Zee Avi - Bitter Heart

Posted: May 26, 2010 by fievel in Labels:

A Sarawak artiste making it on US soil..

Nickelback - Someday

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Kansas - Dust in the wind

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The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus - Face Down

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Yellowcard - Only One

Posted: May 19, 2010 by fievel in Labels:

Random thoughts

Posted: May 17, 2010 by fievel in Labels:

Buy a remote control plane

WH Auden - Funeral Blues

Posted: May 12, 2010 by fievel in Labels:

Just randomly came across this old funeral video clip from 'Four Weddings and a Funeral', this was I think the funeral of Matthew's gay partner...quite a moving poem I thought..

Funeral Blues
WH Auden

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He is Dead.
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now; put out every one,
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun,
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the woods;
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

Thriving Ivory - Angels on the moon

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Might wanna fast forward 1 minute to skip the talkin..

Property agents talking up the resale market

Posted: May 4, 2010 by fievel in Labels: ,

If you have been using the internet to search for a HDB flat in Singapore in recent months, you'll probably notice a phenomenon.

Well, many of them are of flats which are already sold when advertised.
The intent of such advertisements are not to sell flats, but to lure new flat owners to appoint him to sell their flats for them. This is a seller's market. We already know that from the fact that the prices have been relentlessly skyrocketing. Do not believe the mass-media's spin about how Q1 (2010) prices have risen less than the Q4 (2009) prices. (SEE LINK TO THIS PIECE OF NEWS)
The HDB resale market is showing signs of stabilising, with the Resale Price Index (RPI) rising by 2.8 per cent in the first quarter of the year over the previous quarter.
This is slower than the 3.9 per cent increase recorded from the third to fourth quarter of 2009.
Resale transactions also saw a decline of about 5 per cent, from 8,926 cases in 4th Quarter 2009 to 8,484 cases in 1st Quarter 2010.
No, the HDB resale market is not really stabilising. The milder 2.8% increment is calculated off a higher index base in 2009 Q4. Transaction volume declined from 8984 to 8926 would mostly likely be attributable to data noise and nothing else.

With the housing agents talking up the market like that, every other couple that views a resale flat unit on a weekend is feeling more like they are attending a price war. Why are we allowing property agents to advertise a flat and immediately decry it "SOLD!!!!" ??

Is still-affordable-Mah-Bow-Tan doing his job in monitoring the HDB resale market? He first screwed up the government controlled land and HDB supply in the preceding years and now he's sitting in his comfortable office armchairs, twiddling his thumbs gleefully, saying he has no control over the "free market", pfff, what a friggin joke.