Monthly Archives: June 2013

Share price changes over 6 months – 2013

From start of 2013 to end June, total market value of Singapore stocks rose mere 2.7% over six-month period. The Straits Times Index (STI) lost 0.5%. (The Business Times Weekend, 29-30 June 2013). How are share prices like for some … Continue reading

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Financial prudence and ME factor

I have a soft spot for IT and communication gadgets. I like to try my hand on new operating system. When my laptop with Windows 7 “died” on me, guess what… I got a new laptop with Windows 8. I … Continue reading

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“Tokyo on Foot” by Florent Chavouet – A Book Review

A journal with a difference. No photographs, no detailed long texts. All pages are hand-drawn using colour pencils, including maps of Tokyo, architectural buildings, people, and all things Japanese. Florent is very good at drawing buildings, with good perspective. The … Continue reading

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Obsessing over New-ness

“What is it about Singapore’s obsession with the new? When I was reading the newspapers these 2 days it was a question that i kept asking. In the papers, there were plans lined up to rejuvenate Chijmes, the heritage building … Continue reading

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“Squeamish about Sushi, Food Adventures in Japan” by Betty Reynolds – A Book Review

For foodie and those who enjoy Japanese cuisine or new to Japanese food. Full of colours, deliciously hand-drawn by Betty Reynolds. In it she described briefly the various kinds of food eaten in Japan. The book goes beyond sushi to … Continue reading

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Counting my losses (paper losses)

Since a month ago, the global investment markets took a beating. Equities, bonds, commodities, most currencies (other than US dollar) were hit. So how is my portfolio as of yesterday’s position? The table below shows decline over one-month period. Percentage … Continue reading

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“The Buddha in the Attic” by Julie Otsuka – A book review

This is her second novel which won the Pen Faulkner Award for Fiction in 2012. Julie Otsuka, a Japanese American herself, writes historical fiction of Japanese Americans. In this book, she wrote about them emigrating from their homeland to America … Continue reading

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