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ASSI turns four! Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

My plane landed in Singapore at 5am this morning. Still in need of sleep. Yawn.

I took naps and unpacked. Will have to catch up with my emails, readings and blogging. Will also have to get up to speed with work when I return to the office on Boxing Day. Groan.

Today, ASSI also turns 4! Time really does fly!

Here are some photos I took on my vacation:

Luz Shinsaibashi in Osaka by night.

Very early on a Sunday morning!
Weather in Osaka? Brrrr.... but a nice change from Singapore.

OK, a couple of photos to bring in some festive cheer:

In an underground mall in Osaka.
Pretty lights in Kyoto.

In a mall in Kobe.

Merry Christmas!

Related posts:
1. ASSI celebrates 3rd birthday!
2. Croesus Retail Trust.


Cybertoots said...

Welcome back AK!! Merry Christmas and A Happy prosperous year 2014...!!
Eagerly awaiting for more blogs and coaching from you!!!


Unknown said...

Merry Christmas to AK71..

wk said...

Merry Christmas AK and family. May you new year be filled with joy and laughter.
Thanks for the informative posts.

B said...


Vacation in Japan. You are making me so envious.

Hope I can be there soon enough. Tokyo 2020, I am coming!!!

AK71 said...

Hi Cybertoots,

While I hope to continue blogging, I do not think of myself as a coach. Yikes! -.-"

Merry Christmas and Happy 2014! :)

AK71 said...

Hi DC,

Merry Christmas! :)

AK71 said...

Hi wk,

I like sharing and I am glad you have found my blogs informative. :)

Many readers have been really kind to share what they know freely as well. This is the type of environment I hope ASSI will help to build.

Merry Christmas! :) said...

Hi AK,
Merry X'mas! May God bless you & your family with Love, Joy, and Peace :)

AK71 said...

Hi B,

2020 is 7 years away! OK, 6 since 2014 is just 1 week away. ;p

The Japanese Yen is so cheap now. So, why not take a break next year? ;)

AK71 said...

Hi boonchin,

Thanks for the well wishes! :)

Love, joy and peace. Sounds like a really wonderful combination!

Merry Christmas and may all of us have all three in 2014 too! :D

Singapore Man of Leisure said...

Merry Christmas AK!

Take more pictures of the birds there lah! (Just keep smiling and bowing and you'll be safe)

The cold air is refreshing right? Ah... Miss Autumn and Winter...

I think I'll stick my head in the fridge now.

Gary said...

Merry X'mas and happy new year! Huat ah!!!!!!!!

AK71 said...


Merry Christmas! :D

I took some photos of pigeons in the city and gulls at Kobe harbour. Maybe, I will upload them since you have an interest in bird watching. :)

AK71 said...

Osaka: Hotel Monterey Grasmere.

Photos uploaded in my travel blog. :)

EY said...

Hi AK,

Merry Christmas!

Best wishes for a even better year ahead!

AK71 said...

Hi Endrene,

Merry Christmas!

Yes, may 2014 be a kind and rewarding one for us all. :)

AK71 said...

Hi Gary,

Huat merrily ah!

Have a huatful Christmas! ;p

AhJohn said...

Merry Christmas AK!
Merry Christmas! ASSI!

AK71 said...

Hi Ah John,

Ho, ho, ho! Merry Christmas! :D

SGYI said...

Hi AK,

I see one of the malls you have a share in. Haha. It seems like a cool holiday. I hope to go to Japan too. Merry Christmas and happy boxing day!

AK71 said...


I also saw a building that belongs to Frasers. Apartments.
In addition, I saw a warehouse the belongs to Global Logistics but that was on the way to the airport. :)

Japan is attracting plenty of interest from investors globally. I am feeling somewhat optimistic about the country's prospects. Still very much work in progress. Mr. Abe will have to continue hitting all the right buttons.

I am back at work today. I am total swamped! Now, having an early lunch break. I didn't have time to take my tea break this morning. :(

Merry Christmas! :)

Kelvin Tan said...

Can we expect a writeup on the Malls of CRT soon? =)

AK71 said...

Hi Kelvin,

I only visited one of their 4 malls. So, won't be doing a write up. ;)

Their other 3 malls are not in big city centres like this one. Their main tenant in those malls is AEON which is very big in Japan.

On my train rides to Kobe and Kyoto, I saw so many malls along the way with the word "AEON" prominently displayed.

I feel that Croesus Retail Trust provides great income visibility and at current price level, it provides a fairly good deal to anyone who is investing for income. :)

Little Boy said...

Hi AK,

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

SGYI said...

Hi AK,

I'm feeling optimistic on Japan's economy too. Its time for the sleeping giant to wake up :p

Another trust that has relative exposure to Japan is Mapletree logistics trust. 24% of their net property income comes from Japan. You may want to take a look at it ;)

Work must be really a lot for you. I'm sure you are able to work better now after your holidays! Don't forget to rest and have fun. It's holiday season afterall.

AK71 said...

Hi Little Boy,

A more appropriate name might be "Young Man" since you are 21 years old. ;)

Always pleased to see young people embarking on a journey towards financial freedom. :)

Merry Christmas and a Happy 2014!

AK71 said...


MLT? It still has a huge exposure to industrial properties in Singapore which I am relatively cautious of going forward. So, I will pass on this for now. Thanks for the heads up though. :)

In the meantime, if Saizen REIT or Croesus Retail Trust should suffer some inexplicable declines in unit prices, I will probably be adding to my long positions. ;)

SnOOpy168 said...

I am grateful for AK's sharing and replies.

ASSI has guided and helped me a lot in the initial days of my investment journey.

Hoped that he/she will continue to share investment insights and analysis for our benefits.

AK71 said...

Hi SnOOpy168,

Yikes! He/she? I have become androgynous. LOL. ;p

I am glad that you discovered my blog very early on because that was when the maximum benefits could be reaped with regards to some strategies in investing which I blogged about.

I will continue to blog but probably with lesser intensity. If I should have a good idea to share, you can still bet on me blogging about it. :)

Thanks for the encouragement. :)

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