5 January 2021 marks my 10th work anniversary. It's hard to believe 10 years have flown by since I first started work. Felt like it wasn't that long ago when we took the photo above during our new hire orientation at Sheraton Imperial KL.
Breakdown of our investment portfolio from 2017 - 2019
As a follow up on this post from 2018, it's time to revisit how our retirement savings strategy is going and review the breakdown of our investment portfolio. We're still in the accumulation phase and our savings/investments are pretty much on auto-pilot mode, with focus on maximizing all tax-advantaged accounts first. While we're nowhere near the withdrawal phase yet, it's important to do a periodic check to make sure our investment portfolio is 'well-balanced' for future withdrawals.
2020 hasn't been a good year for the world, but thankfully this has been a great year for K-dramas. I decided to watch the new drama "18 Again" and ended up on another 20-hour binge-watch marathon, finishing all 16 episodes in one go. Honestly, I wasn't expecting much from this remake of Zac Efron's movie "17 Again", but this heartwarming drama is so good I would strongly recommend it to everyone.
Here we go again with another round of Covid cancellations. It has been 5 months since the 'shut down' began in the US, and I don't even know what else to say anymore about how poorly this country has handled the pandemic, as compared to the rest of the world (including many 'third-world' countries).
For the next 4 weeks, I was supposed to be traveling back to Malaysia, spend 2 weeks home, attend a wedding, then meet up with hubby for a week-long trip in Japan. Obviously, all these are not happening. When I published this post in March, I was still hopeful that things would get better by now but obviously nope. The borders for most countries are still closed and international travel is still very much restricted. As of now, we have already cancelled/postponed two planned trips. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the world will figure out a way to get back to some sort of normalcy over the next few months. Or else, 2020 will officially be the "cancelled" year.
It's hard to believe that it has been 10 years since I started my career in Malaysia, and this is already my 6th year working in the US. I recently read a book called "Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling", and it made me reflect on my own experiences over the past 6 years, learning and navigating the American corporate culture. More importantly, it made me realize how much Confucian values (which is found in many Asian cultures) influenced my mindset, shaped my characters and behaviors in the workplace.
I haven't paid much attention to K-dramas over the past few years and the last drama I watched was probably 3 - 4 years ago. However, Crash Landing on You (CLOY) caught my interest, mainly because of Hyun Bin and I'm a sucker for romantic comedies. I was happy when I found out that it is on Netflix and ended up binge-watching all 16 episodes within 2 days. It has been more than a month since I finished watching the drama and I still can't get over it, horrible I know. I've watched all the BTS clips, interviews, and listened to the OST countless times in the past month. Yes, I'm obsessed with it but this has been a great distraction away from the whole Covid situation.
The world is currently battling a war against an invisible enemy and we are living through unprecedented times. The Covid-19 crisis is said to be the worst crisis since WWII. The impact of this crisis have been and will be felt across all aspects of our lives, and it will certainly change the world we once know, for better or worse.
We're only 3 months into the new decade and oh my, it feels like we've been through a decade already! The past 2 weeks had been crazy and it shows how quick and drastically things can change. Unfortunately, it looks like we're just in the beginning of this roller-coaster ride with no end in sight..
We have just returned from our Hawaii trip and it is going to take some time before I finish editing all the photos and posting the trip reports. In the meantime, I wanted to share how we planned for this trip using points and miles to reduce our costs significantly. Long story short, the entire planning process took about 10 months with multiple changes in between, which explains this lengthy post.
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