Yes, I believe that the SMRT breakdown created such inconvenience in the past few weeks that it would be tough for Singaporeans to forget. First, the news of the taxi hike. Then the breakdown of MRT service during peak hours on 15 Dec 2011. “The disruption affected 127,000 passengers including 1,000 trapped in each of the four trains that stalled.” – these passengers were trapped inside for more than an hour.
Frankly speaking, they could have done a better job in informing the commuters that the trains are unavailable. Because this would affect the commuters’ decision in taking which transportation. As commuters, being uninformed would create great inconvenience like being late for a meeting with a friend.
Yes, the world has evolved where people of these generation like to have information on their fingertips in order to save precious time. These incidents has created resulted in SMRT to create a twitter account: @SMRT_Singapore
Most of their tweets goes “Trains are travelling smoothly today” – Good improvement but is that what commuters really want?
I keep on thinking why didn’t they think about social media to communicate their news early - before such things happened? Maybe it might be too much work for the corporate communications department, but it was essential. Essential to let commuters know whether they should ‘leave earlier for work’, in order to reach work on time.
Likewise, the traffic police should also have a twitter account – to let us know about the traffic conditions on the road. Especially since I experienced once that my bus had to stop as a tree branch fell and block both sides of the road. It took me about 30 mins to walk home.
The most important thing: Open your eyes and ears widely to listen and observe what your colleagues are doing.
Being a fresh graduate, you have to learn from the basics of all the basics. You must be willing to receive the work given to you, as it is a good learning ground and your attitude towards your workload would reflect well on your personality. – This is what I am being told. For me, I would be honoured when they entrusted me with any work because they believe that I would be able to finish it.
*Remember to always put in the best of your effort in your work.
Being a greenhorn, you have to adapt to the working environment at your company. Observe the different working styles of your colleagues and try to work well with them. Different people have different ways of doing things, so you just have to adopt your own way by learning the good working habits of others and avoid the bad working habits of others.
And of course, first impressions counts. It always does. This point has been emphasize millions of times from others, but it is a fact. So do well to impress your colleagues.
Listening to gossip is fine, this is to know more about the working environment. But never, join in the gossip. NEVER. I find that through listening to gossips, you would be able to learn more about a particular person/the organisation as a whole. It does help to know whose relationship is better with who, in order not to be caught in an argument or anything. This is one of the reason why I don’t dare to talk much in my first week of work. You never know who would get offended by your remarks. But when you have adapt to the working environment, it is always wise to speak up.
Frankly, I am fortunate to find the place that I am working currently. I believe the working environment is suitable for me to learn and grow. As I am still considered a young adult, going to be an adult (waiting for marriage and giving birth) yet I still remember how it felt like to be a child (student life- working hard to get good results). Hence, I fully understand when they tell me their problems in life.
One of my colleagues that is quite close, she says her daughter wants her to go home early to accompany her. Even if it was only a few hours earlier. I understand that because as a teenager myself, I would always wish that my mum would be home early to accompany me. It was probably the feeling of loneliness. So I understand completely when she said her daughter wants her home early. I even hoped that there was something that I could do!
Well, a few of my colleagues told me about their child birth conditions and about breastfeeding and things that goes along the lines of it. Apparently, after giving birth to a child, you are not suppose to bath/shower for a month or so. It is supposedly bad for your body because your body is weak after childbirth.
I have heard so many interesting stories that I can’t finish telling them. But I promise I will keep updating you!
As everyone knows, twitter applications are appearing to cater to the different needs of tweeples. As everyone knows, there are:
- Tweetie 2
I am sure you have tried at least two or three of these applications before.
Could you share with me out of all these Twitter Applications, which do you like the most and the reason for it? Just interested to know how people feel about Twitter Applications so I know which Application would be the best for me! Please comment at the bottom. Thanks a lot.
A medium/tool on the social media which your voice can be heard, you cannot forget podcasting! First you need to download the software, I recommend Audacity! Furthermore, you can download it for FREE!
I had to lead the class in this topic: Podcast. I love listening to podcast, especially MrBrown’s podcasts. I find it relevant to me as it talks about current affairs. Especially “your mother’s army”, check this out! The podcast is about the parents that pamper their child so much that they do not want their child to be negatively influenced by army’s language. I would like to see that in a real battlefield, I bet that this mother’s army would be in hiding, who knows if ‘your mother’s army’ might get killed trying to play the peacemaker. ^^
RSS (Really Simple Syndication)
It is a tool that I noticed every website has, but I have never tried it before. RSS is a button at the right hand side of your url address.
If you are a daily reader for sports, the RSS Feed informs you when there is a new update about certain sports. This is convenient as you do not need to check the whole newspaper just to find the sports section. RSS Feed also ensures that you do not miss out any news of your interest. So now that you know about this button, remember to use it wisely!
The best website to manage your RSS Feed is Google Reader. It is really simple to use, first you must have a Google account in order to have access. Then you have to add subscriptions from the various websites that you are interested in:
There. Saves lots of time finding for your news from various websites, you can see them all in one website, Google Reader. One advice: Do not add too many subcriptions! It might flood your inbox.