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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