Category Archives: About Society and People

Meilin, you didn’t say goodbye

Dear Meilin,
When I heard the news, my first instinct was to text you. This is a bad joke to start the year with, and a quick reply from you would have got that out of the way. We had half … Continue reading…

Let’s all thank Donald Trump

No, I have not gone off my rockers, but notwithstanding everything that is wrong about him, we do have three very important points to thank Donald Trump for.
 
1.      Firstly, we must thank him for standing up to be … Continue reading…

Happy 50th anniversary, Amos Yee

(Long. Best read over 2-3 sittings)
On this eve of Singapore’s much anticipated 50th anniversary, my mind kept going back to that smart alec who spooked the entire island just after Lee Kuan Yew died. Somehow, despite the rude, insolent … Continue reading…

Postcard from Ethiopia

I spent a week in Ethiopia last week, as part of the process by which I am piecing together my own understanding of Africa. Partly, as I extend my business into the continent. Partly, as I build my own understanding … Continue reading…

Fama and Shiller, Men and Women – Musings on the perfect symmetry of information

The discussion around the diametrically different views between the three winners of last year’s Nobel Memorial Prize for Economic Sciences is still playing in my mind. Recently, from my own experiences in the way men and women handle information, some … Continue reading…

The way China’s State Council makes its most important decisions

Something that dawned on me as I analyzed the current liquidity crisis engulfing the Chinese banking industry was to reflect on the way in which China’s top policy making body, the State Council, delays or sidesteps its most important decisions. … Continue reading…