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Day 25: Being 37 is Sexy

In 2008, the government held Australia 2020 Summit where 1000 brilliant minds participated in discussions on Australia’s long term development and desired future as a nation in 2020. On a smaller scale (but not less important), Ninja challenged us yesterday to write a letter to our future self in 10 years. To be honest, I … Continue reading

Yakezie Newsletter #1

Yakezie Invasion on Wisebread The Yakezie group has been making tremendous progress. In the beginning, there was only a few Yakezie members listed on the first page of Wisebread blog. As of today, we have 16 active members present on the Wisebread’s top 100 financial blogs. They are: 1.   Financial Samurai (21) 2.   Eliminate the … Continue reading

Day 24: You Are What You See

The other night, my beloved scored a couple of free tickets to The Barber of Seville opera and invited me to come along during the day. I was in my “my-boss-is-not-in-the-office” uniform of jeans, tank top and sneakers and ready to say no. But I remembered the last time we went out for an opera … Continue reading

Day 23: Is Travelling Worth Your Money?

A growing trend within the PF blogosphere shows a preference for spending money on “experience” rather than  “stuff”. Like the last wave of feel-good-new-age-movement (Hello, The Secret), this idea is immediately embraced by most of us because it appeals to our idea of happiness and good life. Who doesn’t like holidays? It’s as if this … Continue reading

Day 22: Where Do You Draw Inspiration?

A boy and a girl cheekily posed next to a red Ferrari while their mother took a picture. They were so enthralled by the first take, both insisted to have a couple more. The other adults, who were part of the group, stood a cautious distance from the excitement, probably slightly embarrassed. It was an … Continue reading

The 200K Yakezie Roundup (and some personal note)

It’s Saturday here, and there’s nothing more relaxing than reading what my fellow Yakezie members wrote. Being in the group has been an interesting and, at the same time, confusing experience to me. Even more baffling than the hail we just had. It’s just the beginning of autumn here, but we still have 30+ degrees … Continue reading

Day 21: A Dull Monday Morning in Australia…

… or is it? For those of you curious how we start the week here in Australia, you’re in luck! This is how we do it! Spencer Tunick visits Australia for the 2010 Mardi Gras and took photos of 5200 naked people in front of the iconic Opera House. Check out the photos here*. No, … Continue reading

Day 20: A 4000-Word Story About the Circle of Life

Special thanks to public members of City of Darebin for the inspiring “art installation”. Seriously folks, return the bloody trolleys already!!

Day 19: How to Pay Off Your Mortgage in Record Time

When we bought our house a couple of years ago, we already had credit card debt, two car loans and a margin loan (shares investment loan). We estimated that it would take 10 years to pay off the mortgage and other debts. However, with aggressive lifestyle adjustments we have been doing in the past 1.5 … Continue reading

Day 18: Why You Should Visit New Zealand

New Zealand has a lot to offer to the rest of the world. However, being a small country in a middle of Pacific Ocean means some people only knew about its existence after watching Lord of the Rings movies. I’m not going to talk much about its culture, people, lifestyle because I find them quite … Continue reading

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