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Thoughts for 2009

Year 2009 is over very soon in less than an hour before we usher in the year 2010. Having spent some quality time taking stock on the goals set for in the beginning of year 2009, it looks like many goals remain unmet.

An analysis on the unmet goals seem to indicate dependencies among them -- an unmet goal can result in another goal not met.

With 2010 drawing near, it's time to list out new resolutions. I guess the basic rule in doing anything is to do whatever you think is not against your conscience.

Places I visited in Thailand from 25 - 31 Dec 2009

Decided to jot down my Thailand (25 to 31 Dec) itinerary so I will never forget it again. All in all, the experience was fantastic with the far beyond my expectations of Thais' warm and friendliness towards tourists. This is the first time I ever had the chance to interact with the local strangers that much.

THUMBS UP!

My memory dump

25 Dec 2009
Check in to Somerset Lake Point service residence.
Dinner at Took Lae Dee.Sukhumvit night market.26 Dec 2009
Standing Buddha at Wat Indrawiharn.Lucky Buddha (reached there but did not manage to visit it because of an on-going ceremony). There is no Lucky Buddha in Bangkok.Erawan Lapidary (a scam but we were not conned and so please do not visit it).
Chin Jewelry Co. Ltd.
Chatuchak Weekend Market.27 Dec 2009
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market.Maeklong Railway Market.Fuji Restaurant at Siam Center.28 Dec 2009
Sunflower fields at Lopburi.Pa Sak Jolasid Dam at Lopburi.Phra Prang Sam Yot at Lopburi.Fifth Avenue for dinner at Mah Boon Krong (MBK) Center.Mah B…

Tempted to subscribe mobile broadband?

Can I live life without Internet access? My answer would be a YES or NO. My answer is YES if I do not wish to stay abreast to what's happening around the world. My answer is NO especially when the new semester is coming soon and I need Internet access to ballot for modules.

Having moved to a new residential location, I am yet to get myself a Internet broadband plan. The only reason why I am online and hooked onto the Internet typing this blog entry is because of a USB dongle from a friend. One obvious advantage of mobile broandband service is of course mobile - one can hook onto the Internet anywhere.

Trying my best to resist temptations to subscribe mobile broadband. NO NO NO!

Christmas and New Year Period - Foreign Market Schedule

Please kindly take note of the following Foreign Markets holidays schedule during the Christmas and New Year period:

Pleased with my exam results

I am quite pleased with my exam results for the semester that has just passed. Guess my strategy of not "scaring" myself in doing past years' exam papers still works since Poly days.

Principles of Accounts - Which is right?

Secondary school's Principles of Accounts textbook uses Creditors (XXX) instead of Accounts Payable, and Debtors (YYY) instead of Accounts Receivable in their balance sheets. So which is right?

I am 100 per cent sure A/P and A/R are correct since they are used in real corporate financial statements. However, creditors and debtors are not wrong too since they are used in GCE 'O' Levels textbook and guidebooks.

Puzzling.

我是世界最傻

新加坡人口400万,亚洲人口4亿,全世界人口6亿。

但是,我一人可能就很有可能是世界最傻的了。我真是个不折不扣的大木头。真是受不了自己。

Unit trust fees slashed to 1%

A PRICE war seems to have broken out in the unit trust industry in Singapore, with at least three fund distributors now slashing their sales charges to just 1 per cent.

Unit trust fees slashed [via]

Chinese banks hide 'pool of credit risk': Fitch

Chinese banks hide 'pool of credit risk': Fitch
Business Times
19 Dec 2009

Chinese banks are creating a 'growing pool of hidden credit risk' through financial moves that shift loans off balance sheets to comply with government capital requirements, Fitch Ratings warned yesterday.

The ratings agency said in a report that the practice could lead to conditions similar to those which triggered the US sub-prime crisis, in which banks suffered huge losses on mortgage-backed securities when housing prices fell.

Fitch said banks were selling loans to financial institutions or repackaging them into wealth-management products in largely unreported transactions.

'These transactions, which free up space to extend new loans and lessen the pressure on capital and liquidity, can lead to a noticeable reduction in a bank's outstanding loans,' analysts Charlene Chu and Wen Chunling said.

'Fitch suspects this activity was one factor behind the marked slowdown in aggregate loan g…

Rise and Fall in Dubai

If you are interested to read how inflationary property market can lead to a fall in an economy, read the article below. If you are interested to understand the importance of supply matching real demand, read the article below.

Rise and Fall in Dubai: An Austrian Perspective [via]

Warren Buffett remark on Gold

“Gold gets dug out of the ground in Africa, or some place. Then we melt it down, dig another hole, bury it again and pay people to stand around guarding it. It has no utility. Anyone watching from Mars would be scratching their head.”

Interesting :)

Are banks getting even bigger?

If we have learned anything over the last couple of years, it is that banks that are too big to fail pose too much of a risk to the economy. Any serious effort to reform the financial system must ensure that no such banks exist.

Even Bigger Than Too Big to Fail [via]

New rules on telco contract duration to benefit consumers

Come March 2010, telcos in Singapore will not be allowed to lock-in consumers for more than 24 months. Also from next March, consumers who sign on a contract longer than three months and who terminate their contract before the end of their contract period will no longer have to pay a fixed early termination charge. Instead, they will see these charges decrease over time on a month-by-month basis as they serve out their contract.

These are new guidelines set out by IDA Singapore.

Consumers to Benefit from New Guidelines on Telecommunication Services [via]

Accounting of Love

ACCOUNTING OF LOVE

I will CREDIT you my love,
If you will DEBIT me your love.
I'll record our romance in a JOURNAL,
And POST it to the LEDGER of my heart.

I'll keep an ACCOUNT of our love,
Based on DOUBLE-ENTRY.
This way you'll know the BALANCE c/d,
And the AMOUNT of love I have for you.

Our courtship,
Is carried out on WORKSHEET.
ADJUSTING ENTRIES are necessary,
To make our love steady.

TRIAL BALANCE shows,
We are meant for each other,
Because the TOTAL of our love,
Is one and the same.

CLOSING ENTRIES are made,
When down the aisle we take.
PROFIT & LOSS statement,
Tells what has happened.

Let's see our BALANCE SHEET,
What are our ASSETS & LIABILITIES?
Oh, my goodness!
It shows a dozen kids!

Stocks mostly gain

At this point in time, all stocks in my portfolio are now above waters except one - Singapore Exchange. The stocks in positive territory are ST Engineering (non employee shares) (18.22%), Koh Brothers (5%), SMRT (6.86%), Mapletree Logistics (13.06%), Parkway Holdings (32.71%), and EPure International (10.32%).

Got a special gift from Experts-Exchange :)

I just collected a gift, all the way from the United States, from Experts-Exchange. Thanks for the early Christmas surprise :)




A guide to privacy on Facebook

A guide to privacy on Facebook [via]

Weekly Address: Learning from History to Reform Wall Street

The President explains that while he continues to focus on jobs, it is also profoundly important to address the problems that created this economic mess in the first place. He commends the House of Representatives for passing reforms to our financial system, including a new Consumer Financial Protection Agency, and blasts Republican Leaders and financial industry lobbyists for their joint "pep rally" to defeat it. Obama voiced his displeasure in seeing big banks not learning from past mistakes and repeat giving massive bonuses to senior executives.

Facebook accounts hacked

I was stupefied to read Facebook users actually witnessed their accounts hacked right in front of their eyes. The hacker impersonated to be the actual user to ask for cash. Cyber crimes leveraging on social engineering weaknesses are the trickiest in my opinion.

Facebook accounts hacked [via]

Offline Gmail graduates from Labs

Google has announced that "Offline Gmail", an experimental feature that lets users access their web-based Gmail accounts while not connected to the internet, has finally graduated from being a Google Labs project and is being rolled out to all users.

This is not unexpected after Google announced they will not be upgrading their Google Gears and will move to HTML 5.0 instead to solve their offline mobile woes.

Offline Gmail graduates from Labs [via]

Google Quick Scroll is a browser extension that helps you find what you are searching for faster.

Google Quick Scroll is a browser extension that helps you find what you are searching for faster.

After you click on a Google search result, Quick Scroll may appear on the bottom-right corner of the page, showing one or more bits of text from the page that are relevant to your query. Clicking on the text will take you to that part of the page.

Quick Scroll tries to stay out of your way, and appears only when it is likely to be useful.

NOTE: Quick Scroll works only on Google Chrome 4 BETA browser.

One–Year Extension of 4% Floor Rate for all SMA and RA Monies to end of 2010

The Singapore government has announced a one–year extension of 4% floor rate on all Special and Medisave Accounts (SMA) monies and Retirement Account (RA) monies for another year until 31 December 2010.

One–Year Extension of 4% Floor Rate for all SMA and RA Monies to end of 2010
http://mycpf.cpf.gov.sg/CPF/News/News-Release/N_09Dec2009.htm

Minister Mentor Lee paid millions for not doing the work

Minister Mentor Lee Kwan Yew is paid millions but all for not doing the work. He is an exception and is merely just doing the forecasting work.

"We also have a rule, I'm the exception to the rule, I'm 86.

But I'm not doing the work; I'm just forecasting... The work is being done by younger people in their late 40s and 50s. So there's an energy and a drive, and an understanding of the contemporary world. And they are also linked up with the younger generation of voters"

MM Lee says having younger politicians create better results for S'pore [via]

Gmail Labs finally allows setting default text style

Ever since Gmail was launched more than half a decade ago, Gmail Labs finally released capability in setting default text style when composing an email. This new feature can be enabled from the Labs tab, then go to General Settings and set your preferences just once.

This new feature looks almost perfect if not for Gmail Labs forgetting to set text style for signature to be the same as the 'Default Text Style'.

New in Labs: Default text styling [via]

Google Street View launched in Singapore

Google Street View has arrived in Singapore - making it the first in Southeast Asia to have a virtual street guide based on photographs.

The photo above shows a car by Google travelling around on the streets of Singapore, taking snapshots of the little island.

Google Street View launched in Singapore [via]

Dubai financial debacle will make Thaksin more desperate

Dubai financial debacle will make Thaksin more desperate
The Nation
Published on December 1, 2009

MUCH has been said about the Dubai debt moratorium, whose ripple effect on other economies and financial institutions has yet to be determined. Thailand might have to bear some negative effects, as the country imports crude oil from Dubai. For goods and services, transactions will have to be adjusted to cope with the latest development.

But a well-known, notorious Thai citizen stands to be affected immensely, either through investment or personal predicament. Thaksin Shinawatra, according to news reports, has left Dubai for a trip to an unnamed European country. His purpose was also not disclosed.

The trouble in Dubai also means a lot of trouble for Thaksin, whose name and passport have been changed - from Thai to a strange-sounding name in his newly acquired Nicaraguan passport. For some years now, the fugitive has used Dubai as his base for investment and political campaigns to destabilise t…

China stock bubble seen bursting next year

China stock bubble seen bursting next year
Business Times - 30 Nov 2009

(SHANGHAI) China's ballooning stock market bubble, fuelled by excessive liquidity, is likely to burst in the first half of 2010, punctured by economic concerns arising from higher-than-expected inflation, Morgan Stanley Asia executive director Jerry Lou said on Thursday.

China's benchmark Shanghai Composite Index may peak around 4,000 points, as banks continue to lend massively to infrastructure projects initiated this year under the government's US$586 billion stimulus package, Mr Lou told a media briefing in Shanghai.

On Friday, Chinese shares closed down 2.36 per cent. The Shanghai Composite Index, which covers both A and B shares, was down 74.72 points at 3,096.27 on turnover of 172 billion yuan (S$34.9 billion). The key index shed 6.4 per cent for the week.

'An asset price bubble is forming in China, but that process hasn't finished yet,' Mr Lou said. 'There's little room to reduce …

MEOW - Looks interesting

“If you are not greedy, you are not Chinese. If you are not backstabbing, you are not Indian. If you are not lazy, ’sorry’, contented, you are not Malay. If you are not made of all these three, then you are not a Singaporean.”

MEOW!
Presented by Agni Kootthu (Theatre of Fire)
Written & directed by Elangovan
Performed by Dew M Chaiyanara, Faizal Abdullah & Hemang Yadav
Performance in English - Sat 28 & Sun 29 Nov 2009, 8pm The Substation Theatre $20
(Tickets available @ the door from 7 pm)
MDA Advisory: R18 (Coarse Language and Mature Themes)

Dubai World is in debt

Dubai has delivered investors a wake-up call. The Gulf State's shock decision to seek creditors a six-month standstill on debt of conglomerate Dubai World on interest payments tied to about $60 billion in debts has hit the confidence of global investors.

On Oct 16, I posted an entry titled “Dubai Support Fund Insufficient To Meet Debts”, describing Dubai's difficulty in servicing billions dollars of debts. Oil is currently trading many times below its last year's peak of around US$147 per barrel and is hitting Dubai's overly ambitious multi billion dollar projects. Even though global stock market has rebounded significantly since March 2009 and world economy showing signs of recovery, it is impossible to catch up fast enough given Dubai's huge debts.

Islamic bonds, called sukuk, from Dubai World real-estate subsidiary Nakheel dropped from around 110 cents to around 70 cents. The bonds are due to mature on December 14. European markets reacted negatively over the poss…

Final score for one of my module OUT!

On Nov 25, 1 day after my CS5261 paper, the Professor announced all answer scripts were marked. A day later, he tabulated all scores and uploaded them on the intranet.

If everything is true, I should get myself at least a minimum B+ grade since my total falls in the upper 75th percentile. Two areas I did pretty well are my class participation (10/10) and my term project (20/20) on the self-chosen topic on “Analysis of Nokia Ovi Business Model”.

Yes, I am beginning to love Economics!

B+ grade is the lowest grade I am asking for all my modules since an average of B- grade is required for graduation.

I wonder if it is against school policy to reveal final score that early.

Thanksgiving Google doodle

3 Investment Myths

The Motley Fool published an article on the 3 investment myths and advises us never to fall into believing them.

The 3 investment myths are:

Myth No. 1: It's too early to plan for retirement

Myth No. 2: I can't beat Federer -- so I shouldn't play

Myth No. 3: Planning for retirement is hard

Don't Buy Into These 3 Investment Myths [via]

Weekly Address: President Obama Delivers Thanksgiving Greeting

Happy Thanksgiving!

Given the holiday, U.S. President Obama has released this week's weekly address early today. In this video, President Obama calls to our attention the men and women in uniform who are away from home sacrificing time with family to protect our safety and freedom. He also talks about the progress of health care reform, the Recovery Act, and job creation to ensure that next Thanksgiving will be a brighter day.

Thumbs up for ending estate agents dual role

Thumbs up for ending estate agents dual role
The Straits Times
26/11/2009


A PROPOSAL to ban property agents from representing both the seller and buyer in the same transaction has generated strong public interest - with many giving the idea the thumbs up.

This practice, widespread in the HDB resale market, leaves the agent with a clear conflict of interest.

But there is likely to be resistance from some agents who stand to lose commissions if it is implemented.

The proposed ban is one of a series of possible changes in a planned industry overhaul after years of complaints about questionable practices by some agents.

A public consultation exercise on a planned real estate regulatory framework drew more than 200 comments and suggestions, said the Ministry of National Development (MND) yesterday.
The proposal most commented upon was the ban on dual representation.

Many respondents also backed a plan to ensure agents have a minimum entry qualification - probably an entrance exam. They felt it was …

Happy Thanksgving Day

Thanksgving is a time to give thanks for the harvest and express gratitude in general. While perhaps religious in origin, Thanksgiving is now primarily identified as a secular holiday.

Happy Thanksgving Day! Of course, happy shopping especially to the Americans and hope offers can be made in tomorrow's Black Friday shopping sale.

Give thanks.

S&P 500 P/E Ratio as of 24 Nov 2009

According to multpl, the S&P 500 P/E rato as of 24 Nov 2009 is approximately at 20.

Day by day, the equity market is getting more and more expensive.

Completely shocked by how efficient my Professor is

Prof Hwang Ke-Wei left me in awe, shock and disbelief after receiving an announcement from him regarding yesterday's exam.
All answer scripts were markedSample answers uploadedMarks to be uploaded by tomorrowDisputes, if any, are welcomeI pity his TAs having to "fight" till the end with him. Keep it UP but I do hope this is a once in a lifetime kind of thing.

Attach Files in Offline Gmail

So far, I believe capability to attach files in Offline Gmail is the only feature lacking. However, Google recently announced this long-awaited feature is added!

Google ROCKS!

Attach Files in Offline Gmail [via]

Buying and selling behaviour of retail investors

Bull market peaks are characterised by naïve retail investors piling in to the markets, desperate to join in the profits headlined daily by the popular press. Similarly at market bottoms, the retail investor usually pulls funds out of the markets just before they turn. This unfortunate human trait has led to retail investors' funds being labelled 'dumb money'.

The 'Dumb Money' Points To A Market Fall [via]

Embed MP3 onto your website

You may have a MP3 file uploaded somewhere in the Internet and would like to share it with visitors of your website or blog.

<embed src= "http://www.odeo.com/flash/audio_player_standard_gray.swf" quality="high" width="300" height="52" allowScriptAccess="always" wmode="transparent" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" flashvars= "valid_sample_rate=true&external_url=[MP3 URL]" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer"></embed>
You just have to replace [MP3 URL] with the actual address.

NOTE: Another method to embed mp3, which I find it more reliable, can be found here. It makes use of Google Reader's player. http://hongjun.blogspot.com/2011/01/how-to-embed-mp3-onto-your-website-blog.html.

Google Chrome OS

Last week, Google launched its long-awaited Chrome OS. What is Chrome OS? It is an operating system that boots up in seconds keeping in mind that the web browser is the most important program on your computer. In short, the web browser is in fact your operating system!

What is Google Chrome OS?

Using Google Chrome OS, one can access commonly used applications like Google Chrome web browser, Gmail, Google Docs, and so on.

Google Chrome OS UI Concept Video


Chromium OS Fast Boot (Fast forward to 3:00 not to bore you too much)


With Google Chrome OS, NOTHING is stored on your hard disk, but rather, they are stored on the Internet. What does this means? Google needs to put in double effort to make sure security and privacy issues are well taken care of. Personally, I am not comfortable with this arrangement.

Chromium OS Security

LTA partners Google to provide traffic & transit information

LTA partners Google to provide traffic & transit information
By Cheryl Lim, Channel NewsAsia | Posted: 19 November 2009 1633 hrs

A new collaboration between Google and Singapore's Land Transport Authority (LTA) will give commuters land transport options at their fingertips.

The result is a service that will allow commuters to plan their journeys based on current traffic status.

The partnership also marks the first time a country is working with Google to provide transport options as part of its global online map platform - Google Maps.

The LTA currently provides traffic and transit information to various other vendors for similar applications, and it hopes this service will encourage more people to take public transport.

"Our aim is to make sure that commuters have all the choices and they can choose between the different modes of transport - on the bus, on the train - and to travel in different ways to reach their destination as smoothly as possible," said Yam Ah Mee, ch…

Michael Jackson glove sells for $350,000

Michael Jackson glove sells for $350,000 [via]

Are we going to see Year-End Stock Rally?

As we get closer to Black Friday, we should see a rush of shoppers patronizing retails stores for great deals. Will this rush ignite another rally in stocks?

"Nineteen years of history favors a November/December year-end rally," Citigroup said in a note adding that best performing years were usually those associated with periods when the economy was coming out of recession.

Google "Wonder Wheel" search feature

Google "Wonder Wheel" search feature is rather interesting. A search on “da vinci” gives me a visualised search result.

Why give top students priority in networking event?

GOOD university grades can put you ahead of the campus queue to meet choice employers. You need a projected second-class (upper division) honours degree or better. That seemed to be the message at a Nanyang Technological University (NTU) networking event for graduating students and potential bosses.

I view this as discrimination against undergraduates with poorer grades.

Why give top students priority in networking event? [via]

Singapore MTI declared recession is over

Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry on Thursday declared that recession is finally over after data showed its economy grew for the second straight quarter in the three months from July to September. Preliminary estimates show that the Singapore economy grew by 0.6 per cent on a year-on-year basis in the third quarter of 2009.

MTI Forecasts Growth of 3.0 to 5.0 per cent in 2010 [via]

Patience proves to be the right strategy

On 18 Sep 09, I bought ST Engineering shares at the price of S$2.69 per share. Today, the share price closed higher at S$3.12 per share. Over 2 months, ST Eng share price ended higher by approximately 16%. What does this show?

Fundamentally, ST Engineering stock is a value stock with over 10 billion dollars order recorded. However, technical analysis does not look very positive. RSI is currently showing signs of overbought. However, I will definitely hold onto this blue chip and am confident its resilience is real.

BTW, other than personal stock holdings under the care of CDP, I do have quite a fair bit of employee shares under SSOS as well.

Disclaimer: Please do your own background research before trading. Fully vested.

Can someone confirm December's flight trials dates?

Flight trials for December are supposed to be on 15th, 16th and 17th but then it looks like the various stakeholders are in discussion again. I really do not understand why these people just cannot make up their mind and keep changing schedules as and when they like.

If these dates are not confirmed by end of this week, I shall tell them my hard dates for clearing my annual leaves.

Insurance Companies Will Profit If Status Quo Continues

For several weeks the insurance industry lobby has been releasing alarmist reports about draconian the health care premium increases that could result from health reform. Despite being roundly and thoroughly debunked, the insurance lobby continues to release these studies and push their bogus conclusion about cost increases.

Wonder why? Because insurance companies can profit from blocking down reform. A newly identified report from Goldman Sachs looked at the impact of health reform on major health insurance companies and put it in stark terms – insurance company earnings could be cut by 50% over the next decade if the Senate Finance Committee version of health reform passes. The best thing for insurance companies? Maintain the status quo of skyrocketing premiums, soaring profits and a health system that threatens our economy. But according to the Goldman Sachs analysis, insurance companies will also profit if the bills in the House and Senate are watered down and stripped of the key …

Craving for the below

Eng Seng Restaurant - Pepper Crabs

Mellben Seafood - Crab Bee Hoon


Sun with Moon - Tofu Cheesecake

Cannot ping - How to refresh network settings?

Ever wondered why PC A can ping PC B but not the other way round? One possible reason could be due to firewall or you just need a network settings refresh.

How to refresh network settings?
From Start Menu, Click Run.Type cmd.Type netsh and hit Enter.Type int and hit Enter.Type ip and hit Enter.Type reset and hit Enter.Type winsock and hit Enter.Type reset and hit Enter.Type firewall and hit Enter.Type reset and hit Enter.Type bye and hit Enter.Type exit and hit Enter.Restart your computer.

Enid Blyton as a barking-mad adulterous bully?

One of Britain's greatest writer, Enid Blyton, creator of Noddy, the Famous Five, the Secret Seven and Malory Towers was in truth a cold-hearted mother and a vindictive adultress who set out to destroy her former husband. Her private life story will be broadcasted on BBC4.

Do read on the article below on Enid's private life and you will be astonished.

Naked tennis, a lesbian affair with the nanny: New TV drama reveals Enid Blyton as a barking-mad adulterous bully [via]

Barcodes - Japan Style

Creative barcodes.




Barcodes - Japan Style [via]

Google Go: An Open-Source Programming Language

Tech giant, Google, has announced its own open-source, object-oriented programming language, called Go.

According to a blog post, Go combines the development speed of working in a dynamic language like Python with the performance and safety of a compiled language like C or C++. Typical builds feel instantaneous; even large binaries compile in just a few seconds. And the compiled code runs close to the speed of C. Go lets you move fast.

Go comes with support for multi-processing, and is a fresh and lightweight take on object-oriented design. It also comes with some cool features like true closures and reflection.

The Go Programming Language
http://golang.org/

Google Go: An Open-Source Programming Language [via]

Google's 'Caffeine' Super Search Is Almost Here

Google says Caffeine, the next version of its search engine, will soon be available to a wider audience, offering technology designed to deliver faster and more accurate results.

Google hints at impending Caffeine launch [via]

Why MapletreeLog fell almost 3% today?

Mapletree Logistics Trust [M44U] requested to halt its trading on Singapore Exchange on Nov 09 1353hr in anticipation of an upcoming significant announcement.

MapletreeLog announced they will launch a private placement to raise between $79 million and $82 million for acquisitions. A total of 115 million new units will be issued. The new units will be priced at between 69 cents and 71 cents each, representing a discount of 3.9 per cent to 6.6 per cent as compared to the last trading price of last Friday's. About $78 million from the private placement will go towards two yield accretive acquisitions in Singapore. The private placement is likely to reduce the stake held by MapletreeLog sponsor, Mapletree Investments, from 46.9 per cent to 44.3 per cent.

Is today's 3 per cent fall, after the trading halt was lifted, a cause for concern? According to MapletreeLog, the yield accretive acquisition will add, on a proforma basis, 0.04 cents or 0.7 per cent to the annualised distribution …

Panda Cloud Antivirus Available for Download

Panda Cloud Antivirus is a lightweight, always updated virus killer because Panda does most of its computing, file-checking, and threat updating on its own servers. Anti-virus definition is updated almost real time on cloud without users having to update it himself.

Panda Cloud is finally out of beta for public download for FREE.

Panda Cloud Antivirus - The first free cloud antivirus [via]

Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal Forward Leaning Trick

The video below shows what will happen if the forward leaning anti gravity trick does not go smoothly. Forward leaning anti gravity dance trick is Michael Jackson's creation and is patented.

Michael Jackson's 45 degree angle lean explained


So how does this anti gravity trick works? According to gizmodo,

Trying to lean beyond one's center of gravity normally leads to a giant, awkward step forward to retain balance, so to achieve the 45-degree angle he wanted, Michael and his dancers used special shoes as well as a trick in the stage floor. When the time came for the move, a peg-like aperture would protrude from the dance floor. The heel of the dancers' shoes featured a triangular cut out that could be hitched onto the peg, anchoring the dancers to lean much farther forward, and thus blowing the world's collective mind.
TRIBUTE TO THE LATE MICHAEL JACKSON.

Method and means for creating anti-gravity illusion (MJ Patent) [via]
The Secret of Michael Jackson's "Smo…

Parkway Holdings

Ever since I bought Parkway Holdings [P27], the trend is only in one direction - UP. Is the upward trend going to be reversed?

If we were to just study the technical aspects, the upward trend may soon be reversed. However, it is to note that the stock is still not overbought may be close to overbought soon.

What about the fundamentals? Parkway Holdings is the leading private healthcare provider in Asia, offering bespoke healthcare. Its ability to sell the Novena medical suites in 1Q10 may lead to many brokerage houses' re-rating of the stock. Do note that Parkway Life Reits declared a higher DPU this quarter.

I believe Parkway Holdings still hold sound fundamentals for mid and long term investors.

Understanding Null, Empty, Blank, #N/A, ZLS, Nothing, Missing

An article published on Experts-Exchange discussed on the differences among the many terms we often faced in programming - Null, Empty, Blank, #N/A, ZLS, Nothing, Missing.

The author, Markus G Fischer, explains the concepts technically well and sometimes funny in places to make the lengthy article not so boring. If you have problems viewing the article due to some membership access restriction, I am most willing to send it to you.

Understanding Null, Empty, Blank, #N/A, ZLS, Nothing, Missing [via]

Huge library of programming cartoons

Piled Higher and Deeper
http://www.phdcomics.com/

Google Dashboard - Manage privacy settings easily

Google Dashboard summarizes data for each product that you use (when signed in to your account) and provides you direct links to control your personal settings. Today, the Dashboard covers more than 20 products and services, including Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Web History, Orkut, YouTube, Picasa, Talk, Reader, Alerts, Latitude and many more.


Transparency, choice and control — now complete with a Dashboard! [via]

Investing in water and wastewater treatment companies in China

One of the reason as to why I invested in EPure International Ltd is because I know China is investing in water and wastewater projects.

On 6 Nov, Epure won a landmark contract to run 8 wastewater treatment plants in Hainan. According to a press release by EPure,
Deal is first of its kind in China to offer “bundled” operating contracts for multiple municipal plants to private bidders Provides strong affirmation of Group’s operating capabilities and technical expertise China’s growing wastewater treatment needs and government plans to raise capacity continue to fuel growth

China’s leading water solutions provider, Epure International Ltd. (Epure, the Group or 伊普国际), has clinched a high-profile deal to manage and operate eight municipal wastewater treatment plants in Hainan province.

In accordance with China’s 11th Five-Year Plan, state-owned Hainan Provincial Water Conservancy & Power Group Co., Ltd. has built 16 new water treatment plants to revamp the province’s wastewater disposal s…

Captivated by this Tofu Cheesecake

張韶涵 -- 白白的

白白的 -- 歌词

空白白的 白得天又混濁變黑
我算是誰 醒了還在原地
喔白白的 靈魂的石灰很容易碎
落入眼裡 想哭卻沒有眼淚

好想把一切都砸個粉碎
只有你才能給我一絲欣慰
你是無形的傷口
你平白的咬一口
再多的愛也不夠
都不夠 不夠 超完美傷口

空白白的 白天又混濁變黑
怕遇到誰 那無用的安慰
喔白白的 赤裸的心灰很容易碎
落入眼裡 想哭卻沒有眼淚

好想把自己也砸個粉碎
都摧毀才能給我一絲欣慰

你是無形的傷口
你平白的咬一口
再多的愛也不夠
都不夠 不夠 超完美傷口
都不夠 卻還有
都不夠 卻還有

空白白的 我的心灰一碰就碎
只有你才能給我一絲欣慰
你是無形的傷口
你平白的咬一口
再多的愛也不夠
都不夠 不夠 超完美傷口

你是無形的傷口
你平白的咬一口
再多的愛也不夠
都不夠 不夠 超完美傷口

Fed up with my project schedule

First, my 2 to 6 Nov training did not happen due to incapability of my HR.

Second, my 9 to 13 Nov training was cancelled due to a scheduled Ground Acceptance Test on that week. Now, I was told the Ground Acceptance Test is to be delayed for a week but my training was already cancelled! Looks like I have little choice but to live with this very indeterministic and disruptive nature of my projects at work.

Sigh...

We will see Chinese domain names like 开心.sg soon in Singapore

Businesses and consumers can look forward to using Chinese characters in their website address to better reach their customers or friends who prefer Chinese web addresses. The Singapore Network Information Centre (SGNIC), the national registry for domain names, will be accepting initial registrations for Chinese Domain Names from 23 November 2009.

SGNIC to Launch Chinese Domain Names in Singapore [via]

Hackers Exploit Google Wave's Popularity

Hackers are exploiting web users that were too late in signing up for Google Wave, says Symantec. Google Wave is currently open for invitations only, which means you will only be eligible as a member upon receiving an invitation from Google itself.

Hackers Exploit Google Wave's Popularity [via]

The Learning Pyramid

The Learning Pyramid says that learners retain approximately:
90% of what they learn when they teach someone else/use immediately.75% of what they learn when they practice what they learned.50% of what they learn when engaged in a group discussion.30% of what they learn when they see a demonstration.20% of what they learn from audio-visual.10% of what they learn when they've learned from reading.5% of what they learn when they've learned from lecture.I agree with the above.