Author: cheerful.egg

Crazy Rich Asians And The Meaning Of True Love

(Quick note before we start: I know, I know, it’s been 2 months since I published anything. Between family, church and my new job, I’ve had very little time to blog. But I’m on holiday right now with 8 hours to kill at a cafe, so I can finally write about something I’ve been meaning to for awhile. It’s quite different from my usual topics, but it’s something close to my heart. Let me know what you think.) Like all my friends, I loved Crazy Rich Asians. I loved watching the ridiculous excesses of the Young family, the hilarious performances...

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What Hugh Jackman Can Teach You About Negotiation

Okay, I admit it: I love The Greatest Showman. Folks are talking about Crazy Rich Asians right now, but my Spotify list is still playing tracks from The Greatest Showman like “Come Alive” and “Rewrite the Stars”. I may or may not have jammed out to them while doing housework on several occasions (To my neighbours: Sorry you had to see that). One of my favourite songs in the album is “The Other Side”. It’s not just a catchy song – if you look closely at the lyrics, it showcases some pretty good negotiation tactics. If you haven’t seen it...

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Bitcoin And The Ideology Bias

There are some things in life that you never want to admit doing: Being really good at Dance Dance Revolution Asking for a 2nd helping of dinner while flying on Economy Class Buying bitcoin I am very proud to say that I’ve done all three. Wait. Lionel Yeo – Champion of Index Investing, Advocate of Boring Routines, Merciless Critic of BS Marketing – has finally caved in and bought crypto? What the heck is going on? Is the world coming to and end? Ruuuh-lax. I bought some Bitcoin, but not for the reasons that you might think. I’ve Never...

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Pascal’s Wager and Strategic Betting

It’s 1.30pm and you’re just stepping out of the office for lunch. You’re slightly annoyed at yourself for scheduling a 12pm meeting. In the last 20 minutes, you had to clear your throat every 5 minutes to mask the increasingly audible noises coming from your stomach. You normally have lunch at your usual fish soup place that’s a 10-minute walk away. But today, you notice a new fish soup stall which has just opened right next to your office building, and it’s way cheaper than your usual place. However, you have no idea if this new stall is any good....

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How To Talk To Anyone Without Feeling Awkward

So you’ve probably noticed that I haven’t written regularly for the past 6 months or so. There were yuuuuge changes in my personal and professional life that consumed all my energy and attention for the past 6 months. One of those changes is simple: I started a new job. (Well, before that, there was also the researching, networking, applying, preparing, multiple rounds of interviewing, negotiation, tying up loose ends at the old job, doing a bit of travelling, catching up with old friends, etc. You can see why I didn’t really have the energy to blog these past 6 months)....

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Your Financial GPS – A Whiskey-Inspired Review

This is a sponsored post done in collaboration with DBS. I very rarely accept sponsored posts, and only do so when I already use or like the product. All opinions are my own. You get the best insights over whiskey and KFC. I had some time to kill yesterday, so I hung out with Alvin and Jon from Dr Wealth at their office, kicking back over some excellent Hibiki whiskey and a KFC Dip ’N Share Bucket. Nothing gets the brain going faster than single-malt whiskey and greasy food. About 3 hours in, a slightly inebriated Jon started drawing...

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Why Pre-Paying Your Home Loan Could Be Awesome

Sometimes, I wish I were a 4th-century king in medieval England. I would spend all day sitting on my throne, deep in thought, slowly sharpening my broadsword and staring out into the abyss. My subjects, fearful of breaking my concentration, would whisper amongst themselves. “Perhaps His Majesty is coming up with a way to reduce taxes? Maybe he’s planning an invasion of France?” And then I would suddenly stand up, skewer an unsuspecting roast pig, and roar, “YES! IT TOTALLY MAKES SENSE TO PREPAY YOUR HOME LOAN!!!!” Then I would sit back, smile, and tuck into my meal. Peace...

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Can Facebook Solve The Community Conundrum?

Note: I often take an interesting business problem and try to imagine what I would do in their shoes (often letting my imagination go crazy). I call this exercise a “Business Braindump”. I’ve always been too embarrassed to share these thought exercises on my blog, but today I got inspired to pen down my thoughts on Facebook’s community-building manifesto. It’s a topic that both excites and resonates with me, so I said “Screw it, I’m gonna share this on my blog.” So there ya go. Let me know what you think! ======= When I was in secondary school, the extra-curricular activity you...

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How To Bend Others To Your Will (And Make Them Like You)

Heya! It’s been another crazy month of travelling (Hanoi and Tokyo!), full-time work, and Church activities, which is why I haven’t been blogging much. But I’ve been reading this awesome book Thank You For Arguing: What Aristotle, Lincoln and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion (awesome title) by Jay Heinrichs. I’m only a tiny way through the book, but I wanted to give my own spin on a nifty negotiation technique which Henrichs introduces in the first few chapters. Negotiation Aikido When I was a kid, I used to take Aikido classes. Aikido is unconventional because unlike other...

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To The Folks Who Meet My Sister

My sister has autism. She’s 30 this year, and she’s had it for as long as I can remember. She’s probably the most joyful person I know. Maybe it’s because she doesn’t have to deal with, y’know, jobs or bills or angry clients. She sings to herself. She eats with gusto. When we scold her for misbehaving, she gets quiet for a while, and then she goes back to daydreaming as usual. Most of the time, she’s pretty quiet. But sometimes, she gets into these hyperactive moods. She runs around with lots of energy and laughs and hyperventilates. She...

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The 2017 cheerfulegg Annual Review

Every year, I do an annual review where I look back at the past year and write down what I did well, what I could have done better, and a couple of lessons to distill from the journey. I also take a look at my personal / professional goals that I set the year before, and score how well I did on them. Why do I do this? Two reasons: It reminds me about what I’ve accomplished in the past year. We often forget or undervalue our accomplishments especially when life gets crazy, and it’s good to take time...

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Beware The Ol’ UOB Annual Fee Trick

Oh, UOB. You are such a hard-to-understand entity. (That’s about the extent of my rhyming prowess. I’m a blogger, not a poet). On one hand, you provide such fantastic credit cards to earn miles, like your UOB PRVI Miles World Mastercard, and the UOB Preferred Platinum Visa card. On the other hand, you resort to such sneaky little tactics to try and pull one over on your cardmembers. Case in point: Here is a screenshot of my credit card statement on my UOB Mighty app:   Nothing much to see here, just a couple of transactions and a GIRO...

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Which Singapore REIT ETF Would I Invest In?

Heyyyy it’s yo boy L-dawg, the financial blogger who doesn’t really write financial blogposts. (go figure) Today I decided to switch it up and actually write something money-related, because a bunch of y’all have been emailing me to ask abouuuuuttttt… REIT ETFs! (woot woot!) This particular post is a little more technical than my usual ramblings, so if you don’t care very much about REIT ETFs, or if you’re already investing like a boss, don’t even worry about it. This is for the bunch of you who’re wondering if you should plonk your money into the REIT ETFs that...

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What I Learnt Being Bored For A Week

I love bathroom breaks, especially when it’s time to get down to uhm, “serious business”. That’s the only time in my day when I get to mindlessly scroll through Facebook and Quora without feeling guilty. But this week, as I sat down in my usual cubicle, I started to panic. As part of an experiment, I had a self-imposed ban on my phone during any “in-between moments” of less than 5 minutes. Instead, I had to just sit there and well, do what I had to do. If you read last week’s post, you’ll know that I started this experiment to try...

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Reader Challenge: Be Bored For One Week

Tell me if this sounds familiar: You’re waiting in line to order your ban mian. There are about 5 people ahead of you. What do you do? You pull out your phone and check your Instagram feed. You head to the office bathroom to do your morning ahem, rituals. After settling in, you pull out your phone and play Clash of Clans. (Does anybody ever think about how our phones are usually the dirtiest thing that we touch all day?) Our phones are everywhere with us. We use them when we’re on the MRT. On the escalator. In the office....

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