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...]

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...]

Creating Isn’t Easy


One of my favorite movie scenes of all time comes from the film Limitless. Bradley Cooper plays Eddie – a down-and-out loser who’s struggling in his career as a writer. He comes across NZT-48 – a “smart drug” that lets him access 100% of his brain instead of the usual 10% (this is a myth, but hey, it’s a movie). He swallows the pill, and suddenly he’s the most productive, creative and … [Read more...]

Feb 2017 Update

Update No. 1 on 2017 Priorities, Systems and Goals My progress so far… Priorities Systems / Goals Evaluation No. 1: Mental and Spiritual Health Meditate daily I meditate about 2-3 times per week. Pretty happy with this but will be great to increase weekly frequency to 3-4 times.  Practise yoga daily I practise yoga about 3-4 times per week. Pretty … [Read more...]

Living your life in 2 hr block


There was a remake of Battlestar Galactica. It's a sci fi show about how a group of humans was attacked by a race of robots that they had created (it's a long story) called cylons. Only a few ships made it off the planet and they are wandering in deep space being pursued by the cylons. The attacks on the cylons are relentless, because every 33 mins, they will find out the location of the entire … [Read more...]

Allocating edu-chest resources

I have done some additional thinking after my two posts on the Skillsfuture Qualification Award and the Post-Secondary Education Account. These are resources for us to utilize, to upgrade ourselves in the face of even greater uncertainty in the job market. Besides the SkillsFuture credit, I have found other resources which could be used as well. As a whole, this pool of resources could be … [Read more...]

Monday Musings

Life! Monday feature I like the Life! feature story that comes out every Monday, typically featuring someone that has achieved a certain measure of success in her life, doused with nuggets of wisdom and reasons behind that success, including her motivations and background. Today's article is about the founder of The Projector, an indie film lifestyle operatorship based out of the top levels … [Read more...]

Having the right people around you

I just realised my past few posts have been about our investment transactions, dividend income and interest income for the month of Feb 2017. I decided against writing a net worth post this time round since I just about had enough of reporting on another financial status update for the month of Feb 2017. Might be a good idea to space them out and mix them up with other types of posts so I don’t … [Read more...]

Captain Fantastic

Was introduced to this show by a close buddy of mine. And it was totally fantastic. It basically revolves around an American family led by a Dad that has a contrarian approach to life and raising his six children. Instead of going through the public education system, Dad has decided that the best way to raise his kids would be to foster education through both experiential and textbook … [Read more...]

Man’s search for meaning

When I first started out in the work force more than 8 years ago, I came across the aforementioned statement but did not really pay much heed to that.   Goals back then were pretty simple and revolved largely around trying to get as far up the learning curve as possible and grab on to those handrails on the gravy train without getting flung off. I shudder at the thought off getting thrown off a … [Read more...]

Old news that made me go hmmm last week


I am not a very up-to-date kind of guy. Sometimes I stumble across some very old facts that I did not know about before (and that have nothing to do with investing). Like this one: The condor uses the least energy to move a kilometer of all species. So far so good. That sounds reasonable. The source being a study published by Scientific American in March 1973 (= good excuse for not having … [Read more...]