Like it or not, Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Although the holiday gets a bad rep from both people in relationships ("It's so cheesy!") and those who aren't (cue the eye rolls or unwanted feelings of loneliness), I have to admit, for me, it's a good reminder of the importance of putting in the effort to actively show love. And this Valentine's Day, in honour of that, I plan to do something I realise I've never actually done before: I'm going to buy flowers for my boyfriend of six years. Now, before you assume that I'm a horrible girlfriend who doesn't get her boyfriend gifts, let me explain. The fight When my boyfriend and I were in our first two years of dating, he'd sometimes buy me a flower here or there. It wasn't very often, because we both preferred buying the other person food or chocolate instead (I mean, flowers don't exactly make for a tasty snack). I wasn't a big fan of flowers, because, well, I just didn't see the point of them. They felt so ... » Learn More about 6 years into our relationship, I decided to buy my boyfriend flowers for Valentine’s Day because why not?
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KUALA LUMPUR: Subur Tiasa Holdings Bhd posted its highest quarterly profit in more than 10 years, as palm oil prices jumped to multiple-year highs. The group’s timber operations also reported improved results due to increased sales volume. Net profit in the three-month ended July 31 was RM19.4mil compared with a loss of RM26.75mil made a year ago. Revenue rose to RM106mil from RM72mil previously. For quarter-on-quarter (q-o-q) review, revenue and pre-tax profit increased by RM32.9mil and RM24.1mil respectively, mainly contributed by 79% increase in crude palm oil price. from RM2,335 per tonne to RM4,183 per tonne,” it said in a filing to Bursa Malaysia yesterday. Subur Tiasa expects its palm oil division to generate higher earnings, underpinned by higher fresh fruit bunches (FFB) production during the peak crop season. “The CPO price is expected to remain firm in line with tight supplies as overall FFB yield per hectare in Malaysia is on the declining trend aggravated ... » Learn More about Subur Tiasa posts RM19.4mil net profit in Q4
BANGKOK, Sept 15 (The Straits Times/ANN): Thailand is pushing ahead with efforts to open up more regions to visitors by the end of the year in an attempt to revive its battered tourism sector. But there is scepticism about the move, as the Covid-19 vaccination rate nationwide remains dismal. The authorities are keen on reopening popular tourist spots like Hua Hin, Chiang Mai and Bangkok on Oct 1 following the limited success of a pilot programme to reopen Phuket in July. The so-called Sandbox scheme generated some 1.6 billion baht (S$65.3 million) on the resort island. Tourism accounted for about a fifth of Thailand's gross domestic product before the pandemic. Reopening is "all right in theory", especially because the kingdom, like many other countries, is striving towards living with Covid-19, said Isra Sunthornvut, Thailand country director at consultancy firm Vriens & Partners. "Whether (the October reopening) is realistic, it represents a shift from the government's ... » Learn More about Thailand to reopen more regions to tourists by Oct 1 but analysts say it is risky but necessary
AS feedback for Budget 2022, I suggest that financial institutions give full loans (100% end-financing) to purchasers of property priced below RM1mil. This would help to stimulate the sluggish property market due to the prolonged movement control order since the outbreak of Covid-19 and also combat the practice of marking up the property’s transaction price. In conventional practice, the “90% loan margin from market value for first and second housing loan, 70% for third loan...” is no longer relevant, as it can easily be circumvented by marking up the selling price of the property. Marking up is done when the sale and purchase (S&P) agreement price is purposely adjusted to a price that’s higher than the actual value to help the buyer secure a property without using their own money. Marking up has become a common practice among loan consultants, bankers and solicitors in order to stay competitive. They would “shop” for an adjusted and fake market value to fulfil their ... » Learn More about Consider giving full loans for property below RM1mil