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Photo: an old carriage wheel in Kitahama Station, Hokkaido

Its the first weekend of 2019. The fireworks and champagne have been put away. Reality strikes. 2019. As my nephew put it, its the last year that has any teen in it.

My friend Joseph from Chinese Toastmasters club sent this greeting.

用真诚经营爱情 (love/ romance)
用执着追求事业 (career)
用善良对待朋友 (relationship)
用平淡对待磨难 (meditation/ spirituality)
用虔诚祈盼幸福 (fun/ joy)
用感恩回报人间 (social causes)

心随爱走,爱随心愿。
朋友一生幸福,永远快乐!

In every culture, the new year signifies hope, new beginnings.

Even as I meditate on this photo I took in Hokkaido, Japan of an old carriage wheel found in a displaced train station, where no one stops but is now a tourist stopover from a long drive. Horse carriage disrupted by trains disrupted by cars, disrupted by …

Time rushes on.

Disruption is the only constant.

What 3 major areas will you focus in 2019?
Financial goals
Learning and Growth goals
Friendship
New technology
New markets
Fun
Volunteer
Health/ fitness?

Can you combine any of these goals?
Join a fitness class with a friend
Walk to/ from work
Train for Machu Picchu or Camino de Santiago, Spain

I’ve finally signed up for a diploma on social media branding. My goal is to increase my writing and launch a podcast.

Q: Can”t I learn on my own?
A: I’m relying on a community to push me. We will see.

As Stephen Covey wrote in his book on 7 Habits of Successful people, put in the big rocks first.

Barriers/ Limitations
Time (Classes on Saturday)
Money (government subsidy)

What I need to do to make it happen:
Research on schools offering program (done)
Application (done)

US President Trump has made a clear statement about US not subsidising the rest of the world, and imposing tariffs on its trade partners. We also see US and UK companies increase their investments in Asia bypassing tariffs.

Without the backing of political relations, will US companies finally look at increasing local relevance rather than exporting US based designs and R&D?

Especially in the digital and security space where US companies dominate, we are seeing intra regional trade, ASEAN, India-China, China-Korea and Europe-Asia Pacific as engines of growth.

These are some areas to watch out, especially in Digital innovation and the disruptive stress it brings, we see growth in the beauty/wellness/ entertainment sector, food security, cybersecurity and the financial sector that fuels these disruption!

  • Industry 4.0

    Urban Solutions and Infrastructure
    Companies investing in Digital Innovation Lab in Singapore
    Dyson
    Amazon
    ABB
    Alibaba
    Danone
    Google
    Microsoft
    Facebook
    Syngenta
    Schneider Electric


  • Beauty/ Wellness area
    20-30% increase
    Luxury brands driven by Milinieals
    Globally, the average age of people buying Porsches is 56, according to Dong Tao, a prominent economist with Credit Suisse. In China, the average buyer is just 36. Nikkei


  • Digital entertainment

    Digital content
    Razer
    Garner
    Major brands spend 40-50% on digital marketing in China

  • Digital Finance
    Fintech


  • Asia Pacific Hub
    Cybersecurity
    Finance
    HR/ Recruitment
    Organisation Development and Learning
    Taxation

What Singapore lacks in space and scale, its assets are density, connectivity and location between East and West, hub to East Asia and South East Asia. Singapore is an excellent test bed and pilot for new technology.

Singapore has been an early supporter of the BRI. Nearly a third of China’s total outbound investments to BRI countries flows through Singapore; while Singapore’s investments in China also account for 85 per cent of total inbound investments from BRI countries. ST

  • What are some trends shaping your industry?

Southeast Asia: An Emerging Market With Booming Digital Growth
https://www.visualcapitalist.com/southeast-asia-digital-growth-potential/