Our 2019 Finances

    2019 marks the 4th year of our retirement. This means we’ve been out of the workforce for the same amount of time it took us to get our engineering degrees! And for the first time since we’ve been sans-paycheque, our net worth went up by 24% in just 1 year! We made MORE money this year than our highest combined income year as engineers. Say what? Did we go nuts and throw a buttload of money into bitcoin? Secretively buy a bunch of rental estate? Pimp Wanderer out as a man-whore? Nope, nope, and…well, that’s a story for […]

Happy New Year and Reflections on 2019

As my last post of 2019, I wanted to say Happy Holidays to everyone. Hope you had a great year, and here’s to 2020 being even better! Now, at the end every year, in between celebratory champagne and the New Year’s Eve countdown, Wanderer and I always love to reflect back on everything that happened during the year. And boy, do we have a lot to reflect on. So much has happened this year! I swear I’ve been saying this every year since we retired in 2015, but every year it just seems to be getting even more cray cray! […]

Reader Case: Trapped in Success

Hi y’all! Can you believe it 2019 is almost over? Wow. It’s been another crazy year. So, before the year comes to a close, I’m going to tackle a reader case or two. Without further ado, here we go!   “Your gross/net annual family income: Wife (Software Dev.): $120k gross Me (Accountant self-employed): $399k gross (pre-expenses) Total Gross: $295k Net: $238k (Doesn’t feel like that much!) Your monthly family spending: $21k For any debts you have, please include: Primary Residence • The interest rate: 2.75% 7/1 ARM • Your minimum monthly payment: $5,150 • The outstanding balance: $997k No student […]

Let’s Go Exploring! Taiwan: The Heart of Asia Part 2

The WRONG way to eat xiao long bao (soup dumplings) Step 1: Shove entire soup dumping into mouth. Step 2: Bite down and unleash an inferno of soup lava onto tongue. Step 3: Run flailing and screaming, mouth first into a nearby lake The RIGHT way to eat xiao long bao Step 1: Take a tiny bite from the side, creating a small hole in the skin. Step 2: Let the steam escape. Sept 3: Slowly sip the soup through the hole. Place sufficiently cooled xiao long bao in mouth. Chew. Step 3: Avoid getting 3rd degree mouth burns. Success! […]

Let’s Go Exploring! Taiwan: The Heart of Asia

“Duìbùqǐ. Bùhǎoyìsi“ (I’m so sorry. So embarrassed). This was by far the most common phrase I heard in Taipei, Taiwan. No matter how bizarre or ridiculous my request was. It was always met with a sheepish smile, a polite nod, and the re-assurance it was always their fault for not going out of their way to give you whatever you wanted. The Taiwanese love being helpful. My friend and fellow early retiree Jeremy (a.k.a GoCurryCracker) who lives in Taipei says that the biggest difference between getting on a subway in China versus Taiwan, is that if you see an old […]

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