She ran away from home and stayed with me in Melb for the past 2-weeks - that's my kinda girl! It was the best week I had, someone to look forward to when I get home, someone snuggle upto when it's getting cold at night.
I had an interesting lecture from Chu Loc who owns a chain of businesses and apartments throughout Melb, he's worth $10M easily.
Want a pay raise? look at your role from the business owner perspective. How much money do you make for me? If you increase your contribution to the company then you'll be well compensate for your efforts - the owner must see this transparently. If you got a bright idea that can earn the company more? Great! Put it in a proposal, do your cost analysis!
Principle for getting new contract, get the requirement from the client, listen to what they want, create a sample product at no cost, then let the client evaluate the quality of your product. Then work with them to agree on the terms and cost of the contract. If its a service oriented business that you're in, write up a proposal and the missing gasp that helps the client's business. Speaking of contract, Chu Loc is about to successfully get a contract with Qantas to manufacture all the lounges at each terminals.
When buying a house for investment, think practical, the average Joe and his family want to place close to work/city. Therefore the houses in hot demands in the near future will be a 2-bedroom house with 2 carparks. Inner city apartments are often ridiculously overpriced.