Learning some new tricks for work and business.

Today I attended a free seminar by Joel Bauer, a marketing guru who markets himself as an “infotainer”. I wouldn’t normally sign up for such an event of my own accord since I am a healthy skeptic, but my parents attended his last free seminar and were convinced enough to sign up for his (rather pricey) training program. They thought that K and I would gain from the free seminar and I got dragged along by my mom at an ungodly hour this Saturday morning to the Expo for Day 1 of a two-day event. K is teaching this weekend, so he couldn’t go.

I am definitely not the kind of person who would pay thousands to attend things like this. When I entered the seminar room, I was convinced that I’d be wasting 16 hours of my life on a precious, precious weekend. But after I got over myself and decided that  I’d probably be better off opening my mind (since there wasn’t anything else to do), I actually got quite a lot out of the day’s proceedings.

I’m not going to go into a lot of detail about the stuff that was shared because you can Google. Suffice to say that although I’ve been working in advertising and PR for so many years, there were quite a few new things that I learned that could potentially make a big difference to the way we run the bike schools, even if we only adopt one or two components of the marketing system that Bauer promotes. I took copious notes and briefed K when I got home, and he’s going to try some of the stuff that was taught tomorrow after his class.

Let’s see how we get on. And no, I wasn’t paid a cent to write this post. Bauer doesn’t even know I exist – unless he was paying attention and saw a woman in the third row from the front rolling her eyes just a tiny bit in the first half an hour of the day.

 

Korean dramas I’ve watched recently

My Korean drama-watching streak is still going strong, and I finished three dramas recently. I’ve come to realise that quite a few K dramas centre around people losing their memories, or people coming back from the dead. Probably a sign of the times.

stairwaytoheaven

Stairway to Heaven was interesting to me because I wanted to see if it’s true that Kim Tae Hee can’t act. I thought she did a passable job in this series. She was better than she was in Iris, but maybe she’s just better at playing a villain. This was the series that introduced me to Shin Hyun Joon and Kwon Sang Woo. Sorry, KSW folks, I can’t see what the fuss is all about. I was ambivalent about SHJ, and only formed a more distinct opinion after I watched him in Bridal Mask, which I will talk about shortly.

save the last dance for me

Then, I watched Save the Last Dance for Me. It took me the entire series to understand why it’s thus named. Anyway, this was only slightly entertaining. Lee Bo Young’s character annoyed me. Also, I thought all that scheming was quite unnecessary – the producers could have shaved a couple of episodes off the show if they had cut down those scenes where Ryu Soo Young’s character plots to take over his rival’s company.

Bridal-MaskFinally, Bridal Mask. I’ve never been a fangirl of anyone or anything, but I could totally be for Joo Won. Loved him in Good Doctor, loved him even more in Bridal Mask. Can’t say I liked everything about the show itself (I fast forwarded through most of the circus and Kishokai scenes) but Joo Won, Park Ki Woong and Shin Hyun Joon more than carried the whole thing. So awesome. I’m definitely going to make it a point to watch more Joo Won shows from now on.

I’m trying to watch My Love from the Star, but so far I’ve not been particularly impressed. We’ll see if I can make it through the whole series.

 

SunMoon Fruit Cups and Fruit Crisps

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We’re all big fruit-eaters at home – fruit is served at every meal, and it’s quite common to see little hands opening the fridge and reaching for berries and apples for a mid-day snack. No surprise then that SunMoon’s fruit cups and fruit crisps have been quite popular, whether for snacking at home, in school or in the car between work appointments. In fact, I was a bit worried that they would all be eaten up before I got the chance to try any, and to take photos for this post!

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SunMoon fruit cups are made of pieces of real fruit, soaked in apple juice with no added sugar or preservatives. You can get seasonal mixed fruit, peaches and Mandarin oranges. I like that they have been awarded the Healthier Choice Symbol, and each cup has fewer than 70 calories. Each portion is just big enough to quell hunger pangs without being too cloying. They’re also quite affordable at just $1.90 for a pack of two 4oz cups. From now till 9 May, buy 2 and get 1 free at all NTUC and Sheng Shiong supermarkets.

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I’m pretty partial to freeze-dried fruit, as I like the way they melt on the tongue. It’s difficult for me to stop at just one pack! SunMoon carries a range of freeze-dried fruit crisps - Fuji apple, exotic combo (strawberry & banana), tropical combo (pineapple & mango) and a super combo (strawberry, apple, banana and mango). Pretty nice, and convenient for kids to take to school for healthy snack day too. Each pack costs $1.60, or you can order a box of 12 at $16 online.

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