Saturday, 22 October 2011

Lucky Or Not?

Today this blog recorded its 44,444th page view. Not a very auspicious number in Chinese numerology as"4" is considered an unlucky number in Chinese because it is nearly homophonous to the word "death".

How I wish I had had double this number of page views as this would have guaranteed me wealth and prosperity. The Chinese word for "8" sounds similar to the word which means "prosper" or "wealth".

With Powerball being drawn tonight I am in search of a change of luck although I am not obsessive about numerology. The same cannot be said for someone in Chengdu who paid USD$270,723 for a telephone number with all digits being eights.

Even the pragmatic Singapore Airlines reserves flight numbers beginning with the number 8 for routes in China and Korea although I expect that is more marketing than luck.

One numbering tool I did come across was Singapore's retirement savings calculator which shows how big your nest egg needs to be when you retire. It is an excellent tool factoring in inflation, projected lifespan and desired retirement age.

The Retirement Calculator - CPF Board of Singapore
After trying this out there will be many others who will hope that they win Powerball as the results can be sobering, especially if you have only a few more years before retirement.

Luck comes in all forms, not necessarily monetary. Consider the case of two Singaporeans who escaped certain death by a mere five minutes. A cargo lift plunged three storeys to the ground, smashing their cars, which were parked directly below the lift shaft.

The old adage of being in the right place at the right time certainly holds true in this case; the right place being well away from malfunctioning lifts.
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