Monthly Archives: September 2018

On Growing Old

I have reached this age that I could not imagine ever reaching when I was still a teenager. Yes, I saw my parents getting old. But not I when I was still in school and I had my whole life … Continue reading

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9-month Performance of World Equity Indices

We have passed three quarters of 2018. Which countries did well and which countries had gone negative with regard to their stock indices? I did a comparison between end of 2017 and end of September 2018. Information was taken from … Continue reading

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“Dead Man’s Folly” by Agatha Christie – A Book Review

This is a Hercule Poirot Mystery first published in 1956. A very rich man, Sir George Stubbs and his wife Lady Hattie Stubbs organised a fete for the village people to view their expensive house on a sprawling ground facing … Continue reading

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“Singing Market The Musical” performed at Silver Arts Festival 2018

Singing Market The Musical (花啦啦歌舞团 音乐剧) performed today at Drama Centre Theatre as part of the Silver Arts Festival 2018. First performed in 2010 and then in 2013, it is a production of Asia Musical Productions, a Malaysian musical theatre … Continue reading

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Being normal and not mediocre

In an early morning commute at the Raffles Place MRT station on a typical workday, the escalators are packed with office workers moving en masse in one direction, to their offices to start work. Elsewhere all round Singapore, people are … Continue reading

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10 years since the collapse of Lehman Brothers

Lehman Brothers Inc filed for bankruptcy on 15 September 2008 that sparked financial markets panic round the globe. Lehman Brothers Inc was a major casualty of the sub-prime mortgage crisis emanating from the US. The global stock markets went into … Continue reading

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“Lord Edgware Dies” by Agatha Christie – A Book Review

This is a Hercule Poirot Mystery first published in 1933. The killer devised an elaborate plan to throw Hercule Poirot off the scent of tracing the killer of Lord Edgware. Suspicion was first levelled at his estranged wife because this … Continue reading

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Watch out when COE price declines

Certificate of Entitlement (COE) to own a car in Singapore is a good barometer of consumer sentiment with the economy of Singapore. If the people living in Singapore had no confident with the economy, COE premium declined. The following table … Continue reading

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Property prices got hit every time in an economic downturn

This is a fact. The Private Residential Property Price Index dipped when there was an economic downturn. The really bad recessions for Singapore were in 1985, 1997 and 2008. The property index declined a year later after recession hit in … Continue reading

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“The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul” by Deborah Rodriguez – A Book Review

Afghanistan and its capital Kabul are so far away. I read about the wars waged in Afghanistan and occasionally suicide bombers blowing themselves up in crowded places killing many people. That is about how much I know of this country. … Continue reading

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