Monthly Archives: July 2014

Your Life in the Hands of the Road

After living in Singapore for several months, you would think that I would have already been able to find the regular kind of places that everyone goes to. You know; the grocery store, the best hair salon in Singapore, the best restaurants. That kind of thing. Unfortunately for you if you find me on the street and think to yourself, "Yes! A fellow American who can direct me to..", I can't. I mean, I might be able to and I will certainly do my best to help you but I have had the hardest time finding my way around here.

It's the streets, you know. If you're American, or a Westerner, you know exactly what I'm talking about. Getting around town is taking your life into your hands every single day. If you're a pedestrian, you're daily activity includes a vigorous real life equivalent to frogger without any extra lives or continues. It's terrible; they have no rules of the road out here. It's like the wild west of automobiles and scooters with the pedestrians the poor people caught in the crossfire as pedestrian and car move through the roads without law. It's quite literally the most terrifying thing that I have ever had to do.

So, yes. You might find me on a street corner. I'm only there because I'm in wide-eyed panic of trying to cross the road. I might be hungry because I have been standing there all day trying to get to the grocer. If you're a kind soul who has lost the fea rof crossing the road here in Singapore, would you be so generous as to get me a loaf of bread and some meat, please? I'll try to give you directions but don't expect me to help you carry groceries across the road.

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Blue Sky All the Way to Heaven

When I arrived in Singapore for work on our new mobile towers, I didn't think I would be staying here to get an MBA in Singapore too. But hey, when you've got little else to do besides work you might as well do your best to improve yourself. That's the philosophy I have always tried to live by at least and so far, it has worked out fairly well! Education is undeniably important. I don't put a lot of stock into the degrees that are associated with 'education', not these days, as you can teach yourself pretty much whatever you want to learn thanks to the Internet.

And yet, I find degrees as auseful metric for my own personal progress. I don't want to say that I go around collecting them, I couldn't afford to do anything like that, but I have worked on three bachelor degrees so far along with a single masters degree. All in all, I have found the experiences to be entirely worthwhile despite the cost even if I haven't gone into the fields necessarily would match any of the degree. Working on a cell phone tower is the last thing I thought I would be doing with my life.

I soon discovered my love for heights. There's nothing quite like the view from a 200 foot tower overlooking a cityscape or mountain. It's just you, that tower and the problem at hand with the rest of the world sprawling out below you and blue sky stretching all the way to Heaven above you. What more could a man ask for in life? It might be the most dangerous job in the world but it's a job that only a few people are brave enough, or foolish enough, to take on and I'll gladly do it every day of my life.

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Performing Efficiently in Beautiful Singapore

It's been a while since I've written here, which I apologize for, but we have been incredibly busy since we arrived here in Singapore a month ago. As you might remember from the previous blog posts that I made, four of us within the current project had been given an option to move the department to Singapore in order to attract more Asian-specific partners with the goal of getting a foothold in the market. With our small office spaces, we've been using a serviced office in Singapore to help with the space. I'm surprised that we do not have something like this back home as it has been incredibly useful over the past month.

With us using nearly every inch of space in our current offices, you can imagine that trying to conduct meetings would be a comical affair. These serviced offices are great; they're pre-setup and cheap, allowing you to schedule meetings on the fly. Most of our potential partners that we've reached out to have been the kind of people who conduct business in a way that is not experienced in the United States. Personally, I think they're merely testing whether or not we can react quickly while still being able to provide them with everything they need to make a decision.

We're more than aware that they don't expect the same kind of treatment that some executives and middle-men might expect in the U.S. There seems to be a conscious air of efficiency here in Singapore. It's a busy place! Everyone has work on the mind and getting that work done well, quickly and efficiently so is the priority; a standard that we are quickly beginning to incorporate into our own philosophy. We've learned a great deal from this experience with only better things on the horizon for us.

I hope you guys are doing well, feel free to check back on this blog for more information!

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