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Mid-year review: Goal met of $200k cash at 28. $400k+ net worth and Astrea bond V

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Half a year gone.

I still have not gotten my keys to my new home and am still childless. Ok, TMI.

On financial front, I've been seeing a steady increase in my net worth. As at my last update in end 2018, my net worth was at $372k.

Half a year later, I've successfully crossed $200k cash savings (previously it dropped as I topped up my MA) and exceeded $400k in networth. I may be able to hit $450k by end year but will just need to carve out some money for renovation and home stuff.

Most gains came from employment. While I lament how sick I am of work, it is my main source of $. I've not added any stocks and can never not live off my portfolio for passive income. It is with salary crediting that I've received 1.85-2% interest on my DBS multiplier anyway.

I've been thinking if I'm making my money work hard enough. I occasionally browse the SGX hoping to see some stocks to purchase, but am not comfortable enough to make the move.

Since Jan till date, my transactions …

Living near cashless for the past 4 years

Cash is king. Or so the old saying goes. As we move towards a cashless society, we should rephrase into this thinking - money is forever king, but cash? We probably can do without it.

Take my case for example.

I have been living nearly cashless ever since I have my credit cards four years ago. I barely have much notes in my wallet. Receipts? Aplenty. Ask my mom and she can testify.

"Aiyo, your wallet always no cash, so poor meh! How you buy things?"
"Use cards lor!"

You see, the moment I step out of my house. I have no need for cash. Very very minimal actually.

My credit card with auto reload function, works as my ezlink card. Tap, and off I go to my office.

During lunch, I’d dine at restaurants where visa, mastercard are accepted. Even for Food Republic, I'd tell the cashier, "paywave pls". Occasionally, we'd dine at coffee shops which requires cash transactions. That's where if my wallet lacks cash, I'd just withdraw at nearby ATMs. Most…

7 Days Taiwan trip at $115/day all-in

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I went for my 7 days holiday to Taiwan in Sept and was thankful that the typhoon didn't disrupt my trip but it was super hot there! I always thought Sept would be a pretty good time to travel - think autumn leaves and cooling weather. I was so wrong. It felt hotter than Singapore, and the sun was just so unforgiving. I turned from a pale girl to a roasted one there. So, if you're travelling these these few weeks, please put on your sunblock, sunglasses and a cap!

My 7 days trip brought me to places like Hualien, Yilan and Taipei. I would say this was a pretty relaxing trip since my partner and I went back to the hotel at around 7-8pm each night. Our motto for our holiday was "No rush, no madness". Honestly, it was made possible because it was pretty boring in Hualien and Yilan.

Here are some of the places you can go in Hualien, Yilan and Taipei:

Hualien 1. Wang's Tea House - this was my breakfast and lunch to-go place. Love their red tea with bubble and their bre…

Stocktaking my insurance plans - how covered am I?

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Reading this Seedly article inspired me to do a stock-take of my insurance plan.

Some background about me:
- I've a few more years to welcome my 30s
- I've worked for 4 years
- I bought my 1st insurance (hospitalisation plan) when I started working
- I'm not married yet

I feel that buying insurance is a responsibility. It is a responsibility towards myself and my loved ones. Nobody wish to deplete their hard-earned savings for a sudden incident. If you're lucky enough, your incident could be a once-off, curable event. Otherwise, your incident could cost you your life and torture you and your loved ones.

Here's a comparison of the plans I have versus what the Seedly guide:

Term/Whole Life  The recommended coverage is 5x my yearly income i.e estimated at $350,000.

The actual coverage I have? $200,000. The main beneficiaries of this sum would be my parents and it should be enough for them for I've 2 siblings who are working and would be able to provide for my par…

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