Life and Net Worth Updates
Net Worth Report

Mid-Year Life and Net Worth and Updates

I know it’s technically not the middle of the year anymore but in my defense, I have three points: I published my last net worth update in March 2020 Many people are confused about what day or month it is due to being cooped up at home to avoid COVID-19. Time no longer feels real Most importantly, this is my site and I can do whatever I want Having said that, I want to share with you, gorgeous readers, my latest, mid-year net worth update as well as what I’ve been up to in the past six months.  Here’s my

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Things that will financially tide me over the epidemic
Personal Updates

5 Things That Will Financially Tide Me Over The Epidemic

Now that the entire world is being ravaged by the novel coronavirus, I feel paralyzed.  Although we felt the effects of the COVID-19 epidemic here in South Korea ahead of the rest of the world (with the exception of China), I wasn’t as scared then as I am now. Now that the epidemic have reached almost all parts of the world including the Philippines, I’m like a deer caught in the headlights. I don’t know what to do, I can’t focus on tasks, I’m scared for humanity. I’m scared for my loved ones back home. I’m scared for my child.

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Net Worth Update - March 2020
Net Worth Report

March 2020 Net Worth Update – In the midst of the coronavirus epidemic

As you may have noticed, the world has gone absolutely insane in the past three months. Since the start of the year, the stock markets I’ve been investing in were on a downward spiral due to the COVID-19 epidemic. Millions of people are in lockdown and still no cure or vaccine in sight. I read how the Spanish flu killed millions in 1918-1920 and I hope I’m wrong but what’s going on right now has the same energy. So what I’m saying is, worrying about the decreasing value of my retirement portfolio seems asinine at this moment, especially given the

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The Ultimate Guide to Gyeongju South Korea
Travel

The Ultimate Guide to Gyeongju, South Korea

When you ask Koreans which place you should visit if you’re interested in their country’s history, they would unanimously tell you to go to Gyeongju, located in North Gyeongsang Province.    Gyeongju was the capital of the Silla Dynasty which ruled the Korean Peninsula more than 2,000 years ago. Then called Seorabeol, it was the center of political and cultural life in the peninsula and home of beautiful Korean Buddhist art originating from Korea’s earliest history. Because of this, the ancient history, art, and artifacts of Gyeongju are distinct from the Joseon heritage that we usually see and experience in

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A Decade In Review
Psychology of Money

A Decade in Review

Since it’s the start of a new decade, I can’t help but reminisce and look back to the last 10 years, both to see how far I’ve come and to remind myself of how far I need to go. I’ve always been open about sharing with you guys how I grew up in poverty and the reasons why want to achieve financial independence. If you haven’t read that post yet and you’re curious, go to Why I Want to FIRE – A Personal Tale of Early Woes and Awesome Wins. Despite my disadvantaged background, I worked hard to get out of

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Why I want to FIRE
FIRE

Why I Want to FIRE – A Personal Tale of Early Woes and Awesome Wins

I was in yoga class one night when I realized that I’ve been speaking to you guys about money and ways to achieve financial goals but you barely know anything about me, Katie Scarlett. After bringing this fact up to my son, I decided to be more open with you guys. I want to share with you why I want to achieve financial independence and early retirement (FIRE). I feel privileged that so many of you have shared your stories and goals with me privately via email or Facebook messenger. And to balance that out, I think it’s now my

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Crossing the Turkmenistan-UzbekistanBorder
Travel

Crossing the Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan Border

I was given a four-day transit visa by Turkmenistan immigration so I had to leave on time or risk deportation (probably, maybe).After my overnight stay in the Darvaza Gas Crater, fittingly dubbed the Door to Hell by people for its creepy but romantic (a combination that doesn’t work for people) ambience at night then a mid-morning stroll looking at the ruins of Konye-Urgench, I opted to cross the border to Uzbekistan from Konye-Urgench instead of from Dashoguz.  I was worried that I won’t have enough time to get out of Turkmenistan if I travel from Konye-Urgench to Dashoguz, which Sergey

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Konye-Urgench
Travel

The Beautiful Ruins of Konye-Urgench

After saying goodbye to the Darvaza Gas Crater, we took off for a short tour of Konye-Urgench before I cross the border to Uzbekistan. We left at 9 a.m. since Konye-Urgench is 270 kilometers away, or around 3 and a half hours of driving.  I really debated with myself whether or not I will visit Konye-Urgench. My next destination after exiting Turkmenistan was the former slave trading town of Khiva, now in Uzbekistan. The nearest border exit going to Khiva is through Dashoguz, around 2 hours away from Konye-Urgench, and it was reportedly easier to get a cab to Khiva

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Book Review: Quit Like A Millionaire
Products Services and Reviews

Review: Quit Like A Millionaire by Kristy Shen and Bryce Leung

As a personal finance education enthusiast, I love finding new PF literature that gives me new ideas. In the more than 15 years of consuming personal finance books and blogs, I’ve come to notice that many inevitably explore more or less the same ideas, with the best ones giving you a new a take on old wisdom and the bad ones being just basically bad rewording of personal finance classics. So it’s always such a surprise when I encounter works that combine existing knowledge with a different perspective while giving new and original ideas that make you think. That’s why

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Katie Scarlett

Katie Scarlett

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