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Never Miss a Good Deal!

So apparently in Aug 1949, there was a World Festival of Youth in Budapest where the Soviets used the Hungarians as hosts for this communist organised rally. The International Students Union in Britain invited groups in Britain to participate. Some Malayan and Singaporean students including Goh Keng Swee, Dennis Lee ( LKY’s brother) and Maurice […]

Competition

Competition is part and parcel of a broker’s life. As the class of insurance I do is largely non-renewable, it has been ingrained in me that I am only as good as my last deal. I recently had the opportunity to submit our value proposition and meet up with prospects to explain why they should […]

Singlish

From the book, From Third World to First, this is what LKY of his first visit to China in May 1976: “They had officials in their team who spoke every language and dialect we did. Whether we spoke Hokkien, Malay or English, they had officials who had lived in Southeast Asia, or had served in […]

Meetings and the Weather

Heavy rain is a true test of how I view the importance of a meeting. If it’s important, I’ll get up 10-15 min earlier to accommodate any travel delays due to the train. If it’s not, I sleep 10-15 min more in hope that the rain will lighten. Hahaha!

A Quick End

I’ve been meaning to blog about this for a while now but wasn’t sure how much detail to include. Pinky passed away on Tue, 28 Apr 2015. He seemed to have fully recovered from GI Stasis and only had some remnant snuffles. In fact, his appetite had improved to the extent that he was eating […]

Infamous Amos

I remember some years back, a friend of mine said her daughter used markers and scribbled on the walls of their flat. Her conclusion was, “thank goodness for water soluble markers”. I don’t think the child was punished and I was quite disturbed by what she said. How would the child learn that every action […]

The “Mexicans”

I always thought it was natural for Singapore to approach Israel for help in setting up our army after we were thrust into independence, because of the geographical and political similarities between Israel and us. What I didn’t know was that as far back as 1962, Mordecai Kidron, Israel’s ambassador in Bangkok, wrote to Lee […]

Reading this book by LKY and it’s really interesting how little nuggets of history still present themselves in everyday life. For example, did you know that military vehicles in Singapore start with MID because the ministry used to be known as Military of Interior and Defence (MID)? There were a couple of reasons why the […]

Divergent / Insurgent

Watched Insurgent tonight. The factions remind me of of this management course I took before on conflict resolution.  Dauntless = Competing Abegation = Accommodating Candour = Compromising Erudite = Collabrating Amity = Avoiding Ok, maybe one might swop around Accommodating and Compromising but that’s not the point. The point is that no one faction / […]

Happy 2015!

Sometimes I wonder why do people make such a big deal about counting down to a new year. From 31 Dec to 1 Jan, it’s just a difference of 24 hours – how much difference could it make in life? It is really no difference from the passing of any 1 day into the next. […]




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