Sunday, 11 October 2020

Rolf's Updates - My Priorities in Life - Health, Finance, Family, Friends & Hobbies – 2020 3Q

Click here for what does H2F3 (Health, Hobbies, Family, Finance and Friends) means. 

Refer here for my last H2F3 update in 2020Q2.


The Covid situation has become quite boring and dreadful over time. It is almost half a year of working from home now. In October, we are back in office in two shifts and I think it is great meeting up with colleagues again. While I have many video calls with colleagues and clients overseas in my work, the “feeling” is nowhere compared to the physical setting foot to other countries, the face-to-face meetings, and the after-work meals together.  That said, kids have no problem adapting to the new normal, unlike adults. My kids are always happy, despite the hassle of wearing masks in schools. 

HEALTH

Thank God. All my family members are healthy and safe during this time. My health has not been tip top with a few occasional sickness, but it is still decent with no major illness. 

My workout rate dropped compared to last quarter. I exercise on alternate days for my “older” body to recover rather than six day weekly workout in the last quarter. While abs and core muscles become stronger due to workout, fats began to accumulate due to the lack of discipline in food, eating away chips and supper while watching Netflix. Will need to do better. My weight is maintained at 78 Kg.

Spiritually, “doors” continue to open for friends to come my house to share His greatness together. An ex-colleague got converted in the process. 

FAMILY

We definitely had more family outings after circuit breaker! The kids are always filled with laughter during family outings. My wife and me also went for more date nights in cosy restaurants. 

Vue restaurant at OUE Bayfront. Fantastic view. 

Prive restaurant at Keppel Bay. Good food and good view. 

A lot of time is also spent on my kids on table tennis be it, professional or self-coaching. I believe that Table Tennis is a game that truly engage our brain, bringing out creativity and focus, speed and reflexes! It also has comparatively lesser injury and it is a game for life even during old age. I met so many friends in this sports! Occasionally, my kids and friends’ kids will also have friendly spar, while the adults have their chit chat. 



FINANCIAL

My company’s short term future is secured with fresh funds injection. But retrenchment is imminent with ongoing restructuring. The culprit is neither Covid-19, nor the downturn in businesses in the past years. Instead, it is due to poor project management of several big projects incurring losses in the magnitude of hundreds of millions. 

Fortunately for me (or unfortunate maybe), my job is guaranteed, and most likely my fellow Singaporeans’ colleagues as well. In fact, I received a commendation letter from our CEO with small incentive attach to it. I was flattered, in times of crisis like this. 

But a new boss and changes in job role is unavoidable.  It will be my tenth direct report in the last five years, excluding the dotted line report! The work environment is unhealthy, rife with office politics and uncertainty. Anyway, I just have to continue to survive…. Survival is something I did well during the last oil crisis, when the my entire office’s colleagues got laid off except me, the lone survivor back then.  

My wife started her new job for two months now. With my advices, she resigned from her last job just before sixty percent mandatory pay cut took effect. The new employment turn out to be extremely well, with higher salary, more exciting job scope, better boss, better colleagues and lesser workhours.  

Read: 

My Wife's Company Ask Her to Take 50% Paycut – What is My Advice?

My Wife Found a Better Job in Less than 2 Months - With My Advices! (Part 1). Her ex-Company Asked Her to Take 50% Paycut!

In the past few months, I continued to increase the purchase of shares in my overall portfolio regularly. 

Currently, my overall portfolio as follows. 

  • Shares – 54%
  • Cash + Bond – 22%
  • Precious metals – 24%

My shares portfolio as follows. 

Expenses - Read: Rolf’s Household Expenses to Household Income

FRIENDS

Unlike in the last quarter, I hosted many house family dinners with friends over the weekends. I also went over to my friend’s place, or just simply meet many friends over coffee or meals. It is really nostalgic to catch up with my secondary, university friends as well as ex-colleagues.  During working days, I also arranged many lunch or coffee meetings with business associates to make working from home less boring. While work is not as happy (as explained earlier), meeting with people makes me happy! 

HOBBIES

Working out keeps me feeling young and refreshed. I love it! It can be weights training, HIIT or swimming. I have not been playing table tennis with friends as much as I wanted. Nevertheless, I still have my family table tennis session weekly. 

I had been watching too many Korean Netflix series. Mostly Thrillers or comedies. It helps me to relax and keep me intrigued, without me thinking too much about any unhappy things. Some to name lately, Whisper, Defendant, Stranger, Money Flower, Mr. Sunshine, Good Manager, Dr Prisoner, Remember etc. My all-time favourite Korean TV series are “Signal”, “Voice”, “Tunnel”, “You are all surrounded”, “Vagabond”. 

Writing/Blogging is also something I love doing and it improves my mental state of mind. Writing crystallize my thoughts and help me to think through problems better. It also improves my communication in work or when I talk to friends. In fact, there are so many benefits of writing. One relevant and distinct benefit, as research show, is that it helps in dealing with anxiety and depression better, especially during this Covid pandemic. 

CONCLUSION

Health – Decent, not fantastic. No increase in weight but fats accumulating through supper. Need to cut it down.   

Family – Great and very close relationship! 

Financial – Investment Portfolio is doing well. Careers are at least guaranteed in the short run. Wife’s new career looks promising. Mine requires more breakthrough in a very difficult environment! 

Friends – Very good. Hosted many good and old friends’ families at my home during weekend. Regular meetup with my personal friends outside on weekdays. 

Hobbies – Regular workout and writing. Netflix series also help me to relax!   




8 comments:

  1. I especially like your hobbies section. All work and no play isn't healthy! :) I love my reading and Netflix too. A good balance of activities with the family!

    Kevin

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    1. Hi Kevin, playing and relaxing and leisure is so so so important. I am sure you know how your balance life should look like too!

      Yeah I love reading too, but have been lazy on new books lately, as I use to do my reading during Biz trip at airports and planes.

      Netflix made me for the first time in so many years dropped my Starhub platinum status!

      Kudos to Netflix but sad for Starhub!

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  2. Hi,

    The most important thing is to be happy what one is doing as per his/her wishes.

    WTK

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    1. Yes, but it is more difficult when you have responsibility whether as a husband or father/mother or as a colleagues, or as a close friend.

      As long as there are people around you, if one only cares about happiness according to his/her wishes, it may sometimes mean, unhappiness for people around them!

      But if we are mostly doing things our own without having to answer to anybody, then it should be able to work relatively fine!

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  3. Morning Brolf,
    haha. my company just changed CEO as well. its amazing they change like every 1~2 years, so much so, i kinda even lost count or even their names . sad but true.
    not that i am too bothered much, coz unlike you, i have like 10 gazillion layers between my level to CEO level. haha.
    just hunkering down in survival mode now. as you know, our industry is extremely volatile. but long as we got projects streaming in. immediate short term, should be okayyyy. but bracing for impact next year.
    "brace! brace!" - BOSIET/HUET course.

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    1. Hi BroFC,

      Me too, have layers to my CEO. The industry is rather sick and have been sicked for awhile now.

      The question really is, if companies in SG whether local or foreign owned can endure more long winter.

      If we are not actively looking outside the industry, then we can only let God decides, while as employee we can only do what we need to do to survive.

      Yes, brace and brace, and swim out of the capsized helicopter quickly before water filled it!

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