (and hopefully useful) guide to what to do / see / eat after you have dropped off your luggage at Amoy Hotel!

For the foodie:

In the immediate vicinity of the hotel are restaurants like Hock Lam Beef, Honzen Express and Sushi Tei (among others) – all of which I would recommend. For breakfast, you can also skip the hotel breakfast if it does not impress you and pop by Ya Kun Kaya Toast to taste what locals would eat – kaya toast, soft-boiled eggs and a cup of coffee.

If you don’t have much time to explore other parts of Singapore for good food, then you are in luck! The newly-opened Chinatown Food Street brings together the best of hawker food around the island. Head over to the Food Street to try satay from Newton Circus, BBQ Chicken Wings from Chomp Chomp, Cheng Kee Hokkien Mee, Fried Oysters from Katong, and much much more!

Chinatown Food Street

Chinatown Food Street Oyster Omelette

Chinatown Food Street Hokkien Mee

Chinatown Food Street Fried Horfun

The Chinatown Food Street, at night:

Chinatown Food Street

At tea time, you can also head to Tong Heng for some very yummy egg tarts. I sure did. Just S$1.60 each:

Sri Mariamman Temple

To get to Tong Heng, just look out for the yellow signboard after you have passed the Sri Mariamman Temple:

Tong Heng Egg Tarts

* If you can afford the extra calories *

Try the very famous Lim Chee Guan bak kwa (barbecued pork slices) that locals eat mainly during Lunar New Year, but is available year-round. You can order just 100g of that barbecued goodness for a sampling or even consider getting 1kg to bring home to friends and family! [A kg usually costs about S$50]

Lim Chee Guan

For Dessert:

Head to Chinatown Point, where you will find, at the basement, Mei Heong Yuen Dessert, which is popular for its range of ‘snow ice desserts’.

Mei Heong Yuen Dessert

One other dessert place at Chinatown Point is Hong Kong Sheng Kee Dessert, which I would not recommend for their desserts, but their mains instead:

Hong Kong Sheng Kee Dessert Chinatown Point

I like their Braised Beef Hor Fun (S$7.90)

For the health-conscious foodie:

Pop by China Square Central (less than a 5 minute walk away) and head to the basement. At #B1-02 is LINS Smoodees where you can order green smoothies which are oh-so-yummy and so good for your body. Do try their herbal porridge as well, which I highly recommend. If you’re experiencing jet lag or just feeling under the weather, what you get at LINS will surely perk you up.

For the gym rat:

Amoy Hotel does not come with a gym, but just downstairs is the Evolve Mixed Martial Arts studio. Pop by for a workout if you will. A little further is True Fitness at China Square Central’s basement.

For the photography enthusiast:

If you like snapping pictures of temples and/or visiting them, there is the famous Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and the equally famous Sri Mariamman Temple (the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore).

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

Sri Mariamman Temple

The Sri Mariamman Temple was constructed in 1827 and today, it is best known for the fire-walking ceremony, or Theemithi, that is held every October or November. Devotees would walk on hot coals as a test of their faith and devotion.

Other places of interest: 

The Singapore Coins and Notes Museum and The TinTin Shop:

Singapore Coins And Notes Museum

The TinTin Shop

For the shopaholic:

At Chinatown Point are some shops which may interest you. Fans of branded goods will love Luxury City where branded items (supposedly authentic, but of past seasons) are sold at a discount. Also visit the Adidas pop-up store if you would like to get some cheap sporting gear – for instance, you can get a pair of Adidas running shoes at just over S$60.

Luxury City Chinatown Point

Adidas Chinatown Point

*This list is by no means exhaustive of course. Just what I did after checking in at Amoy Hotel. :) If you need more recommendations, feel free to approach the staff.

Chinatown

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I Saved One Person From World Ventures!

Woke up to a comment on my World Ventures blogpost from someone named Arjay, who thanked me for my work against World Ventures:

World Ventures

In case the screenshot isn’t clear:

“Hi Grace!

Glad to read your post before I reveal them my credit card number! In fact I just came back from their huge seminar at Chinatown area where the founder and co-founders were there too!

Initially I have no idea what this is about as my friend keep saying it is a great “investment” you should look into it without telling more about it; I guess he wants more people to convince me?

As what Dan said in previous comment, they showed you all the videos and examples and the atmosphere was great! I almost got brainwashed to sign up immediately as they suggested to “lock” your position ASAP so you would not be at the base of pyramid.

My instinct tell me to think twice when I filled up the credit card information so I decided to hold this back at the very last second!

Now….after google and read all your posts and comments in the blogs abt WV, I just glad I DID NOT complete the form, and I know I can go to bed now without any regrets.

Cheers!

P/S: Keep up your good work! Even though if its only you against the WV world, you saved another person’s $361!”

~ My Reply To Arjay ~

You are most welcome! :D I’m delighted that my efforts are appreciated. The way WV reps conduct their business already indicates to you (if you are discerning enough) that it’s suspicious, and very likely a scam waiting to be exposed.

As mentioned:

1) A lot of vague FLUFF – “my friend keep saying it is a great investment”. I actually saw a recruitment message posted on an Internet Marketers’ facebook group recently, with vague hints about travel and making money, and to respond only if one is above a certain age and has a credit card. WHY these reps do not just state outright, and UPFRONT, that it is about WV, gets my guard up all the time. Are they ashamed of the company? Are they trying to trick people into joining? Just state where you are from, is that so difficult?!

2) Seminars designed to con people into signing up – “I almost got brainwashed to sign up immediately”. Do not EVER sign up for anything on the spot. Give yourself some space and time, take a step back, think about it when you are home, sleep on it, and when you wake up and still think it is a great idea, then go for it. Do not sign up on the spot.

3) WV instills fear in people – “lock your position ASAP so you would not be at the base of the pyramid”. Ha! Got you guys! We should be joining WV because we think the company is awesome, NOT BECAUSE we are afraid of being at the bottom of the pyramid.

It’s like saying “Come, you have to buy tickets to this movie NOW if not you will get the very first row of seats and you won’t like it”… But hang on a minute, I don’t even want to watch this movie! Do you get it now, folks?

~

It has been a real struggle for me combating WV. It really is just me against the “WV world” as Arjay mentioned. In fact, do a Google search and you’ll find that another blogger who blogged against WV got spammed with so many hateful comments from WV reps that she just disallowed further comments, simply because they were not constructive, and just either personal attacks or just wanting to tear her down.

I don’t disallow comments. In fact, I reply to most of them. I blog about them and I show those reps (and the rest of the world) how silly it would be to fall prey to a company that travel and business bloggers like myself have already sounded the alarm about.

To my blog readers: Make wise decisions. Never let any company corner you, instill fear in you, and make you sign up for something you will definitely regret.

Entrance To Amoy Hotel: The Fuk Tak Chi Museum

[Read my review of Amoy Hotel and get 20% OFF your room rates PLUS a Free City Tour for 2, worth $39.80] 

This isn’t your usual hotel entrance, is it?

Fuk Tak Chi Museum

It is the entrance to the Fuk Tak Chi Museum, and the entrance to Amoy Hotel which is located behind the museum! :D Hotel guests are definitely in for a treat. I suppose some may even be unable to locate the hotel because the museum hides it from view, and the address is high up in a little corner:

Fuk Tak Chi Museum

The Fuk Tak Chi Museum was officially opened on 19 November 1998, in this location rich in culture and heritage.

The hotel also provides a free guided tour of the museum – so approach the staff for a tour. The museum is rather small but I like the little pieces of history preserved here – from the historical architecture to the old photographs printed onto cushion covers:

Fuk Tak Chi Museum

Fuk Tak Chi Museum

Fuk Tak Chi Museum

There is a sizeable mock-up of what Singapore looked like in the past, with coolies and all:

Fuk Tak Chi Museum

Spotted on a plaque outside: “Fuk Tak Chi: One of the first Chinese temples in Singapore, it had its beginnings here as a small shrine set up by Hakka and Cantonese immigrants in 1824. As its importance grew, it also functioned as an association that looked after the interests of the two dialect groups. The patron deity is the Earth God or Dai Bak Gong (in Cantonese) – a popular deity with the Chinese here.”

We definitely enjoyed the museum visit! :)

Fuk Tak Chi Museum

Essential Information:

Open 10am to 10pm daily

FREE admission

[Spotted within the museum] Drop A Coin and Make A Wish:

Fuk Tak Chi Museum

Drop a coin in and make a wish! All the coins will be collected and donated to charity, and your wish may just come true! :)

Read Also:

(1) My Review of Amoy Hotel

(2) What To Do / See / Eat in Chinatown

Hotel Review – Amoy Hotel: A Haven For History Buffs

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I had the pleasure of a staycation at Amoy Hotel last week and I must say that I have never stayed in a hotel so rich in heritage and steeped in local culture – It’s located in Far East Square and the entrance to the hotel is via the Fuk Tak Chi Museum (originally a Chinese temple, and one of the oldest in Singapore)! The location of the hotel is significant, in that it was once the landing site of Chinese immigrants arriving by boat to seek better fortunes here. The hotel is also a great spot to begin exploring Chinatown from: read my guide HERE.

The friendly staff of Amoy Hotel:

Amoy Hotel Singapore

The guy in the middle is named April. I can’t forget his name, ever since I asked him about how he came to be named ‘April’.

Seating Area in the hotel:

Amoy Hotel Singapore

Sitting on the birdcage-like chair:

Amoy Hotel Singapore

There is a feature wall in the hotel lobby with the most common surnames / family names of early Chinese immigrants. And each room in the hotel has a different surname above the room number.

I found my family name outside Room 201:

Amoy Hotel Singapore

I stayed in a Deluxe Double Room, which had its space constraints. No effort was spared in making it a comfortable stay though.

Amoy Hotel Singapore

*I love the beautiful, white aircon cover. I’d also watched the first episode of the new season of ‘The Walking Dead’ in this room! :D

The minibar was well-stocked with drinks and there was a coffee machine for coffee lovers too. April recommended the Caramel Oolong tea and I tried it – pretty good!

Amoy Hotel Singapore

I loved the rain shower too, though it was rather perplexing that the washbasin and a short walkway separated the shower stall from the toilet.

Amoy Hotel SingaporeYou’ve probably already spotted the awesome porcelain washbasin:

Amoy Hotel Singapore

*I love the attention to detail! Even mouthwash is provided! For those heading out into wet weather, there is an umbrella hanging by the clothes hangers, and everything from a clothes iron to a hairdryer can be found within the room.

There are a total of 37 rooms within Amoy Hotel and most of them (21, I think) are single rooms, so I asked to get a peep into one of them. Note that no two rooms are alike, in terms of furnishing and layout! So ask for a different room each time you stay at Amoy? :D

A single room:

Amoy Hotel Singapore

I guess the only disappointment was the hotel breakfast spread.

Amoy Hotel Singapore

There was a small selection of breads and other pastries, mee goreng, sausages, bacon, cheeses, cereal, etc. And that was about it. I guess I was missing scrambled eggs. :D My stay commenced on a Sunday, so much of the immediate vicinity of the hotel resembled a ghost town – there are many restaurants nearby but all were shut on Sunday. I guess hotel guests who pick weekday stays will really love the convenience of just popping downstairs and having so many restaurants to choose from! I took a 5-10 minute walk to Chinatown Point and checked out other parts of Chinatown at dinnertime on Sunday.

My (small) hotel breakfast :

Amoy Hotel Singapore

My Thoughts About Amoy Hotel:

I expect a lot more from Far East Hotels because, for me, the brand is synonymous with great service, friendly people and all things luxurious. Amoy Hotel does not come with a gym nor a pool, so besides banking on its excellent location, it also has to deliver surprises to exceed each guest’s expectations.

I loved everything from the fancy washbasin, the lovely goodnight note someone put on my pillow while I was out for dinner, to the really comfortable bedroom slippers (I took a pair home, and also saw another guest wear those slippers to breakfast).

What could have been improved upon would be the attention to detail. If you scroll upwards to my picture of the breakfast spread, you’ll notice that the juice dispensers were almost out of juice. I would also have liked to be given some information about the history of the area. I don’t recall getting the complimentary newspapers either.

What would have really blown me away would be if the hotel managed to educate me (assuming I am a foreigner) on top of taking care of my comfort needs. For instance, if there was a small jar of Tiger balm or a miniature bottle of Axe brand medicated oil in the room, with a short write-up about what locals use these for (aches and pains, and headaches), Amoy Hotel would be a truly unforgettable hotel for me. I would also take those items home with me. :)

I guess the BEST time to stay at Amoy Hotel would be during the Chinese New Year period. It offers tourists and business travelers the opportunity to take in all the sights and sounds (and smells – good ones!) of the festive period, and still walk right back to a comfortable bed.

*Read my blogposts about the Fuk Tak Chi Museum at the entrance to Amoy Hotel, and the not-to-be-missed food places around the hotel, in the Chinatown area.

Hotel Information:

76 Telok Ayer Street S048464

info.amoy@fareast.com.sg / Tel: +65 6580 2888

[Book HERE for 20% off your room rate PLUS a FREE CITY TOUR for 2, worth $39.80!]

Also, check out the other Far East Hotels I have reviewed:

1) Oasia Hotel

2) Quincy Hotel

World Ventures: “Losing $360 USD Won’t Kill Anyone”

There is a lively discussion going on at my very first post on 5 Reasons Why I Refuse To Join World Ventures. And one particular reader, Weiting, a WV member, has clearly had a field day of leaving comments on my blogpost because I have published and responded to all of his/her initial comments. Having realized how futile it is for me to try and change Weiting’s perception of WV, I have written that I have said my piece and wish to end the discussion, with peace to all. But Weiting refuses to give up, and her most recent comment reveals such callousness that it chills me to the bone.

A screenshot:

World Ventures Scam

In case the screenshot isn’t clear enough:

“The successful people you interviewed all have certain characteristics am I right to say that? That is their attitude and conviction to things that they desire. Their never say die attitude. That’s why the people who left WV are usually the people who think short term and lack of determination. They demand instant gratification. The want quick money and microwave success. But it doesn’t apply it in greatness. Nothing of greatness will come easily or quickly.

In WV or any network marketing is a solid platform for anybody to come into it because of it’s low start up cost. But it gives people a chance to train and and develop themselves in terms of personal growth; confidence, attitude, perspective, etc etc. And with these skill set, they won’t only be able to succeed in WV, they will be able to pursue anything in life in any career, their relationship, health etc etc.

But because of this blog post, it instill fear in people to even give it a try. So what I’m trying to say is; losing $360 USD won’t kill anyone. But denying people the chance of growing is killing their hope and push them back to their comfort zone. You may not feel it because it’s just writing of a post. But look at a big picture; it creates a ripple effect. Like I said; with great power, comes great responsibility. If you are just any blogger, I wouldn’t even bother. But you are someone I respect alot from your other blog postings. I enjoy reading them and your insights. It’s inspirational and therefore, it’s influential. I don’t blame you because network marketing is an industry that alot of people won’t understand until they are part of it.”

My Response in bold font:

“The successful people you interviewed all have certain characteristics am I right to say that? That is their attitude and conviction to things that they desire. Their never say die attitude. That’s why the people who left WV are usually the people who think short term and lack of determination. They demand instant gratification. The want quick money and microwave success. But it doesn’t apply it in greatness. Nothing of greatness will come easily or quickly.”

Is it wrong for people to realize their mistake and take steps to correct it, such as by leaving World Ventures? Many join because of their friends’ cajoling. Most are seduced by the idea of having endless “dream trips” and the fantasy idea of making money while traveling. They do not realize till it is too late, that when something appears too good to be true, it usually is a scam. So they should stick around till “greatness” or a miracle happens? Just because they have woken up and left, you deem they are unworthy of greatness? Let me tell you something… everyone can do great things. They don’t need World Ventures. 

“In WV or any network marketing is a solid platform for anybody to come into it because of it’s low start up cost. But it gives people a chance to train and and develop themselves in terms of personal growth; confidence, attitude, perspective, etc etc. And with these skill set, they won’t only be able to succeed in WV, they will be able to pursue anything in life in any career, their relationship, health etc etc.”

The main draw of WV is the holidays-for-cheap idea. Not personal development. There are MANY other MUCH BETTER companies which can help you achieve your personal development goals, at a lower price. ;) Take, for instance, Toastmasters. I used to be a Toastmaster – it’s a much lower fee than WV – TM is not for profit, like WV is. I got to network, gain business referrals from friends in TM, and developed my public speaking skills, which have been invaluable. I was not asked to get 4 other people to join in order to waive off fees, etc. If you want to claim that WV is a personal development platform, I can tell you this, simply, that TM is a much better platform, and makes WV look like a joke.

“But because of this blog post, it instill fear in people to even give it a try. So what I’m trying to say is; losing $360 USD won’t kill anyone. But denying people the chance of growing is killing their hope and push them back to their comfort zone. You may not feel it because it’s just writing of a post. But look at a big picture; it creates a ripple effect. Like I said; with great power, comes great responsibility. If you are just any blogger, I wouldn’t even bother. But you are someone I respect alot from your other blog postings. I enjoy reading them and your insights. It’s inspirational and therefore, it’s influential. I don’t blame you because network marketing is an industry that alot of people won’t understand until they are part of it.”

I am so glad that in your enthusiasm to share about how wonderful you think WV is, you have undeniably demonstrated your callousness and your total disregard for the finances of the people you rope in. Losing 360USD won’t kill anyone huh? Well said. Come, I shall clap for you. There are people out there starving, wondering when the next meal will be put on the table. People who survive on minimum wages. People who might even name their firstborn after you if you give them 360USD! ;) And you say losing 360USD won’t kill anyone? Nice.

I’ve initially commented that I think you are someone who persists in what you believe in, so you are a natural candidate for doing well in WV or any other NM company. You know, I respect people who have conviction. And I thought you deserved respect for that. I take that back now. I was wrong.

Someone who thinks “losing $360 USD won’t kill anyone” should really take a week off, no, maybe a full month, and go on a trip and think about really helping people, not hoping to extract 360USD from each one of them, because it “won’t kill anyone”. Good grief, you people are heartless to think that!

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Ultimately, I think that WV members who claim to be helping others achieve “greatness” are full of BS. If you really and truly have a heart of gold, go be a volunteer and do volunteer work. I am a volunteer. I do not get paid when helping others. Putting a smile on the face of someone who does not earn even 360 USD a month gives me more joy than going on a ‘dream holiday’. The former warms the cockles of your heart, the latter just means more pictures to spam your facebook friends with. 

WV members who think you can coerce me into removing my blogposts about WV can seriously… dream on. 

World Ventures: When Dream Trips Become Nightmares

A number of people think I am waging war on World Ventures because I’ve already written 5 posts on World Ventures since 2013. I started off with ‘5 Reasons Why I Refuse To Join World Ventures’ and just last night, wrote about ‘5 More Reasons Why I Refuse To Join World Ventures’. Along the way, I’ve had existing WV members leave me comments on how they want to quit but are ‘stuck’, and more importantly, comments from WV members who are pissed off by my blogposts. And I pick some of these comments to blog about, simply because I find their arguments hold no weight at all, and are actually, quite hilarious.

[Read one here, and another here]

And here’s a third, of course…

From ‘zere’, email: zerenoa@hotmail.com, IP: 175.143.185.224

“Grace, everything is all about network, dont be naive..what you are doing now is also networking in the internet, if you didn’t write up interesting topic, no one would have found out your blog, thus no network or traffic flows into your blog. Making a blog popular seriously can make a blogger rich by getting paid by writing review on some products / services. Its all the same, whether it is membership in a Golf club or membership in a travel club, they all require member to pay fees to enjoy privileges. This is to improve loyalty of their customers, so that they don’t switch brand (to other travel company), and at the same time, with the enormous number of members they have, they gain more bargain power with hotels and so on…The only difference is they do it in MLM way to reward their members by expanding their own network. By leveraging on the power of their member’s network, they saved a lot of adverts cost, staff cost (sales person, operator etc), saving cost means cheaper retail price for the members.

If you don’t like to play Golf, don’t join that is it, same like a travel club, but please stop accusing a company with false negative article without researching what is pyramid scam, what is MLM and what is business etc. In our life, I’m sure we have been asked many times by insurance friends or agents to sign up an insurance (insurance is also MLM in case if you didn’t know), but if we don’t need that, just reject and move on. Cheers~”

My Reply (in bold font)

“Grace, everything is all about network, dont be naive..what you are doing now is also networking in the internet, if you didn’t write up interesting topic, no one would have found out your blog, thus no network or traffic flows into your blog. Making a blog popular seriously can make a blogger rich by getting paid by writing review on some products / services.”

This may come as a surprise to you, but I have never found World Ventures an “interesting topic” to blog about. I would really much rather watch paint dry than blog about you guys. My first blogpost came about only because I was HARASSED by people into joining WV, with horrible cut-and-paste emails. And by the way, I don’t just single you WV guys out. ANYONE who sends me pesky and/or rude emails gets blogged about. Example here

So, zere, don’t be naive, and self-obsessed. And writing about you guys does not make my blog popular. I will not get an award for “Most Anti-WV Blogger” Or “Best Anti-WV Blogposts Ever”. I admit that I am amused most of the time by how WV advocates sound like members of a cult, who totally lose all sense of what’s right and what’s wrong, who just repeatedly spout the nonsense they have been taught in WV training, and can no longer think for themselves anymore EVEN WHEN THE FACTS ARE RIGHT BEFORE THEM.

I will continue to blog about WV because I am protecting those who have not fallen prey to WV yet. I know WV requires members to rope in 4 other friends. So I am most probably fighting a losing battle. One blogger vs The Blue Banner Gang? As long as 1 person reads my blogposts and does not fall into the WV trap, I feel happy that I have helped one person. Blog popularity can wait.

“Its all the same, whether it is membership in a Golf club or membership in a travel club, they all require member to pay fees to enjoy privileges. This is to improve loyalty of their customers, so that they don’t switch brand (to other travel company), and at the same time, with the enormous number of members they have, they gain more bargain power with hotels and so on…”

I really LOVE how WV members make such SWEEPING STATEMENTS. It’s ALL THE SAME. EVERYONE, EVERWHERE, EVERY COMPANY IS DOING THIS, THIS, THIS. Yeah right.

If I join a golf club, I get to indulge in my hobby without a bunch of people waving blue banners, or golf clubs, for that matter. I most certainly enjoy privileges, WITHOUT having to rope in 4 other golfers, or pay MORE when I play golf in this club, versus at another venue where I am not a member. In WV, this is NOT the case.

And what sort of SILLY REASONING is this: I have to pay so that I become loyal to the company? Er… I should be loyal to the company BECAUSE the company is awesome, NOT because they are deducting fees from my credit card regularly! 

Yes yes, I get that with a larger membership base, WV gets more bargaining power with hotels. Now, here’s the thing, WV is already HUGE but travel is not cheaper than what I can get on my own outside of WV. So how ENORMOUS must WV get before members actually enjoy some teeny weeny little privilege?

“By leveraging on the power of their member’s network, they saved a lot of adverts cost, staff cost (sales person, operator etc), saving cost means cheaper retail price for the members.”

Once again, I have to reiterate… traveling with WV is NOT cheaper than traveling on your own. NO ONE, I repeat, NO ONE needs WV for cheaper holidays. Airfares these days are SO competitive. I’ve booked THREE holidays for TWO this year, and the total I have spent on these airfares (to Hong Kong, Taipei and Bangkok) come up to only S$800+, all taxes inclusive. I book hotels via agoda.com, where they regularly have special room rates, plus I get credits for reviewing my stays and can use those credits for future discounts. I pay NO membership fees. I need NOT recruit 4 people. I need NOT constantly recruit people. Do you get it now?

“If you don’t like to play Golf, don’t join that is it, same like a travel club, but please stop accusing a company with false negative article without researching what is pyramid scam, what is MLM and what is business etc.”

You know what, I actually support some companies which have an MLM-way of selling their products. Like, Tupperware. It’s actually a product that is useful for most people, and they aren’t pushy or overly aggressive like some WV members who want to recruit 4 and avoid paying fees.

I’ll say it now… I do think WV is a scam. Celebrities with a lot of followers certainly benefit from WV. Their followers want to join them in this ‘travel business’. But what about the average guy on the street? He has to ‘con’ FOUR of his friends to join, and he’ll likely lose many friendships along the way. So, I have to tell people this: “DON’T DO IT!”

“In our life, I’m sure we have been asked many times by insurance friends or agents to sign up an insurance (insurance is also MLM in case if you didn’t know), but if we don’t need that, just reject and move on. Cheers~”

This is another thing I really detest about WV members. Stop comparing your company to other companies, please. Governments support the purchase of insurance. Even companies pay for group insurance for their employees. Has any government shown such support for WV? 

Insurance is a necessity. WV “Dream Trips” are not. 

Insurance agents can be pesky, just like WV members. Granted. Having said that, no insurance agent will tell you that your premium is waived if you find 4 other friends to buy policies too. Similarly, when you join as an insurance agent, you are not asked to rope in 4 other people to join as agents. 

I think MLM works. And in those instances when it doesn’t because it is taken to extremes (like in WV), I feel responsible for blogging about it. 

You say that if I don’t like WV, “just reject and move on”. That’s what the average person does. I’m a blogger. I blog about the rejection and I move on. You guys don’t like reading what I write? “Just reject and move on”! 

Just stay in your Dream Trips bubble while the world gasps at what a horrible nightmarish sight it is. 

And a friendly bit of advice: Bubbles do burst. 

5 More Reasons Why I Refuse To Join World Ventures

[If you haven't already read: 5 Reasons Why I Refuse To Join World Ventures]

I received a really long blog comment from ‘Weiting’, email address – vanesswu4ever@gmail.com, IP – 218.186.8.225. It was the same comment on TWO blogposts so I guess she (or he?) was REALLY asking for the comment to be published, and I will include my comments in this post too.

From Weiting:

“Hey! I join WorldVentures 3 months ago so in a way I’m really at the bottom of the pyramid letting all the top guys stone stepping on me. But even though I have only made a few hundred dollars, I believe I have gained much much more from WV den just money!

The people there are really amazing. Because in my work place it’s very political and they judge you base on your status and title. But here in WV, they treat each and everyone as equals and encourage and motivate you not just in your WV business, but also in my life and my relationships as well. I’ve never felt anything like this before. I gained knowledge that I don’t get to learn in school, I developed confidence through the training platform, I was pushed to overcome my biggest fear of all time, I gained network and most importantly, because of the company, me and my family got alot closer together. All of these in my opinion are priceless =)

I agree in many ways of what you say and it’s totally logical. But in life, many things are not base on logic and alot of things cannot be explained; such as emotions and relationships. If we use logic to explain it, it spoils the beauty of it. Yes I totally understand the top guy makes the most money. Yes I understand that there are some black sheep in the company who pesters people to join and some are really just plain nasty. But isn’t everywhere the same? The top guy makes the most money stone stepping on everyone? In any corporate company, or even in a country?

There is no wrong and there is no right in this world. It’s all about perspective. And yes I get that your perspective is great and awesome. But you are a very famous and credible blogger whom people respects. So if you post such an anti WorldVentures post, alot of people will take your opinion seriously. And most people in this world and especially in this country are suffering and having problems and when an amazing company like WV come into their life, they are not sure to believe or not to believe, and therefore turn to the internet to read your blog. And because of a post like this, it creates a ripple effect in many many ways if you look at life in a become picture. Take for example me, if I saw your blog before joining WV, I wouldn’t have join 3 months ago. And because of that, my personal development growth will still be dysfunctional. My family’s bonding will still be as bad. And the people that I brought and and about to bring in, the people who wants to bring their life to a whole new level will never happen because of the power of one.

So anyway, what I’m trying to say is, WV may not be for everyone (just like durian). But at least let people have a chance, to go after and chase that dream. It may happen for them. But from what I read, 95% of the people who stay on in a network marketing company for 10 years live life beyong their wildest dreams be it riches of in personal growth. And that is statistics in a way I believe will help people =)”

My Response (in bold font):

“I believe I have gained much much more from WV den just money!… I gained knowledge that I don’t get to learn in school, I developed confidence through the training platform, I was pushed to overcome my biggest fear of all time, I gained network and most importantly, because of the company, me and my family got alot closer together. All of these in my opinion are priceless =)”

(1) World Ventures Isn’t About Making Traveling Less Expensive. It Is A… Motivational Camp?

IF World Ventures is REALLY about making my dream trips come true at a lower price than I would pay if I make those travel plans on my own, sign me up. 

Fact: A WV member PROVED me right – that my holidays are cheaper if I book them myself. 

Fact #2: That WV member did not come back to me later and say “Grace, because you found fares cheaper than on our WV system, I got to go on the holiday for FREE!” So, I wonder… is it true when WV members claim that I can travel for free if I find cheaper fares outside, once I join WV? I guess you know the answer.

Now Weiting is telling us that in WV, you can make money, and get “knowledge” (about what?!), “confidence”, “network”. Weiting also overcame that “biggest fear of all time”, WHICH IS WHAT?!

Vague. Vague. More Vagueness. Yes, I can TOTALLY GET what WV is about.

“Yes I totally understand the top guy makes the most money. Yes I understand that there are some black sheep in the company who pesters people to join and some are really just plain nasty. But isn’t everywhere the same? The top guy makes the most money stone stepping on everyone? In any corporate company, or even in a country?”

2) Members lose ALL clarity once they join. Even if it’s not a scam, it’s probably cult-ish. 

The guy (or woman, let’s be fair) at the top makes the most money. Yup. That’s not what I am upset about. I am upset that I have to CON 4 people into joining alongside me. Is that so freaking hard to understand?! *KNOCK KNOCK, ANYBODY HOME?* 

And WV is NOT LIKE ANY OTHER COMPANY. When you want to work for a particular company, and go for their recruitment interview, do they tell you “Oh, you want to work for us? Please pay $XXX and recruit 4 other employees for us too. All 4 must pay $XXX and then we will pay you a monthly income.”

So please… just show me HOW traveling with WV is cheaper than me booking holidays on my own, and explain (logically) WHY I must recruit 4 more people to join before I can enjoy the company of WV members?

“There is no wrong and there is no right in this world. It’s all about perspective. And yes I get that your perspective is great and awesome. But you are a very famous and credible blogger whom people respects. So if you post such an anti WorldVentures post, alot of people will take your opinion seriously.”

3) Some WV members get highly sarcastic when they run out of logical arguments. 

Like HUH? “There is no wrong and there is no right in this world”??? So… if someone commits a crime, we let the person go because there is no wrong and there is no right in this world? (@_@) 

If my perspective is “great and awesome” like you say, then by all means let me continue posting what I like, right? Since my perspective is great and awesome, according to you, Weiting?

Tell me HOW my post is “anti WorldVentures”? I have made it REALLY clear at the start that my #1 dislike of the company is how the members PESTER me to join, with their template cut-and-paste emails. 

And guess what, oh-so-sarcastic-person, after my blogpost, those WV invites STOPPED! Which was exactly what I wanted. And I would have stopped there. If not for all you WV members who continue to leave me nasty blog comments, thus making me THANK MY LUCKY STARS I didn’t join WV! These people will help me develop confidence, bring my family closer, and all that whatever you wrote… YEAH RIGHT! I don’t believe you for one second. I’m not 5. 

“Take for example me, if I saw your blog before joining WV, I wouldn’t have join 3 months ago. And because of that, my personal development growth will still be dysfunctional. My family’s bonding will still be as bad. And the people that I brought and and about to bring in, the people who wants to bring their life to a whole new level will never happen because of the power of one.”

4) WV members are CONFUSED about what WV is actually about. It is now a… personal development company?

So… how do we KNOW for sure that your family’s “bonding” is much better now? You guys go for holidays together and wave blue banners which state “You Should Be Here”? I don’t need all these airy fairy nonsense. SHOW ME PROOF THAT SIGNING UP WITH WV GIVES ME CHEAPER HOLIDAYS THAN IF I BOOK THEM ON MY OWN, *and scrap that 4 recruits requirement*, AND I’ll join. Seriously.

“So anyway, what I’m trying to say is, WV may not be for everyone (just like durian). But at least let people have a chance, to go after and chase that dream. It may happen for them. But from what I read, 95% of the people who stay on in a network marketing company for 10 years live life beyong their wildest dreams be it riches of in personal growth. And that is statistics in a way I believe will help people =)”

5) WV members throw questionable “statistics” at you. And if you are not smart enough to question them, you will fall for their trap hook, line and sinker!

Where did you get this “95%” quote from? Oh, the World Ventures Guidebook? And isn’t TEN YEARS a REALLY long time?

And oh… by the way, I really dislike durian. So if you are comparing WV to durian… ok, another reason to say “no, thank you!”

I am a blogger. I blog about what I like and what I dislike. If I think WV members are being pests and bombarding me with irritating emails, it is MY RIGHT to blog about it. You are most welcome to blog about how “awesome” you think WV is. Will I stop you? No! Will I leave comments on your blog? Absolutely not. I stand to gain nothing from it. You, on the other hand, think I am stopping you from making $ from your soon-to-join recruits. And I REALLY do think that I am HELPING THEM!

Not happy? Let me remind you of something Weiting wrote… “There is no wrong and there is no right in this world. It’s all about perspective”. :D