The importance of an occupation after retirement …

As we get older we sometimes begin to doubt our ability to “make a difference” in the world. It is at these times that our hopes are boosted by the remarkable achievements of other “seniors” who have found the courage to take on challenges that would make many of us wither.

Harold Schlumberg is such a person:



“I’ve often been asked, ‘What do you do now that you’re retired?’

Well …. I’m fortunate to have a chemical engineering background and one of the things I enjoy most is converting beer, wine and whisky and stout into urine.

It’s rewarding, uplifting, satisfying and fulfilling. I do it every day and I really enjoy it.”

Harold is an inspiration to us all.

From: Lohcifer


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18 Responses to The importance of an occupation after retirement …

  1. Darling says:

    The importance of an occupation after retirement is oni valid for those without family.

    For those with family, preferably extended one; retiree should enjoy family bliss and maintain good health. This Chinese tradition and wisdom of playing with the grand children and helping the children to manage the house-hold is the perfect conclusion to a happy end.

    Me just find that to be occupied with a personal interest and be too indulged, is not wholesome for the elderly.


    • Do we have an extended family in this time and age when our young only have one or two kids? When the young couple is coping with 30 yrs of housing loan purportedly subsidized by the govt? Gone are the days when an A model 5-room flat near to MRT stn costs only $75K in Yishun. When school fees only costs $3? Where $10 a day can buy basic groceries to feed a family. In those days earning $1,000 it was comfortable to raise a family with the wife full time looking after the children. Now our income has gone up by double to about $2K to $3K, yet most can’t even afford a basic 4-room flat without paying thru the roof. Not enug to even bring up a small family. Maybe in your time but not in the future. That golden era is gone. Dirt cheap housing with cheap food is over. Due to the harsh economic reality, some are even sending their parents to old aged home in JB. You want extended family? Let’s face it.

  2. Darling says:


    it is easier to have extended family when one has fewer children, especially to those with only one child; think about it. No child means no family. I mean a complete one.

    The failure to create and maintain harmony in the family is akin to the failure to keep the state in harmony.
    To one without family, everywhere is home, hence he/she will have no sense of belonging and no matter how occupied or satisfied, his/her happiness ends with him/herself. True happiness has to come from sharing it as well as leaving it to others when one exits from being.


  3. Darling says:

    Btw, the way the Rulers govern us does affect our well-being.

    BUT, that should not stop or prevent any sane man from pursuing his/her ideal of a wholesome existence in forming a family as all species does.

    State Policies are supposed to cater to the best possible for the benefit of the people. When the Rulers have failed in their duty,



  4. agongkia says:

    Occupation after retirement? I like.
    But there is no such thing as retirement to people like me. If there is, my occupation after retirement will not be converting wine or beer into urine as it cannot inspire anything or benefit anyone. I prefer to be more productive. I intend to spent my time after retirement, if there is for me, at the MRT entrance daily, helping to look out for terrorist or pickpocket. But my target is only Swee Char Bor.

    • Only MRT stations got Swee Char Bor? Actually you can find them everywhere. Even on the Internet. Not necessarily at NRT stns.

  5. Drunkard says:

    Those who like to convert drinks to urine and those who like swee char bo, Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam) will be your heaven. Drinks are cheap and char no definitely swee(beautiful).

      • Drunkard says:

        Get Agongkia to go along and maybe set up homes there.

        • All of us go together and set up homes there lah. Costs of living so much lower. No yellow box to look out. Can also park your car as you like so long you don’t cause obstruction. No ERP parking at all. No summons to worry. Not so stressful like Sg where we got to look out for traffic wardens or yellow box in a coffeeshop to relax. What sort of life here? Got meaning?

        • agongkia says:

          Thanks.Not a bad idea to set up homes there but HCM is not my choice yet.
          And I dun think Watlum Garmen will welcome immigrant like me like how you people welcome foreigners here.
          You should bring Gintai along next time .Can drink beer like drinking kopi.
          I may join you guys one day.

  6. Drunkard says:

    Play safe, recce the place.
    See if U can communicate with the Vietnamese.
    English is of little use there, a pariah language
    Sell yr 4 rm HDB can buy a much bigger house
    there under your lover’s name but not in yr name lah.

    Take half a million Sin$$ there and let yr lover run
    a business and U be the managing director.

    U shake legs and urine more but make sure the
    pipe flows well, otherwise the mistress will change the tap
    or change her home.

  7. Gintai,
    Don’t leave me out!

  8. jack says:

    In Singapore you convert urine to drinking water .You collect rubbish in Singapore as mean off

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