5 June 2019

Treating others

The golden principle of treating others as one would wish to be treated.

1 June 2019

7 Types of Clients to Avoid

My stints as designer and event planner provided opportunities to work with various people. I have the pleasure to work with excellent clients who are timely paymaster, organized, reasonable, give clear instructions and appreciative. I have also seen clueless, inconsiderate clients who would delay the confirmation of project till last minute. Last minute work might lead to additional cost, unnecessary stress and errors due to lack of time for preparation. Thus, I came up with this list of red flags which we should be aware of.

1. Clients who has no respect to timeline. They do not consider the time people need to get work done. They expect things to be done immediately for them but they procrastinate when the ball is on their court. Almost all of their deadlines are "yesterday".

2. Clients who refuse to commit. They do not pay deposit and/or sign contract. They delay payment for months or refuse to pay at all.

3. Clients who will cause you to make losses. They only pay for 1 thing but expect 2 other items to be given free to them.

4. Clients who will burn your relationship with your good staffs and vendors. Some clients are bullies or liars who cause your valuable people to quit.

5. Clients who has no integrity, they flip words and do not honor what they promise.

6. Clients who are fickle-minded; they keep adjusting the project requirements, but refuse to pay for time and effort for the changes made.

7. Clients who have very tough projects but refuse to pay higher for the risks involved, they just want to push their own accountabilities away and point the blames to vendors.

While it is hard to find perfect customers, we have to safeguard our interest.  Consider the costs, risks and frustrations of dealing with potential bad clients seriously before we agree to work with them.

16 May 2019

Etiquette of feeding stray cats and dogs

Being responsible with feeding strays and managing your pets

I designed this poster to create awareness on etiquette of feeding stray cats and managing pet dogs poo. Email me if you need the high-resolution file

Recently I adopted the habit to feed the stray cats. There are a number affectionate cute cats in my neighbourhood. 

One night, while giving surplus steam fish to street cats near my home, a guy approached and thanked me for feeding them. As I spoke to him, I got amazed that there are a group of residents who had been feeding the stray cats dutifully for the longest time. I got introduced to the group and they graciously taught me the proper ways of feeding the strays. Goodness! I wasn’t aware that a simple act of feeding the strays could have dire consequences. 😿

While we are engrossed in the kind act of feeding the strays, it is essential we maintain the discipline to serve them food on containers or papers; and clear it up after the animals had finished eating. Leftover food attract pests, and it will cause unhappiness among people staying in the community. The pests and mess of leftover food will cause people to complain to the authorities about the strays and cost the lives of these innocent animals. We have to keep the environment clean so that the animals and residents can reside together in harmony. Please avoid letting our “kind” actions cause the strays to be culled. 

Cats are really smart. When I carry food to feed them, they will suddenly appear and gather around me. They know instinctively. I learnt from the group to lead the strays to a less crowded area before feeding them. Some people are uncomfortable with animals, thus we try not to feed the strays at high human traffic areas. 

This group of animal-lovers residents also donated money regularly to get the stray cats in our vicinity neutered. This greatly helps to maintain the population of the cats and prevent the existing ones from being culled. This bunch of animal lovers are open-handed, big-hearted who truly inspires! Wish more people will be caring, kind and considerate like them! 😻