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Inspiring Stories (From Around the Globe)

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I’ve been in essence somewhat of a hybrid “digital nomad” for a good 3 years now… and naturally, through the course of my travels, I’ve encountered many interesting people, who have even more AMAZING stories of their own.

Granted, many of these “real life tales” will never see the light of day (not everyone’s a blogger, although many peeps should seriously consider starting up a page since they’ve got fasicnating stories to share), and unfortunately, even more readers who are too into mainstream shit won’t even give a flying fudge to hear about em, but for the contrarian crowd (i.e. readers of this blog) who wants to be inspired by “less than conventional” stuff, well, here you go.

I hope you enjoy!

HK Reader

Prior to heading out the door for Hong Kong in the summer of 2016, some comments were left to me from a mate with a rather unique story… Turns out, when I finally made it out to HK, I met up with this guy and we got to become rather good friends.

Here’s the scoop…

Young guy, left his home country behind (and everything along with it) to go chase after the love of his life (talk about a BOLD move), who was living in HK. Got there, and had to start all over again from scratch. Stuff like, learning a new culture, language, customs, norms, etc.

Scary as freak, right?

Damn, how I continue to be inspired by people who can tune out all the fucking noise out there and make “big decisions” on their own…

Here’s the best part — When we met up a few times for lunch, the waiter/waitress would usually talk to me in Cantonese and talk to my friend in English…

Ahh yes, the “natural” assumptions we make in life (I look the part, he most certainly doesn’t)…

As it turns out, my new buddy’s Cantonese speaking skills were/are far superior to my own, and not only can he speak fluently now, he can also read and write (which is NOT a trivial task at all to pick up; Chinese characters are ummm bloody confusing to learn/figure out, to say the least!)…

No kidding, it was me who really needed the English menu, after all…

Not him.

Ok, despite what I said earlier about all that being the “best part”, here’s what was even better — This guy not only learned fluent Cantonese, but also how to speak fluent Mandarin, and if I remember correctly, also fluent Japanese… Last I heard, he’s practicing Vietnamese now…

Crazy right?!?

Oh, and the bestest part — He’s in early FI himself, still super young, retired now from the corporate world, raising a kid, and living out the dream!

Damn, talk about inspiration…

Japanese Investor Friend

A few years back, when I was in Tokyo, I met this girl, and I swear, I had absolutely zero intentions of talking about stuff like early FI and investing… I forget how the topics even got brought up, but they did, over lunch/coffee, and one thing led to another, and it kind of turns out that this person probably hated their corporate job as much (if not more so) than I ever did… lol.

I mean, I always love talking early FI shop with just about anybody, but really, in Tokyo of all places (where it’s almost all hustle n bustle 24/7, work, work, work), I just never envisioned I would meet an early FI enthusiast out in this part of the world… This young lady certainly didn’t come across as the early FI type (at least to me, on first impression)…

Definitely, you can say I’ve learned NOT to judge a book by its cover, because first impressions sometimes are just completely wrong…

Anyway, this girl turned out to be super progressive, and even though we didn’t spend all that much time together, I guess we established good rapport because kinda out of the blue (randomly) she messaged me a few years later and lo and behold she was still very much intrigued and driven by the whole idea of early FI and getting there ASAP.

Still very much working hard at it…

Saving. Investing. Even speculating.

We even talked about “gambling” on things such as cryptos, and she was telling me about some upcoming Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), heh.

So yeah, for me, it just really cemented the whole idea (and belief that I now have) that you can meet like-minded people basically anywhere in the world; we are all so much more similar than we are different, and most people don’t fucking get that (close-mindedness gets you nowhere!).

When you start to embrace the common ground (which is sure to exist), it just becomes that much easier to make new friends and connections.

I only visit Japan sporadically, but if I’m ever back in Tokyo again, I’ll know who to reach out to for another coffee meet up (or ramen/sushi is just fine with me too!).

Manila Meet Up

During my first two weeks in Manila (back from Round 1 trip in late 2017), I arrived onto the scene not knowing a single soul in the country. Not too intimidated since everyone in the Philippines speaks English, nonetheless, I knew I had to get out of my comfort zone if I was ever gonna have some fun and experience some cool new things…

Well, on a whim, I decided to join a real estate meet up, in BGC, since well, I like real estate, so it seemed like a logical (natural) fit and good way to meet new friends.

Damn, turns out I was right as right could be… Heh, I ended up meeting two of my Manila “besties” on the same freekin night, and we are still tight to this day; in fact, I just saw both of them last week! But alas, for the purpose of this section, I will refrain from talking about my “besties” any further… They won’t be the topic of discussion this time around…

Anyway, the host of the event was actually from California himself (no freakin way), and owned property in San Ramon…

Well, we had lots to talk about, and although I was still feeling rather “neutral” about Manila, this guy really put me at ease, and said something along the lines of:

 

“I’ve been here for over 10 years now… I still own houses in the Bay Area, but as you can see for yourself, it’s just fudging AWESOME living out here in the Philippines.”

 

Actually, at that particular point in time, I was still too new to Manila (i.e. skeptical) to have formed any definitive opinion, but it was reassuring to me, in a sense, to have another “Cali brother” speaking so fondly of this new place I was vacationing at…

 

I was shocked to say the least… because when you’re so used to living in a “bubble” all you ever get is the same viewpoints/opinions/regurgitated BS from people also living in that same “bubble” as you. I mean, back home, no matter who you talk to, the overwhelming consensus from all dem nationalist zealots was/is always something along the lines of — Americans are #1 and the rest of the world plays second fiddle to us! We are so fucking badass! Everything here is AWESOME! Why would you want to live anywhere else?!?

 

That gets so old and tiring to hear after so many encounters… I wanted a different, “alternative” take on things… The other side of the coin…

 

So, I asked him — “You ever think about going back to Cali?

 

To which, he replied: “Nah, bro. I’ve got a family out here now. I met my wife here. I had my kids here. They all love it here. I love it here. No plans to ever go back to California.”

 

Wow… Culture shock, provided to me by my own “brother”.

 

By late 2017, I had already done my fair bit of traveling around Asia, but still, this datapoint made me feel good in a sense, knowing that I wasn’t indeed batshit crazy for already contemplating moving out to Asia permanently… What helped most, I guess, in retrospect, was that this dude was from the states himself, and made the conscious effort to uproot his entire life and try to hack it elsewhere in an entirely new (and foreign) country…

So like, damn, I was kinda like thinking, maybe this type of behavior isn’t all that uncommon, after all… Like, it happens more often than we realize, so how come so many peeps close to us act all startled and become so hysterical when we contemplate such an idea for ourselves?

It was then, I realized something I had already known — Thanks to the internet, most of the world is inextricably connected and intertwined… Again, life just ain’t really all that much different no matter where you go across the globe (I mean, from major metropolitan city to another, not talking living out in the boonies, which is a whole nother story, altogether).

I guess, it just takes a “re-wiring” of the brain to realize certain things… Some would say you need to have some serious stones to execute and take such a leap of faith, but nah, I think you just gotta really know what you want deep down inside… and not become all chicken shit just because someone (or someones) who have never even attempted to do what you’re contemplating on doing telling you why it’s such a horrible idea for you to go through with it…

 

Tune out the noise, and figure out the right path for YOU!

 

And if you’ve gotten too comfortable with “bubbles” maybe it’s time to expand your horizons a bit? Talk to different people than just the “tried and true” peeps all the time…

 

You never know how it might re-shape and change your approach to life…

 

Fight On!

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