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Monday, May 29, 2006

Travel - Memories of Kyoto and Osaka

Realised that i did not write about our trip to Kyoto and Osaka last autumn ... the pictures were lovely and thought, it's not too late to share photos with frens!! I really like the Kyoto autumn foliage and the "old city" feel of the place ..... and whilst watching Memoirs of the Geisha, it really brought back memories ...... i like kyoto much!!! ;)

Miscellaneous : When Technology Fails

Today -- is one of those days -- when the computer chooses to not work, when i probably needed it most ......hahahaha ..... i think the Lord Almighty is teaching me something ;) ...... enough of the "square box" - u stare at it everyday and forget about me, your best friend!!!

Anywayz -- so because it juz simply wont connect, i probably miss out on lots of action this morning in the sg stock market, what with the announcement of the casino license .... but heyz, a leisurely morning to run errands and spend more time in prayers -- hehehe.

If you are wondering ..... i am a public computer now ...... can't run away from computers can i??

Friday, May 26, 2006

Friends -- An unexpected sad news

today, i got an sms informing me that an ex-colleague of mine passed away. I feel sad :(
so i was praying for her family and was lead to the bible passage below.
for those of you out there feeling a little down, uncertain about future and thinking of the futility of everything ..... here's something for you that Jesus said :
Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on.
Life is more than food and the body is more than clothing.
Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds?
And which of you by worrying can add on cubit to his stature?
If you are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest?
Consider the lilies, how they grow : they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomororw is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith?
And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink nor have an anxious mind.
For all these things the nations of the world seek after and your Father knows that you need these things.
But seek the kingdom of God and all these things shall be added to you
Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the Kingdom
Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
-- Luke 12 :22-34

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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Miscellaneous : My new blog project

In line with my love for food ..... decided to blog down my "preferred" eating places in Hong Kong :o)

I am still building it ...... but everyone's welcomed to take a look !

Nourishment for the Soul - #1

Today, i am reminded of God's omnipresence. Sometimes i forget, and think that i can hide from Him. Sometimes, i forget, and think that He doesn't cares. But the Lord is gracious always .... reminding me :

"Am I a God near at hand," says the Lord

"And not a God afar off?
Can anyone hide himself in secret places,
So I shall not see him?" says the Lord;

"Do I not fill heaven and earth?" says the Lord
-- Jeremiah 23 : 23 - 24

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Beauty and Health

i need to lose weight ...... ;) all these years of eating as i wish ..... the kilograms are coming back to visit me now ........ aaaaaaaaarrrrrrrgh.

and of course, i have the italy trip to thank for those additional pounds ..... but seriously, i am not obsessed with my weight ok??!!! i juz vain -- i want to be as slim as i was when i was 17 - that's all. hahahaha, an impossibility ...... considering that i will then have to lose 7-8kgs. i will be happy to lose 3-4 kgs.

But but, it's so difficult cos i love to eat ............. what a dilemma ...... and the amount of exercise i am doing is really insufficient to burn off all the fats ........ i need to exercise some self-control when it comes to eating.

But, it's kind of hard. e.g. i juz love fried chicken wings....... no matter how many horror stories i hear abt hormones being injected through the wing tip to the chicken etc etc, i find it very difficult to resist ....... and so i thought of frying my own chicken wings using hormone-free chickens ...... but alas, the taste ........ juz not the same!!

and, i actually like to eat burgers ....... and sometimes i can hv it twice a week ...... tsk tsk, i can see some heads shaking now ...... mine's shaking too.

and and, i like ice cream ...... i juz got rid of the last trace of ice cream from the freezer, as long as i control myself and not buy more, i should be safe, for the time being......

there are a thousand and one likes of mine, when it comes to eating ...... so it's really kinda difficult to "diet" ...... but, i think, i have no choice now ...... i have to stop eating so much!!!!

of course, i must also think of my health rite!! fancy having all those oily and fried stuff in me ... clogged arteries and all may be a consequence ;p

but we all know ....... the reason why i am fretting now is simple ........ i don't want to look like when i was 15!!!! hehehe.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

From Singapore

Looking forward to some friends visiting next week from singapore .... yeah :)

but funnie thing is, i always "complain" about having very few friends over for a visit from singapore ........ but when they come, strangely they come ALL together .....

i actually have 3 separate groups of friends/relatives who will be in hong kong @ the same time next week .... but well, better to have them then not!! :)

Monday, May 22, 2006

Personal Finance - Don't get caught in the red sea

Today's SG market looks like it is having a terrible diarrhea (how does one spell it? i tink i got the spelling for it wrong) ....... good thing i managed to exit abt 75% from the market, left with a quarter which is supposed to be for long term holdings ...... but even that, i am beginning to have doubts. maybe i should hv made a clean exit earlier .... and simply focus on short-term trading opportunities.

wonder how DJ will be tonite? and how the market will be tmr? i am beginning to enjoy this volatility ..... in the meantime, i think this is the best time to develop my own trading system/pattern .... ....... and trade the rebound ..... so, pls, don't be lazy weisze!!!! buck up!!!!

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Personal Finance -- Stupidity or Courage in the face of market volatility?

the last week has been a very volatile (what an understatement) week for equity markets .... since i stopped working, i've been trying to brush up my technical analysis skills etc and dabbling in the singapore stock market to earn some "pocket money" .... my personal goal when i feel comfortable ....... is to go beyong the sg market and with God's wisdom, beyond stocks as well (but i think that will have to wait for a loooooong while)

and of course, with the interruptions (remember i went to italy and singapore in april/may, and singapore and bangkok in february), i've been quite laxed and progress has been slow.

earlier on in the year, when the market is on a general uptrend, sometimes purely going with momentum and even luck, is sufficient for me to make quick and small profits

and just prior to my italian trip, i cleared most of positions and am overweight on cash ..... which was a good thing.

however, the past week, being home and looking @ the market correction etc, i just got itchy hands ..... and decided to take up some positions ...... geeeee ....... is that being "stupid" or courageous i really don't know ...... i just know that after i keyed in the order, i wondered y?? hahahahaha. was i possessed? hahahahahah

i didn't sleep very well for 2 nites u know ... thank God, the stocks i chose decided to turn up on friday ...... not that i have alot of money invested ...juz my nature.... i hate losing (of course i know that one can't possibly have winning positions all the time ....... but aiyah, i am like that lor!) positions and managed to exit +vely.

sometimes i wonder if i am suited to be trading....... whilst i enjoy the process ..... i very "kiasi" and conservative u c. ..... which is absolutely a contradiction to what i perceive as a trader's nature ....

but so far, i think it has been a great learning experience for me .... i think i know abit more of myself everyday i trade..... how i think, how i make decisions. and of course, through it all, i've picked some Technical Analysis knowledge and had to "revise" my Financial Analysis knowledge ...... and being the "baby" i am, i know i am far from being .... but i think it's not about how much one knows, it's applying what 1 knows ;)

i am actually looking forward to tomorrow (Monday), to see how markets will go. The volatility is what makes it quite exciting ........

Monday, May 15, 2006

Went home to singapore.....

was away ..... went back home for a week plus, so kind of broke the momentum of writing ;)

the weather was terribly hot back in singapore ..... gave me a headache. but as usual it was good to catch up with frens and spend time with family.

but a thought came to my mind when i was in singapore ..... somehow...... i don't feel very "belonged" in singapore ..... when i am in singapore, my mentality is that it's for a "short while" -- so i feel like a "tourist" ... not that i see hong kong as my home ...... when i am in hong kong, i wonder when we will leave ...... cos it's not home afterall .....

then i think, so where is it that i look forward to going "home" to???

and a fren of mine, summed it all up, by saying that i am "displaced" ..... hahahaha .... sounds funnie, but may be the truth .....

whatever it is, i shall continue to enjoy the state that i am in ...... cos things may change in future...... and i may not have the opportunity in future ;)

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Italian Update # 11 - Lugano again

after writing about Lugano yesterday -- i kept thinking about it ;) for those of you more interested, it's @ the swiss-italian border. that's the reason why we went up there as we were making our way to Lake Maggiore, north of italy.

I think it will be really nice to stay @ a hotel which overlooks the lake and/or mountains -- very picturesque, tranquil and relaxing.

Of course, staying @ Lake Maggiore is similar ...... but somehow, i prefer Lugano....hehehe.
That's not to discount the beauty of the Italian part of Lake Maggiore ...... it's as lovely as it can be. But you know, sometimes personal preference is difficult to explain ;)

Italian update #10 - Lugano

Lugano -- as i mentioned in one of my earlier posts -- is one of my favorite places during this trip. It's not actually in Italy, it's in switzerland.

When we drove into Lugano -- it reminded me of a song which i used to sing when i was a girl guide :

I know a place
Where no one ever goes
There is peace and quiet
Yet beauty and repose

It's hidden in the valley
Besides the moutain stream
and lying there besides the stream
i found that i could dream

Only of things of beauty to the eye
Snow peaked mountains, towering to the sky

now i know, that God has made this place for me
For you, for each and everyone

For me, for you , for each and everyone.

The snow-capped mountained, the lake, the tranquility of Lugano -- makes me want to stay forever ....... hahahaha ........

Monday, May 01, 2006

Italian update # 9 - Venice By nite

Venice -- the city on water -- is indeed a very charming place. And during the nite, it's quite enchanting ..... and romantic ;)

the 3 pictures above were taken @ San Marco, actually it is a "flooded" San Marco square -- we had to walk on platforms........ how fun.

In the day - San Marco square is a lively place with lots of people, where one can sip coffee at the various cafes located @ the square, enjoying the sun, clear blue skies and world passing by -- @ cut-throat prices!!!

as for me, i like it better @ nite -- as i enjoy the lights and stillness of the night more.