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You are all invited to UPAAS’ “Because Words Matter” happening on Saturday, 21 May 2016.

SMU-X Active Learning Classroom 3-1,
Level 3, SMU Labs, 71-77 Stamford Rd,
Singapore 178895

Admission is Free, however, a donation of $10 to our UPAAS Scholarship Fund is very much appreciated. Register at Your $10 donation will entitle you to win a PAL SG-MNL roundtrip ticket. Refreshments will be served.

Watch our speaker Dr Danica Salazar, consultant editor for the Oxford English Dictionary, as she talks about how Asian words made it to the Oxford English dictionary in this BBC News interview:

UPAAS Oblation Talks: 5 Keys To Balance Success, Wealth and Family for OFWs

bestThe UPAAS Professional Development talk, “5 Keys To Balance Success, Wealth and Family for OFWs”, was held on 19 Feb 2016. The speaker was Mr. Raymond Lim. The event was sponsored by RLBC Capital. The event was attended by 7 UPAAS members.

Raymond Lim is the CEO of RLBC Capital Pte Ltd. He is also a high impact trainer and business consultant from Singapore specializing in sales and marketing and real estate investments. RLBC Capital is a property investment firm centred on helping investors penetrate overseas markets that exhibit great profit potential with a unique investment model called “Reverse Crowdfunding”. Reverse crowdfunding is a unique investment model for investors to invest in a project where the profits of the project have already been secured as the sales of the property has been completed. RLBC Capital’s key initiatives are reverse crowdfunding, refer-to-own program, and property & assets management.

Raymond discussed the 5 keys to success: be sensitive, be present, commit every day, leverage strategically, and acknowledge. Being sensitive is about awareness of your “inside world” (ex. emotions) and “outside world” (ex. business climate). Being present is about focusing on the now, instead of being distracted by the past or the future. Committing every day is about the path to success via consistent daily effort rather than a big one-time gamble or miracle. Leveraging successfully is about multiplying the effect of your efforts. Acknowledgement is about the importance of building lasting relationships. A good summary of the talk is the quote by Confucius: “To know and not to do is not yet to know”.

The program officially ended after the awarding of the certificate of appreciation to the speaker. A short networking session over some refreshments followed thereafter.

UPAAS Oblation Talks – 5 Keys To Balance Success, Wealth and Family for OFWs

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He started off by selling magazines and palm reading software. Combining hardwork & perseverance since young, he soon became a top sales person pursued by head-hunters for multi-national companies. Success came in easy so he decided to take the next step and put up multiple businesses.

When the Asian financial crisis came, like many other entrepreneurs, he became broke and had great difficulties in paying the daily household bill.

Raymond Lim is now the owner of RGB Global Holdings Pte Ltd, a property investment company making waves in Singapore and Philippines. He is also a founder and CEO of TLC Training and Consultancy. He is a high impact trainer and highly sought after by any property agencies. To date, he has trained over 5,000 people in Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Indonesia, United States and the Philippines. He is also a business consultant and coach for Chein Chi Tow, Huttons, Great Eastern, Savills, Orange Tee and help made one of the biggest child care center, Carpe Diem what it is now.

By special invitation, Raymond Lim will share with you why success is a function of methodology.

If you are a person who wants to be inspired to become successful, this talk is for you.

UPAAS Oblation Talks: Personal Insights into Entrepreneurship

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The UPAAS Professional Development talk, “Personal Insights into Entrepreneurship”, was held on 30 Jul 2015. The speakers were Ninalyn Cacananta and Jess Emerson Uy. The event sponsor was Philippine National Bank – Singapore. The event was attended by about 43 professionals, most of which were UPAAS members.

Ninalyn Cacananta is a Philippines Certified Public Accountant who worked for more than eight years on various accounting and administrative job functions. She founded NASC-Global, a business services company that provides administrative, human resource and accounting support to small and medium enterprises. She talked about the beginnings of her entrepreneurship journey via freelance work. It was facilitated by a global freelancing platform. She then expounded on the actual procedure of setting up a company in Singapore.

Jess Emerson Uy is an independent wealth manager who specializes in global investments. As a finance speaker and coach, he conducts investment seminars in Singapore, the Philippines, United Arab Emirates, and Qatar. He talked about his previous venture in a retail business for pre-paid mobile phone credit loading. He also talked about the advantages and differentiation of an independent wealth advisor.

The last section was a Q&A forum for both speakers. A question was posed to Ninalyn regarding her first clients and funding. Her early clients were from pre-existing contacts. The company was entirely self-funded. Jess described the financial products that are presently available in the market: from stocks to derivatives.

The program officially ended after the awarding of the certificates of appreciation to the speakers. A short networking session over some refreshments followed thereafter.

UPAAS Oblation Talks: Big Data in a Nutshell


The UPAAS Professional Development talk, “Big Data in a Nutshell”, was held on 14 Jan 2016. The speakers were Erika Fille Legara and Ivan John Clement. The event was attended by about 36 professionals, about half of which were UPAAS members.

Erika Fille Legara is a Scientist at IHPC. Her areas of expertise are complex systems research and data science & visualization. She talked about the types of big data analytics: visualization, diagnostic, predictive, and prescriptive. She also provided examples of her work, which includes simulating congestion dynamics of train rapid transit using smart card data, and a dynamical model of Twitter activity profiles.

Ivan John Clement is a data science specialist at Merck. His expertise is building computational models to deliver the right drugs to the right patients at the right time. Ivan talked about his journey as a data scientist: from his school project in water quality to simulating the effectiveness of drugs. He also talked about the state of big data adaptation in the pharmaceutical industry.

The last section was a Q&A forum for both speakers. An interesting question was regarding the fundamental limitation of big data analytics at the moment: correlation does not always imply causation. Ivan expounded on the actual industry practice of big data: via the law of large numbers, you generally get better results from integrating the output of multiple models. Erika talked a bit about the problem of scalability: results from one data set is often not easily transferable to another.

The program officially ended after the awarding of the certificates of appreciation to the speakers. A short networking session over some refreshments followed thereafter.

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UPAAS Oblation Talks – Personal Insights into Entrepreneurship

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese proverb

Learn about the first-hand experiences of our speakers in launching their company/consultancy. The speakers’ talking points include: business need identification, fund raising, competitive advantage, and misconceptions. Grab the opportunity to interact with the speakers and our fellow alumni.

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UPAAS-PNB Oblation Talks: Find Your Passion!

In celebration of our 10th anniversary, UPAAS, in partnership with Philippine National Bank, is organising another exciting Oblation Talk this October. This time, Apprentice Asia winner Jonathan Yabut has kindly agreed to meet up the kababayans in Singapore and share his thoughts about competing in an international environment, and finding your passion! Jonathan, a UP alumni with a BS Economics degree, has made us all Pinoys proud when he was “hired” by Tony Fernandes of Air Asia in the recent maiden show of “Apprentice Asia” . He is currently the Chief of Staff at Air Asia based in Kuala Lumpur.

Admission to the talk is FREE.
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Oblation Talks: Discovering Bio-Sustainability in the Philippines and Beyond

On 29th September 2012, UPAAS will be conducting The Oblation Talks: Discovering Bio-sustainability in the Philippines and Beyond! Join our prominent Filipino speakers, world-renowned botanist Dr Benito Tan and zoologist Dr Jose Mendoza for a series of lectures on flora and fauna biodiversity in the Philippines. Come and learn about innovative solutions that only nature can offer through Dr Carlos Hoyos from the University of Canberra. Attend the last Oblation talks for 2012. Be involved! Be empowered! Be informed! -Click for a detailed presentation.

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Oblation Talks: Finding Your Passion!

Have you found your passion?

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. - Steve Jobs

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