Relationships

Money & The Self-imposed Resentment

Money & The Self-imposed Resentment

Mr. FAF and I have a generally happy marriage. I said “generally” because we do face problems in our marriage. Sometimes it takes only a brief conversation to address the issue at hand. Sometimes our conflict resurfaces multiple times until it’s resolved with a huge […]

How We Are Preparing To Welcome Our 2nd Baby

How We Are Preparing To Welcome Our 2nd Baby

We like planning One thing Mr. FAF and I have in common is that we like planning for the future. We have short-term plans for the weekend, mid-term plans for the end of the year, and long-term plans for our kids, our retirement, and everything […]

What Has Surprised Me About My 2nd Pregnancy

What Has Surprised Me About My 2nd Pregnancy

When I made the announcement about my second pregnancy in February this year, I was overwhelmed with the great feedback and encouragement I received from you all. Over the past five months I have experienced a lot of change in terms of our financial plans, […]

Dating, Marriage, Income & Background – Why They All Matter

Dating, Marriage, Income & Background – Why They All Matter

Itching to move out I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this on my blog, but I have a little sister. She’s 24 years old and currently lives in Vietnam. Recently, her company asked her if she wanted to be transferred to their office in Malaysia. […]

5 Hidden Benefits Of The 9-5

5 Hidden Benefits Of The 9-5

Most bloggers in the personal finance community I’ve encountered don’t like their 9-5 and can’t wait to achieve financial independence (FI) to get out of that grind. The harsh feeling might stem from an incompetent/unfair boss, annoying co-workers or the pure nature of the work […]

Are House Repairs Bad For Marriage?

Are House Repairs Bad For Marriage?

Mr. FAF and I argue pretty much every time something needs to be repaired at our house. It’s hard to pinpoint the one reason that that’s the case. When Mr. FAF and I lived in different cities, I handled all of our hour repairs. After […]

How Our Lives Have Changed After My Mother-in-law Left

How Our Lives Have Changed After My Mother-in-law Left

It’s official. My mother-in-law left (MIL) for China in early June after staying with us for a year. We are deeply grateful for all of her help. No one else (except for my mom) would do what she did for us. However, as I’m sure […]

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 […]