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My Reflections on 2020

2020 might be remembered in history as a year of widespread epidemic and economic recession by many, but to me, it was a really interesting year. It was a year which challenged me to do the best I could.

1st Half of 2020

Kick started my first half of 2020 with my final semester at Nanyang Technological University, taking 3 modules, inclusive of the legendary killer Capstone Business Analytics Module in NBS, Business Analytics Consulting. I had the chance to interact with the brightest minds from business, as well as computing, to deliver viable business recommendations in health insurance strategy to our client company, Aon. Click here you’re interested to know more about why I chose business analytics.

As if dealing with one company was not enough, I took on a Regional Digital & Product Marketing internship with dental company KavoKerr, which recently spun off from Danaher Group. Through the internship, I had the chance to conduct market research, create marketing collaterals, do customer analytics, as well as social media marketing on Facebook. Halfway during my internship, it became a work-from-home arrangement, do read this if you’re interested to know how it is to experience both work in office and at home.

Right after finishing my final class in business school, I managed to secure a job and it was in semi-lockdown in Singapore. Instead of just wasting the time away, I decided to upskill myself through distance learning on Coursera, here are some of my reflections.

2nd Half of 2020

Kick Started the second half of 2020 with my first job on a Graduate Programme with Dairy Farm Group, a multinational company in the retail and fast moving consumer goods scene. Managed to get a chance to learn a lot at work through rotations in Commercial, Operations and Supply Chain. I am really fortunate to have had the chance to interact with many senior business leaders as well as mentors to guide me along the way, and looking forward to more growth in my career. If you’re interested to find out more do reach out to my LinkedIn, where I have documented many posts on the experience too!

For the last few months of the year, I made the choice to return to campus in NTU, to further my understanding of the business sector by taking on a MiniMasters in Marketing Management. While it has been tiring to juggle work with studies, it has been really fulfilling to tackle marketing problems with the brightest minds. (Some have even been in the industry for years!) If you’re considering going back to school while working, do click here!

Last but definitely not the least, I am happy to have consistently posted blog posts this half of the year despite never quite getting myself started previously. Thank you all for the readership this year and we look forward to your continued support over 2021 where we will bring you more posts about analytics, management and innovation.

My thoughts for 2021

Moving forward to 2021, it will be a year of accelerated learning at work, while also completing my MiniMasters programme by the end of March! (Hopefully graduation too, but I am not too sure if it will ever happen now.)

Most importantly, I realised I have not been the most consistent in posting this year, sometimes disappearing occasionally when busy. A resolution for this blog is to consistently generate at least one post for each topic in analytics, innovation and management on a monthly basis, while also not forgetting some of my readers who are still in school as well. Do look forward to more about my past university experience as well as a fresh employee at work perspectives.

2020 has been great, 2021 will be even better!

Tan Wei Xiang

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9 Things to do Alone in Singapore (COVID-19 New Normal Special)

I have decided to break the monotony of posts today and reserve Fridays for nothing nerdy, just light-hearted lifestyle posts. Amidst this new normal narrative which has been going on and on all around the world, I thought that it would be nice to share some things we can all do in Singapore over the weekends, while sticking to the maximum 5 people restriction, and excludes activities like night life or karaoke which are just plain socially irresponsible. Do leave a comment below if you have other things to do which are not inside my list!

1. Look at the Night View in Singapore

Firstly the night view in Singapore. Many of my foreign friends have praised the waterfront at Singapore River being the dream location to be at. You could walk down Orchard Road and be dazzled by the lights. As an added bonus during this pandemic, you would experience less crowds and fully immerse in your experience.

2. Take a Stroll by the Seaside

A nice empty view of Tanjong Beach at Sentosa taken by me on a Sunday.

If the night view is not your thing, why not try the Sea View instead? Good news to you, Sentosa drive in is currently free of charge till 30 September. Ravel in the marvellous beaches at the southern side of Singapore with much more space to yourself. This makes a perfect retreat since travel is not yet allowed anyway.

3. Go for a Run

One of your only chances to keep your mask off in this new normal. Running allows you to relax and break out of the confinements of the four walls at home. This was especially relevant during the circuit breaker (many other countries call this lockdown), but nevertheless, a run is still a great way to relax.

4. Hit the Weights

Me at the gym! For the gram?

Well a reopening would not be perfect until you finally have the chance to visit gyms again after months of inactivity! Felt my muscles aching after the session but it was a great experience! Hope to finally be able to get some gains and fulfil your new year’s resolution set half a year ago! (Time check, it’s July!)

5. Visit the Supermarket

Photo Taken at Cold Storage Bugis Junction

Whether you are looking for baking needs, a quick fix meal, or just a snack to binge on, the supermarket offers a variety of choices for all sorts of people. As a business graduate, I personally love walking down the aisles to look at the product offerings and promotions, getting a tinge of satisfaction in the process.

6. Visit a Nature Reserve or Park

I really love parks and nature reserves. Visiting these green spaces which cover a quarter of Singapore is the perfect way to rest and rejuvenate. Studies have shown that green is a colour which helps people relax. Look at some of your phone applications, notice many of them are green? What makes you relax naturally makes you feel happy, keep these green spaces on your list, just like how you keep those green apps in your phone.

7. Take Online Courses

Something else which I have been doing is to take up online courses on Coursera. They have kindly offered free access to their certification track courses for NTU students and many other leading universities up till September 30 2020! Hooray to free lessons! While the pandemic is ongoing, it’s a great time to up-skill ourselves to be well-prepared for the future.

8. Go on a Food Hunt

What would be a list of things to do in Singapore without food? Head down cultural places in Singapore like Jalan Besar, Bugis and Joo Chiat to be enthralled by the wide selection of food in Singapore. (Doing my part on the support local movement in Singapore by adding this!) Do head down to the many leading food blogs in Singapore to search for any recommendations!

9. Have a nice long Nap

The last thing on this list is to have a really good rest. Singapore is one of the nations with the highest levels of overtime work done. As we approach this new normal where a lot of the economy is going at a slower pace, do take this chance to have a break from the hustle and bustle, to recollect and think on your next steps ahead!

The road to recovery of the economy may be long but life still goes on! Let me know in the comments below what lifestyle posts you would like me to share next!

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You might also like to look at a few things which I done at Stuttgart, Germany during a short layover!


6 things to do for 2 Hours in Stuttgart, Germany

Neues Schloss Stuttgart
The Neues Schloß Stuttgart

Travelling from Munich to Paris (or any other destinations), but found yourself a non-direct train which requires you to have a layover for two hours at Stuttgart? If that’s you, you have come to the right place. (I know it’s COVID-19 now but we can still think of our dream holidays right?)

I was faced with this situation when travelling back to Paris after my trip around Germany and I struggled to find an itinerary for two hours.

1. Ruine Des Neuen Lusthauses

Ruine Des Neuen Lusthauses

Our journey after arriving begins at the Mittlerer Schlossgarten, where we find what remains of the New Lusthaus. Completed in 1593, this building in Stuttgart was considered one of the most important buildings of German late Renaissance, serving as a location for court festivals and celebrations. This building was regarded as one of the “one of the noblest creations of the German Renaissance, which, if we still possessed it today, would be the main attraction of Stuttgart” (translated from German), according to Stuttgart chronicler and monument conservator Gustav Wais.

2. Oberer Schloßgarten

Oberer Schloßgarten

Located right next to the Mittlerer Schloßgarten is the Oberer Schloßgarten, which houses the The Staatstheater Stuttgart, Eckensee as well as a back view of the New Palace. During Summer, there is the Stuttgarter Sommerfest, which you could check out if you happen to pass by in Summer.

3. Schloßplatz


Located at the heart of Stuttgart, Schloßplatz offers a central column, the New Palace, as well as a Pavillion. I personally found this place really panoramic (but ironically did not take a panorama shot). During December, there is also a Christmas market (which I didn’t get the chance to see) here!

4. Schillerplatz


Described on Google Maps as a Grand, historic cobblestone square, Schillerplatz offered the chance to look at beautiful German architecture.

5. Königstraße


Congratulations on making it so far, and if you got too tired of sightseeing, the shopping street is conveniently on the way for your retail therapy. With many international brands here, you will definitely have your quick fix away from just plain sightseeing.

6. Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof

Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof

Finally, when you are in the city which houses the Mercedez-Benz headquarters, what else to do other than to take a picture where the iconic Mercedez-Benz logo is. At the front facade of the station lies a Mercedez-Benz logo on the top of the building. The evening is a good time to capture the grandeur of this building on photo.

All in all, Stuttgart was absolutely stunning and certainly a beautiful city which should not be missed! Would definitely come back to Stuttgart in the future!

If you have other places to recommend at Stuttgart, or just absolutely enjoyed the post, do leave a comment in the comments section below! Thanks for reading and see you again!

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