Saturday, June 29, 2019

Some Quick Updates!

I thought I'll provide some quick updates on my situation in case anyone thinks I've gone missing.

The past week has been one of the most stressful case as my Dad was down with an ischemic stroke on the left side of the brain which paralyses him on his right arm, leg and the ability to speak.

We were on our usual routine one morning when suddenly he was down with a stroke. We panicked and called the ambulance to send him to the nearest hospital before transferring him to Singapore the day after via an International SOS plane to transfer him to Dr. Timothy Lee at Gleneagles. He is one of the most sough renowned brain and neurological doctor we were recommended.



Over the next 7 days he was in ICU, and whilst his condition is stable now, there is plenty of post therapy and changes in the living conditions that was necessary to adjust.

If that is not the only stress, the costs of the medical fees were another one to give plenty of headaches.

The International SOS costs us close to SGD20k while the hospital bill should come somewhere in the 6 digits. He has an insurance back in Jakarta which wasn't adequate to cover the high medical costs in Singapore hence I will have to bear that costs right from the pocket (the "difference").

With this unexpected situations, there is an immediate change in my plan to take a sabbatical too.

I am in the look out for an immediate role (please refer me if you have any roles in your company that are available) and have begun searching for one intensively.

I am also planning to rent out one room in the place we are currently staying in so if there's anyone that needs a room, I'm more than happy if you could recommend it to me.

Within the next few months, what this means is that the priority would change drastically so I will definitely spend lesser time on blogging and even likely lesser time on prospecting companies to invest. Chances are I will update the blog from time to time but am still unsure yet if I should take a sabbatical time away from it.

I guess that's all the updates I have from now. Its going to be a long battle both mentally and physically so I have to keep my powder mental strength dry during this period. 

60 comments:

  1. Oh dear, may your father recover well and God bless you and your family .

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  2. Hi Brian, it's unfortunate to hear the news regarding your dad. Please stay strong and I pray all will turn out well for you. -QL

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    1. Hi QL

      Thank you for your well wishes 🙏

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  3. Hi Brian,

    I'm sorry to hear of your situation. Hear things turns out alright down the road.

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    1. Hi Marksman

      Certainly hope so. Thank you and keep on marching on.

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  4. Take care and best wishes for your dad to get well soon.

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    1. Hi Arthur

      Thank you for your well wishes 🙏

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  5. Take care Brian. Hope your father recovers soon. God Bless.

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    1. Hi Jj

      Thank you for your well wishes 🙏

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  6. I hope your dad recovers enough to have quality of life. In the mean time, you can render care to your dad while you are still on your sabbatical. Certainly a meaningful task. Good luck to you and your dad. Take care.

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    1. Hi Hyom

      Thank you for your well wishes. Definitely a good time to care during this interim of the break before moving on further.

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  7. Hi Brian, are you keen on risk management role in banks?

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    1. Hi Anon

      I don't mind giving it a shot at RMG roles. Is it OK for you to drop me a mail at brianhalim723@hotmail.com or how should I contact you?

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  8. Take great care bro and wish your dad a speedy recovery

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  9. Sorry to hear that Brian. Take care and be brave. Wish your dad full spoedy recovery.

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    1. Thank you bro 🙏.

      Keep up your great spirit in sharing in the chatgroup.

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  10. Wish your dad speedy recovery!

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  11. Nvm 3FS is rich lah

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  12. Take care man. Hope your dad gets well soon!

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  13. Take care man. Hope your dad gets well soon.

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  14. Take care, man. Wish your dad recover soon.

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  15. Take care Brian! Wish your Father recover soon.

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  16. Sorry to hear that Brian, prayer goes to you and your family. Take care.

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    1. Thank you Andrew for your well wishes 🙏

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  17. Dear B - Hope and trust your faith and inner strength will see your family through. Life is unexpected, and can take sudden turns, so we should factor these unexpected situations into our journey to FIRE and earlier retirement (before 55).

    Am sure things will turn out well soon. You are a smart and practical person, so you would know the right thing to do.

    Take care
    Anon Andy

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    1. Hi Andy

      Indeed life takes a turn which I was not prepared. I guess we'll take things a step from here and then a lesson learnt as well.

      Thanks for your kind message 🙏

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  18. Sorry hear that, has he regained ability to move right side limb and speak? Does Yr dad has savings

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    1. Hi Anon

      He has not regained his ability to move his right limb and speak yet I am hoping it will improve gradually with time.

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    2. Focus on his weak parts, so that the brain remembers he still can use those parts. If not they will be forgotten permanently.

      Check: learned non-use

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  19. Hi Brian, I’m your regular reader, so sorry to hear this and hope your dad’s recovery will
    be speedy. My company has various openings which might suit you, would you like to find out? Ps I’m Indonesia too! How to privately contact you?

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    1. Hi Hendra

      Thank you yah.

      Iy boleh juga nih Di coba kalau Hendra bisa bantu kan. Email saya Di brianhalim723@hotmail.com, bolehkah Hendra drop saya email atau saya drop Hendra email. Thank you sudah membantu yah.

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  20. Hi Brian,

    Sorry to hear that, hope everything goes well and things to be back to normal soon, difficult times ahead but I'm sure you will get out stronger and tougher both mentally and physically. Take care ya.

    Your regular reader, Kew

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  21. Dear Brian,

    I am very sorry to hear about this situation. I am one of your regular readers and am inspired by your ethic towards investing and also your commitment to your family. I pray that you and your family remain at peace during this time and hope to hear more updates your situation. Take care during this difficult time.

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  22. Hi Brian, sorry to hear that and in fact I faced similar situation when my dad had heart attack last month, thank God he's recovering well now after CABG operation. I wish your dad speedy recovery and take care of your family.

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  23. Take care, wish your father recover soon.

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  24. wish your father a speedy recovery!

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  25. seemed like my message didn’t go through previously. Unfortunately I experienced almost the exact same incident 4 months ago. My dad was down with hemorrhagic stroke in Jakarta and was flown here as well via Medivac to Mt. E.

    It was a very traumatic experience that has altered our lives instantly. After almost a month of staying there, we decided to research about public hospitals, and eventually moved out. If you are not aware, costs of hospitalizations in private hospital can balloon up massively overtime. Especially when you take into account a foreigner status. They will not hesitate to whack your account. Each 5-minute daily visit by doctor can cost $1k.

    Our costs drop significantly after we stay in public. After 4 months of healing, he is ready to be discharged. Recovery is slow. But then I suppose depends on the type of stroke.

    All I can say is, I live each day looking forward to a better day, and that he will constantly show progress albeit how slow it is. If we can’t be positive about it, it’s very difficult to move on.

    I pray for your dad and those who are down with similar illness.

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  26. I hope doctors in Indonesia have given some blood thinning or clot-busting injections to prevent the impact as soon as he was taken to the hospital. This will greatly improve his recovery.

    It will be a tough journey next 6-9 months because he has to go through several therapies to regain his functions one at a time albeit slowly. I wish he will soon be able to live independently on his own.

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  27. Sorry to hear about your father's condition - I hope it improves soon. Take care!

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  28. Wishing him a speedy recovery.

    Kbk

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  29. Hey B,

    Sorry to hear about your father.

    I know you're very close to achieving your financial target but this threw a wrench into the whole process but hey, fall down 7 times get up 8.

    Good news is that your dad is alive and kicking! Money can be earned back!

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  30. Hi B, I'm very sorry to hear about your father. I wish him a speedy recovery.

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  31. Very filial Son.
    Wish your father speedy recovery.

    Take care Brian

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  32. Dear Brian, sorry to hear about your Dad. Please take care! Family comes first!

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  33. Wish your dad a speedy recovery!! Take care.

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  34. Take care, Brian! This is really very unfortunate but I sincerely hope the best for you and your family!

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  35. God bless your dad. How much in exact is the hospital bill over how many days?

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  36. My deepest condolences to you

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