Monthly Archives: December 2013

Singapore stock market investment gone negative

In just five days since I wrote on the subject, my investments in the Singapore stock market went into negative. The paper loss of my current portfolio now wiped out actual income received from these investments in 2013. Today, the … Continue reading

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Investing in Singapore Stock Market in 2013

We have another three weeks to the end of 2013. The Straits Times Index (STI) was down 1.67% from the start of the year (3,114 points at 6 December). So how is the performance of my portfolio, which was invested … Continue reading

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“Love in the Tsunami” by Ashok Ferrey – A book review

I was in Sri Lanka in November 2013 and this book by Ashok Ferrey was bought during the trip. There are 24 short stories involving Sri Lankans with settings in Sri Lanka or in other countries. Ashok brings places of … Continue reading

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Living up to our own expectations

It is impossible to live up to our own expectations. If it is possible, we can be a neurotic mess. Our lives are conditioned by society, family and schools. You cannot avoid that. We dreamed up our own expectations. “I … Continue reading

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Transforming Stress into Joyous Effort

How does stress come about? We live in a groupthink environment. It is mental thinking of expectations: we must do more, we must be more. It is human created, inflicted on ourselves and is not objective external reality. We say, … Continue reading

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 I did not run the Standard Chartered’s Marathon yesterday but a friend did the half-marathon and many runners too. I rejoice in their accomplishments knowing full well how tough it is to complete the run. Rejoice is a happy word. … Continue reading

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