Hola, another topic which will not have any link with the content of this blog post kind of post again.
I may have become a zombie for good right now, not physically or mentally, but emotionally.
1 week has passed since I out pro, I don’t really have the urge to take my nap anymore. I woke up at 7+am automatically & I feel fresh till I hit the bed.
I will travel to Raffles City almost every Monday & Wednesday for CC Traders’ gathering & course preview respectively. In my recent visit, it feels like years since my last visit. The theory of relativity is being refreshed once again during this year’s high key ICT.
At the course preview, I’m really glad to have 4 out of 5 signing up for our course. As I have always said to everyone, relationship is a 2-way traffic. You have to take the leap of faith to trust us. Together, we will produce results. As always, I will ask why you don’t sign up because we have the best deal available. I totally accept the reason given by KH on Wednesday – his father is an investor himself and he would like to learn from his father instead. That’s good because if I were you, I would have done the same thing.
Mentally, my mind is full of work right now. I have a lot of business ideas, but I never really execute them. Last night, I reached home at 8+pm, took a short break and watched “Friendly Fire” till 945pm and I started work on my new business till way past midnight! (1201am)
Gone are the days where brick & motar business will be profitable. Any small profit will be taken by government through tax & levy and the landlord through rent over time. This is why more than half of new businesses fail within a year, and more within 5 years and more within 10 years.
In my last 3 business ventures are all online business. The start up cost is not high & the running cost is managable. Most of the revenue will go to real profit after we gain back the capital. I can work from home or practically anywhere as long as I have my laptop with internet connection. I can choose to check my email (work) when I want to.
I don’t look forward to a fixed monthly salary because that is a ceiling revenue method. What I’m capable of monthly is only that fixed income. Other than looking forward to pay day, I will be a zombie for the rest of the month.
As an entrepreneur, income is never consistent but it’s definitely rewarding. For any job/service/consultancy/course/product I provided, I receive an income. This variable income method does give me a sense of satisfaction. (Note: Not hapiness)
By combining my knowledge, skill, passion & others all together, I’m glad that I have found my niche. Imagine doing things that you love, you can earn a good income and yet you have lots of time for yourself. But actually, having too much time for yourself is not really good. (I will talk about it in a while)
Emotionally, nothing really make me excited or sad anymore. I don’t even flinch my eyebrow when I’m winning thousands or losing thousand. I don’t feel stress about an incoming exam nor I don’t feel sad when my prospect cancelled the appointment late. My heart is feeling empty. I do try to fill it with some happiness through playing with nicole or ryan or through connecting with my friends and family. I still feel touch when I receive sincere thanks/testimonial.
There will be lots of flashback everytime I receive a testimonial. (even though I keep asking for them!) I will recalled how we met, what’s my first impression of you, how much I want (or don’t want for some people) to work together with you and make you a better person.
MK, met him during CC focus group session last August. My first impression of him is that he’s smart! I know he will make right choices here and there. Yup, in his testimonial, he said that he sold his wilmar (cut loss) to join our course. Months later, he earned back this realized loss, his course fees & more!
My other impression of him that he’s lazy like me. Mind you, being lazy is not a bad thing, because we use our creativity to get things done properly.
The irony of getting an exercise mat is not to exercise, but it’s for me to lie down to enjoy my television shows.
All right, my heart is still feeling very empty nevertheless. Again, I have to stress that this empty feeling of mine may be what makes me a cool person, able to think logically in the most dire situation.
After my one and only long relationship that failed, I still have the courage to love, or maybe I really don’t have the courage to love anymore. I don’t know. I have met someone tall, slim & beautiful but that’s not what I’m looking for. Physically, she just have to look decent with 2 eyes, 1 nose etc. What really attracts me is that she must have…. I also need someone to support me by… so she needs to have a good… she has to be a nice person so…. there’s one right but she’s not in Singapore… i need a good recharge… so maybe i’ll be better in June…
You will never understand the above paragraph! haha
Anyway, Happy Vesek Day!
AH, I forget to say why having too much time is not good. Having time is good, some portion will be spent alone coz I like to enjoy spending time by myself. Then, there will be time where you need company. If you are free and everyone is working, who can spend time with you? Parents will never be there for you all the time. Siblings will have their own family. Friends will have their own partnership too. There’s only 1 kind of person who can spend your life with. And I don’t have her/any yet.
It’s really crowded here!
Life in Singapore is indeed getting more fustrating.
Tell me a place where you can go without crowd! People mountain people sea everywhere.
Travelling is not easy. Private transport, go everywhere also jam, later go everywhere also kenna ERP, reach liao then no parking space. MRT lagi jialat, take train also scare it will breakdown and get stuck for hours, the train will tavel slowly if there is no breakdown because of maintance. Bus also jialat. I see everywhere also need to wait for a few buses before we can finally board the bus.
The elites can reach anywhere in Singapore in 20 minutes. Of course la, you have escort or you don’t travel during peak hours. Nowdays ah, even non peak hours also jam jam jam. Once in a while take public transport got what use? I also take public transport once in a while but I feel shiok because I can revert back to driving the next day. Try living without a car and see how you can tahan our first class public transport for years.
I don’t wanna even talk about others.
In order to teach our children really well, we have to let them explore. Most adults take the easy way out by doing the tasks for them, they don’t learn well this way. Allowing them to explore and learn really take a lot of effort. Are we game enough? I don’t so.
Taking the middle path
In stock market, if you feel happy after profit taking, you will definitely feel sad after cutting loss. Is it really possible to be happy for profit taking and yet you feel nothing for cutting loss? We may be able to have this feeling for a while, but profit taking may become boring after a while also.
We have to be sad before in order to know what’s happiness and vice versa. Is there such thing as a happy life?
Most of us will experience birth, growth, age, sickness and death in our life. It’s just a matter of how long or short the cycle is for each stage. We may get sick early, but then went on to recover and lead a good life thereafter. Some may experience accidental death and skip the illness cycle.
For my trading experience, it’s all started with experimenting, then I realized that I can get a passive income from trading. It went on to a better lifestyle with bigger earning. Slowly after a few years, I am really feeling no excitement from the stock market anymore. I win more, I lose less, making me profitable overall. I don’t get happy after winning because it doesn’t make a difference to my lifestyle anymore, nor I feel sad after cutting losses because I bound to lose sometimes.
Now, it’s all about imparting this knowledge to others so that we can all have a better lifestyle. When we talk about money, now, if I were to teach you something that you will have a better lifestyle, will you ever forget me in your life? I doubt so. I guess I am materialistic somehow, but most of us are very materialistic, there are more people who are more materialistic than me.
Sometimes, a person can be very tame without power, but the same tame person will get greedy and want more power after receiving some. Why ah?
This is for me to analyze further after meeting more people before I can possibly enlighten myself.
In the most cruical situation, I am always able to stay calm, analyze before I think of my next move/solution. I am glad to be trained this way by life. There is no problem that cannot be solved, or maybe there are. But those are others’ problems, not mine. As long as I don’t sa ren fang huo, there is always a way to work things out, or take some hit. As long as I remain healthy mentally and physically, that is good enough. The losing experience will only make me stronger. If any part of me is loss somehow, it will really depend on what I have lost. If it’s just material stuff, no problem. As long as I earn it before, I will know how to earn it again. If it’s something else, don’t panic nor get depress, get it fixed and move on if possible. If canont, then just make the best out from the worst.
Right now, I am facing some really big obstacle in my life. If I were to lose this battle, my lifestyle will really be affected. How can I win??
I seek help from GY and this is what I receive.
Be patient and do not fall into temptation. To encouter a benefactor is similar to a withered tree blossoming again. It is wise not to crave for more as this will bring trouble. For the present, stick to present state, and keep still.
In a way, which a lot of us will benefit from this advice too, we don’t have to do anything. Remain as where you are. Don’t get stress on what’s coming because we probably cannot change the fact anymore already. Remain calm, remain cool. Don’t ke kiang and do something extra. Just keep still and ship reaches the bridge head, the bridge head will auto straight. Sometimes, nothing will improve if you do nothing.
Let me give 2 example.
1: if you are fat and you want to slim down. You cannot do nothing. You have to do something to slim down.
2: if we are facing a difficulties where we really cannot do anything to change the outcome, don’t get stress over it. Just prepare for the worst outcome and think of way to do what you have to do, if it happens. We can pray for the best too, because we don’t know what surprises our life will present to us next.
Yes, if you can understand everything what I said, you will probably digest what I want to share. Else, ask me out for coffee to find out how you can improve you life.
It has been a real long time. I’m out from my ICT & I’m ready to TRADEEEEEE again!
Let’s see what happen after my last update late April.
STI had a clear breakout when I’m away, causing me to miss out big time on longing some of the blue chip, esp SPH! There are no clear resistance except the all time high at 3889.68 set back in 2007. If you have not long the index, don’t chase, wait for some clearer chart before you trade here. If you are still in the long at the breakout, let it ride. Use trailing stop as profit protection.
HSI is not as bullish as STI. They are still trapped within a trading channel, in the middle in fact. Be patient, consider a long at the longer trendline.
DJI is at all time high. The recent rally is VERY POWERFUL. At this kind of breakout, the sky is the limit. Like STI, I will not chase, nor will I short. I may consider a small long position when it touches the lower trendline, but the risk is really big. (psst, have a planned cut loss will do)
What are the sector in play? The market is hungry! Look for food.
JB food, IPO for less than a year, looks very strong. Another big movement should be coming soon. What trading strategy can we adopt for this? I will consider only a long. When?
In any market condition, there will be strong stocks (like JB food) and weak ones like Indoagri. Hey, wonder why indo’s brother Wilmar is so weak too? Cheap will only get cheaper. Don’t believe too much of any ANA’s report. Trust the chart. Indo looks to test the trendline. It will drop much faster (esp when the whole market corrects) after it fails to go back above the trendline.
All right, it’s time to do my own homework for my trades now. I’m eager to trade, but I’m patient!
It has been a tough in camp. What’s so tough about in camp training? Almost everything about it. I’m grateful to see wonderful colleagues and men to make it through.
The low of this in camp that I may have a possible slip disc. With age, lack of training, tiredness, heat and SBO on, I will just become a mindless zombie. Dull pain in the hip, it’s better to have a good check on my spine. It’s all claimable anyway.
After getting my status, I have been observing silently of the company. TBH, I don’t hear a word of vulgur from the man. Though they may be slow in falling in some of the times, they have never say no to training. They are the most garang bunch of people.
I have also see the limitation of my own physical condition now. In the first in camp, when I still have my body and strength, I have no problem with any physical activity at all. Now at the 5th, body is gone, strength is gone, I am not agile anymore. My right thigh will just cramp up when I raise it higher than a certain angle. It’s time to get everything fixed. Eat well, sleep well, train well. I will stick to it this time round.
I have to highlight David & Hussain for getting me through this in camp. I have to admit that I will even snap at COA when I decide to switch off. Who cares about license for my job etc. I don’t care. I like to challenge many current SOPs that are so outdated and stupid. We do just because some people from the top think we have to do it. I say you guys are out of touch.
2 weeks + seems like a really really long time. I feel like I’m living my NSF life for 3 months once again. By caging me, I will only get excited for my work & life after I’m release from jail. Be rest assured that I will be very focus for the next 6 weeks to clear all my work. Then I can take my 2 months vacation again for my big 30 somewhere. HAHA
Again, I have missed a lot of the rally. After a simple calculation, I would have profited at least $15k here and there. I can only say FML. Though I can console myself that with my knowledge, I would be able to make this profit back, but well, it’s just F irritating that this monetary sacrifice is a little bit too much. To make it worse, there is a realized loss of around $20k these 2 months.
I actually feel nothing about the missed profit or realized loss. The money are just something extra afterall. It just that this happened because I’m serving my liability.
All right, I’m really looking forward to meet everyone out there.
Time is not wasted during my in camp training.
- I have actually achieved my goal in 2013, it’s time to bring the bar higher to push myself for the slow & steady progress in my life.
- In life, we have to keep moving forward (pace is set by you) but we can never stop moving because we will get dull and our brain will die.
- I don’t feed that bad even though I am stuck in camp even though STI breakout cleaning when I cannot trade? As long as I am alive & healthy, I have the knowledge on how to gain the wealth again. Afterall, we came in naked, and we will leave naked. As long as we have enough to spend, why ask for more?
- I will let go about boasting what record of profitable in every quarter and never lose for more than 2 months in a row. I can have such record in 2011 and 2012, but just some discipline in trading will give me better result even though I won’t have these record. First time is dec 2012, second time is mar 2013. All right, I will try to stay focus!
- Businesses are accumulating and waiting for me to start work.
- 2015 plan has been brough forward, ready for my next phase of investment.
- Most things look bright. There will be challenges, but it’s the overcoming of the challenges that give me true satisfaction in life.
- For example, knee pain during first week of in camp. Then realised I haven’t been doing my SMFR for months or years. A quick release give me less pain during week 2. Heat rash from Friday of week 2. A reminder to myself to powder myself whenever possible. Preventation is better than cure. Fitness level is dropping way fast, probably I can do better to stay in shape.
- I can whine, but I will just whine and think of strategies to move forward.
- Sometimes, I may whine for a very long time, this is because I am just waiting to execute the move at the right time to increase my odds.
- Sometimes, I take huge bet and I make it. I reap the reward.
- Sometimes, I will lose it and all seems bad.
- Reward > bad, net net still win win. Slowly, don’t rush.
- Rushing can make things worse.
- Slow is the new fast.
- Striking the balance is the most crucial things for all challenges.
- It has been a good few months break. I am ready to work again!
I remembered 3 years ago during an outfield training, I heard this comment from a high ranking officer “The morale is low, they are very slow.”
You see, you cannot get the solders to be quicker by saying such words. It’s easy to say such words when you are not on the field doing such tough phyiscal work. It doesn’t help when it’s so hot, then rain and it keeps repeating. It doesn’t help when we are feeling tired, we are suffering from heat rashes and many other stuff.
When we are slow, you want us to be fast. When there is an uprising, you can say why we didn’t give them enough rest that all of them are tired. When everyone is working, but we are still unable to meet the deadline. Why is there a need to move out before 630am and travel there to wait till 10am? Why is there no water when we need to shower. Why is there rules for the left hand to slap the right?
COA visited my unit at our living firing. I am truely impressed by him. As much as I hate everything about the training, it is still necessary. The first impression is good, more work has to be done to acknowledge what all singaporean man has sacrificed for peace. TBH, I almost teared at his speech. It was so freaking tough. (I almost fainted in the heat)
Start to learn how to appreciate everything little things in life, like these in training.
Ice water available at all time during outfield training, tough but realistic training, good colleagues helping one another, working smarter to get things done. No more.
I have never regret choosing to be a sergeant back in 2003. It is just me, the way I live.
Now if I were to talk about the F up thing in the in camp, there are a few up there and many more. Want people to know their limit, but don’t give the words of pls push yourself, you have to show something to the man. Don’t tell me to do A, but when I did that, you tell me about doing B instead.
Sometimes, I just wonder how these people are chosen to be leaders.
Nowadays, motivating solders is not just giving commands, it’s not just able to do the things well, it’s not just giving night off. It’s way much more complicated but simple, treat everyone as an individual. Know them well, earn their respect individually and you will get the work done. Never use rank or appointment to press people.
At this in camp, I have also seen how some very on people suddenly become very negative about NS. It’s about our lives outside of training. If you are happy about life, you may be ok in camp. If you are not happy with life, you will be negative.
Sometimes, some things started out with good intention, but later become a chore. What’s RAC for? Temperature taking is fine, but need exact figure for everything in the first and last parade and before training. Wah lau eh, you think it’s so easy meh? Just take to see if it’s ok or not la, have 3 ranges. Safe temperature of 36.5 and below. To watch out from 36.6 to 37.4, and 37.5 and above to report sick.
In short, everyone is different. Respect has to be earned. Once earned, you will get their heart to work for you. It will start from CO level, to all officers and to all sergeants then to all man. If there is any broken link, it just won’t work.
Old style is out, please adopt the new style to work.
Again ah, nothing is absolute. There are goods and there are bad. You have to go through hell to enjoy heaven.
Woah, I don’t even know what i’m blogging here. You may think why my posts are so not organized, but this is just a blog, my online diary, to share what I’m thinking, why is there a need to be organized? My presentation & training are organized ok liao.
I guess I am feeling mixed myself too. People want love, but feel pain when love is loss. Nothing is ever perfect in this world. How to stay happy? You have to find out yourself. I’ll be all right after next Friday.
5 more days to go before another 50 weeks of freedom!
At a lunch yesterday, michelle shared with me that she has a friend who achieved MDRT, but later went to quit the industry. The reason for quitting is that she (may be he) felt the stress chasing target all the times. I was pretty puzzled about the whole thing. Quit coz of pressure? Why don’t she takes it easy for a year?
Everyone starts on their journey with a reason. No matter what happen, if you started with a good intention, never lose yourself. You will never achieve everything. There is no way to achieve everything either.
In life, I will nitpick optimisim with flaws and vice versa. This is to remind everyone to strike a balance and don’t lose yourself.
In staying optimistic, I will savour on the good and treat the bad as an experience.
See the link between good/good, bad/bad, good/bad & bad/good here? Follow this and you shall not get too stressed up over unncessary stuff.
If receiving too much already and you don’t feel happy, try giving. The feeling is totally different from receiving. You may be staying in a cosy penthouse, the enjoyment will go away after a while. You may be driving the most expensive sports car, but you will get used to it. Try giving and enrich the life of others and you will be able to see different happy expressions.
Why everytime I blog something about life, the topic and content doesn’t really match 1 ah?