Relationships

6 Financial Expectations In Asian Families

6 Financial Expectations In Asian Families

I recently wrote a post about how Mr. FAF and I bought a house in Washington DC. I brought up the fact that my in-laws helped us with the down payment as they considered it their responsibility to help their son, Mr. FAF, buy a […]

The Pros & Cons Of Living With In-laws

The Pros & Cons Of Living With In-laws

If you are Asian, you probably are not surprised that many young couples live with their parents even after they get married. It happens a lot in Asia and still does in America. I have Asian American friends who have lived and are planning to […]

What Growing Up Poor Has Taught Me About Money And Relationships

What Growing Up Poor Has Taught Me About Money And Relationships

Growing up poor in a low-income family in Vietnam has had a tremendous impact on my personality and outlook on life. I remember those days when I succumbed to my insecurities in high school and kept wishing my parents were wealthy. I was sitting next […]

How Programming Has Changed My Marriage: The Good, Bad & Ugly

How Programming Has Changed My Marriage: The Good, Bad & Ugly

It’s been almost 5 months since I first discovered the world of computer programming. I can only describe those 5 months with two words: Time flies! It started with me forcing myself to learn Python to get a new job and progressed to me marveling […]

Fighting About A $2 Trash Can – How Hubby & I Welcomed 2019

Fighting About A $2 Trash Can – How Hubby & I Welcomed 2019

After we paid off the mortgage in November 2018, Ikea became our new place to hang out on the weekends besides Home Depot and Costco. I know Ikea furniture is considered average for a lot of people. But when hubby and I were paying off […]

Why I Gave My Sister $7,000 For Her Wedding

Why I Gave My Sister $7,000 For Her Wedding

As some of you might know, I have a younger sister, who is currently in Vietnam. The last time I mentioned her on my blog, she was considering going to Malaysia for a new career opportunity. As the story goes, she started dating someone, and […]

How We Celebrated Our 5th Year Anniversary for $75

How We Celebrated Our 5th Year Anniversary for $75

It’s official. Mr. FAF and I have celebrated our 5th year anniversary this year. Our budget was $100, and we spent $75 in total (including tip) at a seafood restaurant called Hot N Juicy in Falls Church, Virginia. It sounds simple and happy enough. But […]

Would You Have Dated Your Partner If They Made $500,000/year?

Would You Have Dated Your Partner If They Made $500,000/year?

The other night I woke up at 2 AM to do the usual breastfeeding for our baby, who then decided to not fall back to sleep and stay up until 4 AM. Usually during that late night staying up with the baby, I’ll check the […]

8 Things Hubby & I Have Fought About: Money, Intimacy, Careers, etc.

8 Things Hubby & I Have Fought About: Money, Intimacy, Careers, etc.

One thing Mr. FAF and I have been discussing lately is how we want to celebrate our 5th year anniversary, which is coming up in less than a month. Our tradition over the past year has been going to a steak house that’s close to […]

Life With 2 Kids & Living With The FIL: An Update From Our Family

Life With 2 Kids & Living With The FIL: An Update From Our Family

It’s been almost two months since I announced the birth of our baby girl. As I am typing this post, she’s sleeping in a vibrating bouncy chair right next to me. The weather in DC is getting colder to prepare for the winter and the […]

Why My FIL Is Coming To Help Us With Our 2nd Baby – Our Fight & Career Opportunity

Why My FIL Is Coming To Help Us With Our 2nd Baby – Our Fight & Career Opportunity

As I am typing this post, my father-in-law (FIL) is preparing to get on a plane to fly from China to the US to help us with our baby. Mr. FAF and his dad made the decision just a week ago, and now our plans […]

How We Keep Our Monthly Expenses At $2,200 With A New Baby (sans Mortgage & Daycare)

How We Keep Our Monthly Expenses At $2,200 With A New Baby (sans Mortgage & Daycare)

Before our second baby’s arrival, Mr. FAF and I prepared ourselves mentally and financially for big expenses whether it’s a medical bill, Chinese take-out, or baby-related items. Although we wanted to save money, we also understood that our spending might go through the roof, at […]