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Minimalist in the city – 500 more days to FI

We are probably behind time for most of our posts as the Minimalist in the City household has been busy with parenting a pre-schooler and toddler, as well both Kate and myself being working parents. Time really flies as we are more than halfway through the countdown towards our FI date. A confession here though – we might not achieve FI on our original projected FI date set on 30th June 2020. A few things has happened along the way and as regular readers of this blog would know, Kate took a  one year sabbatical from work, we had also...

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Jun 2019 – Monthly Updates

Times flies, and we are already past the halfway mark of 2019. As I embrace slow living the past few weeks, it was definitely quite an experience, as I became more aware of my environment, more conscious about minute things happening around me, and most importantly, myself. Something which I would probably share in a separate blogpost.   As some of you who might have guessed, I am involved in the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) committee at my workplace. It has been an amazing experience to be involved in these CSR initiatives with like-minded individuals, and I am glad that...

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Thoughts

It has been a while since I last blogged. Not that I had intended to take a sabbatical from blogging. But quite a bit had happened in the last 6-7 months. I returned to work, at a new workplace, and the first three months was tough, with a new learning curve, etc. But now I am glad that part is over. Of course it took a while initially for Ashton to get used to mummy being away the entire day, especially since I was with him for almost an entire year. But humans are highly adaptable creatures, and it...

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May 2019 – Monthly Updates

May is the month where were away for almost two weeks to the land of the rising sun at Hiroshima, Japan. We flew direct via Silkair and stayed in Hiroshima for a few days before we started our road trip to Shikoku which is a more rustic part of Japan (known for being the only island with no volcanoes but the island is absolutely charming!). Hiroshima is well known to be the place where the first Atomic bomb was ever used in the history of mankind. It highly recommended for all to visit this historical site, the Hiroshima Peace...

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Apr 2019 – Monthly Updates

April is the month where we celebrated my father’s 65th birthday. It is a milestone achieved in a way, as he will also be receiving his first CPF payout. He is currently working part time as a private hire driver and most likely would not require the payouts for his monthly expenses except for overseas travels. Almost a decade ago, I had helped them to build a dividend-focused portfolio which should be able to further secure their retirement years. This however, has never been that easy. Especially since my father had made many financial mistakes in his younger days,...

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Mar 2019 – Monthly Updates

March is the month where we tagged along for Kate’s business trip to Hong Kong. Dave’s family came along as well and we all had a great time there. We visited Hong Kong Disneyland and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! Both adults and kids! We all had a fun time there. It is quite possible that we will make another trip up there again in the near future.  The rest of the few days there, we were just slowly exploring Hong Kong city via the different transport mode like ferry, trams and trains which the kids...

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Feb 2019 – Monthly Updates

February is the month where we celebrated Chinese New Year and our birthdays – both Kate and I are born in the same month. We did a gift exchange based on our personal wish list and had a simple celebration with our families. This is the 11th year we have been celebrating our birthdays together and we look forward to many good years ahead! Since the COE has been hovering on the lower tail end, for the past few months, we have been toying the idea of getting a car. Ultimately, we still have not made the move to...

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Jan 2019 – Monthly Updates

Our next destination! January is the month where we start a new year and reflect on our previous year as mentioned in Kate’s post. Last year, we spent a lot of bonding time with our two precious kids and Asher also turned one last November. Kate, with her one year sabbatical over, is back at work and adjusting well to the new environment . With Chinese New Year in early February, we are looking forward to plenty of gatherings with families and friends. Blogging had slowed down since last year as its difficult to find pockets of personal time...

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Friday reads – volume 29

And here are the goodies… The Balance Between Novelty and Stability – and How That Affects Your Dollars and Cents (The Simple Dollar)  Novelty comes when you try a new experience. You’re interacting with new people. You’re trying a new meal. You’re going to a new store. You’re going to a new place. Those are enjoyable experiences – our brains like novelty. Yet, at the same time, novel experiences don’t last. They don’t scratch the same itch that familiar experiences do. How I Deal When I’m Not 100% Feeling My Job (The Luxe Strategist)  After doing that a few times,...

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Looking back at our 2018 finances

With so much debate about the sandwich class recently, I tend to think that perhaps this is the generation with the highest proportion of this population thus far. We are often confronted with multiple challenges that stretches us financially, including not just supporting ourselves, but our children and even aging parents, while at the same time, planning for our own retirement. Parents’ allowance is something probably pretty unheard of in countries like the US or in Europe. The US financial bloggers seldom talk about  parents allowances and their FIRE plans are usually centered around just having enough money to...

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Dec 2018 – Monthly Updates

December is the month for lots of celebrations as we hosted a few rounds of gatherings with family and friends. The kids had lots of fun and it was generally a chill period, as everyone basked in the holiday season. I was reading “The life-changing manga of tidying up” by Marie Kondo and was reminded the benefits of having a organized home with lesser stuff. I think the main benefit of have a neat place is not just the practical sense of it but more of the mental calmness that it brought into our lives. Our homes are meant...

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Minimalist in the city – 600 more days to FI

January 2019 marks a significant turning point of a momentous timeframe that we had set out for ourselves – 600 days away from our countdown towards FI. We had never shared our “magic numbers” and there has generally been some speculations by readers and other fellow bloggers with regards to what those numbers might be. We choose not to share it for privacy and also, part of the bigger reason being that we did not think those numbers should be used as a gauge for achieving FI. Every household, family and individual is different and the number that might...

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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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