Monthly Archives: January 2017

I remember – Credit facility

I started working on 1 April 1981. Barely a year in January 1982, I got my first Visa credit card issued by BankAmericard (Bank of America NT&SA). Imagine my happiness when I could own a credit card to pay for … Continue reading

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What has changed during this Chinese New Year?

I kept receiving videos of Chinese New Year greetings this year. The same videos get circulated by different people. Since I am on Whatsapp this year, I have different chat groups and I got more such videos this time around … Continue reading

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Happy Chinese New Year

May the Year of the Rooster bring happiness and prosperity to all!

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Traditions, Traditions (singing to the tune of Fiddler on the Roof)

Chinese New Year comes once a year on the lunar calendar. It is a time to look forward to a new beginning. We wish people luck, good health and of course prosperity. So, we give red packets (红包)for good luck … Continue reading

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This Rooster Year has significance

My father was born in the Year of Rooster in 1909. The Chinese zodiac sign for 2017 is the Rooster. I would have gone through five cycles of 12 zodiac animals before Rooster comes around again. This means that I … Continue reading

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Interest income on CPF balances

I received my CPF statement for 2016 some days ago. Interest income on my CPF balances average 3.7% per annum. This 3.7% return is way above the current 10-year Singapore Government Bonds coupon rate of 2.125%. It is also above … Continue reading

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I Remember – Chinese New Year

As a kid, I was most happy when Chinese New Year came around. The better off relative of my parents would visit and brought a life chicken. The chicken would be slaughtered for the dining table ultimately. My father would … Continue reading

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Fear of Protectionist United States of America?

On taking office, President Donald Trump moved to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact. TPP was dead even before it started. So we are back to original position where the existing trade agreements among nations still hold. Until … Continue reading

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President Barack Obama

When I look at President Obama, I remember the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) that started in late 2007 and ended in 2009. When President Obama took office in January 2009, the United States of America was the epi-centre of the … Continue reading

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I Remember – Games played

Back in the 1960s when I was still a kid, we did not have expensive games. Game Boy was not invented yet and don’t talk about smart-phones in that era. The games I played were simple and inexpensive. Marble games … Continue reading

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