Coffee With Ven-erable Journalist

Veteran journalist Ven Sreenivasan and I are kindred spirits, bonded by our shared passion for uncovering under-the-radar small caps. Even before I started out as an analyst, I relished reading his articles in The Business Times. His small-cap analyses in the Hock Lock Siew column, along with his insightful scoops on the aviation sector and … Read more

CNA Turns 25!

CNA began its journey in March 1999 as Channel NewsAsia, while my investment career started a few months later in December of the same year. My first appearance on Channel NewsAsia was in April 2000. It was an IPO segment on Corporate Watch, a weekly programme which was later renamed Money Mind. During the interview, … Read more

On The Go With NYGH Students

Collaborated with Nanyang Girls’ High School (NYGH) on a first-of-its-kind immersion experience, where Sec 4 girls shadowed me to gain insight into a typical day in a fund manager’s life. Since I spend most of my time out of the office meeting management, they joined me for a morning meeting at APAC Realty, the parent … Read more

Gunning For The Pole Position in Co-Living

Eugene Lim established The Assembly Place (TAP) in 2019. Over the span of four years, it has burgeoned into the second largest co-living operator, boasting nearly 1,800 rooms and managing assets worth S$500 million. Among its assets are properties owned by partners such as Apricot Capital and Eric Low of Oxley Holdings. Initially focused on … Read more

Best World’s COO ‘endorses’ Own Products

Huang Ban Chin and family dropped by for CNY. He is the Executive Director and COO of Best World International, the leading direct selling company listed in Singapore, specialising in skincare and lifestyle products. When Best World was first listed 20 years ago, we worked together on seminars to promote the counter to my clients. … Read more

Gathering With Old Friends From Money FM

My regular Thursday chat on MONEY FM 89.3 with finance presenter Chua Tian Tian touched on the Singapore market and Nvidia, the US$2 Trillion tech behemoth. Over the past week, I also caught up with a few friends I made from MoneyFM at my place – Michelle Martin, Michael Switow and JP Ong. I was … Read more

After-Work Kopi With MTQ’s Kuah Boon Wee

Plenty to discuss over coffee with MTQ’s CEO Kuah Boon Wee. But our journey didn’t start off this way. I first met Boon Wee in 2001 when he was CFO at ST Engineering (STE). I was then an analyst covering the defense conglomerate. Both he and STE CEO Tan Pheng Hock were notably tight-lipped about … Read more

Amara Seeks To Go Private

I caught up with Amara CEO Albert Teo over coffee at his hotel’s Element Restaurant, a place that holds fond memories. He helped me organise my eldest child’s first birthday in the restaurant some years back. Recently, Albert teamed up with PE fund Dymon Asia to privatise Amara at an offer price of S$0.60 per … Read more

From Blue Pool to Green Fingers

Before Joseph Schooling, there was Desmond Koh. I first met Des after he hung up his speedos 25 years back. The three-time Olympian, who once held four national records, was also a Rhodes Scholar. Since his retirement from the pool, he has been navigating the currents of finance and we were, for a brief moment … Read more

Meeting 2nd Chance on 2nd Jan

Great catching up with Salleh Marican, founder and CEO of Second Chance Properties. While many recall his attempt at the presidential race in 2017, those of my vintage would also remember the iconic Second Chance pants from the 1980s. Since then, he has amassed a portfolio of properties and investments valued at nearly S$400 million. … Read more