Monday, February 27, 2017

Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale

Synopsis: In 2026, two years since the SAO incident, a new game called "Ordinal Scale," an Augmented-Reality MMO, is becoming popular among the players. But strange things are happening in the game and Kirito and the gang are facing a new danger. [Source: Golden Village]

Just when I thought the SAO series had ended well, from SAO to ALO to GGO, the producers has outdone themselves again with this one-shot movie Ordinal Scale, linking the events after the GGO. With fresh ideas, characters and plot, past history of the SAO came back to haunt the group again, this time, in an AR environment. A movie not to be miss for fans of SAO.

Rate: 9/10

Monday, February 13, 2017

Thailand Day 5 - Artbox Bangkok

03 Feb - With no plans for the day, we went back to Platinum Mall to have our breakfast and continued shopping for clothes. When we are done, we visited Artbox Bangkok, which will be coming to Singapore in April 2017 @ Marina Bay. Link below for more details:

Artbox is a pop-up flea market where most of the stalls are housed in giant metal shipping containers selling signature Thai food and small items ranging from clothing to earrings to artwork. They are similar to Chatuchak, except that there is a live stage where artists performs while audiences sat on hay stacks or cushions chilling out the night over some food and drinks. Pretty interesting concept.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Thailand Day 4 - Baiyoke Sky Tower, Terminal 21

02 Feb - Since we didn't purchased the breakfast together with the accommodation, we started the day late instead and headed straight for the Baiyoke Sky Restaurant Buffet Lunch which will commence at 11am. From the review, tourist have suggested to go for the first slot as the restaurant will be full as the time approaches lunch and the staffs are not replenishing the food after 1230pm to prepare for the next slot of buffet eaters at 1pm. I am glad that I really chose the 11am slot as by 1130am, the whole restaurant is full with tourists from tour groups which just kept coming one after another. Variety of the food served is good and in my opinion, the Thai section is still the best.

Before we head for lunch, we have some time to explore the Baiyoke Sky Tower and take photos of the Bangkok City view.

Bangkok City view (hazy)

After we are done, we headed to Terminal 21 next to explore the internal decorations of the mall. Interestingly, each level has their own theme and we had some fun taking photos of them.

Golden Gate Bridge


London bus

And last but not the least, Taokaenoi Land. 

Our night was spent meeting up with Ong and Eve over dinner, catching up with one another since we last saw them about 1.5 years ago. =) Thanks Ong and Eve for the dinner treat.

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Thailand Day 3 - Bangkok

01 Feb - Spent the morning hanging around while YB visited the Sanctuary Of Truth before we catch our transport back to Bangkok. By the time we checked in and ready to hit the street, it was already 4pm. We immediately set out for the Platinum Mall to shop for cheap clothes. As usual, the roads of Bangkok is full of vehicles.

Bridge going to Platinum Mall

For dinner, we visited the Greyhound Cafe near Siam Paragon and discovered that they served fantastic shrimp soup and meals whose spiciness are on a whole new level.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Thailand Day 2 - Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark & Tiffany's Show

31 Jan - Woke up to a bright sunny morning with a clear view of the Pattaya city from the balcony of our hotel room on the top floor. Today is definitely a good day for water activities, which we have planned to go to Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark, which is an iconic attraction for tourist. 

Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark

Having spent half a day at the park sliding down their slides, we had our dinner there to expense off the remaining credits we had purchase before heading over to the Tiffany's Show Pattaya, a Transvestite Cabaret Show now in its 40th year running. The whole show lasted about an hour with non-stop singing and audiences are treated with a flood of costume extravaganza.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Thailand Day 1 - Pattaya

30 Jan - A short break away from work making use of the long weekend due to Chinese New Year and company shut down. The SIA ticket sale promotion was a great help in pushing for us to make the short relaxing trip to Thailand.

Since there was nothing much for us to do during the Chinese New Year break, we met early to have lunch in T2 and have some time to take photos of the Snorlax camping under the tree. 

By the time we reached Bangkok, it was already evening and we were quickly whisked away for our arranged pickup to our Pattaya hotel, which was a 90 mins drive away. Wasting no time, we quickly have our dinner and visited the famous walking street, which was full of bars, restaurants and touts promoting "Sinful" shows. Definitely not a good choice to bring your kids there.

Monday, January 23, 2017

New Investment Strategy 2017 - Growing Passive Income

I have come a long way since I first started investing in SG equity in 2008. With capital injection, my portfolio has grown to an amount where I think it is time to change strategy to focus on generating passive income. In the past, I am more of a risk taker, investing in companies where I think is under valued and have potential to grow. As of now, I can't really afford the time like I did in the past to study through the company financial report and decide how much capital to put into the company. Hence, starting in 2017, I have decided to adopt a medium risk approach to focus on growing passive income by re-balancing my portfolio as below:

  1. 50% Equity, 50% Reits/Trusts
  2. Portfolio Yield to be 1.50% in 2017, 2.50% in 2018, 3.75% in 2019.

The ultimate aim is to grow the passive income to a size where the dividend received can partly be re-invested into the portfolio and hence grow more dividend, making the portfolio self sustainable and return back the cash initially injected into the equities.

I have my shares of ups and down. From Noble Group boom in 2009 to JB Food spike because of Sam Goi investment, to Straits Asia Resources privatization, to making a wrong call on Linc Energy which is currently suspended and undergoing liquidation, to NBG being delisted from NYSE due to Greek political issues. Along the way, some hard lessons are also learnt which I think makes me a wiser investor going forward.

At the end of 2016, my portfolio is as below:

Equity consists of 91.76%, while Reits/Trusts consists of 8.24%.
Yield is at a miserable 0.76%.

2016 is not really a good year for me as I took the pain to dispose some of the junk stocks in my portfolio (bought in the earlier years) to raise cash for the rights that are proposed for some of the Reits/Trusts. That leave Linc Energy as the final junk that I will need to deal with later. For STI wise, 2016 ending was flat compared with 2015 ending, seeing not much action while US Dow Jones was reaching record high. Lets hope that SG STI can perform better in 2017. May the Lord also continue guiding me in making wise investment.

I shall update more when I have the time after I had done the re-balancing transactions. Chaos