Ho Chi Minh City – Enjoying and Appreciating Life (January 02, 2017)!

by FI Fighter on January 2, 2017

in Travel Updates, Vietnam

Happy New Year everyone! I hope this blog post finds you well… It’s so crazy for me to reflect for a minute and realize that 2016 is now officially behind us…

2016, the year when I finally took a leap of faith and decided that it was time for me to begin the next chapter of my life…

New Beginnings!

Now, as I write to you all from Ho Chi Minh City, I’ve got to say (with the benefit of hindsight) that all the hard work and sacrifice that it took to achieve early FI was totally worth it! For the most part, I think that there’s always that question that we ask ourselves along the way, “Is all this really going to be worthwhile in the end?

After embracing life over the last six months, I can say without a shadow of a doubt that my conclusion is, “Yes, it’s all worth it… And then some.

But you know what? One thing I’ve realized is that life is pretty much whatever you make it out to be, whether you are in early FI or not… Like, if your are an optimistic person who knows how to truly appreciate the simple beauty of everyday life, you will easily find the good in many of the experiences/things you encounter… On the other hand, if you are a grumpy curmudgeon, then even if you have all the riches/trappings that the world has to offer, you’ll still be a depressed and miserable soul…

When it comes to early FI, though, yes, it’s definitely challenging trying to figure things out b/c you no longer have a “superior”, or boss to guide you along the way… No, there are no longer any performance reviews, promotions, and all that stuff…

Some people are linear thinkers and become conditioned to following the lead of others…

In early FI, that’s no longer the case…

It’s up to you to decide if you are indeed happy or not…

And I guess NOT many people are really equipped to decide on their own what they want out of life…

There are no right or wrong answers…

That can be a tough pill to swallow b/c they don’t ever teach you this type of stuff in school…

But if you are the type of person who knows what they want out of life, I think you’ll do well in early FI because you’ll be able to strip away all the noise and focus on the things that ultimately matter the most to you…

For myself, I try and do my best to live the simple, no bullshit life…

Here’s what I mean…

I woke up this morning and really had a hankering for some pho (like I mentioned in the last post)…

So, I picked out a joint and had a go at it… For Round 1, I went with Pho Bo Vien (meatballs).

One serving set me back about $2.00 USD… but it was pretty tasty, so I decided to order another bowl…

For Round 2, I went with an order of Pho Tai (rare beef), same price.

Feeling full and satiated, I looked at the time and saw that it was around mid-afternoon… Just one of those chill, laid back days where you kind of just want to go with the flow and take things easy…

My brother suggested we grab some Vietnamese coffee and just chit chat about life…

So, we did…

We went with a glass of Ca Phe Sua Da (Vietnamese Iced Milk Coffee).

The day was still young, so I had a refill… Set me back about $2.00 USD ($1.00 USD/each)

And there you have it…

Good food, even better conversation…

The Simple Life.

That’s all there was to it — My version of early FI utopia.

When all was said and done, I had spent $6.00 USD for the day… I know lots of people like to fixate on the cost of living (COL) post-FI, so in case you were wondering what prices are like in Vietnam, there you have it…

But ultimately…

Life is what you make of it… Who cares what anyone else says? When it comes to early FI, it’s important to remember that there are no rules…

For myself, Hong Kong and Japan were more pricey and expensive; I had to watch my spending a lot more carefully… Out here in Vietnam, it’s almost like a night and day difference… But like I said, life ain’t linear and nor does it have to be! It’s absolutely A-OK to mix things up from time to time!

Straight up — You will NEVER devise the perfect plan and blueprint for early FI! Real life is fluid and dynamic, so don’t sweat the technique each and every step of the way! You should NEVER feel like you have to perfectly plan for everything to the point where it forces you to continue working many more extra years than is necessary…

Life is way too damn short to be uber-conservative…

“He won the lottery and died the next day…”

So, do you…

Do what makes you happy…

Make the most of each and everyday…

And let the chips fall wherever they may…

 

Fight On!

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1 MikeNo Gravatar January 4, 2017 at 3:38 pm

Two bowls of pho and two coffees?! #BallerStatus
That’s why I love SE Asia…so many cheap options (Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, etc.). Live like a king for a few bucks, yet able to blend in when we want to (shorts, sandals, and a tee). #theGoodLife Glad to see you enjoying your time there!

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2 FI FighterNo Gravatar January 24, 2017 at 2:31 am

Mike,

Yup, pho and coffee = wonderful time!

Definitely, a few bucks go a long ways out here…

The Good life, indeed.

Cheers!

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3 SGNo Gravatar January 5, 2017 at 7:51 am

Reminds me of my Singapore Trip last year. Miss the food.
Enjoy your stay in Ho Chi Minh.

P.S. I am way too far from early FI.

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4 FI FighterNo Gravatar January 24, 2017 at 2:32 am

SG,

Thanks! I had a wonderful time in HCMC…

Keep at it, the sky’s the limit!

All the best!

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5 TomNo Gravatar January 5, 2017 at 11:32 am

This is where is grow up so I am happy to see you there. Enjoy your stay. I love reading your post.

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6 FI FighterNo Gravatar January 24, 2017 at 2:32 am

Tom,

Thanks! HCMC and Vietnam have been a wonderful experience. I am thankful for the opportunity to travel and explore here.

Lots of beautiful sights and sounds to behold.

Cheers!

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