Author: cheerful.egg

Why You Should Always Go Upstairs

So last week, I had to get my iPhone fixed. Why? Because my speaker broke down.  I knew I had to get it fixed when my girlfriend (who has never seen Star Wars in her life), called me and claimed that Darth Vader answered the phone: What I thought I sounded like: “Hey so I’ll see you for lunch at 2.30?” What I actually sounded like: “(HEAVY MECHANICAL BREATHING) YOU DON’T KNOW THE POWER OF THE DARK SIDE!!!” The Phone Chronicles So being the personal finance geek that I was, I did a rational cost-benefit analysis and decided that...

Read More

Pointy-Haired Boss Gives Career Advice

Loved yesterday’s Dilbert strip which gives some excellent career advice: If you want your company to value you, start by being valuable first. I know way too many people who whine constantly about their jobs: The boss sucks, the pay sucks, the location sucks, they aren’t given enough responsibility, etc. But the truth is, nobody owes you anything. You need to figure out how to grow your skills and be So Good They Can’t Ignore You before you start talking about benefits and raises. What’s the one thing you could do today to improve your career capital? Comic strip from...

Read More

How Language Affects Your Ability to Save

Booya! Welcome to the very first “official” post at the relaunched, self-hosted, cheerfulegg.com! I spent the weekend migrating to a self-hosted website, which means I take your cheerfulegg reading experience seriously enough to actually pay to get those pesky ads removed. Woot woot. Anyways, it’s been awhile since I posted a TED talk, so I’ll share one I thought was pretty interesting in a nerdy, academic sort of way. This one is by Keith Chen, who came up with a pretty interesting hypothesis: Speaking Mandarin makes you more likely to save. No, seriously, fareals. Check it out: Okay more...

Read More

Troubleshooting!

Hey! Quick update: I’ve just moved cheerfulegg.com from WordPress to a self-hosted site. This should get rid of all the pesky ads you’ve been seeing, as well as allow me to add some customizations I haven’t been able to do before (you might have already seen some changes around the blog!) I still have a couple of bugs left to iron out, so please be patient while I troubleshoot them. In the meantime, have a great...

Read More

You Only Live Once

I’m a HUGE fan of Lonely Island. Came across this awesome music video titled YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE, feat Adam Levine and Kendrick Lamar (who?). I love it because it makes fun of people who take risk a little too seriously (“Two words about furniture: KILLING MACHINES!!”). But while we scoff at the idea that we should stop going to clubs because loud music is bad for your ears, it amazes me that so many young people adopt that very same mindset when it comes to investing. Here’s an interesting thought: Investing in the stock market is risky in...

Read More

What Chinese New Year Blackjack Taught Me About Money

Okay, hypothetical scenario. Imagine you’re on your honeymoon in Las Vegas, chilling in your swanky hotel room while your spouse is taking a shower. While checking out the minibar, you come across a $5 gaming chip in one of the drawers – the previous occupant must have mistakenly left it there. You take the $5 chip and head downstairs to the roulette tables, where you bet it on your favorite number: 25. To your surprise, the ball lands on 25 and the dealer hands you $175. You decide to let your winnings ride by betting it on 25 again....

Read More

An Epiphany From First Class

One of the best perks of my job is that I get to pretend to be a rich person. Well, not all the time of course. Like I definitely did not feel rich these past 2 weeks: Staying late in the office, eating at my desk, slaving over Excel sheets till I started dreaming of VLOOKUP commands, and feeling absolutely miserable. So I got really happy when I got to take a break from it all to fly First Class to Beijing for a work trip. I sipped a glass of champagne, slid down into the overly spacious fine-grained...

Read More

Passive Investing: The Movie

It’s only 2 weeks into 2013 and I’m already swamped! These few weeks are absolutely packed for me, with work guzzling most of my brain fuel, and an upcoming work trip to Beijing. I’m also sticking with my 2013 goal schedule, as well as finding time to work on a free ebook (woot!) that will be making its way here soon, I promise! So whenever life hits me with a gazillion things to do, I usually take things a little slower, kick back and do something chill like watch a movie. But because I’m a huge financial nerd, I get...

Read More

How To Make Everyone Jealous of How Awesome You Are

So here’s the thing – I hate running in January. Nope, it’s got nothing to do with the weather – Singapore has only one climate all-year round: Hot and sweaty. Like the title of a porn movie. And it’s not because I don’t like exercising in general. I hate running in January because there are way Too. Many. People. Every time January 1st  rolls around, the track I usually frequent actually looks like a porn movie: filled with panting, sweaty people doing laps. Most of these folks got up on January 1st and decided that they would change their...

Read More

The 2012 Cheerfulegg Review

All the blogs in the world are reviewing 2012 at the moment. In summary, the world didn’t end, Obama got re-elected, the Euro crisis didn’t blow up, and most importantly, Singapore saw a record number of sex scandals. And they said Singaporeans don’t have enough sex. So I thought it’d be a good time to do a little personal review of my own. I got this idea off Chris Guillebeau’s framework on annual reviews, which he cites as probably the best decision he’s made in terms of working towards multiple goals simultaneously (He’s probably one of the most successful bloggers...

Read More

How to Kick Ass This Christmas

There’s a scene in Jurassic Park (which is my all-time favorite movie btw, sooo awesome) where the owner of the park, John Hammond, gives a tour of the velociraptor pen to a bunch of visitors. You don’t actually get to see the raptors – they’re hidden by thick foliage – but you do see a poor cow, strapped to a harness, slowly being lowered into the pen. And then you see the thick foliage shaking vigorously, and hear the distressed cries of the dying cow over the unearthly shrieks of the raptors and watch the horrified looks of the...

Read More

The Ultimate Guide on What To Do With Your Year-End Bonus

So last week, I had surgery to remove TWO of my wisdom teeth – one on each side. Now, if you’ve ever had your wisdom teeth extracted, you’ll know that the operation is relatively painless, but the aftermath hurts like a b****. Seriously. Try stuffing 2 golf balls in your mouth and you’ll get an idea of what it’s like. Owtch. On the bright side, it left me with a surprisingly long SEVEN-DAY medical leave from work (Though I spent the first half of it writhing in pain). Pain or no pain, a weeklong break from work is awesome....

Read More

Why You Should Never Be Jealous

Hola! So sorry for being MIA for the past couple of weeks. It’s the usual November workplace crunch, and I’ve been occupied with a ton of work including, among other things, emceeing my company’s World Marketing Conference – a glitzy 2-day event attended by senior management and hundreds of overseas sales and marketing staff. Here’s what was running through my mind right before the event started: Emcee-ing W.M.C I’m standing in the middle of the stage, microphone clasped in my sweaty palms, bright spotlights training on me like police searchlights on a trapped prisoner. In front of me sits a...

Read More

5 Surprising Truths About Investing in Real Estate

Singaporeans are absolutely crazy about property. Whenever I walk into a bookstore, I see shelves upon shelves of real estate investing books with pictures greasy men in business suits on the cover, wearing a big smile and screaming “I Got Rich Making Big Money Investing in Real Estate, AND YOU CAN TOO!!” I hate those books. One day, I’m going to write a book with a naked picture of me on the cover, wearing nothing but a big smile and screaming “I Published a Book With A Picture of Me In a Birthday Suit, AND YOU CAN TOO!!” And...

Read More

The Great Index Unit Trust Hoax

Whenever I check into a hotel, I get really fascinated by just how crazy expensive some of the items in the minibar are. One time when I was on vacation, I felt a little hungry so I lumbered over to the minibar and pulled out a pack of cashew nuts – just the regular kind you’d find at any convenience store. Just to be safe, I checked the prices before I tore the pack open, and involuntarily yelled: “NINE DOLLARS FOR A PACK OF TWELVE NUTS?! ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR FRICKIN’ MIND???” It’s absolutely crazy how people are...

Read More

Like us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter