Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Stretched to the Max!

Hi guys! Apologies to all of you as I have not been updating my blog. Workload has been absolutely crazy as I am exploring new projects and I have been tied down by all the operational issues. It seems I am the bottleneck behind the growth of the organization. I am always doing new things as my people have issues rationalizing and keeping up. I am so blessed to have good people behind me but as I go into all my new projects, even good folks have problems.

It is very extremely difficult finding good people. I really need a good hotel GM right now to assist me in putting all the details behind our hotel offering. It is a new and exciting concept and I am looking forward to propagating this concept throughout Asia. I hope to have al least 5 hotels under our wings by 2018 after our first opening in 2012. I know 1 property per year is hectic but I would quite enjoy the challenge.

I give thanks for all the opportunities that I have been given and it is important to realize the talents God has given you. More often than not, many of us complain that we have no opportunities but we have to reflect and ponder if we have used the potential we have been given in the first place. Quite a few of you have emailed me to ask for JV opportunities. I apologise as I have been busy but will think about getting more people in our management team over this Christmas break.

Time really flies and its gonna be a brand new year. I am hoping for a good break but when I look at my travel itinerary, I scratch my head, haha! I guess that’s life.

Till the next entry, take care and God Bless!

Your Friend,
Andy Ong

Friday, November 4, 2011

It’s Great Seeing You Again!

Our recently concluded Success Forum was an overwhelming success, for lack of better words. It was great making new friends and re-acquainting with older ones. Our speakers thoroughly enjoyed themselves sharing their views and words of wisdom with our audience. The response was overwhelming as over 1000 registered for the event. We thank you for your support and hope you enjoyed yourselves.

Quite a few of you were surprised by the number of full time staff present that day. I’m not sure how many were present that day but I guess about 30 of our colleagues were there that day. A lot of you think we are staffed by part timers like other event organisers. In Singapore alone, we have over 100 people on our full time payroll. In fact, the education business alone employs over 120 staff in the region.

I feel blessed that the various businesses that we are in have done well over the years. Below are a few photos from the event. I hope to have more of such sessions to keep the flame burning in you as life can really wear you down sometimes. I will be traveling this weekend to Vietnam and then Thailand(yes, I have to go to a flood stricken area.)

So wish me luck!

Here are some of the quick captures during the event.

Till next time, God Bless!

Your Friend,
Andy Ong