Wednesday, 29 August 2012

The importance of understanding design, eclectic and my dream chair arrives!

Many who have not known me in my early years, as a young person, aged 20...will not understand how I attained sucess. Envy is the proper and deserved reaction, although I prefer not.

But I think it was my eye for the special, and the acess to very influencial friends.

Happiness is the acquisition of a rare piece!

I guess this was another piece of "chair" that the average Singaporean thought was UGLY.
And it probably was.

But it was relevant...and it was, to me, certainly important in its visual and dimensional messages.

I had to buy it.

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Oh...Sharing here: Money is just potential, until it is exercised as leverage/purchase.


Time Is Wealth: Important Lessons From Someone Who Has Achieved Financial Freedom
posted by Lau on 20 Jun 2012 11:09 AM

Most of us would have heard the saying "Time is money" when frustration kicks in due to waiting too long. However, a word play on this was the title of the recent Sunday Times interview with Dr Bernard Cheong who is a respected watch collector doctor. He made his wealth through investing in collecting time pieces.

I do not usually read such interviews but certain things he mention, in a different context (I'll explain why I have to specifically mention this), reminded me about my priorities financially.

First and foremost, he talked about how he is financially free and work whenever he wants to. It is my dream and I am reminded to work towards achieving this. He also mentioned something very key: paraphrasing, so long as you do not have to repay loans on your property or car, there is actually very little you really need to spend on. And I think this is very crucial. Of course, most would argue that he is so wealthy and has so much passive income from his business or investments that he could not possibly spend finish everything. Well, that is his bragging rights and let's not be sour grapes here. What I would like to focus is in the truth of what he said vis a vis one's situation.

The main point is expectations. Take for example my expectation is really simple, I do not mind settling for a BTO 3 room HDB flat in some suburban town with no car. That would put me back about $200,000, compared to maybe $1,500,000 for a 2 bedroom condo with a luxury car. The difference is I could probably pay off $200k in a much shorter amount of time and even shorter if interest is taken into consideration. Anyway, that solves part A of the equation, debt free with a roof over my head at an age I am comfortable with rather than debt laden till I am old and frail.

Part B is the passive income to choose to work. That again depends on the lifestyle expectation. A simple lifestyle or an expensive lifestyle with the 5Cs. Even though inflation is creeping up in Singapore, I believe my lifestyle expectation requires about $1,000 a month (hold your flaming). That is about $12,000 a year. With an annual return of a conservative 5%, $240,000 needs to be invested, also a manageable sum.

Well, back to the $1,000 per month, remember that debt free is a criteria first. Then some would argue about the need to save. In the interview, Dr Bernard Cheong also explained that he spends every last cent! This is interesting as it contradicts all the common knowledge to save. Well, in my opinion, if you are financially free, what are you saving for? To be financially free-er? Saving is the phase to help achieve financial freedom, but once there and all the appropriate plans like emergency cash and insurance are in place, I feel we should enjoy the fruits of the labour and spend everything as well. All the delayed gratification is to have the gratification now. We can't bring all the money with us to the grave and after life, it will mean the difference of being miserly or thrifty.

So, now if you do not need to work, do not need to save, do not have any debt, lead a moderately simple lifestyle, would $1,000 be sufficient for one person. Well, at least in my opinion, it is for me. Different people have different background, upbringing, experience and expectations. Anything I earn extra from active working will supplement and I can spend all of it! I like to keep my own goals realistic and achievable based on my circumstances. Everyone will have their own concerns and constrains like family or children. My example will not apply to the vast majority. Similarly, Dr Bernard Cheong's example would also not apply to me as he is probably leading a luxurious lifestyle. However, I still managed to gain something from his story. He gives a reflection on the kind of enjoyment when financially free and reenergizes me to continue working hard towards that goal. Hope you gained some insight as well that you could apply to your own situation.

Cheers towards Financial Freedom!

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Girls, porn, free sex shows, forget all that for 6 minutes...

Forget watching porn.

I found a great reality podcast/youtube recording that rocks...and is decent, but possibly more erotic than just 2 or 5 naked people in latex going at it.

That's her..brains?

I don't know.

Beauty..undeniable. Reading skills..superlative.

Thursday, 23 August 2012

When I saw THIS car...I knew I have to work a tad harder..

And buy it.

and buy the darn thing.

Materialism or whatever, I am glad there are things out of my reach...but just.

Friday, 17 August 2012

Day 1 of a 3 day break.

One word. Yes.
If you are Singaporean, aged above 50, and if you can "just" afford a new spanking sports car.

It will prevent all manner of disease.

As long as it relieves stress.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Envy is fascinating..really.

Psychologists recently suggested that there may be two types of envy:
1 malicious envy to inflict misfortune on others.
2 benign envy being proposed as a type of positive motivational force.

People, in my case, patients find themselves experiencing an overwhelming irritable emotion due to someone else who they consider an equal owning desirable items that they do not.

What they are blind to is what they have.

Dealing with it, requires a deep understanding of philosophical tools, something which is often a quality of education.

A significant amount of research has been done, avoid or confront.

Neither is totally sucessful. A mixture is best, and each concoction, tailormade to the person, the times, the relationships and self image.

The more effective strategies for reducing initial envy appear to be stimulus focused.

Individuals with narssisism are often envious of others or believe others are envious of him or her.
A narcissist may secure a sense of superiority in the face of another person's ability by using contempt to minimise the other person.

Isn't life complex and colorful, that it can be taken apart and analysed?

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Wonder what a typical day is like for a 53 yr old doctor?

This would be it...

So if you are a medical student..well.

I am comfortable, but not incredibly wealthy.
click on:

Have you ever thought "My Life could have changed...with ONE small incident"

In the late 1990s, I had a family to feed.
House mortgage to pay.
A clinic to run.

The last was the MOST important thing.
Running a clinic for general practice was a sacrifice, a great risk.

I did it because I thought it was the ONLY field in which I could be relevant.
There were a zillion smarter, more driven doctors who were able to be better, smarter, and save more lives than I could in the hospitals.

It would be unfair to the sustem...and to my own stay, and take up a position that I would NOT be able to deliver a better job than someone else.

I had played locum doctor in the private sector for 7 years...I knew in my heart that I could be " a GOOD general practice" man.

It's like giving up engineering to become a car mechanic!

Your parents and friends would be NOT in favor. a car mechanic, I could rise..become really GOOD...because I had the skill set.
And I would rise all the way to be the very best, make a great difference!

So...that was one of many in years.

I never regreted it.

Thursday, 2 August 2012

A doctor watching life in Singapore

In 2010, a patient had a quarrel with his wife ... suspect his wife having affair
new lingerie, handbags, buying swimsuits, new routines.

In just one quarrel, he got angry ... threw household objects onto the floor, did not hit her
and then went out of the house.
She filed a police report and follows thru with a complaint to the family court.

Family Court residing the case is a female.
For what it is worth, he was alleged to have commited an act of family violence.
She, the wife, refused for counselling, refused to talk to him, refused to discuss anything ...

After mths, he was ordered a Personal Protection Order .. followed by a Domestic Exclusion Order
ie. he cannot get within X-distance of her, and he needs to leave the house.

Divorce procedures ... have spent more than $10k on legal .

He has to pay maintenance to her.
The house will be sold, and she will probably get 50% at least ... although he paid most, but she does the upkeep.