Monthly Archives: October 2008

Don’t Retire, Rewire!

Jane Brody wrote “Encore careers where you ‘rewire’, not retire” for The New York Times which was featured in The Sunday Times, 19 October 2008. She referred to a book titled “Don’t Retire, Rewire!” written by Jeri Sedlar and Rick … Continue reading

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Has extreme Fear retreated?

Yesterday was a day of extremes. Within a day, you see volatility between two opposing ends. Take a look at the roller coaster ride of Dow Jones Industrial Average (Dow), Hang Seng Index (Hang Seng) and Straits Times Index (STI). … Continue reading

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Meditative

See how my rabbit, Brownie, showed us how to be calm. Her ears were flat against her body. Her two front paws were curled in and out of sight. Her eyes were half-closed.Perfect pose for meditation.

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Stocks Indices Plunged on Friday

Friday, 24 October, was a dark day for most stock markets of the world. On a single day, the Straits Times Index (STI)  plunged by 8.33% to 1600.28, the lowest close since September 2003 when SARS hit this region. Citigroup, … Continue reading

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Keep off tracking your stocks

The Straits Times Index (STI) declined 5.19% in a single day to reach a new 52-week low of 1,821.13. Since the beginning of this year, the index has fallen 47%. This would mean that your portfolio of Singapore equities could … Continue reading

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Phua Cheng Phue – Artist (潘正培)

Born in 1934, Singapore. Medium: Oil, Chinese ink, Mixed media, Finger painting, Water colour  

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National Junior College – Art Elective Graduating Coursework Exhibition 2008

My wife and I had the privilege to visit the exhibition put up by fifteen JC2 art elective students last night. The art pieces are the graduating coursework for their H2 Art subject. The students put in months of work … Continue reading

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Leveraging or Borrowing is bad?

We learn in corporate finance that using debt or borrowing for business is one means of growing the business, as long as the money is put to use that earns income that surpasses the interest cost of this borrowing. No … Continue reading

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Expecting the worse or …

This was related to an audience of few hundreds recently on dealing with uncertainties. The story was taken from a popular TV series – Kung Fu screened in 1970s. Shaolin monk, Kwai Chang Caine, learned from blind Master Po, on … Continue reading

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This too will pass

I heard a story recently. There was an emperor in ancient time. His kingdom enjoyed prosperity for a while. The emperor and his subjects were in merry mood and live in luxury. They had forgotten to work hard and soon … Continue reading

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