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Friday reads – volume 28

And here are the lineups for this week… Retirement is a Human Invention (Four Pillar Finance)  When I first started my financial journey, I was dead set on early retirement. Then, as I began to realize that I love working as long as I own the work and can determine my own hours, I decided that it made the most sense to pursue barista FIRE and start growing my income outside of my day job as fast as possible.  Managing reputation in the age of infinity (Seth Godin)  They sell junk that would never, ever be sold at a Wal-Mart...

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Friday reads – volume 27

And for the inaugural 2019 edition of Friday reads, nothing better than some resolution setting for the new year! Hope the following list inspires. What I learned at work this year (Bill Gates)  Today of course I still assess the quality of my work. But I also ask myself a whole other set of questions about my life. Did I devote enough time to my family? Did I learn enough new things? Did I develop new friendships and deepen old ones? These would have been laughable to me when I was 25, but as I get older, they are...

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Reflections of 2018

It has been a while since I last blogged. And part of the reason was because I haven’t manage to find the time to do so. You see, I had ended my sabbatical and have returned to the workplace, albeit in a different organisation, and a different capacity, details of which I shall spare you at this time, although I might share them in a different blogpost in future on the various decisions and circumstances that led it as such. And it has been pretty hectic and frentic back at work. In fact, I thought I would take a...

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Nov 2018 – Monthly Updates

November is the month that we celebrated Ashton’s first birthday and it was not that long ago when he first arrived into our family. It also marks the first month that Kate goes back to work after a long hiatus. We hosted a birthday celebration party for Ashton at our home with our family and close friends. Our guests also enjoyed the space and it was a good and cozy gathering. Recently, my brother also bought an apartment and remodelled his place with the minimalist concept as core. I am glad that I was able to introduce him to...

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Nov 2018 – Monthly Updates

November is the month that we celebrated Ashton’s first birthday and it was not that long ago when he first arrived into our family. It also marks the first month that Kate goes back to work after a long hiatus. We hosted a birthday celebration party for Ashton at our home with our family and close friends. Our guests also enjoyed the space and it was a good and cozy gathering. Recently, my brother also bought an apartment and remodelled his place with the minimalist concept as core. I am glad that I was able to introduce him to...

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Friday reads – volume 26

And here are the lineups… This Is Why Talking About How “Hard” You Work Makes You Look Incompetent (Forbes)  When you express to your social networks how “hard” you are working, what you are doing is creating a cue for response. That message generates pity, or awe, or offers for assistance or support. What you do not realize it is doing is actually programming your brain to receive reinforcement from being stressed and overworked. How We Used Geographic Arbitrage to Retire 9 Years Ahead of Schedule (Retire by 45)  Geographic arbitrage can be such an impactful strategy, because housing...

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Friday reads – volume 26

And here are the lineups… This Is Why Talking About How “Hard” You Work Makes You Look Incompetent (Forbes)  When you express to your social networks how “hard” you are working, what you are doing is creating a cue for response. That message generates pity, or awe, or offers for assistance or support. What you do not realize it is doing is actually programming your brain to receive reinforcement from being stressed and overworked. How We Used Geographic Arbitrage to Retire 9 Years Ahead of Schedule (Retire by 45)  Geographic arbitrage can be such an impactful strategy, because housing...

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Friday reads – volume 25

Forget shiny Rolexes and Louis Vuitton handbags — rich people are investing more in education and health, and it shows that discreet wealth is the new status symbol (Business Insider)  “Eschewing an overt materialism, the rich are investing significantly more in education, retirement, and health – all of which are immaterial, yet cost many times more than any handbag a middle-income consumer might buy.” Most Money Advice Is Worthless When You’re Poor (Money by Vice)  “if you’re working low wages, the whole concept of saving and investing goes away because you don’t have the luxury of that long term; it’s...

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Friday reads – volume 25

Forget shiny Rolexes and Louis Vuitton handbags — rich people are investing more in education and health, and it shows that discreet wealth is the new status symbol (Business Insider)  “Eschewing an overt materialism, the rich are investing significantly more in education, retirement, and health – all of which are immaterial, yet cost many times more than any handbag a middle-income consumer might buy.” Most Money Advice Is Worthless When You’re Poor (Money by Vice)  “if you’re working low wages, the whole concept of saving and investing goes away because you don’t have the luxury of that long term; it’s...

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Oct 2018 – Monthly Updates

As we are approaching December, I finally had the chance to post our October updates. Things has been a little bit hectic recently, with Kate heading to work, as well as a couple of other domestic issues which requires a bit more attention. Having said that, I am glad that I managed to complete this post before the end of the month. October is the month that we managed to spend a bit more time with the kids before Kate heads back to work. We are grateful that we have the option to allow Kate to take almost a...

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Oct 2018 – Monthly Updates

As we are approaching December, I finally had the chance to post our October updates. Things has been a little bit hectic recently, with Kate heading to work, as well as a couple of other domestic issues which requires a bit more attention. Having said that, I am glad that I managed to complete this post before the end of the month. October is the month that we managed to spend a bit more time with the kids before Kate heads back to work. We are grateful that we have the option to allow Kate to take almost a...

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Friday reads – volume 24

And here it goes …. What I Learned About Life at My 30th College Reunion (The Atlantic)  No matter what my classmates grew up to be—a congressman, like Jim Himes; a Tony Award–winning director, like Diane Paulus; an astronaut, like Stephanie Wilson—at the end of the day, most of our conversations at the various parties and panel discussions throughout the weekend centered on a desire for love, comfort, intellectual stimulation, decent leaders, a sustainable environment, friendship, and stability. Feeling Rich and Feeling Poor (The Simple Dollar)  In the end, if a sense of freedom of choice is what makes...

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Friday reads – volume 24

And here it goes …. What I Learned About Life at My 30th College Reunion (The Atlantic)  No matter what my classmates grew up to be—a congressman, like Jim Himes; a Tony Award–winning director, like Diane Paulus; an astronaut, like Stephanie Wilson—at the end of the day, most of our conversations at the various parties and panel discussions throughout the weekend centered on a desire for love, comfort, intellectual stimulation, decent leaders, a sustainable environment, friendship, and stability. Feeling Rich and Feeling Poor (The Simple Dollar)  In the end, if a sense of freedom of choice is what makes...

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Friday reads – volume 23

And here are the lineups… The Secret to Raising a Child Who Isn’t Materialistic (Goalcast) “Gratitude is the act of appreciating what you have. It’s quite literally the opposite of what goes in our brain when we’re “on” materialism: we’re happy with what we have as opposed to being dissatisfied and uncomfortable and always feeling like we need more.” Life Advice: Don’t Find Your Passion (Scientific America)  “Some people adopt a “fixed mindset” approach and search for the one, predestined match in their lives. They expect this match to be enduring, full of excitement, and endlessly fulfilling. Fixed mindsets...

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Friday reads – volume 22

And here are the goodies for this week… Is Early Retirement Keeping Millennials From Having Kids? (Abandoned Cubicle)  The obvious advice from someone raising two kids of his own is not to let early retirement and financial independence come between you and having kids. If you are fortunate enough to have the option of bringing life into the world, you will find it a struggle and source of joy at the same time. (Just recognize that the mix of struggle and joy gets a bit uneven after two kids, depending on the situation…) Things I will never do to...

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