day 1662 – chinese new year celly

the year of the dog starts off with more food celebrations; chinese new year celebration at the office, then with family. stayed up late to make long distance calls to my grandparents and relatives in hong kong. it’s good that i hit the gym between the two chinese meals. i guess i’ll run and workout a little harder to work the food overload. and at the end of the day, i have a few red pockets to take home with me

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day 1567 – cashing it

it’s that time of the month when i have to do my finances and bookkeeping. counting money is included in my responsibility and it’s something i do often. holding onto a stack of bill like such is quite the feeling but like any banker, it’s only for feel. i’m all ready to be in the numbers game and learning about strategizing my funds and investments that will be the pivotal point

day 1479 – quartz top

new quartz counter top and sink unit to show for as my parents continues to make changes and upgrades to the house. i wonder how much money my parents dished out to revamp the house this summer. the new layout is looking pretty rad but they don’t seem like they’re going to stop there since they mentioned about ordering new cabinet door fronts and new dining table top. there’s also talks about re-doing some of the living quarters on the top floor

day 1462 – raising

first day of august which is also the day my new salary kicks in. i worked my butt off for this day and i will continue to work even harder to make my case. my manager said that he intends to take me as high as i would like. i’m in it for the ride and still on have my eyes on the target working towards that unit of mine. there’s a reason why i’m constantly working; because i know what i want. it’s about wanting to build my own empire from the ground up

day 718 – long overdue paychecks

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i am very happy to finally receive my long overdue paychecks dating back to january – yes, you got that right. really needed this money because i broke my bank lately and cash flow is as low as it has ever been. i guess the delay is partially my fault that i have been so busy and couldn’t clear the account when the spreadsheet of the breakdowns were given to me

resolution series: [thirty] save up

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often when the the topic of saving comes up, everyone immediately thinks of the bling. but sometimes you have to look at a broader picture of wealth. by definition, wealth means assets; it does not only come in money value, but also comes in knowledge and experience that you possess and the quality of people that surround you. i consider my family an asset, for they are who have raised me, who taught me everything i know and gave me everything i have. i share all my past with them and they do the same with me. the amount of support i receive from them over the years is immeasurable and cannot be calculated in any currency. friends is another asset, because they are who you grow up with, learn from and play alongside. together, we shared countless memories that no one can take away from us. and then of course there’s the financial side of wealth, which unfortunately no one can live without. to save up is to make sure you retain those valuable connections with family, friends, teammates and soul mates. for those you want to continue growing old with, treat them well and take care of the relationships you don’t want to go without. being successful starts now, in planning ahead and building up for the future in all aspects including people. every small increment will grow and over time and will add up over time

…and that concludes my resolution series. hope you found it enjoyable to read as much as i enjoyed writing it

day 573 – red pockets

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i didn’t get a whole lot of red pockets for chinese new year as usual and if i were in hong kong it would be totally different story. every year i miss out on all the red pockets from grandparents and relatives overseas, but i can’t be bothered too much, i’ll take it as it’s given. it’s who remembers to give it to me that counts. be grateful because there are many people who don’t receive any