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Sunday, 28 August 2016

You are not a hammer

This Malaysian ad good!

They call it reaching out...

I prefer to call it - Listen.

I find this judgemental behaviour quite prevalent in our community.

Just because you seek "financial freedom" as a panacea to fill the hole in your heart, it does not mean everyone else are "nails" who need "hammering" too...

You can almost hear the seething anger as some share their frustrations when they failed in their attempt to evangelise the gospel of prosperity to their love ones or friends.

Don't they get it?

Money will solve everything!

Of course we know its crass to put money on our lips all the time; so we use euphemisms like financial freedom or independence to sugar-coat and hide the shallowness and emptiness we feel in the still of the night.

Next time you feel the urge to share your unsolicited supreme master of the universe version of how to save and invest your way to Nirvana 30 years into the future - stop.


To listen, we must observe.

Maybe you'll discover this person is a screw?

And you only a hammer; not a screwdriver. Wink.

Yes, that's also probably why you struggling with your day job, or relationships in general.

First seek to understand; then to be understood.  

(7 habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey)

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Calm before the storm?

Ever had this feeling where you suddenly felt something is not right?

Like walking into a empty classroom or poking your head outside your cubicle and finding no one around!?

Well, I'm having my moment now.

The fisherman is out catching pokemons... Turning into 老玩童?

Butterfly has been under radio silence for quite a while... Kenna caught by spider? Oh! Its you 妹子... Good catch! Sorli, sorli... I'll close the door now; you both carry on...

The masked nudist has turned into Uncle Agony...

And where the hell has coconut AWOL to?

I know. Market boring...

There's only so much fun in me going around with a pin, pricking balloons full of hot air...

It seems those got patience are practicing 高山不动...

As for those 流水不安, make a guess what are they doing?


Monday, 22 August 2016

Why we love Top 10 lists

When you walked into a bookshop, do you take a glance at the Top 10 best sellers list?

How about music? Top 10 lists galore! One for each music genre...

Top 10 travel destinations anyone?

Do you know why marketers love Top 10 lists?

On the same note, just imagine some clueless Singaporeans have to depend on some ang mohs - do a small rush rush sample; give a few stars - to tell us which hawker food here is good? (If you are a foreign worker or tourist I can understand. But its our freaking backyard!)

And this one better! Joseph Schooling seen eating his chye tow kueh, and we already have monkey see monkey do copycats... 

Now you know why corporates pay millions to top athletes to endorse their products. Wink.

Make a wild guess whether our investing/trading community exhibit similar group behaviour?

The psychology is the same right?

We feel much better in crowded trades and/or riding the same investment theme of the month...


We all have our favourite chicken rice hawker stall. And we probably eat there at least once a week. But when we have a foreign friend visiting us, and he wants us to recommend a good chicken rice stall, what do you do?

Bring your foreign friend to your regular stall, or that one at Maxell Road market?

OK, this poke is reserved for men.

When we want to pee, we just go to the toilet ourselves. We are our own man.

But when it comes to investing/trading, ever wonder why you suddenly become so "gu niang"? Must have someone accompany you; and hold hands some more! 

P.S.  I've been practicing (not theory) Sales and Marketing all my corporate life that I don't even think about it anymore. It's 2nd nature to me.

Special thanks to the butterfly for his comment at my previous post made me aware of why I put my 10 Ten blog post there in the first place.

No, I'm not taking it down.


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