Free language lessons in Auckland

International Languages Week is happening soon. (Sunday 17 – Saturday 23 August 2008) In conjunction with ILW, Euroasia is offering a series of FREE language lessons for Spanish, French, German, Italian, Chinese and Japanese. These lessons are for complete beginners. No previous knowledge of the language is required. We...

Books to read in 2008

At the start of this viagra on line year, I sent an email to my friends telling them that I will do more reading this year. And to widen my reading to include more non-business books.  I figured if I halved my internet surfing time and replace this with...

Why is China important to New Zealand

In 2007, China's GDP was US $3.25 trillion. The Chinese economy is forecast to grow at 9.9% this year. The extra dollars generated by the economic growth alone is more than the entire annual GDP of Singapore and New Zealand… COMBINED! “Not another China article” you may say, but...

Free wifi in New Zealand

Why is it that we don't get free wifi access in New Zealand? The closest to free we had was with the Telecom wifi hotspots that you find at all Starbucks stores, free if you're a Telecom broadband customer. I must confess that was one of the reasons I...

An interesting encounter with a Russian blogger

I know Online levitra my post on cross-cultural relationships continues to get a lot of hits from Google searches. Must be a lot of people out there either in cross-cultural relationships or interested in getting into one. So I guess I shouldn’t be as surprised as I was to...

Does learning a second language translate into business success?

It is now compulsory for all MBA students at Cranfield School of Management to have a working knowledge of a second language. A friend of mine at the prestigious China Europe International Business School tells me that his colleagues in the MBA program are not just taking Chinese language...

Only in Singapore…

After the serious post on Singapore vs NZ from earlier this week, on a lighter note, allow me to share some interesting things about Singapore. Because everyone's so stressed out, but not too inclined towards anything overly strenuous (nocturnal activities aside), the number 1 national pastime is SHOPPING. There...

Singapore vs New Zealand

Singapore is a pretty interesting place. At 707 km², the island is roughly the size of Lake Taupo (622 km²). Yet this small island nation with approximately the same population size as New Zealand (4.5m in Singapore to 4.2m in NZ) is far more progressive in many ways. According...

Vote Ken for Ponsonby Top 10 entrepreneurs

For those who haven't heard, I've been nominated for one of the “Ponsonby Top 10 Entrepreneurs” awards under the Business Services category. I received over a hundred messages from friends, family, colleagues, clients, suppliers etc expressing support, and right now we're in the final leg of the 2-month voting...