My owned house in Australia

I went home disappointed but one man's kind action helped us own a four-bedroom house!

I went home disappointed but one man’s kind action helped us own a four-bedroom house!

Comments about this post on ABC Open 500 words – The kindness of strangers.

In 1990, my six-person family emigrated and resettled in Canberra. We had to donate our highly valued house (worth an estimated $900,000 AUD now) in Vietnam, in exchange for our passports.

It’s an important Asian tradition to own, says the proverb, “A house to live and a grave to die.” But wait there’s more!

Ordered to make a fraud claim!

She enticed me to commit a corporate crime.

She enticed me to commit a corporate crime.

Comments about this post on ABC Open 500 words – Bully.

I thought that I would see justice served and be commended for my honest, righteous conduct. However I was the one who was punished for my action! But wait there’s more!

Damocles’ sword of redundancy

Damocles' sword of redundancy fell on me and I was saved; yet it can fall again any day now as the economy falters in Australia.

Damocles’ sword of redundancy fell on me and I was saved; yet it can fall again any day now as the economy falters in Australia.

Comments about this post on ABC Open 500 words – Endings.

When I realised that I had been identified as an excess employee, everything seemed to be shattering around me!

I felt so ashamed yet angry because I always prided myself on my devotion to, and excellence in, my job. My skills were highly valued in the team. I was only 50 and had planned to work at least 10 more years. I was disheartened and worried what I’d live on and do after this job. But wait there’s more!