I Cried When a Little Girl Begged Me for Money

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I stepped in front of my favorite egg vendor, the granny with her toothless grin. As I picked out a dozen or so fresh eggs, I felt a small tug on my shirt — it was a little girl with a basket in hand.

I ask her what she wants and she gestures, pointing at my wallet. I shake my head at her and turn away, avoiding eye contact. On the outside, I looked the usual, but on the inside, I was torn.

A Time I Splurged 

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I love Vietnam. It’s fast-paced, it’s got cheap food, and everyone here is super friendly. But the only thing I don’t like is its lack of foreign options. The other day I had a huge craving for Pop-tarts, so I went to several stores. None of them... Read More

When Being Cheap Backfired on Me

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When I came to Vietnam, I chose a more expensive ($1200/month) Airbnb to live in.

I figured if I spent a little more on accommodation with a spacious bedroom, a comfortable couch, a fully-equipped kitchen and a nice working table, it would help me focus more while working at home. That, to me, was a worthwhile investment.