February 17, 2019

A few people have been asking me what happened to my YouTube channel. A lot of you will know that I originally decided to try and get a YouTube silver play button, which they give out when you hit 100,000 subscribers.

Firstly this isn't coming from a bitter place, but the thing is, I don’t even like YouTube as a platform.

It’s the second largest search engine in the world and owned by Google. They’ve realised that video is the way forward and want to create more of a creator orientated Netflix or Amazon Prime. Which is actually a good idea. They're just executing it in the wrong way.

So they plough all of the search attention to a select group of individuals who already have large audiences. Some that definitely don’t deserve this level of support. That’s because a computer tells them that they have a higher click to watch time ratio. The better the ratio, the more adverts they can place on content and the higher the CTR. (click through rate onto an advert)

They’ve even now removed monetis...

October 17, 2018

Time after time, Tattu has managed to refresh its menu with seasonal additions. 

On Sunday, they invited me down to try the new dishes on offer and it didn’t disappoint. 

One thing that deserves a great deal of credit, is the constant creativity that is needed to come up with new dishes that meet the exceptionally high standard expected of Tattu, but yet they slot in alongside the existing theme of the menu and crowd favourites. 

So the new dishes we tried included the sticky beef short rib with crispy shallots and fresh chilli, chicken truffle shumai with freshly shaved truffle and ponzii oil, chilli and seseame roasted scallops with edamame and mint crush dressed with lap cheong sausage. 

All of the new starter dishes were incredible with the favourite being the chicken shumai. I’m not a mushroom fan, it’s not that I don’t like them, it’s just I would never pick them on a menu. If you have ever had truffle before, it’s like a mushroom on steroids, but this dish was unbelievable. 

On to th...

September 16, 2018

Last night I retuned to Tattu and as always it didn’t disappoint. The service is always exceptional even when it gets busy.

It’s a credit to Adam and Drew that several years on from opening, the place is still selling out every week. There are a few reasons for that. The food, the décor, atmosphere and service. 

It seems simple and you might be thinking well that’s what every restaurant needs to get right to succeed… You’re right it is, but the difficult thing is to maintain that consistency over time.  They’ve achieved this with subtle changes such as pieces of new art work I noticed this time, or the renovation to the table tops and private dining area as well as the addition of seasonal dishes to the fan favourites on the A La Carte menu. 

Sat under the blossom tree last night, it’s amazing how relaxed I felt and how much I enjoyed the food. We chose several small plates and shared a main with an individual rice each. 

We had the Lobster Prawn Toast, Meat Mixed Dim Sum, Hoisin...

October 29, 2017

My whole short working life I see people dreaming of retirement, hoping and wishing for the weekends. They get blinding drunk to make stories of enjoyment that they can laugh about at other times when they get drunk.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a single malt and a beer every now and then. I drink champagne to celebrate, and get the whole social concept of drinking with friends. However, I never get drunk. I had a couple of bad experiences when I was younger that means I always side on restraint and caution.

So when I see people unhappy with their lives, day after day doing a job they hate, only to live for the 2 days you get away from it, it doesn’t seem right to me…

The ultimate aim is to get to retirement to be able to have enough money and resources to do whatever you want in life, within reason.

Now I am not retired properly, but I got to sample what this would be like for a month. It’s not all its cracked up to be! I got to try retirement for a month. I won’t go into the detail about...

August 27, 2017

As a chartered accountant come blogger, I like to think I know a bit about business.

Sometimes I am right, and sometimes I am wrong.

However, I have successfully traded a share portfolio over the last few years bringing a modest return of 43%. At least it’s much better than you would get in a bank!

Like Kevin Hart’s new stand up tour, I am currently moving money around and am resigned to trading on a live simulator with $10,000 of fake money. Especially as we are looking to move house.

This hasn’t stopped me trading and researching.

This year alone, my simulated portfolio has brought in around 37% of gains overall. The main trades that contributed to that was Snapchat.

 If you don’t know what Snapchat is, you must be 40 years old, or have your head stuck in the ground. Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy started Snapchat which is a cross between a social media photo and video platform, integrated with an instant messaging service. You can send photos and videos with funny filters like the dog, tha...

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