Archive for February, 2009

Psychedelic Indonesian fish is a new species!

Friday, February 27th, 2009

And it jumps around erratically on the ocean bed… man, I’d love to see this!

Original post at garry blogs

Singapore in same league as Cambodia for Sex Trafficking

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Something the Singapore Govt probably wasn't very proud of. I wasn't even aware of this, ever! I mean, it's obvious that there are a lot of hookers walking the red light district, but to even fathom that a significant percentage of them are forced to do so is unthinkable for me…

Original post at garry blogs

Two kick-ass movies!

Friday, February 27th, 2009

I'm super looking forward to these! Just to watch some kick ass! Haha.

I think I will be really sad if Watchmen turns out to be a sad film. I'm quite a big fan of X-men-type movies.

Personally, I think the Legend of Chun Li probably aint gonna be fantastic other than the action (chronographed by the same guy that did the Matrix). AND, the movie poster sucks real bad, don't ya think?

See and download the full gallery on posterous

Original post at garry blogs

A democratic Facebook?

Friday, February 27th, 2009
Check out this website I found at

In the latest Facebook post by Mark Zuckerberg on, he seems to indicate that the Terms of Use are gradually going to be replaced by a democratic process similar to a country - where general changes are governed by an overall constitution (in Facebook’s case, it’s the Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and Facebook Principles documents).

I think it’s the right way forward, given the power of the users in view of the open and free nature of society on the web. If you think as website services as countries, and their users as citizens, then the only difference is web citizens can choose any country they want.

Wouldn’t you choose the country that gives you the most benefits and gives you the power to you influence the direction of growth and progress of your nation?

Unless, of course, you’re blindly loyal =p

Original post at garry blogs

Which side of the line are you on?

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Originally from

Honestly, I don't really know which side I'd be on. I hope it's the right side.

Original post at garry blogs

Beautiful rainbow over NUS

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Original post at garry blogs

Letter from AG of New York state regarding Merrill’s bonuses

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Now now, what can I say? Tsk. Bad Merrill, naughty Merrill. Go stand in the corner!


Garry Huang
When I was going up the stairs, I met a man who wasn't there.
He wasn't there again today, I wish, I wish he'd go away.

On Wed, Feb 25, 2009 at 6:35 PM, Garry Huang <> wrote:
Now now, what can I say?

Original post at Garry blogs

GIC says NO to converting preferred Citi shares to common

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Business Times - 25 Feb 2009

WSJ says GIC wants to keep preferred shares as Citigroup tries to avoid US govt control


(SINGAPORE) The Government of Singapore Investment Corp (GIC) will say no to converting its preferred Citi shares into common stock now, a news report said yesterday.

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported that GIC wants to keep its US$6.88 billion investment in the US bank, but could face a dilemma if Citi reaches an agreement with US officials that includes a greater government role.

This came as Citigroup is in talks with the US government to convert the latter's preferred shares into common stock as a means of shoring up investor confidence. 'We are open to considering a request to do so,' a US Treasury spokesman said.

On Monday, the Federal Reserve and US Treasury issued a joint statement, pledging their 'determination to preserve the viability of systemically important financial institutions so that they are able to meet their commitments'.

The statement said the US Treasury would begin applying its new 'stress test' to major banks today and that banks found lacking in capital would be encouraged to seek private investors. If those banks cannot attract investments from the private sector, the government would step in with a 'temporary capital buffer'.

The statement said that any government capital will be in the form of mandatory convertible preferred shares, 'which would be converted into common equity shares only as needed over time to keep banks in a well-capitalised position'.

Citi is said to be persuading some investors holding preferred shares to convert some of those stakes into common stock. These investors include GIC, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and Kuwait Investment Authority. When contacted, a GIC spokeswoman declined to comment.

However, the rationale for GIC's refusal to convert is clear - it could suffer losses of as much as 93 per cent.

Called 'perpetual convertibles', GIC's preferred shares represent a beneficial stake of 5.3 per cent if converted, and it also offers an annual coupon of 7 per cent. But a conversion into common equity will cut off that income stream.

Based on the terms of the initial purchase, GIC must convert at a 20 per cent premium above a reference price, which was set based on the average Citi share price in the days following the initial announcement on Jan 15, 2008.

Between Jan 16 and Jan 30, 2008, Citi's share price hovered between US$24 and US$27, giving an average of about US$26.

Assuming a face value of US$6.88 billion and a reference price of US$26, a conversion will yield a shareholding of about 220.5 million shares (for which GIC must pay just over US$31 a share). At Citi's US$2.14 closing price on Monday, the stake is worth US$471.9 million.

'If GIC is to convert into common stock, the deal must be sweetened quite a lot. They want to make sure that their return will be equal or above the coupon,' WSJ quoted a source as saying.

According to analysts, Citi's reason for persuading some investors to convert to common stock is to stop the US government from gaining a majority stake in the bank. But matters are not that simple.

Speaking to BT, CIMB economist Song Seng Wun said that if GIC converts its preferred shares into common stock, alongside the US government, this will lead to an enormous dilution of the sovereign fund's stake. 'On the other hand, this may be the only option. If GIC does not convert, and the situation worsens, even the 7 per cent annual coupon may vanish as well,' Mr Song said.

Plus, there is also the spectre of a possible nationalisation of the US bank.

Given that GIC's preferred shares may be classified under equity, a full nationalisation of Citi could see its entire stake wiped out.

The US authorities and Citi have their own issues to deal with. According to reports, the new stress test is likely to measure tangible common equity (TCE) ratios - what shareholders would get back if the company were to be wound up.

And Citi is likely to fail the test as its 1.5 per cent TCE ratio is already below the 3 per cent seen as safe.

Meanwhile, the Financial Times quoted Jason Goldberg, a Barclays Capital analyst, as saying that the US government would have to convert US$15 billion of the US$45 billion in Citi preferred shares it holds to keep its stake at about 40 per cent.
'However, if, as Citi is pushing for, other holders of preferred shares such as sovereign wealth funds and institutional investors were also to convert their US$30 billion worth of securities, the government could convert more than US$30 billion without gaining a majority stake.'

Original post at Garry blogs

Need help choosing a name, please?

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Can someone out there gimme some suggestions or feedback - what is a good / nice / cool name for a lifestreaming site?

  1. ifeedu
  2. feedmyself
  3. roadislife
  4. feedgabber
  5. myfeedstory
If you can think of any more names I'd appreciate that too! :) Just leave a comment!

Original post at Garry blogs

Moving to Posterous

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

I'm moving to Posterous soon - it allows me to blog, post, and share content as effectively as microblogging! It's the golden age of blogging - you should check it out too!

Original post at Garry’s posterous