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Thursday, May 5, 2016

The beauty of living in harmonious multi-racial and multi-cultural Singapore?


Glorious food!

This is going to be a back to front blog post. 

See if you can decipher what the very creative and non-Chinese reader who does not eat cai png is trying to say (before reading AK's email he was responding to).

Reader says...

"Typical AK reply. Heh. But I think I'd reply like you also once I've reached your level of understanding. ;)

"It's like a person wanting to eat cai png and asking which liao is nice.  Maybe to me, eating liao A, B and C is recommended but to another person it  is not.

"At the end of the day, it's the same outcome - the cai png still  gets you full. But did you overpay for the cai png or do you really see it  as an economic rice?

"Guess that depends on how often you visit the cai png  stall and determine by yourself which liao is the most value-for-money,  probably by tasting every single one and eventually zooming into a few that  suits your tastebuds.

"Sometimes eating a plate of 3 vege that costs $3.50 gives more value-for-money than eating 2 vege + 1 meat for the same cost, if not more. But some people would prefer to go for the 1 meat e.g. har cheong gai because it's a crowd favourite and don't mind paying more or compromise on 1 less vege.

"At the end of the day, my plate and your plate looks and costs different but we all buy from the same stall.

"Hope you caught my references to real life scenarios there. Buay pai hor?"

Got the message?



Not sure?

OK, the reader was responding to AK's reply to his earlier email:

"I am going to borrow from Charlie Munger:

"You need a different checklist and different mental models for different companies. 

"I can never make it easy by saying. ‘Here are three things’.

"You have to derive it yourself to ingrain it in your head for the rest of your life

AK says...
"It is hard for me to share how to pick stock in an email or even at a talk.

"I just do a lot of talking to myself in my blog."

Got the message?

OK, who threw that shoe at me?

Who? Who?

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Singapore Man of Leisure said...



I like your reader's style of writing! Right up my alley ;)

Be a little cryptic, use metaphors and euphemisms, show a hint of cleavage, and leave the rest to imagination ;)

Now that's the art of seduction!

AK71 said...


I will let him know that his writing went up SMOL's alley, stimulated SMOL's imagination and ultimately succeeded in artfully seducing SMOL. ;p

Singapore Man of Leisure said...


Now I must pray your reader is a girl.

If not... AWKWARD!

AK71 said...

You must have failed "pronouns" in English class.

"... See if you can decipher what the very creative and non-Chinese reader who does not eat cai png is trying to say (before reading AK's email he was responding to)."


Singapore Man of Leisure said...

Well, one can hope "he" is a ladyboy mah!

Sabai, sabai ;)

AK71 said...


I am so stunned like vegetable. You can be his coffee table and you can be his sofa:
Sabai sabai.


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