Thinking & Feeling

“The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.” Horace Walpole

Sunday, 30 June 2013

Altius et Latius

YAY! Quinn has been accepted to attend Rondebosch Boys High School * next year.

It has always been our first choice school. We have had our eye on the school right from the beginning, pretty much since before he was born actually. Both boys are in the prep school and we have loved being part of the Rondebosch Family so far... and that's what it is, it is not just a school, it's a family and a lifestyle.



Do us proud Quinn and keep aiming Higher & Wider.
Back to Rondebosch Portal

* I just need to pay the deposit to make it official now! :)

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Team Awesome

So while I was away in Climbing a Mountain in Borneo my amazing team at work - who really are so cool I call them 'Team Awesome' - created this for me and posted it to my FaceBook page to show their support and encouragement while I was away.

How cool and awesome are they hey!?

I <3 them lots!

Monday, 24 June 2013

Madiba's End is Nigh

The father of our nation and world icon of principle, freedom, peace, humanity, humility, forgiveness and love is reaching the end of his days.

I feel melancholic, but not sad. He is an old man, and he has lived a full, hard, rich and very important life. He has achieved much and touched the whole world with his spirit.

I think he is ready. He is tired and he wants and needs to rest now. Much as we want him to stay with us forever, we need to let him go now. He has done what he came to do, and he will never be forgotten.

Rest now Tata Madiba. Go, knowing you changed our lives forever. We respect, revere, praise and love you.

Thank-you for everything. You have been a true hero and role model. Viva.

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

HELP - I need Retirement Savings Advice

Hi lovely people on the interwebz...

I know some of you out there are pretty clued up and on the ball in terms of retirement planning and the various options. So can any of you please help me? 

I am 39 now and have no, as in na-da, formal retirement savings at all. It's suddenly dawned on me that THIS IS A PROBLEM!

I neither want to be a burden on, nor expect or rely on my children to have to look after me, and nor do I want to work till I die. Well I don't want to HAVE to anyway. If I do I want it to be out of choice not necessity.

So while I have spent the last few years, since my divorce, getting on top of my sizable bond, paying school fees, getting Quinn's ears (and all the associated ops) and eyes sorted, and basically muddling through life as a single parent (with no maintenance or any other support) - including some job changes and retrenchments etc along the way - it now feels like I REALLY need to start focusing on some formal retirement focused savings.

The trouble I have no idea where to start, or who to trust. My instict tells me any financial advisor will advise me on whatever earns THEM the best commission and I am pretty inherently distrustful of the financial service industry as a whole.

I know I am already 'about R2M behind the curve' in terms of what I should have saved and invested already. But I can't panic about that, or be paralysed by it. I have to just start now and see how I go.

I have worked out/decided that I need a Retirement Annuity/Unit Trust investment and my main options seem to be:
- Old Mutual
- Alan Gray
- Coronation
- Investec Asset Management

So how do I assess the various options and decide which is best - in terms of fees and performance/ROI?
And once I have chosen the company, how do I decide which actual funds to invest in? Noting that I am willing to go med-high risk now since I have a bit of time before I need to secure the investments and feel a need to be a little aggressive (and not too conservative) about it for now.

While my very brief 'calculator'  exercise indicated I should be saving about R8k per month, there's no way I can manage that!

I also need a vehicle that allows me to top up as and when I can, and gives me the ability to pause payment in the event I am in between jobs, or sick or something for a month or 3 at any time.

Can anyone help me figure this out..? Or point me in the right direction as a starting point..?

Monday, 17 June 2013

Is there anyone out there?

I have been wondering if there really is any point to me blogging anymore.

I like having a record of stuff we do, but I don't think anyone reads it or cares.

It takes time to do, and though I think it's great to look back on over time, it just doesn't seem relevant right now.

So is anyone actually out there?

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Quinn Bedtime Funny

The other night I wanted Quinn to go to bed at a decent hour - because it was exam time - so he was meant to be asleep by 9pm.

He finally got into bed but then was sitting reading. It went like this:

Me: 'Quinn it's quarter past nine...'

Me: 'Quinn it's nine thirty..'

Me: 'QUINN now it's quarter to TEN!'

Quinn: 'Nice, just what I have always wanted. A talking clock!'

:lol: :lol: