Elephants, Massages, Tropical Waters and Caves

“It’s hot in this town here Freddie!”

My sister just walked past me as I opened this new word document, and the quote above is hers. 

No, my name isn’t Freddie, and it never was. But you know how families can be. 

My dad hasn’t called me Andrew for years. 

Nobody in my family seems to call each other by their proper names.

But my sister is right about one thing:  it is hot in this “town”.

Flying in to visit me, my parents and my sister flew to Singapore (120km north of the equator) from Victoria, B.C. three days ago. 

And tomorrow, we’ll be flying to Krabi, Thailand, where we’ll ride elephants, have a minimum of 10 massages over 5 days, swim in 90 degree ocean water, and explore limestone caves from our rented Kayaks.  It’s just as hot in Krabi as it is in Singapore, but we’ll never be further than a few hundred feet from the water.

I described this heavenly destination in a recent post that I wrote for the Vancouver blogger, Young and Thrifty , titling it Hedonism on a Budget. 

We’re definitely going to have a great time; my dad and I regress from adults to kids when we travel together.  Recently, a reporter asked me if I was “goofy” while I hung upside down on a swing set, while she interviewed me for my book, Millionaire Teacher.

“Of course I’m goofy,” I said.

Anyone who isn’t goofy, from time to time, is really missing out.  I didn’t tell the reporter this (because she probably would have run away) but this is what I think.

If I could bring a dead person to life for a day, and ask them, “Hey Freddie (in honor of my sister) I’m going to give you 24 hours of life.  You can spend it being goofy, or you can spend it behind the desk at the place of your last employment,” what do you think the guy would say?

Here’s the article the reporter wrote about me for the Singapore Today paper. 

Now go out and do something foolish (within moderation, of course).


Andrew Hallam

I’m a financial columnist for Canada’s national paper, The Globe and Mail, as well as for AssetBuilder, a financial service firm based in Texas. I’m also the author of Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School and Millionaire Expat: How To Build Wealth Living Overseas. My mission is to educate, motivate and inspire people on basic retirement planning and best practices for investing, using evidence-based strategies. I'm happy to comment on your questions.

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7 Responses

  1. Awe Andrew! Have a great time! I'm so thankful you get to spend thanksgiving with your family in Singapore!

    That's great 🙂 What fantastic family!

  2. Thanks Young,

    It probably comes as no surprise to you that my sister and I have had four massages in just two days. Yeah, we're spoiled hedonists. But my parents aren't far behind us!

  3. Miss JJ says:

    Hi Andrew,

    Very happy to find your site. It is so hard to find Asia centric personal finance sites that are more than just stocks, bonds, investments, even though I admit I probably need all the help I can get. And a belated congrats to your new book!

  4. Hey Andrew,

    Glad to hear that your family came to visit you! That's fantastic. I'm sure you will all enjoy Thailand and spending time with one another.

    All the best,


  5. john brown says:

    Congrats on the success of your book and It seems a long time since you were delivering pizzas on New Years Eve.

    • Hey Uncle John!

      I remember deliving pizzas like it was yesterday. I also remember backing the pizza van into a parked car, and being mortified to find out that the guy I hit was the same guy who I had just delivered a pizza to. And he had given me a nice tip–before I dented his car!

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