Pictures: Singapore Ruby Meeting @PayrollHero

The Singapore Ruby Meetup was held at PayrollHero’s Singapore office on Feb. 24th at 7pm. If was a packed house of ruby enthusiasts, wanting to learn more and meet other engineers.

The speakers consisted of:

1. Testing Shell Scripts – Bjorn Andersson / @gaqzi
2. Development to Devops – Justin Burris / @justinbburris
3. 5 Random Ruby Tips – Akira Hirakawa

Thanks to everyone for coming out. There will be more events to come!

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Recap: BMA HR Leadership Conference Manila

I just returned from the Business Maker Academy’s annual HR Leadership Conference in Manila, Philippines. It was a full house with over 250 HR practitioners from all industries there to learn more about taking their HR skills to the next level.
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I was asked to speak about how PayrollHero attracts talent, how we retain talent, some of our more innovative programs and of course show them how PayrollHero’s Philippine payroll software platform works.  Here is a quick overview of what I discussed:

  • PayrollHero’s hiring page is unique and breaks down not only the job descriptions, but how we work, our rhythms, required reading, core values and much more.
  • Our Herman Miller chairs, dual monitors, Apple computers, etc. and why giving your team the best you can afford is worth it.
  • We talked about travel, how our team moves around and why having a passport is a key items all employees at PayrollHero need.
  • Learning – a big topic in HR, at PayrollHero we invest heavily in our teams education. From mentors, to conferences to round tables.
  • Our Adventure Engineering program and some examples of how it attracts stellar teammates.

And of course, the last bit of the session was about PayrollHero and how our time, attendance, scheduling, HRIS, business intelligence and Philippine payroll software works.

Here are a couple pictures from the event;

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EDSA Revolution Anniversary | Philippine Holiday


“The People Power Revolution (also known as the EDSA Revolution, the Philippine Revolution of 1986, and the Yellow Revolution) was a series of popular demonstrations in the Philippines that began in 1983 and culminated in 1986. The methods used amounted to a sustained campaign of civil resistance against regime violence and electoral fraud. This case of nonviolent revolution led to the departure of President Ferdinand Marcos and the restoration of the country’s democracy. It is also referred to as the Yellow Revolution due to the presence of yellow ribbons during the demonstrations following the assassination of Benigno Aquino, Jr..[4][5] It was widely seen as a victory of the people against the 20-year running authoritarian, repressive[6] regime of then president Ferdinand Marcos and made news headlines as “the revolution that surprised the world”.”[7] *wikipedia


8 Restaurant Recommendations in Singapore

unnamed-1Since opening our office in Singapore we have had a couple requests about the best places to eat in Singapore. While we are still newbies, but we do have a few spots that we really like.

Here are our (current) 10 top restaurants to visit in Singapore; (in no particular order)

1. Ramen in Singapore is top notch, our team likes all branches of Keisuke but are partial to Tori King.

2. The Study with it’s hidden Library next door. To get into the Library, you need a password. Makes for a really fun night and the whole wall separating the two gets rolled back in the middle of the evening to everyones surprise. (well, not yours cause your reading this)

3. Our engineers like Bah Kut Teh. Tiong Bahru has a few spots that are tasty.

4. Hawkers: Golden Shoe in the CBD. Check our Golden Nur (their egg prata is awesome for breakfast and the chicken briyani for lunch is great). tip: go at 11:30am to avoid big lines.5. Hawkers: Lau Pa Sat in the CBD. Almost everything is awesome. But at 7:00pm they close one of the streets and the skewer vendors come out in full force. tip: tiger beer and chicken skewers are a solid combo.

6. PS Cafe in Tiong Bahru is great. Reasonable (for Singapore) priced wines and great pizzas.

7. Level 33 for drinks is an amazing view. Worth the cost for visitors to get a great perspective of Singapore. (see picture above, taken from their patio)

8. Fresh Fruit from the Arcade next to the Ocean Financial Centre is a great find. Pick whatever fruit you want, they cut it up and serve it in a bag with a skewer. Quick, healthy snacks.

There you have it, check them out, let us know what you think. After a few more months I’m sure we will have found some more great places to eat. Singapore food is amazing! So much variety. Best tip we can give you… try the hawkers, they are awesome, cost effective and fun.

Bonus Points: A Singapore coffee, a Kopi, is great. Tastes more like a mocha and has been described by some of our team as a drink that makes them “bananas”.

If you are ever in Fort Bonifacio, Philippines and looking for a place to eat, check out our restaurant list for there. Some great spots as well.

Singapore Ruby Meeting @PayrollHero

global_123774742The next Singapore Ruby Meetup will be held at PayrollHero’s Singapore office on Feb. 24th at 7pm. If you are a ruby enthusiast, want to learn more, meet other engineers or just say hi come by and check it out.

Here is the agenda:

1. Testing Shell Scripts – Bjorn Andersson / @gaqzi
2. Development to Devops – Justin Burris / @justinbburris
3. 5 Random Ruby Tips – Akira Hirakawa

* Hot Picks
– This is a 5-10 minute session during which anyone can
stand up and say something interesting!

Be sure to register here as space is limited.

Chinese New Year Comes to PayrollHero | #SelfieCNY

PayrollHero is about to release new props into our iOS TeamClocks celebrating Chinese New Year. In the next few days, clients who use the iOS TeamClock for clock in and out will notice some fun, new, Chinese New Year themed props.

PayrollHero’s facial recognition based platform is not only effective, it is fun. Employees love the engagement aspect of our platform and the props just make it even more fun.

Here is a sneak peek of what you can expect;

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Singapore Payroll Software | Event

Singapore Payroll Software

Our next (and last) Singapore Charter Client event is schedule for Feb. 12th 2015 at the BGC offices in the Ocean Financial Centre. The Charter Client Event is designed to showcase PayrollHero’s about to launch Singapore platform and the special benefits of being a charter client.

You can get complete details of the event here as well as register. Be sure to register early as there is limited space.

Here are some pictures from our last event:

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How To Get To Fort Bonifacio (From The 4th Worst Airport In The World)

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in the Philippines is no longer the world’s worst airport, rising to fourth spot after topping the list for the past four years.

With a slight improvement in its ranking as a result of increased positive votes for its Terminal 3, the same can be said about the country – looking ahead despite ongoing challenges.

We have visitors coming to Manila all year round and continue sending out information about the taxis at the airport so I figured I would post it here for all to use. For our purposes, the fees are based on getting from NAIA to Fort Bonifacio.

Metered Taxis

Metered Taxis are the yellow ones that are found under the “Metered Taxi” sign. There is a desk there that will grab your name and give you a slip of paper with the vehicle’s license plate written on it. This is meant to give you some comfort incase there is an issue or you forget something, but best to make a note of the plate yourself as many times they are not legible (see below). The costs from NAIA to Fort Bonifacio should be about P220+/- (depends on traffic and route)

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Coupon Taxis (aka Fixed Fare) 

The Fixed Fare taxis are just down the road a little bit and marked with a similar sign. They are white, and usually larger than the metered taxis. They are a bit better quality vehicle and will take you to Fort Bonifacio for a flat P440.

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Here is what the paperwork looks like. What license plate is my taxi?


What to watch for at NAIA?

1. There are a lot of random people running around asking you if you need a taxi. Many don’t have “official” ID. I find it best to go straight to the counter where the taxis are.

2. The taxis drivers love to say “no change” – so best to bring pesos with you.

3. Keep an eye on your items.

Welcome to the Philippines!! Make sure to get out to some of the beaches, they are the best in the world.