Back to Reality (March 1, 2018)

by FI Fighter on March 6, 2018

in Blog Update, Hong Kong, Travel Updates

I’m back stateside now, in California… But prior to arriving back “home”, I spent a day in Hong Kong…

My other “home”…

I arrived around 9 AM…

And since my connecting flight from HKG -> SFO wasn’t scheduled to depart until 1:00 AM the following day, let’s just say I was looking forward to spending most of my day in HK…

So, I hopped onto the Airport Express (free return trip if coming back on the same day), off to Hong Kong Island…

From MTR

$110 HKD (~$14.04 USD) using Octopus card…

I met up with a friend (the lovely “life planner”), and we were off to lunch!

She promised me something good… Michelin Star good!

Luckily, we arrived early to beat the crowds (I snapped the following photo on the way out)…

We decided to share two plates… Variety is the spice of life, after all…

For probably the first time in my life, I was missing (and craving) char siu… haha.

Ok, quick selfie photo and then it’s time to dig in!

Feeling satiated (and stuffed), it was time for a stroll! Luckily, it was a very nice day outside (warm and not scorching, although somewhat cloudy)… perfect for walking…

As usual, I felt lost in life… and my thoughts ran wild (and blank)…

Too much nostalgia, in HK…

Though it was awesome getting a chance to practice my terrible Cantonese…

Yeah, embarrassing myself on the daily is a common occurrence for yours truly whenever I’m overseas… Actually, I tend to do that wherever I go…

Anyway…

Had another meet up in TST (Tsim Sha Tsui), so we decided to take the ferry over to the other side (my first time, actually)…

So glad I had a nice local guiding me around town… I was somewhat amazed how much (bad) my sense of direction (memory) of HK has deteriorated in such a short period of time, already…

It was a very quick trip…

In any event, I was very excited to catch up with another good buddy, who is an aspiring early FI enthusiast (and entrepreneur)!

Fun times… Then it was off for late Lunch #2 in Whampoa…

For some ramen…

Chilled at a Starbucks cafe for an hour or two, then it was time for dinner (yes, more eating) near Kowloon Station…

Oily greens, haha… sigh…

I forgot how decorated and upscale Elements shopping mall (Kowloon Station) was…

I had a blast! The “life planner” did an amazing job planning my day in HK, so props to her… I’m most grateful for all the time and effort!

Back on the Airport Express around 10:30 PM… Until next time, HK!

Destination — California…

Best dim sum I had in 3 months… Cathay Pacific food is legit…

I ALWAYS miss this… HK style milk tea… and make sure to get multiple refills while onboard…

Back to reality now…

I’ve been back in the Bay Area for a few days now… To be honest, my mind is all scattered and I’m trying to give my: mind, body, spirit, etc. a break before I get back into the flow of things again… Yes, I know I’ve been on vacation for over 3 months in Asia, and it was awesome (for the most part), but sometimes you just want to isolate yourself and go into hibernation mode…

That’s where I’m at right now… which explains why I’ve been away from updating this blog lately…

Eventually, I’ll get into more details in a separate blog post…

But yeah, over the years, I’ve kind of learned from experience that the early FI life is kind of… complicated…

It’s not always sunshine and lollipops and oftentimes, you just feel like you’re in a state of: blah.

Which describes (in a nutshell) how I’m feeling right now.

 

So, I’m going to give myself some space to process everything that’s happened…

 

However, it shouldn’t be long before I’m back and focused on investing and this blog again… I’ve got the next edition of the Thank You newsletter to get to, and yes, I’m very much looking forward to getting started on that.

 

Life Unscripted — Going from one state of being to the next… back and forth… without any real gameplan (or roadmap)…

 

It’s kind of what I always wanted out of life, so I’m not tripping out or complaining about anything…

 

I’m just realizing over time how complicated/convoluted/irrational? this thing called real life is…

 

No need to sugarcoat anything, we all go through phases, stages, transitions…

 

Right now, I’m just blah.

 

Fight On!

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 TawcanNo Gravatar March 6, 2018 at 10:39 pm

Very cool to see that you managed to stop in HK to enjoy the stop over. Must feel different to be back in CA.

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2 FI FighterNo Gravatar March 17, 2018 at 11:27 am

Bob,

Yeah, totally different world back in Cali! It takes awhile to get re-acclimiated again…

Cheers!

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3 JoeNo Gravatar March 7, 2018 at 1:14 am

Nice update. I know the feeling, I did this kind of lifestyle for 5 years before I finally settled down (in California). Since HK is a transport hub for Asia as well as a really nice respite from other developing countries in the area, I must have passed through dozens of times and witnessed friends I met there go through various life stages. Really had some great times though, as well as a few lows. That’s how life should be. Hope you develop some longer term goals and move towards them.

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4 FI FighterNo Gravatar March 17, 2018 at 11:28 am

Joe,

Definitely have experienced lots of good times in HK… Will always make me feel nostalgic, everytime I visit.

At some point, settling down seems like the inevitable path one embraces… I’m trying to get there now.

All the best!

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5 MaxNo Gravatar March 7, 2018 at 1:46 pm

I feel the blah as well sometimes while traveling sometimes while working. I think it’s normal for it to come and go.

Hopefully will be able to catch up with you this time while you’re stateside.

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6 FI FighterNo Gravatar March 17, 2018 at 11:29 am

Max,

Yes, for sure let’s try and meet up this time! My apologies for not working out an arrangement last time around.

Best wishes!

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7 PonNo Gravatar March 7, 2018 at 3:17 pm

Welcome back sir.

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8 FI FighterNo Gravatar March 17, 2018 at 11:29 am

Pon,

Thanks bud! See you soon! 🙂

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9 ElleNo Gravatar March 9, 2018 at 5:02 pm

Super cool!
I also spent some time traveling through Asia this year (Malaysia/Singapore) and it was a refreshing change of pace.

I don’t know if you had the same experience, but this trip helped me kind of reset my mind and remember just how big this world is.

All of the things that seem so important in California (I’m from here too!) are not such a big deal when you consider how big the world is and how different people live in different places.

I hope that made sense.

Enjoy your time back home!

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10 FI FighterNo Gravatar March 17, 2018 at 11:31 am

Elle,

Yeah, the world is a big place, and I always learn something new with each destination I visit. Hope you had a blast in Malaysia/Singapore… I still need to check out both locations.

Thanks! Looking forward to being home for a change, haha.

Cheers!

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11 JamesNo Gravatar March 10, 2018 at 4:39 pm

I really enjoyed reading this post. Thanks for taking the time out from your busy travel schedule to write about your travels. If you’re planning on skiing in Tahoe this season while you’re home let me know. I have a buddy pass at Mt. Rose.

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12 FI FighterNo Gravatar March 17, 2018 at 11:31 am

James,

Thanks for the invite! I probably won’t get a chance to visit Tahoe since it’s already so late into the season, but will always keep you in mind for future visits.

Best wishes!

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13 RocDocNo Gravatar March 12, 2018 at 9:23 pm

Hopefully after you are back for a few days you will feel more settled. The pictures were fantastic and it looks like you had a lot of great adventures overseas.

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14 FI FighterNo Gravatar March 17, 2018 at 11:32 am

RocDoc,

Thanks! Feeling a bit better now… haha, it took some time for sure.

Cheers!

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15 AnumitNo Gravatar March 14, 2018 at 4:07 pm

Cryptos are falling back to reality i.e. their intrinsic ($0 value) too. Are you still going to preach that your readers drink the Crypto Koolaid?

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16 FI FighterNo Gravatar March 17, 2018 at 11:33 am

Anumit,

I don’t preach anything to anybody… I’m only sharing what I’m doing with my own money and the things that I’m learning…

Yes, ICOs haven’t worked out for me and it was too late into the game to jump in (with the benefit of hindsight), but I don’t regret learning something new and giving it a try… Cryptos were always a hugely speculative endeavour, just like early stage exploration with mining stocks… No one should ever invest more capital than they are willing to lose… completely…

With that said, you can’t win em all…

All the best!

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