FOCUS ON ENTRY PRICE, NOT FUTURE SELLING PRICE Daniel Wong, associate group director at Propnex Realty, strongly advocates the position that property investment should not be a gamble. "Many think that how much you make from a property investment is at the point of sale, but what many are not aware of is that it is already determined at your point of purchase. It is important to know the value of the house you are buying into." He explains that one should get a house at the current value or below value, not higher; you should not buy a property hoping that future transactions will support it. For example, if a project's transactions are at an average of $1,000 per square foot (psf), anything lower, like $900psf, is a good buy. You should never buy it at $1,100psf and hope that it will hit $1,200psf in the future. To help you decide on your buying price, David Ng, senior associate marketing director of Propnex Realty, recommends checking the historical psf price trend to see if it's … [Read more...] about Property in Singapore: How do you spot a good buy
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How do you treat failure? Our Mom and Son Podcast this week is about failure. If you haven’t listened to it, here are the links: (Spotify, Apple iTunes, Buzzsprout and YouTube).There’s a stigma attached to the word “fail.” Nobody wants to be called a failure or loser. But in order to be a winner, you have to risk losing. When our sons were growing up, my husband would challenge them to a game of basketball, table tennis, video games, and other sports just for fun. At first, he would allow them to have a tight game with him. In other words, he would first play with his right hand (he’s left-handed) and as they went on, he would play with his dominant hand and give it his best shot, making it harder and harder for them saying, “No more Mr. Nice Guy, I’m gonna cream you!” The boys all agree on one thing, “Papa has this annoying way of laughing when he’s winning na nakakapikon!” But all of these … [Read more...] about How do you treat failure?
The subject is love and much more — betrayal, vengeance, etc. The characters of Dahil sa Pag-ibig, the GMA soap which premieres this afternoon, is expected to resonate with lovers of any age. Directed by Ricky Davao (with Lore Reyes as associate director), the searing drama stars Benjamin Alves, Winwyn Marquez, Pancho Magno and Sanya Lopez. Benjamin plays Eldon, an OFW in Saudi Arabia who commits a crime that lands him in jail. Sanya plays Mariel, his wife left desperate in the Philippines trying to earn the required “blood money” to bail Eldon out. Winwyn is Portia, wife of Eldon’s employer, who is bent on keeping Eldon behind bars. Pancho is Gary, Mariel’s former lover, who offers her an indecent proposal. Let’s see what the four stars did or didn’t do in the name of love. What is your present “state of the heart”? Sanya: I’m happy and contented right now. In love and happy with my career. If ever (Mr. Right) comes along, … [Read more...] about What they did (and didn’t do) for love
By Yvette Van Veen Special to the Star Wed., May 15, 2019 Q: This will be our dog’s first summer. How do we best prepare him for the bustle of the summer season? More importantly, how do we prepare him for fireworks on the long weekend? Should we take him to an event so he can get used to them? A: Socialization is critical for all dogs. Well-socialized dogs feel safe in the world. They can cope with all that life throws their way. This would include noisy and crowded environments such as the summer festivals. When it comes to fireworks, the short answer is no, you shouldn’t take a dog to a show as a means of socializing them to the noise. Each year, after Victoria Day, lamp posts are covered with posters of lost dogs. Many of these dogs bolted when frightened by fireworks. While some people may insist that they take dogs to events with no ill effect, it’s a very high-risk strategy with potentially tragic consequences. The issue with risky … [Read more...] about How do we prepare our dog for fireworks on the long weekend?
By Erica Pearson Star Tribune Tues., April 30, 2019 Psychologist Michael Reichert wants to reinvent boyhood and make it less dangerous — for everyone. Teen boys are more likely than girls to carry weapons, more likely to get in a fight, more likely to drive drunk, more likely to use drugs or alcohol before sex and far more likely to die young, Reichert writes in his new book, How to Raise a Boy: The Power of Connection to Build Good Men. He argues that this isn’t something boys are born with — it’s created by boyhood’s enduring cultural norms, clichés and pressures, as moms push sons away to avoid raising a “mama’s boy” and boys are told to “man up.” We talked with Reichert, who has two sons and a grandson, about the steps that parents, coaches and teachers can take to intervene, how his work connects to the #MeToo movement, and why he dislikes the term “toxic masculinity.” Q: Why is it so … [Read more...] about How do you raise your son to be a good man? Start with ‘special time’