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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Working at Home

I love working at home and this is one of the best jobs around that I'm employed to do. The benefits are many: you get to save on gasoline from commuting to work in another office away from home; you get to save money on office clothes and makeup as I work in my pajamas or jammies. You save time from travelling. Another one is that I get to take power naps in between work. And this comes with many benefits like EPF, SOCSO, medical benefits, etc. Most of the expenses are well taken care of and I can also moonlight in my free time earning a little here and there like writing articles, doing paid surveys, microjobs, etc. This is a life of envy for many, all the more I treasure working at home and don't take this freedom for granted. I am still as disciplined as I was a student.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Back from KL

I came back from KL last night arriving Penang at my parents' house at 10:00pm after visiting 3 places in KL to submit tender, collect PO and collect a cheque. The distance amongst these 3 places are tens of miles apart. We dropped by Tapah where I bought some mangoes for dad together with Nutren Fiber by Nestle for $86 that is shared by me and my partner. We also had speeding tickets twice and paid promptly via myeg.com.my where I registered online using my aunt's IC no. Dad had a mild heart attack recently and I try to pamper him now and then when on outstation trips to buy him things he could not afford or rather save the money. He is one of the oldest member around in his church while his younger compatriots had passed on.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

I love my work

I love working at home and it is a dream for most people to be able to work at home while minding their kids - and for my case - a furry kid pet Leia. My partner does most of the training with me helping too. Leia is smarter now and knows more commands like 'sit', 'paw', 'in', 'out' and 'stand'. I have had 2 'friends' asking me if there is any vacancy in my company so that they can emulate me to work at home. I can type fast and know the short cut keys to be more efficient. All these are learnt from my first job as an IT trainer in Singapore for Informatics. Dad thinks I have the 'Best' job in the world. LOL! this could be an exageration but to some extent, there is a pinch of truth here. I save up gasoline, buying office attire and makeup. Most of all, I save time from commuting to work.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Ringgit Lower Against US$

The ringgit was lower against a rejuvenated US dollar in early trade Wednesday, dealers said.

At 9 am(0100gmt), the local unit stood at 4.2860/2900 against the greenback compared with Tuesday's close of 4.2840/2870.

A dealer said the greenback rose as investors started positioning for key market events this week, notably Friday's US employment report.

"Domestically, players may want to check out June's external trade statistics, also due to be released on Friday," he said.

Against other currencies, the local note was, however, higher, except versus the euro.

The local unit rose against the Singapore dollar to 3.1533/1577 from 3.1556/1592 on Tuesday and strengthened marginally against the yen to 3.8812/8859 from 3.8815/8853.

The ringgit firmed against the British pound to 5.6635/6692 from 5.6647/6700 on Tuesday but weakened against the euro to 5.0631/0682 from Tuesday's 5.0607/0655.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Was in the Cardiology Unit and Vet Clinic the same day

Yesterday was a pretty busy day for me. After work, and buying some fruits and buns for dad since he is not eating much, we visited him at the cardiology unit of Penang GH. He was his jovial self but there is a caveat. His blood platelet count dropped within the day from 98 to 88 and it could be due to internal bleeding which caused the death of his church friend. He is still admiited for a couple more days to ascertain dad's condition. Well, he is already 80 years old this year and we hope he will have longevity like granny who passed on at the ripe age of 93.

The same night, after dinner with mum, sis and business partner, we went up to my apartment to see Leia, my 3-month plus Pomeranian puppy. She looked sickly and was not her usual behaviour of being playful and cheeky. So my partner drove us to a vet at Gill's Vet Clinic where there was a cat with hearing problems, a Husky with female period pain, a Beagle and a canary, even after 9:30am and we were the last to leave the clinic at 10:30pm. Gill's clinic is located in a nice bungalow, probably self owned and run by 2 vet brothers.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Singapore falls about 1 pct as financials drag

Singapore shares cut losses at the close of trade on Friday after falling nearly 1 percent, as the city-state's biggest banks pulled down the index and as sentiment took a hit after total jobs fell in the second quarter, the most in 14 years.

The FTSE Straits Times Index closed 0.7 percent lower, but rose 0.5 percent on week, its fifth straight weekly gain.

DBS Group fell 2.6 percent, United Overseas Bank slipped 2.2 percent and Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp dropped 0.9 percent.

"The weaker performance of financials today follows a relatively lengthy period of gains. Hence, traders could have been selling ahead of news, especially in the results season," said Liu Jinshu, director of research at NRA Capital.

On Thursday, DBS Group closed at its highest in more than 17 years, OCBC hit a record closing high and United Overseas Bank rose 1.3 percent.

United Overseas Bank reported a 5.5 percent increase in second-quarter profit on Friday, a day after OCBC's profit beat expectations with a 22 percent jump.

"After the OCBC results, the other two names may have been sucked higher yesterday. After the UOB numbers this morning, (it's) a little bit of a reality check," said a strategist with a Singapore-based bank who did not want to be identified.

Singapore's total employment contracted by 7,800 in the second quarter, the biggest quarterly drop in employment since 2003, preliminary data from the Ministry of Manpower showed.

In other Southeast markets, Philippine shares inched up, finishing the week 1 percent higher. Conglomerate JG Summit Holdings climbed 1.9 percent, while BDO Unibank rose 1.7 percent to close at its highest in more than four months.

Vietnam shares closed up 0.7 percent and were up 2 percent on week, while Indonesia rose marginally, ending the week 1.1 percent higher.

Malaysian shares snapped five sessions of gains to slip 0.2 percent, but ended the week up 0.5 percent.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Blessed to Work at Home

I don't have to taxed myself by doing too many things like Shopify or dropshipping via Aliexpress. I am quite contented with my job to work in a home office with regular pay, medical benefits, SOCSO, EPF and the like. Additional benefits include all expenses like utilities and meals are taken care of. I have had my share of struggles working in the corporate world with stress and politics and obnoxious colleagues. Now I work alone and most of the time, my boss is in a good mood. I am rather blessed to work in a home office that is equipped with a laptop, multi-functional printer with scanner, fax machine, internet connectivity and a digital camera together with an Apple iPhone 6. Moreover, I get to take power naps in between work and catch up on daily news.
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