Relationships

The Pros & Cons Of Our Intercultural Marriage

The Pros & Cons Of Our Intercultural Marriage

As you can tell from the title, today I will talk about the pros and cons of my intercultural marriage to Mr. FAF. Intercultural marriage is defined in this post as a marriage between two people from two different cultures. I was born and raised […]

Time To Freak Out: My Mom Can’t Help Us With Our 2nd Baby

Time To Freak Out: My Mom Can’t Help Us With Our 2nd Baby

You read the title right. My mom is not coming to DC to help us with our second baby. Her US visa application was rejected. And the interviewer at the US consulate in Vietnam didn’t tell her why. Earlier this year, I announced our second […]

Hubby Decided To Travel Alone. And This Is What Happened.

Hubby Decided To Travel Alone. And This Is What Happened.

After writing the What To Do When Your Spouse Wants To Travel Alone post, I got so many comments from you all saying that it’s normal for Mr. FAF to want to travel by himself. Some also expressed their confusion as to why I was […]

Lending Money To Friends Can Ruin A Friendship. This Is My Story.

Lending Money To Friends Can Ruin A Friendship. This Is My Story.

Mr. FAF and I have lent money to our friends a couple of times. I know it’s not a good idea and can ruin a friendship. But when someone who has helped us so much is in difficulty, we just can’t say no to them, […]

What’s It Like Being Married To A Software Engineer?

What’s It Like Being Married To A Software Engineer?

We all love our spouses for who they are regardless of their job title (for the most part). However, if your spouse is in a certain profession, over time you might notice certain traits and behavior that are peculiar to their occupation. Mr. FAF and […]

How We Celebrated Our Son’s Birthday For $57

How We Celebrated Our Son’s Birthday For $57

Our son just turned three years old. Time flies! I still remember the first night we brought him back from the hospital. It was 1 AM, and he was wide awake looking around the room, probably wondering where he was. Our son celebrated his first […]

The Financial Implications of Having A Baby While In Grad School

The Financial Implications of Having A Baby While In Grad School

When I announced my second pregnancy and our five financial plans earlier this year, I was overwhelmed with the positive feedback from you all. Many of you complimented us on our careful planning for the second baby and said that we would be great parents. […]

Do You Trust Your Spouse 100% With Money & Other Aspects In Life? I Don’t.

Do You Trust Your Spouse 100% With Money & Other Aspects In Life? I Don’t.

The title of this post might seem shocking to you. But I just couldn’t find any more fitting title to summarize the main idea of this post. And most importantly, the title truly reflects what I think about my husband: Mr. FAF. You might be […]

The Benefits & Challenges Of Raising Multilingual Children

The Benefits & Challenges Of Raising Multilingual Children

Whenever I tell my friends and colleagues that I am Vietnamese while Mr. FAF is Chinese, I always get the same question from them: “What languages will you teach your kids?” I always give them the most ideal answer: all three languages (English, Chinese Mandarin, […]

How We Are Keeping Up With The Joneses

How We Are Keeping Up With The Joneses

Mr. FAF and I live in a townhouse community. There are a lot of young couples who are close to our age. We don’t hang out with them on a regular basis. But we usually say hi and have a quick chat when we see […]

Our 7 Expectations For Our Son

Our 7 Expectations For Our Son

When someone asks me what I want our son to be in the future, I always tell them one thing and one thing only: I want him to be happy. Me I grew up with lots of pressure from my parents, which caused me to […]

What To Do When You Feel Like A Loser

What To Do When You Feel Like A Loser

The comment on Facebook It was a quiet Saturday afternoon. Mr. FAF was playing video games in his study room while I was scrolling down the feeds on Facebook. Suddenly, I saw a congratulatory comment on the¬†Facebook¬†page of someone I know. It read something like […]