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6 Things Americans Do That I Don’t Get

6 Things Americans Do That I Don’t Get

I was born and raised in Asia and came to America at the age of 18 for college. I have been living in the US for 12 years. Although it’s almost half of my lifetime, it’s definitely not long enough for me to absorb and […]

5 Things I’m Grateful For In 2019 (Thanksgiving Edition)

5 Things I’m Grateful For In 2019 (Thanksgiving Edition)

Another holiday season is just around the corner. Sometimes I just can’t fathom how fast the summer flew by. Our baby girl was sick pretty much most of the summer, so Mr. FAF and I didn’t go on any long trips outside of DC. We […]

How We Got Our Green Cards & What That Means For Us!

How We Got Our Green Cards & What That Means For Us!

The title says it all. We got our green cards! We are now permanent residents of the US. As some of you may know, Mr. FAF and I came to the US on a student visa. After graduating from school, we found a full-time job […]

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 Being Poor Helps Me Be Happier In Life

How Being Poor Helps Me Be Happier In Life

I have never met anyone who says they want to be poor. If anything, we all try our best to accumulate wealth and get out of the vicious cycle of poverty that can stifle our mind, emotions, and future. I grew up in a poor […]

18 Items to Buy for Your Baby for $500 Total

18 Items to Buy for Your Baby for $500 Total

As a frugal person/mom/wife, I always try to find free and low-cost yet quality items for my family to cut costs. It started out as a necessity since both Mr. FAF and I were two poor grad students when we had our firstborn. Mr. FAF […]

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 […]

Why We Decided To Cancel Our Trip To Austin This Summer & What We Plan To Do Instead

Why We Decided To Cancel Our Trip To Austin This Summer & What We Plan To Do Instead

Summer is finally here! I am so excited about all the fun summer activities, especially picnics, pool parties, and potlucks, most of which have to do with eating (hehe). Mr. FAF and I have also talking about going to Austin, Texas this summer. This is […]

Life Update: My Current Job & Learning A New Skill

Life Update: My Current Job & Learning A New Skill

I can’t believe it’s been almost two months since I published my last post about changing careers. You might be wondering what’s happened since. In this post, I’ll give you a quick update about my jobs, my new adventure, and our lives in general. 1. […]

Considering A Career Change To Programming – How It All Happened

Considering A Career Change To Programming – How It All Happened

In my last post, I wrote about a potential layoff I was facing and the midlife crisis I suddenly found myself in. From the beginning of December 2018 to the end of January 2019 (practically two months), I was lost, scared, and distressed about not […]

My Time Has Come: Facing A Layoff – Lost, Scared & Self-pity

My Time Has Come: Facing A Layoff – Lost, Scared & Self-pity

On October 15, 2018, I wrote: “I am sure I will be in his shoe at one point in my career, and I will need his support as much as he needs mine at the moment.” I was talking about Mr. FAF’s fear of getting laid […]

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 […]