• FIRE,  Life,  Work

    1 Simple Step for Personal Finance Beginners

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes What’s up everyone! How’s it going? Had a very interesting discussion at lunch with some work colleagues today. As you all know, we live in Sydney, Australia – an absolutely amazing place to be. Unfortunately that awesomeness is offset by the supreme cost of living, quid pro quo as they say! And this was the topic with my colleagues. One of them recently had a baby, and he was telling us about a trick he is employing for their future. Well, it’s not necessarily a trick but more of a life hack. Basically the guy loves Bubble/Boba teas, often guzzling 3 or 4 a DAY. So…

  • Alternatives,  Economy,  Life

    The Machines Are Coming

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes G’day all! I was having dinner with my long-time chum DeeSee this week and we reminisced a lot about our high school days. He has an upcoming class reunion to mark 15 years since graduation. FIFTEEN! Makes me friggin’ old just thinking about it. During our convo, we talked about how much change has occurred since. As a financial journalist, DeeSee has the perfect bird’s eye view of the trends and topics going on in the world today. One of the biggest change we discussed, is the rise of the machines. Now, as much as you might have enjoyed Arnie and Sarah Connor and Skynet, you’d…

  • Life

    Fragile or Anti-Fragile?

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes What’s up everyone! How’s our weekends coming along? A big hello to our Northern hemisphere cousins – hoping that you guys are enjoying the Northern Summer as it sl-ow-ly creeps along, don’t worry – it’ll get there! Meanwhile, yours truly experienced a very rare event last night… We went to “take in a show” at the iconic Sydney Opera House. Well, rather we went to support MrsFrugalSamurai’s Mum as she performed as part of the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs. I quite enjoyed myself surprisingly, chiefly because my own singing voice has oft been compared to a duck not having a good time. MrsFrugalSamurai has always said she…

  • Life

    R.I.P. Christchurch

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes Crazy, crazy, crazy. That’s the reaction we had when we first heard of the tragic incident unfolding in Christchurch, New Zealand. You see usually, on Friday afternoon, I’d be winding down – maybe even having a drink or two with my work colleagues as we pat ourselves on the back for another week down. But I remember that this Friday I was going full TILT. Been a pretty full-on couple of weeks actually and this week was no different. And then we heard the news… Or rather, I first received the actual 16 minute video the shooter live streamed BEFORE knowing what was going on. Initially…

  • Life,  Work

    7 Ways to Handle a Hard Day

    Reading Time: 3 Minutes Oh WHAT a turd of a week it’s been guys. It’s weeks like this one when I just wanna come home after a HARD day’s work and, to quote a scholar “make sweet, tender love with my baby, and cry in her arms until we fall asleep”. Hahahaha, that scholar makes me laugh. But truth be told, it has been a trying week. Got a couple of urgent deadlines due as well as a FLOOD of maintenance requests for multiple properties, on TOP of not sleeping well AND feeling under the weather. Boohoo to TheFrugalSamurai – he’s doing it tough. But I am determined to not…