Happy 80th, Yakun!

Having coffee with Adrin Loi has always been predictable. We would meet in Ya Kun Kaya Toast. Not surprising, given that he is the owner of this iconic chain. Not difficult, given there are over 70 outlets peppered across Singapore. This week, however, we met in a posh hotel to celebrate Ya Kun’s 80th anniversary. … Read more

Book Signing in Hawker Centre

Two Rare Sightings: 1. A book signing in a hawker centre.2. A boisterous Ghim Moh Market looking eerily empty. Tan Chin Hwee recently launched his second book, Economic Success: Fate or Destiny?, co-authored with Thomas Grandjean. This book expands on themes from their previous work, Values at the Core: How Human Values Contribute to the … Read more

iFast Zooms Ahead

I was on the selection committee for the SIAS Investors’ Choice Outstanding CEO Award last year. During our deliberations, Lim Chung Chun’s name was frequently mentioned, leading to his eventual win alongside notable figures like Helen Wong, CEO of OCBC. This recognition is well-deserved, considering how Chung Chun has transformed iFast Corporation. The former head … Read more

New Stock On The Block

I have seen Kenny Sim’s signature many times over the years, even before meeting him. As the Chairman of Bukit Timah CCC, he signs off on my kids’ Edusave awards. He is also the CEO of Serial Achieva, which recently completed an RTO deal with Catalist-listed Axington. Serial Achieva, a distributor of parts for computers … Read more

Fact Is Stranger Than Fiction

Attended the launch of a book on Banyan Tree founder Ho Kwon Ping. “Behind the Banyan: Ho Kwon Ping on Building a Global Brand” was conceived and written by Aaron Low, an old friend whom I met during his time as deputy business editor of The Straits Times. KP’s life story is nothing short of … Read more

Apricot blossoms with ”Super” fruit

What ties popular brands like Geniebook, Golden Duck, Cloversoft and Oatbedient together? They are all backed by Apricot Capital, a family office established by the Teo family after the S$1.45 billion sale of Super Group in 2017. Darren Teo helms Apricot together with his sister Elaine. They played a pivotal role in scaling up Super … Read more

yuu THE MAN

If you are one of the 1.5 million yuu members in Singapore, you have Sng Ren Yeong to thank. He is the Managing Director of Temasek’s AI Strategy and Solutions. During his tenure as CEO at minden.ai, a Temasek-backed tech venture, he led the creation of the yuu rewards programme. Ren Yeong and team enlisted … Read more

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