August 5, 2021

10 thoughts on “Review 2014 – My Life and Portfolio

  1. Rolf,

    "I quit smoking into my 2nd year after being polluted internally for >15 years"

    This is impressive! Stay the course 😉

    Merry Christmas!

    1. Hi SMOL,

      Sense like you have the same history as me?

      Haha, its not my perseverance! I am not so impressive.

      Just that I had not much choice since I am a "sick chicken" being at verge of reporting to Hades at one point of my life.

      Happy New Year 2015. Haha….

    2. Rolf,

      I don't smoke; I only smoke others when doing sales 🙂

      I don't smoke, don't drink, don't gamble (Toto don't count), I only….. Except the last one, I have no vices…


      In your line, smoking and drinking hard to avoid. I remember applying with a Korean transport company once and they say I had to drink with clients… I withdrew my application.


    3. Hi SMOL,

      You are a good boy /monk! 借烟 NOT 戒烟. Still consider guilty..haha..I did it too.

      Koreans love and CAN drink. Lucky you withdrew your application! Otherwise you become “Singapore Man of Liquor” Chinese & Jap cannot drink but pretend they can drink, because cannot lose face. Then they get drunk and talk nonsense. Most Ang Moh can drink due to their physiques.

      Me, I hate drinking. That’s how you torture me! Remember I am a sick chicken.

      Specific to my line of product, I witness trend about drinking changed over the years. Even in China, "force-drinking' is gradually reducing especially for those born 80 and beyond. More like “drink at your wish” now. More non-smokers than smokers on a dinner table too.

      Most people misunderstood that I had to drink and entertain a lot. Not true lar! Like I said before, we engineered sales, we do not hard-sell. It’s different.

      Our product (more like system) is customized and hard-core engineered. An order can take as long as 2-3 years to close or longer/shorter depends. Delivery time is 1-2 years. Even after delivering, there will be plenty of aftersales service throughout the life span of the product.

      For a single sales period this long, you must be technically inclined, stay sincere and genuinely help the clients. There can be many issues/changes throughout the sales, project and aftersales stage.

      More Often, “People Must Like You as Person”, Not your Sales Pitch, Nor just your Drinking Ability. 
      I am an Engineer Never a Sales Person. Hahaha LOL

      Still, on some occasions, no choice you just have to drunk-collapse to show your sincerity. Just this month, I toasted the >70% bai jiu several times. The trick is keep drinking plain water. I survived.


    1. Hi CW,

      Now it is. Use to be cheaper, $5-6 per pack of 20 when I started. In the 80s, I always kena arrowed by my dad to buy. It cost $2-3.


  2. Hi Rolf

    A very eventful 2014 year indeed.

    Feeling stiff neck and shoulder?? I'm sure you are but you'll be smiling wider from teeth to teeth now that you have a big family. Factory still considering in production? I'm sure the govt will love you very much to produce even more to contribute to the future of the nation.

    Smoking is good for the government. Receive tax here and there so I'm sure they don't mind collecting, but be careful that it affects the health, good that you have stopped them for the sake of your own and children health 😀

    1. Hi B

      Thanks. Sure yours was "sama sama" or better. I just kalang kabok on bb stuffs, so leave most of the job to the ladies! I focus on educating them on the mental aspects and on life!

      I have 3 girls now, so still hopeful for a boy! Haha… Govt love me, I love their bonus and tax rebates! My sister had 4, I looking to break her record to have 5 eventually if I can..

      Smoking is bad for people who smoke. Glad I am sick young so to realize it earlier and stop.

      I have a friend used to work for British Amer Tabacco here. Not so good to promote smoking, but the company has very good benefits for employees.

      Maybe they should R&D another product to replace cigarettes but in a healthier manner and yet provide the same sensation.

      You have 2 boys?


  3. Hi Rolf,

    2014 seems to be a good year for you!

    I also started to blog this year but I don't think I have 10 posts! You have 3 kids while I only have 1! Feel so guilty.

    Look forward to many more insightful posts from you in 2015!


    1. Hi Naro,

      Nice to see you. 1st of all Merry Xmas to u, and hope your 2014 is excellent?

      Btw cannot compare lar! 🙂 I have many many unlucky past, just that you dun know also mah… 人比人气死人!

      2014 is a "great"year for nothing v bad happened. 没事就是好事! In 2013, I met with several accidents and had many problems in work. 2012 was worst ever… Just like stock cycles, after the bottom, it go side or uptrend. Haha

      Anyway, I hope to see more posts from u in 2015 too. I m sure to visit ur blog regularly. My co is undergoing acquisition changes. I foresee a tougher yr ahead. Not sure if I still can maintain blogging regularly.

      For my blog posts, I sincerely appreciate your kind words

      Hope to see you around in 2015.

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