Day 12: How the Economy Works: The Merry-Go-Round

Yesterday, I invited a couple of real estate agents to perform an appraisal to our house. After two years of home-ownership, they told us that the house value has increased by 27%. Well, actually that’s our conservative number. They predicted a more upbeat number of 35%. So there we were, woke up one morning, and … Continue reading

Day 11: Designing Your Life with Savings Snowball

Most PF bloggers talk about the legendary debt snowball method but only a few who discuss about savings snowball. Since the method is simple and efficient, why not apply it in other areas too? The goal of this exercise is to utilise your extra cash efficiently and design the life you wish. By listing your … Continue reading

Day 10: Leah Cim’s Guide to Conducting an Interview (Part 2)

In the spirit of Australian Open, Leah Cim starts her interview series this time with the legendary Roger Federer’s… back up racquet. Enjoy! Roger Federer’s back up racquet A highly-strung individual Leah: Welcome back to Melbourne. Wilson: This is actually my first time. Leah: Really? Wilson: At least I think it is, I certainly didn’t … Continue reading

Day 9: And the Award of “Miss Communication” Goes To…

… the blind were shouting “Listen!” while the deaf said “Can’t you see?”… Afro Lover by James. Talking about miscommunication in relationship is a tricky matter. You could either spend watching the entire six seasons of Sex and the City, analyzing every detail of words, inflections, sequence of events, deciphering hidden or mixed messages and … Continue reading

Day 8: Leah Cim’s Guide to Conducting an Interview (Part 1)

Ever noticed how politicians and football coaches give the same sort of non-answers in interviews? It’s almost as if they have gone off to some school to learn how to say nothing to the media. Fair enough, you might think, but fans of politicians and the public who depend on football coaches for leadership deserve … Continue reading

Day 7: Eight Random Things About Me (And Some Homework)

Recently I’ve been tagged by The LeanLife Coach to list eight random things about me. I don’t remember the last time I participated in this ritual, maybe three or four years ago when it was popular on Friendster (does anyone remember Friendster?). For the uninitiated, Friendster is an early social networking website that was (and … Continue reading

Day 6: Four Reasons I’m Not A Diva (And Neither Are You)

Facing possible unemployment can be nerve-wracking. But it has opened up  possibilities I didn’t think about before. After three days of soul-searching, I came up with the idea of being a… diva. Merriam-Webster defines diva as a prima donna; a usually glamorous and successful female performer or personality. These days, anyone wearing outfit two sizes … Continue reading

Day 5: What Happens When Whales Become Your Client

A few days ago, an anti-whaling speedboat called Sea Shepherd collided with a Japanese whaling “Research” fleet. There’s a big bruhaha about this and the Japanese government is being sued for the damage. Check out the video here. Today’s post is written by a guest writer, Leah Cim. She is not interested in debating the … Continue reading

Day 4: A Juggler and A Possibly Unemployed Person Who’s Been Bribed

A Possibly Unemployed Person Only eight days into the year, I found out that I may not be staying in my job for long. Ironically, this week I’m going to review my career. Well, that will make things easier, won’t it? To be unfair, this is not due to my performance or lack thereof. An … Continue reading

Day 3: The Investment Review: Time for the Truth

All this time, I consider myself to be financially literate but in reality I’ve been too scared to review my investment portfolio. I haven’t always been like that, the GFC has made me a wimpy investor. Today, I will brave myself and look at how my investment performs in the past 12 months. As the … Continue reading