Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Random grouse

Everyone has family commitments (with the exception of a few less fortunates). Those who are married have a little bit more commitment than those who are single and those who have children, well, have propelled themselves to a much higher level of commitment and it is often very good excuse for work.

Whatever it is, it might be a good idea to let the one with higher level of family commitment talk to the one with higher level of family commitment. Perhaps along the way they could talk about how they cope with their kids.

Hopefully they will come to an amicable agreement at the end of the day. I prefer to be out of the picture.

And maybe, just maybe, I will join their rank someday.

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Saturday, 17 November 2012

Chasing technology - is switching to a 4G plan worth it?

My samsung galaxy S's contract is due for renewal this December. Normally I would be very excited when this date draws near because I would be able to get a brand new mobile phone on some good renewal or switching deal. (I got my Samsung phone at only $98! after voucher and corporate plan.) BUT now with the new LTE aka 4G mobile plans, renewal of contract would means cutting my data usage limit from 12 GB to 2 GB. Since I am the only person at home using broadband, I have decided to terminate my subscription and switch to zero-cost method of surfing using me phone's AP function. The speed is not too bad, considering that I even managed to load videos on top of my normal surfing activities. So if they switch me to a 2 GB plan, it would make a HUGE difference. Say I exceed the data limit (which most likely would as I read that LTE allows more data through vs 3G thus the higher speed), it would cost me a whooping $10.70/GB with GST from 1 Jan 2013. What's the point of giving speed but so little data when the whole of point of having speed is to watch streaming videos? And what's the point of giving us more SMS? People are using Whatsapp, for goodness sake.

So the local telcos has successfully and tactically made their move to 招财. See the cats growing fatter, ah ha!




So, my conclusion is - don't renew contract until they totally phase out 3G one day. Now I am be looking for some no contract note or tablet deals, let's see whether there is going to be any year-end offers. iPad mini? Galaxy note II? Hmmm...

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Canon, shot-gun or catapult?

It is not my passion to study. Now I am seriously considering going back to study - for passion, a passion for business. Doing which I hope to be propelled out of the 'steel rice bowl' arena of medical field which I am currently in (and not of my passion), to a whole new treacherous but more exciting playing ground of business and management.

The million dollar question is - is MBA going to be a worthy investment in Singapore? Read http://www.jobstreet.com.sg/learning/mba2.htm

And the next million dollar question is - should I self-finance the study or wait for sponsorship later?

I shall use the following analogies to further elaborate on my choices:

1) Spend a bomb to get a canon with the intent to shoot down some big prey (prospect and earnings). Pray that the canon would not be used only to kill ladybird.

2) Wait till I find a sponsor (employer) to supply me the bomb for me to get the canon. Kill whatever prey that the sponsor offers to me even if that is just ladybirds. This entails also a bond and the terms offered would be yet another story. But at least I own a canon.
Something noteworthy http://www.spring.gov.sg/ENTERPRISEINDUSTRY/BL/MDS/Pages/about-mds.aspx#apply

3) Get a shotgun first (post-grad dip in business) to shoot down small prey then observe if a canon is necessary.

4) Save the money and just self-make catapult (self-study). Improvise from there.

Which is the best choice?

I think the answer is getting clearer.

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