You went to law school and hurdled the bar exam. While waiting for your bar results, you received a job offer from a top law firm and are to start working there immediately as a junior associate. What costs should you prepare for? … More Startup costs of a first year lawyer
In college I came across a lot of girls who were “BMW” or babaeng mahilig sa wheels (girls who are into wheels). There seemed to be an erroneous public perception that college guys who drove to school in their cars are a definite catch because he and his family are loaded. … More Date a guy, not his car
All this spare money from odd jobs eventually added up! I saved a substantial amount of money after college (20% of total earnings, who knew I could have so much teen discipline!). So what’s the craziest thing I did for money? … More Craziest thing I did for money
Several opportunities have recently come my way. These involve jobs in the private sector – particularly in-house counsel positions in prestigious corporations. My fondness for corporate law practice and the flattery that came from being given these opportunities led me to pursue them for a while. … More Choosing the less prestigious job
While writing my last net worth update, I noted that I had Php 41,330.85 to go before I made a million. I estimated that it may take me a few more months before then. I wishfully hoped that I made my million at least before I get married or before I turn thirty. … More My first million
In pursuit of informing the incoming college students of the various career options out there (and maybe for those contemplating a career change), we continue with our career series. On deck is a former banker who tells her story of working in the banking industry.
… More Career series: Hello banker!
A question was posed by a young, single professional guy working in manila, in an online forum. He asked, can he live on a PhP 20,000.00 (roughly USD 425.00) monthly salary*? He wants to buy a condo, a car and save for his retirement. There were mixed responses. … More Lifestyle Inflation / It’s not how much you make, but what you save that matters
I’m sad to see that most millenials and young Pinoys have fallen prey to the so-called yolo lifestyle. The motto, you only live once (“yolo”) is used to justify throwing caution to the wind and rearranging priorities, putting experiences ahead of the basic needs for food, shelter and clothing. Many end up going on their international adventures, charging plane tickets and hotels to their credit cards, all while presenting credit card statements to support visa applications at embassies (when did debt ever become proof of assets?). A lot of young Pinoys, including young lawyers, must delay certain typical milestones in life such as marriage, buying a home and living on their own because they have not saved enough money despite their perceived high incomes. … More Why playing yolo with money isn’t the way to go
Now, back to Kyoto. Kyoto was once the capital of Japan (which explains why it has an Imperial Palace) and is home to a lot, and I mean a whole lot of temples (Buddhist And Shinto) and gardens. … More Getting lost in Kyoto City, Japan
Sometimes a lawyer just needs a break from the voluminous case files and legal work. And so, I took a break and headed to Japan. As this is still a personal finance blog, I will include costs where I can still recall them. … More Taking a break in Tokyo, Japan