Dec 18, 2012

The Freezer

The freezer is an imaginary place in our minds to dump all our non-performing, stuck-at-a-high-price, sentimental value stocks. We hope one day, when the stars align, they turn into hot potatoes again!

We come up with many reasons; fundamentals are still good, business model is viable, waiting for a better price to average down, or ''this was my first stock''.

Examining my portfolio as the year draws to an end, 12.04% is in the freezer.

1. Valuetronics

I can honestly say I bought this because of the dividends. However, this stock is what I call a Nautilus; the submarine from Jules Verne's 20000 Leagues Under the Sea. It is 'underwater' (no or low vol, low interest) most of the time, until CD, it 'surfaces for air' (vol comes in, retailers chase), and when XD is here, it goes back to the depths of the sea again. It has poor liquidity, thus, it is my freezer stock.

2. Elektromotive

This was my 2nd micro penny punt a few months ago this year. I was successful on my first punt with Vashion, and then I decided to try with this counter, but with half the value only. Seems like the music stopped just when I did not have the chair yet, and it is now down from 0.007 to 0.004. Due to the small amount vested here, I did not really think much of it since.

I have thought of averaging down at 0.002 to take advantage of the channel at 0.002-4 though.

This is a company with rojak business interests; from electric vehicles to media publishing and events. Recently, it has announced a proposed divestment of a 55% stake in a UK subsidiary for S$10.8 million cash, with a special dividend payout and share buyback.

It is good to see them finally going after what's valuable; the you tiao in the rojak; the electric vehicle (EV) and recharging business. The divestment will see Elektromotive focussing only on Asia ex Japan.

Elektromotive expects EVs to roll out in 2013, and for mass-adoption in Singapore in 2014/15

Quoting MD Ricky, ''we may become a billion-dollar company''. Wow! Can you take my shares out of the freezer?

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Dec 15, 2012

Seeking calm in the most mundane of tasks

Had a good dinner last night and finished off with a glass of wine. The past week had been rough and one of my busiest this year. Hardly feeling festive for me.

Went to the wet market with my Mum this morning, and bought fresh meat, seafood and vegetables. I will attempt green curry and pad thai! I will be using a ready made paste however.

Only just last night, I had carved up a whole roast chicken myself, during dinner. I hadn't done that in my entire life. Today, I'm slicing pork, and cleaning and cutting up a squid. Then I tore off the skin from the chicken thighs, and picked off the fat, then chopped it up. After awhile it started to get easier, and I was deftly working out the bits and pieces and then scraping off the board like a pro! I have found that simple and mundane tasks such as gardening, can bring about inner calm.

I feel like Tywin Lannister from Game of Thrones, gutting and carving up his stag!