Thursday, 28 February 2013

Joke - Stairway To Heaven

A blonde, a brunette, and a red-head all died in a car crash, and they all went to heaven at the same time.
They arrive at the gates of heaven, when God appears and tells them they must pass a laughter test, if they fail, they will be sent to hell.
The objective was to climb 100 stairs without laughing. Each stair will have it's own joke.
The Brunette goes first, and laughs at the 46th stair.
The Red-Head goes second, and laughs at the 77th stair.
The Blonde, makes all the way to the 100th step, when she suddenly bursts out with laughter.
God asks "Why are you laughing now?"
The Blonde says "I just got the first joke!"

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Singapore - A Trip Back In Time

This 11 minute video shows what life in Singapore was like in 1938, just before WW2.

This 15 minute video shows life in Singapore in 1957.

This 45 minute video from Discovery Channel traces the development of Singapore from its discovery by Sir Stamford Raffles to 2012.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Richness Is When You Need No More


In 1923, eight of the wealthiest people in the world met. Their combined wealth, it is estimated, exceeded the wealth of the government of the United States at that time. These men certainly knew how to make a living and accumulate wealth.
But let’s examine what happened to them 25 years later.
1. President of the largest steel company, Charles Schwab, lived on borrowed capital for five years before he died bankrupt.
2. President of the largest gas company, Howard Hubson, went insane.
3. One of the greatest commodity traders, Arthur Cutton, died insolvent.
4. President of the New York Stock Exchange, Richard Whitney, was sent to jail.
5. A member of the President’s Cabinet, Albert Fall, was pardoned from jail to go home and die in peace.
6. The greatest “bear” on Wall Street, Jessie Livermore, committed suicide.
7. President of the world’s greatest monopoly, Ivar Krueger, committed suicide.
8. President of the Bank of International Settlement, Leon Fraser, committed suicide.
What they forgot was how to make a life!
Money in itself is not evil! Money provides food for the hungry, medicine for the sick, clothes for the needy.
Money is only a medium of exchange.
We need two kinds of education. One that teaches us how to make a living and one that teaches us how to live.
There are people who are so engrossed in their professional life that they neglect their family, health and social responsibilities.
If asked why they do this they would reply that they were doing it for their family. Our kids are sleeping when we leave home. They are sleeping when we come home. Twenty years later, we’ll turn back, and they’ll all be gone.
Without water, a ship cannot move. The ship needs water, but if the water gets into the ship, the ship will face problems. What was once a means of living for the ship will now become a means of destruction.
Similarly we live in a time where earning is a necessity but let not the earning enter our hearts, for what was once a means of living will become a means of destruction.
So take a moment and ask yourself …. has water entered my ship?
RICHNESS is not Earning More, Spending More Or Saving More, but “RICHNESS IS WHEN YOU NEED NO MORE” 


Monday, 25 February 2013

Sweet Old Lady Saying Grace

With the timing of a professional comedian, this diminutive "little old lady" shines a very funny light on the foibles of aging, to the delight of an audience filled with senior-care experts. 

A friend of the couple who founded Home Instead Senior Care, Mary Maxwell was asked to give the invocation at the company's 2009 Convention. Initially it seemed like a normal prayer, but it soon took a very funny turn. Her deadpan delivery and lines like ...This is the first time I've ever been old... and it just sort of crept up on me ... had everyone rolling in the aisles.

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Recipe - Stir Fry Spicy Squid (Sambal Sotong)

The spicy squid (or sambal sotong) is a very popular dish in Singapore. You are almost sure to find it at many eateries, especially those selling nasi padang food. Onions, chilli paste, salt, sugar and tamarind juice combine to give this dish the spicy sensation, hot, sweet and tangy. To enjoy this dish, the squid must be cooked just right. The meat is sweet, soft and juicy and it melts in your mouth.

Squid or clalamari have lots of protein and also have lots of minerals such as zinc, magnesium, phosphorus and B vitamins and also vitamins A, D, K and E. These minerals help to boost the immune system, lower blood pressure, lower blood sugar, help the body relax and build strong bones. Squid will also help keep your head of hair, nice skin and healthy nails. Squid is also full of essential fatty acids and some Omega 3 oils. Squid does contain a low amount of cholesterol compared to eggs and liver. And we do need some cholesterol in our diet to maintain a healthy nervous system for creating hormones...... so have some Calamari and enjoy life!

I always have a spare bottle of home made chilli paste for convenience (link).

400 gms squid cut into rings
2 large french onions (purple) sliced thickly
1 medium sized tomato diced about 8 pieces
1 stalk spring onions cut into long strips
2 tablespoons home-made chilli paste
tamarind water - from small knob of tamarind (assam) paste mixed with some water
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tbs light sauce
1 tbs oil

Heat oil on medium
Stir fry onions in heated oil till fragrant
Add chilli paste & continue to fry till chilli emits fragrance
Turn up the heat 
In quick succession:
On high heat add in squid slices and stir fry briskly for about 10 secs
Add sliced tomatoes, pour in tamarind water and stir
Add sugar , light sauce, spring onion strips, stir and switch off heat
The whole process should take about 5 minutes.
Squids should have soft texture; overcooked squids will taste hard and springy.

Transfer to serving plate and enjoy.

A nice 1.5 minute video on stir fry spicy squid

A 2 minute video from The Meatmenchannel on how to cook sambal sotong.

A 5 minute video on squid stir fry with hot bean paste.

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Maths - Which Date Is My Birthday

Charles and George are students of Mr. Smith. Mr. Smith's birthday is on D/M/1970 and both of them know that Mr. Smith's birthday is one of these dates:

4/3/1970      5/3/1970      8/3/1970
4/6/1970      7/6/1970
1/9/1970  5/9/1970
1/12/1970    2/12/1970    8/12/1970

Mr. Smith tells Charles the value of M and tells George the value of D.

Then Mr. Smith asks them "Do you know when is my birthday?"

Charles says “l don't know, but I can be sure that George does not know too.'

George says "Initially, I don't know, but I know it now."

Charles says "Oh, then I know it too.”
Based on the dialogue and the dates given, can you figure out which date is Mr. Smith's birthday?

Check the answer below:

Charles first said he does not know because all the months appear more than once. When Charles said that he's sure that George does not know either, he's hinting to George that it is not the months of the dates that have no repetition.

Charles is assuming that if George knows within being first told, it means the date has no repetitions, which are 7/6 and 2/12. Charles is saying it is not the months 6 and 12.

So you first eliminate all dates with months 6 and 12

After elimination of months 6 and 12, you're left with 4/3, 5/3, 5/9, 8/3 and 1/9.

George was able to tell which date it is by now, meaning of these dates that are left; the day number does not have repetitions. 5/3 and 5/9 eliminated.

Left with 4/3, 8/3 and 1/9. Realise of these 3 options left, it cannot be 4/3 and 8/3 because the months are the same.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Joke - Senior Breakfast Special

The Seniors Breakfast Special


Send this to the Seniors in your life. I'm sure they'll appreciate it!!  

Even non-seniors will appreciate it!!!!!  It pays to think outside the box!

An elderly couple went to breakfast at a restaurant where the 'seniors' special' was two eggs, bacon, hash browns and toast for $1.99.
'Sounds good,' the wife said. 'But I don't want the eggs.'
'Then I'll have to charge you two dollars and forty-nine cents

Because you're ordering a la carte,' the waitress warned her.

'You mean I'd have to pay for not taking the eggs?' the wife asked
'YES!!' stated the waitress.
'I'll take the special then.' the wife said.
'How do you want your eggs?' the waitress asked.
'Raw and in the shell,' the wife  replied.
She took the two eggs home.
DON'T MESS WITH SENIORS!!! We've been around the block more than

Monday, 18 February 2013

Recipe - How To make Yu-Sheng (Raw Fish Salad)

Eating Yu-Sheng during the Chinese New Year started as a legend in China. It has now evolved into a ritual in both Singapore and Malaysia where it has become almost a must have dish to eat during the Chinese Lunar New Year.

Yu( 鱼) - means fish, Sheng( 生) - means raw or live. Yu-sheng (鱼生) means raw fish salad. In Chinese, it sounds like (余升) Yu-Sheng which means continued abundance.

Legend has it that the 7th day of the Lunar New Year is known as the common man's birthday or Ren Ri  (人日). On  this day, the Chinese would eat only vegetables. Nowadays, the colourful salad of Yu-Sheng is eaten throughout the 15 days of Chinese New Year celebrations. Restaurants, eateries like coffee shops and supermarkets also offer this dish at a premium.

Here is my take on how to make your very own Yu-Sheng. It is relatively easy dish to make, delicious and healthy. It is also easy on the pocket. You can invite friends and family to join and toss this colourful dish and make wishes for continued wealth and prosperity.

There are 3 key ingredients for this dish.

The 1st is the plum sauce. This give the dish the sweet and sour taste. There are many brands available and the plum sauce can be used for many dishes. I used the "AAA" brand which is thick but runny (viscous). So I can just drizzle it over the vegetables. If you use those that are like jam, you have to mix it with water to dilute it.

The 2nd key ingredient is the crispy parts. I used wonton skins, cut them into strips and pan fry till crispy. The crispy wonton skins are a delight to eat. Other substitutes for crispy parts can be prawn or fish crackers or some other crispy stuff.

The 3rd key ingredient is the crunchy stuff. Roasted peanuts are nice. They can be bought off the shelf and just crush them into tiny bits, with a coarse blender or by a manual chopper (with your hand if you are a martial art expert).

Now for the veggies. The idea is to have all the colours of the rainbow. Since the Yu-Sheng is celebrated on the 7th day of the Chinese New Year, it would be nice to have 7 kinds of veggies and their colours  should match the 7 colours of the rainbow. 

Here is my take:


yu-sheng before the toss
shredded white radish (1 section)
shredded carrot (1)
shredded cucumber (1) or zucchini
lettuce, thinly sliced 
yellow capsicum thinly sliced or julienne
red capsicum thinly sliced or julienne
green capsicum thinly sliced or julienne
pickled pink ginger

Others that can be added
green apples
pomelos/purple cabbage/purple lettuce
pineapple/dragon fruit/seaweed

The key ingredients

cripy and crunchy stuff
crushed roated peanuts
preserved jelly fish
crispy wonton skins

You can have raw salmon
or cooked prawns
or squids
or abalone
or anything you like

Lay the veggies on a large serving plate
Place all the veggies on the plate
Sprinkle lime juice over the veggies
Drizzle plum sauce over the veggies
Drizzle a tbs of shallot oil (or any oil)
Add jellyfish and pickled ginger on top
Add all the crispy and crunchy stuff
Just toss and eat

This delightful and healthy dish of yu-sheng is relatively easy to prepare and easy on the pocket. The best part is you can vary the ingredients so that it does not have to be repetitive. You do not have to wait till the 7th day of the Lunar New year to enjoy this dish. How often can you combine different kinds of veggies into one dish ?


A 9 minute video where Chef Wong from the Swiss-Garden Hotel Kuala Lumpur demonstrates how to prepare yee sang, an auspicious dish during the Chinese New Year.

A 13 minute video on the history of Singapore Yu-Sheng

Another video on making yu sheng.

Friday, 15 February 2013

The $900,000 Singapore Child


The $900,000 Singapore child

What is the price of having a baby? A financial adviser looks at the dollars and cents of the ongoing debate about raising the fertility rate.
By Joseph Chong, Published The Straits Times, 15 Feb 2013

RECENT economic research on happiness has established a good correlation between a person's sense of well-being and his propensity to procreate. As in nature, animals need to feel well before procreation can happen.

One fundamental factor for well-being is financial sufficiency. One must earn enough to make ends meet, plus save enough for retirement and the proverbial rainy day.

Without financial sufficiency, successful procreation is unlikely because it will make you go broke. Again, nature sets the example. Animals will not procreate or will abort their offspring when resources are inadequate.

It thus makes sense, as a very basic starting point, to look at procreation as a hard-nosed business investment decision.

How financially viable is it to have children, given Singapore's cost structure and available resources? Does it cost too much for us to have our own children as a nation?

The current discussion about procreation financing has largely revolved around who pays - the state, businesses or parents - and for what. But can we, as a nation, even afford to have children? What is the total cost of raising a child?

Unlike in the United States, there is little published official data on what it costs to bring up a child here. Combining my own private data with whatever published data I could find, I worked out a ballpark estimate.

As a former chief executive officer of a financial advisory firm, I have worked on and reviewed many client financial plans. From the cash-flow analysis of these financial plans, we worked out the expected costs of bringing up a child in Singapore for a mid- to upper-income family.

My estimate is about $600,000 in real dollars per child for a one-child family, and about $500,000 per child for a two-child family to raise a child. The lower figure is due to some economies of scale.

This covers the costs of raising a child, including childcare, clothing, food, schooling, imputed rental of a room to house the child. I assume tuition of $1,000 a month for 11 years, amounting to $132,000. Tuition is seen as a necessity in many families, although the amount spent varies. Household expenditure surveys suggest families spend more on private tuition than on university fees, so $1,000 a month is not unduly high. My estimate also includes the approximate costs for a four-year stint at a local university. If the child does not go to university, deduct about $100,000 from the total cost.

For this article, let's take a non-university-going, one-child family's cost of $500,000.

The implications of the $500,000 cost to bring up a child are not trivial. It means that there will be a shortfall of $500,000 in the couple's retirement fund.

Retirement has to be a top priority because it is non-negotiable - it is rarely possible to work until one passes on. An individual has a duty to himself to avoid the fate of being old and infirm but destitute.

Seen in this context, children are an option - to be exercised only if one can afford it. A retirement fund of $500,000 translates into a retirement income stream of $20,000 - using a 4 per cent draw-down rate - each year. The hard-nosed question that needs to be asked is: "Is your child worth an annual retirement income stream of $20,000?"

The above cost-estimates to raise a child do not include the estimated subsidies paid by the state. This amounts to about another $400,000, with about $300,000 going to education - assuming 13 years of subsidised education. My $300,000 estimate is higher than the government's own internal estimates because I have imputed rental. Singapore's public-funded schools do not pay rental for their premises, unlike private ones. Imputed rental cannot be ignored, as it is a substantial real economic cost.

Hence, each child is expected to cost the nation about $900,000 - $500,000 in family funds and $400,000 in state funds.

Based on about 40,000 live births each year currently, every new cohort that is born is expected to cost about $36 billion or about 11 per cent of gross domestic product or about $11,000 per Singaporean every year.

This is far more than the GDP per capita of Laos and about the same as Thailand. If the Laotians and Thais had our cost structure, they would not be able to afford any children.

The trouble with tuition

WHY is it so costly to raise a child in Singapore?

In the US, it costs about $360,000 to raise a child in a one-child US family, excluding university costs. This is about $140,000 less than the equivalent Singaporean situation.

One reason for the difference appears to be the costs of Singapore's parallel education system, which is not prevalent in the US - the expected costs of private tuition, which represents the single largest expenditure for many parents.

Based on the Household Expenditure Survey 2007/08 (HES2007) published by the Department of Statistics, Singapore resident households already spend more on private tuition for their children annually than on university fees, local and overseas combined as of 2007. Based on HES2007 and GDP breakdown data, the private tuition industry was already a $1.2 billion industry or about 17 per cent of the Ministry of Education's budget in 2007. Extrapolating to today, the private tuition industry is probably worth more than $1.6 billion annually.

The education budget increased by 78 per cent between 2005 and 2011, but parents appear to be paying increasing amounts for private tuition, which many complain is necessary because of the way their children are (not) being educated. This is akin to a company whose revenue is surging but shareholders' losses keep widening. As a professional investor, I would say that something has gone awry.

HES2007 showed that the main bulk of spending on tuition is by residents living in private properties and the largest Housing Board flats.

As a society, we need to reverse the growth of private tuition quickly. The MOE and every school should be measured on how many hours of private tuition students consume and given incentives to reduce consumption at least 10 per cent a year every year for the next 10 years. This will focus the ministry and schools to manage curriculum and teaching techniques creatively so that private tuition becomes unnecessary. Schools should also be forbidden to recommend tuition of any sort to parents. Reducing reliance on tuition will remove one great cost-barrier to fertility.

Will immigrants dilute our resources?

HOWEVER, if we decline to reduce our overall child-rearing cost structure but rely on immigration to meet the shortfall, we won't be better off because the costs are far higher than we think. Every new immigrant who is sworn in may be a tangible dilution of the wealth of all Singaporeans.

The reason rests with the balance sheet of the state, that is our reserves. Every new immigrant has a claim to benefits from the reserves. This is unlike in the US where new citizens have to shoulder the burden of federal and state debt. Part of the taxes paid by every US citizen goes into paying interest on the national debt.

The official book value of our reserves is about $308 billion. The current market value is probably about $800 billion or about $245,000 per citizen. The exact value may be moot but the benefit from the reserves is already tangible. In the 2012 budget, $7.33 billion was taken from returns on reserves - about $2,230 per citizen. If goods and services tax had been used to raise $7.33 billion, GST would have had to increase to 13 per cent - a hardship for the average citizen. Unless each new immigrant has an economic value of at least $245,000, Singapore would be diluting citizens' wealth.

When we understand the true cost of raising children in Singapore, we can see that the solution does not lie in importing immigrants. Rather, a more concerted effort needs to be made to reduce the costs of having a baby. A good start can be made from reducing the reliance on tuition.

Unfortunately, the procreation package announced by the Government on Jan 21 does not adequately address the issue of total costs of rearing a child. Instead, it shifts the cost burden from the family to the state, or other taxpayers. At $2 billion a year, it is a non-trivial recurring cost and represents about 4.3 per cent of the state budget. Although I hope it is effective, it is not possible to reasonably forecast its impact until we get a firm grip on the total cost perspective. If the total cost continues to rise aggressively, it would negate any well-intended subsidies from the state.

Until we satisfactorily address the issue of total cost, it would be imprudent to throw any more taxpayer dollars at the problem.

The writer was previously the chief executive officer of a wealth management firm.

15 February 1942 - Surrender Of Singapore

LG Arthur Percival
On this day, Lieutenant General Arthur Ernest Percival formally surrendered Singapore to Japan at about 6.10 pm.

On 2 September 1945, The Japanese surrendered.

Read more ...(link)

This 45 minutes video by National Geographic channel documentary tells about the Battle of Singapore, the strategy + tactics used by both commanders and an analysis on what led to the largest surrender in British military history.

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Joke - The Meaning Of Dreams

A woman woke up one morning, turned to her husband and said, "Honey, I just had a dream that you bought me a new gold necklace. What do you think it means?"

"I don't know, but Valentine's Day is coming soon. Then you'll know," he said.

A few nights later, she again woke up after having a dream. She said, "This time, I dreamed you gave me a pearl necklace. What do you think it means?"

"You'll know on Valentines' Day," he replied.

The morning of Valentine's Day, she told him about yet another dream: "This time I dreamed that you brought me a diamond necklace. What do you think it means?"

"Honey, be patient," he said. "You'll know tonight."

That evening, the husband came home with a package and gave it to his wife. Delighted, she opened it -- and found a book titled The Meaning of Dreams.

LOL! Happy Valentine's Day!


Wednesday, 13 February 2013

The Savings Passbook - Nice Story

Mary and Mike got married this day. At the end of the wedding party, Mary's mother gave her a newly opened bank savings passbook, with $1000 deposited in it.

She told Mary, "My dear daughter, take this passbook. Keep it as
 a record of your married life. Whenever something happy and memorable happens in your new life, put some money in. Write down what it's about next to the amount. The more memorable the event is, the more money you can put in. I've done the first one for you today. Do the others with your husband. When you look back after years, you will know how much happiness you've both shared.'

Mary shared this with Mike after getting home. Both of them thought it was a great idea and couldn't wait to make the next deposit! This is what the passbook looked like after a while:

- 7 Feb: $100, his first birthday celebration after marriage
- 1 Mar: $300, she gets a salary raise
- 20 Mar: $200, vacation to Bali
- 15 Apr: $2000, She's pregnant!
- 1 Jun: $1000, He gets the big promotion
and so on...

However, as the years went by, they began fighting and arguing over trivial things. They didn't talk much. They regretted that they had married the most nasty person in the world...There was no more love.

One day Mary talked to her Mother. 'Mom, we can't stand it anymore. We have decided to divorce. I can't imagine how I decided to marry this guy!'

Her mother replied, 'Sure, that's no big deal. Just do whatever you want, if you really can't stand it. But before that, do one thing. Remember the savings passbook I gave you on your wedding day? Take out all money and spend it first. You shouldn't keep any record of such a poor marriage.'

Mary agreed with her mother. So she went to the bank, and was waiting in the queue to cancel the account. While she was waiting, she took a look at the passbook record. She looked, and looked, and looked. Then the memory of all the previous joyful moments came back to her. Her eyes were filled with tears. She left and went home.

When she got home, she handed the passbook to Mike and asked him to spend the money before getting divorced.

So the next day, he went to the bank, and was waiting in the queue to cancel the account. While he was waiting, he took a look at the passbook record. He looked, and looked, and looked. Then the memory of all the previous joyful moments came back to him. His eyes were filled with tears. He left and went home.

He gave the passbook back to her. She found a new deposit of $5000. And a line next to the record: 'This is the day I realized how much I've loved you throughout all these years. How much happiness you've brought me.'

They hugged and cried, putting the passbook back to the safe. Do you know how much money they had saved when they retired? I did not ask. I believe the money did not matter any more after they had gone through all the good years in their life.

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Monday, 11 February 2013

Recipe - Lotus Root And Chicken Soup

This lotus root and chicken soup helps the body to restore and maintain the immune system. It is tasty and delicious and only natural ingredients are used for this recipe. It is not expensive, but it does require a bit of time to cook. Taken regularly, like once a week, this soup will help maintain the body immune system, meaning you will not get sick easily.

This lotus root and chicken soup is for restoring and maintaining general health. For people who suffer from fatigue or stress, then the ginseng chicken soup is recommended.

In this recipe, I use chicken thighs (with bone but without skin) and lotus root. Dried seedless dates, dried fig fruits, dioscorea, and wolf berries are added for flavour and sweetness.

A word of caution: dioscorea may not be suitable for pregnant women because they can cause premature birth.

The ingredients are sweet. Chicken, dates, fig fruits, wolf berries and lotus root have natural sweetness.
red dates

Ingredients (serves 5):
5 chicken thighs (skinless bone-in)
5 red seedless dates
5 dried fig fruits

wolf berries
10 pieces of wolf berries
5 pieces of dioscorea
1 section of lotus root, about 200 grams, peeled and cut into slices.
1 liter of water

Blanch the chicken thighs in boiling water to get rid of the chicken smell and surface fat.
dried fig fruit

In a pot, bring 1 liter of water to the boil
Toss in all the ingredients and let the soup boil
Switch to low and let the ingredients simmer for about 45 minutes.
It is done.

You may have to scoop out any remaining fat from the soup.
lotus root

In this 4.5 minute video, the lotus root is cooked with spare ribs and dried scallops.  Dried scallops add a lot of flavour, but cost a little bit of money.

Gourmet chefs show to make  use of lotus root in this Iron Chef video.

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Happy Chinese New Year

Arithmetic, Population And Energy - Sustainability 101

The chessboard has 64 squares. According to legend, chess was invented by Grand Vizier Sissa Ben Dahir, and given as a gift to King Shirham of India. The king was so delighted that he offered him any reward he requested, provided that it sounded reasonable. The Grand Vizier requested the following:

"Just one grain of wheat on the first square of a chessboard. Then put two on the second square, four on the next, then eight, and continue, doubling the number of grains on each successive square, until every square on the chessboard is reached."

The king thought this a very modest request, promised it, and asked for a bag of wheat to be brought in. However the bag was emptied by the 20th square. The king asked for another bag, but then realized that the entire bag was needed for the next square. In fact, in 20 more squares, he would need as many bags as there were grains of wheat in the first bag!

The number of grains in the last square can be calculated by multiplying 2 times itself 63 times. If you include the grains on the first 63 squares, the sum is about twice as large.

The amazing feature of this problem is that with just 64 steps, each one quite modest (you are only doubling) you get a huge number. This type of rapid growth is called exponential growth.

Albert Bartlett, professor in nuclear physics from the University of Colorado, Boulder explains the concept of compound growth in this 1 hour video.

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Silver - The Element Of Change

This video from The Silver Institute covers numerous facets of one of the most widely-used and indispensable precious metals: silver. The video explores silver’s role in history and how it changed the course of countless lives in times of the Greek and Roman Empires, when it was used to prevent infection.
Focusing on its remarkable properties as an element of change, the video looks at silver’s role in industry, highlighting its ability to make today’s mobile interconnected life possible as well as its use in medicine and water purification, which relies primarily on its natural antibacterial qualities. The video also notes silver’s importance to fashion through exquisite silver jewelry, and finally it speaks to silver’s intrinsic worth as well as its role as a store of value, given its historical and modern use as a popular investment.

Video is 7 minutes long.

Price of silver on 7 Jan 2013 is US$31.86 an oz.

Let's see how this pans out.

1 year chart of SLV

Chart foriShares Silver Trust (SLV)

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Joke - Care For Seniors

A man goes to visit his 85-year old grandpa in the hospital 

 "How are you grandpa?" He asks

 "Feeling fine" says the old man

 What's the food like?

 "Terrific, wonderful menus"

 "And the nursing?"

 "Just couldn't be better. These young nurses really take care of you"

 "What about sleeping? Do you sleep okay?"

 "No problem at all, nine hours solid every night. At 10 o'clock they bring me a cup of hot chocolate and a Viagra tablet and that's it. I go out like a light."

 The grandson is puzzled and a little alarmed by this, so rushes off to question the nurse in charge.

 "What are you people doing" he says. "I'm told you're giving an 85 year old Viagra on a daily basis. Surely that can't be true?"

 "Oh, yes" replies the nurse. "Every night at 10 o'clock we give him a cup of chocolate and a Viagra tablet. It works wonderfully well".
 "The chocolate makes him sleep,

 and the Viagra stops him from rolling out of bed".

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Recipe - Stir Fry Chayote With Carrot And Dried Shrimp

Is chayote a fruit or a vegetable ? The chayote looks like a pear or a guava. After checking out the internet, I decided to try out the chayote. This is the first time I am trying out this recipe and it turns out better than I had expected.

The chayote is a fruit but it is often used as a vegetable. It has mild flavour and is slightly sweet and crunchy.

The chayote is sometimes referred to as Buddha's palm because it looks like a clenched palm.

It has vitamins B,C and K and minerals like potassium, magnesium, copper and zinc. It is also a good source of fibre.

In this recipe, the chayote is peeled and shredded. Dried shrimps are used to add flavour and shredded carrot is added to give colour and sweetness. Like the carrot, the chayote is hard when raw, but it becomes tender quickly when it is stir fried.

1 chayote, about 500 grams, peeled and shredded. Remove the seed.
Remaining bits, I cut into thin slices.
1 tsb of dried shrimps.
Half a carrot, peeled and shredded.
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp of light soy
A dash of pepper
1 tsb of oil

cut chayote with seed
Heat the oil in a wok or pan till hot on medium high
Toss in the dried shrimps and fry till fragrant.
Remove the dried shrimps and set aside.
Toss in the garlic and stir fry till fragrant
Toss in the shredded chayote and stir fry for about 2 minutes.
Add 1 tsp of light soy.
Add the shredded carrot and stir fry for 1 more minute.
Serve with the dried shrimps as toppings.


For variety, the chayote can be paired with meat or seafood. It is a versatile ingredient.
In this 5 minute video, the chayote is paired with squid.

cute chayote