A Hearing Case!

I have just been asked to write a short blog as our mentor has a ‘hearing case’!

He just realized that instead of taking 1 tablet every 4 hours, this is his gaffe.


One of the tablets is Zovirax which I am supposed to take ONE every 4 fours. Instead today, I took 4 every four hours! No wonder I have been feeling off today! I told Chris, I was feeling off and she told me I was overdosing!  Unquote

This is a common dilemma with students, not ‘listening’  to what should be done not what they do instead….LOL.

My personal feeling is our mentor loves wearing his Bluetooth in his ear which adds to the over  exposure to radiation that we are already exposed to, such as, the electric clock by our bedside, the desktop or notebook, the TV  etc  – we are too wired and this is not good for our health, ask Dr Khoon Ng!

Let us pray that it is a viral infection and not a tumour!  Our mentor has finally put away  his Bluetooth. Tinnitus or ringing sensation in his ear will hopefully go away with the antibiotics.

Please join me in wishing Ray a speedy recovery and a steady not rolling gait!

Ana aka Idkit

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Just received this notice from Amazon:


A New Year Message

Well we are in 2010! As we start the year, I find it useful to ask 6 questions in all areas of my life:

1. What has been working so far – i.e. what is helping me attain the goals that lead to my VISION?
2. What’s not working so far – i.e. what is proving a barrier to my attaining the goals that lead to my VISION?
3. What should I do more of in 2010 and the next decade? (All the things that are working).
4. What should I do less of (or stop doing) in 2010 and the next decade? (All the things that are not working).
5. What should I start doing in 2010 and the next decade – e.g. applying the discoveries that Neurology is making to the learning and teaching arena.

Just thinking about the issues and making decisions helps provides a rough roadmap that my 2010 business plan will refine.  Then in 2020 (if I am still alive), I can look back, see what worked and what didn’t and thus have a starting point for the next decade.

My best wishes for all areas of your life in 2010 and beyond!


Unheard of in Singapore, but sad to say, brown-out is real in one hilltop condominium in HK, as our mentor Ray sent some of us a message today:

“A quick update on my electricty problems – writing this at Pacific Coffee Shop (HK version of Singapore Coffee Bean).

My supplies will be connected sometime between 4:00 and 6:00 PM today. Hopefully the problem will be solved today.”

I just received a call that his electricity supply is cut and he would not be able to write his blogs.

As we are all probably  busy planning for the countdown to X’mas, I will just share a compendium of trading terms which I received from INO.com, a gift of the season.

You  may read this attachment in pdf. and talk the talk, walk the walk and trade the trade!


Have a happy holidays


Ana aka Idkit


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Dance like an Egyptian

 Cross ref from Walk like an Egyptian

which is more a Dance rather than a Walk as you will see hereunder.


This is in fact a song by Liam Sternberg after seeing people on a ferry walking awkwardly to keep their balance.  The opening lyrics state, “All the old paintings on the tombs/ They do the sand dance don’t you know” which reminds of figures in Ancient Egyptian reliefs.

This and much more run through my mind when I was invited to attend the Egypt Day seminar on Tuesday June 2 2009 at our historic Raffles Hotel, Singapore.   As a child, I was fascinated in school about the Egyptians,  and I must have seen the movie by De Mille umpteen times on The Ten Commandments where Moses worked among the Hebrew slaves first as an adopted Prince of the Pharaoh  and then as Deliverer of the Hebrew slaves out of Egypt across  the Passage of the Red Sea,  a fantastic movie in 1956!  I also thought of  Cleopatra and Mark Anthony, the Sphinx and Pyramids, and last but not least, the camels with their long necks and humps.

I am thankful to  Nextview Singapore for organizing this event, a first official delegation of top Egyptian bankers, industrialists and their Stock Exchange, all of whom have come well prepared with meticulous accounts of their mission. I was very impressed that when I walked into the Ballroom of the Raffles Hotel, which was the venue of the Egypt Day seminar, I was warmly greeted by Samuel Zavatti, Senior Advisor-Asia Pacific, of CI Capital.  That put me at ease that I would not be discriminated against as a lady attendee, dispelling the myths that Islam would frown on women in business circles!  But then Samuel is really Italian. When he introduced me to more of his colleagues in CI Capital, including its chairman, Essam El Wakil,  I was equally bowled over by their sincere warmth in extending their hands to me during the pre-seminar event.

The Group CEO of CI Capital, Karim Helal, made a few presentations to enlighten the guests, including their Ambassador of Egypt to Singapore, with well documented facts and figures of Egypt’s economy.When we are bombarded daily with the subprime problems of US top banks,  I am very impressed to see that Egyptian banks like the top CI Bank, which is non-governmental, has been practicing (like all good traders) money  and risk management , to maintain for the last three years above 50% ratio for the Loans to Deposits, which is remarkable .

Other papers about The Egyptian Stock Exchange, Maridive & Oil Services and El Sewedy Cables were very informative, showing a wide spectrum  of the Egyptian economy.

The Chairman of their Stock Exchange, Maged Shawky, gave a brief overview of what their exchange trades in, from stocks in  Chemicals, Consumer Goods, Contracting,Engineering & Cables, Fertilizers,Financial & Investment,Metals & Engineering, Paper & Packaging,Shipping, Storage & Trade,Steel,Telecommunication, Media & Technology, Textiles, etc.

From the wide economic activities , one can see the potential for foreign investments in Egypt.

As one delegate, Mark Rorison, CI Capital researcher, commented to me:

“80 million people can’t be wrong” referring to the huge population of Egypt compared to under 5 million people in Singapore.  Mark went on more:

“Egypt, the Land of Sun, Red Sea and Sand, and history, is a land of opportunity.  Pyramids and Pharaohs are timeless and now the country is shaking years of cobwebs – mummified cloths – to regain its former glories. This is the point about 80M  young demographic and low penetration of banking, housing, consumption and wealth.  It is only meaningful where there is change.  Even in this period of turmoil, as risks have grown, Egypt is proving resilient and offering superior, if below par, growth.  CI Capital’s Egypt Day highlights the potential timeless returns if getting it right.

Read on to be convinced if Egypt is the land of opportunity and value as well as history and sun.”

Mark Rorison has certainly made a mark on the audience, by  waving his hands like an eagle on stage before making his presentation.  For a moment, I thought he wanted the audience to do some exercise as it was a long afternoon!  (My mentor Ray Barros, has a habit of making his seminar students get up and move their arms and legs).

Another presentation by Ahmed El Sewedy, CEO of Sewedy Cables, made me sit up with his wind  energy paper.  I am always thinking of alternative energies since my son, an engineer, has often told me that there are alternative energies that we can work on without total reliance on oil energy. After  the presentation and questions from the floor were invited, I could not resist asking the last questions: Are you selling your hardware more than wind energy?  How do you see Singapore using your hardware seeing we do not have strong winds as you do in Egypt (the strongest velocity compared to your neighbours in Europe)?

I was heartened to hear Karim Helal of CI Capital and a few others, supporting me with “Good questions!”  The CEO of Sewedy Cables summed up with one sentence: “You can always mount the hardware on your rooftops.”  Well, we do have very high rise buildings in Singapore, being land scarce.

Among the answers he gave was that energy could be transported inexpensively  to faraway places as we could  use the undersea cables (laid at great expense by the Americans) to convey energy via cables.  He also mentioned that solar energy is viable as the cheaper way.

My parting shot to one of the delegates,  Ashraf  Shash of CIB,  “ I recall in my London days, I chose Egyptian cotton bedsheets, but they were expensive !”  His reply was:”  It ranges from USD10 to USD60 depending on size, designs and quality. Finally, we compete based on our unparralled quality, especially in terms of softness and durability and for sure proximity to the export markets and availability of raw materials.”Points accepted and fair enough, seeing they now have to compete with China for textiles.



1.       The delegates have made a strong case for foreign investments in Egypt especially with such a big population of 80 million.

2.       Our Stock Exchanges in Singapore and Egypt could work closely especially in ETFs.

3.       Egypt used to look west to Europe and US, but now they are waking up to the vast opportunities in the East, with China evolving as the Third Power now.

4.   As Karim Helal sums up: a lot more to Egypt than the timeless Pyramids.


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RAY ON NDTV PROFIT  on Jun 4 2009





Ad Idem or Meeting of the Minds- Dr Brett



Ad idem @ The Esplanade

http://awanginvest.com/?p=687August 26, 2008 – 2:47 am


Meeting of the Minds or Ad Idem @ Via Mar, Esplanade Mall

What a better place to let our minds meet than at the Esplanade, Singapore’s art and convention centre.

We have the leading minds of Dr Brett Steenbarger and Ray Barros to pick while Mic and I took in the sea breeze, sipping our drinks , enjoying and sampling Spanish dishes especially paella.

Mic the comic related some local stories of how hawkers push for their fares – by shooting a picture of a celebrity eating at their stalls. This must have raised Dr Brett’s eye-brows! So we warned him in local dialects not to put off our honoured guest with such stories, which may be true but may not be the done thing. Mic the quick former trader from the Pit is always ready with a repartee: only joking!

Now it is my turn to relate my ‘diplomatic jokes’, only to break out into giggles before I could tell, which has to be finished by my mentor Ray. It must have struck our guest how stress could have turned us into funny creatures in order to release tensions.

Now back to the reason for the warning to Mic is because I want to put up a memento of our night out with our honoured guest, Dr Brett. I do not wish to use his picture with us for any gainful purpose except to remind us of his first visit to our lovely shore.

Dr Brett, as we all know , is a travelling Coaching Psychologist , who has been invited here for the first time on this important assignment to coach institutional traders around the globe.

We are lucky to claim his evening for a night out when still under jet lag. The first thing that came to our mind is to introduce him to our arts hub at the Esplanade.

The gentle and fresh sea breeze will clear his mind after a hard day ‘s coaching session with his clients and at the same time allow us to pick his brains.

So it has been a meeting of minds that will seal his first impressions of Singapore.

Let us hope our comic minds will not corrupt his but will just be a synapse or safety valve for escapism.

He must be amused in his ‘psychological mind’ before hitting the sack at his historical GPO hotel of what a night of meeting minds!


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My Thoughts on America’s Birthday – Todd Cochran

My Thoughts on America’s Birthday – Independence Day July 4th 2008

by Todd Cochran, LA, USA

When asked for a few words about Singapore and/or my Singaporean experiences

as an American, my initial thoughts came rushing to the surface, and eventually those

impressions led to some deeper essence feelings. Singapore, for me, is much more than

an exotic location or an escape from my realities at home. It occupies a special place in

my mind not only because of its natural beauty but more so because of the friendships

and relationships I’ve developed there.

As a musical artist I’ve been told that I tend to speak somewhat abstractly about

relationships and how they influence my thinking. This said, I’m particularly inspired by

people who commit to living their dreams and those – who by following their

imaginations – give rise to the hopes of everyman. For this reason I believe that the most

significant part of my Southeast Asian experience has been to have gained a greater

understanding of what is truly universal, and along the way, I developed a special affinity

for the decorum, art, culture and cuisine.

The “American” feelings that I have when visiting Singapore are threefold;

identity, consciousness, and awareness.

The identity aspect of my being American has to do with my knowing that I’m

part of a living tradition. At the core of this living tradition is a meritocracy. And to this

meritocracy is attached the mandate that one must continually transform and improve the

system of which they are a product. While the notion of a nation of supposedly limitless

possibilities fills me with a sense of personal honor and humility, I am at the same time

mindful of the fact that the appreciation and assimilation, acceptance and equality of all

cultures within the American concept has been an ongoing struggle.

Today I am particularly conscious of the fact that while progressive and

amazingly brilliant in dozens of ways, the American global identity is in serious

disrepair, and the American image as “a known quantity” or “the stereotype” – if you will

–is in dire need of an update throughout the world. I am proud to be one of many many

Americans who share the consciousness that now is the moment to enter a higher state of

grace and become proactively involved in changing the negative perceptions. We must

replace the not so good with positive actions and responsible attitudes. To this degree,

the great act of global fusion by talented individuals, and the wisdom of focused

collaboration that can result in healing innovation for the planet, will not reach its true

power until the river of ideas flow freely with empathy and humanness.

At this time my awareness is very heightened whenever I leave America to visit

another continent, another tradition, another family. While I stand on the shoulders of

my ancestors and muse on the enlightenment of my predecessors, I carry forward the

experiences of my heritage. It is with this awareness that I look forward to the nextmeeting ground, uninhibited conversations and expanding the boundaries. 


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Cross ref: http://awanginvest.com/?p=523

July 4, 2008 – 8:27 am Following my post for July 4 entitled: From Right to Left, I have received this romantic story from James Kaminecki of Chicago who has become a good friend from my world of trading companions!

The article is self-explanatory, and without further ado, please read on:


When Ana kindly asked me to write a piece about being an American during our Independence Day holiday, I had to take a step back. I began thinking to myself, “What could I say that people would take the time to read as I am just your average every day American guy?” But knowing that Ana’s and Ray’s blogs touch an international community, in asking this question, I think, I may have touched on the manner I should discuss this topic.

My thoughts turned to the idea that maybe people are less interested in hearing from corporate executives, Hollywood ‘stars’, politicians and typical media commentators.

What are a typical American’s thoughts on this coming Independence Day?

I cannot speak for all, but the following three words really come to mind when I personally reflect on this holiday: family, freedom and opportunity.

These words are almost synonymous with the coming holiday here in the United States. However, maybe I can shed some personal light on this topic and will start with a story.

Like most Americans, my family came here from ‘somewhere else’. The one detailed story that has been passed down through the years comes from my father’s side of the family. His grandmother, my great grandmother Catherine, emigrated to Chicago in 1907 from a small town outside of Krakow, Poland. Unknown to her at the time of her departure was that Frank, a young man in her town was in love with her. However, he had been too shy to speak to her. After she had left, he listened to family and friends who told him that he should not expect her to return to Poland. If he wanted to meet her, he would have to follow her. He chose to change his entire life, leave all that he knew behind him, take a chance and follow his heart. Thousands of miles away, a different culture, a new language and many unknowns awaited him. He arrived in Chicago a short time after she did. They were introduced to each other through mutual friends who also made the same journey. Frank and Catherine were married within a year and eventually had five children together; three daughters and two sons. Wanda was the middle child and is my grandmother.

Frank never was able to listen to any of the twenty albums his eldest daughter would go on to record or have the opportunity to see his five children grow up. Fifteen years after he was married, he passed at the young age of 34 after being severely burned in an accident at the factory he worked during the Depression. Wanda was thirteen years old. The family pulled together and the younger kids used older relative’s IDs to get employment wherever they could. The entire family worked to support each other. They got through the difficult times and the kids all went on to having families of their own.

After getting married to John when he left the Air Force at the end of World War II, she raised three children. Eventually, with the kids grown up, my grandmother Wanda went back to the workplace during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. This time it was for a very large Chicago-based retail company called Sears, Roebuck and Co. The company built a new headquarters in downtown Chicago that was completed in 1973. At completion they let employees write their names on the final I-beam to be put in place at the top of the building.

I believe you will find many similar stories about how families were started here in this country. You can change the names, the city and the circumstances…but the storyline follows a similar path, and they will be reflecting on this during our Independence Day Holiday. Families around the globe have their own stories to tell and reflect upon it as well. It does not take a holiday to remind us of these things, but here we are in 2008 and we are upon the 232nd anniversary of this young country’s independence.

Family. Freedom. Opportunity.

Family – The foundation from which all communities and nations are built

Freedom – To have choices, make informed decisions and to be able to take action once a goal has been set

Opportunity – To follow your heart, to take a chance and to follow your dreams

You might ask the question: “How does this all relate to a trading blog?” For me, trading is almost a microcosm of independence and life: you are presented with numerous opportunities every day and are always looking to improve your skills. You have the freedom to make informed choices in the marketplace and to take actions, such as, enter, exit or wait for additional information. You have a ‘family’ there to support you along the way such as Ana Wang , Brett Steenbarger, Jim Pendelbury (J.P.) or Ray Barros.

This post is a dedication to all those individuals, not just in America, but around the world that have worked and sacrificed to provide the freedom and opportunity to create a better life for themselves, their family and friends and future generations.

We all have hopes and dreams that are waiting to be accomplished. To everyone reading, I would like to say: Take a chance, follow your heart, then make an informed decision and dedicate yourself to following through. Keep your eyes set firmly on the goals you wish to accomplish instead of any difficulty you might be experiencing along the way. Know that there is light at the end of the tunnel and if you persevere, you will reach that goal you are seeking or will come out stronger than before.

Do not be afraid of failure. Mistakes are guaranteed to be made.

But, aren’t the most important lessons in life learned after you have stumbled? You just need to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and try again with the new information…you never know what you will accomplish or just how high you might reach.

Wanda Kaminecki passed away this past March after a very long and fulfilling life. She may no longer be with us, but her family and friends are better off today because of her and all that she had done during her time here. The Sears Tower in Chicago ascends 110 stories, higher than any building on the continent. Her name and the other family members’ names that she engraved on that I-beam are still on the top of that building that ‘scrapes the sky’. -JK





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Right to Left

……….Is From Inspiration to Perspiration.

More : http://awanginvest.com/?p=18

We often encounter the words inspiration and perspiration in trading literature and this brings me to share some insights on the Right and Left workings of the brain. Our brain works like through the convergence of kinetic energy and motion in our everyday zone.

Gouthum Karadi wrote:In this dual universe everything exists only as paired with an opposite. Positive and Negative. Good and Bad. Masculine and Feminine.

One force obtains and holds advantage over the other. This is the natural ebb and flow of life which produces the endless variation which we experience as the phenomenal world. When things are in perfect balance, as in Yin and Yang, we have stagnation.

It is only through imbalance that we experience change. Let us take a tank with a partition in the middle; it has two halves of negative 100 degrees and positive 100 degrees respectively. When the partition is removed, do watch carefully. With the convergence at the zone, all kinds of kinetic energy and motion exist. Similarly, our everyday life is this convergence zone.From most recorded history, the masculine energy had held the initiative. Projects were undertaken due to their logical and conceptual value – first conceptualized and then built. In earlier history there were also cases where the feminine held sway.Generally, the male reasons things through, then develops them. The female can be thought of as the right-brain, or the initiator, who comprehends things as a whole, only to analyze afterwards.

Some of the world’s greatest left-brain thinkers, like Einstein and Bohr, achieved their crowning ideas through dreams. This is the quintessential right-brain gestalt.

Thus, the masculine has clearly ruled from the age of reason and enlightenment until the present. Now it is time for the feminine to take the lead once more. This involves the right-brain receiving an idea, complete and whole, through an intuitive process. It then directs the left-brain to analyze and develop the idea. The left-brain masculine generally seeks to break things apart and to rebuild them in its logical framework.

NOW, our world seeks cohesion once again. Here the right-brain feminine excels. It seeks to unite and connect things into organic and harmonious wholes. The quote below describes how this shift in thinking affects the way we see and analyze the world and our place in it:

“The realization that early humans were the hunted and not hunters has upended traditional ideas about what it takes for a species to thrive. For decades the reigning view had been that hunting prowess and the ability to vanquish competitors was the key to our ancestors’ evolutionary success (an idea fostered, critics now say, by the male domination of anthropology during most of the 20th century). But prey species do not owe their survival to anything of the sort, argues Sussman. Instead, they rely on their wits and, especially, social skills to survive. Being hunted brought evolutionary pressure on our ancestors to cooperate and live in cohesive groups. That, more than aggression and warfare, is our evolutionary legacy.” (Begley 2007)

The quoted text above illustrates how the complex dance between masculine and feminine occurs with the divine intercourse of everything in our galaxy.

We see the masculine mind seeking a single advantage which accelerated humans to dominance. Now humanity is about to shift again – to more feminine driven reasoning.

It will be inspiration driving perspiration versus perspiration creating inspiration.


Think less, feel more, yet never surrender logic at the door.

It is only through integration that humanity will reach the next level in human evolution without destroying itself- a new level, a space consciousness.

By space consciousness, EckhartTolle implies that you are not the objects flowing through your consciousness . But you are so powerful at creating your life, that if you decide that those objects (beliefs and emotions) are you, then you will create that reality for yourself. But if you decide that you are just the awareness of your beliefs and emotions, then they are just things moving through you.



My good old friend Martha Nicolaides (Origin Amman) has this to say: To be an American is to be free i.e. speak freely, think freely, live freely….to be an American is to be equal amongst all people who live in this country. UNQUOTE






Canada Day is celebrated on 1st July, the official independence day of Canada. The day commemorates the founding of the Canadian federal government by the British North America Act of 1 July, 1867. As the independence day of Canada, this day is observed as a national holiday throughout the country.




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