Plug & Play

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Vierarmen Tunnel – Belgium, is a 540 metres long tunnel which underwent a massive relighting project of more than 1,400 light modules. Advanced Automation was also implemented to enable remote operation and monitoring of the new LED tunnel lighting.

By replacing the old fluorescent and sodium lights with LEDs, the primary objective is to achieve energy savings. The longer service life of LED lights also means less maintenance is required, which translates to less holdups for road users.

Every effort was made to minimise inconvenience caused by the lighting replacement. The replacement work was completed in 45 nights per tunnel shaft, all thanks to the advance preparation and the simplicity of the plug-and-play system.

Good Collaboration

The replacement of the lighting in the Vierarmen Tunnel was carried out by the VSE – ENGIE Fabricom joint venture. Lighting systems from the Belgian manufacturer Schréder were selected.

Phoenix Contact supplied the Tunnel Control System and dealt with the implementation of the plug & play concept. Lastly, Tein Technology was the supplier of the central operating and monitoring system of the Flemish tunnels in the control room.

Every aspect of the installation was optimally coordinated to finally arrive at a reliable solution and to permit the installation of the system to occur smoothly and efficiently.

Minimum Energy and Maintenance

At the entrance to the tunnel, 300 candela per square metre is required. This entrance luminance is achieved by means of TAG lighting equipment.

Steven Hulpiau: “Because the light fittings can only be positioned on the side wall of the tunnel in this case, we are using special lenses that scatter the light beams to the side. In this way we can guarantee the required brightness everywhere in the tunnel with a minimum of energy. An additional saving arises from the fact that the lights can be dimmed.”

The electronics that control the lighting and that are normally located in the light fittings were in separate “driver boxes” installed right next to the light fittings. The advantage of this is that the light fittings do not have to be opened if maintenance needs to be performed on the electronics later.

Tunnel Control System

Tunnel Control System from Phoenix Contact is the beating heart, which consists of a controller, I/Os and communication modules that are used worldwide in tunnel projects.

The electronic control of the lighting makes a whole range of options and scenarios possible. To start with, there is the difference between daytime and night-time mode with lights that can be dimmed or switched off at night. The brightness control considers the sensors for measuring the luminance at both entrances to the tunnel. The aim is to guarantee sufficiently bright lighting with as little energy consumption as possible.

Plug & Play

For the new lighting installation to be carried out smoothly, various parties on the project collaborated on a plug & play concept.

Phoenix Contact’s QPD connectors were selected for the data network and the supply to the driver boxes and light fittings. Every cable in the tunnel project was custom prefabricated in advance, equipped with the required connectors and labelled.

The aim of this is not only to save time but also to increase the success rate during installation, which is, at its core, once more a matter of saving time. Compared with the traditional connection method, the use of the QPD connectors achieved a time saving of 75% during installation, and up to 15% of the total installation time in the tunnel.

Thanks to the seamless cooperation between the various parties and the consistent application of plug & play principles, the relighting project for the Vierarmen Tunnel was completed in a smooth and efficient manner. A sustainable, technologically high-quality solution was implemented with minimal inconvenience. Good lighting in tunnels is an essential aspect in guaranteeing the convenience and safety of road users.

3 Key Reasons Why a Managed Switch Is Required in a Network Topology

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Most of us should know that there are 2 main categories of network switches, the Unmanaged Switch & the Managed Switch. However, sometimes we struggle to understand when to use a managed switch.

In this article, we will look at 3 key reasons why a managed switch is required in a network topology. Hopefully, after this, you can make use of these 3 key reasons to identify when a managed switch should be used.

Reason 1 – Building network redundancy

Not every type of network topology provides a redundancy mechanism. And what that means is that they will often have a single point of failure – where if one network switch fails, it will stop the entire network from working. Some examples of network topology without redundancy include Bus, Star and Tree etc.

To provide more than a single point of failure, network topology with redundancy mechanisms such as the Ring, Mesh and Hybrid must be used. Managed Switches can support such network topologies through different network protocols. Examples of the protocols include Media Redundancy Protocol (MRP), Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP), etc.

Reason 2 – Acquire and provide data for network diagnostics

As Lord Kelvin puts it, “To measure is to know. If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it.” Similarly, we need to know the diagnostic data of our network topology, to understand its status and improve it.

A Managed Switch provides important information that can help us to monitor the network topology and call for maintenance before full failure of the system happens. This could be classified as predictive maintenance, which brings great reliability benefits.

Some key diagnostic information includes:

  • Port connection status 
  • Redundancy connection status
  • Power supply status (Interruptions)  

The acquisition of these information could also be achieved through different automation protocols such as MODBUS, Profinet, Ethernet/IP etc.

Reason 3 – Security features

Managed switches offer security features such as user-interface & port security.

A user-interface security prevents any unauthorised access into the switch management and configuration. While port security allows only devices with a registered MAC-address to send and receive data packets through the network switches.


There are many other applications of Managed Switches, such as the use of Layer 3 & VLAN applications, which are critical for big networks. In Phoenix Contact, we provide a good range of network switches for different applications that you might have. Find out more in the following link or contact us at Phoenix Contact SEA.

Phoenix Contact – Your “One-stop” Solution Supplier

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“Covid-19” – a common new term that the world has known since 2019. Many elevated sets of safe distancing measures have been widely adopted, with the movements of people being restricted in order to minimize the spread of the virus.  

Singapore was not spared from the paramedic.  The workforce in Singapore, where possible, had to work from home. Schools were closed, and the students moved to full home-based learning. Some businesses went into liquidation while others blossomed, particularly the online retailers.

Many of us changed the way we shop for our necessities or wants. For the heartlanders and neighborhood retailers, they brought their business online for contact-less transactions.

I am one of the strong supporters for online platforms, particularly those large e-marts , where it is like a one-stop solution shop where I can pick up all the necessary items in a single cart, instead of having to go around to different retailers to pick up one thing at a time in person. This saves me a lot of time, and petrol! Bringing more EFFICIENCY, which also means that I can use the same amount of time to get more work done. (I hope my boss sees this…)

This efficiency can be also be applied to the electronics design and manufacturing environment. One of the key fundamental elements to the success of a company, is managing the product costs. When you are taking longer than others to roll out a new design or when you’re not able to manage your material costs, it reduces the competitive edge that you may have. Time is of the essence.

Regardless if you are a Multi-National Corporations (MNC) or a Small Medium Enterprise (SME), the ability to turn around a new design and maintain a high production yield gives a higher efficiency and profitability level.

So, how can companies launch a new design in a shorter time and maintain a high production yield?

Let’s start from the basics.

Every electronic device consists of at least 1 printed circuit board (PCB). The PCB would be encased to avoid exposing the components which would risk damage or accidental electric shock to the user. Apart from the casement, most devices would come with some form of connectors, such as power plugs, communication ports or signal I/Os.

During the design of the device, there are many considerations to make; from choosing the suitable connectors and components, the placement of the connector(s), the light emitting diode (LED), ventilation openings for heat dissipation and many more. Lastly the engineer needs to choose a suitable enclosure or get a customized one.

Sounds like shopping for a “new house”? Pretty much…

Most components would often come from various suppliers and manufacturers. The designer would also need to coordinate with different parties to realize the device.

Being the designer, you would want to reduce this coordination work as much as possible and put the time to better use.

Phoenix Contact launched the first device enclosure portfolio back in the 1990s as a complementary product to the connector portfolio. Over the last decade, the portfolio has increased to not only include connectors, but other components such as heat sinks, keypads, light conductors and displays, making us a “One-Stop” solution supplier for devices.  

Apart from the wide product availability, the business unit has also built up competency to be able to offer strong development consultancy and services, such as thermal simulations, printing and customized cut-outs for our customers.

After the design is finalized, the next important aspect would be the manufacturing process. In many manufacturing processes, the standard enclosure would be sent to a 3rd party for printing or opening of cut-outs for the LEDs or the field connectivity ports.

During this manufacturing process, it could result in damage of the electronic housing. This loss manifests itself as assembly scrap, which can result from breakage, poor quality, or nonconformance to specifications.

Meaning to say, you may place an order of 100 sets of the device and only 97 sets come back from the milling process that conforms to the finished product specifications, and this varies from time to time. Maybe you do get 100 sets in return, but at a higher cost. 

Sounds too complicated?

Phoenix Contact is able to implement a customized enclosure solution coupled with connectors which will be delivered to you according to your specifications.  We will also walk the journey with you providing complete support and cooperation throughout the new device development process until market release.

Reach out to the local Phoenix Contact sales team to find out how we can help you launch your new designs faster, with increase your yield of production with our enclosure and connector solution.

Now, we have the time for coffee together.

Power Reliability for the ‘New Normal’

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With the backdrop of COVID-19, the new reality taking shape is made of complexity, uncertainty and opportunities. Industries are rapidly adjusting, and as the crisis unfolds, it is important for us to adapt to the new ways of business and life in this ‘new normal’.

The 4th Industrial revolution has picked up its pace, with the pandemic highlighting the role of technology, such as the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, robotics and big data. To adapt and thrive, automation industries must accelerate and transform with more resilient, reliable and agile power solutions.

In Phoenix Contact, we have a comprehensive range of technologically leading products, ensuring your system and machine power reliability.

SPDs with effective power surge protection
Market leading power supplies for superior system availability
Device Circuit Breakers protect system devices from fault current

True power reliability is putting together the technologically leading products, with specialized, well-coordinated features and meeting customer application needs in 4 main key different aspects.

Continuous Power – Market leading power supplies solutions to safeguard control system with seamless operation. Examples include AC & DC Uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), battery-less UPS, and redundancy power.

DC & AC Uninterruptible Power Supplies / Redundancy Power Supplies

Robust Protection – The power solution works reliably in harsh operating environments. For example, during electrical power surges & over-currents, mechanical shocks, vibrations, extreme climatic temperatures and dusty operating conditions.

Power SPDs / IP67 Power Supplies / Device Circuit Breakers

Energy Efficient – Reliable products featured with high MTBF, long lifetime expectancy, energy savings and are environmentally friendly.

Intelligent Monitoring – Market-leading innovative products, enabling the smart connected power solution with preventive, predictive info.

Surge Monitoring-Impulsecheck / UPS – Intelligent IQ / Device Circuit Breaker (IO-link)

We aim and strive to help our customers to embrace the ‘new normal’ for their systems, and ensure their machines’ maximum availability.

Contact us now. Your trusted partner for reliable power.

Signal Conditioners

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At Phoenix Contact, there is always a signal conditioner for any application, such as filtering, converting, isolating and amplifying.


The portfolio also comprises of solutions for interference free signal transfer in the areas of functional safety or explosion protection.

Industries such as plant engineering, power utility and process technology will require more process signals compared in the past. This is due to process optimization or energy savings. The need for more signals will be required and space is also a factor for consideration.

These optimized signals will go directly into the controller. Phoenix Contact’s Mini Analog Pro’s width is only 6.2mm, which makes it suitable to be installed in confined spaces.

The design makes the access points highly visible and allows simple connection of wires, therefore, saving lots of time and money.

FASTCON Pro interchangeable terminals are pluggable connection terminal blocks that are available in push in or screw technology. It is also integrated with measuring points, allowing measuring of analog signals during operation without the hassle of disconnection in the circuit.

Built in Dip switches, software solution or the app function enables easy access to information. Remote configuration can be done via PC or smartphones with Bluetooth or NFC functions.

Easy and detachable gateways with plug and play solution can integrate up to 8 field signals directly into digital communication protocols and into controller level. This removes the costs and trouble of use of signal specific cards, the risk of wiring error and high space requirements in the control cabinets.

Easier Maintenance, Easier Troubleshooting with Phoenix Contact

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If you were to connect one or more wires, you may simply think of connecting them from one point to another. Well, you can do that technically. However, things could get messier than expected.

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YES, without any prior planning on how wires are to be connected and a proper design of control cabinet layout, you may face the cable jungle, just like what you see in the photo. If you have to perform maintenance or troubleshooting on the control cabinets, this will possibly be one of your worst nightmares! It’s not only about complexity of your job but also your safety.

Not to worry, we are here to help!

Firstly, terminal blocks could be positioned in your control cabinet layout design. Terminal blocks, as a central termination point between the field wiring, provide you an easy and convenient method to group and/or distribute the wirings. This means terminal blocks could provide you with a neater control cabinet with cables.

The wide product range of terminal blocks can be found in Phoenix Contact and you can choose based on your requirements and standards.

Once terminal blocks are in your control cabinets, you can finally escape from the cable jungle. Troubleshooting should be much easier for you to manage now than ever before.

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Do you still think that your control cabinet is messy?

You may see the disorganised cables running around the area unmanaged. It might even look dangerous.

If this is what you see, it’s time to use cable ducts.

Even for cable ducts, Phoenix Contact provides many different types according to different situations and environments. The wide range of cable ducts enable flexible and optimum use of available space in your control cabinets.

Your working space will be significantly less cluttered with the use of terminal blocks and cable ducts now. All you need to do for maintenance and troubleshooting will then be straightforward and trouble-free.

Wait! Don’t bounce off yet! We have one more suggestion for easier maintenance, easier troubleshooting with Phoenix Contact. Let’s do a ‘Spot the Difference’ exercise! Can you find the difference between the two photos below?

Apart from messier layouts, the main difference is missing labels. Did you manage to spot those? During testing and troubleshooting, you may realise that you can’t differentiate the cables, especially when they are routed from same location. The labels will be able to help you figure out where each cable is from just by looking at the control cabinet; you won’t have to manually route back where the cable is from. Labelling not only for the wires but for the terminal blocks and other components will benefit you for your routine maintenance and repairs. Easy identification of all the components will reduce your time and effort on handling the control cabinets.

Phoenix contact has launched a series of marking materials and printers. Our printers are made user friendly with ‘simply easy’ motto. Our marking materials are developed with printing services that are widely available for:

  • Terminal blocks (not limited to Phoenix contact terminal blocks)
  • Wires (self-adhesive, clip type & with binder type)
  • Equipment (control panels, equipment tag, temp resist/proof labels, etc.)
  • Plant markings (warning labels)

Your worries and challenges for maintenance and troubleshooting of your control cabinets can now be tackled with ease.

The Narrowest Surge Protection for MCR Technology

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TERMITRAB Complete is the world’s narrowest surge protection for MCR application. This product range provides you with a complete system kit featuring an integrated status indicator and an optional remote signaling set. TERMITRAB Complete, the narrowest protective device at only at 3.5mm width.

  • Starting from 3.5 mm widths, TERMITRAB complete is the world’s narrowest surge protection solution for MCR applications
  • Status indication with remote signaling
  • System modules for all MCR applications

Pluggable surge protection for 4-conductor applications

The narrowest arrester is 6 mm wide.

TTC-6P-4 is the world’s narrowest pluggable surge protection solution for 4-conductor applications. With an overall width of 6 mm, it reliably protects your measurement and control applications from overvoltage, while requiring minimal space.

TERMITRAB Complete, your best choice of Surge Protection for all MCR Applications. With a complete portfolio ranging from Single Stage Protection to multistage Surge Protection  with integrated status indication and knife disconnect, TERMITRAB Complete SPD will give you the most holistic and comprehensive protection for your cabinet solutions.

Interested to try out all the benefits mentioned above? Get in touch with us at!

PLCnext Technology – Limitless Industry 4.0 Solutions

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We have entered the 21st Century with the birth of the Industry 4.0 era. But what exactly is Industry 4.0? There are interpretations out there such as Smart Factory, Internet of Things, Industrial Internet of Things, Cloud Computing, Big DATA and Digitalization etc. It is observed that many corporations and business entities are on overdrive budgeting capex and formulating plans to adopt and embrace Industry 4.0.       

For most industries, what are the tangible and intangible benefits of digitalisation or achieving Industry 4.0? In the market, it has been revolving around these familiar hot topics: asset management, remote monitoring, machine learning, artificial intelligence, predictive maintenance to achieve world class operational excellence. In fact they are all based on 1 thing – Data. Data sets the precedence for the above. For new plants, the architecture of connectivity can be designed before construction to achieve the ability to harvest all necessary data into a single historian or platform, therefore implementation will be an easy feat. However, existing bases/plants have to face umpteen challenges.

Although existing plants do have sensors/devices that collect data, they are kept to a closed loop industry system. Moreover, a lot of the data/information collection is very manual, such as via maintenance crews going on site using handheld tools for measurement and manual recording. Compared to a new plant, it is not operationally as well as economically feasible to pause operations of an existing plant and overhaul the whole connectivity/system architecture to allow more data flow to enable Industry 4.0.  Therefore, without affecting present operation, to modernise an existing plant, a suite of smart devices is required to design a solution to help them realise Industry 4.0.

Very often, existing plants have old systems and devices running on various communication protocols, therefore it is always a challenge to harmonise and standardise the data collected. Moreover, additional devices and sensors are also required in the modernisation journey and that will increase the need for I/O points. Phoenix Contact can help clients overcome these challenges in modernising their existing plant and embarking on their digitalisation / Industry 4.0 journey, through the use of one of Phoenix Contact’s leading technologies: the PLCnext Technology. It can provide a very scalable and flexible solution that enables edge computing, possesses the ability to be an OPC UA server, provides a seamless integration of both IEC61131 and High Level Language(HLL) programming, and most importantly cybersecurity is an inherent feature of the PLCnext Technology. With these attributes, it provides an excellent platform to collate and share data on open communication protocols.   

Bundled with Phoenix Contact’s comprehensive portfolio of communication interface technology, such as gateways, wireless technology, ongoing partnership development for 5G technology as well as in house technical know-how and expertise, an enhanced connectivity one stop solution can be actualised through partnership with Phoenix Contact. This can help end users for both new and existing plants congregate all required raw data for further data manipulation such data analytics, machine learning or even Artificial Intelligence. The PLCnext Technology Platform has set itself as a gravity centre of a solution of limitless automation / Industry 4.0 Ideas.

For those who wish to embark on a digital journey of Industry 4.0, Phoenix Contact can be there to be your reliable partner.

The Future of EV (Electric Vehicles) Implementation in Singapore

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Time of Green Vehicles

It is in interesting times we live in in this year, as COVID-19 safe distancing has changed the way we travel, be it by air or public transport.

The banning of international air travel has caused the skies to be clearer and cleaner, and the limiting of public travel in a lockdown situation has also improved the air quality of those countries experiencing lockdown significantly.

  • So we ask, what does this mean in terms of transportation?
  • What can we do to make this situation a game changer? To improve on our existing infrastructure to prepare for the changing trend towards a cleaner environment and reducing the total carbon footprint transportation?

The answer is Greener Vehicles!

Singapore’s market for Public Transportation

We already have a non-polluting, efficient MRT System in place.

But let’s see the current vehicles registration content in Singapore today

Figure 1: Motor Vehicle Population in Singapore

We have a total vehicle population of 945,487 vehicles as of Sep 2020.

Hybrid Vehicles (Petrol Electric/Diesel Electric) – 48,455 units (0.5% of total)

Fully Electric (Electric Vehicles including Buses) – 1,452 units (less than 0.1% total )

Singapore signed the Kyoto Protocol in 2006 and ratified in the 2016 Agreements to bring down Singapore’s greenhouse gas emission from 0.11% of global carbon emissions.

Our main Electricity supply is from Natural Gas, the cleanest form of Fossil fuel. We are also looking to revamp our dependency on this to move into solar and other forms of energy efficient solutions, such as reducing carbon emissions from power generation and working with private organizations and the community to use energy more efficiently.

The aim being to lower carbon emission levels by 36% from the levels in 2005  by 2030. What it means, is to make Singapore’s carbon emission level to be at 0.07% instead of 0.11% of total global carbon emissions.

The immediate way is to change our vehicle population presently to from fuel-based to clean-energy-based.

The magic number is 2% of the total car population from the present number, to be converted to full Electric Drive Vehicles.

This seems like a tall order when you consider that the current EV population in 2020 is now at o.1%, assuming that our vehicle population is maintained at present levels from now to 2030.

To get to that number, we will need a full EV Population of 19,000 units to 20,000 units by 2030.

What is the single most important factor in running an EV Car?


The Singapore government needs to improve on the EV charging infrastructure if they are going to be able to support 19,000 to 20,000 full EV Cars by 2030.

There must be 1.5 EV charger per vehicle, or 1 full time charger where the owner has at home and 0.5 charger in the public charging infrastructures to be able to keep the vehicle running at all times within Singapore.

So the charging infrastructure needed will be around 28,500 EV chargers or 30,000 chargers or charging points in Singapore by 2030.

An EV car Average range is 200km on a full battery charge and most EV cars from the Sub compact (Hatch back) to saloon class have a battery of 25KW to 40KW power capacity.

To charge up this battery from 0% to 80% to sustain the usability of the battery as well as to sustain the battery life for around 6-7 years, it will take the following charging times if AC charging is required, based on the following table:

DC (Direct Current) high power charging may apply to bigger battery sizes of 50KW power and above.

But the problem with constant DC charging is that it shortens the battery life.

For example:  ZOE (Renault) Battery capacity is 22KW and distance on a full charge in single phase at 16 Amp 3-4Kw takes around 6-9 hours and 3 phase DC at 22kw takes 1 hour for 80% and 43Kw at 63 A DC is around 30 mins for 80%.

The way to go for EV Charging is by AC as that is slow charging, and will be less strenuous on the battery life.

If the EV car owner has a private car park where they have their own AC Chargers at home. And they travel a weekly distance of 200km then they will need to charge once a week (6-9 hours) or every alternate day for (1 hour to 1 hour 30 mins) on the same home charger.

Running Cost Comparison for fuel-driven car vs EV CAR (same Model type)


So with DC charging being invariably higher in terms of cost of implementation and being less practical, what solutions do we have for AC Charging in the current existing market?

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  Note: Green Boxes are where our charging solutions will be applied

Our AC Chargers can be implemented across the spectrum of the infrastructure market.

What are the main advantages of our solutions?

  • Cost of Maintenance is low as components are all easily replaceable.
  • AC Power charging may be slow but we make use of the existing power supplies from the infrastructures on the power grid.
  • Load limiting software available for preventing peak hour overloading of the power grid.
  • Easily upgradeable depending on the increase in the infrastructure set up, as all components are modular.
  • Education on the solutions, training on the serviceability is easily available as any contractor for power distribution cabinets with ITC Certification in Electrical Engineering will be able to manage these solutions.
  • Easily replicated and configured in various buildings and infrastructures.

We at Phoenix Contact SEA are ready to help provide these charging infrastructure solutions in support of the growing EV Market in Singapore.

What has 2020 Taught Us?

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Take a deep breath. We are now more than three quarters of the way through 2020 – Phew. For many of us, this has been an incredibly challenging, transformative, and life changing year. For better or worse, the last nine months have changed us. And now, looking back, we can see the lessons we’ve learned – about resilience, health, nature and financial planning.


Phoenix Contact always empowers the work flexibility of employees, allowing them to perform their work in a way in which they can manage their own time. In South East Asia, not every company was practicing this flexi-work arrangement till this pandemic landed. Due to this Covid-19, we started to stagger working hours and even work from home (WFH). During your work at the office, you would not know what your parents or kids are doing at home. WFH gives us more time to accompany our family members. Hence on, it’ll enhance your relationship with your family.  Ideally, this is the best chance to understand more about your family members. However, WFH will also bring you a negative vibe. Imagine you and your spouse start working from home, your kids stop schooling and even your parents are staying with you. Everyone is living under the same roof; Your parents may need your concern, children may need your attention and your spouse needs your help to do daily chores. As a result, this may cause disturbances in your work and no personal space for your own privacy. Day by day, this may lead to you being unable to concentrate on your work and gradually cause family conflicts.

Other than this, the year of 2020 is not a good year for planned events. A lot of events must either be postponed or cancelled due to this unexpected situation. Holiday trips, vacation plans, or even marriage plans, must be altered. This bad occurrence has stopped us from moving forward and progressing with our life goals. Therefore 2020 has taught us to be more dynamic and flexible. Always come out with a plan B and prepare for plan C when plan A is not working out. We must learn how to accept the reality and try to adapt to this new normal, as being resilient is one of the cherished values we learn in 2020. Communication and tolerance are the values that make us resilient with the surrounding people we love.


Humans tend to take things for granted until they have health issues. As we can see that this pandemic makes us more certain that being healthy is everyone’s priority. The concept of health to everyone is very subjective. For some people, health is merely a trivial thing, but for others, health is everything. Health is something that once lost, we will recover. However, even after recovery, it won’t be as great as it once was. It is easy for people to control their personal health if they are disciplined, but it requires a lot of individual effort to strengthen public health in the communities.

Public health services help detect health issues as early as possible and respond appropriately to avoid the development of diseases. In the early stage of the Covid-19 outbreak, it was rare to see people wearing masks in public as they did not have the knowledge of how to prevent the spread of Covid-19. As you can see, the society and government implemented mandatory wearing of masks for everyone. Promoting how to wear the mask properly, the standard procedures, safe entry and social distancing are just some of the measures taken to combat Covid-19. It won’t be possible to defeat every disease without societal cooperation and increasing the awareness of public health in the communities. Therefore, public health awareness plays a major role in the fight against Covid-19.

Majority of health issues come from unhealthy lifestyles. A healthy lifestyle can enhance our immune system to defuse the threats of virus and bacteria. We would not know when the sickness or virus will strike us, but a good immune system can prevent the virus from infecting our body. Exercise is one good way to build a strong body. We should exercise at least 5 days per week and in between 30 minutes to 60 minutes per day. You can personally join some indoor exercise programs such as Tabata, Yoga or home gym. Since most of us will likely WFH, some of us may find it difficult to separate between work matters and family members as these two unrelated matters are now occurring under the same roof. Many of us tend to forget about their work life balance when bringing work issues back home. These unhealthy habits will lead to mental stress and increase the rate of mental problems. It’s important to segregate your work duties and your family responsibilities to create a healthy lifestyle.


Nearly 3 billion animals were killed or displaced by Australia’s devastating wildfire; at least 31 people have been killed in earthquakes in Turkey, a locust swarm outbreak in East Africa and the thousands of victims caused by wildfire, hurricanes and tropical storms in the U.S. It’s heartbreaking that the natural disasters happen all around the world. However, a recent global pandemic named COVID 19 has infected and killed millions of human lives. This has warned us that doomsday will come soon if we are still ungrateful to Mother Nature.

Have you ever asked yourself what am I to Mother Earth, as a contributor or destroyer of nature?  Take a minute to think about this question and you will realize human beings and nature are always linked together. Do you bring your own tableware when you decide to take away your food? Will you ever throw the plastic bottle to the recycle bin after finishing your drink? A mere of these two actions will “green” our Mother Nature during your daily lunch. These are key decisions to prolong and sustain the age of earth and ensure the next generation of human beings can live in harmony with Mother Nature. “The Earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations.”
—John Paul II

Financial Planning

With fears of a harsh credit crisis and a major collapse in economic activity, the spreading of the pandemic crashed financial & economic markets all over the world. Countries imposed tight restrictions on movement to halt the spread of the virus affecting all industries, especially the tourism and hospitality sector. The retrenchment and unemployment rates have increased dramatically, leading to the economic recession. Those affected victims without proper financial savings will face difficulty to cope with their living expenses and monthly fixed commitments. Thus, proper financial planning is one of the preparations to face this economic crisis.

We should give our budget a makeover. Reevaluate your budget to find new ways to conserve cash. WFH helps us to save the money from transport and entertainment expenses, with the extra money creating a financial cushion. Besides that, always save extra for emergency funds. Saving three to six months’ worth of expenses for an emergency fund is strongly recommended. You may start it by trimming nonessential expenses and dedicating any extra money to an emergency fund. Another alternative for financial planning is investment. If possible, invest more. Many people have seen their portfolios decrease in value, and the stock market will likely continue to experience volatility. If you can afford to, consider contributing more to your retirement savings scheme and other investment accounts. Historically, we have seen that the stock market always rebounds eventually.

What’s your perspective on 2020? Many people have been struggling, saying that 2020 is the year of crisis. John F Kennedy was quoted as saying: “The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis’. One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger–but recognize the opportunity”. Opportunities are created only when we face danger. Therefore, I always believe that every crisis will eventually create new opportunities for us. I have learnt the lessons of year 2020 and am willing to make my change. Now it’s your turn.