As readers know, I’m back in the Bay Area now… and having one hell of a time trying to make ends meet here! When I checked out of the game for good last year, at the age of 31, I had a pretty good inkling that it would be really tough for me to survive out in the Land of High Tech (let alone thrive), so within a matter of a few months, I had booked my ticket out to Hong Kong and said “peace out” to Silicon Valley…

No, I’m not trying to be all [click to continue…]

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Bay Area – Living out of a Suitcase

by FI Fighter on March 30, 2017

in Bay Area, Travel Updates

It ain’t easy (or cheap) trying to make ends meet in the Bay Area… That might be the understatement of the last few decades! But alas, it is what it is…

If I had a crystal ball and knew a few years ago that certain regions [click to continue…]

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Vietnam – My Many Meals

by FI Fighter on March 28, 2017

in Food, Travel Updates, Vietnam

Why would anyone want to reach early FI, particularly at such a young age, anyway? I mean seriously, you’re going to be bored out of your mind all day, doing NOTHING! Don’t you know that they’ve done research studies out there and they’ve found that people who are unproductive, lounging around all day and not using their brains actively end up becoming completely depressed people who feel totally disconnected with modern society? I mean if you’re not interacting with your co-workers on a regular basis, your brain is just gonna become mush and you’re going to feel like you’re going through life without any goals or purposes!

It’s a very depressing life…

And don’t get me started on the finances!

Dude, what are you [click to continue…]

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When it comes to early FI, I believe without a shadow of a doubt that there are indeed shortcuts there… Over the years, I’ve learned that my own preference is to focus more so on capital gains/appreciation as opposed to taking the cash flow/passive income route, which is inherently [click to continue…]

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In the beginning of 2012, I first started blogging about my own personal journey to early financial independence. In 2016, I quit my corporate engineering job for good and set sail out to Asia to live out a dream that had been inculcated in my brain as [click to continue…]

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Join us for Round 3 of Casual Conversations, as I talk shop with Fabi (The Next Big Rush) and Nick (MiningBookGuy) about  [click to continue…]

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Hong Kong – I Will Miss You Dearly!

by FI Fighter on March 22, 2017

in Hong Kong, Travel Updates

When it comes to life, everyone knows that you’ve got to approach things with an open mind. I mean, the more you know about ANYTHING, the more humble you become and the more you realize that you don’t actually know jack shit at all…

Well, that’s been my approach, anyway, and now that I’m back in the Bay Area and reflecting on the past nine months of my life, I’m more convinced than ever that having that type of  [click to continue…]

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I’ve got a lot of overseas photos and stories to share with readers! Until I get to that (yup, I’m really behind on my updates, I apologize), here are just a few more thoughts [click to continue…]

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Hey everyone! Although I arrived back in the Bay Area late last Tuesday (March 14), it took me a bit longer than expected to get settled, so hence the lack of updates as of late…

Anyway, I’m happy to report to you all that I’ve gotten most things squared away and should be back to ranting and raving now! And I assure you, I’ve got a ton of [click to continue…]

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Broken Laptop (March 3, 2017)

by FI Fighter on March 2, 2017

in Blog Update

Hey everyone, I’m writing to you all from my tablet. Unfortunately, I dropped my laptop on the ground and busted the screen so posting will be light until I can head back to the states to get it fixed. I will be heading back to HK on Sunday and then will spend a week there.

Because I want to see some friends again…

And indulge in a few more bowls of Ichiran ramen (which you can only get in: Japan, HK, and NYC).

Then I’m going going back back to Cali Cali…

Anyway, just a few quick thoughts:

  • Alona Beach in Panglao is breathtakingly beautiful. The water is remarkably clear and turquoise… Or whatever green/blue is called.
  • Mining stocks got smashed to bits and I fear the worst is yet to come since a Fed rate hike seems very likely in March now. I have been buying a bunch of Alexco Resource (AXU) and Fortuna Silver (FSM). If the sell off continues I will back up the truck. Volatility in these stocks is perfectly normal so I have no fear. Buy low and sell high… I will try my best to ease my way in and buy in tranches so I don’t use up all my funds all at once. These firesales are the opportunities we all live for as early financial independence fighters.
  • The Philippines is an amazing destination for anyone who loves beaches and sunshine. If that’s your cup of tea, they’ve got it in spades here… Not to mention excellent BBQ, fresh fruits (coconuts, pineapples, mangos, bananas, etc.), friendly locals, and extremely affordable prices… If you are into the rat race and 9-5 grind and stressing out all the time, stay away… Only come here if you want to chill! smile! and enjoy life.

That is all for now…

 

Back to the beach!

 

Fight On!

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