Useful Thought Experiment: What If You Were To Die Exactly 10 Years Later?

All I want to know is where I’m going to die so I’ll never go there – Charlie Munger What’s both fascinating and cruel about life is how unpredictable it is. And at the heart of it all is not knowing when we would leave this world. Death tends to scupper the most well-laid of plans. I find it very interesting that we tend to underestimate our longevity but overestimate the odds of being … [Read more...]

Cory Diary : Quality of Life

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I often seen posts on best place to retire. Be it daily necessity, bills or health care. One of the primary reason is cost. Frankly I think this people get it all wrong. The Best Place to retire is where Love is. Where friends are. Where Home is. Going to faraway land, cheap and lower standard of hygiene ... that's escapism. Out of no choice. Desperation. Worst still, alone. Sorry if I poke too … [Read more...]

Self-leadership

Learning to learn is a key part of how we manage our lives on a daily basis. Most of us tend to view learning as academic but it actually can be the way we live our lives. In essential, learning also means making the effort to develop self-leadership and knowing more about the people around you. Recently, I had some really frustrating moments at home and faced challenges in parenting. I had … [Read more...]

Financial Cyber Security: #2 The "Safer Than Your Neighbour" Theory

Okay, I know a lot of cyber security experts don't really believe that this is a real thing, but I believe that it is. Example 1 When I was in the Netherlands (the land of bicycles), I was always told that the safest place to park my bicycle is NOT a well-lit, highly trafficked place. It is in fact to park it in between bicycles with smaller locks and thinner chains. If a bicycle theft … [Read more...]

What I Learned From These Two Blog Posts

You might have noticed that the frequency of me updating my blog post has reduced recently. Yah .. I have been busy catching “Pokemon” and running around many parks which I never or have no time to explore before during full time working . Places like “ MacRitchie Reservoir “ ,” Woodland Water Front Park” , “West Coats Park” , Fort Canning Park “ , ChangiVillage “ , “ Bishan-Ang Moh Kio Park … [Read more...]

Automate Yo’ Social Media

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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 … [Read more...]

Thought processes & problem solving

I finally discovered how to utilise pivot tables for data analysis. It looks cheem to me when I first looked it up (I only know pie charts and line graphs for the sake of presentations), until I discovered the 'woah' moment with trial-and-error and things suddenly fall into place like magic. Not without some data chewing that was quite frustrating initially as I have 800+ lines of data with … [Read more...]

The newest con artist on the block

I'm still feeling pretty angry over an episode that happened earlier today. I was out with my mum for a leisurely stroll around the neighbourhood and she was approached by an individual who possessed certain characteristics that evoked pity. At first, said individual offered some "products" to her, citing that it is for "charity." According to the individual, these products are "free"; the … [Read more...]

Think Big and Think Sustainability

There are a few tough things in life, one of which is losing weight. It is said that 95% of diets ultimately fail and losing weight successfully is one of the hardest things to do, along with quitting tobacco, kicking off addictions and investing successfully. As such, having some mild success with both (diet and investing), I would like to share lessons which we could draw from one to the … [Read more...]

Visions, Dreams, Ikigai, and Goals

I am better organised now! For those of you who have this lingering feeling of "emptiness" in your heart even though you have hit all the goals you have set for yourself, you may want to click under: "My interests" and on the "Dreams and Goals" tab located on the right column of my blog. There, you'll find the deranged and hallucinated writings typical of a grasshopper. Mind you, the … [Read more...]

The Gift of Life

Over the years, I noted a significant change in the social behavior among Singaporeans. We have become more cynical and developed a tendency to politicize issues in our daily lives. The mood has changed to the extent that I feel that we have lost the appreciation of the gift of life. Being the most expensive city in the world, it is true that many of us struggle to make a living in Singapore. … [Read more...]

Reminding myself to let go

This is a post to myself.   I know you're a difficult person to please. You've expectations of everything. You take many things seriously. And, you play again and again in your head, what people said of you and to you.   You wish to stop these thoughts from coming. But you can't.   Those childhood memories keep flooding to you in your dreams. You dreamt about being looked down upon. You … [Read more...]

Stop and celebrate our achievements

We celebrated my wife’s 29th birthday this weekend with a dinner at Waku Ghin. Fine dining has always been one of our favourite shared interests & activities and that’s how we celebrate our special occasions. We have been wanting to try the dining experience at Waku Ghin for a long time since we enjoyed our past visits to Tetsuya’s restaurant in Sydney. However, the price of the degustation … [Read more...]

A letter to myself 12 months down the Road

Writing a letter to myself 12 months down the road is an idea from SMOL. It is like a self-check that whatever new found vision or purpose in education I found during the last few months will not be like sun-tan I had wanted to write this letter at the end of the course, which is 4 weeks down the road. But decided to start writing to get my initial purist ideas as intact as possible. It is … [Read more...]

Gradual effort, sudden result

A long time ago when I was just a newbie tutor, a parent sat in with my student for a lesson. After teaching the theory, I set the student to some work. For the greater part of the duration of the lesson, the parent saw me doing nothing but just watching the student do his work. Occasionally I would point out some things here and there but that's about it. The parents remarked that since I'm just … [Read more...]

Goals, System And Process Are Not Mutually Exclusive! (1)

Uncle8888 has lived long enough and witness more than enough people growing up in the same era as him; but those who have CLEARLY communicated their Goals upfront in their early years; somehow they eventually achieved their Goals way ahead of their peers who are still dreaming of striking ToTo JackPot in their 60s! BTW; he is one of them every Mondays and Thursday dreaming it! Our Goals can … [Read more...]

Goals, System And Process Are Not Mutually Exclusive! (2)

Read? Goals, System And Process Are Not Mutually Exclusive! (1) Goal of Self-insured Fund by 60 ......   After reading if you have bother to read them; what is the difference? Real People. Real Story! (1) The Grasshopper's Way - No Goal! (2) The Ant's Way - Setting Goal well ahead of his time in term of decades! The difference? Foresight and hindsight? Ant has foresight … [Read more...]

Why "Bei Kampings" Are So Willing To Pay???

Read? Why are some people more gullible than others? EXPLAINING GULLIBILITY Gullibility occurs because we have evolved to deal with information using two fundamentally different systems, according to Nobel Prize winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman. System 1 thinking is fast, automatic, intuitive, uncritical and promotes accepting anecdotal and personal information as true. This was a … [Read more...]

15HWW Origins: Illness And The Passing Of My Mum

My Mum was the closest kin I had, by millions of miles. If my Mum were still alive, we would be celebrating her 54th birthday today. If only. She had passed away 6 years ago, after a one year struggle with ovarian cancer. My Mum My Mum was one of the kindest and most responsible person I know and she sought to instil those qualities in her children. No matter what happened, she would … [Read more...]

Random thoughts: Abundance and buffet

I believe my world is one of abundance, and the world in general can be of abundance too. However, abundance need a ingredient. It is thankfulness. Thankfulness is the lens we see things. There is plenty of randomness in this world, I happen to be a beneficiary in plenty of things, lucky if you like. Why do I say this? I know of 2 persons, of equal capabilities doing the same work. Of course, … [Read more...]