Tuesday, November 15, 2011

My reshuffled priority in life

I realized as I sat in my new home, that setting up a home is financially draining yet at the same time is very satisfying. As the furniture slowly trickles in and your house transforms into your home, with all the little imperfections that you will come to appreciate and all the weird corners that you can stand on to view the home that nobody knows but you, an immense sense of fulfillment fills me up. A place that you can truly call your own is such a powerful feeling to have. I think the feeling would be multiplied many times if the next month is the last month that I have to pay the mortgage loans.

Is it worth so much money? I think, so far, it's a resounding yes. Except for a few parts that I think could be further improved (I realized quite early in this renovation game that there's no such thing as a perfect design - there's always this little corner that you can do better on and that little space that you regretted doing...ah, the perfect vision of hindsight), I'm overall satisfied with how the whole thing transforms an old dilapidated resale flat to the present renovated and modern look.

I'm sorry if readers coming in to the blog to read some financial stuff about making money in the stock market have to endure reading me talk about housing and renovation. It's just that such things are taking a bigger part of my interests now. I've little patience for the market these days and I loathe to spend so much time on it. Interesting how life turns out eh? haha!


Singapore Man of Leisure said...

Yum Seng LP!

The butterfly has a castle and base camp now :)

I remember when I got my keys to my HDB flat, I felt I have finally arrived as a "land owner" - I am stakeholder in Singapore!!! That was and still is a great feeling :)

The stock market will not go away. It will be here once you get "bored" with your castle.

Enjoy and have fun playing house!

Anonymous said...

Hi LP,
We all live for the moments as long as it last. But for something like share investment/money management, we all have to live with them for the rest of our life.(Of course, my love, my wife too.)Don't you ever dare to forget. Ha! Ha! Go and ask your wife.

la papillion said...


Yea, having a castle is great and owning it outright is superb! Haha, yes, the stock market will always be there :) It's not that I'm totally ignoring it, it's just that I don't find it that interesting anymore. Perhaps it's so mechanical already, haha

Hi temperament,

Haha, so diplomatic, cover your backside for every possible case :)

Createwealth8888 said...

May be now you can appreciate the meaning of "home is for living and not for profit taking" better.

Home is for Living and not for profit taking.

la papillion said...

Hi bro8888,

Yup, my home is not for profit taking. I would never sell it to get profit (fat hope at that anyway), hence I did it to the best that my money can afford :) I can understand for those who likes to change property, it wouldn't make sense to renovate so nicely - just plain vanilla would do :)

Informative Blogger said...

its also a financial in renovation :)

AK71 said...

Hi LP,

You make me sad. You make me regret selling my place. I am homeless now. :(

PanzerGrenadier said...


Your cbox has provided a forum for people interested in finance and investments to connect in a community. That in itself is one of the most powerful things about your blog, so don't worry too much about it being less about the nuts and bolts of investing :-)

Be well and prosper.

Anonymous said...


Since you are homeless, you can stay with me :)


Createwealth8888 said...


Is this decent or indecent proposal? LOL

la papillion said...


Don't say that lah :) You exchanged your house for money :) haha!

Hi pg,

Thanks thanks, that's a very good way to see the situation. It's the people who filled the cbox that makes it like that, like you :)

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