RedditPinShareTweetShareClipVibeWhatsAppTelegramPrintEmail0 SharesAs some of you know, I’m back in good old, lovely Metro Manila since the beginning of this year. No, Korea didn’t kick me out. I left semi voluntarily. And since this is my first post since coming back, I will indulge in one of the favorite past times of Balikbayans – comparing the Philippines with the country they just left behind. So in the grand tradition of generations of Balikbayans who are horrified to realize how backward *everything* is in here, despite having lived in this country for decades before moving to a new country, I present you
RedditPinShareTweetShareClipVibeWhatsAppTelegramPrintEmail0 SharesIt’s been a minute since I last updated this blog and I feel I have so much to share that I don’t know where to begin. I spent the last few months taking a long sabbatical from many things to concentrate on work, motherhood, mental health, and of course, wealth-building. But before I get into that story, I wish to apologize to my readers who were waiting for any updates on this blog and thank everyone who sent me messages asking about my whereabouts and general well-being. I am alive and doing well so far, although I
RedditPinShare20TweetShareClipVibeWhatsAppTelegramPrintEmail20 SharesNow 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
RedditPinShare16TweetShareClipVibeWhatsAppTelegramPrintEmail16 SharesSince 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
RedditPinShare32TweetShareClipVibeWhatsAppTelegramPrintEmail32 SharesI 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
RedditPinShare1TweetShareClipVibeWhatsAppTelegramPrintEmail1 SharesI’m a bit nervous about revealing my net worth online because I’m usually a very private person and would rather keep these things to myself. But if I’m going to commit to my financial literacy advocacy, I think it’s a great idea to write regular net worth updates in this blog. Plus Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat Pray Love) told me that I should give myself permission to be more open and start sharing some personal things. At first I was actually scared to write down my net worth because I felt I didn’t do enough to improve
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