Sunday, July 15, 2018

Turi Beach Resort

14 Jul - First of all, a big thanks to SW for organizing this weekend staycation trip for NPCCC at Batam, though only 3 of the members are available to join. Nonetheless, we still have fun with the friends and family who joined us on this trip. For this round, it is a weekend away at Turi Beach Resort. 

From Singapore Tenah Merah Ferry Terminal, we took a 30mins ferry ride to Nongsapura Ferry Terminal, where Turi Beach Resort has a counter set up after immigration to fetch the guest to their site. Below is the scenery that greeted us when we arrived at the reception - A panoramic view of the sea. During check in, we are all given a refreshing welcome drink.

Panoramic view of the sea @ Reception

For our room, we chose the rain forest canopy theme, so do expect the occasional bugs such as mosquitoes, ants and lizards that may come visit during your stay. Below is the initial view of our room. Everything looks good initially, but upon closer inspection, we found that the curtains are partially spoilt, card reader sensor is not that sensitive....etc. Well, for the price we paid, I guess we cannot complain much... =p

Room 425

Resort pool

Resort Sea swing with the jetty (Currently closed) in the background

Sea sport activities opening hours - All activities need extra charge

Achievement for the night - 3 mosquitoes killed, with one full of blood...

Well, that means I was disturbed by these 3 mosquitoes throughout the night. Food wise, their Indonesian selection at the main cafe was not good. Do not choose the Nasi Kuning, I found the beef too tough, Ikan Bilis too salty and basically, I did not enjoy my meal. For the night, we selected the buffet with live cooking station and surprisingly, the food served and available are not bad... well.. I guess it has to do with who is the one cooking. They also had a lucky draw session with live singing going on. In the end, our group won 3 prizes for the night.

For our room, we are extremely grateful that our hot shower is working very well. We did not faced an instance where they ran out of hot water and we are left with cold water splashing on us. =)

Overall, a decent stay but I do not think I will visit this resort again.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Marvel Studios' Ant-Man And The Wasp

Synopsis: In the aftermath of "Captain America: Civil War", Scott Lang grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to re-balance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he's confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside the Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from the past. [Source: Golden Village]

Ant-Man just simply can't rest. No matter where he goes, trouble just simply find him. Like the usual Marvel movie, expect lots of fighting actions all over San Francisco and I simply love the moment when Ant-Man suffer a temporary gender change? Do stay till the end of credits to find out how this sequel of Ant-Man linked up with the Infinity War that just ended. Simply amazed at how Marvel can turn all super heroes movies into a gigantic money making venture.

Rate: 7/10

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Doraemon: Nobita's Treasure Island

Synopsis: In the story, Doraemon, Nobita, Shizuka, Gian, and Suneo set out on an adventure in the Caribbean Sea. Nobita is the captain of a ship and fights his enemies on board. Shizuka gets kidnapped, and a storm impede their journey. Mini-Dora help Nobita and friends on their journey. When the adventurers finally find the mysterious Treasure Island, they discover it is more than just an ordinary island. [Source: Golden Village]

Initially, the graphics of the crew and the ship looks seemingly similar to One Piece that I thought the author got his inspiration from there. But as the story progress, what was originally a treasure hunting event turns out into a rescue operation that test the bravery and friendship of the kids to the core. I guess the author did tried to add in educational theme such as protecting the Earth and the value of family bonds in between the movie. Not a bad show to catch to end your day. *The parrot is really cute and irritating in my opinion... haha

Rate: 6.5/10

Saturday, June 30, 2018

2Q 2018 Investment Strategy Update

Nothing spectacular for this quarter as the headlines was dominated with Trump trade war spats with China and EU. Trump must be hoping that with America as the World No 2 economy, his trading partners will hesitate going head to head with him for fear of his threat of slapping more tariffs and harming their industry in the end. Well, so far, his "America First" tactics does not seem to work well. China has immediately retaliate with reciprocal measures of the same degree, but this time, taking aim at America soy industry and EU has drawn up their counter measures as well. Allies does not seem to have a meaning in Trump, as he proceed not to exempt Canada from the Aluminum and Steel tariffs. Canada, on their part, retaliates back. The previous tax cuts incentives that Trump announces not so long ago seems to have all evaporated as company and consumers faced rising cost. Companies has now begin to weigh their options to remain profitable and satisfy shareholders demands. Trumps "America First" policy now seems more like "America Alone" and backfiring him on all front. Stock market has been jittery this quarter. While America good economic results has risen the stock market in the first half of the quarter, but the concern of an all out trade war has been holding back investors, leading to a retreat in the second half. For this quarter, DJI ended at 24271, a rise of 168 points (+0.69%) compared to 1Q. For Singapore, STI ended 2Q at 3268, a decrease of 159 points (-4.63%) compared to 1Q. For Singapore, the huge drop was likely due to Singtel (8% weight on STI), whose share price has been dropping consistently in this 2Q probably for fear of how much their local business will erode when the 4th Telecom Company enters Singapore in the second half this year.

Looking ahead, I believe the market will still be dominated by trade news and how the event will run out. The first volley will go live on 1st July. The results from this event will likely affect the USA mid-election in November, where democrats will hope to turn the balance and not let republican have control of both houses. 

For this quarter, I am quite on the sideline as I feel the downturn in the market is coming. Only 1 transaction is done as below:

Transaction 1: Bought in a batch of IREIT Global in June.

EU economy has been improving and that has driven up the demand for office space and rental. I believe that will be a positive for IREIT Global, given that they will finish the 4th and final payment back to the bank to lower their debt in this quarter. This is also part of my plan to increase the reit exposure in my portfolio. Recent share price has came down a little and I believe now is a good entry point.

That is all for now. See you all in Q3 2018 update and thank you for staying with me. =)

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Detective Conan: Zero The Enforcer

Synopsis: There is a sudden explosion at Tokyo Summit’s giant Edge of Ocean facility. The shadow of Tōru Amuro, who works for the National Police Agency Security Bureau as Zero, appears at the site. In addition, the “triple-face” character known as Rei Furuya is believed to be a detective, Kogorō Mōri’s apprentice, and also known to be Bourbon as a Black Organization member. Kogorō is arrested as a suspect in the case of the explosion. Conan conducts an investigation to prove Kogorō’s innocence, but Amuro gets in his way. [Source: Golden Village]

This is by far the most plot twisting Detective Conan movie I have ever seen. Running against time, unsure if a friend can be now considered an enemy, a timely help which arrived that seems to be a trap later, Conan has to work through the massive information to make sense of the case that is quickly unfolding putting Tokyo in the path of a falling satellite. The culprit which was revealed in the end is a shocker. Catch the movie if you want to make sense of what I have just said. =)

Rate: 7.5/10

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Laplace's Witch

Synopsis: When a series of inexplicable deaths by hydrogen sulphide poisoning occurs, a university geochemistry professor Shusuke Aoe (Sho Sakurai) is engaged to consult on the cases. During his course of investigation, he meets a strange girl Madoka Uhara (Suzu Hirose) with extraordinary abilities, who is searching for a missing friend. Calling herself "Laplace's Witch", she will bring new clues to the table that will change Aoe's beliefs forever... [Source: Golden Village]

On the surface, by the movie title alone, it may look like a fantasy movie, but truthfully, it is more scientific than what you think. What can happen if you are able to calculate the end result just by knowing the irreversible conditions and motions that are already set in place, to the point that you seem to be able to foretell the future? The answer is the sky is your limits. Journey with the plot as the geochemistry professor tries to solve a murder case by using scientific principles and you may be amazed by the results. Sometimes.... that 0.01% possibility can happen. Not a bad movie to catch.

Rate: 6.5/10

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple

Synopsis: It has been 6 years since an 88-day dispute that brought with it a storm of blood. There have been cases across the world of a mysterious mist appearing and abilityusers using their own powers to take their own lives. So far, the number of victims have surpassed 500. The government has called this the ‘Ability-User Serial Suicide Incident’. The Armed Detective Agency receives a request to capture a mysterious man named Tatsuhiko Shibusawa, who is suspected to be involved. However, Osamu Dazai goes missing. Then there is also the demon Fyodor skulking in the shadows. An unprecedented new enemy attacks ability-users one after another. As the city is about to get swallowed up in a nightmare, Atsushi and Kyoka rush to Shibusawa’s fortress. However, Akutagawa appears and tells them a truth that they couldn’t have even imagined. [Source: Golden Village]

First of all, the GV cinema sound system where we watched the show is simply too loud for us to truly enjoy the anime. Other than that, it is refreshing for once to see the port mafia and detective agency tag team to bring down a common enemy. Ranpo Edogawa continue as the funny guy for the actions he made (Stuffing his snacks into a safe). The reason behind his action will be revealed at the end of the show. 

Rate: 6.5/10