How I spent $2,365 on My Birthday.

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So….

On my birthday… I went on a spending binge.

Here’s what I spent on and what was going through my head.

 

Roti Prata Brunch – $15.50

The night before the Gf had treated me to one of the best pizzas in Singapore. The restaurant is located in MBS.  But when I woke up the next morning, I had an uncontrollable craving for Masala Chicken Curry and Roti Prata.  Since I wasn’t working that day, and the Gf had taken leave, we drove down to the Prata place to eat the breakfast of champions.

 

TrickEye Museum – $50

At first we were deciding between cycling at East Coast Park and visiting the Zoo.  But the dark clouds looming overhead forced us to spend the day in a sheltered place.  We decided on TrickEye Museum as we’ve wanted to go there ever since it opened.

I was kinda shocked by the ticket price.  And was even more shocked when I entered the museum to see dozens of tourists fighting to snap photos with the various odd-looking paraphernalia.  There was also a bad smell coming from some of the exhibits.

We had to strategically find a way to take photos with each exhibit.  We were getting photobombed left right centre by overly-excited tourists and their children who rushed to the exhibits without waiting for their turn.  The rude behaviour of their children was made even more appalling by the rude behaviour of their parents.  Shouting, rushing, skipping queues…  In the end we decided not to fight them and let them stampede through the exhibits like a hungry locust plague….

When there was finally peace and quiet, we decided to take some photos.

 

Oys on Horse

The Gf goes horse racing.  I won’t dare to bet on her horse.

 

ballerina

I regret taking this picture.  I look like some kind of pervert.

 

tiger fish

That was the last time I saw my Gf…. 🙁

 

Tree frog

Oh wait she’s back. Now she is a Tree Frog.

 

upside down

She also unlocked her super power of doing a head stand with one hand.

 

head on a plate

Meanwhile… my head gets served on a plate.

 

I apologise for the rather badly composed pictures.  We are Finance bloggers, and not beauty/lifestyle bloggers, for a reason.

My verdict for TrickEye museum: Overpriced and be prepared to get photobombed.

 

Shopping at Vivocity – $286.30

We went back to Vivocity.  I remarked that I needed to do some shopping.  After all, I had missed my Chinese New Year shopping for this year as I was too busy.  So I had to make up for it now.

Looking back, I must have been slightly-peeved with TrickEye Museum and needed to spend more money to make myself feel better.

 

2 Pairs of Jeans – $71.80

The jeans that I was constantly wearing had holes so big that they made me look like some kind of hobo.  I had sewn them up so many times that it’s beyond saving now.  To spare myself the effort, I decided to just buy 2 pairs of jeans that have no holes.  Because I find the price rather cheap, I decided to buy 2 of them.

 

2 T-Shirts – $29.80

Also realising that my wardrobe of clothes had hardly changed since my junior college days, I decided to buy 2 plain t-shirts that were suitable for the occasional times when I remember to have a social life.  I thought they were pretty cheap anyways, just like the jeans, so I got 2 instead of 1.

 

1 pair of denim shorts (Gf) – $49.90

The Gf decides to buy a pair of denim shorts.  I paid for them since she paid for last night’s expensive dinner.

 

Hush Puppies Underwear – $14.90

Just like my jeans, almost all my underwear are starting to have holes formed in them.  Although nobody sees them, it’s getting kinda embarrassing.  Hush puppies FTW.

 

Converse Shoes – $119.90

The spending spree on clothes triggered off something in me.  I found an excuse to buy a new pair of converse shoes.  Yes…my current ones have holes in them too.

“You already have so many shoes!” the Gf reminded me.

“Ya, ya but now that I’ve got gout it’s not like I got anywhere else to spend my money right?” I replied, trying to make light of a sad revelation.

Besides, I rationalised that if I took public transport for 2 weeks instead of driving, I would probably save enough petrol money to cover the cost of the shoes.  I could also spend the time sitting on public transport to catch up on my reading.

So yay, more shoes…

 

Nasi Lemak Dinner – $7.30

We went back home to catch up on the Walking Dead series ( Don’t worry, no spoilers here.)  Then headed down to the kopitiam to eat some Nasi Lemak.  I don’t know about you but 1-2 meals of luxurious food is enough. I can’t wait to go back to normal priced food.  Simple Nasi Lemak … nothing shocking here.

 

But I still felt like I was missing something…

After I sent the Gf home, I chilled out in my room, watching more TV shows.  But something didn’t feel right.  All the retail therapy didn’t seem to work.  I felt like something was missing in my life.

I decided to buy something that I should have done for a long long time….

 

Warren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., speaks during an event marking Business Wire's expansion into Canada in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008. Buffett said a credit crunch isn't under way and he forecast that the dollar's value is likely to decline. Photographer: Norm Betts/Bloomberg News

 

Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-B) – $2,005.78

I should have done this long ago, but did not know what was holding me back.  At a PB of 1.4, I have decided to just park my money with the greatest investor of all time – Warren Buffet.  I bought BRK-B shares at $143.27.  Total amount converted to SGD translates to a rough estimate of $2,005.78.

Finally…

I satisfied my craving to spend some money after all the crazy hard work I have put in for the first 3 months of this year.

 

Earlier on in Vivocity, feeling slightly buzzed from buying clothes at a cheap price, I said this to the Gf:

“Actually, I get pissed off when I overpay for something that doesn’t provide the value that the indicated price is supposed to give.  Like, 2 nights ago, we paid $22 each for a stupid-looking cocktail that we could finish drinking in 5 mins.  I totally didn’t feel good about that.  And also, remembered that 1 star restaurant we went to?  It costs so much but yet the portions were so small we had to eat something else after that to fill our stomachs.

Do you know what makes me happy when I buy it?  Stocks. Shares.  I like to use money to buy stuff that makes more money.  But that’s a funny thing, as I may never see the end to it.  Use money to buy things that make more money.  It’s like an endless cycle.  But it makes me happy… so what the hell.”

 

And that’s how I spent $2,365 on my birthday.

 

Later that night…

I slept damn well….

 

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8 Comments

  1. My Sweet Retirement

    Happy Belated Birthday! I have the same feeling as you. When I use money to buy things that make more money, I am happy.

    Reply
    1. Jerry (Post author)

      Thanks SR!

      You realise that after a certain point it may become pointless right…

      Reply
  2. The Finance Smith

    Happy Belated Birthday! Yours is quite close to my wife’s birthday and we celebrated over the weekend. Great purchase on Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-B) shares by the way!

    Reply
    1. Jerry (Post author)

      Thanks FS!

      Happy Belated Birthday to your wife too! Aries babies unite \../

      Reply
  3. Kel

    Great birthday present to yourself. I’m sure your future self in 5 years time will thank you for it.

    Reply
    1. Jerry (Post author)

      Yeah I think so too 🙂

      Reply
  4. Jeremiah

    Which platform do you use to purchase the Berkshire Hathaway stocks?

    Reply
    1. Jerry (Post author)

      Hi Jeremiah,

      I buy my US stocks using Standard Chartered.

      Reply

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