The Tang Ping Movement: Asia’s First Steps Towards Financial Independence

“Work has become Intolerable. Rest is resistance.” – New York Times on the “Lying Flat” movement I first heard about the “Tang Ping” (躺平) or “Lying Flat” movement from my Dad during a visit with my parents. For those of who’ve never heard of “Tang Ping” ( 躺平), it started with a 31-year-old factory worker in China named Luo Huazhong (social media nickname: “Kind-Hearted Traveler”), who posted a picture of himself this April, lying in bed, curtains drawn, to the popular Chinese site “Baidu”. In the caption, he put: “Lying Flat is Justice.” When asked why, he said he was protesting […]

Let’s Go Exploring! Atlantic Provinces Part 1: Halifax

Our original plan was to follow the results of our reader poll, leave the country and go to Madeira, Portugal. But then this happened: Passengers left on planes, sometimes for hours, due to Pearson COVID capacity limits ~~Toronto Sun That’s when I realized that even though we are both fully vaccinated, travel is STILL on hard mode, and staffing shortages means that travelling internationally is a nightmare. So, we did the next best thing. We decided to travel domestically and visit the Atlantic provinces instead (after all, as one reader pointed out, if we don’t go during the warm months, […]

Why Freedom Can Be Scary

I recently read a fascinating book called “In Order to Live” by North-Korean defector and survivor, Yeonmi Park. It’s an autobiography, telling the story of 13-years-old Yeonmi fleeing North Korea, becoming a victim of human trafficking in China, and eventually finding freedom in South Korea.  To say that she’s “had it bad” would be an understatement. She goes through so much that I wouldn’t even wish it on my worst enemy. I won’t spoil it, but let’s just say it was one of the most harrowing tales of escape I’ve ever read.  What struck me about this book was that, […]

The Cheat Code to Financial Independence

I first heard about making big bucks overseas from Andrew Hallam, a self-proclaimed “Millionaire Teacher” and author. That was way before I discovered FIRE, and now that I know about both, combining them to create a “cheat code” to FI makes perfect sense. The trick is to find a job in a country with something called a “territorial taxation” system, enabling you to keep 100% of your earnings, tax-free! Bonus points if your employer also covers your accommodations. After learning about this strategy from friends who became FI without a STEM degree or 6-figured salary, I realized that it’s a […]

Why Women Are Better At Investing

When I first started this blog, one of my mentors (a man) told me, “you’re going to have a huge disadvantage writing a finance blog as a woman. No man will ever read it.” (Millions of views and tens of thousands of subscribers later—half of which are men—he’s been proven wrong) In engineering school, I was outnumbered 8 to 100 as a woman by my male classmates. And finally, at work, there were two male bathrooms for every female bathroom to accommodate the high male-to-female ratio in my field. Women still earn 80 cents for every dollar a man makes. […]

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