Saturday, September 01, 2007

EPL Predictions (Week of 1/9/07)

Betting figures are hypothetical. I do not condone gambling. The figures are just to show that gambling doesn't pay.

Bolton 1 - Everton 1 (1-2 Lose $7.75)
Fulham 1 - Tottenham 2 (3-3 Lose $30.00)
Liverpool 2 - Derby 0 (6-0 Lose $17.25)
Middlesborough 0 - Birmingham 2 (2-0 Lose $14.00)
Newcastle 2 - Wigan 0 (1-0 Lose $29.20)
Reading 2 - West Ham 1 (0-3 Lose $6.20)
Manchester United 3 - Sunderland 1 (1-0 Lose $4.15)
Arsenal 3 - Portsmouth 0 (3-1 Lose $1.00)
Blackburn 1 - Manchester City 1 (1-0 Lose $4.20)
Aston Villa 0 - Chelsea 2 (2-0 Lose $1.30)

Virtual Loss: $115.05
Total Virtual Profit/Loss for the Season: -$204.65

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Sell yourself to the best

Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men. (Proverbs 22:29)

The first impression of this proverb says that if you are skilled you are automatically rise up.

But another look at this proverb makes me think differently. When we are skilled we should look for "kings" (the best firms) to serve. We should in fact, ignore obscure companies.

Look for the best companies that will appreciate your work. Don't work for low quality companies, or companies that will not succeed. This doesn't mean we are stuck up or think we are too good for them. Rather, we choose people that will appreciate our work the best.

In today's global job market, we have to sell ourselves. Know the level of skill that you are at and find the best company for you. Don't short sell yourself. "He will not serve before obscure men."

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Letter To Today

Letter To Today

Originally uploaded by nicodemus_chan.

My first letter to a newspaper (Today) published.

I couldn't help but write in to rebut another letter writer about saying scholarships help to teach financial independence.

I'm putting it on my blog for posterity's sake. After quite a few letters sent in to newspapers. It's my first one published. Seeing it in print does make you feel that you can make your voice heard in this world, and perhaps that you can make a difference somehow.

His letter and my reply...

Even well-off scholars need financial independence
Letter from Chen Junyi

I refer to Mr Thomas Lee's letter, "Review criteria for scholarships" (Aug 24), and wish to offer an alternative view to awarding scholarships based on merit alone.
A scholarship teaches students to be financially independent as the continued flow of funds depends on them maintaining good grades.
While well-off families can afford to sponsor their children's education, it also means that children still rely on their families for money.
However, an education is not only about doing well in school, but also mastering life skills.
When scholars are assigned to statutory boards or ministries after completing their studies, surely someone who has done well academically and learned to be financially independent would be better able to do their job and identify with the concept of earning one's keep?
My Reply:
I read with bemusement Chen Junyi's letter with the title "Even Well-Off Scholars Need Financial Independence." Arguing that scholarships are needed even for the well-off.
The reason presented is that the flow of funds from a scholarship will be maintained by only when grades are maintained. Because of that, he reasons a scholarship teaches life skills.
If that is the case, certainly the well-off parents can certainly institute the same kind of rules for their own children. "Maintain your grades or you're out of Harvard." "I'm only paying for your tuition, board and minimal allowance. If you need more money, get a part-time job."
His argument implies that well-off parents are soft, spoil their children and unable to discipline their own children and need an external institution to impose rules and maintain accountability.
Financial independence has nothing to do with the source of funds but the way that person learns to manage scarce resources.
It should be noted that multi-millionaire champion race car driver Michael Schumacher only gives his own children two euros per week. How's that for teaching financial independence?

Monday, August 27, 2007


No one knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good.

A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means.

This is an obvious lie.

Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is.

After all, you find out the strength of the German army by fighting against it, not by giving in. You find out the strength of a wind by trying to walk against it, not by lying down.

A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later.

That is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness. They have lived a sheltered life by always giving in.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Singapore Bay Run 2007

Singapore Bay Run 2007

Originally uploaded by nicodemus_chan.

Did the 12km non-competitive run.

This is a picture as I am crossing Sheare's Bridge with the almost completed Singapore Observation Wheel in the background.

Not a good run. Did it in 1hr 42mins. Didn't warm up enough, legs felt taut and I didn't have any running training the whole week before.

Anyway, it's an experience.

EPL Predictions (Week of 25/8/07)

Note: All gambling is virtual. I do not gamble nor endorse it.

Sunderland 0 - Liverpool 3 (0-2 Win $15.00)
West Ham 0 - Wigan 0 (1-1 Win $34.25)
Bolton 0 - Reading 2 (3-0, Lose $30.00)
Chelsea 2 - Portsmouth 0 (1-0, Win $13.80)
Arsenal 0 - Manchester City 0 (1-0 Lose $2.25)
Aston Villa 2 - Fulham 1 (2-1 Win $38.65)
Derby 3 - Birmingham 2 (1-2 Lose $6.30)
Everton 1 - Blackburn 1 (1-1 Win $37.60)
Middlesborough 0 - Newcastle 2 (2-2 Lose $24.40)
Manchester United 1 - Tottenham 1 (1-0 Lose $22.60)

Virtual Profit: $53.75
Running Total for this season: Loss of $89.60