Monthly Archives: November 2016

Mindfulness Retreat without the distractions

I spent four days of last week without my smart phone. I surrendered it at a retreat centre in China. I was cut off from daily news either in print or on-line and I had no access to social media … Continue reading

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Living Investment Volume 2 is published

After three years of the last publication of Living Investment, I have a Second Volume published. This volume captures my blog posts from 2013 to 2016. It is very current covering three areas: 1. Financial management investments and retirement planning … Continue reading

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Visit to 乌镇 Wuzhen, 绍兴 Shaoxing, and 杭州 Hangzhou, China

This is my second trip to China after more than 30 years ago. China has a rich history, culture and natural beauty. The following are some selections of places I visited. The weather was very cold, at about 4-6 degrees … Continue reading

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Taking a break of One + week

Taking this time to practise being in the moment. To cut out from distractions of modern technology and media.  Staying in a quiet environment and being centred to oneself.

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“The Nakano Thrift Shop” by Hiromi Kawakami – A Book Review

The novel was translated into English by Allison Markin Powell. The author used the setting of a thrift shop selling second-hand things for her story. The owner is Mr Nakano and he has a sister Masayo. He engaged two employees … Continue reading

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To stay invested?

The financial markets were unstable after Donald Trump won the US Presidential election. More than US$1 trillion was wiped off the value of bonds around the world in the week ended 11 November. (Bloomberg 11 Nov 2016). Emerging Asian currencies … Continue reading

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As the car ages, costs go up

Yesterday, I sent in my car for a regular service. I did it every 6 months at Borneo Motors. I thought the bill would be not much since I had done a major service last time round at $1,181 to … Continue reading

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Knee-jerk reaction to investing

Yesterday, we were watching the result of the US Presidential election on TV. As it became evident that Donald Trump was going to win the race against Hillary Clinton, the stock markets in our part of time zone took a … Continue reading

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US Presidential Election result was unexpected

It was déjà vu. I watched the Brexit voting results on Channel NewsAsia some months back and I did the same with the current US Presidential election results today. Both ended with a completely different outcome as predicted by political … Continue reading

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Let’s talk about Customer Service – UOB

The Counter Service is the contact point between the banking teller and the customer. The banking teller represents the face of the bank and if there is unhappiness in the brief encounter can hurt the bank. As customers, we can … Continue reading

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