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Let’s Go Exploring! Ubud, Bali: An Instagrammer’s Paradise

Note: This post was written before the pandemic. We are still in Toronto and I put up this post for everyone who, like me, can’t wait to get out there and travel again Some places leave footprints in our hearts, transform our minds, and we are better for having visited it. They are so breathtakingly beautiful; we never ever want to leave. Bali…was not one of those places. Sorry to disappoint you, but my description was actually about Chiang Mai. I was hoping Bali would be another such place. But sadly, Bali did not live up to my expectations. So […]

How To Rewire Your Anxious Brain

As an anxious person, I don’t do well with lack of control. With seemingly no end to this pandemic and no idea when or if we’ll ever be able to travel again, I’ve had to develop a routine to save my sanity. I found out about this morning routine from Chautauquan friends back in October, last year, when we travelled with them to Ireland. “You’ve never heard of Miracle Morning?” Dan asked, incredulous. Ugh. It’s one of those woo-woo “think yourself happy” mantras, I thought to myself. No thanks. As a logical person, anything with the words “miracle”, “secret” and […]

Reader Case: Real Estate Regret

Today’s case study came with an irresistible subject line, and before you all start accusing me of making that headline up for the clicks, it was the reader who came up with it, so shaddup. CASE STUDY – Real Estate Regret ————————– Hello FIRECracker and Wanderer, I binge read your entire blog! I am also an East Asian female who used to work in IT. And it’s really great reading about you guys! Finally I feel represented in the FIRE space! I’ve been pursuing Financial Independence since 2015, but I only started reading your blog 1 month ago, since I […]

How The Hell Are We Going To Pay For All This Stimulus?

As we enter the seventh month dealing with this damned pandemic, governments around the world have unleashed unprecedented spending in order to prop up companies, provide wage subsidies for laid off or furloughed workers, or just straight-up handing over cash to its citizens. This has been, to put it mildly, HUGELY expensive. The US government is projecting a deficit of about $3.8 TRILLION dollars, and that’s just this year. In Canada, our deficit is projected to hit $343 billion, with COVID-related subsidy programs costing about $212 billion dollars. To put that in comparison, Canada’s budget for its entire military for […]

How Self-Isolation Taught Me About Happiness

At the beginning of this year, our calendar was packed. We were going to fly to Austin for a Google talk, go to L.A for a documentary, fly to St.Louis to speak at the Financial Freedom Summit, visit friends in Colorado, and somewhere along the way, fit in a talk at a female empowerment retreat, and a silent ten day meditation retreat/Vipassana. I never thought I’d get back on a treadmill after quitting work, but inadvertently that’s exactly what we did. By saying yes to everything, we had no time to think or reflect. That all changed with the pandemic. […]

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