Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Diary of A Singaporean Mind: Confession of an S-chip CEO.: "THE CONFESSION OF AN S-CHIP CEO We are victims as well!!!
Let me tell you the story. By the time you read this article, it would reached have hundreds of investors, bankers, regulators and journalists. My purpose was to shed some light on the “dark sides” of the business of S-Chips (Chinese companies listed on Singapore Stock Exchange), so as to help prevent more financial losses in the future hurting the ordinary people on the street. From this angle, I wish to redeem myself somewhat........."
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Perhaps like most people who had spent time away from home, I have a love and hate relationship about the places I had lived or spent a lot of time in – London and China. We bitch about these places, complain non-stop about them and sometimes even dread the thought of returning to these places. I am sure foreigners resident in Singapore complain about us as well. The reality is, people often complain a lot also because they like a place, and they just need to get the negatives out of the system by talking about them.
Having kind of settled into the routine in good old Singapore, I am beginning to be nostalgic of London and China again. I wouldn't talk about London here – you are probably familiar with it. For China, I won't talk about what I dislike about this country, for many of you, frequent-China-runners, have heard too much or complain non-stop about it yourself after your latest business trip there. Now that I am no longer there on a regular basis, the negatives are becoming blurrish, while the positives have in some ways become rosier. Here are some of them (not in any order):
- The bookshops of China – especially Beijing's Wanfujing and Xidan Shuju (I had been to these places countless times for retail therapy).
- The greasy, high collasteral Northern Chinese fare (that I could persuade few of my waistline- or white-meat-conscious Singapore friends to indulge with me) such as 涮羊肉 (lamb hotpot) ，蚂蚁上树 (vermicelli with spicy minced pork)，鱼香肉丝 (shredded pork with fish sauce)，孜然羊肉 (fried lamb with cumin)
- The charming teahouses of Houhai, Beijing, where I used to clear my mind after those long sessions with auditors.
- That cozy expat bar in a siheyuan lost among the hutong somewhere north of Forbidden City; a cool Tibetan club and pub so out of this world near the Embassy district; that Russian/former Soviet restaurant cum night club in Beijing's Russian Quarter; the bizarre Ugyur restaurant in Beijing where foreigners are teased and have fun; that wonderful disco near the Stadium (except for the annoying hookers hanging around).
- The tasty "coffin roll" in a nice restaurant near Meishuguan Dajie, plus a tiny family-run Sichuan outlet nearby.
- The spicy catfish soup of Anyang, Henan
- The bustling Raffles City of Shanghai
- The many DVD shops that spurts from nowhere and closes with every crackdown.
- The antique shops of Liulichang, Beijing and perhaps Zhabei of Shanghai
- The peasant painters of Shenzhen
There are many others but these are what I can think of right now.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
- This is a private letter sent to my Christian friends...
- "In Germany, they came first for the Communists, And I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist;
- And then they came for the trade unionists, And I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist;
- And then they came for the Jews, And I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew;
- And then . . . they came for me . . . And by that time there was no one left to speak up."
Martin Niemoller, German pastor, 1945, on how ordinary citizens had allowed the Nazis to gain power
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Hye Kia Nam Li Tang Yeo Wui
The Hye Kia Nam Li Tang Yeo Wui, (泰家南旅同乡会), literally meaning the Tai Jia Southern Travel Same-Village Association, is a clan association whose members originally came from the Tai-jia Village, Wen-chang County, Hainan Province (海南省文昌县泰家村) of China. Commonly known by its members as Nam-Li (南旅), the association was officially registered as a society on 23 September 1937, although a 1974 document says that Nam-Li was already functioning in 1934. Its first premise was at 12 Seah Street....(continue at the above link)
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Someday during application for a place in Primary School, I want to be able to write on the form that I live within 1 km of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.