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Paycheque to Paycheque

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This blueberry cheesecake is decent… The cappuccino is also not bad.. The bill was around $10 which is actually nothing today. But I distinctly remember a time when me and my wife (soon to be, at that time) came to this exact coffee place with some of my savings to have a cup of coffee and taste the high life (which I thought this is). This is the story of those times. Very near past; from the...

You’re missing the 0th step of Wealth Accumulation

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I’m sure you’ve heard so many advices on how to become rich. No matter how the idea is structured, most of them say the same thing. Invest x% of your salary every month.Let it compound for a long span of time.Enjoy being a millionaire. It all look very simple on paper, but when you’re 30 and still have $0 in savings, you start to wonder why you couldn’t do it. You’ve read dozens of...

Don’t Panic on your 30th birthday: The two Sustainable Fs

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Turning 30 has been thought as a very big deal, and appropriately so. You’re essentially stepping into the maturity of your life. The fun light and carefree time you spent mostly with your friends is over and serious responsibilities are lurking around the corner. Margin for error becomes smaller and smaller until you feel claustrophobic in your own life. Who wants that? When I turned 30… I...

Should you worry about Artificial Intelligence? Data Scientist’s perspective

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My mother still uses an old Nokia 1280 phone because it’s so hard her to grasp the appeal of a touchscreen phone. Why do our parents have a very hard time adapting to even really straightforward and simple new technologies. Are they dumb? Believe me. We are just as dumb as they are. The reason for this is that the technologies advance in an exceptionally exponential phase which makes it extremely...

Sleepless : Hard Work is Underrated and it Never Should Be

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It’s 2.57AM on a Saturday. Well technically its Sunday isn’t it? It’s been a quite some time since the Red Bull I had on early afternoon wore off. This is not chemicals keeping me awake and working. This is pure urge and yearning. Yearning for a better life. A bright tomorrow. If I look closely, I just can see the faint rays of lights over the horizon, reminding me…the sun IS rising… Most of my...

Dollar Dollar Bills Y’all : Do we seriously need the “root of all evil”?

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Short answer – Yes. And stop calling it that. Long answer – Money… Either we want it or don’t, one thing we can all agree on is that everyone has very strong opinions and emotions about it. On one end, people defraud, rob, or even kill over it. On the other end, people get so fed up with it and rid all the earthly possessions to embrace buddhism or similar religions. Love it or hate...

2 Rules for Immortal life

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What are we doing here on this dirt we call earth? Living in a sliver of timeframe… Being a fleck on a fleck in the unfathomably vast universe… What magnificence does our lives have to the grand plan of gods? In a previous post, we discussed how to sensibly spend the time we have on earth and recover our personal time by managing all the tasks and chores. But why do we want...

Time : 4 steps to optimise your most precious resource

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I love my dad. He is one of the hardest working people I know. He always used to say — “Don’t go to gyms and burn calories without an outcome. Do some work in the garden or house. You’ll get some work done and also become healthier”. And you know what? He was absolutely completely wrong… Time is an extremely precious resource for us. Comparing to the age of the universe, you were given 0...

4 Years A Rebel : How I grew away from Socialism

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Before becoming this wannabe corporate hotshot, before marriage, before UNI, even before getting selected to the UNI, I was a rebel. Socialist, Anti-religious, all the cliches and a small cherry on top. I was working with one of the major socialist political organisations in Sri Lanka starting from age 16. We were having courses about socialism and meetings about current political situations. It...

The Greatest Nation Never Was

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Sri Lanka is a proud nation. A little too proud maybe. Although the following blog post is addressed towards my fellow Sri Lankans, we all can learn something from the issue at hand. Pride. Remember how we learned about our Sri Lankan heroes who fought and defeated the English? Remember how we learned about our great kings who carved rock mountains and built amazing castles? Wise...