Well if this is not a not a sure-fire way to lose customers we don’t know what is. Must read if you are serious about not pissing off your customers!


Social media can be the making or the breaking of a business. Statistics show that the average American spends 37 minutes on social media every day. With 67% of twitter users buying from brands they follow online, 90% of specialty retailers using Pinterest and 46% of the population looking to the web before they make a purchase, social media marketing is not something that you can ignore. An online presence is crucial to your success as a business. It allows consumers to follow your business, see promotions, keep up to date with sales and new products and interact with the business without leaving their home or even making a phone call. It gives you an online voice in a (very) big virtual world!

However, 20% of social media uses view brand interaction on Facebook and Twitter negatively, with 18% of users holding the same view about Pinterest. How do you ensure that your social media marketing is gaining followers and keeping customers happy, rather than annoying your customers and losing fans? (READ MORE)

Living 360’s Keisha Singleton takes us on a trip to Sri Lanka to uncover what the whole world has fallen in love with.


Savvy travelers and the purveyors of luxury have been talking a lot about Sri Lanka lately. This tiny island nation in the Indian Ocean has seen an increase of between 10 and 40 thousand more tourists this year each month compared to 2014. September 2014 is recorded to have had 104,535 tourists visiting Sri Lanka, whilst September 2015 saw a whopping 143,374 visitors. So why are so many people visiting Sri Lanka? What does this island have to offer? Read on to find out.

Who Should Visit Sri Lanka?


This beautiful island is perfect for couples looking to take a romantic break. The country is a real melting pot of cultures, has over 2,000 years of history and is full of outstanding national beauty. There are nine national parks on the island, in addition to the extra long beaches along the coastline. Sri Lanka is very welcoming, and couples looking to relax and bask in their love have everything they need here. Couples can relax on beautiful coastline resorts, spending their days basking in the sun or exploring the national parks. For those couples who want to be a little more adventurous, they can partake in one of the many watersports, hike through the jungle or even take a trip in a hot air balloon…(READ MORE)

How she does it all: LIV’s interview with Amanda Dyer

Serial entrepreneur, in-demand model and owner of multiple lifestyle businesses in both physical and digital spaces: on paper, Amanda Dyer seems to have it all. Yet, behind the glitz and glamour, she’s a devoted mother and wife who still puts her children and family first. How does she manage? By planning ahead, and embracing life’s lessons positively.


You’ve lived and worked all over the world. What first brought you to Singapore, and what do you appreciate most about it?

I came to Singapore nearly 10 years ago on a modelling contract. I was living between Tokyo and Paris at the time and was sent here for a one-month stint to do a few jobs. I was instantly captivated by the energy and vibrancy of the city and was immediately drawn in.

Singapore offers a wide variety of lifestyle options that rival those of any modern city in the world. It is designed for entrepreneurs to get set up quickly without much red tape, and that has been very important to me. I’m constantly surrounded by creative and talented people who inspire me on a daily basis to do well in my businesses.

You’re a social media butterfly! What would be your top online networking tips for newbies? (READ MORE)

If you think it’s time to start believing in yourself, then you will learn that (good) change is around the corner. Please read this.


Hey you, yes – we are talking to you!

At some point in our lives, every one of us will find ourselves in a pit of uncertainty and doubt. For some of us, this will only happen at one point in our lives. For others, we will approach this mind set many times throughout the years. It can be a difficult and devastating downward spiral, resulting in depression within yourself, trouble in your relationships and stagnancy within your career.

Relationships and personal life aside, we are going to focus on the career aspect of living with self-doubt. You need to believe in yourself in order to do well and advance in your career. This may come across harsh, but self-pity will get you no-where. As Winston Churchill said, ‘If you’re going through hell, keep going’.


Everyone goes through bad times, it’s just that some people know how to handle the bad times better than others. It could be anything number of things that has triggered this feeling of uncertainty within you- not getting that promotion, not hitting your sales target, missing an opportunity to better yourself in your career. It can seem like it is the end of the world, but trust me, it isn’t. When you realize this, and you learn how to deal with failures and think positively, you will become a better and stronger business person. So how do you pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start believing in yourself? (READ MORE)


You may not have noticed, but a movement has begun to take place in America- the tiny house movement. This movement is exactly what it sounds like. People have begun to forgo large, sprawling houses in favor of something new and different, a tiny house which is beautifully built and has everything you need to live comfortably.


This movement has gained a lot of traction in the last few years. There are many reasons that people are choosing to live this way, and the main reasons are for financial and environmental concerns. Most Americans spend one third to one half of their income simply on the roof over their head and the money it costs to keep these homes running. They devote over fifteen working years to paying off their mortgages, and over 76% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. So, they get a job so that they can earn money to enjoy and use to experience life, but they spend their lifetimes paying this out so that they can have a house to live in. With almost 7-% of Americans trapped in a cycle of debt, the option to live smaller is one that could help so, so many…(READ MORE)

Women Empowerment Took Center Stage at WTA Finals “Ladies Day” – CONNECT Networking Series Were There!

For those of us in Singapore over the last week, it was made very clear that there was a buzz about town. That excitement was due to the Top 8 women tennis stars (singles & doubles) gracing the center court of the Singapore Indoor Stadium for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore 2015 presented by SC Global.


The stage was set, as we witnessed some of the highest quality women’s tennis we have seen in some time. In my opinion, the girls genuinely thought that due to the absence of current world number 1 Serena Williams – they had a shot of winning. This clearly raised the bar as we saw some insanely good action on the court. Congrats of course to the 26 year old Agnieszka “Aga” Radwańska from Poland, who took out the honors winning this year’s finals.

The action off the court was equally in full force at the Racquet Club – the event’s VIP corporate hospitality marquee. Celebrities, CEO’s, socialites and of course the legends and current superstars of women’s tennis were present throughout the week to create what was arguably one of Singapore’s most premium sports hospitality offering.


On Wednesday 28th October, the event launched its inaugural Ladies Day at the Tennis. A day dedicated to celebrating the success of women both on the world stage and in their respective communities. The event brought together over 100 women from all walks of life who were dressed to the nines, following the dress code oftennis chic…(READ MORE)

[Mompreneur Alert] Anaita Thakkar Puts The Sparkle In The Gemstones Business


It’s pretty clear when you first meet Anaita Thakkar from the stunning jewellery brand Lustre, that she absolutely loves what she does. And why wouldn’t she? Anaika’s passion in working with gemstones shines through in her work and we managed to pin her down for a few minutes for a quick chat. This is what she had to say:

We love your work, can you share with us how you got started in the jewelry business?

I got started with Lustre Jewellery after I had been in Singapore for a couple of years. In all that time, I realized that there were a whole load of people doing really beautiful fine jewellery, and a couple of people who had businesses that brought in jeweliery from China or Korea and marked it up significantly. But there was no one doing jewellery using natural stones, at a reasonable price point. Having always been fascinated with Semi precious gemstones, on a family holiday to Sri Lanka, I went gemstone shopping. When I came back to Singapore, I started the process of figuring out a niche, and Lustre was born…(READ MORE)

This New York eatery remixes a world class French Bistro menu, Air Jordans and Julian Schnabel’s touch. The result will blow your mind..



Dirty French is a modern take on a French bistro situated on the Lower East Side of New York City. The restaurant was created by Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi andJeff Zalaznick. With it’s eight foot high neon pink peep show signs reading Dirty and French it is impossible to miss – fast becoming a landmark in the LES.



The restaurant takes classic French dishes and uses modern techniques and flavors to create an exciting and contemporary menu. The restaurant caters for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. On the breakfast menu you can find an Eggs Benedict with Brown Butter Hollandaise, on the brunch – a Chevre with Kale, Sunchokes and Sand Pear, moving on to lunch – a Tartare of Tuna, Birds Chili and Crepe Indochine, and finally for dinner – Duck A La Orange, with Ras El Hanout and Preserved Oranges…(READ MORE)

Thinking of flying business on your next trip? Check out our Top 5 picks. Do you agree?

1. Etihad Airways


Etihad Airlines is the national Airline of Abu Dhabi, and has destinations in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, The Americas and The Middle East.

The fleet includes A319-100, A320-200, A321-200, A339-200, A330-300, A340-500, A340-600, A380, B777-200LR, B787-9, B777-300ER, B777-300ER.

The Seats
There are three business class options to choose from when flying with Etihad. The first, and most luxurious, is a business studio. The studio has direct aisle access, storage and mood lighting. The seat converts in to a fully flat bed of 80.5 inches. Long haul flights are equipped with mattresses and complimentary loungewear.

The business flatbed is a seat that stretches in to a fully flat bed, with direct aisle access. The bed has full-size comforters, pillows, an adjustable headrest and lumbar support. The business seat is a reclining comfortable chair, with ample legroom, adjustable headrest, footrest and lumbar support.

The Experience
With Etihad flights, the experience begins before your departure. The complimentary chauffeur driver will take you from your door to the terminal, where you will pass through a premium check in and then use the business class lounge. In the lounge you can enjoy all-day dining or unwind in the spa. Once on board, you have either a personal 18-inch touch screen TV (business studio), 15.4-inch TV (business flatbed) or 10.16-inch TV (business seat) with over 750 hours of the newest movies, old classics and games. You will also have mobile phone and Internet access. To keep you fresh on board, you are given an amenity kit containing hand lotion, lip balm, dental kit, socks and earplugs. The on board dining is a great experience, with any-time dining, an onboard food and duty manager to help you pair your meal with wines from the boutique wine list and elegant full-sized dining ware. Once back on the ground, you can take a shower while the airline steams your clothes back to perfection.

How much?
A one-way business class flight between Abu Dhabi and Sydney, Australia, can cost anywhere between $5,200 USD and $6,500 USD. A return of the same route can cost between $7,200 USD and $1000 USD.

Why we fly with Etihad?
Flying business class with Etihad is a truly luxurious experience. The luxury that you pay for is not only on board your flight, but extends beyond the tarmac with your door to door chauffeur driven service, spa facilities, complimentary dining in the business lounge and all the extras to help you feel refreshed after your long haul flight…(READ MORE)


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