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Tea with AK71: Mechanical car parks.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

I am back in Singapore. Got home at 2am and slept at 3am. Woke up at 8am. Unpacked, read the news a bit and replied to comments here in my blog.

Thanks to everyone who sent me well wishes for my trip and apologies to those whom I did not manage to reply to till this morning.

I did not look at the stock market or my blog while I was on holiday in Japan the last 10 days or so. When I looked at my watchlist this morning, nothing has really moved. My portfolio's value has remained almost unchanged.

It is interesting that the HDB is thinking of introducing mechanical car parks for older estates where there is little or no space to build more car parks. I took some photos in Japan of such car parks.

In fact, land shortage is so chronic in Japan that they even have mechnical parking for bicycles!

Some families who own two cars but have only enough space at home to park one car also mechanised the space so that they can park two cars instead of one!

It will take me a while to get back to speed with life in Singapore but it is good to be home. :)


Singapore Man Of Leisure said...

Welcome back AK!

I see you have visited the housing estates of the Japanese and not just the touristy spots ;)

2 more days to go. Homeward bound.

talesteller said...

Welcome back AK71! :) I hope you had a good trip!

AK71 said...


Trips to Japan have always been free and easy for me. So, it is always more than visiting the major tourist attractions.

Okaeri nasai. :)

AK71 said...

Hi talesteller,

Thanks. Yes, it was a nice bit of R&R. Not being part of a tour group has many advantages as I could take it easy. :)

Anonymous said...

Welcome back! Hope it was a good break n I look forward to more interesting posts in your blog. Happy n prosperous 2012 in advance :)


jtcs said...

Welcome back! Miss reading your posts every night!

Ray said...

Welcome back AK. Was starting to miss your posts! :)

INVS 2.0 said...

Hi Ak71,

I remember there is a mechanised carpark somewhere in Singapore. Hmm...

Too bad, my area doesn't even have the space to construct a basketball court, let alone of a mechanised carpark.

Anyway, we all know that mechanised carpark is much more expensive than an open-air. :) I rather do the parking myself than to get charged more for laziness. Haha.

AK71 said...

Hi Moi,

More "interesting" posts? I feel some pressure here. Hahaha.. Hmm.. I can't promise that the posts will be interesting but they should be informative. ;)

AK71 said...

Hi jtcs,

I hope you did not suffer from withdrawal symptoms. ;p

Reading some of my older blog posts might have helped. Kidding. ;p

AK71 said...

Hi Ray,

Thanks. :)

I will probably be blogging more about my trip than investment related stuff for a while. Well, that's what I think now anyway. ;)

AK71 said...

Hi INVS 2.0,

I have seen a mechanised car park in Singapore too. It was in a small apartment block in River Valley, iirc. They make sense when space is at a premium, I guess.

I was told that it takes a few minutes to park a car this way. So, it might not make sense in busy car parks. Imagine being the 4th in line and waiting 20 minutes in the process! ;p

Anonymous said...

Hi AK,

No pressure intended although it's evident many "missed" your posts whether investment related or not ;)

Do continue to blog at your leisure (for our reading pleasure? : p )


AK71 said...

Hi Moi,

Haha.. I know what you mean. Don't worry. No one can pressure me to produce pleasurable material.. er.. for reading. ;p

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