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The Balikbayan Special
Personal Updates

The Balikbayan Special, or Hindi Ganyan sa South Korea!

PinShareTweetShare0 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

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ust minding myself and
Personal Updates

Hello, I hope to stick around this time

PinShareTweetShare0 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

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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

PinShareTweetShare0 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

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A Decade In Review
Psychology of Money

A Decade in Review

PinShareTweetShare0 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

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Why I want to FIRE

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

PinShareTweetShare0 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

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Katie Scarlett

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