组屋之超乎想象

许伟豪每天起早摸黑骑脚踏车两三个小时,之后跑10多公里到新加坡泰勒版画学院上班,傍晚再跑步回家,风雨不改。每周5天,他也会从住家附近的东海岸休闲娱乐区Marine Cove海泳3.8公里至勿洛码头,再跑步回家。他形容这类超级路跑或铁人3项为“与自己对话的心灵之旅”。

从大门经过一眼望去,许多人都不太相信这是一间组屋单位。(联合早报)

政府组屋是我们非常熟悉的生活空间,更是我国的标志性建筑。全岛一座座成排成列,外观看起来非常规范的组屋,其实不尽是那么单调乏味。

旅居本地的日本艺术家小川荣太郎、岩崎玉江及建筑设计师宫内智久,今年5月把我国政府组屋带到威尼斯国际建筑双年展上。他们3年来利用周末时间穿街走巷,走访100多个组屋单位,用相机捕捉独具新加坡特色的组屋生活。

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Two great reasons why it’s now time to invest in Singapore stock market

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If you based your investment decisions solely on recent news headlines and stock market performance, Singapore does not look like a great place to invest.

The economy is not growing – economic growth was zero percent for the first three months of the year. Deflation is a concern, with prices falling for a record 17 months in a row. Real estate prices are falling. Global trade is slowing. China, Singapore’s largest import and export market, is a big source of uncertainty.

Singapore’s stock market has not been a world-beater for a long time either. Including dividends earned, the STI is down 4 percent so far in 2016. It’s fallen 20 percent over the past year, and it’s down 11 percent over the past five years. Over the past 25 years, the STI has only returned 2.4 percent per year on average, including dividends.

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Crisis and retrenchment – How sentiment change in one year and how I am staying resilient to weather any storms ahead

The oil & gas (O&G), marine & offshore industry that I worked in is experiencing one of the worst headwinds in decades. Perhaps it is not just this sector per se that is affected adversely, many private sectors are also experiencing anaemic growth or falling earnings.

Colleagues being layoff, even MD has left. Everyone can be made redundant!

For me, “layoffs” not just headlined the news. It struck people I know in the industry as well as colleagues who were sharing the same office.

The latest addition to the expulsion list is our Singaporean MD.

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Lessons learnt from the recent interra resources rights issue

Interra resources is currently having a 1 for 2 rights issue. When I was trying to apply for the rights yesterday, I got a nasty shock when I didn’t see the rights for interra on the DBS atm machine. When I checked back on right offer information statement, I realized that only OCBC and UOB are the participating banks. I do not own any account with these 2 banks.

I could not use my friend’s ATM card for my application as the account had to be the same as the applicant’s or it will be deemed invalid. The good thing was that I still have some time to react as the application must be done by 21st September

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