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A dream that hasn’t died (:

Posted on May 8, 2009. Filed under: Enterpreneurship, Personal | Tags: , , , |

Ahh~ I still recall the days when I was in in Kindergarten or lower primary, playing play-pretend games with my sis (or soft toys after my sis outgrew such games). I always loved to be the cashier of a “Ma Ma shop”, or also known as a minimart typically run by local Indians (haha not sure what it was of this ethnicity).

I also recall my mum’s words when I told her about my random ideas after graduating from Junior College. “Stop dreaming, only one in a million reach that stage. Just go get a 10k+/month job!!”.

Now things have changed so much in my family, and it has given us the courage to take the first step.. Sometimes, all you need is a little push, a situation that gives you the courage to fulfil your dreams.

We’ll see if it works out! 😉 If it doesn’t, at least we’ve given it a shot and tried our best.
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On the side note, Grasshopper.com is seriously good at marketing themselves! haha

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Can you spell…..F.R.E.E.D.O.M!

Posted on April 15, 2009. Filed under: Personal |

I’m looking forward to the arrival of…
1600, 16 April 2009

Why?

 

It’ll mark the end of my freshman year!

 

And the start of my 4 months long HOLIDAY!

 

did you say 4 MONTHS?

 

yes. Yes. YES. YES!!

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Introduction: Signs that shouted out to me

Posted on April 7, 2009. Filed under: Personal |

So, I have explained the past ambitions I have had since I was a kid. However, I kept the best for last. This entry will talk about how my interest in entrepreneurship all began…

Back when I was in Primary 3 (8 years old)…

Digimon cards was the biggest craze amongst Singapore children (way before Pokemon took over). I have never watched the show, nor read the book. But one thing I was sure was that my classmates were nuts over the cards! I recalled that a “mama shop” (aka small provision shop) near my house sold them via those capsule machines, and was selling them at only 20cents! I bought many many of them using my savings, and sold the “premium” cards at the price of up to $2bucks! Boy..I still recall the adrenaline rush i had from seeing all my classmates running towards me during recess, looking through my deck, and paying me coins and notes.

In Primary Six (11 years old)…

Neopets was the next biggest craze! However, while my friends were busy playing games to earn their neopoints, I was staying up late at night doing a different thing. I was obsesses over the virtual market. There was two types of market: the mainstream shops, and the “black-market” where users could sell goods at the inflated black market prices. I would check back on the mainstream shops every ten minutes, haggling with the virtual shop owner on the prices of rare items, later checking out the black market price of it,and finally putting the rare item up for sale at my shop. As you are see, these 4 steps are very much similar to the real world! Negotiating to cut down the prices, conducting market research on the competitor’s pricing, and finally advertising your stall to sell your goods. This obsession of mine carried on for one whole year, till I was finally a Neopet Millionaire! However, my account was soon hacked. (try searching for the user slp285 under Neopets if you want haha)

Let’s fast forward…to the years 2006 to 2008 (16 to 18 years old)

Junior College Year 1 & 2

I was a member and eventually the President of my Junior College’s Entrepreneurship Society. This was where I started to take entrepreneurship a little more seriously. I took part in the National University of Singapore’s Start-up@Singapore Business Proposal Competition under the youth division. We were shocked when we got through to the semi-finals as my team didn’t have a proper product! All we had was an idea to have a punchable file. Obviously, without any sound financials or prototype, we were horribly trashed in the semis.

The final Milestone: 2008 (18/19 Years old)

During the break before entering University (I am currently studying at SMU), I took on an internship at the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI), under the Enterprise Division. It was there that I got to understand the start-up cycle, how they got funding, different stages of businesses (seed, startup, series A, series B, SME, IPO, MNC etc). I was extremely lucky to have worked under a supervisor who was also very active in the private venture capital world! (Tan Yinglan) I guess many would recognise his name. It was this internship that made me realise entrepreneurship can be a reality, it just takes guts, an idea, and a great team to execute it.

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Introduction: Childhood dreams

Posted on April 5, 2009. Filed under: Personal |

Dreams

An accountant; an architect; a chef; a carpenter; an interior home designer; an inventor; a business owner.

All these were the ambitions I had since I was a kid. I recall myself doing stuff that were related to each of these occupations when I was a little kid.

Tracing back..

Back in kindergarten:

  • Being an accountant: “Mum, I love to count money. I think I want to be an accountant!” I still remember the scene whereby I threw all the one dollar US bill my mother had, embracing every second as the bills swept down my face to my toes. However, I was soon informed that being an accountant could mean staring at small numbers all day long for the benefit of others. This grossly turned me off.
  • Being an architect: Let’s just say I did not come from a very well-to-do family (: During my childhood days Barbie was my greatest love. I would stare at the display for hours while my mum was grocery shopping. However, the one thing I wanted very much was the Barbie Doll House. However, knowing it was beyond my family’s means, I would just admire it from the display shelves. One day, my mum bought several packets of ice-cream sticks and bottles of glue for me. She wanted me to build my own doll house from scratch! It was a week long of immense fun, builing it up layer by layer into a full-fledged doll house with a few rooms! However, after failing physics terribly in my Secondary 4 years, I decided that perhaps being an architect was not my cup of tea.
  • Being a chef!: ah~ a chef. Even up to this day, I still love cooking (Though I doubt anyone will be willing to eat what I cook). I used to watch cooking shows all the time, from Yan Can Cook  to Local chinese cooking shows. Since the age of 7 years old, I would find great pleasures in cutting ingredients, putting them into nice small bowls, showing them to the mirror (aka imaginary camera) and finally hearing the sizzle from the pan.
  • Being a carpenter: There is not much to be said for this. I just love assembling things!
  • Being an interior home designer: this will be an easy one. Being an avid fan of The Sims explains it all.
  • Being an inventor: My very first invention was creating a toy robot from my collection of pencil sharpeners and erasers. I used scotch tapes and “nails” such that the shape of my robot could change into a few different forms. My second inventions was a “tear-free & mess-free onion cutter” I think I still have my file somewhere in my drawer.
  • Being a business owner: Finally…this is one dream that I still feel very strongly about. The thought of being able to grow an idea into a business, and from there growing it into a bigger enterprise just excites me. I can imagine myself finding immense joy in having to solve different puzzles to make the big idea work. Perhaps I will trace all the signs that led to me discovering this dream of mine in the next entry.

Ending note

Before I scoot off for lessons (I am currently a freshmen at the Singapore Management University), here’s an interesting link to check out: Inc.com’s 30 American Entrepreneurs under the age of 30.

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