Author: 35 is the defining age

Patience

On stretches of weeks like these, it seems that the only thing I’m living and working for is to F.I.R.E. A lull in motivation requires an increased level of patience with the bullshit that’s constantly perpetuating in the workplace (it’s like the freaking Kraken – the more you try to kill it, the larger it grows), and an added dose of naivety could certainly help in paving the way forward. These are times when I blame my seemingly hell bent analytical ability in calling management bullshit, and could certainly benefit from being a greenhorn believing in all that management...

Read More

The Limited Use of Willpower

When I was a teenager, I used to have what seems like a copious amount of willpower – waking up before 0500 to put in a good hour and a half studying and catching up with the school work; losing up to 30 kg in a short 8 months time frame, and generally just coping and adapting well to the demands that school has placed. When I started doing investment banking as an Analyst, well I didn’t really need to call on my willpower given the pervasive use of the why that I constantly dangled over the top of my...

Read More

Beware – The Ego Trap

One of the pitfalls that many people encounter when embarking onto something novel in a bid to for self improvement is this very thing called the ego trap. The more commonly used abbreviation could be something along the lines of “one-upmanship”, or constant comparison and thinking that one human being is better than another because of [x]. Here is an simple example: “I ran 10km today while you sat on a couch walloping the entire bag of kettle-chips when you should have been doing kettle-bells. Chips are not bells. I ran while you snoozed, therefore I am superior to...

Read More

Nostalgia

Was digging up old photos for one of my best friend’s wedding that’s coming up real soon and wow, those memories back in JC and secondary school sure came flooding right back into my life. Close friendships that were formed previously, and of course the sweet budding relationships that couldn’t last the test of time and the lack of maturity. Add a strong dose of the Cranberries belting out their ever enduring tunes in the background, and voila, one enters into an overwhelming sense of nostalgia :) More than 15 years have passed since my sec school days, and...

Read More

Role Models

This would possibly be one of the most doled out pieces of advice provided to young graduates fresh out of college and thrown into the frying pan  the workforce – that is to find some role models you adopt best practices from and emulate to bring about career success. Most people listen, nod (I know I sure did, looked out for how the best junior bankers went about their daily life, and started consciously picking up habits from them) and attempt to adhere to that very advice, to varying degrees of success. I do believe that very piece of...

Read More

Thoughts on volatility

Back in 2007 / 2008, I was still in college when the global economy went through a market meltdown. For those who could use a primer in what caused the crisis back then, a useful and entertaining short 3 hour option would be to catch “The Big Short”, a movie that does just about enough to encapsulate the origins of the global financial crisis back in the day, while providing a modicum of entertainment (hey finance can be pretty boring to most people alright). I recall being feeling a little frustrated then, at being left on the sidelines, given...

Read More

Thoughts on Sumiko Tan’s article today (31 Jan 16)

Not really a big fan of Sumiko Tan’s (the Straits Times journalist) writings, but I found her article today (31 Jan 16) regarding salary letters, or the more commonly known bonuses to be a real nice gem. She had some really good thoughts on perspective, which I think could act as a salve in these trying times for folks within the finance industry. And her breakdown on why folks work, i.e. either as a job that allows them to feed their passion and desire in other aspects, or to accumulate power, prestige, intellectual stimulation, the works, or that they...

Read More

2015 – My Year in Review (Part 3)

Moving on to the third and final installment of my 2015 review…. Relationships 2015 saw a large amount of volatility on this front. I finally got out of a long but fruitless relationship in the earlier part of the year, which freed me up to focus on other things. Checked out this app called Tinder which led to some dates that didn’t provide much meaning, except for getting to know some new people from varied backgrounds, which was kind of interesting, at least for a while. Met someone towards the 4Q who has been really attractive and interesting, but...

Read More

2015 – My Year in Review (Part 2)

Moving on to the more important things in life which fall along what I would like to call the personal development spectrum… Physical Fitness / Health This is the 3rd year or so that I’ve took up a variant of the slow carb diet that was made popular by Tim Ferriss’ the Four Hour Body, and that lifestyle is something that has kept me going, given its inherent structure and the timed weekly cheat day(s) on the weekend. This year, I added a bit more intensity to the physical side of things by increasing and sustaining my mix of...

Read More

2015 – My Year in Review (Part 1)

The best thing I like about December ain’t much about the festivities surrounding X’mas and the New Year. It ain’t about the perceived break that one gets when people wind down at year end. In fact, I’ve been pretty busy over the last couple of weeks, as you can see from the lack of activity on this medium.   The best thing about December is that my favourite DJs such as Armin Van Buuren, Gareth Emery and Above & Beyond would finally release their much anticipated best of 2015 podcasts, where these can fantastic playlists can last up to...

Read More

On Gratitude

As the date that marks my 30th year of life draws closer, it becomes even more apparent that there’s just so much over the last 30 years that I am grateful for. I thought it might be a good idea to etch these thoughts down in digital ink as a reference point down when the going gets hard in the future. This is going to be a long one sided ramble without much proof-reading or editing (if any at all), pretty much straight from the heart and shooting from my hip stuff, so be forewarned. * Grateful to be...

Read More

Improving Your Self

I’ve always been a big fan of self-improvement ever since I was put through the paces @ the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teenagers workshop back in my sec school days. In fact, I do think I have more books on the self-improvement and development genre as compared to any genre. Over the years, I’ve come to realise that I have drawn a strong sense of personal achievement and character development through the undertaking of sporting activities. Somehow, the result of say, completing a marathon, vis a vis the process of implementing some new logical thought system, seemed more...

Read More

Investment Banking in Bear Markets

A couple days ago, amidst the rout in the global stock markets that have been plaguing us through the summer, one of the Managing Directors walked around the banking floor, and announced: “This is it boys, the summer of 2008 is repeating itself. Embrace the fun times, for you wouldn’t know how long it lasts”. For the uninitiated, 2008 saw the closing down of bulge bracket investment banks Bear Stearns (bought over by JP Morgan) and Lehman Brothers as global markets were brought to their knees. Countless bankers were laid off in several rounds across the industry globally as the contagion...

Read More

What does it mean to possess the "pioneering" spirit?

This year’s NDP was a remarkable and momentus event. With Singapore celebrating its 50th year of independence, all stops and expense caps were lifted, and the festivities were launched in full flow.  The propaganda machine was cranking overtime, with celebrations (rightly so, in my humble opinion) focused on the development and progress of our island nation since its humble inception, the efforts of the pioneer generation in establishing and contributing to Singapore’s progress. Much has been said about the spirit of the pioneer generation, and how it has enabled Singapore to notch its laudable achievements in a relatively short...

Read More

Thoughts on the SAF’s new IPPT system

Recently I had the “privilege”, given forth to me as a Singaporean son, of undertaking my yearly pilgrimage to a SAF fitness conditioning centre to test my physical mettle in the mandatory individual proficiency fitness test. Now this test has gone through a major revamp over the last 12 months. It used to comprise of four static stations plus a 2.4km run. Four static stations being pull ups, sit ups, shuttle run and a standing jump. Now it’s just sit ups, pull ups, and a 2.4km run. The change was widely applauded by the mainstream media as being realistic,...

Read More

Like us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter