Saturday, 8 August 2015

Pointing To A Deer and Calling It A Horse (指鹿为马)

Pointing To A Deer and Calling It A Horse (指鹿为马)

The idiom originated from the Qin Dynasty (秦朝) (221 - 206 B.C.) following the death of Qin Shi Huang (秦始皇), the first emperor of the dynasty and first emperor of a unified China after the state of Qin conquered all of the other states of that period.

During the reign of Qin Er Shi (秦二世), literally the "Second Emperor of the Qin Dynasty" in 210 - 207 B.C., the prime minister, Zhao Gao (赵高), was a man with greedy ambitions bent on usurping power.

He wished to rebel and take the throne but feared that some of the officials might be against him.

Therefore, he devised a way to identify them as well as to determine his own influence in the court.

One day, he rode a deer on an outing with the emperor. The emperor asked: 
"Prime Minister, why are you riding a deer?"

Zhao Gao replied:
"Your Majesty, this is a horse."
The emperor said:
"You are mistaken! That is clearly a deer!"
Zhao Gao responded:
"If Your Majesty does not believe me, then we can ask the ministers for their opinions."

When the ministers were asked, half of them told the truth and said that it was a deer, while the other half, either fearing Zhao Gao or supporting him, said it was a horse.

Facing this situation, the emperor actually doubted himself and chose not to believe his own eyes but to believe the words of the treacherous minister.

Later generations used the idiom "Pointing To A Deer and Calling It A Horse (指鹿为马)" to describe a situation in which someone reverses black and white and turns the truth upside down in order to deceive others. It also represents a situation where a person is so powerful that he can do anything, even insisting that a deer is a horse.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

The 4 Humongous Myths Of Singapore... Busted!

I came across this article in which the author busted 4 myths about Singapore.

Well, those 4 are really nothing when compared with my 4. So here I am, busting the 4 Humongous Myths Of Singapore:

Myth Number 1: "Mr Lee Kuan Yew Turned Singapore from a Fishing Village to the Modern Singapore"

Wrong! Mr Lee Kuan Yew told us it was Sir Stamford Raffles who turned Singapore from a fishing village into a bustling port, not him.

... “The Legacy is that of connectedness with the World. That is what made Singapore get off the ground. From a barely inhabited island, infertile, of no consequence to the World, he (Raffles) made it an important hub. And that we must keep up, because otherwise, it would sink back to a fishing village.”

So please stop trying to smear our most respectable Mr Lee Kuan Yew as a shameless person because historians and scholars would have the wrong impression that Mr Lee Kuan Yew was trying to steal credits from Sir Stamford Raffles, which is not true. He had his contribution.

Myth Number 2: "Mr Lee Kuan Yew Can Turn any Country into Singapore"

Wrong! He can't. Take India for example, he provided a clear analysis of the "people" issues within India and concluded that no single person can change it.

So please stop those silly idolism. The most respectable attribute of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, apart from the depth of his insight, was his candidness.

Myth Number 3: "Mr Lee Kuan Yew Ruled With An Iron-Fist and He Is Tough"

Wrong! If he was really that tough and fierce, why did he bow and apologise to the person who kicked him in the face? Shouldn't he at least punch the person back?

Mr Lee Kuan Yew was not only smart, he was a person with great EQ, he knew when to be tough and when to be soft. This is exactly what Chinese Wisdom described as one of the attributes for a person to do great things:

Meaning: "Knowing when to be tough, and when to be soft."

When he was a PM, if he had not delivered values to Singaporeans, would he dare to be tough? No, and most importantly, he knew this.

Myth No 4: "Only PAP can Lead Singapore Forward"

Wrong! Whether Singapore is going to be led by the PAP or any other person or any other party, that is irrelevant. The Basis of Success is the system, one that will enable Singapore to stand out and prosper and attract talent. Once we have good security and treat everybody fairly and equally, we will success.

"What is it that I want to do now? To try and secure the future. For what? As already been built and not to lose it. That is all. Whether it is going to be done by the PAP or any other person or any other party, that is irrelevant. We must keep a system that will enable this place to stand out and prosper, and attract talent. As long as we attract talent, and we got security and we keep an open system which treat everybody fairly and equally, we will success."

Looking back at the past 10 years, did the party that is leading us brought us forward or backward? Have we attracted talent? Did we have good security? Did we treat everybody fairly and equally?

Dear Singaporeans, it is time to wake up. Stop being trapped in the Baby Politics of your leaders. Ask yourself, what are you fighting for? Are you doing it for the future of your party or for the future of Singapore?

If you are an opposition supporters, get your leaders to move beyond just Town Councils. I know GRC is the basis of your support and a determining factor for your leaders to be re-elected, however, your leaders need to start thinking about assuming roles of Ministers, not just Members of Parliament. Only when oppositions participate in the future planning of Singapore, would it be considered a First World Parliament.

If you are a PAP supporters, tell your leaders to stop insulting Singaporeans, whether it is just a single person or any numbers, it is still an insult. When leaders hurled abuses at Singaporeans, people from all over the World will follow suit. A leader who does not stand up for his People is not fit to be a leader. I know PAP wants to dominate the parliament, then prove to the People that you can treat People with respect and treat them fairly and equally, did you? You still owe People an explanation of AIM, you still owe the People an explanation on CPF, you still owe the People many many things. Do you want to explain it yourself or get the oppositions to help you with that?

No matter whether you are supporting PAP or the opposition, as long as your leaders are not following the Basis Of Singaporean Spirit, it is your responsibility to stop them and guide them on to the right path - if you want another 50 more years for Singapore.

Or else, forget about voting in the General Election, get ready to vote  for a merger in 20 years time. Malaysia? It is unlikely that they will accept the terms mentioned by Mr Lee Kuan Yew, also we wouldn't have the bargaining power by then. China is another possibility because in the heart of many Chinese, Singapore was their long-lost state, just like Hong Kong and Taiwan, waiting to be reunited. Well, last but not least, Philippines is another possibility, they are also interested in taking over.

[For those who have read this blog or the book (Google Play / Google Books), you will know many of these are mentioned earlier. One of the major problems with the People of the World is that they are simply too passive to find alternative information to read, waiting to be fed with information. and of course, people will only feed you with information that they want you to know and believe. ]

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Basis Of Singaporean Spirit - People Power: Are you an Elite?

[This is part of the book: “Basis Of Singaporean Spirit - People Power”. Links to the different versions:Online Version in this BlogPrinted Version in Amazon.comeBook Version: Google Play / Google Books / Kindle]

Before I start, can you describe what a “crane” is? You might describe it as “a long-legged and long-necked bird” or “a device for lifting and moving heavy weights”.

But nobody in the right mind would ever describe it as “a long-legged and long-necked bird for lifting and moving heavy weights”.

But interestingly, that is what our great politicians did for the word “elite”.

“Elite” has many meanings, which is bad because it confuses people. In general, elite can mean “best of anything considered collectively” or in political and sociological theory, an elite “is a small group of people who control a disproportionate amount of wealth or political power.”

Technically, both definitions are correct independently, but the problem is that people combined those 2 independent meanings and concluded that: 

“People who control a disproportionate amount of wealth or political power are the best of anything considered collectively.”

Isn’t that funnier than Mr Bean? Too bad, Mr Bean doesn’t usually talk much, else that could be one of the funniest jokes that he should include.

Now, let’s look at the definition in Chinese, which will help us better understand this. “Elite” in Chinese is called 精英,杰出人物, which means people of extraordinary achievements.
“Elite” has nothing to do with one’s background. As long as you have extraordinary achievements within the group, you are an elite.

Do you think the 6-sigma Black Belt in the earlier chapter is an elite? No, he is not. When he doesn’t even know the basis, how can he be one?

Do you think Lin Dan (林丹) is an elite? Of course, he is one of the greatest badminton players in the World.

Do you think Puyi (溥儀), the last emperor of China, is an elite? Well, of course not. Comparing him with other emperors, he is far from being one.

Can the uncle in hawker centre[i] who fried Char kway teow (Singapore Fried Noodles) be an elite? Absolutely! If he puts in a lot of effort in ensuring that every plate of Char kway teow is always that perfect aromatic and tasty one for all his customers, he is an elite!

And of course, as an elite, he will automatically get his monetary rewards – that is why hawkers can also drive BMW and Mercedes. Do we need to artificially set top salaries for hawkers to be elite? No, we don’t.

Do you think a Michelin 3-star chef is an elite? Well, it depends. Although the chef cooked appetising food and might be very familiar with the kitchen, a plumber is more of an elite than him in fixing a leak in the sink. Elite also requires getting the right person to do the right job.

People can still swallow it if you spent millions getting a Michelin 3-star chef to fix the sink, provided the sink is fixed. However, if the sink is not fixed, and yet the chef blamed the design of the sink for being stupid, nobody will be happy, got it?

Different people contribute to the society in different ways and everyone has their own roles to play. If you are the best within that role, then you are an elite.

Do you think PAP government today is an elite? Well, given the problems with the public transport, high dengue fever cases, SLA Lamborghini, etc. I don’t think they are. But do they have the potential to be? Of course, but not yet.

Whether they will be or not, I do not know because the ball is in their court. If they insist on the wrong definition of elite and self-proclaimed that they are, I don’t see how they can really be one.

BOSS Wisdom: “Elite is not an attribute of a person – it is an exhibition of how well a given person played a given role.” – BOSS

[i] Hawker Centre is Singapore’s low-cost eating place. Most of the great foods are found there.

[This is part of the book: “Basis Of Singaporean Spirit - People Power”. Links to the different versions:Online Version in this BlogPrinted Version in Amazon.comeBook Version: Google Play / Google Books / Kindle]

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Basis Of Singaporean Spirit - People Power: The Spectrum of SONG

[This is part of the book: “Basis Of Singaporean Spirit - People Power”. Links to the different versions: Online Version in this Blog; Printed Version in; eBook Version: Google Play / Google Books / Kindle]

Now you know about SONG. So what is your spectrum of SONG?

Over the years, I had seen people changed over time.

Things that they used to do, they simply refused to do it anymore. Why?

Well, they find it not befitting for them to do it anymore.

Take food as an example. After people acquired certain wealth or status, they started to avoid hawker centre or roadside food.

Well, technically, there is nothing wrong, but why should you restrict your own spectrum of SONG?

The following is a chart that I had devised.

Figure 16: Spectrum of SONG

If you had acquired the capability to enjoy other forms of enjoyment, yet denied yourself of the older forms, what you had done is basically moving your window of enjoyment to the right, there is no significant increase in its width.

Worst, if your spectrum of enjoyment narrowed as you moved to the right, you will very likely forgo humbleness and appear as arrogant.

The truly smart and fortunate people are those who maintained their humbleness while expanding their spectrum of enjoyment.

Imagine putting on your most comfortable T-shirt, going to hawker centre in the morning for YouTiao (油條) and DouJiang[i] (豆浆), followed by snacking on kacang puteh[ii]. For lunch, eating in an air-conditioned food court, followed by Ice-Kacang[iii] as dessert. For dinner, putting on a more formal wear and dine in a Michelin 3-star restaurant; after the dinner, summoning the chef to teach him how to better cook the dishes the next time. SONG right?

Do you know of people who have broad spectrum of SONG?
On the Internet, it was mentioned that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg eats McDonald’s and wears the same shirt and hoodie every day. It was also mentioned that Google cofounder, Sergey Brin, often shops at Costco.

However, one point to note here. Don’t confuse someone with broad spectrum of SONG with humbleness[iv], they are different. A person who has a broad spectrum of SONG can still be arrogant.

So what is your spectrum of SONG?

BOSS Wisdom: “Happiness is about expanding your spectrum of SONG, not shifting it up.” – BOSS

[i] YouTiao and DouJiang are Chinese fried breadstick and soymilk drink respectively. These are low cost meal that is often enjoyed together.
[ii] Kacang Puteh is a nut snack popular in Singapore in the old days. The seller will typically roll paper into the shape of a cone and fill it with the selected nuts to sell.
[iii] “Ice Kacang” is a dessert made of shaved ice, with attap chee (palm seed), red beans, sweet corn, grass jelly, etc. This is a favourite dessert in Singapore to ward off the hot weather.
[iv] Please refer to the chapter "Why Leaders Must Be Humble" for more details.

[This is part of the book: “Basis Of Singaporean Spirit - People Power”. Links to the different versions: Online Version in this Blog; Printed Version in; eBook Version: Google Play / Google Books / Kindle]

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Basis Of Singaporean Spirit - People Power: What Do You Want to Achieve in Life?

[This is part of the book: “Basis Of Singaporean Spirit - People Power”. Links to the different versions: Online Version in this Blog; Printed Version in; eBook Version: Google Play / Google Books / Kindle]

This is a very famous question that everyone would have thought about or even have been asked many times in their life.

So here I am, asking this question again. Don’t skip this chapter because the answer will be something that you have never heard before. I am here to tell you that what everyone wants to achieve in life is exactly the same thing.

So, what do you want to achieve in life?

Some of you might say to earn a lot of money. Ok, but my next question is “for what”? Well, you may answer: “To buy flashy cars, luxurious house, etc.”

But what if money cannot buy you all that? I am not joking, that happened during China Cultural Revolution, where you can only use ration coupons to buy things. If that is the case, would you still be looking to earn a lot of money? I am sure, you will not.

Since this is the case, then money is not exactly what you are looking for. It is the things that money could get that you are really pursuing, such as flashy cars, luxurious house, etc., isn’t it?

However, imagine this: Driving flashy cars and living in luxurious house made you the target for criminals and gave you tremendous worries every day. Would you still long for flashy cars or luxurious house? I don’t think so. So what are you really trying to achieve then?

Well, at the basis of it all, what we are trying to achieve all the time is “gratification” – the pleasurable emotional reaction of happiness in response to a fulfilment of a desire or goal.

Do you know what HERMES, Bottega Veneta, and Louis Vuitton, are selling? Handbags? Leather goods? Well, how I wish they were just selling that. If they were just selling that, then the price of those would be “raw materials + labour + distribution cost + mark-ups”. It will not cost an arm and a leg.

What had also been priced in is another most important thing that they sell – “gratification”. Can you imagine the gratification that you get when you splurge on luxury goods?

If you do not derive that gratification from those luxury goods, it is unlikely that you will pay that high a price for it.

Gratification is not just derived from purchases; it can also be derived from the ‘feel-good’ feeling when you have done something good.

For example, when you helped an old lady to cross the road or gave up your seat to someone else, the feeling of doing something right is great, isn’t it?

One point to take note on this example is that gratification is not derived merely from the act of “giving up the seat”.

Imagine this: A lady came over to your seat and used her umbrella to knock on your head, demanding that you gave up your seat for her because she felt that you should.
Would you? May be not. But even if you gave up your seat out of shyness or whatever, you will not feel the gratification.

So remember, gratification is the pleasurable emotional reaction of happiness in response to a fulfilment of a desire or goal, not related to the act itself.

Now, imagine this: How nirvanic[i] it would be, if we can all make this gratification perpetual, isn’t it?

Therefore, what we are all trying to achieve in life is the same commonality, which is what I called the “State Of Nirvanic Gratification”.

So how does this “State Of Nirvanic Gratification” feel like? Well, if you are a Singaporean, then you are very lucky. Did you realise what the acronym is?

Yes, the feeling of “State Of Nirvanic Gratification” is the feeling you get when you said: “SONG ah!

For Type 1 & Type 4 persons, having others perceiving them as smart, are SONG to them. That is why they are always trying to show-off. Of course, Type 1 persons have the capability to do so, but not Type 4.

The problem with Type 4 persons is that even though they created troubles for everyone, yet they still felt SONG. Look into the parliament, it is not difficult to see many of the Type 4 persons devising stupid policies, giving silly replies, yet felt so proud of it.

For Type 2 persons, the ability to appreciate the surrounding and simply breathing nice air is considered SONG for them.

Please note that the reverse is not true, i.e. if you feel that appreciating the surrounding and breathing nice air is considered SONG, it does not mean that you are Type 2 person.

Type 2 persons are very smart, yet low profile. That is why they will continue to enjoy the SONG quietly until someone disturbed it.

Type 3 persons felt SONG when they have good food. Remember the phrase: “民以食为天”, which means that food, is the most important thing to commoners.

If the People are SONG, why would a bunch of 17-year-old boys bothered to climb up to the top of the building to paint “Fxxx PAP”?

If the People are SONG, why would a 71-year-old uncle[ii] scribble at the bus-stops complaining about CPF[iii]?

Shouldn’t the 17-year-old boys be studying? Shouldn’t the 71-year-old uncle be enjoying his retirement?

When commoners had to worry about having proper meals, worried about their livelihoods, would they be SONG?

When People are not SONG, merely looking at the poster of the ministers would make them TL, not to mention seeing them or listening to their speeches.

So how do we make people SONG? Well, let’s talk about the key pillars of Singapore.

Singapore is where it is today, not because of any particular person or party, but because of the key pillars that were erected. Whether it was done consciously or unconsciously, it does not matter, but those are there.

Hawker centre is one of the key pillars for Singapore’s stability. It ensured that Type 3 persons can continue to feel SONG. However, the implementation of private hawker centres is a big step in the wrong direction. [Much more can be said about hawker centre, but I shall leave that out for now.]

There are things that are implemented to get revenues; there are things that are implemented for stability. Without knowing the key pillars of Singapore, blindly knocking down the pillars is asking for trouble.

Housing is another key pillar. Mr Lee Kuan Yew once commented on the Home Ownership Scheme as follows:

“... to give every family a stake in the country. In other words, that we should find a way to give them ownership of their own homes, their own apartments. Then if their son had to go to war and fight, they are fighting for themselves.”

May I know how many percentages of Singaporeans own at least an inch of the land of Singapore?
Given the current price of HDB and the long instalment period, how many people really own a home?

Worse, today, many Singaporeans had to pledge back their HDB in order not to end up sleeping on the street in their old age.

Think about this: After 80 years of toiling, at the end of it, People still ended up with nothing. For whom do you think were they busying their life for? Why did we design Singapore as such? How is it possible that their future generations will be better?

Given these, how SONG do you think the People are?

BOSS Wisdom: “The basis of social stability is to ensure that everyone is SONG. Understanding and protecting the key pillars of Singapore is critical to achieve this.” – BOSS

[i] “Nirvanic” is a feeling of eternal and indescribable bliss.
[ii]Uncle” is the way Singaporeans addressed the elderly or older people.
[iii] CPF is supposed to be Singaporeans’ pension fund. However, many people are unhappy because they felt that it is not adequate and there are simply too many restrictions related to it. 

[This is part of the book: “Basis Of Singaporean Spirit - People Power”. Links to the different versions: Online Version in this Blog; Printed Version in; eBook Version: Google Play / Google Books / Kindle]

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Basis Of Singaporean Spirit - People Power: How Far Would You Go to Protect Our Home?

[This is part of the book: “Basis Of Singaporean Spirit - People Power”. Links to the different versions: Online Version in this Blog; Printed Version in; eBook Version: Google Play / Google Books / Kindle]

There are a lot of talks about the purpose of National Service. There are also talks about how National Service disadvantaged Singaporeans.

I recalled an advertisement that stated: “How Far Would You Go to Protect Our Home?”

So here I am, asking this question to you: “How Far Would You Go to Protect Our Home?”

I shall leave the rest of this page blank. Think about this question to yourself before you turn over.

[Once you are ready, please turn over to the next page]

Great, I hope you have some answers.

If your answers focused on “How Far” or “Would You” or “Protect”, then you are not thinking in the right direction.

This is because the basis of that question is “Home”. If the “Home” is not defined correctly in the first place, the rest of the words such as “How Far”, “Would You”, and “Protect” are all meaningless.

The reason why you had jumped to those words is because subconsciously, you had assumed “Singapore” as your home, which it may or may not be.

So, what is a “Home”?

Home is the place in which one’s affections are centred.

So technically speaking, this place can be anywhere; however, this place must be the most suitable and most conducive place to build the home.

In the past, there is no doubt that Singapore was the best place, but today, given how our leaders labelled us with all sorts of names, given how the People are worried about jobs and retirements, etc, is Singapore still the best place to build a home?
What was so valuable of Singapore that was worth protecting? In other words, what was the uniqueness of Singapore that you cannot find elsewhere?
It is our belief, embedded within our Pledge. Our Pledge is one of the strongest in the World:

We, the citizens of Singapore,
pledge ourselves as one united people,
regardless of race, language or religion,
to build a democratic society
based on justice and equality
so as to achieve happiness, prosperity and
progress for our nation.

Today, are we united? Do you think there is justice and equality? Have we achieved happiness, prosperity and progress for our nation as a whole? 

If we adhered to our Pledge, like what we did in the past, Singapore is really a great place to build our home and of course, worth protecting because nowhere in the World would you be able to replicate this spirit.

Pledge is a guiding principle for a country to progress. If leaders are not following the guiding principle of a country, what do you think they are following? Don’t ask me, ask them.

In closing, let’s recall what Mr Lee Kuan Yew once said:

“... Keep Singapore happy and make the people feel that they are wanted, not step children or step brothers but one in the family, and a very important member of the family...”

“What are our priorities? First, the welfare, the survival of the people. Then the democratic norms and processes, which from time to time we have to suspend.”

“... to give every family a stake in the country. In other words, that we should find a way to give them ownership of their own homes, their own apartments. Then if their son had to go to war and fight, they are fighting for themselves.”

When people felt that they do not have a stake in the country, why would they not question the value and the purpose of National Service?

BOSS Wisdom: “The basis of national security is to give everyone a stake in the country, something that people are willing to give up their life to protect.” – BOSS 

[This is part of the book: “Basis Of Singaporean Spirit - People Power”. Links to the different versions: Online Version in this BlogPrinted Version in Amazon.comeBook Version: Google Play / Google Books / Kindle]

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Having Problem with Your Phone's GPS? Follow These Steps!

[If you are unable to access this site in the past weeks, it is because I have closed it in mourning of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, departed on 23rd March 2015.]

[Note: Kindle version of my book: "Basis of Singaporean Spirit - People Power" is now available here. I am setting it at a very low price of $2.99. Get it early as I will increase the price along the way. I have also enabled "Lending". For those who have purchased the book, I have set this to be free for you.]

[Updates: The book is also available in Google Play / Google Books. Follow the link given or you can simply search for "Basis Of Singaporean Spirit".]

I was having problem with my phone's GPS for the past few months. Felt like throwing my phone away. Well, lucky for me, finally got it resolved!

Therefore, this post is a compilation of what I did and my suggestions to you to avoid all the troubles!

There are various methods that people employed, so I am going to list them here, from the least invasive to the most, summarised as 3 simple steps.

Note that the phone mentioned here is Samsung Galaxy Note 3. What really worked for me is fixing the connection to the GPS Antenna, which is the last step.

1) Rebuild the Code - Using NV Rebuild
This method basically instructs the phone to recompile the code. The steps are:

Access The Menu (for Samsung Note 3)
if doesn't work, enter *#197328640#

Activate the Menu
Menu Key, select Key Input, enter Q
Menu Key, select Key Input, enter 0000
wait some seconds...

Select the Rebuild Menu Item
click UMTS > Common > NV Rebuild > NV Rebuild > System, Protocol, GPS, IMS

Restart Phone

The following is the full video.

Well, it worked for some people, but it didn't work for me.

There are also talks about doing a factory reset, well, I would avoid that because it doesn't seem to work well for most people, worst, as the name implies, it reset your phone!

If you think doing a backup and restore would be enough, well, too bad, it doesn't restore your phone to the original state, i.e. some of your application status and configurations will be lost, worst, some of your game status will be lost too! My Bluetooth profile was also lost too. (This is at least true when you are using Samsung Kies 3 to backup and restore).

2) Tighten All the Screws Behind the Phone
The basis of this step is that your screws might be loose, which resulted in the components losing contacts.

For me, at least, it allowed my phone to be able to detect a few GPS satellites and occasionally getting a Location Fix. However, the signal was unstable and it kept dropping. I was not able to use any navigation software at all.

Be careful when tightening the screws. You need to make sure you have the right screw driver in order not the destroy the screwthreads.

3) Improve the Connection of GPS Antenna to the Motherboard
The basis of this method is to make sure that your phone's motherboard is connected securely to the GPS Antenna.

In most phones (at least for most Samsung's), all the antennas are embedded in the phone back cover and the connections to those are using components that looks like a "7". The problem with this component is that it is not as 'springy' as a spring and it tends to stay in its shape after being depressed for a long time. Of course, if you have dropped your phone, it might have been depressed even further, thus losing contact with the GPS antenna.

This is how that connector looks like.

Notice the 2 metal pieces, with gold colour on one end? These are the connectors located on the motherboard to connect to your GPS antenna that is located on the back cover of your phone.

Therefore, sometimes tightening the screws at the back of your phone improves the GPS because it increases the contact.

On Samsung Note 3, those 2 connectors for the GPS antenna are located on the top right corner of the phone (on the right of the camera).

To improve the connection, all you need to do is to use your screwdriver and slightly bend the connectors upwards (be gentle and careful).

The following video shows you the details.

Of course, if you are a curious person like me, you will noticed that there are many other such connectors on the motherboard. Those correspond to WIFI, bluetooth, etc. So which is which? Well, who cares?

If you are a Kiasu* person, then do what I did, bend all those connectors upwards, which means all your antenna signals will all be improved! I used to have only 1 signal bar for WIFI when using my phone in the toilet, after doing this, I now have 2 bars! [100% increased! Ha!]

If you are interested to know more on the antennas, take a look at this video.

What really worked for me is this last step. Now, I can get a GPS lock within 5 seconds. Signal level can go as high as 35 and accuracy as good as 10 feet (Using GPS Test tool). Many of my GPS satellites are now in green colour.

[Screenshot of GPS Test, Captured on Note 3]

I hope you have enjoyed this post. Good luck!

Lastly, thanks to the Internet and all the great people for sharing the info. BTW, I was being quoted 300 bucks to fix the GPS by replacing the motherboard! The sales person was simply too greedy, if he had told me to replace the GPS antenna and charge lesser than 100, I would have accepted it. What really pissed me off was that one of the screws was deliberately left loose!

Well, what can I expect of service people and their company? At least this incident highlights that the basis of service centre is to earn money, not to service you.

Anyway, lucky for me, I ended up fixing it myself for only 4.95 - the price to get a set of mobile phone screw drivers.

* Kiasu - A Singapore term which literally means: "Afraid to Lose out". Therefore, in order not to lose out and to play safe, the person will tend to do more that necessary - just in case.