Book Review: ‘Unqualified’ by Anna Faris (Foreword by Chris Pratt)

anna faris unqualified book review

What a great memoir this is! πŸ™‚ Almost ‘unputdownable’, and I say ‘almost’ because I think those pages with input from Anna’s Facebook fans and podcast listeners seem to be fillers. And I might be wrong, but it appears this book was launched around the time Anna and Chris split? So, why oh why, does it not spill the beans on the reason(s) for the split, instead of just gushing about what a unicorn Chris is and how much they love and will sacrifice for their son? Hmm. Before picking up this book, I actually had no idea who Anna Faris is (and yup, I’ll probably pronounce her name wrongly too, just like you would – it’s supposed to be something like Ah-nah, not Ann-na). But after reading this book, I now know (just about) everything from when she lost her virginity to the time she got breast implants. Let’s just say this book is a tell-all, except about the part regarding the divorce. I’m guessing it’s somewhere in pre-nuptial agreements to keep certain things private? πŸ˜‰ So, props to them for somehow still being able to remain friends after a divorce.

It all seems so weird to me, how these angmohs can get divorced and have new partners and everyone can get to meet / know each other. It’s like they kind of accept that no one gets marriage right the first time, so it’s ok to call it quits (“till death do us part” hahahaa) and then stay pals with exes and even befriend their ex-spouse’s new love interests. (>_<)

Anna has this popular podcast called ‘Anna Faris is Unqualified’ and I really do love this word – ‘Unqualified’. She can say whatever she wants, and you can’t fault her, ‘cos she has already stated that she is unqualified and who asked you to believe what she says? πŸ˜€ In this book, she shares lots of relationship advice too, and ultimately I feel a little sympathetic towards these high-profile celebrity romances. If you’re a celeb, it makes sense to date / marry another celeb; someone who will understand the demands of your job and also not kick up a fuss if you have kissing scenes, etc, with another hot celeb. BUT the pressures of keeping up a facade of being in a marriage that is #relationshipgoals (thanks, social media) and having to deal with the press who’d happily plaster a picture of your sole, sad self along the beach alongside one of your husband laughing with his hot co-star… that can certainly take its toll. And when there’s a comparison of who’s more famous than whom? Sigh.

On page 194, Anna shares about the time she uttered “Don’t you know who I am?” in 2002 when the manager of a bowling alley bar wanted to kick her out of the place for getting (slightly) drunk. Reminds me of the time that our own local celebrity, Rui En, did the same. I suppose fame gets to your head, ya? Even a self-deprecating, funny, and lovable character like Anna also falls prey to it.

Read this book if you’d like to know Anna Faris a little better. She does share some interesting nuggets about Chris Pratt (which make him seem REALLY desirable) but don’t expect it to tell you (not even a hint!) about the reasons why they got a divorce.

Celebrity Host Jacky Wu’s Son Questioned By Police After ‘Joke’ Bombed

Rick Wu's bomb joke

Screengrab from YouTube

I had more fun that I should have when putting together the title of this blogpost. (@_@) Basically, Jacky Wu’s 19-year-old son (whose name is Rick Wu) recently posted a picture of himself and his girlfriend on Instagram stories and included a caption saying that if his girlfriend doesn’t recover from her illness, he’ll make a bomb and blow up Taipei’s City Hall and make everyone pay. I’m not sure why anyone would take the son of a comedian seriously when he makes such an illogical statement. Really, what has his girlfriend’s illness got to do with the rest of society? Rick explained during a press conference co-hosted by his father that it was meant as a joke among his army buddies. But someone took a screenshot and sent it to the media. According to Jacky, the young man will bow out of the entertainment industry which he’d just entered less than a month ago.

It’s a pity, really. Rick seemed like a very promising musician. As Jacky’s pride and joy, Rick was all set to go really far in the entertainment business. Jacky paved the way for both his daughter (Sandy) as well as Rick as best he could, and now it seems only Sandy will be able to stay in this industry.

Jacky has mentioned many times how he flies a lot for work, missing lots of important celebrations and holidays at home because he needs to be abroad for filming. While we may envy the children of celebrities for all that fame and money (and fast cars) they enjoy, perhaps what they really need (and possibly crave for) is companionship and that permanent father figure at home. Seems like the young man just wants more attention, and who can blame him?

Though the public censure by his father needed to happen (in order to help calm angry netizens – why are they so angry anyway?), Rick may or may not have learnt his lesson. Come on, the dude is just 19.

What do we learn from this? Don’t make bomb-related jokes and seriously, don’t have offspring unless you are willing and able to spend lots of time with them, inculcating the right values and bringing them up well. If you’re “mediocre” as GCT would say, then it’s not as serious. But if you’re a celebrity, well, you just might have to call for a press conference to explain the actions of your offspring. πŸ˜‰

National Achievers Congress featuring Gary Vaynerchuk: 9 Lessons From 9 Speakers

National Achievers Congress Gary Vaynerchuk

As I’ve watched Gary Vee’s videos on Facebook more times than I care to remember, it was a fantastic experience seeing him ‘live’ on stage right here in Singapore at the National Achievers Congress (NAC)! πŸ˜€ I took 10 pages of notes for this 2-day event (13th and 14th July 2018), but I’ll pick out 9 takeaways from this year’s NAC just for this blogpost. πŸ™‚ You know, it’s funny how I’d won a pair of VIP tickets to the NAC via a Facebook contest, and then I also won an autographed copy of Gary Vaynerchuk’s book ‘Crushing It’ at the event via an Instagram contest. (To Clarence, if you’re reading this, the copy I’d already purchased via bookdepository.com is yours. Happy Birthday!)

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I’ve paraphrased some of what the speakers have said:

Speaker: Peng Joon, Internet Marketer

“The person who can pay MOST to acquire a customer WINS.”

Chatri Sityodtong

Speaker: Chatri, One Championship

“To be a WORLD CHAMPION, it’s about the inches. Keep getting better.”

Speaker: Sandy, Trader

“Change jobs, build businesses, go on BIG adventures.”

Speaker: Rajiv, Business Coach

“Be HUNGRY for success”

Speaker: Patrick, Property Investor

“The greatest poverty is a poverty of DREAMS and ACTIONS.”

Henry Patterson National Achievers Congress

Speaker: Henry, 14-year-old Serial Entrepreneur

“The most important thing for me is to GIVE BACK.”

Speaker: Sean, Value Investor

“Assess the BUSINESS, not the stock!”

Speaker: Aaron, U.S. Real Estate Investor

“Why are you using your time and skill to make SOMEONE ELSE rich?”

Speaker: Gary Vaynerchuk

“Everybody else SUCKS too!”

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Gary Vee National Achievers Congress

This year’s NAC event has been especially memorable because there’s GARY VEE (who nearly caused a stampede), Chatri from ONE Championship and Henry (14 year old serial entrepreneur). If you haven’t already guessed, these 3 people had no programs to sell. Sure, Gary and Henry had books for sale. I bought Henry’s at S$35. And here’s a funny story:

I was at the book table and Henry’s mother, Rebecca, was collecting payment (in cash) from people who wanted to buy the book (there were something like twenty copies only) and Henry was so obliging in taking pictures with everyone. I fished out $35 from my wallet, and then the new friend I’d made was asking Rebecca if she could buy the book the next day instead as she didn’t have cash on her. So I helped pay for her book too. Then the guy standing in the queue behind her also needed cash to buy the book. So I had to dig out money I stash inside my handbag for times when I’d forgotten to bring my wallet out. And in total, I paid for THREE books. So, sure, we can move towards a cashless society and all, but there’ll certainly be instances whereby it’s good to have at least $50 in your wallet! Come on, people. Hide some money somewhere. Between your phone and the phone case is another place you can leave some moolah.

If you’re ever wondering if you should attend the NAC (again) simply because you’ve felt it’s like a series of seminar “previews” one after another, I think you should just look at the lineup of speakers and see if there are people who don’t have anything to sell you but have so much to give to inspire you. For NACSG2018, Gary, Chatri and Henry have done that for me. πŸ™‚

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School Holiday Kids Workshops: The Dimple Loft by Actress Joanne Peh

The Dimple Loft by Joanne Peh

I’ve only just spotted this on Instagram today: actress Joanne Peh has been keeping busy during the recent March school holidays with workshops for kids aged 18 months all the way to 6 years old! Her company, The Dimple Loft (how cute!), aims to “combine the filmic arts with the Reggio pedagogy, that is child-centered and constructivist.” At this point, I’m regretting my decision to ‘Google’ the meaning of constructivism. (@_@) I think, put simply (and feel free to correct me if I’m wrong), that it’s about letting young kids explore, offering them opportunities to find out how they learn best, and allowing them that space to reflect on what they’ve experienced.

There are currently 3 kinds of workshops at The Dimple Loft – dates have not been updated to reflect (any) upcoming workshops:

The Dimple Loft workshops

For the really young ones (18 months to 4 years old), the 2-hour workshop with a half-hour break cost $65 per child. And each child may be accompanied by 1 parent. Participants get to enjoy “painting, printmaking, mask-making, drawing, collage, colouring”. Good time to discover young Picassos, I suppose! πŸ˜€

Likewise, for the 2 to 4 year olds (accompanied by the parents), they will learn about “painting, printmaking, drawing, collage, colouring and sound design”.

For the 5 and 6 year olds, it’s a 3-day camp (total of 9 hours) that cost $375 per child. Kids will “explore and learn how to use different materials and art forms to design, create and tell stories using numbers.” *And parents are supposed to drop off their kids for the programme, and leave them in the hands of the Dimple Loft crew. I’m guessing that many have relished the opportunity to have some ‘me time’. πŸ˜€

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Obviously, I’ve not been to any of the workshops mentioned above, and neither have I been paid nor asked to promote them. I just think that Joanne and her hubby have been doing something right by keeping their kids out of the public eye, instead of ‘milking’ that youth, innocence and cuteness for ka-ching, social media likes, and added publicity.

I’ve also spotted Joanne at a book warehouse sale previously, and I couldn’t help noticing that while she was friendly and obliging about photo requests, she seemed to keep an ever-vigilant eye out for people taking photos at the warehouse, who might somehow snap pictures of her two kids who were with her. *I really was just taking pictures of the books on sale! πŸ˜€ Her daughter seemed very vocal, full of energy (aren’t they all), and expressive. I’m guessing Joanne is quite the hands-on mother. And now, whatever she has learnt about educating the young ones, you can get access to by sending your kiddo to her ‘school’. πŸ™‚

Meeting Straits Times’ Cartoonist, Lee Chee Chew

Lee Chee Chew I'd Say Book

A modest crowd turned up for the (note)book autograph session πŸ˜€

The Straits Times Press has recently launched two notebooks featuring illustrations from Straits Times’ artists Lee Chee Chew and Miel. You might have seen their comic strips in ST at some point. I bought two of the “I’d Say” (is it a play on ‘Aiseh’?) notebooks by Chee Chew, who’s donating all the royalties to help a Vietnamese boy.

I was hoping he could draw a short comic strip with the idea I had in mind, but he said he usually just draws one of his characters and add the words “This belongs to …” (>_<) Maybe I should have offered to buy 10 more. πŸ˜€

I'd Say notebook by Lee Chee Chew

I’m so inspired to learn how to draw cartoons now!

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notebooks

I felt the session was a little awkward as there are two artists and so it’d be pretty obvious who has more fans. I don’t think I saw anyone buy both notebooks except for a Straits Times journalist who came to cover the event and show his support by getting 1 of each notebook. πŸ˜€

I’d think that if there was a short demo session on how to draw cartoons, there’d actually be more people keen on popping by. Even if it costs S$30, I’d sign up!

*Final note: The notebooks cost $13.91 each. If you’re a Times member, you can get a discount. πŸ™‚ I used my 20% discount voucher when getting the 2 notebooks.

The Young Daniel Ong Ate Boiled Paper With Soy Sauce Because Of Poverty

paper and soy sauce

Picture for illustrative purposes only πŸ˜›

Mention the name “Daniel Ong” and most people will think of the serial entrepreneur (founder of Twelve Cupcakes, Rookery, Brewlander, and more!) or know him to be an award-winning radio DJ. But what else do you know about Daniel? Is he so rich and successful because he’s from a wealthy family? You know about those companies of his that are successful, but what about those which failed – what lessons did he learn from those ventures? I got to hear Daniel Ong share about his story and his journey at theΒ ‘Dare to Fail!’ session organized as part of the People’s Association Industry Guru series recently.

Daniel Ong

Daniel on stage, as some of us in the audience continued enjoying the buffet-style dinner provided. πŸ˜€

It was an eye-opening session.

Firstly, Daniel’s been through some really tough times growing up. His father left the family when Daniel was just a year old. Daniel moved to Canada with his mother, who had to take on two jobs to support the family. He returned to Singapore at age 9 but times were so tough that he even ate paper that was boiled in water, with some soy sauce for flavor! (It didn’t seem like he was kidding!) And if he were to order food from the chicken rice stall, it would be chicken rice without the chicken. The uncle would give him some soup to accompany that rice.

And even though he is terribly eloquent, and speaks Mandarin fluently as well, Daniel’s formal education ended after he took the ‘O’ levels as he had to start making money!

He has also worked in a whole lot of jobs – from dishwasher to bowling ball driller to being an assistant in a ‘cai png’ stall!

This award-winning radio DJ also struggled at first. People were calling for his resignation the first week he started work at a radio station. He received hate mail at the age of 19. That pent-up frustration led him to shout while at a reservoir, till he lost his voice. And by some stroke of luck, his voice became deeper after that. (*Don’t try this at home, or at any reservoir!)

When people complained about his poor enunciation, he read The Straits Times out loud, front to back, every single day for 6 months. Eventually, voiceover jobs came his way. He began hosting shows… and became a sought-after host.

He’s also had some businesses which failed spectacularly. There was a beads-and-necklaces business, a carwash and polishing business, Cookies for Sid as well as Junbi and Dulce And Sucre (which racked up 6-figure losses EACH). Yet Dan says it’s important to fail. Because you get to get back up, learn, analyse what went wrong, and change.

He gave the audience such pearls of wisdom – “If you don’t know your purpose now, it is ok.” (The KFC guy started at age 60) and “Don’t quit your job and open a cafe!” πŸ˜€

Here are just 5 takeaways from the session:

#1: To succeed in a business, there must be a SYSTEM. Anyone can find a cupcake recipe online, but not everyone can deliver consistency. Having a system allows you to scale up. Twelve Cupcakes thus opened 12 stores in 12 months, and 40 stores around Asia with a venture capitalist.

#2: There’s no escaping the grind: Daniel was working from 7am to 3am daily when Twelve Cupcakes first started. His “longest” lunch was all of 5 minutes. He did everything from marketing to social media and HR. He even mopped the floor.

#3: Branding is key. They didn’t simply sell a product. They sold emotions.

#4: Keep staff feeling fulfilled.

#5: Learn every aspect of your business.

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If you’re interested in meeting Daniel at one of his workshops and learning more, head to danielonglive.com for more details.

Book Review: ‘Unstoppable’ by Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova Unstoppable

I picked Maria Sharapova’s book ‘Unstoppable’ as my in-flight reading material to and from Bangkok, and it was a great choice. Once again, I’m reminded why I love memoirs / autobiographies so much. I’m not a fan of tennis and didn’t know much about Maria before reading this book. I know she makes loud noises (what folks call “grunting”) on the court , and she has her own brand of candy (which I think is kind of pricey), and she’s gorgeous. But beyond that, I didn’t know much else about her. This book changed all that.

I got to read the story of her first encounter with the game of tennis at age 4, and how her father (Yuri) dropped everything in Russia and brought her to America a few years later, believing his daughter would be a tennis star.

Long before there was the Tiger Mom, there was the Tennis Dad, and you don’t want to mess with either of them. πŸ˜€ It was largely due to her family’s dedication that Maria became the superstar she is today.

Get a copy of this book if you want to know:

  1. What motivates her
  2. Lessons she learnt from losses
  3. Locker room secrets
  4. Who encouraged her to try shoplifting (just that one time) and what she took
  5. Rivalry with Serena Williams
  6. Players who gave her dirty looks
  7. Who she had a serious crush on
  8. Playing with her right (vs left) hand, her shoulder injury, etc

Through this book, Maria has tried to clear the air once again with regard to the (supposed) “doping” incident. If you don’t know what happened, just know that she was cleared of the doping charges. I think it all happened for a reason – it gave her time to rest and recharge. She even went for a two-week summer program at Harvard Business School! You’ve got to love this gal. Even though she was suspended from playing tennis, facing an international backlash, having people call her all sorts of names (comments about “doper” / “cheat” / etc can still be found on Youtube videos of her), instead of moping or feeling sorry for herself, she went out and learnt new stuff.

There are a couple of quotes from this book that I love. Here’s one of them:

“What sets the great players apart from the good players? The good players win when everything is working. The great players win even when nothing is working, even when the game is ugly; that is, when they are not great. Because no one can be great every day. Can you get it done on the ugly days, when you feel like garbage and the tank is empty? That’s the question.”

I felt it was an absolute privilege and honor to be able to read this story of her life. This is certainly a book I’m keeping and re-reading at some point. πŸ™‚

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Watch this video and see 14-year-old Maria, plus get a sneak peek at her stamp collection πŸ˜€

Book Review: Wildflower by Drew Barrymore

Wildflower by Drew Barrymore

This is one book I love but which also leaves me puzzled. As puzzled as after I read this other book about eating, praying and loving, and how the author discovered her soulmate (this amazing guy) after a traumatic divorce and traveling to various places. Said author later divorces the guy and ends up in a same-sex relationship. This world is so freaking… confusing. And authors and creative types are the worst, I tell you! πŸ˜›

Anyway, in Wildflower, Drew Barrymore shares about how she met Will Kopelman, the proposal, the awesome in-laws, and beautiful kids. The book ends with no sign at all that her marriage would not be a ‘happily ever after’ story. And before you know it, tah-dah they are divorced. Brilliant. Thankfully, the book is not just about the couple (or ex-couple). It shares snippets of Drew’s past, her upbringing, her parents, the adventures she’s been on (like jumping off a cruise ship full of old people!), and also how she came to star in some of my favorite movies ever (like ’50 First Dates’).

What I would have loved for her to share about was her experience of getting into an ‘institution / rehab’ at the age of 13 and staying in there for 1.5 years. That part is missing from the overall story. Though I would understand if she’d just rather not share / recall. What she does reveal, though, are some bits about how she parted ways with her mother when she was 14, and how her dad was simply not playing the role of a dad throughout her life.

Through this book, I got to know a little better this former ‘child star’ who first starred in a dog food commercial at the (impossible) age of 11 months, and then other films including E.T. when she was 7. I was almost moved to tears when she described how she had been tracking the script for what would be the movie ’50 First Dates’ for YEARS before she eventually starred in it with Adam Sandler.

There’s so much more you need to read about in Wildflower. I’m sure you’ll love the book. I bought it yesterday at Times bookstore (50% off at Waterway Point) and am already done reading it today! That’s how good it is!

Here are 5 quotes I’ve picked from the book:

#1: “I am afraid. I’m thirty-five, and I don’t exactly know where my life is heading, and I just don’t even know what I am looking for.” (I’m sure SO MANY of us can relate. I guess this is why we love her and love watching her in the movies she has starred in.)

#2: “…we built relationships with people we admired and respected rather than party with the beautiful people” (Though her parents didn’t do a great job in terms of parenting, her life has been blessed with amazing people who’ve helped teach her, support her and love her.)

#3: “…you can be a warrior and be full of grace and class.”

#4: “You choose the great person in front of you and don’t play the game of Let’s Make a Deal and see what’s behind door number two because we are so conditioned to seeing what else is out there.” (Important advice for people who are single!)

#5: “We all have the capacity to be divine, but that damn ego always lets some people think they are bigger or better than others.”

Schaffen Watches Review: Empowering You To Create Your Own Personalised Timepiece

Schaffen Watches Singapore

Schaffen Watches is a homegrown brand that offers you the opportunity to customise your watch beyond simply engraving your name on it. “Schaffen” is German for the word “create” and you can certainly unleash your creativity in designing a watch that you’ll be proud to call your own. Some people choose to showcase their artwork, have their signature across the watch face or even indicate special dates on them (bonus:Β never forget an anniversary again). As for me, I chose to have my watch reflect not just the time, but what’s important in Life with specially selected quotes. (*Make sure you read till the end of this blogpost for a special giveaway you won’t want to miss!)

Every Schaffen watch is unique: it might have a Pegasus, or a signature, or be part of “couple watches”. You decide.

Schaffen

Head over to Schaffen’s website to try their Watch Builder – you can fully customise your watch in just 5 simple steps:

Schaffen Watch Builder

Start with the Dial and Caseback, then the Watch Face, Markers, Hands and Straps.

My personalised Schaffen watch has two quotes – a short one in front and a longer one on the caseback. I picked these two quotes because they are oft-repeated by two individuals I admire and respect. On the face of the watch is “Be Happy Always”, which is the phrase ‘Happiness Influencer’ Xandria Ooi from Malaysia, often ends her videos with. I love how these three words are such a useful reminder in this fast-paced society we live in.

Customised Schaffen Watch

When I look at the time and see that the person I’m meeting is late, I get a timely (hur hur) reminder to “Be Happy!” even when there are so many things which could potentially ruin my mood or day. I’m not sure if there’s a better reminder to have on the watch face, as hasn’t it been said that the ultimate aim in Life is to be happy? πŸ™‚

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β€œFor every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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On the back of the watch is another quote:

Schaffen Watch caseback

“To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield” is originally from the Ulysses by Lord Alfred Tennyson. It’s my pal, Steven Lek’s, favorite quote. I admire many things about Steven but none more than his dedication to lifelong learning and his unwavering loyalty to his friends. He also takes pride in delivering on his promises, even if he has to stay up all night in order to put together a blogpost that he’d said he would craft. And he’s 70. (He’s also one of my most senior blogging students) πŸ˜€

While this quote is on the back, which means few people will ever get to see it, it is a reminder to me each time I put on the watch that I should strive for what I believe in, and to not give up even when times are tough. And if there’s anything my 70-year-old pal can accomplish, I should be able to do too!

My one-of-a-kind watch:

Schaffen Watch Singapore

I chose not to have my name on the watch face, unlike so many other people, as I really don’t need a reminder regarding what my name is. Haha! But if you like your accessories personalized with your name, by all means, go ahead! πŸ˜€

And if you have any other ideas regarding what you want your watch to look like, get in touch with the Schaffen team. Perhaps you want the Pegasus on the watch face instead of on the back? Maybe an image of the Hogwarts Express – to remind you to look for the magical moments in each day? I, for one, would love to have the watch straps in other colors too. The blue is great, yes, and wouldn’t pink be lovely? πŸ˜€

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Schaffen Watches

The box that the watch comes in looks so artfully designed that you’ll certainly want to keep it as well. That said, you won’t have to store the watch within the box each time you’re not wearing it though, ‘cos Schaffen watches are very durable!

The watches are assembled in Singapore, using ‘quality components from Switzerland and Korea’ such as corrosion-resistant 316L stainless steel for the watch case,Β scratch-proof sapphire crystal, Swiss-made movements (with a 3-year warranty), and genuine full-grain leather sourced from Italy and Hong Kong.

The watches don’t come cheap, at $299 each, but I have only praise for the quality and workmanship. If it’s high time you get a new watch, you might want to customise one with the help of this Singaporean brand. πŸ˜‰

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Watch out for the interview with one of Schaffen’s co-founders coming up real soon. πŸ™‚

( GIVEAWAY )

WIN a Schaffen watch that YOU get to customise! πŸ˜€ Head on over to my Facebook page for the giveaway now! πŸ™‚

5 Reasons To Sign Up For Sky Premium Membership

Sky Premium Singapore Media Briefing

Bluefin Tuna Cutting Ceremony @ Sky Premium’s Media Briefing

I attended Sky Premium’s media briefing this afternoon, and wow, I think this ‘membership services club’ might be something worth investing in. It’ll be launched in Q4 this year, and while there’s not a ton of information available at this moment, from what I saw today, I think many people will be keen to find out more about Sky Premium. So, very quickly, here are 5 top reasons that I think would entice people to sign up:

#1: Preferential rates from esteemed brands

Sky Premium offers members exclusive privileges for travel, dining, fashion and wellness. Some of these brands include FJ Benjamin, Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts, etc.

Also, members can look forward to exclusive invites to closed-door events, fashion shows, sake tastings, etc. They’ll also get access to business facilities at Sky Premium’s office.

Sky Premium Membership

Maguro Sushi @ Takujo, Emporium Shokuhin

#2: Panel Advisors: Allan Wu and Tan Min-Li

Sky Premium Singapore

Allan Wu and Tan Min-Li (background)

I guess you’ll be familiar with the hunky celeb Allan Wu. I’ve never heard of Tan Min-Li before today’s event though. Apparently, the lawyer is a partner of Colin Ng & Partners LLP. She’s won multiple awards for her legal work involving Corporate M&A and Capital Markets. She is also involved in film production and fashion. Both of these style-conscious individuals will be invaluable as advisers for Sky Premium.

#3: Members’ welcome package and exclusive portal

Members of the media were informed that the welcome package is “worth more than the membership fee”. At this point, I don’t know what’s in that welcome package, but I’ll update this post when I find out. πŸ˜€ If you were to sign up, you’ll also get access to the members-only privileges portal. <- I’ll be happy to check that out!

#4: Premium Member Subscription Cost: S$1,200 per year

I believe there is an “initial processing fee” which I’ve not been advised regarding. But it’s stated on the factsheet that there will be no additional processing fees as long as you keep up with your membership dues.

I believe S$1,200 per year is really quite affordable for the well-heeled in Singapore. In fact, they might even consider it really cheap. I know of some people who can easily spend that amount on just one meal. And $100 per month is even lower than membership fees at certain gyms. When there’s more information made available closer to their launch date, I’d highly recommend that you check out their website and/or make a few inquiries and find out more. πŸ™‚

#5: Helmed by General Manager, Ms Margaret Koh

She has over 10 years of experience in the luxury service sector. Prior to helming Sky Premium, she was previously associated with luxury service organizations such as Banyan Tree Private Collection, Singapore Yacht Show and Raffles Marina. I think this means that great service and quality offerings from Sky Premium are just about guaranteed.

Find out more at:Β http://www.skypremium.com/official/

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Pictures in this blogpost are courtesy of Hearted Moments Photography.