Monthly Archives: January 2007

Commute in Singapore on the cheap

I have been a car owner for a long time since 1983. This is my usual form of transport from point A to point B. It goes without saying that owning and using the car as the only way to … Continue reading

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Polytechnic education or Junior College education

  Recently, there are a few letters written to TODAY newspaper – 12 January and 15 January 2007 on the subject of Polytechnic education versus Junior College (JC) education. The 12 January letter was written by Vivienne Lim on behalf … Continue reading

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Debt Instruments – Notes or bonds

We are familiar with Government Bonds or sometime known as sovereign debts. The borrower is the government of a country. Investors buy into this bond with the hope of getting regular interest payments higher than the savings deposit rates. The … Continue reading

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Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) – What is this?

If you wanted to invest in a portfolio of properties, like commercial buildings, industrial buildings, retail malls, etc., for their rental returns, you do need a huge sum of money to do so. You can buy into some units of … Continue reading

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Taking care of pet – Rabbit named Brownie

We never had a pet larger than a hamster before. In 2006, my family has decided to adopt a rescued rabbit from the House Rabbit Society of Singapore. The House Rabbit Society of Singapore (HRSS) is an all-volunteer, non-profit organisation … Continue reading

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Exchange Traded Funds (ETF) – What is this?

If you are used to investing in shares/stocks on the Singapore Stock Exchange (SGX), buying and selling Exchange Traded Funds (ETF) is similar in procedures. It has the usual brokerage commission, bid and ask prices are posted on the exchange, … Continue reading

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The Joy Luck Club

Living Tip #24 Unconditional Love and Care The Joy Luck Club (published in 1989) is a novel written by Amy Tan. The author wrote about the life stories four Chinese-American immigrant families who came to America. In 1993, the novel … Continue reading

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There is life if you are not Number ONE

  Competition is everywhere from schools to corporate entities and to nations. The nation wants to build the tallest building in the world. It wants to be the best airport, seaport, etc. Students in the schools, polytechnics and universities vie … Continue reading

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The grass is not always greener at the other organisations

The Channel 8 News yesterday mentioned that the job market will be tight in 2007 and it was anticipated that during the next 6 months, there will be movement of personnel from one organisation to another.   Employees resign from … Continue reading

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Being Gracious

Refrain from using the mobile phone in the MRT carriage. This is how the Japanese will behave. I saw this TV programme – Japan Hour – recently and the reason offered by the Japanese is that this is the unwritten … Continue reading

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