• Mental Health,  Personal,  Personal Growth

    Self-Care Habits to Help Improve Your Well-Being

    The last few weeks have been trying times. My days go something like this: Wake up at 8 am (yes, that late), get ready, get to work by 9 am (yes, I live that close to work), work like a dog from 9 am until 6 pm non-stop, sometimes skipping lunch to hit the weekly KPIs, get home exhausted, throw some food together, eat while reading articles, then open up a new document, outline an article, write, check the time, go to bed at 12 am. Wash, rinse, repeat the next day. Needless to say, burnout is somewhere on the horizon for me. I’ve already had one breakdown about two…

  • Long Read,  Personal,  Personal Finance

    The Costs of Being A Woman: Why I’m Choosing Not To Pay Them

    This post comes after a lot of thought. Thoughts that I’ve mulled over for most of my twenties. Thoughts that have led to purchasing decisions, that have led to where I am today. The day after International Women’s Day, I was at a baby shower thrown for a heavily pregnant woman, who was a literal stranger to me. There I was, no idea who anyone was. To make the situation more awkward, I sat across a chatty young mom holding her 9-month-old girl precariously in her arms. “Only have children when you’re really ready for children,” she warned me. That struck me as odd coming from a new mom. In…

  • Personal,  Personal Growth,  Writing

    4 Ways To Be A Better Human Being To Others

    Author’s Note: This post is both a cheat and a self-reflection throwback kind of thing. December tends to be a hectic month for me every year because of Christmas, but now, added on top of it is trying to settle down in a new country and a new job. So, having space and time to write these past weeks haven’t been easy. To those still coming back here to read, thank you and I apologize for the lack of updates. Anyways, during my last days in KL while packing, I went through an old hard disk and found some really cringy pieces of writing that I’ve done in the past. Needless…

  • Author's Note,  Personal,  Writing

    Author’s Note #2

    These past weeks, I’ve contemplated my little corner here on the Internet. I’m always interested to analyze data and with the modest growth of readers here, I wanted to figure out who you are and what you like to read. From what I’ve gathered, so far my readers fall into two very separate demographics. One; investment kakis who know what I’m talking about without needing much explanation. Two; I also have readers who don’t share that same background, who are drawn by the more casual, relatable content.   In a conversation today with one of my editors, we had a disagreement over my writing style for certain topics, mainly the…

  • Author's Note,  Personal,  Writing

    Author’s Note #1

    Okay, sooo I’m just gonna cut right to it. As one reader pointed out, I’ve taken down Part 1 of “What is Share Margin Financing”. Yes, that’s because I wasn’t very happy with the quality of the work. Over the past week, as I sat down to write Part 2, I kept seeing some gaps and problems in my initial outline. I soon realized that the subject matter is much too complex and I won’t do it justice by approaching it the way I did. I’ve decided to revisit the outline, rework it and try to change my approach.   There are instances in the past year where I’ve published…

  • Career,  Long Read,  Personal

    Reflecting on My Gap Year

    Today marks the one year anniversary of the day I left my corporate job and entered into self-employment. Recently, I’ve started calling this period a gap year instead. Sure, I did some independent work during my time off but I wasn’t exactly self-employed by the textbook definition. While I spent half the year working myself to the bone only to realize I’ve put myself in a worse position than when I had a full-time job and the other half, well, I didn’t work much. At exactly the one year mark, I’m back at a crossroads again. One Year Ago I vividly remember the months leading up to my resignation. I told my…