I put on my comfortable shoes and saddled up for Day 2 of Wealth Master Congress Japan 2017. Fortunately, today was 100 times better than yesterday. The queue in the morning was still an epic and unorganised pain in the neck, but unlike yesterday, the wait was only 20 minutes as opposed to an hour and 20 minutes. I repeat – this event was organised by idiots. I’ve been to a ton of conferences and I’ve never seen anything as terrible as this. The venue may have been the New Otani Hotel at Akasaka-Mitsuke, but I felt like I was at a fish market full of eager customers looking to get the best possible bargain deal.
God help us all.
Fortunately – thanks to the teamwork with my friend/colleague, we ended up sitting in the second row. Whoo hoo, no slumming it on the floor like we did yesterday. I don’t think I’ll ever forget that experience…
Today’s first speaker was Mary Buffett. I was introduced to the concept of value investing when I was in business school and it looks like in the past 13 years, nothing much has changed… Mary was delightful to listen to. She was tastefully attired, poised and just… elegant. Unfortunately, she was the token female on a panel of men speaking to a largely male audience. You should have heard the dead silence in the crowd when she said, “A man is not a plan.”
Later in the afternoon, fellow Singaporean Sean Seah from Value Investing College would give us a snippet on how to create an investment portfolio. Seriously – has nothing in the business world changed the past 13 years? Oh and Sean’s the first Singaporean to personally learn from Warren Buffett.
But my favourite of the day was Sandy Jadeja – a technical analyst. Back in the day, when I was a student, it was one of my favourite areas to study… I can’t remember the last time I sat down and discussed this topic with someone… but it’s high time I changed that. The past two days made me miss the business world… Who’d have thought?
I finished the day with some good old dad stories. Mr. Kiyosaki is 70 years old. I never met either of my grandfathers. But if I could pick a grandpa for myself, I would choose Kiyosaki San. Bless…
I would write more, but I’m too damn tired. Till next time – sweet dreams.