Join Me at the Breakthrough Conference on 2 May 2015

Breakthrough Conference 2015

I’ll be sharing the stage with a group of inspiring individuals at the Breakthrough Conference 2015. Yes, including that mysterious masked man – someone who makes a 6-figure sum every year just from dividends. (I can’t wait to find out how he does that stock-picking!)

If you’re the kind of person who wants to cut through all the fluff at seminars, and just get one brilliant idea from each speaker, and put it to good use in your life, then this conference is for you. If you don’t want to pay thousands of dollars for a “life-changing” / “motivational” / “get rich quick” course, then all you need to pay is S$38. Just use this code: ‘grace38

See you there! πŸ™‚

Breakthrough Conference 2015

https://www.eventbrite.sg/e/breakthrough-conference-2015-tickets-16166043070

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Carnarvon House Penang & My Feature in ZaoBao (θ”εˆζ—©ζŠ₯)

Feature in ZaoBao

I was featured in the 5th Feb 2015 edition of ZaoBao (θ”εˆζ—©ζŠ₯) wearing a cheongsam and photographed in a “vintage” setting, which is actually Carnarvon House in Penang. πŸ™‚ I will not be reproducing the article here, as the ‘copyright’ belongs to Singapore Press Holdings.

[The gist of the article is that I quit my high-paying job at age 24, turned to blogging full-time, won a blog award in 2013, and am conducting blogging workshops now, with a 67 year old student of mine becoming a Top 10 Finalist at last year’s Singapore Blog Awards. And that student is none other than Steven Lek, who blogs at http://www.retiredowhat.com. ]

Looking back, I think it is quite amazing how that picture for ZaoBao came about. It might sound like there was a divine plan. Let me explain.

One of my students, Kirbie, posted on Facebook one evening that there were cheongsams being sold cheaply on Gmarket. So I took her recommendation and went to purchase one. Little did I know that it comes with a pretty high slit at the sides (see picture below) and I knew I COULD NOT wear it in Singapore unless I wanted wolf whistles from lecherous old men everywhere I went.

Then I had a Penang trip planned almost on a whim and my blogger pal, Sock Peng from Penang, linked me up with the boss of Carnarvon House, Terry. It was a really last-minute decision, so thankfully, Carnarvon House still had a room for me. So I brought the cheongsam with me, thinking that I MIGHT be able to get some nice pictures wearing it in the really retro-looking Carnarvon House.

And while I was there, my pal (Jimmy) messaged me to ask if I’d be keen to be interviewed by a ZaoBao journalist (his friend). And of course I said yes. And when we met, the journalist didn’t bring a photographer. So I asked if she needed me to send her pictures. And guess what? I had all these “cheena” pictures of me in a cheongsam (in my phone) so I sent them to her on the spot [since it’s mainly the Chinese who read this paper]. Divine plan, yes? Didn’t know what possessed me to buy a cheongsam (of all things) till I realized it was perfect for ZaoBao. LOL!

And Carnarvon House is really beautiful. Room pictures are already up in an earlier post here. The rest of Carnarvon House looks fit for a Jay Chou-style MV. Check this out…

Carnarvon House Penang

*Crazily high slit not suitable for Singapore*

Where I am seated is the ground floor dining area. Carnarvon House does serve breakfast to its guests. The food will not be unfamiliar to Singaporeans – it just has a local, Penang twist. I had the ‘min chiang kueh‘ (you can google the term if you’d like) with peanut butter and sweet corn inside. It’s an interesting combination of ingredients you won’t get in Singapore though the kueh itself is something Singaporeans eat for breakfast too.

And here’s another picture… I’m standing on level 2 in this one:

Carnarvon House Penang

*Kind of looks like I’m a tai-tai of some sort, ya?*

For the first night at Carnarvon House, I stayed in the Carnarvon Room (behind me in this picture) and I loved how there’s a sofa in the room for lounging on and putting all my barangΒ (stuff) on. For the second and third nights, I stayed in the Kimberley Room, which doesn’t have a sofa, but comes with a lounger.

If you are curious about the pricing, for the double rooms, the rate starts from RM128, which is about S$48. Extremely affordable and great value-for-money because the place is really clean, very good for photos (as I’ve demonstrated), and the people running the place are friendly. Eunice was a great host; she made all the guests feel at home.

Actually, staying at Carnarvon House is like staying at a close friend’s house, or at, say, your grandma’s house. Clean, homely, and feels like you have gone back to Singapore in the 60s. πŸ˜€

Carnarvon House Penang

There are a total of 7 rooms at Carnarvon House. Two of them are really big ones, which can accommodate families with children. Room rates for these start from RM328 (about S$123). Check their website for more details –Β http://www.carnarvonhouse.com/

Carnarvon House Penang

If you’ve noticed, you can’t see my feet in any of the pictures in this blogpost. Hehehe. The reason for this is simple. I didn’t know what footwear would match this cheongsam. ‘Modern-looking’ heels or strappy sandals will not do. So I was wearing the slippers that Carnarvon House thoughtfully provides for guests. πŸ˜€

When you next visit Penang, I highly recommend that you stay at Carnarvon House – 28 Lorong Carnarvon, 10100 Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia. Tel:Β +604 262 4682. Email:Β carnarvonhouse@gmail.comΒ 

~ For More Information about Carnarvon House ~

http://www.carnarvonhouse.com/

https://www.facebook.com/carnarvonhouse/timeline

Behind The Scenes: Grace Tan x The Sunday Times

Blogger Grace Tan The Sunday Times

Earlier this month, I met up with a journalist from The Sunday Times for an interview. After which, we had a photo-taking session during which even the fiancΓ© pitched in and helped with the ‘lighting’ (see picture above).

Slightly over a week after the meet-up, the journalist, Rachel, sent me the draft to look through before it would be readied for publication. I discovered the importance of going through the draft first as there were a few errors that might have occurred due to mis-communication. Hopefully they do not make it to print.

  1. [About my previous job at AKLTG] For one, I did not work late every day. Just during the peak sales periods when there were previews, and when the kids’ camps were being run. I did “burn” weekends when there were previews though.
  2. I did not do cold-calling all the time. Just put calls through to potential customers when it was on my to-do list for the day. I could make over 40 calls a day sometimes, as not all calls would be answered anyway.
  3. On those days when my (working) mother would be cooking dinner on her ‘off days’, and I couldn’t make it home in time due to work, I’d be quite heartbroken. I was really quite sick of eating food bought outside, which usually came with too much salt, oil and MSG. Now, I always make it home for Mom’s hearty, home-cooked meals. πŸ˜€
  4. I also did not binge-eat to get really quite plump while working at AKLTG. It was just due to insufficient exercise. I must have weighed about 5kg heavier than I do now. Read my book ‘Blogging For A Living’ and you’ll spot that picture of me and my ex-boss, Adam Khoo. My face was round like a mooncake back then [You have my permission to laugh], but it is now much ‘sharper’. I work out twice a week these days, with my trainers from Quantum Fitness. πŸ™‚

I’m definitely looking forward to reading the interview in print. It will be yet another milestone in my blogging journey! πŸ˜€

If you are visiting my blog for the first time (due to The Sunday Times’ interview), I would like to extend a warm welcome to you. πŸ™‚ Feel free to browse, and drop me an email at gracewwg [at] gmail [dot] com should you have any queries.

*NOTE: I have received many emails regarding products that can “help” my grandmother deal with diabetes. Unfortunately, she had already passed away before I was born!

938LIVE Interview: 4 Dec 2013

So… I got interviewed on 938LIVE yet again. My 3rd time there in just over 3 years of blogging! πŸ˜€

Cozy enough to take a selfie in the studio πŸ˜€

938LIVEI spoke with DJ Daphne Lim about Blogging and also about my book ‘Blogging For A Living’. Not bothering with podcasts or recordings since the program has an encore broadcast on Thurs at 2pm. πŸ˜€

Here are some of the questions sent to me before the interview. We obviously didn’t keep to the list and some new questions were added on the spot. (@_@)

Questions edited for clarity:

1) What is the main source of income for your blog?

Advertorials, which are paid, full-length blogposts.

I am an accidental full-time blogger. I started this blog as my excuse to interview famous people and find out their secrets to success. My blog became my platform for securing these interviews.

When people started asking me to interview them, I did so and charged a fee. That’s how it began!

2) A good blog would be raking in $$?

A good blog can be raking in no money at all. πŸ˜€

The term “good” itself is highly subjective.

A blog with a significant amount of traffic coupled with a blogger open to advertising revenue, should bring in a decent sum of money each month.

Having said that, some bloggers simply do not want to monetize their popular blogs. And other bloggers want to make money out of their not-very-popular-yet blogs.

3) How stable is the advertising income?

It definitely is *NOT* stable at all.

4) How much time do you spend on the blog (is it equivalent to the 9-5)?

Of course not. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have left my corporate job, which paid me $114,000 (annual income), where I worked all week and had no life.

I work less than 4 hours a week on my blog. Probably 3 hours.

5) Is there an equivalent occupation that the blogger is usurping?

Not that I can think of. Most bloggers in Singapore are kind and friendly. *wink wink* πŸ˜€

6) How sustainable is an occupation like this is, in the long-run, with the development of technology?

I’m no fortune teller. I do not know if there will still be blogs 2 years down the road. But people who love social media, who love expressing their thoughts and ideas, will move with the times, and leverage on technology, to constantly invent and reinvent themselves.

7) Blogs are a dime a dozen, how do you make sure yours is seen, heard of, and shared?

By being featured on worthy programs like this one. πŸ˜€

8) Is anyone who wants to start a blog NOW just too late in the game?

Of course not. Great, new ideas are always welcome.

9) UI and Design and flow is something quite different from creating content, and giving valuable opinions, is it necessary to hire a professional to handle that for you?

I don’t run a professional website. I do not have the expertise nor the inclination. Still, it is always wise to outsource tasks which you cannot perform as well as others.

I handle most things myself – from photography, to editing, to handling advertisers’ queries.

10) *One of those extra questions* Something along the lines of “The blogosphere is already saturated with blogs. Can I possibly find a niche to blog about?

Certainly! Despite the millions of books already published, I could still publish one more – ‘Blogging For A Living’. Many bloggers are unwilling to share their secrets to success, so I found that there would be demand for such a book. πŸ™‚ You can definitely find a great idea for a new blog!

Final words: Blogging is not the easiest thing to do. But it’s a lot of fun for me. I enjoy blogging. Hence, as long as I am able to, I will blog. πŸ™‚

If you have a question, or if you want to attend a blogging workshop, drop me an email at gracewwg [at] gmail [dot] com.

To Your Blogging Success,

Grace Tan πŸ™‚

 

WorkingWithGrace Turns Three! Win A Shopping Trip With Me! :D

Grace Tan's Blog - 3rd Anniversary

I look back at how this blog started and I am overwhelmed by His grace and mercy.

This blog began as an interview blog, a platform for me to indulge in my curiosity about other people’s lives by interviewing them and featuring them here. πŸ˜€

Many people told me it would not last beyond, say, 3 months. Those people know me well.

I have lots of great ideas, and some stupid ones, but I find it tough to keep working on those great ideas without getting distracted by other great ideas. Does this happen to you too?

But my goodness. This blog has been around for 3 years!

Don’t get me wrong. This blog is very much still in its infancy. Hence the picture of the little boy above. But it has been an awesome journey thus far.

I’ve gone on from interviewing people to being interviewed myself, for radio, newspapers and even TV!

I’ve won a blog award this year. And I’ve also published a book – ‘Blogging For A Living’.

Looking back, my only regret is that I did not start blogging earlier. πŸ˜€

Now that this blog has turned 3, I’m going to celebrate by taking THREE of you blog readers out shopping with me! Excited?

Details:

Shopping Date: 26th October, 2013 (Saturday)

Time: 10.30am (target end time: 12noon)

Location: Ngee Ann City (MANGO and Sephora)

Each winner gets to pick an item (or items) worth up to S$100 at MANGO:

MANGO Ngee Ann City

And an item (or items) worth up to S$30 at Sephora:

Sephora Ngee Ann City

*You may top-up with cash for any item exceeding the amounts stated above.

*This privilege is not transferable. The winners have to be present on 26th October, or have their prizes forfeited.

*This shopping trip is open to both males and females. If you are a guy, you can purchase items from MANGO and Sephora for your wife/gf/female friends, that is fine. Ask them for their shopping lists! πŸ˜€

All you need to do is:

1) Like my Facebook page

2) Share the 3rd Anniversary Shopping Trip post on my Facebook page

3) Leave a comment on my 3rd Anniversary Shopping Trip facebook post and tag a friend

Β 4) After completing steps 1 to 3, leave a comment ON THIS BLOGPOST and state your email address so I can contact you if you are one of the three winners! πŸ™‚

~ Good Luck! ~

And Happy Blog Anniversary to me! πŸ˜€