Archive for December, 2010

The Bulls of Marina Bay

The bulls at the plaza of the Marina Bay Financial Centre. Underneath is the Marina Bay Link Mall.


December 29, 2010 at 4:12 am Leave a comment

Merry Christmas!

As we’re in the Christmas week, let me take a pause and say Merry Christmas everyone! Thanks for supporting and reading about the standing sushi bar experience.

December 22, 2010 at 10:05 am 2 comments

Levy changes to encourage hiring of local workers

Read an article about how the changes to the foreign worker levy are meant to encourage the hiring of local workers.

So where’s the part about convincing local workers to actually apply?

December 17, 2010 at 8:58 am Leave a comment


I’m thinking about finding an intern. There have been a lot of ideas rattling around in my head and I’d like to make headway on them. Thoughts on how to improve customer experience at the sushi bar, ways to increase awareness (most important at the moment), and starting a whole new branch of a menu. As a one-man operation on the administrative and office side, the paperwork is piling up and there’s little time left to push the business forward.

Anyway, before I actually try to find an intern I wanted to talk about the idea of an internship. It seems in Singapore, companies treat interns quite poorly – viewed more as a source of free labor with little thought given to the training and education aspect that is supposed to accompany an internship. After all, in return for low or no pay, the intern receives hands-on experience and guidance. What I’ve observed is that companies bring on interns, have them do the grunt work and then chuck ‘em out once the internship period is over.

When I was working at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, we had a solid internship program. What I found interesting was that after a summer internship, the intern was supposed to be proficient enough to pass a job interview for a full-time position at the company. If the intern wasn’t able to pass the interview, it was the intern’s mentor (the full-time employee) that would receive a blemish on their record (like not being able to have an intern for a couple years or not be considered for a management role).  This drove the behavior of really coaching and guiding the intern.

So before I start searching for an intern I want to make sure that I’m prepared to provide an experience that’s great for the intern as well as for the business.

December 9, 2010 at 9:51 pm 3 comments

So, Do You Like Owning a Restaurant?

I get asked this question a lot – well, actually it’s typically phrased, “You must be so happy owning a restaurant, right?”

It’s a topic I’ll tackle in the future, but Bruce Buschel has written his own thoughts on how he feels about owning a restaurant.

December 1, 2010 at 11:51 pm Leave a comment

Standing Sushi Bar

Join us at our branches in Singapore's fast-paced Raffles Place business district or unwind in our flagship branch located in the Bras Basah Arts & Historic neighborhood. High-quality, healthy, affordable dining. Open at Marina Bay Link Mall and 8 Queen Street!


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