You see it all the time in Hollywood films: Main characters nonchalantly get on a plane to fly somewhere abroad, impulsively booking a trip to a foreign destination and effortlessly going after a golden opportunity that lies ahead, wherever it may be – without having to bother with any visa requirements. For citizens of countries like the United States, the United Kingdom, South Korea and Australia, such spontaneous acts are a reality. Not so much for Indonesians like me. I will never forget the first time I realized how powerless my Indonesian passport really is. In March 2011, my best friend and I won a short trip to London. However, we were notified of our good luck just two weeks prior to departure. Being both first-timers to the UK, we did our research on how to get a British visa and quickly contacted the organizers to ask them to send us a sponsorship letter. Aside from us and two others from Indonesia, the rest of the winners were from Malaysia and the UK. … [Read more...] about I used my powerless Indonesian passport to apply for UK visa. This is what happened.
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SINGAPORE - SingPost on Monday (Jan 14) apologised to customers for its recent service failures, which it said were due to a "tremendously busy" peak season in November and December that was "beyond forecasts and expectations". Due to an increase in the volume of packages, SingPost's postmen had to make an extra 20 doorstep deliveries on average daily, as well as work beyond their usual hours, SingPost said in a Facebook post. "We hired extra resources, recalled personnel and activated teams from the corporate office on Saturdays just to meet the demand as well, but our service quality still suffered as a result," said SingPost, as it sought to explain its "service deterioration". Social media users have in recent weeks been vocal about what they claimed was poor delivery service by SingPost. We hear you. And we should have done better. Dear SingPost customers, You may have heard about our service failures...Posted by Singapore Post on Monday, 14 January 2019 Facebook user … [Read more...] about SingPost apologises for service failures during year-end peak season, even as postmen pull extra hours
K-pop idols are no ordinary musicians. Indeed, they sing, rap and dance on stage, but they also act in dramas and movies, make numerous TV show appearances and are commercial brand models. It is only natural that K-pop’s biggest names rake in tons of won. Here are today’s top-10 K-pop idols with their highest net worth, as reported by E! Online: 10. Taeyang (US$ 10 million) Bigbang’s main vocalist Taeyang is well-known for his warm vocals and wondrous dancing skills. He started pursuing a solo career in 2008 with his award-winning first extended play/mini album (EP) Hot. His single “Eyes, Nose and Lips” topped the Billboard K-pop Hot 100 and was named Song of the Year at the 2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards. He is also rumored to have a lot of interests in real estate. 9. Suzy ($10+ million) Suzy debuted as a member of Miss A in 2010. Despite the group’s explosive debut and continuous success, Suzy has gained more popularity with her solo activities. Her … [Read more...] about Top-10 richest K-pop idols
The new world of political risk Political Risk: How Businesses and Organizations Can Anticipate Global Insecurity by Condoleezza Rice and Amy B. Zegart (published by Hatchette Book Group 2018) is a must read book for businessmen, political leaders, and any person interested in understanding the new world of geopolitics, rise of populist leaders and the consequences of political actions on the world economy and everyday lives of people. According to the book’s authors: “Twenty-first century political risk is the probability that a political action could significantly affect a company’s business... Political risk was once just about the actions of governments such as dictators seizing assets or legislators regulating industries. Today governments are still the main arbiters of the business environment, but they are no longer the only important ones. Instead, anyone armed with a cell phone or a Twitter or Facebook account can … [Read more...] about The new world of political risk
Nowadays, you'd be hard pressed to walk five steps without overhearing someone gushing about their favourite BNK48 idol, or humming the band's indelible earworm Koisuru Fortune Cookie. The all-girl group has emerged as the pop sensation of the moment in Thailand. It's only been half a year since the act came together, but the 27 girls, or "idols", that make up BNK48 are doing quite well for themselves.With more than 26 million views on YouTube, the group's second single, Fortune Cookie, alone speaks to their success. Modelled after the famous Japanese girl idol group AKB48, named after Tokyo's iconic Akihabara district, the group has amassed a growing legion of followers.Their success is further proof of a business model built upon the culture of adoration, created in Japan and exported in franchise form to not only Thailand but also China, Indonesia and the Philippines. These acts scoop up followers through energetic use of social media, frequent live appearances, a heaping dose of … [Read more...] about Kawaii in Krungthep