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

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 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 13: Will You Be Missed When You’re Gone?

A few days ago, I listened to Seth Godin’s interview on Untemplater about his entrepreneurial endeavour. It is interesting how he reminded Jun about dozens of his past failures which have been dwarfed by his successes. True to his style, Seth provided sharp and inspirational advice to his audience. While his advice about being passionate … Continue reading

Day 11: Designing Your Life with Savings Snowball

Most PF bloggers talk about the legendary debt snowball method but only a few who discuss about savings snowball. Since the method is simple and efficient, why not apply it in other areas too? The goal of this exercise is to utilise your extra cash efficiently and design the life you wish. By listing your … Continue reading

Day 6: Four Reasons I’m Not A Diva (And Neither Are You)

Facing possible unemployment can be nerve-wracking. But it has opened up  possibilities I didn’t think about before. After three days of soul-searching, I came up with the idea of being a… diva. Merriam-Webster defines diva as a prima donna; a usually glamorous and successful female performer or personality. These days, anyone wearing outfit two sizes … Continue reading

Day 1: The Game Plan

Ahh, 2010 is finally here! I’d been looking forward to it. My beloved and I started the year merrily by having a delicious breakfast and watching the visually fabulous Avatar (did I hear “2-D plot on a 3-D movie”?). It has been a lovely, lovely day. Now it’s time to get serious. I have planned … Continue reading

Is Frugality the New Superiority?

We’ve heard the stories before; a couple with average income who managed to rack up $200k in consumer debt, a guy who had to declare bankruptcy due to overspending or a woman who toted a Gucci handbag while lining up for the meal van. These stories are run on various TV shows, magazines, newspapers and … Continue reading