About Me

I was born in the Philippines (hence the “Flip” part of my blog moniker) and raised in Los Angeles, where I still live.  My childhood experience as a first-generation American was of first being middle-class, then dropping to lower middle-class when my father lost his job due to the recession of the early 1980s.

When I hit 14, I got a work permit and my first job, working concessions at the Hollywood Bowl.  The paycheck wasn’t much, but it was more than zero.  I proceeded to spend all my earnings the way all teenagers spend their money: fast food, concerts/music and clothing.  I think I would shudder if I ever sat down and calculated how much I spent going to concerts and buying their subsequent tour t-shirts in my teen years.  I do still have them stored away and swear that I’m going to make a quilt out of them someday.  Yes, I am actually being literal here.

During my junior year of high school, my father passed away, and I found myself with a widowed mother and a sister paying her own way through college.  I knew I was going to have to do the same.

A combination of going to film school before “pro-sumer” cameras were the norm (i.e., our projects were shot on actual film!), a boyfriend who loved to eat out as much as I did because we never went to restaurants when we were younger, and several jobs in Hollywood where the norm is being over-educated and under-employed, contributed to a lot of debt in my twenties.  My early thirties found me going from a dual-income household to a single one (though thankfully without costly divorce papers to go along with it), which dug my debt hole a bit deeper.

Today, I’m content to have a job, still in the entertainment industry, with the sanest boss I’ve ever had.  Though it isn’t necessarily a career path, it’s a nice, steady paycheck working with good people. I’ve made adjustments after making money mistakes, learned a lot of frugal tricks and will write about them here.

I’ve come full circle to what I said I wanted to do when I was 6, which is write.  My parents’ response?  You can’t make any money that way.  Oh Asian stereotypes, thank you for being consistent for generations.

One Response to “About Me”

  1. alwayshungry4 April 3, 2013 at 10:31 AM #

    Saw you as a Twitter suggestion – so exciting to find another Filipina PF blog. 🙂

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