First of all, my dad passed away in March 2009 and it was immensely difficult to deal with emotionally. I forgot who told me that but it is "something that you can never be prepared to deal with emotionally" no matter how "ready" you think you are to deal with it. Living under the same roof didn't make it easier either. I also found myself to be more philosophical. Looking back at my dad's life, I wished he could have spent more on himself. I found myself telling Thomas that "money is not yours until you spent it" and "if you don't spend it, someone else will spend it on your behalf". That was over a nice glass of ice lemon grass tea at Garden Slug if I remember it correctly.
On the positive side of things, I found emotional support coming from within the family and from my friends. Most of 'em are friends whom I have acquainted with online from the investing/trading community. Guys, you know who you are and thank you for your support.
The funeral possession came and gone but I know that things are never going to be same again. Even till today, every time I pass through Lavender road, I will feel unhappy and uneasy as it brings back some of the painful memories as the funeral possession was held at the casket.
But I told myself that I have to gather strength and move on. Reflecting on this 6 months later, I have purchased my own property and I'll be collecting my keys during mid-December. I am looking forward to having my own home and it has everything that I have wished for -- full sea view from all bedrooms with a beautiful city view to go with. Financially, I am comfortable with where I am heading. My financial portfolio is taking shape ever since I started to learn how to focus and learn to do more with less.