Author: SimplyJesMe

Stay weird, stay different

Oscar award winner (Source: “When I was 16 years old,I tried to kill myself because I felt weird and I felt different and I felt like I did not belong. And now I’m standing here and so I would like for this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she’s weird or she’s different or she doesn’t fit in anywhere. Yes, you do. I promise you do. You do. Stay weird, stay different. And then when it’s your turn and you’re standing on this stage, please pass the same message to the next person...

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Janitor bequeaths millions to library, hospital

Story from CNBC. (Source: Fitts, Olson & Giddings) Perhaps the only clue that Ronald Read, a Vermont gas station attendant and janitor who died last year at age 92, had been quietly amassing an $8 million fortune was his habit of reading the Wall Street Journal, his friends and family say. It was not until last week that the residents of Brattleboro would discover Read’s little secret. That’s when the local library and hospital received the bulk of his estate, built up over the years with savvy stock picks.”Investing and cutting wood, he was good at both of them,” his...

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SBS giving special dividend?

Not to all the shareholders. Only to a selected lucky few and after more than 20 years of taking their buses, I finally got lucky! What do I mean by it? Woohoo! Glad this money sucking machine is on MC today. What is the chances of all 4 card readers being out of order? Yesterday was such a day! The driver just waved us in, saying that it’s spoilt and no need to pay. Everyone walked in smiling. If only we could have free public transport once a year, it will greatly boost the ‘Leave your car at home for a day‘...

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Cleaning up physically and financially

I would never have guessed that everywhere is so dirty if not for the routine annual spring cleaning we do before Chinese New Year. Back breaking work, really! I sit on the sofa every day but I could never have guessed that it’s so filthy with just a quick wipe. I did not know that my closet full of clothes could ever be so dusty and sandy… I mean there is only clothes there and I don’t put my shoes in there! Sometimes I really hope that all the filth are gone in a flick of my wrist and...

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A memorable taxi ride

Interesting taxi ride in the early morning of my first overseas trip in 2015. If I am lucky they will help me with my luggage. I have always known that Singapore taxi drivers are more chatty than usual and they like to complain and talk about their lives. But this particular driver is more memorable. He proposed to me. Ok let’s start from the beginning. The pleasantries were exchanged. Uncle asked me what I work as (salesman selling chemicals), why I have to travel (customers in the region) and which countries in general (Vietnam and Thailand). I seemed to...

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My very first stock

It’s always good to start off bright and fresh for the year. A new road ahead! Chiong ah! Being not interested at all in computer technicalities, I really have to thank Coftea for doing this pretty blog for me. There are still some kinks to work out but I really like this vibrant layout. Anyway, my most popular blog post for last year which is only 3 months worth, is on OCBC. This is quite cool as it means that many are catching on to their OCBC 365 promotion and taking the first proactive step which is to research...

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5 ways to save money when eating out

It’s the season of feasting and gatherings and holidays! Since it’s the retailers’ wallet getting fatter, why not think of some ways to get back some discounts and enjoy even more while feasting? Even with a fat bonus, one should never stop thinking of ways to save money. 1) Suggest places where your credit card can give you discounts OCBC has this pretty cool page where they will list down every restaurants that gives discounts depending on your credit card. UOB always has 1 for 1 dining deals and DBS Indulge does not lose out either. Diet always starts tomorrow!...

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The mentality during sales

I am not a woman. That is the opinion of my colleagues after seeing my behaviour during sales. The story is this, we visited some warehouse sales and branded goods were selling at a huge discount and everything was below S$30. The crowd was there, the prices were cheap and the atmosphere was noticeably vibrant. Advice to men: Do not accompany your wife or daughter to these kind of sales because you will be shoved aside and ladies will glare at you for obstructing their way. Grabbing stuff in sales. (Pic from If you have never been to...

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The high life of doing sales

My colleagues think that I am leading the high life. Sometimes I don’t have to go office. Every month I get to travel overseas. If I go to a different continent, I get to travel by business class. I get to eat all the good food and travel and seems like I don’t have to work much, just chit chat and relax. What they don’t know is that I have to rush presentations and reports after every customer visit and travel. What they are unable to see is that I need to hit my sales target and explain myself...

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