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Friday, 7 October 2016

How a clever woman became the king's wife

A long, long time ago, in the time of ancient prophets, there lived a foolish man called Nabal.

Nabal's name, as it happened, meant "fool". And he was indeed a fool. He was brutish, and mean. He had a bad temper that could match any woman on her period. 

Nabal was a farmer.

Nabal's wife was a clever and beautiful woman, called Abigail. She was quick witted and intelligent, and probably helped her husband become a rich man.

"I am farmer, hear me roar!"

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Be a contrarian during Halloween sales

How to be a contrarian

A contrarian is one of those fancy-sounding words which basically means, do the opposite of whatever everybody else is doing. When they are buying, you hold on. When they aren't buying, you buy. 

And that's because, the real deals aren't always the ones that are being hyped up. When stores are spending money on sales advertisements, you might guess (and correctly, too) that the sales are a real money maker for them. 

Here are some ideas for Halloween (some of them are contrarian)

This one was inspired by a video on USA Today. It was a real eye opener.

So what if Halloween hasn't arrived yet? It's time to start thinking about what to buy, and what to avoid buying. (Actually, it's only a temporary avoidance ... there's a time to buy certain things, and a time to avoid.)

Friday, 23 September 2016

Try Buying Nothing For One Year?

A fool and his money are soon to be divorced.

She Set A Trend

Michelle McGagh, the founder of London Minimalists, was featured in Radio NZ's website because she decided to buy nothing for a year. She was responding to Buy Nothing Day, a counter-movement to the big sales that retail stores throw.

Imagine having to buy nothing at all. Even if you wanted to, you've told yourself that you will not buy anything at all. And so there will not be any need to go window shopping.

But "buying nothing" doesn't mean not buying food. It doesn't mean skipping on petrol for your car. It means not buying luxuries, the little things in life that you would like to have, but can do without.

By all means, if you need something, buy it. If you're going to die (literally) when you don't buy it, then buy it.

But if you won't die from not buying it, then don't buy it. 

I think it's a great idea. I wish that I could buy nothing for one year. I bet you'd already have most of what you need, but not what you want. And that's normal.

What's wrong with mending your old clothes?

Stop comparing with others on social media

You probably have heard it before from those who like to lurk on social media. Maybe it's your spouse. Do these sound familiar?
  • "Emily's gone to Bangkok recently. How I wish we could go as well." 
  • "Jane has bought a new iPhone recently. My old clunker isn't all that great nowadays." 
  • "Janet bought a new car recently. Honey, our car seems to be rattling a little bit more than usual, eh. Safety first." 
  • "Mariah bought a new house recently. It's a great neighbourhood, and we'd be blessed to raise our kids in that new neighbourhood."
What you are hearing is the sound of envy. But they're being misled. 

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Learn to be grateful

The Security Guard's Wife

Today I am uploading pictures of a comic that I saw on Facebook. It's probably a part of a larger series, but this will have to suffice for now. The comic is called, "My Husband, Mr. Security". It's in the Malay language.

Translation: A story adapted from a novel.

Translation: The story begins in a small town. My husband and I live in a small town. We rent a village house at RM250 a month (about USD60 a month) as we cannot afford to buy a house of our own.