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How Has Covid-19 Affected Your FIRE Journey? Part 1

One of the biggest criticisms of FIRE is that it only works during bull markets. Before 2020, we’d been in a bull market for the past decade, so of course when FIRE stories hit the media, the response is a derisive snort followed by the inevitable “wait until there’s a recession, all you FIRE people will be eating dog food and living under a bridge!” Ok, first of all, everyone knows that cat food is WAY cheaper and WAY more nutritious. Duh. And secondly, I’d much prefer the Chinese medical waste heaps of my childhood over a boring old bridge. […]

Reader Case: Investing for FIRE in Malaysia

I don’t know about you, but I am getting a little tired of the constant COVID-this and COVID-that coverage in the news, so just so I can remember what life used to be like before everything went all coo-coo-ca-ca, let’s do a reader case for old time’s sake! Hi Kristy, I have been reading your blog as well as that of your FIRE friends (RoG, GoCurryCracker etc). And I have done my calculations and projections for my retirement plan. But I need some advice because I think that we have some unique situations here in Malaysia that is affecting us […]

How Covid-19 Changed Our Budget

“When shit hits the fan, we’re off to…“Thailand” “Toronto?!” When COVID-19 shut everything down and wreaking havoc on the economy, our (dreamy) prime minister Justin Trudeau told all Canadians abroad that now was the time to come home before flights shut down and it would be too late. So that’s what we did. But on the flight home, I worried that without our backup plan of using SE Asia to control our living expenses, we’d be stuck in Canada, freezing our butts off while our budget spiralled out of control. After all, while we were gallivanting around Europe and Asia, […]

Covid-19: Is this the End of Nomadic Life?

With the whole world under lockdown, planes grounded, and airports shuttered, one of the biggest questions on my mind is “is this the end of nomadic life?” One of the things I love about our lifestyle is that we can live anywhere in the world. Any passion projects we choose to work on can be done via our laptops and an internet connection. Our community is scattered all over UK, Europe, USA, Canada, New Zealand, and Asia. As a result, we’ve been able to simplify our lives down to 2 backpacks and the past 5 years travelling the world has […]

Keep Your Rent: A Real Estate Investor’s Perspective (Part 2)

This is Part 2 of my interview with Scott Trench, CEO of, one of the internet’s biggest real estate investment websites, in which I asked him about what he thought about the Keep Your Rent movement that’s been all over the news lately. If you haven’t read it, please read Part 1 first. Do you think that the people who participate in the Keep Your Rent movement should be evicted from their homes when this pandemic is over? Imagine a tenant who has been renting for several years, who has great credit, and who works in the services industry. […]

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