"Inspirational" Photos

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Heres a couple of CFA version of "Inspirational" postcards.

Not many people understand indeed.

My favorite (though I don't have a dog)

1 more week!


Yes to dismantle big firms

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Yes to dismantle big firms

WASHINGTON - A HOUSE committee voted on Wednesday to give the government the right to dismantle financial firms that are so big, interconnected and leveraged that they could harm the US economy, even if they are healthy.

Voting along party lines, the House Financial Services Committee modified a sweeping financial regulation bill to give broad new power to a proposed Financial Services Oversight Council that would monitor risk across the financial system.

The provision, proposed by Rep. Paul Kanjorski, a Democrt, was staunchly opposed by Wall Street because it would let the government break apart firms even if they were sound and well-capitalized.

'No firm should be considered to be too big to fail,'' Mr Kanjorski said in a statement. 'Financial firms that want to play in a casino need to have their own resources to cover their bets and not assume that tax dollars are available in reserve if their bets fail.'

The amendment approved on Wednesday says the government could intervene when a firm presents a 'grave threat' to the financial system - a higher bar than what many large financial institutions thought Mr Kanjorski would set.

The legislation also would take into account a number of factors for breaking up a firm. In addition to size, the council would also have to consider the 'scope, scale, exposure, leverage, interconnectedness of financial activities.' 'This is more moderate than other approaches out there, but we still oppose it,' said Scott Talbott, a senior lobbyist for the Financial Services Roundtable, which represents institutions that could be affected by the legislation. -- AP

End of free market era?


Diva my Love

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Please help support my girlfriend's new blog shop @ diva my love. Mention my name and you will get special and invaluable gift.

The gift is "attention". Hey its invaluable ok! Because normally only I can get my girlfriend's attention. :P

P.S. It should not be read as "My new girlfriend's ......"


10 Things to do in Dec

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Why December? Because you are my loyal reader, I do not need to explain the obvious. :)

1) Jog + Swim + Soccer (To train for IPPT in Jan)
2) Watch educational videos (@ khanacademy He is good!)
3) Learn some good excel functions (@ ExcelisFun)
4) Continue my "Warren Buffet: The Snowball Effect"
5) If possible, go national library try out the bloomberg station
6) Learn more nice food recipe (includes learning aglio olio from Wee Hian)
7) Repair my Klipsch Promedia 2.1 (One hell of a speaker)
8) Get a 7200rpm internal notebook hard disk. I used to format my hard disk once a month last time to get optimum performance, partly because I am on windows (this is not necessary if I am on Linux!)
9) Play Football Manager 2010. Finally able to dominate league using Newcastle.in championship that is :(
10) Last but not least and most important of all, spend quality time with my Bella whom I have neglected for months!

Lets see how many I can strike off by the end of Dec.


BT's Apec Special this Sunday

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EXTRAORDINARY occasions call for exceptional responses. While The Business Times usually reaches its readers six days a week, from Monday to Saturday, it will produce a special package for them this Sunday.

In light of the ongoing Apec meet, and given that Saturday promises to be a particularly exciting and news-filled day, BT will put together an 8-page special that will be distributed free with this week's issue of The New Paper on Sunday.

Remember to pick it up.


Fair Play

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Man gives own wanted photo

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haha nice!

LONDON - A BRITISH man on the run from police sent a picture of himself to his local paper because he disliked the mugshot they had printed of him as part of a public appeal to track him down.

South Wales Police had issued media with the photo of Matthew Maynard, wanted by officers investigating a house burglary, as part of a crackdown on crime in Swansea.

When it appeared in the South Wales Evening Post, the 23-year-old sent the newspaper a replacement photo of himself standing in front of a police van.

They obligingly printed it on the front page.

The police thanked him for helping them in their appeal, saying: 'Everyone in Swansea will know what he looks like now.' -- REUTERS



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Photos from our recent outing.

Serangoon Garden's kwap chap (the one that is highly recommended by Bella)

Surprise pasta dinner at Pastamania. Doesn't taste as good but still suffice.

Ended the day with a new release Hong Kong movie "Poker King". Nice show, go watch.


1 more month!

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Final Sprint

New found study place: Braddel Heights Community Centre
Equipped with aircon (duh), many seats (most of them are not occupied) and 6 generous power points.

A "Panic" button in their toilet cubicle for those in wheelchair. Hopefully I won't get to test this button.


Worlds largest meatball

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Bella is a big fan of meatball and I wonder if this meatball appeals to her. HAHAHA

Chef Matthew Mitnitsky cheers after his meatball weighed in, breaking the world record for the largest meatball. -- PHOTO: AP

CONCORD (New Hampshire) - THE bouncing mega-meatball record has landed in the East Coast.

Matthew Mitnitsky, owner of Nonni's Italian Eatery in Concord, said on Sunday that a 222.5-pound (101-kilogram) meatball was authenticated as the world's largest after being weighed by state weights and measures officials.

A Guinness Book of World Records official confirmed the big meatball as a record breaker and presented Mitnitsky with a plaque.

The old record of 198.6 pounds (90 kilograms) was set just over a month ago after Los Angeles-based talk show host Jimmy Kimmel vowed to beat a record set in Mexico. That record - 109 pounds (50 kilograms) - was set in August.

Mr Mitnitsky said he got involved 'to bring the meatball back to the East Coast because that's where it originated.' -- AP

Worlds largest meatball


Subaru Challenge 2009

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After 24 hours of rain, sun and night, Kar Seng is still going strong. Hopefully I would not have to post a picture with his face crossed out soon. Jia you!!

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Send your encourage sms to him here!

Update: Found this picture in facebook . Looks like he has a good position.


Happen Halloween

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Hes coming.