Bear Market

Apologies, just a random brain dump. It’s been a rough couple of months since I last posted. Actually, the past 18 months have been rough on my egg nest. I don’t care what the pros say on
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Headwinds

Holy crap, it’s been months since I last posted here. There are… reasons for this. Not that any of them is good, but they make sense in my mind. The main one is that when I created

High functioning Geek

Everybody has their own reason to want to reach financial independence and retire early. Me, I want to have more personal time, and I intend to fill it with video games, board games, and movies. I’m sometimes

Happy New “One More” Year

2018 has been a very disappointing year for my portfolio. I assume that must have been true for a lot of folks like me going with passive index investing. For me, the whole mess really started around

What’s plan B?

I haven’t posted here in quite some time now, and I’m not sure this post will be really focused on anything. There are a million tiny things I want to talk about, but also nothing specific. So

Relationship is souring quickly with the house builder

Part of my plan to RE involves owning a place. I’ve always assumed it would be difficult to consistently be able to rent a place in Japan, as a foreigner, with no proof of stable employment, so

Switching Teams

Last month, I had the bad luck to learn that I’d have to stay one more year at my company in order to secure the loan for our house. This sucks, because my plan at that time

Suddenly, OMY forced down my throat

My wife and I had finally found a house we want to buy (or rather, build. That’s an important distinction for this story), and we have found a bank that would accept me for a loan at

We signed the contract for a house! (But…)

After about 4 months of research, we have found a plot of land and a house builder we are happy with. But there’s still a lot of things that need to happen before I can RE. Found

A terrible start to the year?

It’s been a while since I posted here. I almost feel as if I’m done telling my story on Financial Independence now that I’ve reached the financial goal. Plus it’s a story that’s been told, in better