Category: Cheerful Egg

Going Off The Grid

Heya! I hope you enjoyed the series about how to get practical advice from the Bible as I did writing it. As you can tell, I’ve been moving away from personal finance towards spirituality in recent months. I still enjoy reading and talking about personal finance, but after 8 years of writing, there’s only so […]

3 Tough Negotiation Lessons From Jesus

I attended a negotiation course recently. It was the toughest course I’d ever attended. Here’s some context: The nature of my work is to form partnerships with external companies. Most of my partnerships are pleasant: Both parties are excited to work with each other, and everyone tries their best to make things work. The “negotiations” are easy, […]

Why You Shouldn’t Believe In Yourself

Sometimes, my friends will see an interesting job on LinkedIn and ask me if they should apply for it. When I ask, “Why not?” They’ll say, “Because the JD asks for 5 years of experience, and I only have 3 years”, or “I think I’m not confident enough to take on a management role”, etc. […]

What Abraham Can Teach Us About Investing

2018 was a pretty meh year for investing.  Stock markets around the world are in the red for the year. As I’m writing this, the S&P 500 is down 7%, the FTSE is down 12%, and Singapore’s very own STI is down 10%. What do we make of all this? If you were investing in […]

The Subversive, Revolutionary Story of Christmas

Everybody loves Christmas.  During this time of the year, we stream Love Actually on Netflix, play Leona Lewis’ One More Sleep on repeat, look at the peaceful nativity scene and go, “Aww, that’s nice!” Many people see Christmas as a chance to take a break, feel sentimental for a couple of weeks, and then get back on […]

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, […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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: […]