Massive Life Changes

I apologise for the long period of silence. I decided to let my right hand rest for a while (it was hurting so badly). But by the time my hand recovered, I was overwhelmed by life.

A lot of interesting things have happened since my last post in April.

For one, I finally went on a lovely 17-day honeymoon with The Wife to Japan, making our way up from Tokyo to Hokkaido. It was wonderful.

Apart from the busy-ness of work, I want to talk about a few significant events that has happened this month. The month of August has been, for me, a month of great change and personal growth.

The first big change to happen is my return to studies. I’m now studying full-time, while working part-time. I welcome the freedom and flexibility of schedule, but I certainly do not welcome the cut in my salary. It’s been difficult trying to figure out how to balance work and study, because the things I do are very time consuming, and I’m, unfortunately, not the kind that can multitask.

The second big change in my life is that I now have a foster child to care for once a week. I signed up for this programme to be a foster child supporter, which is not the same as a foster care parent: it’s more like being a big brother figure to the child. I can’t reveal anything since the work is confidential, but I must say, having been assigned a child to mentor and look after is a great responsibility, almost as if I have a child of my own.

I think I understand now what some people mean when they say having a child changes you. I feel like my perspective and attitudes about many matters in life have changed since then. Of course, I’m sure this is not even close to actually having one’s own child, but it is an interesting glimpse of it.

The third big change in my life is that I have finally plucked up the courage to do some investing, by buying shares. I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time, but never got round to doing so because my initial experience was with the Poems platform (by Phillips Securities) which is so messy and intimidating. I later discovered DBS Bank has a platform, called Vickers, that is clean and easy to use. Suddenly, investing didn’t look anything like medieval alchemy. I was then able to make sense of what’s going on, and with the help of a lot of reading, research, and the advice of friends, I was able to decide what stocks to buy, and finally took the plunge.

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Just a picture to show you my investments. These are not recommendations, so please do your own research before you buy.

 

It’s amazing how much fear I had before I clicked the “Buy” button. But now that I’ve overcome that, it’s not as scary as it seems. So that’s nice. Hopefully I can earn enough investing while I study to make up for the drop in my salary.

Well, this was a short update about life. I have lots more to say and share with you, but I’ll save that for another time.