Void Deck Theatre? The Walking Fish Story – By TAFC

Happening this Sunday.

The Arts Fission Company Presents The Void Deck Theatre: “The Walking Fish Story”!

So head down to 110 Hougang Ave 1 at 7pm or down to 421 Fajar Road at 9pm this Sunday 3rd of October! Admission Free!

Not sure why the picture turned out blur, do ring up TAFC should you have enquiries on this performance!

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Artfission.jpg picture by Viviobluerex

About The Arts Fission Company (TAFC)
ARTS FISSION is a Singapore based dance laboratory with the vision to rekindle human spirit by a new genre of dance theatre informed by Asian traditions, cultures, and aesthetics.  Poised in Southeast Asia, ARTS FISSION creates its dance works in sync with the pulses of new Asia. Many of ARTS FISSION’s original creations are acute responses to the emerging contemporary Asian identity amidst the rapid developing urban environment.   These works aim to experiment and reinvent vernacular gesture and movement into a new dance vocabulary that cross-references between urban Asia and old Asia.  This artistic direction marks ARTS FISSION with a distinct dance profile. The 16-year-old company has presented over 60 full-length productions locally and internationally to date. www.artsfission.org __________________________________________________

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Database for Sale? Ethical?

 
The number of “cold calls” I received recently had hit the roof.
 
Calls from Insurance companies, property companies, MLMs, slimming companies, fitness centres, banks selling credit cards & loans.

Just last night, I screamed at a stupid lady who claimed to be from an insurance company who doesn’t even know basic manners. I shall spare everyone the details here. The point of this article is, how the hell our mobile numbers ended up with these companies? Apparently someone is selling our mobile numbers and making money out of it. I view it as an intrusion of privacy.

Earlier, I received an email SPAM with the subject “Extend Marketing Reach – Singapore Database for Sale <<ADV>>”. Wow! The whole Singapore’s database is FOR SALE!”. And if there’s supply, there are bound to be demand somewhere. So, that could only mean one thing, more SPAM calls coming your way.

Below are some of the contents from the original email.
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EXTEND MARKETING REACH

SINGAPORE DATABASE FOR MARKETING
INCREASE SALES LEADS & BUSINESS INSTANTLY
MARKET YOUR PRODUCTS & SERVICES DIRECTLY
COMPANIES / EXECUTIVES / RESIDENTIAL / MOBILE NUMBERS / EMAILS
100,000 COMPANIES – TOP MANAGEMENT / HUMAN RESOURCE / MARKETING
500,000 MOBILE NUMBERS–CREDIT CARDS / INSURANCE / LADIES / SLIMMING
500,000 HDB / 200,000 PRIVATE PROPERTIES
200,000 MIXED EMAILS / 100,000 INDIVIDUAL EMAILS
75,000 CONSUMERS / 30,000 GRADUATES
THIS WEEK’S PROMOTION – 15 TO 24 SEPT 2010
SAVE UP TO 75% DISCOUNT

 

1) SINGAPORE COMPANY DATABASE – UP TO 100,000 

Info: company name, address, tel, fax, company email, detail biz description / all industries
a) S$500 for 20K companies. Usual S$1,500.
b) S$750 for 30,000 companies – Free info: BRN. Usual S$2,000
c) S$1,500 for 50,000 companies – Free 1a. Usual S$3,000
d) S$2,500 for 100,000 companies – Free 1b. Usual S$5,000.

 2) SINGAPORE EXECUTIVES DATABASE – UP TO 50,000

TOP MGMT / HUMAN RESOURCE / MARKETING / GOVERNMENT / MIXED / OTHERS

Info: company name, executive names / job title / DIRECT EMAILS & industry

a) S$1,000 for 1,500 Human Resources / S$1,500 for 3,000 listings. Usual S$3,000. BEST SELLER !
b) S$1,500 for 2,000 Marketing / S$2,500 for 5,000 listings. Usual S$5,000
c) S$2,000 for 3,000 Top Management / S$3,500 for 7,000 Top Management listings. Usual S$10K
d) S$1,000 for 1,500 Advertising / Media / Agencies / S$1,500 for 3,000 listings. Usual S$4,000
e) S$3,000 for 5,000 Mixed Executives, employee size & turnover. Usual S$5,000
f) S$5,000 for 20,000 Selected Executives / S$7,500 for 30,000.. BEST BUY
g) S$750 for 3,000 Government: Ministry of Education. Usual S$1,500

Info: ministry, division, key appt staff / officer name, designation & direct emails

– MOE-1207 / Pri Sch-176 / Sec Sch – 167 / JC-20 / Polytechnic-1477 / ITE-328 /  NIE-69 / NUS-201 / NTU-201
– SMU-84 / Inst SEA Studies-67 / Exams Accessment Bd-113 / Science Ctr Bd-54
h) S$625 for 2,500 Government: Ministry of Health. Usual S$1,500 

Info: ministry, division, key appt staff / officer name, designation & direct emails

-MOH – 1048 / Alexandra Hospital-95 / SGH-155 / Changi GH-95  /KKH-129 / Tan Tock Seng Hosp-121 / NUH-198 / Woodbridge Hosp-90 / Cancer Ctr-77 / Dental Ctr-24  / Eye Ctr-86 / Skin Ctr -43 / Polyclinics-196
 Note: Additional info: address, tel/DID or fax – add S$0.10cts each per data.

 2.1) SINGAPORE CHOICE EXECUTIVES DATABASE – UP TO 60,000

Info: Executive Names & DIRECT EMAILS / Choice by Job Titles or Industries

* Choice By Job Titles: Min. Order S$500. Account-1,600 / Regional-1,550 / IT-1,300 / Sales – 1,300 / Biz Devt – 850 / Brand – 250 / Admin – 450 / Purchasing & Office – 350 / Medical Specialist – 350 / Others

* Choice By Industry: Min. Order S$500: Mfr-1,800 / Financial Svcs-1,500 / Distribution-800 / Telecoms – 600 / Marketing – 8,500 / HR – 1,100 / Education & Training – 1,000 / Bulding & Construction – 500 / Retail – 700 / Consumer Electronics – 700 / Insurance – 350 / Transport – 400 / Travels – 250 / Petrol Oil Chemical – 400 / Medical Healthcare – 400 / Property Mgt Svcs – 300 / Engneering – 650. Hospitality & Hotel – 850 / Etc.
a) S$500 for 5,000 / b) S$1,000 for 15,000 / c) S$2,500 for 30,000 BEST BUY !

 Note: Additional info: company name, tel / DID or fax – add S$0.10cts each per data (subject to availability).

 3) SINGAPORE MIXED EMAILS DATABASE – UP TO 200,000

Info: Mixed companies, executives & consumer emails address only.  BEST SELLER !

a) Price: S$500 per 50,000 emails / S$1,000 – 100k / S$1,500 – 150k / S$2,000 – 200k
b) S$500 for 10,500.Government Emails –  6 Ministries
– MOE – 3,500 / MOH – 2,800 / MOF – 1,200 / MOE&WR – 780 / MOND – 2,260 / MOD – 195

 3.1) SINGAPORE INDIVIDUALS EMAILS DATABASE – UP TO 100,000

Info: Individual Emails address only.

a) Price: S$500 for 50,000 emails. Usual S$1,000 / S$1,000 for 100,000. Usual S$2,000

4) SINGAPORE RESIDENTIAL DATABASE – 500,000 HDB / 200,000 PRIVATE PROPERTIES

Info: Owner/Resident Name, address, home telephone, house type & size. BEST SELLER !

a) S$3,500 for 500,000 HDB.Usual S$10,000
b) S$2,500 for 200,000 Private Properties. Usual S$5,000
 \Note: Choice of HDB by major estates, and/or private property listings by condo names / landed properties also available at 30cts per data subject to minimum order S$500 up to 1,500 listings.

 5) SINGAPORE MOBILE NUMBERS DATABASE – UP TO 500,000

Info: Name, Age Group & Mobile Number / Category: Credit Cards, Insurance, Slimming & Ladies
Price: S$750 for 10,000. Usual S$1,500 / S$1,250 for 20,000. / S$3,000 for 100,000. BEST SELLER !

 6) SINGAPORE INDIVIDUALS DATABASE – UP TO 75,000 NEW

Info: Individual Name, Age Group, MOBILE NUMBER & PERSONAL EMAIL

Price S$1,000 for 10,000. Usual S$2,000 / S$1,500 for 20K / S$3,000 for 50K / S$4,500 for 75K

 7) SINGAPORE GRADUATES DATABASE – UP TO 30,000 NEW

Info: Graduate Name, CONTACT NUMBER & PERSONAL EMAIL

Price S$1,000 for 10,000. Usual S$2,500 / S$1,500 for 20K / S$2,500 for 30K

 Note: Prices indicated are already discounted. Usual price may or may not be indicated and at least 50% to 75% higher. All prices in SGD, Singapore Dollars.

 Remarks: Database Marketing Consultation ONSITE available at S$500 for 1st 2 hrs, S$750 for 4 hrs and S$1,000 for 6hrs per day – Singapore location only
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Just when I thought the above is already serious enough, this company even provides regional database too!

See below for more details from the email.
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ASIA TOP MANAGEMENT LISTINGS

 

Singapore / Malaysia / India  / Hong Kong / Thailand / Korea / Japan / Australia / Indonesia / Philippines/ Vietnam / Macau / Myanmar / Cambodia / Laos

 

Company Information

 Company Name / Address / Tel / Fax / Website / Employee Size / Turnover / Industry

Top Management Information

 Executive Name & Job Title –  President / CXX / MD / Director / GM / Regional 

 

THIS WEEK’S PROMOTION – 60% DISCOUNT

 

 

1) Australia Top Management for 40,000.          Promo S$4,800 / Usual S$12,000

 

2) Japan Top Management for 35,000.              Promo S$4,000 / Usual S$10,500

 

3) Singapore Top Management for 25,000.        Promo S$2,500 / Usual S$7,500

 

4) Malaysia Top Management for 25,000.          Promo S$2,500 / Usual S$7,500

 

5) India Top Management for 20,000.                Promo S$2,000 / Usual S$6,000

 

6) Hong Kong Top Management for 12,000.      Promo S$1,500 / Usual S$3,600

 

7) Korea Top Management for 10,000.              Promo S$1,250 / Usual S$3,000

 

8) Indonesia Top Management for 9,000.          Promo S$1,000 / Usual S$2,700

 

9) Thailand Top Management for 8,000.            Promo S$1,000 / Usual S$2,400

 

10) Philippines Top Management for 4,000.      Promo S$500 / Usual S$1,200

 

11) Vietnam Top Management for 3,000.           Promo S$500 / Usual S$1,200

 

 

Note: Choice by country, industry or job titles available at 30cts per data, subject to minimum order of S$500 for up to 1,500 selected listings.

 

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SG DIY DATABASE MARKETING

Enquiry to order: (65)-68441557. Mon to Fri: 10am to 4pm.

 

 To unlist, reply by return email : N2MEmail3@gmail.com

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I hope the relevant Authorities can look into this soon.

 

Hello, This is Singapore, this is Asia.

I received a call today in office. Not just any ordinary call. But a call from a "Managing Director" of a "specialized advertising agency" in Singapore. This woman was ranting on the phone which irritates me to the core. So what happened? Her staff called my staff to enquire on some media information, I told the staff that since our agreement with this agency has expired some 9 months ago, I told my staff that we may not go through this ad agency. Then I was told this "Managing Director" had called my staff and scolded her and later demanded to speak to the "boss" (which is me), next she called me and rant the same. As expected, she asked to speak my boss. Bad luck for her, I am the Boss. I told her off for her lack of courtesy and she even used words like "You don’t want me to say to your face what I think of your company". An eye-opening experience indeed. Maybe it’s her bad luck today, given my known character (which is pretty well-known) in the industry, I reacted the same way that she reacted. I was "diplomatically sarcastic."

I always live by the mandate of returning a favor by ten times. Meaning, if you are nice, I will return you ten folds, if the person had been nasty to me, good luck to the person as I will definitely return the bad attitude/deed by ten times too.

The way she talk irks me to the core. She represents an international ad agency brand, but behaved like a wild barbarian. She speaks as if we media owners have to give in to her whims & fansies just because she holds the client. What she don’t understand is, the client will not be her’s forever and the local media scene is smaller than a sesame seed. We will certainly cross path one day. Worse, we have been servicing "her client" for years even before she got posted to Singapore.

She claimed I was rude while she was the on the offensive right from the start. I have experienced more bitchy agency people than her and she thinks she can push her way through by using the company name and her title to corner a media owner? Well, anticipating what this idiot is capable of, I wrote her email and copied her regional Directors, the client and even everyone else who is not aware of her unprofessional behaviour-but need to know. Just right after the email was sent out, I received an email from this bitch asking to speak to my CEO. But the generic email was pointed and directed to me and not my CEO simply I made most of the business decisions in this company. What she expect to acheive by talking to my CEO, when my CEO will direct the matter back to me for my jurisdictional action?

In her email to my CEO, she word it so nicely that she had a "little brush" and "some issues" with our company and demanded a "face-to-face" meeting. Well, who she think she is? And she specifically mentioned that she had "recently took over the position of "Managing Director" and "new to Singapore’s market". My toes laughed like never before. New and yet arrogant? Wait till she meet some of nastiest media owners in Singapore. I am considered one of the "attitude" ones, but still not as extreme as some others. A chinese saying "There will always be another higher mountain", I think maybe she does not carry such values because she is totally foreign to Singapore’s culture and how things work here.

Is this how expatriates work in their country of origin? If everyone starts to demand and speaks to the "Boss" just to get things done, then I might as well sacked all my executives and managers working for me and have everything done by myself. After all, it is the "bossess" of this kind who wish to speak to a person of a higher authority only. She has such a biased and passe way of working, which is perfect misfit here in Singapore.  I hope international advertising agencies will select their "Managing Directors" carefully. For it will break the good name of the ad agency in such a saturated market like Singapore if the appointed person starts to behave in such an arrogant manner. Words spread faster than you can imagine, especially among media owners who mostly knew each other here. 

As an ex-co member of an association representing media owners in Singapore, I am certain to share this extraordinary experience I had with this agency bitch in the upcoming association meeting. Media Owners can be an ad agency’s best friends or worse Foes, depending who you are dealing with. In this case, she had just banged herself into a wall. Let’s see what her Regional Directors say when they received the email.

In Asia, we talk business, we don’t shout and rant.

This "specialized advertising advertising" will be under my marked list for a long long time.