Wednesday, August 02, 2006

The Opportunity Cost of $1200

CURRENT MUSIC: WHAT'S LEFT OF ME by NICK LACHEY

*ClemCube has a story to tell. The story is about Clementine.

Clementine(Name changed to protect identity) is a soon-to-be 24-year old who likes to watch soccer. He catches up with news concerning global football frequently from different soccer websites. As such, he thinks it is really easy to predict match outcomes and feels he can be a soccer pundit. Very soon he started to pick up gambling on soccer with Singapore Pools. Wins and losses cancelled each other out, so he didn't really earn from gambling. But still he thought he could win big someday. He became more compulsive each day. His gambling habits were made worse with the World Cup setting in this year. Eventually, the tournament ended. Once again, Clementine had a World Cup gambling campaign with no profit and no loss. Therefore, he still thought lady luck will smile on him someday. Then disaster struck....

He even began betting on soccer leagues which he didn't have much knowledge on. And the bet values became bigger and bigger by each day. The inevitable happened. Clementine went on a losing spree and lost $300,$400,$500 respectively. He had lost $1200 just like that to the damn government when he could have spent it on something much more meaningful. Think of the opportunity cost with $1200. Even mahjong won't have caused him to lose so much in a day.

So he sat down and began to self-reflect. He urged himself to stop this compulsive streak of his. He promised himself he will stop for awhile to prevent excessive bleeding. He realised that betting was really harmful and told himself to calm down. He shouldn't be gambling heavily because he told himself there's no way gambling will bring him his fortune. He hopes he can quit eventually, if not play small and know his limits. He is glad he woke up his idea in time.

*Disclaimer: The content of this story is only true to a certain extent. Some parts are exaggerated so as to alert people that gambling is really unhealthy. Clementine's plight is really not as serious as what was described above.

Over here, ClemCube would like to advise people who are gambling heavy to cut down on their bets. Playing for fun is okay, but if addiction sets in, the consequences might be really dire. And if you know that you are on a losing spree like Clementine, stop and don't continue. Always set aside a sum of money that you can afford to lose if you wish to gamble for fun. Never touch money not intended for betting or you might be left to rue on your foolishness.

Anyway, back to normal blogging. IF YOU HAVE NOT WATCHED TOKYO DRIFT AND YOU INTEND TO, PLS DO NOT SCROLL DOWN...*SPOILERS AHEAD* STOP READING HERE!!!


I watched Tokyo Drift this afternoon at home(thanks to Victor's Media Services) since I was on MC for the day. Typical action flick with a very shallow plot. But I liked the drifting of the cars and I think its freak cool. Although I didn't really like the main guy's acting, I thought the girl was cute and the main actor's Japanese mentor (Han) was really cool to the max(He may look plain-looking to you but I think hez cool coz of the way he carries himself). It's such a shame he had to die near the end of the movie, but I sorta expected it to happen. Just shows how predictable this kind of movies are. Apart from the drift, I feel the other aspects of the movie are not worth your money(Oh please, thats why it's CALLED Tokyo Drift). Still preferred the previous installment 'Too Fast Too Furious' which had a better cast including Eva Mendes and Paul Walker :)

CLEMCUBE gives TOKYO DRIFT : 2/5

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