It was indeed a trap

My family’s back to Japan after a very busy days packing, moving, and handling administrative stuff. I’m happy to be back in Japan, and even if there are things I’m not necessarily happy to see again, for

It’s a trap!

I’m posting this while we’re in the middle of packing our stuff to Japan. Our condo’s empty and we’re reviewing it with  the landlord later today. I’m literally standing at the kitchen counter, with the only furniture

Early Retirement is how I express my mid-life crisis

As part of my imminent move to Japan, I recently had to temporarily move to a different building here in the US. That building happens to be the one I used to work in when I first

Importance of diversifying the side gig income

My “Retire Early” plan relies heavily on the fact that my side gig will provide our household with a significant income in the years to come (until we reach full FI). As I was bragging just a


My company’s stock has been doing very, very well since I joined it back in 2008. When I joined, I received a good amount of stock (RSUs) which vested over the years. Today, looking back, I just


My parents where in town last week, we hadn’t seen each other in a year and a half, so they hadn’t met our 3rd kid yet. Obviously, we had a lot to discuss. My parents will be

Here’s what I could afford with my extra wealth

Our household reached “Kind of” Financial independence (KoFI) about 6 months ago. Assuming the 4% rule holds, and complementing it with expected revenue from my side gig, I do not need to work anymore, at least not

Out of body experience

I met with my VP a few weeks ago and decided to decline his offer. I realized that some of the stress I have accumulated in my current team would not go away until I actually cut

Financial independence: too good to be true?

The more I try to talk about early retirement and financial independence to my friends, the more I find that the main mental blocker on their end is that the 4% rule seems too good to be

Every early Retiree told me this would happen, and I didn’t believe them (I was wrong)

A few days ago I got an offer from a team in Japan. My long term objective is to move to Japan to retire (early) there. What job I would end up with is almost irrelevant given