half man half shark

half man half shark     

Life as a carbon-based life form; a journey of building on success and learning from mistakes.

  • 01 Mar 2005

And another pay rise

The senior management have a meeting, when they finished I was asked to sign the dotted line. Another pay rise for me, that rounds up to $50,000 a year.

Despite the good news I still wants to pursue the role of Software Development Manager with SIRCA, with an $80,000+ package. After all these settle I'll get two FORD Falcons - one for me and the other for Dad.

  • 03 Mar 2005

Spoon Trouble

My 4-legged friends, Spoon Trouble, they go crazy when I'm around. Well here I am, look I got yummy treats.

  • 07 Mar 2005

Weekend @ Grand Prix

A commodity trader, two engineers, an investment advisor and a pharmacist at the 2005 Melbourne Grand Prix. Fantastic weekend!

Each visit is better than the last - friends, the nightlife, live bands, Melbourne is the place to be. I could get marry and live happily here.

  • 08 Mar 2005

An intangible commodity

Our trip to Melbourne was more like a business brainstorming meeting on the road, its chillin' out time for creative thinking. I'm thrilled to know friends who wanted to startup businesses as well - 20 something and full of potentials.

My first B2B systems solutions business wasnt successful, so this time around I'm investing into intangible asset of branding. If things goes as plan I will have no problem retiring at age 37.

  • 09 Mar 2005

Day off

It's my day off, dont know what to do. Wanted to go back to the office and check up on how are my projects going.

Wanted to call Julie out for a picnic, rather not, I havent received any signal that shes interested in me. So its just me and my book.

Tennis match with the boys at Birrong.

  • 10 Mar 2005

What to get

Thursday night training, winds SE at 10 knots.

Julie's birthday is coming soon, shes organising it at Pyrmont Bridge Hotel. Strictly invitation only. Its a MUST ATTEND event for me, I dont know what to get for her.

  • 12 Mar 2005


Meeting with my bank manager about increasing my mortgage repayments, since the promotion pay rise, I better use that to my advantage and pay off the homeloan interest.

Rock up to table tennis at Mounties with the boys. Didnt know there's a competition every Friday night, we signed up anyway. I got chopped from every angle.

This is on Thao's request, Julie is the 3rd girl from the right left, shes a poser.

  • 13 Mar 2005

Spear fishing

Saturday. Guitar class, I can read music notes now. Playing snooker for beer with the boys at Bankstown Sporty.

Sunday. Boys day out, be shark baits for a day. A commodity trader, 2 engineers, a gang leader and his mates going spear fishing down in Wollongong. Awesome Sunday! Billy was lucky to be alive.

  • 14 Mar 2005

Rosehill Gardens

A great business opportunity has passed by, back in November I wanted to open a cafeteria at Rosehill industrial area. Today someone is building a cafe on that same block of land! I regretted it because I didnt have enough financial backing then.

This area is still a gold mine for business investors, I like to build a gym and aquatic recreational centre here. People like to keep fit after the day at the office, and coffee is available next door, the Rosehill Gardens racecourse is accross the road. Thats the modern Aussie lifestyle. In the near future appartment blocks will be sprawn in this area as people are moving closer to where they work.

I'm writing a business proposal to the Senior Management at Rosehill Gardens to sponsor of my project.

  • 15 Mar 2005

Tuesday training

Tuesday training with Will Khanh, mad session. Where's Julie today?

  • 16 Mar 2005

A guy need to eat

I know it's time for grocery shopping when..

  • 17 Mar 2005

Gift for her

I wanted to do shopping with J to get something she need, something she likes, something useful, but I got told off. So instead I got her something simple to keep her smiling, with a little supprise at page 21 (hints: 3 Doors Down)

  • 19 Mar 2005


Stopping by Aunty's house for a visit before going to work, shes leavign to Vietnam after her 3 months holiday in Australia.

In the recent looming in inflation and rising interest rates I decided to refinance my homeloan to a more competitive bank, Westpac. I also decided to change my current bank manager because he failed to keep me inform with the financial market. Lets see if the new bank manager can do a better job.

Money is just an idea, its like a tamagotchi game, make the right moves and your better off in the long run.

  • 20 Mar 2005

Julie's and Anna's 21st

Saturday. Guitar class, after class I like to drive out to the country side for chill out time and practice.

Julie's and Anna's 21st, wow that special age where parents left their daughters go wild. Cool b'day party, to be honest I couldnt remember much from lastnight, all I remembered was Julie looked awesome!

Sunday. 3 hours of sleep and up I go to the NSW Corporate Games.

Visit enlargement photos album

  • 21 Mar 2005

Its a love story

I found an old photograph of my grand parents, in front of our old home during the French occupation. They have French names; Phaoloocirc; and Maria. Grandpa taught me how to swim hunts, and Grandma would tell bedtime stories. They met in mua heegrave; (France: de l'été) (English: summer harvest season) and their love span for over 50 years. Setting an example for everyone in my family tree.

  • 22 Mar 2005


Looking for new place to buy. I checked out this place in Carramar - 3 bedroom house, waterside, 700mssup2;, closed to school and public transport. $270,000.

Buy now? factors to consider: flash flooding area, no real longterm growth, dirty cheap, closed to highway, a starting block for my little brother, we can build a cool villa here.

I seeked advice from friends and professionals, they all sugguests I should look around more, interest rates is rising all the nervous property investors are selling out cheap. I feel like a kid going treasure hunting.

  • 23 Mar 2005

Hilton Sydney

Interview for an opportunity at the new Hilton Sydney Hotel. I'm interested in the Technology department, I want to be responsible for communication and video conferencing. Thanks to Angie for reminding me about the interview appointment, I totally forgot about it.

  • 25 Mar 2005

Favourite car

My favourite car has let me down; clutch/gearbox problem. Trade this one in to get another one soon, I still love this car.. alot, I've grown attached to it over the years.

Good friday holiday, chilling out at home, music, bills and paperwork for the bank.

  • 25 Mar 2005

Being single #24

More house hunting, still havent found one with all the qualities I wanted. Followed my first home buyer experience I'd learnt alot, advice from friends and professionals also made a great differences. Today I'm better equip, ready to make major purchase with confident.

I have no spouse and zero dependants, the banks are willing to loan me any amount I asked. This year resolution is to increase my assets and liabilities while maintaining a budget to lower my expenses. At the same time I still keep an eye out for any potential business opportunity.

  • 27 Mar 2005

Day out

Easter lunch at Nobbys with colleagues. Nobbys Island was first noted by Captain Cook on the ship Endeavor in 1770, it is Newcastle's famous landmark harbour. This was once the biggest coal trading port in Australia, nowadays its for us young beach goer.

  • 27 Mar 2005

Spoon Trouble

Its true what they say about dogs. Dogs are man's bestfriends, I love these two furry little guys.

  • 28 Mar 2005

Long weekend

Thats the end of the four days long weekend. No training, I dont know what to do with my free time. I really need to pickup another sport, maybe tennis or join the kayaking club at Penrith.

I still keep dragon boat rowing, only because Julie is still around.

  • 29 Mar 2005

From Melbourne with memories

It's been awhile since I talk to Girl 4 again, she gave me good news, she just bought a house in Melbourne, she love the house, shes happy now and I'm happy for her.

I like to listen to her problems and trouble she encounters through daily life. She plans to sponsor her younger brother over for International Studies, financially its a tough one.

She is my superwoman.

  • 31 Mar 2005

New challenge

I decided to set a 15 years goal, something practical yet challenging. I will start up by searching for a block of land to complete a task on my Things TODO list - 50. owns a holiday appartment/house. The criteria are as follows:

  • At least 500mssup2;
  • Proximity of the beach
  • Between Coffs Harbour and Tuross Head

This will be my safe haven, where I'll stay for peace and tranquility. And for family, friends, relatives or work colleagues who wants a weekend holiday.

PS: Cashflow of $30k p.a. is required, should put under spouse's name to avoid government's land tax.

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