December 2017

Happy New Year

by FI Fighter on December 30, 2017

in Blog Update

Hey everyone! It’s New Year’s Eve out here in the East and I just want to wish everyone a Happy New Year!

2017 was a pretty epic year (well, I guess for some industries/sectors/investments), but hopefully the party is just getting started and bigger and better things are in store for us all in 2018.

Anyway, I will say that although I’ve now been out in Manila for 3 weeks now, I’m still somewhat trying to get situated… Honestly, I’ve been mostly focused on things outside of personal finance (there’s more to happiness than just trying to make more $$$ all the time), but at some point I seriously need to get back into the groove of things again… As it pertains to blogging, right now I’m experiencing a lot of frustration having to deal with really slow (atrociously bad) internet, and despite my best efforts to hop around town trying to locate a “go to” cafe/lounge/workspace, it’s been more miss than hit so far…

I mean, even in my own apartment, the wi-fi went out for a good stretch of time and I was completely dependent on a pocket wi-fi device that was slower than 56k dial up (if anyone even remembers what those days were like)… which means I was essentially offline more than anything!

With that said, I will be busy over the next few days preparing the next “Thank You” edition, which should be out very shortly… There will be a lot of surprises/changes/shocks so please brace yourselves for something… different.

If you’re not familiar with the whole premise behind the “Thank You” newsletter, please check out this post.

For anyone who has followed this blog for any stretch of time, you already know full well by now that my main focus is on the path to early financial independence… As far as I’m concerned, everything else is just noise… So, again, please don’t be surprised (appalled) by any upcoming “big changes” that I will be making in 2018 and beyond.

As we wind down 2017, I just want to say THANK YOU again to all the loyal readers and friends who have supported this blog for so many years and continue to do so today. I am NOTHING without you great folks, and without you, I would have closed up shop a long time ago… You make everything all worthwhile!


All the best for a most prosperous and epic 2018~!






So, everywhere I go these days, all the rage is: cryptos, cryptos, cryptos…

Right now, I’m in Manila, and it didn’t take me more than say two weeks upon arriving here before I met fellow cryptocurrency enthusiasts… and I’ve even been invited to join local crypto groups…

Yup, sign of the [click to continue…]


It’s been over 2 years since I got off the beaten path and ventured over to the “dark side”… As it pertains to early FI, there’s not a single soul that I’ve ever met who didn’t want to achieve that… With that said, early FI isn’t easy and for many people the journey from beginning to end doesn’t happen in a linear fashion…

Just speaking for myself, I got to [click to continue…]


Here’s an update on my latest trades for the week [click to continue…]


One of the great joys of early FI is having the free time to pretty much do whatever it is that you want to do. As readers may be aware, I recently flew out to Manila to escape the [click to continue…]

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Hello everyone from the other side of the pond! This is Day 3 in Manila for me now, and I must admit I’m still doing my best to get settled in. Prior to leaving, I let readers know that [click to continue…]

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by FI Fighter on December 3, 2017

in Blog Update, Thank You Edition

I’m going to be heading out to Manila early next week, so in the meantime I’ve been busy: meeting up with people, taking care of errands, packing, etc… I haven’t gotten around to doing this, but I really wanted to take the time out to say:


A few weeks back, I set up a donate button and wrote a quick short blog post about it…

To my surprise, I’ve gotten a lot of great feedback from: readers, friends, family, etc…

For instance, @Tommy (founder of CEO.CA) was kind enough to make a very generous donation to the site and offer some kind, encouarging words… I don’t mean to call anyone out, in particular, but damn that was pretty humbling!

So, yeah, that’s awesome stuff (not to mention surreal)!

And I’ve gotten a few readers who have signed up for monthly contributions as well (amazing!)…

Around the time of the post, I did get some inquiries about setting up donations to the site via cryptocurrencies (obviously a superior choice since most of the alternative payment methods out there nickel and dime you and me both all day and night long)…


Please forgive me for putting this off for so long (I don’t mean to seem ungrateful because I am genuinely touched by all this); I did get around to FINALLY setting up some crypto wallets, which you can find the public keys for below:


Bitcoin (BTC):




Ethereum (ETH):




Litecoin (LTC):




So, there it is!


Seriously, I really appreciate all the kind words and support from everyone! All this positive energy really just makes me want to step up my game and produce even better content in the future… I’m really hoping that a change of scenery will do me a world of good and motivate/inspire me to aim for more in life…


Here’s one thing that I’ve been contemplating for awhile now, and a recent conversation with a close friend is encouraging me to just go ahead and do it already…


Setup a bi-weekly/monthly “newsletter” for “subscribers” (i.e. donors).


This would be supplementary material to complement the regular updates on this blog… I honestly haven’t spent much time thinking things through yet, but my idea right now is to provide general market updates/thoughts via e-mail on the investments that I currently own and other opportunities that I’m watching… Obviously, mining stocks (gold, silver, clean energy/EV metals, uranium, etc.) are my main focus right now, so those topics will be at the forefront in the near-term… Most likely, eventually I’ll cover cryptocurrencies as well, we’ll see…

This “newsletter” will differ from the “Reshuffling the Deck” posts since I’ll talk about pretty much whatever is going on at the time, regardless if I’m actually buying/selling anything…

It could be something along the lines of: “I spoke to management this week and found out X, Y, Z… so now I’m thinking…


And of course, whatever else “subscribers” want to hear about… I’m very open to suggestions and feedback!


You get the idea… but certainly no buy/sell recommendations since I NEVER give out investment advice… period! Just raw thoughts from someone who tries and follows the markets closely, even though I’m dead wrong a lot of the times and don’t really know shit about anything…


It’ll be my way of giving back something a little extra to all the: friends, family, readers, etc. who have generously donated to and are supporting this site on a regular basis. 🙂


I’ll try and mix in a little alpha spec stuff (spicy sauce), but will probably fixate mostly on beta investment ideas… Straight up — This blog has ALWAYS been about early FI and how to escape the rat race… Most of my best friends are all still working stressful/chaotic/nightmarish jobs and are deeply entrenched in the rat race… looking for a way out… I’m well aware of that and cognizant to the reality that many of my readers don’t have the time/energy/bandwidth/interest to follow up on a lot of this stuff 24/7… These folks typically can’t buy/sell something instantly right after a fresh news release hits because they’re probably too caught up in the lab/meeting somewhere…

It’s all about balance, but I gotta put myself in those busy-bee working shoes again and try and formulate a content plan that gravitates more towards the working professional type of audience… Short-term “buy and flip quickly” speculations probably won’t resonate so strongly… Naturally, this means more of an emphasis needs to be placed on beta investment ideas (which in theory should be much more proven and less volatile) that are more or less speculations on a broader macro picture… If you’re all about alpha (e.g. early-stage exploration mining stocks), this newsletter probably won’t be your cup of tea…


Anyway, this will be something new and exciting!


More details to emerge as this thing takes flight… The first issue should be ready to go and delivered to inboxes next Friday (from Manila)!


In regards to “subscription price”? Honestly, I have no idea what would be considered “fair market value” for my crappy work… It’s entirely up to you, if you’re interested… If you would like to “subscribe” to this new “newsletter” simply make a one-time (or recurring) donation to this site via PayPal:

or cryptocurrency (the preferred payment method is absolutely cryptos) for any amount (for context, folks who are contributing are generally pledging over $10/donation) and you will be added to the subscribers list…

For cryptos, here are the public keys again:


Bitcoin (BTC):




Ethereum (ETH):




Litecoin (LTC):



With cryptos in particular, just be sure to send me an email ( letting me know that you made a donation (i.e. source of the incoming funds and the amount) and provide your preferred e-mail address (this is where the newsletter will be sent to).


Again, this “newsletter” is just meant to be something extra for the generous donors who are helping support all the free content on here (blog posts, podcasts, etc.)… It’s my way of saying THANK YOU!!!


Thanks again everyone!


Fight On!


Here’s an update on my latest trades for the week [click to continue…]


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