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Postby Eau2011 » Fri, 18 Feb 2011 7:20 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:Hence my early comment, how is he going to eat.


See the case of wikipedia. :P

BTW, have you donated to them? :wink:

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Postby paulzheng » Sat, 19 Feb 2011 1:54 am

Eau2011 wrote:
sundaymorningstaple wrote:Hence my early comment, how is he going to eat.


See the case of wikipedia. :P

BTW, have you donated to them? :wink:


I am greatly feel amazing about the wikipedia spirit! At the first glance, this kind of system looks so unstable, how could be such information could be accurate since everybody can edit the article!

But it really did it!I tried, when i edited it, it effected immediately, no need any approval from higher level approval!

Amazing the wikipedia!

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Postby paulzheng » Sun, 08 Jan 2012 10:16 pm

prkravi wrote:If you are serious, you could start here:-
http://www.yoursingapore.com/content/tr ... ience.html


Thanks very much, i will put it in the useful link in my website

www.singaporefreeguide.com

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Postby JR8 » Sun, 08 Jan 2012 10:21 pm

Hi Paul,

I remember when you first came to the forum. How is your project working out? :)

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Postby paulzheng » Sun, 08 Jan 2012 10:33 pm

JR8 wrote:Hi Paul,

I remember when you first came to the forum. How is your project working out? :)


Dear JR8,

Thanks for your kindly memory for my projects. Actually, after setup my website nearly one year ago, there is nearly no progross in the project, so basiclly i am also suffering some laughter even from my friends that my website is only "one sentence and one picture" website.

But, for me, i don't care, because i know, what i want to do is not one day, one month, even one year thing, since i already start up, i will stick to at least five years. so i am not worry to catch up the short term time.

But last night, when i worked till at 4:00 in mid-night, finally, i ended my "one sentence, one picture" website stage. I felt so excited, since my website finally become a multi-page website.

Although i know i still have a long way to go, but, this is one part the joy when you stick to doing something.

Thanks again for your care about my projects many in here give me many good suggestions, like throught this website, it is first time i know there are more than tens of free guide association in other countries. The first one is from new york, name big apple greeter something.

But as i know right now, there is still seems no such kind free guide association in singapore, i hope, one day, i also will have one in Singapore.

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Postby paulzheng » Mon, 09 Jan 2012 9:47 am

JR8 wrote:Is there an equivalent of Big Apple Greeters in Singapore?

http://www.bigapplegreeter.org/


Dear JR8,

Thanks again for your advice the website big apple greeter. It is really a big encourage for me. You will no longer feel lonely since you know in the world, there are still some others also pursue the same dreams with you.

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Postby nutnut » Mon, 09 Jan 2012 10:22 am

This is an excellent idea, I wish you all the best of luck, there will be opportunities to cover your costs when you start it I imagine, donations etc.

Can I send my in-laws to you? saves me a job ;) :P
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i've done that too!

Postby the lynx » Mon, 09 Jan 2012 10:35 am

Done that many times myself too. Only with friends/family though.

No idea how to pull it off with total strangers (especially when I am not a local myself, regardless of numbers of years).

OP really have the guts (and the skin) :P

Good luck!

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Postby ecureilx » Mon, 09 Jan 2012 11:05 am

the lynx wrote:Done that many times myself too. Only with friends/family though.

No idea how to pull it off with total strangers (especially when I am not a local myself, regardless of numbers of years).

OP really have the guts (and the skin) :P

Good luck!


the sticky point when I volunteered to unofficially guide visitors in my JC/RI days, was, when we bring a group over to say Underwater World, the group says "come along with us .. " what do you do ? Ask them to pay for you and get into the nitty gritty of how to share, or say "well, I been there many times, let me wait here .. " (which is what I used to do mostly .. ) .. but then again, like Images of Singapore, if you are caught up between - guided tours ..

Well, I, of late, book any visitor who comes here, to the one of the many city tours .. and save myself the trouble .. and catch up post-tour :)

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Postby paulzheng » Mon, 09 Jan 2012 11:44 am

nutnut wrote:This is an excellent idea, I wish you all the best of luck, there will be opportunities to cover your costs when you start it I imagine, donations etc.

Can I send my in-laws to you? saves me a job ;) :P
:twisted: :twisted: :twisted:


Dear nutnut,

Thanks very much for your encouragement for my idea.
Surely I welcome you in-laws to be guided by me, it would be my pleasure and excitement. It will be the first case which I do the free guide since I generate this idea, will be the milestone of my singapore free guide.

Frankly to speak, after I genenerated this idea two and half years ago, there was quite some time I dared not to tell my idea to my friends. I worried they would laugh at me. Some of my friend did laughed at me. But also quite some to encourage me.

Regarding my cost, till now, all my cost is 30SGD, which is one year's domain name and host service fee. It will due sooner, which means another 30SGD cost will come in soon. But i don't care, I already make up my mind i will stick at least for 5 years.

Compared with the one page, one picture website, the current looking of website already make me quite happy.

one page website looking (It will expire soon)
http://www.singaporehowto.com/

new website looking ( I will stick it at least 5 years)
http://www.singaporefreeguide.com/

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Postby paulzheng » Mon, 09 Jan 2012 11:49 am

the lynx wrote:Done that many times myself too. Only with friends/family though.

No idea how to pull it off with total strangers (especially when I am not a local myself, regardless of numbers of years).

OP really have the guts (and the skin) :P

Good luck!


Hehe, I also did several times for guide my relatives and friends. Still i think they are quite pleasure process, this is one reason that i want to be a free tour guide.

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Postby paulzheng » Mon, 09 Jan 2012 11:57 am

ecureilx wrote:
the lynx wrote:Done that many times myself too. Only with friends/family though.

No idea how to pull it off with total strangers (especially when I am not a local myself, regardless of numbers of years).

OP really have the guts (and the skin) :P

Good luck!


the sticky point when I volunteered to unofficially guide visitors in my JC/RI days, was, when we bring a group over to say Underwater World, the group says "come along with us .. " what do you do ? Ask them to pay for you and get into the nitty gritty of how to share, or say "well, I been there many times, let me wait here .. " (which is what I used to do mostly .. ) .. but then again, like Images of Singapore, if you are caught up between - guided tours ..

Well, I, of late, book any visitor who comes here, to the one of the many city tours .. and save myself the trouble .. and catch up post-tour :)


you are definite right that you will have some kind of embarrassed situation when tourist invite you to enter some kind of expensive ticket spot, like unverval studio at Sentosa, Animal Zoo, Bird Part ect.

But i think way will not focus on this part, basically, this kind of places, there is no need for a dedicated tour guide for them. So my focus will help them how to make a custmise travelling plan since deference people have different intestested part. Then, I will bring them to do a City tourist, bacially it would charge any ticket and then i will tell them how to go Universal Studio by themselves.

The first site i will recomment them to go Singapore City Gallery.

http://www.singaporecitygallery.sg/

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Postby JR8 » Mon, 09 Jan 2012 4:46 pm

paulzheng wrote:
JR8 wrote:Is there an equivalent of Big Apple Greeters in Singapore?

http://www.bigapplegreeter.org/


Dear JR8,

Thanks again for your advice the website big apple greeter. It is really a big encourage for me. You will no longer feel lonely since you know in the world, there are still some others also pursue the same dreams with you.


Good luck Paul, it is nice to hear that your ideas are moving along.

On the issue of paid entrance I don't think you can be expected to repeatedly visit the same attractions, so 'waiting outside' is fine. Paid attractions tend to come with paper guides or route-maps, so there really is no need for a guide.

I have seen tour guides taking groups into paid attractions (in Europe), and they seem to queue to buy the tickets for the group, and at the same time use their official certification of status to gain free entry.

I've done free tours where the guide has quite intentionally by-passed the main attractions and instead focused on the more hidden aspects of the city. Sometimes it is the feeling that you are getting insightful details about what is in front of you that you would not get easily get from a guide book that make it so enjoyable. Say like the significance of the colours used at Chinese temples, or why they 'pull' teh-tarik, or when passing Ion mentioning how despite it's modernity many people find the internal lay-out confusing, and why :)

Itineraries would be decided on by guests, (what they're interested in, how jetlagged they are, how much they are used to the tropical heat etc etc), but I would imagine that you could have a range of options (2 or 4 hours in Chinatown, 2 hours in Little India, 2 hours on the Quays, etc) and piece them together in the desired way.

Looks like your new year resolution this year will be easy to decide upon! :)

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Postby ecureilx » Mon, 09 Jan 2012 5:01 pm

JR8 wrote:Looks like your new year resolution this year will be easy to decide upon! :)


and .. those for coming from US and Australia, ask them if they really wanna visit the UWW mini water world :D :D

had one too many comment like "it's so small .. compared to sea world .. " :D

And more often I hear, 'let's skip that and go to Orchard/Mustafa .. ' .. and just do the shopping ..




And well, about Ion, you should mention that it used to be Gulong Park :D

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Postby JR8 » Mon, 09 Jan 2012 5:39 pm

ecureilx wrote:[
And well, about Ion, you should mention that it used to be Gulong Park :D


And how you used to go there on Sundays and try and pull the senoritas eh squirrel :P :cool:


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