Monthly Archives: April 2016

Scenic mountain road ride across Taroko National Park (太魯閣國家公園)

We were lucky enough to travel by road from Cingjing Farm清境農場to Hualien City花蓮市cutting across Hehuanshan合歡山 with several peaks. These peaks are above 3,000 m. If it were March, this mountain road was closed off because of snow-covered roads. From Cingjing, … Continue reading

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Return on Equity affected in 2015 for some listed companies

Return on Equity (ROE) is an important indicator for investors. It tells investors how much the company is earning (profits) for the shareholders. It is net profits attributable to shareholders divided by shareholders’ funds calculated as a percentage term. The … Continue reading

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NTUC Income – Returns on Life Insurance Participating Fund 2015

NTUC Income released its performance of its Life Participating Fund for 2015 just a few days ago. The performance impacts the bonus declared for policy holders. Investment Returns (in %) 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 NTUC Income 1.79 5.45 … Continue reading

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Stay at Hualien City, Taiwan (花蓮市)

We arrived at Hualien City 7 pm having been through a long ride from Cingjing (清境) crossing the central mountain ranges. We were exhausted having arrived late with the road journey of five and a half hours. We were pre-booked … Continue reading

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“Molly and the Cat Café” by Melissa Daley – A Book Review

Set in Stourton-on-the-Hill, Cotswolds, the story is about a cat named Molly. I picked up this fictional book at the airport and was my companion as I travelled to Taiwan. It was a light read and a heart-warming story about … Continue reading

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Stock Indices as at 21 April 2016 – Things appearing up

The last time I wrote on this on 13 February 2016, stock markets appeared gloomy. Things brightened up a little now. See table below for the latest numbers as at 21 April 2016. Stock Indices 31-Dec-15 21-Apr-16 Change Dow Jones … Continue reading

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Visit to Hua Lien County, 花蓮縣, Taiwan

Hua Lien County花蓮縣sits on the Eastern part of Taiwan mid-way between North and South of Taiwan. It has the picturesque Central mountain ranges to the left and the Pacific Ocean to the right. We started the journey by staying a … Continue reading

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Tiring times

My mother has been living in a public rental flat since 1950s. She stays on her own even when all her five children left her to build their own families. We brought in a maid to look after her when … Continue reading

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Growing old and a burden to others

One day when I get old and not able to look after myself, I wish that my family members do not have to suffer looking after me. I wish that I still have the mental faculty to know what I … Continue reading

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