I Am Liability To The Team!!!

Read? Random thoughts: Coporate Rats out there, We can be happy rats As corporate rats; we will run the Mill as dictated by Top Down and corporate development scene. We as rats running or spinning will have little control over how we should run the Mill. The day may arrive sooner than expected that we are no longer that happy rats running that old Mill. The Mill is unknowningly shifted or … [Read more...]

Post natal massage – Is it necessary?

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It's common nowadays to hire a massage lady to soothe your physical pain after labour. For natural birth, the massage starts 2 or 3 days after and for caesarian, 1 to 2 weeks after labour. The massage lady is usually a Malay, doing freelance work and travels to your house. For those tied to the massage agency, you will need to pay for their taxi fares too. Cost is typically $50 to $75 per … [Read more...]

Random thoughts: Coporate Rats out there, We can be happy rats

This post is sparked by a post from Andy ( Tacoomb) but is in my mind for quite a while. In our pursuit of FIRE, let's not forget the "now". Of course, FIRE holds a lot of promise- doing charity, your own business, sleep till the sun hits your buttocks. It is a nice picture, and defintely a worthy pursuit. Full time giving back to society, sending your kids to school and picking them. What is … [Read more...]

KFC founder got rejected 1009 times at age 65

This will be a short post that I hope to inspire readers. Recently when I tried to order Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) online, I wondered how come the logo consists of a picture of an old man. Why not a picture of the founder in his prime? It was then I found out that the KFC founder, Colonel Sanders, got rejected 1009 times at age 65 before he found success. Colonel Sanders was forced to start … [Read more...]

Give Your Child Fish Or Teach Your Child How To Fish

As parents we set real life examples for our children to learn from us and hopefully they will follow the right thing from us. Does it make sense to use CPF to be a long term endowment for your kids? One participant asked 2 questions a long the lines of: could we contribute more to our CPF SA, above the minimum sum limit and take advantage of the 4% interest is it a good idea to … [Read more...]

Taking care of my own busyness

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It happened again. I had lunch with an ex-colleague back from that phase in my life when I served my corporate duties and built up the foundation of my finances. TACOMOB: “How are you?” CORPORATE WARRIOR (CW): “Busy.” TACOMOB: “Busy with what?” CW: “Busy with work, what else?” TACOMOB: “Why are you not busy with life?” CW: “Actually, I am busy all of the time.” TACOMOB: “What … [Read more...]

DIY Insurance For My Wife

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Bye bye investment linked policy (ILP). We finally pulled the plug on my wife’s ILP. The one she bought from her ex-classmate after she snagged her first job. Who is no longer even in the company. Or the industry. I spent a little bit of time reviewing her current coverage and decided to make a little adjustment for her. At 60% of her old ILP policy’s monthly cost, I have gotten her four times … [Read more...]

CPF Talk Review – No General Solutions, Rich Assets vs Good Assets, Opening a CPF SA for your baby, Paying off Home Loans Earlier and Niche Rule of Thumbs

CPF is many things to Singaporeans, and we should be concern about how we can make sense of the CPF, and manage the CPF more efficiently. We conducted our BIGS LIVE on 16 Mar 2017, centering on making sense of your CPF and we have a very healthy turned out. My friends Chris from Tree of Prosperity, Budget Babe and Uncle Createwealth888 provide us with a glimpse of how they live with CPF and we … [Read more...]

Made $14K a month and struggling at 48 years old.

Reader: This one worth a share man. Financial prudence - 14K a mth former banker and struggling at 48yo. Pity him anot? http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/out-of-work-and-out-of-luck-in-search-for-full-time-jobs?xtor=CS3-18 AK: OMG! Reader:  14k per mth I think exclude bonus lah AK: Sigh. Banker somemore. Should know better. Reader: Master in Financial Engineering … [Read more...]

Some dividends are not meant for investors to keep forever or spend them off??? (2)

Read? Some dividends are not meant for investors to keep forever or spend them off??? S-REITs and their right issues. What is the issue with right issues for not-so-wealthy retirees who are depending on investment income to support their household expenses;  they better know what is dilution at personal investment level. It is same as the loud voice in the main stream shouting on … [Read more...]

You don’t get to hack the CPF, the CPF gets you hack you !

Ok, it is time to summarise yesterday's proceedings. In case you guys are wondering, when we conduct our talks, we don't really do rehearsals so some of us speakers are also there to listen to what other bloggers have to say. So things get interesting if there is a disagreement between us, nothing we ever do is scripted. Here are some comments and things which I learnt from yesterday's session … [Read more...]

What Is Actually F.I.R.E??? Why We Should Love It!!!

F.I.R.E (Financial Independence Retire Early) After knowing a few F.I.R.E people .. some retire from their full-time job to take care their children i.e. becoming house-husband or housewife; some do full /part-time charity/church works; one of them full-time studying Bible and the rest of them doing free lance or part-time jobs F.I.R.E doesn't mean idling day after day; week … [Read more...]

AK the born again teacher or a mental blogger?

Reader: I chanced upon your blog half a year ago and been following your every entry since then. In my free time, i try to read up your entries to get a grasp of what we can do to improve our wealth and be financially independent. Articles such as contribution to CPF SA holds dearly to my heart as it means the earlier we transfer from OA (of course living a portion for hdb flat payment) to SA … [Read more...]

Knowing when to take a break

There has been no new post on this blog for the past week. Reason being my wife and I went for a trip to Seminyak (Bali) for a few days with our good friends and their almost 2 year old daughter. We stayed in a 2 bedroom villa and had a great time brunching, wining & dining at different cafes & restaurants every day. The local food scene in Seminyak never ceases to amaze me and it is … [Read more...]

Money values

The recent court case of a Singaporean technician who stole to finance his wife’s chemotherapy set me thinking. Money, or the lack of it, has always been the root cause of many family tragedies. This tragedy certainly reinforces the importance of having the right money values. The accused worked as a technician in the same company for 23 years and drew a salary of $1210. Having to support two … [Read more...]

Crowdfunding: Can it ever be secured?

Now you might be thinking we are hypocrites right now, with all the contrasting views on one topic. Well, that is precisely the reason why we setup this site. It is to provide our two cents on finance related topics so that you can have a more holistic view on issues that impact your finances.Crowdfunding has been around for quite some time and Singaporean investors are definitely aware of this … [Read more...]

Change mobile network = Save money

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yea you probably have heard before Circle.life But why haven’t you change since its the most “monetary wise” decision to do so. Fear of changing number?? Registration fee?? Poor reception?? 1) Free porting – means you can hold on your current handphone number with the change of Telecom! 2) Current registration fee is $10 on top of your plan but I got you. USE “KSDYT” for $20 off. … [Read more...]

Personal Experience on Saving and Investment Journey (Year 2016)

Hello everyone! 2016 is a pretty calm year for me as I did not switch job, did not do much investment and also not much changes in the financial plan for myself. The only big changes is my marital status, I am married last year! My saving journey for the year of 2016 was quite stable and I did not really over spend too much although I have to cover the wedding expenses (which cost around … [Read more...]

Financial Cyber Security: The Series

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Dear all, This topic has actually been something that I feel quite passionately about. I think cyber security is a very serious issue, and unfortunately, the people that are the least able to effectively deal with cyber security are individuals. Why? Individuals are the most likely to lack time, resources (including money) and technical knowledge to effectively deal with cyber security. … [Read more...]

Are you taking opium?

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In olden days, coolies or workers were addicted to opium. They have to keep working to earn more money to buy opium and the vicious cycle continues. They can never stop working because they are addicted to the 'high' from opium and this makes the employers happy because they can continue to exploit the workers and give low pay. Unless the workers can quit opium and upgrade their skills instead, … [Read more...]