A Practical Guide to Strata Management in Singapore (Second Edition) provides practical solutions in the form of step-by-step procedures and checklists for managing agents and strata managers to support them in the management of any strata development:
• from listing the relevant legislation, code of practices to citing cases and providing explanations for the management of strata properties;
• from the takeover to hand over of a strata development, highlighting areas of significance;
• from managing expectations of clients to vendors, using key performance indicators (KPI);
• from operations management to administrative management to financial management and recommending standard operating procedures (SOP) that helps prevent pitfalls;
• from convening council meetings to general meetings with recommended checklists;
• from routine to periodical to emergency works and providing tables of common statutory compliance required for the maintenance of strata properties.
Min Joon makes Leng a solemn promise before leaving to fight in the war against the Japanese and to free Singapore. He will return to her, and as a mark of their love, reunite the two halves of a pendant they each carry. After the war, they met again, but she was already married to another.
Fast forward 27 years. Leng’s daughter, Jeanette, in the process of publishing her book, The Implications that Memories of the War Held in Creating a National Identity, engaged in a series of interviews with Min Joon for his part in the Japanese Occupation and the Emergency period. The interviews led to an unravelling of a 30-year-old secret.
Rosie Wee’s debut novel grapples with the sweep of historical events that plunged Singapore and Malaya into war and struggle between 1942 and 1969. Her fictional characters blend seamlessly with real historical figures as events unfold and flesh out in dramatic scenes. The episodic plot, fraught with tension, violence, and danger, is balanced and tempered with joy, love, tenderness — the stuff of the human condition.
Think you know Singapore’s Chinatown?
Let veteran architect, Eddie Chan Fook Pong, take you on a journey back in time through a Chinatown as you have never imagined it. Chinatown Unspoken is a historical story of Singapore set against a wonderfully colourful landscape. Eddie’s account roars through two decades of turmoil, with characters ranging from gangsters and soldiers to prostitutes and clans, samsui women and even government officials.
A tribute to the beloved neighbourhood where he grew up, Eddie takes an affectionate look at the bustling part of town that has bewitched him ever since he was a child. By interweaving his own personal experiences in his storytelling, he beautifully captures its vivid stories, giving readers a deeper look into what “Chinatown” meant to its inhabitants—and to Singapore at large.
Guest: Phoon Kok Hwa, Publisher of Candid Creation Publishing
Have you ever wanted to write a non-fiction book but lack the know-how and confidence to turn your knowledge and experiences into a book?
In this special episode of #AskMeAnything, it was role reversal where our Publisher, Phoon Kok Hwa, answered questions related to the topic of Writing and Publishing a Non-Fiction Book. This session was facilitated by Michelle Ow from Chrysalists.
The impact of Covid-19 pandemic has triggered a crisis of unprecedented scale for many organisations, both for-profit and non-profit. In preparing for eventual recovery, it is important for organisations to create opportunities for reflection that include creating safe spaces to think, slowing down, surfacing alternative perspectives, and creating new mental models, etc. In times of crisis, finding time for reflection may be challenging, but without taking time for reflection and learning, organisations will never know what worked, for whom, how, and what they should do differently or the same in the future. What does this mean for those who are called upon to facilitate group conversations?
The current pandemic has created a global economic and financial crisis. Stock markets are also increasingly volatile. How does all these affect our retirement planning?
While we can’t control a pandemic or its impact, we can choose our response today to help us plan for tomorrow. Learn what we need do to take stock and make adjustments to retirement planning in times of crisis.
Globally, there has been a surge in the number of calls to mental health hotlines during the Covid-19 pandemic. This is telling of the toll the pandemic has exacted on the mental health of people. If you are feeling overwhelmed and anxious, it is absolutely normal during this confusing time of uncertainty. The critical question is: What are you going to do about it? The pursuit of happiness or the happiness of pursuit? It’s your choice.
The current crisis has resulted in a paradox for many people. Staying home and working from home is supposed to free up more time for people as lesser time is spent on commuting, shopping, meetings, etc. However, people are feeling more time-starved because other things in their work and life have emerged to compete for their attention. Hence time management has become more critical than ever before as all of us have only 24 hours a day. It’s time to learn how to reclaim our precious time and become better time managers.
Guest Authors: Andrew Chow, Author of Social Media 247, Public Relations 247, Personal Branding 247
Joanne Lai, Author of Money Lessons from the Wild
Dr. Doug OLoughlin, Author of Facilitating Transformation
Kris Ang, Author of StEpS: The Journey to Self-Empowerment
Andy Yew, Author of Win Big Lose Small
Sari Marsden, Co-author of Fit to Lead
Bring books to life as your favourite authors step out of the page and onto the virtual stage. Open your mind to the sharing from six published authors who have written books on different genres such as personal branding, financial literacy, group facilitation, courage, investing, fitness & leadership. On this special evening, you will get to expand your knowledge, ignite your curiosity, and take away practical learning points from our authors. It is also a rare opportunity to listen to their voice as they read a passage from their own book. We will also be taking questions from the audience after the sharing.
Recent surveys have reported that a large majority of employees wish to continue to work from home after lockdown measures are lifted. At the same time, companies will be looking at reducing their office space footprint, especially in Central Business Districts, in their bid to reduce overheads. The convergence of these two forces can have irreversible and permanent impact on workplaces and the way we work. Working from home will likely to continue to be the norm post Covid-19 outbreak. As a result, managers will need to ditch their bias for presenteeism and learn how to manage and engage staff members remotely. What are the different ways for leaders to engage remote teams and improve business performance?
Due to the unpredictability of the current crisis, managing talent in times of crises presents dichotomies. Events such as the current Covid-19 pandemic start very suddenly, and may also end abruptly, but the ongoing adjustments and post-crisis recovery need to be well managed.
The role of the CHRO, business partners and leaders has become pivotal in managing their talent priorities while ensuring business continuity. While businesses tend to recover through cycles, how can they position talent to be productive during and immediately after the immediate crisis?
The Covid-19 pandemic has created much uncertainty for the global economy. Wall Street economists are warning that fears of Covid-19 could undermine efforts to reopen economies, leaving the stock market’s recovery unpredictable. But beyond the short-term fluctuations of stock prices, the pandemic has also created new markets and opportunities for the post Covid-19 era. Hence the biggest question in everyone’s mind is “Where will the market be heading?”
MAS has recently announced that Singapore will enter a recession this year with uncertainty over the duration and intensity. Economists are also projecting heavy job losses in the months ahead as the crisis takes it toll on businesses worldwide. Hence, the challenge for many will no longer be just staying employed, but staying employable.
With the Covid-19 pandemic spreading globally and disrupting businesses worldwide, the global economy is bracing itself for a much sharper economic contraction this year. Jobs will inevitably be lost and household income will plunge. What does this means for financial parenting and what are the lessons we can teach our kids on the topic of money? Do you continue to give the regular allowance? What can we teach our kids about job security?
If you are wondering if it is important to pay attention to personal branding and how you should position yourself in times of crisis, this is the best opportunity to tap the brain of with our guest author Andrew Chow.