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Launch of HashtagAsia.com and Alvinology.com site revamp to usher in 2014

As the year draws to an end, I am happy to have accomplished two major tasks:

1. Launched HashtagAsia.com

HashtagAsia.com is a project which I have been working on with a good friend, Tay Weikiat.

There are many hard news sites in Singapore and Asia, but we figured life need not always be so serious. Majority of online readers are probably looking for fun, casual content to read and we set up this site to cater to this group of audience.

Do visit HashtagAsia.com, LIKE our Facebook page and FOLLOW us on Twitter. Appreciate all the support!

2. Revamped Alvinology.com

The template which I have been using has been in place for over two years. Time for an upgrade. Since WordPress just released their WordPress Twenty Fourteen theme a month ago, I decided to ride with it.

How do you like the new look?

I like that I can highlight selected content now in the form of a grid at the top of the site. However, the core content column has shrunk… I would prefer to keep it at around 800px width for larger embedded images, but will have to make do.

Anyone know if this is possible on the WordPress Twenty Fourteen theme? If so, drop me and email at alvinologist@gmail.com. 

Introducing a new writer on Alvinology.com – my wife, Rachel Chan!

It is about time.

With traffic growth and higher exposure, I am getting way too much blogging invites and requests that I can handle alone. 

I tried to search for a regular guest contributor to collaborate with on this blog, but it is hard to find the perfect fit. 

In the end, who else knows my personality and blogging style better than my wife, Rachel Chan? 

Actually, she has written posts on this blog previously, but without proper attribution. You can read all of Rachel’s post on Alvinology.com here. 

A quick introduction on Rachel:

Rachel and son, Asher in Hong Kong Disneyland with Mickey Mouse
Rachel and son, Asher in Hong Kong Disneyland with Mickey Mouse

Rachel has nearly a decade of experience as a print journalist for my paper (English)and Straits Times Life! and has also worked as a news producer for Mediacorp Channel 8.

She won a nomination for a Special Award for Excellence at Singapore Press Holdings’ (SPH’s) annual English & Malay Newspapers Division Newscom awards in 2010 for her investigative story on self-proclaimed celebrity hairstylist, Jonal Chong.

Rachel has since made a career switch into education to spend more time with her young son and young Alvinology, Asher Lim and is a guest contributor to this blog.

With a stronger writing background than Alvinology, you can clearly differentiate her blog posts from Alvinology’s from the use of difficult and obscure vocabulary and more words than visuals. :)

Alvinology goes Dot Com… Finally

Alvinology goes Dot Com! :)
Alvinology goes Dot Com! 🙂

Your friendly blogger, Alvinology has finally decided to go dot com, after over three years of blogging under the wordpress domain name. 🙂

Next time, you can just point your friend to http://alvinology.com instead of https://alvinology.wordpress.com to look me up.

On a side note, I am damn pissed with either the taxi driver or passenger who picked up my key pouch last Monday (20 Sep).

I dropped it in a SMRT cab going from Potong Pasir at around 10.55am and alighting at Bradell Road at 11.00am sharp.

I knew I dropped my key pouch almost immediately after getting off the cab and going into a lift in my office. If not for a dumbo who made the lift go to the top floor instead of going down immediately for me too chase after the cab, I might have gotten my key pouch back. The dumbo was still eating a banana when the lift door opened and asked me if the lift was going up or down when he was already on the top floor!

Anyway, together with my key pouch, I lost my EZlink card, NRIC, staff pass, Shenton Medical staff card and my house keys.

I was hoping the person who picked it up will return these asap to either SMRT or the police whom I had contacted. It has been a week since, and I still hear no news.

In the meantime, I wasted $60 to replace my house locks, may have to waste another $50 or so to replace my staff pass and Shenton Medical staff card… and another $100 to replace my NRIC.

These items are worthless to the person who picked them up. I cannot understand why the person cannot be helpful enough to hand them over somewhere. If I was the one, I would have done so (and I have done it before).

Tough luck.

It was some selfish bum who picked up my key pouch.

Then again, I should just blame myself for being careless. Next time I take a cab, I will always ask for a receipt, knowing how unreliable the lost and found services are now.

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