You might not know it by its name, but surely you've noticed snaking queues at cash deposit machines on a particular day around Chinese New Year. This date is called Li Chun (立春), and depositing cash has become quite a Singaporean tradition in the past few years. According to some fengshui master or other, Li Chun is supposedly an auspicious day for you to deposit money in your bank account. If you're wondering when, where and why Li Chun 2019 is all about, here's a dummies' guide. (Read all the way to the bottom for advice on how you can ACTUALLY make money with your money for Li Chun!) Now wait just a minute, what in the blazes is Li Chun (立春)? For the benefit of anyone who isn't Chinese, is Chinese but studied in ACS, or is simply a potato, I'll briefly explain Li Chun (Chinese: 立春) in this section. Li Chun is a date on the Chinese calendar that signifies the beginning of spring. This date often falls around Chinese New Year, although the … [Read more...] about ‘Huat’ are the best times to deposit money on ‘auspicious’ Li Chun this year?
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It's a given: the greatest drives have always been around the Alps of Europe, where, consequently, the best-handling cars are developed and tested. But the Alps need not be the only venue. A personal favorite was a 250-kilometer trip from Imperia by the Ligurian Coast, up the Strada Statale 28 (SS28) and down into Turin, savoring half of the route of the famous San Remo Rallye through cliff-hugging hamlets and mountain springs that irrigate much of the produce for the Slow Food Movement. Ironically, I suspect that trip was more fun because I was dicing with a briskly driven Ford Orion in my underpowered 1990 1100cc Fiat Tipo. That was only part of the week-long journey that took me through the fog-bound Autostrade in Emilia-Romagna, uphill against the rush of flood waters around Firenze, and a wonderful but short drive from Bergamo to Venezia, then doubling back into the Val d'AOsta to continue into Switzerland. There, I switched to an Opel Omega and went up through every Swiss … [Read more...] about Five great road trips and the best cars to take with you
By Dieter Kurtenbach The Mercury News Sat., Dec. 15, 2018 OAKLAND, CALIF.—The Toronto Raptors kicked the Golden State Warriors’ butts on Wednesday. The Raptors’ victory — without Kawhi Leonard in the lineup and going up against the Warriors’ four healthy all-stars —was comprehensive and nearly wire-to-wire; they led by as many as 26 points and chased the Warriors’ stars from the contest midway through the fourth quarter (which was, honestly, a half-quarter too late). Arguably the best team in the Eastern Conference ran the defending champions on their home floor. And noting that the Raptors swept the two-game season series from the Dubs this season, surely it’s going to be difficult for every level of the hot-take food chain to avoid running with this. All credit to the Raptors but for those who decide that even part of their reaction to Wednesday’s loss is to panic about the state of Golden State, I have a quick … [Read more...] about Warriors see no need to make statements in the regular season
By Jorge L. Ortiz USA Today Mon., April 23, 2018 OAKLAND—It took more than three weeks and a masterful performance by one of the game’s up-and-coming pitchers for the Red Sox to come to grips with a baseball reality: You don’t play .900 baseball and average 6.5 runs a game at this level, not for that long a stretch. Sean Manaea’s no-hitter Saturday kept Boston from becoming just the sixth team since 1900 to win 18 of its first 20 games, and the Athletics limited the visitors to one run over the final two games of the weekend to hand them their first back-to-back losses of the year. Yet, after opening the season with a franchise-best 17-2 mark, the Red Sox maintain a sublime run differential (plus-64) that’s nearly 40 runs better than their nearest competitor. Read more: ‘Dangerous’ Red Sox crush Orioles for best start in franchise history Article Continued Below A’s lefty Sean Manaea throws no-hitter against … [Read more...] about Why the Red Sox are the best team in baseball
By Mark Cullen Special to the Star Ben Cullen Sat., April 7, 2018 There are questions that will, every new season, emerge like new spring shoots: “Where will I find a career I love?” The other question is asked by employers, “Where can I find good help?” Today, we’re going to dabble in some matchmaking of the career variety. Consider horticulture. We work in a profession that abounds with job opportunities. Right now is one of the best times to seek work since the growing season is exploding before us. On the other side, the biggest challenge for the gardening profession is finding and keeping good help. Fact is, there are many career opportunities in landscaping, nursery growing, grounds maintenance and retail horticulture. And, just like plumbers, carpenters and electricians, professional gardeners and landscapers must work their way up. Post-secondary education can help move you up the ladder. Access to companies that need help … [Read more...] about Why horticulture is the best choice for your growing career