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Rani and I have no house nor car. It's not that we don't need a place to live, but renting a small apartment in Singapore is much more feasible for us. And ever since we moved to Singapore in 2002, the idea of owning private car is no longer important (although, a sailing catamaran remains on our wishlist!).
However, in preparation for our next move to Jakarta, we now have to start thinking about owning or renting/leasing a car. Or borrow one from a kind person who has one car too many? :)
What sort of criteria do I need to set for it? *Not in order of preference.
No, I am not talking about mobile phone services. I am talking about this organization called XL Results Foundation that claims to be successful in creating wealth for Asians. I heard about it from a Malaysian friend that is about to get recruited in Singapore to join them. My curiosity came out so soon and here is what I found out about them:
- Letter of complaint and petition: complaint against Roger Hamilton & Dave Rogers of XL Results Foundation Pte Ltd, www.resultsfoundation.com (a private limited company registered in Singapore Company registration: 200107729C)
PS: Rani did all the hard work around this "griya maya". I am just piggybacking :)
It's official. I submitted my resignation letter to the HR folks at JURONG International after nearly 4 years of employment.
So, what's next? A new and fresh position with a Dutch company in Jakarta for a few years. It's very exciting to be a part of a Foreign Direct Investment in my own beloved country. Since 2002, I promised myself that I won't take away another person's job in Indonesia, but instead, I should be instrumental in creating new jobs for my fellow citizens.
My Chief Family Officer (CFO) Rani and the kids are excited about this as well (especiallly Noe who has been missing his Nenek and Eyang Putri). It's not an easy decision to relocate to Jakarta but I am sure it's worth all the effort.
Early this morning at about 7.20am I carried Noe in my arms under an umbrella from our humble home to Queensway, which is the nearest busy road. Normally, I'd walk all the way to his school for a good 1.2 kilometer but it was raining and the grass was soggy so I decided to get a quick taxi ride.
When we passed the Hang Jebat mosque, Noe, with his face facing backward over my shoulder, said, "Ibuuuu...!". Then I asked him, "Where is Ibu? Ibu is at home, Noe...". But he kept pointing at some tree near the mosque's fence. BUt nobody was there! A few steps later, he said it again. I looked again behind us but I still could not see anyone.
Oh what a day!
We are pleased to announce the birth of our second son. All natural, all healthy!
date: 25 October 2007
time: 7:50pm (Singapore/HongKong time)
We have chosen to name him Keilani Soemardjan (nickname: Kei). Keilani \ke(i)-la-ni\ is pronounced kay-ee-LAH-nee. It is of Hawaiian origin, and its meaning is "glorious chief". Keilana means "glory; calmness".
Our dear cousin Evan and her baby passed away 29 September 2007 due to Amniotic Fluid Embolism. This was taken the last time Rani, Noe and I goofed around with Evan in July 2007.
Mother and daughter: evan + qinar
This is my tennis video clip. It's easier for you to see the details by using full screen display.
I normally use single-handed backhand but now I want to have more control. My new double-handed backhand is shown in the first half of the clip.
The second half shows my serve using pinpoint stance (as opposed to platform stance). Some say that platform stance (feet apart) is much better, popularized by "Pistol" Pete Sampras.
I prefer to hit the ball near apex since it is easier to hit due to deceleration by force of gravity. My grip is loose near impact to create more efficient whip.
I have already made up my mind way before I started reading The Random Walk Guide To Investing by Burton Malkiel. Yes, I (kinda) fired my Financial Advisor/Planner. Why? Because I found out the Whole-Life insurance policy that I bought in 2005 naïvely based on his recommendation actually allowed him to make at least ten times more in sales commission than if I bought a simple Term-Life insurance. His sales commission for Whole-Life insurance was nearly 100% of my annual premium. For Term-Life, his commission was no more than 20%. You see... no wonder he never offered me Term-Life.