A Singapore Millennial’s Take On Avocado Toast

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Poor Tim Gurner. He’s the Australian millionaire who recently got destroyed online for claiming that millennials would be able to afford their own homes if they just stopped spending money on “smashed avocados and $4 coffee.” Millennials around the world were up in arms, firing back with some (hilarious) sarcastic replies: I was gonna put a down payment on a house last year but then I … [Read more...]

How To Find The Famous Three Blue Domes In Santorini

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When my wife and I were honeymooning in Santorini, we knew that we had to take that picture of the famous 3 blue domes. Yes, Santorini has dozens of blue-domed churches, but there’s only ONE place where you can take that famous picture you see on virtually every Santorini postcard. You know the one I’m talking about: Credit: Kenneth J. Garcia – flickr You would think that such a famous … [Read more...]

New Talk: Investing With Less Stress

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Last week, my wife and I flew into Athens airport where we were connecting to another flight to Santorini. We planned a 2-hour connection window – usually more than enough time – but our inbound flight into Athens was late. Uh-oh. To make matters worse, we ran into a yuuuuuuge queue at immigration. There were just 2 counters open for 500 passengers. We stood in line, checking our … [Read more...]

How It Felt To Fly On The Singapore Airlines Suites

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Last week, my wife and I flew Suites on Singapore Airlines for the first time for our honeymoon. We did it by redeeming our miles (here’s how to do it – though some of the info is outdated), because we couldn’t afford to pay full price for it. It was awesome, although I felt like a kid who had sneaked into a cocktail party for millionaires – like I wasn’t supposed to be … [Read more...]

Automate Yo’ Social Media

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Heyyyyaaa! I know, I know, I’ve been away for awhile now. No, I’m not dead (yet). I haven’t posted for several weeks because work has been crazy busy in the past month: 3 countries, lots and lots of meetings, a bunch of presentations, and my wife got baptised over the weekend (Yay!). I’m won’t bore you with the details, but I wanted to let you know that I’m still alive and kicking Anyhoo, I … [Read more...]

Creating Isn’t Easy

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One of my favorite movie scenes of all time comes from the film Limitless. Bradley Cooper plays Eddie – a down-and-out loser who’s struggling in his career as a writer. He comes across NZT-48 – a “smart drug” that lets him access 100% of his brain instead of the usual 10% (this is a myth, but hey, it’s a movie). He swallows the pill, and suddenly he’s the most productive, creative and … [Read more...]

Two Readers Share Their Money Struggles

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Okay people, it was International Women’s Day this week. We male financial bloggers aren’t known for our social skills around women, so I decided to try something a little different and let them do the talking this week. Last week, I asked my female readers to share their biggest challenges about money. I picked two stories that really stood out to win one free ticket each to The Future Is Female … [Read more...]

Upcoming Event: The Future Is Female

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I have a love-hate relationship with email. On one hand, I love getting emails from my readers. I love your insights, your comments, and the great questions I get every week. However with the volume of emails I get, it’s also super hard for me to carry out a decent email conversation with any given person. Email is awesome when your question can be answered with 1-2 sentences. However, it sucks … [Read more...]

The Easiest Superpower To Learn

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Last week, I found myself standing in front of a crowd of ten people. Everyone was staring at me. One guy was frowning. I was feeling a little jumpy. I wondered whether my fly was open. Crap – I couldn’t remember my opening. I had no idea what to do with my hands. I remembered that “thought leaders” usually touch the tips of their fingers together, so I did that. “Okay,” said the coach. “You … [Read more...]

A So-Called Singaporean Love Story (Told In Corporate Jargon)

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“FYI pls,” Mr Tan said, “I’d like to introduce Siew May, who will be joining our headcount as per today. Tks.” Siew May implemented a smile as she shook hands with her new colleagues. “It’s a pleasure to establish introductions with you,” she beamed. Boon Keong received a notification on his shoulder – it was his buddy Tim. “Bro,” whispered Tim, “She’s not wearing a wedding ring. There is a … [Read more...]

What I Learnt From 4 Weeks Of Personal Training

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I’ll let you in on an embarrassing secret. Last year, I really wanted to build some muscle and “get fit”. I was too cheap to pay for a personal trainer, so I got hold of a copy of the Bikini Body Guide (BBG). As you can tell from the name, it’s a self-run fitness program. For ladies. I tried the first session and almost died. Somehow, I managed to stumble through 6 weeks of hell training, … [Read more...]

Teach Your Kids To Gamble

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This Chinese New Year, one of the coolest things I saw was watching my 6-year old relative play blackjack. She played hand after hand, elbows on the table, her brows furrowed in concentration. Whenever she hit 21, she would smile, proudly show her cards and go “YAY!!”. I was fascinated by this young lady who could quickly add up the values of her cards, strategically decide to hit or pass, and bet … [Read more...]

Which Air Miles Card Should You Get First?

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Note: This is NOT a sponsored post. Sometimes I like writing about the specific tools and resources that I use. Email me to let me know if you’d like more posts like these! Last year, I blogged about how I redeemed a Singapore Airlines Suites ticket to Zurich. Since then, I’ve been getting requests to blog about more tips and tactics anyone could use to earn miles and redeem them for free … [Read more...]

SMART Goals Are Sooooo 2016

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Ugh, I swear if I read another life-coach blogpost talking about “SMART goals”, I’m going to stab myself in the eye with a plateful of ikan bilis.  Today, SMART is THE cliche of the personal development world. It’s the equivalent of a student ending his essay with, “…And then he realised it was just a dream.” It makes us all roll out eyes. All my life, I’ve been setting SMART goals like “Get a … [Read more...]

New Talk: Money Or Love?

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Check out this NUSWhispers post from a girl who’s torn between two guys: Guy A: A rich gentleman who drives a BMW and wines and dines her at restaurants Guy B: Her boyfriend who’s serving his NS and takes her to Swensens and Ajisen On the surface, it’s easy to judge the girl for even thinking of leaving her current boyfriend. How ungrateful! He’s doing his best to save money now to afford … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Guide To Achieving An IPPT Gold

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It started with a T-shirt. While trying on T-shirts at Uniqlo, I realised that not a single M-sized shirt could hide my proudly protruding belly. Aren’t these changing room mirrors supposed to make you look more attractive than you actually are? Ugh. It was time to do something about it. I didn’t want to do the usual “join a gym, pay lots of money, fall of the treadmill (literally)” cycle that … [Read more...]

What A Hip-Hop Dance Group Taught Me About Rejection

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A friend randomly texted me this week saying that he watched Jia Jiang’s TED talk “What I Learned From 100 Days of Rejection” and he thought of me: (If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s about this introverted Asian guy who wanted to inoculate himself against rejection. So he did an experiment where he filmed himself asking ridiculous requests from random people for 100 days). It just so … [Read more...]

Maybe You Don’t Have To Be Number 1

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So part of my new Sunday housework routine (#marriedlife) is that I listen to podcasts while mopping the floor and washing the toilets. Last Sunday, I came across this excellent 3-hour+ episode of the Tim Ferriss Show with David Heinemeier Hansson (DHH). Who? His name may not be immediately familiar to you, but he created the programming language Ruby On Rails, is the founder of collaboration … [Read more...]

The Power Of Enthusiasm (Or Why Aunties Make The Best Promoters)

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So the wifey and I were at the supermarket this weekend (because that’s what married Singaporean couples do on weekends, amirite?). As you know, I’m fascinated by the psychology of sales. So while we were shopping, I started to observe the promoters who were scattered around the supermarket. You know the ones I’m talking about: Those earnest-looking folks who have a little pop-up stand next to the … [Read more...]

How To Fly First Or Business Class At A Fraction Of The Cost

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What are some of your most deep-seated assumptions? You know, stuff that you’d never even think about questioning. Like: “You need a college degree to be successful” “Investing is about how well you pick stocks” “Donald Trump will never win the election” How about this one: “Credit card fees are a waste of money” Are they really? Let’s think about this for a sec. Sure, no … [Read more...]