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Sleepy head

I've been kept so busy in the last couple of days tha I couldn't even post notes here.

It was about 3:00 am when I lef the office after having talked with my colleague in London. She said it's already past 8:00pm in UK.

I am so exhausted and sleepy now.

"Money doesn't sleep" said Mr. Gekko in the movie "Wall Street."

I thanked God as I was born to be a human, not Money.
by nn_77 | 2013-08-21 21:32 | Comments(2)


Recently I cannot be so sure of the way to take care of junior staff and subordinates around me.

When it seems to me that they're getting out of the right track, I try to give some advice but my words don't seem to be coming home to their mind. As I don't like to say something decisicely, I always put it in such a (very) polite manner unlike other senior fellows. Still most of my words don't seem to be reaching their mind. At times I am even retorted by the.

I'm even starting to be afraid of telling something to them. It's easy to pretend ignorance to get away from unwelcomed confricts, though I think it's very irresponsible attitude for a man of my age.

Not knowing what to do and even being unable to remember what I should be, I often find myself in dismay these days. Sigh.
by nn_77 | 2013-08-13 23:23 | Comments(0)
Today is the last day of the four consecutive holidays in Singapore.

As it was raining a little this morning, we took a visit to an indoor amusement place where my kid can play with lots of playground equipment.

Chasing each other in a complicatedly built jungle gym is a good aerobic excercise even to me. I hope my waist size has shrinked a little. Hehe.
by nn_77 | 2013-08-12 21:29 | 英语(English) | Comments(0)

Medical expense

Today I went to see a dentist. I've been receiving treatments for weeks now. Today's bill was SGD700, such an eye popping figure, isn't it? The cumulative amount of the bill now exceeds SGD1,000. My health insurance covers 70% of the amount after I claim the amount.
Still, it's so expensive.

It costs a lot to remain healthy. Sigh.

Writing about medical expense reminds me that I used to learn how much of medical expense you can deduct in your tax filing in the U.S.

With a nostalgic feeling in mund, I accessed to the IRS website to remember the figures.


Ah, AGI (Adjusted Gross Income)! Very nostalgic terminology, which reminds me of those days I struggled for USCPA exam.

Reading the page above, I remembered that the deductible amount is the amount that exceeds 7.5% of AGI. But, I also discovered this time that the amount is now 10% after Dec 31, 2012.

The rules keep changing. I wish to be like that, too, myself.
by nn_77 | 2013-08-11 10:53 | Comments(0)

Having a break

Yesterday was a holiday in Singapore. The country became 48 years old on its birthday, which people here celebrate as National holiday.

As I was off on the holiday, I took my family to the butterfly park in Sentosa.


The place was designed so that you come into the huge cage where the butterflies are tamed. You can feel the butterflies very close and even actually touch them. My 5 year-old daughter seemed very much enjoyng the place.
by nn_77 | 2013-08-10 12:44 | Comments(0)
I used to learn Chinese seriously, trying to have a basic command of it, although it was such a long shot that I couldn't make it in the end.

Tonight, my team was having a dinner in a (very decent) Chinese reataurant and I was, as is often the case with a junior fellow in a Japanese company, managing the procedure of the party for senior participants. When most of the course menu had been served and then cleared, I was trying to find a chance for asking for the bill, not being sure, however, if there's any more dishes to come. I asked the question to a nearby Chinese waitress, but she didn't understand my English. I was a bit upset as other participants were waiting for my conversation with the waitress to finish to get me back to their conversation. Then a phrase suddenly occurred to me. Qian bu wan le ma? (全部完了?) She opened her eyes a bit wider with apparent supprise at my Chinese, replying "yes, 全部完了)". Having felt a surging sense of relief, I said "Mai dan (Bill, please)"

At that moment, it seems I was reminded of what used to motivate me to study a foreign language when I started it: it was my strong curiocity toward a foreign language, the miracle tool which makes it possible to reach over to people who would otherwise be beyond my reach.
by nn_77 | 2013-08-09 11:03 | Comments(0)
It's been 7 years since I have ceased writing here. It was about 10 years ago when I initially started this blog to keep records of my everyday's study for USCPA exam. After struggling a couple of years, I've passed the exam, partly because of which I have turned my life into something that gives me a sense of accomplishment in my everyday work now, which rewords my years of efforts of the previous years.

After some years since then, now I have a feeling that things in myself have been stagnating with the same series of daily events and the resulting concerns on those things recurring and recurring as if I were in the labyrinth of dejavu.

It's true that I am now ten times busier in the office than I was 10 years ago. But it's also true that I have been neglecting to give a try to something new, quoting my everyday's busy status as an excuse for my negligence.

Will I keep leading my life this way or is there anything that could give me another kick for something even if it may require some effors from me? Wondering those things in my mind, I was somehow led back to this blog again today.

I will check my past posting tonight in my room to see if there's any hints here, talking with me in years ago.
by nn_77 | 2013-08-08 10:36 | Comments(0)