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We Are Free Individuals

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

We don’t own each other

I don’t own her.  Neither does she own me

We are children of God, free individuals

I am grateful to have met her.  She is a fine human being.

Maybe there is a reason why God led her to me.  Maybe there isn’t a reason.

Whatever it is, may God bless her and keep her in good spirits 🙂

Growing Up Takes Time

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

When I see her, I want to grow up quickly to be”at her level”.  But I forget that I am 8 years her junior… 🙂

Growing up takes time and a process of its own. Strike a healthy balance between having a sense of urgency and taking the time to smell the roses.

10 Countries Where Retirees Live Large

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Retirement in the United States is nice and all, until they ask you to actually pay for stuff.

When retirees’ nest eggs are a finite and dwindling resource, rising local and federal taxes can put even the staunchest, flag-draped patriotism to the test. If retirees are willing to leave the states behind, the savings can be substantial.

The folks at International Living crunched the numbers and looked at the price of simple staples, assimilation and staying in touch with family left behind. The following countries scored high marks not only for their inexpensive living, but for overall friendliness toward American retirees:

Panama, Mexico, Malaysia, Columbia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Spain, Thailand, Honduras, Ecuador

Source: http://sg.finance.yahoo.com/news/10-countries-where-retirees-live-large.html

Sometimes I wonder what happened to me?

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

In trying to find myself, I lose myself

I am regressing towards mediocrity – which I resent

Am I Defeated?

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

How the world’s billionaires became rich

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Anyone who’s ever had any aspirations to be rich or be more financially secure would be wondering how the fantastically rich – that is, those who routinely make the rich lists year in and year out – accumulated all that wealth.

Not everyone has the luck or acuity to be wealthy, but perhaps finding out how wealth is created could give us working folk ideas that we can apply to improve our lot in life.

Based on last year’s global billionaires list, it would seem that making money work for you is more efficient than working for your money. Investments produced 143 billionaires, the most out of all industries, in the Forbes list last year.

But if there’s one thing that can be learned by the diversity of the people featured in that list, it’s that being rich can come from anything.

As Teresa Amabile, a Harvard Business School professor and co-author of The Progress Principle, told the magazine, inspiration may be key. She cites success stories like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Steve Wozniak, who she says were driven by passion.

She told Forbes: “I am confident in saying that they are more productive and creative when they are working on something that they find meaning in, that there’s a sense of purpose, that they’re contributing to something they value, when they’re in an environment that allows them to make progress.”

Take a look at the top ten industries that produced the most billionaires, as well as the top two billionaires for that industry.

1. Investments
No. of billionaires: 143

2. Fashion & Retail
No. of billionaires: 123

3. Real Estate
No. of billionaires: 102

4. Diversified
No. of billionaires: 97

5. Technology
No. of billionaires: 90

6. Manufacturing
No. of billionaires: 85

7. Energy
No. of billionaires: 78

8. Finance
No. of billionaires: 77

9. Food & Beverage
No. of billionaires: 69

10. Media
No. of billionaires: 64

http://business.asiaone.com/Business/News/My%2BMoney/Story/A1Story20120326-335765.html

Dream and Reality

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

which is dream? which is reality?

to live in the dream forever or to return to reality and see how far more i can go?

is the dream the end or a means to the end?

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maybe dream is reality.  maybe i can’t believe that dream can come true. maybe i can’t let go of the past.  maybe there is no closure yet in the reality.  there are “what-if”s still. question is, do i want to go back and check it out again?

when will i reach a point of “i am done”, and truly live in the present?

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