​Value Investing Weekend Notes

So the weekend of 17th June I went to two value investing workshops. Value investing is basically buying stocks and holding on to these stocks for a long time. Below are my notes.

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“Wow” moments from Stuff Matters

I recently read Mark Miodownik’s Stuff Matters. It’s been pretty mindblowing, actually! Miodownik explains the beauty of the materials around us, like steel and paper and concrete. He brings us through the history of the material and also how it’s made, cracking some (pretty funny) jokes along the way. I can’t look at things the same again after he showed me the secret lives of the materials around all of us. Below are the quotes which made me stop and think; I never thought of things that way until I read it in this book.
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(Non-boring) Job Ideas for Students

Don’t settle for the normal part time job where you just sit and do the same thing over and over. Try something better!

  1. Research assistant
  2. Kickstarters (Indiegogo, too)
  3. Patreon
  4. Freelancing, using sites like fiverr.
  5. Serial scholarship applier: apply for many many scholarships. Probably quite lucrative.
  6. Serial competition participator: they usually have prize money. Plus, it’ll help with your academics (if you do related stuff) and CV. I used to do fiction writing competitions to make myself commit to writing.
  7. Side hustle. Tutoring, coaching, reselling stuff. Blogging, photography, you know. Maybe even cooking meals for other students. You can get better at the skill while making money too.

Get creative and see how you can use your skills differently. It’ll be more fun and more rewarding, too.

Vipassana Meditation Camp Review: the Good, Bad, and Ugly

Wow okay. So I went for a meditation camp from 3-14 May. I first heard of it from Celestine Chua’s blog, and she said it was useful to her. Now that I’m still quite free I thought I’d try it out.

The official Singapore site is here.

Vipassana advocates for seeing things and accepting reality for what it is, instead of what you want it to be. In that spirit, I’m going to try to write a realistic review.

Unlike Celes’s review that I linked to above, mine will be pretty full of spoilers. If you prefer to go in without knowing anything, don’t read further.

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