A dead cat bounce ?

After a bloodbath since the beginning of 2016, the markets all over the world came to live yesterday with huge gains in the stock prices.  If we look at things in context, the markets went up by about 1 to 2 percent after having fallen about 10 to 15 %. What has changed in a…

Wild New Year

For those investing and trading, this has certainly been a week with so much drama.  The falls that we are seeing in this first week of the year is what you would normally see in a whole year. The equity markets are spooked; it is very convenient for the West to blame China for everything…

Relections on trip to Malaysia

I spent the new year eve in Port Dickson and also another day in Shah Alam. Having heard so much about the so-called “worsening” racial situation in Malaysia, I was keen to see for myself instead of being swayed by social media. Malaysia is SAFE to travel; there is nothing to worry about. It looks…

4 Jan 2016

Good morning all,  it is the first working day of the year for most of you.  As usual, some of us have new year resolutions.  Hope all are well rested. Do  or learn something new early in the year.  The early success will inspire you to greater peaks. Wishing you bravery, good health and success….

15 more days in 2015

What a year this has been. On the first working day of 2015, I decided to leave full time employment. This was one of the most difficult decisions I ever had to make. One of the problems – had no idea what I wanted to do. All I knew was that I was forcing myself…

From blue sky to rainy days

November started with a clear blue sky. The haze has actually disappeared. We can only hope we would have clear and clean skies next year in August/September. One of the best things that happened this month must surely be a gathering we had of old colleagues who worked in MacDonald House in the early 90s…

The sky is blue!

We take so many things for granted. An Indonesian VP needed to remind us that we breathe clean air because his country is a good neighbour! With the likes of him as our friend and neighbour, who needs enemies ? After almost three months, we have had two days of clean air. The blue sky…

Polling day – 11 Sep 2015

Polling closes at 8 pm today. My wife and I will go probably around 6-30 in the evening. We have had our own analysis of the likely results. We are in Nee Soon GRC. But as you guessed, we are more keen to know how the close ‘contests’ has voted. Personally, I have been very…

Polling day – 11 Sep 2015

I will be voting only later today – in another two and half hours time. Since I have some time to kill, why not try setting up another blog. My previous blog has been suspended due to technical issues. I just found out that I had two WordPress accounts; one opened about 3 years back…

11 September

In 5 days, Singapore goes to the polls.  Apart from the fact that this is also the nation’s 50th birthday, it is the first election where Mr Lee Kuan Yew is not present.  We will all know if Singaporeans want to preserve the status quo or if they are prepared to set higher standards for…

Election season – my take

We have had people in different colour shirts pitching their vision for Singapore. In the past, we were promised the Swiss standard of living ( do the Swiss work 18 hours a day ?), now the Chairman of one party has promised, if re-elected, to build a swimming pool in his consituency! Who is paying…