Stay Away From Online Binary Options Trading

Binary Options allow investors to predict the price of a particular asset whether it would go higher or lower for a chosen price within a short stipulated specific time.

There are quite a number of online unregulated binary options that can lure many people to try and gain some quick profit.

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The truth is many lose since it may be hard to predict how the price would fluctuate without guarantee.

Below is an article about the seriousness of binary options where many may lose huge amount of money.

https://www.straitstimes.com/business/invest/avoid-getting-burnt-by-binary-option-scams

Based on the article, it seems like most online platforms that offer binary option trading are fake.

Most of the gimmicks like high return and bonuses with attractive rewards are baits to lure investors.

In the newspaper article, one of the locals actually lost US$693 044. With such money invested on our social platform, this person would probably be a whale gaining lots of profit.


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I must admit that I had lost huge sum of money due to binary options when I first started on my cryptocurrency journey.

I participated in binary options that predicted bitcoin trend which I earn at first but ended up losing thousands of dollars.


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We are human with greed. When we lose money, we invest more to win back but ended up losing even more.

The ability to treat it as a lesson learnt and back off from such greed would help us to get back to the right track.

I admit that it is easier to say than to be done. We need to force ourselves to do it and we must come to our senses.

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We must stop as we are just pouring money into the drain since all these online binary options platforms can manipulate the data regardless of what they may have put up to show how much credits they may have.

Greed often leads to addiction and we are all guilty of being greedy leading to us making poor investment judgement.

Disclaimer: This is my personal reflection and I am not in any position to instruct anyone what they should do. I am not responsible for any action taken as a result of this post. My post can only be a reference for your further research and growth. By reading this post, you acknowledge and accept that. All images and pictures were taken from google images that are free from copyright under labelled for reuse.

The Cross Chain Token Initiative on whaleshares

Whaleshares is going through various changes and one of the major changes that many of whaleshares members experienced would be the phasing out of the whale tokens that were used previously on bitshares to get upvotes on whaleshares for posts.

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For those who are new to whaleshares, whaleshares is another platform like steem platform.

One of the main differences is there is no upvote bot but members can earn tokens to activate upvotes through engagements and various activities.

There is also no auto-upvote like steemauto on whaleshares so all upvotes done need real curation.

Whaleshares has managed to work with eos platform to have the Cross Chain Token Initiative (CCTI) working which boid was one of the early tokens being used.

With this adoption, many whaleshares members decided to open an eos wallet to move themselves to the new initiative.

There were many whaleshares members who went ahead to download boid app to begin mining boid for free but it would definitely cause a rise in their electrical bill.

Electricity is not cheap in my country so mining is really going to cost too much.

I actually supported this initiative by buying boid from the eos exchange called chaince.

The above image was a screenshot from my eos account.

I believe I had saved a lot more this way when compared to the high electrical bill that I may have incurred.

By buying boid tokens, I was still supporting the new initiative of the Cross Chain Token Initiative.

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It is not easy to learn new things considering the changes that regularly happen to enhance the whole whaleshares.

By using the eos platform, sending tokens are actually free while bitshares would cost a fee for every transfer.

There is always a good reason for changes but changes take time to adapt and learn them.

Whaleshares is going through another change on the platform with the pod being created with more details probably be posted by other members soon.

Thank you for reading my short post about my support through purchasing boid tokens.

Disclaimer: This is my personal reflection and I am not in any position to instruct anyone what they should do. I am not responsible for any action taken as a result of this post. My post can only be a reference for your further research and growth. By reading this post, you acknowledge and accept that. All images and pictures were taken from google images that are free from copyright under labelled for reuse.

This article was first published on my blog at Whaleshares.

Educating The Bearshares Community

I am aware that not everyone has positive impression of bearshares platform due to the past.

When it first started, there was a system crash causing many to lose their accounts as well as their earnings because there was only one server to run the node then.

With more witnesses running the nodes on bearshares, I found out from the founder of bearshares that such situation would not happen again.

Bearshares platform is a young platform that does have its potential.

It is just like steem platform at its early stage where no one knows the outcome of whether it would be successful in the end.

If it is successful, early adopters would probably be like the whales of steem platform with huge upvoting power.

Even if it is not successful, the bears tokens are really dirt cheap to invest a little.

Moreover, bear dollars are tradable now on bitshares platform so members can now start to get some returns even they had invested earlier on this platform.

My Educational Initiative

I have been curating the fun2learn educational tag daily for more than two months but there would be some who did not receive upvotes for various reasons.

With this post, I hope to educate bearshares community about the importance of indicating correct image source as well as avoid plagiarism.

I have already indicated in my daily curation report at bearshares that using fun2learn tag does not mean the post would definitely get an upvote but it would also depend on the quality and other factors.

Since there is no steemiteducation at bearshares, I decided to take over the role of promoting educational articles since education is definitely my passion as an educator.

One of the most common problems with most posts that do not get an upvote is due to poor indication or no indication of image source.

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Proper indication of image source is to ensure we do not go against the copyright law by giving credit for using images that are not ours.

Image Source Indication

It is very important to indicate the exact source that we get the image or picture from since we are not the ones who create it.

It is not enough to just indicate the image source from google, pixabay, flickr etc

When you downloaded a picture and uploaded to busy.org or steemitimages that are hosting your images that you downloaded and uploaded to them, your image source should not be your image link of busy or steemitimages but the original webpage link of the picture that you downloaded from.

The images should also be free from copyright which pixabay provides many free images.

Example

The image below is not created by me.

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I have to indicate the link to the original image as image source from
https://pixabay.com/illustrations/copyright-icon-symbol-license-3533368/ using hyperlink text ‘Image Source’.

You can see that I indicated the links where I downloaded the pictures as image source for most of my articles.

For those who are new to indicating hyperlink to words, you can simply do this by typing ‘[Image Source](your image link)’. (Note: Remove the open and close inverted commas)

I do hope that content creators can indicate proper image source with the link from the exact webpage that they download their images from to safeguard themselves from copyright issue.

Check For Plagiarism

Articles using fun2learn tag on bearshares may go through online plagiarism checker.

I am currently using https://www.quetext.com/ that actually would check against millions of articles including steem platform and other sources.

This online plagiarism checker would give me the percentage of copied text and also the link from where the content was copied from.

It really takes up quite a bit of my time whenever one chooses to use fun2learn tag for the first time since I would usually do a check to ensure the article is original without high percentage of copied content.

The other challenge that I have is crossposting.

I am not against crossposting but some users do not use the same username in bearshares causing the doubt whether the article was created originally by the same author or copied from somewhere else.

It would help greatly to edit the original article to indicate that the same article is posted on bearshares on the other platforms so that I can verify the identity at least once.

Without the proof of identity when username on bearshares is different, no upvote would be awarded by my fun2learn account since there is an identical article elsewhere.

I had actually found plagiarism during my curation effort of fun2learn tag in the past and even recently.

I may eventually stop curating fun2learn tag if plagiarism is high.

In Conclusion

Selected articles may receive different percentage of upvote weight from my fun2learn account on bearshares.

The use of fun2learn tag does not mean a definite upvote but there is a chance for upvote from fun2learn on bearshares.

I am doing daily curation for posts that use this tag.

Indicating original image source and posting original content would be the two major factors whether the curated post can get an upvote from my fun2learn account just like what @steemiteducation is doing.

Crossposting is allowed but must verify to be the original author if different username is being used on bearshares.

I hope that this post has made it clearer for everyone who has made mistakes in not stating the correct image source or used copied content that went against the copyright law.

I may eventually stop curating this tag on bearshares if there is a better community like @steemiteducation to support bearshares educational articles.

Disclaimer: This is my personal reflection and I am not in any position to instruct anyone what they should do. I am not responsible for any action taken as a result of this post. My post can only be a reference for your further research and growth. By reading this post, you acknowledge and accept that. All images and pictures were taken from google images that are free from copyright under labelled for reuse.

This article was first published on my blog at bearshares

Role Of Modern Soldier

I did a post about my son being enlisted for National Service as soldier.

He had just completed his basic military training and he would be posted to his unit soon.

Our family would be observing his graduation ceremony today.

This got me thinking about the role of a modern soldier.

In The Past

In history, everyone of us know about countries that tried to take over another through war to acquire the resources of another country.

The duty as a soldier was to kill and conquer then.

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There were many cruel and sad stories with many soldiers losing their lives regardless of which side the soldiers were from.

Death was an unavoidable fact during a war.
Families would lose their sons and fathers.

Our Modern Age

For most countries, our soldiers in this modern age have the role of protecting their countries from foreign invasion and they are not meant to take the role of conquering other countries like the past.

Soldiers would also help during major disasters. They would risk their lives to save others.

They are no longer killers but many are saviours during terrorism and disasters.


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They would also help to suppress riots to bring a country to peace.

Nevertheless, there are some who have to fulfil duties that they do not like even if it goes against their own moral values.

In Conclusion

History provides important lessons for everyone that war can be cruel and countries at war would suffer at both sides.

With greater awareness, most countries would avoid war since war can cause death and hurt the economy.

Every single life is precious regardless of which side and everyone has someone who would feel sad when death occurs.

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A modern soldier is to protect the country and they no longer take the role of simply a killer machine.

Disclaimer: This is my personal reflection and I am not in any position to instruct anyone what they should do. I am not responsible for any action taken as a result of this post. My post can only be a reference for your further research and growth. By reading this post, you acknowledge and accept that. All images and pictures were taken from google images that are free from copyright under labelled for reuse.

The Work Review

As a teacher in a local government school, I have work review meeting with my direct reporting officer who is usually the head of department.

We would meet at least 2 times each year to look at the various work that I have done in the school and outside school related to developing others and developing myself as an educator.

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I do not know about the evaluation system of teachers in other countries so this post is simply to share briefly about how most teachers in our local schools are being evaluated.

Standardised Work Review Template

Regardless of the school that I transfer to locally, there is a standard work review template given by the Ministry of Education.

This work review template would require us to share about our individual class performance, the way we support our students’ well-being, our own professional development, how we work with parents, how we develop other teachers within school and outside schools etc


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This template would also require us to evaluate our own strengths and weaknesses.

It also provides an avenue to discuss our aspiration for the future so that the reporting officer can keep in mind to provide the opportunities needed to assist us in realising those aspiration.

It is really like reporting our work done in all possible areas.

Performance Grading

We are being graded for our performance each year around October.

During this grading session, principal, vice principals, head of department and all key personnel would gather in a meeting room to rank each teacher against another based on their work done and contribution.

With the room, they would discuss and debate about who deserves to be recognised more than the other.

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It is not a fun process as there can be times when both teachers are good but they are forced to have one above the other due to the ranking system.

There is definitely great tension in the room and each reporting officer would need to support the teachers under them whenever possible.

They can also share the negative feedback for those who are not performing up to the basic expectations.
It is really the brutal fact against another brutal fact.

Who is better?

The performance grading really does not determine who is a better classroom teacher since there are other factors like the events that one organises as well as many other contributions beyond classroom.

The teachers of this generation are not evaluated solely on how good we teach but it can be the positive impact we have to the school or beyond school.


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It is hard to judge who is a better teacher since different classroom culture may require different types of teachers.

Even the type of teacher for each class is not an one size fits all.

A wonderful teacher who can teach a high progress class well may not be able to teach a low progress class effectively.

A low progress class may benefit greatly from a teacher who knows how to break confusing concept into great simplicity for low progress learners to understand.


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It is really hard to judge so teachers should not be focusing too much on whether they are better due to performance grading but how much they have helped the students under them during the academic year.

In Conclusion

Regardless of how much I dislike work review, there is a need for it as it forces me to evaluate my own work for the year.

It also keeps a close guard against teachers who may not be doing their jobs properly.

Work review may not be the only factor that determines how good we are but it is a tool to let us see our own blind spots through active discussion with our reporting officer and self-evaluation.

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As teachers, our main focus should not be how good we are comparing with other teachers but how much we have helped the students in our classes.

Disclaimer: This is my personal reflection and I am not in any position to instruct anyone what they should do. I am not responsible for any action taken as a result of this post. My post can only be a reference for your further research and growth. By reading this post, you acknowledge and accept that. All images and pictures were taken from google images that are free from copyright under labelled for reuse.

Earn free crypto from Coinbase Earn Education Programme

I am pretty excited to earn some free cryptocurrencies from Coinbase.

Coinbase has started a crypto education programme called Coinbase Earn where we can earn free cryptocurrency by watching short crypto educational videos.

Each short video, about 2 min, comes with one short multiple-choice question to earn $2 worth of cryptocurrency.

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Below is the introductory video about Coinbase Earn

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I first noticed it because it allowed me to earn free eos since I had recently opened an eos account. It was indeed a temptation without denying it.

I earned a total of $10 worth of eos that was about 1 eos. It is free money so it is pretty cool.

Before you can start earning from coinbase, you must at least have a coinbase account.

There was also another opportunity to earn $50 worth of Stellar Lumens with $10 worth of Stellar Lumens for watching videos and completing simple multiple-choice questions.

Below is a screenshot from my coinbase account of what I received directly into my coinbase account.

The other $40 worth of Stellar Lumens would be for 4 successful invites to complete the short lessons with each successful invite that completes the lesson to earn $10 worth of Stellar Lumens.

You can take a look at the Coinbase Earn Programme for Stellar Lumens if it interests you.

I have yet to earn the $40 worth of Stellar Lumens and you can complete the short lessons through my referral link if you like but you can always choose to head over to https://www.coinbase.com without going through my referral link with no obligation.

I rarely make such post to introduce any programme.

If you do have a coinbase verified account, it is great to earn some free cryptocurrency.

If you do not have a coinbase account, you can also choose to sign up for one if this programme really interests you so much.

You can choose to totally ignore this if it does not interest you.

You can also choose not to sign up using my referral links without obligation and I do hope it is an exciting news for members on this platform with a coinbase account to earn some cryptocurrency if you have not done so.

I managed to earn a total of $23 worth of cryptocurrency simply by watching short videoclips and answering simple multiple-choice questions.

Please do not read and follow this post blindly but you can do your own research to verify the facts and this opportunity.

I have also stated clearly about my referral links in this post which you can choose not to use them without obligation.

Disclaimer: This is my personal reflection and I am not in any position to instruct anyone what they should do. I am not responsible for any action taken as a result of this post. My post can only be a reference for your further research and growth. By reading this post, you acknowledge and accept that. All images and pictures were taken from google images that are free from copyright under labelled for reuse.

This article was first published on my blog at Whaleshares.

Is it really a school holiday for teachers?

It is finally the mid-year school holidays.

I can finally take a short break from seeing my pupils.

It is not really free time for me as I still have to conduct holiday extra lessons for the 1st and last week of the school holidays.

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While I am at home, I would be busy crafting the Year-End Mathematics Examination for the graduating classes.

It would probably take me a few days to complete setting the examination papers.

Since I am a Math representation from the Mathematics Committee so I have to complete the Math analysis to find out the percentage of passes as well as identify the weak areas of the recent Mid-Year Examination.

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The good thing of school holidays is teachers can catch up on our sleep especially most of us usually sleep about 5 to 6 hours during school days.

As a family man, I would also need to spend some time with my family by taking them out.

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I am left with very little time for myself.

Most of my personal time would be spent on the platform then.

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May all the teachers who are having the mid-year school holidays be able to take a short break and have a good rest before the next lapse for the next half of the year.

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Do not neglect the need for rest since we are really not machine regardless of how committed we are for our job as selfless educators.

Disclaimer: This is my personal reflection and I am not in any position to instruct anyone what they should do. I am not responsible for any action taken as a result of this post. My post can only be a reference for your further research and growth. By reading this post, you acknowledge and accept that. All images and pictures were taken from google images that are free from copyright under labelled for reuse.

Freedom To Express – Graffiti

Vandalism is a serious offence in my country.

Drawing on the public wall is really not allowed as the offender can be fined or even caned for serious ones.

It would be considered destroying public property that belongs to everyone so it is not right for the selfish desire of one individual to vandalise for the sake of venting out one’s anger or frustration.

I was really surprised to visit a eating house that allows anyone to draw or write on its walls.

Customers can use markers or pens to draw or write with no restriction or permission needed.

It is therefore a great place for youngsters to vent out their urge to vandalise legally.

The below were the photographs that I had taken when I was at the eating house.


My son had just entered Secondary School and there was a parent briefing early this year.

While waiting at the school canteen, I noticed that the school had made an effort to put up drawings of students that looked like graffiti.

Freedom to express emotions without formal restriction may be lacking in most schools.

It is great that the school even put them up to provide ownership and recognition for these students since most of them may have lacked the recognition throughout their educational journey.

All schools must find ways to provide freedom for expression through drawing or writing in any form.
Rather than having the enforcement of ‘No’, we can say ‘Yes’ with boundaries set up for freedom of expression.

Below are two photographs taken using my mobile phone when I was at the canteen in my son’s school.

I am quite sure we can see the benefits of making what is unacceptable to acceptable as long as the right boundaries are set up.

The current generation is not the same as the past and they face new challenges that we do not face when we were at their age.

They often desire freedom and we are the ones that are suppressing them.

Giving them freedom within the boundaries with choices can allow their inner feelings and thoughts to be expressed.

As educators, we get to know our students better and we can establish better rapport with them.

Disclaimer: This is my personal reflection and I am not in any position to instruct anyone what they should do. I am not responsible for any action taken as a result of this post. My post can only be a reference for your further research and growth. By reading this post, you acknowledge and accept that. All pictures were taken using my Samsung S8 mobile phone.

Last Day Before School Holidays

It was the last day of school before the school holidays for my students.

The mood was high especially we had an Art-And-Music Festival during the first two periods of the day.

My students definitely had no mood to study or do any work.

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I can still continue my lessons but I would be teaching kids whose brains were somewhere else.

I can teach but no one would be able to learn.

With my predicted classroom mood of the students, I booked the computer lab in advance last week so that I could assign some online questions with immediate feedback while my students can enjoy the cool environment since computer lab is an air-conditioned room.

The reward is they are allowed to use the computers to play some interactive games or watch some music videos on youtube.

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My students definitely like going to the computer lab since I always give them lots of freedom.

They are allowed to listen to music using the headphones while doing their online questions.

This really breaks the normal classroom routine but it added spice in their lives.

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My students would remember these fun moments even when they have graduated.

I could have forcefully insisted them to listen and follow my normal lesson routine and do the required work but I would be fighting against the majority of them.

Rather than going against them, I decided to flow with them and I can also win their hearts over.

Teaching is no longer a one-way traffic but we need to teach how students want to be taught.

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We may think we have taught well after a great presentation with all the powerpoint slides but we would be surprised to know that most of the students do not understand if we ever ask them to give their honest feedback.

Most teachers may think the way they teach is the best way to learn but the current generation may have very different needs from the past students.

We need to stop and ask them how they want to be taught.


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Last day of school before a long break is not the last day of school for the year.

Time does not wait but we can always try to catch up on their work when their minds are more ready to acquire knowledge.

I can teach but they would probably forget what they would have learnt on the last day of school since there is no chance to revisit and reinforce during the school holidays.

I guess my decision of using the computer lab was a wise choice.

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Disclaimer: This is my personal reflection and I am not in any position to instruct anyone what they should do. I am not responsible for any action taken as a result of this post. My post can only be a reference for your further research and growth. By reading this post, you acknowledge and accept that. All images and pictures were taken from google images that are free from copyright under labelled for reuse.

Building An Inclusive Society For Disabilities

It was a dream for Singapore to build a place where disabilities can get the help they need to blend into the society.

The founding of the Enabling Village was just the realization of such a dream.

It is a dream that everyone can be useful regardless of their disabilities.

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Everyone can play a part in this society as we raise the awareness that even the disabilities can contribute positively to the growth of our country.

A speech by the Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Official Opening of Enabling Village on 2nd December 2015.

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Enabling the disabilities through Enabling Village.

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Enabling Village provides training as well as job opportunities for the disabilities based on their current capability.

It also organizes activities to raise the awareness of the need for an inclusive society for disabilities and special needs.

Through the effort of Enabling Village, disabilities and special needs can find a place in our society and get accepted based on what they can offer as individuals and not based on what they do not have.

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It provides opportunities for disabilities and special needs to build confidence and self-worth.

They become contributors to the society and not just takers and receivers.

It truly warms our hearts as more organizations and people are willing to step forward to offer their help and expertise to enable disabilities and special needs.

I hope this short post is able to raise your awareness of the need to enable the disabilities and special needs regardless of their current conditions.

Disclaimer: This is my personal reflection and I am not in any position to instruct anyone what they should do. I am not responsible for any action taken as a result of this post. My post can only be a reference for your further research and growth. By reading this post, you acknowledge and accept that. All images and pictures were taken from google images that are free from copyright under labelled for reuse.