Missing Themes

I write this as a personal reminder of some of the themes I wish to cover in the following weeks and threw in some humourous headlines I wish to save for posterity.

Warning : The reader may find some of the content offensive.

Here goes.

Interesting New Career : WHISTLE BLOWER
IRS paid whistleblowers a record 125 mio last year.

Rotten Egg Gas Seen Offering Promise of Extending Life: Health
I used to peddle stink bombs in school !!

China Jan vehicle sales +46%
Ostentatious not Austerity ?

LV hikes Japanese prices by average of 12% due to the Japan currency war.
Hey that is 12% inflation!!!!! Target over achieved !

Fake fish on shelves and restaurant tables across USA, new study says.
Horse and beef. Now fish ?

Top Plastic Surgery Procedures Worldwide

1. Lipoplasty
2. Breast Augmentation
3. Blepharoplasty
4. Abdominoplasty
5. Rhinoplasty
6. Breast lift
7. Breast reduction
8. Facelift
9. Gynecomastia (male breast reduction)
10 Otoplasty

out of 10, 4 to do with the Breast !##??

Forgive me for seeking refuge in trival ironies because the entire week has been fraught with un-realism and a certain foreboding that is lost in the mélange of mainstreet headlines, mostly screaming about the sequester, the gold death cross and the Italian elections.


I would like to take this opportunity to share some main themes I managed to sieve out that, I feel, we are missing out on.

Local Tastes

1. UK properties all the rage in Singapore. Latest launch Baltimore Tower this weekend. Canary Wharf locale, 2017 completion. Only SGD 1,500 psf and mostly shoe box sized for maximum affordability.

It is not just the UK. Singapore search engines all going full blast this week after the Singapore-KL train announcement, for Iskandar and KL properties.

Sudden Rush for Austerity

2. Retail sales have plummeted globally overnight in a sudden tipping point scenario since the Chinese change in power. Because of the tipping point nature of the retail change of heart which I wholeheartedly empathise with, from a personal perspective, research reports have yet to catch on.

Regulations and Taxes

3. Europe announced a set of new financial market taxes which, in my opinion, will have far reaching implications. Transaction taxes will be imposed nearly all financial asset classes.

Given that analysts have not even grasped the implications of the Dodd-Frank act which will hit the market from April, I would hardly expect awareness till the second half of this year. No shores will be safe and sunny Singapore will be forced to act as well.

Populist Anger

4. Gini and more gini. Public anger manifesting in little things. Bombs going off in Hyderabad; the 5 Star Party in Italy; Spanish protests and even poor David Beckham getting investigated for donating his salary to charity.

This is one of the reasons why.

Like battery hens: A family of four tries to get on with everyday life despite living in a room where there is barely space to move in the urban slums of Hong Kong


New marketing idea for Singapore’s housing affordability issue. Build twice the height but classify as 1 storey to get around the plot ratio and sell the apartment as PCV (per cubic volume) to maximise developer profits.

More to come…