Sunday, January 25, 2015

Hoarding Cereals

Valu$ shop that is convenient for me is quite unreliable at offering this cereal. So when I saw them on offer at Fairprice at $4.95 I hoarded them. There were four and we added two more today. There is no more space for any more.

All must be consumed by September this year. Hardly a problem. Looks like wifey already opened one this morning, the third one from the left.

MBC on Sundays

We like to come here for a quiet and peaceful lunch on some Sundays. Mapletree Business City is absent the crowds and buzz on a week day. All the restaurants are closed except Astons, and this outlet is better than the other outlets we had tried.

The view from outside Astons.

GBB CNY Flower Dome: Dahlias over Chrysanthemums

Last year GBB used mainly Moms but this year they have switched to beautiful Dahlias. Not as big as the fields of giant ones we saw at Floriade in the Netherlands but they definitely are better than last year's.

How can you have CNY without Mums? Yep, they are used mostly to make the goats. I think we will see more mums outside the flower dome as we draw nearer to CNY. We will be back several more times to enjoy the gardens.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

BCG: Public transport fares not tied closely to oil prices

Read this early this morning on CNA which BCG had exclusively shared with them. Interesting given my training and background. Spent some time toying with it as shown in the A, B and C. Told myself this is the usual approach fund managers typically present their results to retail investors too. You can tell any story you desire as long as you choose the right starting point. Don't use actual numbers but create an index. But I tell myself this chart looks fair but my sense tell me I am off. Will look at it again later when I have time.

I left it at

Point A: people were unhappy (were they? as this is history now)

Point B: Happy but have forgotten point A. Also kept quiet.

Point C: Happening now. People are grumbling.

Now in the afternoon I test the results wearing different hats and I am not happy. I imagine our young policy makers interning with these consulting firms when they are not in business but government. I imagine technocratic ministers who has forgotten that they are also at the same time political leaders and style themselves as managers and business leaders. I recall the meaninglessness of the CPI for far too many people and how some go to MPS etc, for assistance.

I remember how foreign publications praise our government as being run like business. The whole country is in business.

Truth is the whole country must be in business and MORE, MUCH MORE!

I am a lazy bogger and I like to insert the important point by a HBS doyen which the BCG types go to learn from: Clayton Christensen.

Singapore is making a tragic mistake to think too much in business terms to the exclusion of anything else. Truth is given our position we ought to think even more businesslike together with the social and political much more than now.

See Christensen, which I had made my children watch sometime back.

My first purchase at GBB

First time I got myself something at GBB after so many years. A microfibre cloth to clean my smartphone display. I also discover it works better than the little piece that comes with wifey's iPhone 6 plus case.

Paid $3.60 after member's discount.

First purchase off Qoo10

This little and very quiet fan is my first purchase off the Qoo10 platform. Overall the buying experience has been very positive to the point that I would be shopping more here than on eBay. Only 3 days from the point I ordered online to receiving the goods. It helps they did not use Sing Post but of course I had to pay $3.50 for delivery.

I haven't checked the numbers but I wouldn't be surprised that eBay the pioneer in this business is in trouble. They didn't grow to become dominant and there are so many worthy competitors out there. Neither did they upgrade themselves over time, a fatal mistake in this business.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Song Fa Bak Kut Teh locations

At Song Fa Bak Kut Teh website only three location are listed.

Last night we had dinner at Song Fa again and I notice on the back of their wet towels, they are at five places.

I would need to come to this blog to find the other two.