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Tea with AK71: 12-12-12.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Today is supposed to be an auspicious day according to the Chinese Feng Shui masters. Well, my day was filled with little hiccups and bumps. So, it was only so-so for me.

I was going through photos in my IXUS and watching the news on my old 14" CRT when this flashed on the screen. 
Perhaps, the day is only auspicious for weddings and car rental companies.

Many couples have picked the date 12-12-12 to tie the knot... such a special date will not come by for another century.

Based on statistics on the Registry of Marriages website, the number of couples that chose to get hitched (on 12-12-12)  is about four times more than the usual number seen in a weekend in December.

The auspicious date is also driving up demand for car rentals
. (Channel NewsAsia, 9 Dec 12).

OK, finding out that my Mazda 2 is finally managing 15km/litre after a bit more than 2 years made me smile. Yeah!

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Kim said...

Happy 12 12 12 !
Thought u driving a Merc Benz now ? ^_^

SnOOpy168 said...


you aren't the only one with bumps today.

Like some of the holidays, it is just another commercialization attempt to make money by the traders & businesses.

AK71 said...

Hi Kim,

My dream car is the 1.6 litre C180 and it will remain a dream unless COE prices come down to levels less insane. Haha..

Happy 12-12-12. :)

AK71 said...

Hi SnOOpy168,

Et tu?

Thank goodness, hiccups and bumps are mostly insignificant but enough to irritate. ;p

EY said...

Hi AK,

Taking the good with the bad is what makes life interesting. Dealing with 'irritants' is one way nature drives us to hone our survival skills and/or attain our spiritual enlightenment.

Chill. Many things are meant to be laughed off cos they don't really matter.

BTW, I dropped you an email last night. Not sure if you got it.

It's a good day today, just like every day. Keep that smile on!


AK71 said...

Hi Endrene,

You have attained Nirvana! Haha.. ;)

Certainly, we have to take the good with the bad in life. It is just like ice cream. Nice to eat but fattening! I like ice cream. So, I like life. What a line of reasoning! ;p

I checked my mailbox. The only email I received from a lady was by the name of Victoria who was asking me to be a sponsor for some event. Aiyoh, as if ASSI is a profitable busness.

EY said...

Oh? That email was sent at 10.39pm to It's my draft blogpost containing some silly thoughts. :D

Is it okay if you send me an email at and I reply to it? Well, not that I really hope you publish my writing. Just wanna make sure I deliver what I promise, albeit a feeble attempt! Hahaha.

AK71 said...

Hi Endrene,

Wah! Really? This is a treat!

OK, I am sending you an email in a while. Strange that I did not get your email.

SnOOpy168 said...

AK - Check your spam folder.

AK71 said...

Hi SnOOpy168,

Not in the spam folder. Weird. Anyway, we got it sorted out. Blog post by Endrene is published! :)

AK71 said...

On 12-12-12, a day that already had numerologists buzzing, the Federal Reserve gave the markets a couple of new numbers to obsess over.

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and his fellow policy makers met investors' expectations by announcing a total of $85 billion in bond purchases per month. But they also added an unforeseen wrinkle by pledging to maintain the Fed's easy-money, zero-rate stance at least until the unemployment rate falls to 6.5% and expected inflation stays at or below 2.5%.

The setting of explicit targets has been discussed for some time and advocated by some within the Fed as a way to firmly anchor financial-market expectations and clearly convey central bank intentions.

Yet, these targets are mere guidelines, just the minimal prerequisites for the start of an eventual removal of the aggressive monetary stimulus the Fed has maintained. They are really just another way to convince investors and business decision makers that short-term rates will stay near zero and the Fed will stand ready to keep sluicing cash into the financial system until the labor market is unequivocally in better shape.

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