Wednesday, May 27, 2015

S&M Show Podcast

Carlsberg vs Guinness Anchor

Are the tactics used by duopolies to protect their market share defensible?

Song Pick: A topical choice since we are on alcohol ... Chumbawamba's Tubthumping.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015


Age is often associated with maturity, but my experience showed that that is not true at all. If you ask for a definition of maturity from ten people, you will get ten answers, most with some truth in it. I think its better to equate maturity with they way one thinks, the way one prioritises, the way one handles adversity and success. Below was a pretty good summary which I read from Quora:

Maturity is when you stop trying to change people, and instead focus on changing yourself. 

Maturity is when you accept people for who they are. 

Maturity is when you understand that everyone is right in their own perspective. 

Maturity is when you learn to "let go". 

Maturity is when you are able to drop "expectations" from a relationship and give for the sake of giving. 

Maturity is when you understand that whatever you do, you do for your own peace. 

Maturity is when you stop proving to the world how intelligent you are. 

Maturity is when you focus on positives in people.

Maturity is when you do not seek approval from others. 

Maturity is when you stop comparing yourself with others. 

Maturity is when you are at peace with yourself. 

Maturity is when you can differentiate between "need" and "want, and you can you can let go of your wants. 

Maturity is when you stop attaching "happiness" to material things.

Rudimentary But Effective

If we had implemented this ingenious hat during exams, I am pretty sure at least 2 or 3 of my long time friends would not have passed their SPM (Form 5).

Monday, May 25, 2015

Malaysia's Employment Index??!!

We do not quite have a proper unemployment index ... because our safety nets are almost non-existent (except for relatively cheap public health care, but got to wait la). When a country has some sort of unemployment benefits, we can then keep better track of the real unemployment figure. Hence it was "good" to receive this email. It is at best an indicative figure, but better than nothing.


Dear all, one of the largest online employment sites globally, today announced the release of the first ever Monster Employment Index (MEI) in Malaysia, reporting an overall decline by 23% in online employment activities across the country.

Based on real-time review of millions of job opportunities culled from a large representative of career websites and online job listings across Malaysia, the MEI tracks the growth of online recruitment in Malaysia, including results from across industries and occupations.

Interestingly, the Banking, Financial Services and Insurance industry experienced the most growth in online recruitment with 12% year-on-year growth.

Other notable results from the report include: 
- Online hiring activity has increased since March 2015 despite the year-on-year drop
- The Advertising, Market Research, Public Relations, Media and Entertainment industry experienced the least growth 
HR & Admin job roles experienced the lowest growth 
- While job roles overall have not seen any increase in online recruitment activities, the Finance & Accounts roles saw the least decline 

More information about the MEI and results for other occupations and industries can be found in the press release and infographic attached. 

Sanjay Modi, MD for India, Middle East, Southeast Asia and Hong Kong, is available for comment today. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you would like to discuss any of these statistics and trends.

Thank you.

Best regards,
Jazmyne GweeMutant Communications

+65 8198 8214
A 20B Gemmill Lane, Singapore 069256

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Egalite Anyone??!!

Maybe we don't even realise this... but the way most societies are structured, and the way they have evolved - the scales of justice and equality have shifted. Education used to be the best equaliser for the have nots. Education 15-30 years ago was generally free and its really up to you to make the best of it. Education was the best way out of poverty, the best way to refine your worth as a person, and to make out a better life for you and your family.

Look at the state of education now. Its hardly 'equal' anymore. I am sure some of the kids from "government schools" can still make it... but seriously, the pendulum has swung substantially to one side. While we can harp on how inept the government has been in shaping our education policy, while some of us can afford to send our kids to private schools ... what else can we do to equalise the situation? Or do you feel the situation does not need to be addressed. If we do nothing, the gap between the haves and have-nots will just widen and widen, and what you get will be more animosity and latent combustible class-conflicts.

As a country, we all should want to 'grow up together' and try not to leave anyone behind. Hence where we can, we should do our bit to somehow equalise the situation. There are plenty of things we can do: go to orphanages and see if they need clusters of computers and/or volunteer tutoring in classwork; go back to your alma mater and see if there is anything the "old boys" can do to better the conditions for students in government schools; if you are rich enough, do like Koon Yew Yin, sponsor a hundred kids education a year; etc...

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Coffee Snobs Can Filter Themselves Or Get Cupped

I love my coffee, but I am also aware how artisanal (meaning arty-farty) it has become. I like good coffee, or great coffee ... but at times, coffee is just really just coffee. Still like my Nescafe and local coffees. Just relek-la and enjoy, don't judge too much.

21 Harsh Truths Every Coffee Snob Needs To Hear

Hold onto your soy piccolo lattes.

1. A latte is just a flat white in a goddamn glass.

Stop acting like there’s a subtle difference.

2. Nobody cares that you went overseas and the coffee was undrinkable. If it’s that important, you should never have left Melbourne.

3. Sugar shaming is never OK. / Via Facebook

4. Your favorite hipster café could be a McDonald’s and you may not even know it.

5. When people say expresso instead of espresso, you need to be the better person.

In return, we’ll let it slide when you say double riz.

6. Coffee “tasting notes” are totally subjective.

Just like wine tasting.

7. Coffee doesn’t taste better if you brew it in a whimsical contraption.

8. If you really cared about taste, you’d drink out of blue cups.

A blue cup has been shown to make coffee taste less bitter than a white one.

9. Drinking coffee so strong that it causes chemical burns doesn’t prove your masculinity.

That’s what your beard is for.

10. You aren’t a scientist and you don’t need a laboratory flask.

11. Latte art often lacks creative discipline.

But not this 3D latte art cat.

12. Buying fair trade coffee is awesome, but shouldn’t be a substitute for giving to charity.

Helping those in poor nations – including millions of coffee farmers likely to be hit hard by climate change – requires more than just ethical consumption.

13. A much easier way to make cold brew is to leave your mug on your desk overnight and drink it in the morning.

14. Putting butter in coffee is not a thing.

And it’s based on dubious science.

15. You need to stop hanging fixies on the wall.

You need to stop hanging fixies on the wall.
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16. Generally speaking, you need to dial it down a couple notches because everything’s getting a little crazy.

17. Like the Sydney café that banned food because it’s a “distraction”.

Artificer café in Surry Hills “serves no food at all,” explains one review. “No distractions means that the focus is on the product.”

18. And coffee prices that are totally unhinged from reality.

Columbian “HR61” coffee was recently sold in Melbourne for $30 a cup. To be fair, scientists have found that a high price actually makes us think stuff tastes better.

19. You need to realise that instant is not a crime.

20. That the rest of us all live happy and fulfilling lives without ever worrying about microfoam.

21. And that there is something beautiful about a perfectly ordinary, non-artisanal cup of coffee.

21 Harsh Truths Every Coffee Snob Needs To Hear
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