When we are young and able-bodied, we tend to go through life as if we are immortal, and death is a 'taboo' topic. However, the following 'Note before I die' written by 26 years-young Holly serves as a good reminder for us make the most of every second we have to live a better life, because we never know if tomorrow or tragedy will come first. Her note also reminds me of a quote from the book "Tuesdays with Morrie" by Mitch Albom - Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live. Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to jinx anyone here. The point is, when you acknowledge that life is finite and each day is a gift, you learn to truly appreciate everything you have around you.
Scroll on to read the rest of her life advice....
When I booked the flights for our round-the-world trip, I knew that the travel would be intense with several red-eye flights and long layovers. Even better, they are all in economy. =P You can say we are crazy, but that's the benefit of being young, do it while we can right? Fortunately, we had access to United Club and Star Alliance lounges in various airports, thanks to the United Club Card (read on to find out how we got it for free). Having lounge access certainly made our travels much more enjoyable and comfortable.
So which lounges have we visited?
Many people have the misconception that saving money or being frugal is all about delayed gratification. While I do agree that some sacrifices have to be made now in exchange for financial freedom in the future, I am also a strong proponent of living in the present and enjoying the journey along the way. These two may sound contradicting but pursuing financial independence doesn't mean we should put off our happiness until we reach the finish line. After all, we never know if tomorrow or tragedy will come first.
Hubby's retro haul from our recent trip to Tokyo.
In August 2017, we embarked on a trip around-the-world visiting 5 countries:
Having worked and lived in two countries, I've had the opportunity to experience the differences in cost of living between the two places I call home - Penang, Malaysia and Huntsville, Alabama.
1 Dec 2014...the day I pressed the 'reset' button and started my career anew in this country. It's hard to believe that 3 years have flown by!
Turning 30 is a milestone worth celebrating. For many of my peers and friends who were born in 1987, this is our year. I reckon that at some point during the year, we've spent some time doing some self-reflection, and maybe give ourselves a pat on the back for what we've accomplished thus far.
While planning for our trip to Cape Town, we knew we wanted to explore several scenic areas outside of the city, and the best option was to rent a car. Note that South Africa is a right-hand drive country (i.e. drive on the left side of the road, steering wheel on the right side of the car), that means it's a total opposite of driving in the US. If you're up for the challenge, read on.
Have you ever envisioned how your lifetime will look like in the form of a table?
This is how a typical lifetime looks like for most people (based on the assumption that we're healthy and lucky enough to live till 75). Looks normal isn't it?
During our recent Round-the-World trip, we had a 12-hour layover in London en route to Cape Town, South Africa. I've visited London before but hubby hasn't, so instead of waiting all day in the airport, we decided to take the opportunity to explore the city. Here's what we did...
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