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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Haze

I was upset with the haze. The PSI is at hazardous level (at 400). Waking up each morning greeted me with gloom as the sky did not clear. My left eye was red and teary this morning. We searched for … Continue reading

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Being Papa

I dislike the portrayal of fathers “working like cows, horses and no one appreciates them”, so they deserve an OSIM massage chair on Father’s Day, says the TV advertisement. I was also motivated to write this piece after reading The … Continue reading

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The Last Lecture (Lessons in living) by Randy Pausch – Book Review

When the book was first released in 2008, I noticed it in bookstores. Somehow, I had no interest in reading it. It was released in hardcover and was expensive for my budget. I saw this book again recently and now … Continue reading

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