Monthly Archives: January 2018

“The Monogram Murders” by Sophie Hannah – A Book Review

The Brand New Hercule Poirot Mystery Hercule Poirot came to life in the 1929 murder mystery written by the author Sophie Hannah. Agatha Christie’s famous Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, was in retirement when three hotel guests of the posh Bloxham … Continue reading

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Morning Walk at Singapore Botanic Gardens

We took a leisure walk from Bukit Timah Gate of the Singapore Botanic Gardens to the Tanglin Gate of the Gardens this Saturday morning. This route covered the whole length of the Singapore Botanic Gardens from end to end, Bukit … Continue reading

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“Sparkling Cyanide” by Agatha Christie – A Book Review

One year ago, Rosemary Marle died suddenly at her birthday party in a posh restaurant. A verdict of suicide was recorded by the coroner. She slumped at the round table shocking six persons at the table. Nine months later, George … Continue reading

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Fake News

When I was younger when there was no Internet, I looked out for fake news in the Straits Times on April First – April Fools’ Day. That was the only one time that respectable newspaper tried to fool readers with … Continue reading

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STI climbed higher

Today, the Straits Times Index (STI) reached 3,592.08 points. Stock Index 30-Dec-16 29-Dec-17 23-Jan-18 STI (Singapore) 2,880.76 3,402.92 3,592.08 The STI had climbed 24.7% since the end of 2016. This was a phenomenal run. As a consequence, my Singapore equity … Continue reading

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Taking profits on unit trusts

At the start of January, I decided to realise the gains made on three unit trusts. LionGlobal Singapore Dividend Equity Fund SGD – A First State Asian Growth (ex Japan) Fund Aberdeen Global Emerging Markets SGD – A LionGlobal Singapore … Continue reading

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“Closed Casket” by Sophie Hannah – A Book Review

The New Hercule Poirot Mystery by Sophie Hannah Sophie Hannah is the new Agatha Christie. The famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot rises again some forty years later. When I first looked at the cover for Closed Casket I thought I … Continue reading

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Visit to Tiong Bahru Air Raid Shelter & Raid Exhibitions (part of Singapore Art Week)

Tiong Bahru Air Raid Shelter was built in 1939 (before Japanese Occupation) as a basement of a public housing in Block 78 Guan Chuan Road (Tiong Bahru area). The entrance to the shelter is from the open-air carpark at the … Continue reading

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Visit to Marina Barrage

Marina Barrage was built to create a freshwater reservoir named the Marina Reservoir. It is one place that is out of the way as regards to public transport to the venue. Having visited the Marina Barrage today, it was worth … Continue reading

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“Mr Popper’s Penguins” by Richard and Florence Atwater – A Book Review

This story was copyrighted in 1938. The 2009 paperback edition has illustrations by Robert Lawson. The illustrations made the words come alive for me. The story on a dozen penguins and Mr Popper was written for children. It was a … Continue reading

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