Sorry for not blogging as much as I've wanted to and I've resolved to change that for 2013. Things have been extremely busy for me lately as I just got back from CES 2013 in Las Vegas just over a week ago and there's a ton of follow up to do with all the companies I visited for Futurelooks and MEGATechNews. We also did some amazing coverage so you can check that out over here (Futurelooks CES 2013 Coverage) and here (MEGATechNews CES 2013 Coverage) if you're into computers, gadgets and other techie stuff.
Like any business, there are periods of the year where things seem to die down quite a bit. In some cases it can be so slow that it can be quite terrifying for businesses that rely on more regular business. If you're wondering what that looks like, just look at the picture above, courtesy of Michael Kwan. In fact, that's what I look like this time of year because even my business goes through this slump around the January and February periods where advertisers start to cut back to reset themselves for Q2 when things start to pick up again. After the busy holiday season, people just don't seem to want to look at stuff that they might want to buy, possibly putting them into further debt, which I totally understand.
If you do have a business that has a dip sometime during the year, it’s important to take some extra measures to ensure that it's business as usual. And this might involve spending dollars that you might otherwise keep saved, in exchange for the potential pay off of more business down the road.
While cost cutting for those lean times is an effective means of riding it out, sometimes a bit of out of the box thinking is needed to stand out from the crowd. Let's face it. Email blasts only go so far, especially with SPAM filters set to kill these days. Here are three good ways that might help your business out.
It's very important to install a strong work ethic into your kids at an early age. Otherwise they'll follow you from house to house (even if you try to lose them in the move), cling to you by tagging along for dim sum every day, and rack up your credit cards with an excuse like "I was just trying to earn Air Miles for you". What a nightmare! How can this possibly happen?
Unfortunately, we all know this does happen because there's at least one person in every group of friends that sets the bad example. That's why my little Lexi Fung wakes up with Daddy every day and heads to the office to work. In fact, she's the one that kicks Daddy till he wakes up. See, she's already taking charge! And as you can see in the video, she's quite good at scheduling her day out and getting things done!
I'm hoping that if I teach her right, one day, she'll be out of my house by 18, become an accomplished Olympic Athlete, and be wealthy enough to be a Dragoness on Dragon's Den. I set the bar high for my little one 🙂
It's always great to wake up in the morning and see that you were featured on BBC UK...
It really is a great charity event and I'll definitely look forward to next year's event a little more. Especially if they bring back that awesome beef tenderloin at the buffet! With my new found fame in the UK, I'm wondering if I will be invited to drive the "Reasonably Priced Car" on Top Gear UK? It'll be the only way to find out if a Geek is faster than a Stig!
I was cruising by my blog the other day and realized that I haven't updated here in over a month. I'm sorry for the lack of updates. It appears that Twitter has ruined me due to the instant gratification provided by a simple tweet out to my followers. I've also been quite busy with Futurelooks. As you may have noticed, there is a ton of new content over there and I hope you have a chance to head there and enjoy it. I will try to update here a little more often.
Yes, the picture above is me once again taking down something that is too large for a regular human being. They call it "Bob's Big Burger". I had it at some weird eatery that I've forgotten the name of while in Fort Saskatchewan for Fragapalooza. The menu"Dared Me to Finish It" so of course I finished it. There is apparently a bigger burger at some dinner which I will need to try next year.
Here are a few noteworthy points about what I've been up to in the last while...
So right after the LG Texting Championships, it was time to head to Kam Do so that we could welcome a new member into the Kam Do Mixed Grill Hall of Fame. As you all know, I'm the only member of this club and it's tough finding anyone to keep up with me. This event would be called the "Kam Do Mixed Grill Feast Fest...umm...Festival". At least that's what John Chow called it which kind of fits seeing as both that name and the event became one big disaster for one Leo Chiang. Let's check out the highlights in glorious HD!
After enthusiastically decreeing that he would finish this massive meal for immortal men, Leo went out a little too fast, trying to outpace me, making the going tougher than it should have been. As they say in Fast and Furious: Too soon junior. That's why I never called this a contest because if this was for speed, we'd both be outside puking it all up before the half way mark.
The Kam Do Mixed Grill Challenge requires patience and strategy in order to get the job done. This has served me well for the three times that I've finished it (counting this time). Unfortunately, Leo was 300ml and a mango pudding away from joining this most prestigious club. Again, I standalone as the only one that has completed it not once...but three times. Is there a monster meal that you swear nobody could finish? I'd like to hear about it! 🙂