Monthly Archives: February 2018

Graduate Salary increase must catch up with property prices

It did not come as a surprise that the median monthly salary of graduate for 2017 was $3,400 up from $3,300 in 2016. Why am I not surprised? I see a correlation between property prices and salary of graduates. As … Continue reading

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SG Bonus for Budget 2018 NOT using Annual Value of Home as criteria

It came as surprise to me when I read about Budget 2018. SG Bonus will be given out to Singaporeans aged 21 and above in 2018 as follows: Singaporeans aged 21 years and above in 2018 Assessable Income* for YA2017 … Continue reading

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Subtle Love

Love needs not be showy Love touches each other in a subtle way A gentle touch, a quick glance at your eyes express a message of I care We share an umbrella with you at my side Staying a step … Continue reading

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“Sea of Strangers” by Lang Leav – A Book Review

Let me be honest. I picked up this book on prose and poetry by Lang Leav because she is an internationally established writer of poetry and a bestseller fiction titled Sad Girls. I have always wanted to know how poetry … Continue reading

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“A Murder is Announced” by Agatha Christie – A Book Review

This is a Miss Marple Mystery. A murder was announced to happen at 6.30 pm in the home of Letitia Blacklock. It was printed as an invitation by Blacklock in the Gazette of the village she lived in. Who would … Continue reading

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Analysis of STI Component Stocks – 15 February 2018

The Straits Times Index (STI) went through a sharp correction recently. But the index was still up 1.2% since the start of this year. What stocks did well and what stocks dragged down the STI? Stock 29/12/2017 15/02/2018 Change Remarks … Continue reading

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Comparison of DBS, OCBC and UOB – FY 2017

All three local banks had released their full year financial results for 2017. Banks Q4 Profit ($m) Change (%) Year Profit ($m) Change (%) DBS            1,194 31 4,371 3 OCBC            1,033 31 4,146 19 UOB              855 16 … Continue reading

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This Chinese New Year was different

In the past, my generation of brothers and sister took an active role in family reunions on Chinese New Years. My eldest brother and sister-in-law made reservations for reunion dinner at a restaurant. I would drive my mother to the … Continue reading

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Chinese New Year would be different this year

Chinese New Year this year would not be the same without the presence of my mother. Every year, Chinese New Year was a big event in our family. One to two months before the actual date, my mother would fuss … Continue reading

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No.157 Neil Road – NUS Baba House

We spent a delightful and insightful visit to the NUS Baba House situated at No. 157 Neil Road this morning. This residential terrace house was possibly built in the 1890s. It was once a home to the descendants of the … Continue reading

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