Author: cheerful.egg

What Adam Can Teach You About Finding Your Dream Job

What would your dream job be if you didn’t have to worry about money? Ask someone that question, and you might get vague answers like “I want to make a difference”, or “I want to do something I enjoy”. Okaaaaay, that’s like saying, “I want to breathe oxygen”. That doesn’t really mean anything. Last week, I kicked off a series exploring how we might find some practical advice from the Bible. The Bible is thousands of years old, and its wisdom has survived kingdoms, wars, persecutions and empires. Even if you’re not Christian, there’s a good chance that you might...

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Why The Bible Can Give You Practical Advice (Even If You’re Not Christian)

I remember the first time I picked up The Four-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris. I was in Kinokuniya during the summer of 2008. For those of you who’ve heard of it, you’ll know that it inspired a whole generation of millennials to aspire towards becoming a “digital nomad”: Having optimised schedules, successful businesses, and a hunger for the YOLO lifestyle of “experiences over stuff”. After reading it, I got so excited that I convinced a few of my friends to start an online T-shirt business together. (I know, I’m cringing as I write this). It was a doomed venture...

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What A Mexican Tour Taught Me About Experiences

So I’m on the last leg of my 2-week holiday in Mexico. To answer the FAQs: 1) It’s absolutely safe as long as you don’t wander into sketchy places, 2) Food is cheap and DELICIOUS, 3) You can get around with a few basic Spanish phrases (e.g. “donde esta el bano?“) While travelling through Mexico, I visited Palenque: A bunch of pyramid-like ruins deep in the heart of the jungle. We visited the site without a guide, armed with just a Lonely Planet guidebook. But 45 minutes into the visit, we got a little bored and tired – we’d...

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Crazy Rich Asians And The Meaning Of True Love

(Quick note before we start: I know, I know, it’s been 2 months since I published anything. Between family, church and my new job, I’ve had very little time to blog. But I’m on holiday right now with 8 hours to kill at a cafe, so I can finally write about something I’ve been meaning to for awhile. It’s quite different from my usual topics, but it’s something close to my heart. Let me know what you think.) Like all my friends, I loved Crazy Rich Asians. I loved watching the ridiculous excesses of the Young family, the hilarious performances...

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What Hugh Jackman Can Teach You About Negotiation

Okay, I admit it: I love The Greatest Showman. Folks are talking about Crazy Rich Asians right now, but my Spotify list is still playing tracks from The Greatest Showman like “Come Alive” and “Rewrite the Stars”. I may or may not have jammed out to them while doing housework on several occasions (To my neighbours: Sorry you had to see that). One of my favourite songs in the album is “The Other Side”. It’s not just a catchy song – if you look closely at the lyrics, it showcases some pretty good negotiation tactics. If you haven’t seen it...

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Bitcoin And The Ideology Bias

There are some things in life that you never want to admit doing: Being really good at Dance Dance Revolution Asking for a 2nd helping of dinner while flying on Economy Class Buying bitcoin I am very proud to say that I’ve done all three. Wait. Lionel Yeo – Champion of Index Investing, Advocate of Boring Routines, Merciless Critic of BS Marketing – has finally caved in and bought crypto? What the heck is going on? Is the world coming to and end? Ruuuh-lax. I bought some Bitcoin, but not for the reasons that you might think. I’ve Never...

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Pascal’s Wager and Strategic Betting

It’s 1.30pm and you’re just stepping out of the office for lunch. You’re slightly annoyed at yourself for scheduling a 12pm meeting. In the last 20 minutes, you had to clear your throat every 5 minutes to mask the increasingly audible noises coming from your stomach. You normally have lunch at your usual fish soup place that’s a 10-minute walk away. But today, you notice a new fish soup stall which has just opened right next to your office building, and it’s way cheaper than your usual place. However, you have no idea if this new stall is any good....

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How To Talk To Anyone Without Feeling Awkward

So you’ve probably noticed that I haven’t written regularly for the past 6 months or so. There were yuuuuge changes in my personal and professional life that consumed all my energy and attention for the past 6 months. One of those changes is simple: I started a new job. (Well, before that, there was also the researching, networking, applying, preparing, multiple rounds of interviewing, negotiation, tying up loose ends at the old job, doing a bit of travelling, catching up with old friends, etc. You can see why I didn’t really have the energy to blog these past 6 months)....

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Your Financial GPS – A Whiskey-Inspired Review

This is a sponsored post done in collaboration with DBS. I very rarely accept sponsored posts, and only do so when I already use or like the product. All opinions are my own. You get the best insights over whiskey and KFC. I had some time to kill yesterday, so I hung out with Alvin and Jon from Dr Wealth at their office, kicking back over some excellent Hibiki whiskey and a KFC Dip ’N Share Bucket. Nothing gets the brain going faster than single-malt whiskey and greasy food. About 3 hours in, a slightly inebriated Jon started drawing...

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Why Pre-Paying Your Home Loan Could Be Awesome

Sometimes, I wish I were a 4th-century king in medieval England. I would spend all day sitting on my throne, deep in thought, slowly sharpening my broadsword and staring out into the abyss. My subjects, fearful of breaking my concentration, would whisper amongst themselves. “Perhaps His Majesty is coming up with a way to reduce taxes? Maybe he’s planning an invasion of France?” And then I would suddenly stand up, skewer an unsuspecting roast pig, and roar, “YES! IT TOTALLY MAKES SENSE TO PREPAY YOUR HOME LOAN!!!!” Then I would sit back, smile, and tuck into my meal. Peace...

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Can Facebook Solve The Community Conundrum?

Note: I often take an interesting business problem and try to imagine what I would do in their shoes (often letting my imagination go crazy). I call this exercise a “Business Braindump”. I’ve always been too embarrassed to share these thought exercises on my blog, but today I got inspired to pen down my thoughts on Facebook’s community-building manifesto. It’s a topic that both excites and resonates with me, so I said “Screw it, I’m gonna share this on my blog.” So there ya go. Let me know what you think! ======= When I was in secondary school, the extra-curricular activity you...

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How To Bend Others To Your Will (And Make Them Like You)

Heya! It’s been another crazy month of travelling (Hanoi and Tokyo!), full-time work, and Church activities, which is why I haven’t been blogging much. But I’ve been reading this awesome book Thank You For Arguing: What Aristotle, Lincoln and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion (awesome title) by Jay Heinrichs. I’m only a tiny way through the book, but I wanted to give my own spin on a nifty negotiation technique which Henrichs introduces in the first few chapters. Negotiation Aikido When I was a kid, I used to take Aikido classes. Aikido is unconventional because unlike other...

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To The Folks Who Meet My Sister

My sister has autism. She’s 30 this year, and she’s had it for as long as I can remember. She’s probably the most joyful person I know. Maybe it’s because she doesn’t have to deal with, y’know, jobs or bills or angry clients. She sings to herself. She eats with gusto. When we scold her for misbehaving, she gets quiet for a while, and then she goes back to daydreaming as usual. Most of the time, she’s pretty quiet. But sometimes, she gets into these hyperactive moods. She runs around with lots of energy and laughs and hyperventilates. She...

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The 2017 cheerfulegg Annual Review

Every year, I do an annual review where I look back at the past year and write down what I did well, what I could have done better, and a couple of lessons to distill from the journey. I also take a look at my personal / professional goals that I set the year before, and score how well I did on them. Why do I do this? Two reasons: It reminds me about what I’ve accomplished in the past year. We often forget or undervalue our accomplishments especially when life gets crazy, and it’s good to take time...

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Beware The Ol’ UOB Annual Fee Trick

Oh, UOB. You are such a hard-to-understand entity. (That’s about the extent of my rhyming prowess. I’m a blogger, not a poet). On one hand, you provide such fantastic credit cards to earn miles, like your UOB PRVI Miles World Mastercard, and the UOB Preferred Platinum Visa card. On the other hand, you resort to such sneaky little tactics to try and pull one over on your cardmembers. Case in point: Here is a screenshot of my credit card statement on my UOB Mighty app:   Nothing much to see here, just a couple of transactions and a GIRO...

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