It appears that my posts are coming now at quarterly or less frequent intervals.
That is partly due to my waning interest in blogging on a regular basis as there are other outlets for me in my career to engage in writing articles related to work activities. For instance, I publish an in-house newsletter in my organisation sharing about my team’s activities.
At the same time, one’s interests and hobbies evolve with each phase of life. I am now coming more into parenthood starting to deal with expectations and pressures of “keeping up with the Lims, Muthus and Alis” in the academic rat-race now that my daughter is in Primary One. I can see now how parents are stressed from our education system which loads our children a lot early in their lives.
On a positive note, I am travelling a bit more since last year as I managed to weave in overseas trips as part of my work. This has exposed me to more cultural awareness of other countries. I think now is the time for me to travel more for personal leisure partly because my child is old enough to follow and at the same time I am better able to manage my schedule as well as finances to fund such trips.
I am also becoming increasingly aware of the importance of health and fitness and realise I must invest in the time and resources to do so if I intend to reach the average male expectancy of 80.2 years for males.
I believe I am still learning as my language learning helps to work my brain in terms of memorising vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar. At the same time, trying to speak even simple sentences is a big cognitive effort and helps to exercise those little grey cells even more.
The market feels kind of over-valued currently given that equity markets have more than recovered from the previous highs prior to the global financial crisis in 2008. I am currently about 44% in cash and cash equivalents with 21% in fixed income and 35% of my liquid net worth in equities. I would likely switch out of one of my investment-linked insurance plans as the mortality charges would be quite high and go into a term life insurance as the ILP has more or less “broke even”.
Wishing one and a a Happy Labour Day long weekend and as usual, be well and prosper.