Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Fireworks, Should We See It From The Side Or The Bottom

Synopsis: One Summer day, in a sea-side town. One Junior high school is gathered with an excitement before a firework show. Norimichi(Masaki Suda) and Yusuke(Mamoru Miyano), at a pool side, meets Nazuna(Suzu Hirose), an idol of their class, a girl they both secretly have a crush on. The two boys turn out to have a swimming match with Nazuna. Norimichi, although fails the match, finds a mysterious ball in the water. On the other hand, Yusuke, who won the fight, is asked by Nazuna to go out to watch the firework show together. After school, while boys have an argument whether fireworks are round or flat when viewed from sideways, Norimichi is told by Nazuna that she was going to ask out the one who won the swimming match. However, her true purpose was to “elope” with a boy from her remarrying mother. Nazuna, in front of Norimichi’s eyes, resists her mother who pulls her back home. Norimichi, powerlessly, only stares the situation and cannot do anything. “If only I won the match thay day…” Irritated, Norimichi throws the ball he found in the water and then… He finds himself back in the moment of the swimming match. After the day repeated over and over again, what will Nazuna and Norimichi find in the end? And after all, is the firework round or flat when viewed from sideways? When the fireworks sparkle, the love encounters a miracle...[Source: Golden Village]

Truthfully, I get the anime plot where one person keep going back in time to make things right. What I could not get is that the author ends the movie without much of an ending. It just makes us wonder why do we even sit in the theater for 90mins to watch the anime in the first place. Well, at least the film has got some nice songs and music. Personally, I will only recommend you watching this if you are good with film leaving you hanging on a cliff.. with no sight of season 2....

Rate: 5/10

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

12th Year Blog Anniversary

Yes, this blog has officially open shop for 12 years. For the past year, by God's grace, I have changed job to a scope that I wanted to do and with much better work life balance. Things are going well and we are looking forward to 2 holiday trips next year! I do hope I can still keep this blog active for many years to come and I give thanks to Him for everything He has blessed us with.

2018, here I come.

Some Statistic: 
Page Count: 58618 +3002 
Year on Year increase: +1860 +162.87%

Justice League

Synopsis: Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes--Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash--it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions. [Source: Golden Village]

Not a bad movie as a sequel to Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, which I remembered failed terribly the last time I watched it. This time, at least they have a proper plot throughout the movie. The film can be funny at times with its slow motion to see the reaction of the flash as he watched everything moving so slowly past him. Batman seems to be catching on in age and this might be his last appearance. Overall, I find this a good DC movie to catch.

Rate: 6.5/10

Sunday, December 03, 2017

India (Gurgaon, Mumbai) Work Trip (281117 - 011217)

First time going to India on a business trip, with lots of advises from my colleagues and horror stories of the past, such as Japan expatriates needed to hospitalize for 3 weeks due to stomach problems, came back to Singapore and needed MCs for 1 week...etc. To protect yourself, the common advise given is to drink only mineral water, avoid local food and to the extend of using mineral water to brush your teeth! To make the situation anything but better, the air in Gurgaon is pretty bad, as reported in the newspaper of smog engulfing the whole New Delhi city a few weeks ago. Well, at least I will come prepared with a N95 in the luggage.

Good morning Gurgaon, with a layer of smog?

India version of prata, nothing resembling the Singapore version we are used to. Dough is salty with cheese in the filling. There is no curry for the dough and the orange stuffs has a unique taste I am not used to eating

Daily newspaper update on PM2.5 level. 342...reminds me of 2013 Singapore haze

Next trip to Mumbai via Air India. Service and food is not good, plus my table is spoilt. I think next time I will try Vistara, a joint venture between Tata and SIA

A look at the polluted canal next to Mumbai Office, reminds of the pictures seen in the Singapore 60s

Well, at least I survived India, only down with a little runny nose and cough the next day, most probably due to the air....I guess....

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok

Synopsis: In Marvel Studios' "Thor: Ragnarok", Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok- the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization- the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger- the Incredible Hulk! [Source: Golden Village]

Departing from the usual Marvel's intense story line and fighting scenes, the director this time really went all out poking funny comments and jokes at the movie characters. Other than that, the movie was pretty much expected of a typical Marvel's set. The fighting scenes are as usual, as intense as it can get, making sure the good guys will defeat the evil ones at the end of the day. Do remember to stay all the way till the very end for some 30s final scene to wrap up this movie.

Rate: 7/10

Monday, October 16, 2017

USA (Newark, California) Work Trip (101017 - 151017)

First trip to USA for a Global OSH Meeting, joining in as a representative from the Asia Pacific region. It has been truly a blessing by the Lord for this rare opportunity, especially so when I have not even been confirmed as a permanent employee since I took on this role 2 months ago. My flight was via Singapore Airline since this was the designated airline by my company and they have a direct flight to SFO.

SIA was using the new Airbus A350-900, with a revamped entertainment system!

My hotel for the trip, but Marriott in Asia provided a much better service

Most of the restaurant around my accommodation are Asian (And they served better food compared to Singapore)

On the 1st night, we have the chance to visit downtown San Francisco for our dinner. On the way, we stop by one of the tourist attraction.

Lombard Street - 27-degree angle slope with 8 hairpin turns & landscaped flowerbeds.

Pier 39

Crocodile bread from Boudin Museum

SQ plane at SFO for the 15 hours ride back home

Sunday, October 01, 2017

3Q 2017 Investment Strategy Update

For 3Q 2017, USA continues its strong economy and job hiring performance, as evident in DJI climbing 1056 points to 22405, though the market seems to be at their saturation point towards the end in September as stocks are becoming increasingly expensive and traders start being cautious in entering the market before seeing solid results. Trump revealed his plans for personal and company tax cuts, though it seems unlikely in passing the senate without finding revenue to plug the gap for the cuts proposed without adding more debt for the country. Singapore STI was stagnant for the quarter, climbing to 3354 before profit taking took place and retreats back to 3219, losing 7 points overall for Q3 compared to Q2. In the world news, USA and North Korea continues their threats towards each other, increasing the chance of a nuclear war on the Korean peninsular. In my opinion, it seems to be the right time now to take profits and preserve cash in anticipation of a correction should any major event happens. For the oil market, there is a shifting view among market analyst in September that we will likely see a oil supply shortfall in 2018 given the lack of investment due to low oil price in the past 2 years.

For Singapore, Croesus Retail Trust obtained shareholder approval for Blackstone buyout at $1.17 and is set to delist on 24-Oct. For GLP, the management has accepted the scheme of arrangement for the buyout at $3.38, to be completed before April 2018. There is nothing much for me to do for Q3, just have to wait for the cash to come in for the buyout in Oct before re-investing the cash in other REIT counters. My Q3 transactions as below:

Transaction 1: Bought in 2 batch of Krisenergy on future oil price play and its likely partial divestment of an oil field project that will be coming online for production in 2019.

As it looks likely that the price of oil will be rising in the future (at least in 2018) (partially because of Saudi Arabia Aramco IPO, who will not want the oil price to be too low, affecting their ability to price the IPO at a good price), I bought in a small stake in Krisenergy given the low price it is in now, no debt obligation till at least 2021 and likely chance of them farming out partially their near 95% stake in the Cambodia Block A oil field to decrease their investment burden in bringing the field online. Once reach target price, I will be selling out, not intending to hold long term.

Transaction 2: Bought in 1 batch of Manchester United plc in NYSE

Yes, finally, I managed to own some shares of Manchester United! This is not an impulsive buy though. Last year in 2016, the EPL has concluded a record breaking deal for the local and overseas broadcasting rights until the end of the 2018-19 season. This means the clubs will be receiving a lot more money from this deal and is evident from the record transfer fees seen this season. Manchester United has been doing well this season under the new legendary manager José Mourinho and they just started their Champions League battle after an absence of 2 years. Coupled with their large fan base worldwide, the next 3 years just looks rosy. Of course, the profits of the club is tied to the performance on the pitch. If Manchester United is not doing well, time to abandon ship! Target price for more buy in: Under USD $18.00

That is all for the Q3 update. See ya all in Q4. Chaos

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Let Me Eat Your Pancreas

Synopsis: Sakura Yamauchi (Minami Hamabe) and “I” (Takumi KItamura) were former high school classmates. Inspired by Sakura’s words, “I” (Shun Oguri) has now become a teacher at the school they both attended. While talking to his students, he is reminded of the many days he spent with Sakura. Sakura, who was suffering from a disease of the pancreas, kept a diary of her struggle against her illness and how she tried to live with it. After he discovers the diary by chance one day, “I” and Sakura gradually start to spend more time together. Sakura is determined to live out her days brilliantly, but finally, the end draws near. Twelve years after her death, her best friend Kyoko (Karen Otomo/Keiko Kitagawa), who is soon to marry, also begins to remember the time she spent with Sakura, just as “I” does. Then, because of something that happens, the two realize what Sakura really wanted to convey over the distance of those 12 years. [Source: Golden Village]

Frankly, it was the title that caught my attention initially, thinking that this must be a horror flick, but it proved me wrong. This is a sad story about a high school girl who is suffering from a terminal disease struggling to live brilliantly out of her remaining life. While it might brought buckets of tears to some, it unfortunately did not have the same effect on me. What might be the message Sakura is trying to convey through time to her best friends? Watch to find out.

Rate: 7/10