Jim's last work place was at the Singapore Turf Club now known as Turf City, a place where there are many restaurants and eateries. The place used to be a race course until around the year 2000 where it was relocated to the present Kranji Race Track. Yes, Jim was an ex steward working for a race horse punting syndicate back in the late 1900s.
Punting illegally through the bookies for his bosses was the main part of Jim's work. He was young and energetic and could earn as much as $10,000 a month at the turf club as compared to his SIA salary of $3,000 a month. He only worked on weekends. On weekdays, Jim worked as a chicken rice stall assistant.
Jim has since left the horse racing scene and today, he owns 3 chicken rice restaurants. I was told Jim's profits from his chicken rice business was about $50,000 a month. It was a very big income for an ex steward. Had Jim stayed back as a cabin crew, he would probably be an inflight supervisor earning about $8,000 a month. What a pale comparison when compared to his earnings at his chicken rice business! Well done Jim!