Monthly Archives: March 2014


Traders International Review

I have purchased, studied and applied the Traders International course to my own trading, so it is from this viewpoint that I present this Traders International Review. Here I have outlined the course content (without spilling any beans!), what I found to be the most important aspects and my overall view of the course, on-going training, support and Traders International as a whole.

I first heard about eminis back in 2007 but unfortunately I was not in a position to start trading again. I had invested in stocks and traded in CFD’s (Contracts For Difference, a leveraged product) prior to this time but had not had much success with the CFDs. This was mainly due to a very small trading account that could not handle the ups and downs of the market. So when I decided I wanted to get into trading eminis I first looked for where I could get a comprehensive education and most importantly for me, on-going support. One of the pitfalls I had fallen into with CFD’s was that when things were not going as I had thought they should, I didn’t have the support and guidance to show me where I was going wrong and how to get back on track.

So after much searching on the internet, I found Traders International and purchased their training course in January 2008. I chose their course because the e-course had many modules that covered all of the different aspects of trading eminis, including how to read charts and indicators, how to recognise signals, using the trading platforms and setting up a broker account. So the course was very strong on the technical side of trading. The e-course was well presented and as it was online I could do it whenever I wanted and at the speed I wanted.

However, the real benefit for me was the support.

I had never really taken a serious look at my money management skills or put together a trading plan that was suited to my circumstances, my finances and my own personal style of trading. I was able to email off my trading plan to one of the support staff who looked over it to make sure it was sensible and do-able based on the fact that I was only new to emini trading.

Having access to the LIVE Trading Rooms meant that I could learn as the action was happening, and there are numerous on-line support sessions where I could ask plenty of those ‘dumb’ questions that we all have.

I am pleased to say that I have found success in trading eminis due to the education and support that I got from Traders International. I have written some more about my experiences with them at From that site you can also gain FREE access to the LIVE Market Trading Class and see for yourself if the Traders International Review lives up to its claims. All the very best in your trading journey. Here’s you YOUR success!

Singapore Immigration

Singapore, originally founded as a British trading colony in 1819, is a city-state located on the southern tip of the Malaya peninsula in Southeast Asia. Despite having a population of just five million, Singapore has a GDP of $ 235.7 billion and is one of the best developed countries in the world. Singapore is one of the best places to settle and live in. The first thing that’s likely to strike you on landing here is the incredible efficiency from the immigration authorities to the transportation etc.

Singapore, the tiny red dot on the globe, with some strategic advantages welcomes investors and foreign talents with professional qualifications and skills or entrepreneurial acumen. It subsequently became one of the world’s most prosperous countries alongside strong international trading links and per capita GDP equal to that of the leading nations of Western Europe. Singapore adopts an open immigration policy with a strong belief in human resource as the most valuable and important tool in the country’s economic growth. In recent months, the government has also spoken of the urgency to attract even more foreigners – whom the government calls “Foreign Talent”.

Foreign talent is skilled employees that carry professional business or educational background, whereas foreign workers are the unskilled labour force. Foreigners who want to pursue full time studies in universities, schools or institutes of higher education in Singapore must apply for a Student Visa or Student Pass. The processing of this student pass will take about four weeks. Foreign talents which account for about 30% of the workforce, are interested by open recruitment policies, low personal taxation, a meritocratic community which embraces variety, and last but not least, a high quality of life in Singapore’s cosmopolitan environment. These have been proven by the Worldwide Quality of Living Index which rated Singapore as the top Asian country for its quality of life.

Singapore Employment Pass is granted by the Ministry of Manpower to qualified applicants providing them a validity of 1 or 2 years. Employment Pass is renewable as long as the pass holder remains employed in a Singapore company. Singapore passport holders enjoy visa free travels to 155 countries across the world. UK passport holders top this list with visa free travels to 166 countries. Singapore is among the world’s most popular immigration and work destinations. It is a cosmopolitan city-state.

Foreigners who hold preferred university qualifications or skilled migrant visas shall apply for the pass. The EPEC is not a work pass. Foreign entrepreneurs who wish to develop their business in Singapore and also stay here have two options to choose from: Entrepass and Employment pass. Each one has its own benefit in terms of ease of approval, processing period and mandatory requirements.

Depending on the type of EntrePass you hold, you can apply for the Dependant’s Pass or the Long Term Visit Pass for your family members. These admit your immediate family to live in Singapore while you start and grow your business here. Depending on your skills levels, the terms and conditions for foreigners to work or stay in Singapore differ substantially. Skilled workers, professionals and entrepreneurs are encouraged to take up permanent residence and citizenship may be granted after two to ten years of residence (Social Integration Management Service 1994).

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Peranakan Beaded Slippers

‘Kasut Manek’, literally meaning ‘shoe beads’, is a type of shoe that dates back to the early twentieth century. It refers to beaded slippers worn by a nyonya to complete her Sarong Kebaya outfit, together with chained brooches (kerosang) and a silver belt (tali pendeng).

croatia”>”>croatia shirtThe slippers are made of Peranakan Cut Beads (manek potong) that are especially treasured as these beads are no longer available. Vintage kasot manek are intricate and finely stitched, a testimony to the fine workmanship of yesteryears. The intricacy and fine workmanship of a pair of beaded slipper is also a hallmark of a highly accomplished Peranakan woman who is likely to be a very good cook as well.

The beaded slippers were worn by both the Peranakan males (baba) and females (nyonya) and were especially popular in the 1930s. Nowadays, the beaded slippers are more commonly worn by women only.

The beaded slippers were made for two types of occasions. For the happy occasions, like the Chinese New Year or birthdays, these beaded slippers used colorful beads with intricate patterns. For sad occasions, the beads used were likely to be in black, white or blue colors (Chinese mourning colors), and the patterns were simple.

The beaded slippers were either opened face (peep-toe) or covered face.

The popular motifs used for the patterns were flowers, birds, butterflies, and fruits. These motifs, likely to appeal to the feminity of the Peranakan women, had both European and Chinese influence.

The sample patterns were likely to be cross-stitched, with each stitch representing a bead. The beads were then used in the actual beading of the slippers.

The Perakan pattern for the beaded slipper is unique in that even the background is quite ornate resulting in a colorful patterned mosaic with a well-defined border.

To sew the pattern, a laced-up wooden frame (pidangan) is used to provide the right tension for the beading. The beading process starts from the center of the pattern, moving to the right then left. The main motif of the pattern is first beaded, followed by the background and then the border. The border may have a smooth or scallop-edge.

When the beaded pattern is completed, it would be sent to the cobbler to be made into slippers. Leather is usually the preferred material for the beaded slippers, and may be either made with low or high heels.

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