Author: cheerful.egg

How To Find The Famous Three Blue Domes In Santorini

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 landmark would be clearly signposted along the main tourist belt – no such luck. It turns out that while the blue domes are relatively easy to find, finding the right spot to take that...

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How To Find The Famous Three Blue Domes In Santorini

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 landmark would be clearly signposted along the main tourist belt – no such luck. It turns out that while the blue domes are relatively easy to find, finding the right spot to take that...

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New Talk: Investing With Less Stress

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 watches every few minutes, mentally WILLING the queue to move faster so we wouldn’t miss our flight. Gah. Nothing feels worse than knowing you have absolutely no control over a stressful situation. Sometimes, that’s what...

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New Talk: Investing With Less Stress

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 watches every few minutes, mentally WILLING the queue to move faster so we wouldn’t miss our flight. Gah. Nothing feels worse than knowing you have absolutely no control over a stressful situation. Sometimes, that’s what...

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How It Felt To Fly On The Singapore Airlines Suites

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 there. Now, here’s the thing: I hate reading “influencer” posts with beautiful, filtered pictures of their VIP experiences with captions like “The perfect place to catch up on my reading” #blessed #wanderlust #sponsored. Social media has...

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How It Felt To Fly On The Singapore Airlines Suites

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 there. Now, here’s the thing: I hate reading “influencer” posts with beautiful, filtered pictures of their VIP experiences with captions like “The perfect place to catch up on my reading” #blessed #wanderlust #sponsored. Social media has...

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Automate Yo’ Social Media

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 thought I’d start blogging again with a light breezy post, on a quick lifehack you can use if you manage multiple social media accounts. The Problem:...

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Automate Yo’ Social Media

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 thought I’d start blogging again with a light breezy post, on a quick lifehack you can use if you manage multiple social media accounts. The Problem:...

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Creating Isn’t Easy

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 prolific person in the world: A lot of people think that the act of creating is like taking NZT-48. For example, when my friends ask me about what it’s...

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Creating Isn’t Easy

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 prolific person in the world: A lot of people think that the act of creating is like taking NZT-48. For example, when my friends ask me about what it’s...

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Two Readers Share Their Money Struggles

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 women-only conference on 8 Apr. So congrats to “Y.” and Linda H. for submitting the two winning entries! (cue confetti, party horns, and a cycling bear). I thought their stories were too inspiring to stay...

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Two Readers Share Their Money Struggles

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 women-only conference on 8 Apr. So congrats to “Y.” and Linda H. for submitting the two winning entries! (cue confetti, party horns, and a cycling bear). I thought their stories were too inspiring to stay...

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Upcoming Event: The Future Is Female

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 when you’re looking for in-depth advice that will truly help you. For example, I get plenty of emails from readers who ask questions like: “How do I get started...

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The Easiest Superpower To Learn

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 have two minutes – Go.” I was attending a course: High Impact Presentations, conducted by Dale Carnegie Training. This was the first session, where we were...

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

“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 potential opportunity to proceed with merger negotiations. FYNA pls.” Boon Keong observed Siew May, who was still saying hi to everyone. She was beautiful – in a geeky sort of way – the kind of girl he could see...

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