Happy first birthday!


Still can't believe I managed to churn out articles for one year. I was thinking I would run out of juice in 6 months but luckily, I did stay on long enough to mark my blog's first year birthday! Thank you to my readers for the support and I am also lucky to get some extra bucks from Google Adsense. Some thoughts: 1) On Coftea The most popular post is not written by me... sigh. Haha but I … [Read more...]

Jumbo IPO: Insider news


This is the one time I have got more news than some of you and even though I am one of the latest to write about this... I am glad I have information that many are asking. Being in the sales line, everyone of us are familiar with Jumbo because we bring tourist and guests, customers and overseas colleagues there all the time. I can tell you I sometimes am sick of Jumbo food! The location … [Read more...]

What bartending has taught me about investing


Guest post by Alien Alien is a very good friend of mine who shares the same interest in investing and is pursuing his passion in bartending Scuttlebutting, opportunities are everywhere The famous term was coined by legendary investor Philip Fischer. If his mantra is read carefully, it highlights that the person providing the information has to feel as though he/she is not in danger of … [Read more...]

Stay away from toxic people


Toxic people are those who bring you down in work and also life. They spread negative emotions to you and make you feel depressed or not as optimistic after talking to them. Their actions generated so much negativity that the whole working or group environment will feel the change and dislike their job and everything else. Example 1: A good friend of mine insults and puts down my potential … [Read more...]

How to finally get approval from Google Adsense


After more than 10 times of applying to get into Google Adsense, I finally got it after almost a year of doing so! I thought I would never get it. Actually, I was not expecting to get approved when I did because I changed nothing since my last application. Anyway, these are the steps I took: 1) Include an About Me page 2) Include a Disclaimer page at the bottom 3) Include a Privacy Policy … [Read more...]

Why some women don’t invest


One reason is the one that inhibits most people to not risk their money: Fear. Money can make people irrational The other reason is what I observed from asking all my females friends. It's also the same reason why some of them find no need for grooming or to maintain their figure after the wedding: Because they found someone to take care of them forever. The husband will have … [Read more...]

Simply Sales Talk: What’s a regional sales manager?


I finally got to be a Manager. I have lots of queries about my job and what I do. It's only logical as it's really uncommon in the workplace. Not all industries have them and only some companies have regional sales manager. If your company only have an office in one of the SEA countries, then high chance that they will have a regional sales manager. A regional sales manager do sales … [Read more...]

The new OCBC Frank card has lost its appeal


Guest post by Coftea With its 6% cashback given for online spending, the OCBC FRANK card is every online shopper’s must-have. Well, not from 1st Oct 2015 onwards when the new changes come into effect. Good things tend not to last. What’s so bad about it? FRANK is turning into every other card out there, tempting you with attractive benefits but making the requirements hard to achieve. And … [Read more...]

The 10 things I’m grateful for being Singaporean


Starting with our outpour of emotions and respect for the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew, followed by our sportsmen doing us proud in Sea Games and finally witnessing a spectacular Jubilee NDP, I have never felt prouder to be a Singaporean. The feeling was especially strong while I was listening to PM Lee Hsien Loong's rally speech on 23 Aug. As with previous rallies, he started by recounting notable events … [Read more...]

Why some people are losing $10,000 every year


Getting more savings comes easier not by cutting down on some one-off items, but more of cutting down on the expenses of your daily life. The things that you consume regularly will take a huge chunk of your annual pay and these are some tips you can consider to stop the bleeding: Coffee, tea or money? (Source: wikipedia) 1) Coffee I understand that you need your daily joe but … [Read more...]

Simply Sales Talk: My failed interviews


The turnover in the sales industry is like 2 to 3 years so it's normal to go to many interviews and get to know the different jobs available in the market. To climb up to be a manager from an assistant manager, I had to go to more than 10 interviews to see which jobs interest me more. The interviewers always seem scary... (Source: Wikipedia) All these failed interviews helped a … [Read more...]

Great for Big Savers – UOB One Account


A holler out to all big savers: There is One account for you I have decided to do something about my UOB Campus account finally! I have graduated long ago and this account does not gives any interest but I still keep it because it is linked to my CDP account. I looked for an account that has higher rates and UOB One Account seems suitable. I was surprised that it only took 5 minutes to breeze … [Read more...]

Having the means doesn’t mean you have to


Guest post by Coftea I had a chat with a friend recently and I brought up the usual tease question that is always directed at him. “So when are you going to buy a condo?” His usual response was to give a shrug, tell people he was waiting for the right moment and share some details of condos he has scouted. His reply this time however, surprised me. In his matter-of-factly tone, he said he is … [Read more...]

A little tool to check HDB resale prices


Guest post by Coftea A few months ago, I came across a good piece of software that helps people to see and understand data. I actually tried it out using publicly available data and the resale prices released by HDB quarterly seems like a good data to analyze. As it turned out, my output wasn't too shabby and I think it might be useful to some readers out there. I call it a HDB resale price … [Read more...]

What would you say to your older/younger you?

My 50 year old colleague recently had a quadruple bypass, which means 4 of his blood vessels are blocked and needed to be unblocked. His top most regret and advice to his 30 years old self and also to me, is this: We should never stop exercising. Exercise for life The moment he stopped exercising at 30 years old due to work, he could never find time to put it back on his schedule. … [Read more...]

Simply Sales Talk: Does hard work pays off?


Recently, I met up with a young GM who also has some shares in a local company. He is in the production line and his job is not glamourous at all. People normally mistake him as just a worker as he is dressed in a worker's uniform. He is also the sexist guy from my last post but we have become very good friends and able to talk about everything. Oh, it is quite cheap... just more … [Read more...]

Can HDB owners buy another private property? Yes you can!


I have lost count of the number of times I have been told that Singaporeans who already own a HDB flat cannot buy another private property. I actually believed it until someone knowledgeable enlightened me. Being an aspiring HDB cum private property (or properties!) owner, getting the facts right on this subject is important. If a HDB owner can purchase another private property, what are the … [Read more...]

Simply Sales Talk: Job hop


I like to be a know-it-all, where people come to consult me on issues and when I have the capacity to help. Luckily for me, my first job as a distributor background  made me exposed to a wide variety of products so I can learn more. Normally a distributor will have more than 10 different suppliers and they comprised of different raw materials to a finished product. I get to learn from all of … [Read more...]

10 lessons in Warren Buffett’s 2015 shareholders letter


Guest post by Coftea I have been hearing great things about how Warren Buffett, one of the greatest investor of our times writes his shareholder letters. Often, they are mentioned as well written, thoughtful and loaded with sound investment advices. With succinct quotes such as be“fearful when others are greedy and to be greedy only when others are fearful” and “rule no.1 is not to lose money … [Read more...]

Paying 10 times more for a haircut


I dread going to haircuts since young. As a guy, I consider it a monthly chore which must be done to make my hair looks similar to the one I sport last month. The problem is that I can never know how my hair will turn out this time, and more often than not, I will not like it. If paying ten times more for a haircut can ease my dreadfulness, it may be well worth a shot. When I was young, they … [Read more...]