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    The Journey – Remembering the GFC

    We’re back people! Back to where? Back to the future, back to back, back to the journey. Recently, I’ve been noticing more and more media articles regarding the GFC. But sir, why would Australian media outlets write about a UAE based kickboxing and mixed martial arts event? These 4 guys started the GFC in their mum’s garage. No you fool – the Global Financial Crisis. Oh, that old chestnut – yep I remember, we all remember. It’s been almost 10 years since that seismic event rocked the world. Reading through these articles made me nostalgic of those heady days. In 2007, I recall one distinct moment sitting around the university…

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    Property Management

    Oh TheFrugalSamurai I missed you so much, please don’t ever leave me. There there, it’s OK – I’m back now! But wait – where did you disappear to? Adelaide people, Adelaide. What’s Adelaide? Is that a cool and refreshing drink? No no – it’s a city in South Australia renowned for… umm… renowned for… (Cue dream-like music as scene travels back in time and fades to black.) (New scene, camera pans to car cruising down a busy road. It is night.) “HEY THEFRUGALSAMURAI WHAT’S YOUR BLOG ABOUT” said the person in the front passenger seat as we drove from Adelaide airport to our City hotel last Friday. “Well MrsFrugalSamurai-to-be’s friend,…

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    Hump Day

    Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho it’s off to work we go. Hello again friends! Heigh Ho indeed for most of us although luckily it’s Wednesday which means HUMP DAY! Hump day’s term came about because you know naturally the seven day week is like a camel, and Wednesday which falls in the middle is the “hump” or midpoint of the week, get over this hump and it’s a smooth downhill ride to Thursday and then it’s FRIDAY BITCHES and the promised land of weekend goodness. But sir, what if you have a two-humped camel? … sigh, life is hard. Hump day was not named after this camel. When did this concept of…

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    All The Small Things

    Hi gang! Back for another dose of TheFrugalSamurai? Of course you are! Last night, one of MrsTheFrugalSamurai-to-be’s close friends held an event which consisted of a splatter party followed by an intimate dinner (intimate as in with other close friends, not just with MrsTheFrugalSamurai-to-be). Unfortunately I couldn’t attend the splatter party because a) I had something on which I couldn’t get out of and b) I was mis-informed by MrsTheFrugalSamurai-to-be: “Hey, come to a splatter party on Saturday”. “What’s that?” “You know, a party with paint”. “NICE – you mean paintball?! I LOVE PAINTBALL!!!” “No, its not paintball, it’s a party with paint, you paint”. “… so like a renovation?…

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    The Journey Begins

    Hello friends, I’m back! First off, have to say thank you all for the overwhelming responses and private messages of support after the last post, very much appreciated! I debated long and hard with myself as to whether to share it, so great to hear you enjoyed it. Apologies for then going AWOL, you must have thought, this guy – pulls us in with his personal expose and then buggers off to gloat and grin like a Cheshire Cat. Not at all friends, have faith people – I was just investigating what I need to do to bring the blog and website up to standard. Seems like the expected shelf life…

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    My numbers revealed…

    Evening friends! Hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday evening! Are you all psyched for Monday? Woot woot! At the very least, I hope you basked in the beautiful Spring weather today. After the last post on feedback I received a goodly number of well, feedback and the consistent theme is to continue to make it personable – “treat it like Reality TV”. Reality TV? I can’t cook for scary chefs or sing in front of artists named after animals – what do you mean reality TV? Then it hit me – just talk about yourself, people love peering into other people’s lives. So easy, so simpaul. Being a personal finance and…

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    Feedback

    “HELP!” What’s wrong?! What’s wrong?! “Nothing, just wanted to capture your attention.” (Ducks to avoid flying saucepan to the FACE). Now that I have it, I wanted to say a MASSIVE thank you to everyone who has read this blog so far. I know I added a small postscript at the end of the last post but that didn’t do it justice. Been soul-searching a bit over the last couple of days as to the why, the how, the what, the who, the where, the what now… what am I saying… oh yeah that’s right, been soul searching for what’s truly important to me. You know it’s like in the great…

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    1 Million Followers

    It’s a sad day today interwebers! Sad because I bid farewell to a valued and respected work colleague. He’s off to chase his dream halfway across the world in London, Britannia doing “the London thing”. I’ve had long and inspiring conversations with him during many office hours about self-motivation, affirmations, business ideas and so much more. I’m not ashamed to admit he taught me more than I taught him. “What did he teach man, tell us!” “Patience patience, all good things come to those who…” “TELL US YOU FKER” “Ok, ok fine” He taught me the power of chasing big dreams. Prior to meeting him I was content with what…

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    Bonus week

    This week is BONUS week, OH YEAH – what this means is we finally learn of our reward for all the hard work and efforts of the previous financial year. When our employer looks at us in the eye, smiles a fatherly smile and whispers “you are valued”. YEAH RIGHT, PULL THE OTHER ONE SONNY. When I first started my career, people kept on repeating to me the mantra that the “bonus” is what you worked for, a big fat pot of gold handed over to you at the end of the year. I soon realised that the word “bonus” was prefixed by the word “discretionary”. Discretionary means your employer’s…

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    High Low

    Hello friends! Hope you’re having a great weekend so far. Second day of Spring and the weather in Sydney today was beautiiiiful.  One of those days which makes you feel so grateful to be living in this amazing city. Mind you, currently tonight there’s this charcoal smell in the air because Daenerys Targaryen and her ADHD dragons decided to play hide and seek. MrsFrugalSamurai-to-be and I spent our morning having brunch with one of her close friends, his lovely wife and their cute baby boy at a very fancy cafe in the city named “The Grounds of Alexandria”, a most peculiar name considering it is neither grounded nor anywhere near…