Realize (the value of time)


This is a fantastic poem called Realize, author unknown. I first saw it hanging as a poster in my then girlfriend's room. This poem captured both the essence of time in the viewpoint of different people in their unique circumstances. Take this as the sequel of my previous post "Time slipping through my hands like sand". Realize ----------- To realize the value of one year, ask a student who … [Read more...]

Time slipping through my hands like sand

It's nearing the end of Feb. Soon it'll be March and it'll be another quarter of 2015 gone. Just like that. It's crazy when you sit back and observe the flow of time. It's slowest when you have nothing to do and you keep looking at your watch, urging with all your mental strength for the minutes to tick by faster. It's fastest when you're the busiest, secretly wishing that time will slow down … [Read more...]

Thought experiment on being FF

What will I do after I have a million dollars? A million dollar is figurative, it might not really be one million dollars. Could be 2 million. The point is, what will I do if I have the financial means not to ever work again? Quite resolutely and with much certainty, I'll continue doing what I'm doing. I don't hate my job; in fact I like it very very much. There's a lot of meaning and it brings … [Read more...]

Why I read blogs

My daily morning routine for the past few years had been quite constant. The first thing I do is usually to go to to read what other people are blogging about in an area of interest known as 'Personal finance' and 'Finance'. is actually a blog aggregator, which means that I just have to access one site to see a range of different sites that contributes to it, saving me … [Read more...]

Planting a bamboo is insane

Can you imagine sitting still for years, doing the same thing again and again while waiting for the results, if any, to show? People might have called this the definition of insanity - doing the same thing again and again yet hoping for a different results. But there's exactly how a Chinese bamboo tree takes to grow. Most tree will grow steadily, so you can definitely see progress for the … [Read more...]

How to do a 2 variable data table

I was going to teach a student business analytics, which is something I've never really done before. So far so good, it's half statistics, which I already knew but more application type of questions (instead of theoretical ones) somewhat related to making sound business decisions. The other half is about simulation and modelling using mainly excel. I've always wanted to learn the deeper end of … [Read more...]

LP’s asset portfolio


I'm inspired by Derek when he shared his asset portfolio here. Like him, I'm not going to include the asset value of my residential property, nor my CPF or insurance surrender value. No point including property, as it easily overshadow all the other assets, distorting the percentage. Besides, I don't really see my residential property as an asset. Personally I would include the surrender value of … [Read more...]

POSB did it again!


Not long after the 1.5%, 6 months (cap of 20k) exercise that I blogged about here, they came up with another bigger amount and longer tenure. This current one is 1.88% pa for 12 months, with a minimum amount of $1k to a max of $1 million. In addition, there's also a $88 ang bao for the first 10,000 customers. The details are all found in their website here. The full terms and conditions is … [Read more...]

My spending threshold

I always believe we should grow bigger than our problems. It's the way to make a big problem smaller, simply because you've grown bigger in size. I've written about these topics at length here:1. Of dragons and men2. The relative size of your problems3. Outgrow your problems4. Growing bigger than your problemsIn the past, I used to fret about $10 meals. I only had very little pocket money and … [Read more...]

MRT reserved seats

Tan plugged in his earphones, trying hard to ignore the stares of other passengers. He tried to close his eyes, pretending to sleep, so as to shield himself from the knives those eyes are throwing at him. In front of him, a pregnant lady stands close to him. He heard someone muttering, but it's drowned out by the music blasting from the earphones. Tan is, afterall, sitting on the reserved seat of … [Read more...]

Start with the man in the mirror

I started ‘playing’ the market with no skills, dabbled in warrants simply because they are cheap and that I have limited amount of cash and patience. I've no idea how warrant works but that doesn't stop me from buying and selling them, often several times in a day to the tune of 15 to 20k per trade to scalp the minute changes. It’s a wonder that I didn't catastrophically burst my bank account. … [Read more...]

How to beat OCBC 360’s return

To the above blog title, I should add, 'in a relatively safe manner'. Risk and returns are directly related, so if you want to beat OCBC 360's 3.05% pa returns, you can always invest in the stock market with the potential risk of having capital losses. Here, I'm going to try beating the 3.05% returns, as well as equal it in terms of the risk of losing your capital. Possible? Read on. We all … [Read more...]

(Some of) My 2014 expenditures

Finally after using YNAB for 1.5 yrs, I have a full set of expenditure data from Jan 2014 to Dec 2014. This is a software that enables me to track my spending to a great degree of accuracy. No faulty mental accounting nor mistakes here, so it's as good as it gets.These are some of my expenditures:1. Food/restaurants : $424 per month, or $14 per day ($4 per day for restaurant, $10 per day for … [Read more...]

LP minibonds 20k

I was setting up the stage for LP mini bond for my parents' friend for 20k, so naturally I've to do some homework. I started by looking up the yields for the different bonds and preference shares listed at SGX. Do take note that the yields I calculate is based on my own way stated here. It basically included all the coupon/dividends payment until the first date of maturity, subtracted from the … [Read more...]

Reviewing my resolutions

It's interesting to see other bloggers starting to put out their battle plans for 2015 with their great goals and targets. It's just not me though, not because I don't believe in goals and planning but I think it shouldn't be dictated by the number of revolutions the earth rotates about its axis and around the sun. I think it should be set when one is motivated and the circumstances forces a … [Read more...]

LP bonds 2014 part 2

Here's part 1. There's an important part that I need to remind myself. Most of the holdings are preference shares and bonds listed in SGX. Here are the holdings: OCBC Bk 4.2% NCPS (perpetual, maybe be redeemed after Jul 2013) OCC 5.1% NCPS 100 (maturity 3.7 yrs) DBS Bk 4.7% NCPS 100 (maturity 5.9 yrs) CapMallA3.8%b220112 (maturity 7.1 yrs) CapMallTrb3.08%210220 (maturity 6 … [Read more...]

LP bonds 2014 results

This is the time to distribute coupons for my LP bonds back to my parents. For those who are scratching their heads, here's the prequel for this post. There are two tranches for the bond: 1. LP bond 50k Starting capital: 50k Invested capital (inclusive of comms): $49,773.02 Cash accumulated from payout of holdings: $2,144 Paper gain (loss) from drop in market price of holdings: … [Read more...]

To see the world through the eyes of a newbie

The moment you don't need to excel is precisely the moment you start excelling. I knew that from my past experience as a air rifle shooter. When you take part in competition, you should be in a meditative state of mind. You have to know that you're competing, yet you cannot think you're competing. If you cannot treat the competition like it's just normal, routine practice, you cannot perform … [Read more...]

2014 in the eyes of the books I’ve read

I blogged about my book challenge here. Essentially, it's for me to read 1 book per week, for 52 weeks, summing up to a grand total of 52 books per year. The last time I succeeded in this challenge was way back in 2008 where I managed 55 books that year. Most of the time, it's just 30 odd books, which is about 1 book every 4 days. I also shared that the main purpose of this challenge is not to … [Read more...]

My offensive and defensive strategies

I wrote about my dilemma regarding whether to pay down my HDB loans or use the excess money for investment. That was back in Nov 2013 and more than a year had since passed. Back then, I really put in an extra 24k to do partial repayment for my HDB loans, and it shaved off 2.5 yrs off my 30 yrs loan.One year later, I still don't know if I did the right decision. The dilemma is always the same: … [Read more...]